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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:

Source: apartystyle.com via Melody on Pinterest

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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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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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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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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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!

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Have you decked your halls yet? I have decorated just about everything in my house that doesn’t move. My husband calls it a “Christmas explosion.” This is actually the first year I’ve decorated everything in order to participate with all the great parties going on in the blogosphere and have had a great time.

I don’t pretend to have designer genes.  (The kind you can’t buy unfortunately!)  The good Lord did bless me with some talent, but I would not say that design is necessarily one of them.  However, I do consider myself a good copycat. 

I love to see something that someone has created and recraft it to make it my own. What about you?  Do you have “designer DNA” or are you a good copycat too?

These are pictures from my foyer that I wanted to share.  There are some hidden secrets about WHAT I used and HOW I used it so stayed tuned for our next post!

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Raise your right hand and repeat after me:

I promise not to spend a fortune decorating my home for Christmas. I will beg, borrow and steal (okay, not really) in order to make my home warm and inviting for the Holidays.

Use what you have.  Or borrow from your mother-in-law.

Got it?

I wanted to make a large centerpiece for my dining room table but didn’t have a bowl big enough. So I borrowed my mother-in-law’s punch bowl and I think it did the trick.

The only thing I purchased for this centerpiece was a $20 faux Christmas wreath from Lowes last week. I used it underneath the bowl to add depth texture and some jazz! For those of you following, remember I used a wreath around a pumpkin for my Thanksgiving centerpiece. Seen here.

I used a candle from my year-round decor and threw in some pine cones and ornaments from my Christmas box. I also add a few twigs of faux holly to the wreath to beef it up just a tad.

We also have a “wine pouring station” (aka wine tray!) and wanted to add just a touch of Christmas there as well.  See those crystal candle stick holders?  The secret?  They are bud vases from Goodwill.  .29 a piece!

On our buffet, I used garland I already owned, a few feather trees I already owned, a hurricane with candle I already owned and two “new” candlestick holders (thrift store- $7.99 for the set!) with candles I already owned. Are you catching the theme here?

The faux Christmas ensemble beside the buffet is from a yard sale many, many moons ago. I paid $15 for it and that’s it. Here she is all lit up and I think she turned out pretty well.

So this year, I spent less than $30 on the whole thing and hope you think she’s lovely too.  Let us know what you think and what you’re doing this year! Our Comment button is at the top of the post by the title. Thanks!

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Thrifty Decor Chic

Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love sharing the real meaning of Christmas with my friends and family and do enjoy making our home warm and welcoming.

Have you started decorating?  I think I have spent more time decorating my mantel than any other part of my home thus far and am excited to share it with you. I also wanted to join the many Christmas blog parties going on including Pamela’s From My Front Porch to Yours,Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Surburbia and Beth at Home Stories A to Z just to name a few! Be sure to go say hello!

Our 2011 Mantel

Originally, I started out with one really large wreath seen here. I was given 2 large wreaths and this is the smaller of the two.  My aunt spent more than 2 hours helping me shape the original and make it beautiful. Then we hung it and it broke. My husband couldn’t believe I was so upset. Read the rest of this entry »

My next door neighbor Mary hung this beautiful feather wreath about a month ago and I’ve been envying it ever since. (I know, I know! Envy is wrong!) But isn’t it beautiful? And isn’t it gorgeous against her black door?

So Mary and I made one for my front door and I wanted to share it with you. I’ve been going crazy over peacock feathers this year and thought they would look fantastic with blue ribbon.  My home is grey and my door is white so I wanted something that would really pop.

Start with wrapping wired edged ribbon around your grapevine (or whatever type of wreath you choose to use) and hot glue down. Be sure to turn the edges over to keep from unraveling.

Next start creating your bow by deciding how long you want the tail to be with a second piece of very long ribbon.

Pinch together where you want the center of the bow to be and start creating loops on both sides.

Use floral wire to secure the bow in the middle once you’ve determined how big you want your bow to be.

