Enjoying the after Christmas lull….

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  Hello! Please come in, but you’ll have to excuse the happy mess. We’re still in our pj’s too! Kaboom! We’re taking in some fireplace/game playing/movie action while eating a little too much. Last night was The Waterhorse in front of a roaring fire. Perfection. We’re visiting family, friends and meeting newbies to the fray. […]

Festive junk food displays for your table

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The pristine white and crystal serving dishes are staying in the cupboards this season! (easy to do since I don’t have any crystal)  It’s gonna be an all out junk brawl in this house, serving things up in divine upcycled style! My mom’s teacups will be holding cream cheese and hot pepper jelly. Hey mom! […]

A BIG Christmas junk centrepiece, more vignettes and a gift

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It’s been great being home again! My work has finally finished up until the new year, so today started off slow and easy, with computer and coffee. So I was playing on the blog (maybe for too long??) when my son asked me if it was ok to write on an old ‘shirt.  “Sure!” I […]

Christmas centrepieces out of old bakeware

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  I was called upon to help decorate for my son’s youth Christmas banquet not long ago. 9 Christmas centrepieces were needed as well as other room decor. So I hit the thrift store to see what came to mind. And brought home a bunch of old bakeware, glass dishes and galvanized whatevers. Luckily we […]

The making of a Stepladder Christmas Tree

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By now, you FJI regulars have caught a glimpse of my stepladder Christmas tree this year. You kind of have to do a double take. There’s a stepladder buried in this picture. Here, let me prove it. After the fiasco of landing two bad real trees last year and them both dying within a week, […]

A Christmas garland made from twigs with video

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We all love a great Christmas garland. I just desired to create something I hadn’t seen done before. A Christmas garland made from twigs would be that. It was so simple to make, and had the rustic quirky quality I gravitate towards. So… let’s make a Christmas garland from twigs / sticks / branches! Supplies: […]

How to make it snow in your home… realistically!

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Snowy old window mantel Most of us dream of a white Christmas. But it’s not always possible where you live. Another snowy mantel When you live in balmy BC Canada, it’s quite by chance that snow actually materializes. So here’s how I made my own winter wonderland with my Christmas decorating. You’ll need: spray snow […]

An all natural junk filled 2011 Christmas home tour

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Welcome to an all natural junk filled 2011 Christmas home tour! I’m a part of Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday House Walk. You can start the tour every day with this button which will highlight the daily homes on display each day. Click to see Jen’s own home HERE for #1. If you’re new here, I’m Donna and […]

Make a burlap sacked Charlie Brown Christmas tree

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I really wanted to make something burlap for this weekend’s SNS theme, so this little $1.50 sandbag came in mighty handy! How I made a live burlap sacked seedling What you’ll need: (or close) burlap sandbaga waterproof container and / or a container with some weightrocksmasking taperaffia or ropeevergreen branch I wanted this seedling to stick […]

Mad about decorating with Poinsettias! (in my own home)

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My kitten has her eye on something. And that’s those pretty red poinsettias at the bottom of the stairs. But I did lots more than just place them there. They landed everywhere. 🙂 Please come visit that post HERE to see the place all decked out… with poinsettias! All parts to this series are HERE Part […]