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