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!


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

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

  3. thanks for sharing your pretty little Christmas!!!

  4. Anonymous10:44 AM

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

  5. 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.


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

  7. I love it all! Thanks for sharing!

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


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

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

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

  12. Hi Lorrie:

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


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

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

  15. Anonymous10:50 PM

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

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


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