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Twas the weeks before Christmas, when all through the cabin
Every creature was stirring, trying to find all the tinsel and ribbon.

12 Days of Christmas Visions of Sugar PlumsWonder how much eggnog we’ve been drinking to see visions??

Our front porch greets everyone with playful elegance.  Welcome to our 12 days of Christmas home tour.  I’m thrilled to be included with a group a 30 inspiring bloggers opening their homes and sharing holiday decor.

12 Days of Christmas rustic front porchThe spindle tree was easy to make and I was brave enough to plop it right up on the front porch.

The stockings were still in the box with undo care,
In hopes that St Nicholas will bring presents too big to fit in a stocking anyway.

12 Days of Christmas mantelThe stockings really are still in the box.  But the mantel is done.  I love the photo frame filled with family photos and memories.  I watch it more than the TV.

12 Days of Christmas Mantel right sideHere’s the right side of the mantel.  The cloche has silver ornaments, pinecones, and a couple of sticks.  The mercury lit tree is my one and only purchase for decorations this year.  The two trees on the left were made with small scrap pieces of trim and moldings.  On the left is a handmade ornament made from Christmas cards.  It’s large and round perfect for the round cloche.  I will have tutorials on the scrap trees and card ornament soon.

12 Days of Christmas Left MantelThe left side of the mantel has a sled filled with bottle brush trees and pinecones, the chunky flameless candles {inexpensive battery candles with additional wax applied for elegance}, the cable box, and wood bead chandelier.

The some of the greens on the mantel are real from the empty lot next door 🙂 and some are artificial.  I use water picks to keep the greens fresh longer.  They are simply plastic tubes with a rubber cap with a hole in the top.  You remove the cap, add water, replace the cap and stick the stem through the hole.  Water picks can be picked up at flower shops for about 10¢ each.

Christmas Mantel Close UpsThis round card ornament is themed with snowmen.  The chunky flameless candles are on but I took these photos in the day.  Click chunky flameless candles to see them glow at night.  I added battery candles in the mercury cups for the chandelier and the book bundles are from Thanksgiving buffet table.  Some of the book bundles were done without damage to the book.  Click old book bundles to see how.  On the seat of the fireplace I place my rustic box filled with favorite holiday knick knacks.

And Bella in her tinsel, and I with my nightcap,
Had just finished the tree and was ready for a long winter’s nap.

12 Days of Christmas Tree multiOur tree full of color.  My nephews helped make the picket fence for our tree several years ago.  We always had a real tree until we moved into the cabin.  Guess that should be the other way around, but I was tired of dried out trees and needles everywhere.

Now I have plastic needles everywhere.  Who knew fake trees shed!

12 Days of Christmas Tree whiteHere’s our tree with white lights only.

He had a card face and cards around the belly,
That tree shook when he looked for a place to potty, like a bowlful of jelly!

12 Days of Christmas Oh no the dogs in the treeI love dogs…and cats…and all animals.  I bought this dog from a catalog several years ago.  This year I thought it would be fun to stuff him into the tree!

12 Days of Christmas Book Tree TopperSince I stole the star to use on top of the spindle tree, I had to come up with something for the “regular” tree.  This old book was the first book I remember reading all the way through.  I’ve read a few more since too!

I used clips that hold candles in a tree to hold up the book.  Thought candles and fire might not be a good idea. :/

12 Days of Christmas Tree TipsHere’s a few tree tips:

Artificial tree getting bare in spots?  Stuff in strands of garland about 15 inches long around the metal pole.

Can’t decide white or multicolor lights do both.  I can’t take credit for this one Dria at DIO Home Improvements can explain the details on this tip.

Even if your tree is themed, make room for a few handmade ornaments.

Tuck white lights deep into the tree.  This makes a glow.  On artificial trees it lights up the wires perfectly!!! Ha!

The moon light melted the new-fallen snow
Giving the lustre to my repurposed desk below.

12 Days of Christmas melted snowmanOn my repurposed desk is a melted Parson Brown {snowman.}  I love the gold tinsel and fruit twined together.  I bought it for 50¢ at a thrift shop years ago.

To the top of the porch! to the top…   what’s that written on the wall!
Now dash around and clean up all!”

12 Days of Christmas Living roomThe living room looking into the kitchen and bit of the dining room with small pops of red and a big “merry” on the floor mirror.

I write left~handed but spray paint right. :/

12 Days of Christmas Gift Wrap StatiThis table is along the windows in the living room.  I have trouble getting a good picture with all the light.  Our neighborhood has posts at the driveways with the house numbers.  I swear everyone tries to one up the other on the best Santa hat to top the posts!  Here’s a couple of mine.  What will I do this year??

12 Days of Christmas Gift Wrap StationThe kitchen’s only Christmas decor so far, {usually the kitchen decor is food} is a gift wrapping station.  This three tiered display is filled to the brim with tags, ribbon, rubber stamps, funny cutting scissors, beads, trims, fancy pens, and small ornaments to tie on packages.

