Archives for December 2014

Rustic Winter Front Porch

simply rustic winter front porch

If you have been following along  on the blog,

you probably saw my Fall decorating on the front porch.

I used straw bales to create the rustic lounger

where my little girls enjoyed  the Fall breezes

and beautiful changing leaves.

winter front porch

When we bought this two story,

I fell in love with the covered front porch.

I loved its symmetry.

It is an extension of the inside during the summer.

A place to relax and watch the kids play in the yard.

A peaceful area to read a book and wave to a neighbor walking by.

front porch with aqua door

During the winter months,  I tend to stick with simple touches of decorating.

Mostly because it is way too cold to be out on the porch-

stringing tons of lights and getting frustrated with

a constant dripping nose.

winter greenery swag

Simple pine greenery was tied together. Burlap was used to make a bow.

black chair with lantern

I painted and distressed two mismatched chairs that I picked up at a yard sale. Lantern chandeliers were given a new life as display cases for figure skates and simple greenery.

front porch winter theme decor

Straw bales from the Fall season were reused as tables between the rocking chairs. The bales were dressed up with a few plaid throws to bring the winter and Christmas decor alive.

front porch decor

Window boxes were built out of cedar to tie in with the cedar posts on the front porch. Simple pine greenery cut from trees in the backyard filled the boxes. Browned Limelight hydrangea heads were used as an unexpected element. Soft white lights give just a kiss of Christmas.

front porch winter decor


pine greenery and cotton boll


rustic winter front porch


winter theme front porch




How do you decorate your front porch in winter?

Sleeps ’til Christmas Walk

On the First day of Christmas my true love gave to me
a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the Second day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the Third day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

and on and on the song goes…..

{Calling birds, Gold Rings, Geese-a-Laying, Swans-a-Swimming, Maids-a-Milking, Ladies Dancing, Lords-a-Leaping, Pipers Piping, Drummers Drumming}


My oldest daughter came home from school

complaining about this song.

She had participated in singing this classic during music class last week.

She said the song went on forever and she almost ran out of breath.


What an 8 year old has to endure, hey?



We are down to just under 8 sleeps until Christmas!

I have participated in a few home tours this season and will be linking to those further down in the post.

I also will be sharing links to other fabulous bloggers holiday walks!

Grab yourself a cozy blanket and a cup of hot cocoa…

…let the sleeps ’til Christmas walk begin.

sleeps until christmas tour

For our sleeps ’til Christmas walk

the bedrooms were decorated simply.

I wanted a festive and fresh lakeside feel for the decor.

And I didn’t want to go overboard with decorating…

tight budget with only 8 days left until Christmas.



master bedroom

Our master bedroom is light and airy.

Soft whites, creams, and green blues are the color palette.

Simple icicle lights added to the headboard (old door) give a seasonal twinkle

and make the room look magical at night.

An old table was separated and used as nightstands to flank the master bed.

christmas in master bedroom

My favorite mercury glass lamps flank the bed.

And the galvanized mirrors, used as trays here,

give that rustic feel.

neutral colors master bedroom for christmas

Fun vintage style reindeer feed pillows from Finding Home adds texture.

reindeer feed pillow

soft whites and silver in master

silver tray with ornaments

A simple silver tray with ornaments adds a festive touch to the nightstand.

christmas tree with burlap tree skirt

master bedroom for Christmas

master bedroom with gray french chair


little girls bedroom with vintage black metal bed

Foam snowflakes add some winter character to the wall behind the vintage black iron bed.

My 6 year old is a huge Frozen fan,

this is a subtle way incorporate that into the decor.

snowflake wall in bedroom

snowflake wall in bedroom


My oldest daughters’ room has a soft color palette of gray, greens, lavender.

A mini Christmas tree on a silver platter adds that festive feel.

The bedspread resembles subtle snowflakes.

bedroom in shades of lavender

A vintage chippy white window becomes wall art above the bed.

Soft white lights were added to give that magical Christmas feel.

Hand painted nightstands in shades of lavender and gray

were refreshed from an outdated 70’s look.

chippy white window pane

A vintage cream chandelier hangs above the bed.

The smokey gray crystals sparkle in the light.

vintage chandelier

And of course, what would life be

without our golden retriever making herself comfortable.

