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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's a Wonder*Filled Christmas! {DayTWELVE}

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
a real, 9 ft. Christmas tree!

{whoops, didn't karate chop or arrange the well}

It's the very last day of 
It's a Wonder*filled Christmas! 
{sniffle, sniffle}

 Thank you all for stopping by and all of your lovely comments.

I want to keep it real and tell you there were no magical elves,
no babysitters, and so I need to thank my husband, Matt, for 
helping me find the time to put this whole twelve days together.

It took a lot of planning and organizing, and while it may not be
what is out there in blogland all fabulous {smile}.
It is my fabulous and it was hard work and yet so enjoyable too.
{In the midst of potty training four 2-year olds, this is maybe
what our tree should have looked like}...

And well our home has some new festive decor
and traditions to keep in years to come.  

OK back to the tree...

We are thrilled we have a real tree!  It's from a tree farm in Wisconsin,
we bought it through our church, they even dropped it off, perfect for us!!
We do have a couple more trees around, the artificial kind, 
this one is just so special to me this year.

With a real tree comes a tree stand, water, and little hands that want to play in said water.  I have seen trees in silver buckets, but I decided to paint and stencil this one to fit our decor a bit more.  Not only do I love it,
but I love that my only cost was paint!!

{Stenciled Christmas Tree Bucket}

 It's the same bucket from the boys' first {little sailors} birthday seen in the last photo here.  I spray painted it, hand painted on a stencil and voila, there you have it!  The stand fits inside the bucket!!

We made a star for the top of our tree from a metallic and linen paper combo
using this tutorial.  Isn't it pretty?!

Onto one of my favorite things about the tree...

{Snowflake Mobile}

I love hanging decorations from the's magical and fun.  I usually hang them over our island or in the playroom, but decided to hang some snowflake ornaments I was not using over our tree.  Just a handful, so pretty.


All you need is the ornament, fishing wire, and thumbtacks.  I used white since our ceiling is white.  That's it.  E came down and said, "I LOVE it Mom!!!"
I knew he would!  

Of course I'll add in some gratuitous pictures of our tree and living room decor. 
I ditched our ribbon on this tree and went with some silvery beaded garland
we had from our apartment days more than ten years ago.  It sparkles so nicely!

{yes, present wrapping is up next!}

The ornaments on our Jesse Tree are growing.  Yesterday we found out more about who Jesse was and his youngest son David, E LOVED that!  

Wrapped this cardboard K and painted this little birdie silver.
No mantel {boo!} but still have a pretty place to display treasured 
photos of my handsome boys.

My favorite Christmas picture ever!!

OK, this is really our mudroom.  Yes it needs a jingle-bell wreath!
A special thank you to my sweet friends...

 Meg from Little Blue Prints
for this elegantly simple tree pillow tutorial

Rachel from Holy Craft
for this stunning ornament garland tutorial.

Holly from Heart Break Kids 
for this festive, kid-friendly craft.  

Thank you so very much for taking your time to post here,
I loved having you!  Head on over to see what other amazing-ness
they are up to!!

I'll catch you back here soon!  
I have a couple more projects up my sleeve,
I am so excited for Christmas Break...
and of course will have loads of pictures to share!

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention.
Later this week, giveaway, be here or be square.
It will be one to help you get organized for 2012 after toy-orama 2011!!

So..what was your favorite part of this series?  I'd love to know!


Linking up my stenciled bucket to these lovely parties and here...


  1. Your tree is AMAZING! I love, love, love the bucket, too! Oh, and the "believe" garland with the pictures of the boys. Such a great reminder that you just kept believing....and those little miracles came true!

  2. Love the tree, the side chair, the stenciled bucket + the nativity!

  3. so pretty!! a great idea for the tree stand/water! a real tree is the way to go :) such a beautiful home you have!

  4. I have loved the entire series. Your ideas were awesome! I love the real tree. We have one too. Don't they smell divine? Super cute bucket, btw.


