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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

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Are you hosting the holiday dinner at your house this year? It can be a big task, no matter how many you are serving for Christmas dinner. What if there was a way to make all of this a little bit easier for you? This year (or next if this has passed), you should consider these tips to help make your Christmas dinner easier.

  • What can you make ahead of time?  There are many side dishes that can be made before the big day to save cooking time and mess on Christmas day.
  • Cook your turkey the day before when you can
  • Cool the potatoes and gravy the day before
  • Prepare salad the day before- all you need to do on the day of the dinner is mixed it and add dressing
  • Limit the number of dishes you have- you don’t need to have a lot of side dishes to have a complete meal
  • Keep your dishes simple- remember that your guests may have other dinners to go to as well and they may appreciate a smaller, simpler meal

One of the best rules of a simplified Christmas dinner is to make everything you can the day before so you can clean up all the pots and pans. The second best tip you can have is to reduce the number of dishes you’re making whenever possible. Even if you need to serve a lot of people, you can just make more of the foods you want instead of more types of foods.

Now that you have these tips, you are prepared to simplify your Christmas dinner. You can also use these tips any time you need to cook a large meal for your family or friends.

Happy holidays!

Unique Christmas gifts for babies can be a little difficult to choose. After all, safety is the number one thing that you need to consider. It should be a gift that encourages mental and emotional growth but it must meet all safety standards to ensure the child can handle and play with it safety. It’s vital there are not any small pieces that can break off and cause a choking hazard or anything else that could cause harm to come to the child.

There are many options available to choose from so, it’s up to you to make sure the one you select is suited for the child on your list. It’s recommended that you research the item you plan to buy and check reviews so you’ll know what you’re actually purchasing. Reviews can help you make a wise choice because you can see what others have to say about the item you’re considering purchasing.

To give you a head start on your shopping, below you’ll find a list featuring a few unique Christmas gifts for babies:

  • Musical learning toys
  • Blocks
  • Activity gym
  • Baby books
  • Wall clocks for babies room
  • Glow in the dark inchworm toy
  • Leapfrog learning toys
  • Baby Ernestine tunes
  • Baby mobiles
  • Rocking horse

Babies can’t tell you what they want but they do seem to be highly attracted to colorful items, music and sounds. It’s for this reason the items listed above have made it to the top of list for this holiday season. If it makes noise, attracts attention and it’s safe for babies, then you’ve probably found the prefect gift. Before you buy, take the child’s age into consideration. You wouldn’t want to by a newborn a toy designed for a year old baby and vice versa so, choose wisely.

As the proud owner of a log home, you have already distinguished your abode from the other cookie-cutters on the block. And while your logs are a mighty and timeless design statement on their own, don’t just throw all the usual stuff into your home and expect it to look fresh. There’s a place for the oldies and goodies in your decor repertoire, but you also want to incorporate some contemporary trends that can turn a comfortable home into a comfortable stylish home.

1. Prepare like a Pro: Interior decorators may envision a “finished” room before the first coat of paint is dry, but even designers rely on visual aids to ensure harmony and order. Taniya Nayak, host of HGTV’s “Designed to Sell” and President of Design Digs in Washington, D.C., recommends a design-school basic: tacking photos, fabric swatches and magazine clips to a bulletin board for inspiration. “Pull ideas from your wardrobe, travel and personal background. Tear out magazine pictures and add them to your collection,” Taniya says.

2. Remember the Room: Don’t hesitate to explore new colors, fabrics and furniture, but always keep the room’s bones in the back of your mind. “Look to architecture for clues about design,” says “24 Hour Design” host Angelo Surmelis. “Focus on warm tones in wood for clues about color and furniture choices, then throw it all off guard a bit with an unexpected element, like an ethnic-inspired piece.”

3. Use the Color Wheel: Going green has new meaning for homeowners, who are painting entire rooms in soothing shades of olive, sea foam, moss and sage. Create an oasis with watery blues and purples or balance the lush hue with rich, warm browns. A simple, high-contrast color scheme also is elegant, particularly in small spaces such as powder rooms. According to Angelo, “black and white fabrics and furniture are here to stay for another season.” Punch up the understated palette with hot-hued accessories in citrus shades.

4. Mismatch Accessories: Experiment with tastefully contrasting colors and patterns when it comes to accessories. The look involves some trial and error, but it’s a low commitment—pillows and blankets require much less of an obligation than a coat of paint or new sofa. Look around the room before selecting a color scheme. Sticking to a limited or complementary palette will make this approach less daunting. “If your room is neutral, you’re pretty safe, but if you have lots of color, find the one that’s least represented and bring it out in a stripe or other pattern, so the color isn’t just floating,” Angelo suggests. “Mix and match patterns, stripes and florals, keeping color choices to a minimum.”

5. Be Artsy: Artistic touches attract the eye and add charm to a room. Express your creative side (no formal training required) by adding the unexpected, such as a mosaic floor covering. Patterned tile “rugs” in the entryway or great room are breathtaking and, better yet, incredibly easy to clean.

6. Use What You Have: Don’t break the bank attempting to recreate a fabulous room you saw in a magazine. Incorporate family heirlooms and one-of-a-kind accessories you’ve accumulated over the years. “If you’ve got one fabulous piece, don’t put things out that compete; use it as inspiration. Don’t be afraid to mix styles to make it stand out more,” Taniya says.

