As I always remind everyone, this blog is about doing things on a budget. I hope someday I can have one about decorating when you win the lottery, but until then you are stuck with this one!!!
I am trying to update and decorate for Christmas using what I have and very reasonable if purchased. I decided to start with my mantle. The tree was too overwhelming after just finishing my kitchen and having Thanksgiving here for 12 people Sunday. I have seen so many great ideas and decided that I was going to combine what I liked to make something of my own!!
HOWEVER, ALL THE CREDIT GOES TO YOU TALENTED BLOGGERS!!
First I worked on the hurricane glass containers that I showed you how I made HERE from Goodwill candle holders and Dollar Tree vases. Inside I put an upside down candle holder from Dollar Tree, red bead garland, a small candle and some holly from a poinsettia bush from none other than DT again!!
A little snow and PRESTO, you have my version of fancy candle holders for Christmas (or change with the season!!).
In the picture above, you see the lighted garland that I have had for about 5 years. I dug out two trays of red and gold glitter ornaments from Target last year after Christmas, some pine cones I had and wired ribbon that I have had for 10 years!!
After seeing what others have done, I thought my garland was very wimpy! I now realize that most lighted garland are that way and it is what you add to it that makes it look fuller! I laid it out on the mantle and put the sleigh I bought at Goodwill for $6 in the middle. I put my hurricane vases on each side. Then I took the ribbon and began wrapping it around the garland. It would have been easier if I had done all this before I put it up there but that's just me! I tied two ornaments together and hooked them on the garland. Added the pine cones here and there.
This is what you end up with once you add stockings and some turkey feathers to sleigh!!
I am so excited that I can't wait for Mr. Creative to get home so I can show SOMEBODY!!! My teenagers really don't care unless there is presents in those stockings!!!
When I saw what Vanessa from Southern In My Heart did with Rosemary from her yard, I got to thinking that I can do something with the overgrown boxwood bushes we have out front!! Here is what I came up with from looking at Vanessa's blog!
I hung them on each door of our entertainment hutch. Here is a peek at it!
Lou Lynn at The Life of Lou Lou decorated her lamps so I modified to work with what I had already. Not much!!! Here is my version!
I will take better pictures when everything is complete!! You can see all the junk laying around in the living room still! Today I will work on the outside topiary trees that won't light up anymore!!
I am linking my mantle vignette to Rhoda's Southern Hospitality party for Christmas vignettes!! There are many to see!
I feel so creative this year and it is all thanks to you Christmas Bloggers!! Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!!