Christmas Home Tour with DIY and Thrifty Decor

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 2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

Every time I start to put together a home tour post my heart starts beating quickly and I ask myself what in the world am I doing?

I don’t have a fancy house. It’s not large and it’s certainly not new. 

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

Better Homes and Gardens has not come knocking on my burlap wreathed front door  to photograph my Christmas wonderland.

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

I feel like I should apologize every time.

But the part of me that wants to encourage other women to make the best of their homes and lives takes a deep breath, relaxes her tense shoulders and jumps right in.

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

No apologies. No fears.

So here goes!

This is my home where Christmas is celebrated.

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

My DIY hubby is in charge of the outside decorating. We removed all the bushes and foliage in front of the big picture window when we had a large tree taken down recently.  Yet another of my husband’s creative uses of fence board is the temporary fence he used to string garland and lights on. 

(Just wait until you see the front porch we’re dreaming about!)

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

This little wooden reindeer was given to us sometime around our first Christmas and has reminds us of our 26 years living life together.

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

These lights are my husband’s pride and joy. Since there is less space to decorate, our house no longer looks an airport landing strip, but our lights do twinkle and welcome guests to our home.

Tim mainly bought a few strands of new lights, but he’s on a mission to discover the answer to the great mystery of why the lights go into storage and come out dead.  Anyone know the answer?

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

I really do have a burlap Christmas wreath I made this year (Better Homes & Gardens, are you watching?) The chalkboard welcome fits perfectly!

Each year we pick it out as a family on Thanksgiving evening and spend the next hours drinking Instant Russian tea, stringing lights, listening to Point of Grace music and revel in what truly makes us family.

As you come into the living room we welcome you to Dickensville.

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

Filled with houses and people collected through the years, our Dickensville village delights us throughout the day 

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

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and night.

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

I imagine stories of families working and playing together, sharing life much as we do ourselves.

Filled with houses and people collected through the years, our Dickensvile village delights us throughout the day and night.

Move a couple of steps into our living room and you can see how I decorate our modest home with things I love.

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings 

Just waiting for future grandkids (and great nieces and nephews already),  my collection of lovable stuffed animals is a totally hands on exhibit!

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

My most favorite place to change up for the seasons is the top of my piano where I pretend I have a real mantel.

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

I love this old window that my clever husband sprayed with snow to look like real frost.  

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

Making a rag wreath for my fall decor was so fun that I whipped up another one with Christmas colors and added a mini chalkboard “Joy.”

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

This grapevine tree was $1 at a yard sale, and with added lights for a bit of sparkle it also continues the tree theme on my “mantel.”

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

Ribbon wrapped candles and mini trees with new ribbons and ornaments also grace the top of my piano, as does scrapbook paper in a white frame.

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

Every year we bring out this Precious Moments nativity from our early days as a married couple and remember the holidays we’ve celebrated together.

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

This new metal basket was another $1 yard sale purchase. Filled with fresh greenery, pinecones and ornaments it adds a fun touch to the room.

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

 This pallet shelf was one of our first repurposed wood projects. I scavenged around my seemingly endless tubs of Christmas knick knacks to find some new and old treasures.

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

 The “Noel” letters were made by a friend of ours almost 25 years ago and still hold precious memories of years gone by.

One of my favorite tricks to fancy up my decor is to add ribbon and burlap to candles. Just a simple and unique touch.

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

I collected nativities for several years and still like to display at least a couple to remind me of the importance of this season.  

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

The shining star of our living room is our  real Christmas tree. Even though two of our children are now adults they refuse to entertain the thought of an artificial tree.

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

Each year we pick it out as a family on Thanksgiving evening and spend the next hours drinking Instant Russian tea, stringing lights, listening to Point of Grace music and reveling in what truly bonds us as family.

The burlap ribbon is new this year, and I had to fight with my family to make it work! My kids are very possessive of their tree, but the burlap won out over the red beads from years past. Red and gold sparkly ornaments and bows add the traditional touch.

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

There is truly nothing better than sitting in my rocking chair late at night, listening to praise and worship songs and gazing at this beauty.

2013 Christmas Home Tour from Marty's Musings

 One more little Christmas tree passed down from my mom sits on top of a $1 yard sale ornament wreath.

Each year we pick it out as a family on Thanksgiving evening and spend the next hours drinking Instant Russian tea, stringing lights, listening to Point of Grace music and revel in what truly makes us family.

