A Marble and Copper Christmas: A Christmas Tree Gallery Wall

18 Days and Counting, Y’all? How are you doing on your Christmas shopping? Better than me, I hope! The only things I have checked off are the things I’ve run across online. I try to avoid the stores at this time of the year; I’m not a fan of busy stores or crowds. Unless they’re at Hobby Lobby; that’s a store always worth braving the crowds for.

If you’ve read my blog before, you’ve heard me bemoan the fact that we don’t have a whole lot of space in our teeny tiny trailer. In a lot of ways, though, that has been a good thing for us. The thing about this small space that I love best is that we’re all always close together. Also, it’s much faster to clean. Not that I keep it that way, but when it does get really messy (particularly when I’m crafting), I can clean the whole house pretty quickly.

Because of this lack of space, for the past several years, we haven’t had space to put up a full sized tree. And each year I think to myself that I need to come up with a creative alternative to a Christmas tree.

So this year, I’ve come up with an idea within my copper and marble theme (you can see gift-wrapping ideas here) to display a “Christmas tree” that doesn’t take up any floor space.

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I started with inexpensive IKEA frames, I think they were $1.50 each, and cut out squares of myCon-Tact Brand Creative Covering Self-Adhesive Shelf and Drawer Liner, 18-Inches by 9-Feet, Marble White“> marble ConTact paper from Amazon to go in them. I took the glass out of the frames, so that I could push a thumbtack through the paper and the cardboard back of the frame to hang my ornament from. The ornaments are from Walmart; I got a big bucket for around $5 and spray painted them copper, then used fishing wire to hang them from the thumbtacks. The greenery garlands are from my front yard. I clipped sections off of an evergreen bush and strung them together with floral wire. Then I used small Command hooks to secure the greenery on the wall. The star topper is from the Dollar Tree.

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So, I hope you enjoyed this quick little tutorial, and hope that it inspires someone else out there who is as “space-challenged” as I happen to be. Have a great day, and I will be back with more DIY marble and copper Christmas ideas soon!

Rachel

I’m also sharing this project over at Remodelaholic.

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A Marble and Copper Christmas: Gift Wrapping Ideas

Christmas is just around the corner, y’all! 24 Days, to be precise. Are you the kind of person who has had your shopping, wrapping and decorating finished for a month now, or are you the kind of person who is scrambling to cross off your entire shopping list on Christmas eve? I fall into the latter category. But I get really into gift-wrapping, almost more than shopping for gifts, even. Gift wrapping is so much fun, kind of like scrapbooking, with endless combinations and chances to get creative.

I’ve chosen copper and marble as my theme this Christmas, and I’m excited to show you a few gift-wrapping combinations I’ve come up with to inspire you as you’re wrapping your gifts.

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I knew exactly what I wanted, but had a really tough time finding the copper and marble wrapping paper I had in mind. I ended up using Con-Tact paper that I found on Amazon, and I just cut strips of it to use as accents over my wrapping paper. The best investments, though, were the washi tape and copper leafing pen I used, because there’s just an endless variety of patterns and prints to be made with them…stars, names, Christmas trees, or any number of geometric prints. As you can see above, I used the copper leafing pen to add stars, and to scribble the copper marble look onto black paper, and used little strips of washi tape to make the geometric pattern.

Now, if I could give you one tip to take away from this post, it would be to always, always, always use greenery…from your backyard, the side of the road, your grandma’s house…wherever you can find it. Greenery is the perfect (and free!) finishing touch that really completes any wrapping job.

Oh, and I’ll let you in on a little secret, which probably won’t surprise anyone who knows me. All of these boxes are empty (insert ashamed face). But I will be using them in my décor, so it’s not completely in vain.

Here’s a list of the supplies I ended up using:

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DIY Pumpkin Silhouette Pillow

I’m back again today with another fall-themed DIY project. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m not going all out for fall, but I wanted to figure out a way to add a few, neutral, fallish touches at a very reasonable price.

