In this article: Learn how to decorate for Christmas with nature, and more Christmas tips in this interview with Stacy Risenmay.
When I began the Homemade Christmas series here, one of my main goals was to introduce readers to other talented women. I wanted to (selfishly?) learn from them myself, and also pass along their wisdom and advice.
Abby was here earlier to tell us about Christmas organization. Now today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to my friend Stacy! You are just going to love her.
How to Decorate for Christmas with Nature
An Interview with Stacy Risenmay
Could you briefly introduce yourself and touch on how you came up with the name “Not Just a Housewife” as your blog name?
My name is Stacy Risenmay and I have been blogging for about 8 years. I started it for fun before I even knew blogging could be a business. I had a family blog, but wanted a second blog where I could share the projects I was doing to our fixer upper.
I originally called my blog Not Just A Housewife because I was tired of hearing stay-at-home moms say that they were “just a mom. There are so many roles we play and hats we wear and no one should ever say that they are “just” anything.
Now my blog is simply called by my name but I kept “Not Just a Housewife” as my tagline.
(You can find Stacy’s blog here.)
I just realized you’re an author (How did I not know that??). Tell us about your book and how it came about.
Could you give some examples of how natural items could be used as Christmas decor?
The holiday season is the easiet time of year to include natural elements! I like to keep things simple when I deocrate for Christmas. I pick a color scheme, buy a few little things in those colors like pillows and oranaments for the tree and then add a whole lot of greenery! No matter what the theme is, I always add plenty of pine cones. Tree slices as chargers under the plates, natural woven baskets, sprigs of rosemay, and small potted pines are all fun ways to bring in nature.
Do you make your own Christmas decor? What would be some good projects for eager diy-ers to try if they’re just starting out?
What do you do to prepare and organize for the holiday season? or do you just plan as you go?
As far as decorating goes, I pick the color scheme and then go from there. Pillows and ribbon are usually next since I like to use non-traditional colors. Sometimes it’s hard to find holiday patterns like plaid that aren’t red or green. Then I pick a theme. A couple years ago I did snowflakes and last year was gingerbread men. There isn’t always a theme, but it can help to know what direction to go. Everything else I just plan as I go!
You and I have something in common ~ we’re both moms of all boys! What are some of your favorite family traditions for Christmas?
Earlier this year, I watched you bring in a great garden harvest on Instagram stories. I admire your hard work and skills in the kitchen! Do you have any tips for how to make the Christmas dinner meal go smoothly?
We have a large family dinner with my family that live near, so luckily I only have to be in charge of one or two food assignments. So, my advice would be invite other people and assign out the food! I am all about simplifying things. I don’t want to be sweaty and stressed out in the kitchen all day and then not be able to enjoy the day. Simplify the menu if needed so you can enjoy the people around you.
What advice would you give a newlywed couple who is just starting to plan and create their first Christmas together?
I don’t know why, but I absolutely love to hear stories of Christmas “oopsies” or bloopers in the kitchen. Do you have any Christmas bloopers??
I wish I had a big, elaborate story for you but I just have lots of little messes. I like to make a variety of goodies to plate and share with neighbors. I have burned MANY cookies, ruined fudge, and scorched caramel because of distractions (aka kids).
Rapid Fire Questions:
Favorite gift you ever received: Anything homemade
Favorite teacher or neighbor gift idea: Homemade Treats
On your Christmas wish list: Home Depot gift card
Favorite handmade gift idea: Anything highly personalized and well thought out
Favorite Christmas recipe: My mom’s caramels
Best Christmas tip: Simplify so you can enjoy it!
Most viewed Christmas post on your blog: My 2016 Christmas Home Tour