7. Don’t Clutter: Accessories can bring a room together, but they can just as easily overwhelm or detract from a beautiful space. “Less is definitely always more,” Angelo advises. “But there’s also a danger to going too ‘small’ in tight spaces with a lot of accessories and knickknacks.” Determine what you need, and resist the temptation to clutter the room. Remember that you own the space; you can change or modify the look whenever it pleases you. “You’re the curator of your home,” Angelo says. He suggests occasionally rotating items in from storage. “Your home’s design should evolve.”

8. Look West for Inspiration: Today’s western motifs are not the wildlife exhibits of yesteryear. In fact, a modern rustic look is streamlined and easy to coordinate, says Esther Schmidt, design writer and author of Cabin Kitchens. “Use more solids and less print,” Esther says. Honey-hued oak and cedar furniture are smooth-lined and unfussy. Upholstery, pillows and throws are equally sturdy in leather and wool, but add plenty of warmth and texture. Taniya prefers to keep the big elements of the room simple. “It’s good to incorporate color, but use a neutral base on the sofa and walls. Change accessories seasonally, but try not to over-stylize,” he says.

9. Plan Your Lighting: Whether your preference is classic, modern or somewhere in between, lighting does more than brighten a room—it adds dimension and character. “Recessed lighting is fabulous,” says Esther, who is also fond of antique and mixed-media lighting. Angelo notes that homeowners are using similar techniques to brighten their homes, but in environmentally conscious ways. “People are using eco-friendly lighting and dimmers for instant mood.”

10. Treat Your Windows (Or Not): Many homeowners are quite literally letting the natural beauty of windows shine through. Built-in blinds and simple cornices can enhance already fabulous windows. For those pursuing a more sophisticated look, however, dramatic fabrics are still popular in bold, beautiful drapes and curtains. If you love the effect of a full drape, but lack cathedral ceilings, you’re in luck. Floor-to-ceiling drapery actually works well in short spaces, making the room appear larger.

Having rented for many years, I understand that you hate to paint, wallpaper, or spend a lot on window treatments for a place you may leave at any time. Pictures go unhung because you don’t want to fill all the nail holes when you leave.

The end result is that you live in a grey, beige or white shell of a home that reflects none of your own personality. Well forget that! Did you know that you can hang fabric on your wall without damaging them one bit? Listen up!

Go find a large remnant or sale piece of a light fabric…enough to cover one entire wall of your living room or bedroom. Mix up a solution of starch and water, apply it with a roller and lay your lightweight fabric on it while it is good and wet. Use a few thumb tacks at the top to hold it in place till it dries. Then roll another thin layer of the starch solution on the wall, let it dry and remove the tacks!

The best part is that it will easily peel off by taking it gently by one corner and drawing it down the wall.

And if, for some reason it sticks…I paint roller and plain water will immediately loosen it up. The only repair will be to wash the starch off the wall!

You can also use that fabric as a background for your bed if you don’t have a headboard. Just hang it form the ceiling to behind your bed, and keep it within the width of your mattress.

Wicker is hard woven fiber formed into a rigid material, and is usually used for baskets or furniture. Wicker is often made of material of plant origin, but plastic fibers can also be used. Baskets made of wicker were found in ancient Pompeii. It is more popular than ever today!

Materials used may be any part of a plant, such as the cores or canes of rattan stalks, or whole thicknesses of plants, as with willow switches. Other popular materials include reed and bamboo.

The frame of the furniture  is made of stiffer materials, after which more pliant material is used to fill in the frame. Wicker is light but still very sturdy, making it suitable for furniture that will be moved often. It is used both in and outside the house, and is popular for accessorizing bathrooms .

Wicker makes an inexpensive but darling little girl’s room when sprayed in white or a light pastel.  Some colorful cushions on the chairs, a few stuffed animals and dolls on the shelves and a little bedside lamp on the wicker night stand, and you have a wonderful and indestructible setting you’re your princess!

Even though wicker is not technically  perfect for outdoor use, it is very frequently found on porches and patios.  Because it is so light weight, it blows over easily in the wind.  The sun can also dry it out and make it brittle. If your outdoor furniture gets too dirty, you can hose it down, shake off excess water, and let it dry thoroughly in the sun.

Log cabins and summer vacations are a wonderful way to escape the fast paced life you deal with daily in the city. From New England’s woods to the Northeast to the many  lakes, both large and small,  of the Midwest, log cabins are the rage. The log style of these cottages and cabins can be round or plank siding, but are almost always small, simple, rustic havens.

Comfort and practicality are the keywords in cabin and summer cottage dwelling. You’ll walk past a couple of adirondack chairs or rockers,  through a screen door,  onto the wood floors of a large room with an open kitchen at one end and a fireplace taking up much of one wall.

Your kitchen cabinetry may well be plain painted wooden shelves, the table, a large wooden picnic table with long benches, and a braided rug on the floor.  A graniteware kettle for brewing the coffee  and a cast-iron skillet for frying fish will complete the picture.  Big, comfortable, and well-worn sofas, chairs and ottomans will be casually placed around the room. Lamps might be made of metal, wood, or duck decoys!

You’ll find home-made patchwork quilts tossed casually over beds and bunk beds in the bedrooms, with wooden or metal storage chests for clothing, books and toys. The furnishings  should be unpretentious, eclectic, and unmatched. Birch, pine or cedar are the woods of choice.

Accessorize with your sports equipment…fishing poles, rife mounted on the way over the fireplace, photos of the “great catch,”  the kids water skiing, or making s’mores outside over a campfire.

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