Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Holiday Hacks and Seasonal Scores!

Wow! Does anyone else feel like if you don't have your house fully decorated by December 1st then you're late to the party?  I do!  I remember when it was acceptable to deck the halls a couple weeks after Thanksgiving, but not anymore!

My struggle is real this week to get this this place Christmas-ed out so I can spend the rest of the season celebrating what it's really about!  And in order to do this with as little time and money spent as possible, I've got a few hacks to share. 

First is this new pillow!  This baby was a placemat a few short hours ago, and look at it now!  

You've probably seen this trick before, but just in case-- here's my quick and easy, ain't-nobody-got-time-for-sewing version.  Grab your placemat (Make sure it's a double layered one)...

Next, take a seam ripper and separate the bottom edge seam just enough to fit your insert.

Then, stuff in the pillow (I always take one out of a pillow from my stash).  And then (here's the best part), use a little strip of hot glue to close up the opening.  So much faster than sewing and it will easily come apart later if you want to switch it out again.

That's it!  These placemats were on sale at Target this week, so I got new pillows for just over $3 each! 

In other great deal news, these little cypress-like trees were just what I was wanting for the mantel.  Found them at Lowes for just $9.98!  The red pot wasn't in the design plan, though, so rather than buy a new high-end gold pot, I  decided to make a wrap with some poster board!

This awesome gold reflective poster board was on sale recently for 50¢ each at Hobby Lobby.  So, I just cut a strip to the size of the pot, wrapped it around, and taped it together in back.

Five minutes to glam!  Yep, I love it.  You'll see these on my mantel soon!

 And since it's a good time of year for saving money, I decided to skip buying a new fur tree skirt and opt for a fur throw instead!  It was about half the price and I can use it to feed my throw addiction after Christmas, too!  (Great selection at Marshall's)

And speaking of tree skirts, you could always do what my mom does and wear it yourself!  It's an annual tradition for her to try it on before she puts it on the tree.  I keep telling her she needs to wear this to a Christmas party, it's so cute!

And don't be surprised when you see this scarf on my dining room table as the perfect table runner!  I love it!  Plus it coordinates perfectly with Target's great buffalo-checked seasonal scores!

So, there are a few of my favorite hacks to get you going this season!  Tons of Christmas decor coming soon!  Can't wait to see some of yours as well!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Pretty Preppy Party Features: November

It was another inspirational month with the Pretty Preppy Party!  You guys are still busy DIY-ing, even with Christmas fast approaching.  I love the diversity of all the projects, whether big or small, and we love it when you share them at our party!

Here are just a couple of my favorites I chose to feature, and I'll be sharing others on my Instagram!  My fellow hostesses will be sharing their faves as well, so be sure to check them out!

First up-- I love how Sarah at Just the Bees Knees made over her craft room/guest room and made the combination work beautifully!  Here's just a little sample.  Click over here to see more!

And then Sue at A Purdy Little House shared her secrets to making a super-cozy bed!  Love all the whites!  Check out the full post here.

Be sure to go visit my fellow hostesses to see who they featured this month!  And join us again on the third Thursday of December for some preppy holiday fun!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

In Search of Thanksgiving...

So much talk about being thankful today!  After all, this is the day to be just that!  But, maybe there's just that one or two of you reading this who are struggling just a little today.  Yes, you've got a list in your mind somewhere of all those thing you're thankful for, but you can't seem to remember many of them just now.  Circumstances have clouded your vision just a little and if you're honest, you would opt to just skip the holidays if you could.  I've noticed.  I sometimes pass you on the street, I read between the lines of your Facebook posts and I've received your emails asking for prayer.  And, yes, with the year I've had, I've even walked in your shoes a few times.

So, today, before the turkey is carved and the busy-ness of the day begins, take a moment to ask the Lord to help you remember.  He knows how you're feeling.  He remembers that day He created us from plain ol' dust.  We're weak sometimes and He gets that.  And yet He loves us anyway and pursues us relentlessly.  That alone is a huge thing to be thankful for today.  

Need a little prompting for your Thanksgiving list? Start here with Psalm 103.  It's a great place to start...

Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!