♥Christmas 2018 ♥Vintage Decor Touches♥

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Happy Holidays!

Seems like November lasted about a whole week this year. I blinked and I barely remember any of it! Thanksgiving was fabulous, but man, it flew by!

As I grow into my last couple weeks of pregnancy with my second little girl making me pee every 30 seconds , and my two year old daughter attached to my hip, I am busier than ever! I am really trying to create an atmosphere of Christmas peace and serenity, (and no, that feat has definitely not been a cake walk).

However, I have been encouraged to savor December with being able to add some really simple and pretty Christmas touches around my home to help cherish the season! I’ll have you know we have only had about 5 hundred ornament casualties thus far with said two year old. Ha!

When my great-grandmother passed away, I was very fortunate to receive some of her beautiful china, including this holiday set below. I just love it! It is simple and timeless with the bone white and classic holly design. I can’t wait to serve tea, coffee and hot cocoa to my family in them on Christmas morning!

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*The silver tray is a Goodwill find ($8) from last summer and the silver salt and pepper shakers ($12) are from a hole in the wall antique store in Genoa, NV.*

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The 6ft Fir garlands this year at Trader Joe’s were so inexpensive ($6.99!) and stunning this year! I had to grab one! For some reason I have never seen them at my Trader Joe’s before this year, only wreaths, but I am thrilled they arrived! I am obsessed with how it dressed up my wood stove, (and yes, wood stove is only for decor and occasional use, don’t worry, I won’t burn down my house!) The garlands smell so good as an added nostalgia bonus. I grew up with my parents always taking me and my brother to the snowy mountains and getting a real tree for Christmas when I was very young.

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I am lazy have a lovely fake tree and lower real Christmas tree standards, so this is the best of both worlds for me!

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 I hope you are able to enjoy the little things this season! Even if that little thing is just enjoying a mug of festive hot cocoa while in the corner of your eye you notice your two year old taking each “horsey,” (reindeer) ornament off your tree in a not-so-gentle fashion.

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Happy Holidays!

♥ Shelby

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Easter Tablescape 2016♥

Happy Easter!

I hope you are having a beautiful day filled with chocolate family and candy loved ones!

I was blessed to host Easter dinner once again in my home. It was my daughter’s first Easter which made it extra special!

My vision for the tablescape was for it to be a mix of casual and more special, fancy items.

I broke out the fine china that was passed down to me by my great-grandmother, but kept the drink-ware simple by using the mason jar cups I use daily.

I also kept the flowers fuss free by putting them in random bottles and mason jars from around the house.

I was able to go outside and pick most of the flowers from my garden, including the camellias, dusty miller and other greens.

Then, I added some colorful tulips that I bought from the local Metropolitan Market here in Tacoma.

I added some “pop” to the table by scattering metallic chocolate eggs under the flowers and placing one in the center of each place setting.

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All the linens are all vintage finds that I bought a few years ago at a tag sale.

The banner was made from some pretty peach ribbon and triangles of old fabric scraps.

After I assembled the ribbon and fabric triangles together, I used a sharpie to spell out Happy Easter.

Simple, beautiful & memorable!

Enjoy the day!

Shelby♥

Thrifty Spring Wreath DIY♥

IMAG1305-1Happy New Year!
I just got done taking down all my festive Christmas decor, which left me feeling a little woeful, since my 2013 holidays were all fabulous!
However, I do love bringing out all of my normal decor and setting it up in a fun, fresh way for the new year.
I am crazy about wreaths, and thought I would make a new spring wreath that would cheerfully greet the warming weather. My husband and I are trying very hard to save up for our first house quickly, so my penny pinching has recently put a bit of a damper on my Joann Fabrics shopping sprees  excursions.  It will all be worth it one day soon!  I am very excited to be a home owner!
Since every available dollar goes right into the savings account, I had to use my super thrifting skills to make this wreath for under $10.
…and I totally accomplished it!

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It was  a bumpy ride at first.
I went to Joanns to first buy the grapevine wreath for $3, but they were all out due to the holiday, (I think that was the reason, the lady who “helped” me didn’t seem to enjoy conversing with other people).
After that awkwardness I ventured down the street to Michael’s Crafts to see if they also had grapevine wreaths… and they were wiped out as well!

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In my frustration and momentary homicidal rage disappointment, I was about ready to give up and just call it quits on this daily project.
At that moment, I remembered that my favorite store was only mere blocks away! No, not you Victoria’s Secret, (not this time).
Goodwill!
What I really needed was the grapevine wreath. Even if the stuff on the existing wreath was ugly, I knew I could strip all the flowers off of it and replace them with silk flowers that I could buy somewhere else.
I found an 18″ wreath with a bunch of dusty old pansy’s on it for $3.99. Not bad. The wreath skeleton still looked perfect.
What was even more exciting, was that I found a bunch of silk flowers that looked recently donated that were in great shape! I found little spray roses, regular roses, peonies and great, big hydrangea! Most of the flowers were .99 or $1.99 for the pair. I decided to do an all pink wreath, since it is my favorite color, it’s fresh and it will work well with Valentines Day without being too in your face.
I was a little naughty and also bought a hobnail milk glass vase that I found tucked away in the home decor section. I couldn’t resist, I never find milk glass at Goodwill! My collection needed it! Once in a lifetime opportunity! Don’t tattle on me!
Once I was home, I went straight to work dusting off the wreath and stripping it of all the yucky pansies I didn’t like.

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Once I stripped them all off I started to add my new flowers to the mix in a random, yet neat fashion. I like my wreaths to look a little wild and unruly.
I talk about wreath making more in this tutorial here as well if you need a little more guidance.
I used hot glue to secure all my flowers and leaves into place. Make sure that the stems of the flowers are anchored well in the wreath.

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Once there is a plan of execution the process goes very fast, and before you know it, It’s finished!

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I hope you make a wreath for spring as well! The possibilities are endless, it is cost effective when you know where to look, and if you have a little patience!
Have fun with it and create something beautiful!
♥Shelby