Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Guest Post!!

You all get to see a Guest Post on my blog!!  Here it is by Erin Levine.  You have probably seen some of her posts on a few other blogs, well I am excited to have her share something on mine!!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Creative Uses for Round Christmas Ornaments

Guest post by Erin Levine

In just a few months, you'll be snuggling up on the couch with a cup of warm hot chocolate to watch your favorite Christmas movies and friends will be coming over for cookie swaps and holiday parties. But before the Christmas season kicks into high gear, you may want to think about revamping some of those decorations you’ve been using for years. Those round spheres you commonly see on everyone’s trees as Christmas ornaments are the perfect items to repurpose into unique and interesting decorations. Here are five ideas you can do yourself to take those round Christmas ornaments from ordinary to extraordinary this holiday season:

1. "Deck the Halls..."

Christmas ornaments aren’t just for trees. If you have a banister in your home, you can purchase some fancy ribbon and string them all the way down. It can be dangerous to clasp them on the same way that you do with the tree because children and pets would be exposed to the sharp edges. Instead, loop ribbon through the tops and tie them to the main ribbon on the banister! The result is a beautiful garland that adds a Christmas spirit to any stairway in your home.

2. Mosaic Greeting Cards

If you really want to repurpose your old ornaments, consider creating a unique mosaic Christmas card tosend to loved ones. Cut the ornaments up into small pieces with a pair of sharp scissors. Take a hot glue gun and attach some of the sparkly pieces to your Christmas cards for extra flair. Please note that this is extremely dangerous to do with glass, and you should reserve this craft for ornaments made from other materials only. Have your envelopes weighed at the post office to check if you'll need extra postage on them. Friends and family will love these unique Christmas cards, guaranteed.

3. Table Centerpieces

It’s always a beautiful touch to have a festive centerpiece in the middle of your Christmas dining table.  For a very simple project that the kids can help you with, fill up the center of a wreath with some Christmas ornaments. Use a hot glue gun for more staying power, placing the ornaments to the sides of the wreath and to one another. Another idea is to purchase a beautiful transparent vase or bowl and fill it up with the Christmas ornaments, adding a bow around the rim for extra elegance.

4. Ornament Makeover

Depending upon what your ornaments are made out of, you might be able to redo them. For example,dipping a plain round ornament into glue and then glitter gives it an entirely new look. Visit your local craft store for some more options. You may be able to find some paint that will allow you to actually paint right over the ornament and turn it into whatever you'd like.

5. An Outdoor Tree

Some people are a bit weary of putting their precious ornaments outside, and the concern is for good reason. Not only are they exposed to the cold elements of winter, but they are also in a place where they can be easily mishandled. However, if you have a barrel of ornaments that you're planning to get rid of otherwise, it's not going to be a big deal if a few of them become damaged or go missing. Whether you have an evergreen on your property or live somewhere that stays warm year-round, any type of tree can be dressed up with some beautiful ornaments. A decorated tree outside your home makes a beautiful natural decoration that your neighbors will love.

From the minute you start thinking about Christmas cards until the second you put the finishing touches on your decorations, round Christmas ornaments can really come in handy. Though these ornaments have been around for a long time, it is simple and fun to repurpose them to create brand new Christmas decorations for the coming years.

Erin Levine is a guest author from PaperStyle, a company that sells Christmas invitations, greeting cards,
wedding stationery, and more. She loves writing about Christmas and inspiring people to get crafty with
their holidays decorations!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas!!

After running a few errands today my Hubby was flipping through the stations on the radio and I was excited to hear Burl Ives singing this song! Love it! That'll get get ya going early with the Christmas Spirit!!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

I didn't get to go to an auction today.  This is what I missed!  (here is where you find the info for this auction: Auction)
I can see it decorated for Christmas!
4 months (but who's counting...I am!)

Friday, August 24, 2012

How Could Disney Place Santa on Their Bad List?

Wow! Disney really disappoints me on this one. Check out the link.

"Many news outlets, including IQ, reported on Thomas Tolbert, the Santa Claus look-a-like who was treated as persona non grata during a recent trip to Disney World with his family. Like the Tinkerbell Disney guest of months past,..."
Read more at How Could Disney Place Santa on Their Bad List?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Vintage Christmas Cards!

Some of the Christmas cards were the ones that had been sent and saved if I show the inside I cut off the signature. Without further ado, here we go:
The one below is what's inside the one above.
Well, there is more but I will get to them maybe tomorrow. Ya'll have a good night!
What a nice day to go to an auction! It was cloudy but didn't rain. It was around 70 degrees, perfect!
Here are a couple pictures to tide you over until I get some scanning done. These two lots went for more than I could pay, $19 a piece to the same bidder! The first is a small box of old postcards.
The last picture is a box of vintage greeting cards that I wanted so baaaadddd! (It's OK I am happy with what I got, that you will have to be patient to see!)
I know this isn't really Christmas related but I just needed to share these pictures! I haven't been to an auction in months, I was starting to have withdrawals!

Stay Tuned!

I was able to go to the auction I was talking about in my last post. I bought a couple lots of vintage greeting and Christmas cards! I am hoping to scan a few and share sometime this weekend, hopefully tonight.

I wish I had taken pictures of the beautiful old oak furniture and the beautiful paintings to share on my other blog. I love these kind of auctions!

Ta ta for now!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

My Goodwill Find

Here is a Santa I found at Goodwill yesterday.  Just had to buy him!!  He is only about 4 inches or so tall.  That is a little bluebird on his shoulder.
Added 8/10/12: I am thinking he is a doorstop, he is heavy for how small he is and he doesn't have legs. How fun is that!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Went to Goodwill Today

Does anybody else look at the Christmas items at Goodwill when you go there?  I do and today one thing caught my eye and I couldn't leave without it.  I am hoping to get a picture of it to share, soon.  I did see other things but they were too expensive for being at a Goodwill.  Anybody else have some  good luck finding something Christmas-y at a secondhand store?  I am hoping to go to an auction this weekend, with some cool vintage-y stuff, including Christmas.  Hoping my hubby let's me buy.  Cross your fingers and your toes and maybe say a little prayer that he does!  :o)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Christmas in July!

First: I just want to say 150 days and some hours until Christmas!

Second: here is a video I took of some Christmas light decorations not far from us. Sorry, it got cut off because of the battery going dead on my camera.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Poor Santa :o(

My hubby was taking the garbage out last week and he tripped over the Santa I shared a bit ago. I should have put it away. Oh, well, don't cry over broken Santa, right? When my boys saw him they kept saying "Santa died". Cracking me up! :o)
Oh and my hubby didn't hurt himself (thank goodness).

Sunday, January 1, 2012

You are Multicolored Lights

Your holidays are a time for cheer and excitement.

You love so much about the holidays, and everyone perks up a little from your happiness.

You try to be grateful for what you have this time of the year.

Even if things have been tough, you can't help but be joyful.