12.07.2010

Festifying the Front Porch.


Well the weather outside is frightful.  Literally.  
My Gracie was 'sposed to take her drivers test today, but had to reschedule because the roads were so bad this morning.  I braved the cold and snow while the boys played outside worked on their schoolwork, finishing up my holiday decorating on the front porch. 


Looking down one way.....


Looking down the t'other...


I wish I could find my old ice skates to stick somewhere.  But I *did* find this old-falling-apart-tobogan behind some crap in the garage.  Added some jute, plastic flowers and bling.  Works for me.


I got these hypocrite greens from Hobby Blobby.  I'd pick up a couple stems whenever they were 50% off starting back in the fall.  Ornaments are from the Target Dollar Spot.


These greens are the real McCoy, cut from the bottom our live tree in the house.  
The red ones are plastic imposters from Hob Blob.


But they play so nicely with everyone I gave them a front row seat.  Just need to get one of those 'Merry Christmas' glitterfied signs from Wally's place to hang on the jute webbing....


Here's the back of the bench and rocker.



The planters are usually filled with whatever plant I'm currently killing in the summer.  
Thankfully everything in them now is already dead. 


See?  Have you ever seen such pretty dead things?


Speaking of which....fake tree #1 with plastic balls tied on with twine...


Ditto #2.  Picked up these bucketed trees at JoAnn's for $2.50 each.  


Used another matching bucket I had and froufified it too....


So that's what I did today.  Well, I also primed a couple pieces of furniture inside the house.....


...and I built a cake for my favorite sophomore...my friend's son who I homeschool:


I believe I am almost done with decorating for the holidays.  Maybe.  
How 'bout you?  Done?  Just starting?  Skipping it altogether?

Hey!  I popped back in to tell you Beth from The Stories of A to Z is hosting a Front Porch Linky!  Go.

This post is linked to:
Winter Holidays Link Party @ somewhat simple
All Things Merry and Bright @ All Things Heart and Home
Feathered Nest Holiday @ French Country Cottage
Vintage Christmas Inpsiration @ Common Ground

64 comments:

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

How cute, I really love the burlap touches.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Aaah, Cindy. This looks beautiful.

I really love the paint colour of the outside of your house. It looks so pretty with all the reds of your decorations.

I wish I had a sled like that just 'lying around'!!! I'm wondering what other treasures you have in there!!

Hope you're having a great day.

Sarahx

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Polly said...

It looks so pretty and festive! Love the jute bow on the toboggan!! How do you get it all done girl?

Happy Holidays!!

:-)

Polly

Heather said...

My above comment didn't make much sense. I haven't decorated too much, made a lot of holiday crafts, just not decorated.

Heather

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

I have me the outside to finish up. I'm feeling ashamed that you braved the cold and I have been unwilling to do so... Maybe there will be a sunny spot tomorrow to help me feel more motivated. Gotta find the lights to put up with the greens...

Leanne said...

I love your front porch. It just perfect. I haven't done mine yet. It's been too cold. Hopefully tomorrow. That toboggan is so cool. I love your shutters too.

DanielleisNesting said...

Oh I love it! The burlap touches are so wonderful!

sissie said...

Hi Cindy,
Your outside decorating puts mine to shame. I think you have just inspired me to so some more!

Your home looks festive and welcoming.

hugs
Sissie

Becca said...

Soooo pretty! If I rode by your home, I would stop and stare. Actually, you might find me rocking away in one of your yummy rockers! It's all so welcoming and screams of what festive treats await you inside! Becca

Mumzie said...

Looks wonderful...I love the burlap ribbon and red balls. I think I want to add those to my garland this year. Beautiful porch! Yvonne

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

love your taboggen and use of jute and twine everywhere :) it looks cute

Brenda Kula said...

You must be fried after all the festifying and glitterfying, Cindy. It looks wonderful! Love those red ornaments in the terra cotta pots!
Rest yourself, girl!
Brenda

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Beautiful! I HAVE to get some of that jute ribbon! It looks great in your Christmas decor!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your porch looks fantastic! I love the webbing you used and all the little swags you've put around the porch. I want to find ice skates AND a sled to display by my front door!

