I {heart} Real Garland and a Winner!

I'm sure most of you are on top of your holiday game, all decorated and trees trimmed.

I, on the other hand am still tying to get my act together.  I decorated today, but I still don't feel my life is complete yet.  Because I haven't bought my garland yet.

Here are a few pictures from last year to show you how beautifully some fresh pine garland can snazzy up some holiday decor:

This takes dedication considering that I'm allergic to this beautiful greenery.  I get little white bumps that itch and irritate my skin if I handle it.  But that doesn't stop me from putting on some gloves and going for it!

I usually get it at Costco.  It is 15 dollars for a whole lot of it.

You've seen the shelves my husband made.  They are the perfect place for my greenery and other miscellaneous things.

My shelves are the perfect place to display my advent calendar.  I got this from pottery barn but it would be so easy to recreate with tea light holders and vinyl letters.  My kids are constantly reminding me to light the candles at night.  It's pretty exciting when they're all lit on Christmas Eve!

I also love my subway art from my favorite girls at Eighteen25.  And of course my shadow box is going strong again this year.

And for the past few years I have done something unconventional with the Christmas cards I receive.  I put them on the fresh garland that hangs on the stairway.  I punch a hole and tie them on with a ribbon. It makes me so happy to see all of the cards from my family and friends on display and I get excited as it fills up!   It is the last of the Christmas decor I take down in late January!

And before I go, I'm excited to announce the winner of the cake pop stands I made.

Heather!  I will email you and send them off!
I hope you get them in time to display something fun this Christmas.


  1. That's exactly how we display the cards we receive, too! A garland is such a versatile decorative piece, don't you think?

  2. Also meant to say...I love your votive advent calendar!

  3. Your votive advent calendar is so unique! I love how you've taken over your shelves with holiday decor. It's so hard for me to know what to put away and what to leave out. So pretty!

  4. Your shelves are just fantastic! I love the advent candles. By the way, you can't see, but I'm jumping up and down with excitement! So glad I won the giveaway!

  5. I am in love with your shelves!! I am searching and searching trying to find some to buy that I like as well as yours, no luck yet. May I ask, how deep are yours? I love your fall display I saw on Pinterest and really love this Christmas display as well!! So fun...must find some shelves!!! Thanks! =)

    1. Hi Bridget! Here is a link to my post about making these shelves: http://www.beeinourbonnet.com/2010/06/shelves-from-scratch.html

      In that post there is a link to the plans we used to build these shelves. I made these custom because I wanted them a specific length. There are some nice floating shelves available at IKEA that I used in another room that are very similar if you want to check those out.


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