Even though I’m not big into Santas myself you’d never know it from my house!  My kitchen contains all things Santa!

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 When my sister passed away suddenly in 2000 I gladly accepted part of her Santa collection and made it my own. 

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 I celebrate the life of my sister by embracing her love of all things Santa.

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 In this chalk painted hutch my Christmas china blends with the everyday, ready to host a gathering of friends at a moment’s notice.

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 On the opposite side of the room additional Santas grace another shelf or two.

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2013 Christmas Tour from Marty's Musings

Last year my fence board Christmas tree was a hit for my readers, and it was a joy to bring it out again this year. 

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New for 2013 is this fence board Joy sign, yet another of my hubby’s creative use of fence board.

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 This tablescape is one of my new favorites, with the rustic wood chargers blending in with Christmas china and seasonal glasses.

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I love to mix and match fine china with casual serving ware.

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The centerpiece is gold fabric underneath a large glass bowl filled with greenery, natural elements and vintage ornaments.

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 These angel napkin rings are years old but still make me smile.

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 Moving into the den I have another opportunity to practice my vignette skills on the top of our entertainment unit.

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My husband dragged out these shutters for me, and I placed them behind our smaller village.

2013 Christmas Tour from Marty's Musings

One of the easiest ways to dress up your home for Christmas is by mixing inexpensive ornaments with natural elements in a glass jar.

2013 Christmas Tour from Marty's Musings

Again, my trick to dressing up the ordinary? Burlap and ribbon. What could be simpler?

2013 Christmas Tour from Marty's Musings

When we put up our Christmas tree in the living room our window table moves to the den. The candle set below was $2 at a yard sale, fresh out of the package.

Since I definitely need a few more twinkling lights I asked Tim to use battery operated lights inside the table. Love it!

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One project I hope to share you with soon is a mini scrapbook album I made with pictures and the history of all our favorite ornaments. This is a simple yet precious momento for my children to have one day.

2013 Christmas Tour from Marty's Musings

This Christmas my family will count our blessings and enjoy meals, traditions and treasured moments (including a hot cup of Instant Russian Tea). 

2013 Christmas Tour from Marty's Musings

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. From my home to yours…..

2013 Christmas Home Tour featuring thrifty DIY Projects

2013 Christmas Tour from Marty's Musings

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I hope you’ll visit the other beautiful Christmas homes on our All Things Home Tour:

Worthing Court
French Country Cottage
Atta Girl Says
Town and Country Living
Decor Adventures
Lilacs and Longhorns

Marty’s Musings
Mom 4 Real
All Things Beautiful
Making Home Base
The Happier Homemaker
The Lily Pad Cottage

The Everyday Home
Craftberry Bush
Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll
AKA Design
Hymns and Verses
Our Southern Home

Stone Gable
Adventures in Decorating
Newly Woodwards
Setting for Four
Back Porch Musings
All Things Heart and Home

Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Cottage at the Crossroads
Top This Top That
Domestically Speaking
Mommy is Coocoo
Shabby Art Boutique

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  1. Everything looks merry and bright Marty! I love your village! I haven’t had mine out in a couple of years. Maybe I should rethink that idea…if I can only talk J into helping.:-)
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Thanks for the tour ! I love seeing a traditional Christmas house !

  3. Your home is beautiful. It radiates… Warmth and real family life!

  4. Your home is just lovely! Inside and out. Sometimes I get intimidated by the huge grand homes and seemingly endless budgets to get all the ‘just right’ things to put in it. But what makes a home is the love and family living in it. Yours shows the love and you have a wonderful style. Thank you for the nice tour.Be a sweetie,
    Shleia 😉

  5. What a beautiful holiday home, Marty! I love your village … your tree is lovely wrapped in burlap … and, your traditional table setting is so inviting!

  6. Your home looks so pretty. Especially love your tree and the coziness of everything! My front yard is on round 2 of dead shrubs that didn’t make it through our Texas drought this summer, so I understand the absence of shrubbery! Crafty thinking for lights on your husband’s part! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Madi Parker says:

    I have had such fun following the tour. All of the homes are so beautiful, but your post is my absolute favorite thus far. Your home is beautiful and your writing is authentic and inspiring. I have always wanted to start my own house and home blog but feel like my humble teeny tiny abode, well, it isn’t as grand as all these magnificent homes I see. In this post you put words to a feeling many of us have. THANK YOU! You have inspired me to GO FOR IT. You have an amazing gift. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Madi, your comment made my day! My desire is to encourage other women go be happy where they are, no matter what stage of life they’re in. I hope you will follow your dream and go for it! It’s hard work but I truly love it, thank YOU for encouraging me!

