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December 13th | decorating

we’ve got little white lights in almost every room. and i love it. for this picture i just set my camera to manual focus and made it blurry to give it a dreamy effect.

i coffee stained a bunch of tags and stamped ‘christmas-y’ words on each one. they’ll be part of a christmas party we’re having later this week. so fun!

it’s been lego central around here since daddy pulled out a lego castle from when he was a little boy. so much fun to watch the boys building it together. and to think steve’s fingers touched the same legos 25 years ago.

i got the above chair at a thrift store for $30 and had it recovered it in aqua amy butler fabric. the process was pretty painful, but the end result is so fun.

this is our crazy work-around-the-clock week. and there’s still time to place an order for custom jewelry and have it delivered by christmas!

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house decorated {check}

gifts bought {mostly check}

sipping cider {check}

next on my list–wrap gifts.

what’s next on your list?

44 Responses

  1. Margaret Scott says:

    I have to make four little silk hearts with a French theme for a friend; then tidy my conservatory ready for the tree and lots of twinkly lights on the ceiling. I wish time could slow down… just a little. I love your gift tags!

  2. Gussy says:

    uhhh — shop for gifts, wrap them, find & buy snow tires for the car, and finish orders/package them. xoxo to you Lisa :]

    PS. L-O-V-E that aqua chair — pretty pretty.

  3. Leslie says:

    I’ve had my Christmas cards for about a week, but haven’t addressed them yet. I’m waiting for some cute Christmas magnets that I ordered to come in so I can put a few into some of the cards. I’m almost done with shopping, maybe only 1 more present to go. The catch? I haven’t wrapped any of the ones I have already bought. Lastly, I need to get my tree decorated. It’s been sitting in the living room all lit up and bare for a week. Ok…I feel tired already after putting that down “on paper”

  4. Jenny says:

    Play out in the snow… my kids are itching to get out in it! Gotta go!

  5. Paige says:

    Stay warm! I love the aqua chair and the gift tags!

  6. Paige says:

    On my list….purchasing stocking stuffers and finishing up a few last minite Christmas gifts. LOVE the chair!

  7. My boys have been going Lego crazy too! :) I just love how your boys get to use their dads old Lego’s. 25 years old, WOW!!

    Everything looks so beautiful.

  8. paige says:

    love your aqua chair!!
    & the twinkle lights are wonderful

  9. Denise C. says:

    Coffee staining? I’ve never heard of that!

  10. Lisa Leonard says:

    denise-it’s just literally dunking each tag in a mug of coffee or tea and then letting it dry. gives it an antique look.

  11. Suzanne says:

    I can’t get over that chair! So gorgous! I “rescued” a chair from a neighbor’s trash a few weeks ago and ripped all the old smelly upholstery off, thinking I could just recover it. But it’s a much bigger project than I anticipated and I am now dreaming of getting someone to do it for me in a beautiful fabric like yours.

    I need to finish some knitting, wrap some presents and get to the post office – but then I am done! So ready for this holiday!

  12. Anne says:

    Finish my cards
    Bake! bake! bake!….today it was my sugar cookies.
    Celebrate! with a peppermint mocha coffee because today’s my birthday!
    Brave the cold (for us…low 40′s) and gusty winds and take my walk.
    Enjoy the day off
    Read blogs…..:)

  13. melissa says:

    finish some orders, mail the cards and make some cookies…oh and stay warm, it is very chilly here in MN today!

    love those tags!

  14. Teresa says:

    oh, wow! I remember when Steve got that Lego castle, how cool!

  15. Molly Pearce says:

    Well I have to get my supplies for making snowglobes at church on Wednesday night, make three scarfs for a client, buy more gifts, wrap more gifts, make Christmas cards for my friends and make some home made gifts for my family. Most of this list has to be done by Friday, ha ha! But I have a Cd from the pianist at my church playing Christmas music, twinkle lights in my studio and a hot cocoa for sipping. Love Christmastime!
    ~Molly P

  16. I need to wrap the gifts which ARE all bought. I need to clean up the house for our company. Otherwise I am done!

  17. Tamara says:

    Way too much is next on my list!! However, I have checked off my list the gift that proves to be the most difficult every holiday season….my mom’s. I ordered a necklace from you with both of her grandchildren’s name. I absolutely love your work and I know my mom will too.

