*insert Christmas cliche here*
Sorry, but it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. I’m smelling my glorious fresh tree, simmering cinnamon sticks and cloves on the stove (a cheap and oh-so-easy way to get instant Christmas smell), and taking on, as is usual for me at Christmas time, waaay too many projects. And I’m loving every second.
Project run down:
- desk–almost finished! I just need to find knobs for that center drawer (I cleaned Hobby Lobby out of the knobs I used on the other 6 drawers and they haven’t restocked them yet). I wasn’t going to let that deter me from enjoying my new/old piece, though, so I am loving it in our entry. I have my eyes on one of these chairs for the desk, but it will have to wait. I did try placing my ceramic garden stool (seen below) there, but Ryan nixed that idea. Sometimes I let the crazy flow a little too much.
Aren’t these knobs dreamy? I love that the mercury glass-look gives a little vintage twist to the cut-glass knobs that are so popular these days. I’m just praying they come back in stock at the local HL.
And yes, I really distressed the heck out of this piece (inspiration here). The top turned out to be oak veneer that is loooooovely with its new coat (or three) of dark walnut stain.
Love all the pretty curves, too. Don’t ask me what the paint is called–I mixed it up using white, navy, and some weird green I picked up randomly from the local Habitat for Humanity restore. Once it was painted on the desk, it was just a little bright, so after my sanding/distressing step, I simply rubbed the same walnut stain I used for the top over the entire piece.
Yup, I still love it.
- nativity out–check! We work every day in December to teach our daughters why we celebrate Christmas, and I know of no better way to reinforce those teachings than to prominently display our beautiful Willow Tree nativity. The first few Christmases and birthdays after we got married, I requested and received a new set from this series. I love the simplicity and beauty of these pieces and will cherish them for many years.
- wreaths that smell divine–mmmmm. We’ve been blessed with not one but two gifts of beautiful fresh pine wreaths this Christmas, both given to us by dear friends. I’ve always wanted to have fresh wreaths in our home but could never justify the cost for a disposable decoration when I still need items to add to my yearly collection. So having one on our front door and one just inside is heavenly!
- mistletoe hung–yay! Just a fair warning to anyone who visits. You can see where this is in the very first images at the top of this blog post–a kissing cone! Made by my grandma, it’s one of my favorite decorations. Now I’ve just got to lure the hubster to the archway . . .
I’ve got two more big projects I want to complete this week–a Pottery Barn knock-off and a tree skirt to hide that ugly stand. Once I have those done, I’ll share my living room.
What does your house look like this Christmas? Leave me a link in the comments so I can check it out!
Linking up with Miss Mustard Seed because she is the inspiration for this type of treatment!