Things you can do to prepare for Christmas RIGHT NOW!!

Things you can do to prepare for Christmas RIGHT NOW!!

Christmas is now a little over a month away and while some of us think nothing of starting our Christmas decorating and planning, others feel as though we’ve just set out our fall decor.

For those of us who want to enjoy Christmas with less stress, here are a few ways to plan ahead for a more enjoyable Christmas season.

1. Inventory your Christmas decorations

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Take out all your Christmas decorations and sort them in three piles: use/keep, broken, and donate. If you’re like me, you buy a few things each year, and your Christmas decor can get out of hand. Go through your things and purge them before you decorate, so you won’t have to worry about it later.

2. Decide whom you’re shopping for and map out your Christmas budget

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Of course, the easiest way to manage Christmas gift shopping is to start early and plan a budget and stick to it. I like to write out a list with the name of each person I’m shopping for and a gift idea and suggested price. I don’t always stick with the gift idea, but I do usually stay within budget.

3. Plan tablescapes and menus ahead of time

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It may sound crazy to plan ahead how you’re going to set your table, but planning your table decor and securing all needed items ahead of time will make things much easier. Planning out menu items will also help you to stick to your budget and your shopping list as well.

4. Take your Christmas card photo and order cards now

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Take your photo now so you can get the Christmas cards ordered in plenty of time. Once your cards are ordered, you can address them a few at a time before dropping them in the mail, or for a little extra money, pay someone else to address them. It will be much less stressful!

What do you do to ensure a less stressful holiday season?

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Dollar Store Crafts: Place Mat Pillows

Dollar Store Crafts: Place Mat Pillows

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I have wanted some pretty seasonal pillows, but I don’t always love the price. I was at Dollar Tree when I spotted these pretty placemats.

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They were thin, as far as placemats go, but they were really pretty. Since they were at the Dollar Tree, I went ahead and bought four of them, with the intent of making two pillows from them.

I then took them home and pinned them together where I wanted to sew them. I then turned them inside out and sewed the edges together.

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And after I sewed the edges, I simply turned them right-side out and stuffed them with quilt batting.

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I then sewed the open end together.

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I absolutely love how these turned out! I am now looking for some napkins or tea towels that coordinate with these placemats so I can make some pillows from them!

What Dollar Store Upcycle have you completed lately?

Pinterest Round Up: Favorite Fall Pillows

Pinterest Round Up: Favorite Fall Pillows

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I am excited to announce that my favorite season has officially arrived….well, at least it has on the calendar. It still feels like summer here in the Tarheel State, the leaves aren’t changing yet, and I haven’t quite broken out my scarves and sweaters yet. But I am decorating for fall and I can’t wait to show you my fall decor this week!

In the meantime, I want to share some of these cute fall pillows I found while browsing Pinterest one recent night when I couldn’t sleep. Side note: has anyone else been having a fit with their insomnia lately? I can’t be the only one.

My insomnia has been doing wonders for my Pinterest boards, my home design, and my organization skills, but not much for my checking account. I keep finding things I want, and these cute fall pillows are certainly no exception.

Take a look at the cuteness I uncovered during my most recent late night:

  1. Pumpkin Lumbar Pillow, $34.99 at Wayfair. 

comeaux-pumpkins-lumbar-pillowI really like this- it’s cute without being too stuffy, and it would go with most anything.

2. “Thankful” Lumbar Pillow, $19.99 at Target 

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If you’ve followed me for any length of time, then you know I love typographical art, signs, pillows….everything…

3. Fall pillow cover, $29.95 

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This pillow cover is from Etsy. I really like the fabric pumpkins, and I bet this would be pretty easy to make. In fact, I’m thinking of making some of these myself.

4. Celebrate Fall Pumpkins Pillow, $17.99 at Kohls 

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I like this one just because it’s simple and has lots of different colors. Plus, it has pumpkins and bittersweet on it. Guess what’s in my living room right now?

5. Rae Dunn “Gather” pillow at Kirklands, $19.99 

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I am a huge fan of Rae Dunn’s pottery and have several of her coffee cups, but I had no idea she made pillows, too. This is super cute and I can think of many places where I’d use it.

I hope you have enjoyed this Pinterest round up. Stay tuned for a fun fall craft this week and my fall tour. Maybe my sleepless nights will result in even more cute things to share with you.

Have a wonderful week!

Make a faux pumpkin look more realistic

Make a faux pumpkin look more realistic

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I found these really cute pumpkins at Walmart this week. They’ve got a neat shape to them, but they don’t really look real. In fact, they don’t look real at all. They’ve got this weird pale yellow color that just looks….strange.

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So, I picked up two of them. They are available in many sizes, but I chose two medium sized ones. I had a neat idea in mind for them and as cheap as they are, I really couldn’t pass them up.

I dragged out my chalk paint stash and immediately slathered a coat of white chalk paint on them.

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If you’re new to chalk paint, you’ll need to know that everything you paint has an ugly stage. And that ugly stage is usually solved by adding a second coat.  I was pretty pleased with the pumpkin after the second coat.

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I think adding the white paint to the pumpkin makes it much more real-looking, don’t you?

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I cannot wait to show you all what I decided to do with them… in fact, if you visit the blog on Wednesday, I’ll show you.

Have a wonderful week!

Make it Monday: Free Fall Printables

Make it Monday: Free Fall Printables

I don’t know about you all, but the closer we get to fall, the happier I am. I’ve even begun to make a few fall crafts. Since we have been stuck at home due to Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding, I decided to make some cute fall printables to share with you all. As always, right click on the pictures to share to your device. For best results, do not print larger than 11×14. Enjoy, but if you share them, please tag me in the link.

First up: one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books: Any Anne of Green Gables fans in the house?

Here in the South, “y’all” is more than a colloquial contraction for “you all.” It’s a way of life! And we really do say “happy fall, y’all .” I promise☺

Here’s a similarly themed printable with a cute little pumpkin.

This one displays sideways but it will print just fine.

I hope you all enjoy these free printables. Please remember these are for personal use only- not for commercial. If you share these, please tag me. More fall crafty goodies will be heading your way soon.

Have a wonderful week.

Make it Monday: Paint stick burlap star

Make it Monday: Paint stick burlap star

You may recall when I made the folk art-inspired flag from paint sticks this summer. My folk art flag was beginning to fall apart and it had passed its phase of being useful…so I decided to repurpose it.

I started by taking the flag apart. See the paint? I didn’t bother taking the paint off since the sticks would be covered with burlap.

I laid it out in a star pattern and hot glued it together.

Then I began wrapping the star in wide burlap ribbon, taking the time to glue it at each pass. It took a long time and lots of ribbon, but when I finished, I had this:

I’m planning to hang it up and hang a wreath in the center of it. Isn’t it cute?

What crafts have you done lately?

Free Easter printable art

Free Easter printable art

This week, I decided to depart from my usual Monday craft activities to bring you some free printable art.

Easter is quickly approaching and I’m a sucker for typographical art- why not combine the two? I’ve created two super cute options just for you- and if you want to download them, just right click on the print of your choice and save to your device.

Have a wonderful week.