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Home décor accessories make a great addition to any home as long as they’re arranged correctly. It can be difficult finding just the right amount accessories that doesn’t leave a space looking too bare or overcrowded.  If it’s too empty, the space will appear dull and boring. On the other hand, if it’s overcrowded, it will appear messy and unclean.

To keep accessories interesting they need to be balanced. You do this by using harmony and contrast. To create harmony, use things that are similar to pull the look together such as squares, circles and colors. Then use contrast to make it interesting. You can create contrast by using things that are different such as placing something round near something square or something smooth near something textured.

Use scaling to create proportion. In other words, match things according to their size. If you have a large dining room table, use a large center piece to decorate. Don’t put a large painting on a small wall or tiny pictures on a large wall. Keep things in proportion and your accessories will enhance the rest of the décor.

Layering is also important when you have several items taking up the same space. To layer your objects start by placing the largest one off-center. Next, place three layers of items across the shelf, mantel or object holding the accessories. Place the tallest objects in the back and the smallest ones up front. Soften things up a bit by adding a splash of color throughout the objects.

Experiment with different arrangements and try things whether you believed it will work or not. You’ll be surprised at some of the combinations that will look great if you simply give it a chance. Using accessories correctly can enhance your décor and help you create the perfect environment for you and your family.

Christmas is the most awaited occasion, especially by children. It is during this season that they look forward to receiving presents. The joy in a child’s face when he receives a present during this season is just priceless. And even the adults, receiving a gift from the people they love can make their Christmas merrier. This is why, it’s very important to consider the type of gifts that we should wrap and give to either the children or the adults. These gifts should not necessarily be expensive, but should be something that they can value and treasure for the rest of their lives. And the more personalized it is, the better. One best example of this are personalized photo ornaments.

Photo ornaments are smart choice for Christmas presents, and even to other occasions. This is because it’s flexible for customization. You can choose unique photo ornaments to personalized ornaments with cute holiday designs to suit the occasion. Even these designs can be personalized with names or date. You can also suggest for additional designs depending on your preference. And if the material is good, you can coat on both sides of the photo ornaments so they can be decorated on the front and back. You can display your full color photo on one side and your special message on the back. You can also choose from a variety of font colors and styles with clip-arts to enhance the design.

The type of materials to use for these should be chosen carefully. Of course, you want it to be special and of high quality. Most cheaper photo ornaments are made of heavier ceramic material. This type of material is not only cheap but boring too. You can’t carry or place it anywhere either since it’s heavy. And it may not last longer so it’s not an ideal material for photo ornaments.

The best material for photo ornaments is porcelain. It is also a whiter material, so your image will clearly show up on its bright white background. Not only that, since it’s lighter compare to other material like ceramic, it’s easier to display the ornaments on a tree without weighing down the branches or when you hang it on your bag’s zipper.

Anybody who will receive photo ornaments as presents will surely appreciate its value because of the flexibility of their uses and uniqueness of the designs. You can use them as decorations on a table or cabinet. Or hang them on a Christmas tree. Just add a colored string like gold and they should look nice on the tree. There are also Photo ornaments designed as pins. You can pin them on your bag, shirt, or anywhere you want.

Choosing for the right present for any occasion shouldn’t be difficult. There are already stores that offer variety of gift collections that they can customize for you. And to guarantee a good value, choose the stores that already gained good reputation when it comes to materials and the quality of their work. And remember, it’s not the price, but it’s the thought that truly counts when choosing for presents.

Bennetta Elliott is a writer for Personalized Gift Express which offers photo ornaments and logo ornaments.

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I’m not sure why, maybe it’s the weather we are getting at the moment but I was searching online for Vintage Christmas Decorations and came across something I couldn’t wait to share with you.

I love to decorate my house at Christmas time and have already started planning. I realize it’s still August but I just can’t help myself.

My Christmas theme is Vintage. I include antique Christmas ornaments and homemade Christmas decorations to give my decorating that cozy, warm yet traditional feel.

If you love the look of Vintage Christmas Decorations you are going to love this very inexpensive and easy decorating idea!

One word… doilies.

The next time you go to your local thrift store or flea market, keep you eyes open for those delicate small doilies and purchase a bunch of them. Chances are you will find several and for a very low cost.

