Christmas Extras

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I thought I’d share some additional Christmas decorations in the house.  I shared my tree earlier this week. You can check it out here.

We’re in the middle of a renovation in our living room so I didn’t decorate much this year but it’s still festive.  If you remember, we tore out our old fireplace wall and we’re relocating the fireplace.  The living room isn’t the only room we’ve been working on.  I’ll be sharing more about that in the new year.

A mix of fresh cedar, pine, magnolia, and cleyera for the front door.

front door wreath pic

Fresh cedar for this pitcher to spruce up my kitchen.

greens in cherry pitcher pic

My daughter-in-law put a festive touch in my kitchen hutch for me.

bookshelf christmas pic

I went simple but big on this wall in our living room.   I took 3 large frames and 3 grapevine wreaths that I bought at thrift stores, spray painted them, added bows and a touch of pink jingle bells.  Everyone has pink jingle bells, right?

wall wreaths pic

wreath wall pic

wreath pic

I put a big bow on my old sash window mirror in my foyer.

foyer window bow pic

fresh greens in envelope pic

Just a few more days left…are you ready? decorated? shopped out?

Blessings,

Mimi

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.”  Luke 2:8  NIV Bible

Christmas Tree 2013

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Curious what I decided to do with my ornaments I made “new” last week?  I used them to decorate a very special tree I planned this year.  If you’d like to see the post from last week about how to turn old ornaments into clear glass, look here.

This year, I decided to have a “blessing tree”.

christmas tree 2013 picEach ornament has a written blessing inside.  I added a little bit of salt to each ornament which is supposed to look a little like snow.  I’ve had everyone in the family write their blessings.

blessing ornament closeup picThis year, I went with an unconventional wrapping paper.  I thought the melon color was fun and I loved the pattern but what I really loved was the price tag: 89 cents a roll from Target.  The bows are made from left over tulle from my daughter’s wedding.  Now, if only, the cats will leave them alone …

presents pic I wanted this year to be focused more on things money can’t buy.  I think that’s why blessings came to mind.

closeup christmas tree 2013 pic The grand total for this year’s tree decorations and wrappings: Less than $20.  But, the blessing of the memories will be priceless.

Here’s the link to my tree from last year.

Are you almost ready for the holidays?

Blessings,

Mimi

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.  He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.”  Jeremiah 17:7,8a  NIV Bible

Saving Money on Clear Ornaments

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Who doesn’t love saving money especially around the holidays?  I know I do.

I’ve got a great tip if you’re in need of clear ornaments for your tree or gift making.  I decided to decorate my tree a little different this year and I needed a lot of clear ornaments but I hated to buy them.  I found this box at a thrift store that was filled to the brim with old ornaments that had seen better days.  For only $3, I had all the ornaments I needed.  That’s what I call a bargain!

ornaments pic I removed the hanger part off of each ornament and then, I submerged the ball into hot sudsy water with a little bit of bleach.  The paint on the outside comes off quickly and leaves the mirrored ball interior.  If I had wanted silver or mirror ornaments, I would have stopped at this stage and taken them out but, I was after clear ones.

The silver is on the inside of the ornament and requires a bit more effort to remove.  To assist me in getting it off, I spooned a teaspoon or so of salt into the ornament.  Next, I  added a small amount of  sudsy water into the ball and then, I placed my finger over the top and shook the ornament like crazy.  You’ll be able to see the silver coming off.   Don’t bother with smelly paint thinner, paint remover or fingernail polish remover, I tried them and they don’t work quickly or nearly as good as plain old soap and water.ornaments in bubbles picRemoving takes a little effort but the result is worth it. Nice, clean glass ornaments for my tree and I spent less than $5.  clear ornaments picCurious what I’m doing with them?  I plan to share sometime next week.

Blessings,

Mimi

“…the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. {It} shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.”  Revelation 21:10,11 NIV Bible