December 29, 2016

Christmas Eve at Our House

You all have probably been wondering where I have been the last several days. 

Well, this was moving week for my parents...and I spent three days facilitating that huge project. 

While not blogging, I was busy. 

I steam cleaned hardwood floors to get the construction haze off of them. I am not done with that! ha. 

I connected a new dryer vent hose, my newest skill. 

And...I emptied tubs and boxes. More to do on that too. 

Hubby worked on the water heater and changed the dryer plug to a new four prong model. 

My daughter cleaned bathrooms and all of the kitchen cabinets. 

This has indeed been a big family project!

Even though Christmas has past, I thought I would share my Christmas Eve photos with you. 

Hubby and I were "home alone" because our kids came on Christmas night. 

I set the dining room table on Christmas Eve so that would be out of the way on Christmas day. 

The light is low in most of my it was becoming late afternoon. I turned on lamps. Then I turned on ceiling lights. Anything to try to get some good photos!  

My great room Christmas décor is more casual than the rest of the house. 

I put my red velvet pillows in these chairs and the room instantly looked more festive. 

Pretty pillows are game changers in a room. :-) 

Here is my Mrs Santa hat, ready for Christmas night. I wore it while I passed out gifts. 

I love my sweet little metal angels that I have had for years. They are part of my Christmas memories. 

Red was my color this year! 

I love long needle pine. This is a faux garland from Hobby Lobby last year.

I love the doors on our media cabinet...though they are usually open with the pretty side being hidden. 

I used my pineapple bowl to hold Christmas cards.

Almost twenty-four hours after this photo the room was covered in boxes and wrapping paper. 

Daughter snapped this with her cell phone. I though about not sharing...but then I though, Oh why not. Do you like my santa hat?  You know I love a touch of leopard here and there

We had a wonderful time together as a family. Hubby cooked the best pork loin...and I did the sides. Our daughter brought her chocolate chip pies.(aka Derby Pies) Her pies are a holiday tradition at our house!

Our future daughter-in-law gave me the cutest gift...and I will be sharing that with you soon. ( involves a tray.) :-) 

And now...Something that most of us are thinking about after the sweets of the holidays. :-) 

I will try not to be gone so long in the future. 

I hope you all had a great Christmas with family and friends. 

I am trying to get my head around the fact that 2017 is just a few days away. Oh my gosh!

For behind the scenes photos check out my Instagram.

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely Christmas home and your family with us. Looking forward to the New year. Happy New Year.

  2. Sheila, your home is just beautiful! I, too, had a terribly busy Christmas season and just put out a few Christmas things. I agree that pillows and a throw can transform a room. I, too, used a Pier 1 leopard print throw with my red pillows in my living room this year and loved it! I'm glad you have your parents closer now; I know how much that means and how easier it gets as everyone ages. Happy New Year to you, and I look forward to all your 2017 posts!

  3. Love your Santa hat!

    Happy New Year...


  4. Sheila, everything looks so lovely and inviting. Thanks for sharing your home with us.
    Wishing you and those you love a Happy Healthy New Year.

  5. Thanks for sharing your beautiful Christmas home. Cheers to an even happier New Year !!!! xo

  6. Beautiful, Sheila!! Isn't it a shame that it has to come down? Have a happy, healthy 2017!

  7. Love your Santa hat! Gotta love a little leopard... Your pictures are great...with the low light they seem to glow. Happy New Year! Get some deserve it. xoxo

  8. Your home always looks so put together, especially so for the holidays. The Santa hat makes me smile! Happy New Year!
    -Sandra (Dinner at Eight)

  9. All looks so festive, Sheila. You look adorable in your Santa hat! Happy New Year!

  10. Your home looks so inviting and I love your Santa hat. Blessings to you and your family in this new year!

  11. Beautiful home! Love every detail that you shared.

  12. Enjoyed seeing your home dressed for Christmas and the Santa hat is priceless, LOVE it.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  13. Your home looks gorgeous and it sounds like you guys have everything moving really well with your parent move. So glad it is going off without any issues.

  14. I love that filter you are using. Clicked on woman within. I love how it knows what I was just looking at! Thank you for sharing at #thursdayfavoritethings


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