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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Little Christmas PEEK!

It is almost here!!! I am so excited!! I thought I would give you a look at what I have been up too. How about a peek at my Christmas words and wrapping!!

I love letters, words, numbers so when I was inspired  last year by Emily’s Christmas words I just knew I had to have them on my mantel.

I chose the words LOVE, WISH, and what is most important to me, FAMILY!!!

I also have smaller words, Joy, Peace, Believe, and Hope on my tree and scattered throughout the mantel garland.

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I purchased this vintage trophy at the Alameda Antique Flea Market this fall. I have really enjoyed having it on my mantel this year. The touches of black just work well in my home, plus it adds just a touch more sparkle.

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I used black letters on my white mantel, they showed up better than white words. I was surprised by that!! I added some glitter for my Christmas sparkle, and a little bling around the base of the words.

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Here is a glimpse of one of the smaller words that I used.

I am like the rest of you and I am still busy baking, and wrapping gifts. 

This year I stored my wrapping paper in a French Market basket that I purchased the same day I bought the trophy in Alameda. 

I like to use my wrapping paper as part of the decorations by the tree. It is also handy to grab a roll to wrap a gift. Sometimes I have my rolls of ribbon in a pretty basket, but I ran out of room to display it  this year.

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I love to mix patterns and textures in my wrapping paper. My colors are black and white with pops of red and lime green. My favorite paper is the iridescent snowflake pattern. I love the way it captures the lights.

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This year I used a touch of the curly ribbon in a lime green with sparkles!! It is so fun!!! I also like the texture it adds to the packages.

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This is my favorite wrapping paper and ribbon. I bought the ribbon from William Sonoma a few years ago. I had it personalized. I like the personal note for the recipient.

I still have a few packages to wrap and I am going to bake the apple cider caramel cookies today.

A very special friend is coming by for our annual Christmas cup of tea. I better scurry around here and get things wrapped up!!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Falala Day!!!

In my next post I will show the whole room and the tree so I hope you can come back!!!

Merry Christmas,



Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Kathysue, it is so pretty. I love all of your letters and your mantel looks fabulous I am sure. The black and white is wonderful. Hugs, Marty

Linda in AZ * said...

*** Hi, Kathysue! It's all absolutely STUNNING... you truly coordinated it all to be "picture perfect", in that it's beauuutiful, warm, welcoming and happy all at once... It's just ENCHANTING!!!

What a holiday you are going to have!

Holiday hugs,
Linda in AZ *

The enchanted home said...

Wow everything is so beautiful!! I also love how you stored your wrapping paper, I need a basket like that! Everything looks stunning, and I love your color scheme, love all the sparkle power!
Taking a little tiny break from working like a TROJAN all day prepping for this party tonight, I needed to come sit down at my desk and chill for half an hour then its back to the salt mines:) Love how everythings looking over there!!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your mantel looks as beautiful as I thought it would! I love the letters and your combination of colors. And I am just loving the personalized ribbon...I didn't know WS had that!!

Merry Christmas, Kathysue!


Ivy Clad said...

So festive & pretty!


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, this is incredible. I love the use of the basket for the paper! Your mantel is gorgeous! The vintage trophy stole my heart... your guest is one lucky person this afternoon... From our home to yours Happy Holidays.. hugs ~lynne~

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kathysue, I have enjoyed seeing all of your holiday decor! You have truly done an AMAZING job! Love all of your wrapping paper, and how you have used it as a part of your decor! Genius! Thanks so much for sharing your home with us; and Merry Christmas to you!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I think I will borrow your idea of putting wrapping paper and ribbon by the tree...so festive and they are always so decorative.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas

Jeanie Cash said...

Okay, my dear BFF, you make us all look feeble in the Christmas decorating department! What a beautiful tree, beautiful presents, beautiful home - all put together by a beautiful lady!!!

Annemarie said...

Gorgeous photos, Kathysue! Everything is stunning! Merry Christmas to you and yours! xo

Dovecote Decor said...

Your packages are beautiful. I'm going to have to work on mine tomorrow. I have a wild color scheme!!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

You have been one busy elf!!! Love the french basket you have your wrapping paer in, so pretty!

Lori @ Lori May Interiors said...

How wonderful Kathysue. Your home looks beautiful and I especially love your wrapping paper idea. I may copy you on that one next year!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

CHRISTmas Blessings from my mountain top to your home…May it be the best one ever..Hugs and Love Gloria.

Marcus Design said...

Look at you! Everything looks fabulous Kathysue. I love all of that wrapping paper. And boy does that black & white stripe paper say Kathysue to me!!! Love it all.

I hope you have a very Merry and safe Christmas with your family my friend :) Hugs,
Nancy xo

Sarah said...

Dropping by to wish you a very merry Christmas, Kathysue. It all looks festive! ~ Sarah


I'm reading this backwards....I do love how you added the green shutters up on the mantel. Even thought it is long you did a great job with it.

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

Your family room is so soft and pretty, Kathysue, and you've done a wonderful job decorating it for Christmas.
Enjoy spending this time with your family celebrating and honoring the birth of our Saviour.
~ Wendi ~

Lee said...

wishing you a Merry Christmas, Kathysue. Will be back reading your blog in 2012! Now it's time for the Peace of Christmas to settle in, despite all the work ahead!

chisenfam said...

Such a gorgeous mantle from a wonderfully creative lady. Love your color combinations and the basket with the wrapping paper is really great!!