Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Garland!


Last night, I stopped by Nester's blog to see what she was up to, and got so excited when I saw that she was having a Holiday Garland Show & Tell!

OH MY GOODNESS! All of the wonderful garland ideas! I still haven't gotten through all of the links. But, I knew I wanted to play along, so I got the camera out and started taking pictures of our garland. The Christmas decor in the living room has a religious theme (lots of crosses, angels, harps, etc.) and it's all done in purples, golds, and creams.

This is the first year that I have done the mantle. I LOVE how it turned out! Next year, I am hoping to have more pretties to put on top of the mantle.



Here is a close up of the center of the garland. That purple ornament is really big! Probably around six inches round.



And the ends, where the bows are.



I have looked everywhere for pearl/ivory colored doves to include on the tree, but could only find pure white. I know, I know, doves ARE white. I was just hoping to find them not SO white. LOL! (Yes, I put birds on all of my trees. Why? I don't really have a reason, I just like them.)

Anyway, since I couldn't find white doves, I found these gold and cream birds while walking up and down the Christmas ornament aisles at Garden Ridge. I fell in LOVE with them, and bought all of them. (They only had 15 left. I really need more than that, but they are working for me!)





I LOVE LOVE LOVE their pretty, curly tails! Don't you?





Of course, since moving into this house, we have a staircase that I get to put garland on. Here it is in all of it's glory!







I'm actually still working on the staircase garland. I need a really TALL ladder to get the last two areas done. I also have some glittery, purple ting tings that I want to stick in all of it. Make it look kind of "wild!" LOL!

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of our Christmas decor. Now, I'm headed back to Nester's so that I can check out everyone else's awesome ideas.

P.S. If you are wondering how to make your garland full and crazy, Nester posted a how-to on her blog. (Mine is not nearly as full as hers is, but I still LOVE it!)

31 comments:

Mom in High Heels said...

OH! OH! OH! It's so beautiful! It's opulent! I love it!

Erika said...

*GASP* Gorgeous!! I'm dyin' here over your birdsand wishin' we had a Garden Ridge!

Sugar Mommy said...

So purdy...and I'm lovin' those birds. :)

Chris said...

Woah!! Those are some beautiful garlands! LOVE the one on the staircase!

Meaghan said...

no way! beautiful! so thick

Katydid said...

So Gorgeous! I love the color scheme.

Miss Priss said...

Your garlands are beautiful! I just love the colors you used! I can't wait to sit down and check out your blog some more when I get some time after the holidays. Thanks for visiting my blog.

The Nester said...

Well, your photography is to die for!!! And after seeing your garland I want BELLS!

Thanks for playing!

misspro312 said...

I love the garlands especially the HUGE purple ornament!! It looks great!

Mandi said...

Your garland is STUNNING! I especially love what you did on the staircase. WOW!

countingmypennies said...

Wow! You put me to shame! LOL! I love the purple. It's all bee-u-tee-ful! : )

Amy said...

Oh, love your garland too!! It is gorgeous!!!

Paula said...

Ok you can't cheat and put profession magazine pictures in The Nester Challenge! This is just too pretty! You must do this for a living! I'm from the Phoenix area now but I grew up in Lebanon, Ill, you know where that is? BTW, I felt the same way about Twilight! Not so sure about Ed but ended up loving him! LOL Thanks for sharing. I will be back to you blog I really enjoyed it!

Ice House said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. Your garland is unbelievable! Just beautiful!!! I know why you like birds in your trees? Because that is where birds belong ;-)

Deb said...

Your garland is gorgeous...but...I love your header even more. I have a fondness for cardinals!!! Thanks for leaving me a comment!!! Merry Christmas!

Amber said...

That looks beautiful. Love the colors with purple. And don't you just love Garden Ridge? Thanks for stopping by my blog...nice to have found yours, too!

julie & joe said...

I love your staircase garland. I need to run some up my stairs.

Gina said...

Thanks for stoping by to leave me a comment-but my garland doesn't hold a candle to yours! It's just beautiful, I love the way it wraps up the stairs.

Kim Layton said...

Wow! Everything looks wonderful and I love the colors! It looks like it took a ton of time and you're great with the close up photos!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!
-Kim

It's Always Something Around Here said...

Your garland is gorgeous!!!!

Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment on my blog!!

The Scooper said...

All of it is gorgeous! Love your staircase garland!

Bettsi said...

Oh my! Really well done! I love the staircase banister. Merry Christmas!

Cheryl Wray said...

These garlands are just absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! I am in awe!!

Amy Jo said...

Hmmmmm.... I didn't think to put a garland on my staircase this year. I bet my kids would love the easy access and would pull it down every day; maybe I'll have to wait a couple years!

Your garlands look so great with all the pretty things stuck in it. I'll have to stock up on the sales next month so I have enough "supplies" for next year's decorations.

Jessica said...

I love all your decorations! your garland is beautiful! I noticed you are into twilight too. I am crazy about those books! I could not put the books down! I can't explain it!

Sandy said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and looking at my garland. Yours, my dear, is breath-taking. Love, love, love the one going up your stairs and the big purple ball! Your photos really capture the beauty of the lights and the colors.

Gorgeous!
Blessings,
Sandy Cooper
www.godspeakstoday.blogspot.com

Mitt Empire said...

Thank you for your nice comment. I might start to translate my blog into english again soon. I did in the beginning, but stopped for some reason (it took too long ;-)).
Your garland looks amazing!!! and the one in the stairs; my absolute favourite so far. Makes mine look really bad. But there's allways next year. hahaha

Well, have a great day (or night, don't know the time where you are. It's 10:48 in the morning here.) and pleace visit again.
I'm linking to you if you don't mind.

Carol said...

Thanks for stopping by "Choose Joy" and for the comment. I too, have enjoyed seeing all the garland and lights and creative ideas. Yours are gorgeous and the birds add a special flair! Carol

kristi_temple said...

Love Love Love the purple and gold!!! I also have a dove on my tree.

Rene' said...

Kathy, thanks for the comment. Your garland is simply gorgeous. You did a wonderful job photographing it as well. The birds of course are simply divine with their little curly feathers. Merry Christmas!

~~Rhonda said...

OK, no fair. Your garland is prettier than mine. I'm going to have to up the ante. ;-D

Beautiful!! I'm getting some ideas here. Thanks for sharing, Kathy. :) And I love the idea of ring tabs on the back that you mentioned on the CNB list. ~~Rhonda :)