Category: Christmas tablescapes

Making A Christmas Boxwood Tree

November 26, 2015

I have been wanting to try making a Christmas boxwood tree for years. I am so glad I pushed myself this year because they are not difficult to put together and I am going to show you just how easy it is! boxwood tree 1013 (2) Items you will need:

A container to hold tree.

Floral Tape.

Wet Foam block.

Small decorations.

Floral Picks to insert decorations.

Boxwood branches.

You can make any size tree you wish. I suggest starting with a small to medium tree to learn. The best container I found to use is a small/medium size shallow dish:

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Be sure the foam oasis you buy is a wet foam block:

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To begin your project,soak your block in water until it fills with water and sinks itself, approximately 5 minutes:

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Stand your foam up in your container and cut the top sides down into the shape of a tree:

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Then secure with floral tape to keep from tipping over:

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Your first piece you choose is a pretty topper branch for the tree and stick into the top of oasis:

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Then starting at the bottom, make a row all the way around sticking the branches so that they are coming straight out:

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Try to keep the branches around the same size:

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You can pull out pieces or trim your tree anytime you want. A good tip is to remember that you are making a miniature tree. I just used my fingers to break off pieces of the branches if I thought they were too long or thick. Think mini!

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After the bottom row is done, move up to the next level using a bit smaller branches. These will be inserted with a slight angle up:

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Just like a real tree. Each row up the branches get a little smaller. Continue to place branches in oasis angling upward to the top of tree:

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Spin the tree around while you are working to make sure it is keeping even all the way around. And the finished tree!:

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Then it is time to decorate! You are only limited by your imagination on what you can use for ornaments. I always like a simple look so I did not add much to my tree:

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Isn’t it beautiful? I love it. So pretty and easy! Now I can’t stop:

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Plan It Out

November 14, 2015

I don’t want to talk about the Holiday Season too early, but…..

Looking ahead, wouldn’t it be fun to create something fabulous that makes you smile every time you walk in the room?

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If you want to create a pretty and special Christmas tree or tabletop setting, a decorated mantel, bookshelf, etc. this Season, it is necessary to plan it out:

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Those beautiful table settings you see in blogs and magazines? Definitely written down and planned out to the last napkin. Same with those gorgeous, original Christmas trees you see. All planned out.

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And if I can figure out how to create something out of my normal craft boundaries- you can too! For instance, this year I decided to try something new and I am adding ribbon to my Christmas tree:

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I saved the project here on my Christmas Pinterest board. I printed out the directions and wrote a list of what I will need. Now that I started to plan, I will have time to purchase my ribbon and not be rushing around at the last minute when I put up my tree.

Another project I have always wanted to do is making a Christmas boxwood tree:

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I love them! Just so pretty and sweet.

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I am going to try it! It will be fun however it turns out. Now I just have to plan it out…..

Have a great weekend everyone!

My Year In Review

December 22, 2014

As I look back over 2014, I have to say that I had a wonderful year. I moved into a beautiful new condo:

Sneak Peek At My New Condo

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I also set goals for myself which I accomplished, (ok, most of them). One important objective I made for my blog was to only post when I had interesting or educational information to share with my readers. For example, I did a ton of work and research about the new Cree LED lights:

Everything You Need To Know About the New Light Bulbs

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I loved how everyone commented on whether or not to paint my friend Connie’s mantel:

Agree or Disagree to Paint Mantel?

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And the results of that blog:

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So pretty! Great job Connie.

Here are a few reader favorites this past year:

Another Color Option For Pinky-Beige

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Best Trim Color For Revere Pewter

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Blues For Ceilings

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Inspiring Christmas Tablescapes

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Here are a few of my favorite blogs this past year:

Photos To Share!

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Eric Roth, professional photographer, came to my home to take pictures! Such an exciting day for me!

More Granite Decisions

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I learned so much from all of your comments! You helped me make the right decision for my kitchen backsplash.

Custom Starburst Mirror

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Thank you so much everyone! Thank you for all of your kind comments and letters and all of my readers that stop by. And thank you to all of my local business as well as all of my online design clients. So great to work with you all! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Joyous New Year!!  xo

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Christmas Decorating At The Condo

December 11, 2014

I just wanted to share my little condo decorating for Christmas this year:

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Nothing special or fancy. This table was decorated around my pretty Christmas cactus that is blooming now (upper left of photo below):

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I just wrote a couple weeks ago how I do not do theme Christmas trees, but I found I picked up a lot of turquoise ornaments at the end of last years season sales, so I thought why not give it a try:

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I love it! Here is a clever idea for a Christmas display:

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Take a tall vase, fill with silver tinsel and balls and mix in some colored balls:

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Super easy and original!

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How are you doing with your Christmas decorating? Do you go all out every year? Or do you find yourself taking out less decorations each year? I am definitely in the lesser group. I still enjoy decorating but have toned it down a bit each year. How about you?

Inspiring Christmas Tablescapes

December 3, 2014

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Oh so pretty! I just love looking at beautiful Holiday tablescapes and I know you do too!:

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It takes a little planning to put something together as beautiful as these:

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I’m sure you could also set a beautiful table after you made a list of what you would need.

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I love so many of these vignettes, but where would you ever put the food?

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Look how gorgeous this is:

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Love, love this one!:

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Here is a close up of the one above:

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So simple and so gorgeous, don’t you agree?

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I hope you enjoyed and were able to get a few inspiring ideas for your Christmas table! I have Christmas on my mind, how about you?

Inspiring Holiday Tablescapes

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About this time, our attention is starting focus on what will be served on Christmas Day and how we want to lay out the table.

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Beautiful china, special linen napkins and of course a simple but elegant centerpiece:

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Look how beautiful, simple and creative:

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I think the most beautiful table settings are those that use fresh greenery:

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This arrangement is pretty, but where will you put the food?:

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Some people are so creative:

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Sandra Lee never disappoints when making an original table setting:

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Do you dress up your table? I do, but when it is time to bring out the food I always remove the centerpiece and replace it with food. The centerpiece is taken off and put aside. I figure for anyone to be able to leave the centerpieces on the table during dinner, they must have a butler serving them on the side!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.