Winter Menagerie

How are you doing on this fine Monday? I’m trying to feel Christmas-y, despite our humid 80 degree weather. We went to a Christmas light parade last night. I arrived with straight hair and left with wavy hair and even a few curls. Hello, Christmas in the tropics!

While we will definitely not be having a white Christmas around these parts, I’ve created my own winter wonderland inside. I’ve mentioned before how we don’t have a mantle over our fireplace, so I use the top of our entertainment center for decorating {which will all soon be changing! stay tuned!}.

I fell in love with the mason jar snow globes that Anthropologie had last year {and have since been popping up all over the blogosphere}, so I created my very own winter menagerie using vintage inspired bottle brush trees, vintage plastic deer, and a little faux snow.

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I love these sweet little vintage, winter scenes. I’m kinda obsessed with deer in my decor right now, so I’m really enjoying all of these little fellas. I found a package of about 15 or so bottle brush trees on clearance after Christmas last year for about 75 cents {woohoo!} and bought a group of the plastic deer on eBay. Most of the jars and glass containers I already had on hand. I created a cloche by using the glass from an old, ugly clock I found at Goodwill for a couple of bucks {because cloches are expensive!}.

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We have a tradition that every year we take a picture of our little family in front of the tree, and then frame it with the year. I saw this at one of my college pastor’s homes when they had a Christmas party at their place for all of us. It was so neat to see how their family changed and grew over the years, and I knew it was a tradition I wanted to start with my own family as well. I’ve placed the ones we’ve collected so far in the center.

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Hanging above my mini winter wonderland is my music sheet and pinecone wreath that I made last year. I used paged from an old hymnal to roll up into cones that I hot glued onto a wreath form I cut out of foam core board. I then glued a ring of pine cones in the center and glittered them up a bit. This will carry me over into winter as well.

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Are you adding to or changing up your Christmas decor this year, or keeping it the same? It can be expensive to choose a different theme every year, so I like to add and tweak year to year. It’s always exciting to pull out decorations that have memories attached, but just as exciting to create new little scenes.

Have a wonderful Monday, y’all! Expect more Christmas-y goodness from me in the coming days! :)

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