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Christmas Decor

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Easy DIY Neon Christmas Tree Topper

Today, I’m sharing with you my very simple neon Christmas tree topper. I know, neon doesn’t really scream Christmas, but I’m running with it. And there’s a funny (to me) story that goes along with it. When we moved to our new house in 2012, Adam mentioned having two Christmas trees and I blanched. Two? Really? Sure, we had upgraded from our sad “Charlie Brown” tree that cost us $20 when we moved in together, but it seemed indulgent to have two. You’re talking to a girl who grew up in a small ranch style house in a firmly middle class neighborhood. Rich people had two trees. We had one. But, Adam and I still had that small, sad tree hanging around and I hated to just dump it in a landfill, so I decided to embrace the idea and run with it. It helped that I gained points with…

Our Christmas Tree 2011

Christmas trees around here are pretty serious business. It goes beyond mere tradition. It’s sacred. There’s back story here. Before my mom died in 2007, we would spend months (I do not lie) every year planning our theme. Some years it was elegant, sometimes whimsical, but always special. I have pictures of many of those trees. I cherish the memories of decorating the tree with my mom and I honor our tradition by still taking months to conceptualize our tree. I’m already working on next year’s. Really.This year was no exception. I wanted something timeless, elegant, harkening back to the Victorian era. Actually, the Victorian thing was hubby’s. I might bring him over to the dark side yet. 😉 Anyway, let’s take a look at our tree. I’ll warn you it’s small – all our apartment can hold. And it literally cost us $20 at Target our first Christmas. Top…

How to Make Those Advent Pockets

Hey y’all. I’m back this evening to show you how I made my super adorable (OK, I’m biased) Advent calendar pockets. They are crazy easy. Here’s what you do:Materials You’ll Need:12 x 12 Scrapbooking Paper of your choice – either one sided or double sided – both workTape runner or glue stick (your choice – I used tape runner)Decorations or embellishments of your choice (or none if you so choose)Paper cutterPaper scoring board (optional)Instructions for Double Sided Cardstock/Paper – When using solid color cardstock or something double sided that is not directional you can make a pocket in about two minutes. I do not lie. It’s that easy.First, cut a 7″x3″ strip of paper using your paper cutter.Then, using your scoring board and stylus make a fold line at the 4 inch mark. If you don’t have a scorer, no problem, just use a ruler and mark where four inches would…

Advent Calendar! December Before and After

Hey, hey! Ya ever have one of those projects where you can see it in your head and you just know it’ll be perfect and perfectly simple and then…it isn’t? Or at the very least it’s not as simple as you thought it would be and you’re stumped at how to finish it? Well that happened to me last week when I was rushing to finish my Advent calendar. I had seen one on the back of a scrapbook magazine and I wanted it, but I just knew I could make it myself. Once I got all the pockets made and decorated however, I realized that placing them on 12 x 12 cardstock sheets as I had planned was not going to work. I had spent a lot of time figuring out how I wanted it laid out 5 x 5 but it just wouldn’t fit and it didn’t look…

Christmas Tablescape

This is the first year I’ve had a “big girl” dining room table. (If you’ll remember, I bought this gorgeous mid-mod table earlier this year and then recovered the chairs and cleaned it all up a bit.) I literally could. not. wait. for Christmas to come around so I could decorate it just so. And so I did. Let’s take a look. (I apologize in advance for the lighting. I took these pictures very late Sunday night and honestly, there are no windows in the dining room so the lighting isn’t great in full sun either.)I started out with a gorgeous table runner I bought last year at Target. If I recall correctly it was at least twenty bucks and hubby had to convince me that it was OK to buy it. (I have issues with spending money.)Then I layered on some inexpensive round, green placemats from Marshall’s that I bought…

DIY Clip On Poinsettias

***Edited to update the cost. I found the receipt! Each of the clip packets cost $2.99. Which would’ve made the total for the project around $10.50! That makes each flower 44 CENTS! Way better than the store bought ones! :)Hi All!I had planned on showing you my Advent Calendar and give you a quick tutorial today on how I made it, but well…it’s not done. It’s almost there, but it still needs some work (which it will get late into tonight I am sure). Rather than skip a day of blogging I decided to give you an even more brief tutorial on how I made some of my tree decorations this year. I’ll be back with the Advent calendar later this week.Now on to the tutorial! This year I’m attempting a more elegant Victorian color schemed tree. As I’ve been shopping for bargains I came across some gorgeous clip on poinsettias…