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« on: December 06, 2017 01:26:18 PM »

My husband and I bought our first house a year and a half ago.  During our first Christmas in our home I focused on decorating the inside with a new tree, and other decor items.  This year I decided to work on the outside.  These are the results; wreath, flower pots on the porch, swags on the bannisters, and an arrangement in the pot on the mailbox.

My mom sent me the wreath, which lights up.  I made and added the bow. to match the other items I'd made.


The tropical plants in the pots on the porch have finally died for the season, so I replaced them with branches of faux greenery and sprigs of berries to match the wreath.  (Yay for 60% off all holiday floral stems at Joanns!)  Since silk stems don't have roots like real plants, and because it can get windy here, I started by putting some bricks of floral foam in the pots, then ran some wire across to keep it in place.  Then I filled the pots, 1 branch at a time, trying to keep them mirror images of one another.  Made some 6 loop bows and wired those onto the pots too.


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I tried to find swags of garland to run around the entire porch railing, but couldn't find enough of any one matching set, so instead I picked up these two swags at Target, and added handmade bows to match.


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Here's the whole porch all together.


Finally there's our mailbox.  Every one in the neighborhood is one of these brick postal fortresses.  Each homeowner seems to have done something different to theirs. Some plant flowers around them, some add light up house numbers, one is so covered in ivy you have to brush it aside to get the mail.  The previous owner of our house had a window box installed on the side of hers, and I try to keep it full of plants all year.  Since the mums I planted in September have died, I decided to fill it with greenery to match the porch.  I emptied the planter of dirt, and put in bricks of floral foam, and used wire to hold them in place.  Then I filled it with sprays of evergreen, pinecones, and berries, before adding the final bow.  The whole thing has hidden bits of wire keeping it in place against the winter wind.


Now I just need to put the ornaments on the tree.  Right now it's assembled, and has been wrapped in garland, but has just 4 ornaments on it, received last week in the HP Holiday Swap!  Poor nekked tree.   Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2017 01:29:04 PM »

So beautiful! It looks so festive and elegant.
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2017 01:44:10 PM »

I looks like Santa's classy cousin lives at your house! So pretty and so in keeping with what we can see of your architecture. And BAHAHAHAHAAAAAA: brick postal fortresses!
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2017 01:55:15 PM »

I'm not the classiest girl on the planet, but we live in a rather well-to-do town, and it's hard to find a house that isn't in a neighborhood controlled by an HOA.  If you put up something tacky, you get a letter, then a fine.  I mean, I want my house to look nice, but I also dislike the fact that my neighbors can make a phone call to the HOA and have me sent a fine if they don't like how I decorate.   Undecided
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2017 02:01:38 PM »

Oh come on now, this is classy and also uniquely gorgeous! You are gonna show those neighbours how to do shiz in style. If they don't learn a thing or two from you, well, there is no helping them. Every bit of this is beautiful.
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2017 07:42:05 AM »

Your house looks beautiful for the holidays, and so welcoming!
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2017 09:28:58 AM »

SO beautiful!  It all feels very warm and welcoming.
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2017 01:55:45 PM »

Your house looks beautiful for the holidays, and so welcoming!

SO beautiful!  It all feels very warm and welcoming.

Mission accomplished then!  I want to live in the Weasley's Burrow.  A cozy place my friends feel so comfortable, that they'll have no problem grabbing an afghan off the back of the sofa, and curling up to nap.
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2017 04:58:16 PM »

I'm not the classiest girl on the planet, but we live in a rather well-to-do town, and it's hard to find a house that isn't in a neighborhood controlled by an HOA.  If you put up something tacky, you get a letter, then a fine.  I mean, I want my house to look nice, but I also dislike the fact that my neighbors can make a phone call to the HOA and have me sent a fine if they don't like how I decorate.   Undecided

Oh, girl. I hear you. I'd rather have a gleefully tacky house down the street than everyone HAVE to have the same freaking house numbers, etc.
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