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I had so many intentions of posting my favorite Christmas recipes, and DIY crafts for you all before Christmas approached but it’s been crazy busy, as is usual for the holidays.  I haven’t even had time to take pictures of any of my outfits for you this week!  I apologize but know you all understand…and to make amends I am sharing both a recipe and an outfit with you!

Mixing polka dots with peppermint and minty green!

(Blazer & Earrings – Charlotte Russe, Polka Dot Blouse – Francesca’sNecklace – Urban Peach Boutique)

I wore this outfit to my children’s Christmas concerts and will probably where it again tomorrow to a Christmas party!  I’ve been wanting a red blazer and finally nabbed one at Charlotte Russe on Black Friday!  And I’ve already told you about my new jewelry boutique obsession Urban Peach Boutique, which is where I got this wonderful mint colored bubble necklace!  Red and Green are traditional holiday colors and some people may think it boring to go traditional but I LOVE red so adore the excuse to wear it all the time at Christmas and I love that this mint green adds a softness to this outfit!  It’s a perfect soft little twist to tradition!

Recipe…North Pole Cupcakes!!!

This is not my own original idea at all.  I found it at Kara’s Party Ideas.

I’m not entirely sure how she did hers, I didn’t follow her recipe, just the “North Pole” idea.  You can certainly visiter her site to follow her or here’s what I did…

Ingredients: 

Cupcakes:

1 Box of white cake mix

red & green food coloring

Butter Cream Frosting:

1 stick of butter

1/4 c crisco

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 c powdered sugar

2 TBSP milk

You will also need:

About 18+ mini candy canes

North Pole Printables

I wanted our cupcakes to look something like this, but red, white and green instead of rainbow…

Directions:

Mix cake according to directions on box.  Separate batter into three different bowls, leave one white and color one red and one green.  Fill cupcake pans with cupcake liners and add a large spoonful of each color, one on top of the other, to get a beautiful, colorful effect.  Fill each line about half full and bake according to directions on box.  When done baking allow to cool completely.

For your frosting you will cream the butter, crisco and extract in a mixing bowl until well blended.  Add sugar and mix thoroughly until a creamy mixture is achieved.  It will be a thick cream at this stage.  Now add your milk (for richer taste you can add whipping cream) and mix thoroughly again.  Place frosting in piping bag with a large tip (I used a Wilton #199).

Before you begin frosting stick a mini candy cane, upside down, in the center of each cupcake.  Pipe frosting, in circular motion around candy cane and working your way to the outer edge of cupcake.  After you have frosted all the cupcakes you will switch out your tip for a large round tip (I used Wilton #7) and you’ll “glue” the North Pole sign on with a bit of frosting.

They’re a hit with the kids and adults thought they were pretty cool too!

I will be taking a Christmas stay-cation with my kids and husband starting tonight and wont be back until January 2nd.  I’m sure I will be instagramming to LE’s Facebook page so you can follow me there if you’d like.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of our savior with your family and friends and wish you all many blessings in the New Year to come!

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Today is the last segment of “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!”  I hope that you’ve been enjoying my home and decorations and that maybe it’s inspired some ideas for your own Christmas decorating.  At the end of this post I will link an image to all the other “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!” posts.

As I mentioned in my last Christmas post, I will be sharing…

My Kiddos Christmas Trees and My Bedroom!

Yes, they each have a Christmas tree in their room, that is full of their homemade ornaments, school made ornaments and ornaments they’ve received as gifts…

As you head up stairs the first bedroom you will come to is our youngest child’s, Elizabeth.   Her tree is a little white one that sits on top of her table and in front of it is a Little People’s nativity set.  Her tree is topped with a sparkly pink star and tied with sparkly purple ribbon that drapes down along the sides of the tree.  Her ornaments match the colors in her bedroom, pinks, teals, purples and all sorts of girl colors!

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Across the hall from her room is my son, Pierce’s bedroom.  Usually he has a taller tree but this year he has a 4′ tree that I put in our wagon and he set some of his stuffed animals in it and toys around it to look like Christmas gifts he’d received…Clever little guy!  He wanted to decorate his tree all by himself this year, which was hard for my OCD tendencies but it’s his room, his tree, so I let him and he did a great job for a 5-year-old!  He loves the traditional colors of Christmas and always picks out or makes ornaments that are red, white and green.

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Down the hall from his room is our daughter, Miranda’s room.  The ornaments on her tree match the colors of her room in mostly pinks, and whites, she too decorated her own room and has been busy making presents and wrapping them to put under her tree and give out to friends and family at Christmas.  Please overlook the lego  and zuzu pet village on her bench, ha, ha.

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The last of our children’s Christmas trees is our oldest daughter’s, Gabrielle, who was the one to ask me to put their trees on my blog.  I wasn’t planning on showing our bedrooms, but she thought I should and why not?  They do have Christmas decorations also.  Her tree is tied with a HUGE bow and mostly covered in her favorite colors…teal, purple and green.  She too has been busy making and wrapping gifts!

