With Christmas officially over it's time to think about ushering in the New Year. I'm not really sure what we are going to do for New Years, but I really want to start some new great traditions with the family. As I was looking for inspiration I found this countdown with clocks decor over at Martha Stewart, and loved this idea. I can't think of a better way to countdown to midnight than on a beautiful display of a collection of clocks.
It's been a little while since I posted anything, but with the busy holiday season blogging kinda fell to the wayside. I feel like I have so much to share and catch up on though, but we will take it one step at a time. I felt particularly inspired to share these gorgeous wedding images today I found over at A Cup of Joe, maybe because my sister-in-law is getting married I'm constantly on the lookout for wedding inspiration right now. Regardless of the reason, I find these images absolutely beautiful and thought you might enjoy them too!
I absolutely love this image I found on Daydream Lily and just had to share it here too! I have to agree it is "all kinds of wonderful," on so many levels. It was taken for OUMA Clothing by Steph DeSage. Gorgeous, simply gorgeous! I think I've found another seller to add to my favorites on etsy.
I haven't yet hung our Christmas stockings, and while I didn't think it was a big deal, my little princess is stressing out about it. Last night she told me that we really need to hang our stockings our Santa won't be able to find them. I tried to explain that we had plenty of time and I promised we'd get them out before Christmas, but apparently that isn't enough. She then added, "They must be hung by the fire with care!" I love her...she is so spunky and sweet. So in honor of her new stocking fetish, and for a little motivation to get mine out, I bring you stocking inspiration brought to you from The Inspired Room.
And these just go to show that stockings don't have to be hung by the fire at all, there are quite a few other creative spaces for them.
I'm loving this holiday table featured over at Hostess with the Mostess today. She listed some Holiday Entertaining Tips on a Budget, she always has such great stuff. Definitely worth checking out if you plan on doing any holiday entertaining this season. Now back to the table, it would look simply fabulous with my holiday decor, plus it looks pretty simple to recreate the look yourself!
I've been seeing these gorgeous ornaments around quite a few blogs lately, but I couldn't resist sharing them here as well. These beautiful little bulbs are from Land-Rich, and would look stunning on the Christmas tree.
I couldn't help smiling when I saw this post over at the Adopt a 'Do. These really are some strange Christmas hairstyles. I don't know where she found them or who would actually wear them for that matter, but I love it! I thought I'd share some of my favorites, because they really do make me happy for some reason...
and my personal favorite...
I'm really getting excited for Christmas already. I really want to make Christmas simply magical for my little ones so I'm constantly thinking of traditions we can start as a family. One of my favorite traditions out there is the advent calendar. I know it's already December 3, but I really can't decide on what exactly I want to do. There are so many incredible options out there, literally for every budget and style. I really need to make up my mind quickly or we will completely miss out on one this year.
Almost every year Pottery Barn comes out with a couple of advents. I'm loving this one!
I also love these garland advents from Garnet Hill. They always have some great options.
Now if you are in the market for a luxury calendar, this beauty costs just over $1,000. Sigh. A little more than I can afford, but it is gorgeous. If you have the budget for it, it can be found over at FAO Schwartz.
I fell in love with a train advent calendar awhile ago that was also quite expensive, and I couldn't find it now. But I did find the great little wooden train advent on a cute little Swiss family's blog. It got me thinking that if I could find a simple wooden train like this (with lots of cars), I could totally paint it to match my decor and it would be perfect!
Now once you find the perfect calendar, what do you put in it? Well there is always the traditional little toys or candy, but there are a ton of other options here too. Jordan Ferney over at Oh Happy Day! has listed a bunch of activities that they do with the family to get in the Christmas spirit. Go check them out, you are bound to find some that will work for your family, or at least it will get you thinking of your own ideas. Another option I heard about was putting the title of a Holiday picture book in each day on the calendar, and then reading that story together. I love this idea, but don't have that many Christmas stories yet. I'll have to start building my collection! So many choices! I'd love to hear what your family does.