  8. Your home may not be big and grand, but it speaks to my heart. It is beautifully decorated and radiates the warmth of the season.It speaks “Welcome” to all who may enter.

    • Hi, Jan. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment. You made me feel like I accomplished what I set out to do. Show my home in all its sweet Christmas finery!

  9. Marty, it is really beautiful. You (and Tim) have been very busy. I love the Christmas village (and I think Jackson would too!) and your tree is gorgeous. I love all the burlap and red touches throughout your home. Your decor is very cohesive from one room to the next — not like my “can’t decide on a theme!” approach. Even though I’ve seen your home many times, it looks so different for Christmas. The pallet shelf just pops decorated for Christmas, and the old window table looks wonderful with those lights inside. And can I just tell you, your final shot of the Christmas tree with the Russian Tea is magazine worthy! Great photography and styling! You did a wonderful job, my friend. And you know one of the things I love most about you and about your blog is how you encourage other women and to avoid that demon of comparison.

    • Yes, my friend Amy, I’m a day late and a dollar short, but I wanted you to know how sweet your comment was to me. You always do know just the right thing to say (you writer, you!) Honestly, though, if my home is cohesive it got that way by accident! I just chose those things I could repurpose and change up and then added new little bargains I found. I have no design skills whatsoever but you make me feel like I can “hang with the big dogs!” Thank you for that.

  10. Oh Marty, your home is so welcoming and warm. I’m a fan of homemade decor, so I love all that you’ve made. Chalkboards are a favorite of mine and the mini ones on the wreaths are too cute. I also like the JOY sign. Your tree is precious and the burlap with the red is lovely. Thank you for sharing your talents with us! Blessings!

    • Janis, your comment was so sweet. I’m glad you noticed my mini chalkboards because they are my favorite! I got them dirt cheap at Consumer Crafts and I’ve used both sizes for everything, including the vocabulary word of the day in our homeschool.

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us as well!

  11. Oh Marty- perfect Holiday home. I just love the cherished things that have so much meaning and serve such huge memories for you, your husband and your children. You are a gem. Happy Holidays!

    • Hi, Laura! Thank you so much for the encouragement, and I can’t wait to see your home! So much beauty with all of the blogger homes. I am so pleased with how the tour turned out, and I love that we got to share it with so many of our readers! Have a wonderful holiday!

  12. Marcy Schneider says:

    Hi Marty.
    I was not feeling the least bit excited about decorating for Christmas this year UNTIL I just read your blog! Now, not only am I excited, but I gathered a few new ideas. Great job lady! I want to come see everything in person! 😉

    • My friend, Marcy. I just loved this comment so much. You know I want to encourage is everything I do, and I’m so glad you were able to glean some ideas from me! I’m just a yardsaler and after Christmas bargain hunter who loves to repurpose and make things new. It really doesn’t take a lot. You know there were years that were much smaller because of the demands on my life. There is a season for everything, isn’t there? I’m so glad you shared with me! Love you! And please, stop by any day!

  13. Marty, what a beautiful, meaningful home! You have made it such a cozy festive place, and I love your wood reindeer, so cute!
    We too have the great light mystery at our place. Two strands already.
    Thanks for all you did for the tour, I’m glad to be on it with you 🙂

    • Hi, Jessica. I was hoping someone could help me with the big light mystery. My husband was talking about it again today! The key is to buy your lights early because you’re out of luck if you wait until December (ask me how I know 🙁 Thank you so much for visiting my Christmas home.

  14. Kelly @ thelilypadcottage says:

    So cozy feeling Marty, I love the traditional colors and your tree is gorgeous!

  15. Marty your home is lovely! HUGS… I know I can feel the same way about my home. I see all the things I would love to change (if I had the $$). Your home feels so inviting and warm and that’s the most important thing for your guest! I love your wood place mats and your Christmas stuffed animals are so cute. My girls would LOVE that. So fun being apart of this home tour with you!

    • Maryann, I appreciate your words of encouragement so much! My home is definitely lived in, and there are so many things with real meaning that makes it special to us. I’m so glad you enjoyed it as well. And thank YOU for joining us on the tour!

