Monday, December 15, 2008

I found something!

I don't know about you, but I'm having a hard time spending more money on Christmas decorations. Don't misunderstand--I would LIKE to. I just find that I'm barely able to get all my Christmas shopping done, let alone buy decorations! So, my goal in this post is to show you how I shopped around the house to make some new ones this year.

Okay...I'm cheating a little on this one. I bought these on clearance at Hobby Lobby two years ago, and they were in BAD shape. Beat up, worn off, dirty...you name it.

Nothing like a can of spray paint and some irridescent glitter (you hear that, Kimba?!) to make things nice and beautified! Oh man, the pictures just don't do the sparkle justice!
In case you haven't noticed, one of my favorite ways to perk something up is to use scrapbook paper. Well, Christmas paper is no exception. Have you SEEN the selection of beautiful paper out there? I buy it without knowing what I need it for. Just don't tell my husband. As far as he knows, everything has a purpose. So...these rather earth-toned, non-festive candles go from thisto this
Don't worry--I notice the missing ribbon. I don't have one that matches yet. I LOVE something that doesn't necessarily shout Christmas. It's wintery, Christmas...y, and yet it fits right into the dining room decor.
Okay. This is a little out there for me, but I like it well enough. When you walk into my mudroom from the back door, you see this (FYI--this picture is of an undecorated table).
Keeping the "shop the house" theme in mind, I found some scrap fabric, hot glue (of course), and went to town. Notice the clearance sticker.
I think this is a bit of an improvement. I think it says, "Prepare yourself. Christmas has vomited in this house" as soon as you walk in the door. And what's more welcoming than the thought of Christmas and vomit?

76 comments:

Ice House said...

"Prepare yourself. Christmas has vomited in this house" I LOVE this statement. I laughed out loud. (PS: it sounds just like MY house *giggle*!)

Kimba said...

I love it! The glitter, the paper, the vomit! Perfect! All perfect!

And I just found another jar of glitter in a bag that I thought only held cheap pinecones.

It's red. It's Martha. It's fabulous. It's too close to Christmas. GAH! So much glitter. So little time,

Sweet Simplicity said...

I love those red vases in your mud room. You did a great job of decorating with stuff that you are already had. Very impressive!

Tanya said...

Oh, I love the candlesticks! You are so creative :)

Hillcrest Acres said...

So cute and so creative!!!

Suzanne said...

Those candles ROCK! Definitely doing this tomorrow... Just have to get the kids out of the door and back at school; I'm going INSANE!!!!

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..I love it!! So pretty!!! The paper around the candles is just great!
Very festive!
-sandy toes

Jessica said...

You are awesome!! I love the look of the newly decorated table! I could never pull off something like that. But you can!!

Our Complete Family said...

I love it all! You did a great job shopping your house. Lucky girl!
Merry December, Les

the undomesticated wife said...

Cute makeover!

I have two very similar deer, but one is laying down, and the other is standing. They came from JCP several years ago. One of them has a broken leg, but I just jam it back into place when I unpack it. ;)

I like your festive lamp shade too.

Jessica said...

C U T E!!!!!!

Jenny S said...

Love!! Christmas, vomit and glitter...what more could you ask for??

Wendy said...

You are too funny! Your ideas are too great! Love it!

Amber said...

Chris, I love it all!! Great job! Love the candles, the table with all of the red, and I love that fabric!!

Awesome!

Laura said...

Shopping the house is almost as good as shopping in the $1 section of Target! Nice job - love the candles!

Valarie Lea said...

Oh my gosh that last par thad me rolling!

AndreaLeigh said...

I love the after table! Beautiful!

monica said...

LOVE IT!! Especially the table in your mudd room.

***Monica

Erika said...

*gasp* I LOVE!!!!! All the candles and the wrapped picture... well I just love everything!!!

Amy said...

Those candles are FABULOUS! I can't wait to do some!

Kris said...