As she counts down the last sleeps ’til Christmas

she would like to wish you Happy Holidays…

….and hopes you can find time to relax and enjoy, as she does.

golden retriever comfy in bed

If you would like to check out the rest of our holiday home,

please click over to the holiday tour.

And I have saved the best for last,

hop around for more holiday decorating inspiration.

Just follow the links below!



Monday December 15th
Wednesday December 17th

Friday December 19th

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Christmas In The Country Tour

Happy Holidays!

I am happy to be a part of the “Christmas in the Country” Home Tour and Link Party 2014!  I am one of over 40 decorated homes participating in this two week event from November 28th till December 12th.  Please visit Creative Country Mom’s to see all the new stops on the tour each day.  There is also a Holiday themed link party for the event where everyone can add their posts!  Let’s enjoy a homespun, Country Christmas at!



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christmas in the country


christmas in country dining


christmas in the country kitchen


christmas in the country living room


christmas in the country home office

Holiday Candy Bar


Details on the main living areas can be found HERE.

Details on the home office can be found HERE.

Details on the holiday candy bar can be found HERE.


I hop you enjoyed my round up of holiday decor for the Christmas in the Country blog hop. Be sure to stop over and check out all the delightful eye candy!



Don’t forget to click over to all of the fabulous homes listed below. Enjoy!

November 28th (Fri)
1. Brooke Kroeger, (
2. Carolyn Aiken, Aiken House and Garden,
3. Rita Cobb, (
4. Niki Meiners

Skip Weekend

Dec 1 (Monday)
1. Kathy Ransom, (
2. Kerryanne English,
3. Heather Benton (
4. Maggie Bryant: (

Dec 2 (Tuesday)
1.Christopher Hiedeman, (
2. Alison Agnew, (
3. Kirsten Thompson,,

Dec 3 (Wednesday)
1. Erin Zacharda, (
2. Shannon Marburger,,
3. Anne Payetta, (
4. Jessica cramer,

Dec 4 (Thursday)
1.Susan Moncrieff,,
3.Karen Heath,
4.Maggie Bryant,

Dec 5 (Friday)
2. Meegan Fast,,
3.Sara Hoffman
4. Janet Coon (

Skip Weekend

Dec 8 (Monday)
1. Brandy Dunaway,,
2. Patti Estep,,
3. Julie Schock,,
4. Jody Klein,,

Dec 9 (Tuesday)
1. Lory Bernstein,,
2. Jeannie Clemens,
3. Christy Little,,
4. Amy Buchanan,,

Dec 10 (Wednesday)
1.Kirby Carespodi, (Kirb Appeal)-
2. Kristi Haight,,
3. Vanessa Lundblad,, and/or
4. Jenny Harris,,

Dec 11 (Thursday)
1.Lynn Wheeler (
2. Sarah Cook,, (
3. Cindy Price,, (
4. Jess Rey, (

Dec 12 (Friday)
1.Melanie Hays (
2. Michelle Lepak,,
3. Elizabeth Fountain, ,
4. Lara Neves, (

End of Tour…

Holiday Candy Bar

I really want to show you my holiday candy bar, but first….

want to have some fun?

Let’s play the ridiculously addicting Candy Crush Saga.

You know you play…..

sometimes for hours.

Just admit it already.

Afterall, it is the sweetest game ever!

I will be the first to admit …

 I am guilty of playing for hours-

{well, until my lives run out anyway.}

This month,

 I have been caught in a few rather fabulous sticky situations.

Multiple holiday home tours…

and a DIY challenge that is full of colorful explosions!

holiday candy bar

So, while Tiffi and Mr. Toffee enjoy their sweet little adventure through the blissful Candy Kingdom…

I am here to share a wonderful holiday candy bar with you!

My challenge:

A holiday candy bar from clear ornaments and The Dollar Tree glassware.

Ready to get your DIY on?

{Yes, you need to stop playing Candy Crush.}

(Affiliate links are provided in this post.  See my full disclosure for more info.)

glassware  for holiday candy bar

Supplies you will need: 

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*wood slice

glassware in various sizes

*clear plastic ornaments

ice buttons

*snowflake buttons

*scrapbook wire

*styrofoam balls

*faux snow


candies of your choice

*battery operated tea lights (optional)

clear bowls for holiday candy bar

Candy Bowls

Arrange your glassware on wood slice at various heights.

