Thursday, November 20, 2008

Welcome to our Home - Front Porch Christmas Decor

Welcome to our cedar home! We have no snow on our roof, although I would love it if we did!

A few years ago, Jason and I came to an agreement. Although, he does love to get the tree out and deck the house out with Christmas decor, the part he didn't like was decking the house out with Christmas lights. Icicle lights did look pretty outlining the steep roof, but I wasn't the one that had to climb up there and put them up! He liked the look of greenery with flood lights on the house. Although it wasn't easy convincing me to try it, we did and I was sold! I love the way it illuminates the house and the simplicity of it. And I'm sure Jason loves the simplicity for a different reason!

This year so far we've just put the wreaths up on the windows. Sometimes we add garland draped around the porch.

Last Saturday night, Jason, Joy and I were outside at nearly 10:00 in town picking up pinecones and it was COLD! We were laughing about the fact, that Colt might very well get off work and drive by and see his family outside near Kroger (there's a bunch of pine trees near there) and wonder what we were up to now....although I'm sure he wouldn't be surprised at anything he might see us doing! I'm sure he was glad he wasn't out there! Anyway, we picked up quite a few pinecones, which I love to decorate with at Christmas. I filled the flower boxes with them here on the front porch.

And this is "Flakey" the Snowman.....or so Joy calls him. Last year he was out on our fence. This year I decided to put him right beside the front door to welcome visitors.

And on this side, we do have "Frosty". He was a purchase a couple of years ago. I fell in love with him at Hobby Lobby and Jason bought him and brought him home! He welcomes folks on the other side of the front door.

That's it.....nothing fancy....very simple....but then so are we! I hope you enjoyed it! Now come on in out of the cold for some hot chocolate!

Thanks for stopping by to visit! Next on the tour for Christmas decor will be the come back soon!


Kim~"HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

Your home is so beautiful! We do not have our outside decorations up's been too cold and snowy. I am the one that does the decorating so I have to do it when I won't!

Leslie said...

It's beautiful! The Simplicity idea really works with your beautiful home.

I really like the cute snowman made from the grapevine wreaths!

Pine When I was hunting with Jer the other week, on the way out I started gathering up pine cones. I was carrying quite a few and stashing them in my pockets, too. What a sticky mess I was! LOL And don't tell Jer but even after washing the coat, I still have sap in the pocket! LOL It's not a coat he wears anymore so I guess it's my problem....

Painting stitcheries isn't really bad. This is the first time I had a mess like I do with the Santa! The problem was I listened to someone else and watered the paint down more. You don't want to water it down too works much better and won't bleed like that! I'm pretty certain that I can fix it somehow. I just need to sit down and get creative.

And I agree...the satin stitch isn't hard, but it is one the stitches that intimidated me at first to see it.

Have a great day :)


Janene said...

I love the simplicity of it all. Some people tend to overdo. We did last year and we didn't get the decorations down until March!
So this year we are going simple too!
I like the flood lights. I will suggest that to Joe, he will be deLIGHTED! LOL
Have a great day!

Dawn said...

Tammy, your home looks so festive! I love the wreath snowman! I am so going to try that. Your home could be on a Christmas card! Happy Holidays, Dawn

Black Sheep Lisa said...

Just Beautiful Tammy! When you have a home like yours it should take center stage! Cant wait to see more!

My*Prim*Cottage said...

Tammy, everything looks great! And Mr. Flakey is my fav! ~Beth~

Anonymous said...

I love the simpicity idea and it works so beautifully with your home! Can't wait to see the inside of your home

Katy said...

It looks sooo beautiful Tammy!!! I absolutely LOVE it!!! :)

Karen said...

Hi Tammy, I must say I'm glad your husband won out - your home works well the way it's decorated.
The icicles are beautiful and I love seeing them but they are everywhere - yours is YOU and it works....good job.

Colleen said...

Your lighting compromise has yielded some beautifully inviting results, Tammy. Such a lovely welcome for friends and family alike...

I can't wait to see more!

Kindra said...

Your home looks very nice, Tammy. Lights are pretty but a lot of work. I think we will keep it simple this year also. Maybe a crazy question, but how do you attach the wreaths to the windows? Have a great day!

Terry said...

I love it and it works great! We haven't put lights up on the outside for a couple of years now. With hubby's bad back, it made it easier not too.
Flakey is so cute, and very orginal, and Frosty is so cute! Snowmen are my favorite thing.

