Christmas Decorating Ideas

November 27, 2016
I seem to be in a spot in life where the faster I go, the further behind I get.
I visit my sweet friends blogs and then I leave before I comment, I could blame it on many things, but the fact is I am spinning my wheels. 
However there is some great news mixed in with my muddled state of mind and that is we have a Merry Christmas Art Giveaway from Darren Gygi today along with 5 easy tips on decorating.

Our Giveaway is the snow-sled print, I think it's neutral appearance will fit in with any decor.
It would be super cute in the Kitchen too.
Just leave a little Howdy in the comment section and you will be entered.
Drawing and announcement of winner will be on Thursday December 1, 2016.
I have combined the snow-sled print with Mr. and Mrs. Claus to create a vintage Norman Rockwell type of Christmas theme in our Family room.
Then I  added this "Be good for goodness sake" sign which my crafty Texas daughter made me one year.

Sometimes decorating for Christmas can be overwhelming, you know how you start going through those plastic bins and all of a sudden everything sort of jumps out at you.

These tips are not just for Holiday decorating, they apply to year around decorating too.
Decorating Tips

Tip One. Buy what you love.
Long before I knew that this was a tip, I always wanted my home to be a reflection of what had meaning to me. I didn't want just a bunch of "stuff," to fill up my home.

"If you love something, it will work. That's the only real rule." ~Bunny Williams

Tip Two. Create vignettes.
Group art, objects, books etc...these items all gathered together give the eye a place to stop and relax for awhile.

Tip Three. Make it yours.
 As you can tell from this photo I adore snow-people. I have collected them for years and years. On this particular bookshelf I am showcasing a small portion of my collection. 
If you have special collections share them.

Tip Four. Stand back and take a photo.
 Then edit. As I look at some of these photos I can see I need to do more editing.

Tip Five. Add green.
 By adding plants to your home it will feel fresher, lighter and brighter.
10 Best Houseplants  according to the Huffington Post.


I turned on Christmas music and listened to Frank Sinatra croon out some Holiday 
melodies, lit a few candles, sipped on sparkling water and before I knew it the tree was trimmed.
My snowmen collection was unpacked, Mr. and Mrs. Santa were tucked on our bookshelves and the little sled print was sitting cozy between some friendly snow people.

Oh, I wanted to mention that this past week Samantha and the girls and I went to the Galleria in Dallas and we picked out the finest smelling candle from White Barn.
It is Mahogany Teakwood, I highly recommend it.


Darren also has The North Pole Collection, and various other Christmas art collections too,
plus a generous discount on all collections.


Darren's art work will look beautiful in any spot in your home.

Use coupon code WEEKENDSALE30 to receive 30% off through Monday.

I am going to Church this morning and then I will be around to visit you all this afternoon!
Thank you so much for joining me.


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  1. Good morning Jemma,
    Your decorating for Christmas is beautiful!....we generally put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving but we just didn't get to it. So it will be some time this week....I love snow people too!!!The print is very cute and would be a festive touch in any room!
    Enjoy your Sunday! It's cold here but sunny today and warming up to high 40s today and most of the week. Take care,

  2. Such a cute sled print...it's a perfect little addition to Holiday decorating...

  3. Loving the way you styled your hutch and the prints you used are beautiful! Thanks so much for the chance to win :-)

  4. So cute! I think, I THINK, I might just be more in the mood to start decorating today...

  5. Jemma, your Norman Rockwell theme is delightful in the family room. Love Mrs. Claus. :) That little snowman with the red plaid scarf is adorable. Can I ask where you got him from? I'm really into red plaid lately; maybe because I've been seeing a lot of it. That is such a cute sign that your daughter made. These are really good tips, Jemma, and I love "make it yours." You definitely put a stamp that says Jemma in your wonderful decorating, and I enjoy seeing all your holiday stuff.

    love, ~Sheri

  6. Jemma, your decorations are so charming and I love the sled art! Blessings, Cecilia

  7. I love your family room Christmas decor...so homey and cozy looking! I thought the first photo was straight out of a magazine. :-) That sled print is so cute - thanks for including me in your giveaway!

  8. Oh Jemma, it all looks so pretty in your house and the sled print is adorable. How lovely for you to host this giveaway. Yes, I'm decorating today too - and hoping to start posting about it later this week!

  9. Good morning dearest Jemma! YES, I do agree that if you love it, it will work. I know that my simplicity is not what someone else would like, but I LOVE IT. We make the memories with the art of our arranging and the little mementos we collect. Your snow people remind me of the ones my mother used to make.....ah....


  10. Thank you for offering such a lovely giveaway! Your home is decorated so pretty! I love your Christmas tree!

  11. Your tree is so pretty and I love the coziness it brings!

  12. Hi Jemma, what a beautiful giveaway. Love how you have styled your bookcase. The sweet snow people add a bit of whimsy. Love the sign. It's the topping on the cake!
    Enjoy the season and be blessed with joy. xo

  13. Your Christmas d├ęcor is beautiful! Thank you for the chance to win that sweet sled print.

  14. Please do not worry about the giveaway, lovely though it is ... I've just popped into say what a great post.

    Enjoy these last days of November

    All the best Jan

  15. Love the tips! I always buy what I love and take photos. It's great to get another perspective! Pretty sled...

  16. Great tips, Jemma. Love your vignettes - Happy Holidays!

  17. I agree but what you love it when you see it .It won't make you smile.It will just occupy space.I also love the sign made for you.Too cute.I definitely need Santa and the Mrs's&Mrs's he has a twinkle in his eye��

  18. I would love to win the sled print. Thank you for the giveaway.

  19. Love this so much and it would go so well with our Christmas decor. Sweetinsahmnity at gmail

  20. What beautiful work! I just love it!

  21. What neat ideas! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  22. Hi Jemma! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It & congratulations on being featured this week!


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