Grab all different sizes, bring them home and wash them. Let them dry overnight then on a covered surface with a foam brush or small roller, coat both sides of doilies with undiluted fabric stiffener until just saturated and let dry overnight. After your doilies are dry press them with your iron and hang at different lengths in your window using thread to monofilament.

I’ve made my own paper snowflakes in the past but I think this year’s Christmas is going to have extra, extra Vintage Christmas charm!

My only thought right now is, why didn’t I think of this!

I hope you try this easy, inexpensive Christmas craft and tell me how you liked it.

I am excited to be able to work from home so I can have more time to do what I love including: house boating, food, friends, animals, and helping others get their business off the ground and on the right path. It brings me great joy to play a part in someone else’s success.

I also have a passion for Vintage Christmas Decorations, Antique Christmas Ornaments and Homemade Christmas Decorations.

Please feel free to stop by my Blog to get more great Christmas decorating ideas http://www.vintage-christmasdecorations.info

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If you are like many families, Christmas is a time of fun and celebration and probably gifts as well. However, it can be a time for a lot of trash and messes around the house, too. How can you clean up after Christmas without draining yourself?

Here are some tips on how to clean up after Christmas:

  • If food or drink is spilled, spot clean immediately so it doesn’t stain
  • Move breakables or special items that you don’t want damaged during festivities
  • Clean the kitchen as you go when cooking holiday meals
  • Clean up wrapping paper and other decorative items as you go
  • Choose a designated area for opening packaging and other items so the mess stays in one place
  • Recycle holiday wrapping paper, boxes and any other packaging that you can
  • Enlist the help of friends or family members in the cleanup
  • Don’t try to do it all the night of the big day- rest and cleanup the next day
  • Don’t try to do it all at once- take it one section or area at a time
  • Create a written plan of what and how you will clean up after Christmas (food and dishes first, trash and papers next, vacuum and sweeping after that, etc.)

Now that you have these tips for cleaning up after Christmas, you are prepared to go into the holidays without worry of what will happen after the big day. Enjoy your Christmas festivities without fear of the cleanup!

Homemade art gifts for the holidays will make this year more special than anything else you could possibly give. There is a big difference between something that you made yourself with love and something you can pick up from the retail store at the last minute. Give a gift that shows you care and choose handmade art gifts for the holidays.

One of the great things about these gifts is the fact that everyone loves art. There is something that will suit all age groups and personalities. All you need to do is find out what type of art the person on your list enjoys and you can make the prefect Christmas gift. Making homemade art gifts is not that difficult so you don’t have to worry about it being something you can’t do.

Crafts provide you with all the things that you need to make your own art gifts. You have so many options because you can choose a project and make it from scratch or you can buy kits that will help you get started. If you don’t have a lot of experience making art, then you may want to choose one of the kits because they have all the supplies you need and step by step instructions.

Either way, when you give homemade art gifts for the holidays you’re giving a gift from the heart. It shows that you care enough about the ones on your Christmas list to take the time to make them something special.

Making homemade gifts can be time consuming and you may have to get started a little earlier than normal to make sure you get everything made in time but, it’s well worth the time and effort spent. This is especially true when you see the smile on their face Christmas morning. Happy Holidays!

Thanksgiving has passed and now many people are getting ready for Christmas decorating. It’s time to put away the turkeys and fall colors and pull out the reindeer, Santas and winter colors. Do you already have your winter or Christmas decorating started? Do you have it planned out? What type of decorations will you use this year?

Have you put up your tree yet or outdoor lights and decorations? Many people traditionally choose Thanksgiving or the day after Thanksgiving to begin these decorative activities and some wait a little longer or until December. It’s a personal decision for you to make but it’s certainly not too early- or too late- to begin if you want.

Throughout this month, we plan to talk more about Christmas decorating, decorations, winter decorations, tutorials and do-it-yourself projects. If you have an idea you want to share, don’t hesitate to drop us a line. We love hearing from our readers and our customers.

In the meantime, if you haven’t completed your Christmas decorating yet, start with a good plan. Put it in writing. List the things you’d like to see done and how you’d like to do them. Then you can make a point of getting to them one at a time until your Christmas decorating list is complete.

Going along with our theme of making your own Christmas or holiday ornaments, here is another video that we found which is great when it comes to making your own glass ornament.

This type of ornament makes a great craft project and is also wonderful to give away as gifts this holiday season. You can make someone something very special to help them decorate for the season with the added bonus of making them think of you when they see it.

Happy Holidays!


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