Wouldn't you like to have a wreath that could transition from late fall through Thanksgiving to Christmas and into New Year's?  Me too! Whether you have space issues, time issues, or just want to be efficient in your use of resources, I think you'll love this stunning transitional wreath for Thanksgiving to Christmas and beyond! It has the earthiness of fall with the burlap colored ribbon and the sparkle of the holidays with the gold polka-dots.     My goal is always to make a big impact without spending oodles of time and money on a project, so I'm always keeping my eyes … [Read more...]

Looking for a way to give your tree a little sparkle this year? Try your hand at making these super quick and easy classy marbleized metallic Christmas ornaments.   As you know... I'm all about adding a personal touch to my home decor.  In my book, handmade always trumps store bought.  So it was just a natural thing for me to invite my blogging friends to join me for 31 days of sharing handmade Christmas ornaments.     I'm number 5 on the 31 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornament Blog Hop which runs October 1-31, 2015. I hope you've been inspired by the talents of my good … [Read more...]

To me... there's nothing better than a handmade Christmas. If I didn't make it... I would purchase handmade items. Especially Christmas ornaments. The handmade ones are the ones I treasure most. They are the ones that have a story. Yup I'm sentimental like that.   That's why I put together a very special event for you... My Project Inspire{d} co-hostesses agreed to join me in hosting this very special event, and together we've invited an amazing line-up of bloggers to bring you a whole month filled with beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments that YOU can make too. Here's our inspiring … [Read more...]

In busyness of the season, you may have missed my popular series, Creating Christmas Memories with Vignettes. Each week we were blessed by one of my blogging friends as they shared their Christmas Memories with a special vignette or maybe several.  More than anything, I loved the stories they shared.  Our heart strings seem to be more sensitive this time of year.   Maybe now that everything is decorated, you'll enjoy their posts in a new and fresh way.  It's a good time to take a look at your decor and make plans now to create Christmas memories to be treasured with vignettes. If you missed the … [Read more...]

Christmas Baking Vignette   What a treat to be here visiting my friend Diane at An Extraordinary Day! I was so excited when Diane told me that she was hosting a series on Christmas vignettes.   I love the idea of creating small vignettes in my home. It's an easy way to break decorating into small manageable bites. And that is especially welcome at the holidays when decorating the whole house can feel quite overwhelming.     Today I'm sharing a simple little vignette that sits on my kitchen counter and it's all about family traditions and baking Christmas cookies.     I … [Read more...]

  How would you like to have a fresh evergreen centerpiece for Christmas? I've been making one for years and now... with this tutorial you can too! Let's start with our supplies... Waterproof container ~ This Lenox Winter Greetings Bowl*is a new version and similar to the one I used. Pruner * Sharp knife with a long blade Oasis® floral foam* Assorted fresh cut evergreens Berries or rose hips ~ fresh or artificial Pine cones English ivy or boxwood is also a wonderful addition Optional: small bird house, bird cage, candle, bird, etc. Hot tip!  I picked up my … [Read more...]

Have you noticed them?   Christmas trees on cars?  Or maybe campers even? I can't tell you how many Christmas trees on cars we saw on our drive home at Thanksgiving. We live near several Christmas tree farms, so really it should be no surprise.     There's something wonderful about seeing a car (or truck) with a tree tied on. There's something special about bringing home a fresh-cut tree. I like to think that each car I see is filled with joy and anticipation. And I imagine the plans being made to decorate that perfect evergreen treasure for … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Christmas Vignette   I bet you are in the process of making your home MERRY AND BRIGHT! Decking the halls and doing Fa-la-la-la-la fun things this Christmas! I am doing that right now too! One great way to give your home a festive holiday look is by creating Christmas vignettes. I'm so thrilled to be a part of Diane's CREATING CHRISTMAS MEMORIES WITH VIGNETTES. And I am soooo happy to be here at AN EXTRAORDINARY DAY today!!!! A big thanks to Diane for letting me visit her beautiful blog and be part of this wonderful series!     My favorite vignettes to create any time … [Read more...]

