Friday, November 29, 2013

6 of my favorite Holiday Wreaths

Happy Friday! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.
Did you eat too much yesterday.....turkey or pie?  
Are you eating leftovers right now? We try not to over cook for fear of overeating ....for days and days. 
Today is all about the wreaths, since the first thing I decorate for the holidays is my doors. From natural materials to deco mesh, my doors have seen them all. Today I am sharing 6 of my favorite wreaths that I have made and have hung on my doors during the holidays.








Pinecone WreathI will be sharing the tutorial on how to make this wreath next week.


Festive Deco Mesh-  I used pink, and silver deco mesh ribbon on a white wreath base.  I included a fun ribbon with the same pink and silver in it as well as champagne glass. Perfect for New Years!



Holiday Deco Mesh-  I used red and silver deco mesh ribbon along with a coordinating ribbon that had both colors. I also added a reindeer that I spray painted silver.


Seasonal Burlap Wreath - tutorial here


Seasonal Burlap - tutorial here


Holiday Deco Mesh- I used red and green deco mesh and included a coordinating ribbon in the same colors. To see these on my doors click here.



Happy wreath making!

I would love for you to stop by my Holiday Home 2013 here



PS-  One of these wreaths are making a repeat appearance this year. Can you guess which one?




Grateful for~
Excitement of the holiday season





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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Message

Abundantly thankful for the many blessings that I have in my life




From my little Indian to you and yours......Happy Thanksgiving!

Grateful for~
Family and friends gathering at the house today





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Monday, November 25, 2013

The Beauty Of The Fall Colors

As you prepare to gather for Thanksgiving and the kickoff to the holiday season........ random shots of natures colorful beauty from around the property.
Sometimes the most beautiful decorating of all, is right outside our window.
 








Enjoy your week!

PS. If you are looking for any last minute Fall projects or decorating ideas, visit my Fall Inspiration here.



Grateful for~
Girl time at the spa with a sweet and caring friend




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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Weekly Wow's

Happy Weekend Friends! I hope the week was good to you. Got any big plans for the weekend? Today is my self proclaimed 'hang the lights outside' day you can read more about that here, but it appears that the weather may postpone our festivities a bit. So off to a kids birthday party and running some errands.

If you find yourself sitting around this weekend and want some project ideas, I have found a few that may inspire.

DIY Rustic Pedestal from here.


What a great little gift idea from First Home Love Life



Required reading here, especially as we approach the holiday season.


Holiday song printables from here...... and they are free.  I just love the idea of displaying it on clip boards.



For all my coastal friends, isn't this pretty? From here.


I hope you have an amazing weekend!

Grateful for~
family and friends who love me



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Friday, November 22, 2013

5 Flower Arrangement ideas for your Holiday Table

Fresh Flowers always seem to take center stage on my holiday table. And even in the winter months, there are still an abundance of flowers and colors available to create amazing arrangements. 





So today, with less then a week away until Thanksgiving, I wanted to share some quick and easy arrangement's that I created, that you can make for your holiday table.

Details here

Details here

Details here

Details here


My camellia's have just started to bloom. Perfect flower for the next couple of months. Details here.

Enjoy the beauty of fresh flowers .....and the holidays.

Grateful for~
nature and all it's blooms



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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Outdoor Holiday Lighting Ideas

The day is fast approaching. 
Just a few days away.
I can hardly wait. 
I have been waiting 365 days for this day to come and it is almost here.
November 23rd.
It's my national 'hang the lights outside' day. My families self proclaimed holiday. A day that I am anticipating with delight.....not to be confused with Da- light. 
My husband......not so much.


In preparation of the big day around here, I thought I would share a few outdoor lighting ideas and tips that we did last year.... since we take lighting pretty seriously around here. And even though my electric bill is just 'slightly' higher in December, to see the excitement on my kids faces when we count down and turn the lights on for the first time, is so worth it. 
It's Joy....complete and utter Joy.




This year we have plans to do the driveway lighting again...... I just have to remember to tell the UPS man that he has to walk the packages down since his truck wont fit under the arches.  This is such an easy lighting project and you can find the details here.



I love the lighted icicles hanging from the house They are a pain to unravel but once there up, I just glow from excitement....or it may be from the lights. To make hanging the outdoor lights on the house easier each year, we installed little hooks in the trim that we keep up all the time. It makes the hanging process go so much quicker, and hubby is happy to as he goes up and down the ladder hanging each section of lights.



My backyard is as bright as the front yard with lights.  I like to use net lighting in my shrubs. If you need several strands of lights, make sure you follow the recommendations on the package of how many you can safely plug into each other. You don't want to create a fire hazard.




 If you have left over lights, lay them on the ground along a walk way, landscape border or driveway for extra impact. These were extra strands of icicles that we did not use. I just laid them along the bricks. This year I want to hang them along the roof line and gables....  Can someone please tell my husband. I am afraid of his reaction when I tell him the plan.

A timer can save on time and money if you are putting up outdoor lighting. You can pick one up at any home improvement store. Just program the time that you want you lights to turn on each day and what time you want them to shut off. Makes it a whole lot easier then trying to remember to shut them off before you go to bed each night, and will save lots of money in electric costs should you forget and leave the lights on till the next morning.



So whether you are climbing the ladder to hang your lights or just supervising the ladder climber like me, I sure hope you are safe and that your month is that much brighter!

Do you climb the ladder to put your lights up or leave that to someone else?




Grateful for~
Lights, ladder and a husband who never complains


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Customized Pillows for a fraction of the cost

If I counted up the amount of money that I spent from not being resourceful and doing it myself.....I would probably have enough money to feed the world.... and then some.





You see, for years, I wasn't the DIY or resourceful type. Quite the opposite actually. If I saw it in the catalog or store and liked......I bought. Without even a thought of doing it myself and the money that I could save. 


But something changed, and I grew resourceful. I thought differently....and had children. Instead of pulling out the credit card to purchase what I like from my favorite stores, I was trying to figure out how I can make it and save money.


 Kinda like these monogram pillows that I just finished for my Master Bedroom. I bought the fabric online, I followed my pillow tutorial here and had the monogram stitched locally.


I would have easily spent $40.00 each for my linen fabric pillows.....but instead I spent about $14.00 for each pillow. That's quite a savings and money....... that will come in hand for the things that I can't make.

How resourceful are you?


Grateful for~
Compassion



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Friday, November 15, 2013

Weekly Wow's

Happy Friday! Well my wish for cooler weather has come true....with a bonus. Temperatures in the 20's at night and 40's in the day in mid November is just a tad bit much and early. Not sure if this is an indicator to what winter will look like or not, as some are speculating a colder than usual winter season. 
Which do you prefer, the cooler or warmer seasons?

And it may be chilly outside but inspiration is heating up all over. He,he.

Stonegables outdoor table set for Thanksgiving is just perfect. You can see this and other amazing tablescapes here.


Love this amazing project for the Christmas holidays from here.


Amazing way to style a gallery wall here


Need a project for your weekend. How about creating a mirror out of compacts like Thistlewood Farms .


Love this wreath. Instructions from here.


Stay warm and have a great weekend!

PS- Don't forget to enter my $100 Visa gift card giveaway here.


Grateful for~
Girls weekend with my mom and sisters



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