Merry Christmas! *photo heavy*

December 23rd, 2011

I’m sure you all can agree that it’s been a busy holiday season. At first I was excited about Christmas being on a Sunday… but now it just seems really inconvenient as far as trying to get everything ready by a Friday.

I tried to give myself a break this year and not beat myself up about doing everything that I wanted to, and one of those things that did not get done was our Christmas card. We just never had a good time to get pictures done, and ended up having my friend Gennifer take them on the fly. There was still time to get them printed and sent, but with our travel schedule, it did just not work out… so our card this year is an e-card delivered via my blog, facebook, and email. So really we are just super “green” right? So in lieu of a card in the mail, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The decorating mostly got done – I couldn’t slack on this since its our first year in the house and I was excited to see how my existing decorations fit the new house. I still need a bit of filler since the house is so much bigger than our apartment, but I can pick some of that up on clearance on Monday! Here are a few snapshots that I took of our decorations this year:

(the iphone 4s takes THE BEST night-time christmas tree photos)

I saw the ruffled tree skirt tutorial that was floating around pinterest. I got everything ready and started to glue all of those ruffles, but only made it a few inches and decided it would be MUCH MUCH easier to just sew the ruffles on (actually my mom was visiting and she sewed them on for me – which is why this is even finished BEFORE Christmas). And trust me, if you do this, SEW the dang ruffles on, you will save your fingers and yourself from going crazy.

I totally need two more cream stockings from pottery barn! And extra points for anyone who spots the baby!

One other exciting thing that happened this week was that our back splash tile went in the kitchen! It looks amazing and I’ll share it very soon!

I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing holiday weekend!

8 responses to “Merry Christmas! *photo heavy*”

  1. missyb says:

    Gorgeous, all of you and your decorations! I just got my coffee and I’m getting ready to edit photos I took yesterday to send a digital copy this year myself! 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and yours Jen!

  2. auntieknits says:

    Merry Christmas ~ what a beautiful family (and the decorations are, too)!

  3. nicole says:

    Your home looks lovely! I especially like the garland. Did you sew the circles together? I think that would be much easier than glueing.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Kendra says:

    I LOVE the template for your e-card. Did you design that yourself? Do share! It’s lovely.

  5. Bobbie H (aka claysmom) says:

    So pretty, I absolutely love that tree skirt, did you make that? and I see the darling baby and paci, wonder whats in that drawer 😀

  6. Jen Allyson says:

    My mom helped me with the tree skirt! It was easy but took a long time which means I would have gotten 25% done and then never picked it back up again! Luckily my mom is a finisher so she sat in my sewing room until it was finished!

  7. Amanda M. says:

    Beautiful family! Merry Christmas to you too!
    This is my official first comment on your blog.

  8. Eileen says:

    Hi, thanks for the good ideas. We have a different house to decorate for the first time in 23 years…so I need to get to work early on this!

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