$35 Metal Pendant Shade Update

 

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I’m so excited to share this little $35 update to my kitchen that I found a few weeks ago at the Ballard Designs Outlet in Cincinnati! I’d been eyeing these Metal Replacement Shades in the Ballard Designs Catalog, but at $45 a piece, there was no way I would make the change.

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The original light shades in our kitchen were fine, but just kind of builder grade and I loved the idea of something a little more custom looking. There was no way I’d convince my husband to switch the light out completely, and really they were brand new lights!

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So when I found these for just $17.39 each at the Ballard Outlet Store, I knew I found the perfect solution! I just did a quick search on Amazon, and even their metal shades were $35+. So for $34.78 I got a bit more custom look for a fraction of the cost. Yay!

 

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I just unscrewed the old light fixtures, put the new ones in place, and in about five minutes the project was done. Love that!

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And, while I was there I also found this fantastic chair at the Frontgate Outlet. (Frontgate, Ballard, and Grandin Road Outlets are all their together near Ikea ~ I love that!)

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This chair was originally $600, marked down to $174. While I know it’s not nearly as penny pinched as my $2.50 Goodwill chair . . . ballard1

 

I absolutely love it. ;)

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And if you look closely at the top picture, you’ll see it also matches the barstools I found at the Frontgate Outlet here in Columbus when we first moved.

I’d actually been watching for chairs for awhile, and a few weeks ago almost gave in and picked up a $180 side chair at a local store similar to Garden Ridge. I knew the quality really wasn’t great on them though (I was just settling, again!), so I decided to try a little patience and am thrilled with the quality of this chair at the same price.

 

Folks, we’ve been at this penny pinching thing for years (really, almost nineteen years!), and to be able to enjoy some of the fruits of that success now on things we just love is oh-so-sweet. If you’re struggling to stick with itpromise it’s worth the wait ~ and you really never know what deal may be right around the corner.  Yay! ;)

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See more previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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$10 Goodwill Frame Upcycle

$10 Goodwill Frame Upcycle

 

A few weeks ago I noticed these framed prints at Goodwill. 

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For whatever reason, one of them was priced at $5 and the other one was just $3. I asked the cashier what the difference in them was (and if they’d consider taking $3 for each of them), and sure enough brought them home for just $6, total.

 

I’ve seen so many pretty botanical and patterned prints in the Ballard Designs Catalog (I love that store!) , but there’s no way I could justify shelling out nearly $200 for the set. (Especially just to hide in our bathroom!) The frames were in decent shape, I liked the linen matte that they already had, so all I had to do was switch out the print to make it match our home.

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So, I took these two apart, purchased $8 in fabric at Joann’s (after my 30% off coupon), and came out with two prints that are perfect to add some color to our walls.

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(I use my hot glue gun for everything – since I couldn’t convince my husband to hunt down his staple gun in the garage, I used hot glue to put it all back together.) ;)

 

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Here’s what I spent: 

  • Goodwill frames – $6
  • Fabric – $4
  • Total = $10 – woohoo!

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If you’re looking for inexpensive ways to fluff up your walls at home, I’m telling you what . . . a trip to your local thrift store is so worth it. If you’ve seen anything fun at your local Goodwill or thrift store recently I’d love to hear about it ~ leave a comment to share!

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

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DIY Barn Style Door Track For Under $60

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A friend of mine has wanted to turn her laundry room door into a sliding door for a long time, so she finally got her husband on board to start the project with a little help from my husband.  This idea came from many years of frustration with a narrow laundry room and the huge presence of sliding barn doors on every DIY show out there!

 

The regular hinged door opened into the laundry room and took up almost 3 feet of space when opened.  She wanted to have more room to move in and out of the room without the door always being in the way.  She began by researching all the ready-made options available online but decided to try to create a less expensive design based on many DIY versions.

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With most DIY “Barn” style sliding door projects the DIYers build a door and a track system, but she wanted to give it a try using the regular old door.  This did add a few challenges when it came to finding hardware that word work because there was more space between the track and door, but after a couple trips to the hardware store (ok, maybe 15 trips…) she was able to come up will all the pieces needed for the track.

Here’s a list of exactly what they used:

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If you are considering a project like this, here are a few links to help you get some more ideas:

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

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My 20 Minute Kitchen Makeover

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I’d really hoped to share you with you some awesome Valentine’s craftiness today (if you need some ideas, you’ve got to go check this out . . . I love how Saidah planned this Valentine’s party for less than $50!), but I’ve had a ton of tax-time-why-do-I-run-a-small-business-little-things to deal with this week. (I don’t have a good handle on business stuff at all, and business stuff in addition to moving this year has pushed me a wee bit over the edge.)

 

In addition to that we’ve had frozen pipes (twice), so I now have a lovely torn up dining room while we’re getting the situation fixed. Honestly, moving is hard, and while I love our new home it’s just taking a little while to figure out all the kinks!

