Sunday, December 13, 2009

I'll be home for Christmas

Hey there! Welcome to the humble Spence apartment. Thanks for stopping by!
Some of you might have seen my tree portion of the post before for Kelly's Show Us Your Life Christmas Tree Tour. But don't skip the post because then you'll miss out on all of my other Christmas decorations. ;)

Our Christmas tree is decorated in maroon, cream, and gold.
Most noticeably, it is highly Disney themed. If you have been around for any amount of time, you shouldn't be surprised. ;o) I adore Disney. Since our first Christmas as a married couple was spent working at Disney it seems rather fitting. We used our Christmas money from my Grandmommy to invest in Christmas ornaments that we wanted to have for our first Christmas and many years to come. I have no doubt in my mind that our future children will love Disney. It's in their genes, after all! ;)
Anyway, on to my tree.

(please ignore the fact that it is lopsided. This issue has since been rectified - literally)

I am not going to show pictures of all of my ornaments but I am going to share my favorites of our Disney ornaments! Most of them are a part of Disney's Gift of Love Christmas Collection (I tried googling to give a link to the collection but couldn't find anything. I do know that they were park exclusives last year).

Kissing under the mistletoe - Love it!
This ornament was given to me by my friend and sorority sister, Ila. She was working at Disney with the Disney College Program when we got married. She missed the wedding but she got us incredible discounts on our honeymoon and greeted us with this lovely ornament.
It was after our honeymoon that we decided to go back to Disney and participate in the College Program. 2 months later, we moved to Orlando to live, work and play at Disney World for 7 months. =)
Just married. *sigh* =)
More kissing under the mistletoe. By the way, I am on the search for mistletoe to make a "kissing ball". We will see if I succeed or not. So far, it's not working out. Haha
Magic Kingdom *another happy sigh*
Trevor picked this up for our little mini tree last year. He worked at Hollywood Studios the whole time we were there. I worked at Magic Kingdom but then transferred to HS for many reasons. Anyway, he wanted this ornament since we both worked at HS our first Christmas season together.
I have yet to put a picture in this ornament frame. Sad, I know. But I am waiting for the perfect picture. And since T doesn't like taking pictures - that perfect picture might never happen. ;o)

I really liked the way this picture turned out. I think it very well might be my favorite of them all. Just because of the Disney "Love" hanger and the honeymoon ornament.

Here are some of our other, Non-Disney ornaments. =)

On to our mantle. I used a simple, unlit garland and embellished it with white mini lights, extra garland, and other little extras. =)

I found these candle holders a few weeks ago for only a few dollars at a local antique store. I thought their cream and gold color would go perfectly on our mantle.

I used the leftover maroon and cream "berries" from the mantle to add a little extra to my wreath. The glass, framed "S" hangs over our mantle regularly and it fit perfectly inside of the wreath. Not sure if I will ever to do again, but it worked for this year. ;o)

Here are a few pictures of the mantle with the living room lights on. I love sitting in the living room with only the Christmas lights on. It's so cozy and peaceful!

I didn't hang our stockings on the mantle. They just didn't seem to look right with the garland. Instead they are hanging on a wall adjacent to the mantle underneath one of our shelves.
Our stockings were made by my mother and one of my sisters. My family has always had hand-made quilted stockings like these. My parent's still have mine and Trevor's original stockings but last year they mailed us our "own" set of stocking.

And how completely fitting for us that they have Disney print on the back. ;o)

I have 2 of these little trees on either side of the fireplace. I won them as door prizes at our church's choir retreat in August. The decorations were Christmas themed since we were kicking off learning our Christmas music. I won two of the table centerpiece trees.

This little mini tree is on our entry table. It is decorated in gingerbread and candy ornaments. The table also includes some of my Christmas gingerbread collection.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I can't wait to look at your home decked out in all of its Christmas splendor, as well as all of the other homes being shared. I love getting a sneak peak into other home and seeing how they add personal touches to their decor.

This post is linked to:
Christmas Tour of Homes with The Nester
The Christmas Tour of Homes

Hooked on Houses

The Inspired Room

Southern Hospitality Blog

Funky Junk Interiors


Kelly@Keeping up with Kelly said...

very pretty

Amanda said...

love the disney!

Lianna Knight said...

I LOVE all your word ornaments...I need some!!! Where did you find them???

I'm visiting from Kelly's Korner...

Check out our tree here...

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Aw, it's adorable! I love those ornaments! I think your tree looks great!

From Marriage to Motherhood said...

I love that your tree has a theme : ) I noticed one of your ornaments was from a friend/sorority sister, Ila.

I'm pregnant with a little girl who is due to arrive in less than 6 weeks {around the second week of Jan}; we are naming her Ilah : )

We look forward to welcoming her into the world and celebrating the beauty of Christmas with her next year!!

Summer said...

Love your tree! I love disney! Our tree is completely a disney themed tree and my little girls room is oh yes disney!
Summer :0)

Kristi said...

Your tree is so fun. We have the same words on our tree too "Believe, Love." Christmas blessings to you!

Shoshanah said...

I love you tree! I'm sure if I had a tree, I'd want it to be all decked out with Disney ornaments as well

Jessica @ Acting Adult said...

I *love* those Disney ornaments! They remind me of the shop in the Magic Kingdom that is Christmas all year 'round!

Myra said...

Love your tree!!!!

SO fun!

Ashley said...

Well you obviously know I love the Disneyness....

And I really like the S in the wreath!

Daniela V said...

Damn honey, I remember perfectly to go with you to Epcot, on that day that we went to have lunch at the japanese restaurant with Stephan and Amanda, and that's when you got some of those lovely decorations. I love your tree :)
Love you and miss you***

Heather said...

Great job decorating!! Love your CHristmas tree and your mantle!! Merry Christmas!

Jennifer Juniper said...

What a magical Disney tree! That is one of our favorite places ever, so I love it, of course :)

Valerie said...

I love your ornaments Ashley! I know you will cherish them with years to come espically being @ Disney for your first Christmas as a married couple.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful! I love all your disney ornaments... they are great!!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

You and I share many of the same ornaments....stop by and see my Disney tree...we are addicts...Your pictures are great. There are new tree pictures up on the holiday blog...and I am loving looking through all the beautiful decorations on the Home Tour...Just need a few free hours...

Muthering Heights said...

Your treeis very nice!

Carrie said...

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog! I have been meaning to come by and say hey, but life has been crazy! :o) Your Christmas decorations are beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Sigh....I have never been to Disney. I live in Canada and it has always been too costly for my family. I love your tree! It all looks so festive! I am stopping in from Nester's Tour. If you would like to see my tour posts you can click on the 'Christmas 2009' tag on the left sidebar of my blog. Have a great holiday season!

Campbell Jane said...

Thank you for sharing your home. Your photos are lovely. I did a video with the help of my son. Such a pleasure to find your wonderful blog.
Happy Holidays & Many Blessings