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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Christmas Garland On The Stairs - Step By Step Tutorial

You know how it is, you see all the gorgeous decor in the stores and you just have to start decorating.  Since we moved in the week before Christmas last year, I didn't have much Christmas decor up.  In fact, we barely had the furniture in the living room arranged, boxes cleared out and a really tiny 4' tree up.  I was happy to call that good since that was about all I could get done.  I did manage to have 18 family and friends over Christmas night, so that made me a happy girl.  I just did a cold cuts tray, with all kinds of breads, fruit, cookies, pies and all kinds of finger foods.  Everyone seemed to be happy.  Now that we will have been here a year, I can't wait to start my decor.  Our living room has 2 story vaulted ceilings, so we bought a 9' tree.  Now to get that up, I need to get out the step ladder and I also need a ton more ornaments.

We have stairs for the first time in over 20 years, so I can't wait to hang a garland and decorate.  It has been so long that I needed to figure out the best way to do this especially since we don't have a banister railing to tie the garland too.  I thought I would give you a step by step of how we put ours up in case you are adding garland to a flat wall area too.


  We started by twisting two inexpensive strings of garland together and attached them to the stairs with some pipe cleaners tied onto hooks.  We just did a soft drape and then I played with shaping each little branch.   I had 27' of garland to fluff, (that took a while) now it is up to hubby to do the lights and I can decorate them with lots of pretty balls and picks.

We doubled up a string of lights, and hubby wove them in and around each garland.


So far looking good.  I think we need to do the top railing too, but this is looking good so far and will be so pretty when it is decorated.  Can you see all the mess on the table.  I need to get that cleaned up for sure.


Ok, on to the rest of the garland.  This all looks so uniform that I think it needs a few springs of greenery every now and then to make it appear more natural.  I found a spray of greenery and cut it all apart, so I can add a little here and there.


Hubby grabbed the camera and caught me off guard as I was adding a few picks of pine cones.


He also caught me in the act of adding the green sprigs.  About this time I took the camera away from him.  (Sorry the pic is so blurry.  I didn't see him taking pictures so I was moving all over the place.  Not sure why my hair looks red, it really isn't.)


 Adding the green springs, berries and a few other picks gave it some dimension and made it look more free form and natural.


 Doesn't it look better with the green sprigs and all the picks, it upped the game a ton.  I just used an assortment of picks, so use what ever you have or like.


With a few silver and gold balls of all kinds and it looks fabulous.  Everything I read said knowing when to stop is key, so I am stopping.

Now I am busy doing the top of the stairs.  I have to lean over the railing and do all this upside down, not an easy task.  Can't wait to show you how fabulous it looks.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Christmas Is Starting In The Kitchen

Little by little I started doing a bit of Christmas decorating in the kitchen.  It is always such a fun place to start and I always love a bit of whimsy in my kitchen too.

I had a couple of really small wreaths, perfect for above the range.



A few years ago I found these two fun "ladies" at Goodwill and just couldn't pass them up.  They are so fun with their pretty gingham dresses and aprons.  I imagine them getting ready to bake up something wonderful like a big batch of cookies or maybe a fabulous pie.


I love my little Santa Chef too, he is such a fun guy.  He needs to start cooking too.



My little pixie Elf plopped himself down by the tree.  He is such a really mischievous little guy.  I need to keep an eye on him.


I'm working on a breakfast room tablescape.  I love these sweater reindeer, they are so fun.  This one is resting, I guess he's tired - -

but not this one, he is up and ready to go.

I need to get my act in gear - OUR 2017 CHRISTMAS HOME TOURS begin in just 3 short weeks, so I need to get my decorating done.  Be sure to mark your calendars, we have 30 of the most fabulous bloggers opening the doors to their homes and sharing their Holiday Decor.  30 homes over 5 days - December 4th thru 8th.

Ok, I have a ton of work to do and a lot of decor to get done.  I am hosting Thanksgiving, so I need to get the table in the dining room set and get my shopping done.   I am also knee deep in baking for all the holidays too.  How about you, are you starting any Christmas yet?

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Perfect Hostess & Stocking Stuffer Gifts

I am always looking for the perfect hostess gift and I love to have some really nice things to put in the stockings too.  Finding just the right thing isn't always easy, but I think I have a great suggestion.  I don't know of anyone that doesn't enjoy a nice smelling home.  Finding a great scent that is easy to live with, doesn't shout at you and just makes the whole house smell wonderful is what I like.  I found some ideas that I think you will love too.  I received a few candles and sprays the other day from Field & Fleur that are fabulous.


I love the clean smell of any kind of citrus.  Lemon was my first love years ago, it just smelled so fresh.  Now I have found some more citrus scents that I love too.  Grapefruit and Persimmon is now one of my all time favorites.  So clean and fresh and the Persimmon smells like Christmas to me too.
 This diffuser comes in such a beautiful container too and the packaging is always beautiful.  This would be the perfect hostess gift for anyone.


There are some beautiful candles and a spray in this collection too.





Tulip - This smells like spring and is so fresh and wonderful.  The green color also reminds me of spring.  Great for a stocking stuffer or hostess gift.  How about a neighbor or co-worker too.

There are several other scents that remind you of the garden too.



I always love to have scented sprays for linens and for my lingerie drawer.  Turning the covers back to a fresh scent is always a treat.  I make sure to spray my guest room linens too.  Peony & Blush, such a soft floral scent.


There is also a beautiful assortment of candles in the fragrance too.


All three are definitely some of my favorite scents.


If you are looking for a special gift for someone on your gift-giving list, I think I found just the perfect thing.  This is such a unique idea.  Beautiful wax looking candles, but you just refill them again and again, so they never burn down.  The oil is unscented, so it is perfect for anyone.  I got three sizes and colors plus the big jar of oil all packed together as a wonderful gift for someone special on my list.   I know she is going to love this.

Here is how it works.  Isn't that fun and this will fill your home with fragrance and glow for over 200 hours.  Check them out here.


If you would like to add a few of these to your gift list be sure to check out Field & Fleur to discover all the wonderful scents and fragrances they have, plus all the beautiful candles and diffusers too.


I received product from Field & Fleur, but all opions are mine.

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