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A Merry Christmas + Around the House

I’ve been baking cookies today, the Prime Rib is ready for tomorrow and only a few presents left to wrap.  Christmas Eve is only hours away.  Sometimes I wish I still had a small child.  Their excitement is so contagious.  I still remember 15 years ago when we moved into our house just days before Christmas.  Our son was just 6 and truly afraid if we didn’t have the house totally decorated and lights up outside that Santa wouldn’t find him.  We’d been to an Aunt’s house for Christmas Eve and and just as we got home a small plane flew overhead.  You could see a red light and we convinced our son it was Rudolph’s nose.  He flew to his bed and fell fast asleep so Santa would stop.  It’s one of many memories I cherish.

May you all have a wonderful holiday with family and friends resting, laughing, reminiscing, just what ever you want to do that fulfills you.  I’ve not take the time yet to show you our home decorated for the holidays so if you have a minute please join me.  These are just a few that I’ve taken.  You can find many of the details in previous posts or in my Project Gallery.

The Loft…

Loft 1

Loft Collage


Den Collage

Living Room…

Full TreeClose up 3

C-H side

Spray Paint Pinecones 2

Wrap 1Wrap 3

Family Rom…

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white vase

bookshelf red-green


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and my very favorite, my Blue vignette…

Vase 1Vase 2

Ornaments 3

Have a blessed time during the holidays with your loved ones.


Monthly Recap–Nov. 2012

Happy Monday!  Hard to believe it’s already December, isn’t it?  Here’s what happened in November…..just in case you need a catch up!

Nov Recap Collage Food

I started a crockpot cookin series and cooked a couple of other yummy items.

  1. Crockpot cookin meatloaf
  2. Crockpot cookin pork chops and potatoes
  3. Overnight french toast
  4. Apple crisp
  5. Chicken cordon bleu {fake}

Nov Collage for the love of

I wrote a post titled “For the Love of” and it’s turned into 3!

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I started getting into the holiday spirit.

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And here’s the remaining posts for November.

  1. Updated living room
  2. Letter in a shadow box
  3. Striped candle holders
  4. Bridal Shower – details and ideas
  5. Window shopping at Home Goods
  6. Updated dining room

Whew, that’s a bunch of stuff.  December is sure to bring lots to so stay tuned.  Lots of linky parties and projects are in process all over my dining room table!


Vintage Ornament + Den Tree

When I opened the last storage bin of Christmas stuff this week  there were the stockings and pillows and lots of wadded up tissue paper.  I went through it carefully.    I came across an ornament of my mother-in-law who passed away 17 years ago.  I was surprised to find and actually wondered why now.   I keep most of her keepsakes, as well as my mom and dad’s, in memory boxes.

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I’m getting sidetracked.  Sorry.  This is the ornament  I found …

Vintage Ornament

I love this.  It’s so fragile.  It’s inspired me to start looking at thrift shops more.  In the interim, I’ve decorated my little tree in our den with fakes.  There, I said it.  Fake vintage ornaments that really don’t even look like vintage ornaments, but I still like them.

Den Xmas TreeTree 2

Collage Den Tree

Tree 1

My mother-in-law loved this time of year.  She’s doing a dance right now happy the ornament is hung.

Vintage Ornament

So what about you?  Do you put up more than 1 tree? Big, little, theme? And by the way, Happy Friday!


The Big Pin and It’s Sweet!

I’ve been getting lot’s of hits the last week or so on my blog and there all coming from Pinterest.  It must be that time of the year again because the my Christmas sugar cookies and cream cheese frosting is being pinned over and over.  It’s a simple recipe my mother-in-law gave me 30 years ago.  It is also the cookie I make for  Easter, St Patrick’s Day, Halloween…..you get the idea, right?  And I always use cream cheese frosting because that’s my hubby’s favorite.     You can make these cookies and freeze ahead of time and then frost closer to when you need them.  Just make sure their sealed in an airtight container and let them thaw in the refrigerator.