  16. Your home is truly lovely during the holidays and all year. I am just so smitten with your village. We have a few pieces and my mom has a big collection that I love. Thanks for sharing all the details – it’s so festive!

    • Hi, Kim. Thanks for stopping by. I can’t wait to see your home! I’m terribly behind visiting everyone this week, but it always happens during tour week for me. I’m so glad you got to join us for this tour!

  17. So beautiful! Your dining room gets me every time! No matter the season, the fresh and bright colors are so beautiful and happy! I’m also really jealous of you little villages 🙂 It has always been a dream of mine to collect one! Merry Christmas!

    • Hi, Jesse. I’m honored that you’ve visited my blog, and especially that you love my kitchen/dining area. They are truly my happy colors, even with the red accents for Christmas. I bought several Christmas houses on sale after Christmas one year and got them for birthdays and Christmases for a while afterwards. I haven’t added to it because we’re out of room, but I do love it as much as I did so many years ago. Thanks for visiting!

  18. Wow – your Christmas village is amazing and my girls would love me to do all those lights outside!!!

    • Hi, Kelly. I’m glad you liked my village. You can’t miss it since it’s right inside the front door, but I love the way the lights welcome visitors during the season.

      I can’t wait to get by and see your home tour as well. I just want to make sure I take time when I visit everyone!

  19. Great home tour, Marty! I just love outdoor Christmas lights.


  20. Just lovely…filled with warmth, sentiment, and lots of love! Merry Christmas…. Susan

    • Hi, Susan. I’m so glad my home warmed your heart for the season. That’s an accomplishment, and I wanted to make sure that came across. No ideas of perfection, just lots of personal touches!

  21. Your home is so warm and just lovely, Marty! I love your tree and that beautiful table setting. It just beings so much Christmas joy!

    • Hi, Chelsea. I’m so glad you joined us on our tour this time. I’m slowly getting around to visiting everyone, and I love that each home is so different.

      I’m glad you liked the tree, and I love the table setting as well. I’m pretty traditional with the red and gold, but I might just shake it up a bit next year!

  22. Very clever of hubby to create a temporary fence! Love your wooden reindeer and the sentiment it holds. Also love your frosty window! Wish I had one!!

    • Thanks for joining us again on our tour, Jennifer. Your home is always so beautifully done. I’m glad you enjoyed my hubby’s creativity. He certainly thinks outside the box!

  23. girl, i think it looks great!!!! come decorate for me anytime!! 😉

  24. Marty, I loved your home tour! How wonderful that your husband takes charge of the outside decorating and how clever of him to construct a temporary fence just for the lights! Your home is warm and reflects what’s truly important-celebrating Jesus’ birth and the love of family. What a great tradition you’ve started in recording the memories associated with special ornaments.

    • Thanks so much, Jane! I can’t wait to see your home on Friday. Are you ready? I’m so glad you found my home to reflect my faith and those things we count most important with faith and family at the top. Without those things, everything else is just glitter. Thanks for joining us again for this tour. Blessings!

  25. Marty – thanks for sharing your home with us! What a treat! And, thank you soooo much for all the work you put into making this tour a success!

  26. Marty, I loved your tour! It is very intimidating sharing your home in blog-land but I am so happy to see what everyone has done big and small. You can see the love and caring that goes in to your decor and I love that you have pieces that have so many beloved pieces from years past. You have done a beautiful job! Our decor is personal and I love to see homes that are filled with sentiment. Well done! So happy to be touring with you! 🙂

    • Julie, your home is so beautiful and I’m glad we were able to “tour” together! Each of us is unique, but our homes are all a reflection of those things we find most beautiful. Have a blessed Christmas!

  27. Marty, my favorite part of the tour was your kiddos stuffed animals… are they waiting for Santa too? How absolutely adorable. Love this time… it goes so quick~
    I just adore your home and your festive decor. I always feel the love in your home every time I visit. I’m leaving with a wonderful warm dose of Christmas cheer!

    • Yvonne, I love that you noticed the stuffed animals. Totally for fun and to keep younger kids occupied. Win-win! We have family coming in later this month so they will be put to use!

      Your home is always so amazing, and I will be by soon to spend some time gazing at each precious picture. Thank you for sharing with us and supporting us. Have a blessed Christmas!

