Tag Archives: Holiday Decorating

Progressive Dinner + Tablescapes

Last weekend hubby and I had a great time.  Four houses, four meals and drinks and wonderful neighborhood friends.  I wish I would of taken pictures but I was having too much fun.

We started at Sharon’s with appetizers and a punch that really kicked the atmosphere into gear!  Next was our house and we had the salads.  We had Caprese salad and Caesar salad.  We also had a Bloody Mary bar complete with multiple flavors of mix and the extras’;  pickled onions, beans, asparagus, celery, and cubed cheese.  It was a hit! and really fun to do.  I did set a nice table and I did take a few pictures.

Centerpiece 1

We have a small dining table but we happily seated 7, a little bit of a squeeze but the Bloody Marys’ helped!  I did a black, white, gold and silver theme.  I used both silver and gold chargers, alternating them around the table and also alternated the silver-gray or gold paper napkins, making them opposite of the charger color.  Down the center of the table is a cream runner dressed up in gold glam.

Home Goods Candle

A close up of the candle and silver-gold base from Home Goods.

Centerpiec 2

Centerpiece 4

I found the dishes at Home Goods on clearance.  Salad plates $2.00 each, dinner plates $3.00 each.  What a good deal, right?  And I love black and white.

Centerpiece 3Centerpiece 7

Centerpiece 6

Centerpiece 8

Next stop was K & B’s for a fabulous lasagna, crusty French bread and red wine.  And then on to T & R’s for a wonderful cake, caviar and brandy.

What a wonderful night with friends!

It’s getting oh so close to Christmas.  Are you ready?

Livingroom Christmas Tree

I haven’t posted anything for a week.  Work (the day job) gets crazy busy this time of year because we shut down from Dec 22 – Jan 2.  It’s an awesome break to spend time with family.  Last time I wrote I promised pics of our livingroom tree so here ya go even though I’m only 5 days late, at least!  We did the tree in white lights and gold ornaments and added some eggplant color for contrast.

Full Tree

Close Up 4

Close Up 1Close Up 2

Close Up 5

Close up 3

If you’re out and about today stay safe and keep smilin!


Blue Christmas Corner

I’ve had so much fun this year unpacking decorations and deciding where to put them.  Because, you see, this year is so much different.  Last year at this time I had just had surgery for a shattered wrist and had  a cast on my arm.  My sweet sis-in-law and niece decorated for me and I went with just a few decorations.  In fact, I didn’t even put up a tree, but instead filled a container with branches and ornaments.  This year we have our tree up and decorated and my branches  and vase moved to a corner of my entryway along with some other favorite items of mine.

I’m sharing with you today my little blue Christmas corner.

Full View

There’s lot’s going on here.  The vase itself has made quite the evolution and you can read all about it by going to my Project Gallery.  I’ve got an entire section dedicated to Christmas crafts.  Here’s a closer look.

Vase 1 Vase 2

Vase 3

Vase 4

My reindeer are the same as last year.  I didn’t change a thing after the spray paint treatment and I even kept the same ribbon around their necks.

Reindeer 1 Reindeer 2

Reindeer 3

2 Reindeer

The blue candle sticks are also an item making a second year appearance.  Last year they were in the living room.  I like them here in the blue corner.  Two of the three are placed near a clear glass Dollar Store vase.  I filled the vase with the same garland I used on the mantel this year, then stuffed a candle in it.

Candles 2

Candles 3 Candles 1

My new little crafty thing is this small vignette within the blue vignette and I think I’ll just save the simple details and additional pics for another post.

Pinecones 1

To the right of this is a treasure chest of ornaments found at Home Goods and Kohls.  It’s one of my favorite things, so glittery and inviting.  I added a fau pearl string of Christmas beads I had in my stash.  The tin is a curbside free find that I spray painted white last summer.

Ornaments 1

Ornaments 3

Ornaments 2

It doesn’t matter which way I enter the house, through the garage or the front door, I see this area first and I really like it.


There you have it, my little blue corner celebrating Christmas.

Close Up

Do you have any vignettes scattered through your house?


I’m joining a few partays!  Tatertots and Jello. Southern Hospitality, House of Hepworths

Light It Up–DIY A Tray of Candleholders

Happy Monday everyone.  Are you checking things off the  Christmas to-do list?  Mine is slowly getting smaller.  I was so glad I put most of the decorations up Thanksgiving weekend.  My husband had a bad fall and this past Friday he had surgery; 2 massive tears and detached tendons in his rotorcup.  It will be a slow recovery process but thankfully we can move forward.

I wanted to share with you today what I call a tray of light.

DIY 1 Candle Holders

All of the vases came from my craft cupboard by way of the Dollar Store.  I keep lot’s on hand.  You make recognize the gray with clear stripe candle and the two gold ones from a recent post I did.

For the remaining bunch, it happened like this.  As I said, I had all the vases as well as lots of scrapbook paper and stickers and I just started experimenting.

CH 2

C-H 3

C-H 4

C-H 5

C-H side

See the goblets on each end?  I made those by taking a Dollar Store vase and candle holder and adhering them together using glass glue.  Then I applied scrapbook stickers, sprayed each of the goblets with Rustoleum Frost spray, then pulled the stickers off.  Every vessel has a tea light that you can get 2 for a $1.00 at the Dollar Store and they last up to 10 hours.  Score!  The tray is one I found on the street curb a couple of months ago and I spray painted it.

