Category: Christmas

Christmas in July!

July 21, 2018

I just had the best weekend ever! When I was growing up in Ohio, I had four great friends I hung around with in school, girl scouts, church and everything else important in our 8-14 year old lives:

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I am on the left if you could not guess. What do you think of my orange plaid pants? LOL I moved away from my group of friends when I was only 14 years old. Went clear across the country to MA with my family where I am still around. It was a very hard time.

But can you believe that this past weekend, after 45 years! we got together here at my home in NH! We clicked right away again and brought up old memories and laughed and laughed and laughed all weekend!

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We are reversed in order from the first photo. Such a great time we had. Somehow we starting talking about  parties. Did you all ever hear of a Christmas in July party?

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I never have but can’t wait to have one! For those who do not know what Christmas in July is, around July 25, people have a summer party get-together and the theme is Christmas.

Food:

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More food:

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Decorations:

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Lights:

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And Centerpieces:

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I think it is a great idea for a summer party! I found all kinds of ideas on Pinterest here. So much fun! I love the idea. Have you ever had a Christmas in July party? Please share details!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Warm Holiday Wishes From My Home to Yours

December 22, 2017

Is everyone ready for the big day? I am pretty well all set, just waiting for the family to arrive!

My Christmas decorating is pretty simple again this year, just a few Holiday vignettes around the house which makes me happy:

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I kind of went overboard on making snow jars because I was having so much fun with them:

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I think I like taking the photos as much as I like the decorating.

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I love arranging pretty little vignettes!:

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Holiday Season my decorating friends! XOXO

The Prettiest Wrapping Paper of All

December 12, 2017

All these years I have been spending big bucks on assorted wrapping paper, bags and boxes to try and give ‘pretty’ looking gifts. But this year I realized the most beautiful wrapped gifts of all are wrapped simply in plain brown paper:

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Aren’t they so pretty?!:

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Pantone’s 2018 Purple

December 9, 2017

I am sure you have already heard this week on social media that Pantone has announced it’s color of the year for 2018:

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Ultra Violet 18-3838. Pantone chose this complex color to reflect a “complex” time. According to Pantone, Ultra Violet is a “provocative yet thoughtful” color. Historically, it’s been associated with nonconformity and spirituality. Pantone also believes this color symbolizes new possibilities and a hopeful future.

I am sure you have also read mixed reviews. People either are liking this color or giving it a definite thumbs down.

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But I guess that happens every year, right? I myself love a gorgeous purple! I always have. I would not paint a whole room in it:Read More

Winter Scene with Apothecary Jar and Faux Snow

December 4, 2017

Something I started playing with last Christmas while decorating and really enjoyed was snow-filled apothecary jars and cloches:

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I have always loved cute little miniature accessories so this project was right up my alley. Simple and festive!

You can see last years faux snow projects here.

It is literally a 5 minute project. For supplies you need faux snow (or salt or baking soda works too), an apothecary jar or cloche, a few mini trees, and mini sleigh or any other miniature figurine:

All you do is, cover the base of the jar/cloche with craft snow, add the mini trees and  figurine, and the sprinkle some more craft snow on your winter scene. Told you it was easy!

Here are a couple snow scenes I made this year:snowmanRead More

Simple and Beautiful Christmas Centerpieces

December 17, 2016

For Seasonal table centerpieces, I always like to have something  that is easy to move if necessary. You never know what the dining table will be used for next. Eating, playing games, baking cookies, you just never know. That’s why I like to stick with very simple ideas:

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And beautiful at the same time of course! Something I like to keep out on center stage until the Season winds down:

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I love using  items for decorations from nature such as pine, pinecones, cranberries and nuts because they are pretty and free:Read More