After a week of fun family time and gathering, I’m now in the throes of clean up.  What about you?  I have Christmas EVERYWHERE and must say, I’m overwhelmed. One of my New Year’s Resolutions (are you doing those this year?) is to be more organized and get rid of some of my junk.

So I’ve started yanking it all down in order to pack it up for next year. I’m storing ornaments in shirt boxes and so far, have 5 (count them, 5!) boxes full of just ball ornaments and still have a ways to go. Ugh.

I started wondering how other people organized their junk stuff. Because my mess is a little overwhelming!

So I perused Pinterest and found these ideas:

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Anyone have any spare egg cartons?

Or how about this one?

Source: apartystyle.com via Melody on Pinterest

Brilliant! Just use punch cups for those fragile ornaments! I’ll probably be spending part of my New Year’s organizing. But I must admit, it feels good!

What about you? How do you cleanup? Let’s pass around some ideas!

My comment button is at the top.  Thanks!

Melody

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Thanks to everyone who submitted an idea or project last week here at Chatty Chics for Wild Wednesdays!  Even though I had some technical difficulties, there were some great projects posted!

So here are my favorites from last week:

Starlight Peppermint Bowl from Refresh Restyle which I found amazing:

And

 That’s How I Roll from Made Down South (whoo-hoo!) shows us how to make rolled fabric flowers (I think even I could do this!)

And

Christmas Bedroom Tour from Finding My Aloha (don’t you just love that name?).

And

Handmade earrings from Daryl at Peacock and Vine  (write in) – so beautiful!

And finally, the winner of the $5 Starbucks card for this week is:

Sights and Sounds of Christmas 2011 from Lisa at Take Six where she teaches us many, many ways to use Epsom salts!  So creative! Where did you come up with all those ideas for Epsom salts? It’s actually given me an idea for next Christmas so thank you!

Feel free to use the “I’ve Been Featured” button wherever you wish! And Lisa, email me at ChattyChicsBlog@gmail.com with your address so I can send your Starbucks card out! Wish we could have coffee together!

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Now that it’s the end of December, it’s starting to get cold here in central North Carolina. We have had a few cold days here and there, but it doesn’t really get cold here until January now. Blue cold.

So how do you get ready for really cold weather?  I layer my beds with blankets, lots of blankets. Especially fur ones.  I have family members that tease me because I love fur.  I prefer faux fur because I hate the thought of an animal losing it’s life over a blanket!

Here’s our Master.  Every year in the Fall, I change over to this burgundy velvet coverlette over 2 comforters!  And then I have a faux fur king size blanket and another faux fur throw at the end to put over my feet when watching TV. And I just found these faux fur pillow covers for $4.99 on one of my thrifting journeys!

Here here is our spare bedroom, complete with a Mink fur blanket at the foot of the bed.  My grandfather brought this back from war to my grandmother and so it has been passed down to me. What a treasure! It’s my favorite blanket in the whole house! The only way to keep it nice is to keep it in the spare bedroom of course!

I found some other “winter bedrooms” on Pinterest and thought you might like to see what others are doing

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And note the fur blanket on this one too!

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A fun idea if you lived in a cool loft… 

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Or how about this one for glamour?

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And I definitely want to crawl into this one, don’t you?

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I’ve got some great new projects on the horizon so be sure to stay tuned! And don’t forget about Wild Wednesday where you can show off your latest project! You could win a $5 Starbucks card just for entering your project! Our first winner is announced tomorrow!

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“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for He shall save his people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:21

From our family to yours, praying you have a Merry Christmas! May you find the true meaning of CHRISTmas as we have!

 

Does table etiquette really matter anymore? Are you hosting Christmas dinner this year and care about whether the bread plate goes to the left or the right?

My great friend Carol Ann recently reminded me that yes, table etiquette is still important and is still being discussed. So I did a little research to see if I could find any new trends out there to discuss.

First, I couldn’t find anything new. Bummer. So for those of us that actually don’t entertain formally very often (me, me, me!) I thought I’d review the basics, in hopefully a fun way.

Rule #1- Use fun dishes for Pete’s sake.  My china has been packed up in a box for 3 years (given to me by my mother) and has not seen the light of day since.  It’s beautiful.  But it doesn’t go in the dishwasher. (I mean, come on!) Who wants to hand wash all those dishes for crying out loud?  Not me.  Did that every Sunday growing up and HATED it.