  28. Marty, I just love your home decorated for Christmas!!! I love collections, too. I started a Dickens Village years ago and only have 3. Ashlyn puts it out and decorates it every year! She’ll go nuts if she sees it is possible to have more than 3. I can tell you put some much time and love into your Christmas. I just love it all! You are one creative friend! -Christy

    • Hey, Christy. Thank you so much! I think it may be time for you to collect some more houses for your village! We’ve had it so long and I have a whole post I’m working on showing how we set it up and organize it.

      Thank you for doing all you did to help us with this tour, as well as sharing your home. Blessings!

  29. Peggy Zortman says:

    I love your home! It is beautiful and gives me hope for mine. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous Christmas decorations. You and your husband should be very proud of your hard work. It has made a wonderful, cozy, loving home.

    • Thank you, Peggy. That is so sweet! I hope you will use the things you love and that hold memories for you. That’s the most special blessing of the Christmas season!

  30. What a beauitfully welcoming home – and your outdoor decorations are inspiring! Take care, Laura

    • Thank you, Laura, for stopping by for the blog tour. I know you’ve been incredibly busy as well! I took 850 pics between Thanksgiving and the Christmas decor. Most were deleted! I’m sure you know how hard it is to get that “perfect” shot. Letting go and being satisfied with the creative process is hard at times, don’t you think? I think I’m better at telling others to do it than actually doing it myself! Have a blessed Christmas!

  31. Your home is beautiful. I love all of your decorations. I particularly love how meaningful so many they are to your family. Love Love Love!!! You are such a talented woman Marty. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Love you,
    Cindy Mc

    • Cindy, you are such of an encourager, and I’m honored you still read my blog. The offer still stands whenever you feel you want to share on my 2nd blog. I’ve had to just put it on hold for the moment because I’m crazy busy with this one, but I know there’s a purpose and plan for it. Love you, sweet friend!

  32. Marty, your home looks lovely all decorated for Christmas! I love the way you show your REAL home full of REAL people and lots of REAL love! I’d love to visit you in real life sometime!! 🙂

    • Richella, your home is so amazing, yet you take the time to encourage the rest of us as we just lay it all out for everyone to see! You are such a sweet woman of God with a heart that God has used to minister and encourage other women. I know that if we ever met up it would be like greeting an old friend. Well, not old, but you know what I mean! Since you’re in the 50 club I can say that! Have a blessed day!

  33. Thanks for sharing your lovely home. I, too, live in a small home and sometimes feel intimidated by those with large homes and seemingly endless budgets. I appreciate your willingness to share and inspire.

    • Jeannine, I know just how you feel. Even with this tour I know that my home can’t compare in size or grandness, but it is home and it is mine. The people I love are here, and that’s all that matters. Thank YOU for sharing with me.

  34. Marty, your home looks absolutely lovely! It is so nice you have some lovely Christmas treasures of your sister to remember her by. It sounds like your entire family enjoys decorating for the holidays. Thanks so very much for sharing.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

    • Hi, Patty. Thank you so much for the compliment! My family definitely has specific traditions that bring us together every year, but life also changes as the kids leave home so we have to find deliberate times to celebrate together. Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

  35. Debbie Ridgeway says:

    I love your Christmas villages and also the wooden Christmas tree!! I love your cozy Christmas!!! Thanks for inviting me in!!

    • Hi, Debbie. Thanks for visiting me for my Christmas tour! My home is cozy and warm and full of love (and of course, a full fusses as well). I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  36. You have the cutest home. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Judith Gale says:

    You have a beautiful home. Love the decorating especially the villages.

  38. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us Marty! I love it ALL!!! I especially love your Christmas village – so festive as is all the cozy touches you added to each room! It’s been fun partying with you in this fab blog hop! ~ Heather

    • Hi, Heather. You’re so sweet to take the time to comment on the home tour. I’m still working on sharing everyone’s tours! At least it’s not Christmas yet! Thanks for joining us this time.

  39. Hi Marty, thank you for sharing your home with us. It’s so warm and inviting. Love the mix of nostalgia, DIY and new treasures. Happy holidays! Your friends at HomeGoods

  40. Marty – I felt right at home as I took a tour of your Christmas home. Love and warmth oozes from every single detail. Your family is going to have wonderful memories to cherish the rest of their lives! You have so many clever projects! The temporary fence is genius – I want one! I’ve love the wood chargers from day one and the tree and JOY sign are to die for. You did a perfect job on your tree. Every time that I attempt to put burlap ribbon on mine, I wind up pulling it right back off. Pookie and I will ride by your house one night and take in the festive lights. You and Tim have both outdone yourselves! xo’s

    • Suzy, you’re so sweet to always write such a personal comment. I’m still linking and promoting because last week sure set me behind! I will tell Tim you think he’s a genius. He’ll get a kick out of that. It’s been fun adding a new project and here and there and repurposing old ones.

