Friday, December 16, 2011

don't waste your space. our home for the holidays.

 we have been spending our time doing a little bit of this...

 great great christmas idea!!! aunt sara (professional photographer) got this for ava. we write on it each day...we love a lot things about this little girl. (email her to order one for your house

we love baking. especially snickerdoodles. in turn my jeans are tighter. just the way it goes i guess if you decide to eat cookies pretty much daily. ava loves using these cheap 97 cent snowman straws from walmart (4 in a pack) are perfect.

my friend trish taught me to crochet. let's just say whenever i get a second you will find me on the couch working on yet another scarf. i love it. especially when the yarn i love is from micheals and those 40% coupons come in real handy.
we have been busy picking up christmas/baking gifts this week which = lots of wrapping.
this year we used brown craft paper from the dollar store to wrap gifts & then when i ran out of that i improvised with using some of my craft design paper. a huge packet from micheals is around $10. i used it for smaller gifts as well as paper bunting hanging in most our windows.

first off i am not a huge fan of pictures of dirty kitchens, etc on blogs. i mean all of our houses get messy. no one really lives in a perfectly neat house. if you have kids there is not a chance that your house remains picked up for longer than ten minutes. all that said...check out our craft room.

i am really loving decorating this year so i wanted to share a bit of our house...

 twine and some mini clips.

 musical note garland. found an old book and cut it up...felt a little guilty. but i love how it turned out.
ava's little tree in the basement. thanks roma. we love it.
 ava's bedroom has a little bunting too.
 the house smells a lot like this. i love it. i love it. i love it.

***now i must admit. i come up with nothing on my own...well sometimes i do. but for the most part a lot of things in our house are a straight copy from things i see on this BLOG. take a look***

they are offering a free pdf file with lots of design ideas for the holidays. they are free and all you have to do it simply print. i have been printing on brown craft paper and it adds a little punch. i have already used her gift tags &party invites & art prints. & some bunting and garland.

now for the best part of this post. our new sponsor MAMALODE is offering a sweet giveaway. this magazine is full of all sorts of women and momma's sharing their stories and some daddy's too. it is about life. motherhood. babies. career. trying to do it all but stepping back and remember that we all  need a little time too. to write. to read. to create. to be. mamalode provides that place. for women to be women. there are slew of mags all over our house right now and i am loving it.


you can get your own subscription HERE.
just in time before the next issue which comes out in feburary (i am honored to be included).

one lucky blog commenter will win a one year subscription.
(winner will be announced monday)

comment away. what are your favorite holiday decorations around your house?

every house needs some christmas gels. just $1 at walmart.

(all the pictures on the blog are taken on my iphone with the free Instragram app. i am libbyryder if you want to follow our feed.

some of my decor ideas are pinned on my pinterest boards. check it HERE

i just have to say, i had cancer at this time last year. yup that's right. never ever under estimate the difference  one year can make.

it's the weekend baby. enjoy it.


  1. Libby - you MUST look into if you haven't already. Warning though, once you go to that site, you won't get anything done, EVER. It is addicting. All sorts of craft/baking ideas.

  2. I would loove a mamalode subscription! and i love all your decorations!

  3. Your house looks darling and oh so cozy. Love this time of year!!

  4. Libby - where did you get the picture frame that you can write on for Ava? I LOVE that idea and would like to pick up some as gifts for friends with babies :-) SO CUTE and a great way to realize all that we are grateful for!

  5. Love all your decorations!

    Kimberlys Korner

  6. probably our kids' tree. It has all our old wooden ornaments on it...soo cute! Merry Christmas! Your home looks lovely!

  7. My friend just had an article in Mamalode today. Weird. Your decorations are beautiful!

  8. thanks for the glimpse into your house for the holidays. i love all of your crafty projects, especially the music note garland! i am going to have to remember that for the future when I have my own home. i hope your family has a blessed holiday. thanks for the constant inspiration. :]

  9. How cute...everything looks so festive! My favorite decoration for Christmas is our tree...each and every ornament has a meaning and story behind it!! Merry Christmas!!!

  10. Mamalode looks like an awesome magazine. Your decorations and ideas are great. Thanks for sharing. Our little boy would love those Christmas gels. I love the garland of Christmas carols!

  11. You never cease to amaze me. God is so good!

  12. I'd love a subscription to Mamalode. My favorite part of Christmas decoration is cinnamin scented pine cones! Your house looks great!
    -Beth C

  13. My favorite decoration is the Christmas tree. Most of the ornaments are from when I was younger that my mom has kept over the years or my Granddaddy used to paint little ceramic ornaments.

    Beautiful home and what a gorgeous tree! Merry Christmas!!

  14. I love all your R's! So cute!! I need to find some U's for us... Where'd you find yours? And all your decorations are very very cute! I am so wrapping my gifts like that. It's my favorite pin for wrapping too.

  15. Your home looks so beautiful and festive!! Christmas decorating is so much fun!! Our home is filled with the amazing scent of "Merry Mistletoe" these days too! Can you please post the recipe for your snickerdoodles ... they look so yummy!!
    Merry Christmas & God Bless!!

  16. My favorite decorations are my lighted garland that is everywhere in my house. When I turn that and the tree on it speaks peace. I love the lights and a warm fire.

  17. Beautiful decoration. Thanks for the giveaway and i hope you'll have a beautiful Christmas.

  18. Such a sweet photo of your little girl with the garland.

  19. your home looks beautiful, and your story and spirit are amazing.


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