Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas at My House

Merry Christmas and welcome to my home!  I’m so glad you’re here!

With my recent vision scare, I really focused on keeping things simple this year and it took me several days to get everything out.  I was surprised at how very enjoyable it was to just do it little by little.  And great news, I CAN SEE IT ALL.  My left eye is still dimmer than the right but I am seeing amazingly well!  Thank you so much for praying for me! 

Hall Table Nativity Small

My nativity from Venezuela (our former country of service) greets you as you enter the room.  Traditionally, Venezuelans do not place the baby Jesus in the manger until Christmas day, which I love the idea of, but can never quite bring myself to do. 

Wrapped Picture Matte Small

Every year I cover the matte of our family picture with some wrapping paper.  It takes about a minute and gives it a festive touch.  Here’s what it looked like last year. 

Curtain Ornaments Small 

A few ornaments in the kitchen make me smile while I do the dishes!   

Nyanduti Ornament Small

My tree is gold, red and cream.  This is Paraguayan Nyanduti that I thought would be beautiful as snowflakes.  They would use these to embellish a top or a dress. 

Bird Small

I just love my little 10 cent birdies.  I think my husband finds them mildly creepy though!  :)

Snowflake Small

My favorite ornaments (also used on the kitchen curtains) were an after Christmas clearance steal at Target last year while we were on home assignment. 

Stocking Small 
With cement walls, we don’t drill holes for stockings, so my ring clips came to the rescue!  I love how “limitations” make you more creative and you come up with something unique that you really love. 

Thanks for stopping by!  I only wish it was in person so I could make you a latte and share some yummy Christmas cookies over a good visit!



Kathleen said...

As always the lovely hostess even in the virtual world. It looks lovely and yes limitations do spark creativity.

Anonymous said...

Your home is beautiful, Shilo. Thank you for being a wonderful hostess. It's always nice to come to your house and enjoy that latte. And the cinnamon rolls were so good, Esteban has me baking some this morning!

Belinda Chaplin said...

wonderful!!! You are an inspiration... this year we have decided to (finally) get a bigger tree... but that is why my decorating isn't up here (and because they do Christmas later (7Jan) here so it stays up into mid-Jan anyway)... now with the snow here it is really starting to feel Christmassy!

jennykate77 said...

I really love your home! I love the improvising! It's all so beautiful! I have a love of birds, so I don't find your birdies creepy at all...and for 10 cents! What a steal!! I'm so happy and thankful that your eye sight is better! God is good!!


Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Hi Shilo!

Your home is looking so festive! I love the stockings on the ring clips!! That is so cute! Those glittery snowflakes are so pretty! I have my eye on a few things for Target's after Christmas sale!


Ashley L said...

Beautiful!!! I love the nativity scene and decor. Lovely as always. Also, we also hung our stockings from our curtain rods this year too, thanks to our cement walls! I thought I was so innovative, but I am guessing that it has likely been done by many! =)

Liz said...

Your house looks beautiful, and I'm so glad to hear your vision has improved so much!

Cha Cha said...

YOur home is beautiful. GOD BLESS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Brenda said...

I think I am going to make a bunch of Nanduti "snow flakes" for my tree next year. They are so pretty!

Tim and Susan said...

Your house looks so pretty for Christmas. I will be praying for continual healing for your sight, I am sure that was so hard. Wish I could stop by for some Christmas cookies too.

Betty said...

You did a great job Shilo! I think you are so creative and make the best of the "possibilities" that you have!

Jungle Mom said...

You have made a lovely home in the chaco! we are aslo having a simple Christmas due to my surgery. My youngest daughter and two of her 'tween' friends decorated my whole house. It is very...creative! but it makes me smile.

becca said...

So unique and beautiful! Merry Christmas!

Mama K said...

Love your Christmas decorations! It's always interesting to see someone else's creativity. A very Blessed Christmas to you and Brad and the boys!


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