Sunday, December 13, 2009

My Stop on The Nester's Tour of Homes

Welcome everybody! I'm so glad you're here to visit! About 95% of what you'll see in my house was purchased at yard sales, Goodwill, or the flea market, but if I did buy something at a "real" store, I'll be sure to let you know which one!

I am excited to sit down later this afternoon and drink a cup of coffee and check out everyone's links! I love using my 25 cent snowman mug (it's the little things in life, right?!) - if you enjoy coffee, check out my friend Kathy's fabulous Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe (made in the crockpot)!

While we're in the kitchen, here's the counter by the stove. I love the way those fat peppermint sticks (from the Dollar Tree!) look in my glass jar. Credit for this idea goes to Melissa from 320 Sycamore.

By the toaster, I mixed some jewel-toned ornaments (40 cents from Goodwill on Black Friday!) with one of my long pearl necklaces.

On top of the stove:

Hopping upstairs to the bathroom:

Moving on to the dining room, we have my yarn trees with a 25 cent tree that came with its own mini ornaments and lights!

I love this little tree and will let Luke have it in his room in a few years.

I've had this garland for years and still like it.

I know there are much cuter ways to display Christmas cards, but my mom always taped them to our kitchen door frame growing up and I've always done the same (just on our living room entry instead).

Above the bookcase, I wrapped the yard-sale tree with burlap. The two deer are one of my favorite yard sale finds ever.

Side table (bright ornaments are from Wal-Mart):

Other side table:

I found this pillow for $1.20 at Goodwill on Black Friday (don't worry, I washed it!).

I used to waitress at Cracker Barrel and I was able to purchase my Willow Tree set for only $13! It is one of my most favorite things and I like the juxtaposition of the sparkly ornaments with the rustic feel of burlap.

(Champagne ornaments - 12 for $1 at Dollar Tree)

This will be our last year of having a real tree for a while - I'm kinda sad about that but know it's for the best to avoid ingested needles and spilled water since next year Luke will be walking!

(Ribbon is $4.99 at Target this year.)

The ornaments are a mix of new and very old - a lot of them are very sentimental, either from old students of mine or places Chris and I have been or ornaments from Chris's childhood.

Two of my favorites are residing in clearance ornaments from Target - the very first two pictures of our baby, taken on December 2nd and December 11th last year.

They'll always hold a very special place in my heart.

That's the majority of my Christmas decorating!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a fabulous Christmas!

Christmas Tour of Homes with The Nester


  1. Jessica, your decor is lovely! It's so clean and simple, I like that. Very pretty! :)

  2. Thanks for sharing your Christmas-y house Jessica! I'm visiting from the Nester, though I found your blog earlier and visit from time to time (yes, I'm a Lurker!). Have a blessed Christmas!

  3. Everything looks beautiful. Happy Holidays!

  4. beautiful Jess! I love that you do things so frugally - such a good example to me to not rush out and pay full price for things! =)

  5. You've done a very nice job! Everything looks clean and uncluttered and very festive! I have done a lot of shopping at Dollar Tree and Dollar General for my ornaments!!


  6. Love the house.....I really like the ornaments you made with the ultrasound pics in there....might steal that idea.

  7. Beautiful! (And I have to say I'm so glad I'm not the only one who makes her house pretty with the help of the Dollar Tree!)

  8. Love those peppermint sticks!! Everything looks lovely~

  9. Great job with your decorating, thank you for sharing.

  10. Very pretty!! Thanks for letting us tour!

  11. hi there!
    i love that you are a bargain shopper! me too. we have a great Good Will store here in Franklin that is so well organized and the employees seem to love their jobs! it's a pleasure to shop there!
    cute decorations!

  12. Jessica, found you on the Tour of Homes! Wanted to say hi! Drop by sometime if you get a chance! :)


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