November 2015 archive

A Very Merry Christmas Tree {Balsam Hill 12 Bloggers of Christmas}

There’s something so magical to me about the warm glow of a Christmas tree – it’s soothing, comforting, and peaceful.

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I love the way the lights twinkle and shine off the ornaments.

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My family decorates the tree together every year, but I can never have the tree up as early as I’d like for fear that it will be completely dead by Christmas and a fire hazard.  No matter how hard I try to remember to water the tree, it only lasts about two weeks before it starts to dry out.

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So this year, when Balsam Hill offered me a tree to decorate, I jumped at the chance, and I am honored to be one of their 12 Bloggers of Christmas.

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It all started when I spotted the Balsam Hill Carolina Hemlock.

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The tree has lots of space for big ornaments, sturdy branches, and easy-peasy setup.  Now, not only could I put the tree up earlier than usual, but this tree is all mine, decorated just the way I want.  A little bit vintage, a little bit feminine, and all me…

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Vintage gold, silver, and white adorn my tree this year.

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And my love of decorating with books applies even to my Christmas tree, with books nestled in among the presents underneath….

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…and framed pages added to the ornaments.

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Small touches of Tiffany blue accent the tree…

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…and the surrounding room.

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I had so much fun planning and decorating my very own tree this year.

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And at night, the warm glow of the lights reminds me of sleeping underneath the tree when I was little.

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Next up on the tour tomorrow is Maryann from Domestically Speaking, but for now, pop over and visit Lindsay from My Creative Days to see her beautiful tree!

 

Here’s the full schedule so you can get lots of different ideas for your tree this year!

Date Blogger’s Name URL
November 23 Beth of Home Stories A to Z http://www.homestoriesatoz.com
November 23 Kristin of Hunted Interior http://www.huntedinterior.com
November 24 Kristin of Bliss at Home http://bliss-athome.com
November 24 Debbie of Refresh Restyle http://refreshrestyle.com
November 25 Abby of Just a Girl and Her Blog http://justagirlandherblog.com
November 25 Randi of Dukes and Duchesses http://dukesandduchesses.com
November 26 Amy of The Idea Room http://www.theidearoom.net
November 26 Shannon of Fox Hollow Cottage http://foxhollowcottage.com
November 27 Kim of Tidbits and Twine http://www.tidbitsandtwine.com
November 27 Lindsay of My Creative Days http://www.mycreativedays.com
November 28 Maryann of Domestically Speaking http://domestically-speaking.com
November 28 Carmel of Our Fifth House http://www.ourfifthhouse.com

 

A big thank you to Balsam Hill for sponsoring this post!  As always, the opinions and words shared are my own.

 

The holiday season is officially here!  Happy Holidays!

 

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‘Tis the Season

This is truly a magical time of year, isn’t it?!  Thanksgiving is just days away and then Christmas decorating will be in full swing!  This is a big week for me because on Friday, I’ll be sharing my Christmas tree with you.  I was honored when Balsam Hill asked me to participate in their 12 Bloggers of Christmas series.

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I couldn’t wait to start decorating the tree they sent, so I started in October!  It’s been so much fun and the series kicked off just yesterday, so now I’m enjoying seeing what the other bloggers have done with their trees, like Kristin from Bliss at Home

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…and Debbie from Refresh RestyleRefresh Restyle

 

Here’s a look at the full schedule for this week.

te Blogger’s Name URL
November 23 Beth of Home Stories A to Z http://www.homestoriesatoz.com
November 23 Kristin of Hunted Interior http://www.huntedinterior.com
November 24 Kristin of Bliss at Home http://bliss-athome.com
November 24 Debbie of Refresh Restyle http://refreshrestyle.com
November 25 Abby of Just a Girl and Her Blog http://justagirlandherblog.com
November 25 Randi of Dukes and Duchesses http://dukesandduchesses.com
November 26 Amy of The Idea Room http://www.theidearoom.net
November 26 Shannon of Fox Hollow Cottage http://foxhollowcottage.com
November 27 Kim of Tidbits and Twine http://www.tidbitsandtwine.com
November 27 Lindsay of My Creative Days http://www.mycreativedays.com
November 28 Maryann of Domestically Speaking http://domestically-speaking.com
November 28 Carmel of Our Fifth House http://www.ourfifthhouse.com

 

As you can see, I’ll be sharing on Friday.  Until then, here’s a little peek at my tree…

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and please be sure to stop by on Friday for my full tree reveal and a chance to win one of over $2,000 in prizes!

 

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DIY Christmas Wreath 2015

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know that I only have one wreath and I just dress it up differently depending on the season or occasion.  This way, I have less to store and I always have a “new” wreath to enjoy!  It’s been a while since I’ve updated my grapevine twig wreath, so I thought I’d give it a new look for Christmas.

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Step 1 – Supplies

When prepping to make your wreath, it’s not important that you know exactly what you’re going to create, but rather than you have a general idea.  This year, I decided this year to use a more neutral color scheme and gathered up items that I thought I would incorporate.

I used:

  • Snow covered twigs
  • Boxwood sprigs
  • White feather boa
  • Linen and burlap ribbon
  • Various Christmas ornaments
  • Green floral wire

 

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Step 2

I wired the snow covered twigs to the wreath to create a base.  I basically followed the curve and arrangement of the grapevine twigs so that the snow branches blended in to the shape of the wreath.

 

Tip: Don’t clip your floral wire short until the wreath is hanging in case you need to add more items or tighten some down.

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Step 3

After trying a few different placements for the greenery, I decided to put it at the bottom of the wreath.  I pulled sprigs of preserved boxwood out of my garland and wired them onto the wreath with a small gap in the middle where I knew I would be adding various accessories.

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Step 4

At this point, I started adding accessories to the wreath.  For me, this is a bit of an experiment, as sometimes I don’t know exactly what I’m going to use or how I’m going to place it until I’m putting it together.  In this case, I decided to use two faux antler picks, so I wired them on.

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Step 5

I then added a bow made of linen and burlap ribbon {my new favorite this holiday season!} and one large ornament.  You might have noticed that I ended up flipping the antlers over once I had the bow in place.

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Step 6

As a last step, I decided to fill in the center of the wreath a bit to hide the area where the grapevine twigs and snow covered branches meet.  A small feather boa did the trick!

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And with that, my simple Christmas wreath was done and ready to hang on my front door!

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When you go to hang your wreath, bring any leftover items and additional floral wire with you, as sometimes, once it’s hanging you’ll need to tighten things down and you also might spot a couple of bare areas that you want to fill in.

 

Want to see this wreath’s other looks?

Click on the photos below for tutorials to create different versions of this wreath.

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This is actually the second Christmas wreath I made this year and I’ll share the other one with you soon.  As it turned out, after I made the first one and hung it on the door, I didn’t like how it looked with my lion head door knocker.  {These things happen, I suppose!}  I only swapped out one item and doing so made an entirely different looking wreath!

 

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