Add a small amount of E6000 to the top of the glassware area.

Place 1/2 of a clear ornament on top & let dry.

snowflake charm for candy bowls


Snowflake Charms

Wrap a small section of wire to the top of snowflake.

I used a nail to curl the wire before adding to button.

Use E6000 to glue the snowflake to the ice button.

Once dry, hang wire on the eyelet of the ornament.

clear ornament candy bowl

Fill with your choice of candies.

holiday candy bar

holiday candy bar

cherry sours in clear ornament

And if you would like to kick it up a notch….

holiday candy bar

Add some battery operated tea lights inside the glassware

for some extra sparkle as I did on the holiday tour.

holiday candy bar

holiday candy bar

Sweet tips-

A-You may resume your place in Candy Kingdom.

B-Indulge in a few peppermint bark or cherry sour candies.

C-Pin this project to your favorite Pinterest board

D-All of the above.

Holiday Candy Bar

Until next time,

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Holiday Tour 2014

Home tour logo


Happy Holidays Friends.

I am so thrilled to be joining Joy of Home

and a great group of bloggers

to showcase our holiday homes.

I am also sharing this home tour

over at the Holiday House Walk.


I am going to keep it simple this go around

not much chit-chat

but heavy on eye candy.

I hope you enjoy.

Holiday Home Tour


foyer of home tour

A re-purposed child’s headboard is being used for hanging coats.

black banister with garland

Garland and thick rope adorn the banister.

Ho Ho Ho gift tags

Gift tags are given a new purpose.

christmas trees on old springs

Mini trees bobble on old bed springs.

Old springs and Christmas trees

An old wagon wheel hub cut into 3 sizes makes perfect platforms.

dreaming of a white christmas

Burlap and typography is a stunning combination.

white cabinet in foyer

A fresh winter white cabinet greets visitors.

mini candy bar

A DIY candy bar holds bite size peppermint bark and melt in your mouth mints.

happy holidays basket

Simple greens in a basket.

marquee wall star

Wooden frames, old skis, and a marquee star

shine light on the hallway leading to the main living areas.


white flocked tree made with garland

One of my favorite projects this season!

This tree is made using a garden obelisk and a metal bucket.

White flocked garland was wrapped around the frame of the obelisk.

Lights were added.

Natural elements and textures followed.

All for under $50.

reindeer obsessed

Christmas decorating isn’t complete this year without REINDEER.

dinette area with white tree

I love my transformed $40 dinette table.

Annie Sloan in Duck Egg Blue teams up nicely with my aqua seltzer bottles.

antique seltzer bottles

Aren’t they gorgeous?

The aqua star ornament has found a place to shine.

eucalyptus greens centerpiece

Seeded eucalyptus is always welcome in our home.

silver ornament with seeded eucalyptus

A few of my treasured ornaments.


christmas kitchen decor

A closer view into the kitchen.

kitchen at christmas

And then there is the Warm Hugs wooden sign above the kitchen sink.

It makes me smile everyday.

It is also a good reminder.

croissants and pomegranates

The tour is rather long…

Are you feeling a bit hungry?

pomegranates and croissants

red pomegranates

A bit more eye candy…

brown hydrangeas and greens

A simple white pitcher filled with the remains of hydrangea florets and pine greens.

I love the texture the browned hydrangeas show off.

let it snow chalkboard sign

Cedar planter boxes hung indoors to act as display cases

for chalkboards and old cutting boards.

snowflake ornament

let it snow

My favorite clock.

metal letter M made merry

A metal letter M made MERRY.


living room

Our family Christmas tree.

Each year a unique ornament is placed on the tree

representing a memory from that year.

It is our tree full of memories.

{a hodge podge of everything}

living room mantel

A new advent calendar displayed on the mantel.

advent calendar

A few giant pine cones in urns.

deer statue on mantel

Wooden trees embellished with snowflakes.

deer on mantel

A corner sitting area with one of my favorite pillows from Finding Home.

reindeer pillow from Finding Home Online


An old table top was converted into a large tray for our massive coffee table.

centerpiece with candleholders


centerpiece for Christmas


serving tray on coffee table


yak pillow cover

And I am going to wrap up the main living area Holiday Tour with this friendly guy!