      I was watching some video I shot on my phone of the kids decorating the tree, and it was hysterical. They were just throwing lights and ornaments on there! I was thrilled the burlap worked out, and my kids gave me the hardest time about it! They seem to like their traditions 🙂

  41. Everything looks so pretty! LOVE the JOY sign! Merry Christmas! Melissa

    • Hey, there, Melissa! Thanks for commenting. I love the JOY sign, too! It was a nice additional and I think it’s going to move to the den for year round after Christmas!

  42. Awe, your home is so inviting! I was nervous posting my home too, but it’s all about remembering the real reason for the season and spreading the Christmas cheer & you’ve done a great job! Thank you for sharing your home.

  43. Thank You for the Christmas tour. Your house is beautiful and lovely decorated. I also like the outside all decorated with lights. Your hubby did a great job.

  44. Marcy, I think the comments posted here pretty much some up what most of us feel… don’t have to have a huge home or tons of money to decorate your home for Christmas. I too was feeling like my home wasn’t quite measuring up, but in reality what I was doing was trying to be something I am not. Spending money on things I don’t need and trying to keep up with the Jone’s. The Bible says we are to be content in whatever situation we find ourselves in, so I am taking that to heart. I look around at my home and see the beauty of the simple things in life..things my husband and I (more me, LOL) have collected over the years. Handmade ornaments made by my children and grandchildren adorn my tree. My heart smiles as I look around my home and travel back in time and remember all the wonderful Christmases of years gone by. So, my friend, enjoy your home and celebrate in all the Lord has provided… and most of all let us remember it is not about the glitz and the glam, but the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. BTW…I love your home! Merry Christmas

    • It would have helped if I had spelled your name right. UGH!!! Sorry. : )

    • Hi, Shirley. Thanks for your comment. I know exactly how you feel about measuring up. That’s one of the reasons I blog, to hold myself accountable and to share simple ideas that don’t cost much or are free! I’m a die hard yardsaler, and I’m just learning how to mix and match things that I already have. We lose focus on Christ when we focus on ourselves. Have a blessed Christmas!

  45. Oh my!!! Your are very inspiring

  46. Well, fiddlesticks!!! It did not post my whole comment

  47. Your blog, your home and your Christmas decor are delightful! You are very talented. Rather than you feeling as if you need to apologize for not blogging a big “fancy” house…. we readers need to thank YOU. Of course we all love those dream homes and the exuberance that happens with a good deal of “access”, like paintings in a museum they should inspire us! But maybe more importantly there’s the amazing person who takes inspiration, her own creativity and tosses whatever “limitations” she thinks she has and lives with that same sense of abundance and flourish. Those people show the rest of us that in order to sparkle, delight and make a beautiful home we just need to embrace and celebrate what there is in our lives. Of dozens of blogs I read, this is my only comment about Christmas decor….I just had to say…..You and your blog ROCK! Belated Merry Christmas and thank you!

    • Hi, Jane. I can’t tell you how much your comment on my home meant to me! It’s so easy to play the comparison game, and I’ll never measure up to a new fancy home. But our home is just that. Home. It’s where we laugh and work and fuss and learn. Thank you for seeing that and taking the time to encourage me and remind me that what I do may never grace the pages of Better Homes and Garden, but it brings delight to me and is the cornerstone of our family. Have a wonderful, blessed New Year’s!

  48. I love your home tour. It’s funny that I was thinking the exact same thing right before I came to your tour. I too thought that my house wasn’t big enough, pretty enough, etc. I am very thankful for my home and I love decorating it. Maybe next year I can be on a home tour. Please enjoy your beautiful home and thank you for sharing it with us.

    • Hi, Robin. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment. It is so easy to compare instead of focusing on the blessings we have in our home. Right now I’m enjoying taking down Christmas and cleaning out and reorganizing! What about you?

  49. I toured your home and must say that it is gorgeous! It looks so warm and inviting. I love all the Christmas decorations and Marty’s DIY projects. It all looks perfect!! Thanks for sharing it with me!

  50. This tablecloth stays place, is effortless to wipe, could be produced in a variety of patterns/colors, and nevertheless looks fresh right after
    eight years.

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