A Holly Tree & My Sprint To The Finish Line

Christmas Eve At Suttle Lake

Why do holly trees have to be so beautiful yet be so difficult to work with when creating Christmas scenery?  I love the shape, color and contrast that you get with a holly tree, but the needle sharp fangs on the leaves really need to tone it down a notch. I’m not patient.  I don’t want to wear gloves.  I just want to get it … [Read more...]

A Christmas Tree Forest In My Home For 2014

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The hunt for the perfect Christmas tree is nearly impossible.  Impossible because when you have a big family, and they all have an opinion, there is rarely common ground and always vibrant “discussions.”  Who knew there could be so much friendly debate over a Christmas tree. “Do we go to the farm or up in the woods?” … [Read more...]

My Christmas Mantel 2014


I have an admission to make: I sought out inspiration for my Christmas mantel this year.  As you know, I’m all for natural decor (not a lot of doo-dads) and illumination.  Lots of lights and candles – that come from my candle cabinet that is filled with seasonal choices.  However, since I have so many trees that I used on my … [Read more...]

DIY: Dried Clementine And Cinnamon Garland


Simplicity.  There is nothing better.  The simplicity of enjoying the holiday without feeling overwhelmed.  The simplicity of turning something ordinary into the something beautiful without worrying about the cost. Something that takes you back to your childhood of being in the kitchen with mom, or grandma, and making magic … [Read more...]

Bundling Christmas Ornaments For More Impact


Some of you have been basking in full Christmas elegance for a while now and some, like me, are just finishing up.  As much as decorating in November would benefit me with regard to my work, I just can’t bring myself to do it before Thanksgiving.  That said, I am now in a race to finish everything up.  I don’t use everything I … [Read more...]

DIY: Curled Ribbon Christmas Trees


There are a lot of curls around the holidays…in the hair, around the fire, and now, on these – my Curled Ribbon Christmas Trees.  These trees are another super easy decor DIY that can be done in about 30 minutes or so. The best part is that they can be customized to fit any color scheme or pattern that you choose.  You … [Read more...]

20 DIY Christmas Ornaments To Make This Week!


December has arrived which means the decking of halls and homes has commenced.  If you are looking for ideas for DIY Christmas Ornaments, I have 20 of them to share with you today. These are beautiful and creative and best of all – totally doable.  You. Can. Do. It. Yes. You. Can. Here are some of my favorites… 1)  … [Read more...]

Last Minute Thanksgiving Table Decor


Are you a last minute type of person?  Do you like to be spontaneous and shoot from the hip rather than prepare and take aim?  Does it occasionally drive you crazy that you don’t have all the T’s crossed and I’s dotted weeks in advance?  Or even days in advance?  Do you now find yourself wondering how you can dress up your table … [Read more...]

Getting My Sugar Cone & Ice Skate Swag On


The nature of this business requires talking about Christmas before Thanksgiving – or even Halloween – has passed by.  I can’t live in the moment or I’d be eight weeks behind, and we can’t have that, can we?  While I don’t let Christmas into my personal life until the turkey has been consumed and all thanks has been given, it is … [Read more...]

DIY: German Glass Glitter Frosted Branches


Hmmm…  Did you just roll your eyes when you saw the title to this post?  Whaaaaaa?  Another German Glass Glitter post?  Heck yeah.  I only get this stuff out once a year and while it is out, I’m going to milk it for all its worth.  So yes - these are my German Glass Glitter Frosted Branches. Not only that, I am SO not a … [Read more...]