When I moved to Charlotte, I was very lucky to already have a few friends here, all who I only knew through blogging and twitter. These girls have been wonderful when it comes to helping me figure out the ins and outs of this city, and they have become some very special friends.
Since I couldn't be in Virginia Beach for their ornament swap, I thought I should start a blogger ornament swap in Charlotte. I am so glad I did, because last night I had a great time with all of these girls!
I am so glad that they could all make it. We had so much fun and we all walked away with a gorgeous ornament!
I also took the time to clean up my home (that doesn't happen as often as it should), so I thought I'd take a few pics to share some of our holiday decor.
Here's our collection of Christmas cards from the past 3 years. Our first Christmas (2008) we didn't do a photo card, so there's not frame for that one. This tradition started in 2009.
We like to call this our "Gandalf" Santa
Do you see the resemblance?
I know, I know...he's way tacky and hideous. But a student gave me Gandalf Santa one year, and he just makes us laugh. I can't get rid of him.
Here's the Christmas card wreath, it has really filled up since the last time it was on the blog!
And here's the stockings and mantle. I had some extra green clothespins from the wreath project, so I am using them to attach extra Christmas cards to the ribbon and garland on there. Such an easy project.
Here's my chandelier in the dinning room. I am so happy with how it turned out. Holiday decorating isn't really my thing. I love other people's homes, but I don't want to spend a lot of money or put a lot of time into it. This little project was very cheap (everything came from Wal-Mart and was under $10) and I love how it livens up our dining/kitchen area.
And a finally, a quick pic of the table. I bought these bottle brush trees at World Market. I was inspired by Paige and her beautiful home. I love her bottle brush tree collection.
Only 5 more days 'til Christmas!