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Here’s the link to the  post with the recipe.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Easter Egg Tree

i have one more Easter decoration to share with you friends and that’s my Easter Egg Tree.  This idea all started last fall when I found this $3.50 vase at Marshalls in desperate need of some spray paint.  Then I gathered some branches from the gulley next to our house and spray painted them too.  Each time there’s a reason to decorate for a special day the tree vase gets a special look.  Here’s my Easter Egg Tree…





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If you want to read about the vase and branches and it’s evolution since the beginning click over to my Project Gallery.

What fab projects have you completed lately?


Ceramic Easter Eggs

My mother-in-law, who passed away 18 years ago, was a very crafty person.  She did stained glass, won blue ribbons at fairs for her knitting and crocheting and made beautiful ceramic objects.  Every Easter I bring out the hand painted ceramic eggs she made us and that’s what I wanted to share with you today.


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If you’re wondering about the vase you can read my DIY post to make HERE.

Enjoy your Saturday!  I;m linking this post to Mosaic Monday http://dearlittleredhouse.blogspot.com/2012/04/mosaic-monday-spring-at-willowwood.html


My After Christmas "Pretty Good" Decoration Purchases

It doesn’t take me much to get me to smile and go Yeah Baby!  Just give me a clearance aisle and a 5 minute look and I’m  happy and content.  And the great thing about it I wasn’t even looking. Breathe and smile!  And like I told my husband, “Honey, I need this stuff for next year.  Really.  I promise you.”  Sound familiar for any of you?

I am providing  a disclaimer.  I have a sucky camera and it was a dismal day and I was tired.  Anyway, even with Picassa, the pictures are bad, but I’m sharing anyway.

The three of us (hubby, young son home from college on break) and I ran down to Burlington Coat Factory looking for some new T-shirts for my son(hate calling them wife-beaters; it’s the HR brain in me).  They went towards men’s underwear and I headed over to the decor side of the store.  And there they were in gold, eggplant and green and packaged in a handy plastic container.  Marked at $9.99 and on sale for $2.50 each, I got two containers.   Don’t ya love them?

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Then son and I wanted to get out of the house one day and I bribed him to go to Marshals where I found this vase for $6.00.  SCORE!!!


If that wasn’t enough I ran to ACE Hardware yesterday for some black spray paint and they there and behold I found these for $2.00 a pick.  Probably still a bit pricey but I really really liked them and they look good in the vase!

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I’m pretty happy with myself.  All this for $21.00.  Have you scored any good deals in the after Christmas sales?


Storage Ideas for Holiday Decorations & a Few Additional Tips


Happy first day of 2012 friends! 

For me,  and I’m thinking for many of you, today I start boxing up the holiday decor.  Since I still have a splint on my shattered wrist I’ll be enlisting the help of my son and hubby to pull down and pack up the Rubbermaid totes. I keep all the totes in a corner of the garage and over the years I’ve developed some pretty good foolproof packing/storage ideas and today I wanted to share those with you.  Some of these I shared in my 31 Days To Clutter Free series but I think they are worth repeating.


