Monday, December 15, 2008

A Pretty Little Christmas

Heather at Pretty Petals is hosting a pretty Christmas party today. Hope on over to see some of the prettiest Christmas ideas ever.

I've taken some photos of little things in my home that add a festive touch. I hope you enjoy visiting. I think a bit of greenery goes a long ways - and tuck bits and pieces here and there. In the top photo I have a large vase filled with gold balls. A sprig of cedar adds contrast.

A perky bow tied to our old oil lamp is a fun touch.

On a kitchen counter top I have this metal plate with a few Christmassy things. Yesterday, while preparing for dinner, I went out and picked some parsley, stuck it into a glass of water and added it to the scene.

On Friday I made some candied orange peel (recipe on the Whole Foods site). It was easy to make. A few pieces on a plate with a bit of cedar looks so pretty. Last night for dinner I made a gingerbread cake and served it with whipped cream, then sprinkled some slivered candied orange peel on top. Mmm.

Napkins set diagonally can be used as placemat. I rolled linen napkins then tied them with velvet ribbon and a sprig of cedar. Simple and pretty.

I'm not buying wrapping paper as such again this year. It seems like such a waste to buy something just to throw it away. Instead my husband brought old blueprints from work and we're using those, along with a roll of brown kraft paper, and whatever bits and pieces of wrapping paper I have left over. Tied with a ribbon and a pretty tag, I don't miss the printed papers.
Gold and sparkly tree ornaments catch the light.

Bells hung on the door knobs add a jaunty sound to entrances and exits.

Some folded paper, glitter and button ornaments I made and gave away. But I'm thinking they are so pretty that I want to make some for myself.

For more of my home decor click here. May your Christmas be pretty and bright!


kyllimarjaana said...

Your dekoratings are so smart and beautiful . I must do something to our old oil lamp too . Hmm ....

Decor To Adore said...

I just adore all your decorations. They are lovely Lorrie!

Lori said...

thanks for sharing your pretty little Christmas!!!

Karin said...

So pretty!

Anonymous said...

Happy handmade and homespun Christmas! I am coming over!
Hee hee!

Cathy said...

Hi Lorrie,

I just dropped by via Heather's Christmas party and am glad I did. Beautiful holiday pictures.

I love the post below with all the snow. I am patiently waiting for some here in New England. I'm sure we will have our share this year.

Have a happy holiday season.


cherished*vintage said...

Your dishes are very pretty and I love the sprig of cedar you added to the napkin. Merry Christmas!

Lolly said...

I love it all! Thanks for sharing!

Fete et Fleur said...

Merry Christmas Lorrie! I really love the place setting you created!


Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Your decorations are so lovely... thank you for coming to the party! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! xo Heather

Marilee said...

Your house looks so festive. The table setting is wonderful, thanks for the ideas.
Merry Christmas,

kathy said...

TRYING to catch up with posting -- OH your decorations and table setting is lovely - Kathy - Ga

LuLu Kellogg said...

Hi Lorrie:

Your home looks so beautiful, cozy and inviting. Thank you for sharing :)


~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I enjoyed seeing all your lovely touches of Christmas!
Merry Christmas!!

kymber said...

Great ideas Lorrie!
You are so talented. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas

Linda Jo said...


Anonymous said...

It's beautiful…. too got best of fabric for home decoration through Joann Fabrics.

Storybook Woods said...

I love your placesetting, so pretty !!!! Clarice

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