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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Little Recap of 2013!

I haven't spent much time on my computer this past week but that's because I've been busy working away on another room in our house. First, I got all of our Christmas decorations put away (except for the paperwhites and a couple of wreaths) and then I got to work priming and painting the trim in our other extra bedroom and started on the walls. I am hoping to finish up the walls today and then I can start decorating. I am really excited about the bedding from Ballard Design that is going in that room! And I am on the hunt for a couple of things to add in there but hopefully will have lots of pictures to share soon. And then I am starting on our master bedroom. And our new light fixture for our entryway arrived late yesterday afternoon so I am hoping to get it out of the box and maybe even hung this afternoon. So, it may be a few more days but I should have lots to share with you soon! In the meantime I thought it would do a little obligatory year end wrap up for 2013. I chose a few of my favorite posts/projects from this past year:


First up, last January we had Jamie's Baby Shower -You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here:

http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/jamies-nursery-rhyme-themed-baby-shower.html

http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/jamies-nursery-rhyme-themed-baby-shower_15.html



In February we offered our first chalkboard download and print in our shop:
http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/i-love-you-our-first-handwritten.html

and had a little tutorial for making these fun Valentine's mini cakes:
http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/mini-valentines-cake-tutorial-with-love.html

http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/our-valentines-decorating.html

In March we had fun with a Spring Tablescape:
http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/spring-tablescape-and-dining-room-its.html

then in April we shared some updates in our living room at our last house:
http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/living-room.html

In May we featured baby Everly's nursery:
http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/everlys-nursery.html

http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/everlys-nursery.html

http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/everlys-nursery.html

In June, we said good-bye to our home that we had lived in for the last five years and gave a final tour:
http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/final-tour-of-our-townhome.html

and we also had fun joining Jennifer Rizzo and several other bloggers for a 1 Room, 3 Ways event:
http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/day-3-one-room-three-ways.html

then in July I gave you a little tour of the upstairs and downstairs of our new house (full of very dated before shots!) and shared some photos of my parent's guest bedroom:
http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/07/my-parents-guest-bedroom.html

In August I shared the progress we made in Jason's kitchen:
http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/jasons-kitchen-and-dining-room-progress.html

In September we shared quite a few things from Lillie and Lola's new room:
http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/09/lillie-and-lolas-new-room-not-quite.html

http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/09/our-kitchen-makeover-on-budget-phase-1.html

http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/09/my-parents-kitchen.html

Then in October we had several other rooms we made progress in. First more projects got finished up in the kitchen:
http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/an-oversized-chalkboard-and-bench-in.html

http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/an-oversized-chalkboard-and-bench-in.html

And we mostly finished up our family room:
http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/we-finally-have-rug-our-finished-family.html

And made progress in our powder room:
http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/progress-in-our-powder-room-before-and.html

Then in November we made our Roman Shade for the kitchen to finish of Part 1 (we are going to be replacing the counters, adding a farmhouse sink and new faucet and a new backsplash for Part 2  - hopefully pretty soon!)

And we started decorating for Christmas and introduced some canvases:
http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/11/i-played-my-drum-for-hima-little-red-in.html

In December we shared our dining room all decorated for Christmas:
http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/our-christmas-table-setting.html

And made over our guest room:
http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/our-guest-bedroom.html

and gave our Christmas House Tour:
http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/2013-christmas-house-tour.html

We also wanted to introduce our newest sponsor, Delightful Mom Stuff by Jenica who is an event planner!
http://www.delightfulmomstuff.com/

Be sure to head on over and check out her page!

Have a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas From the Holmes Family

We just wanted to pop in and wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I thought I would share our 2013 Christmas Card along with our ones from the last few years with you today:

Here is the front of this year's card:

Inside:

Back:

 And here is our 2012 card:

Inside:

Back:

 And our 2011 card:

Inside:

Back: 

 and lastly our 2010 card:

 Inside:

Back:

Merry Christmas! 


"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you: he is Christ the Lord." 
Luke 2:11


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

One Last Christmas Decorating Post...


I am going to try to squeeze one last post in here before Christmas! I took these pictures a little while ago but then I had some trouble with my card reader and couldn't get them onto my computer.  Fortunately, it's all fixed now.  Anyway, here are some photos of our kitchen decorated for Christmas:


The hot chocolate mugs were an anniversary gift several years ago from Burdicks

 

I added some new words to this chalkboard platter from my mother-in-law:



Love these little trees from Trader Joe's:


This fancy ginger ale from Trader Joe's was over in the corner to the right of the stove but I couldn't get a good shot of it because it was so shadowy under the cabinets so I moved it here. I haven't actually tried it yet - I just love the way it's packaged. =)





I took this right after we first started getting Christmas cards in the mail. We've had to add more string and have quite a bit more than that so it doesn't look nearly so neat and tidy hanging from the curtain rod now. =)




"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders.
And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9: 6

You can find the full source list for the here and our Christmas House Tour here. Happy Christmas Eve!


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