 

I did tackle a tiny project though in our kitchen yesterday (um, really tiny), and thought it might be something that would encourage you today too.

 

Yesterday morning I happened to see my copy of Ballard Designs in the mail pile (I love that catalog!), and as I was thumbing through while eating breakfast I looked up at my kitchen.

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Yikes.

 

(yes, my daughter is sitting up on the countertops, because in the morning our puppy is a little too excited and constantly nips at her feet. she doesn’t always sit on the countertops though. promise.) ;)

 

I decided to spend about 20 minutes really cleaning things up, and pulled out a few items from the cupboards to “fluff” our kitchen up.

 

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It’s amazing how much better our kitchen feels after just a few minutes of work, and it didn’t cost me a penny . . . just a little time to really look over what was there and consider how I was using the space!

 

Could your kitchen countertops use a freshened up look today? Determine to take a few minutes this weekend and really look at the space you already have . . . you’ll be so glad you did!

 

 

Because I just can’t stand it, here are a few of the deals I’ve scored in my kitchen:

  1. Bar stools were $50 at Frontgate Outlet
  2. Lamp in the back corner was a gift this Christmas from Sugar Babe Antiques (love that store!)
  3. Kitchenaid Mixer total splurge but crazy good deal at Christmas
  4. Dollar Tree fruit in glass jars bought at Walmart :)

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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Friday Fluff Up: Update For A Plain Alcove

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Goodness it seems like it’s taken forever to finish up with this little project, so I’m oh-so-ready to show you what my smart-amazing-uber-talented-sweet husband has been up to! 

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When we bought our home, it had this weird dark alcove at the top of the steps upstairs. It didn’t have any electricity nearby (I wish we could have plugged in a lamp at least?), and while I knew I was probably supposed to put a long skinny picture in there (or maybe two or three?), I just wasn’t loving it.

 

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So, for months I’ve hemmed and hawed over different ways to make it just right.

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James (and my 14-year-old Jackson, pictured working above) were finally ready to tackle it a few weeks ago, and we debated putting beadboard in back of it to kind of give it more texture. He was pretty adamant that he didn’t love that look (I really thought it would be fine?), but on a whim I mentioned that it might be pretty fun if we had brick in the back half. (Y’all, I did not think he would go for it.)

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We looked at the trim work in other areas around our house, and James managed to match it exactly. I’ve got to say, I was pretty impressed (and honestly I think he surprised himself too!)

 

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We measured the space, headed down to the basement where all the extra odds and ends from our home builders were, and sure enough had just enough brick left from the brick on our kitchen backsplash to finish the project (with eight pieces of brick to spare.)

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You know what? That smart husband of mine was actually excited about the project (he loves to tile), so now I’m dreaming big for our next laundry room project! ;)

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I decided since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner I’d add a little pink ~ Kroger had their bunches of flowers on sale for $3.99 and they were worth clipping a few coupons for this week! 

 

I’m guessing we spent around $100 in wood, grout, and paint to do this project (I should have kept better track), and I could not be a bit more pleased with the results. I’m still working on finding exactly the right “stuff” to go on those shelves (chalkboard writing is clearly not something I’m gifted at), but am so pleased with it even the way it is right now. Love love love it! 

 

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

 

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How To Clean Stainless Steel With Lemon Juice

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Here’s a super easy kitchen trick for you! If you’ve been struggling with a way to get a stainless steel fridge clean (or to clean any stainless steel in your kitchen), try this out:

Ingredients:

  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 4-5 tbsp hot water

Directions:

  1. Mix together hot water and lemon juice in a small bowl
  2. Using a soft cloth, wipe fridge down with lemon juice and water mixture going along with the grain of the stainless steel
  3. Then wipe down again with a dry paper towel
  4. You’re done!

When you’re all finished up use the leftover lemon along with some ice to freshen your garbage disposal or even remove stains from stainless steel in the sinkI’ve tried cleaning my stainless steel fridge with olive oil (I love it for shining the kitchen sink), but for whatever reason the oil bothers me on the fridge. So, this is a great way to easily freshen things up without using any chemicals ~ easy!

 

Do you have any other tips on how to clean stainless steel? Leave a comment to share!

 

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

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Our $70 Storage Bin Shelving (Part One)

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I’m soooooo excited about this project my smart husband tackled this week! We have a storage area in our basement that has been a disaster since we’ve moved, and while it’s not completely organized yet, we’re well on our way.

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(Seriously guys, it was bad. While we’ve gotten most of the rest of the house put together after moving last summer, I’ve shoved just about everything in that storage room and it needs some serious TLC!  See all that Quilted Northern? I accidentally forgot to unsubscribe to my Quilted Northern deal, and now we’re stocked up for the next few years.) ;)

 

 

For $70 and about three hours of work, my husband was able to build a huge set of storage shelves which were perfect for the new $2 tubs I found at Walmart earlier this weekThe shelves are 8 feet long x 2 feet deep x roughly 8 feet tall – we could never have purchased shelves that large and that sturdy for this price! Here’s how he did it . . .

