Thursday, December 10, 2009

and then christmas decided to come out in full force

Christmas is officially in full swing. I know this because when I was drinking my apple cider this morning I noticed that my amaryllis has started to bloom.

That, and Sugar Daddy was singing carols. Sugar Daddy has had a long time repugnance to Christmas music too early in the season.

I decided to make all new decorations for the house this year. I really wanted a fun childish theme.

A few weeks ago, we inherited a bear cookie jar that was given to Ben's dad when he was born. It is almost seventy years old and absolutely charming. It was my inspiration.

I call it "The Sweetest Christmas Extravaganza".








I'm making silk flower brooches to tie on the packages instead of bows.


Last Monday it was raining like mad. The sky was so dark and the fire place was so cozy, I decided not to send the boy to school. Instead we read Christmas stories, cuddled up on the couch. Thom and Natalie assembled the gingerbread house. It rained all day.


I think it will become a tradition. One day every December, the kids will get to stay home and we will craft and bake and read and cuddle and make memories.

10 comments:

Julie said...

love, love, LOVE the mantle with dad's cookie jar! Just precious

Lynnae said...

I love all your paper decorations. How fabulous! I'm going to link. Your house looks so fun!

jo marks said...

your decorating looks awesome april - wonderful job :)

Anonymous said...

Love the decorations! You have inspired me to do something different. Year after year, I do the same thing. I feel liberated! And, I love the idea of the children have a "free" day from school. Thankfully, I had very healthy children who were allowed to occasionally take a "mental health" day off. What joy you will have with a baby Bird in the "nest" this year not to mention a delightful little boy. Ummm, and I'd love to be a gift recipient with those great flowers!

Jane said...

Hello :) I love your decorations.
Will you post your pattern on how to make the Silk flower buttons ? and the beautiful wreath please ? (or just send me a email :) )

Jane said...

Hello :) I love your decorations.
Will you post your pattern on how to make the Silk flower buttons ? and the beautiful wreath please ? (or just send me a email :) )

Hill Family said...

April, I love you but I HATE your mantel. Let me tell you why. I thought mine was looking pretty darn cute and then I saw yours! It's waaaay cuter. Mine looks like a really lazy attempt. How do you do it? Your still my personal Martha, Aprah!

Jerusalem said...

i always love visiting your blog! love your holiday decorations - hope your first Christmas as a family of 4 was a very, very merry one!

diane@athome said...

love the mantle and the gingerbread house. so sweet...

{beth} said...

I love, love, love, your paper garlands...I am inspired for next year.