Less Is More

December 3rd, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I’m strongly feeling the need to spend less money on things this season, and far more time with family and friends.   The ‘spend less money, spend more time’ notion I mentioned last year is again rearing its head when it comes to decorating around the house. 

Just the other day, I opened the Christmas closet and realized I didn’t even want to bother with half the *stuff* stored away in there.  I pulled out some silver and gold favorites and put everything else back.  Maybe it will stay, maybe it will go, it depends how I feel come January.  Are you feeling the same desire to keep it simple this year?

When it comes to decorating this season, I’m working (mostly) with what I’ve got, trying to create something fresh and new, but not spend money on things I don’t need.  This year, I decided to give a half dozen thrift store candlesticks I had in my stash a quick coat of spray paint . . .

  spray paint candlesticks

 

. . . I stacked a few more ornaments in a favorite hurricane, placed some fresh garland to the kitchen mantel, plus my two favorite mercury glass candleholders and called it a day.  Then I made hot chocolate and settled in on the couch with the family for another Christmas movie. 

  silver and green ornaments

Quick and easy, cheap and pretty.  

My kind of holiday décor!

More peeks into our home coming soon on Nester’s Christmas 2010 Tour of Homes on December 13th, will you be there?  

The Holiday Home link parties continue next week with little ol’ me hosting Christmas Crafts.  Anything you’ve created for your holiday home counts (ornaments, wreaths, gifts, etc.) so be sure to link up on Tuesday December 7th! 

 holiday home banner

 

Here’s a friendly button if you’d like to add it to your post on Tuesday . . .

kates holiday home button

 

Later today, a fantastic giveaway from one of my favorite designers, stay tuned! 

 

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Sprinkles and Sparkles

December 2nd, 2010

My friends, yesterday I disappeared into a vortex.  I didn’t do all the things I ordinarily do.  I didn’t check my email, I didn’t start my morning by sipping coffee and reading my favorite blogs.  I didn’t login to Facebook, and I didn’t even tweet.  I’m not sure I even showered. 

Where was I all this time, pray tell?  I was busy refereeing a Cookie Decorating Party with 20 kids in my house, all under 7 years of age.  There was frosting and sprinkles, followed by sugar highs and 40 muddy feet running up and down, in and out, all around the borders of our property.   It’s fair to say it was Christmas Cookie Carnage.

Why would I subject myself to such an insanely crazy delightful experience?  My middle daughter begged me to host the event.  I caved.  It’s that simple. 

My day began here.

sugar cookie cutouts

 

Thank goodness for Betty C’s sugar cookie mix and mega large cookie cutters from Sur la Table, snagged a few years ago in an after Christmas sale. 

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Felt Poinsettias

December 1st, 2010

Greetings!   Last year, made several large poinsettia pillows, and this year I’ve recreated the same project on a smaller scale.  These smaller blooms are the perfect size for embellishing gifts or other favorite things like stockings or pillows!  

 

red felt poinsettias

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