Monday, December 31, 2012


As 2012 draws to a close, it's a great time to reflect back on what's happened and been done at the Parsonage over the past year.

Here's a little peak at some of these projects.
A few rooms received a makeover.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


 May you have a very
Merry and Blessed Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2012


Today will be the last of my Holiday Home Tour for 2012.   I've already shown you the Living Room and Family Room.  The two remaining rooms are the kitchen and dinning room.  These two rooms are open to each other, so I'll combined them together for viewing.  You will see my Winter Wonderland Theme in these rooms as well.

On the side cabinet I placed three small Christmas trees in white bowls, and added two little birds sitting in some faux snow.

Monday, December 17, 2012


A few weeks ago I received an exciting email from the Redbook magazine. They asked me if they could feature THREE of my holiday decorations in their online-exclusive Holiday Decoration article.  Of course I said "yes" - who wouldn't want to be featured by a major magazine.

The article is now up live.  Here's the link to the published article - 21 Quick and Pretty Holiday Decorating Ideas.  As you scroll through the 21 ideas, you'll see my three featured items.

The three featured decorations are are my -
Epsom Salt Candle and Ornaments

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Wow! what a busy weekend we've had. You may have noticed that I was MIA.   My husband and I flew across country for a preaching appointment in another church.  We ended up spending a lot of time in the airport do to flight delays.  I'm glad to be back home and ready to continue the Christmas Home Tour of the Parsonage!

In my last post, I showed you our living room all decorated for Christmas.  Today we'll move on to our family room.   I wanted to continue the same theme/color through out the house this year with a winter wonderland theme. I've incorporated a lot of snowflakes, blue and silver and a little faux snow.

A few years ago we purchased this artificial tree.  The mistake we made was that in the large store the tree looked small, but when we brought it home it was much larger than we thought.  It takes up a lot of space in our small home, so placing it in the corner  take up less space.

I like having the tree in our family room as we sit in this room every day. We can view the tree easily  from the kitchen and dinning room.

The tree is decorated with silver and blue and a lot of glittery items.  I've added a few new ornaments this year that my mom gave me for my birthday.  Here are a few photos close up.

 Thrift store ornaments.

I used what I had for the tree skirt again this year. A table runner left over from our daughters weddings.  I love how the beads reflect the lights of the tree adding sparkle and a little bling.

Next to the television stand, I placed a poinsettia in my grandmothers old red wing crock.

On the top of the desk I placed three buckets I bought from the dollar bin at Target.  I added some jingle bells in the one bucket along with some faux snow.


I'm linking this post to ~
Thrifty Decor Chick - Holiday Home Linky Party - Trees

Friday, December 7, 2012


If you're like me, once December hits I love to start decorating for Christmas.  I've been adding decor to each of the rooms in our home.  I thought I'd start sharing room by room  ~ Christmas Home Tour.

Today I'll start in the living room since this is where you come into the Parsonage (Our Home).
As you come in the front door you look directly at the wall with the sofa and coffee table.

My decorating is always done on a limited budget so many of the items are from garage sales, thrift stores or hand made myself.  This year I found some sparkly candles and snowflake candle holders along with a snowflake box at the thrift store.  I placed the candles on the table runner I made last year.  On the top of the table runner I added  ribbon and jingle bells.

The only things that aren't second hand items on the table, are the wreath that I bought new last year and the ribbon bought after Christmas last year ~ 75% off.

On the sofa I placed a piece of  faux fur and a pillow.

On the top of the corner cabinet I placed various metallic pieces, along with a few items that add texture and a bit of nature.

  The coat shelf also had a few items added.

I've already showed you my tree vignette that sits on top of my grandmothers cedar chest.

and my candle sticks that I made over sit on a side cabinet.

 Last but not least, the top of the cedar cabinet.

Come back and I'll show you more of my home.

Linking this post ~
Southern Hospitality Holiday Home Linky Party

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


While shopping at my local thrift store this fall, I came upon a pair of brass candle sticks.  I bought them at the 50% off sale, making the total price for the candle sticks $1.49.

I knew I would give them a makeover eventually. It was while decorating the living room for Christmas that I decided to make them over.

Monday, December 3, 2012


Hello everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend.  I sure did.  Over the weekend, I was able to add a few  more Christmas decorations, and our home is starting to look pretty.

I've chosen a winter wonder land theme for decorating this year.  Over the past two years, I've been collecting little Christmas trees.  This year I've added a few more home-made trees to my collection.  I thought clustering the trees together in a vignette would be a great way to display the trees.  If we had a fireplace mantle, I would place them on top of the mantle, but since we don't so placing them on top of the cedar chest was the best alternative.

I've been waiting for a sunny day to take photos but I've given up, so please forgive the dark photos.


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