Did you fingers get sticky gathering those pinecones? hahaha!
We have pinetrees in the back of our property, and every time I gather them, I get sticky fingers.

Can't wait to see your sunporch!

CozyCoops Corner said...

What a beautiful home you have Tammy! I love the idea of the flood lights and that wreath snowman is so cute ! Have a wonderful day!

Sandy said...

Hi Tammy,

Your home is just beautiful!
I love the wreaths on all the windows and the spotlights. I would love to have spotlights but we get so much snow they would end up buried...LOL

I have seen a snowman before made from wreaths and love it.

Can't wait to see more pictures of your beautiful home :)


Mom in Sahuaritaville said...


I adore "Flakey"!

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Tammy, you do simple so well, and I mean that as the biggest compliment! Simple is what I like best!
Your home is just beautiful and I can hardly wait to see the inside!
Have a great day!

Lauren said...

You home looks so lovely and just ready for that snow:) I love the snowman made out of wreaths...that is a great idea! Have a wonderful day! <3Lauren

AnnaSam said...

I love the look that you came up with on the outside of your home. You have a beautiful home. I might have to come up with the SAME IDEA NEXT YEAR BUT THIS YEAR rOBBIE IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE MISERABLE AND PUT THE LIGHTS UPLOL-9sorry I keep hitting caps lock)Anyhoo have a blessed day!

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Just so pretty Tammy, I'm going to suggest this idea to Stush, every year he climbs up and outlinges the roof with lights hopefully he will like this idea better:)

Love the wreath snowman...I remember it from the CSF:)

Sue said...

Your home is beautiful. My husband doesn't like putting the icicle lights up either (but he always does). After seeing your spotlights, I think I'll suggest this. I have the wreaths on my windows and yours show up beautifully. I'm sure many husbands will THANK you for this post!

Anonymous said...

Tammy, your home looks soo festive and so very warm & welcoming! I love the simplicity idea too! I think you all did a really beautiful job on decorating the outside of your home for the Christmas Holidays! I, too, love both your Santa and Snowman standing there to say "Welcome" to all of your visitors!

Can't wait to see your holiday decorated sunporch pictures! Just know it's going to look beautiful too!!

Take care...

Love & Blessings,

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Tammy, I LOVE your home... The decorations put me in the 'spirit.' LOVE the snowmen!!! You are very creative... Thanks for sharing.

Tammy said...

I love you home, it is just beautiful. I love the snowman idea witht he grapevine wreaths..How clever.

Donna said...

Love it! What great ideas. We finally have a front porch on our cedar house now, so I will definately be decorating it. The best is the wreathe snowman.

Kimberly said...

VERY nice! I love Flakey's boots!

Kath said...

Hi Tammy!
Your Home is just beautiful!

Less is More! You've done a fantastic job decorating it!!

Have a wonderful day!

-hugs, Kath

Oh BTW--"HAVE SNOW...WILL SHARE!" ;) In fact I would send it ALL to ya if I could!

Anonymous said...


I love it, love it, love it! It looks great and so inviting like a post card. Your house is so beautiful! I love Flakey I remember when he was on your fence last year. I love him on the porch. I can't wait to see the inside. The ladies from Church are in for such a treat.


countrygirl3031 said...

Oh Tammy ~ your home is soooo beautiful. I love how you decorated the outside. I love lights outside..just on the inside!


ohiofarmgirl said...

It looks so wonderful. What fun to have the whole family involved.
I have been thinking of flood lights this year( i actually thought of it last year but didn't try it) we will see what happens.
My porch remains Thanksgiving for another week...I always to my porch last. Dianntha

Deb said...

Very beautiful Tammy! My husband has had it with climbing on top of the house putting up lights too. Then theres taking them back down and I understand completely. You two have a beautiful alternative. Deb

Shellmo said...

I love, love it! The wreaths and decorations look perfect against your wood home - this is giving me great ideas. And what an inviting porch you have!

country gal said...

I love our house!! I really do! lol! I REALLY like it at Christmas time! I love Christmas anyways though! lol!

Love, Joy =D

Debbie @ said...

Hi Tammy it looks beautiful and ready for visitors! I love how the front the shutters, all of it!

Sandy said...

