Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Not your normal tree skirt.

In our "formal" living room/dining area we always get a real tree, and put it in front of the windows, we usually have a normal tree skirt, but with 5 dogs, I was getting it dry cleaned every year and we finally tossed it. I knew I wanted something, but I knew I didn't want a normal tree skirt.
So thanks to pinterest I found this at In my own style. She used metal flashing and covered it with fabric. I didn't use fabric, but I did wrap flashing around the bottom and secured it with two small binder clips. Now when I take the tree down, We can roll the flashing up and keep it until next year, added bonus I believe it only cost $8! That's a huge savings from the $50+ tree skirts I kept seeing!
So here she is.

I love the way the flashing gives it a finished look, and so far not one dog has hiked a leg on the metal, and it was sooo easy! I added a small trio of trees and a Christmas plate set thing on the dining room table and called it a day!
Since I took these pictures, I acquired 2  four ft tall stockings that I have hung on either side of the tree. Ill have to get pictures of those as well!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Small fake living room tree

This is not to be confused with our real tree in the formal dining/living area, but that's for another post!
I have had this white tree for years and always decorated it with silver and black, it looked very regal when I had my own house, plus the walls were burgundy so red decorations really clashed, but I was not  happy with how it looks in our house now. So I added red. I really like how it turned out. This is in our actual living area and we put presents under it(which are also only wrapped in black, silver, white and red). I like to coordinate! This tree is right beside the mantle shown in the previous post, so you can see why it needed some color!
Here she is in all her glory! Sorry for the crappy pic but I just couldn't get it to take a good one!

I bought some tree "flair" at Hobby Lobby, I really like the red feather looking things and silver sticks with small red balls. I think next year Ill try to find a silver and red topper as well.

These are my paw print ornaments of all of my dogs (since my adulthood) sadly my childhood dog is not part of this. I am so glad I did this especially since three of the eight paws are no longer with us.

I also couldn't find any red glitter ornaments that I liked, so using the tutorial below from craft-e-corner, I made my own. This is one of the easiest DIY crafts I have ever done, and I love the way that they look!~ plus since the glitter is on the inside it does not fall of flake off!
and since this is the last post on my living room area I also have a silver nativity scene out with my two ornament topiaries.
That pretty much wraps up the living room/den Christmas décor tour!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas Mantel 2013

Apparently I like things in groups of three, and it wasn't even planned, so subconsciously I must really like things in groups of three!

 The silver wreath I got at Pier One a few years back, with my three snowmen.

Its hard to see, but I love the little dachshund with a bird on its nose. This is actually the second one, the first one fell off the mantle last year and died a dachshund related death, meaning it was "destuffed" by one of my very own!
 The NOEL letters are the cheap letters you find at craft stores covered with tin foil.
Pay no attention to the three wreaths not being the same height. I originally had just the one in the middle higher and the two on each side, but my command strips weren't hanging correctly on the brick and kept falling so when I got them stuck and stuck enough to hold the wreaths, that is where they stayed!
SO there it is, stay tuned for the rest of my Christmas decor.

Monday, December 2, 2013

December Wreath

Its Santa!

 It was super easy to make, just wrap some black and red yarn, add some fuzzy white yarn and cut a "belt buckle" out of silver paper!
When I have time Ill post about our Christmas décor &  mantle for 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November Wreath

He's a small little guy, but I used what I had on hand and covered with moss and hot glued pumpkins, gourds etc for  a Thanksgiving, but still fall (ish) vibe.
Sorry for the lack of posts, I am so busy at work I can barely find time to take a lunch let alone post a blog!
Here's a close up of my wreath.

You can see where I did take the time to tuck leaves and berries and acorns in as well.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fall Mantle

Let me begin by saying I don't change my mantle, except for fall and then Christmas, then its back to normal.
The focal point of the mantle is this awesome wreath my aunt made me last year to celebrate my first year of marriage and the first Thanksgiving at our house, we had previously always had it at my grandparents or her house, but Nate and I have since taken it over.
The sides look like this
I tried my hand at painting the pumpkin above, Im not very happy with it, I think I will paint the entire thing green and distress it a little so some white and brown show.

The set of pumpkins and the little wreath my mom gave me a couple of years back. Im not big on the scarecrow but I haven't really figured out what to do with it yet, I think I will also paint over the harvest blessings and write thankful or something since my big wreath also says happy harvest. Its a bit of a harvest overload.
Speaking of overload, this mantle has entirely too much orange in it as you can see below. I bought another little fake pumpkin to put on the side with only two, I cant stand it being disproportionate. I am thinking of using mod podge and maybe some pretty fall paper napkins to cover it and adding it in front once I repaint the brown and white pumpkin, its not on the mantle yet, because I couldn't stand the thought of another ORANGE thing up there!
And I cant forget my sad little bowl full of crap. It only got a bow tied around the bottom and some leaves and pumpkins thrown in it and it got downgraded to fire place level, since there wasn't enough room on the actual mantle.
There it is in its entirety for now. Changes to come, I promise!
UPDATE! Okay, so I added a green pumpkin, and that's it, and that's going to be all for this year, I hope to make some changes for next year, because that argyle pumpkin is killing me, but Nate and Connor say its their favorite.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

New bedroom

The other day my mom and I were at JC Penney's and while I was waiting on her I sat on a showroom mattress. OH MY GOODNESS. it was the most comfortable thing I had ever sat/laid/been on. It was a Serta icomfort. After doing some research I found it online at Sam's for $200 cheaper, free delivery and it had a rebate in the form of a $300 gift card to Sam's. I was sold!
I had been looking for a new bedroom suite for a while, not looking very hard but keeping my eyes open. Nate and I both had queen size beds when we moved in together and we really needed a king. So after ordering the mattress, I really started looking for furniture. I knew I didn't want dark wood (I'm trying to lighten up the house) and I didn't really want light wood, but more of a painted/stained look, and I found it.
At Ashley's furniture! Better than that I got it 20% off with free financing for 2 years! I couldn't pass up a deal like that, but if you know me you know I hate debt, so I will pay it off early and get back to my debt free lifestyle! Obviously the pic above is the stock pic and not my bedroom, but I did purchase everything except the bench( I didn't like the fabric on it)
It really is pretty, it has marble tops and it is a beautiful off white with a brown/grayish stain to it. The only bad thing is the furniture is bigger than what we had so it does look a little oversized in our bedroom now, but it should look amazing when we finish the addition and move it into our super big and spacious bedroom!
But back to the mattress!
If you need a new one I definitely recommend a Serta icomfort. They aren't cheap, but totally worth it. Even our dogs don't want to get off of the bed now!

Another plus for me is the box spring was free with the purchase of the mattress and its covered in a brown corduroy like texture so no need for a bed skirt. I hate bed skirts almost as much as top sheets!
They just get dirty with the dogs going in and out from under the bed and if you try to rotate the mattress they always get messed up, so have been without a bed skirt for a while now anyway, but now we don't need one!