Rule #2- Put out only the utensils people will actually use. Again, the dishwashing factor. Also, people won’t know what to do with them.  Salad fork on the outside of the dinner fork, as shown above.  Knife facing towards the place, and the soup spoon on outside of dinner knife.

Rule #3- Bread plate goes to the left corner of the dinner plate. (However, if you are a bit more casual then 86 the bread plate.)

Rule #4- Always serve water. Even if you’re serving other beverages like wine or sweet tea (as we do here in the South), it’s nice for your guests to have a glass of water as well.  (This does add to the dishwashing though. Sorry ladies.) Water glass is placed on the inside of the wine glass.

Rule #5- You’re officially supposed to place the dessert utensil above the plate as shown below. via However, I’ve never seen anyone do that in their home, only in fine dining.

However, while we’re discussing this image, I’d like to ask who on earth likes to eat fish before their dinner.  I can honestly say I’ve never done that.  And why on earth do you need four knives?  I can see a bread knife if you’re dining out, but really, the dishwashing! 🙂

Here is another option for you:

My mother-in-law (very Martha-esque) uses this type of setting and I personally prefer it.  It’s a small salad plate in the center, and no bread plate.  It makes for a very pretty table setting as salads and bread should be the only foods on the table when guests arrive according to etiquette coach Jill Slatter.  Slatter is an etiquette coach for Replacements, LTD  based here in Greensboro.

The rules above are mine.  Here are hers:

Rule #6- Wait to pour.  Only water glasses should be filled when guests arrive. Other beverages should be poured once everyone is seated.

Rule #7- The hostess always sits last (if at all!).  Most of the time when I host a dinner party, I’m up and down refilling glasses and dishes (we like to serve family style on the table) so sitting isn’t usually an option.

Rule #8- The potatoes are passed counterclockwise.  Don’t play football and try to pass dishes over someone sitting next to you.  (My brothers and I had this down to a science growing up!) Seriously, even if you hate to disturb your “neighbor,” they still need to participate in the game.

Rule #9- Turn cell phones off (as if this needs to be said!)

Rule #10- Take the centerpiece away if it is too tall or large for guests to enjoy eating around it.  Hmmm.  Mine perhaps?

I’m personally still smiling over the formal place setting above that lists fish forks and knives. Crazy. Anyway, if you need more forks and knives than what I’ve shown, I’m at a loss. Good luck figuring that out. 😉  Also, if you are missing a piece of china, silver or crystal from your set, be sure to check out Replacements.   You will be amazed at what you can find.

Anyway, chat with me.  Tell me what YOU do in your home. My comment button is at the top of the post.  Thanks!

Melody

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So here it is, my very first party! I hope you’ll join up your projects, ideas, tips, or tutorials.  Don’t have a blog?  Email me at chattychicsblog@gmail.com with your ideas- you can enter too!

Every week, I will feature a few projects to share with everyone and will be giving away $5 Starbucks gift cards!  What could be merrier?

Please limit to 2 projects a person.  Thanks everyone!

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Growing up, we hated getting stuck at “the kids table.”  You know the one.  You get stuck eating at the small table with your siblings and cousins because there isn’t enough room at the regular table.

But why not make it fun? I have 4 nephews coming in for Christmas this year and so my mother-in-law and I set this up for them.

Here I set up a kids table where they could eat and then play for a while by putting down a plastic green tablecloth and then a piece of craft paper over it.

I drew two place settings with markers and gave them their very own Christmas tree.

We put out some markers, crayons, stickers and play dough to keep them occupied. Check out the blue snowman made of play dough! Too cute!

We curled up some coloring pages to create their “napkins” so they would feel like they were “big kids.” Pretty easy but hopefully something that will make them feel special on Christmas Day!

Have some ideas to share?  My comment button is at the top of the post or you can email me at ChattyChicsBlog@gmail.com.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow and party!

Melody

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I’m excited to say that I’ve begun my At Home Series where my friends graciously allow me to show off their homes and talents.  I have really talented friends and family members and think it’s only fair that I get to show and tell about their homes.

My next door neighbor and friend Mary, is one very talented lady that I adore.  We have lived next door to she and her family for 5 years and they mean the world to us.