Red Gate Farm said...

I must say, I'm "stealing" that upholstery webbing/ribbon idea for sure... now if I can just find myself a sled or toboggan I'll be all set!

LOVE the porch, it looks great.

Chris

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love the red and natural touches against the color of your house- it's perfect!

gail myrepurposedlife.net said...

Everything looks so festive! My favorite is the sled and the webbing bow! With the bells on the ends!
gail

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

I love everything you've done to your porch. Especially the burlap bow on the tobaggan! I haven't seen one in years. Very Christmas-y!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Enjoyed seeing your pretty decorations. I am done - I really slacked this year I keep looking around thinking I need to do more, but just can't get motivated.

Donna said...

Oh my gosh, you sure have been busy! I love your gorgeous porch, and your planters look so festive! Best of all,they don't need watering:) I really like how you mixed in both real and faux greens, and I am loving that upholstery webbing stuff (sorry, I forgot what it's called!).

Becky C said...

Girl, you sure do know how to "do up" a porch :) It looks fabulous. The toboggan is my favorite. Wish we had snow here. It all looks beautiful. Way too hard to homeschool with all the holiday fun going on...
Blessings,
Becky C

Amy Kinser said...

It all looks great!

I love front porches all decorated up. Such a nice welcome.

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Geez, I'm exhausted just looking at all your prettiness ~ how do you do it all? Decorated a wee bit round my front door, path and barn but looking at this I can see I have more to do... I did use my old tobogan, Grandpa's skates n sled tho. Never seem to find time (or talent) for pics either. You're amazing! Thanks (I think?) for more inspiration. ;-0
hugs,
Leslie

Rene' said...

The bow on the Tobogan is awesome!!! along with all your other touches!!

gina3 said...

These decoration ideas speak to me. They are calling my name. I may be copying a couple of things for my front porch.

Pink Satin Sashes said...

It looks nice and homey, especially with that sprinkle of snow!

Jane said...

Your porch looks so festive and inviting. I've hung a wreath on my front door and that's all I've accomplished with my outside decorations.
Jane

NanaDiana said...

Cindy- It looks great- I love all the fresh and plastic mixed greenery...if ya didn't tell us we would never know which was which. Your porch looks lovely..and I like all you swags. Just one question for you though...are you sure that Festifying is a word? I'd challenge it in a game of Scrabble! Hugs-Diana

Farmer's Wyfe said...

HOW beautiful!! I just LOVE the real greens in with the red and the burlap looking ribbon. Can you believe there is not Hobby Lobby around here! I hear bloggers always talking about it. It must be a dream.
Great job!!

June said...

Hi Cindy,
Your porch is beautiful! Love all the greens you have everywhere! You are so blessed to have a covered porch. Mine is just a pergola and the snow is covering everything.
Thank you for your message you left at my place.
I have a Canon Rebel T1i. I don't use an editing program though, except to watermark the photos (not smart enough to learn one). Thank you for your sweet compliment.
I love your blog!

Heather said...

The porch looks great, the toboggan is my favorite!

Deb said...

I would love my front porch to look like yours...it's awesome! So Cindy...just wondering...do you ever sleep? You are like the energizer bunny...amazing! I am almost finished decorating, hopefully by the weekend. ~Deb~

Funky Junk Interiors said...

So pretty! LOVE how you have the greens on your bench. And yeah... that toboggan was brilliant.

You're putting me to shame this year. I'm just doing the upstairs and then calling it quits. I think I'm more tired from the grueling photoshoots than the work itself. :)

Donna
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Your porch looks so charming and inviting!

A Debbie-Dabble Christmas

Autum said...

Fabulous, as always! I haven't done a thing outside, because I think it's too cold to be out there. I'm a wimpy southerner when it comes to winter. It's in the 30s here and windy, so I'm stayin' inside. You have inspired me though.

jodi@Pleasant-Home said...

