Christmas Garland: Paper Holly Leaves



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.


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.

Christmas-Decorating in Kitchens

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.


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.


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.


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

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Photo Frame Recipe Holder

Hello...Hello... It has been a busy week for me... so much going on and not enough time to get it all done. I went away for the weekend, which is a good thing, but when I travel back-to-back weekends, it does put me behind on my posting schedule. This week I … Continue Reading...


Late Summer Gazpacho

If the weather in your area has been anything like it's been in Pennsylvania the past week - hot, humid, and hotter than it was the whole month of August, you may enjoy this. If you have a bounty of garden tomatoes on your kitchen counter, this is one way to … Continue Reading...


Storage Basket on Wheels

I like wheels - wheels on furniture to make a piece go zoom...zoom.  No really, I like the mobility wheels give a piece making it easy to move where you want it, when you want it.  Wheels also add a bit of the unexpected and character. You have seen proof … Continue Reading...


Bloggers’ Favorite Room Tours

Before I shut down my computer to head into the Labor Day weekend, I am taking part in the Favorite Room Edition of the Blogger Stylin' Home Tours that has been going on all week. If you are coming from Eleven Gables -Welcome to my blog. If you are a … Continue Reading...


Pillows with Personality + $100 Giveaway

What have you been up to so far this last week of August?  I bet a lot of you have been shopping for back to school, right?  I have been shopping too, but not for school. I am trying to get a jump on my holiday shopping this year and have started early so that … Continue Reading...

Signature Style Series blogger Diane Henkler In My Own Style

Series: My Signature Style

Can you believe it ?... Only one more week and then the "unofficial" summer season is over.  It has been a fun-filled one, but I am excited to get back to a more structured routine. Since I got back from my vacation, I have mentally shifted and have been … Continue Reading...


How to Paint Subfloor

Do you remember the BEFORE? I have an AFTER shot to show you now. If this is the first time you are seeing what I am doing to the room that used to be my oldest daughter's room - here is what the room looked like after I pulled up the carpet.  I am turning … Continue Reading...


Easy DIY Decorating Ideas Using Ribbon

After being away last week, a weekend trip to see our oldest daughter, and heading into NYC for an event today - my mind is still in August vacation mode. Instead of a new project today,  I rounded up some easy decorating ideas using ribbon that I have … Continue Reading...


Vacationing With My Sibs in OCNJ

Happy Friday! I hope you had a good week. I have been having a very good one. This is where I have been hanging out this week with my siblings and their families. Growing up, my family always went to Ocean City, NJ for the month of August. Since our mom and … Continue Reading...


Behind Closed Doors: Organizing Ideas

Here on the blog, I usually show you the parts of my home that are in full view for all to see.  Today I thought it would be fun to show you a few things that are behind closed doors.  They are in the areas that I see on a daily basis that keep me organized, … Continue Reading...


Party Cooler Basket

It’s August…  August 7th to be exact. Summer has flown by, but we still have plenty of summer left to enjoy. One of my favorite things about this time of year is that we can dine alfresco – even in the heat of August it is still possible.  We just have to wait … Continue Reading...


Dream Vision of My Fitness Room

The hard work is done!  When you DIY to get things done, hard work is part of the job, but on the flip side - when you start to see the results of your labor - you do a happy dance.  Which is what I did this weekend. Ed helped me pull up the nails, tacks, … Continue Reading...


Free Printable Gift Tag for Girls

Have you noticed? Noticed that over the past year there is a baby boom going on.  Everywhere I look, I see that someone is pregnant.  At Target, blogging events, the supermarket, and down at the shore.  I have 6  friends that have had babies in the past year. … Continue Reading...


Progress…but slow going

I have an update to show you. I am going to spill the beans early and not wait for a final reveal post. Don't get too excited though, the room is still a mess, this is not a pretty post - but my vision for it is becoming clear. I know I kept you hanging a … Continue Reading...


Instagram Photos in My Bedroom

I started updating my bedroom earlier this summer - no major changes - just some tweaks to freshen the vibe a little and make it more open and airy.  I showed you how I took down the bed hanging, bought a new quilt, and updated the shiny brass lamps so far.  I … Continue Reading...


How I Am Beating Sugar Addiction

I was going to wait to post about how I am beating my addiction to sugar after I marked 3 months without one sugar craving, but since posting a snippet about it a few weeks ago, I have been flooded with emails and comments asking for more details. I figured … Continue Reading...