As per usual with our holiday home tour, in the infamous words of Pops from the 1990 movie Ski Patrol, “I’m a day late and a dollar short”. Okay, so maybe Pops wasn’t the one who originally came up with those words but he still speaks to me in a sarcastically deep way. Anyway, before we skipped town to visit my folks for Christmas, I ran around our home like a madwoman and snapped a bunch of pics to share with you of our holiday home 2013. Despite Etsy store craziness, I somehow managed to whip together some semblance of a holiday home, mostly in the living room.
I picked up a couple of new pillows (the red ones were from Home Goods and the white ones from Target) and also swapped out the usual orange lamp for a more neutral one which had been living upstairs in the craft room. The coffee table was new this year (a yard sale find) so it was fun to style it up and add some baskets of ornaments to the bottom shelf. I also switched up some of the coffee table top accessories, opting to integrate a few sparklies here and there.
The media cabinet also got a bit of a festive upgrade with a pair of red candlesticks that I received as a Christmas gift last year (thanks Gram and Pat!). I’m such a sucker for turquoise and red as a color combo! It’s my favorite!
I picked up a whole mess of votives (we’re talking about 20) from Target this year. And by this year I mean about two days before Christmas. They were already on clearance for about a dollar each. I plopped them down all over the house, wherever a bit of festiveness/sparkliness was needed.
Including all over the bookcase.
How could I have a holiday home tour without the creme de la creme…aka…the Christmas tree. Side note…I hadn’t yet switched out the orange lamp for the neutral black lamp yet. But see why I did it?! Orange just doesn’t say “Christmas” to me. It screams high security prison instead.
I feel like such a weirdo in the blogosphere as I decorate our tree exactly…the same…every…single…year. But can you blame me?! It’s for sentimental reasons. Every year for Christmas since I was a wee one (we’re talking 26 years strong) I have received the Hallmark Mary’s Angels ornament. Here are a few of them:
I have them all. Every…single…one. And I can’t bear the thought of not displaying them over the Christmas season. But I am jonesing to do something different with the tree. Maybe a second tree is in order next year. Like maybe this one (which is a fake tree) can be our traditional tree and hopefully by Christmas 2014 the porch will be all done and we could do a “for fun” tree out there. Maybe even a real one (a small real one).
We can’t forget what’s under the Christmas tree…the Christmas presents.
Goose was scoping out all the goods and trying to figure out which one was his. Goose loves presents, especially ones that contain bones or cookies. This year’s presents were wrapped with a red/rustic motif which included red candy cane striped paper from Target, a floral paper from Hobby Lobby, and some kraft paper mixed in.
The dining room also got a tad of festiveness mixed in including a Target Christmas clearance 2012 wreath (it was 90% off and only about $3…crazy), an old centerpiece I’ve had for ages, and a few other touches.
I love hanging ornaments in the window every year. It’s pretty much my favorite piece of decor.
And let’s talk about the decor in the china hutch for a second. The ceramic house was a gift from my Grandma. It used to be hers and she passed it down to me because she knew I would appreciate it. As a child, I used to spend hours, HOURS, rearranging all those little “light” pegs in the house and in the tree. HOURS. #simplemind
Mosying down the hallway from the dining room, you’re greeted with a bit of Christmas art that we made during our first Christmas in the house (learn about how we made the art back here and here…caution…it was during our early days of blogging so the pics are a bit…uh…rough-ish). I love putting these out each year…especially the underwear piece.
And then there’s the jingle bell garland that we showed you earlier this week back here.
Even our kitchen, albeit a total mess in that space (hence the zoomed in/cropped photo) got a bit of festive cheer.
Including our new, bronzed Christmas reindeer that I found at our local antiques store on sale for $18. I shall call him Brutus. I love Brutus and couldn’t resist his charms, kind of like when I first met Colby.
I pretty much contained my Christmas decor to the first floor, but did add a few jingle bells to each of the four doors upstairs.
The bells were from Target (again purchased this year just a few days before Christmas already on clearance). Not only are they adorable but they make it impossible to sneak off to the bathroom in the middle of the night without waking the Goose from his beauty sleep. And we all know how much Goose needs his beauty sleep since it’s hard to get away with things when he’s not looking his cutest.
