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Christmas Mantle 2012 (decorating a Holiday mantle)

 Oh happy Friday friends!! I hope you have a great one. If you are looking for an easy, fresh and simple idea for your mantle this year….here is one that doesn’t take much time to pull off…

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This year I wanted to stick to tradition. I wanted to use as much fresh greens as I could. I also wanted to keep things very simple and light. I found a seller on etsy who makes fresh cedar garland directly from her Georgia home. I bought 15 feet…unsure of where I would use it…but as you can see it fits right at home on my mantle. That is the only things I bought besides the wreath (which came from my local grocery store).

The candlesticks can be seen here in another post I did about refinishing them for my dining room table. I thought the white candles would look very “colonial” next to the fresh greens.

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Some white lights lay on the top…and I hung some wooden “cranberries” underneath with some hooks. (I have had those cranberries for at least 10 years….but I would check Michaels if you want some too)

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We put our tree up on Thanksgiving weekend….the glow is the best..well that and smiling…smiling is my favorite…am I right?!?! )

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We lit the candles….one time…yes, just so I could shoot a picture ;) The things I do for you….:) It all looks so very George Washington…don’t ya think?!

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Here is a peek of our new couches…..we LOVE them…more on that soon….

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Some more fresh evergreen and pinecones for the table….easy, fresh and practically free.

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What do ya think…festive and simple….me likely ;)

A couple side notes….please remember to stop by my friend Kristen’s place today…The Hunted Interior….she is sharing a super cute Christmas craft.


Also….remember to sign up to win this adorable cookies for Santa set….

One more thing…a big thanks to for featuring my twig art. Even though I created that over 2 years ago….it is still going strong. Lots of other fun craft ideas on there…:)

Have a great weekend friends!

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Holiday decorating in the Kitchen

Sometimes…I get something stuck in my mind.

ok…all the time…I get something stuck in my head…

Like red and white. I heart those colors together at Christmas.

I screams tradition…well…more whispers…but you know what I mean.

I loved dressing my white cabinets for Christmas….here is what I pulled together…

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Fa la la la la…la la la la… I had most of these decorations from years past.

I did buy 4 sheets of scrapbooking paper to make some fun snowflakes to stick on the cabinets. Easy, cheap and fun! Also used a new product that I will tell you more about in another post. Paper ribbon. Love, love, love.

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On the open shelves I used some 2 inch grosgrain ribbon…along with some paper ribbon to dress up the shelves. The lanterns have some garland and berries (just secured on with some floral wire).

Joy to the World….the pretzels look so pretty…(I could go on….you know I could…)

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Silver bells….silver bells….it’s time to chill…in the coffee-bar…ahahahahah…ring a ling….hear them ring….soon it will be time for wine…..

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Oh Christmas Tree…o Christmas Tree…how lovely is this chandelier…..with my burlap pompom….

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Santa Baby….fill my stocking with a duplex…and checks…and a wreath for my sink…

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Ok…I’ll stop…now go forth and make some snowflakes.

Your family will love you.

Your friends will just roll their eyes at you…again ;)

They will love you anyway though.


Be sure to stop by my girls Thistlewood Farms and The Hunted Interior this week…for some more fabulous Christmas inspirations!!

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30 things to do now so you can enjoy your holiday season

Eat an elephant. That is what it feels like we have to do every December. Rush to get it all done. That is never fun for anyone….people get grouchy…grouchy is not fun. Here is a list I compiled of for the month of November. Feel free to swap out things that will make it more helpful to you.  There are 30 days in November….just think…if you crossed one thing off the list everyday…you may just be able to really enjoy the best parts of the holiday….without rushing through it all.

list to do for Nov.

To print this list…click on the picture…then right click and select print…

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Doesn’t sound so bad huh?? One thing everyday…to get er done !

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Halloween Spider Cheese ball and Platter (appetizer)

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BOO! Halloween post are popping up all over the web…so I thought I would share this one with you. I was excited to participate over at eighteen25’s Spectacular September this year. I shared this spider web platter. In case you missed it…I have the directions below on how to create your own spider web platter. What could be cuter on a web platter then a cheesy spider?? I know….rolling cheese into the shape of a spider is ALWAYS fun ;) A simple and fun way to get spooky this October…..

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I find that you have to be super gently when you clean this platter….if you want to have something a bit more durable…I would use a black ceramic paint. Just fyi…..or if you would rather just use it once and dry it off…that is cool too. The  sharpie I have since found will wear off….even if you bake it.

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In a bowl, combine 8oz cream cheese, 2 T onion soup mix, 1/2 C shredded Monterey jack, 1 t horseradish, 3 chopped green onions. Mix well. Reserve a spoon full of cheese mixture. On wax paper, form mixture into one large ball and one small ball. Cover with poppy seeds and place on platter (head and body). Split pretzel sticks in half, use the cheese to act as the “joints” for the spider legs. Olive cut in half for the eyes.

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Here are the directions for the platter:

If you have been on pinterest for the past year or so…you have seen similar projects people are creating with sharpie markers. (just fyi this isn’t permanent….it has washed off….but it is still cute:)  I was inspired to try this technique out for myself. How fun to make a plain white platter into a spider web for Halloween!! This is so easy. All you need is a black sharpie marker, a white platter, and an oven. I printed an image of a spider web (off the web…he he he) to follow and use as my guide.

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I wanted mine to be “offset” of center….so I started by adding a small dot on the side of my platter. From there I drew lines going out from that dot (just as many as looks right to you…no wrong way to make a spider web….just have fun with it!) After I had the lines drawn….I started from the center and drew slightly curved lines to connect the web together…until my web looked complete. Let dry and go over the design again with the marker. Bake in a 350 oven for 30 minutes. Hand wash is best (very gently wash) ;)

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Did I scare ya?? He he he :) Happy weekend friends! If you are enjoying my post I would love for you to share with friends on your favorite social media. The more the merrier!


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