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Are Your Holiday Decorations MIA, Why?

Are Your Holiday Decorations MIA, Why?

By now, I’m sure all your holiday decor is all neatly tucked away in storage boxes in a closet, attic or garage. Except for a vintage ornament wreath I want to enjoy just a little longer, I have put everything away as well. But if our holiday decor brings us joy, why not find ways to keep some of that goodness sprinkled around as a reminder of the peace, love and joy in our hearts not only during the holidays but 365 days a year.

With that said, these felt poinsettia flowers

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can be used to embellish a heart shape wreath for Valentines Day.

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Lose the pine needle and this holiday trim morphs into window jewelry.

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The message of Joy shouldn’t be restricted to the holiday season. Blending so beautifully with the surrounding Transferware plates, it’s worthy of an extended stay.

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Now if this magnificent goodness was in my home, it would always be on display for two reasons; one, it is beyond gorgeous and two, I wouldn’t have a space big enough to store it. LOL The ornamental texture is breathtaking.

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And these vintage ornaments are more about fun and whimsy, like those found at Patience Brewster, so deserving of extra time and enjoyment. In fact, it would be pretty darn cute and partner well with an Easter egg assortment in a similar color pallet directly underneath.

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So why not reconsider tucking away the holiday decor for another year and think of creative ways to enjoy their presence each and everyday. Upcoming holidays, like Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter etc.or sprinkling a few items into your everyday decor  might be the perfect reminder to rock that holiday spirit all year long.

What do you think? Do you have holiday items that you use in other ways?

 

Post Holiday Thoughts

Post Holiday Thoughts

How was your holiday? It was a very different one for me. Simple, less hectic and laid back. Actually, I had no choice but to pull back as I had foot surgery earlier in the month. Yes, I’m rocking that infamous designer surgical shoe. LOL

I’m so happy I was able to repair my vintage ornament wreath that had fallen apart. Made a banner using mailing tags

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and created a swag of small pine cones using jute string.

Hung some ornaments here

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and there.

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Dyed a drop cloth remnant blue and added some felt trees.

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And when my holiday basket dried out way too soon

I came up with this super quick alternative instead.

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I  also made some Christmas stockings using drop cloth fabric but can’t seem to find those pics.

Anyway, “use what you have” decorating is my favorite thing to do and was a great distraction from my healing foot. I actually enjoyed pulling back and not getting lost in the usual hustle and bustle.

Thankfully, no holiday blur this year. A detour from the usual holiday routine and traditions can be a good thing. Do you agree?

Wreath Disaster

Wreath Disaster

After Thanksgiving, I began pulling out the Christmas decorations. I went straight to my ornament wreath from last year.

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Last year, I hung it up unfinished with spaces left to fill. Although the spaces are obvious in this close up, they are almost unnoticeable from a distance. Needless to say, it never got finished but I enjoyed it just the same.

I bubble wrapped and stored it in a wreath bag. Imagine my horror when I opened up the bag and and found my wreath had fallen apart.

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I was mortified

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Not only had the ornaments fallen off the styrofoam base,

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some of the ornaments had shattered as well.

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My heart sunk. I’m not too sure why the hot glue held up in some areas and not in others. I’m guessing the seasonal temperature shift in the basement closet might be to blame. Unfortunately, I don’t have room anywhere else to store it. I tried a couple of other glues and had no luck so I went back to the glue gun.

After removing the broken pieces, I reattached most of the ornaments. However, I’m on the hunt for some more ornaments since I didn’t have enough to replace all of them. Boo Hoo:( Wish me luck!

Note: I think shatter proof ornaments are the way to go for this design.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!  I decided to get a jump start on the table setting by doing it the night before. I wanted it to be a forethought instead of an afterthought. which usually happens when I get caught up in the meal preparation frenzy.

I used a blanket for  a table cloth. I’ve seen others do it and fell in love with the look. I like when part of the table is exposed.

Then I grabbed whatever I had and worked from there. When I ran out of these little mini wreaths

I continued the look with these mini pine cones.

