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A Few Of My Favorite Christmas Images

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

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Hopefully your Christmas decorating is all finished and you are just anxiously waiting for the big day. I thought you might enjoy viewing a few of my favorite Christmas images this year:

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Isn’t this gorgeous?:

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Such creative talent!

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Still one of my favorite Christmas images:

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I hope you have a wonderful, happy, healthy and safe Christmas Season with your family and friends!

God Bless you all!

Kelly

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Christmas Table Centerpiece

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Since I am busy moving this week, I thought I would revise a Christmas centerpiece I made and posted a couple years ago. It was easy and fun to make. The best was that it lasted for such a long time, well into January. I hope you enjoy and want to make one for yourself:

I was so inspired and excited to make my own centerpiece after I saw one made at my IRN Boston Conference. I am not a real crafty person but I love the look so much I thought I would try one on my own to share with you.  Here goes:

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Supplies: An Oasis Wreath with a ring underneath to hold water. You can buy wreath on line here or I bought mine at a local flower shop for $12.00. Nurseries are another place to check.  I tried Michael’s and other craft stores but they do not carry them.  Hmm… I was surprised about that.

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Greenery Branches:  You can find branches outdoors (remember you are only going to use tips of branches, you do not need long stems) or you can purchase them from your local florist or nursery. Try to find two to three different kinds to mix for interest.  I bought mine at local florist- $15.00 for a box of greens, boxwood (my favorite!), evergreen and pine.  He even threw in some red berry branches for me!  PS. Make friends with your local florist if you think you would like to start making your own stuff.  A great resource!

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Miscellaneous Items: Picks with wire, wire, Christmas balls and ribbon, red berries stems (backyard or florist), candles (optional), sharp knife, hammer and vase of water.

First step- soak your oasis wreath for an hour in warm water.

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Meanwhile, lay all your supplies out together on a large surface.  Yes, it is going to make a big mess!

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The first items I got ready for wreath were the branches.  I cut a top of pine branch off with knife (never scissors because scissors squeeze the end closed and the flowers can not drink):

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Then layer with another type of greenery:

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And then another type of branch.  Here I used the boxwood in front.

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After you arrange a pleasing little group of greens, hold tight on the bottom and wrap wire around to hold them together.  I then cut the ends short and because they are hardwood, I smashed the ends with a hammer (which helps branches drink easier) and stuck in a vase of water until I was ready to begin the construction of my wreath.

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After I put four green clusters together, I started sticking in wreath sideways.

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Then I stuck the other three bundles in wreath form opposite each other.  If you think the branches are sticking to far out from side, cut off more of the stem to desired length.

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I could have put more branch bundles in, but I decided to try and fill in with individual branches to see how it would come out.

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See how it is filling up on the side?  It was easy to take different pieces of the different branches and stick in to make appear fuller.  After I filled the whole wreath this way, I wanted to decorate it up a little with color.  The fun part!

So I took some picks,

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And wrapped and twisted the wire around Christmas balls and pieces of ribbon:

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And inserted the stick ends into the wreath.

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Ta Da!!!

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I am sooooooo proud of myself!!!  It looks pretty good, don’t you think?  Now if I can do it, I know you can too.  I had such a good time making it.  Do you know how expensive these pieces are to buy??  Very! This wreath only cost me about $30.00 to make.  If I wasn’t so lazy and got outside to cut branches from the yard, it could have been much less.

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I am so happy how it came out!  What else can I make??

Comments?  Would you like to see more projects?

If you need help making your home festive and bright, contact me today!

 

 

 

 

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Ideas For Simple Holiday Entertaining

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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Do you hesitate to throw a fun get-together because of the anxiety it brings?  Over the years, I have followed a few ideas I have found about entertaining and thought I would share with you. Stress-free is important to me, ( I want to have fun too!) and here are a few ideas to help with that:

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* Host a cocktail party instead of a formal sit down dinner. Much less stressful.

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* Music is very important! Sets the whole scene. Create a fun playlist before the party. Throw in everything from new releases to some Abba, Billy Idol and Barry White and you’ll have people up and moving!

* Offer guests a beverage as soon as they arrive. I keep my bar area separate from the food and dining areas. People like to hang around the bar and mingle.

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* Lighting. I always dim all the lights and use candle lights. So many ways to decorate with tea lights and it look so pretty:

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* The food presentation is easy if you break it down. Use a white or pretty tablecloth as a base. Then find items to make small pedestals to elevate some of the food items higher than others to create a beautiful landscaped table. Use fluff linen and décor to fill in spaces.One simple flower arrangement is all you need.

* Offer bite size appetizers and hor d’oeuvres in assorted flavors and styles. I usually pick a couple items to make myself, then pick up favorites from the store. No one cares that you do not make everything!

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* Realize that everyone is so happy to be there and it is what it is!  So relax and enjoy yourself!

Are you planning any parties this Season?

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Color Ideas For After Holiday Blues

Saturday, January 12th, 2013


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Do you feel your space is a little boring and blue since you took down all of your Christmas decorations?

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I finally got to taking down the tree and all the trimmings this week. Things have seemed just been a little off, since my mother in law passed away the other day. While looking at my (now) empty and decoration-less room, I thought of her and how much she loved flowers. Using that as inspiration and knowing how they used to make her smile, I decided to purchase a $10 bouquet to help cheer up the room.

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Flowers make any room instantly happier, don’t you agree?

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Another simple, inexpensive way to bring more life to any room is fresh new pillows:

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How about bringing in the color of the year?

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Look how pretty these pillows are from Target:

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A trend I love that is becoming popular and is another inexpensive way to bring in color is painting interior doors:

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Aren’t they beautiful!? I always suggest using a gloss finish paint, not matte, and to be sure to test a sample of the paint color before committing to the whole door.

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I think painting an interior door will bring instant personality and color to any boring and gloomy space! Another project I have to try!

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Does anyone have other ideas to share that will bring some color indoors now?

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend my friends!

  Kelly

If you need help bringing color into your home, contact me today.

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