LOVE your front porch!

Joyce said...

It looks gorgeous. I have never seen snow in real life, wish I could decorate with it around!

Starwood Country Creations said...

Wow, after seeing your outdoor decorating I want to redo all of my indoor stuff! I love it. I would even sit outside in the cold to enjoy it.

Jo

Serendipity Chic Decor said...

I really like the color of the outside of your house. Your cushions seem to match perfectly.

Take care,
Lisa

Kate said...

Cindy
you bless my heart with every post. Nuff said!

hugs hugs and hugs

xo
Kate

Robin said...

The way you used the burlap and twine is darling. I love those tiny trees too! Everything looks so welcoming and festive.
xo
Robin

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea said...

Happy Holidays - I'm dropping by from All Things Merry and Bright blog hop.

Love your front porch decorating...so pretty.

Anonymous said...

Looks like u have decorated everything but Bogart! "He is such a good doggie" and needs decorated :)

L/Dad

Erin said...

Cindy, you're a decorating fool! Love all the red and browns (and naturally the upholstery webbing, of course!) How did you tie that lovely bow on the sled? I've had no luck working with that stuff and I really want to make a bow for the webbing wreath I made a few days ago. Any pointers are greatly appreciated! :)

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Everything is so lovely... especially love the burlap touches!!!
Blessings~~ Daphne

Prior said...

I adore the webbing! And red is my favorite color. YOur front porch looks perfect! Lezlee

Nook Cranny Gifts said...

Love all the touches.
Love the webbing, everything goes well together.
Happy Holiday
Michele

Pam said...

I want to come and hang out on your porch. I love the greenery and balls hanging on the back of the bench and rocker. It all looks so pretty.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Love it! I love the greenery, buckets and the pinecones. Everything looks so pretty, but my favourite part is the old toboggan.

Debra@Common Ground said...

Girl, you crack me up, "festifying", LOL!!! Great rockers out there on the porch, and fake or not it all looks fabulous!! Thanks for linking up to the party!!
love ya,
Debra

junkgarden said...

Love it all!
Angie

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

Completely gorgeous! I love your swags on the back of the rocking chairs. I'll have to steal that idea for next year. Thanks for linking up!!!

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

LURRVE the sleigh! And all the frou frou! Your porch is just my 'style'. I am decorating less this year and enjoying it WAY more. A tiny tree in the kitchen, a warm decor mantle in the living room. Easy peasy and just 'enough' to enjoy the season.

RRS said...

I just LOVE the subtle natural style... It's beautiful. :)
~R Stachowiak

Miss Sandy said...

Everything is so pretty, festive, and welcoming! Your guest must feel honored as they arrive. Have a happy weekend!

Heather said...

Hi. I just found your blog from Beth's Front Porch party. It's funny b/c my house is nearly the same color. It's a 1950s bungalow. I also have that same jute ribbon. Did you get it at Hobby Lobby? Check out my house at www.handjstclair.blogspot.com. My home is on a tour this weekend and I'm about to update the pictures of all of my Christmas decor. I love your blog!!

~Country Lady~ said...

Perfection and Yumminess all wrapped up very nicely!! What a delight to view your home!!

Vicki said...

I love the tobaggon and the jute upholstery webbing bow! I used it on my tree this year as garland. Such a pretty porch!

Amy W. said...

love your holiday decor, Cindy! i'm jealous of your treasured ornaments. i had that growing up but later in life somehow they disappeared and i've never taken on much of an ornament tradition. kinda sad really.

anyway, love your stuff! :)

happy holidays,

amyw.

http://amywilges.typepad.com/likeyesterdayshop/

Ellie said...

What a cute front porch! Well done!

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

I just love all your charming Christmas decor. Everything looks so pretty!

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

I just love all your charming Christmas decor. Everything looks so pretty!

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

I just love all your charming Christmas decor. Everything looks so pretty!

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