I didn’t have a complete set of wine glasses so I pulled  these monogrammed glasses out of hiding.

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I think they will take our beverage of choice, sparkling cider, up a notch.

A small flower arrangement, and that’s it!

Nothing fancy. I like to think of it as basic casual elegance. That’s me.

Ready for a Thanksgiving dinner lunch since No. 1 son has to be at  work  for 4:(  If everything goes as planned  though, we will be sitting down at 2 pm.  But early is a good thing because you have the rest of the day to recuperate relax.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Belated Holiday Greetings!

Belated Holiday Greetings!

Post holiday greetings! I hope that you had a blessed holiday and are looking forward to the New Year. Although I adore this time of year, the holidays always seems to get the better of me. Even though my children are older, 22 and 12, and Christmas this year was very simple, I still found myself turning into the energizer bunny running on E. However, the many hours of preparation and endless tasks are a small price to pay for the joy and love floating in the air.  And the beautiful lights and decorations everywhere make my heart sing!

Speaking of decorations, I did manage to almost finish my vintage ornament wreath at the 11th hour on Christmas Eve. It was my Christmas gift to myself.  And here it is:

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I love it!  Although, I had 100+ ornaments, I still had to do another thrift store run halfway through. I had too many gold ones and not enough silver. However, as you might already know, you can’t go to a thrift store and expect to find just what you’re looking for. I did find another box of pretty teal blue ornaments though, and incorporated them into the wreath as well. As for the silver ones I needed more of, I decided to strip some of the gold ones I already had.

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Most vintage ornaments are usually silver on the inside no matter what color they happen to be on the outside.
After a few seconds in water, the color film crinkles and peels right off. But in order to retain the silver on the inside you have to avoid getting water inside the ornament. However, if a little gets in by mistake that okay too; If you pour it out quickly it might result in a mercury glass look like this one.

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Just know that it’s not an exact science and requires some experimentation. As for my wreath, I still have a few more spaces to fill. From afar the gaps are not too noticeable but close up they stand out like a sore thumb. When I take it down, I will fill them in at my leisure.

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While working on it,  I had a lot of casualties; some of the ornaments rolled  right over the edge of my work surface and shattered into a gazillion pieces. I will definitely have to wrap it in bubble wrap and find a sturdy box to store it in because it is very fragile. I think if I make another one, perhaps, I can find some vintage looking shatter proof ornaments instead. I’m not sure if there is such a thing but the new glittery ornaments in stores today just don’t do it for me.

As for our Christmas tree, my selection turned into a teachable and reaffirming experience. My intent was to have a cute table top tree instead of using our pre lit one. I wanted to try something different.  The tree I bought home, however,  turned out to be too big for a table top and too small for the floor. So I stacked it up on a crate to give it a little more height and called it our Charlie Brown tree. LOL. The poor thing sat bear until two days before Christmas. Finally, I asked my sons to have at it. I added a few pine cones and ribbon trim and,voila,

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our too-big to-be-on-the-table and  too-small-to-be-on-the-floor Christmas tree that can’t be taken too seriously.

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The last couple of years, I’ve been learning the importance of going with the flow and allowing what will be to be. The strive for perfection is so overrated and I have decided to move on and choose a different path. And although that path may be filled with many unfamiliar twists and turns, I am embracing and appreciating the imperfect goodness and uncertainty along the way. Each step brings me closer to the authentic life I want to lead.

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I Found Gold!

I Found Gold!

I found gold, vintage gold that is. I was in Home Depot and something told me to stop in the Salvation Army store a few blocks away. I am so glad I listened  to that inner voice because I found all of these beauties sitting on the shelves waiting for me.

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Wait, let me zoom into these colorful beauties.

 

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When I spotted them I was in ornament heaven! In their original boxes and MADE IN AMERICA! Wow! I love how some are really showing their vintage age..

 

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And look at these beautiful shades of blue. I love, I love.

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Only one green and three red,. but don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining.

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Now I have what I need to make a vintage ornament wreath. I decided to use a straw wreath like Virginia used over at   Live Love DIY. She filled in every nook and cranny so there’s no evidence of the wreath form underneath.