So that concludes our
cribs holiday home tour. You’ve seen our deer, you’ve ogled our presents, now you gotta go (now go back and read that channeling your inner MTV Cribs celebrity home tour).
Pssst…How did you guys decorate your home this year? Do you decorate your tree the same every year? Or mix it up? Maybe make your own ornaments? Do tell!
Pssssssst…Check out our 2012 Holiday Home Tour and compare notes. I love seeing how our Christmas decor collection grows just a smidge each year.
First things first…Merry Christmas (Eve) everyone! Second…it’s Christmas card time. Campbell family Christmas card time. By this time all our friends and family should have received our Christmas card. So if you haven’t received it yet, EARMUFFS…errr…eyemuffs?! Spoiler alert, we’re about to show the blogosphere our Campbell Family Christmas cards the 2013 edition. So avert your eyes. Without further ado, our 2013 Christmas card:
We purchased our Christmas cards from Minted back before Thanksgiving (totally early for us) but addressed them and sent them out last week (totally normal for us). After debating staging a custom Christmas photo (perhaps by recreating some of our favorite Christmas movie scenes…Colby as Elf anyone?!), we went the easy route and scanned through old Instagram photos to use in a smorgasbord of sorts. I decided to give Minted a try this year since I had heard so many good things about them, and was thumbing through their design options until I came across this one (the Chalkboard Quotes design) and knew it was the one! The “sample” version of the card even had the “squirrel” and “it’s all on my blog” quotes on it. Perfection! I plugged some of our photos into the card building wizard and done.
Sign, sealed, delivered ordered.
We even splurged a little this year and sprung for the envelope upgrade to kraft paper envelopes. I’ve never met a kraft paper envelope I didn’t like and the minted version of the envelopes is superior quality! Quite impressed.
I even had a bit of washi tape leftover from a few Christmas crafts circa 2012 so I slapped a bit of tape on each of the envelopes for another piece of envelope flair.
And is per our usual mo, Goose even signed each and every one of those cards. Such talent that Goose has! Spoiler alert…it’s a dog paw rubber stamp.
Since I have no photo outtakes to share with you this year (but you can check out all the ridiculousness that was our 2012 photo shoot), I thought it might be fun to check out what some of the other Christmas card contenders were.
Runner Up #1: We Are Family design from Minted
This card was actually my favorite. I loved the simplicity. But Colby quickly vetoed it because he thought we’ve overused that pic. He’s got a point. It’s everywhere. Our blog header, Facebook page profile pics, Etsy profile pic, amongst other locations.
Runner Up #2: Naughty or Nice design from Minted
Who wouldn’t love a Goose is naughty card?! Especially when he’s naughty about 98.5% of the time. The other 1.5% of the time he’s sleeping. But this card was mutually vetoed since we wanted to get our mugs on the card too. Goose can’t have all the attention around these parts.
Winner winner chicken dinner!
So from our little ol’ family to yours, we’re wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful new year! And a HUGE thank you to all our fabulous readers! Virtual group hug…awwwwwww!
Pssst…What did you all do for your holiday cards this year? Do you also go the photo card routed? Or do you buy the box of cards from the Target aisle every year?
Jingle bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg…. Sorry. Not really. I just couldn’t help myself. When I think jingle bells, naturally I think of that song. Which got me thinking about the origins of that song and whether or not it’s a “Maine thing”. I just don’t know sometimes! So I Googled it and there’s totally a Wiki about the song! Oh Wikipedia! You know all! But alas, this blog post isn’t about Jingle Bell song parodies, it’s about how I made a super easy jingle bell garland to deck our staircase this Christmas.
And when I say “super easy” I really do mean super easy, even though I started this decor project over a month ago and I JUST finished it. But in reality, it took me about an hour (active time) to do the whole thing. I typically swag our staircase with a DIY garland of plastic ornaments (as you can see back here in our 2012 Holiday Home Tour), but this year I felt the need to switch it up a little bit. Enter the jingle bell garland.
It all started back before Thanksgiving when I came across these jingle bells during a routine cruise through of Home Goods.
It was love at first sight. I saw the jingle bells down the aisle, batted my eyes at ‘em a few times (I cannot confirm nor deny that I started blushing), and couldn’t resist taking them home. Oooh la la! And on a first date?! I had been drooling over the Pottery Barn jingle bells as vase filler for a long time but couldn’t justify spending $15 for 23 small bells. These guys were bigger…MUCH bigger…and only $10.99 for each box. I’ll take four!
