What Do You Buy At The After Christmas Sales?

 

Happy New Year! Wow! It’s 2019! That just seems so strange! Do you have big plans in this new year? Travel someplace new, moving, trying something different? I would love to hear about it. We will have Haley’s college graduation this year, which is pretty exciting! I’m so proud of both my girls.

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So, do you do after Christmas shopping? What kind of things do you look for? My items to buy are Christmas wrapping paper, ribbon and tags. I usually find some other little things too, but this is what I hunt for.

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I had some of the brown Kraft paper with gold polka-dots this past Christmas, and I fell in love with it. It looked so nice under the tree. I decided that is what I wanted for next year and I would combine it with white and gold with a few black touches.

 

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In my opinion, Target has some of the best paper! It is nice and thick, comes in big rolls, and has lines on the back for cutting :). I headed out late morning the day after Christmas and there was still plenty to choose from. I found the Kraft paper with gold dots and some pretty white with gold too. Do you see the skull design in the back? Haley had found that before Christmas, so I bought one roll and wrapped all her presents in it. I was fortunate enough to find one more roll after Christmas too!

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I also stock up on wired ribbon. You really can’t make a mistake tying bows or just knots with this ribbon. Most of the time, I just wrap it around the gift, tie a knot and then fluff up the tails. Done! And it looks good. It’s amazing what a little ribbon can do for a package.

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I try to find coordinating tags too. I found these lovely white ones with gold glittery polka-dots and the black and gold too. I happened to find the perfect tissue paper too.

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I know not everyone coordinates everything this way, but I really like how it all looks under the tree at Christmas. It makes my heart happy!

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Thank you so much for following along here. Some of you have stuck around even when I haven’t been here. I really appreciate all of you! I hope you have a blessed 2019!

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Christmas Porches

Hello!  Is everyone gearing up for Christmas?  Is everyone’s tree up and all decor is up?  I have my Christmas tree up but not much decor.  But don’t worry!  I have my matching stockings up for me and my kitties.  I want to make sure they get their gifts!

In my apartment, I share my porch with someone else.  Now, they have some cute Christmas decor up but I don’t because I don’t have a big area to decorate.  But, I love looking at Christmas porches and getting ideas for when I get my own place.  So here are some of my favorites for you to ooooo and ahh over!  Enjoy!

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Festive and Frugal Porch Decor from On Sutton Place

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Rustic Christmas Outdoor Fireplace Decor from Clean Living Clean Eating

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Front Porch Decorating Ideas from Thistlewood Farms

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Natural Christmas Porch from Home Stories A to Z

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Rustic Glam Porch from Ribbons and Glue

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Neutral Christmas Porch from Cottage in the Oaks

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Simple Yet Stunning Porch from Dandelion Patina

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Pink Christmas Porch from Nourish and Nestle

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Retro Red and Aqua Christmas Porch from Cottage at the Crossroads

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Make Your Own Coasters Plus a Printable!

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Good morning! Are you ready for a new week? it’s hard to believe that October is almost over! Crazy! Are you starting to think of Christmas yet? I have been. In fact, this project is a gift for Christmas, that is, if my daughter doesn’t see this blog post first! 🙂

I have lots of scrap pieces of wood around and this was the perfect project to use a little bit of it. I had my husband cut 4 pieces of wood into squares and then sand the edges to smooth them.

Skull coaster blocks of wood

I painted 2 coats of black acrylic paint on all sides. I had these skulls in my stash, so they were perfect for Haley’s love of skulls. I used Mod Podge to attach them to the wood.

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I brushed Mod Podge all over the top of the wood block.

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I centered the skull on top and then brushed more Mod Podge over the whole thing.

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Once everything was dry, I sprayed each block with clear gloss. I gave each one 2 coats, since these will be used as coasters and have wet glasses on them.

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I also attached rubber feet on the bottom so they won’t scratch any surfaces.

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They are ready for a cup of something cool or hot!

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Isn’t this printable great? Lauren made this just for all of you! I want to sing the song every time I look at it. You can get this printable by clicking here. Just scroll to the bottom of the page once you get there. There is another one to choose from too.

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As you can see, we have quite a few skulls to go along with the coasters.

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I tied them up with orange bakers twine so they are all ready to give as a gift. I’m excited to give these to Haley!

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Hope you all have a great week!

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Red, White and Blue Outdoor Dining

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Good morning!  We celebrate our country’s independence this week! Do you have big 4th of July celebrations where you are? I’m not even sure what we are doing this year LOL! Last year, all of the neighbors were outside eating and having fun and then lighting off tons of fireworks. We didn’t even have to go to our city’s firework show because we had our own! We will probably do the same this year.

I set up this little tablescape on my back patio this week to celebrate the 4th, but it could be for any summer get together! I don’t have much red, but I was able to pull out a few pieces and it all worked together.

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The red and white plates are actually metal. They are pretty cool! I layered my blue and white plates on top along with a blue and white napkin. I used a piece of red ribbon to tie it up and added a fun little pinwheel!

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Seashells are the perfect summer touch!

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I layered a blue and white striped runner and a red, white and blue striped place-mat in the middle. A few more seashells, candles and bubbles keep it simple.

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We still have a lot of work to do in our backyard. We would like to replace the fence and add some plants around the edge. I would also like to paint the patio. I love using blue on the ceiling.

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I made the farmhouse beaded chandelier and the recycled pallet table and they add the perfect touch to the patio. I used a dropcloth to make the curtains. Using clip curtain rings makes it easy to use any kind of material.

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I can’t wait to spend some time out here when the evenings cools down.

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Thank you for following along! I hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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Green & White Striped Bench for Summer

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Good morning! It’s officially summer now! Are you enjoying some relaxing days or evenings! I like that it is light so late in the evening. It’s so much easier to get things done when it’s still light outside. I have a simple project for you today.

Our area has quite a few estate sales. A company comes into a house, pulls everything out of cupboards and closets, prices it and then runs the sale for 2 days. The items are usually higher priced than a normal sale, but if you go on the second day, everything is half off. That’s how I found this bench. There were actually three of them. I’m not sure what the owners did with three of them, but I only came home with one!

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The top was easily removed by unscrewing the 4 screws. Then I painted it white.

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I had this fabric for awhile. I think I made a pillow from it before, but had plenty left over. I plan to put this little bench in my laundry, so it could be a little bit of a bright and fun color.

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I cut the fabric a little bit larger than the bench top. I folded over the edge twice to give it a clean line.

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Next, came the stapling. I usually start in the middle of each side and then work toward the edges, pulling the fabric tight as I go.

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For the corners, I fold the fabric in, kind of like wrapping a present.

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Now that the fabric is on, I just reattached it to the base.

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I took photos in my living room since my laundry room has no natural light. I love the bright green stripes!

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It’s the perfect place to sit to take off shoes when you come in the door or to put down your packages.

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It’s amazing how a little bit of paint and some pretty fabric can change the whole look of a piece of furniture! What projects have you worked on lately? I would love to hear about it!

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Here are some items to create your own project!