Cut end of ribbon to make second part of tail.

Take another small piece of ribbon and wrap around the center to create the pretty part in the middle. You can glue this down.

Pull and shape bow as you’d like. You can secure this to the wreath either with hot glue or more floral wire.

Place feathers around the wreath as desired.

Then hang where you like it.  What do you think? I think I’m missing her door knocker and black door.  Maybe I’ll go red!? Next year I think I’ll do a Fall version, more similar to hers. And maybe add more feathers. Is that cheating?  We’ll see. Happy Crafting!

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While thumbing through my favorite magazine, Real Simple, I came across a beautiful ad for Harry and David. An exquisite picture of delicious chocolate and nut covered pears.  (I would show you a picture but am pretty sure they would smack my hand for stealing their image!)  Four pears cost $39 on their website. I probably spent $10 (including boxes) on the ingredients which would probably yield 10 pears I’m guessing.

I am not a “crafty” person.  Meaning, I’m a “corporate executive by trade” turned “mommy for the time being” looking for ways to keep my brain busy.  As you will see from my other posts, my goal is to share all kinds of tips that we chics like to gab about.

So, anything I can do, you can do better. 🙂 (are you humming now? notice the twist?) This was pretty easy and only took me two rounds to figure out. Thought I’d share how to make them with you.

Chocolate & Nut Covered Pears-DIY

Ingredients to have on hand:

1. Pears – there are several varieties, pick whatever kind you like

2. Baking Chocolate- found in the Baking aisle of the grocery store

3. Pecans- chopped & crushed

4. Wax paper on baking sheet

Ready?

1. Wash pears

2. Chop pecans finely- you can determine how much you’ll need based on how many pears you cover. I only used a handful for 2 pears and had a lot left over to save for another adventure

Chop Nuts Finely

Chop 'em up!

3. Melt chocolate squares in a microwavable safe dish (I use my pampered chef pot)

Melt away!

4. Pour chocolate into a shallow dish.  The first time I dipped in the pot and covered the entire pear. It was a mess.  And the chocolate warmed up very quickly so getting the nuts on was also a mess.  Learn from my mistakes! 🙂 The second time I used a shallow dish that would allow for better dipping and allow more chocolate to cover more of the pear. PLEASE NOTE: You will want to rotate the pear in the dish so that you can cover more of the pear!  I rocked it back and forth.

5. Roll in nuts and place on wax papered baking sheet

Yum!

6. Okay, this step is very important.  Presentation is everything as they say.  I purchased cupcake boxes at Michael’s ($3 for 4) and took out the cupcake sections.  I used basic tissue paper for lining the box and voila, a wonderful gift for someone special.  My friends couldn’t believe they were homemade!  Send me pictures of your creations to share!  Be sure to stop by our home page for our $200 Jewelry Giveaway!

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While I’m not actually hosting Thanksgiving this year, I still love to decorate for Fall.  I’m not a Halloween decorating kind of chic, but do love to bring out the pumpkins this time of year!

My Pumpkin Centerpiece

I found a beautiful wreath and faux pumpkin one year after the Holidays (probably purchased from TJMAXX-my all time favorite store!). I stored them together in a bag with the pumpkin sitting on the wreath and bam! I fell in love with my new centerpiece! Who says wreaths are only for the door? And who says pumpkins are only for pie?

Here are a couple more places I’m using them as centerpieces.

Pumpkin Centerpieces

Coffee Table Pumpkins

And see how my cool neighbors have been using theirs.

Pumpkin Alternatives

Beautiful!

Pumpkin Alternatives

It’s not too late to carve that pumpkin and support charity at the same time!  Download carving stencils from BHG.com/charitystencils to support The Humane Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Susan G. Komen and more!  Better Homes and Gardens will donate $2 for every download up to $5,000 per charity!  Even if you can’t carve a pumpkin, download a stencil and use it for something else. Happy Carving and Happy Halloween!

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