To make the garland, my supplies were pretty limited. I just dumped all the bells in a large bowl (so I could mix up the different colors) then grabbed some jute (which I always have on hand) and a pair of scissors.
I just pulled a very long piece of the jute off the roll, about three feet long, refraining from cutting it just yet in case I needed more length. Then grabbed random jingle bells from the bowl and started stringing them on the jute one at a time. Side note: the jute tended to fray quickly from pushing it through so many jingle bells. It helps to either trim the jute occasionally to keep the end easily thread-able and also twist the jute (in the direction that would tighten the jute strands) as you push the twine through the bell. Both totally help make jingle bell stringing easier.
Before attaching the jingle bell strands to the garland, I swagged the staircase first with the empty greenery. It’s 1,000 times easier to attach the greenery decor (ornaments, jingle bells, etc.) afterwards since you can thread the empty greens through the balusters.
Then I just attached a section of jingle bells right over the greenery, working it one section at a time, tying the excess jute around the staircase bannister.
See…easy tying action. I was slightly worried that the twine wouldn’t hold up or the jingle bells would be too heavy for it and snap. But thankfully, it’s held up just fine.
One section down and four more to go. I just repeated the process, making three additional sections of jingle bell garland, tying them to their appropriate section of the staircase. This allowed me to add/subtract bells as needed to make it just the right length.
I’m loving the jingle bell garland. Like LOVING loving the jingle bell garland. My only regret is not attempting to tie on some fun ribbon in those spots where the jingle bells tie onto the bannister. But I thought they would compete with the stockings so I failed to give it a whirl. And can we take a minute to talk about our stockings for a second?
From closest to farthest away…that’s Colby’s stocking, mine and then Goose’s. These are actually our stockings growing up. Thus, Colby has had that stocking for 30+ years and it was handmade by his grandmother. Mine’s store bought but it’s still sentimental and has been with me since I can remember. Goose’s stocking is hand-me-down…it was the family cat’s stocking. I’m not sure how Goose feels about that. Maybe that explains his bout of rebellion this past week.
One Christmas project officially under our belts and about 17 more on the list to tackle in the next…oh…three days. Hmmm…I sense I’ll still be doing Christmas projects in January, maybe February….okay okay…July 4th at the latest!
Pssst…Holy snow storm craziness batman! We’re definitely going to be enjoying a white Christmas this year! How about you guys? Any last minute Christmas decorating? Did you survive the ginormous snow storm/ice storm that hit us (fellow Mainers)?
I know this is probably a little late for most of you…okay…ALOT late for most of you, but I’ve been working on this post since Thanksgiving day (hashtag I kid you not) and damn it, I’m gonna post it (hashtag can you blame me)! As a recent Etsy-preneur, making the jump from my steady, swanky desk job in marketing to the life of a handmade shop sole proprietorship, I appreciate (reeeaaaaalllly appreciate) supporting small business and other Etsy shops this holiday shopping season. So I give you my Etsy Gift Guide 2013, with all sorts of goodies for the guys, gals, chilluns, and fur-children. Without further ado….
- Pie Plate from Artet Manufacutre So…obsessed…with this pie plate. I can just imagine myself all June Clever-ed up in my kitchen baking pies of every flavor….apple…pumpkin…banana cream, OH banana cream.
- Bangles from Voz Collective Wouldn’t the fashionista on your list love these bangles? And check out the other fab accessories in their shop. There’s no shortage of fabulous-ness.
- Linen Apron from Celina Mancurti Swoon! This apron is eco-friendly and hand screen printed. Would it be cheesy to add that it was made with love?! Okay…too far.
- Mint Earrings from Tiny Galaxies These earrings are the epitome of classy glam. Colby…hint hint…these would make a fabulous gift for a certain leading lady in your life…hint hint.
- Turkish Bath Towels from Cotton Bath Towels These Turkish bath towels wick water like nobody’s business and are so much more compact (and colorful) than our traditional bath towels. Give the gift of luxury…okay…too far again.
- Leather Tote Bag from Abizema This leather tote hails from Ethiopia and is nothing short of fabulous! If I was still a working girl, I would want this lovely lady swinging from my arm to and from the office. Imagine the snacks it could hold!
