Sunday, December 14, 2008

Happy Howlidays!


Welcome to our Love Abode and thanks for stopping by! In case anyone happens to find us through BooMama's Tour of Homes, here's a quick recap of who I am:

My name is Abby and I am a newlywed who just got married on July 5th. I work as a college recruiter for a small Christian university and my husband and I are both getting our master's. We have one puppy, Dakota, and have no plans for any other family members right now! If you stop by today, please leave a comment as I always love to find new blog friends! Enough about me, here's our goods!

A holiday staple: the Christmas tree! I only had to buy a few Christmas ornaments, most of the stuff you see is what we used for wedding decorations!
I posted a second pick so you could see it with the lights on :)

Our tree topper:

A few close ups of ornaments:
I do have to point out the only pink ornament on our tree. Last year when Cody and I were engaged he was going to knit me a scarf for my present. Well, you can see how far he made it, so we've hung it on the tree instead, and I think I'll be waiting the rest of our marriage for the real scarf!

The newlywed staple: Our First Christmas ornament! I searched high and low for one and never found anything that matched us, fun and whimsy, not stuffy. My mom picked this up for us at the Hallmark store. Didn't she do a great job?

These spirals were the only ornaments I had to buy. I will admit, they almost broke the bank. $1 for 4 spirals at Wal-Mart and they had tons of colors! Go check them out!!

Our tree skirt: compliments of the wedding. While the wedding fund bought this, We did get it for about $5!

Presents waiting for bows!

You can kinda see one bow here. My dad always had the job of making the bows for our presents, and I had him teach me last year, but I'm going to need another lesson!

Aren't these cute? I will admit, I now have a slight obsession with cute holiday decorations. I can blame this on my mom, and I know she can blame it on her mom!! Thankfully Bami got new Christmas decorations this year and passed her old stuff down to me! Aren't I so lucky?! Thanks Bami!!

This pillow and my snowmen figurines make it look like I have a snowman obsession, when actually I just have a generous Mom and Bami who give me things to decorate with! Thanks for the pillow Mom, hope your Bunko friends don't read the blog and find out you gave your prize to me!
The HoHoHo is from Target, only $2.50!

We built Gingerbread House's at youth group last Wednesday, here's the boys: Please notice the 3D aspect of their house!
And here's my Gingerbread House:

Another $2.50 Target find!

And of course all of the ornaments are more wedding decorations!

Want an easy and really cheap way to add some Christmas cheer? Put sprinkles and red hots in your cream and sugar container!

My bag of ribbon waiting to decorate the presents. Just keepin' it real .

I used this set up the other night for a Christmas part we had, so I had the drinks set up and the food next to it on a side table.

Except now the table doesn't have the food on it, but I am displaying the cookies we decorated at our party!
Please note that the bell shaped cookie has some of the icing scraped off from the lid. No one's perfect, right!
I couldn't let this post pass without showing off our Christmas sweaters from our youth Christmas party. We had a Tacky Christmas Sweater contest and Cody and I really got into the theme and decked ourselves out

And finally, a special message from our sponsor:

Merry Christmas! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. So cute! I love the cream and sugar dish idea. Very sassy...

  2. I absolutely love that someone else loves Christmas decorating as much as I do! :-) The house is just as lovely in pics as it was in person the other night.

  3. Thanks girl! And can I say, your decorations are fab as well - your blue and white tree is so chic! My canister things are from Kirklands (I'm pretty sure) but i have seen similar ones from Southern Living! I love your blog - I'm adding it to my reader right now!

  4. I'm lovin' your sponsor...LOL! Sooo cute! Happy Holidays!

  5. Yes, your ornament is perfect! And, dog are perfect practice for children. Have a wonderful Christmas as a newlywed!

  6. You GOTTA love tacky Christmas sweaters! Nice. Thanks for having me over! And for stopping by my blog.

  7. Thanks for stopping by our tour-- yes, that's Muleshoe, Texas! We lived there for four years right after we married! LOVE it and MISS it! Are you a West Texan? We also spent many years in Abilene, too-- so West Texas is dear to our hearts.
    LOVE your decor. I am going right away to fill my creamer/sugar bowl with sprinkles and red hots-- aren't you clever? I love your damask tree skirt, too. Your style is absolutely beautiful.
    Blessings to you this Christmas!
    --The Dominguez Family

  8. OK- love so many things here! First, your dog! Adorable! And you were so smart to use your wedding decorations. And I think it is so cute that your dad makes the bows! I just taught myself how to do that this year.

  9. Forgot to say that you cracked me up with the Christmas sweaters!

  10. The tree skirt is so great! I would love to find one like that for my daughter.

    Thanks for stopping by my place today, too!

    Merry Christmas.

  11. Abby, thanks for stopping over. I just LOVE your place. You have quite a gift for making a house a warm and inviting.

    I can just feel the joy that you two seem to have together. What a blessing!

  12. Love your turquoise colors and the tacky sweater thing is great. I have been wanting to have a tacky sweater party!!! Merry Christmas.

  13. I love your Snowmen and your swirly blue ornaments. I'm gonna have to check our Walmart. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  14. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your holiday decorations :) You guys are both so adorable and the colors are beautiful :) Merry Christmas Neinast family! See ya in 2009!

  15. WOW Abby! you have a great talent with decorating, shows your passion for this time of year. I like the 1st Christmas Ornament, Very cute.

    Hope that you have a Fab Christmas

    Heather xxx

  16. Your sponsor is the cutest!!!

    Thanks for having us over and Merry Christmas

  17. What a lovely home! Thanks for sharing. I loved your snowmen.

    Best wishes to you and your family during this Christmas season.

  18. I love all the blue and silver! Beautiful!

  19. Your home is beautiful! I love all the colors you used to decorate, and I especially love your "sponsor." :) Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. Merry Christmas!


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