Great idea with the candles - I've got some that are starting to fade and now I know how to rescue/prolong their life! You are SO AMAZING Chris. I mean, WOW. Why HGTV has not picked you up yet I have no idea. ;)(omit vomit and they might call you)

I'm sort of the same way right now - wanting to decorate but not wanting to spend $$$. I'm "over" some of my Christmas things that I've had for so long. I'm ready to sell a lot at a garage sale this summer and update with new at some after Christmas sales!

I see a lamp without a tassel lady...that is a mucho problemo. That's Spanglish for you're busted. You re-gifted it didn't you? You ate the chocolate and re-gifted!!!!!

Kris said...

Chapter Two...

j/k!

Inspired Kara said...

These candles. Wow. I love them.

Kaitlyn said...

What great ideas for decrating on a budget! I just love that entry table, it so adorable! Plus, you have glitter- which means you know the way to this girl's heart!

Mindy said...

Very savy little miss!

My martha stewart glitter and mod podge attacked my mantle candles. Flamable, for the love of decorating? possibly. Easy? ABSOLUTELY!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Ha! Christmas and vomit...I don't think so! It is all gorgeous! The candles would make a great gift!

raesrambles said...

I love the "present" on the wall, and who doesn't love something, anything with glitter...

Julie said...

Okay that was so funny "Christmas has vomited in this house" Your projects look great I love the sled and deer.
Julie

Frugal Finds said...

Wonderful decorating!!!

Jean said...

Maybe Erupted, or Exploded, Christmas, but not Vomit.

The thought of vomit almost kept me from finishing nursing school. My nursie friends used to say, "Tell us the story about when Glenn was throwing up in the bathroom and you fainted and slid down the wall.' When I said, "I could have broken my neck," they laughed harder.

Your decors are inspired.

mollyandmarshal said...

So pretty! Your ideas are very impressive!! I love it all!

Sam said...

Ever since I discovered blogland, I'm constantly shopping my own home and my mom's too! Your house looks great. Love all the decorations!

philben5 said...

Is it not even more rewarding when you can put together something as classy as you did just by shopping around your own house? I think I have spent around $45.00 this year on Christmas decorations and all but about $15.00 was spent at the thrift store.so much more rewarding that way, don't you think? Thanks for sharing!
Blessings
Roxanne

JuJu and Family said...

I love all of your decorations!

Tara said...

Absolutely love these inexpensive ideas - you are so crafty & talented & thrifty! All of it has the look of expensive-ness!

dayna said...

I am stealing that candlestick idea from ya...love it!

Joe, Christina, & Rocky said...

I've followed your blog since the craft party and LOVE how you make things so beautiful! I have a question though - how do you keep the glitter from going EVERYWHERE? I love MS glitter, but it seems to flake off onto everything I own... any advice?

Susie Harris said...

Well I be! I never thought of a cover for my ugly candles. Im going to drag out my old box of paper and get to town. Thank you for such a cute idea. Now I wish I had saved some of those ugly candles...darn it!

Shannon said...

Love the last picture! Perfect! I like how you even changed the lamp shade. And I love your glass candlesticks!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Those papers are great! What line is it from? Did I just mention the papers? I meant to say everything is great. Now I have to go home and see what I can glitter!

Erin said...

What great ideas! I love the candles!

tidymom said...

When have you ever heard the words VOMIT and BEAUTIFUL all in the same comment? LOL

You are just too clever!! LOVE your ideas!!

~Tidymom

countrygirl3031 said...

OMG...I am laughing so much at that vomit statement...you're such a riot!

I love the glitter and the paper ideas! You're so talented!

Hugz,
Michele

Nichole said...

Just wanted to let you know that I left an award for you on my blog today :o)

Ferrill said...

Oooooh, I love all your ideas!I especially love how you dolled up your candles.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Thanks for the laugh!

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

I love those displays! Gorgeous!

The Graves' House said...

i love the candle idea, never have thought of that one. what a great way to reuse! your decorations look great.
~nicole

Mandi said...

Love the new mudroom look. Christmas, and vomit? Does it get any better? YIKES! Nothing makes me happier than seeing scrapbook paper repurposed. Looks Bee.U.Tee.Full!

