Decorating for the Holidays

I am not usually a person who decorates for Christmas until December 1st. I usually feel strange decorating for one holiday when the previous holiday hasn’t passed yet, but this year feels different and I know exactly why. Kids.

I only have one at the moment, but having this little person in my life has made me feel bad for shaming Wegman’s and my mom friends for decorating for Christmas the day after Halloween. I’ve even been playing Christmas music, which goes against all of my rules of the past. Having a child in the house reminds you to celebrate joy, and with so many negative things happening in our world, I am happy to do anything that will make my home feel safe, warm, and festive, even if Christmas is over a month away.

Here is one little Christmas corner, complete with my Grandma’s old skis (how on earth did she ski in them, or lift them for that matter?). The vases are from Hobby Lobby and they are usually perched on my mantle in the off-season as a great neutral space filler, but I filled them with faux cranberries and dried orange slices and put put some fake greens from Michael’s. I made the tags by grabbing plain tags from the scrapbook section of Michael’s. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to paint a little square on the tag and added my holiday wish in paint pen. It was super easy, and the red and white twine really adds something, I think. 

Here are a few more in other everyday vases that I use year-round. 

Here is my mantle! I made this banner a few years back and I love that it has a homemade feel and matches some of my MacKenzie-Childs decor in the living room. I bought the panels at Michael’s in the party decor section. Again, the red and white twine are making an appearance. 

 The Pom-poms are from HomeGoods!

My dining room is the next project on my mind. I love the wall color in the cold of winter but I hate it in the summer-time. I have been reminding my husband that the next project is painting the dining room (or is it retiling the backsplash, framing artwork, or purchasing a mirror for the bedroom over the dresser- there is more than one thing on my wish list). We just replaced a large window in our dining room with a sliding glass door, so now that the door is installed and painted, I want to paint the walls. Anyways, I digress. I found the awesome geometric vases at HomeGoods this spring and put candles and ornaments inside. Wegman’s has a great deal going, $6.99 for large “door swag” which I am laying flat on the table and hoping with a daily spritz of water, they make it to Christmas. I just picked up the relatively neutral tablecloth at HomeGoods and love that it isn’t super-bold. I tend to grab bold tablecloths and everything I put on them gets lost in the pattern, or doesn’t match. I tried to stay simple and I just love how it looks. 

I will post more about my holiday decorating once I put more up!

I also have a few great hand-outs for my art ed friends which I plan to post later this week! Have a happy Thanksgiving!


Greeting Card Refresh

A great Christmas idea for the organized and always prepared: a greeting card organizer. There are plenty on Amazon, and many come with starter cards, which is great. My mother bought me one of these many years ago and it is awesome to have, it often saves me a trip to the grocery store, which the week of Thanksgiving, is a wonderful thing! 

Every once in a while, when I am at TJMaxx, Marshall’s, or Homegoods, I grab a stack of their beautiful assortment of greeting cards. They have a pretty good assortment, with much of the focus on babies and birthdays, which are two things the people in my life seem to be currently celebrating! I also grabbed a sympathy card and a “promoted to grandparents” card for a friend’s parents. 

The cards are beautiful, think Papyrus or The Paper Source, but literally a quarter of the price. All of these cards were under two dollars. I hate standing in the aisle at the grocery store, looking at a lackluster card and turning it over to see it is 4.99. So expensive! 

These cards are gorgeous, and embellished, which usually come with a high price tag. Not here!

(A fun garland birthday greeting by Meri Meri, only $1.50)

(Lovely baby card by Punch Studio that reads, “So glad you’re here” on the inside was only $1.99 and comes with a foil sticker for the envelope)

Now that I have a handful of new cards for my organizer, I am going to file them away. Next time I have a birthday or shower to attend, I don’t have to put the greeting card on my grocery list. 

(P.S. I find the most amazing thank you notes at TJ, Marshall’s, and Homegoods as well)