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Friday, December 2, 2016

Create Large Holiday Artwork for Mere Pennies

I’ve been adding some holiday decorating touches to the master bedroom at Storybook Cottage and our regular artwork just wasn’t working with the theme. I didn’t want just a blank wall. But while large holiday artwork is available it also generally has a large price tag. Then there is the issue of storing large art for 11 months of the year.

So I decided to make my own artwork. It’s quick, easy and inexpensive!

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First I needed a theme….hmmmm, what should I choose boys?

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I found some darling vintage Christmas images featuring dogs on Pinterest. You can find all the prints I used HERE.

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After printing out the images, in the sizes needed, I selected some wrapping paper in my stash, scissors and double stick tape.

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Most frames have a bit of wiggle room between the glass and frame. Cut your wrapping paper to size and slide it in between to fit.

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This will give you a holiday themed “mat” or background for your image.

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Then just apply double stick tape to the back of your image and gently press onto the paper mat.

Once Christmas is over you can just simply take the paper down and recycle it.

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I’m off to deck some more walls, how about you?


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dollar Spot Snowman Garland

I have begun decorating in preparation for two holiday home tours I am participating in next week.

Since I change my theme every year I try to make seasonal décor that isn’t expensive.

This year I am creating a pastel vintage wonderland and needed a garland for my mantle.

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Don’t you just love the Target Dollar Spot?

I found these cute felt snowman for just one dollar. The silver tinsel was from the Spritz party line and was also just $1. I had the sparkle pom poms left over from another project but you can find them at most craft stores for just a few dollars.

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I used white upholstery cording that I had in my stash to attach the snowman and poms to with a hot glue gun.

A bit of silver trim was added to the hat. Pom poms make for cute “buttons”.

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The entire project took just 10 minutes to make. The hardest part was measuring where to place the poms so that they were even. (But don’t look too closely. :)

I’m pretty happy with my $2 Snowman Garland.

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I am also very happy to be featured in the 2016 Country Sampler Christmas Decorating magazine.

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My Christmas Treasure Boxes are shown on page 42 and showcased on the table of contents.

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What’s making you happy today?


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

It’s Giving Tuesday at the DTA Etsy Shoppe

Today is giving Tuesday!

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100% of the profits of all the Decor To Adore ornaments sold will be donated to either the Salvation Army Angel Tree or the Humane Society. (Please specify your charity choice in the comments at checkout. As always a future post will show your giving in action.)

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25% of the profits of the vintage shadowboxes will be donated as well.

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You can see all the goodness at the Decor To Adore Etsy Shoppe HERE.

It feels good to give!


Monday, November 28, 2016

An Old Fashioned Christmas

This year we will be enjoying an old fashioned Christmas at Storybook Cottage.

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I’ve been busy handcrafting holiday decor with a nod to Christmas past.

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I have to admit that the simple touches of days gone by bring such joy to my heart.

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I was seeking a bit more vintage inspiration so I recently went to one of my favorite antique shops in the design district.

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Country Garden Antiques specializes in antique and vintage Christmas décor.

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The owners, Alan and Gina, are delightful kindred spirits.

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Alan finds the treasures and Gina displays them beautifully.

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While Christmas is sprinkled throughout the store there is also an entire room devoted to it.

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A feather tree decorated with ombre vintage ornaments… yes please!

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There are pastel delights.

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Bright gem colored wonders.

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Boxes and boxes of Shiny Brite delight.

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I’ll have a blue Christmas indeed.

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All of it!

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Perhaps you’re dreaming of white Christmas?

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Gold and silver bells and balls.

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You can never go wrong with classic holiday red.

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These are only a few examples of the wonders that await you.

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Country Garden Antiques is located in the D/FW area.

147 Parkhouse Dallas, TX 75207


Please know that I was not compensated in any way for this post, I just adore the shop. But if you happen to mention Decor To Adore you will receive a 15% off discount.

Love and happiness,


Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Slow Season ~ Hope

It feels like anything but a slow season.

Everywhere I turn the media is telling me that there is very little time left until Christmas.

I must hurry to get the best deal.

I must rush and wrap the presents. 

I must quickly do my holiday baking.

I must dash to decorate every square inch of my home.


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I can remember the days when Christmas decorating didn’t begin until the day after Thanksgiving.

Now I feel like the odd gal out because I still choose to wait.

What is the rush?

Isn’t there more happiness in slowly enjoying the delights of the season?


The first day of Christmas begins on December 25th and ends with the 12th day of Christmas, the Epiphany, on January 6th.

I don’t want to be so sick of Christmas that I’m chomping at the bit to tear my tree down on the 26th.

I want to savor a slow season of seeking the true spirit of Christmas.

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A slow season in which I can ponder “What are my hopes and dreams for this Christmas?”

I gently search my heart.

Reflect on the meaning of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace.

It becomes clear to truly savor the season I must look outside myself.

Take the time to be the light for someone else.

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Are you seeking a slow season?


The first Sunday of advent is HOPE: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” ~ Romans 15:12-13