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Holiday DIY:  Coffee Filter Christmas Tree

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Holiday DIY: Coffee Filter Christmas Tree

Do you hear that ticking?  What is that?!  I hear it!  It’s the clock ticking its way through your time to prepare for you holiday celebrations!  Well, don’t worry.  I’m here with another quick, super easy, super affordable holiday décor idea.  It costs next to nothing to make so you can do multiple and use it to decorate your holiday table, entryway table, or just about anything where you want to add a little holiday spirit but find you are running out of time, and if you are like me, money.  Okay…here we go!

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5 Halloween Decorations So Cheap & Easy it's Scary!

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5 Halloween Decorations So Cheap & Easy it's Scary!

This time of year many of us are thinking about what we can do for Halloween décor. With Halloween on a weekend this year, more us will be hosting parties on that ghostly night and if you are like me and time is short, these ideas may help spark your motivation to make some of your own decorations and save some money that you can put toward more important party purchases….like wine! (Maybe that’s just me!) See how I made spooky decor with $1 items!

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Decorating Ideas:  The Pumpkin Blog

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Decorating Ideas: The Pumpkin Blog

Yes, I know…pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere!  Well, it is that time of year and so I feel I need to say something on the subject!  There are so many great ideas out there now for what to do with your pumpkins.  Well, I’ve always kind of liked the school of thought that you don’t necessarily have to carve your pumpkin to make it cute or fun.  I’m not great with carving… as my kids and husband will attest to!  I am more the “paint the pumpkin” person.  If you have kidlets at home then I’m sure you want to have the fun of sharing the pumpkin-carving experience with them, I know we did!  But, if your kids are too big to care anymore or maybe you would just like to do something fun for some outdoor holiday décor, then this blog may just give you the inspiration you need. 

If you want a little guidance when painting...use painter's tape to loosely set your design...

If you want a little guidance when painting...use painter's tape to loosely set your design...

The nice thing about painting your pumpkins instead of carving is that they will look nice and should hold up all the way through Thanksgiving.  (TIP:  Don’t get your stem of your pumpkin wet as it can cause it to rot).  I’ve see so many examples of specially-carved pumpkins that are just gorgeous but I’m afraid that just isn’t in the cards for me! 

The first step of course is choosing your pumpkins.  You want to look for shapes you like and that the pumpkin doesn’t have any soft spots on it.  Also, try and wiggle the stem and make sure it doesn’t move around a lot or that may be a sign of softening.

Polka dot pumpkin...before, during, and after

Polka dot pumpkin...before, during, and after

When you go to paint your pumpkins, let your imagination be your guide!   If you want a Halloween look for your pumpkins then definitely go for it.  Remember you can always just paint one side of your pumpkin for Halloween and leave the backside so you can simply turn them around and enjoy all the way through Thanksgiving!  Sneaky, huh?  I have always used acrylic paints and have had good luck with that.  I have always felt that the pumpkins should have a nice, homemade feel to them so I tend to free-hand mine and what I get is what I get, but if you feel differently consider using stencils for your design and if you want pumpkins that light up, you can clean out your pumpkin as if you were going to carve it, use a drill to outline your design, put some battery-powered lights inside and you are good to go! 

If you want to add a little "Halloween" to your pumpkins, add some cute little spiders or bats that you can easily remove after Halloween.

If you want to add a little "Halloween" to your pumpkins, add some cute little spiders or bats that you can easily remove after Halloween.

I decided this year, I didn’t really want my pumpkins to be too “Halloweeny” (is that even a word?  Well it is now!) so here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy my funky, non-traditional pumpkins and get some inspiration for yours!

Now, what will you do next to love where you live?

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Holiday Decorations - to Theme or Not to Theme....

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Holiday Decorations - to Theme or Not to Theme....

Greetings, all you holiday elves out there! To theme or not to theme? That’s today’s home décor question—one that sparks varying, sometimes quite strong, opinions. Are you on Team Theme or Team Chillax and Let the Decorating Spirits Move You? Read this post for my two cents...

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Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas

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Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas

Check out this post for several easy outdoor holiday decorating ideas to help you get the most out of your outside decorating dollar. In general, try to think long-term when you purchase your items. As is true with any purchases, if you spend a little more for durable, quality items, they will serve you well year after year.

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Quick and Easy Dining Room Makeover Ideas

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Quick and Easy Dining Room Makeover Ideas

Whether this year marks your first time hosting a holiday meal or your umpteenth time, you may find yourself wishing your dining room looked a little nicer, fresher, or just plain spruced up for the upcoming festivities. In this blog I reveal a multitude of quick and easy ideas to take your dining room transform from every day blah to holiday WOW! You certainly don’t have to do all the things listed below—just incorporate a few of the quick dining room makeover ideas listed below, based on your time and budget, can make a big difference for your holiday get-togethers.

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