The Perfect Holiday Wreath

I was looking all over for a large (very large) artificial wreath without breaking the budget on custom ordering an oversized wreath online. This was what I came up with.

Step one:

Purchased a 24 inch artificial wreath at Michaels craft store, along with an additional 9 feet of artificial garland (total cost $18….what a steal)
Step two:
I wired the extra garland to the underside parameter of the existing wreath to really beef it up and give it more definition.
Step three:
Strung a set of large carnival-like clear globe lights to the wreath, using the clips that came on the lights to help fasten to the wreath. (I purchased these lights at Target)
Step four:
To hang this monster, I purchased a multi purpose command hook with a weight tolerance of 7.5 lbs. This hook must be mounted 24 hours in advance so it can set before hanging any items on it.
Step five:
TADAHHH!!! A Perfectly Plump Wreath! What a great focal point to my living room wall. When the holidays are over I can simply take down the command strip and I won’t be left with a big whole in the wall.

Halloween Centerpiece

This centerpiece was a cinch. I started with a large round wood serving tray (square would work well too), a large glass gallon wine jug, dead branches that fell in my yard, several glass votive holders, one sprig of Halloween garland (purchased at AC Moore), and last but not least, my favorite item in this arrangement, the silver glitter skull (purchased at TJ Maxx).  The best thing about this arrangement is that after Halloween, you can take away the skull and add a mini pumpkin or some bright colored gourds to the mix and it can stay looking great into November. 
 Some of these items were actually purchased a year ago because I like to scope out sales the day after Halloween, and save any items i get for the next year.  If you have the patience to be thrifty, FYI November 1st Target usually puts everything Halloween related on clearance.  Maybe I will see you there. Happy Halloween weekend everyone!


Using Jewelry For More Than Just A Personal Accessory

While planning my son’s vintage carnival themed first birthday party, I tried to use a lot of recycled materials instead of buying new decorations.  Not only was this cost effective and good for the environment, but it also coincided with the “vintage” theme I had chosen.  I used vintage fabrics that my Nana had given to me, vases I already owned, and some old props purchased very inexpensively from a local flea market.  As the planning and decorating continued, I went on to make my own paper carnival banners, borrowed carnival lights from a friend, and created my own graphics for posters and signs (my husband helped spray mount them to foam board because that is not my area of expertise).  Even though everything was starting to look great, I still wanted to dress up the vases but also wanted to stay under budget and keep the vintage theme going. Then, what I like to call a “happy accident” occurred.  While brainstorming for ideas to dress up these items, I walked into my bedroom and happened to look at my jewelry stand, filled to the max with all kinds of costume jewelry.  I loved the colors of some of the beads that i had hanging so I started pulling out every strand of beads i had.  Some were new, and some where old hand-me-downs from my grandmother, nana, and great aunt.  I draped them over the vases and was really happy with the outcome.  Not only were they a perfect accent for my carnival theme, but I will definitely be using this idea for future centerpieces.

Fall (Mini Living Room Makeover)

I recently purchased a new leather like couch (which I love ). Having two dogs, a cat, and a baby, it makes clean up a cinch. However, with the Fall season approaching, I really wanted to warm up the look and feel of the living room without going too crazy expense-wise.  For anyone that knows me, you know I am NOT matchy matchy. I have a very eclectic sense of style.  So that being said, I picked three new oversized pillows, all with different patterns, yet fun and color compatible. Simply adding these pillows made such a huge difference and really warmed up the space. Then, I added a coat of fresh paint to the walls.  Finally, I hung a few oversized black and white photos for some bold visual impact.  Stay tuned and I will post when completed. 
If your on a budget and need a change, try some new home accessories and a little paint . . . does a room wonders, won’t break the bank, and no need to commit because all can be easily changed. Happy decorating!!