Mary holds a special place in my heart as she is a nurse and has been a huge help since the minute our son was born.  Literally. She was there when we came out of surgery (she was on duty) and noticed my son had low blood sugar the minute he came into the nursery.  We explain to her often that the Lord put us beside them on purpose.

You may remember Mary’s gorgeous feather wreath from one of my posts earlier that I tried to emulate- mine failed in comparison to hers!

But anyway, Mary has extreme talent.  I had to share pictures of her home with you:

This is her beautiful red dining room.  It’s gorgeous.  I wish you could see it in person.  She put together the most beautiful tablescape!

Mary puts together all of her own arrangements and they always are stunning so I get to her to come over and help me with mine!

Do you see the little silver reindeer mixed in? Adorable.

And do you see the candlesticks? Her now 19 year old son gave those to her years ago for Christmas. So sweet.

And how about her Christmas tree?  This is the small one! It’s adorable!

She created a beautiful bannister and hallway table as seen here:

And here:

And here:

Moving on into her living room, she put up her 10 foot tree and mantel all by herself:

Here is a closeup of the mantel:

Beautiful.

And she even decorated her kitchen!

I love the whimsical snowmen!

And last but certainly not least, see what she did with her Poinsettia.  She cut down some limbs from my Cyprus tree and added them to give them some jazz.

Now do you see why I wanted to play show and tell at Mary’s?  Hope you are inspired as much as I am!

Don’t forget about Wild Wednesday as I’m kicking off my first Linky party!  Be sure to come back and show off your favorite project or piece of information!  There will be $5 Starbucks cards given away each week!

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If you’re looking for an easy Holiday baking craft, then this one is for you.  I was inspired by Beth’s Chocolate Covered Cake Balls at Home Stories A to Z and love to dip anything in chocolate. You might remember that weeks ago I showed how to create your own H&D chocolate covered pears. You can read the how to here.

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Beth was talking about how excited she was to get her Baby Cakes machine.  I love chocolate anything and thought it would be fun to create chocolate brownie truffles, using my pampered chef mini muffin pans.

So essentially, you use a regular brownie mix and bake it in the mini tins, but please note that the cooking time isn’t nearly as long as what’s called for on the package.

While they are baking, go ahead and get your dipping station ready:

I used crushed pecans, coconut, Andes mint crumbles (amazing!), sprinkles and of course Baker’s chocolate to dip them in. I found the easiest way to dip is to use a tooth pick and then allow it to roll in the chocolate.

As with the pears, a shallow dish works better here. After dipping, you can either roll it in one of the other toppings, or sprinkle it on.

Just be sure to lay them out on a wax sheet  as they are cooling so you’ll be able to pull them off easily.  I used little mini muffin paper tins to put them in as well.

Another option is to ice them with this year’s green Christmas icing (vanilla with green tinting right out of the can!):

Earlier this year, I purchased an inexpensive icing decorator from Michael’s (around $15) and have found it incredibly handy!

But of course, the chocolate are my favorite and make great gifts for your neighbors or friends.

And I think the best part is licking the chocolate off your fingers when you’re done.  Enjoy!

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I’m so excited to share that I’m starting a Linky Party beginning next week! I’m going to host Wild Wednesday here at Chatty Chics where you can show off your stuff!

For the first few weeks, I’ll be giving away one $5 Starbucks gift card to one entry each week!  So stay tuned and come back next Wednesday, the 21st!

See you soon!

Melody

Imagine me meeting you at our front door with a big smile and hug and letting you know how happy we are that you stopped by! Virtually, of course!

I have been working for weeks setting up our Christmas decor because I have been inspired by so many of my new friends in blogland! There are days I feel totally inadequate and then remind myself that the Lord has blessed me with an amazing family and home.

While my designs may not grace the pages of BHG or Southern Living, they make me smile, and isn’t that more important? So here we go!

I began talking about my $10 front porch here. The local boy scouts graciously gave me a bag full of Christmas tree trimmings that I turned in to my “garland.” I wanted a rustic, Martha-esque look.

My favorite part of my porch is the baby reindeer that the scouts themselves made!  They were giving these away so of course I couldn’t pass this little guy up!  (And of course I had to make a donation to the scouts themselves for their kindness!)

I did wind up purchasing this sign above my door today because of the “hole” that was screaming for a welcome sign!  Only paid $6.99 at Steinmart. So I did wind up paying $16.99 total for my front porch this year and love the result!

So come on in to our foyer.