My 6 year old wants to style his hair in the worst way!

Now, don’t be sad

the tour certainly is not over….

come see my Woodland Work Space

paper leaf wreath

Then, there is more holiday tour goodness

just a click away!

Hop over to see how the other bloggers on this tour

have decorated their homes in the links below.

Happy Holidays!


Holiday Home Tour hosted by 18 Homes/5 days

A Holiday Home Tour at Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!   

– Monday –

 1. Little Brags

2. Joy In Our Home

3. The Painted Hinge

A Holiday Home Tour at Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!  

  – Tuesday –

1. 2 Bees In A Pod

2. Dandelion Patina

3. Love Create Celebrate

4. Shambray

A Holiday Home Tour at Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!  

– Wednesday –

1. Around The Watts House

2. Curly Crafty Mom

3. Dwelling In Happiness

4. Karen’s Up On The Hill

A Holiday Home Tour at Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!

– Thursday –

1. 2 Bees In A Pod

2. Home RemediesRX

3. Life Love Larson

4. Melanie Gets Married

A Holiday Home Tour at Come join us as 18 fabulous bloggers open their homes to you this Christmas!

– Friday –

1. Bless’er House

2. Burlap & Babies

3. Meet the Bs

4. Posed Perfection

Woodland Work Space

Welcome to the first annual Home for the Holidays Blog Tour

brought to you by Sondra Lyn at Home!

Home for the Holidays 2014 - SondraLyn at Home

This year’s co-host is Michele from Our Rosey Life. Thanks, Michele!

We are so excited to bring the selection of blogs that have been assembled for this inaugural kick-off.

Be sure to check back for each day’s inspirational links!

Here is the line-up for the week:

Monday – Gifts and Wrapping

{Home-ology} Modern Vintage ~ Let’s Wrap Stuff ~ Tried & True

Two Purple Couches ~ Two Thirty-Five Designs

Tuesday – Trees and Decor- Part I

Atta Girl Says ~ Cottage at the Crossroads ~ Sondra Lyn at Home

Stone Gable ~ The Happier Homemaker

Wednesday – Crafts

365 Days of Crafts ~ Houseologie ~ Redhead Can Decorate

Sisters, What! ~ Sweet Pea

Thursday – Recipes and Tablescapes

Creative Southern Home ~ Domestically Speaking ~ Dukes and Duchesses

Major Hoff Takes a Wife ~ Our Rosey Life

Friday – Trees and Decor- Part II

Dandelion Patina ~ Decor Adventures ~ Designed Decor

What Meegan Makes ~ White Lace Cottage

Each day you will see new links added for that day’s featured topic.

So let’s get started!



If you have been following the blog,

you know how much I enjoy decorating with natural elements.

If you are new to DP, welcome!

So glad you are here!

woodland work space from dandelion patina


It has been a busy week here at our home.

Decking the halls is in full swing!

While many rooms are full of totes, boxes, and bags full of decorations

yet to be displayed

I have managed to make our work space a woodland delight!

work space in the home


home office decor

I love the etching on these cow bells.

vintage gold cow bells

woodland work space desk


vintage ornaments in cloche

I love vintage ornaments and cloches.

I used a metal wall @ to create a stand for the cloches.

Paper Mojo deer head

A vintage garden gate makes an industrial backdrop.

A seasonal paper mache deer head was transformed-

bedazzled in decorative paper and glass glitter.

deer head with Paper Mojo

And who doesn’t love burlap?

garland with pine cones

white drawer with aqua knobs

An old white drawer and greens create a holiday vignette.

dried hydrangea and vintage ornament

aqua distressed knob

paper leaf wreath

white wreath craft

chunky twig pencils with bark

Chunky twig pencils make a great display accessory in the home office.

bakers twine on spools

Spools of Baker’s twine are easily accessible for holiday wrapping.

