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Fancy Frugal Life: November 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

$1 Store No Sew Ruffle Stockings and My Hydrangea Holiday Wreath

How do you like my new $50 shabby chic boutique Christmas stockings? Ha ha just kidding...

These are from the dollar store...specifically Dollar Tree.
Our old stockings needed to be updated and they can be pretty expensive and I almost attempted to sew my own, but then spotted these white ones for a dollar.

And then I got even lazier and decided to see if hot gluing ruffles to the top of the stocking would work...and it did!
I had some left over linen looking thrift store material that worked out perfect! All I did was just start cutting out 2 inch wide pieces and gluing, making sure to create a "ruffle" as I went along. It doesn't matter how long you make your cuts because you can just start gluing another piece.

 I love how they look on the mantel and they match the new Christmas tree skirt I bought this week.
(I had a blast one day this week spending time in Home Goods spending a little birthday money!) I'll show you some other great finds later on :) Wink.. 

I made this wreath about 3 years ago B.B. (Before Blogging)
It is made with a plain branch wreath from the craft store and then I added a bunch of hydrangea blooms.

Last year I added these pearl looking berries. 

This year I decided to hang it on one of the fabric covered canvases from my family room makeover. I love the contrast. The script fabric is from Ikea
 I love these angels. They are from my Grammy. And I always used the dollar store candles I embellished with mod podge and music paper for every holiday! :)

Thanks for stopping by to see what's on my mantel! Do you like the stockings? Do they look like they are from the dollar store? :)
Stay tuned for the rest of my Christmas details coming soon........ 


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Monday, November 26, 2012

Stacked Poinsettia Tree Shelf & Christmas Wreath Chandelier

Hi friends! I hope you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving holiday. We sure did. It was quiet with just us four and I did all the cooking which was great, but lots of work :) And then the next day we went into full on Christmas decorating mode and haven't stopped! 
I think it's a little more exciting to decorate when you're in a different house. It's our first Christmas in our new city and the kids are so excited for the holidays....

I did a little black Friday shopping at Lowe's (at a reasonable hour) and came home with fresh garland, fresh wreaths, and ten .99 cent poinsettias. 

The first project we came up with and completed was this great Poinsettia shelf tree that my talented hubby built from scrap wood in the garage. We brainstormed on a way to display these festive plants and ended up with cutting a simple triangle from plywood and then screwed pieces of 2x4's for shelves. (And by we I really mean he!) Last, I primed and painted it with my favorite color spray paint from Krylon called Catalina Mist.
I love how it turned out very much. It's around 4 feet tall and perfect for those small one gallon size flowers.

The next project we did was this cute fresh wreath chandelier for our entryway.

I was inspired by this photo via marthastewart.com. Visit there for the nice tutorial.
For stairwell or entry

The toughest part of this project is making sure it looks somewhat level. And it was kind of a pain because even though you can make your ribbon cuts the same, tying it so it will hang straight is though. 
Also, your wreath not be the same width all the way around (like mine), so it could appear not to be level...Ugh I messed with it forever and then gave up :)..
But I still love how it came out!

 The garland was super heavy so my hubby installed plant hangers above the door to hang it.

A few holiday arrangements I put together....

It seriously smells so good right now! 
Those $5 Lowe's wreaths look pretty great, right?

And there's my fresh Christmas entryway...
Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm still working on the inside and can't wait to show you along the way :) 

I had a fun Thanksgiving break with the kids. We took them to see the cute movie Wreck it Ralph and loved it! Also there was this fake ice skating rink that was kinda fun. It was like a slippery coated plastic. My kids had a blast.
Photo: Fake ice skating :) its like a coated plastic.
There was also lots of cuddling by the fire :) 
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