 

(Note: I’m not amazing at do-it-yourself instructions, so I’m hoping you can make sense of it between the pictures and his notes. If you have questions  leave a comment and my wise hubby will be happy to answer them!) :)

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Supplies

  • (18) 2″ x 3″ x 8″ boards
  • (6) 2″x4″x8″ boards
  • (2) 4’x8′ sheets plywood
  • 1 box 10D spiral shank deck nails

Directions

  • Split plywood into four 2’x8′ pieces (Lowe’s did that for him.)

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  • Built (4) 8’x2′ wide frames using 2″x3″x8″ boards
  • Braced the frame using 2″x3″

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  • Nailed the 2’x8′ plywood on top of the frame
  • Repeat four times for the shelves (could do as many as you want)

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  • Use 2″x4″ boards for the legs of the shelves and nailed in the shelves 18″ apart in height order to fit the storage bins (in order to set the height of the shelf, he placed the rubbermaid container on the ground, then put a scrap piece of 2″x3″ on the rubbermaid container to give me an extra 2″ of clearance above that container. Then he nailed the shelf into the 2″x4″ supports. Once that shelf was set he removed that set and started on the next shelf.)

Note: these shelves are very sturdy (aka heavy) so you will need two people to lift the shelving into place.

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We’ll be taking down all of our Christmas decorations this weekend, so I’ll have an update next week with the whole room once we’ve really finished up organizing it (for now I just put the storage bins on the shelves, but I bought this handy dandy labeler (it just dropped to $9.99!) and am hoping to get things really sorted through this week!) If you have any other smart ideas on how to organize a garage or basement storage area I’d love to hear those too. ;)

 
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

 

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Pom Pom Gift Wrap: Easy Gifting From The Dollar Tree

 

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Clearly I’m addicted to pom poms these days. (They rank right on up there with burlap right now.) ;)

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Here’s a quick video (kind of!) showing you how to make a pom pom and where to watch for inexpensive Christmas wrapping supplies. (You may also want to watch this video for more detailed instructions.)

If you find a better price on brown paper wrapping paper, please leave a comment to let me know what you’ve found. Happy Wrapping! ;)

 

(ooooooohhhhh ~ I just found this ~ will have to try it out next time!!!)

You could also add a monogram on easily while you’re at it. 

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I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

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How To Fluff Up For Christmas (For Free)

 

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Ever feel like you can’t have the prettiest of things because it just costs too much? I’m here to tell you that even on a penny pinched budget you can decorate your home like all those pretty Pinterest pictures ~ and you don’t even have to be all that crafty.

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Here’s what I used . . . 

  • Greenery cut from our fresh Christmas tree
  • Arborvitae and boxwood branches, & pinecones (I absolutely love nandina berries, but don’t have any of those here ~ yet! You can also use magnolia leaves, holly branches, and whatever’s in your back yard ~ or ask a friend who might share)
  • Plates & dishes that I that I already had ~ having basic white dishes makes it so much easier to decorate for any Holiday
  • Monogrammed burlap table runner
  • A few silver plates I found at Goodwill (I did spend $4 on those . . . so not exactly free but pretty close!)

 

 

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Even the painted piano got a little fluffed up ~ I’ve got to find something to go on the wall behind it!

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above & below are the dishes I found at Goodwill ;)

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Do you use fresh greenery in your home to decorate at Christmas? I’d love to hear what bushes you use (and feel free to share a picture of your greenery over on the PPP Facebook page!)  If you’d like to see more pictures of our home this Christmas, go HERE and HERE.

 
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

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Our Hodge Podge Christmas Tree

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You all were so sweet to share my Christmas stuff last week, that I wanted to share our “hodge podge” Christmas family tree, and my all time favorite way to decorate a tree. 

 

We were determined this year after moving to Ohio to go to a local tree farm over the weekend and cut down a live Christmas tree (back in Alabama the trees were pretty puny at those farms, but we were just positive we’d find the best tree here!) Well, it rained, and rained, and rained, so Saturday afternoon we ended up at a roadside stand shelling out entirely too many pennies for one of the prettiest Christmas trees I’ve ever seen.

 

We walked through the yard, determined to find the best tree, and I wanted one that would fill up our space. While we don’t have vaulted ceilings in our home we do have fairly tall ceilings, so I didn’t want some tee-tiny tree that couldn’t hold it’s own.

 

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When I saw this tall skinny Frasier Fir I fell in love ~ I figured it wouldn’t be too wide to take over the whole room, and since it was the same amount of money as trees a few feet shorter (this one towered over them at 13 feet), I told my husband we were getting a deal to get those extra few feet for free!

