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christmas music by the muppets is on heavy, heavy rotation in our home as we gear up for the big day. ruth's favorite? "the christmas queen" with miss piggie. royalty is mentioned- and ruth loves royalty- but miss piggie also says the forbidden "shut up" and ruthie, who loves being naughty, gets giddy each time she hears it (and then whispers it to herself about five times to see how it tastes). topping eve's charts (literally. charts. lists. visual aides of any kind. she's all about them):  "zat you, santa claus?"  by dr. teeth and the electric mayhem band. perfect for swaying hips through the house while snapping- her latest achievement.



as awesome as the muppets are, chip and i sourced the more traditional carols for our christmas decorating. a far cry from the simplicity and ease of last year, but we're now almost certain we love it just as much. and eve can sound out "wondrous" so, win win. chip, once again, deserves the high five with this decorating scheme. he concocted the plan, brought home the paper and didn't complain once when i stopped cutting after three lines.



four more days. amazing. and to start our celebratory week off in the most perfect way, a big snow storm came through town last night. with church cancelled we spent the day with friends, watching the girls make snow angels in the freezing wind, visiting the life of christ exhibit at the brooklyn museum, returning home to drink deliciously rich hot chocolate, listen to heavenly angels (and muppets) sing our favorite songs of the season while the snow melted off our boots. a pretty decent start to what will undoubtedly be one of the greatest and jouyfully busiest weeks of the year. merry christmas everyone!


-added- how we do it: cut out letters- freehand in all different sizes make it especially charming, i think. get long strands of bakers twine (any thin string will do, i just have an absurd amount of bakers twine). using scotch tape, tape the letters to the string, folding each piece of tape from the front of letter, over the string and to the back of the letter. secure string of words to walls. done.

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Reader Comments (71)

I love these so much I had to blog them over at my place.
I was thinking about how wonderfully this idea would work for other celebrations like birthdays, Halloween ... and even maybe the baby shower I'm planning for few weeks time!?

Thanks for the inspiration.

g + g x

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterglitter + gin

Hey there Katie...I'm your niece Brynne's best friend, and I dunno if she's told you yet but....YOU'RE ON ELSIE FLANNIGAN'S BLOG!!!

Well she is basically just my hero and all of a sudden someone I (kind of) knew was on her blog!

May I direct you to this post:http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/12/merry-christmas-eve-.html

January 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin H.

Nice blog. I am now a follower.


January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChymecindy

Oh dear, this looks like it could have been photoshopped. I am taking this as inspiration. It looks INCREDIBLE.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

hand down THE most lovely Christmas decor of 2009 (if not EVER)!


January 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterarre

Absolutely stupendous!

January 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Canary

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwesome! LOVE that idea! And so simple, too!

Gotta love those Muppets, LOL!

January 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

That is absolutely lovely. Now next year I know what to do with all of our leftover red cardstock from our wedding invitations--hurrah!

January 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAutumn


January 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermom

Katie, LOVE this. did you use special weight/kind of paper to do this? Thanks for sharing all the beauty that you make. I love reading. -Bronwen

January 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbronwen

oh. my. goodness. i can't even declare how much i love this. most particularly because it doesn't involve a sewing machine. genius, and just lovely, besides.

January 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermolly

OMG, I am totally using this idea for sooo many things..... THANK YOU!!!

February 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSelina

Note to self: remember this.
2nd note to self: Make alphabet strings for [son] and hang them in his new room. Numbers and baseball catch phrases to follow.

Again, the things you come up with make me wish I had more time to let my creative juices flow instead of reading textbooks. Also, you're little girls remind me of my younger self.

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn


Just saying hello while I read through the posts

hopefully this is just what im looking for looks like i have a lot to read.

July 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterasymmermatica

I love this!! But just like the others, I too can't figure out what you did! Did you simply cut out the texts and hang them on your ceiling? Or is there something else you did? Do share! :)

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeacher Cheryl

What a wonderous idea. (Hanging garlands of letters) Simplicity at its best. I absolutely love it. So Joyous! Brings the spirit back to the moment.

October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJan

<3 it!!!

I'm feeling poor this year and this will be the best christmas present i can give to my crafty mother in law for her house! it will go down something crazy :)

December 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEva

I know I'm a few years late, but saw this on pinterest.com last night, and I absolutely adore it! Hopefully I can get my pregnant booty in gear and do this this year! Thank you for sharing this!

September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaimin

This is really a gorgeous work of art! Even more gorgeous after looking through the tutorial to see what went into making this.

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkids shorts

This project rocks! I just wanted to let you know that I featured it this week on "You Sew Rock Me Fridays" on my blog SewRockin.com. Here's the link if you want to check it out: http://wp.me/p1VAkT-ie

Great job, I can't wait to see what else you come up with!


December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

I just wanted to thank you for this wonderful idea! Love it. We are using it for graduation decorations. Using famous (and not so famous quotes). Thanks!!

May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara

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