Monday, November 30, 2009

O’ Christmas Tree! Part VI – The Finished Tree w/ a Quick and Easy Tree Skirt


I finished the final step in decorating my Christmas tree. I created a quick and easy Christmas tree skirt.


I started with two packages of this shimmery brown fabric mesh garland I got for 50% off at Hobby Lobby.


I didn’t even cut it! I just draped both pieces loosely around the tree stand. That way if I decide to use these pieces for a different purpose next year, they are still intact.


I then took some leftover ribbon and pinned it in a couple of places to the mesh garland. And there you have a quick and easy tree skirt!

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Bargain Find of the Week

Although this weekend is the granddaddy of shopping bargains, I really didn’t feel up to leaving the house and battling the crowds so I don’t have any spectacular bargains to share. But Latasha was hitting up a few stores on Friday and I asked her to pick up this pair of 4ft pre-lit topiary trees from Wal-mart for $25.



I had been looking for inexpensive taller topiary trees for awhile now and $12.50 each is the lowest price I have ever seen for these.


Right now I have the pair flanking my TV console and I will probably decorate them with some ribbon, but I have a feeling that they will probably grace many different areas of my home before the Christmas season is over.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!


I wish everybody a joyful and blessed day! And thank you Amani for your lovely turkey hand drawing. I love you, kiddo!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

O’ Christmas Tree! Part V – Topping Off the Tree.

If you think I overdid it on the tree – wait until you see my topper! This topper was really an accident. For some reason, I never seem to find nice tree toppers on post Christmas sales so I have always used a bow or something else as a temporary solution until I found the perfect topper. Over the years I have accumulated a large selection of Christmas floral stems and leaves. Well last year, I decided to stick a couple of the floral stems into the top of the tree. I decided I like the look and just kept going until I had created a large Christmas floral arrangement on the top of the Christmas tree.



I start with these two glittered floral sprays. I have a plastic tie loosely wrapped around the top of the tree and I use it to hold the stems in place.




Next, I start randomly placing stems throughout the top of the tree as if I was arranging florals in a vase. I have picked up all of the stems from places like Michael’s, Target, Garden Ridge, etc. for huge discounts after the season. I have actually purchased some before Christmas at a discount because they were considered Fall clearance. So if you use a lot of browns and copper in your Christmas decor be sure to check out the Fall clearance for items that you can also use for Christmas.

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These glittered sprays are the only things I have purchased recently to decorate my tree this year. I found these glittered sprays at the Dollar Tree a few weeks ago and I bought a dozen of them. I wish I would have bought them all because I went back to get some more and they were all gone. I could really use some more for my mantel garland.





I think my topper adds a good foot to my 6.5ft tree! Next – A Quick and Easy Tree Skirt!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

O’ Christmas Tree! Part IV – DIY Bling Ornaments

Since I am not using any glass balls on the tree, I wanted to make sure that the tree still has some sparkle. I accomplished this by making some tree jewelry.


I found these Gem Stones and Gem Drops at Z Gallerie a few years. They are acrylic instead of crystal but they are faceted and they do sparkle a bit. They could have easily been used as a vase filler but they came with holes in them also to allow them to be strung up for garland or such. So I used my jewelry making supplies and extra beads to create a number of these drop ornaments.




I think they add just the bit of sparkle I was looking for.


Next – Topping off the Tree!

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Monday, November 23, 2009

O’ Christmas Tree! Part III – Oversized DIY Ornaments

After the ribbon and floral picks, I start placing my large size ornaments throughout the tree.


I love to use large glass ornaments, but every year I have lost more and more of my beautiful glass ornaments due to breakage. Only the glass ones seem to ever fall off the tree! So this year I am using my glass ornaments on more level surfaces only. As a substitute I am using these large plastic ornaments I bought for $0.79 for a pack of three at last year’s Hobby Lobby’s after Christmas clearance.

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I bought 5 packs of these and I have decorated them in different ways. I have spray painted some, embossed some, glittered some and beaded some. It was fun trying to come up with different ways to decorate them.


I also used four of these oversized crosses that I purchased at Garden Ridge’s after Christmas clearance a few years ago. I liked these so much that I went to every Garden Ridge that was within a reasonable driving distance to find more of these, but I could only find four.


I know you are probably saying to yourself that I should really stop now - add a topper and call it done. Not yet! Next – Bling Bling!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bargain Find of the Week


This week’s bargain find comes from Hobby Lobby’s 80% off Fall/Thanksgiving clearance. These bronze beaded trees costs $4.80, $4.00 and $3.20 after discount. I would have liked to wait to purchase them for 90% off but I had a feeling that they wouldn’t last that long. Although Hobby Lobby considers them Fall decor, I think they could be easily pass as Christmas decor in my home.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

O’ Christmas Tree! Part II – Nontraditional Ornaments

I like a very full and lush Christmas tree and even post Christmas bargain shopping and DIY ornaments can still add up in price and be very time consuming. So I use nontraditional items as ornaments to add to the fullness of my Christmas tree.



One of these nontraditional items is candle rings. I purchased these from Michael’s at a 90% off after Christmas sale a few years ago. I think they cost $0.49 each and I use about 10 throughout the tree. I place the rings around a group of tips and push it towards the trunk of the tree.

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I also use Christmas floral picks in the tree also. I lay the larger ones of top of the branches and the smaller ones are great for covering up the twisted tips that hold the ribbon in place. I also purchased these at 90% off a few years ago from Michael’s at prices varying from about $0.19 to $0.59 each. I use about two dozen picks throughout the tree.




Next – Oversized DIY Ornaments. Are you wondering to yourself yet “Where is she going to find room to put anything else on that tree!?” I am only halfway finished at this point. I told you I like a full and lush tree!

Friday, November 20, 2009

O’ Christmas Tree! Part I - Ribbon

This is Part I in a series of posts detailing how I decorate my Christmas tree. I usually try to wait until Thanksgiving day to put up the tree, but after I ventured out last night for the first time in almost two weeks I was surprised to see how many Christmas decorations were already up – commercial and residential. So since I am moving slower than usual due to the surgery, I figured I should start early so I could be finished by Thanksgiving.


I start with an artificial 6.5 ft pre-lit slim Christmas tree. This tree is so easy to put up. The branches are prehinged and the tree comes in three sections. I easily attach the sections and the lights, the hinged branches fall in place and with a little fluffing of the tips, the tree is ready to decorate. I took me about 5 minutes total!


The first item I use to decorate the tree is ribbon. I love different types of wired ribbon that can be twisted and shaped in various ways. I bought this ribbon from a local Christmas decorating store and it is the only items in my Christmas decor that I didn’t make or buy in a post Christmas sale and paid full price for. They costs about $12.95 - $14.95 for a 10 yard roll. I love them and have reused them over and over for a couple of years now.


I use the tips of the tree to hold the ribbon in place.



I don’t have a specific set of rules here. I just start intertwining the ribbon throughout the tree. Since all of the ribbon is wired it is easy to shape and twist the ribbon different ways. I just keep going until it appears that the tree is adequately covered in ribbon.



Next – Using nontraditional ornaments/filler to decorate the Christmas tree.


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