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Pine Cone Swag

My neighbor has two pine trees in her yard.  Lucky me.  I gathered about 30 that looked nice and carried them home.  She loves me and doesn’t mind if I take some of her pine cones.  It’s just like me to forget to take a before picture, but you all know what pine cones look like, right?  They’re brown.

Pine cones in the Yard.

Pine cones in the Yard.

In my studio, I dug out my paints and a brush.  I put newspaper down to save the desk top and painted them all pretty like.  I saw this idea, originally, on Pinterest and they were spray painted shiny red and green.  Since that’s not really my style, I chose white with a hint of yellow ochre in it.

Titanium White and Yellow Ochre

Titanium White and Yellow Ochre

They dried overnight.  Finding some white braid trim in my sewing stash, I measured the amount that I wanted to make the swag drape twice.

Painted and ready to string.

Painted and ready to string.

Using my hot glue gun, I attached them to the braid.  Watch out for those burned fingers.  😛  I spaced the cones about four inches apart along the braid.  When I got to the end, I had four pine cones left over.  With three of them, I made a group hanging for the center of the swag.  I kept one to just place on the mantel by itself.

Completed Pine Cone Swag.

Completed Pine Cone Swag.

I like how it looks.  Since I don’t do a lot of decorating for each different holiday, I made this to enjoy for Fall through Winter.

My newly decorated fireplace.

My newly decorated fireplace.

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Sequined Tank

Recently, I found this great post on Pinterest of a sequined tank worn under a jacket.  So, I did a search and found even more.  It’s a great look!

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sequin top

Finding the sequined tank, though, proved not to be so easy.  Earlier this week, I headed out to do some Christmas shopping and while out I determined to find a tank.  I looked at Kohl’s which is closest, but they didn’t have any.  I then drove on to the mall which has a Sear’s, Penney’s, and a Dillard’s.  Oh, and other various ladies’ clothing stores.  Several of the stores had tops with sequins on them, but nothing like what was in any of the pictures.  I finally found one at Dillard’s that I thought would suffice and purchased it.  It was on sale for $23.

Here is how it looks. I layered it with a white blouse and black jacket, adding pearl accessories.  Well, it doesn’t quite look as great as I’d hoped.  I’m starting to think that Pinterest is just a place of dreams that we can’t measure up to.  But, I’m not giving up just yet!

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Ready for Christmas

Well, I finally got my Christmas decorations displayed!  Still no tree, however.  We haven’t put up our tree since 2007 when we hosted Christmas for our extended family.  With our children spread around the states, we have just been going to visit them for Christmas and not doing much here.  You don’t really need a tree to decorate your home.  I have plenty of decorations that are independent of a tree.  The mantle, entertainment center, and entryway bookshelf are now decked out in style.

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Here’s the entertainment center sporting some of my Christmas dishes and my music CD’s ready to play.

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Fireballs anyone?  I recently read another blog where the woman was short on decorations.  She said she just started putting ornaments inside anything that would contain them.  So, that’s what I did!  It was a great idea.  And Santa has been holding our cards since I was a small girl.  My mother bought this Santa at a bazaar at our church in the 50’s.   Somewhere along the way, I acquired it and my kids have grown up with it.  We don’t really celebrate Santa, but I use it for nostalgic reasons.

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And finally, the mantle with deer and poinsettias.  I put small antique ornaments in the lanterns and I think it looks nice.  My mother and I were alone for about 8 years before she married my step-dad in 1968.  That Christmas, she decided to get all new decorations and she boxed up all of our old ones.  I’m sure glad that she stored them for years, because they became mine when I married later.  I love vintage!

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These are two of my very favorite of the ornaments.  They are two glass teapots.  This shot was handheld and taken at ISO 1600 f/ 3.8 1/13s.

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Many thanks to the Nester for hosting this link party.  This is my first participation in any link up.  I hope I do it right.  🙂

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Nail Art with Pens

I am at my daughter’s visiting and today we put up the Christmas tree!  After all of that fun, we decided to do our nails.  My daughter has very fun colors.  I picked an NYC metallic green for the base nail color, then added some fun french tips and Christmas tree designs with Migi Nail Art Pens!  Here is what my nails look like finished and dry.

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For the details we used this set of Magi Nail Pens.  They are a lot of fun and come in quite a variety of colors.  The pens are pretty easy to use and the set comes with a booklet with ideas and tips for painting your nails.  Each color has a brush so that you can use it like nail polish as a base coat and, also, a fine tip for doing small detail painting.

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Friends and Frapps

Recently, we went to Georgia to visit friends ‘G’ and ‘D’.  While the men did whatever men do, we women went out for coffee and also did some shopping.  Not much buying, but lots of idea shopping.  We all enjoy finding bargains or, more correctly, finding those great decorating ideas that we can build on, adding our own touch.

My friend’s daughter, ‘B’ is an interior designer.  ‘B’ helped her parents with the interior decorating of their home.  I must say it is AMAZING!  ‘B’ and her mother ‘D’ are always changing things up.  They even swap furniture between their two homes.

‘D’ had her home already decked out for Christmas.  There wasn’t a room without some touch of cheer and light.  I especially liked her idea for displaying the Christmas cards that she receives from family and friends.  Here, you can see how nicely it looks in her kitchen.

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She put command hooks on the inside of the cabinet doors, placing the top one upside down and the bottom one right side up.  Then tied some festive 1″ ribbon to the top hook draping across the top and over the front of the door, down under and behind at the bottom, tying it to the bottom hook.  She covered wooden clothes pins with pretty red ribbons and glued a snowflake to each one.  She uses the clothespin to attach her cards to the ribbon using the clothespins.  Cute idea!

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Another display that I enjoyed was above her table in the dinette area of the kitchen.  The ornaments she purchased in store at Hobby Lobby and were clear plastic with splashes of gold on them.  She tied gold, metallic ribbons to each one and then attached them to her chandelier.  You can see their festive tree in the background of the photo.

Do you have a special way that you display your Christmas cards?  Please, use the comment box to tell me about your holiday ideas, I would love to hear about them.

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