Well, I made an awesome discovery, one which I may be the last person  to figure out, but that I’m still really excited about. What I discovered is that Hobby Lobby has a really great, very reasonably priced line of pillow covers. Not the pillows inside, which as we all know take up a ton of space and can be very difficult to find a good storage place for…just the covers. So I was like, you mean I can add more patterns and colors of pillows to my collection without adding to the ever-growing pile in the corner of my bedroom (which are not currently in use) that has been a source of contention between my husband and I for the last, oh, entire 10 years of our marriage? Life changing. If you, like me, find yourselves a little space challenged, but love to have a variety of pillows to change out with the seasons, this is the way to go. And when I found them, they were 50% off, so they were right around $4, $5, and $6 a piece. So much better than buying a whole throw pillow for so many reasons in addition to the fact that it just might save your marriage.

Along with my new pillow covers, I picked up some adhesive craft felt sheets ($.99 each) and used the twine that I had on hand (which was $3 from Lowe’s, and which I’ve used in at least 20 other projects).

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I marked out the shapes I wanted with a pencil, and cut them out.

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I used my hot glue gun to outline each cut piece with twine.

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Then I promptly decided that they looked better on another pillow cover that I picked up. I loved the idea of the pumpkin silhouette against a patterned pillow, but there just wasn’t enough contrast, so it didn’t show up as much as I would have liked. But that’s the nature of DIY projects; it’s always a trial and error process. I figure it out so you don’t have to should you choose to make one. You’re welcome.

Lastly, I peeled off the backs and pressed them in place onto my pillow, and added a few little twine curly-cues with small dots of hot glue to hold them in place.

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The beauty of this project is that, when this season is over, I can just peel the pumpkin shapes and few dots of hot glue right off the pillow.

But for now, I’m loving the way it looks with the patterned pillow on my couch. Just a tiny touch of fall for right around $7.

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And I think that’s about the extent of my fall decorating. I hope you have enjoyed, and I hope you can maybe use some of these ideas yourself. Happy Fall!

Rachel

 

 

 

Fall Décor On A Dime

Fall has arrived! I know it’s been official a while ago, specifically when Starbucks started selling the almighty Pumpkin Spice Latte (obviously), but I guess  I’m a little slow to adjust.

I don’t usually get super into seasonal decorating, and especially not fall décor. I just have   SO much REGULAR decorating that needs to be finished in the rest of the house that it’s hard to get into the temporary stuff. But this year, I decided to add just a few fallish details, just to feel a little more festive than normal.

Now, my already tight budget is even tighter right now since we haven’t had a renter in our Delaware house for almost half a year along with working on fixing it up to rent. So my fall décor budget was roughly $5 and some change. Or something close to that. Please tell me I’m not the only one?

As much as I would have loved to stock up on some pretty, fresh multi-colored pumpkins, they can be a little pricey, especially if you’re buying multiples. And if, like me, you prefer the white pumpkins? Forget about it.

So instead, I headed to the dollar section and picked up a few ugly items, determined to make something pretty out of them.

I picked up this $1 pumpkin bucket and a $.96 can of white spray paint from Walmart.

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At the dollar tree, I found these faux leaf bunches and little pumpkins and gourds.

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I spray painted the pumpkin bucket white, added some cabbage leaves from the produce section as a filler (a trick I learned from the Nester), a $3 bouquet of alstroemeria lilies, and finished it out with some wildflowers from across the street.

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As much as I love traditional fall colors, I wanted a more neutral look overall. I cut the leaves off of the bunch, and gave them a few coats of the white spray paint as well. I love the muted, almost frosty look they have now.

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I also gave the pumpkins and gourds a coat of copper spray paint.

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And then, with a length of twine, I tied each leaf on individually, intermittently spaced to leave room for the gourds, which I then hot glued directly to the twine.

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I did a little bit of chalkboard art, hung the finished garland, and set everything up.

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Again, they’re small changes, nothing earth shattering, but enough at least to make it feel a little more autumnal here in the house and get my family and I in the fall spirit.

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I love the way the afternoon light shines in this little corner.

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That’s it for now, but I will be back later this week with a few more simple and affordable ideas. How are you decorating for fall? Do you like to go all out, or add just a few little touches like me?

Until next time!

Rachel

 

DIY Ombre Flower Art

 

Hello! I’m back on this lovely, drizzly Monday morning to hopefully cheer you up with a bright, pretty, simple DIY project.

The very first room I worked on in our trailer was my little girls room.

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If you’ve been following for a while and you remember, I went a little crazy with the fake flowers. I made this floral initial art

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and this little dress up corner

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and this floral embellished photo.