  1. Easily Identifiable – Use storage totes that are a color for that season.  I use red and green totes for Christmas decorations, brown totes for Autumn/Halloween decor, etc. 
  2. Artificial Trees – I use a 6 foot artificial tree that came in three connectable pieces.  I don’t take it apart.  I learned this from my sis-in-law.  I fold up all the branches, tie a ribbon on the front side of the tree (helpful info when you bring out next year) and pack it up in one of the large red tree bags.  It sits perfectly on my stack of double triple wide storage bins.  I also have a couple of small artificial trees I display throughout the house.  I do take these apart and store in separate bins with their ornaments wrapped in tissue. 
  3. Room by Room – Store Christmas decor in bins by room.  For example, I have  totes marked Family Room Decorations, Living Room, and Den.  This is actually very helpful because I use these totes to store the everyday decorations that I took down from that room in prep for the holiday decorating
  4. Formal Tree Ornaments – I do have several bins of Christmas tree ornaments for the formal tree.  One bin is for a flocked tree; white lights and blue glass ornaments and the other all gold ornaments.
  5. Ornament Care – Use containers such as egg cartons, leftover Christmas card boxes or shoeboxes to wrap and store ornaments in before putting in the larger bin.  I’m a bit anal and have to admit I wrap each ornament separately in tissue paper.
  6. Specialty Items – I have a Dickens Village (2 bins worth) that I don’t bring out every year, but I am keeping it as it came from hubby’s mom who passed away in 1994.  It’s just one of those things I need to hold on to.
  7. Misc. Totes – I’m telling you I have way to much stuff.  I have a totes for all the snowmen and Santa’s.  I’m sure you will find decorative items that don;t necessarily stay in the same place every year.  This is what I call miscellaneous.
  8. Labels – I use the 8X11 Avery Labels to identify what’s in the totes.  I actually divide a one page into 4 equal pieces, mark them with an indelible marker and label all 4 sides of the tote
  9. Seasonal Linens and Towels – I keep two “seasonal” baskets in my linen closet.  In one I keep seasonal linens; tablecloths, table runners, and place mats.  In the other I keep seasonal bathroom towels, nightlights, etc. 
  10. Purge as you pack.  If you have the time, set aside those items you don’t want anymore.  I’m kind of wishy-washy when it comes to giving up decorations.  If you have the same issue just create a “not sure” bin and make it the last one you look at it next year when you are decorating.
  11. Paper Stuff – I keep all my gift wrap regardless of the season in a small newly-bought garbage can.  I keep all my ribbon in a basket, also regardless of type.  Christmas cards that are still good to use and gift tags are kept separately and stored in a closet.  Label everything!
  12. Dishes – I don’t have room in my china hutch so I keep my Christmas dishes and glasses in a storage box in my hall closet.
  13. Incoming Christmas Cards – This is a good time to update your address books.  You also might consider cutting up the cards you received.  Use the decorative piece as a gift tag next year.  If you do this, make sure you store them with the other gift tags.  Also, are there any outstanding Christmas cards that may look good framed next year?
  14. Candles – I picked this tip up reading Better Homes and Gardens.  Candles last longer if you can store them in a cool place, preferably the refrigerator.  A second option is to wrap each candle separately in cellophane before storing in a cool place like a garage.
  15. Outside Decorations – Toss out lights that are not working anymore.  Wrap light strings around old magazines or leftover gift boxes that would get recycled anyway.
  16. Welcome signs – I store all my signs in one container that I keep in the hall closet.  I just cycle through them month by month.
  17. Outdoor Seasonal Mats – Make sure that you sweep them clean on both sides before storing away 
  18. Take Pictures – I try to take pictures and take notes about my decorations.  I think I’m going to remember how I did it before but I don’t. 
  19. Recipes – Make sure all your Christmas recipes are stored appropriately.  It’s easy to lose a single piece of paper that’s been ripped from a magazine.
  20. Impromptu Buys – It never fails.  I always seem to find Christmas decorative items for a good price at a store AFTER all the decorations are put away.  I keep one large basket in my spare room closet just for this reason.

I hope these ideas help you.  I’d love to hear what your best storing tips are.  Please share!

Happy New Year!


Christmas Crafts That Didn’t Get Done

I think everyone must get to a point that says It is what it is, mo more.  That’s where I’m at now.  My last day of work for 2011 was yesterday.  While I was in the office slaving away my hubby and son finished the little bit of shopping that was left.

Today I thought I would share some of the crafts ideas that I never found time to do.  That’s okay as there always next year!  I’ve captured the pictures and ideas from Pinterest.  If your curious about Pinterest just click into it from the side column on this page.  Here we go!

Oh my gosh, button love

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Vintage brooch wreath

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Blue and white = love

Blue & White Christmas

Adorable both in and out of the house

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Hope you have a relaxing day.  Don’t do too much!


Red Velvet Cookies

I know I’m a broken record, and although my wrist is getting better, I’m still not finding enough time to bake. So….I’ve been sharing recipes from last Holiday season.  I hope you don’t mind.  Here’s the recipe for Red Velvet cookies.  I cheated and used the box cake mix so these are very simple and with the little bit of crunch they have there just plain yummy!  Find the recipe here.

Kate at Centsational girl is hosting a cookie party so I’m heading on over.  Check out all the great recipes here.

Are you baking anything special?