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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Christmas Decos - What's Outside


Our previous post showed this year's Christmas decorations inside our mill apartment. Thanks to everyone for your comments. It was fun getting into the holiday mood, so much so that I decided to also decorate the apt entryway with a wintry theme, despite the fact that there hasn't been a snowflake to be seen with daytime temps in the mid-50s. Perhaps, if I include snowmen, the snow will come?

The doorway decorations built on a seasonal theme from last year. We're fortunate in this mill building that our apt entry has a shelf and some other folks also decorate for the seasons. This is a photo taken last week with Grenville peering out.
The shelf snowmen are all thrift store "finds" (none cost more than $1). The snowflakes came from Dollar Tree as did the wall signs.These signs will be replaced with winter themed ones in January. The greenery that was recently added is discarded branches from an area Christmas tree seller.

The theme for our decorated doorway began as a package wrapped up with in large ribbon with an oversized bow (yes, Dollar Tree again). The front pieces of last year’s cards finalized the decor.
“Percy" (full name Percival) the Penguin formerly resided on our VA front porch for the 12 years we lived there. This cement figure was given to us by a NJ friend and painted after we moved to VA. After bringing it here, we decided to dress it in seasonal holiday gear and found a small Santa hat among our holiday "stuff" collection. This is why it’s good to keep  "stuff' as you never know when it could be useful. The snowman companion is named "Nigel" and was a 50-cent bargain from a local thrift store that needed some stitching repair  which is now covered by his scarf that Percy also shares — another thrift store find that was cut in half for both to share.
The wall opposite the shelf snowman displays one the large holiday flags that we formerly used on our VA front porch. It's hung on a dowel road suspended using fishing line, an idea from a good friend (thanks, Marty). A large Santa flag is similarly displayed on one of the large mill windows.

We hope you enjoyed our holiday decorations tour, both inside and outside. We have a few more inside decor spread about the apt, but that's a post for another holiday season. Here's Grenville with his good friend, Santa.
Merry Christmas to All
Dorothy (Beatrice) & Pat (Grenville)

14 comments:

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Pretty decorations, I love the idea of reusing the fronts of Christmas cards..I have saved mine for years and never though about decorating with them. Have a great day!

Doris said...

How nice to be able to decorate 'outside'.
I like checking out Dollar Tree especially at Christmas!

Sandra said...

this Santa is really a hansome Santa, he looks like the REAL Santa.. G would tow if he put on the suit. i like Santas without the fake beards. love that Snowman in the middle of the collage and your entry is great. i would never have guessed dollar store decorations.

William Kendall said...

Grenville would certainly make for a good Santa!

Connie said...

Your decorations are so cute. They make your home cheerful and welcoming. :)

L. D. said...

The outside looks really great. I bet Pat gets special favors from Santa being he is such a close friend of his.

Emma Springfield said...

What a quaint idea! Your entry is gorgeous.

Lady Jane said...

Love your decorations, iside and out. I am a real snoopy fan and just love him. I have a village also which I will post later. And I have my nativity scene out as usual. It is hard for me to get up to get the decorations so I don't have them all out this year. But it is still festive and lovely. Hugs, LJ

Michelle said...

I love your decor! The Dollar Tree is such a great place for Christmas items and gift wrapping!

Mildred said...

you have done a great job of making everything bright and festive.
I adore the photo with Santa.
Thank you both for your blog friendship and I wish you a Merry Christmas!

diane b said...

Wow you have done a great job. I must have missed the posts about you moving. I have been too bust to blog lately.

gigihawaii said...

Glad you are getting in the mood!

Rebecca said...

What a fun door!

Leonora said...

I love your door deco! You even have the real Santa poking his head out the door : )

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