{Christmas Came Early for Me}

Thursday, December 11, 2008

So I decided to help Mr. Smarty out this Christmas, as I suspect many wives do, by showing him exactly what I wanted. This year, I found it on craigslist. SHOCKER, I know. I asked the Mister if I could make the owner of a really cute deacons bench an offer he could refuse but I would pray he wouldn't. I said I would just offer the guy $10. Being Christmas and all, Mr. Smarty threw caution to the wind and told me if I REALLY HAD TO HAVE this bench, then I should make him a real offer. So, $20 it was. Long story short, the beauty of a bench is now here:



And since I'm posting and adding pictures, I'll give you a few glimpses of what Christmas looks like in our home.





This nativity set was my birthday present from my parents this year...yes, my birthday was in May, but it just made me look forward all the more to pulling out all my Christmas decorations a few weeks ago. And the table runner was a gift from my in-laws from their last trip to Jordan earlier this year.



This banner is the first thing I made for our first apartment years ago. Once we moved into our house, it got tucked away in a closet. I just found it recently and thought it was perfect for the space during Christmas. The sticks in the urn came from a Live Oak in our backyard. Can't beat FREE!



And here's my contribution for TipJunkie's Christmas Tree Tip Contest: this table tree solves two problems at once. First, the price of a 6 or 7 foot tree is much more affordable than a 12 foot tree. And second, Baby can't knock over, pull ornaments off of or eat a tree 4 feet off the ground. The table also make a great spot for hiding our bin of books...




24 Creative People Had This To Say:

Leaning on Him said...

You've done a beautiful job, my dear! And I like the idea of the "tree on a table". :o)

Heather Clark said...

LOVE the tree on the table!! what a great idea!!

Susanne said...

Very lovely. Your staircase is just beautiful and congrats on getting that great bench. Merry Christmas.

We are THAT Family said...

Great job! Your home is lovely!

Frugal Finds said...

Very nice!!!!

Carey said...

You have a beautiful house...so warm and inviting.
Thanks for having me.
Happy holidays!

Laura said...

Fabulous!

Sarah @ ThriftyDecorChick said...

Oh that railing and staircase is fantastic!! Ohhh I want stairs like that!

Becca and Adam said...

your house is beautiful - i love your early Christmas gift . . . I've been wanting one like that!

Marci said...

Great Job! Very Pretty. Merry Christmas!

Leslie said...

I would love to have a bannister like yours.. although, that would mean I'd have lots of steps too. Beautiful!!! Merry Christmas

kate said...

is that a monogrammed lamp shade? I'm a HUGE fan of monogramming! please let me know if you know where I could get one!

Merry Christmas! Loved the home tour...and the little one in each picture!

Momtothreebabies said...

Your home is GORGEOUS!! I love everything about it! Your kids are gorgeous too!!
Merry Christmas!
Jaelle @ www.momtothreebabies.blogspot.com

Suzie said...

That banister is amazing! Thanks for the tour.

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Love the banner and you got a great deal on that bench!!

Manuela

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Kristen, thanks for coming by my party! Cute bench you got there & I love your stately foyer. HOpe you'll come back & see me again!

Kim Layton said...

Your home and your family are beautiful! The bench was a great find! We just bought a super large cabinet for $100 and I could dance when I think about it! I love a bargin!
Merry Christmas!
-Kim

Robin said...

Thanks for the tour...your home is beautiful! It was hard to leave that photo of your children though...they are adorable!! Blessings!

Lishak said...

I LOVE your stair rail! It's beautiful and you are very talented.

Christine said...

Everything is beautiful and what a great bench!

elizabeth said...

I just love your tree table!
Merry Christmas!!!

Fostering Creativity said...

I like your tree on a table! What a great way to still have a tree when you have little ones in the house!

Keetha said...

Love the little guy sitting in the hallway waiting for Christmas to arrive!!!

Thanks for inviting us all to your tour.

Merry Christmas

Brian and Kirsten said...

I love the tree on the table! Such a great idea.

Kirsten of B&K