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15 Awesome Ways To Make Your Christmas Festive & Beautiful

Lantern Decorated for Christmas

Every year I say I'm going to get my wreaths up on my exterior windows earlier in the season so I can enjoy them longer and this year I finally managed to get it done! Yipee!   I'm so excited to have them up early enough to really enjoy them for a nice long time. The days always pass so quickly this time of year, don't they?   My landscaping across the front is on hold as I … [Read more...]




10 Last-Minute Recipes, Tips and Ideas for Christmas

Easy Christmas Centerpiece You Can Make in 15 Minutes Using Greenery from Your Yard 2a

Today I'm linking to some past posts at BNOTP that may come in handy with Christmas just 5 days away.  Hope these are helpful as you work to get ready for the big day! Make an Easy 15-Minute Centerpiece for Entry Table or Buffet   Make a Christmas Mice Ornament or Present Topper   Make an Ice Bucket or Wine Chiller for Your Christmas Dinner   Emergency … [Read more...]




Mason Jar Craft: Make a Christmas Lantern

Make a Lantern for the Holidays

I love to go on home tours at Christmastime. Years ago when I attended a tour in my home town, one home we visited had pretty lanterns hanging from hooks. They were lining the walkway to the home. I loved how it looked and have always wanted to try my hand at making some for my walkway. I finally got around to doing it this year and guess what? It's easy!  I've made two so far and I love how they turned … [Read more...]




A Plaid Christmas & Lighting the Christmas Trees Via Remote

Wrapping Present with Craft Paper and Bright Ribbon

Lately I feel a bit like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland.  I picture myself running around the house shouting, "I'm late, I'm late...for a very important date."  I've sort of gotten the cart before the horse this Christmas season.  I have all my gifts wrapped but one, yet I still haven't decorated around my front door. lol  Now what's wrong with that picture! I went shopping for fresh greenery late … [Read more...]




Make a Wintry Snow Globe

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I've had so much fun checking out all the "Before and Afters" linked for yesterday's Metamorphosis Monday party! Yesterday for Met Monday, I posted a garden transformation.  The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is beautifully illuminated now for their Garden Lights, Holiday Nights event.  Today's post is about another transformation, one you can make and give for Christmas or use for an upcoming dinner … [Read more...]




Christmas Banister Decorations: Create a Fantasy in Lights

Christmas Banister Decorations 1

Comment Replies That Never Arrived Recently, I became aware that the hundreds of replies I've made to comments left on posts over the last few months were never delivered to the lovely person who left the comment.  After spending several hours the last few days trying to figure it out, I finally decided to check with my hosting company on the slight chance they could help.  Turns out, they had some box … [Read more...]




Colonial Williamsburg Apple Tree Form: Make Your Own

a Colonial Williamsburg Lemon, Lime and Clove Studded Orange Centerpiece

Back in December 2008, just 3-4 months after I began blogging, I created this Colonial Williamsburg style centerpiece for a Christmas party I had coming up.  I also used it for our Christmas table that year.  I make this centerpiece almost every Christmas.   It has to be my all time favorite Christmas table centerpiece. Sorry about the awful photography.  The camera I was using back in 2008 couldn't … [Read more...]




Christmas Decor and Holiday Parties

Porch decorated with Pottery Barn knock-off garland, 2010

How was your Thanksgiving?  Are you in a turkey coma?  Are you heading out to brave the Black Friday crowds?  If you get a steal today, leave me a comment and tell me what it was?  I don't usually head out on BF.  If I do it's usually late in the day when the real frenzy is over and the early birds are back home in bed recovering! Lots of folks have already started decorating for Christmas big time.  If … [Read more...]




Christmas Mice Ornaments or Present Toppers: A Tutorial

Christmas Mice Ornaments or Present Toppers

Looking for an ornament or present topper? Christmas mice with candy cane tails make cute ornaments for the tree.   They are also great little present toppers.  This is a great craft for all ages.  I have a faux candy cane tucked inside my little mouse below, but you'll probably want to use a real candy cane if you attach these to a Christmas present.  The faux candy canes work great when making these to … [Read more...]




Colonial Williamsburg Apple Tree Tutorial

How to make a Colonial Williamsburg Christmas Table Setting with Apple Tree Centerpiece

Welcome to the 101st Metamorphosis Monday! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope your holidays have been wonderful! Recently, I created a Colonial Williamsburg style, apple tree centerpiece for our Christmas dinner table setting. See that table setting here: Christmas Tablescape with Colonial Williamsburg Apple Tree Centerpiece   I've had several requests in the past for a tutorial … [Read more...]




Pottery Barn Inspired Garland Tutorial-Make Your Own!

Pottery Barn Inspired Garland

For Metamorphosis Monday, I shared this wonderful photo from a Pottery Barn Catalog and a little info about how I was inspired to re-create a similar look for my front porch for less than half the price of the PB Garland. As promised, I'm back today with a tutorial on everything you need to know to make this ornament-covered garland for your home. Before we get started, let me torture you with a … [Read more...]




Create Your Own Ice Bucket or Wine Chiller

Make a Wine Ice Chiller with Cranberries 4

Welcome to the 95th Metamorphosis Monday! Recently, I received a catalog in the mail and it showed this pic/ad. I was tempted to order it until I realized the silver bowl was plastic. I remembered I already had a silver bowl...so I decided to try and make the ice chiller with things I already had and save myself $29.00. The Before: The only thing I had to purchase was a bottle of wine, … [Read more...]




Party Planning: An Ornament or Gift Exchange Game Your Guests Will Love

Christmas Ornament Exchange Game for Parties

Ornament/Gift Exchange Game: I'll be honest with you, I normally don't really like games at parties because they always take so long and I'd much rather just stuff my face and visit with my friends. But this game is different. It's a super fast game, literally.  It's over in about 3-5 minutes and it leaves folks laughing. It really is a lot of fun! Here's how it works:In the invitation I always ask … [Read more...]




Renovating on a Miniature Scale

Dollhouse Renovation Plans

Welcome to the 59th Metamorphosis Monday! Metamorphosis Monday: I know you're going to be shocked, but I've been thinking about moving. Yes, you read that right.  Your eyes have not deceived you. You see, I found this old house and you know how I love old homes. It's a great house, just a bit smaller than my current home. Problem is, it's a real fixer-upper. we're talking fodder for Met Monday posts … [Read more...]




Make a Greenhouse from Old Discarded Windows

Build a Greenhouse from Old Windows to Decorate for Holidays

Welcome to the 46th Metamorphosis Monday! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I've been out of state visiting my son and his sweetie. It was a whirlwind trip and so much fun. My son gave me a tour of the law school he's attending, as well as a tour of the wonderful historic building where he works with a local firm. We did a little shopping on Black Friday and went to see A Christmas Carol on … [Read more...]




Christmas Decorating on the Porch

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I'm coming up for air!  I've been running around like a chicken with it's head...well, you know... getting ready for the neighborhood cookie party. Last count...expecting around 25 people. I've been grocery shopping, vacuuming, cleaning, cleaning some more, dusting...did I mention I've been cleaning! I've been de-furring the chairs...Max has his favorite spots for his afternoon naps and I don't think my … [Read more...]




Christmas in Miniature, A Sweet Dollhouse

Yellow Farmhouse Dollhouse Decorated for Christmas

While out antiquing in December two years ago, I came across a wonderful old doll house. The exterior was already decorated for Christmas with garland strung across the banister rails and wreaths on several of the windows. It stole my heart but it was priced at $250, so reluctantly, I walked away. All during Christmas I kept thinking about the house. I knew absolutely nothing about doll houses, having … [Read more...]