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Well, I’m back with another uber girly project…apparently, my girly side has been repressed for too long. I have been making a few changes to their room lately…more to come on that in the near future. For now, though, this quick and easy DIY.

The supplies I used were this deep picture frame from Ikea (could also use a shadow box), 4 stems of fake flowers from Dollar Tree, a glue gun, my gold glass marker  (the one listed is from Michaels, mine was from Hobby Lobby), a dry erase marker, and a piece of foam core (could also use cardboard or cardstock), also from the Dollar Tree.

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I began by cutting the stems off of my flowers as close as possible to the flower so that they could lay flat.

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Next, I arranged my flowers to get an idea of how I wanted them laid out.

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Next, using the back of my frame as a guide, I cut out a square of the foam core board with an Xacto knife to use as a backdrop.

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With that foam core square, I just started hot gluing my flowers on in rows.

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Once the flowers were finished, I put my frame together, and marked on the glass where I wanted my script to go with my dry erase marker. This allowed me to practice my font a few times before getting exactly what I wanted.

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I took the glass out and turned it over, then traced the back of the glass with my gold glass marker.  I wanted the script to be on the inside of the glass so that it would be protected, and so I could clean the glass without the risk of messing it up. Also, for anyone trying this at home, if you’re not super confident in your handwriting skills, you could easily print off the name in a font that you like, place it behind your glass, and trace it with your dry erase marker.

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Before the final assembly, I did have to trim my flowers down a little on the sides to fit inside the frame.

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Once that was finished, I put it all together, and this is the final product.

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Just a pretty, quick and easy way to display your child’s name, and you could customize it with any color of flowers and script that you like.

Hope you enjoyed, and hope you have a fantastic week!

Rachel

 

Front Porch Reveal! One Room Challenge: Week 6

It’s done! My porch is done! I’m so excited to finally share my finished porch for the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda from Calling It Home. It was so, so much work; about 50% of it was my husband building new railing, 49% of it was painting, and only 1% was the fun stuff, like pillows and accessories. But that’s how it goes, right?

First, I’ll take you on a little tour and describe some of the changes we made.

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Beginning with the front door, I painted the door and screen door to lighten it up a bit, painted the trim white, and changed out the lighting fixture. This one ($29 from Lowe’s) gives the whole porch a warm, homey glow.

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In weeks 3 and 4 you saw that Luke took down all the trellis and built a real porch railing. That and painting every surface on this porch clearly made the biggest impact. It’s truly amazing what a difference paint can make. I painted the ceiling in a pretty, aqua blue color, painted the paneling in the front of the house one shade darker than the other half of the house (although I’m reconsidering that color), painted the floors black, and painted all the trim white.

As you can see, I added trellis in front of the window as sort of a focal point, but it also serves as a privacy screen for my boys’ room (right inside the window with no blinds). I added lights (had to have some sparkle, obviously) and tiny potted plants.

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In week 2, I painted and stained those $4 nesting tables from a yard sale. I also stained the old IKEA chairs a tiny bit darker, and gave them new cushions from HomeGoods for a pop of color.

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This little corner might be my favorite. I added a few plants and hung our hammock (can’t wait to use that!). I also spray painted some little $1.50 house numbers copper to display at the entrance.

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I’m really proud of this DIY planter I made from concrete and copper liquid metal, using this super simple tutorial from Happy Looks Good On You. I’ll definitely be using more concrete in the future; at $5 a bag, the possibilities are endless.

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Moving right along, I added mulch to emphasize the garden area, and hung branches from my yard, planters, and lanterns to add a little privacy. But clearly, my husband’s porch railing is the star of the show here.

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I made hangers for my tiny potted plants with yarn and twine I had on hand using this tutorial, another quick and easy DIY from Free People’s blog (after figuring out how to make the first one, the rest took only about 10 minutes each).

The lanterns are from World Market; they were originally an antique pewter, but I painted them copper.

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For this corner, another favorite, I gave the director’s chairs a little makeover by painting the canvas with off-white chalk paint, giving them a coat of Minwax Spar Urethane to make them outdoor friendly, and adding throw pillows.

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The pillows are, again, from HomeGoods. The little watering can was $3 from Lowe’s (originally red, but I spray painted it copper). Hopefully it will remind me to water my plants and keep them alive.

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And that’s that! I had lots of help from my hubby and even my kids got in on the painting action.