A few holiday gifts under a faux tree makes a simple festive grouping.

gifts for the holidays


work space desk

A sofa table is re-purposed into additional work space for completing homework.

etched gold box with antlers

A simple textured decorative box is a touch of holiday glam.

aqua lantern with vintage ornaments


piano decorations

Our piano was decorated with a few accessories for the holidays.

Do you play?

glitter star and sheet music

music basket with holiday greens

cloche with snowman

A cute little rustic snowman smiles under a glass cloche.

snowman rustic jute


woodland themed christmas tree

 Vintage glass ornaments

moss balls

 woodland animals

are found adorning the slender Christmas tree.

We also display our handmade ornaments-

a simple

log with a bird nest


vintage style compass.

vintage ornament and hydrangea

Brown hydrangeas were cut and used to decorate the tree.

I love the texture and rustic feel they have.

tree skirt basket

I used a basket and ribbon to create a unique tree skirt.

silver metal statue of reindeer

I am having a deer obsession this season.

This guy is one of my favorite finds.

Oh deer….

this wraps up my Woodland Work Space,

but feel free to browse around at my home tour

…and then hop over to the other blogs on this tour.

Are you on Pinterest?

Follow Dandelion Patina there!


Home for the Holidays


Monday ~ Gifts and Wrapping


Tuesday ~ Trees and Decor- Part I

Wednesday ~ Crafts


Thursday ~ Recipes and Tablescapes

Friday ~ Trees and Decor- Part II

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Ribbon Tree Blocks

winter activities for kids


Hey readers!

We traveled to the Christmas tree farm today.

 It was a whopping 25 degrees!

But, the sun was shining and this activity is a tradition for us,

as for many.

We arrived at the tree farm where Thomas the Train greeted us.

We loaded the train and rang the bell for our bumpy ride to begin.

A heated shed awaited us at our destination with a cozy open fire.

The girls nibbled on a few roasted marshmallows before we ventured out to find that

perfect tree.

And perfect is definitely in the eye of the beholder.

The girls will either pick out a tree that is 12′ tall or one that is brown and sparse.

I love hearing what they notice about a tree…

…and the reason why they feel it is perfect.

But, ultimately the tree of choice is voted on by all.

{such a process}

The tree we brought home this year is so full….

..and bit round in the middle.

Actually, we barely got it through the front door.

We usually opt for a Frasier Fir,

but we brought home a White Spruce this go around.

It smells heavenly.

I can’t wait to show it to you in a few weeks

during the home tour.

DIY ribbon tree blocks

Meanwhile while temps are dropping outdoors,

I have a fun activity you can do with your kiddos.

These tree blocks remind me of our adventures

during the Christmas tree hunt.

And this project allows kids to create their perfect tree to display.

ribbon tree blocks DIY

Supplies you will need:

Scrap blocks of wood


Chalk paint


Glass glitter

glass glitter by Recollections

The glass glitter from Michael’s is a budget-friendly alternative to the pricier German glass glitter. I was drawn to the vintage colors of this glitter.

glass glitter ribbon trees

Start the project by painting the blocks.

I used ASCP in Pure White.

I lightly distressed and sanded the blocks smooth.

ribbon tree blocks with glass glitter

Using the stencil,

trace the pattern of the tree.

glass glitter ribbon trees

Take your Elmer’s glue and apply over the traced pattern.

ribbon tree blocks

Completely cover the glued block with glass glitter.

Shake off excess and let dry.

glass glitter in vintage green

These were so simple for the kiddos to make.

I would suggest kids 6 and up for this project.

My girls needed a bit of help with the tracing of the pattern,

but loved the painting and bedazzling!

A perfect little ribbon tree block to personalize their rooms.

glass glitter trees DIY project

Do you cut your own tree? Leave me a comment on your tradition.

Need more winter themed inspiration?

Hop on over to a few other fun ideas…

…for crafting with your kids

on those blustery days of winter!


Puffy Paint Snowman from Creative Ramblings

Free Kids Winter Activity Printables from Life is a Lullaby

Marshmalllow Snowman from Krafts and Kiddos

Snowmen at Night 3D Art Activity from Melly Moments

Make Your Own Christmas Ornaments from Bumps to Bottles

Printable Snowflake Coloring Pages from What Mommy Does

Ribbon Tree Blocks from Dandelion Patina

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