    P.S. Enter our giveaway at

  5. I LOVE the bucket! But I have to did you get the tree to stay secured in the bucket?? I really want to do that this year.

  6. Lauren, the stand is inside the bucket, probably should have mentioned that! ;) It just fits so it doesn't move around and we can still get to it easily for watering. Funny I forgot that part, thanks for the comment so I could add that to the post!

  7. You are we know! :) Didn't get to comment, but loved everything. Wish my house looked half that "nice!" :) Beautiful!!!!

  8. Such a fun series! I loved them all but my favorite is probably the Jesse tree. Such a sweet advent tradition to keep the heart focused. The bucket is genius too...and that picture of the boys is one of my all time favorite pictures ever!

  9. We have no mantel either, I've always wanted one though! And I love real trees, don't have any of them either... I think I want one just so I can stick it into a basket or tub like yours, oh so cute!

    It was fun spending time here, thanks for inviting me!


  10. P.S. I think your 12 days were fabulous also!

    and P.S.S I absolutely ADORE the {what I am assuming} picture of the first Christmas for the little ones. Soooo sooooo soooo cute!

    ok I think I'm done now!


  11. Oh my gosh I love the stenciled bucket under the tree! It's so pretty! Very different than a tree skirt :)

  12. I LOVE the BUCKET and how it can be used even later in the Year... I am so glad you shared it at
    And is that Grey and Mustard yellow in your living room... I LOVE LOVE LOVE it... I have been addicted to those two colors... I will actually be doing a post on it tomorrow... :)

  13. Love the tree bucket. Everything looks beautiful.

  14. That painted galvanized tin bucket your tree is in is awesome. Great job. I love the snowflake mobile.

    Merry Christmas!

  15. Michelle,
    Beautiful. I love that you can re-use the tree bucket. It would look great at one of your parties.

  16. I love your bucket, home, tree and all your projects! Wow! How do you do it with 5 boys! Bless you! :) I'm a momma to 2 boys and them alone keep me busy.

    I'm your newest follower! Stop on by sometime!
    I also have a weeky linky party called Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays. It's for projects made for $10 or less. I would love to have you link up sometime!

  17. Your home is so lovely! Very cute blog. I would love for you to share this at our {Home for the Holidays} party goin on now at The Corson Cottage ~ Carrie Happy Holidays!

  18. I love the stenciled bucket-We have a bucket like this but I haven't thought of using it for the tree-great idea :) And I love your handmade star too!

  19. Okay, that awesome bucket just popped right out at me and OF COURSE it is yours:) I love it along with all of your other holiday decorations!

  20. Your house looks beautiful! I love the idea of putting the tree in the looks great! I'm your newest follower from the Too Much Time On My Hands party. If you get a chance, I'd love you to stop by my blog & maybe follow along too!

  21. Great idea! Your tree is so beautiful and I love your room decor.

  22. Oh WOW, such a beautiful Christmas tree and blog--I am your newest follower and saw your link on Abbie's wonderful party!

  23. I ADORE your stenciled bucket and really just all of your decor so so much! Andddd your toilet paper tree made me laugh----I cannot imagine trying to potty train 4 two year olds! You are amazing!!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  24. it all looks amazing, but that tree bucket is AWESOME!

  25. Oh my golly, your house is gorgeous! Every details are perfect! Would love love love for you to share this at our party going on now Happy holiday!

  26. Everything looks just wonderful...fabulous! ;-) Love your stenciled tree bucket and all of your other details. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday and have a blessed Christmas!

  27. I just found you today and SO wish I had found you before the 23rd for the goodies! ;o) But none-the-less thrilled to have found you now! You have a new follower!!


I so appreciate your sweet thoughts and thank you for sharing. I always try to reply whether it be to your email or on one of your blog posts! Wishing you a wonder*filled day! Michelle

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