Jodee Leader said...

Those candles are fabulous!

mimi168888 said...

Man... You are so talented....

Mimi Sue said...

LOVE the candle idea. Some of mine look kind of beat up. This could give them a bit more life. Mimi

Cary said...

Very pretty! I'm just finding all sorts of things to do with that mound of scrapbook paper that I have sitting in the corner (from my "ooohhh I LOVE to scrapbook days" that lasted about a minute)!!! Thanks!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

some awesome ideas! Vomit? if you say so. LOL

Katie said...

"Prepare yourself, Christmas has vomited in the house." I love it! You are hilarious! I love the scrapbook paper covered candles. Beautiful!

Layla said...

LOVE the candle idea....I'm stealing it!

:-)
Layla

Laurel MacD said...

Christmas and vomit? You are hilarious and make me laugh. That's why I love this blog.

Barb said...

The scrapbook paper/candle makeover is the most ingenious idea yet!! Wow.. why didn't I think of that one. I like the wintery "look" more than Christmasy and the choices of scrapbook paper is endless. Besides you can match the color of your decor. Your mudroom table is FABULOUS!!!!!! Love it all

Mom

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Everything is just lovely. What a great idea with the Scrapbook paper on the candles. Your tree below is beautiful. I'm a RED girl too.
In my last post I took another view of the scene from my Banner Photo, just for you. : )
Sorry it took me so long.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Chris, I really LOVE the covered candles. Gorgeous!

Jennie said...

love the vomit refernece, and you totally rock my face off with all the neat ideas, I am so stealing the candle idea.... I think you are great and I have something for you over at my blog...

Terri said...

Very cool. Thanks for sharing

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Thanks for popping over Chris. The amazing white lights, crystals and beaded garland around my winter scene came from Costco. It's just one long beautiful item. I think it cost me $28.00??? (this year).
Take Care,
Mary Lou

cgogis said...

Love the "present" on the table!
We have french doors that separate our office from the front entrance. I put Christmas wrapping paper on the inside so the decorated side shows through the windows and they look like presents. I love the look! Plus it hides the mess lurking in the office! I've got to think of a year-round solution! :)

Laura said...

These are perfecto! Love the ideas. Love the candles, love the vomit!

Tamara Jansen said...

Oh, you're GOOOOD! Very nice :)

Katrina Chambers said...

Hi! I love ready your blog - I am addicted haha!!! Thanks for all the fun you share (and I did crack up about your husband - like mine he has the 'man flu'). Happy Christmas!!

Katrina x

Linda Crispell said...

I recognize that red clearance sticker from Marshall's or T.J. Maxx! So many of my purchases come with that red sticker on them! Why do they have to put it on the glass part of frames rather than on the back???
Your home looks lovely!
Linda

Lacy said...

Fabulous ideas as always. Thanks for sharing.

sandra/tx said...

Chris, you inspire me to use scrapbook paper. I never think to do that. Love the candles and wrapped print.

I also love your tree. Great idea to use some burlap to fill in -- cheap and pretty!

Biteofpunkinpie said...

fantastic job! i really love the candles. i was just given a candle that i have no intention of burnig (can't remember the scent but i think its something beachy) but it is a super pretty soft green color. what better plan than to wrap some paper around it! thanks for the fabulous idea.

oh, and your house does not scream "Christmas has vomited in this house." that would be my daycare provider's house. i swear the woman buys every christmas decoration (w/no theme in mind... some of it is kitschy, some of it is folksy, some of it is TACKY, etc.) available on this earth and puts it all up. ughhh...

it all looks fantastic!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Basic grey ey??????? Love it all you fab girl you! Merry Christmas, cherry

Sherrie said...

I love the candles.

...and she lived... said...

I love all of the ideas that you have posted here! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!

Stephanie said...

Once again you turn trash into treasure and make everything look warm and inviting. Great look!

Carmen said...

LOVE the candle idea! Can't wait to do it to mine.

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