How to tie the perfect bow

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I’m counting this as an ornament because I’m using it as one, but this is so all purpose I could count it as everything from gift wrap to floral design. I use these bows EVERYWHERE. And I bet you will too once you know how to do it. Bows are one of those things that […]

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The simplest ornaments ever! Flowers and Gift Tags

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Today I’m going to share with you my two best Christmas decorating tricks ever. Long time readers know I feel very strongly about my Christmas decorating methods, so when I say they’re my best, it’s saying something. They are both so simple that it felt like cheating to give each one its own post, but […]

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DIY Ornament – Tinsel Bottle Brush Tree

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Bottle brush trees have been everywhere for the last few Christmases. They are charming little old fashioned decorations and they look amazing with a modern update of sparkles and cool new colors. They’re also ridiculously easy to make. And when you can make them yourself that means you can make them out of ANYTHING. Neon […]

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DIY Christmas Ornament – Fancy Lady Doll

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There’s a vintage furniture store nearby that specializes in Midcentury Modern. They make little room vignettes with all their furniture, so walking through the showroom feels like walking through a trendy home in 1963. One of the rooms they had set up was decorated for Christmas with an actual vintage aluminum tree and handcrafts from […]

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DIY Christmas Ornament – Embroidered Postcard Ornament

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Aren’t vintage illustrations just the most gorgeous thing? I fell down a real Pinterest hole when I was looking for 60’s artwork. The illustrations used in ads back then are astonishing. I wanted that artwork reflected on the tree, and not in my own sorry imitation. I wanted to use that artwork, but juzh it […]

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DIY Gift Box Ornament

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If this is the tree that says Home for the Holidays, then it absolutely had to include some presents. It feels a little bit like a cheat, these present ornaments are so easy. But like so many of my favorite ornaments through the years, they manage to do a lot of heavy lifting.┬áSince most ornaments […]

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Ribbon Chain Garland

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Yesterday we launched into my Vintage Home for the Holidays tree, and even though this tree already has a garland, I’m going to go *wild* and add another one. (I’m such a daredevil! :eyeroll:) The tinsel on a garland was practical, this garland is because if I’m going traditional, a paper chain is as traditional […]

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Make a Tinsel Tassel Garland

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Last year my Christmas goals went bust. (Abdominal surgery will do that to even the best of us.) But it may have been a blessing in disguise. Last year I had all these ideas for ornaments, but they weren’t really fitting together in one perfect themed tree. Now that I’ve had some time to ponder […]

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Green Bean Shepherds Pie

Green Bean Shepherds Pie

Shepherd’s Pie is as traditional as it gets if you are a whitey like me. A one pot hot dish, vegetable and meat stew topped with mashed potatoes, it is what I crave when the weather turns chilly and I’m looking for something hot and hearty. And like a lot of traditional dishes, it can […]

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If the thought of Trump hurts you…

I’m going to get a little political here, but mainly in a mental health way. Ever since Trump became the Republican nominee, I’ve been operating from a triggered place. Now, don’t stop listening even if you read “trigger” and get a case of the eyerolls. “Trigger” has been adopted by a lot of people who […]

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