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So, I didn’t document the Halloween thru Christmas festivities as well as I’d planned, but I hear that’s what having a 1-year-old does to you. Here is an unorganized look at some “stuff” from our holiday season!

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Bentley had a blast playing in his first ever pile of leaves!

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This was my fall table and chandelier.  I LOVE decorating for each season.

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This photo was taken on Halloween just before Bentley went outside, fell, and cut his nose and lip… Poor baby!  Honey Child (our dog) went as a dinosaur.

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During the fall season I made these delicious treats!  Home made Marshmallows (Ina Gartens recipe), An apple tart in puff pastry (based on a Kelsey Nixon recipe), and White Chocolate Bark (also one of Ina’s)  They were all AWESOME!  The marshmallows are easy and so delish.  If you make them once, you’ll want to make them forever!  Get the recipes:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/homemade-marshmallows-recipe/index.html  AND http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/white-chocolate-bark-recipe2/index.html  AND  http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/kelsey-nixon/honey-glazed-apple-pear-tart-recipe/index.html  I hope you love them as much as we do!

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These are pictures from Bentley’s FIRST BIRTHDAY!  It was a cowboy themed party at Victory Ranch in Northville.  It was so much fun…. I can’t believe my sweet baby is a year old… wow….

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Somewhere along the way, I went dark!  This is my natural color.  I miss the blonde, but my wallet sure doesn’t… haha.  Brunettes have more fun because they have extra money ;)

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Christmas time in our nest began with this Refrigerator Snowman!  His name is Chilly Willy.  It’s his Christian name.  He’s made of construction paper and scotch tape.  Next year, I hope to make him out of felt and magnets.  He’s so darn cute!

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I made Nigella Lawson’s recipe for Gingerbread.  It’s AMAZING! You can find it here http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/nigella-lawson/guinness-gingerbread-recipe/index.html  I purchased mini fake evergreens and vintage plastic deer figurines on etsy and stuck them all over the bread.  Then I made it “snow” with some powdered sugar!  Kids LOVE to help put the deer on and its so cute when its done.

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Bentley visited with Santa, but he wasn’t so sure it was a good idea… I think we got his picture just in time to avoid some tears.

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Bentley got his first haircut!  A  fohawk just like Daddy… :)  My boys are too cute.

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Here is a centerpiece I put together for my mother in law’s table.  The bowl came from IKEA and I just filled it up with random Christmas bulbs.  Simple and lovely!

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A shot of our Christmas dining room.  I printed out the letters for my Merry Christmas banner from here: http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/  It’s an amazing DIY website that offers FREE printable banners and an entire banner alphabet.  I printed out my letters and then I taped them onto brown paper lunch bags that I had cut open and spread flat.  then I cut a border around each letter.  I clothes pinned the letters to some lines of jute that I bought at a hardware store and tied them to the back of the mirror.  Boom.  Merry Christmas!

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Night time shot :)

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Tree #2 is in our living room.  My fireman calls this the “Christmas Throw Up Tree”…. He’s just jealous of my vast ornament collection that spans almost 3 decades… I’m not 30 yet ;)

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Look who I found sneaking behind the tree…

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Christmas shopping with my little copilot!

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Christmas card picture!  Thanks Auntie Jeanette and Uncle Matt!

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Great Grammy and Great Poppy got Bentley some singing snowmen and a saxophone playing Santa.  To say he enjoyed them would be a gross understatement….  To say I enjoyed them after the hundredth time they were played would also be a gross understatement…

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My fireman had to work on Christmas… so baby and I (and Grandpa, and Great Poppy, and Uncle Joel) went to visit him.  Someone was asleep by the time we got there :)  Daddy carried him around and showed him off.

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I fell in love with the firehouse vintage Santa who stands between the truck and the engine… Sorry husband…

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One of my beautiful gifts from my love…. a ruby heart.

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I hope to spend more nights in front of this fire… after the hectic pace, I need to relax for a few!  I hope you had a beautiful and meaningful holiday season.  Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!  (the Mayans were wrong… bring it on 2013!!)



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Hello and welcome back to The Bluebirds Nest.  Today we’re talkin about one of my favorite places on earth……. the thrift store!  I love them.  I can spend hour after hour just meandering around looking at the beautiful junk on display.  It’s relaxing yet exciting… it’s downright spiritual if you ask me.  If you ask my fireman, he’ll tell you it’s similar to what he imagines hell might be like… not excluding the burning and nashing of teeth.  I try not to drag him along too often, unless he’s being punished… (muah ha ha)

I love to use thrift store items to decorate my nest!  You can find such beautiful things at a fraction of the cost of something brand new and you can almost guarantee that they’re one of a kind.  Today I went poking around one of my local Salvation Army stores and I want to share with you some of the neat finds I saw and give you my suggestions for their use or placement. 

Take a look at these brass plates.  I think these would be perfect on a dining room or living room wall.  How about above a fireplace or doorway?  If you got several different ones, you could  have a unique art piece that would replace the need for a large, expensive painting. 

I also came across this gorgeous green glass large goblet.  Its so vintage and look at that gorgeous green jewel color.  This would be beautiful in the center of a table with a candle in it or on a mantle, dresser, or bathroom counter top. 

How about this little collection of jewel tone vases?  How pretty!!  I think this would look gorgeous in a window sill in the spring.  You could put a single stemmed little flower in each one.  I think that would look so sweet. 

Look at this neat shadow box thingy!  I love old keys.  I think this would look fabulous anywhere in your house.  I would hang this maybe in an entry way to highlight the whole door/key thing.  This could even be pretty in a bedroom as well.  I love things that are interesting. 

How about these 2 chairs?  Two totally different styles but both knockouts!  The gold one I could see in front of a window with a small table and a lamp.  So vintage chic.  And the embroidered one would be adorable in a large entry way with a picture or a few wall hooks hung above it.  Great place to sit down and put shoes on.  I could also see it in a corner of the dining room as a “spare chair” for a guest.  Things don’t have to match to look amazing.  In fact, I like it better when they don’t.

Finally, I spied with my little eye, these two asian inspired vases.  I thought they were totally awesome and would look great in cut thru window area along a stair case maybe with some tall wispy branches standing in them.  These would also look lovely in a bathroom or even as a centerpiece on a coffee table. 

There were so many treasures but I could only share a few.  What great items have you scored at the thrift store?  If you have never been, I would encourage you to go today!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you back real soon!



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