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
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
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
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
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?
I took the month of October off from blogging, as I was experiencing some difficulties. I felt I just needed to step back and pause for a bit. Now that things have calmed down a bit, I decided to dive back into our regular schedule.
Have you all been to Target lately? Between the Magnolia Hearth and Hand line and the Dollar Spot, I could get into some big trouble.
These cute little house lanterns are only $3 and they’d be adorable on my mantle.
These wooden stockings come with stickers for a unique, design your own advent calendar for $3. You can buy the stocking or the wooden tree. I want to buy these and just decorate with them, and not even use them as advent calendar.
This wooden star garland for $2 is simple and pretty!
And these “believe” plates are perfect for hostess gifts or cookie exchanges.
And these hat and glove ornaments for $1 are adorable!!
Everyone go hit up your nearest Target Dollar Spot right now!!
And have a wonderful weekend.
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.
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.
And after I sewed the edges, I simply turned them right-side out and stuffed them with quilt batting.
I then sewed the open end together.
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?
This year, I opted to do a shortened and simplified fall home tour. We’ve had so many things to do lately, that I haven’t been able to give the blog its needed attention. This year, we opted to do a more simple fall decorating scheme, and I’m happy with how it turned out. We went with lots of candles and simple, natural decor.
Our fake mantel has a red berry wreath, a white pumpkin, bittersweet and plenty of candlelight. Simple, yet pretty.
Our dining room hutch also got a little fall as well. Notice the typo art and the antique scale from my grandmother.
And also the vintage milk glass and burlap sunflowers.
Our dining room table features a burlap runner (to match the sunflowers) and a wooden box with candles and pumpkins.
I’m planning to add some grapevine balls and greenery to this later on.
We also included a little fall display in our front entry.
Fall pillows on the couch and a tray full of fall goodness on the coffee table in the living room.
And finally, in our office, yet another tray, this one with sunflowers and a field guide that once belonged to my dad.
Our seasonal tour this fall included lots of natural elements and lots of simple goodness. I also incorporated things that belonged to our family members, such as the field guide, antique scale, and milk glass. And lastly, I included a little typo art as well.
How have you decorated for fall this year?
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:
I really like this- it’s cute without being too stuffy, and it would go with most anything.
If you’ve followed me for any length of time, then you know I love typographical art, signs, pillows….everything…
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
I think adding the white paint to the pumpkin makes it much more real-looking, don’t you?
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!