- Gold iPhone Case from Comfort Zone Central Give me glitter or give me death! That’s how the quote goes, right?! But seriously…how can you go wrong giving a little sparkle for one’s phone.
- Mustache Wax from Rex Organics Movember got the dudes in your life rocking a sweet stache? Have an inspiring Tom Selleck look alike? Look no further than this organic stache wax!
- Beer Carrier from Bacon Square Farm Oh my goodness my Guinness…is traveling in this awesome, handmade tote! Carry beer in style in this reclaimed wood caddy with iron handle.
- Guitar Pick Wallet from Mesa Dreams This classic and simple wallet is personalized with your man’s initials within the hand drawn and tooled guitar pick.
- Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag from Peg And Awl Brown bag it and a sturdy, reusable, canvas bag. Sandwiches never looked so good.
- Camp Stool from Robin Cottage The vintage camp stool sports a handcrafted wool seat made with genuine Pendleton® fabric in a fab buffalo plaid.
- Ron Swanson Coffee Mug from Brian Mietz Insert favorite Ron Swanson quote here. Let me get things started….”Any dog under fifty pounds is a cat and cats are useless” or “Are you going to tell a man that he can’t fart in his own car?”.
- Golf Ball Markers from Doggone Tags It’s like the mood ring of ball markers.
- Sheepskin Bomber Hat from The Sheepherder Warmth, fuzziness, rugged good looks…are we still talking about hats?
- Plus Blanket from Wren And Rumor Cold got you down? Pick up one of these adorable blankets for the holidays.
- Wooden Toy Camera from Egg And Yolk Budding photog in your family? This toy camera even has an interchangeable lens!
- Pallet Wood Toy Barn from Upcycled Woodworks Have you guys seen that Old Macdonald Geico commercial? With the spelling bee? Kills me…every time.
- Rocking Horse from Friendly Toys Holy amazingness Batman! How adorable is this handmade rocking horse?! It’s even eco friendly as it’s painted with chalk paint and finished with linseed oil.
- People Crayons from Ivy Lane Designs I loved crayons as a kid. All I wanted to do was color. And crayons in shapes would have been the topper offer for my coloring obsession.
- Teepee Tent from The Teepee Guy Ooooh…play teepees! Fun!
- Baby Plate from Oh No Rachio A hand illustrated baby plate to make dinner time just a little cuter. As if those sweet potato faces aren’t cute enough already!
- Stacking Toy from HC Woodcraft This wooden motor skills toy for the babe on your list can even be personalized.
- Cat Collar from Mogs Togs These cat collars are made of super adorable, almost Hogwarts like, fabric.
- Rope Dog Leash from Grey Paw Design These leashes are not only handmade but also hand dyed.
- Cat Cave from Inna Ganke This adorable cat home is made from wool and provides a cozy little spot for your family feline to snooze.
- Dog Biscuits from True Treats Pet Bakery A beer and pizza dog treat? ‘Nuff said.
- Felt Fox Catnip Toy from Picky Chick Designs What does the fox say?! (Side note…if you don’t know what the fox says you MUST check this YouTube video out.)
- Leather Dog Collar from Saluki Feathers Wouldn’t Goose look dashing in a personalized leather collar? Me thinks so.
- Custom Dog Tag from The Copper Poppy This is such a perfectly simple dog tag. It’s a step up from the dog-bone-esque tags that you can get out of that little machine at PetCo.
- Dog Balm from Rescue Pet Products Prevent cracked noses and paws this winter with an organic balm made special for pooches.
- Catnip Toy Mice from The Dots Have you seen the Christmas Toy? That’s my all-time favorite Christmas movie. There’s this toy in that movie called Mew and he’s a cat-toy. I loved Mew. He was adorable. And although he looks nothing like these cat toys, they remind me of him.
So happy (small business) shopping everyone!
I just HAD to sneak in this post (a Christmas recap) before New Year’s day rolled around. And by the way…happy new year everyone!
Colby and I don’t live close to any of our family. Our nearest family members are three hours away (my family) and his family is a solid seven hour drive (to central Vermont). So each year we rotate our holiday travels. And most often, we spend Thanksgiving with his family in Vermont and Christmas with my family in “The County” (Aroostook County…Maine’s largest and Northern most county). And we spend it at the Bohovich family compound.
