Thursday, December 1, 2011

~It's beginning to look...~

a lot A LITTLE like Christmas all around our house.  =)
We decided to get a few Christmas decorations...for I knew that the kids and I would have some SAD hearts if we didn't have some touches of Christmas here in Argentina.  (Now could you PLEASE help me PRAY that we can find someone to store a couple boxes of our stuff for us while we are back in Colombia? =)
So, come on in, grab yourself a cup of the pumpkin pie latte that I just made and lets look around. =)
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~Near my birthday Phillip and I were in a nice kitchen store downtown. I saw some trays like this and fell in love with them...that is...until I saw the price. =(
We were ready to leave the store when I happened to look in the back and saw a "Dent and Bent section!"  YEA!  Just down my alley aisle. =)  So, I found the EXACT tray that I had LOVED...but the background was a tad faded (which adds to it and makes it look "antique" to me =) so I was HAPPY to get it for around 1/5 of the price! =D
~Here it is decorated for Christmas. =)~
~I brought these with me to use here in Argentina.   We spent Christmas 2006 in Costa Rica (where we studied Spanish) with Zach and Sarah R.  We became very close to them that year and have many wonderful memories.  "Aunt Sarah" (as she became to our kids) gave me these potholders for my birthday that year. =)~ 
~Yogurt comes in these little jars here.  Phillip bought me some to help me when I was so ill.  As soon as I saw those jars, I knew that I could find some kind of cute use for them.  So I put some rice in the bottom with a red candle and have it on a red and white kitchen towel that was here in our Apt. =)~
 ~I added a couple touches of red to our bedroom too.  Our picture in a frame I found here...~
~And a fun pillow to add some red to our bed for Christmas.~
~Isn't it cute?  It's hard to see but there is a little church in the picture up in the right hand corner of this pillow.=)~
~Our Christmas tree.  I found the wide ribbon in Colombia and knew it wouldn't weigh much so bought it to tuck in my suitcase to help decorate our future apt. in Argentina (not knowing WHAT I would have to decorate with when I got there.)
I was THRILLED to find that it has probably 8 or more yards and I only paid $4.50 for it!  =D
We didn't want to buy a lot of things here (not knowing where we are going to store them yet) that ribbon adds a really nice touch to our tree . =)~
~We sat it up on our coffee it makes it taller...and to keep a sweet little Mary from un-decorating it for us. =)~
~Some more yogurt jars...with some green lentils and some tea lights in front of my chalkboard.~
~I hot glued some pine cones (that the kids picked up at a park) to some ribbon to add a fun touch to my chalkboard. =)~

~For our table centerpiece...I used the last of the wide ribbon (on our tree) for our table runner, used goblets up-side-down (Thanks for sending me that idea, Dee =) placed candles and Christmas balls on them, and in the center I placed the cute little gold Christmas tree that I bought here.~
~A close-up of the tree.~
~I'm going to let Sarah post about this simple little tree in the kids' room.  It's known to our family as "Sarah's tree!" =)~

~Since there were 2 different graters in this kitchen when we arrived, I decided to add some ribbon (and a jingle bell on one) and place tea lights inside to add another fun Christmasy touch to our kitchen.=) 
~It's fun to see them all lit up at night.~
Thanks for visiting us and letting us take you on a tour.  We've loved this time with you. =)
(I plan to post Fun Food Friday LATE tomorrow evening, Lord willing.)


Daryl Hausman said...

LOVE your decor!!! It is SO adorable!!!!!
Love and miss you all,

Sharonda said...

I love your blog and check it almost everyday for an update! You are SO creative!! Jesus sure has given you many special talents that you can use on the mission field! May God richly bless you and your family as you endeavor to win lost souls for Him!

Rob and Deanna said...

Your Christmas touches are so cozy, & creative! Love them. My favorite is the neat idea using your old graters. That looks Awesome!!

Rob and Deanna said...

Oh, I forgot, I love the yogurt jars too. Too cute!

Brittany said...

I've enjoyed catching up with you today! I haven't had much time for blogging lately, and one of our computers crashed, but I have been thinking about you :) I love how you can take things that you have on hand and make it look like a million bucks! You've got to be the most efficient lady I know =) Love those little yogurt cups, too.
I was thrilled right along with you as I read your chalkboard story - that's just so neat! And I love the "frame" around it - it looks great!
I hope your allergies have gotten better, we'll be praying for you all.

Chelle said...

I love your decorations. I really love those jars. I wish our yogurt came in them. You do such a wonderful job.

lila said...

Enjoyed the tour thru your adorable apartment and the cute and crafty Christmas decor. It looks so lovely. I am trying to get my decorating done. Last year you paid me a suprise visit during my transition from fall to Christmas!!! I was so shocked and happy!!! Thanks again for stopping by. Love you tons

Greg & Stephanie said...

Love that last pic. Totally creative, totally Heather. You never disappoint us! :-)

mmsbryan said...

You and your creative Hubby has done it again. The touches of red definitely look like this time of year. Very eager to hear the story about my Whittle Whittle's tree! The pillow is sweet, loved it and the yogurt jars. Does yougurt really come in glass jars? You need to bring at least three for each of your family as gifts from Argentina. I love the elevated coffee table so that Baby Mary could not UNDECORATE your tree! I have seen a grater wired for a small electric bulb but did not think of putting a candle in one. Very clever, you must have taken after your wonderful Daddy. Love, Moma

Daryl Hausman said...

Of course I don't want you to "have to be sick again"... but if you are... those Yogurt jars would make a darling 'gift' to your sister, should you have suitcase room, some year when we get to "see" you again!! Hee!!

Roseanne Evans said...

Oh Heather, it is all very beautiful. Love the tray too, how wonderful you got it 1/5 off. Sounds like Hobby Lobby :-) And wrapping it with ribbon looks wonderful. I love your pillow on the bed, very stylish and the pine cones are such a wonderful idea. Will have to try that now. Your post gave me lots of inspiration. Miss you guys.

Sherry L Dickinson said...

Heather, your mother makes me laugh over the things she writes to you! ("Very clever, you must have taken after your wonderful Daddy!")
One thing you've always done and I love it, is to have a big decorated Christmas tree in your livingroom, and minature decorated Christmas trees in your bedrooms. The times I've tried that idea, Christmas has been so much fun because of the extra decor.
Your unique Christmas decorations are beautiful! Love, Mom D

Abigail Kuhn said...

I'm part of the WOW group in Nelsonville, OH and have started reading your blog and you've inspired me so much with your ways of turning simple kitchen utensils and stuff into beautiful decor and with your recipes! I printed off the Pumpkin filled rolls (haven't made them yet but plan to). God has truly blessed you with a knack to creatively use what you have!

The Dickinsons said...

Dearest Ladies,
It was so FUN to hear from each on of you! Thank you for your sweet comments. Jesus helped me and I had fun coming up with simple Christmas decor here in Arg. =)

Abigail, how sweet of you to comment...Many Thanks to you and your group for all y'all have done for our family. =)


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