Hi Tammy...the candy canes were so easy to make and no sewing involved!
All you do is cut your muslin in strips and just wrap all the away around your candy cane. Hot glue the end of the tip so it will stay in place. I then sprayed them with coffee and then sprinkled the cinnamon on them. I then put them in the microwave because of the candy canes being plastic didn't think they would be safe in the oven. I tried to get them to be as dry as much as possible. Once they were completely dried I just made a bow with some jute and attached rusty safety pin with a couple of rusty bells...est VOILA. Very simple and love them!

Michelle said...

Oh! You have inspired me to decorate my porch this weekend! I'll post some pictures when finished!

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Sue said...

I dried the oranges in the oven. Where in Alabama will you be???

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Your home is very warm and inviting and I must say I love the me ideas..but now to convince the hubby...I love that snowman wreath guy..that makes me smile..I can't wait to see the rest when you get it done...:>)

Anonymous said...

It's all so festive and I'm sure it was a lot of fun to create.

Linda said...

I love the look of the greenery illuminated and think you home is beautiful naked anyway!! It doesn't need a thing to look warm and homey and so inviting so anything you add is just a bonus. We do have to compromise with our Dh's somtimes don't we? There are so many things I don't have because DH doesn't want them and he is a keeper so I am happy to respect his wishes. I know you and your DH are like that too and that's what makes out marriages work for the long haul!

YUP Grammy Tammy will be perfect some day down the road! LOVE IT! I look forward to sharing that with you in the future!!

Julie said...

Tammy, your home looks so picturesque. I love it!! I think my hubby is going to hang our outside Christmas lights this weekend. The weather here is way above normal--it was 60 degrees today. We better take advantage of that and get the outside decorating done!! Oh, and I would LOVE to come inside for some hot cocoa. take care---Julie

Wendy said...

Hi Tammy your front porch looks so festive and inviting, I love it!!!
Baby Logans due date is Jan.4th but we are praying for a Christmas miracle!!:0) We are all so excited!! Have a wonderful evening my friend!!~Wendy

Mel said...

How charming, love the snowmen, the wreaths, everything... Can hardly wait to see the sun porch!

And yes, I agree, this would be a neat Christmas card.

The Whites said...

Everything is so beautiful! I love the wreath snowman - never seen that before!


Stephanie said...

I like it a lot!!! It looks very country and very cozy. It makes me want to knock on the door, come in and sit infront of the fire while sipping hot cocoa while listening to Christmas music!
Thats how much I like it!!!
Have a great evening :)

Anonymous said...

love that...I like simple...It's beautiful..can't wait to see your sunporch...Love the :Frosty the Snowmen"...and the The Flaky sowment is cute...Mmmm Hot chocolate would me delicous...I wish I was nearby...Thanks for the tour. Smiles and Hugs

Mo' said...

is this your home?? it's amazing!! I write from Italy and here there are not such a sweet house decorations in my town!
Sorry for my bad english :)

Homespun Simplicity said...

Your house looks great! Very festive. I can't wait to see the rest! :-)

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

Tammy, YOur house looks so warm and inviting. I love it! Gives me alittle excitment. I cannot wait for Christmas! It is so pretty and I bet it will look hallmark perfect when the snow falls! My fav. is flaky! To cute! I also like the pincones! You must of had some good laughs while getting them in the cold! hugs, Ellen

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Man Tammy,
you have a lot of followers...and I know why....I have left you an award you must come and collect..have a great weekend..:>)

ghomeschool said...

Your house looks great and I am inspired. However......maybe next weekend? Our favorite is the snowman. We watched him "melt" last winter and thought he might be history, so we are glad he is back.

Luckiest Girl... said...

Wow your home is absolutely beautiful! You have out done yourself! It makes me want to get up and decorate right now!
Thanks for putting me in the holiday spirit!

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Tammy, "magical" is the word that comes to mind. Your home is absolutely beautiful. Wish I could have a cup of cocoa with you on that front porch!


sherry said...

Your decorations are beautiful...I love the snowman on the wall! What a cute idea, the boots are great!

Blessed Beyond said...

Oh wow, the porch, is awesome too! Your home is just the most inviting! It is wonderful and the most beautiful! So cozy. Hugs and Blessings,

Paige said...

I am in love with your snowman! That is such a cute idea! Your house and decoration for the Christmas season are all just beautiful! Have a Merry Christmas.

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