Christmas at The Rescued Home

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here, but definitely doesn’t feel like it.  Yep, it is 81 degrees here in sunny Central Texas!  But the temperature has not stopped me from Christmas decorations, Christmas movies and music and hot chocolate.  Last year I was super motivated to get creative with my Christmas decorating and I spent weeks making stockings, a new tree skirt and a plethora of fun Christmas decorations.  Click on the links to see the tutorials Fabric Vase Fillers, Mitten Garland, Christmas Card Hanger, Vintage Photo Ornaments.    This year it took me four days just to get my Christmas tree up and decorated.  Pregnancy has the upper hand this year!  For someone who is a “doer” it is very hard for me to put something like decorating on hold and choose to lay on the couch.  But I did it, The Rescued Home is decorated and ready for the big day!  Would you like to see it?

Ok let’s start with our tree.  This is what it looked like last year.

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I created ornaments out of vintage family photos.

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I loved the look but this year wanted something a little different.

I also made this ruffle tree skirt last year.

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She made it back under the tree this year.  I found the tutorial for it here.

Here is our tree this year.

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Instead of vintage photos I made shell ornaments out of shells I had collected at the lake last summer.  They have been sitting for the past year next to my driftwood I collected for my driftwood wreath.

I cleaned off the shells then with a small drill bit I drilled a hole in the top of the shell.

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Then I inserted a wire hook through the hole

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and hung them.

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When the light reflects off of them it creates a really pretty glow.

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I love how organic and unique each one is.

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I kept the upholstery webbing

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and rolled up sheet music I used last year.

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I have always wanted a sled to decorate with even though we never use them here in Texas, so when I saw this one at a garage sale this summer for $5 I scooped it up.

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I love how our tree turned out this year.  I plug in its lights as soon as I wake up and they stay on all day.

We don’t have a fireplace with a mantel for our stockings so I created this stocking holder last year out of a vintage children’s bed.  At the end of the season it goes back into the attic.

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Here are some other snap shots of our living room.

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I have said before my dining room is my most favorite room to decorate and photograph.  The lighting is great for indoor photos.

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For my chairs I took scrap burlap and cut it into 6 inch-ish strips, tied it vertically and inserted stems of red berries.

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I love the added pops of red.

By the time I got around to creating a centerpiece for my table I had used most of my decorations in other places.  This is what I came up with.

I used an old wooden Big Red crate,

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grasses I collected for my fall decorating,

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antlers I used last year, vintage books,

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and red berries and greenery.

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Now I am in a mad-dash to finish sewing curtains and bedding for Eliza’s room.  I am five weeks away from my due date! She will be here before we know it.

With love,
Lauren

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Decorated For Christmas

I have finally taken pictures of The Rescued Home all dressed up in her Christmas best!  Want to see??? Ok here she is The Rescued Home all fancy for Christmas.

 Let me warn you there are a lot of pictures.

My mom and I decided we were going to make it a tradition to make our own Christmas wreaths every year.  Growing up I watched her make them.  Everything on this wreath other than the red berries were found in nature. Even the wreath frame, yep I yanked the vine out of a tree!

Here is my entry table.

I made new stockings to match the upholstery webbing I used in the tree.

I turned old Pepsi crates into shadow boxes to display my Christmas decor.

Antlers, antlers, antlers! I am loving them this season!

 My dining room is my favorite room to decorate.

I noticed my shades are not hanging evenly, oh well, we live here:)

I didn’t want to spend any money on a center piece so I pulled together things I already had.  Left over burlap, candle sticks bought at a thrift store, antlers, red berries from a Christmas garland someone gave me, bark from a tree, feathers I found in my neighborhood, sheet music and an old frame.

I wanted a little Christmas cheer in our new guest bath.  I haven’t posted pics of the completed project but will do so in the next few days.  It is fabulous!!!

TADA! There she is, all dressed up and ready for Santa.  Hope you enjoyed looking around.

With love,
Lauren

vintage christmas tree

Hi everyone, I have missed you! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We had a great day here in the Lowry home.  Last night we drug our mattress into the living room, fixed a plate of cheese and meats, poured a glass of wine and kicked off the Christmas season with one of our favorite Christmas movies.

I decided after Market On Belvin to slow down so I took a break from blogging and have been trying to put my house back in order.  As I enter into this holiday season I have decided not to get caught up in the busyness of the season.  I have had enough busyness for the year therefore, I plan on spending the next 5 weeks, resting and enjoying all the wonderfulness of Christmas!

I have been working on some Christmas decor goodies I plan on sharing with you.  I am going to do my first series of blog posts called “Christmas Decorating With Lauren.”  In this blog series you will see tutorials and ideas I have done around my house.  My hope is that this will spur on your own creativity and draw you into the excitement of the season.

I know today is a big Christmas tree decorating day so I wanted to share mine with you.  We bought our 9ft., pre-lit tree last year after Christmas when it was 90% off. We were so excited to finally open it this year so last Thursday we pulled it out of the attic, heated some cider, turned on Bing Crosby Christmas music and started setting it up.  As we did we noticed the lights had been cut in several places.  Joel said he could re-wire where it had been cut but after further discussion we decided that could be a possible fire hazard so we resolved to cutting the lights out of the tree.  I don’t know if you have ever seen the lights on a pre-lit tree but they are braided into every branch!!!  What we thought may take an hour took three!  By the time all the lights had been cut out we were so frustrated and tired that we left the mess and went to bed.

Now, a week later it is finally decorated and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

I wanted a tree this year that would keep with the vintage style of our 1920’s home so I turned my creative juices to my family’s old photos and sheet music.

The colors I chose are red, gold, white, cream and beige.  I mixed rough textures like upholstery webbing with sparkly red and gold balls.

I even added things like an old spur

and antique door hardware.

Stay tuned for my decorating series!

Did you know I offer holiday decorating services? For more information contact me at laurenlowry04@gmail.com.

With love,
Lauren