Rund Goblet

Simple, fast, and it looks so pretty at night.

What have you been making lately?


I’m joining the following link parties…

Between Naps On The Porch, Home Stories A2Z, Homemaker On A Dime, House of Hepworths

Shadowbox Snowflake Wreath

My list of Christmas craft ideas is a mile along and I’m slowly getting them done and checking them off the list.  The good thing is I haven’t had to purchase too many supplies.  The bad thing is I keep checking our magazines, blogs and Pinterest and my idea list keeps growing!  Do you have that problem too?

Today I’m sharing…

DIY Snowflake Wreath Title

You’ll need just a few items:

  • a picture frame – your choice of style
  • snowflakes (I had a couple of  packages already from the Dollar Store
  • Glitter glue
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Hot glue gun and glue stick

I’ve mentioned before my neighbor is in the framing business and he sends lots of free frames my way.  This one is a shadowbox frame and it was originally gold.  I sprayed it white.  I went to my scrapbook paper stash and chose this blue piece because it matches my Christmas blue vignette (sharing that next week). Simply figure out how you want them to fit together and start gluing.  I used a combination of white iridescent and clear iridescent.   I added a bit of blue glitter glue to the centers.  For the shadowbox itself I adhered the scrapbook paper to the frame back with double sided scotch tape because I’m thinking I’ll want to use the frame again for something else.  I’m happy with the way it looks and it adds a little brightness and glam to the entry way.

Wall Sideview

Sideview 1Close Up 2

DIY Snowflake Wreath

Close Up 3

Close up 1

DIY Snowflake Wreath Title

I’m joining some Christmas craft parties.  Check out what’s going on at Centsational Girl today and at The Nester tomorrow.

Have you been “getting your craft on”?  What have you been doing?


Holiday Mantel 2012

Layla at the  The Letter Cottage is hosting a Holiday Mantel decorating link party and I’m popping over there to join the fun.  You should really take a peak or two.  I guarantee you will be shocked by all the creativity.  My mantel will never look like some of these because I have a large screen TV mounted to the wall above.  I admit, it did help when I painted the background black.

I do like to put a few things up to get us in the spirit of the holiday.

Mantel Full View

I forgot to mention that our front speakers and the the box in the middle, whatever it’s called, sit on the mantel also.  Anyhow, here’s what it looks like when you walk in.  I have a small tree and bookshelf on the right and a large built=in bookshelf on the left which I’ll share another time.  How about a closer look?

orn close up 1

Goblet with Ornaments

side angle

Keeping it simple, keeping it cheap, the goblets are from the Dollar store and filled with ornaments also from the Dollar store.  I have 2 of the glass Christmas trees, they change colors when turned on.   I bought them many, many years ago at Rite Aid.

sideview swag

Jewell swag 1

The jewel garland is knew and I’m loving it with a few ornaments in green.

Sitting at the floor of the fireplace are some items I’ve shared before…

Floor Orn Vases Pic 2Cinnamon Close Up

Check out:

ornaments and pinecones and cinnamon basket here.

Thanks for stopping by!  I really appreciate it….lots.  How’s your decorating coming along?


I’m also joining Ten June Mantel party, check it out!    http://www.tenjuneblog.com/2012/12/rustic-glam-christmas-mantel-mantel.html



Most of the decorations are up.  I had one last storage bin to open today and I saved the best for last.  It was full of extra ornaments, a Christmas pillow, our stockings and some childhood memory items of my hubby’s.  I’ll share those in another post.  Over the years I’ve really tried to simplify my decorating both for the look and the ease of storing.  Ornaments fit into both.

Remember these floor candle vases?  Just to remind you, the pair looked like this:


to this….


and now they look like this…..in the livingroom…

Floor Vase Ornaments Liv Rm

Floor Orn Vase Top View Lv Rm

and in the family room…

Floor Ornament Vase Fam Rm

Floor Orn Vases Pic 2

Love them.  What about you?  Do you fill vases and dishes with ornaments?


Holiday “Window Shopping” at Home Goods

I’m getting jazzed to start my holiday decorating.  I know, you’re probably thinking Stop, we need to first have Thanksgiving first!  But, there are so many awesome decorations out there I need to get my own up to decide what I need.  Last year I barely decorated because of my shattered wrist.

So, I was at Home Goods the other day just being a looky loo.  Want to see what I saw?

As decorations go…these lime green cone-shaped trees are on my “I need” list.  I already have the Santa.

Lime Green Velvet trees

love the larger ornaments…


and what about these colorful and bright nutcrackers…

Colorful Nutcrackers

I’m always a sucker for vases and glass…

Red Vase

Amber Vases

and these goblets would be fun to set on a table…

Red Goblets

What’s on my list you ask? Well, here’s what I shared with the hubby…

Fall DishesJeweled Glass

Glass and Purple BowsBlack-White Bird Dishes


Red Bench

Have you been out looking and getting ideas?  What’s on your list?  How are you decorating this year?