Reader Showcase – Pinkz’ Holiday Home

Shadow Box Holiday Decor with Ornaments

Today we have another reader all the way from Canada sharing her holiday home, Pinkz.  She also happens to be a new blogger at Pinkz Passion, a lifestyle blog where she shares her creativity and travels. Her holiday decor is fun and colorful filled with pieces that she has DIY'd like the above shadow box dressed up with ornaments on her mantel. Or these simple yet very pretty centerpieces...... Oh my.....I'm in love with both the shadow box and these upside down glass candle holders! Totally gonna copy them Pinkz. :) The garland on the mantel is made of cupcake liner trees and of course ornaments. The girl has a way with making magic with ornaments. Look at her twig tree! Seriously, I never thought a few bags of ornaments can completely transform a home into … [Read more...]

           
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Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas + a CASH Giveaway

Christmas Cash Giveaway

  I'm the queen of procrastinators when it comes to gifting. Even for a kid's birthday party I'd be the one rushing out to get the gift on the way to the party or the night before. :P  Do you do tend to do that too? Yes, I do manage to get something but usually such last minute trips end up in gift cards. Really, how fun is that? So this year I have made a conscious effort to make DIY gifts whenever I get a chance. And what I've learned is that you don't have to go into elaborate crafting sessions to come up with creative and unique gifts. Here are some easy and very last minute DIY gift ideas that you can make. Open Moss Terrarium Comic Book Cork Coasters Tiered Jewelry Stand Hanging Air Plant Terrarium Painted Decorative Plates - This one is a very kid friendly … [Read more...]

           
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Reader Showcase Rustic Glam Christmas Home Tour

Neutral Christmas Decor

As the year comes to a close.....I can truly say that this has been a difficult year for me but I'm grateful for all that have come and gone and every little thing I have learned. And by learning I mean this year ranks high up there in terms of teaching me the ways of life, work, and blogging. The latter especially....I cannot even fathom how much I've learned this year all from my fellow bloggers who have been generous enough to spread their wealth of knowledge and have gone above and beyond to help their tribe. A very small ex. in my first 2 years of blogging I was completely oblivious to the need for building up a subscriber base even becoming a full on social media advocate. My fellow bloggers and the ups and downs of social media have now taught me to rely on my dear readers more than … [Read more...]

           
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Simple Holiday Centerpieces

Holiday Centerpieces

How have you all been? How's your holiday prep going? We finally had a free weekend where we caught up on much needed family time and finished up a lot of chores from the pre-holiday clean up list. Love it when you have one less thing to worry about in the middle of all the holiday hustle and guests. Today I have one such project, a simple holiday centerpiece that you could make ahead of time (stays fresh for 4-5 days). To make these beauties you'd need; Wet Floral Foam - MichaelsPretty containers - I used the vintage Jello Molds for these before I made them into ornamentsRoses - These were the last flowers from my knockout bushesKnifeA big bowl to soak the foam inCandles    Method With a knife cut a square piece out of the wet foam to fit the circumference of your … [Read more...]

           
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Our 2014 Eclectic Christmas Tree

Eclectic Christmas Tree, 2014 Christmas Tree

You have seen bits and pieces of it in posts and on social media. Here it is in all its glory, our first live tree.......our 2014 Family Room Tree. We like to call it the Eclectic Christmas tree 'coz well it is eclectic. There really was no theme this year. We just decked it up some old ornaments, DIY'd ones, and new ones. It is an 8 ft Douglas fir. The needles when crushed give a sweet fruity fragrance. Though we love the fresh pine smell and wonderful shape of the tree I'm still on the fence about the live tree and am hoping that I can keep it alive till Christmas (we got on the Thanksgiving weekend). Remember the bird wine cork ornaments from last year? They look so cozy and at home in the live tree, like they always belonged there! And then there is the Egg … [Read more...]

