Christmas Cottage Urn

And last but not least, my cottage Christmas urn.  We had scoured the nearby forest floor for fallen birch branches to use and hubby left some of our pine tree trimming until this weekend, which gave me a great supply of fresh greenery.

It was really great that some of our boughs came with their own pinecones attached….less work for me!

Next, I decorated my vintage sled and lantern with some evergreen branches, pinecones and some bows. I purposely kept it simple as I wanted that country Christmas feeling!

Sorry for the rather dark photos, but photographing on such a gloomy, wet Sunday was challenging.

How have you decorated your exterior?

And be sure to check out my TBB blog post all about Pantone’s 2013 colour of the year – Emerald!

I’ve linked this post up to ‘Tis the Season 2012 – Holiday Link Party Series’.
So be sure to check out all the Outdoor Decorations at The Ironstone Nest, click on the image below to view.



  1. I think your photos look great 🙂 Love the sled!

    • Thanks Charlene! Coming from you that’s a great compliment! I love my little sled too, I am always thrilled to bring him out for the winter.

  2. Beautiful! Especially love the sled and the lantern 🙂 And the blue ornaments are a lovely touch of colour 🙂

    • I love blue and the way it pops against all the brown and orange of the log exterior and the greenery. Thanks for stopping by Kelly!