Monday, December 27, 2010

Tour My Christmas Decorations ....

This past month has gotten away from me.
  Between work, craft shows, my open house and the holidays, blogging has had to take a back seat.  It always amazes me how many of you continue to blog daily no matter how busy you are. 
 I have LOTS to share with you
 and in the coming weeks I'll show you all I have been up to. 
For now, I want to share with you all my Christmas decorations.  
Lots of photos. So Enjoy.... 

A quick Tip...
If using an artificial wreath, cut some fresh greens
 and add them to the wreath.
No one will know it's artificial!

I'm a white light girl.  Always have been.

It's a lot of work adding the lights to the inside of the windows,
but I love how it looks from outside.
The staircase....

Foyer Table....

I got this decorated old ice skate at a fund raiser this year. 
 I added some matching ribbon ant sat it by the front door. 
 I may have to make some for next year!

The picture was hand painted.  I just Love it!

My Door Cans... Hanging on the grandfather clock.
Take a look Here to learn how to make them.

Found this wreath last year at Hobby Lobby.

  Originally $59.99....  Clearance Price $7.99!

TIP #2
Hang wreath by looping a ribbon through it and stapling the ribbon to the top edge of the door.

Tree #1
All Gold and sparkly

Gotta love the leopard ribbon. 
 Found it at Sam's Club.  $7.99 for 50 Yards!  Yhippiee!!!
Added 20 gold stars from the Dollar Tree. 
 That's right, only a $1.00 each!

Added a few yards of Gold Lame'
around the base of the tree for the tree skirt.

Tree #3
Snowman Tree

Tree #4
Childhood Memories

I purchased this tree and the frames
a few years ago at Hobby Lobby.
 All the photos are from my husband's and my childhood.

It's one of my favorite trees!

Tree #5
Family Photos

I have always had a star on the top of my large tree. 
 Last year I decided to add the gold leaves around the star. 
 I have incorporated  the same set of family photos
for the past 14 years.

I love looking at the boys when they were small 
 and I could dress them in matching suits and ties!

My Great Room....

The Mantel....

I added this gold beaded garland around the candles....

The gold feathers were from Michaels Crafts....

Dining room Chandelier...

Assorted glass Christmas Ornaments hang from the chandelier...

Just added some artificial greenery, ribbon and poinsettias to this arrangement above the china cabinet.

  I added a strand of lights to make it more festive in the evening.

 I made this centerpiece arrangement for the dining room table...

Kitchen table and light fixture....

By adding some artificial greenery and Christmas ornaments you can easily change the look of any light fixture.   

I saw these plates at Wal Mart and knew they would be perfect. 
 I had to have a set for the table.

What a perfect word....


Wishing you a wonderful and Blessed New Year.

I'll be linking up to the following sites....

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Cabinet Re-Do

Thanksgiving is one time of year when it's important to
 reflect on those things we are thankful for.

For me,  Family and Friends are two things
 that are true blessings in my life. 
 I have some wonderful friends in my life. 
 Friends who are selfless and always willing to help.

My friend Sharon truly gifted me with sharing her talents a few weeks ago.  Sharon is a wonderful decorative painter. 
 Take a look at her work HERE.

Here's how she blessed me...

I have never been happy
 with these white cabinets in my great room. 
 The color (or lack of) just didn't blend with the decor of the room.

Here's a view of the room....
The coffee table is a distressed black
with a very sheer gold rubbed on the edges.

I had an idea. 
 Why not paint the cabinet black. 
I painted a spare drawer front, just to see what it would look like. 
I liked it.

I spoke with Sharon, getting her professional opinion. 
 She didn't think twice and volunteered her talents
to help do it completely by herself.

Boy was I excited. 
I couldn't remove the cabinet doors
 and tape off everything fast enough.

Here's Sharon hard at work. 
 She worked and I just talked non stop.
We decided to keep the inside of the cabinet white.  
The black would have been to dark inside.

Here's the beginning stages. 
 I think all the liquor in the cabinet was left over from our wedding 22 years ago!

 Ready for the transformation?

I just love it!

I added some knobs that are an oil rubbed bronze color.

I got a pieced of decorative molding to use as a baseboard. 
I was worried about getting black paint on the carpet. 
So Sharon painted the molding first
then we put it in place along the bottom of the cabinet. 
I thought this would dress up the cabinet. 

Here's a view from a different angle of the room. 

 Doesn't the cabinet look nice with the coffee table?

This was the perfect look for the room.
Every time I look at the cabinet I will think of my friend
who blessed me with the gift of her time and talents.

Wishing each of you a very blessed Thanksgiving.
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