Christmas in Georgia

Yes, it’s mid January, and yes this post is about Christmas.  This January has been one of the busiest for us and I feel like I’ve just been on the go the whole month, so it’s not too much of a surprise that I’m just getting around to a quick recap of our Georgia trip!

After stopping to visit with my Granddad, we got to Callaway on Friday afternoon.  This was the first time all 5 of us had been together at mom’s house, and we knew we were going to have a lot of fun.

This year mom wanted to use my Cricut skills, and we came up with a Pine Mountain pillow for her to give friends (totally took Lauren to help me take a fun photo of the pillow with the mountains behind).  While the boys played gold, Santa Pegs, and her elf daughters, drove around the neighborhood delivering her gifts.

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We headed to San Marcos for dinner and margaritas and some of mom’s friends joined us for quite the funny dinner.  Then it was off to Fantasy in Lights to see the new scene!

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Oh and teach mom & Darren about snap chat filters while waiting in line…christmas-2016_04 We celebrated Christmas with Rollene on Christmas Eve with the traditional BBQ – ribs, and all the Southern sides.  The popper toys she gave us were definitely a hit!christmas-2016_05
Christmas morning was just the 5 of us, and the highlight was when Hunter opened his gift from the Hyatts – Thanks Jimbo!
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We switched up Christmas dinner to have a 7lb filet log done by grill master Darren and steakhouse butter by Lauren.  Filet log > yule log.  We ended the night with Mexican Train and Hunter schooled all of us.
christmas-2016_08Sadly it was back to South Carolina on Monday morning, but I was happy we got to enjoy a nice long weekend in Georgia with my family!

Finally, because this picture was too good not to share – here’s Hunter & Cleo right before Christmas in Charleston.christmas-2016_02

I’m planning on catching up on sleep and finally writing some posts that have been in my head this weekend, so I won’t be as slack as I have been 😉

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Christmas at 2433

I can’t believe this is our 3rd Christmas at 2433!  The day before Thanksgiving I put away our fall decor and pulled out the Christmas boxes.  You’ll notice some same decor I’ve brought out or made in previous years, but I also added to my collection too!

This was the first year we opted for an artificial tree.  I’ve enjoyed having a real tree the last two years, but it really isn’t cost effective, so we went artificial this year and found one at Hobby Lobby.  The best part about it: it’s prelit, so I didn’t spend hours adding lights around the middle and then the outer branches of the tree. That alone was a huge win in my book.

One of my favorite traditions is collecting ornaments from different trips.  We did add a few new ornaments this year: Lobster boat from Kennebunkport and a beach one from our honeymoon in Jamaica.img_8265The mercury glass ornaments & sea glass ornaments are still fixtures on our tree.  We didn’t do a rope garland this year, but went for burlap trailing from the top instead.

fullsizerender-2The other night I made a simple tree topper for the new tree.  The tree was definitely missing it, and that was my 5 minute craft version of one for this year.img_0061This spring I brought our shelves into the living room, so I had another area to decorate this year, which was wonderful!  Highlights are a framed Santa postcard from my Great-grandmother, Mama, a pelican from Raleigh, 1 burlap wrapped tree, and a little red bird with hat & scarf from Pine Mountain.
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img_0056The living room has all the normal decorations – our DIY stocking holders from 2014, coastal burlap stockings, some decoupaged Christmas trees from last year,  another burlap wrapped tree, and a driftwood reindeer on the mantle.  And yes, that’s Elf on tv – I’ve maybe watched it 5 times so far this year 😳.img_0024

img_0027I added small silver & blue ornaments to my Grandmom’s silver bowl for a festive touch on the coffee table.  Plus I had to swap out my Charleston books for my Christmas ones…img_0075

img_0081Our entry is all older items too – my driftwood angel, NOEL letters from last year, more driftwood reindeer and the normal coastal decor with some added lights.img_0025I picked up a ‘Merry Christmas’ banner during one of my several trips to Michael’s this year and hung it above our bar.  I also have my cranberry & rosemary centerpiece over there as well.xmas-2016_02

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My wine cork Christmas tree was back out and the centerpiece of our dining table.  This year I added some fresh rosemary around it, and I like it even more!img_0005

My Grinch quote went in the kitchen, behind the sink – which seemed like a great place for a little Christmas reminder. And my lil Coca Cola bear is in the window!img_0064

I also added a light up star I found at Michael’s last week to the counter by the fridge to add a little something (at this point it was really the only place that didn’t have any decor).

