Monday, December 22, 2014

Twas The Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring not even a mouse,
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, 
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there...
This Christmas is extra special now that we have children to share it with!  So, to add some kid friendly decor to the mix while also starting some simple family traditions, we decided to go with a classic holiday theme to celebrate the twins first Christmas!

We stuck with a red and white color palette and were ecstatic when we came across this wrapping paper from Crate & Barrel.  Even more fun was this coordinating tape!  Meant for wrapping packages, it made the perfect addition to our baseboard!  (You get extra points if you can find the single mouse in the first photo)
Our love for these Maileg Mice is what inspired this years holiday kid decor.  We hope to make their appearance a family Christmas tradition. Think elf on a shelf, but with cute, pesky, little, mice.
The cute stocking and candle ornaments were also a Crate & Barrel find.
A pillow from HomeGoods, kraft paper and additional wrapping paper from here, and here rounded off the look.
Wishing a Merry Christmas to all...
...and to all a good night!

Additional Sources:
Stockings: Seabags   |   Twins' Outfits:  Mini Boden
Pom Pom Blanket: Pottery Barn   |   Garland: Target

To see more of our holiday decor, check out our Christmas Home Tour here.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Wedding | 5 Year Anniversary

Five years ago, I married my best friend in Charleston, SC.  The date...  
Twelve | Twelve
We wed in the quaintest of chapels, then celebrated the evening with good food and good company.  The day was perfectly us...relaxed, fun and most of all happy.  It was shared with close friends and family and was filled with much joy.  In all seriousness, it was one of our BEST . DAYS . EVER!   It's amazing how quickly the time has gone by and everyday I'm grateful for the life we get to share together.  So, Happy Anniversary Brian, I can't wait to see what's in store for the next five years!  Let another adventure begin!  

Photography by Heather Forsythe
Reception Venue: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blogger Stylin' Home Tours | Christmas 2014 Edition

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  And to kickstart the season, I'm thrilled to be part of another Blogger Stylin' Home Tours Christmas Edition, hosted by Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co.  
If you're coming over from Retro Ranch Reno, welcome and happy holidays!  How fun were her pops of pink!  This Christmas is a very special one for us at Iron & Twine as we have two new additions to the family, 6 week old twins, and Brian and I are celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary!  With so much to celebrate, I set out to make our living room a merry, bright and festive one without spending a lot of time or money.  Inspired by our wedding day, I decided to keep our living room tree simple in green and white with magnolia flower accents purchased from Hobby Lobby.  Magnolia leaves, along with other greenery, were sniped directly from our yard, providing large decorative impact at no cost!   Boxwood wreaths were a thrift store score for $3 each and vintage goods I already owned were added throughout the space.
A vintage wool blanket, and a pineapple adorned pillow, add texture to our armchairs.  The advent calendar is from Wheel & Basket and made with love by my mom.  It's hands down my favorite and has become a staple in our home during the holidays. I look forward to the day when I can share this with Parker & Kennedy!
A vintage basket was bought for a steal at $3, and inexpensive white kraft paper is used for gift wrap.  Other paper in navy and plaid were purchased from Home Goods and the white, grey gingham from Target.

The letterpress coaster garland is from Red Bird Ink.  The pineapple ornaments are from our wedding, originally given as favors.  The ribbon a sale item from Michaels and the large round ornaments are styrofoam, mod podged with paper flowers ~ costing a whopping fifty cents each.
Due to our new additions, this year we decided to start introducing some kid friendly decor into the mix, while hopefully starting some family traditions that we can continue for years to come.  Here's a sneak peak of what we did for Parker & Kennedy's tree, can you guess the theme?!  I'll be back later in the week to share part two of our Holiday House Tour!
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all the houses on the tour here!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Have Babies, Will Travel | Bottoms Tree Farm

In what feels like a blink, the twins are six weeks old!  It feels like yesterday that we brought these two home, heck it feels like yesterday we found out we were expecting twins!  I have a feeling I'll still feel this way ten, twenty years down the road.  They're time thieves I tell you!  The first six weeks with our twins have been a whirlwind of awesomeness.  Everyday is amazing, and tiresome, and wonderful, and challenging, and happy, and fun, and exhilarating.  There's no other way I could imagine spending my days than with my two little time thieves.  Brian and I have tried to make a conscience effort to live in the moment and treat every day as an adventure.  To jump start some family memories and hopefully, simultaneously, create some family traditions, our little family of four recently made the hour drive to Bottom's Tree Farm in north Georgia.  We walked around the grounds, took some family pictures and found what we believe is the perfect tree for Parker and Kennedy's first Christmas.

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