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Let’s just say when we got home and my husband had to cut at least two full feet off the tree he was none to happy with me. (But just wait ’til Friday to see what I do with all that free greenery.) ;)

 

After a solid hour of wrestling with that thing we finally got it standing up straight, and honestly I love it more than any tree I’ve ever seen. Not because it’s perfect, but because it feels like home.  While we were in the midst of moving last Christmas (my husband was already here in Ohio while the kids and I were still in Alabama), I pretty much just plopped a few ornaments on a small artificial tree, which makes this special tree just a wee bit sweeter.
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While I have a “pretty tree” that sits out in our breakfast room, I just love that our big ole’ hodge podge tree is right there in the middle of our living space. The first year that we were married I was absolutely appalled at my husband’s mess of ornaments (I’d grown up with a more formal Christmas tree in our home.) But after eighteen years of marriage I love ever single bit of this hodge podge mess! Here are exactly twelve reasons why . . .

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1. Those piggies. I mean, really? How can you not love those!  My goofy Reagan is absolutely in love with pigs and always has been (no idea why.) Her uncle got her the absolute most atrociously ugly and still really cute ornament (it sings!) and I love just how tacky those piggies are. ;)

2. That fun yarn ornament. Found those last year at Home Depot on clearance for a few pennies – I love them!

3. The Hallmark ornament from my Reagan’s first Christmas. I pull it out and get a little weepy every year . . .

4. Star shaped cinnamon ornamentsA reader here on PPP told me about those when I first started blogging and I made them with my kids. They still smell good!

5. The peace ornament. That was given to us by a member of our youth group when I did youth ministry seventeen years ago. They lost their father shortly after that Christmas, and that ornament reminds me to pray for that family and their sweet kids every time I open the box.

6. (sniff.) The Madison, Alabama ornament our Sunday School class (aka Sandra) gave us last year. 

7. The First Christmas ornament Jackson made in Sunday School when he was just one or two. Goodness. I love that one!

8. The believe ornament ~ I think we managed to win that at a Christmas party swap? No special memory, but I love hanging it each year.

9. The shrinky dink. Honestly? I hate that silly thing. Pretty sure my husband made it in 1980 and I think it’s just about the ugliest ornament I’ve ever seen. It has a special place on my tree now ~ right in the very back. And every single year my kids pull that sucker out and say “I sure wish you’d make shrinky dinks with us mom!” ;) (Y’all, if something happened that that ornament now I’d probably be in tears ~ ridiculous!)

10. The little girl ornament. I bought that as part of a set one day when my older two kiddos were tiny and I ventured out to shop with them in a local small town for the first time. I remember just feeling so accomplished for getting a one and four year old dressed that day and actually taking them into real grown up stores ~ walking on the town square with them that day is still one of my favorite memories!

11. My sweet Caroline’s first Christmas ~ wasn’t she cute?

12. My dollar tree stars ~ I just love those!

 

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Now I know there are way-fancier-more-impressive trees out there in the world, but I love mine because it feels like a box of memories wrapped up in one place each year. While I wish I’d had time to get to Hobby Lobby for a little more burlap (there actually is one more strand on the bottom but from the looks of these pictures I need to pull it out a bit!), this tree is just fine by me. And I didn’t even change how our mess of ornaments was hung by my family before sharing these pictures – this is just the way it looks around here.

 

If you’re looking to tie together a more hodge podge tree, here are a few tips . . .

  • Choose a basic color theme – for us it’s red and cream
  • Use ribbon or burlap to tie it together as much as you can
  • Shop Dollar Tree or a similar store for some basic ornaments as the foundation to your tree (I used the red stars as well as some plain colored balls from the Dollar Tree.) Then add your sentimental ornaments on top of those.
  • Also look for berries at the Dollar Tree or your favorite craft store to add some basic foundation for your tree ~ I found most of mine after Christmas for 80% off at Michaels – definitely shop those after Christmas sales for things like that!)
  • Hide your least favorite ornaments (~ahem~) in the back. If your hubby puts them right out front, sneak them to the back when he’s not looking (he’ll never know!) ;)
  • Let it go. Your tree may never look like these, but pulling out each ornament will mean so much each year ~ and as you get older (eek!) those memories become a little more precious. (I’m telling you what, sending my boy to high school this year has made me one mess of a sentimental momma ~ hold tight to those babies if you still have them at home!)

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 (our handprint Christmas tree skirt)

 

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And our kids playmobil nativity

 

So, there you go. I’d love to hear how you decorate your tree, and would absolutely love seeing your Christmas tree pictures over on the PPP Facebook pageThanks for taking a second to look at ours ~ it really is just more fun when you share with a friend. ;)

 

I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)

 

See more previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!

 

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