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Up another flight of stairs is the master suite and I just need to say I’m still in love with my new room!  It was so fun to decorate it for Christmas.  I always enjoyed seeing pictures like this of bedrooms decked out for the holiday’s but never really had a nice bedroom to do this.  But now I have a beautiful, big room and am excited to share it’s Christmas decor with you…

As you stand in the door way you will be greeted by our skinny little pine standing in front of our chimney.  It’s covered in primitive ornaments of whites and creams and rusted metal ornaments.  Our tree does not have a tree topper because above it hangs a large stick star with an angel in the center.

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On the right of the above picture you can see our bed.  Our mantel bed is perfect for decorating with a pine garland that is lit with white lights and has red pip berries strung through out.  Our bedding stayed the same, but I added a red quilt I made this fall, a few Christmasy throw pillows and a primitive little angel.

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The angel on our bed is probably my favorite prim doll.  I love the berry/star garland on her wings.  The throw pillows I made this year.  The checkered one goes with the throw at the foot of the bed and I made the “Silent Night” and “Holy night” pillows the very day I put them on the bed.  It was super easy…all you need are a couple of fabric squares and a sharpie marker!

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Not only will you see our Christmas tree and bed from our doorway but you will see our whirlpool bath which features another pine garland wrapped in white lights and on the step sits my daughter who felt like she and her cup of ice chips needed to be in this picture…yeah, she was giggling and thinking she was pretty funny!

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Beside our bath is an old crate filled with some towels, wash cloths, some faux greenery (I didn’t want pine pitch getting on our towels) and a little red sign that says, “God Bless Us Everyone”.  On one side of the crate is some grapevine twine and the on the other side is my violin.

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I made some snowy white letters that spell out “NOEL” and attached them to the rustic metal mirror above our bath and tied a red burlap bow on it.

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My window seat has been set with Christmas pillows and a small pine garland wrapped in red burlap sits atop the window frame.

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I dressed up our sitting area a bit by adding a Christmasy plaid pillow and tieing red burlap bows around the pillows that came with the settee.  I also wrapped a string of red balls around the lamp for a little bit more of a red accent.  (I also see that this picture was taken when my scentsy plug-in was playing hide and go seek!)

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The old dresser, turned entertainment center/table has been set with a little box my husband made me when we were dating filled with pine,  in front of it stands a little Christmas caroler.  In the center is a wooden bowl filled with greenery, bells and a snow angel, and a little prim tree sampler stands to the right of that.

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Closer view of the top of the table…My mom bought the little snow angel for my oldest daughter when she was two because she loved making snow angels.  I’ll admit I’ll be a little sad when she’s older and wants to have it because this little snow angel has been a very pretty part of my decorations.

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Thus concludes the end of “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!”  I hope you’ve enjoyed it.  I know I am enjoying my home this holiday season.  I love it when it’s dark at night and the only thing lighting my home is the warm glow of Christmas lights and flickering candles that smell of pine, candy canes and all other good Christmas smells!

As promised here are links to all the other “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!” posts…Enjoy!

Kitchen

Living Room

 

 

 

 

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(Blazer, Tank & Earrings – Maurices, Jeans – JCPenney, Heels – So old I can’t remember if it was Younkers or JCPenny, Necklace – Urban Peach Boutique)

Okay so technically the blazer is mustard, not gold, and my tank is gray, not silver but for today’s post they are silver and gold!  My shoes are sparkly silver and my earrings and bracelets are gold so that counts, right?  Sure it does!

I also added this bright, bold and big red bubble necklace for a bit of traditional Christmas red!  I love big bubble and tear drop necklaces and only owned one up until I got this one and a couple of others when I discovered a wonderful new store called Urban Peach Boutique!  This site is amazing it has J. Crew style necklaces for a fraction of the price!     Here is a J. Crew necklace almost identical to the one I’m wearing in this post (but green) and it’s $150!!!  I don’t know about you but I can’t afford that, so when I saw that I could get something similar for only $16 I was beyond excited.  

I think this necklace is the perfect accent for my silver and gold outfit!  The only thing that could have made this outfit better is a pair of red heels.  

By the way, do you now have the song “Silver And Gold” stuck in your head because of the posts title?  I promise it was not my intention, it was the only title I could think of for this post.  If it is I apologize and know that I am humming the song right along with you, because it’s stuck in mine too!

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(Jacket – Gift, Mittens and Hat – Herberger’s)

I received this coat as a Christmas gift from my grandpa and grandma when I was still in high school.  I know where my grandmother got it because I was at the antique store with her when I spotted it and absolutely fell in love with the antique/vintage feminine and Christmas look of this jacket.  When I left that antique shop that day I never would have thought that this beautiful coat would be neatly tucked in a beautiful package for me at Christmas.  

