Monday, December 6, 2010

its' beginning to look a lot like christmas....

well, kind of :)  at least for the organized people at southern flourish!  they were sweet enough to ask me and a couple of other fabulous bloggers to design a mantel for their online magazine (the newest edition just came out!!).  my instructions were to make it "city slick"...here's a sneak peek....

in my real life, i am less organized.  we tried to knock out a lot of the christmas decorations and duties..
we attempted to do a christmas card....easier said then done.  most of them looked like this:

we did get one decent one w/ the family...but i will save that for later since i haven't sent my cards out yet!  after that chaos, we decided we needed to go and get our christmas tree (don't you love tay's expression).


the thing i am most excited about is the garland- i went with real this year and it is sooooo worth the $25 i spent on 75 feet of garland. if you have this option, you should totally buy it!  it is so pretty and so easy to use!  today, we are putting the rest on the exterior of the house (which needs some help, who knows what the neighbors are saying about us!!).


we managed to decorate our tree and some of the house but all in all, i wanted to keep it simple this year.    maybe it's because i am being lazy but i just don't have it in me to go all out.  while we decorated, walker entertained himself...and yes, i know that when he is 16 and sees this picture he is going to kill me...but isn't it our duty as parents to do these kinds of things to our children :)  hope y'all had a wonderful weekend!!

35 comments:

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Congrats on this feature, it all looks great! The letters are fab, look like the DIY Letters I recently made...a reader was going to make them using the letters N O E L !!!
Janell

ASHLEY said...

very cute! Looks like my attempt at a holiday photo this weekend :) Have a good week!

Ashley said...

What adorable pictures of your children! I'm sure Christmas day will be delightful with these two--thanks for sharing!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

Your little ones are the cutest ever!
congrats on the mag feature, great picks!

MB said...

Everything looks lovely and yes its your duty as a parent to take lots of crazy photos of your kids! Who by the way are adorable. Have a happy day:)

Miss CMajor said...

i'm with you on the real garland. i buy real wreaths for the front doors of my parents' house every year and i still remember the first time my mom used real holly in our house. the smell is like a time machine, bringing me back to when i was a little girl.

pretty pink tulips said...

Love your inspiration for the mantle!!! Greens, glam and glittery!

That little elf is pretty cute too!!!!

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Oh yours kids are sooo cute Shannon and I feel you on the Christmas cards- it's near impossible to get a shot of all my kids.

paula said...

the pic of walker is too adorable. Saw the feature and loved. Simple is good, at least that is what I keep telling myself :)

callie burnette said...

love the little elf!! the garlard is gorgeous; i will have to pick some up. christmas card pics are impossible. i leave mine to the professionals! :)

katy said...

that pic of him with his tongue out is so cute.

Pink Champagne said...

The pictures of the kids are just PRECIOUS!

Styles 'n Cream said...

I love how you decorated the mantel , that is for teh online magazine. Very chic! And your kids are adorable. Stop by my blog today, I am having a great kids gift guide post.

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FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Oh my goodness! You kiddos are so gorgeous! And I love how you used the real garland around the mirror, adds such a nice touch and I bet it smells fantastic too!
xo

Concept Interiors said...

Now all you need is a little snow.....
I can ship you some if you need, we got plenty!

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

Congrats on the Southern Flourish feature! Your kiddos are precious! I try to pretend the pictures where they won't look at the camera are intentional...if you look at my Christmas cards from the past 3 years, you will notice a theme with that!

Ryan Kay said...

Loved all the pictures. What a beautiful blog!

VictoriaArt said...

Wow, great!
And your little ones are adorable! At least you get them in the picture. My teen daughter simply refuses the 'silly picture cards' for Xmas!!!
Now what?!

Happy holidays!

xx Victoria

VictoriaArt said...

Wow, great!
And your little ones are adorable! At least you get them in the picture. My teen daughter simply refuses the 'silly picture cards' for Xmas!!!
Now what?!

Happy holidays!

xx Victoria

bluehydrangea said...

The kid pics are hilarious!! And congrats on the magazine spread..it looks awesome!!

Marianne - Style For Living said...

Congrats on your Flourish feature. I too have real garland in my house and outside. It not only looks good, but smells amazing! Darling pics of your kids too!

sarah, flourish design + style said...

LOVE everything about this post :) xoxo

mydesignchic said...

Love your mantle design...wonderful!! Your little ones are adorable -

Krystle said...

Haha! I love the elf outfit and his expressions! Cute cute cute!

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

Your babies are adorable!! Congrats on the feature- I love what you did:)

red ticking said...

congratulations... and your babes are d a r l i n g!!!!
xx

Cami said...

So pretty! Congrats on your feature! On a side note, I am in love with the lamp on your table! Did you buy that in a shop (I have a feeling it's an antique, though)? Thanks!

Donna said...

Love the inspiration...Happy Tuesday!

Towe said...

What a little cutie! I love your blog, it's my first visit and I'm so happy I stopped by. Happy Holidays! towe.

Dolo said...

the pictures are beautiful, and your kids too!

Cristin @ Simplified Bee said...

Congrats! The mantel design is beautiful. So is your family.

Hope your daughter feels better soon.

xo,
cristin

Cherie said...

I love the antique fan and Chinese dog bookends.

Wish I could use the real garlands, they are hard to find in Arizona.

Stephanie Sabbe said...

congrats! that's awesome. and your little fan on that table is also awesome!

Paige said...

Such cute pics of your kids. Where did you get garland for so cheap? In San Diego, it's about $1.50 a foot :(

Loving fashion... said...

You have talent! Decorations look amazing! And your little elf is adoreable! Merry Christmas!

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