Sunday, December 29, 2013

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

 Did everyone have a great Christmas?  I am not going to lie, this one was not my best.  I will share the reason why later.  Today we took down our Christmas decorations and of course the whole house looks so bare.  But I was all prepared to decorate for winter/January.  I don't have much but what I do have, I love!
I left my SNOW banner on the mantle and added blue beads to the silver beads.  The snowflake stocking holders will stay out for awhile to hold up the beads.  The icy blues, silver and whites look beautiful and perfect for this time of year!
 I am loving my mantle and am so glad we bought it.  It makes our house feel so much homier!
 I took some plastic snowflakes, glued them on to a wooden dowel, glued a tiny snowflake in the middle and put them in a blue mason jar that is full of "snow" (Epsom salt).  A white ribbon is tied around the lid of the jar and has another tiny little snowflake in the middle.  These blue Ball jars are perfect for my winter decor.
 I put another one in the corner in front of my old chippy door.  That space needs more decorations but  I don't want to buy anything.  Maybe I will come up with something soon to add to that space.
 I wanted to have something hanging in the window so I came up with these pretty snowflake crystals.  I just tied an aqua ribbon through a chandelier crystal and glued little snowflakes onto the ribbon.  It is quite hard to take pictures of these!
 I also added a strand of crystal beads.  Very pretty from the inside and the outside.  If we ever got sun coming in through this window, it would be even better.
 I pulled out the New Years hats that I made last year.  My white candle holder is the perfect place to display these. 
 Here is a view of the window with the blinds closed.  Of course it looks so much better in person!
 I won this burlap WINTER banner a few years ago and I still love to display it.  I hang it between the living room and dining room.
 It really is a Winter Wonderland outside.  Even though we haven't had snow for over a week, the snow that we do have is still on the ground and the frost and the fog is beautiful although it is freezing cold!  I took these pictures and they turned out so pretty.
 A Winter Wonderland indeed!
It is crazy to think that 2013 is almost over.  I can honestly say that I am looking forward to putting this year behind me.  I knew 2013 was going to be bad when my grandpa passed away in January.  From there, it just seemed to get worse.  So many of my friends lost grandparents it was crazy.  We found out that my 18 year old nephew got his 17 year old girlfriend pregnant.  Neither of them have graduated high school and I don't think they will.  The hardest part of that for me is the fact that I want to have a baby but it just doesn't seem to be happening for me, an adult with a job, a marriage, a house, a life, but kids can accidentally get pregnant and do all the time.  Then just 3 days before Christmas, my brother came to tell me that he is going to be having a baby as well.  He has been married for 6 months and they are already having a baby!  Not fair!  Don't get me wrong, I am so excited to be an aunt again but I want a baby of my own and I don't want to have to spend tons of money or go through hell and back to get there!  I pretty much spent the last week crying and feeling depressed.  On Christmas Eve, Cody's niece spilled the beans that she too is pregnant, accidentally.  It's just a little bit too much for me to take right now, especially all at once.  We decided that once we have a little money saved, we will do some testing and see if we can figure out why it isn't happening for us.  I swear, if one more person tells me they accidentally got pregnant this week, I am running away!  Sorry for the rambling, I just had to vent some of my frustration!  Thanks for listening!

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Donna said...

I am so sorry that this is so difficult for you, Trisha! And no need to apologize! I was thinking of you and knew that being the first Christmas without your dear grandpa it would be tough. And to add all of those babies to the mix makes it even more difficult. I am sending you a great big hug:) Love your pretty decor, the snowflakes you made and put in the jar are gorgeous! Hang in there, thank goodness we have a new year to look forward to!!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi I'm sorry for the trouble you are having trying to have a baby. I know how you feel and I have been there myself. It took me 7 long years of trying to have my daughter. Please don't give up and do all the testing you can. I will pray for you. I love everything that you made and decorated for your mantel. Take care and I do hope you have a happy new year.
Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Trisha, I totally understand how that could be so difficult. I remember wondering how my sil felt when I would be pregnant. She had a hard time getting pregnant and then they only had one child. I almost hated telling her when I was pregnant. I knew she was happy for me, but it had to be hard. Hang in there sweetie! I think we are on the same page with our Winter decorating. I love your mantle and the New Years hats are fabulous!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Hoping that 2014 will bring you and your hubs some exciting news.


Unknown said...

I so love how you decorated your wonderful fireplace,
Happy New Year!

Jenny's Heart said...

My sweet friend
Thank you for the gifts you sent. One for Cody and now one for Steve.
I all too well understand infertility. I am here for you.
Happy New Year and I love you!

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Some good looking treasures here - love that 'winter' banner.. neat sheet music hats... it's all good!

Audra @ Renewed Projects said...

Love the snowflake wands. Those would become toys in my house. :)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Oh Trisha, that is a really hard thing to go through, especially when so many around you are pregnant...I hope you can get some answers soon.
Your home looks so pretty and wintery...I have taken our decorations down, and it is looking bare here!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Happy New Year! I hope this is a great year for you...You are right, so many people become accidental parents and those that want to can't. I can see where that would be so tough. You can vent to us all you want, that's part of the beauty of blogging we are all here for each other 24/7


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Nancy's Notes said...

Love your winter decor, it's so pretty! Oh my, I can feel your pain and hurt. Bless your heart, your words and thoughts now are so understandable. Hope 2014 will bring you the joy you so desire. It'll happen! Take care.

The Charm of Home said...

Wishing you some peace and happiness in 2014. So sorry for your loss.

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Hi Trisha! My name is Becky and I am your swap partner for Sandy's 521 Lake Street Valentines swap! It appears our styles are different, but our 'wants' are very similar! Reading your profile made me laugh, because I too want to do so many things! That's why I named my blog The Capricious Crafter!

Please email me so we can get to know each other ... I can't wait to get started on your goodies but I want to know a little bit more about what makes you tick. My email is

Also, I am so sorry you had a bad 2013, and I understand your dismay at having so many people around you who so easily made babies while you are struggling. I am 61 years old, married with no children (an assortment of reasons), and for years it hurt a lot. But I learned to find joy in others joy and find my own joy through doing things I love and putting that energy into my marriage and home. But that said, you will be in my prayers.

Contact me soon! Can't wait to get this process started! Becky