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Wednesday, November 21, 2018


If you follow me on Instagram, you know that last weekend I was busy spreading plenty of holiday cheer!  Rachel from Pencil Shavings Studio invited me to partner with her to lead a workshop that she was doing as part of her church's Christmas Women's Event.  Our workshop was called "It's a Colorful Life" and was packed full of- you guessed it- colorful Christmas decorating ideas.

Rachel and I dressed the part for our presentation that evening!  As we were walking through a different part of the building, a lady took a look at us, stopped us, and said "You two have GOT to go check out that colorful room down the hall, you belong in there!"  We politely listened and told her "Yes, we sure do, that's our room!"  hehe

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My Gingham Top  ||  Rainbow sweater no longer available but similar here  or here

It is a challenge to make a big, open church space cozy and homey.  Rachel did an amazing job casting a vision for the space, then I helped her fill in with all of the accessories.  The mantel belonged to the church, the colorful honeycomb ball tree was already there, and they rented the colorful drapery panels and vintage green sofa, but everything else came from our stashes.

As we planned our decor we wanted to have several vignettes available for people to be able to take group photos with their friends and family attending.

We also set up a dining area-

We brainstormed some ideas of what to do with the tv to try to disguise it, but ultimately decided to just work with it and play it up by surrounding it with colorful paper fans.  Many of us have to do the same with a conspicuous tv at home, why not just make it look cute?

Our last vignette spot was my gingham settee and some Ikea velvet curtain panels.  We hadn't planned on this spot but at the last minute it came together.  I had just purchased the curtains the day before for another purpose, but it was Providential because we needed something to cover the brochure wall behind, and they fit in perfectly! (Recognize that wreath?)

Our space already had a few of these trees in it that are up for the normal church decor, aren't they absolutely fabulous?  I've wanted to do a honeycomb ball tree and this makes me want one even more!

I was glad that my Mom was able to attend as well-

Such a fun evening, wish I could have transported everything we did and just plunked it down in my house!

Leopard heels (lower heel here)  ||  Disco Ball

The attendees had a number of workshops they could choose to go to, here are some of the others with their vignette spots.  I don't know anything about these spots or what they did in their classes because we were busy with ours, but they had a super cute set up that I thought you'd like to see. 

Advent ideas for kids-

Farmhouse decor-

Traditional decor-

Hands on wreath/centerpiece class-

This was in one of the main gathering areas, so gorgeous!  The red trees were spray-painted!  Rachel and I inspected them closely and they looked so good and perfectly covered from the inside of the branches out, I'm not sure how they did that!

I hope some of these spots spark your imagination and creativity as you prepare to decorate for Christmas.  But first,


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  1. Thanks for sharing your colorful Christmas ideas. Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours!


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