Category Archives: Decorating

Apples Not Necessary

Right after fall decor started going on sale in stores- which would be early to mid-October, I spotted two gorgeous apple baskets on clearance at Pottery Barn.  Yes, I am addicted to their store, more specifically to their discounted areas throughout their stores.  I knew immediately that I could use them for sooo many different purposes.  They are extremely sturdy and well-made, but in my experience, that is the type of quality one can expect from Pottery Barn.



For $1.97?  I’ll take both, please.

On my way out the door, I was already contemplating whether I should leave them natural or whitewash the basket and give the handle a dark, walnut stain.  Time got away from me…again – and I left them both natural.  I may spice them up for spring.  If I do, I will be sure to show you.  😉



I lined the baskets with plastic bags to protect it from spilled soil and/or moisture, either of which could stain.  I always have plenty of bags on hand from the grocery store.  I know that I should be more eco-friendly and use the re-usable bags, but I use the plastic store bags to line my bathroom wastebaskets and to tie up dirty diapers.  I tucked the white Target bags as far down as I could while still protecting the wood of the basket and not seeing them from the outside.



For several weeks, I had been wanting to store something in them for fall.  I was merely wanting to use them in some way, preferably a creative sort.  I was desperate.  By this point, I was willing to use , say,….apples in the apple baskets.  How’s that for originality??!

Then I was in Home Depot on Black Friday with the family, enjoying hot chocolate, Krispy Creme glazed pumpkin donuts, and fresh popcorn.  (On a side note, my kids now think that Home Depot always offers free food.  Ha!)  And I spotted the poinsettias for $0.99 (reg. $3.99) and it hit me. The traditional red poinsettias would be perfect.

As soon as I came home, I plopped those purty Christmas classics in my bushel baskets.  Love.



The velvety bracts (as one reader informed me) of the poinsettias complimented the warm, wood tones of the basket.  The splash of red really pops on my coffee table and fingers crossed, my lil’ dude, Pop, has kept his grubs off of the plants…so far.  The Christmas tree, well,…not so much.  The battle is still raging for that victory.  And just so you know, Momma always wins.  😉



Who would have thought that I would have found the answer for my basket dilemma at a home improvement store?  You just never know.

And in the end, I found out this…



apples are not necessary.  Maybe next year.

Is your home all decked out for the holiday?  Do you decorate with poinsettias?  Use fruit in your holiday decor?  Let’s share ideas.  I’d love to maybe use fruit (apples and oranges) in a fresh, Christmas display sometime.  I’m just not sure that it would last long or how I could prevent tiny, little teeth marks in the flesh of the fruit from “you know who”-only to be put back!  Ha!



Here’s a sneak peek at some of my 2012 Christmas mantle decor.  I love, love, love it.  Hubs even gave it a thumbs up.  This string of lights was free with a gift card at Target.  I just have little bit more to add to the mantle this weekend before it’s finished.



Are you still following along with the “A Homemade Christmas” series?  They just keep getting better and better.  Be sure to hop over and see Laine’s project (It’s Just Laine) from yesterday!  Genius, simply genius.   And Christa (Brown Sugar Toast) is back with tremendous tips for the season.  You don’t want to miss either one.  Check them out.


Thanks for reading.


Missed any of the series?  Catch up on all of the projects here:

Fifteen Homemade Christmas Ornaments

Greetings everyone.  Can you believe that next week is Thanksgiving?!!  Where, oh where, has the year gone?  When I was a kid, I would overhear adults throw around phrases like “Time flies” or “The years are slipping by so swiftly”  and I, in all my childish knowledge, would simply shake my head in disbelief and chalk it up as mere cliches.  Time has taught me otherwise.  The years really do go by fast and yes, faster all the time.

We typically put up our tree the day after Thanksgiving and I figured with the kids having a few days off of school (and Mommy too!), it would be fun to craft some together.  We girls get excited about things like that.  Pop can go spend time with Daddy, wrestling on the floor, watching football, or doing whatever men do.  You know what I mean.

