Magical Lighted Hallway for Christmas

Let’s just say it out loud, shall we?  When it comes to Christmas lights, I’m certifiable. If you’ve been here before, you know this…heck, half of my posts are about SOME type of lights. But I outdid myself…not just in “what were you thinking?!” but in the outcome. In general, I am a mediocre cook and a sub-par house cleaner, […]

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Christmas Traditions

I know that not everyone celebrates Christmas, but it’s a pretty big deal around our house. I’m currently surrounded by boxes of packed and unpacked baubles, and now that the trees are all up (with one left to decorate) I see the end in sight and can soon just enjoy all the festive prettiness and, ahem, perhaps accomplish some actual […]

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Easy DIY Winter Swags from Tree Leftovers (and Mr. D&D’s Creche)

I don’t know if we’re ever actually “done” decorating for the holidays…we love playing with lights, I guess. This Sunday, Mr. and I had some fun “finishing up” the outdoor decorations. I get the lights up early…but I don’t finish until the first week in December. Why?  I’m waiting for the (nearly) free Christmas decorations. You know those lovely fresh pine […]

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White Lights or Color Lights?

I did something a little crazy this year, even by my own standards. Although I enjoy it so much when it’s completed, I usually HATE putting up our big Christmas tree. (okay, not “hate,” how about “passionate dislike”) It’s an 11-year old, 10-foot tree with “some assembly required”…in this case, that means the entire tree. Some of it is held […]

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Easy Balloon Topiaries

  Need some easy peasy party decorations? Give me 15 minutes and 12 balloons and you’re in business with quick, inexpensive DIY balloon topairies! Last year at this time, I was pretty occupied with creating decorations for a large circus-themed fundraiser. (I mentioned it once before in this tutorial for practically perfect paper fans.) In my hunt for ideas, I […]

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How Do YOU Display Christmas Cards?

Christmas card displays and traditions…I’ve enjoyed reading people’s posts on how they decorate for Christmas. So many lovely traditions and crafts! One thing I haven’t seen much of this year, is how folks display the Christmas cards they’ve received. My mom used to tape each one around a doorway, (then get exasperated when we would walk (or run) past and […]

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My Favorite Christmas Tree: Dear Teachers

Last July, I spent a minute or two thinking ahead to how I might decorate our trees for Christmas (Didn’t see it? Find it here).  I wrote about a few of them and noted that I would share my favorite Christmas tree as soon as I finished it. There is no decoration that brings me as much joy as our […]

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Decorating for Halloween – Recharged!

It was looking as if Jack Skellington had abandoned Halloween again…. As a young homeowner, I poured through fall magazines and envisioned lovely fall decor, colorful autumn leaf arrangements and wreaths; and made all of those things along with fall porch displays featuring baskets and pumpkins. I still enjoy Pinterest and bloggers’ posts of garlands and burlap and wool (oh […]

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Practically Perfect Paper Fans

If you’re popping in to see what the ModPodge mailbox companion pieces are, I’m still gathering the last of my supplies, stay tuned! In the interim, I thought I’d share a quick tutorial on Practically Perfect Paper Fans. Last year I was decorating a circus-themed event and really needed a paper fan tutorial that gave details. Most of what I […]

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