12 Days of Christmas Good NightThis mirror is along the other side of the fireplace.

And now, in a twinkling, let’s scamper towards the roof
To the craft room area up the stairs we prance with each little hoof.

12 Days of Christmas Craft RoomAbove the drafting table I hung some junk.  It’s quite hard to see in photos, but the old bench spring has small ornaments attached to form a tree with a clothespin star.  Also a measuring tape star and a “dead paintbrush” star.  Hot glue works great on dead dried paint!

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas got stuck!

Santas chalky chunky buttThis is the faux mantel I made for our bedroom.  Don’t you just love chalkboard paint.

Advent Calendar-9The advent calendar made for my guy hung on our bed posts!

12 Days of Christmas Keeping it realKeeping it real!

This is the best our kitchen counter looked all week until taking the photos for this tour.

12-days-of-christmas-truck-country-design-style-countrydesignstyle-comMy favorite toy!

I hope you enjoyed our 12 days of Christmas home tour!


Please leave any comments, questions, or just say hi below!  I would love to hear from you.

My Disclaimer:  I am NOT a poet!

Take some time to get inspired with the projects and homes of all the bloggers on the tour.


Here’s the list of bloggers and the dates:
Monday DEC 2nd

Tuesday DEC 3rd

Wednesday DEC 4th

Thursday DEC 5th

Friday DEC 6th

Saturday DEC 7th

Sunday DEC 8th

Monday DEC 9th

Tuesday DEC 10th

Wednesday DEC 11th

Thursday DEC 12th

Friday DEC 13th


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    1. Lani says

      This was by far the most fun tour I’ve seen yet! Love your rendition of the 12 Days 🙂
      Your home is beautiful! Nothing like Christmas in a cabin …
      Merry Christmas to all!
      Hugs …

    2. Meegan says

      Oh Jeanette,
      I am always inspired by your ideas and creativity. This is over the top-and I love it! I love your small touches that add to the atmosphere in your Christmas Home.
      Thanks for sharing the tips about Christmas tree lightening. I can definitely use that 🙂
      Make it a beautiful Christmas for you and your family.

    3. Sharon says

      I’m in love with your melted parson brown…so clever! And the children’s book as a star…also clever. The little toy truck is absolutely adorable. I love all of the whimsy you brought into your holiday decor.

      • Jeanette says

        Thank you so much Sharon. Since we all spend too much time on our computers, I wanted a little something Christmas and parson brown is perfect company. He is a bit quiet though. 😀 Have a fun holiday! ~Jeanette

      • Jeanette says

        Thank you so much Tricia! I had a blast doing the decorating this year and so happy to be done early. Thank you for stopping by. Have a magical holiday! ~Jeanette

    4. Kathy, Petticoat Junktion says

      Jeanette, I don’t know where to start. I love your cabin, but when I think of cabins I think….small….yours obviously isn’t small! Your tree is gorgeous. My very favorite things are……1. Your dead paintbrush star….you are so creative…..2. Your favorite toy…..that would be my favorite too! Enjoy your weekend……p.s. loved your counter….I would have scared people off with my “before” photos.

      • Jeanette says

        Kathy, thanks for stopping by! Mike was getting concerned with the hot glue gun being next to the burritos. He thought I was going to use hot glue to seal his burrito! Hummm…that might work! Great to be on the tour with you. ~Jeanette

      • Jeanette says

        Christy, thanks! I was very unsure about writing the post that way. But it was fun and I loved reading “Twas the night before Christmas” to my son over the years. ~Jeanette

      • Jeanette says

        Abby, thank you! The faux fireplace is my favorite project ever! Great to be on the tour with you and all the incredible bloggers. Have a wonderful warm Sunday. ~Jeanette

      • Jeanette says

        Christy, thank you so much! I was nervous about putting the spindle tree at the FRONT door. But so happy I did. It’s been a hit! Even the heater repair guy loved it! ~Jeanette

    5. Dria says

      Jeanette! I love your tour, your picket fence around the tree is the cutest thing I have ever seen!!!! The little dog in the tree is adorable too! Your home is so full of the Christmas spirit and inviting you did an amazing job!!

    6. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says

      Oh I so enjoyed your tour!! I love all the vintage touches…and the paint brush star..oh my I need that! 😉
      I love your “keeping it real” shot…..but I have to tell you, it’s so much neater than mine was still!! lol
      Your home is so very warm and inviting….oh, and I love the spindle tree outside too. (so many great things to mention!)

      Hope you have a great weekend!!

    7. Cindy Eikenberg says

      Jeanette – I just totally enjoyed your tour so much and it was a perfect way to start my morning! Everything looks warm and full of Christmas and beautiful! I can’t pick a favorite thing, I love it all! The picket fence around the tree is fabulous and the dog stuffed into the tree? LOVE it! Putting the book on top is pretty genius because it looks beautiful! Thank you SO much for sharing this with us and starting my day all warm and happy. Pinning and sharing! Have a merry wonderful weekend – hugs!! xo

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