Friday, November 30, 2012

Winter Mantle - Deer Booty Decor

Christmas has been fully decked out in our house for the past few weeks.  
I just haven't made time to post about it.  
It's an Ugg boot day around here so I'm staying home catching up on stuff around the house.

My DIY Sharpie and ballpoint pen deer on painter's drop cloth is making it's second Christmas appearance.  

We call him...
Deer Booty 
To see how I made him last year click here.

I styled my Deer Booty mantle with a small forest and some pine cones.  

The only new piece I added is this deer head wreath on a stick from Home Goods.
Deer Shish Kabob to go with Deer Booty.

I made the stockings last year out of some old sweaters taking up space in my closet.
Now if I could just get them to all face the same direction for a picture.  
I swear Christmas stockings are harder to take pictures of then pets and babies. 

I winterized my firewood basket.

To the right of the fireplace is my Great, Grandfather's chair.  
He was a doctor and it sat in his office waiting room.  
I draped the chair with a Flokati coat and a little tree.  
I've had this coat for over 20 years and never wear it.  Believe me I've tried.
My parents got it for me on a trip to Greece when they lived in Italy.
It's way too big and I look like the Abominable Snow Man when I wear it, really I do.  
Instead of me wearing it, the chair gets too.

I like trying to use things I already have in new and different ways.
To see how I decorated for Christmas last year go here.

Stay warm and cozy and happy Christmas decorating.
Thanks for checking it out.

The Lettered Cottage

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

My Thanksgiving and Christmas trees have been up since right around Halloween.
I know weird, I always put my trees up early because I just love them.
They stayed like this for awhile just with lights in their urns.

The Thanksgiving tree is decorated with elements from nature.

It's in the man cave.

I used owls, birds, feathers, white pumpkins, and mushrooms.

It coordinates nicely with the dark green velvet Ikea drapes.

A couple of years ago I started a tradition in our home of a Gratitude Tree.
 I made gratitude cards and had any and everyone that comes to my house write what they are thankful for on the back of the card.

Then we hang them on the Thanksgiving tree.  

We read all of them during the Thanksgiving meal.

I have so much to be thankful for.

We aren't hosting Thanksgiving this year, my mom is.  

I would love to hear about your Thanksgiving traditions.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday!

Thanks for checking it out.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fall Front Door

I found a King palm husk while walking Piper and drug it home with me.
Free is good.
The color and texture are so pretty.  
My bad pictures don't do it justice.

I decided it might make some interesting front door decor for fall.
I picked up a faux pineapple and cut off the back with a hack saw.  

A little hot glue, faux magnolia leaves, mushrooms, succulents, and wheat.

 The pineapple is a symbol of welcome and hospitality so it's perfect for front door decor.

I put succulents in and on everything.

 Drug anything home lately?
 Thanks for checking it out.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Little Painting

Two weeks ago my Monday morning beach volleyball got canceled because we couldn't get a fourth player so I avoided working out all together by painting a wall in my family room/great room.

I had left over paint from Henry's man cave ceiling.

I used Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray HC 168.

                            Before                                                                      After

Before this wall and the rest of the room was painted 
Benjamin Moore 3/4 White Sand HC 170.


My industrial shelves have wheels so it was easy to just roll the whole thing away from the wall to paint.


It only took me a couple of hours.  
I was lazy and didn't take the heavy mirror down.  
I used a top of a spray paint can stuck under the bottom half of the mirror to lift it off the wall.  I just quickly slapped some paint under the edge of the mirror with a paint brush.

I decided to not put the artwork and accessories back up on the walls for now.
I like contrast of the gray with the gold frame of the mirror.

Change makes me feel good and this little makeover was free.

Thanks for checking it out.

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