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Holiday Home Tour – Have a Treat

If the sugarplum fairy ever visits this is where she’ll be hanging out, I’m sure. The dining room is definitely the land of sweets.

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Holiday Home – Grab a Seat

Holiday Home

Today I’ll be showing you our living room. This is our fancy room so it has the fancy tree. That means it’s filled with mostly glass ornaments and other ornaments I don’t want to find broken/ruined. We have another tree in the family room that is much more homespun looking. But in the living room I try to keep it elegant.

Holiday Home
Holiday Home
Holiday Home
15 december

Holiday Home Tour – Come On In

Hello and welcome to the urchin home. So glad you guys stopped by to see us. I decorate the porch with my childhood sled, a grapevine wreath, a vintage red lawn chair, a lot of pinecones, and some rusty jingle bells. The large pinecones are from sugar pines and the smaller pinecones are the cinnamon scented ones. Their scent would be way too much in the house but on the porch it’s rather nice. The bells are oversized and rusty.

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Holiday Home

I try to keep the entryway fairly simple when I decorate for the holidays. We have one cabinet in there and I don’t like the top of it to be cluttered with decorations, I do enough cluttering of it daily with my keys and mail. The little pillow hangs from a front closet doorknob and says “star bright… Christmas light” and has the year Papa and I were married on it. The snowman sits at the bottom of the stairs right next to the living room which is where we’re headed tomorrow.

Holiday Home
Holiday Home

Please be sure to drop by these friends who will also be showing off their holiday homes this week:

  • Daisy
  • Eren
  • Grace
  • Heather
  • Julia
  • Melody
  • Melissa
  • If you’d like to join the tour just post some photos to your blog or flickr and let me know so I can add you to the list.

    Holiday Home Tour

    Holiday Home Tour

    I was recently talking with Grace about holiday decorating and I told her I would take a photo of a little vignette I always do on our front porch for her to see. It got me thinking about holiday homes and how much inspiration can come from seeing what other people do. Now don’t get me wrong, the images in magazines are really magical at this time of year but they often seem unattainable too. I certainly don’t have the budget or skills to create one of those kind of rooms. And honestly, I don’t want my home to feel like a magazine, especially at this home-y, cozy time of year. So this week I’ll be giving a little holiday home tour of the urchin house and I’m hoping you might want to join in. I’ll be posting every day but you can post as little or as much as you like. Let me know and I’ll make a list so we can all be inspired by each other’s holiday homes.

    Recent Favorites

    Hot, Hot, Hot

    We’ve had temps here in the 100s so we have been doing all we can to stay cool. That mostly means we move as little as possible. The power company has load balancing equipment on our air conditioner and I guess the load is great because it keeps getting turned off. What’s worse is we haven’t had rain in a really long time, I actually can’t remember, has it been three weeks? This weekend though, we’re off for a quick trip to the beach to see some friends. Until I return, here are some recent favorites from flickr:

    Recent Favorites

    1. quebec city, 2. shed, 3. cesky krumlov, czech republic, 4. scrappy hex crib quilt, 5. the magnifying glass photo challenge: nature in my pocket, 6. Untitled, 7. the cat is still quarantined, 8. in between music sheets, 9. Too Tweet, 10. Circus of Circles, 11. Jewel Squares, 12. Carla’s quilt, 13. this is making my morning, 14. naturally dyed eggs, 15. heart topper, 16. "It Takes A Village", 17. Egg Bunnies, 18. Mushrooms, 19. happy bees, 20. red letter day plus quilt, 21. ninety six, 22. A Year in Pictures: April 1, 23. stormy, 24. Porch Pillow, 25. clover, 26. Gnome, 27. Mushrooms, 28. Cat Door, 29. WAWAYA zozo#2, 30. Frosty Sugaring, 31. Doll Quilt Swap #8, 32. sixty four, 33. for my show in Chicago, 34. habit outtake: bringing the green in, 35. i’m not sure why i even bothered, 36. forty-seven

    Making a Habit

    I should know better than to make a promise to be back at a certain time. There is just so much life going on and so little time — or energy if I’m honest — for blogging. Still, with the end of the school year coming the schedule should loosen up a bit and I hope you’ll find me here more often. Just a few more weeks. And speaking of the next few weeks, Emily and Molly asked me to be a guest on Habit for the month of June. I’ve been there before, but only in the photographs. I’m excited to have the chance to be behind the lens. It’s really such a great project and should make for a fun month. So, if I’m not here at least you know I’ll be over there. Summer’s here, time to jump in!

    Recent Favorites

    Recent Favorites

    1. felt starfish, 2. {film.592}, 3. narnia next door, 4. Haiti, 5. 24 more – final 2 rows (10 x 12), 6. my hearts, 7. pretty little hearts all in a row, 8. Color Play, 9. A tale of two cookie sheets, Part 1, 10. pointy, 11. "Love involves…, 12. yellow, 13. Big Gray Ball, 14. sweet hearts for my little love, 15. The babysitter, 16. rail, 17. a surprise, 18. swiss holiday, 19. quilts for india, 20. 23.sangamo!, 21. hearts for haiti, 22. DQS8 finished., 23. yellow milk pot, 24. fifteen, 25. fresh corners, 26. Untitled, 27. Nature From Annie, 28. Lion, 29. Cup O’ Sweets, 30. joy, 31. ‘on the line’ for ginny, 32. The Third Light of Advent, St. Lucia Day AND Giveaway Winner!, 33. Yeah, I’m going to go ahead and recommend that you make these., 34. felt garland, 35. ribbons, 36. cocon montgolfière

    365 Days a Year


    I don’t think I’ve mentioned that I decided do a 365 project this year. It seemed like a good year to do it, a new decade and all. Plus, this is a time I want to remember but often feel like I don’t have time to write it all down. My hope is that by taking a photo each day and writing a small bit will turn into a collection that reflects a year of our lives. If you are interested you can follow the project on flickr. This mosaic is the photos I took for the project in January. Click through if you’d like to see the individual shots.

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