Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas House Tour & Giveaway

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  We packed in lots of Christmas fun, some yard work and some snuggles while watching Christmas movies.  It was great.  It took us a couple of days to decorate the house thanks to kid helpers, tree lights not working even though I bought them new last year and mostly trying to decorate with two busy kids under foot.  Days later and our house looks lovely.  I find myself smiling at the twinkle lights and loving all the pretty Christmas decor.

I'm really excited to show you some new decorations that I received from my talented friend Tina this year.  She contacted me about her new hoop painting shop recently and I loved her stuff.  It's unique, pretty, great for any room of your house and you can have her do a custom piece just for you.
I've always loved painting and every now and then would make something for our house. Two years ago I made a painted burlap embroidery hoop for our front door. It was pretty simple, just an "O" and "Olsen" written over top. It was fun to do and I liked making something.  One of my friends even asked if I was selling them! I wasn't at the time, but it's been at the back of my mind since then. And here we are, two years later and I finally bit the bullet to start my shop of all sorts of designs! I had so many ideas to paint but they wouldn't all fit into my house, so opening a little shop was the next step! -Tina

It's time for a Christmas GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ONE FREE PAINTED HOOP - any size 12in, 8in, 6in or 4in from her shop!!
(click on the link above to see all of her pretty hoops)

I already have the Red and Green Christmas hoops
and I just love the personalized Snowman family!!

You can order from her shop by December 15th for a Christmas delivery!!

Tina's hoops arrived in cute packaging so I added the twine to my hoops and put a sparkly J ornament on the plaid one.  I knew they'd be perfect for my mantel.  

Leave a comment on today's post telling what kind of hoop you'd order and
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me @ polkadottyplace
tina @ tina_gobigblog

me @ Polka-Dotty Place
tina @ Go Big or Go Home

**Tag a friend on our giveaway posts on social media for a bonus entry!!

You can find Tina's blog here Go Big or Go Home

You must be in the US to win.
Winner will be announced on my Friday morning post on 12/8.
Good luck!!

My set of hoops is so pretty!  There's a Merry and Bright hoop, a pine tree hoop and a plaid hoop.  I had a hard time deciding where to put mine because they looked great in so many spots.  They ended up on my mantel and I love them!!

Now on to a little Christmas house tour of all my favorite Christmasy spots...

We have a real tree in the family room.  Kevin grew up getting a real tree and I always had an artificial one.  Several years into our marriage he persuaded me to give a real tree a try.  We did and have never looked back!  I love the smell of a real tree, love the experience of picking it out together at a local spot and love having something different each year.

The kids both have small trees in their rooms and then we have a variety of decorations all throughout the house.  Irish nutcrackers, my green tree collection and I always look forward to decorating my mantel.  We had plenty of years of living in an apartment with no mantel so I'm always thankful to have that spot to decorate in our home.

Reindeer in our kitchen

Our cozy corner has a giant basket of Christmas books this time of year.

The kid's trees are my favorite!  They have a mix of homemade ornaments, sentimental ornaments, baby's first Christmas, monogrammed and baby things.  Tiny Santa hat that Fletcher wore for a tree topper, hospital bracelets, hand prints and ornaments that were gifts all make up their trees.

What's your favorite spot to decorate in your house??


  1. Everything looks wonderful!!! So cozy, warm and inviting!!!🎄

  2. Oh my gosh, those hoops are precious! I love the Merry & Bright one, the plaid one and the personalized snowman family one!

    Your house looks beautiful!

  3. I love all your decorations!! I've always wanted a mantel and yours looks amazing!

  4. So beautiful! I love your collection of green trees (I think I say that every year...) and your mantle truly is "Merry and Bright!" I think it's so cozy to have a tree in your bedroom - Olive's tree is so pretty and perfect for her purple loving heart. My favorite place to decorate for Christmas is the piano, because the tree is right next to it and it makes a cozy little setting. <3 Christmas decor!!

    Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort

  5. Your holiday decor is lovely! The green and red hoops look great on your mantel. I also love that personalized snowman family hoop, but they are all so pretty! :)

  6. Love your Christmas decor, there is no timeI love decorating my home than Christmas. I agree the twinkling lights just make me happy!

  7. It's beautiful! I love your mantel!

  8. I'm not on FB so I won't enter but wanted to say her hoops are darling!! And love your house tour too. You have such a knack for making everything look so cozy and inviting. Always love your green tree collection!

  9. Your home, like always, looks warm, friendly and inviting!

  10. I love your house and everything look so cute and cozy for Christmas! And those hoops are adorable!!

  11. Those hoops are adorable friend. I am so bummed that I didn't get around to hosting my annual Christmas home tours this year, but things have been a little bit crazy. So glad you shared your decorations so we were able to see your holiday home.

  12. Love the buffalo plaid hoop!
    Love all your decorations! SO pretty!

  13. Your house looks so festive! I love the Merry and Bright hoop! Merry Christmas!

  14. Your home is lovely! I really like the pine tree hoop, all of them are gorgeous! :)

  15. What a beautiful home and how fun and pretty those hand-painted burlap hoops are. I love that you added them over your pretty mantle, Whitney. Are you doing a giveaway on the hoops?! I also love your cute collection of red reindeer and green trees - so cute. The Kids' Christmas Trees turned out so cute with all their special and sentimental ornaments.

    You should stop by the linkup this Thursday and join it. This Thursday I am sharing my Christmas Home Tour and the linkup is a Holiday blog hop. Thanks, Ada. =)

    1. I'd love to win the large "Merry & Bright" hoop by the way.

  16. The merry and bright set or the white set! Or both! My eyes are set on one or both! Rachel

  17. Love those festive hoops!! Thanks for linking up :)


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