Christmas Garland: Paper Holly Leaves

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The countdown to Christmas continues. If you missed last Friday’s post - here is the holiday scoop. 5 other bloggers and I are counting down to Christmas by posting a holiday project or idea each Friday until December 25th.

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There are 9 Fridays left.

We hope that by starting early you will have time to get inspired and to get your house ready in time.  That way you can relax and enjoy the season.

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Have you thought about how you are going to decorate this year?  I am going to keep it pretty simple since Ed and I are going to be traveling around the holidays.

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When I think about how I am going to decorate each year, the biggest factor is that whatever I do, it has to be a bit old-fashioned. I prefer the vintage look – it brings back fond Christmas memories from my childhood.

I always pick out a color scheme each year. Last year I used lots of turquoise and pink.  This year I am going to use black, white, and my favorite color of green.

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Holly is a universally appealing symbol of the holidays, but I gave it a vintage twist.   Since I don’t use red in my decor, I chose to make a holly garland out of vintage looking paper that I made in Photoshop and then added lots of glitter.

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l love glitter at the holidays and not just any glitter, but white that has opalescent tints…. 

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Inside & Out: Window Cleaning Tips

It is that time of year again: time to ready the house for winter.  Over the weekend I set out to get one of the winter ready chores checked off my To-Do list.  I spent Saturday cleaning my windows inside and out so that all winter long I will be able to see … Continue Reading...

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Christmas Decorating Idea for Lamps

Did you know there are only 10 more Fridays till Christmas?  Today 5 bloggers and I are beginning the countdown. Every Friday until Christmas we will each post festive ideas so that your home is holiday ready in time. I know it is only October, but for me … Continue Reading...

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Fitness Room Artwork

I have a fitness room update to show you.  One that adds a pop of color and motivational spirit to the room. It is making me smile!  If you are unfamiliar with how I carved out a space in my home so that I could work out in a bright and happy area instead of … Continue Reading...

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DIY Wood Pallet Projects

Have you noticed? Noticed that there have been quite a lot of bloggers writing books lately,  not just e-books, but hold in your hands and display on your coffee table kind of books. It is so exciting for me when I see the books on the bookstore shelves and … Continue Reading...

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Looks Brand New: Deck Restore

Today I have a big DIY project to show you - it is really BIG!   Over the past few weeks I have been busy not only traveling, but working on giving the wood deck in my backyard a very overdue makeover with a very cool product called Deck Restore. One that not … Continue Reading...

Download the free printable to make these unique paper ribbon place cards to place cards that get placed on the dinner plate

Printable Paper Banner Dinner Plate Place Card

If you read my Fall Home Tour posts two weeks ago, then you saw the paper ribbon banner dinner plate place cards that I made.   Today, I am happy to share the free printable for you to download so you can make your own. Of all the decorative things I … Continue Reading...

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Day Tripping in Style

Whewwww!!!  This week has been the first week in quite a while that I have been able to just putter around the house without a long list of things to get done, an event to prepare for, or pack for a trip. It feels kind of nice. When I started blogging, I had … Continue Reading...

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Autumn Stack of Books Free Printable

Yay!  Today I finally am posting what so many of you have been asking me for...the autumn stack of books free printable that I showed you in my Fall Home Tour post 2 weeks ago. Thanks for being so patient. The last two weeks have been crazy busy with a few … Continue Reading...

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Sew Your Style: Ottoman Cover

Did you know it’s National Sewing Month? To celebrate this, JoAnn Fabrics has chosen 30 bloggers to create a project using quilting fabric without making an actual quilt.  I decided to make an ottoman cover. As you know, I am more about no-sew when it comes to … Continue Reading...

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DIY Outdoor Chalkboard & Trellis

This post is long overdue, but one that I am so excited to have completed.  If you remember back in the beginning of the summer I showed you my backyard in a summer home tour.  I left out the space where we grill because it was bland and void of any … Continue Reading...

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Fall Home Tour: Part 2

Welcome - If you arrived from My Fabuless Life - Hi - I hope you are enjoying Day 3 of the Blogger Stylin' Home Tour. Today I am sharing Part 2 of my Fall Home Tour posts.  If you missed Part 1 - you can see it in this home tour post. I don't do a … Continue Reading...

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The Painted Fox Challenge

Do you remember back in the early summer when I took part in the first Painted Fox Challenge?  I received a vintage reproduction hardware bin and showed you two ways to use it. Since then, it has become one of my favorite things in my kitchen. Today 9 … Continue Reading...

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Free Printables & Glass Paperweight

Do you remember the glass paperweights I made using glass from a thrift store light fixture?  The project was easy to make once you found a light fixture like I did that had pieces of beveled glass.  Finding the glass could be hit or miss. I found a way … Continue Reading...

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Finding Fall Home Tour 2014

If you are coming from Not Just a Housewife on the Finding Fall home tour - Hi! and welcome to my home. I hope you are enjoying the tour so far and have picked up lots of ideas and inspiration to decorate your home for the season. On Friday it all … Continue Reading...

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5 Creative Pumpkin Ideas

Can you feel it?  Fall is almost here. A chill is in the air - I needed to wear a hoodie when I was out and about over the weekend. It felt delicious! I am also starting to see Fall everywhere I go in the way of pumpkins... lots of them... I enjoy taking a … Continue Reading...

Christmas Ideas Magazine 2014

Featured in BHG Christmas Ideas

I have exciting news to share...I know Christmas is a few months away...but when you love the season as much as I do and like to make festive decorations and gifts you can never start too early, right? Back in January, a Better Homes & Garden editor and … Continue Reading...