           
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My Favorite 50 DIY Christmas Ornaments

DIY Christmas Ornaments

I love a good DIY especially when it comes to handmade Christmas ornaments. No big surprise that I signed up for the 12 Days of Christmas series this year and had a whale of a time coming up with ideas for it. Whenever I spot a new fun idea online either on a friends' blog or on Pinterest I'm always filing those away under my "Must Try Next Year" list.  Here are some that I have tried and I want to so bad. Ok, I admit there might be some bias here but those 2 ornaments of mine (the polymer clay state and holiday Amaryllis) do really rank as my most favorite ornaments ever! 1. Polymer Clay State Ornaments 2. Egg Carton Holiday Amaryllis Ornament 3. Pom Pom Ornament 4. DIY Starfish Christmas Ornament 5. Cork Ball Ornament 6. Engraved and Illuminated … [Read more...]

           
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Holiday Entertaining + A Nestle Giveaway!

Holiday hosting tips-Holiday Mantel

Disclosure: Thanks to Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser for sponsoring today’s story as always the ideas, tips, and thoughts are all mine! #HolidayMadeSimple #CollectiveBias How was your weekend? Ours was pretty busy ending with a quick fun get together with friends. That's how most of our weekends have ended lately with a very informal get together and party (oh yeah there has to be food.....lots of it) at a friends' house or the other. Coupled with the fact that it's the Holiday season our gang's entertaining has been in overdrive. These impromptu get togethers remind me of our pre-kids times when we invariably wound up at a friends' house or everyone would be crashing at ours. Now that the kids are older and around the same age we are falling back into that routine and I'm … [Read more...]

           
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Burlap Covered Faux Root Ball Tree Skirt

Starry Night Christmas Tree- Whats Ur Home Story

The Christmas tree skirt has always been an after thought for me. A small but necessary detail to mask the hideous "legs" of the tree, especially for a fake tree. I have tried everything from a throw, scrap fabric, burlap, even a grain sack.....always working with supplies I had on hand as I somehow can't bring myself to spend extra moolah on this little detail. I know it is not the costliest thing in the world to make or buy but the whole idea of a proper "skirt" for the tree raises a mental block in my head that I can't get over. Yet, the decorator in me can't take the sight of those bare tree legs! This whole should I/ should I not situation always leads me down the same path, of looking for easy and simple ways to cover up those ugly tree legs. This year Plan A was to use a wood … [Read more...]

           
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DIY Holiday Flower Arrangement

Holiday Flower Arrangements - Whats Ur Home Story

It is the season of being busy......and if you know me I like to keep things simple, easy, and budget friendly. The last one being so very important especially after a pretty big Black Friday shopping weekend. :) So here's a quickie holiday flower arrangement for ya put together with flowers from the yard and ornaments I had on hand in under 10 minutes. Actually this floral centerpiece was a last minute effort to salvage whatever I could of my knockout roses before the first frost hit. Hard to believe that these pretty flowers graced my garden just a couple of weeks ago! Now all I have in its place are wilted bushes and frost burned rose buds badly in need of a prune. :( You know, till the day I brought these beauties inside I never realized knockout roses could smell this … [Read more...]

           
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The Kids’ Tree – Starry Night Christmas Tree

Starry Christmas Tree

That's what they are calling it the Starry Night Christmas Tree! Except for the lights and the ribbon they decorated the whole thing. It's mostly Monkey #2 though as #1 was done after hanging a few of the ornaments. Overheard him saying, "I'm not really good at this. You can do the rest S!" And off he went to finish reading his one millionth book! My aspiring fashion designer cum interior designer cum dancer cum architect cum soccer player was more than happy to put in the extra work. Her only condition was that her "S" ornament be placed up front and center. :) We think the mini paper star ornaments from India (similar star lights *) and last year's poster board sunburst mirror tree topper make for a good star theme. The poster board sunburst tree topper … [Read more...]

           
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How to Hang Christmas Tree Lights

How to Hang Christmas Tree Lights Tutorial

Do you plan on setting up your Christmas tree this weekend? This year we are having 2 trees, this one is going to be the kids tree and a real one (finally) for the family tree. Since we are planning to go to the tree farm this weekend I thought I'll set this one ( a standard 7 foot fake tree sans lights) up a little early so that the kiddos can get a head start on the decorating. If you ask me, I do consider stringing lights on the tree a hassle and would go with a pre-lit if we were to buy one today. But we are keeping this gal for the near future so for my sanity's sake I better find a way to make hanging the lights as stress free as possible. You know, I've tried all the common ways; the lasso method... my daughter calls it the mummy wrapping method, the top-down vertical method, … [Read more...]

           
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