Top 5 Christmas Finds on Pinterest

Pinterest can be a great source for fun holiday decorating ideas. From handcrafted ornaments to adorn your artificial Christmas tree to tasty cooking ideas to warm you on a cold winter night, Pinterest offers creative, easy and unique ideas for all styles and budgets. Our top Christmas finds on Pinterest include ornaments to make with the kids, glittering Christmas ornaments and simple décor crafts to add to your pre-lit Christmas tree, wreath, garland and home.

1. Paper Bag Advent calendar

pinterest Advent Calendar

Create your own Advent calendar from individual brown paper bags. Number each bag for each day of Advent. Place a small gift or treat in each bag. String clothesline or ribbon — you may want to make two tiers depending on your space — and attach each bag to the clothesline with clothespins. As each day of Advent progresses, allow the kids to open one of the bags for a surprise. Continue reading “Top 5 Christmas Finds on Pinterest”

Get that Full Christmas Tree Look with Your Artificial Tree

Perhaps this is the first year you’ve chosen an artificial Christmas tree. But whether you’ve chosen this route in an effort to trim your decorating budget or you simply believe an artificial tree works as well for them as a freshly cut tree, you may find that artificial trees have come a long way and look very realistic. However, you may rationally know that your tree looks fine and full, but you still feel like it may need extra attention and adornment to get it just right.

Finding the Right Artificial Tree

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Outdoor Christmas Decorating Tips

There isn’t an official time that you should begin decorating for the holidays. But, you want enough time to enjoy your efforts while making sure your decorations don’t wear out their welcome. If you’re ready to decorate in the middle of November then that’s the right time for you. Others may choose to decorate once Thanksgiving has passed, while others wait until December. As long as you are creating your winter wonderland with the right spirit, any time is the right time.  Make a Christmas landscape to remember with these outdoor decorating tips.

Evergreen Supreme Snap Tree™ from Uncommon Designs

Get into the Christmas Spirit

If you feel the spirit of Christmas and are ready to string the lights, it doesn’t hurt to enhance the mood by playing your favorite Christmas music and lighting some holiday-scented candles. You may even want to whip up your favorite Christmas beverage such as some rich eggnog or Christmas wassail that will waft throughout your home and create a warm and Christmas-friendly atmosphere.
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Blogger Feature: Rhoda M. Vickers of Southern Hospitality

A GRITS (girl raised in the South) who loves decorating and thrifting, Rhoda M. Vickers began her blog, Southern Hospitality, in early 2007. What started out as something ‘for fun’ became Rhoda’s personal journal as she faced drastic changes in her life, from a failed marriage to financial breakdown. In her journey, Rhoda shares her life’s ups and downs and her ideas on how to make a house into a home. A collector who loves giving old objects a new lease on life, she hopes to inspire others through her adventures in establishing a beautiful home without spending a fortune by unleashing inner creativity. Read on and learn about this steel magnolia and her heartwarming passions.

rhoda m. vickers flying santa
Photo by Rhoda M. Vickers of Southern Hospitality

Q: You chronicle your home renovation journeys so well in your blog. Readers are involved with your step-by-step narration and the helpful advice that comes with it. Do tell us what it is about home decorating that triggers you to share your experiences with your readers.

A: I have loved decorating ever since I moved in my first house back in 1985. The decorating process is so personal and such a big part of my life that sharing online became a natural outpouring of that creativity. I’ve been online since the internet began and loved hanging out on decorating boards way before blogs began. Blogging was the next step and sharing with my readers has changed my life in so many ways. I’m so blessed that I have such a loyal following of readers who love to watch my home renovation and enjoy seeing all the decorating shared too. I love keeping up with new ideas and staying fresh with my home decor too.

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Blogger Feature: Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room

Since July 2007, Melissa Michaels has been inspiring thousands of readers by sharing her ideas on how to create an authentic life and home. A pastor’s wife and a mom of three, she has extended her personal journey and embarked on a mission to motivate women to do the same. In just five years, her home decorating and interior design blog, The Inspired Room, has earned a readership of 300,000 unique readers each month. Read on and find out more about Melissa and her passion about stress-free and budget-friendly DIY decorating that leaves time to appreciate life’s little wonders.

Wreath Centerpiece by Melissa Michaels
Quick and Easy Wreath Centerpiece by Melissa Michaels

Q: When did your interest in DIY decorating begin, and how do you think your taste has evolved since then?

A: I’ve been interested in DIY decorating since I was very little. I used to decorate cardboard boxes for houses for my Barbies, so it was definitely an interest from an early age. My style has always evolved with the times and yet my taste has always tended to be a mix of old and new.

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