I really don’t know anything about it besides that it’s a Hudson Bay.  I haven’t been able to date the jacket, though admittedly I haven’t looked very hard since I don’t plan on selling it.  I am curious as to the age though so if any of my readers are Hudson Bay jacket geniuses let me know.  

I truly do love this coat.  It doesn’t get worn often because I’m always a little nervous to since it may be old and have value, but I do pull it out for all of my Christmas parties and outings.  I kind of feel like I need a muff to go with it and a group of carolers, or maybe a sleigh, ha, ha!

On a side note…when I was looking back at all the picture selections for this post I was laughing so hard.  I thought with my Christmas coat and our fresh fallen snow it might be fun to try to get a picture of me like these…

Well lets just say it’s a whole lot harder to look cute while blowing snow then you would think.  I was laughing quite hard while trying to capture this image, and even harder when looking at my photo failure!

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Seriously, it’s really hard to blow that snow at just the right moment.  In most photos I look like a deer caught in headlights or like I got caught doing something I wasn’t supposed to be.  (Well, maybe I wasn’t supposed to be doing this!)  Not only is it hard to blow at just the right moment, but I can guarantee your those girls aren’t blowing real snow and the fake stuff must blow a little easier than real snow because I couldn’t get it to fluff up right.  You only get the cute look, like those girls have when you are softly blowing.  I practically blew up a lung trying to get that snow to fly!  

 

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I can’t believe Christmas is only two weeks away!  Are you all as excited as I am?  I’m not sure what I’m more excited for, a week and a half of my husband off work and my kids off of school, watching my kids excited little faces as they tear open their gifts, celebrating my saviors birth with friends and family…I’m just so excited for it all!!!

The last couple of weeks I’ve been giving you a little Christmas tour of my home by showing you around my home and all the ways I’ve decorated for the holiday’s this year.  So far I’ve shown you my porchdinning room & kitchen.  Today I’m going to share with you my…

Cozy Christmas Living Room

The first two pictures are from different angles of my living room; the first from the frame between the living and dinning room the other by my sewing/craft room door (the door you see in the first picture).

The quilt hanging above our chair has been switched out for a Christmasy colored one.  The windows are draped with pine garlands and trimmed with burlap bows and the room is lit with warm white lights.  I love evenings at home snuggled on the couch with the lights off and only my Christmas lights lighting the room!

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Now I’ll walk you around my living room counter-clockwise starting from the dinning/living entry.

Our television/entertainment center…My husband built this beautiful cabinet a few years ago and I painted and distressed it.  It’s one of my favorite pieces of furniture in my home.  Little stockings hang from each of the side doors.  On top are pictures of my kids and an old dough bowl set for Christmas…

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My dough bowl is full of greenery, set with bed springs holding votives, snowmen and “Believe” red and white striped stars.  In front of it is a long skinny sign that reads, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”. (The sign is actually a creamy white color but has a green tint to it here for some reason, sorry.)

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Beside my cabinet is one of my favorite Christmas crafts I’ve ever made.  My little snow girl!  If you could see her up close you would love her too.  Her face is rug hooked (This was my first rug hooking project and it took me sooooo long!)  Her dress, coat and hat are fashioned like something you might see out of “A Christmas Carol” with even the back of her coat being bustled so adorably! I just love her!  She doesn’t always hold things in her arms but I added these primitive stars to her this year.

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My absolute favorite part of my living room and one of the big reasons why I fell in love with our home when we bought it twelve years ago…my fireplace!  Like everything else in our house it needed some updating and maintenance but now it’s just perfect and I love that all this rock work is an original part of my 1917 farmhouse. (Not sure why the fire looks pink in the picture.  There are no weird gasses burning in there, ha, ha.)

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Atop my mantel, and center place is an old ceiling tile with the words “Let It Snow” on it.  This rests in front of an old window that is topped with a pine garland, lit with white lights.  Pine boughs have been laid on each side fo the mantel with a candle tucked within.  Every year my mantle has a pine garland hanging from it that gets decorated differently each year, this year it’s large and small primitive snowflakes.  And of course, “The stockings are hung by the chimney with care”!

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A closer look at the ceiling tile and old window setting.  Also in front of the old window is a Belsnickle Santa (I’ve wanted one for years and finally got him last year!) and a pair of ice skates, tied with a pretty bow and filled with greenery and primitive pipe cleaner candy canes.

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 A closer look at one of the primitive snow flakes.  I bought one of these but once I got it home I knew one wouldn’t be enough so I made the other two large ones and smaller ones myself.  I think they are so cute!

