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I love knockoffs. Especially when they involve a ridiculously priced item that I can make myself. I saw a heart pillow by Anthropologie (which was priced at almost $200) and I immediately knew I wanted to make one just like it. (Swipe left to see what it looked like.) But I wanted to make a Christmas pillow with ornaments, not hearts! So I made one. I love how it came out. I also love that I used a store bought pillow cover which made it even easier. The patterns for the ornaments are a free download on my blog post. I sewed on the ornaments with my sewing machine but you can also hand sew them on if you want. Doesn’t this look awesome? And it cost me under $10. Not $200. The complete DIY tutorial is on my blog today. Just tap on the blue link on my Instagram home page to find my blog post. So what do you think?

Ideas for Christmas Dinner

You might remember the Silver and Gold Holiday Dinner, the Nutcracker Dinner, a Grilled Holiday Dinner, and a Christmas Dinner with a Music Theme. I can’t wait to use these place cards during the holiday season for all of our family dinners. Instead, I use crocks, vintage tins, glass battery jars, mason jars, other jars, and anything that might closely resemble a vase that’s not a vase. Pin the image below to your Christmas or Holiday decor boards on Pinterest (just click the Pin button in the top left corner).

It’s been such a wonderful weekend and I actually took some time off! I played golf with Dave, Andrew, and Charlotte twice and yesterday I got my first par! Considering the fact that I played my first nine holes this past weekend I am pretty excited. I want to play more! Tomorrow and Tuesday the house gets fully decorated and I am very excited. I cannot wait to share everything with you! Finish off those leftovers and get the holiday music playing because here we come!

DIY Christmas Wreath

Today I am sharing a Christmas wreath I made using a live cedar wreath With a lot of faux eucalyptus and beaded fruit. You can buy the faux greenery and berry bunches at Joann, and the beaded fruit here. If you love this wreath, but don’t want to make one for yourself, I have included some of my favorite wreaths that you can buy. On Main Pin the image below to your Christmas or holiday decor boards on Pinterest (just click the Pin button in the top left corner).

I wanted to share another view from the tablescape I posted on my blog today. I am thinking I might have a new favorite color. Red! As much as I was thinking I would use a lot of green in my holiday decor this year, I am thinking red might prevail. I love how it pops. Did you see the adorable place cards my daughter in law @charcharsaeta and I designed? Swipe left. There have been so many orders today that she sold out. (You can find them linked on her business site @peonyperfection.) But I talked her in to selling more. I think I am going to have to do that a few more times. Wish me luck. If you want to see and learn a lot more about this table just head to my blog.

Christmas Dinner Ideas

The holidays are right around the corner and I am excited to share with you how I created this wonderful tablescape for Christmas Dinner. n’t be surprised when I tell you I thought it would be fun to create a caroling musical theme at our Christmas dinner table. You can find the complete story about this dinner and the DIY’s in my blog post titled How to Set the Table for Christmas Dinner. How to Set the Table for Christmas Dinner Since it’s the day before Thanksgiving I wanted to share a quick video that I made yesterday with my daughter-in-law, Charlotte.

This Christmas season all six of us will be together as a family. And that feels like a really big deal. I have planned five Christmas dinners at our home (although I have kinda forgotten to tell the boys). Each one is going to be different (I know you aren't surprised) and I cannot wait. I think (or hope) my family has gotten used to the fact that I love to spoil them with dinner parties. Today I am so excited to share my latest holiday dinner idea! I have the most adorable Christmas place cards to share with you all! Swipe left to see them! My daughter in law Charlotte makes them and I think these are my favorites. Head to my blog to see everything I created for this special evening. Just tap on the blue link on my Instagram home page to find my blog.

Four Grill Dinner Ideas for One Special Holiday Dinner

If you haven’t made a seafood boil, my recipe consists of shrimp (with shells), potatoes, sausage, corn, and lobster tails. There are so many great Weber accessories, including a Spirit and Spirit II 3-Burner Gas Grill Cover, a 3-Piece Stainless Steel Grill Tool Set, a Stainless Steel Grill Basket, a Stainless Steel Grill Pan, and a Cast-Iron Griddle for Spirit and Spirit II 2 and 3 Burner Gas Grill. If you haven't made a seafood boil, my recipe consists of shrimp (with shells), potatoes, sausage, corn, and lobster tails. Once the corn is grilled and set aside and potatoes are nearing doneness, add sausage and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until potatoes are soft and cooked through.

Happy “I am stuffed and it’s the day after thanksgiving” day. Before you spend your shopping budget this weekend I hope you will read this. It would have been really easy for me to put together shopping lists today of all of the things you can buy from the big retailers. Instead I have a favor to ask. Let’s not forget this year to suppprt small businesses. Especially since tomorrow is Small Business Saturday. Small businesses have had a really tough year. And I think we all need to buy a lot of our Christmas gifts from them. These beautiful items pictured here are from a friend of mine Gracie from @gracerosefarm. Gracie and her husband own the most gorgeous rose farm in central California. I visited there this past summer and it is amazing. They ship fresh roses that are gorgeous. @gracerosefarm has just released an amazing new Garden of Grace Fragrance Collection Eau de Parfum, Rose scented candles, and Rose water. Use the code GRACE25 to get an additional 25% off their holiday sale prices! Just go to @gracerosefarm and you will see the link! I have so many small businesses I want to support. Could you please take a few minutes and tap on these small businesses and start your shopping here? @gracerosefarm @debrahalllifestyle @dreamywhiteslifestyle @antiquecandleco_ @downhomeantiques @ohsweetskye @throughtheporthole @gilliansarahdesign @thefinderywaco

One day I was looking for a Christmas wreath online and I came across one that I absolutely loved. It was gorgeous and I wanted to order it for sure. Until I saw the price. It was over $300. At first I was sure it was a typo. But sadly it wasn’t. So what did this crafting crazy gal do? I made one! Duh. I think my wreath cost about $40. And it took me about thirty minutes to make. And I love it. I started with a fresh cedar wreath from @traderjoes. Which they are already selling in the stores. There is a complete DIY on my blog. And a video! There is also a photo of the $329 wreath that inspired me to make this. Plus there are fifteen other Diy wreaths made by some amazing blogger friends of mine. To find my blog, head to my Instagram home page and click on the blue link.

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