Holiday Home Makeover #2 and 3

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
C returned from 3 weeks away today.  We are so excited to have him back and now it officially “feels” like Christmas to have our entire family under one roof.  Poor guy tho, he noted that the bathroom (that Ive been in the process of painting for………6 months) is still one coat away from being finished.  “But,” he said (attempting to validate my lack of progress) “there sure are a lot of decorations up“!
Indeed!  I may have strung lights over the banister without dusting it, and it may be slim-pickings in the pantry because Ive been putting off going to the store, but Im checking a few things off my “Pinterest” list.

With Walmart sponsoring a few homespun Christmas crafts, the layer of glitter on the floor speaks for where my priorities have been.

Glitter Pinecones:

Walmart has all different varieties of glitter depending on the style you want.  We went with classic silver.  You may remember we shared the how-to on these last year.  This project is super kid-friendly and we get the whole gang involved.  This time, we tried using craft bond spray instead of painting the pinecones and found that the glitter just didnt stick as well as when you really get the pinecone “goopy” with glue from a paint brush.  This year, it was warm enough to do it on our back porch which made clean up much easier.  Its truly the eighth wonder of the world how far glitter can spread when you have 8 or 10 “helping” hands!

Cranberry Snow Globes/Mantle Decor
Epsom Salts .88c
Cranberries $1.68
Poinsettia Plants $3.47

A simple statement!  Select various sized glass jars (jelly, jam, salsa, pickle, dressing) or mason jars.  The more variety, the better.  Layer cranberries over epsom salts and add a votive candle to the top for an elegant evening glow.  Tie tops with ribbon or twine and sprigs of greens.  Intersperse glitter pinecones, greens and a striking poinsettia here and there and…..Voila.

Our family just had a surprise package delivered from a dear friend in WA with new monogrammed stockings for the whole family!!  Love, love, LOVE these cozy Scandinavian style stockings.  Oh, and did I mention our friend hand-embroidered the personalized stocking tags!  a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!

And this has been really funny!  If you have children or nieces or nephews, you’ll want check this out!  Yes, we “do” Santa a little bit at our house.  The children all know that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday and that is the emphasis, but they are only little for a short while and pretending is fun…..

This is a link to a video message you can create personalized from Santa to your child, be they naughty or nice.  Putting in pictures makes it really personal!  The kids have each had a day that they got a video message and it has made us all laugh so much!  

Enjoy merry, mess and memory making!

  • Angel says:

    Beautiful!! I seen online somewhere a few weeks ago a picture of mason jars with epson salt in them… with a single tea light candle lit (or even the battery powered ones would work fine)… lining the entrance to your home. I loved the idea and marked it to create before Christmas with my kids. I love your version!

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