Monday, December 7, 2009

deck the halls...

today i am grateful for...

building a deliciously slow start to holiday decorations. today i am trimming the mantle in our bedroom. and drinking cider with cinnamon sticks. and listening to andy williams christmas carols and the vince guaraldi trio.

i have a very slapdash decorating style. i don't labor over the details. just gather bits and bobs, and add a healthy measure of glitter. glitter hides a multitude of sins, in my humble opinion.

wreath

wreath bow

our wreath smattered with wood buttons and a variety of shiny charms. and a red, spun cotton birdie.


pearl ornaments

pearls in mason jar


i'm a sucker for ornaments that look like giant wilma flintstone pearls.


putz house

my new favorite holiday find was a set of paltz houses. i would happily display a whole little village of these bitty cardboard houses.


spun cotton snowman

this spun cotton santa tickles me.


mother stocking

daddy

crochet stocking

our stockings are hung by the chimney with care.

i'm excited to start new holiday traditions with my husband. many craft nights and bake-offs are about to ensue. i hope y'all are feelin' festive and partaking in some holiday cheer... and most importantly, what are your traditions that you celebrate during this time of year?


16 comments:

Moodboard said...

GAH! I'm dying over the jumbo pearl style ornaments. And how dear is the font on the stockings?:)

owl and peacock : melina said...

absolutely precious. this is how i'd decorate my ideal house. only i have no house, nor an apartment, and live with my mother and her Lillian Vernon overload. so lovely!

hayliebird said...

it's so beautiful ginny! i can't wait to see it in person. please let's plan a craft night soon. let me know when you're up for it.
xo,
haylie

dahnya said...

I love the "wilma pearls" description.

Miss B said...

I make animal-shaped cookies every year -- I have maybe 3 dozen different cookie cutters. (The lobster is one of my favorites.) And then I ice them and draw little outfits and things on them with food coloring markers (which, by the way, are the Greatest Things Ever!) -- bears wearing sweaters, lobsters wearing mittens and scarves, polka-dotted hippos. It takes all day to bake, and another day to ice them, and most of a week to do the coloring...but it's SO worth it. I'm a sucker for a funny animal.

applepieorder said...

You know what would be fantastic? A Ginny Branch shopping guide. I'm forever visiting the blogs and retail websites you list in your sidebar for inspiration and, lately, for some Christmas shopping. I'm sure you're busy enough with non-internet life (including adorable Christmas decorations!), but you pair objects so nicely, it seems a natural fit!

xoxo

"hi, i'm ginnybranch stelling and i love love." said...

it has been brought to attention by one of my best friends that the last series of photos looks like a hint towards an arrival of a third member into our family... but no, i am not pregnant. i am just a weirdo who collects old things.

Julia (Color Me Green) said...

we hang paper snowflakes every year. and i'm trying to add a whole new host of holiday traditions this year. did you decorate the wreath yourself? it's lovely.

Rankin Miller Langley said...

you're just keeping mother miller on her toes, right? haha. can't wait to see you soon!

Emerson Merrick said...

Those mother and daddy stockings still slay me.

Karin said...

Cute stockings. And those houses are sweet indeed. I think coming weekend we'll start decorating here. I already look forward to it!

Katie Watts said...

Those stockings are truly super...My boyfriend Bart and I always put up our tree on the 1st December and then watch Polar Express followed by It's A Wonderful life. I'm not sure that Bart is as keen on this tradition as I am but he willingly and enthusiastically goes along with it. I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

JC said...

So much wonderful cheer here! I'm truly envious of your wreath, especially with that bow!

As for traditions, this weekend, DK and I will head up to Rockefeller Center to look at the tree (his thing), then to Minamoto Kitchen across the street for Japanese pastries (my thing), and then head down to SoHo for spicy hot chocolate at MarieBelle and lots of window shopping (our thing)!

kes said...

this post makes me want to (almost) decorate....so pretty. my mom gave me a wreath that she says I just have to hang or i'd be an ogre..you've inspired me to at least try to put some glitter on some christmasy things. mom says thanks.

"hi, i'm ginnybranch stelling and i love love." said...

what fantastic holiday traditions! i would love to try them all!!!!

Elle said...

My grandma has a whole set of those little houses and I've always loved setting them up every year!

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