Category Archives: Seasonal Decorating

Mom & Dad's House Christmas

So It’s The Week of Christmas…Christmas Inspiration

Christmas Cow

It’s the week of Christmas. How does this happened? Thanksgiving..,one blink…and it’s Christmas.

In November, I liked the idea that Thanksgiving was late this year.
In December, I’m playing catch-up because Thanksgiving was late this year.
But guess what? In 2018 Thanksgiving falls on the 22nd!

While it has been crazy this month, I have manage to take a bunch of pics that I’ve gathered together for a last bit of holiday inspiration to help you with your Christmas decor.

And if not this year? Pin for next year! :)

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Tutorial: How to Make a Rag Quilt Tree Skirt

Shaggy Rag Quilt Tree Skirt

Making a rag quilt anything is not a quick project. It takes a bit of time and patience but I simply adore the texture this process creates.

Rag Quilt Flag Pillow 1

My first rag quilt project was a Rag Quilt Flag Pillow. I liked the results so much I decided to try it out on a tree skirt.

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Tree Skirt with Velvet Ruffle

14 Tree Skirts to Spark Your Christmas Creativity

Tree Skirt with Velvet Ruffle

1. VELVET RUFFLED TREE SKIRT 
I made this tree skirt last year for my client Tara and it’s one of my all time favorites. Probably because of the apple green velvet. There’s no probably about it. You guys know how much I love velvet. Especially this time of year.

The tree skirt features the same shade of velvet we used on Tara’s kitchen cafe curtains on the 2″ ruffle around the edge & ties. The 3/4″ flange is from a red & gold dot while the body of the skirt is made from a fairly heavy weight linen/canvas like fabric and lined with white cotton.
Ruffled Tree Skirt (3) One tree skirt down, 13 more to go…

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Wood Branch Candle Centerpiece (2)

Easy to Make Tree Branch Candle Centerpiece

Wood Branch Candle Centerpiece (9)

If you’re handy with a couple of power tools you can have this easy to make wood centerpiece ready for your next holiday party.

My son-in-law Jared made this for me as he was making the wood candle sticks for his and Kaleigh’s wedding. I used this as the centerpiece for the kitchen table, along with a drop cloth/table cloth, for Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving I didn’t take a single picture.

Now for all the details so you can make your own.

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Set of 6 Christmas Stockings

6 One of a Kind Christmas Stockings for Sale

Set of 6 Christmas Stockings

Over the years, as our family grew, I’ve made several different sets of Christmas stockings. Currently, there are 8 stockings on our mantle in various shades of white, cream and ivory. The time has come for these little gems to find a new home.

I’m selling all 6 stockings, mixed, matched & coordinated in shades of red, green & purple from 5 different fabrics. Each stocking is lined and comes with a loop for hanging.

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Kraft Paper Ornament & Placecard (3)

Kraft Paper Place Cards, Ornaments and Alfresco Holiday Dining

Kraft Paper Ornament & Placecard (3)

Our family celebrated Thanksgiving at our house this year and I didn’t take one picture to share with you. Not a single one.

When it comes to hostessing, I am notorious for assuming I can accomplish way more than I technically have time for. I tend to think of it as being optimistic. For the first time in my life, I decided to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving. Not just my house but 2 others as well!
In the days leading up to Thanksgiving I was decorating trees, cleaning off the dining room table (which was covered in client projects), cleaning my house and stuffing empty boxes back in the attic.
Thanksgiving morning finds me doing all my baking & cooking, cutting up drop cloths to use as table cloths and scrounging around for centerpieces. (Luckily I wasn’t in charge of the entire meal!)

All this to say that when I go to a dinner where the hostess has planned ahead and created adorable little place cards for each of her guests…I am in awe.

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Painted Fall Centerpiece

Dining Room Before & After Including Updated Fall Centerpiece

Painted Fall Centerpiece

Know what the key ingredient was for updating this Fall centerpiece?

Spray paint! Specifically several different shades of metallic spray paint.

My friend Jan has a large Fall centerpiece that I have admired for several years. This year I went to her home and it was completely different. Gone were the oranges, reds & yellow golds and in their place was this shimmering neutral beauty.

In fact, that wasn’t the only thing that was different.

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Sweater Pillow

Why you Should Think Twice Before Throwing out Old Sweaters

Sweater Pillow (3)

I loved this sweater vest. Especially the fringe.

But it didn’t like me. Every time I wore it I felt frumpy.

As I was relegating it to the garage sale pile I had second thoughts.

No second thoughts about keeping it to wear…thoughts about what I could make with it.

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