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Monday, November 10, 2014

Sqealing with excitment!!

Do you see that I only have five days until I leave for Hawaii with my BFF, Linda!  YES, we are both so excited for this trip!
I have been absent from blogging as I have been decorating my house for Christmas! 
I know, already, right?
Here's the thing, my house is going to be one of four homes on a Christmas Tour of Homes on December 7.
I am gone for a week to Hawaii...I certainly cannot leave everything to the last minute (I am NOT like my DH!).
So I have been making "snowballs", ornaments with torn muslin, a "believe" banner, painting Michael's "charger" plates with chalkboard paint so I can write a Christmas greeting on them and hang them on two doors in my kitchen, and decorating more rooms than I normally do just for this occasion!
And that is NOT to mention making over 200 Swedish meatballs and some biscottis!  My husband bought a big tin of Danish cookies from Costco so that I wouldn't be doing more baking!
And even though we have lived in this house for 5 years now, there were "unfinished" parts of the house...I gave my DH plenty of warning though...a whole YEAR!
Of course his MO is leave everything to the last minute, I am to trust that he will get it all done!
We have crown molding that needs to be painted and then put up and the painter finally showed up last night at 6 PM...he promises to be back today!
There are some lighting fixtures that need to be hung and electrical that needs to be fixed because for some reason it is NOT working...little things but those million little things add up to a lot (IMHO) so I get stressed!  Yesterday DH told me to just stay in Hawaii and come back in December...ha I could give up that much control!!  Not that I wouldn't mind staying longer in younger daughter and her family are heading over on Nov 26...but that is a stretch of 5 days between the time I should leave and the time she arrives....and I would miss our family Thanksgiving dinner which we are having on the 23rd...
so for now...I plug away with decorating and cooking, not much time to just sit and play...that will come later...after Dec 7!
I will take some pictures and show you the rooms and also the little "token" gift that each person will take home with them!
I promise I have NOT been idling sitting eating bon bons and watching soaps!!  ha ha!!
snowballs made from Styrofoam balls...they really do look real!

Guest Bedroom "Teddy Bear" Tree

2 of the 7 alcoves above my kitchen counters
We had to title our "HOME"...My theme is "Believe in the Magic"
More pictures to come later....
thanks for stopping by even if I don't have a card craft...lots of Christmas crafts!


  1. You really DID magic, I love your decorations, so clever of you! They could easily be in a shop for sale and would be very popular! I hope you will have such a great time with your friend! ENJOY dear Colleen, and dear HB will be brave, I hope ;)

  2. House looks amazing Colleen! Have a wonderful trip. I have a favour to ask but it won't be difficult, a hug to Linda from me!! and of course that doubles back as a hug from Linda to you! Safe Travels.

  3. Wow the time went by fast for me Colleen! I would die having my house on home tour and a vacation before, but it sounds like you have it under control.
    Love the pictures so far and can’t wait to see more. Sounds lime many blessings for you my friend.
    I know you and Linda will have a blast... enjoy! Blessing for a safe trip for you both.

  4. I'm so excited to see your house in person. "It's starting to Look a lot like Christmas"
    And then we are off for a wonderful trip, my friend.....Can hardly wait. We are going to have so much fun.

  5. Have a great trip. Sounds like heaven!

  6. How wonderful that your friend and you get to go on such a terrific trip. Your decorations are great and I can't wait to see the rest.

  7. So so excited for you Colleen and your decorations are just amazing. what an incredible gift you have.

  8. WOW this is amazing Colleen you have done so , so much work and it all looks so, so pretty. Please enjoy your vacation and find time to relax and I am sure you DH will have dealed with all the issues in time. And don't mind about not showing a card you showed us plent of other creative ideas, great!!!!!!!!

  9. Wow! You are a busy lady!! I can't imagine having my house as part of a Holiday Tour exciting! Then on top of it a trip to Hawaii!! Get some rest you will need it! Enjoy!!!


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