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The pantry door is now covered with all of the holiday cards we’ve received.  I love seeing everyone’s faces!

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Our friend Holly gave us a cute hand towel last year, so I put it in our guest bathroom.  The ‘Sanda Claus’ theme fits in perfectly with everything else 🙂

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Outdoors was pretty standard from the last few years – I wrapped the front porch with the pre-lit garland, added candles to the front windows & put out my ‘Seas and Greetings’ sign with a poinsettia out front.fullsizerender-10img_0085It was fun to look back and see what’s changed and what’s the same from our first Christmas at the house.  I still can’t get over how much difference a rug in the living room made!

Hope you enjoyed the little holiday tour!

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Oyster Shell Tree Topper

This year we made the switch to an artificial tree, and an unintended consequence was getting a new tree topper for it.  Last Sunday night I came up with what I wanted to do for a new one and shared the process on Instagram’s story feature – so here’s the written version!

Oyster Shell Tree Topper

What you’ll need:

  • Pre-made tree topper
  • Wire cutters
  • 5 small oyster shells
  • Goop, liquid cement

I found a basic tree topper that I liked at Hobby Lobby for $8 (it was 50% off).  The star shape & twine / natural feel were what drew me to it versus all of the glittery ones, but knew I was going to get rid of the greenery.

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Using wire cutters, I just snipped the greenery off the topper, from both sides.  Then I was left with a twine wrapped outer star, and almost grapevine-like center.
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I went into my oyster shell inventory (yes, this is a thing at our house) and found a few small & flat shells that I could use to put on the star instead.  I applied some Goop liquid cement to the back of each shell, and placed them on the tree topper in a star design.fullsizerender-7

When the shells are all on the topper, let it dry overnight to securely attach.
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Finally, add the tree topper to your tree!  This whole project only takes 5 minutes of work and gave our tree just the right extra touch of coastal 😉  Add in the low cost, and this is the best kind of project!img_0059 img_0061

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Christmas Oyster Pillow

It wouldn’t be the holidays if I didn’t make a Christmas pillow, right?? Well my friend Meg gave me some inspiration from Maine, and I made it one week night.  Naturally I opted for a coastal vibe…

DIY Christmas Oyster Pillow

What you’ll need:

  • White pillow cover
  • Cricut Explore Air
  • Silver HTV
  • Navy blue HTV
  • Gold glitter HTV
  • Cricut weeder tool
  • Iron

Alright, since this is made with the Cricut – you’ve gotta open Design Space first.  I put together a design using oyster shells, a star fish and ‘Merry Christmas.’  It’s important to “attach” all of the oyster shells together so they will cut the same way you design them.  Since I was cutting the star fish, oysters and words in different colors, I didn’t need to attach them together too.

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Cut each of the pieces out the using your Cricut.  I opted for silver oysters, navy blue text & gold glitter star fish for the top, so each was cut on different HTV.  Like always, remember to “mirror” the design before cutting so it will iron on the pillow cover correctly.

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Once everything is cut, you’ll weed out the extra from the design using the weeder tool.christmas-oyster-pillow-05christmas-oyster-pillow-02

When all of the pieces are weeded, you’re ready to iron!  Put the pieces together (right side up) on your pillow cover.
christmas-oyster-pillow-03Use your iron – on the cotton setting, or high heat – to apply the HTV to the pillow cover.  I’ve said it before, but every iron is different so apply heat for short periods of time until all parts of the design are applied without pulling up.christmas-oyster-pillow-04Add an insert, and you’ve got yourself a coastal Christmas pillow!

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This was totally a selfish design – one I came up with and knew I wanted on our couch during December.  Maybe next year I’ll list these in the shop, but until then it’s just for me… and sharing with you!

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