(Updated) A Very Merry Christmas Table
I was a bit rushed putting out my Christmas tablescape post. I have come up with a few updates. I gathered up some fresh greens after a church party (they were throwing them away!), made a bunch of snow globes (I'll post those later), and added a Santa and Elf to the mix.
The giant jar holds my Ornament Advent Calendar.
A few years ago my friend LaRee brought this beautiful Santa back from her travels in Russia. It fits my house and table perfect! I LOVE this Santa (thanks LaRee)!
I also moved my Vintage Jewelry Christmas Tree into my dining area so guests would have some eye candy when they looked up from eating.
Each place setting has it's own snow globe. Guests choose where to sit based on which snow globe they want to take home!
I kept the details from the Read more [...]
On a recent trip to the Laguna Beach area in Southern California, my sister and I happened upon these amazing milk bottles!
We were in an expensive and beautiful market called Gelson's. In the dairy department they had a display of all varieties of milk, chocolate milk and egg nog ('tis the season). On one side of the bottles there is the Broguiere's cow logo (sometimes in blue) and the quote "Milk So Fresh...The Cow Doesn't Know It's Missing". The reverse side has all different designs. They ranged from $3.75-$5.75, chocolate being the priciest and most delicious!
These are my favorites:
These are "green" bottles, you pay a deposit when you buy them and then rinse and return. Check out this Christmas one from last year that just happened to be in circulation when I was at the market!
I'm not sure what Read more [...]
I love a beautiful tablescape for Christmas. This is what I have pulled together this year with a few jems from years past.
The Nitty Gritty
Red and Cream Toile Plates (Home Goods), Gold Chargers (Target 2 for $3), Wine Glasses with gold lip (Big Lots 6 for $10), Table Runner (Target), Silverware (Costco)
Reindeer with gold bow (Robert's $1.50 each), Burlap Merry Christmas Ribbon (Burlap & Denim), Sand Ultrasuede Napkins (Burlap & Denim) Red Berry Napkin Rings (Michael's Christmas greenery) R for Richards Coasters (Michael's 4 for $1), Pine Cone and Bow Chair decor (Burlap & Denim)
I wanted a little height with the color so I threw mini apples in each goblet. Besides, we are probably going to be drinking Martinelli's anyway!
The tiny boxes in the vase and on the table are from my advent calendar Read more [...]
Advent Calendars are one of my favorite things about Christmas. What kid doesn't love a treat every day while they count down to Christmas Day? I came up with my own advent calendar with ornaments that can be used year after year and customized each time!
25 small gift boxes
Any other Scrapbooking supplies you have on hand
I found natural brown kraft boxes from Xpedex (they also come in white if that fits your decor better). Each one is 2"X2"X2" square. Check the wedding favor department of a party supply store if you don't have an Xpedex store by you.
As you can see, you can easily fit 6 Kisses in one box, perfect for my family of 6! Once you have your boxes, start decorating each one. I found scrapbook paper Read more [...]
As a child I remember gazing upon my grandmother's costume jewelry Christmas tree. It was so shiny and the Christmas lights made it mezmorizing. My grandmother was very crafty, she made hers at a church activity. This was a popular craft back in the 1970's.
There was a magazine produced with instructions back then!
(here is an excerpt)
Check out that tree, wait the hair is what is really amazing about this photo! Ha, ha.
Years later I decided that my kids deserved the a magical Christmas tree like the one I had enjoyed.
My grandmother was an avid crafter. She had homemade ornaments, stockings, and more supplies than you could imagine. When she passed away my mother brought box loads of mixed up crafting supplies. It was too much for even her to handle. I offered to take it Read more [...]
I love Christmas! I also have a two story family room with a large blank wall on the second story. I needed a large graphic that was inexpensive to fill the space for Christmas. That's when burlap came to mind!
I went to JoAnn's (with a coupon of course) and purchased 4 yards of cream burlap. I chose cream because I like the way it lightened up the space against my sand colored walls. Then I cut the 4 yards in to two 2 sections. Then I cut each of those vertically giving me 4 panels that are each about 2 yards long. I say about because I trimmed a little off the top and bottom to be sure that they were straight.
Time to paint! I searched through my garage to find a paint that wouldn't be gaudy. I landed on a milk chocolate wall paint that I had left over from another project. Then I used blue painter's Read more [...]