Since we will be putting up our tree next weekend, it will be the perfect opportunity to make a few of the homemade ornaments that I’ve been eyeing for quite some time now.  Here’s my top fifteen.


1. Clay Ornaments  I love the simplicity of these ornaments and the options for objects for impressions are endless.  The pure white clay is lovely.  I probably wouldn’t bother with painting them and if I did, it would just be to highlight areas.  What would you do?


2.  Initial Ornaments  Aren’t these adorable?  They remind me of scrabble.  I’m a sucker when it comes to initials on ornaments.  The kids usually get a new “letter” ornament every Christmas season and this one will be perfect for this year.


3.  Book Bird Ornaments  Coming from a gal who loves books, these bird ornaments are so sweet.  I think that part of me cringes at the thought of tearing up books, but the bookworm in me loves the nod to reading.  So simple.


4.  Photograph Ornaments  Here’s a simple way to remember the growth of your family each holiday (and yes, unfortunately the yearly aging for us too).  You could either put their initial, or if your like me and your tree is already full of letters galore, you could just put the year and maybe a few highlighting words about the child’s life that year (ie: baptized, barbies, broken arm).  It will be sweet to look back on in the years to come.

{source…sorry it’s in another language but you can figure it out by the pictures}

5.  Paper Star Ornaments  Did you love making paper airplanes and origami figures as a kid?  Try out these paper stars and let the good times roll once again.  Hopefully its like riding a bike, once you learn, you never truly forget.  At least, that’s what I’m hoping.  How hard can folding paper be?  Really.


6.  Cinnamon Ornaments  My tree is going to smell awesome this year.  Use last years cinnamon to make these and simply buy some fresh spices for things you’re really going to enjoy devouring…ahem,  I mean serving this season.  Yummo.


7.  Sheet Music Star Ornaments  These are to remind me of the love of my life, my music pastor-husband.  I love the vintage look that the sheet music brings to my tree.  You could even choose special songs that bring sweet memories to mind-not necessarily holiday songs even.


8.  String Ball Ornaments  This looks like a nice, sticky craft that would be fun in spite of the mess.  I’m gonna have to try it just to see how they turn out.  It will certainly be an inexpensive bauble to experiment crafting.  Fingers crossed.


9.  Button Wreath Ornaments  Tell the truth, do you ever use those spare buttons that come with new articles of clothing?  I know that I never do, but neither do I throw them out.  I save them…for someday that they’re needed.  Trouble is, I wouldn’t know where to look.  Problem solved.  Here’s a craft that would keep it all together for you- ha!  When Hubs loses that button to his dress shirt, I will know exactly where to look.  {wink, wink}


10.  Glitter Ornaments  I bought the supplies for this ornament last year.  Every single one.  Did I get it made?  Nope.  I was too busy sewing costumes for our Christmas cantata and adjusting to/preparing for our Angel baby.  The season just got away from me.  Not this year.  This little beauty is first on my list for Monday morning.  I love it.


11.  Rag Ball Ornaments  This one might not suit most when it comes to Christmas decor, but it fits me perfectly.  I heart them.  Let’s just hope that mine turn out at beautiful or I may change my mind.


12.  Paint Glitter Ornaments  I’m super excited about trying this one.  However, I’m planning on changing this one up a bit from the photo.  I’ll let you know.

{source…sorry-another foreign language}

13.  Gingerbread Ornaments  My kitchen will smell good regardless of whether I’m baking {a win-win} with this garland hung over the windows.  How cute is this.  I just need to find a good recipe for this now.


14.  Wish List Ornaments  Another reflection ornament to help keep those memories fresh and special.  My girls’ wish lists are similar to this photo example- Bibles like Daddy and Mommy.  Love that.  And roller skates too.  We will stick with our four gifts limit for making this little memory card- a small list is not only easier on the budget but will also make for easier reading inside the ornament.