My parents, with my contractor brother’s help, built that house themselves. You can see where I get my DIY genes from. My other jeans come from American Eagle. Hmmm…that sounded funnier in my head. But anyway…my family likes to go a little Christmas crazy and this year was no exception.
There were so many great presents under that tree in my parents’ sun room…that they build and finished themselves. Maybe someday I should do a post about their pad! We’ll share our favorite gifts in a moment…but first…check out our GINORMOUS Christmas stockings.
My mom knitted all those. I get my craftiness from my mom. In the last couple of years she’s knitted seven stockings…if you’re counting that’s one for my Mom, Dad, brother Anthony, myself, Colby, the family dog Bailey and even one for Goose.
Lucky dog. And it was filled with all of his favorite things…bones, cookies, and squeaky toys. Although he promptly removed all three squeakers from all three of his squeaky toys within the first five minutes of “opening” his presents. But Goose’s favorite part of Christmas ins’t the bones or toys…it’s playing in the snow on the 30 plus acres that make up the Bohovich Family Compound.
We let him run free up there so it’s a real treat for him. Goose’s favorite activity is chasing away all the Chickadees that my Dad feeds. Goose even chased off the poor one-legged pigeon, who struggles eating seeds in the wind and has famously made an appearance in my Dad’s Christmas letter (I get my wit and charm from my Dad).
As for the goods this Christmas, here are a few of my favorite gifts.
*Images came from Amazon.com
- Good Bones Great Pieces by Suzanne & Lauren McGrath from my Grandma & Aunt Pat
- Happy Chic Color by Jonathan Adler from my Grandma & Aunt Pat
- Design Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney from my Grandma & Aunt Pat
- The Things That Matter by Nate Berkus from Colby
- Skil pink drill from my parents
- Sticky Buddy from Colby
Can you tell I asked for design books for Christmas? I may have pointed to the Nate Berkus book at Target and said to Colby “this would make an AMAZING Christmas present…hint hint”….several times…and texted it to him while he was Christmas shopping. But the Sticky Buddy was all his idea. It’s actually kind of an inside joke for us. We’ve always joked about Sticky-Buddy-ing our dog (he sheds like you wouldn’t believe). Goose doesn’t let me brush him…but he does let me Sticky-Buddy him…and IT WORKS! Haha! And I ADORE that pink drill…my parents 100% understand my love for both DIY and pink tools (they got me a pink tool bag and tools last year)!
And now for Colby’s booty (this is where I wanted to insert a pic of Colby’s rear end but sadly couldn’t find one…so just picture it…and in Carharts since that’s when it’s at its cutest).
*Images came from Amazon.com and Lowes.com
- It’s A Wonderful Life DVD from my Grandma and Aunt Pat
- Skil router table from my parents
- Leather mittens from my brother Anthony
- Muse CD from me
- Milwaukee jobsite radio from me
- Lowe’s gift card (one from my Aunt Pat and one from Anthony)
I know…I know…in the world of digital music I got Colby a CD. But we are both still loyal CD buyers so back off! Haha! I think it’s adorable that one of Colby’s favorite movies is It’s A Wonderful Life. I’ve still yet to see it…maybe tonight should be movie night. Oh…and since Colby has received that router table (he got a router last year for Christmas) and jobsite radio for his shop, I haven’t seen him. He disappears into his mancave/shop and emerges hours later in a sawdust stupor. He’s been working on a few projects for the house so stay tuned for details.
It was a great Christmas celebration up in the county filled with too much food, too many good times, and tons of family time. But now we’re back home and settling back in. I’ve been settling into all those design books. I can’t put them down.
Of the four I received for Christmas, I’ve already read three cover to cover and am about a quarter of the way into the Design Sponge book. I can’t get enough! I think the Nate Berkus The Things That Matter book is my favorite read so far. It’s all about the homes of his friends, family and clients and how they decorate their homes with meaningful objects. I love that.
With the additional Christmas gifts, my design book collection has more than doubled! They make great additions to the Ikea Beloved Homes, Domino, and Young House Love books already in my collection.
Pssst…But enough about us, how was your Christmas celebration? Any favorite gifts or reads you just can’t put down? Anyone else have stockings for their dog? Was the dog’s stocking more filled up than any other member’s of the family? Goose’s and Bailey’s stockings were the most fill in our house. It’s a dog’s life!