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Half full, always

I’ve toyed with the idea of sharing our Christmas décor sooner, but right now my house is covered with flooring, padding and wooden trims.

Yup. We are about to redo our floors, and to top it off there were signs of termite, so our terminator pulled some of the trim around our french doors and they found a new home in the middle of the tv room.

It’s a dream come true.

But now that the time is coming to take my decor down I refused to let it go before documenting it.

That’s called a glass half full..

And it wasn’t that full at the end of 2014. So I’m thinking there was some improvement done, right?

Here are some snipets of our home, decorated for the most wonderful time of the year.

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I loved how I was able to use some of my art to decorate our house. It warms my heart when I see all the decor out and I see how much love went into creating all of these pieces.

I can’t wait to get into all the renovating downstairs, and to see the final piece. Let’s hope I can say I stayed Half-full minded throughout the process..

 

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December weekends are the best..

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It’s no surprise how much I love December. I wake up to such a nice, warm living room, beautiful flickering lights… There’s something very special about how festive all December days are.

Also, somehow all of our weekends are always tied up to something Christmas related – so you won’t hear a single complaint from this girl.

This past weekend was spent at my in-laws. Saturday was the day of getting some last minute shopping done for the tree (thanks Pier 1 for some cute, unique & discounted ornaments!) and go to my in-laws to help pick out a tree and set it up.

Sunday morning saw us being formally accepted as new members to our Church. I absolutely love our community, and I love how families have been going there for over 20+ years. It’s their second home and I just hope we will soon be one of those families.

Right afterwards we went back to my in-laws to help with tree decorations. She is hosting a party on Saturday and the tree has to be done done.

It was an amazing time to be surrounded by family and decorating a 12ft tree! Ours is barely a 6-7 foot one, so it makes my day to decorate such a large one.

This weekend left me feeling all kinds of warm and fuzzy from family time, and from finding our place in our church. I can only hope I can do as much for them as they have already done for us. Time to put my time to good use for our community!


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Thanksgiving Recap

This weekend has been one of the longest, best family times I’ve had in quite a while. So bear with me with all the recap, will you?

It all started Wednesday. We were released from work early and I ended up stopping at a couple of stores looking for some Christmas decor. (I know it was still early, but once Thanksgiving is over it’s game on for Christmas!)

Coming home empty handed I decided to start unpacking some of the Christmas stuff, and it looked like a tornado went by my living room. I wish I took pictures, but it really gave me anxiety looking at it, so I’d rather not remember it.

Thursday morning I had all my ingredients out and started to bake my pumpkin pie at around 8am.

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We headed to my in-laws before 12 because the Eagles were playing and the guys needed to watch it. Safe to say my mother in law and I took care of the cooking and the Christmas decorations at her house while the guys watched a terrible game for Philadelphia.

Dinner was served, food was eaten, family time was had. Later it was time to come back home, turn on the Christmas music and start the decoration!

I love how my husband is game when it comes to decoration. We had plans to entertain on Friday, so I wanted the house looking pretty. Even the little rascal thought she was helping. (she was not)

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Friday morning brought some more cooking and cleaning, as well as my favorite people in the world.

It was lovely seeing everyone, and if you follow me on instagram you know that my lovely goddaughter came too. She wasn’t feeling too well, but it was a blessing seeing and cuddling with her. I can’t get enough!

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At night we hosted our first Friendsgiving, with rotisserie chicken and all (it is quite close to turkey, right?)

It was super nice seeing our friends and being able to enjoy another warm meal with them.

Saturday I spent the day getting some deals on last minute Christmas stuff, lounging, cleaning, and working on adding a couple of things to the store (heads up there’s a giveaway coming soon!).

At night I met up with a friend and we watched the new Hunger Games. It was sold out in 2 sessions already, so we grabbed a late one, but at least the movie theater is located in a nice town center with this gorgeous tree!

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My last free day was spent going to Church, doing lots of laundry, and getting ready for the week ahead. I had time to sit down and start working on a dear project: my friend’s wedding invitation!

She requested some watercolor flowers for a nice design, and I was able to get some great results that made the bride happy. Can’t wait to transfer it to the computer and start playing with it!

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It will definitely take a minute to come back full force after such a long, nice break. But I’m ready!

I hope you guys had a wonderful Thanksgiving with many blessings! Don’t forget to please check out the linkup and connect with Ember and some lovely ladies too!

 

A Grateful Heart with Ember Grey


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christmas diy

I mentioned before that I worked on some DIYs for Christmas.

This one was one of the coziest, cat frenzy DIYs I’ve ever made. I actually got inspired from a magazine warn covered word, and thought I could do that for half of that hefty $70 price tag.

I went to JoAnn’s fabrics and scored 3 letters for $2 a piece, and yarn for just under $4. I used 3 yarns for all the letters.

So all in all, this project can be done for around $20 dollars. I really, really like how much personality is has. I had to follow some tutorials for the wrapping part. It’s a lot trickier than I thought. But I like how it turned out.

Eu já tinha mencionado que tinha feito uns projetos pro Natal.

Esse é um dos fofos, quentinhos, e que deixou minha gata louca. Eu tinha visto esse projeto em uma revista, por um preço total de $70 dólares. Eu sabia que conseguiria replicar sem ter que pagar tanto assim por isso.

Eu fui na loja JoAnn’s fabrics e consegui 3 letras por mais ou menos $2 dólares cada. Eu realmente adorei quanta personalidade esse projeto tem. Eu tive que seguir uns tutoriais online, ainda mais pra enrolar a lã. Foi um pouco mais complicado do que eu esperava, mas eu realmente adorei o resultado!

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The wrapping around the O made it a bit frizzy, but nothing that some grooming afterwards couldn’t cover.

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When I made those I had a clear idea of using it on our mantel. But the thing is, we don’t have one! haha It’s definitely on our list to get one, and we are, for Christmas. So, for this year, we have it on the tv room. I think it looks gorgeous with this garland (also bought with the mantel in mind).

Enrolar em volta da letra O fez a lã ficar um pouco frizada, mas nada que pentear um pouco a lã não ajeitasse.

Quando eu vi o projeto eu tinha uma idéia de colocar na prateleira da lareira. Mas a gente não tem uma! haha Ainda, porque vamos ganhar uma no Natal. Então esse ano, colocamos as letras na nossa sala de tv. Eu acho que está linda com a guirlanda, que a gente também vai usar na lareira.