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Christmas Undone….

 

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That’s where the Christmas tree was.  I don’t know why this surprises me because it took me a week to decorate – but, it’s going to take me at least that long to un-decorate!  Box things up…..sit down and put my feet up….another box…..a bite of fudge or fruitcake….repeat….

Hope you have this much fun un-decorating!

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Waiting for Christmas at Home

…This post should be entitled, “Keeping Myself Busy Until Christmas”.  My job is over until January, I’ve finished shopping and wrapping, everything is decorated, fudge has been made (several times), grocery shopping done for several holiday get-togethers, and I don’t clean house any more….so, I’m playing the waiting game.

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I no longer have little kids at home, but the anticipation is still there. The countdown to Christmas!  I tell myself every morning when I wake up that it’s X number of days left, but that I’ll be productive today.  I make my own list (unlike the one above) and check it twice – yes, I’m way too organized for my own good and make lists for EVERYTHING to do that day – but I know I’m actually just waiting for the big day!

In addition to getting last-minute things ready, I’ve really enjoyed the time leading up to Christmas by reading, crocheting stocking caps, snuggling with Mason, and watching a good number of Christmas movies. Here are a few movies to try (I’ve watched many more thanks to Ion and Lifetime that was added to my Sling account,  but these were more noteworthy):

Netflix

  • The Christmas Candle, Max Lucado wrote this and I really enjoyed the story.
  • The Christmas Chronicles – new this year with Kurt Russell
  • The Grinch – as a former teacher this movie is always a requisite
  • Dear Santa
  • White Christmas – I love Bing!
  • Elf – I love Elf!
  • Christmas Vacation – crazy fun

Hulu

  • No Sleep Til Christmas
  • Chasing Christmas

Amazon Prime

  • Christmas With the Kranks – Tim Allen with some hidden sweetness
  • It’s a Wonderful Life – of course
  • Love at the Christmas Table – starring Luke Danes (aka Scott Patterson) – enough said

I’ve also been reading Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado,  over the course of twelve days (# of chapters) as a supplement to other daily reading. It’s such a sweet, easy to read book that reminds me how love was born and hope is here.

Another book I just finished is a beautifully written historical novel about a man’s search for light during World War II, The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker. It’s NOT Christmasy at all, but very good.

Here’s proof of my movie watching one afternoon.

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If I left out any exceptional movies, let me know in the comments below. I sure wouldn’t want to miss them.  Hope you’re having a wonderful waiting game too!

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Home-made Pom Poms

 

Well, I try not to covet, be too envious, or have my “want button” turned on too much, but I’ve always really wanted liked one of those throws from Pottery Barn with pom poms.  They’re so cute and even whimsical.  Here’s one –

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Wouldn’t that look really cute on the end of my sofa?!  Instead, I had this warm, utilitarian cable knit throw that was useful to keep my toes warm, but once I saw how easy it was to make pom poms, I just had to do it.

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I bought a skein of off-white yarn for $3.00 at Joann’s and got to work.  This is medium weight yarn (4 oz) and I bought it solely for its cheap price.  I made about 40 pom poms and used about 3/4 of the skein.

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According to several sets of instructions on Pinterest, you simply wind the yarn around a credit card anywhere from 35-50 times, tie off, clip the stray ends and voila, pom pom magic!  If you’ve never made a pom pom, it really IS that easy!

I included some pictures with the steps and just tried several different sizes of pom poms based on how many times I wound the yarn.  I wanted them larger so I settled on 60 times for each.  Don’t wind the yarn too tightly or it will be difficult to remove from the card. (This is a standard 50×60” throw and I made ten poms for each end and eleven for each side, counting the corners.)

Next, you slip the yarn off the credit card and tie it off with a 6” piece of yarn.

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After I made several of these, I decided to tie it before I removed it from the card, then flipped it over and tied it again.  I felt that this made it easier to remove and by tying it twice, it felt more secure.  I suggest you see which works best for you.  Here’s  one after it’s tied off.

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Next, simply take your scissors and cut through all the loops. Next, I trimmed up the pom pom.  Here I suggest again you try several and see what look you want.  I wanted big and chunky so I didn’t trim too much.

Finally, I laid out the throw and started tying the two tails of the pom poms on through the loose knit cable starting at the corners. I used the note paper as a guide and figured it was around 6” long.  As long as you use some kind of guide and space them equally, it should work out fine.  If your throw isn’t loose knit, you could easily stitch them on.

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Now for a disclaimer – This isn’t my primary throw that I use all the time and I would be careful with machine washing this. Even though I tied the poms several times to make them secure, I would use this more as a layer for my sofa. Of course even though Mason has taken a liking to it, I would be careful cleaning it!

Hope you can use this little inspiration to add to a plain throw you have around your house. What’s a home without a little whimsy!?

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Cheap and Easy Christmas Decorations

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Back when my girls were little and I was a stay-at-home mother, my favorite mantra was “Necessity is the mother of invention”.  I really liked creating and decorating but was on a very limited budget and probably drove everybody crazy with my experiments creativity.  I would also paint anything not breathing – I still enjoy that even today.  So, I was always spying out things I could redo or rework that made all things new!

These little houses are an example that I posted last year. (Creating Something New From Something Old Today……..) I simply painted them white and turned them into glitter houses to use in my decorations (I didn’t add glitter since it’s so messy, but you could easily add it while the paint is wet or by brushing it on with mod podge.)   They’re some of my favorites and I’ve added a few bottle brush trees to make a little village.

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Here’s  one that I display on a cake stand in my kitchen.  Love the soft colors!

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I’m such a sucker for houses and I use them throughout the house during Christmas. This is a doll house that I built for my younger daughter that I’ve repainted for my office.  I painted the roof with glittery paint last year – she’s held up pretty well for 30+ years!  It really needs a front door and I’ll hopefully get that done this year.  The little Santa inside the house was on our tree when I was growing up, and is as old as me!  If you have little girls, you probably have one of these doll houses stuck somewhere.  Nothing like a snowy scene during the holidays.

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The last few houses are on a tray in the guest room.  I bought them a few years ago on clearance from a Target outlet and they’re perfect for my house collection!

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Enough of my house mania for today!  I hope you find something to redo, restore, refurbish to save you lots of money and add to the charm of your Christmas!