Hey there, friends! Do you have your Christmas shopping done yet? Not me! Every year I vow to start earlier, and every year I take it down to the wire. Why do I do this to myself?! Well, if you're in the same boat, here are a few last-minute ideas for the women on your list. I wouldn't mind any of these gifts myself! Happy shopping!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Hello there! Remember how I told you our two rooms were decorated in vastly different ways for Christmas? Our family room is where we read, enjoy the fireplace and take naps, so I went with a white and gold Christmas theme in there. But our living room is where we, well, live. It just had to be cheerful. In years past I have struggled with how to decorate for Christmas in our blue and green room. I know...there are gorgeous trees decorated in blues, greens, and silver or gold, but I could never pull this off for some reason. This year, I threw my arms around red and welcomed it back to our Christmas tree. I don't know, our tree never looks like it should belong on a magazine cover, but we like it more and more every year.
I didn't stop with the red, there, however. Here's how the DIY picture shelf above our couch looked in years past...
And here's what it looks like this year:
There's no real science to this or "how-to." I just wrapped the largest picture in wrapping paper and put a bow around it (just like you would with a real gift). Then I used scrapbook paper to jazz up a few of the pictures, like this one:
I stuck with conical-shaped trees just to keep the look consistent. I also used a printable available at Today's Creative Blog, which you can see better in this pic:
So there you have it. One room that's white, gold, and peaceful...and another that's bright and festive.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! So the holiday cards are bound to start rolling in if they haven't already. I always love hearing from folks near and far this time of year, don't you? And I don't know about you, but I don't mind the ubiquitous "Christmas letter." I personally don't take the time to write one, but I kinda like getting them. Then there's the funny ones...I'm seriously tempted to write one of these this year.
So if you don't yet have a way to display the cards you get (I mean, besides propping them on the mantel, which actually works just fine), here are a half-dozen easy ways to display them.
Better Homes and Gardens
Teal and Lime
The Wicker House
Thrifty Decor Chick
Home Made Modern
Shanty to Chic