If you want to know how I pulled my tablescape together, you’ll need to go here.    Let’s just say I went Goodwill Hunting.

And here is a small tree by the door to greet you!

Come on into the dining room with my favorite centerpiece of all time.

If you missed out on this post earlier, be sure to click here to read about how I used a punchbowl to create this centerpiece!

And of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t show off my “wine pouring station” that my designer friend Holly helped create a year ago.

Here are a couple more shots:

Moving on to our family room, we have our Tree…

Fireplace…

And Couch Table…

Moving on to the kitchen, I really didn’t do much in here as I ran out of time and energy.

I actually leave this bowl out year round and threw in some red bulbs and pinecones.

Nothing complicated, just fun stuff.

I hope you’ll join us throughout the Holidays to get the scoop on more projects and also for our “At Home Series” where a few of my amazing friends welcome us to their homes!

What are you doing this Christmas to celebrate?  My comment is at the top of the post. I love hearing from you!

Much love to you and yours this Christmas! May you find love, peace and joy as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

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PS Come back on the 21st for Wild Wednesday and join the first Linky party! You could win a $5 Starbucks card!

Looking for an inexpensive way to decorate your front door? I wanted to find a way to decorate our porch without spending a fortune on real garland.

While shopping around for garland, I remembered that one of our local boy scout troops had a tree lot.  I knew I’d rather support them than anyone else.

So Sunday night I stopped by to inquire about prices and found out they didn’t have any garland. However, they told me to take as many tree trimmings as I wanted. So here’s what I came home with:

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was.  I decided to make my own garland by clipping branches and tying them together for my own rustic “garland.” I figured there was no harm in trying it anyway!

After putting up some small nails, I began the process of “hanging” it around the door frame.

The only thing I have purchased so far is this $10 swag of berries that I purchased from Michael’s that I hung with one of my bows.

But my favorite part of my front porch, is this little guy:

The scout leader said the boys got bored while selling trees and so they started making reindeer with the scraps! Isn’t he adorable!?

Come back by later as I’ll be having an open house and take you on tour of our home and the Christmas explosion (as my husband calls it!) going on. And you’ll get to see the front porch completed! See it HERE.

Cheers!
Melody

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We hope you enjoyed our Designz Divine jewelry giveaway last week. The two winners were announced on Facebook.  If you were one of the lucky winners, email us at chattychicsblog@gmail.com  so we can send your beautiful jewelry to you.

We also want to announce that we are participating in the Holiday Sweeps Giveaway in conjunction with Family Approve and This Lil Piglet.  If you’re looking for some extra cash for Holiday shopping, be sure to enter HERE  or HERE. 

You can find some really great blogs they support!

Come back tomorrow as we talk about decorating your porch with garland that you can possibly get for free!

Thanks!

Melody

If you’re looking for ways to save on Christmas decor this year, then I have a couple for you. On Friday I shared a few shots from my entryway and staircase and promised I’d share some secrets with you.

Are you ready?

85% of the decor on this table came from Goodwill.

See the white candles on the right side of the picture?  Goodwill.  Here’s what’s even better. I bought two margarita glasses ($1.00) and one candle stick holder (.50) for them to sit in.

I find it totally hilarious because I feel as if I’m beating the “system” by creating something beautiful without spending a fortune.  Here’s a shot of them (just so you believe me) before I put them in place.

Are you ready for another one?

The red orchid?  (At least I think it’s an orchid) $3.99 at Goodwill.  Promise.  I love it and was dumbfounded when I found it on the shelf. I can’t believe no one else scored this one before me!  I’m also a firm believer in repurposing items so here’s another one:

I used a flower vase for my candle holder!  I have quite a few flower vases laying around and couldn’t find another use for them, so why not use them for candles?  Here is a shot from my dining room where I used 3 bud vases (from Goodwill) for candle holders for my “wine pouring station” which I discuss here.

And the garland on the bannister?  $5.99 for a big bag at one of our local consignment stores.

I had a few thin strands of my own garland but when I found this bag, I couldn’t pass it up! I used ribbon and Christmas ornaments from the Dollar Store to dress it up.

Have some Holiday decor secrets you want to share? Please do!  Would love to hear from you! My comment button is at the top of the post.  Thanks!

PS Stay tuned! Get free Christmas tree trimmings for your home! And we start a new giveaway tomorrow if you can come back!

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