  Yesterday I mentioned the value of taking photos of your Christmas decor each year.  By looking back at my past photos I made a discovery. In my quest to be frugal, I've become a little shabby.  Shabby chic that is.  Looking through past years' holiday photos I discovered my first attempts, at shabby Christmas decor. And it's not all bad.     The photos... not so great.  But the shabby Christmas decor... pretty nice (if I say so myself).  You see that year, like most, I just snapped a few photos of my decor for posterity. Mostly so I'd remember what I did.  It's always been a … [Read more...]

Ready for a hot holiday tip? Do you take pictures of your past holiday decor or table settings? If you don't, I urge you to do that.  Bloggers have a tendency to take lots of photos, and I was "guilty" of that in my pre-blogging years.  But, now as I look back, I'm so glad I did.  It helps me remember the good ideas and get the creative juices flowing when I'm tired from all the festivities and I might still have some decorating to do, or tables to set for those special dinners and parties. Why not create a special file on your computer, just for holiday decor you want to remember?  I think you'll find … [Read more...]

Coffee Table Vignette   I was honored and delighted when Diane asked me to share a Christmas vignette here at An Extraordinary Day. I love her heart and her penchant for creating beautiful vignettes from nature.  I must admit, I haven't decorated for Christmas yet as I am getting ready for a craft show next weekend. Once that is over, then I will be decking the halls! However, I did put together a coffee table vignette that holds some very special memories for myself and my family.     When the children were little, I purchased a special Christmas story book each year, early … [Read more...]

Have you given much thought to outdoor decorating for Christmas? I'm sure you've seen the homes with all the colorful light displays and entryways beautifully festooned with greens and lights.     Today I'm sharing an idea for decorating those areas that are more personal.  The ones not seen from the street... such as the back porch.  The places where you'll enjoy your favorite things with a holiday or wintry flair.     As I was going through some old photos, I discovered I took several pictures of an outdoor wintry garden vignette on my back porch.  This was … [Read more...]

The Most Meaningful Vignette   Sweet Diane, invited me to join in on her 'Creating Christmas Memories with Vignettes" series, and I think it's such a wonderful way to welcome the holiday season.   Christmas is such a wonderful time of year to create new memories in your home with family and friends through new traditions, and through memorable and meaningful vignettes.     Fall and Christmas are my favorite times of year to decorate our home . . . and although my decor and vignettes change year to year, there are a few vignettes that make an appearance every year. our … [Read more...]

Manger Scene Memories   I am happy to join Diane for Creating Christmas Memories with Vignettes. She asked if I would create a vignette and tell a story and the first thing that came to me was to share this manger scene.  This was the manger scene of my childhood.  I happened to inherit it last Christmas.     The thing I remember most about this was how crazy I was about Baby Jesus. I used to sit and look at this manger and stare and play with Baby Jesus; I was maybe four, it is one of my earliest memories.     I have always been enamored with babies.  I went … [Read more...]

Inspiring Christmas Vignettes Hello. I’m so happy to be here today on An Extraordinary Day. Diane is such a talented and wonderful blogger and I was thrilled she asked me to share some of my Christmas vignettes with you. As Diane mentioned to me, vignettes are little snapshots or memories and as I combed through my holiday projects to decide what I was going to share here, it was a wonderful trip down memory lane. I hope you enjoy my projects.  Creative Decor   Vintage Button Snowflake Ornament  |  Miniature Yule Log  |  Apple Advent Countdown  | Winter Centerpiece  |  Brown Paper Packages Advent  … [Read more...]

Decorating for Christmas has often been one of my favorite things to do. Yet, some years, we can get overwhelmed with Christmas decor... Where do we begin and where do we end? There's the entryway, the tree for the main living area, wreaths, and garlands, and the list goes on. Today I want to help make Christmas decorating easier for you. I'm kicking off a weekly series... Creating Christmas Memories with Vignettes Every Wednesday between now and Christmas a different blogger will be stopping by with vignettes they've created to inspire you in your Christmas and holiday decorating.  I'm so … [Read more...]

  I've been hearing this question a lot lately, "Is there enough snow for you?" Having lived in West Michigan and in the Buffalo area, I am familiar with snow.  Lots of it.  Record snowfalls.  This year, it snows or seems to snow every day.  Regardless of the amount, it's enough!   Prior to this year's white avalanche, I shared my winter mantel and asked if anyone wanted me to create a tutorial for making pretty snowflakes.  It seems that I am not the only one who did not know that there was a paper-folding technique that would make all the difference in the world.  So, today, just in case … [Read more...]