Christmas Welcome

I can’t believe that it has been 2 months since I have last blogged. Time sure does fly. I have had a great time decorating my cottage for the holidays. I really wanted something different in my new home so I spent several months remaking my Christmas decor to fit my cottage and my new-found happiness. It’s amazing what a little paint, glitter and glue can do to make a huge impact. So if you want a fresh new look for your home this holiday season for pennies read on . . .

blue sled.jpg

My children’s old sled that was their fathers when he was small.

Welcome to Shabby Lane Cottage! The entrance to the cottage is a fun welcoming sight. I am totally a blue and white girl and I really embraced it this year for Christmas. Now, there is a color that I do not use very often in my decor and that is red, I have added touches of it through out my home this year. (It’s a long story why red is not one of my favorite colors)

Front Porch

Shades of blue and a touch of red welcome you to my home.

If there was a little snow it would make this front entrance so charming but I am not rushing the winter season. lol  Today’s post will be about decor for your doors that welcome visitors in. 

Kitchen door

Blue and red glittered pine cone swag.

Hanging on the shutter by my front door is this glittered pine cone swag. It was a really fun project and didn’t take much time at all to complete. I had everything on hand to make it so it didn’t cost me a cent.

Inside entrance

This is my front entry I have hung a reindeer feed sack filled with white pine boughs, feathers, cotton stems and a cuddly bear. I added some miniature snowflake lights to brighten it up.

front door close up

I painted pine cones red and blue and attached a ribbon.

Feed sack Lite

kids dresser

As you walk through my front door this little antique chest is what you see first.  This is the simplest Christmas tree ever. I just stuck a discarded branch from a bush and put it in a pot. I used aqua and green tone ornaments on it with some starry twinkle lights. It sets the perfect mood for my lovely Madonnas.

Dresser up closeDresser lite

A mint colored net wreath adds to the softness of the vignette. When it’s dark it really looks beautiful.


I love vintage ornaments and used many of my green ones on this tree.

Closet door

On my coat closet door I hung a large white gathering basket filled with lovely fragrant eucalyptus in blue and green then hung a wooden glass glittered star from it.

back door wreath

This is the outside door by the car port. I dipped into my yarn stash this year and made a huge dent. lol   I made some large pom poms and glued them on a floral foam wreath form.

Yarn wreath

On the inside of the same door I made a yarn ball wreath and added some blue knitting needles to it. This hangs in my studio area of the cottage which adds to the theme of the room.

Bathroom door

This wool stocking hangs on my bathroom door and I have filled it with some lovely vintage decor. I think that hanging a little decor on a door really gives a welcoming feeling to our visitors.

Entrance Collage

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I will return soon with more of my Christmas tour!



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Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings-the heart of our home

The art of Homemaking Mondays @ Strangers and Pilgrims

The Creative Gallery @ Making it in the Mountains.


The Scoop @ Cedarhill Farmhouse

Talk of the Town @ Interior Frugalista (after 7 pm)


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Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Cup with Mrs. Olson

Share your Style @ The Essence of Home

Blog Hop @ Katherine’s Corner


Home Sweet Home Party @ The Charm of home

Shabbilicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage


Pretty Pintastic Party @ Seeking Lavender Lane

Upcycled Linky Party @ Funky Junk

Best of the Weekend @ Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Snickerdoodle Linky Party @ Blue Willow House


22 thoughts on “Christmas Welcome

  1. Jo,
    How sweet that you have this wonderful front porch to decorate for the holidays. Your sweet little cottage is looking so great for the holidays. I think it is special you have that sled with so many wonderful memories and history. Super cute. Happy Friday.


  2. Hello, sweet friend! Long time no chat 🙂 I trust you are well!

    I just loved seeing your Christmas and winter decor. Everything is so beautiful and charming. This weekend I am hoping to decorate and on Sunday afternoon hubby, son, and I will head off into the woods to get our Christmas tree.

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season. Love and hugs to you! Stephanie-The Enchanting Rose


    • It is so good to hear from you Stephanie! I have missed being out in the blogging world and am making a goal to do better. Enjoy your time in the woods cutting your tree. How fun! What great memories you are making. Have a wonderful holiday season!
      xoxo Jo


  3. So good to hear from you in a blog! The yarn ball wreath is about the cutest thing I’ve seen and so creative. The branch tree with lights and Madonna creates a serene vignette upon entering. Love it all! I am getting my Christmas decorations out today, so thanks for the inspiration once again!


  4. Jo, your cottage is very special. I love how you’ve made it your own, and with all your vintage touches, it looks especially cozy and warm. Happy Holidays!


  5. Jo, so glad to see you back and your pretty Christmas decorating. Your twig tree is beautiful with the vintage ornaments and the colors. Christmas is a joyous time..Happy Sunday..Judy


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