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Decorating for Christmas

Happy Decorating For Christmas Season!

How fast did this year fly by?!  Thanksgiving is over and now it’s time to start thinking about Christmas and all that goes with it, including decorations.  I know many people like to put their Christmas decorations up the weekend of Thanksgiving.  And then, there are the stores, who seem to put up Christmas decorations around Halloween.

I myself, like to take down my fall decorations Thanksgiving weekend and give myself a breather before the Christmas decorations go up.  So this weekend is the weekend my decorations go up.  I did however go up into the attic and pull the decorations down so I can go through them and see what I need to replace or add.

There are so many Christmas decorations I love, I thought I would share with you some of my favorites from my favorite stores. Want to know the best part?  Many of the stores already have their Christmas decorations on sale, so no need waiting to get your favorite items after the holiday is over!

When your family and friends come to visit you need a beautiful wreath greeting them at the front door.  I fell in love with this one from Pier 1 Importsdecorating for ChristmasJust yesterday, I was at a very high end garden store in Newport Beach, CA and they were selling very similar wreaths for over $100.00!  I think this is a deal at $37.46!

Pier 1 Imports also have this Pinecone Garland I fell in love with.

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It is indoor/outdoor so it’s perfect to decorate the back patio.  And it’s only $18.71 for 72″.

I am in love with these Elegant Scroll Dinnerware.  They are so pretty and can be used anytime of the year.

decorating for Christmas

They would be perfect for New Years Eve!  They range in price from $10.95 to $11.95

How cute are these Glittery Jingle Velvet Stockings?

Decorating for Christmas

I really like the monogrammed stockings! $19.99  Monogram might be an additional charge.

I NEED this!  I’m in love.  How cute is this Santa Clause Velvet Hat and Bag?decorating for ChristmasIf I only buy one holiday decoration this year this has to be it!  Cost…$19.50  Monogram is an additional charge.

What is your favorite item on my list?

This is not a sponsored post.  I just thought these Christmas decorations were pretty and I wanted to share them with you!

Until Next Time…

XOXO

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How to make a Live Christmas Wreath ~ The Easy Way!

An Inexpensive Live Christmas Wreath!Live Christmas Wreath Every year I purchase a Live Christmas Wreath that I hang on my front gate.

They are pretty expensive and keep going up in price every year.  So I thought to myself, self, I know you can make on for a ton less.

Do you want to know how much this Live Christmas Wreath cost me, Do you?

 Exactly $2.00 plus tax!

You may ask, How could that be?

I used some items I always have, a hot glue gun and ribbon, and cutting of plants from my garden.  I went to a Christmas Tree Farm and asked for the scrap branches they cut off the bottom of the trees, {they were happy to give them to me}

The items I purchased, a very sad looking fake wreath and a tube of Christmas Ornaments at the .99 Cent Store.

That’s it, that is all you need.

Christmas Wreath in progress

Here’s How you do it:

Materials

Artificial Green Wreath, from the .99 Cent Store preferably.

Fresh Greens, from a Christmas Tree Farm or Lot and your back yard

Hot Glue Gun and extra Glue Sticks

Christmas Ornaments and/or other Christmas Decorations

Ribbon for a Bow

Once you have all your items:

Cut apart the tree branches into several small clipping you can use.

Cut garden to the same size.  I used Rosemary.  It worked great and smelled wonderful.

Hot glue cut Christmas Tree branch clippings on to your wreath, first.  Making sure they are all go different directions working your way around the wreath.

Now is the time to add the other greens you have picked out, again, working your way around the wreath making is even on all sides.

At this point shake your Live Christmas Wreath to make sure all the greenery is secure.

You can also purchase a pre~made bow or make it yourself using ribbon.  Secure the bow on to the wreath with a piece of wire.  I used a loaf of bread twist tie.

Now hot glue the Christmas Ornaments or decorations liberally so they will stay in place.

Make sure there are no hot glue strings hanging around.

Enjoy!

P.S. They also make great gifts, the recipient will be wowed by your talent!

Don’t throw the wreath away at the end of the Christmas Season.  Just remove all the greenery and decorations off the wreath and store for next year.

Now there is no reason for you not to have a live Christmas wreath handing on your door!

Until Next Time…

XOXO

 

Make a beautiful live wreath for under $5.00!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide ~ Under $10.00

Happy Holidays!

 The season of good cheer is upon us.  With Thanksgiving and Hanukkah around the corner and Christmas right behind, I thought this would be a good time to start thinking about the people we love and cherish. {Getting the gifts out of the way, we will be able to sit back, light a fire and enjoy the season.}

Over the next several weeks I will be giving you my Holiday Gift Guide.

Let’s start…with gifts under $10.00.

Holiday Gift Guide under $10.00

  1. Don’t let them use a flashlight under the covers. $9.95
  2. Does your water or another beverage bottle need a cozy? $10.00
  3. For the man in your life, who is tough on the outside and a marshmallow in the inside. $7.50
  4. Do you have a friend who is always running out of staples? $8.95
  5. For that friend who is always asking you, is there is anything in her teeth. $7.00
  6. Going biking? $7.95
  7. For the pooch in your life, Hot Diggity Dog. $4.99 to $7.99
  8. Every girl need a bit of bling. $5.00
  9. Make sure you have your Christmas music ready. $6.99

I hope this makes your gift buying just a little easier!

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Links I Love ~ Entertaining Edition

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I thought I would include a Entertaining Edition to the Links I Love series.  It’s the season for out of town guests, friends who just pop over and impromptu dinner parties.  If you always have the rights items on hand, you can always throw a party at a moments notice!

These are my 9 must have items for easy Entertaining.

Entertaining Edition Collage

  1. Successful entertaining starts with the perfect back ground music. $10.99
  2. I can’t live with out this Pop-Up Cookbook/Tablet Holder. $24.99
  3. Scented candles in strategic places throughout your home and lots of votives. $28.00
  4. Nothing says you have your party act together like a signature drink.
  5. Who needs a bottle opener when you have your iphone with you? $19.95
  6. Just use chalk to write the name of the cheeses and you’re ready to serve. $14.95
  7. Stemless cylinder champagne flutes, love these! $1.95
  8. Wow your guests with a sweet treat. $34.95
  9. Never let your guests leave with out a party favor. $5.85

There you have it!

What are you must-have items you need to entertain?

 

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