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12 Days of Christmas…with a fun twist

Welcome, friends! ‘Tis the season to be……overcommited! Can I get an amen?

With stars in my eyes and twinkles on my toes (or something like that) I decided it would be so much fun to sign up for several wonderful blogger holiday tours. And while they are definitely fun, they’re lots of work too.

Today’s post is part of a blogger tour with the 12 days of Christmas as the theme. Some of my best blogging buddies are on this tour with me. And as fun as it sounds, six geese a laying is a tough one to blog about. I signed up a little late and the dancing ladies and milking maids were already spoken for. As well as the lords and the drummers. When life gives you geese….well, think Goslings. Keep reading to learn the story behind what we made. You’re gonna love it and you’re gonna laugh.

After going on an unsuccessful wild goose chase looking for geese at 3 local stores over Thanksgiving weekend, it was time to get really creative. What did I do? I asked my super creative teenage daughters for their input, telling them the theme could be loosely interpreted. What did they say?  GOSLINGS!!  Of course they did. They’re young ladies who are fans of Ryan Gosling. So I have to give them total credit for this idea, although we had to tweak it as we went.

BEHOLD, the Six Goslings Swaying, or the Six Goslings Garland, or whatever you’d like to call it. We really had fun with this one.

If you want to make this fun project yourself, the supplies are simple enough. You’ll need 6 photos of Mr. Gosling. The girls picked these out and printed them. Plan A was to insert them into clear glass ornaments, which we did, but the pictures didn’t want to unroll, so Plan B is what you see here today.

You’ll also need twine, clothespins, and a small tree, although you could just string it up wherever it makes you happiest.

The first thing I did was wrap the twine around the tree and attach the photos with clothespins. Is this a simple project or what?

As nice looking as he is, the tree needed something more, so I added some mini glass bulbs from my vintage ornament collection. 

That’s more like it. You could also add a small strand of lights if it makes you happy.

He is pretty cute, isn’t he? 

I think it makes a nice table top decoration, don’t you? Although my oldest will probably be putting it in her room when she comes home from college in a couple of weeks. We tried to get it finished before she went back to school after Thanksgiving so she could take it with her, but it just didn’t happen. I texted her a picture of it and she said it’s perfect. 

My youngest likes it, but she’s got a bigger crush on some young actor named Dylan something. O’Brien? I just can’t keep up these days!

Here’s what’s coming in the next week. I’ll be sharing our front porch and entry tomorrow as part of a Welcome Home tour.

And I’ll be sharing the inside of the house next Monday as we kick off the Home for the Holidays tour.

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If you follow me on instagram, you saw this glimpse of our tea cart that grew up to be a bar cart. Milk glass, vintage ornaments, wine corks, boxwood, vintage red glasses…these are a few of my favorite things that will all be part of our Christmas tour, with vintage being the key word.

Now for the other 11 days of Christmas tour, keep reading until you get to the end of the post. There have been some great ideas so you’ll want to be sure to visit all of them.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks because I’ll be sharing a Christmas home tour, holiday crafts, DIY projects, cookie recipes, a sneak peek at a Nashville show house, and more! It’s going to be very busy here in the ridge!  If you’re new here, sign up for email here or follow along here:

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MONDAY December 1st

{Partridge in a Pear Tree}

Simply Fresh Vintage
Petticoat Junktion

Snazzy Little Things

{Two Turtle Doves}

Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer 

Fresh Idea Studio

TUESDAY December 2nd

{Three French Hens}

Country Design Style

DIO Home Improvements

mommy is coocoo

 {Four Calling Birds}

Artsy Chicks Rule

Virginia Sweet Pea


{Five Golden Rings}

House on the Way 

DIY 180 

Restoration Redoux

{Six Geese-a-Laying}

Postcards from the Ridge

Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

THURSDAY December 4th

{Seven Swans a Swimming}

Curb Alert!

Cupcakes and Crinoline

{Eight Maids a Milking}

Our Southern Home

FRIDAY December 5th

{Nine Ladies Dancing}

Better After 

Rhapsody in Rooms

{Ten Lords a Leaping}

The Endearing Home

SATURDAY December 6th

{Eleven Pipers Piping}

Refresh Restyle 

Lilacs and Longhorns 

Imparting Grace

{Twelve Drummers Drumming}

What Meegan Makes 

Mrs. Hines Class


  1. That's got to be the most fun interpretation yet!!! Love it!! I wouldn't mind a gosling tree! ;)… Oh and Amen!!!


  2. You'll get an Amen from me on that! But Oh my gosh, that's one handsome tree! I love your fun twist Angie! very cute

    1. Thanks, Tami! I'll take that as a compliment coming from you, super creative gal! The tour is fun!

  3. Oh my gosh, Angie I love it!! Such a fun translation…hmmm…how come there wasn't a Gosling a Swaying banner in my Secret Santa box? 😉

  4. Fun! I had to laugh at this creative interpretation of the theme. I know you college girl will enjoy this when she gets home!


  5. You really made me smile today. This is such fun and absolutely the most creative!! Way to go friend. ~Christy

  6. I tried to leave a comment but I'm not sure if it went through. I hope it did–you're so creative, and I'm sure your daughters are loving this tree!

  7. LOVE it! My daughter wants to make a star out of a picture of Harry from One Direction to put on the top of her tree. Thanks for the inspiration.

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