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Now, just in case you’ve forgotten, here are a few before and afters to remind you of where we started:

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As for the budget, I originally told you that I would stay within $200. That was before my husband decided to rebuilt the porch. Since the original plan was to just paint everything, I’m not counting what he spent in my budget. I know, that’s totally cheating, but that was his project.

Here’s the breakdown for my budget:

Floor Paint: $35

White Kilz Paint (for railing, trim, etc.): $17

Ceiling/Table Paint (I got 4 $3 paint samples because I didn’t want to buy a whole gallon…I’m a cheapskate!): $12

House Paint: $30

Stain for Furniture: $9

Spar Urethane: $10

Chalk Paint: $6

Copper Liquid Metal: $3.50

Light Fixture: $30

Pillows: $40

Lanterns (Splurge!): $37

Trellis: $7

Concrete: $5

Buckets for Molds: $5

House Numbers: $4.50

Plants (I bought some, borrowed some from the rest of the house, and got some from my Mom): $25

Mulch: $10

Watering Can: $3

Total: $289

So, yeah, I still went over quite a bit, without even counting the work that my husband did. But I still think I did pretty darn good for the amount that I accomplished with that money. I’ve opened my front door just to look out at it just about 50 times since I finished it. It makes me very happy and proud to be finished, and I can’t wait to spend lots of time on it this summer, reading a book in my hammock, listening to my kids playing and laughing. Although, I have a sneaking suspicion that it will sound a little more like kids fighting over the hammock, and me yelling at the kids and the dog to not get mud all over the furniture, but hey, one can dream.

Now that I am done (hallelujah!) and have a little time on my hands, I’m going to head over to the One Room Challenge and check out all of the other bloggers’ reveals, so I hope you’ll join me! I’ll leave you with a few more pictures.

Rachel

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I’m also sharing this makeover over at these fantastic link parties:

Made by You Monday at Skip to My Lou

Remodelaholic

Home Stories A to Z

Inspire Me Monday

Dream. Create. Inspire.

Wow Us Wednesdays

Work It Wednesday

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One Room Challenge: Week 3-Front Porch Makeover

Week Three means we’re halfway through the One Room Challenge, and I am nowhere near halfway through the amount of work that needs to be done, so this is the point where the panic just starts to kick in. But we did manage to get quite a bit done this week, and I feel a little more confident about the direction we’re heading.

As you may recall, I have a few furniture makeovers that I’m going to attempt, one of which was these bamboo nesting tables that I found at a yard sale for $4.

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Well, this porch makeover, if all goes as planned, will be a lot of black and white, so I decided I needed a pop of color. I picked up a few paint samples, and settled on this Behr Ultra aqua color, Undine. I also used a stain I had on hand to stain the bamboo a slightly darker shade. Here’s the result:

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I’m pretty happy with how they turned out; now they just need a coat of polyacrylic for protection.

As for the porch, we (meaning my husband, of course) did a little demo this week. We decided to take down the lattice (which I’ve always hated), replace a few handrail boards, and replace the ugly, bent, trailer-y looking supports with 4x4s.

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We will be putting up wood slats to give it a more traditional porch look, and it will all receive a fresh coat of paint.

As you can see, I still haven’t finished the porch floor. I gave it a second power washing with a more powerful pressure washer, hoping that would get the rest of the paint off, which it didn’t. So now, I have decided that I really, really, really don’t want to tackle stripping the porch, and I’ve settled on painting it instead of staining it.

That’s all for now. I’m so thankful for my husband, who did most of the work this week.

Hope you have a great weekend, and wish me luck! I plan to do a LOT of painting this weekend.

Rachel

 

 

 

 

 

One Room Challenge- Week One: Front Porch Makeover

Hey Y’all!

I know, I know…it’s been a while. I’ve seriously neglected this blog for a few months now, and thanks for being patient with me. I’ve been working on some things, and most importantly, working on establishing some good habits that were really important to me, and it’s been tough getting back into the groove.

So, I figured the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda at www.callingithome.com would be the perfect time to jump back in with both feet. Although, after the first round I completed back in November, and now that I’m fully aware of just how crazy it can be to makeover a space in 6 weeks, I have to be a little crazy to do it again. But at least I’m not the only crazy one; there are over 100 other people joining the challenge along with me. Be sure to follow their One Week Challenge along with me.

