Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Embroidery Hoop Holiday Card Holder




I love to display the sweet Christmas cards sent from friends and family.


A few years ago, I saw this idea in Martha Stewart Magazine, and I thought it was so clever.

 You could really use any size embroidery hoop {mine is about 12 inches}.
I think a larger one would be darling!


Just hot glue mini clothes pins around the hoop and then hang it with a pretty ribbon.
I removed the inside hoop, and just used the larger outside ring.



I hung my card holder inside our entry way so we can feel the love every time we walk through the door!


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Beyond the entryway, the house and farm are feeling wrapped in the coziness of Christmas.
I do love simple decorating and we use mostly natural greenery from outside.










We have a small tree lot, so for the last few years it has been really fun for the kids to pick out our tree in the summer.
We watch it all year and then the big day comes to cut it down.
The tree is so fragrant and lasts all month long {the variety is Concolor.}




The decorations are up and the tree is glowing in the early dusk.

In the garden, Maud, our tin can scarecrow, is wearing a faux green scarf to keep the chill off :).



I've since added a little holly to her hair-do.
 The chickens are decked for the holidays, too!


 How is your holiday season so far?

 I pray that we can all embrace a simple Christ-filled Christmas not focused on material things, rather giving the feeling of warmth, joy, and hospitality to those around us.


I love this quote from Ann Voskamp...
And the good things in life are not so much health but holiness, not so much the riches of this world but relationship with God, not so much our plans but His presence — and He withholds no good thing from us because the greatest things aren’t ever things.
He doesn’t withhold Jesus from us. 
And no matter where we are, we can always have as much of Jesus as we want.
We can always have as much of God as we want.

Merry Christmas!

~Julia




7 comments:

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Beautiful post Julia. All of it but the words at the bottom? Best gift of all.

Linda said...

I love your tree!! No real greenery here at my house so far! I have a tree in every room - some rooms have TWO - but none are REAL! I miss that! I MUST buy some fresh garland or at least a wreath and SOON!!
Beautiful post! Merry Christmas from Texas!

Kristina Swain said...

Beautiful, Merry Christmas!

Amy at love made my home said...

Love the hoop/card idea, and if you use the two hoops you get to display twice as many cards! Your outdoor decorations/garlands and so on are so beautiful, I love the simplicity. xx

Lisa said...

I love the simplicity yet beauty of your decor. Thanks for showing us a glimpse and sharing your ideas.

Chris said...

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Anonymous said...

everything looks soooooo beautiful and homey.....just love Maud in her scarf and with holly in her hair, my, she is really quite a lady there....
and I love your decorated coop!
thank you for the Ann Voskamp quote....how I need to be reminded over and over again!
blessings, Corinne

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