December 22, 2011

Christmas at my house!

Christmas is almost here!

I’ve aways liked Christmas.  In the past few years I’ve grown to LOVE Christmas.  This year, maybe more than any other year, I’m aware of the importance of Christmas.  I guess I’ve just been overly aware of the hurt and pain that fills this world.  A lot of it has hit pretty close to home in my family, with several jobs lost, major illnesses and several tragedies.  And with Christmas, those things can feel even more difficult.  But this Christmas, I’m seeing just how important Christmas is in reminding us of hope.  Our only Hope.  Emmanuel.  God with us.  The only hope I have when tragedy strikes is that God is with me and that He is faithful.  Christmas is important because it reminds us that that God came near, to be with us.  And that He will be with us, to give us comfort when we don’t know which way to turn.

So I love Christmas and I want my house to reflect that promise by being a place of love and comfort and that’s why I use architectural services from bldg.collective boulder county to help me with this and make my house look the way I want.  I also love to decorate it all up so it feels magical.

Sometimes I think maybe it’s a little much… but then I get over it and just enjoy every bit of it!  This year my roommate Ally and I started watching Christmas movies pretty early (it may or may not have been before Thanksgiving).  One night while we were watching Elf, you know the part where he decorates the whole room with a bunch of paper chains and snowflakes all over the place, well, I got inspired.  And when he puts syrup on everything… well that inspired me too.  To make breakfast, that is!

I decided to have some friends over for a Christmas breakfast.

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I saw little poinsettias at the 99 cent store (my favorite!) so I just wrapped them up with a little craft paper and jute and had a little gift for each of my guests!

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That night I had some more friends over for dinner.  Yep, I did a lot of entertaining this year, and I love it!  For dessert I made apple spice cupcakes with salted caramel frosting.  Even drizzled some caramel and a little sea salt on top.  Whaaaaaaaaaat?  Yep, you heard me right.  DE-LISH!

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Here’s my cute little crooked tree and it’s new star (from Goodwill, brand new, still in the box).

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The cutest little baby Jesus ornament!

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More paper goodness!  These little coffee filter flowers were SO fun to make.  Thank you Pinterest!

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Ally’s amazing handiwork.  She got skillzzzz!

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Another Pinterest idea.

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One of my favorite things this year has been getting Christmas cards from clients with photos I’ve taken!  Look how fun!

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I love this little set up.

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Merry Christmas to you all!

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  1. Kim

    December 23rd, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Very cool, Jen! Merry Christmas!

  2. John Prothero (Lorrie's hubby)

    December 23rd, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Jen, LOVE the photos! I feel like I’m looking at a Better Homes & Garden house! Have a wonderful Christmas! Hope to see you at our Epiphany party.

  3. Samantha

    December 23rd, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Yay! I’m glad you posted this and shared the cuteness with the rest of the world! 🙂

  4. Kimberly Long

    December 23rd, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I could just move right in and feel at home Jen. Love your built-ins and all the Christmas cuteness. My girls and I are inspired to make some coffee filter crafts!
    See you at church.
    Kimberly

  5. Amber Fox

    December 24th, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Your house is seriously SO CUTE! and SO YOU! I always feel so cozy and comfortable there and during Christmas, ugh, i love it even more. Seriously, Jen, you should come decorate my house next year for Christmas.

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