My youngest sister, is very creative.  She even has her own company where she creates clothing for kids.

This year, she has gone all out for Christmas in regards to decorating the house at Double S Farms.  My mother, who is also super creative, helped as well.

I thought you would enjoy seeing some of what they have done…..

Here is what my sister had to say about decorating her house:

It’s beginning to look a *bit* like Christmas. I have been sick the past two weeks (boo!) and am super behind on my holiday preparations but I have managed to whip out some new Christmas decor to give the house a festive feel.

I had a million grand ideas for a new advent calendar this year. On November 30th and nothing done, I ran to Target to buy one. Oh my – so ugly and overpriced. Ran back home, busted out my felt stash and an old bulletin board I had laying around to create this one. Inside each little stocking are two treats for the boys and a Christmas related activity to do for each day. It has been a blast so far and the boys love to peek inside each morning to see what we get to do.

Do you see these adorable trees?!?! I found them on the Anthropologie website (pictured on left) and pinned them a few weeks ago. However, we are really cutting back this year and they are totally out of my budget. Bless my sweet mom for figuring out how to make something similar and helping me with them! I think they turned out great and cost us just $17 to make six of them. 

Speaking of my awesome mom, she put together these little *globes* from some trees, mason jars, and salt. Love them.

Again, keeping the budget in mind I made this little peace banner for the fireplace out of linen and some leftover felt. It cost me a a few dollars and I love it.

Since we used mellow neutrals to decorate the family room, I figured the boys needed new stockings to match. These are nothing fancy and I was able to use fabric and felt that I had on hand.

(Please ignore the ugly black TV). We kept the decor simple and understated this year but I really like it.

And of course it wouldn’t be the holidays without our cheeky little elf, Cooper. This is Cooper’s third year with us but thanks to Pinterest and some creative bloggers, Cooper is far more clever than before.

Although I’m feeling frazzled and behind, my little guys are enjoying every bit of this joyous season. I hope you are too!

(I’m a little too scattered to come up with proper tutorials on these right now but if you have any questions as to how I made anything, please message me at – I’d love to help).

You can check out more of my sister’s great photos and ideas at finleyandoliver

I like to think that I am somewhat creative, but I am not in my sister’s league.  But, I did write a recent post on the Birds and Blooms blog about using items in your garden for decorating for Christmas.
Please check it out here:
I’d love to know what you think.
Do you have any decorations that you make from your garden?

Please tell me about them 🙂

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

3 replies
  1. Bernie
    Bernie says:

    Oh to have just a modicum of your sister's and mum's talent and creativity. I just adore the home-made snow domes and those cotton wool Christmas trees. Even though your sister thinks the decorations are 'nothing fancy', they are made with love and that makes them so special.

  2. Balisha
    Balisha says:

    What lovely simple things to create.I remember one year making little skiers out of walnuts. We painted faces on the walnuts, made a felt pointed stocking cap,a red sock cut up for a scarf, toothpicks for skis,and skis made out of red poster board criss crossed so they stood up.They were so cute.
    I turned the month on my calendar that you made and used as a giveaway this year. I have enjoyed it so much…I see it everytime I sit here posting. Thanks again, Balisha

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