For this challenge, I will be making over my front porch. No small task. If you’re new here to the blog…welcome! If you’ve been following along, you know that my husband and I, our 4 kids, and 2 pets, all live in a less than 1000 square ft., old, dated trailer that we have been working on renovating, trying to make the most of what we have, and bringing our own style into this small space on a very limited budget. So far, we have finished our girls’ bedroom, our boys’ Star Wars Bedroom (from last fall’s One Room Challenge), our front room, and are in the middle of working on our kitchen (see here and here).

For the front porch, here’s what I have to work with:

One very ugly front porch:

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Two IKEA wicker chairs (so old that IKEA doesn’t sell this particular model anymore and desperately in need of a makeover):

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Two awesome directors chairs my sister and I found at Goodwill for $15 each (which also need a makeover and to be made outdoor friendly):

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This set of nesting tables that I got for $4 at a yard sale (add that to the ‘needs a makeover’ list):

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So, yeah…the front porch is bad…really bad. I pretty much haven’t touched it in the almost 2 years since we’ve been here…totally NOT because I’m lazy…but because I wanted the before and after comparison to be THAT much more dramatic. Yeah, that’s what I’m sticking with.

Here’s a mood board of sorts to give you an idea of the look I’m going for, black and white like the rest of the inside with sort of a Moroccan, bohemian vibe with lots of greenery and copper accents:

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What needs to be done:

-A good pressure washing

-Sanding/staining/painting the walls and floors (I’m thinking white for the walls and black for the floors)

-Possibly painting the ceiling for a pop of color

-Build new posts

-The aforementioned furniture makeovers

-Paint or stain the woodwork and trellis

-Make some throw pillows

-Come up with some creative, DIY planters and plant displays

-Find and install a new light

Oh yeah, and the kicker…my husband and I have agreed on a budget of no more than $200. No big deal. I can already see lots and lots of coffee in my future. Y’all wish me luck, and be sure to follow along!

Rachel

 

 

 

 

 

Downton Abbey Farewell Party (With Free Printables)

It’s the end of the world as we know it. No, I’m not talking about the GOP after Super Tuesday, although that statement would be an accurate description of what happened yesterday. I’m speaking of the end of Downton Abbey this Sunday night.

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I’m finding it hard to forgive Julian Fellowes for this devastating loss. I have faithfully watched this show and fallen in love with its characters and witty conversation ever since my first blissful introduction to (and subsequent binge-watching of) the first season on Netflix. But alas, all good things must come to an end.

If you’re still reading along, I’ll assume you’re a fan, too; otherwise, I can think of no good reason for you to still be reading. And so, dear reader, I offer you my sincerest condolences, as you will, no doubt, be feeling the loss as strongly as I.

My mom, sisters and I will be watching the the series finale (sob!) together this Sunday night, so I thought, why not throw a mini party to really live it up one more time?! On a side note, if you’re local, the Tennessee Theatre will be showing the finale; it’s free, you just have to wait in line the night of. For my family and I, there will be one too many tears shed for us to be comfortable viewing it in public.

With the impending finale, I’d like to suggest a few activities to get us in the early 20th century aristocracy mindset to really prepare us for this final viewing of our beloved show.

First off, I would suggest that we invest in a little bell, and do a little role-playing. Let’s pretend that our spouses/significant others are the butler, Carson, and be sure to ring our bells when we need something. We might even suggest that they dress up a little when they serve us dinner. Of course, we’ll never mention exactly what’s going on, just be sure to let them know, in great detail, what our expectations are. Secondly, I would suggest, for those of us who have children, that we dress them up in black, using our handy little bells once again, and let them know how we expect the house to be run, clean, dinner prepared, etc. During both of these activities, never, EVER, say thank you. Aristocrats do not thank the hired help. Will our spouses/offspring catch on to this little game? Maybe not, but if they do, hey, we could make this a thing!

Now that we’ve done these things to get us in the spirit, I’ll share a few things I’m making for our Farewell Party. As usual, I didn’t have a lot to spend, so I hit up the Dollar Tree and Aldis to see what I could find that I thought would work for a proper English tea party. The early century aristocracy may have shopped at Dollar Tree, I don’t know. I found tea biscuits, melba toast, silver plasticware, plastic champagne glasses and candlesticks at the Dollar Tree. Then at Aldis, I found some really good cheeses (including a delicious goat cheese with honey), assorted cookies, and some chocolates to round out the menu with tea and sparkling juice. I also found ingredients at Aldi’s to make these little blackberry brie tarts, lemon curd and these simple scones, and cupcakes.