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I just have to purchase a wreath form. All out at the closest Michaels. I will have to try another location and, hopefully, I will be able to start working on a vintage ornament wreath of my very own.. Wish me luck!

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Wreath Obsessed Again!

Wreath Obsessed Again!

Every year as the holidays approach, I get obsessed with DIY creative wreath ideas. This year, I have been dreaming of making an ornament wreath. But before, I set out on this creative journey, I needed some inspiration. First, there is true vintage.

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I remember some of  these ornaments from my childhood; so different from the ornaments today.

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source: GeorgiaPeachezWreathBlog.blogspot.com

Georgia Peachez Wreaths is a blog devoted to vintage wreaths 24/7, 365 days a year.

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The next two are more contemporary versions if vintage is not your thing.

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source: Matt-and-Becky.blogspot

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source: Live Love DIY

Not into ornaments?  How about frames showcasing your favorite holiday memories?

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or buttons maybe?

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source: Good Housekeeping

I started out wanting to make a vintage ornament wreath, but now, I’m not too sure. I love them all! What wreath are you hanging for the holidays?

 

In Time for Valentine’s Day

In Time for Valentine’s Day

The last few weeks I have been brainstorming a ways to create a Valentine’s Day display that would incorporate my lamp holiday tree that I refuse to put away. I got as far as constructing some burlap hearts.

I couldn’t find a way to display them that pleased me. I tried using lace and twine and concluded that I need a lot more of them in different sizes to perhaps cascade them from the tiers. Since time is at a premium these days, I nixed the tree and switched gears to a wall display instead.

I added burlap backs to the empty frames on the striped wall in my dining room and used double stick tape to temporarily adhere the hearts.

Initially I sewed the layers together, but a sharpie pen can be used to create faux stitching just as well.

I use strips of red burlap and slid it on a metal heart frame I had sitting around to create this luscious one.

I love the unraveling burlap texture.

Added a couple of embellishments pulled from a holiday wreath to some.


Shaped a vine into a Valentine wreath and placed it front and center along with some Love on the side.

And there you have it, an embellished wall that let’s you know Valentines Day is here!

Happy Valentines Day!

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Some More Wreath Love

Some More Wreath Love

It’s that time of year again! How can you not get inspired by all the DIY wreath designs floating around the blogosphere? But before I show you my design, last year I discovered these cute ideas. And below are some of the many designs that WOWED me this year.

This was featured on Design Sponge and designed by Amanda of Ruffled. Can you believe this is made from repurposed dry cleaning bags and a hanger?

Here, Elsie of A Beautiful Mess puts fabric scraps to good use.

And Danielle of Take Heart decided yarn is no longer just for knitting and crochet.

As for my simple, fun and very green design, I was inspired by a bag of shreaded junk mail. Laugh if you must, but I just happen to see the potential in everything.

So one day after a rather long shreading session, I began to admire the texture of the shreaded pieces.

I thought, how about making a wreath using a plastic styrofoam form and spray adhesive?

You might be wondering why this one is broken. Well, No.2 Son says he had nothing to do with it even though I saw him playing with it earlier. Nothing a little masking tape won’t fix.

It was so simple to make. Here are the instructions:

1. Working in small sections, spray a plastic styrofoam wreath with spray on adhesive.

2. Dip into a bag of shreaded paper or sprinkle and pat the pieces in place. You might find it necessary to spray the dipped section ever so lightly to keep the outermost shreaded pieces from falling off.

3. After completing a quarter of the wreath, I would stop and let it dry completely for at least 1/2 hour before continuing to avoid previous sections from falling off.

4. Once completely covered you can stop or add additional layers to create a thicker and more substantial wreath.

5. Add a bow and voilla! A wreath made form shreaded paper! Quick, simple and fun!


Note: You can add an accent color to your wreath by shreading a desired color of paper. As you can see, just to add a slight hint of blue, I shreaded and added a couple sheets of blue paper to the mix.

What do you think? Are you inspired by any of these design or others you found in the creative blogosphere?

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