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I made my kids stockings of red and white striped material and topped with a light tan muslin and hand embroidered their names in a matching red.  (I actually made these when my middle daughter was two but knowing I wanted to have more kids bought extra material so that all of my kids could have matching stockings.)  They will be filled Christmas Eve when my kiddos are dreaming sweet Christmasy dreams!

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Standing beside my fireplace is this primitive church that my husband made for me.  Most of the year it sits plain but I added the little wreath and garland to it for Christmas.

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Standing in the window is an old sewing machine (the lighting was bad and it kept coming out dark when I tried to get a picture of the whole setting) set with red and green woven material.  Two angels stand beside a lamp and in front of the lamp is a Praise sign.

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I love this lamp because I can put different fillers in it depending upon the holiday or season.  Currently it is full of dried cedar and cranberries along with some small rustic bells and mini vintage books.

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Beneath my sewing machine resting on the pedal is an old box filled with greenery and pip berries lit with white lights.  This box is what inspired me to paint the outside of my home red!

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On my couch is a postage stamp quilt and matching pillows that I made a few years ago.  I also made the little sheep pillow, that’s sitting center on the couch.  Love those little sheep!

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Above the couch on my old barn door is a pine garland and one of the first signs I painted (It actually might be the first.) That says, “The Blessings Of Christmas…Peace, Hope, Joy, Love.

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Tucked in a corner, standing tall and beautiful is our Christmas tree.  My Christmas tree is very special to me because everything on it, even the Christmas skirt below it are things that my kids and I have made together over the years.  They’ve helped me sew, stuff and paint everything you see here and that is so special to me!

Our tree is decorated with the traditional colors of Christmas of red, white and green but all are tea/coffee stained for a primitive feel.

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Also below our Christmas tree is a basket full of wrapped Christmas books.  The kids get to open one book each night as a count down to Christmas!  I got the idea from Pinterest but Elle Keeps Moving is where the pin came from so I want to thank her for such a great idea!

Over the years my kids and I have painted, sewn, stuffed and stitched these chunky candy canes, both 5 point and 6 point starts, rustic bells, primitive little snow angels and snow flakes.  Some people don’t like that I have a themed tree, but these ornaments are all so dear to me because of the memories I have of making them with my kids.

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Our angel stays out all year, just not on top of our tree, obviously, but at Christmas she takes her spot at the top of our tree heralding the news of the birth of our savior who brings “Peace on Earth”.

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Beside our tree on an old step ladder sits a prim scrawny little Santa that I got a great deal on after Christmas a few years ago (He was $3!!!).  In his arms  is a prim little reindeer I made (Like the one on my kitchen cupboard.) and beside him on the ladder is a cutsie little stocking I made filled with pine and pip berries!

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There’s nothing quite like the glow of a Christmas tree!  I love how my kids lay beside or under it looking up at the beautiful glow of the lights!  There’s something magical about a simple pine decorated for the Holiday’s!

There’s only one Christmas post left in which I’ll show you my kids’ Christmas trees and my husbands and my room.  Decorating my new bedroom for Christmas was so much fun and I can’t wait to show you!

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(Sweater – JCPenney, Striped Button Up Shirt, Belt & Jeggings (similar) – Maurices, Boots – Charlotte Russe, Jewelry – Claires)

I felt the need to dress a little festive today, as I always do this time of year (So head’s up, you’re in for a lot of red in up coming outfit posts!).  Before arriving to my son’s classroom today I would have titled this outfit “Christmas Casual”, however a little girl in his class said I looked like Mrs. Claus so maybe I should title this outfit “Mrs. Claus”.  I just hope it was the red and white together that conjured up the image of Mrs. Claus and not that she thought I looked old or chubby.  Ha, ha!  

Am I going to let her comment make me feel self conscious and send me to the scale checking my poundage or gazing in the mirror for wrinkles or my first gray hair?  Absolutely not.  I think she just liked my Christmasy look and I’ll definitely be rocking my “Mrs. Claus” outfit again!

On a side note, I’m totally loving my hair today!  And to think this happened because I was too lazy to take an extra 5 mins to blow dry my bangs forward and straighten them!  Here’s to laziness!

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(Blazer (similar), Jeans & earrings – Maurices, Tee & Necklace – Old Navy, Boots (similar) – Charlotte Russe, Bangle – Target)

I loved the casual tee under a blazer look when I saw it on Amanda Seyfried in a magazine this fall.  I’ve worn this outfit a few times since then but am finally just getting around to posting it.  I tried to find an image of it to post for you but this is the only one I could find and it’s not the picture that inspired this outfit.  The outfit she wore was almost exactly like this.  A gray or white v neck basic tee under a black blazer with a pair of worn jeans.  As I said, I loved it when I saw it so just had to duplicate it!

I apologize for the funky bangs in these pictures.  The wind was not my friend this day.  But hopefully some of these cool winds will blow some snow my way.  The few inches we had has sadly melted away!

*Linking up with WIWW @

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