December 17, 2014

Pottery Barn-inspired Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Chalkboard

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight...
This is by far one of my all time favorite Christmas songs.
So it makes sense that, months ago, when I first received Pottery Barn's
Winter/Christmas catalog, I was smitten with the idea of their Holiday Mirror Art.
I think it was around $129.00 plus shipping. I was totally convinced that I could
turn one of my thrift store mirrors into the spitting image of theirs.

December 15, 2014

Simple Rustic Christmas Centerpiece

This Christmas I've chosen to simplify things. And by that I mean
incorporating more natural, rustic elements into my Christmas décor.
 I've always loved decorating with greens, and this year is no different.
Last year I went all out and decorated my vintage toolbox, filling it with
greens, pine cones, ornaments and poinsettias.

This year I decided to fill my faux vintage European
dough bowl as our farmhouse table centerpiece.

I purposely used less greens, and chose to let the faux snow take center stage.
A few berry sprigs and pine cones round out the
display, along with  two cream colored candles.

The simple burlap table runner adds to the rustic elegance.

In addition to the dough bowl, you can see how I created a much more
 elaborate greens arrangement in my galvanized French flower bucket here.

I might even have one more very unique greens arrangement up my sleeve
 to show you before Christmas day. But even if I don't get to that  I'll be okay since
I was very happy with my rustic Christmas farmhouse table centerpiece.

Do you use greens around your house at Christmas?

How do you incorporate them into your décor?

Now it's time for the

Blogger Christmas Series

Blog Hop!

Follow along with me and a host of some talented blogger friends

as we share our Christmas décor, recipes, traditions, crafts and

more for our third week of a four-week series.

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Savvy Southern Style
Elizabeth and Co.
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Ivy and Elephants

December 11, 2014

Merry and Bright Flea Market Find into DIY Christmas Card Display

While some people choose to send Christmas cards via email, I just haven't
been able to get on that bandwagon. If it works for you, then I think that's great.
 I'm just one of those people who really loves

December 10, 2014

DIY Christmas Card Display

Decorating for Christmas doesn't have to be complicated. Or expensive. One of
my favorite ways to decorate for Christmas is with simple, found things. Things
you love and want to surround yourself with. Take my tried and true vintage,

December 8, 2014

Dashing Through the Snow Reindeer Printable

Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh.
O'er the fields we go, laughing all the way.

Jingle Bells is definitely one of my favorite Christmas songs.
A real classic.
Which is why when I

December 3, 2014

DIY Christmas Greens with Pre-lit Faux Branches

I finally broke down and bought some of those pre-lit faux branches
that have been gaining in popularity for the past few years now. You
know the ones. They're long branches that have little battery operated 
lights already attached to them. Some branches are white or silver, and
some are natural-looking.  Some have glitter or even "snow" on them.

I got a silver set at World Market (originally $16.99) and a natural looking
set at Wal-Mart, each for around $10.00. Their prices can vary GREATLY
depending on where you look, so be sure to shop around for the best price.  
Each year I've tried weaving white Christmas lights through an evergreen 
garland on our mantel. But you could always see the wires (even when they
were green) and the cord would hang down the side of the mantel
like an eyesore. I was never totally happy with the look. But I really love
the look of soft white Christmas lights. And these pre-lit faux branches
 totally fit the bill.

I knew when I purchased them exactly what I was going to do with them.
I have a tall, galvanized French flower bucket that's just the right size 
for holding some tall faux branches and Christmas greens.

So I started with my galvanized bucket.

Here are the greens that I cut from trees on our property.

I added them in first, then I added the pre-lit faux branches.

Finally, I added in some Christmas sprays for a pop of red and white color.
Sprays like this are usually ridiculously overpriced at your
major craft stores. I bought mine during a 60% off sale.

Each grouping of faux branches has it's own battery pack. Rather than
having to dig into the bucket every time I want to turn them on or off, I taped
the packs to the back of the bucket with painter's tape so they're easy to reach.

Not very attractive, but that's ok since no one will ever see them.

If you've ever arranged flowers in a vase you can do this. 
I love arranging flowers so this was great fun for me!

And here it is when lit. It's even prettier at night, but getting a
nighttime photo that did it justice was nearly impossible.
Overall, the project was relatively inexpensive since I already had the
 bucket and the greens were free. You can always add more or less greens
according to your taste, and if they start to look a bit tired, you can always add
some new greens for a fresh look.  

How do you use greens for
YOUR Christmas decorating?
Now it's time for the
Blogger Christmas Series
Blog Hop!

Follow along with me and and a host of some talented blogger friends
as we share our Christmas décor, recipes, traditions, crafts and more
with you, once a week for the next 3 weeks. 

Just click on the links below for some inspiration!

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home decor post!

December 1, 2014

Christmas Decorating with Peppermint Candies

Red and white are definitely Christmas colors. And one great way to
decorate with those colors is to use red and white candy canes or other
peppermint candies in unique ways around your home. Here are just a few
ideas to get you started.

November 26, 2014

IKEA Gift Tags Reimagined As DIY Christmas Ornaments

Today I'm going to share with you a really inexpensive, easy peasy
DIY Christmas ornament idea. I was so excited about it that
I really wanted to share it with you in time for Christmas.
While shopping at Ikea last weekend I stumbled upon a section in the store 
I had never seen before. It appeared to be all about parties. There was wrapping
paper, hanging decorations, invitations, you name it party-related.
I quickly scanned the shelves and something jumped out at me.
Gift tags! With numbers on them!


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