Sunday, December 5, 2010

let the decorating commence...

Yesterday I went to our local fruit market and bought some cedar roping to hang outside, I'm hesitating going out there to get it hung up because it's 29 degrees out there!! So that's why all of my smart neighbors were putting their decorations up two weeks ago! go figure.  So I started inside to get the juices flowing...

I know I'm a week late but I just finished this advent 'wreath' this morning and I needed to show you the beautiful exvoto tags I bought from Rosemary over at Ozma Of Odds  they are really gorgeous and I knew when I opened them that I needed to use them on something special.  I love how this turned out!

These tags are stunning, truly.  I wrapped the dollar store candles in music paper that I printed onto vellum paper so that it will glow nicely and then just attached it with double sided tape, and tied the exvotos on with creamy string, tucked some cedar from the yard inside the old toolbox and waalaa!

One mantel down and 2 more to go!  I wish all three were real fireplaces, this one is simply the mantel, one day I would like to put a little electric fireplace in here.

  While I was at the market, I noticed that they had a couple of boxwood wreaths for sale as well!  Honestly I was doing the happy dance, went back inside to pay for those and get out of there before I saw anything else that I couldn't resist!  I planted boxwood this year just so that I could do things like this one day, but if I were to take any clippings from then well, lets just say I would only have little stumps in my dirt.

I quickly took the old picture down that was there and replaced it with the wreath tied with burlap (all while making dinner mind you).   Did you all know that in the floral section of Michaels you can find a roll of burlap ribbon that is about 6" wide?  I didn't and that caused another happy dance while in the store... hmmm,  no wonder my kids don't want to go shopping with me anymore!

This morning I replaced all of the cabinet card pictures that were hanging here and put up some of the vintage Christmas postcards that I found while cleaning the workroom.  I have a new mantra... cleaning is good, cleaning is good, cleaning is good...

I just love the graphics on them, so sweet and the little notes on the backs are even sweeter.

the view from the bench at the table.

So there you have it, the decorating has officially begun here at 612.  Now I'm off to brave the cold and do a little of it outdoors.  We'll see how long I last,  maybe some of the roping will end up inside!  Here's hoping someone will have hot cocoa waiting for me when I come in.

I'm joining in the fun over @ TeaRoseHome, stop by and see all of the inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful Sunday!  Theresa xoxo


  1. YAY it looks so good Theresa!
    Your candlebox is amazing all aglow
    so jealous of you just screams Christmas when you have a mantel decorated.
    I know don't you just love that burlap, 10 yards and it is awesome for 3.99 who could pass it up??
    That is why it is on my staircase, front porch, tree, it too much, NEVER!
    Happy Holidays
    get your handwarmers and sockwarmers out and deck the outside

  2. I saw those tags before and i thought they were stunning but your project make them even more fab!!!

  3. ...oh dear Theresa!
    I love how the tags look on your candles tucked into that wooden box and greenery!!
    Soooo Jeanne d'Arc like!!
    ~ and what an awesome idea to use a vintage wooden measuring stick for holiday greetings!!
    xo, Rosemary

  4. You are off to an amazing start! Can't wait to see more!

  5. I love the candles! I bet they are pretty when they are lite! Looking great!

  6. Your home is looking really festive and beautiful and you are off to a great start.

    Love the candles and tags. Rosemary is so talented. Love the wreath too and the burlap ribbon just sets it off perfectly.


  7. oh my..j'adore how you used rosemary's ex-voto tags on your candles. i will be posting soon about MY candles with her ex-voto tags as well. i put a different spin on them. Wow..great minds think alike. these are gorgeous!

  8. Hi Theresa,
    BEAUTIFUL!!! You are so talented.
    I love what you did with the tags from Rosemary's shop, it really adds to the holidays!
    And your mantle looks just lovely!
    I'm loving how you hung up all of the vintage Christmas cards, what a great idea!
    Have a great night!

  9. So lovely, Theresa...I just love the boxwood wreaths!

  10. It all looks so beautiful Theresa! You did a really great job on it all. Thanks for the tour. Have a good evening....Julian

  11. Love your decorating style! The mantel looks gorgeous and hanging the vintage postcards like that looks fabulous! Look forward to seeing more.

  12.'s beautiful. How lucky are you...finding those cards, ribbon, AND those wreathes. You're rockin' the house.

  13. Theresa, Love the new blog look and the boxwood wreath is my favorite!!! Out here in Cali those are quite pricey. The mantel looks amazing. Happy Holiday season to you as you enjoy the weeks ahead.


  14. Too true, those tags are stunning!

    I'm also digging that white chippy mirror in front of the larger one...

    Also love all the changes here at 612. Easy to follow and spy all the great info. : D


  15. Hi Theresa! Once again, you've come up with a magazine-worthy display! Thanks for showing the world what beautiful things we appreciate here in Michigan!

  16. Oh I love to see how everyone is decorating this year. Your site is lovely. Happy Jolly Winter to you.

  17. That is soooo cozy! I can't believe how good it is looking in there! I like your mantra! Mine is...I love kids...I love kids...I love kids :)

    Love the new look of your blog too! I have to check it out a little know...just snoop around a little :)

  18. Hey there Theresa I love that last pic of your vintage postcards and all the coolness you used with it. I have been looking forward to seeing your house decked out for the holidays! I just knew it would be cool!! And isn't it the coldest outside? We need just one day for the outside decorating a bit warmer!! I wonder if we'll have a white Christmas? XO Fran.

  19. Looks sooooo festive and Christmasey! I know that is not a word, but that is just how it looks! Love it all......I am too "overwhelmed", and feel like your sweet snowman!!! I keep saying to myself, that I will get it all done!!! LOL....Cathy aka GGJ

  20. OH, how I love your decorating style! I feel like I stepped into a very nice gift shop and I want to stay here for a while. Thank you for sharing!


Thank you so much for visiting me here at The Old White House, your comments make my day! ~ Theresa xoxo