Christmas House Tours {2012}

Christmas House Tours 2012 Blog Link Party!

Hello, sweet blog friends. I’m so glad you are able to join us for the Christmas Home Tours! I’ve been so looking forward to this! I posted my own Christmas Home Tour just a few moments ago, feel free to swing by and take a peek! Now I’m ready to visit YOU and all our bloggy neighbors!

This one of the bloggy highlights of the year, getting to visit you all, share a cup of hot chocolate and chat awhile in the warmth of your lovely Christmas homes. This tour is not about having the perfect home or the best Christmas decor, but rather opening our doors to welcome in friends far and near.

Even in times of great sorrow and sadness that weigh so heavy on all of us this weekend, our homes are a symbol of peace and refuge in the storms, so thank you for inviting us in.

Here are the Christmas home tour rules:

* Anyone can link up to three posts old or new
* You can link up here at The Inspired Room or at Cottage
Magpie, the links will show up at both places
as we are both sharing in the party hosting!

* Link back to this post onThe Inspired Room and to Angela (Cottage Magpie) in your post.
This might mean you have to go in to your home tour post and alter it.
Use a text link or right click to use this cute button (with link!)

* The linky will be open for link ups until next Saturday Morning.
* Both Angela and I will each select our favorite posts for a round up next
Saturday. ONLY posts that link back to us will be featured.
* Be a nice party go-er, and visit at least as many other links as you have
linked up yourself. (Seems fair doesn’t it?)

*You can find the topics and schedule of the other Christmas Linky Parties in this post at Cottage Magpie.

I’m looking forward to visiting your homes, thank you for joining us!
The party links will be after the jump, so click “read more” to find all the links (putting them on a separate page helps the blog load faster)!

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My Christmas House 2012

Merry Christmas, dear friends in blogland! Welcome to our 2012 Christmas home tour. Even though our home has been under going some messy and chaotic updates and nothing is really where it should be yet,  I’m slowly beginning to put things back so we can get our Christmas groove on. I’m ready to just breathe a bit and enjoy my home.

Our home is not really perfectly “tour ready” but that’s OK. I am inviting you in anyways. Isn’t that how it should be? We can’t live life waiting for the perfect, each and every day is a gift we need to embrace and share. There are moments of beauty even in chaos, if we look for them and even create them out of nothing. Our homes should be a place of refuge in the storms, so today I’m looking for the moments of peace and beauty within my own four walls.

Woodland Tree

 My silver and gold metallic holiday table

Black & White gift tag ornament tree

Jack the Goldendoodle blog 

I hope you will join in our Christmas Home Tours, hosted by myself and Angela of Cottage Magpie!

PS. I am pretty excited for next week because I will be sharing some before and afters of my flooring project (yay!) and more Christmas posts! Thanks for visiting and spending time here with me every week. Love to you all from our home, and a big doggie kiss from Jack.

Black & White Christmas Tree {DIY Silhouette & Washi Tape Gift Tag Ornaments}


While the contractors were finishing up more details around our kitchen, we decided to put together a second little Christmas Tree! We had picked up some cute silhouette rubber stamps, gift tags and Washi tape at Michaels’ Craft back when we were working on our Woodland Christmas tree! We thought they might make a fun rainy day DIY project.

You all know how I love writing up a complicated DIY tutorials, so let’s give it a shot shall we?

Don’t let the long list of steps scare you off.


  1. Stamp the cards with the rubber stamps.
  2. Stick the tape randomly on tags.
  3. For some ornaments, glue patterned paper to the tag.
  4. Hole punch tag.
  5. Hang on tree with strings.

There you go. Now you’ve got yourself some gift tag ornaments on a tree.

I tried to think of a cute or clever theme name for my tree, but all that seemed to work was a Black & White Tree. I found the white tree at Kohl’s a few weeks ago.

Two trees down! Not bad, considering my house has been a wreck with all the projects going on, right? Good news, though, today the last contractor left until after the holidays! YAHOOO! There is a bit more painting to do, but it will happen after Christmas. So for the next few weeks, my house is mine. ALL MINE. {BIG SMILE}.

Linky party will go live Friday night at 10PM ET, 7PM PST so get a jump on things and link up then!

White tree: Kohls
Joy to the World canvas: Red Letter Words 

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