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Then, to make things really interesting, I made these little cupcake toppers with some of the best insults and zingers from everyone’s favorite, the Dowager Countess.

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I even made a printable so you could make your own. Just do one thing for me if you print off your own set and add them to your store-bought WalMart cupcakes (that should really make Lady Violet roll over in her well-appointed if somewhat fictional grave). Before you shove the entire cupcake in your mouth, arch your finely sculpted aristocratic brow (all pretend, of course; we all know most of us haven’t plucked our non-titled brows in two months), tilt your nose up a few inches in the air so that you are firmly looking down on your companion watchers, muster your most haughty and indignant British voice, and give your best Cousin Violet impression. Make us all proud.

You can download the printables here. Happy watching! May the finale be everything you hoped it would be!

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Last Minute Gift-Wrapping Ideas from the Dollar Section (and a Teeny, Tiny House Tour)

It’s Christmas Eve Eve, and folks…we finally have a tree! Am I the only one who waits until the very, very last minute for shopping and wrapping gifts? I just finished up my shopping yesterday, and started wrapping today. I wanted to show you just a few cheap and easy gift-wrapping ideas that I’m using this year.

But first, let me take you on a little Christmas tour of my house. This holiday season, I’ve been taking it easy. No going all out decorating all over the house or spending days and days on a gallery wall like I did last year. It’s been a whirlwind couple of months, and I wanted to relax a little and try to enjoy the season. I haven’t really relaxed, but that was the idea, anyway.

I did, however, spruce up just a few little corners of my house just to make it festive enough to keep my kids happy.

I already shared with you my little corner where I made some DIY Christmas Art from my Stendig calendar that I wasn’t able to use this year.

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My mom gave me this pretty chalkboard pillow from Kirklands that she wasn’t able to use, and I added greenery from my yard to my little oil can planter. Just a tiny detail, but I love it.

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Over on my chalkboard wall, I added a Christmas-y chalkboard art and prints, and hung Christmas paper plates…I don’t have any Christmas plates of my own and paper plates are cheap!

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Over on my entertainment center, I added a pine garland, which was so hard to hang! Let me know if you know of any tips or tricks for hanging live garland, because otherwise, I’m just getting a fake one next year!

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I made a print (you can download your own version here), and filled in the ampersand with a metallic gold marker. The 25 was from my Stendig calendar again.

Lastly, our tree corner. We have no floor space for a tree, so we got a smaller one to go on our entryway bookshelf. I added black and white ribbon and colorful bulbs, to keep with the black and white theme I sort of have going on. I wrapped the base with one of my scarves.

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I made the Noel artwork with scrapbook paper, and cardboard letters with moss hot glued to them.

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And that’s it! Just a few simple accents to make it feel a little more like Christmas around here.

And now, as promised, just a few tips and tricks for gift-wrapping. The first two are kid-friendly, but hey, I’d be happy to get these gifts as an adult.

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For the first gift, I used black paper from WalMart (which also has a cute black and white chevron print on the other side). I wrote the words on the black paper with a chalkboard marker after measuring it out for the gift.

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The pompoms are from the Dollar Tree, and I strung them with a needle and thread, then wrapped and taped them around the gift.

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merry and bright

With the same paper, I used strips of glitter foam sheets also from the Dollar Tree to form a linear tree. I originally wanted to use washi tape for this, but at $2.50 per color for a total of $10…a $1 multi-colored pack from the Dollar Tree with just a little more work sounded better to me.

Line Tree

For the last gift, I used white paper from the Dollar Tree, scribbled on some Christmas trees with a Sharpie, and wrapped it with little tinsel from Walmart (just $1.50 per roll).

Tinsel

And lastly, just another little tip, these glittery bottle brush trees are from WalMart for just $.75 to $1. And I was able to use my Stendig calendar again! So glad I’ve been able to get some use of it since it broke my heart that I wasn’t able to use it for my house.

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Well, that’s it! I have plenty more gifts to wrap, and I’m sure you do too. Have a very Merry Christmas with your friends and loved ones. Thank you all so much for following along; I really appreciate each and every one of you!