Merry Christmas!

In celebration of Christmas, I am sharing a few more pictures of the decor around my house. My secret to cheap and easy Christmas decorating is….balls – Christmas balls, that is! I buy cheap Christmas balls and other tree ornaments and fill bowls, vases, and candleholders with them all over my house. They look fabulous and festive!
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I am also a big fan of boxwood for the holiday season. I purchased these wreaths from Target for 50% off. I looped them together with a silver ribbon and hung the top one with a clear 3M hook.
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I couldn’t help but share one last picture. This is the same stocking that I’ve had since I was a little girl. It barely fits any stuffers, but I am so attached to it – I’ll never get rid of it!
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Merry Christmas!

I hope that you and your family stay healthy and happy this holiday season! I have some big news to share in the new year…really BIG news so stay tuned!

Christmas Outdoors

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I do Christmas planters each year to make my front entrance a little more festive. They are easy to put together and everything in them is artificial so they can be used year after year. Here’s a breakdown of what’s in them and where I got it from:
  • The long silver sticks, glittery branches, and glittery silver balls (lol – I don’t know what else to call them!) are from Homesense.
  • The silk amaryllis flowers are from Pier 1.
  • The green branches/pinecones are from Michaels (I use three per pot).
I just stick everything in the soil that’s leftover from my summer pots from tallest to shortest – easy peasy! I might “branch” out and do something new next year. We’ll see if inspiration hits!

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The last couple years I’ve also ordered a fresh balsam fir wreath (all the way from Nova Scotia!) which is the closest thing to a real Christmas tree in my house. It smells amazing! I added some silver ribbon and attached some leftover Christmas ornaments with wire to match the planters.
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Thanks for reading!

DIY Christmas Card Holder

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For this project, you will need:
  • Small wooden letters that spell out the holiday greeting of your choice (I got mine from Michaels and they spell out “JOYEUX NOEL”).
  • Acrylic glue (optional)
  • Mini clothespins
  • Mod Podge glue (matte)
  • Sponge Brush
  • Jute Cord (I used 3 ply)
  • 3M Utensil Hooks
Directions:
  • If you plan on painting your letters, paint each letter with the desired number of coats and colour(s).
  • Once the paint is dry, brush the back of each clothespin with the Mod Podge and place a pin (or two) on the back of each letter.

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  • While the glue is drying, cut your jute cord to the desired length.
  • Once the glue is dry, clip the letters to the cord.
  • Hang the holder. My suggestions for hanging are: Across a window by tying the ends of the cord to the curtain rod, across the fireplace by attaching the 3M hooks to the mantel (tie a loop at each end of the cord and hang the loop on the hook) , or across a bannister by again attaching the hooks to the bannister/wall.
  • Pin your cards to the letters as you receive them.

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The first set of pictures showed the holder I made for my sister. This is the one I made for my house last year (her letters are not painted and mine are painted blue, white, and silver).  Here is mine: 
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This is a quick and easy project and should only take you about 30 to 45 minutes once you have the supplies.
Thanks for reading!

Oh Christmas Tree(s)

I went a little crazy this year and put up three trees in my house. Two of them are only little four footers though so it’s really only like two, right?

The “main” tree goes up in the living room every year. It’s a pre-lit fake tree, but I add another few strands of lights because I like a really bright tree. The decorations actually coordinate perfectly with the colour scheme in the living room. That was a bit of fluke as the first Christmas in the house, we had no furniture in the living room yet. What can I say? I am predictable. This was the first tree in our home in 2010 (it was our one and only real tree before we went fake):

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The second tree I put up is a little tree dating back to my university days that my mom bought my sister and me from Michael’s when we were roomies. She was dubbed the “Ice Princess” because of the ice blue decorations we used to deck her out in. She has undergone many makeovers over the years and is currently rocking a peacock blue and gold theme. In fact, I think I will even add some peacock feathers this year.

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This year, I got a bee in my bonnet that I needed a white Christmas tree.  I feel like they are making a comeback (yes? no? maybe?). There was a fantastic 7 foot one at Canadian Tire, but by the time I went to purchase it, they were sold out! I had to settle for a cheap four foot one from Wal-mart which is still pretty cute. I put it in my makeup room and made it super girly.  I think it might be the new Ice Princess.

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The rest of the house is decked out too and I will share more with you as we get closer to Christmas!

Thanks for reading! I hope everyone is getting in the Christmas spirit as much as I am (it’s hard not to with 25 cm of freshly fallen snow on the ground)!