Ho! Ho! Ho! and Merry Christmas from the Cottage at the Crossroads. Our home is all decorated for Christmas, and we’re so happy to share it with you. We’re stop #26 on the Home for the Christmas Home Tour where 30 of us bloggers have opened our doors for you to visit.
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Our home is a simple country cottage. We especially love to decorate it for Christmas because everyone in our family comes home on Christmas Eve. You see, we live in the home that Leo grew up in, and it was actually built by his grandfather about 100 years ago. There is nothing fancy here, and there’s not a level floor or a straight wall anywhere to be found. But the house if full of memories for a lot of people, especially Christmas memories. So we get the house all decorated for everyone to come celebrate on Christmas Eve, even Santa! He always puts in an appearance!
So to welcome everyone, I placed their photos in this garland around the front door. The photos were placed in wooden curtain rings. You may remember that I used some of them last year to create some homemade ornaments. Because our colors on the front porch are red and beige, I painted some of them red. The lanterns are new, and I put some battery operated candles in them for some Christmas glow! Love them!
Instead of a traditional wreath on the door, I made this skate wreath since I was trying to create a Winter Wonderland on the front porch. You see, we live in South Carolina, and we don’t see very much snow. So we get real excited when we do!
I found the old skate at the auction that Leo and I attend frequently, and I painted the snowman on him. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but I’ve been taking painting lessons during much of this year. And do you notice the red ticking bow? Well, it’s a red ticking Christmas at our home this year. You’ll see what I mean when you see a few more photos!
My new peppermint twist pillow is still hanging out on the front porch.
I made the garland using magnolia leaves that I spray painted red, and my friend Marti came to my rescue and made this pretty bow for me. There are some cardinals tucked into the greenery. Can you see them?
The tree in this room is a table top tree with some red ticking on it, of course! The tree topper is a white Santa that Leo and I have been using since our first Christmas together, and the ornaments are a mix of white Santas and a few red ornaments.
And this grain sack red stocking made by my friend Ann from Sutton Place Designs fits in perfectly.
My favorite one is this heart-shaped one that I found at Hobby Lobby.
Here’s a photo that shows more of the room, and if you notice, I’ve captured the blue hour. Did you know that when you take photos in early morning or late afternoon that there’s a small window of opportunity to catch the special light. It’s called the blue hour.
I painted this Santa in my painting class. I started working on him in October, but I will have to admit that my instructor helped me finish him by showing me how to shade his face and his vest. What I have learned is that painting is HARD WORK!
Our living area and dining room are separated by two large dividers, and this year I’ve put these deer planters on them. Look on his back and you can see a miniature tree and some ivy. I just had to put a red ticking bow on him! The artificial tree has red ticking bows and red painted jingle bells on it. I told you it’s a red ticking Christmas this year!
I found this Santa at the auction last year but look! He has a gingerbread boy in his apron and is holding a gingerbread house! I have lots more to show you in my kitchen, but I’ll put all of that in an upcoming post. So be sure to come back to visit if you’re new here, and the easiest way to keep up with us is to subscribe by email.
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Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to visit the other homes on the tour. Before you go, enter our incredible GIVEAWAY if you haven’t already done so.
We’ll leave you with this little video of some holiday cheer. It’s the sign we made that’s on the fence around our garden.