15.  Glitter Book Ball Ornaments  Can you tell that I love to read?  and I love glitter?  Aren’t these vintage pages lovely decoupaged  to a glass ornament?  The sparkles only add to the lure…for me.  Definitely on my to-do list.


Wow.  I can’t wait to begin.  It will definitely be a time of fun and creativity.   It’s also another opportunity to bond with my children and to create special memories with them.  They are growing up so quickly.  {sniff, sniff}


And you know exactly what I’m going to tell them as our heads are bent over the many glass Christmas balls and our fingers are sticky with glue…

Time flies.  And…  2012 sure did go by quickly, didn’t it?

Every kid needs to hear it.  😉

So what are your plans for the holiday season?  Is crafting in your future?  2012 gone by fast?  Tell me…or last nod your head about the last question.  We all know that it’s true.  🙂

Thanks for reading and lets make special memories this season.



Imperfectly Lovely

Sometimes it’s the quirkiness of a project that makes it endearing.  And yes, you may be the only one that finds it lovely.  That’s ok too.  After all, you are the one who lives there.  Your home should ultimately be a reflection of yourself.

As I read other blogs, browse pinterest and peruse home magazines, I’m constantly reminded to reach outside of the box, to use statement pieces that speak volumes to its viewers.  It may be the simplicity of an object or perhaps its uniqueness that draws you in.  It makes you ooooh and aaaah.  It evokes the feeling of home.

And that’s the feeling that counts.

This past weekend, I was upstairs organizing in our chaotic piles storage area, when I spotted it.

My beloved pine cone wreath.

I had been planning all last fall and winter that I would make a pine cone wreath, but I just never got around to it.  Then, I came across this beauty at Target late last winter.  Clearanced, of course.  I quickly and gently placed it in my buggy (my term for a shopping cart…you can thank my WV upbringing for it) and happily took it home.  It has leaves and berries, and oh, it has pine cones dusted in crystals….well, it was just meant for me.  Really now, would I have thought to dust my pine cone wreath with itty-bitty crystals?  I don’t think so.

How could I possibly have forgotten about it?  I have huge decorator’s remorse for not having already been displaying it in our home this season.  So many fall days wasted.  *sigh*

But on the bright side, I found it in the attic in time for Thanksgiving.  For that, I am truly thankful and it eases my guilt by the slightest of degrees.  (Losing things in our attic seems like such a waste of money used to purchase items intended to bring warmth and comfort to our home, ya know?)

Then I thought of this quote:

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“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.”

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And it made me feel better.  Pooh bear has a way of doing that.


Back to my wall.

I had several pictures that I had pinned on Pinterest that used wreaths to create a gallery wall.  I loved the textures and depth that they bring into a space.  A wreath gallery would play well with my pine cone garland gracing the fireplace mantle.  It certainly wouldn’t hurt to try it.  What’s a few nail holes?

My girls were a big help with holding wreaths in different places in order to help their indecisive mama make a decision.  Of course, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer playing in the background helped distract them while I took several…ahem, moments to make up my mind.

Then I remembered the Nester’s mantra.  It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

And it truly doesn’t.  I grabbed my hammer and hung them.

My little trio wreath gallery may continue to be tweaked and changed, added to and taken away.  Who knows?  But for now, I’m satisfied with it just the way it is.


Do you like gallery walls?  Ever lose treasures only to be excited all over again when you find them?  Love Winnie-the-Pooh?  Confessions accepted here.  😉

Thanks for reading and happy, happy Monday.



Tree Thoughts

I have been wanting to paint something special in the nursery for our little girl since forever.

Trees are what I’m envisioning.  A beautiful hand-painted tree would look simply delightful with her pink and brown toile bedding.

Here are some inspirations that I’ve found for her room:

Pottery Barn Kids

Babies R Us

Pottery Barn Teen

Better Homes and Gardens


Land of Nod

Pottery Barn Kids

Here’s a few pictures of her room currently.

Which tree is your favorite?  Which wall would be the best?  I’d love to hear from you.