Decorating With Evergreens

Dealing with the post-storm mess outside? If your yard looks like mine, it’s covered with sticks, branches, leaves, and maybe the neighbor’s BBQ cover? That was quite a windstorm we experienced here in the Pacific Northwest this past week! I hope all of you are safe and your electricity has been restored. (shout-out to PUD – thank you!)

Charles was out of town on business during all the excitement, so the boys and I headed out to clean up some of the wreckage and find our driveway once again. But in my typical distracted style, I found myself finding all kinds of great uses for all of the beautiful evergreens! “Wait! that’s a good one, put it on the pile!” Soon the boys were holding up each branch for a thumbs up or down before it headed for the yard waste or my “holiday evergreen stash”.

So before you get too hasty in your clean up, be sure and save a little stash of your own. The possibilities are endless, but here are just a few I came across to get you inspired!

The timing couldn’t be more perfect to swap out sad looking remains of your summer annuals. Easiest project ever! Just stuff and tuck a variety of evergreens, sticks and pinecones! This beautiful arrangement and step by step instructions can be found on the beautiful blog The Art of Doing Stuff 

Outdoor Planter

Add a little winter touch to your front door by filling a basket or any container with greens. This birch basket would be lovely on a porch or right by the fireplace. Spotted this one on Lush Home

Evergreen Basket

Adding evergreens can be as simple as popping in a few sprigs in a votive or surrounding a pillar candle or lantern for extra texture and color.

candle greens collagePhotos via Pinterest

I love this idea of just a touch on the top of photo frames from

Evergreen Photo Collage

And of course, don’t forget the evergreen wreath!

Small Evergreen Wreath

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Now get out there and clean up! 🙂



two more trees

I love decorating for Christmas…and I do a lot of it. Unfortunately, my own house still needs a little more attention, but with Thanksgiving and both boys playing in basketball tournaments all weekend…I just didn’t have the time to finish it.  I did however, manage to hit the road and head up to my parent’s place yesterday to fulfill my annual tree decorating duty at their house. I don’t know how many years I’ve been decorating their tree or sometimes trees…probably as long as I’ve lived back in Washington. But its fun to do and always feels good to share a little Christmas spirit.

Their tree never looks exactly the same from year to year, sometimes we add something new and other years I just decide to rearrange and try something different. I guess I don’t always have a plan, but just start hanging “this” and working in some of “that” until it feels done. They have some gorgeous ornaments, so making it beautiful doesn’t take too much effort on my part!

Here are some pictures of one of their trees this year…Unfortunately, the sun was shining brightly through the window and making it tough to get good shots without a lot of glare. But it was sunshine in late November, so I won’t complain!

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