Dining Room Buffet Decor


I decided to put some fall decor up on our dining room buffet.  Well, we don’t exactly have a specific dining room any more.  Our buffet is in our family room.

We bought this buffet several years ago in a consignment shop. The plates are vintage Fiesta ware.

I used items that we had around the house.  I also went out and snipped some fall branches.

Handy Man has collected a lot of old glass marbles, and we put them in a glass aqua jar.  I did a post about how we put shells and rocks into glass jars here.

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Fall Table Setting


I keep seeing all sorts of cute table settings on blogs lately, so I thought I’d try to set up a fall-themed setting using our vintage Fiesta Ware. I chose colors of Fiesta that I thought reflected fall.

I’ve been trying to take these pictures for DAYS; it’s been so cloudy that I had a hard time with the lighting.  You can click on each photo for a close-up.

This next photo looks really good in close-up.

This was fun to play with, but I’m not much of a fancy table-setting person, so you won’t see too many of these from me.  I can see doing a cute table set-up with our Christmas dishes, though.

Here’s a close-up of the painting, made by my father.  Check out Don’s Fine Art to see more of his works.

Do you like to set the table with tablecloths and accessories?  I like to do this for special occasions, like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Easy Fall Decorations


Handy Boy has been anxious to put up our fall and Halloween decorations.  Since the first “official” day of fall is coming up, and it’s been getting cooler outside, I told him that we could. To make things look less cluttered, after I took out our fall decorations, we tucked away some of our “everyday” decorations into storage. Those items will come back out again after New Year’s.

I like to put up small groupings in the kitchen and the living room.  The glass jar is something that we found in an antique store recently.  It’s dark colored glass, with a slight red tint to it.  Rob said that his grandmother used to have a jar just like this.

The shelves in the kitchen.  We bought them ages ago in TJ Maxx.  After Thanksgiving, I put Christmas decorations on them.  Before I put the fall things up, I had displays of other items; but I was never satisfied with how things looked, so I never took a picture of them.  😉

I bought these two scarecrows this year.  Aren’t they cute? I love scarecrows.  I feel like I can leave them up past Halloween and through Thanksgiving.  I purchased these decorations over time at craft fairs, yard sales or on sale at retail stores.

Even Handy Boy decorated his room.  I give him little things to put on top of his dresser.  He is so cute, arranging and re-arranging things.  I found the little “Boo” skeleton and the little scarecrow at Michael’s this year.

So, who is ready for fall?  It got down into the 30s last night here in New England…brrrr!

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What To Do With All Those Christmas Cards?


Over New Year’s and the weekend, we took down our Christmas decorations and I took down our Christmas cards.   I always put the photo cards in my scrapbook…but I was also looking at the other cards and thinking “What can I do with these?”

A few years ago, I cut everyone’s signatures out of their cards and put them into a scrapbook layout.  I thought it was a fun way to capture people’s writing, especially in the Intenet Age, where almost NO ONE writes letters anymore!

This year, I decided that I was going to take some of my punches, and punch some shapes out of the cards.  I looked through my punches, and decided to use my square maker to make some punch-outs:

I used these squares to decorate my scrapbook pages with the photo cards on them.  Great, easy decorations for a scrapbook page!  Sorry, I won’t be posting the scrap layouts here, as I want to keep my family, friends and especially their children’s faces “anonymous.”

Another thing I did was to punch out some tags:

Just make sure that the section of card that you are punching out is blank on the back; so you can use the back side to write who the gifts are “to” and “from.”  The Creative Memories tag maker that I used also has the option to punch a hole on the top of the tag.  You can then tie it to a package with ribbon.  Save these tags for next Christmas!

Another option for Christmas cards is to send them to the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. This is an organization that helps neglected children.  Children and volunteers cut off the fronts of cards, then attach them to new white or ivory cards, and sell the cards to raise funds for their organization.  Very cool!  They accept cards other than Christmas cards, as well.   It says on the site that cards will be accepted this year until February 28, 2010.

What do you do with your Christmas cards?  Toss ’em? Recycle them somehow?  Share your ideas here!

Wicked Simple Christmas Decorations

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It turns out that I have a very Crafty Sister-in-Law!  Magdalena is Crafty in different ways than I am: she can sew for one; I can’t even sew a button on straight!  I KNEW she would love scrapbooking, and I showed her how to scrapbook.  Her scrapbooks are great, too!

Magdalena decorated her home for Christmas in some very Crafty and inexpensive ways.   I know it’s after Christmas now, but you could also use these ideas for winter decorating as well.

My sister-in-law and her family have a Christmas tree and a Nativity set up for Christmas, but I loved the other simple decorations she made.  She used some pine branches, a ribbon, a votive and some pine cones from our yard to make an arrangement on the dresser in their entryway:

More pine branches in a simple vase she already had, in the guest bathroom:

A simple votive holder, inside a little glass dish with little red decorative stones from a discount store:

Cute, huh?  I have pine trees all around our house, yet I never thought to use them this way.  Have you made any home made decorations using nature?

Wicked Easy Christmas Ornaments


Today’s post is from my first Guest Blogger, Danielle!  Danielle is a “Wicked” Crafty Girl, she is way more crafty than I am.  Her scrapbook pages are incredible; and she also makes crafty, home made decorations.  Here are some cute, easy Christmas ornaments that she recently made.  When I saw them, I told her that I had to show these on my blog.  You can make these with children, as long as they are old enough to be careful with the glass.

– 1 clear glass ornament
– paper strips (I make them about 1 in x 6 in)
– ribbon to match

Start by rolling each paper strip into as tight of a ball you can. (I pull the strip as I’m rolling it to keep it really tight). Drop each piece into the glass ornament and continue to roll each piece until they reach the top, leaving a bit of room to get the top of the ornament back in.

Add a ribbon to the top so you can hang it on the tree, and add whatever “bling” you may want to use. I kept this one simple because I am going to personalize it for a family member with a white pen. Simple, but different and elegant. You can also add self-adhesive jewels to the outside of the glass, or glitter on the inside for a little pizazz!

Thanks, Danielle!

O Christmas Tree

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Here’s a photo of our Christmas tree.  Handy Man took it with a tripod; its hard to get a good photo of a tree with lights on it!  This was the best one; although I think we’ll try again another time.  Anyway, we bought some of those new LED lights for the tree; they are very bright, use a lot less electricity and don’t go out easily like the “old” lights do.  (You know, when one goes out they ALL go out?)

The tree is a real tree from a local tree farm.  Do you have your Christmas tree up yet? If not, when will you put it up?

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