A Rootin, Tootin, Rustic Christmas

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Dear Sisters,

Maybe it’s the flower farmer in me, but I just couldn’t buy into all the over the top glitz and glam of the holiday season this year. But that doesn’t mean I’m not feeling festive or like celebrating. No sirree. My heart was yearning for a more down to earth holiday vibe with a farmgirl kick so my handsome Yankee and I took to the woods where we found the beginnings of our rootin, tootin, RUSTIC Christmas!

We’ve had an unusually warm December here in New England and I don’t think you’ll find anyone complaining about it. It’s been a blessing to be able to spend time outdoors in the sunshine ( without any danger of getting frost bite) this late in the season.


We live in what’s zoned a Rural/Suburban neighborhood sited in a woodsy area near the ocean with a lovely wooded area just across the street from our house just perfect for foraging evergreens for making wreathes, garlands and smaller centerpieces. A couple of weeks ago my handsome Yankee and I went hunting for greens to deck the halls and the hen house with. I grabbed my bucket and a pair of pruners and off we went into the woods. As you can see in the photo above, we made a nice haul!

I recycled a grape vine wreath that already had the twigs and pine-cones attached so all I had to do was make some small bunches of evergreens and berries (which I wired together with green floral wire ) and attach them to the wreath.


Front door wreath with pine cones, twigs and winter berries.

This was my first time making a swag and it was pretty easy. I just bunched up all the branches of evergreens and a few sprigs of eucalyptus in my hand, eye-balled the over all length and shape, then cut the stems off even at the top. I wrapped the exposed stems with twine to hold them securely in place then covered them in natural burlap. I wired a few pine-cones and tucked in a few chicken feathers from two of our girls that flew off to chicken heaven this year as a way to honor them. I added a few grass plumes and finished it off with a pretty red burlap bow. Rustic and simple!


Hen House Swag…

Do you put up a live tree or an artificial one? I confess we have had an artificial tree for years and years but I was craving the real thing this season. I’ve missed the fresh smell of pine, and pricking those itty bitty pine needles out of the carpet when it’s all over. I found the perfect size and shape for our modest sized living room at my favorite nursery. I wonder if it was one of Rebekkah’s Christmas trees?


I found this adorable collection of nature inspired rustic Christmas ornaments at a big box store and knew they would be perfect on our tree. Just looking at them makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! What could be more rustic than burlap bird houses, candy-canes, owls, and sleds? The reindeer are made out of cork.


Have you noticed that owls have been popping up everywhere in crafting, home decor and fashion over the last couple of years? They are a natural for Christmas decorations. I just adore this little fella clad in his plaid over coat.

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A girl’s gotta have some sparkle so I added glittering red butterflies and reindeer to the mix.

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And somewhere in my travels I came across Mr. Roo and

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his lovely bride, Henrietta. She’s even wearing her ruby red slippers for Christmas and her prettiest lace skirt.

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What would a rootin, tootin, rustic Christmas be without a ca-Ute cowgirl boot hangin on the tree?

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And remember those canning jar top Christmas ornaments from my last post?

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Well, they needed a tree to hang from so we made one from some picket fence pieces we had on hand.

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We hung it in our hallway to add to the rustic holiday vibe. Didn’t my handsome Yankee do a good job?

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Now that the decorating is done, I can finish my gift wrapping and what little bit of shopping I have to do. It’s easy to over-do so don’t wear yourselves out.

We wish you all a very, Merry Christmas and remember to take some time for each other in the midst of the holiday rush. That’s where the real Christmas magic is!

12366452_1048351401854684_905240141673329901_nUntil our next shoreline visit~ Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Beach Blessings and Much Love,

Deb, the Beach Farmgirl ( and her handsome Yankee )

We don’t know where those kids of ours have gotten off too! 😉

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PS. My apologies if you stopped by earlier and this post wasn’t live yet. Our computer was giving me fits this morning.


  1. Debbie says:

    Love your decorating! The swag is beautiful. The canning jars ornaments in the tree are great!!!! All looks lovely and warm. Merry Christmas Deb!

  2. Love the rooster and his chick! Fun Christmas stuff you did. Have a blessed holiday season and all the best in the New Year.

  3. Dori Troutman says:

    I love your rustic Christmas. It’s so simple, earthy and beautiful. I also love the pictures of you! They are beautiful.

    Merry Christmas, Deb!

    – Dori –

  4. Dori Troutman says:

    I also meant to say that I love, love, love the Roo and his Henrietta! 🙂

  5. Barb P says:

    Lovely! Merry Christmas!

  6. CJ Armstrong says:

    Love your decorating! I have tons of decorations out on display, but I have a lot more still in the shed. I’m a sucker for Christmas. I don’t have a tree up this year but there’s plenty of all other kinds of things. We do artificial because our climate is so dry that a real one dries out soooooo quickly. I love the evergreen aromas too, but satisfy that with my Yankee Candle candles, either Holiday Bayberry, Christmas Wreath or Balsam & Cedar.
    Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

  7. Sandi says:

    Merry Christmas Deb! You two look very sweet in your post! Have a wonderful holiday! xoxoxox Sandi from the Cape

  8. Vivian Monroe says:

    Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to you and your handsome yankee and children and your mom. 🙂 Neta

  9. marge hofknecht says:

    Your tree is so lovely. Rustic ornaments give it a real country charm that’s endearing. Have a Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing all the beautiful things you made.

  10. Merry Christmas, Deb! Love your rustic decorations. The rooster is especially adorable! Hope you have a wonderful Holiday season! Farmgirl Hugs from Connecticut! ~Nicole (Suburban Farmgirl)

    • Deb Bosworth says:

      Merry Christmas, Nicole! I couldn’t resist the rooster! 😉 Thinking of you all this holiday season and wishing you many blessings in 2016…
      Hugs, Deb

  11. Linda Hickman says:

    Merry Christmas, Deb
    Thank you for the beautiful Autumn notecards. You even wrapped them pretty. It was fun to win something from you!
    PS – I also married a handsome Yankee. 🙂

    • Deb Bosworth says:

      Hi Linda,
      I’m so happy you are enjoying the note cards. Three cheers for handsome, Yankees! 🙂
      Merry Christmas!

  12. Brenda Towslet says:

    Love your woodsy Christmas decor! We just had our big family gathering this pas weekend so we are hopeing for a quiet week here. Merry Christmas Deb!

  13. Denise Ross says:

    Merry Christmas, Deb. Your tree and ornaments look fabulous together. I just had to say, I love your hair in these pics. Looks absolutely fabulous on you. The photo of you and your Yankee husband is just beautiful. I hope you’ve framed it and it’s proudly displayed.
    I toned my decorations down this year and concentrated on living out the spirit of Christmas instead. I was a lot more relaxed and enjoyed the time together with my family a lot more by stepping back and giving up the illusion of the perfect Christmas. I ended up with a perfect day by just relaxing and enjoying time with my family and creating memories instead. I hope your Christmas was just as wonderful and full of memory keeping moments. Hugs from down under.

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