Thursday, December 30, 2010

Adding to my List

Adding to my List-

3 white plates
white plate hangers
old flash cards
wire cloche
"Family" blocks
reed diffuser
spray paint
pillow forms

I am working on changing things up a bit here at home.
stay tuned. :)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Last Post

This is the last post before Christmas.
The cookies are baked, gifts wrapped, house is cleaned, homemade candy is in bags, the christmas lights are on and I am in my jammies.

December 25 is drawing near. It's officially time to relax and enjoy the holiday.

What Do We Love About Christmas?

What do we love about Christmas;
Does our delight reside in things?
Or are the feelings in our hearts
The real gift that Christmas brings.

It's seeing those we love,
And sending Christmas cards, too,
Appreciating people who bring us joy
Special people just like you.

By Joanna Fuchs

Merry Christmas to all my blogging friends.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Things look different

Finally found some white candy canes to add to the tree.
I ended up with 8 of them from the Willy Wonka Gobstopper Candy Cane Collection.
(try saying that real fast)

The tree looks so beautiful at night.

Another view of the nutcracker makeover.

I love him in all white!
Betcha we see more of these in blogland next holiday season. :)

This will probably ( and I said probably) be my last Christmas DECORATING post.

I love Christmas but also look forward to a new year, new ideas and new projects to come.

Stay Tuned.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Nut Man Makeover

Every time I am at the thrift store ; I check out the guys.

I feel sorry for them.

They are always hanging out; staring at all the women shopping.

I decided to take one home.

Of course, he needed a makeover, a shave and a haircut. :)

Men are always complaining that women try to change them.

I think I succeeded. :)

Friday, December 10, 2010

$20 Bling

This year I decided to change up my Christmas decorating.
I love the Primitive,Rustic,Junk,Industrial(I think I got them all)look.
I heart Pottery Barn, Horchow and Restoration Hardware.
But, what's a girl to do when her pockets are looking pretty empty this year?
Get creative! That's what she does!!
I challenged myself to change the decorations for $20.00. That's it.
Let me tell you about some of my deals.

The pine garland was a yard sale freebie. I doubled it over, wrapped the LED lights($3.00 Big Lots) around it and added some ornaments.
shelf display

shelf display 2

Wreath from last year. Added a wooden snowflake from Joann Fabrics- 50 cents.
I already had the paint. :)
simple wreath

Pine cones (free) from the neighbor's yard. Silver balls 12/box Dollar Tree $1.00
instead of a candle

Vintage skates already had
vintage skates

Faux pine 49 cents from a thrift store. I added the burlap bow and ornaments.
homemade door swag

Large ornament- a gift. :)
ornament on the chalkboard

Glass icicles on clearance at Dollar Tree 25 cents/box.
I ended up buying 2 boxes(12 icicles.)
dollar store glass icicles

Found the cutest metal gift tags at Hallmark. They were $1.98 each . I had three of the $5 off $5 purchase coupons( found in magazines). Ended up getting six of these. 3 "blessings", 3 "celebrate". After the coupons, I ended up only paying $2.01 :)
gift tag from hallmark as a ornament

Wood Snowflakes- 50 cents each at Joann Fabrics. Bought 10.
wood snowflake

I have been looking and looking for burlap ribbon. Even posted about it a while ago. prices were a little high. So....

I bought a yard of burlap($2.96), took it to my mom. She cut it in 3 1/2 inch strips, sewed them together and even ironed it.
burlap ribbon 2
*just so you know if you try this- mom said she had to use the lint roller on her machine afterwards.

More free pinecones and rusty bells.
bowl fillers

LED lights were on sale (with trade in)and coupon at Lowe's. I ended up with almost $40.00 in lights for less than $4.00. :)
the whole tree

I forgot to add the burlap skirt under the tree. Sorry!!!
another view

Total cost- $19.06 ;)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Nightstand(s) Makeover

Things have been sooo crazy around here!
I have washed my cell phone( lost all my pics on it), found out that my truck is not the thing to be driving in snow, came home one night to a leaking; no, POURING out water heater, decorating for Christmas and more.
I did borrow a camera to take some pics. I was hoping to buy one on Black Friday but, that didn't happen; too many other things to take care of right now.
A few weeks I found some nightstands(VERY similar to the ones in the pic , since mine were on my cell phone that is now long gone) at a local church thrift store.
Bought both for $25.00. I could see past the 70's Early American swinging handles and
ugly color.

While I was talking to the guy running the shop, I picked up a manilla envelope( cause I am always messing with stuff) lying on a pile of blankets and inside it were a few handles.
Brushed Nickel handles-brand new!
I asked about buying some and he told me I could have the bag of them for FREE. yippee!!!

Got out the white paint last week and went to work.

filled in the old handle holes with wood putty, then painted
and distressed with the sander.

I am so, so happy with the results. :)

p.s. I did away with the word verification thingy when you comment. ;)