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Antique Pulpit Makeover


I came across an old church pulpit on Facebook Marketplace a couple of years ago. 





 The price tag was $20 so...how could I refuse? It sat "as is" for quite sometime until recently when I became inspired to give it a makeover.





I already had this gorgeous rose barbola swag which I love, but something still seemed to be missing. Recently I was out thrifting and I spotted this pair of Christmas ornaments. Light bulbs went off in my head and I knew that they would look perfect with my barbola swag! They were only 99 cents each! I got them home and applied a couple of coats of Waverly dark wax and the details just popped!





 I gave the pulpit a light sanding and then started painting using some leftover white paint that I had around the house.


 





    Once I had several coats of paint on and everything was dry, I added the rose barbola swag and the end pieces that I found at the thrift store. They really came together nicely!






 Gold paint applied to some areas helped to bring out the details of the pulpit. I gilded the cross and added a rose appliquΓ© that I already had in my stash.






I decided to display my dress form on top for now. Someday I might come across a beautiful religious statue to put there instead, along with a pair of antique altar candleholders.






I do love this piece, but I feel as though it is not quite complete. I may add a stenciled pattern to the sides in gold, or even add a lovely antique wallpaper to the sides, I'm still not sure.






But for $20 I think that I created an unique piece for my home, and that does make me happy.



 Also, I frequently get asked where I got my Marie Antoinette pillow cover, you can find it here in my Amazon store. Its a fun inexpensive cover to have around. I have three actually! lol



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I also wanted to share this sweet little doll that was sent to me by one of my readers. Thank you so much to whoever sent her to me, I absolutely adore her and display her on my bookshelves. She is lovely. 


I am so thankful to all of you that read and enjoy my blog, you are truly the very best! Thank you for following along with me on this journey, and for all of the kind comments and encouragement throughout the years.πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’žπŸ™πŸ» It means so much to me!






-Larissa

The New Year has brought some changes to Welch House....





Recently I thrifted this amazing print of the"Girl With a Pearl Earring". 



The print is on canvas and looks very realistic and it even came in this gorgeous frame! I have plans to move her into one of my bathrooms when they get completed.




I promised myself that I would add more color into our home this year. My dear friend Stacy (@shabbystacy on Instagram) gifted me this beautiful decor book by Rachel Ashwell for Christmas, and it wasted no time in giving me inspiration!




The last two years my family and I have traveled to the ocean for our vacation. I had not been to see the ocean since I was five years old and once I came back as an adult it truly captured my heart. I have been graviting towards blues, greens and lavender colors  in my home ever since. When I saw this soft blue color on the wall in the photo below I knew that I wanted to recreate the look in my own home.





I recently painted our library in a beautiful color called "Geyser Steam" by Sherwin Williams and had a bit left over to paint the wall behind the mantel. Its a gorgeous blue/green color that changes in the light.





I also bought a sweet pillow cover featuring Marie Antoinette, I like it so much that I think I will order a few more. To purchase one for yourself, you can find it linked here in my Amazon Store.




The blue wall is so pretty in my eyes. I wanted to expose the brick behind the wall, but my little boy begged me not too, he did approve of the new color though.πŸ’ž





My home is always changing and evolving it seems.




I hope you like the new color and are having a great start to 2021!





-Larissa

DIY Gingerbread Village

 


I love a gingerbread village at Christmas time. Someday I want to have a collection of beautiful realistic looking faux gingerbread homes to display at Christmas.





Since those gorgeous fake gingerbread homes are currently not in my budget, I thought I would try my luck with a creating a budget friendly gingerbread village.





Last year after Christmas I picked up a few ready made gingerbread houses at the grocery store. They were discounted to around a couple of dollars.




I pulled them out this year and they were still in perfect condition, and ready to be decorated!

Instead of using royal icing, or the icing that the kit came with, I decided to use a spackling compound.




I did not want to use royal icing because I found it too delicate and it breaks so easily. I did use the pastry bags and tips provided in the gingerbread kit to pipe the compound on. The spackling compound is the exact consistency of buttercream frosting and I was able to use food dye with it. I dyed half of my icing pink.



Once that was finished, I went to work on creating the details on my houses. I googled pictures of gingerbread houses to get an idea of how I wanted mine to look like.




They are definitely not perfect, but did create the Christmas atmosphere that I was looking for.







I used two cake stands stacked one top of each other to create some height for my vignette.





Each gingerbread house received a dusting of sparkling snow.






I think they turned out pretty well. 






They are the perfect addition to my kitchen table for the holidays, and extremely budget friendly!







Thank you for visiting! 

-Larissa 

Shabby Chic Christmas Cookies

 Hello! Well we are just a few days from Christmas, and today I want to share with you my sugar cookie recipe. I have been making these sugar cookies EVERY Christmas since I was 14 years old, so.....20 years now! lol


I found this recipe in a Taste of Home Magazine and its been my "go to" recipe ever since. You can see the recipe on their website here.


When I was younger, I always decorated my cookies in red and green icing, but in the last 5 years or so, I've changed it up to shabby chic style! Here are my cookies from last year all decorated!






Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour










  • Frosting:
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract



  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons 2% milk

  • Food coloring, optional


Step 1:


In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Gradually beat flour into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to roll, 2 hours.


Step 2:


Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with floured 3-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake until set (do not brown), 10-12 minutes. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.


Step 3:

  • For frosting, in a bowl, beat butter, shortening and vanilla until blended. Beat in confectioners’ sugar and enough milk to reach spreading consistency; beat until light and fluffy, 3 minutes. If desired, beat in food coloring. Frost cookies. (Keep frosting covered with a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.)







These cookies are definitely a labor of love. When I was younger, I would make these each year for Easter and Halloween, but lately I just bake them for Christmas. Have fun with your decorating and get creative! I usually use pastry bags and different icing tips to decorate my cookies and the decorating goes fairly quickly!



Also do not over bake your cookies! You do not want them to be brown! That will make them crunchy and they won't be soft. I always make a double batch of the frosting because if you want to do a lot of different colors and details, you will need the extra icing.



The below photos are just cell phone photos from the last several years, nothing fancy, but I just wanted to share how the cookies have looked over the years.








They make my heart smile when they are all decorated! The wreaths are my favorites!










Hopefully next Christmas I can do a step by step with photos! I hope you give these a try! 


Thank you for visiting!

Merry Christmas!

-Larissa 

French Country Christmas in the Foyer

 

The foyer is decorated for Christmas.




This year I draped the bannisters with garlands of cedar and eucalyptus tied up with simple blush pink ribbons





I've had these lanterns for ages and decided to pull them down from the attic this Christmas season.





Simply tied bows and candlelight with suffice this year. The ornaments on the staircase will be moved, they are only for the photos.





I decided to turn my dress form into an angel this Christmas.




I've had the wings for several years and have never displayed them until now.





The soft fur cloak is vintage and was purchased at an estate sale over the summer.





Christmas decorations create a pretty atmosphere.




 Gold trumpets are also tucked in here and there throughout the bannister garland.




The small trumpets are vintage, but the large ones are new.




A eucalyptus garland dresses up my antique pier mirror. 




I had another pair of angel wings in storage so I decided to add them to the mirror for an unexpected whimsical vibe.





This sweet Santa was a thrifted find, just added a pink ribbon and he fits right in.




I am so thankful that we restored the upper banister earlier this year. I can finally decorate it for Christmas and actually share it with you!




Jeffery has been my little helper while I decorated. He's my sweetie.




I hope you enjoyed this tour! 


-Larissa