Friday, December 7, 2012

Decorating For The Holidays With Pickle Jars

 I am almost done with decking the halls around here. I just need to tidy up a few things and then sit back and enjoy. Last night I worked on the Guest "Cottage" hallway. Our "cottage" is normally booked for the holidays but this year we will have a vacancy. Even though The Nana & The Papa are unable to be with us this year I decided I still wanted to add festive cheer to this area because it can be seen from the breakfast room and living room.

I used some vintage books I had on hand and just tied them together with some twine. Then I added some greenery to the top.
I was super excited this week when my gingham rug came in from I had ordered it when I ordered our half bath faucet. At the time I ordered it I was not sure what I was going to do with it and then it dawned on me that it was the perfect holiday rug for this space.
Here comes in the pickle jars. I actually started the pickle jar and tree project last holiday season and it fell to the wayside. I am glad that I remembered where I had put everything so I could finish them off. I used chalk paint on the lids because it dries super fast and then I added some twine around the tops of the jars. I would have loved to have used mason jars but I didn't have any on hand and I wanted to spend as little money as possible. All I had to do was wait for the boys to finish off the pickles!;)
I had seen several inspiration pics on Pinterest and FaceBook of people using vintage trucks and what not to create adorable vignettes. I knew right away this little truck was perfect to use in mine. Though not vintage it holds sentimental value.
Oldest was about two and half in this pic. I remember going to WalMart and him picking this truck out and saying he wanted to get it for his daddy so his daddy could have a truck again. We had just traded The Hubster's truck in for an Expedition not long before that. In the end as you can see The Hubster let Oldest have this truck for his very own and Oldest slept with it for several weeks there after. It has been thru three moves now and lots and lots of loving. I guess it was built Ford Tough!;)
I brought back out my grapevine wreath. To add some holiday cheer I added a berry candle ring to it. 
This was one of my quickest makeovers. It came together so easily which was a relief because this year I have been hemming and hawing over every decorating decision.

Anyways, there ya have one festive little area in our home. Thanx for stopping by and hope to see ya back here tomorrow at noon for my second annual Holiday Mantle Party!

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  1. Very sweet. You sound so much like me. Do you know ow many of my projects fro last year went by the wayside, and now I can add a few more projects from this year, too. We creative types. Oy. :) Cute rug and vignette.

  2. Your vignette is adorable.. Love the story of that yellow truck.

  3. This is so sweet. Very cute vignette as well! Enjoy your holidays!

  4. So cute Pam. Love the story. Sentimental value makes it all the sweeter :)

  5. Hi Pamela! Everything looks so nice. What a great idea. I love the wreath, and what you did with the books. Thanks for sharing!

  6. So darn cute...I just want to squeeze those cheeks! You have great taste, and the tree on the hood...clever!!!

  7. Very pretty vignette, Pamela! Love the simplicity of the books tied with twine. That truck is so cute with the tree.

  8. I love how charming that area looks! The red checked rug is the perfect accent piece there. I love how you used those pickle jars too. Those little snowglobe type decorations are soooo cute! I also like how you used a real toy truck in with your decorations. I never thought to do that. Your son is adorable sleeping with it.

  9. Love it! So cute and so is that adorable sleeping baby!

  10. So sweet and charming. I love the truck story, and the jars are so cute. Visiting (and pinning) from the Power of Pinterest party.

    Jeanette @

  11. I love that picture of your son. Those moments are such a treasure. Your pickle jar decorations are adorable too!

  12. When I read pickle jar I laughed because I couldn't imagine then I saw your photos. Girl, you did it again. Gorgeous. Love the coziness and that truck is priceless.

  13. All so very cute! There are times I truly miss having my truck. Your oldest is so adorable. He's has such a sweet face :)

  14. The picture of your son when he was a little guy is just precious! I can see why the truck is so special. How nice that you were able to use it in a Christmas display. Your nook looks so lovely. I think I've told you this before, but really love that sign!

  15. How darling is that? Love it, Pam! Such a lovely vignette of Christmas cheer! :) Pickle Jars... Ingenious!

  16. Love, love, love your pickle jars! With the tree on the truck it is the greatest vignette I have seen!

  17. Love the way you added some Christmas style to that little area. The little guy emwith the truck is adorable. We used a John Deere truck and tractor with tree on our kitchen table.

  18. loving them and the toy truck!

    hope you will find a moment to stop by and enter a giveaway i am hosting for followers (i hope you win!):

    happy weekend to you!


  19. Dear friends,

    Thank you for share these sweet moments.


  20. What a sweet story behind the truck! That's the stuff Christmas is made of! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home and have a Merry Christmas!


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