There's always an excuse to leave the dishes, dusting, scrubbing and especially yard work for later. My favorite excuses are sewing, reading, cooking, and now decorating my new house with custom projects. Getting away from home in our new camper is also a great excuse -- although that's just another house to clean! Here's what's going on with me and my favorite hobbies.
Decorating for the holidays is always fun, but you can imagine there's a special excitement when decorating a new house for the first time. Here's some photos of what I've done. I have lots of other ideas, but this year I used mostly decorations and supplies I already had, so this is truly decorating on a budget! As you will see, I'm still into the traditional red, green, and gold theme. None of this bright blue for me!
The front porch:
My fall "Welcome" sign has been repurposed! Those are actually my old ice skates.
Things I had, put together in a new way. I really think next year this wagon needs a Santa, or something taller.
The fall wreath has also gotten a new look for Christmas.
I did the two lights on the porch, as well as the three lights on our garage. The greens are real, so this will need to be redone every year.
Appliqued stockings made from old jeans. I made these MANY years ago.
An embroidered stocking I made for my grandaughter.
My husband's family owns a Christmas Tree farm, so yes, it's real!
I had this old sewing drawer with dusty things glued in it, so I repurposed it for Christmas.
These are "new." With the three big windows above my sink, I had to do something. Grapevine wreaths, some painted letters, and some (fake) greens. The gold hanging ribbon, I already had.
The Dining Room:
The goose basket centerpiece is something I made many years ago. I also made the table runner a few years ago.
My chandelier got some (fake) greens, ribbons, and sparkly ornaments.
The sewing table is "Snowman City."
Nothing new purchased for this, just rearranged.
Well, it's red, so perfect for decorating for the holidays.
A quilted wall hanging that I made.
Another corner for snowmen. My husband is a firefighter.
The nativity on the TV counsel below the TV. My daughter was shocked I put all that glass where her one year old can reach it. She's been to my house twice since I put it up, and hasn't touched it yet! I made these ceramics when I was in high school!
The couch table gets Santa duty.
The church pew and hooks got a bit of an update.
An applique project from a while back.
Embroidered pillow slips are the only decorations in the master bedroom.
For all kinds of pictures of the new house, please follow "My New House" board on Pinterest.