  18. Jennifer says:

    wrapping too!! Plus waiting on some last packages :)

  19. connally says:

    love those tags:) need to get cracking on my Christmas cards!
    and that chair is just lovely♥

  20. Kristi F says:

    Pick my daughter up from the airport!

  21. Desiree says:

    I love your tags and decorations. And that chair is oh so cute.

  22. April says:

    I just love your beautiful, simple posts … always put a smile on my face!!

    xoxo,
    April

    PS – My list looks a lot like yours. And wrapping presents is next up for me.

    PPS – I got one of your necklaces last year for Christmas and just adore it. The stamped letters seem to be wearing away, though! Maybe it’s time for a new one? Or maybe a polish!?

  23. Kristen says:

    I love, love, love all your beautiful photos! I know much of photography is having an artistic eye (which you definitely have :) but I was wondering if you have a favorite book/website that you use for tips on using your camera manually. I’ve had a nice camera for 2 years and am finally brave enough to venture out of the auto mode! Your photos have inspired me!

  24. shelly says:

    o my goodnes o’my goodness I have the same castle from when i was little… our son plays with it off and on…

  25. Sarah says:

    Your photo of the lego castle made me laugh…my mom and dad just took my brothers’ lego castle down from their attic for my son to play with. Love it!!
    Next on my list~ wrapping & cookies to bake!

  26. gina says:

    OOOhh…next on my list is re-visit the glass store to pick up the glass door for the china cabinet – one of which I broke decorating…oops. Oh, well…then I suppose I will need to visit the store and get some eggnog for my rum…

  27. Leigh says:

    I have to finish buying, I’m halfway done, and then wrap. But I enjoy doing it the last couple of weeks. It keeps it fun for me.

  28. Gretchen says:

    It makes me happy to see the things you have checked off because it reminds me of what I have checked off.

    I have to finish wrapping the rest of the Christmas presents I bought today.

  29. Michele says:

    These photos look so bright and happy. My four-year-old is really into Lego Duplos right now. I think I’ve lost my to do list so I have no idea what I have to accomplish next. I’m going to enjoy some cider right now and I’ll start a new list later.

  30. Allison says:

    I love all of your family photos! Your gift tags are great and I am in love with your chair! Do you know what the exact color name of the fabric was called? I would love to order that fabric. It’s beautiful! Thanks, Lisa!

  31. sarita says:

    my married 25 yr old son has a huge tub of legos. when he comes home for christmas he’s going to pull them out and play with his 4 yr old nephew! can’t wait to get pics of that…warms the heart. love that aqua chair also..
    i can’t wait to see what you are going to do with the tags.
    i hope that your christmas is the best ever.

  32. Elli D. says:

    So many things yet undone, finish shopping, have to do wrapping up….the usual stuff. The castle you’ve got there is perfect ! And the idea with tags is very nice, I like it a lot. It looks great as well. All the best, good luck and have fun !

  33. Paige Anderson says:

    The first thing I did when I got home yesterday was to manual mode some Christmas tree lights. Awesome!

  34. I love that chair! And the lego castle.

    next on my list
    assemble gift packages for 30 kids at our orphanage in thailand
    organize kids to string bracelets so that every child gets one with their own name on it. (It’s so important that they get something special just for them.)
    Clean the house for our Christmas Hymn singalong and potluck.

    Throw a princess tea party for my two little girls born just before Christmas.

    Pack and fly to Canada with 4 children in tow.

    But the gifts are purchased. :)

  35. Lisa,

    Did you have word stamps or did you stamp those letter by letter? If word stamps, where did you find them? Thanks so much. LOVE your work!

  36. dj says:

    i was reading my daily mail from ‘today’s creative blog’ and noticed a drawing for one of your designs. i have tried before with no luck. how do i try again ? your jewelry is just what i like.
    this holiday season has been good to my family. we spent 11 months gathering for ‘haylee’s gift’. so much fun. i am thinking i will order a few of your items for the teens involved in this charity for next year.
    Merry Christmas

  37. NGJagers says:

    Your ‘twinkle’ picture is ALL over tumblr/pinterest these days! Glad to find its source was down to earth christmas lights : )

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