Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Tour of the White House

See! I told you it was the White House! Boy that's a blurry picture!


Father Christmas gives you merry greetings:

Our "Welcome Un-wreath." If you are selling something, don’t bother stopping by :)


As you come in you will see my masterpiece garland on our mantle. You can read more about it here.



Our Christmas tree gets sad when she has to look at the garland.




Well, at least Miss Guinevere will give her some attention!


Oh, and if you’ll notice, I did add more to the garland after the garland show and tell. See?
They don’t look as great in the photo, but they are leaded glass icicles and they really sparkle.

Oh, the tree is getting sad again, so let’s pay her some attention.

Here is a squirrel roasting a chestnut over an open fire!



How about a Superman lunchbox?



I wonder what’s for lunch...





Oooooh! Hippo and meerkat! My favorite!




The top of the tree:
I'm not too good at the artsy photography...



As you head to the Dining Room, please notice our Advent wreath.


Oh, yes, I almost forgot. We have two Advent wreaths.
You’ll notice that it’s Gaudette Sunday.

And here is my sideboard, where Molly and Kirsten have taken up temporary residence.

Wow! These picture make my walls look really pink!! They aren’t, though. They are Valspar Apricot 5. They have more of an orange undertone to tie in with the coral handles there on the sideboard...

A little touch of Christmas in my bedroom:
Okay, what’s with the camera making my walls look pink?? This room is a deep shade of crimson. I don’t know the name because it was this color when we moved in...



Here’s a bit of Christmas in the bathroom. I don’t like the fake garland sprig thingy, but Santa seemed like he needed something.
I loved this Santa because he was blue.

Here is the Charlie Brown (no Lucy) tree I made for my girls. The angel is almost bigger than the tree
Well, okay, so I didn’t make the actual tree. I made the ornaments. Here are some close ups:






And most importantly... why we celebrate.

Jesus will be placed in the creche on Christmas Eve.

Now, for a reality check. On your way out, you see "The Marty Crane Chair."



If anything ever happens to this chair, this blog will be abandoned as I will have entered Witness Protection...


Hope you enjoyed touring my home!

35 comments:

jennwa said...

What a great tour. Your home is beautiful, even the chair.

Cute lunchbox. Thanks for sharing your home and making me smile.

Merry Christmas!!!

Traci@TotalMomsense said...

Hey Erika- thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the Lucy tree- as a matter of fact- I'm on my way out right now to get one for my daughter!

Amy said...

Lovely home and so inviting! Merry Christmas!

JanMary said...

Fun blog and tour.

I'll be back!

Karen said...

Love the tree you made for your girls!

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

I love your garlands! Beautiful nativity. Merry Christmas to ya'll!

Muddy said...

Thank you for allowing us into your house this Christmastime to see all your wonderful decorations! You have decorated beautifully!

Dena @ Green Acres said...

The tree you made for your girls is so precious! I also love your garland. Beautiful!

Ameratis said...

That is a fantastic garland. I still have my Kirsten doll. I love the tree you made for the girls! Thanks for sharing.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Thank you so much for coming over to tour my home! With so many homes, my it's gonna take us till Jan to tour them all!!

Loved your garland and I see great things in store for that chair!!!

By leaving a comment you have been signed up for 1 of 2 giveaway that I am giving!!

blessings
mary

leslie ruth said...

I love how there are little touches of your girls all through the house...and your garland? FABULOUS!

Nise' said...

Love your Marty Crane chair! We have one too, but I am not brave enough to show it! The cats love it though.

Paige said...

What a beautiful home!

Thanks for sharing.

Lora said...

Erika,

Thank you kindly for stopping by my home today for the tour. It was so nice to meet you and I appreciate your kind comment.

Your garland is amazing! And I love your Marty chair!

Peace and joy,
Lora

Ashley said...

I love your mantle/living room! And I just adored the girly tree. SO CUTE! Come visit me at my house (blog)!

jenjen said...

What wonderful decorating! I love your mantle, the nativity and your advent wreaths. Thanks for letting me visit!

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

I love your garland. Very pretty. And the tree you made for your girls!

Shannon

Kris said...

Laughing at the Marty Crane chair - too funny. Great job on your garland!

Chris said...

Your home is so warm and inviting, The garland on the mantel is just incredible. Oh , and how funny about the chair.

Hugs,
Chris

edie said...

Oh I love your garland. Beautiful!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Thanks for keeping it real with the MC chair! :)

Hadley Coble said...

what a great house! I loved the decorations! The chair was too funny! My dh had a couch when we got married that was about 7 feet long gold courdory. It was horrible. It had spent 8 years in college between my husband and his brother...and it was OLD before that! His whole family still calls it the greatest couch ever. They liked it because even at 6' 7", they could stretch out on it. Today, it lives at our barn, because it simply couldn't be thrown out!

Thanks for the tour and the laugh!

becky said...

That garland is stunning -- thanks for sharing!

Happy Holidays!

Laura B. said...

Thank you so very much for sharing. I absolutely love your mantle and garland!

So funny about that chair!

Lauren said...

Beautiful home! I love your garland and your girls tree! So fabulous! Thanks for letting us in! Merry Christmas!

Kristin said...

Your girls' tree is too cute for words! Thanks for sharing.

Katy Lin :) said...

thank you for the lovely tour! your decorations are lovely :)

ellen b said...

Hello Erika! Your home is so lovely! That swag is beautiful!! I really like Mr.Blue Santa in the bathroom. So your husband got a bachelor's in Russian. cool. I am 100% Russian and my Russian is lousy :0) The drink you asked about is a pomegranate Mojito that we had at a happy hour over Thanksgiving...

Keetha said...

Enjoyed the tour!

Merry Christmas

tiffany said...

Love the reality check! We all have one.

Pretty Organizer said...

BEAUTIFUL! The garland is amazing... the lunch box is real (I have "guys" from the Imaginext system hiding in my tree.).. the bathroom is so well decorated I'd want to stay there a little longer- that and the fact that it's quiet and I can lock the door!-

You did a fabulous job. On another note... I have a Marty Crane chair too! Only, mines yellow and is stained and doesn't match anything. I'll have to be hid with you if I get rid of it. I'm hoping for a recover soon.

Thanks for letting me visit. Good to meet you!
Merry Christmas,
Pretty Organizer

Michelle said...

You have a gorgeous home and lol on the chair.Merry Christmas!

Cyndi said...

WOW - that garland is GORGEOUS! And I like the fake garland sprigy thingy by Santa. =)

Merry Christmas!!

the voice of melody said...

I like your little "Charlie Brown" tree. It's so pretty!

Kelli said...

Thank you for having us over to your beautiful home! I love the wreath on the door and your mantle is so festive! Merry Christmas!
~Kelli