Cribs {Christmas Edition} ~ Steve & Amy

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My friend Steve and his family love Christmas.  Steve and his wife Amy have been collecting Christmas ornaments and decorations for years.  They each have many family treasures, and they've also collected special pieces together.  Every year, on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Steve takes their three kids and two dogs out of town for the weekend while Amy does one of her favorite things – decorate the house for Christmas.Christmas house

She does have a designer help her with a few things, like the garland and the wreaths, but she also has quite the eye herself.  I was not the designer for the project, so I do not take any of the decorating credit.  Their house and decorations are beautiful though, so I wanted to share the photos with you.  Maybe you’ll find some inspiration for your own house!

Christmas front door

A close up of the stunning garland and wreath on the front door:

Christmas garland & wreath

When you walk in the front door, you’re greeted by this adorable reindeer and his red trees.

reindeer & trees

On the chest to the right of the reindeer was one of my favorite things in the house.  These colorful finials really caught my eye.  They were bright and beautiful and sparkly!

Christmas finials

My favorite one out of all of them:

Christmas finials

Also in the foyer, is another beautiful garland strung along the stair railing.  The mixture of colors and textures really makes the garland interesting and unique!

Christmas stair garland

Over and around the doorways leading from the foyer to the kitchen, Amy hangs four garlands.  They are filled with Christopher Radko ornaments – she uses Santas and snowmen only.

Christmas door garland

There are a total of 217 ornaments on the four garlands and it took Amy 2 ½ hours to put them all together!  A few of their favorites:

Santa & snowman

Amy sets up five trees throughout the house, but one of Steve’s favorite things is the ‘main tree’.

Christmas tree

The main tree is filled with special ornaments that Amy thoughtfully hangs in special places.  Amy and Steve both share the same favorite ornament.  Olivia the octopus (on the right) was an ornament that they both, unknowingly, picked out for the other when they were first dating.

Octopus ornament

Another one of the trees is the ‘kids’ tree’.  It is filled with more playful ornaments.

kids Christmas tree

Many of the ornaments on the kids’ tree are still special, like this penguin Steve has from his childhood.  He said it was purchased from the local drug store where he grew up, and up until a few years ago, it still had the 15¢ price sticker on one of his skis.

penguin ornament

In their kitchen area is this tree, decorated with all penguin ornaments.

penguin Christmas tree

This guy was my favorite – a penguin and he’s purple, yes please!

penguin ornament

I loved this tree that Amy sets up in their bedroom.

pastel Christmas tree

The lighter colors coordinated with the feel of their bedroom and the cascading ribbons added softness to the tree.

pastel Christmas tree

The fifth tree is adorned with all silver ornaments.

silver Christmas tree

All of the ornaments on this tree hold extra-special meaning, especially to Amy.  Her mom and sister collected silver ornaments, so many of these are their ornaments that have been passed down to her.  There are bells, balls, and other figures, some of them are engraved with the dates of their children’s first Christmases or other special years.

silver ornaments

The five trees are not the only amazing decorations in the house.  Steve and Amy also love nutcrackers.  During the holiday season, their pool table turns into center stage for their collection.

nutcrackers

Amy’s mom needlepointed her two son's stockings, and Amy said she even learned new stitches in order to make them!  She passed away before having the chance to make their daughter's stocking, so to have them all match, Amy tracked down the needlepoint winner of the state fair of Texas (Amy's home state) to stitch Hunter's.

stockings

One of Amy’s favorite things is their Fontanini nativity scene.  She says that setting it up each year reminds her of being a young girl and playing dolls with her sister.

Christmas nativity village

Christmas nativity

Steve and Amy have several nativity scenes set up throughout the house.  They are all beautiful and have sentimental meaning to the family.

Christmas nativity

crystal Nativity

Christmas nativity

On the chandelier in their kitchen, Amy strings a garland and clay ornaments to create a casual focal point for the room.

kitchen chadelier

The clay ornaments are a mix of ornaments that represent the 12 Days of Christmas, and ones that are labeled with the year and the family’s names.

kitchen chandelier detail

Amy and Steve also collect the Dicken's Villages.

Christmas village

Amy enjoys finding new ways to arrange the scenes each year.

Christmas village skating

I know that my pictures have not done Amy and Steve’s house and decorations justice.  I appreciate them allowing me to come see all of their decorations and share them with you.  They love the spirit of the Christmas season and find great joy in discovering special pieces throughout the year and reminiscing about the memories each one holds.  Their biggest joy, however, is sharing their collection with others and passing along the happiness and love of the season.

I want to leave you with a few more photos from their collection.

Christmas bell players

Christmas clay figurines

nesting Santas

Christmas dining table

snowy Christmas village

Christmas carolers

Thank you so much, Steve and Amy, for opening your Christmas Wonderland to us!

° What is your favorite Christmas ornament?

Cathy Green Interiors monogram

 

Pom Pom Christmas Tree

I love all of the sparkle and glitz of the Christmas season!  This season I decided to make some of our own Christmas decorations. Here is a picture of supplies I started with for my first project:

I ended up adding a few things as the project progressed, but my idea was to make a pom pom Christmas tree.  I bought a 20" Styrofoam tree, 100 silver pom poms, 400 white pom poms, and red and silver ribbon. (I already had the needle and thread.   All supplies from Michael’s, except the silver pom poms.)

My idea was to string the pom poms on the thread like garland and then glue each strand to the tree.  I figured that gluing a whole strand at a time would be much easier than gluing each individual pom pom onto the tree one….at….a….time.

I started stringing the pom poms and used a random order of silver and white poms to make the strands.

As I was stringing and testing my first few rows, I decided two things:

  1. I wanted a base to set the tree on and to support the bottom layer of pom poms.
  2. If any part of the white tree showed through the pom poms, I wanted it to be silver, not white.

So, I bought a white melamine plate from Target and spray painted it silver to make the base.

Since spray paint will melt Styrofoam, I had to come up with another idea for the tree.  Thanks to Andrew, who suggested covering it in silver wrapping paper!  I simply measured out the paper and hot glued it to the tree.  I knew most of it would be covered with the poms, so the pattern on the paper (also from Target) was not a concern.  I also didn’t worry about it being perfectly straight and smooth.  I then hot glued the base of the tree to the plate.

I was now ready to start gluing the poms to the tree.  I found the best method was to make about 4 or 5 rows at a time and then glue those rows.  It helped me with measuring how many poms I would need per strand.  (It’s not that easy to snap a quick picture of hot glue by yourself!)

While gluing, in order to best hide the ends of the string, I glued each strand and left space for one last pom.  I then put a dab of glue on a pom and pressed it right over the string to hide the knot.

Here it is about half-way done:

I wanted to keep the tree topper simple, so I used the red and silver ribbon to tie a bow and pin it in place with a straight pin.   Here is the finished Pom Pom Christmas Tree on the mantel:

Pom Pom Christmas Tree Pin It I’m working on the rest of the mantel, so there are more crafts, decorations, and pictures to come!  Next week, I’ll be sharing an easy wreath idea!

° What are you crafting for the Holidays?  What will be adorning your mantel? ° How many times did I use the word pom pom in this post!?

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