Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Trees From Tomato Stands

A friend shared with me years ago an inexpensive way to make miniature Christmas trees. When I first made them I put one in each of my girls' rooms allowing them to decorate them to fit their personality or fad for that year. This was before the great variety of trees became available . This year I got them out of the attic to spruce up and use outside. They are soooooo easy to make.
Start with what I call a three prong tomato stand. I went to a hardware store for these. You will have to ask for them because this is not the season for planting gardens!

Tie the prongs together, I used a ponytail holder(could not find a rubber band in this house to save my soul)

Wrap with garland

I do not know the length of the garland but it is whatever length Walmart sells. I only used one swag. Sometimes the garland has a tendency to slide so I wrap a limb around the stand wire every chance I get.

Add lights

They have endless possibilities and I will probably wrap mine in mesh but wanted to post this before everyone finished decorating.
Merry Christmas!

Linking to: Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Flaunt it Friday , DIY Showoff , and Metamorphosis Monday

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

The DIY Show Off

Monday, November 22, 2010

Wreaths, Wreaths, and More Wreaths

Earlier this month I went to a "Glorified Flea Market" in Jackson, MS called Mistletoe Marketplace. I jumped on the band wagon of the mesh wreaths. Convinced myself and a stranger standing next to me that I can do that. I googled and watched several tutorials on how to make them and here are some that I came up with.

This one is for a friend to put in her salon.

The bronze in this looks orange but it is my favorite. I really do need a camera lesson.

The wreath below was for a friend's mom but I changed the ribbon before she took it, I don't like the way it wraps around. Unfortunately I did not get a picture of the adjustment.

This is an all season wreath made from coffee filters. The pictures do not do it justice. They really are much prettier .

While hosting Thanksgiving in my home, Aunt Nancy ordered a "Mississippi State" wreath

This is an old one that I have had for years that I gave a "face lift" with the mesh.

Linking to The DIY Showoff Christmas

Laundry Room Makeover

This is my least favorite room in my home, mainly because I HATE to do laundry. I just never seem to stay ahead of the beast! I thought that MAYBE if I paint it I may have a better attitude about doing the laundry. It's amazing what a little paint and organizing will do! I am enjoying the results. I used Better Homes and Gardens Orange Spice.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pantry Redo

My favorite luxury in my home is my larger than most pantry. I have never had the best system of organizing the items in here. In fact, there are many things in there that should probably not be in there! Take a look at my shameful "before pictures"

Over several weeks every time I went to Ross' and Walmart I would buy containers that I wanted to use in helping me organize my mess. I took everything out of the pantry . This took more time than I want to confess. I had stuff in the dining room, breakfast room and kitchen. We looked like hoarders! How did I get all of this in that small room???

I painted the sheetrock and may go back and paint the backboards or put decorative paper on it. I am loving the gold paint so much that I am contemplating putting it in my living room. I am really enjoying my pantry and we are taking bets on how long it will stay that way.

I'm linking to Between Naps on the Porch and New Nostalgia



Saturday, November 6, 2010

Dining Room Curtains

Several years ago I made these toppers for my dining room windows. Sorry about the quality of the pictures but no matter the time of day or night, the lighting was not good.

I bought the Egyptian print from Hancocks, lined them with sheets like . I am really enjoying them.