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Christmas Cheer!

Christmas Cheer!

Christmas is almost here and the home decor has started going up! How great it is to see everyone celebrate Jesus’ birth!

For the mantel, I took an old wreath and removed all the red trimmings to give it a more updated “all green” look. The only new purchase I made was the “Noel” accent. I love The First Noel Christmas song and wanted to incorporate it somewhere. The chocolate cone trees were purchased at last year’s Christmas clearance sale and I just love the color!

Warm Inviting Christmas Mantel

Warm Inviting Christmas FireplaceI had been searching for a sleigh for several months but, being a frugal person, couldn’t see myself spending $90+ for a sleigh. One day I found this cute sleigh at HomeGoods for less than half the price! I liked that it was in a neutral color (with no reds) and the size was not too big. I decorated it with garland and topped with gift boxes. I then found the cute little deer at Marshalls.

Southern Christmas Sleigh DecorTwine Christmas Reindeer

My buffet was decorated in neutrals:

Christmas Buffet Decor

We haven’t put up a Christmas tree in my home in the past 10 years but this year we did a “Jesse Tree”, a tree that tells the story of God’s salvation through the coming of the Messiah.
1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him– the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD–
3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
Isaiah 11:1-4

Jesse Tree

Jesse Tree About

Merry Christmas!!

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Living Room Makeover

After four days, I finally completed all the envelope pillow covers for the start of my living room makeover.

envelope pillow covers

After

This was the sofa before! Elegant Upholstery did the sofas and I completed the new look with the pillows.

Sofa Before

Sofa Before

Coordinating the fabrics was one of the best parts.

Swatches

Swatches

This is such an easy project and much cheaper than buying pillows. I used the tutorial here.

So simple to make

So simple to make

The great thing is they can be removed for easy dry cleaning or switching out for the seasons.

envelope pillow covers

Removable for easy dry cleaning

And now I have a fun, colorful living room!

Removable Pillow Cover Project

I finally got around to making some pillows for our reupholstered sofas. The sofas were hand-me-downs with excellent frames so I was thrilled to get them. The pillows were also of excellent quality (holding their shape well and not going  flat) but the outer cover was very worn and dated. I found this upholstery fabric at Joann’s for $7.20 a yard (reg. around $29-39/yard). I loved all the bright colors that I could coordinate with the neutral (aka boring) sofa colors. I purposely picked neutral colors for the sofas with the intention of bringing in colors with pillows and drapes.

Here is one of the completed pillows:

Removable Pillow Cover

Removable Pillow Cover

Removable Pillow Cover Back

Back of Pillow

When I removed the cover of the old pillows, this is what was inside:

Pillow FillingI made a cover with utility fabric purchased for about $3.20 a yard, much cheaper than buying a new pillow form which the cheapest in this size was about $12.99. This pillow, I know will hold its shape.

Pillow FormNow with the filling covered, it will be much easier to remove the pillow cover for washing as needed.

The pillow size is approximately 23.5″ wide by 27″ tall.  To make the pillow cover, I used two fabrics. A print for the front and solid color for the back. I cut the front down to 25″ by 28″ and also used this size for the utility fabric used to cover the filling. For the back of the pillow I cut two pieces each 15″ by 28″. This is to create the opening in the back to allow the pillow to be removed. The formula used to determine the size of the back pieces is length of short side /2 + 2.5 inches (25/2+2.5). I used this tutorial here to make the pillow. Since I know the pillows will be thrown on the ground and get plenty of use, I sewed with a triple-stitch seam.

This website here was very helpful in determining how many yards to buy.

The good thing about upholstery fabric is it’s very wide so I was able to make two pillows with one yard of print and one yard of solid color. Custom-made pillows for about $10 each? I haven’t seen prices like that anywhere for pillows this size. Two down, about 4 more to go! I’ll be doing solid colors to coordinate with the colors in the print.

Christmas Time in Texas

This weekend Southeast Texas got a cold front and we were blessed with 40 degree weather. We don’t get much cold here, so the cold weather was much welcomed. Normally, I like to take one holiday at a time. Thanksgiving is not here yet but the weather and my radio station  playing Christmas music got me in the mood so I decided to bring out the decorations. I went with an emerald theme this year.

Found these stocking last year at Pier One's clearance sale for 75% off

Found these stockings last year at Pier 1’s clearance sale for 75% off

Mantle

Purchased this reindeer at Michaels during a 50% off holiday sale along with a 25% coupon

Purchased this reindeer at Michaels during a 50% off holiday sale along with a 25% coupon

I really like the look of burlap with sequins so added some burlap

I really like the look of burlap with sequins so added some burlap

Free things are always nice. A gift from my stepmom

Free things are always nice. A gift from my stepmom

Enjoying the cold weather!

Enjoying the cold weather!

I really enjoyed wrapping presents this year. Most of the supplies I already had.

Kraft Paper Wrapping

Kraft Paper Wrapping

Emerald Wrapping Paper

Emerald Wrapping Paper

Christmas cookies I made. Recipe here.

Samoa Pudding Cookies

Samoa Pudding Cookies

For a teacher’s gift the kids made candy sleighs with a gift card on the bottom

Candy Sleigh and Gift Card Holder

Candy Sleigh and Gift Card Holder

 

Garage Sailing

I am so excited that our neighborhood will be having the fall garage sale soon! I have found some great deals! From bikes to all kinds of furniture. I found a beautiful mahogany desk for the kids for $20 (even delivered to my home). My most recent find was a beautiful antique Chippendale-style sideboard buffet with skeleton keys included. I am a sucker for old, unique pieces. I have spent a pretty penny buying handmade, reclaimed furniture from  http://www.homesourcetx.com. I purchased some handmade saddle stools and a dining set made from a reclaimed barn door. I absolutely love their furniture but it can get quite expensive :). I had gone to the garage to purchase a table saw for my hubs and saw this gorgeous buffet. I was fortunate to have gone first thing in the morning and snatched it up right away. This time I am hoping to find something I can restore/paint because so far all the stuff I have found, I believe to be too pretty to paint. I definitely need some color though because I have learned that I LOVE dark wood, Virtually every piece of furniture we have is dark. Here’s the buffet I purchased for $200 and it was delivered to my home too 🙂 I’ve seen similar pieces for $1500-2000.

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