Saturday, November 26, 2011

Black Friday Success


The past few months have flown by in a blur.  While it has mostly been good, however I have felt like I really have slipped in the organization department.   So on Thanksgiving, since it is just the hubby, the kids and I, I started the day catching up a little.  While the food cooked and the kids watched the parade I cleaned out my dining room of the treasures I had brought home during the thrifting season that had yet to find a home.  While it is not perfect, it is definitely a better start.   


With this done we were able to sit down to  a RELAXNG meal, and I was mentally ready for the Christmas season to begin!  While we cleaned up I put on the Christmas music and planned my Black Friday.


My husband volunteered to go into work on Friday (he starts work at 6am) and I saw a few things in the AC Moore sale flyer that I knew would be great gifts for my girls.  One of my girls has wanted something that was in the special deal that started at 5am.  So we woke up at 3:50am and left here at 5:15, him in his car and me in my truck.  The mall was a lot less crowded than I thought it would be and the people were really nice and friendly ( both the shoppers and the store employees).  I found everything that I wanted and was back home by 8am.  We live 25 minutes from the mall so I was really happy with this.  I got in and checked to see what kids where up and where they were at and brought in the stuff for the sleepy heads.  Since I was pretty tired and being lazy going to be super organized this season, I decided to wrap the gifts rather than just hide them.  This also would mean if they were out in the open I didn’t need to worry who was looking at what.


Over the summer I went to a yard sale and picked this up for $5.00.

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It was filled with this.

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There is also ribbon, bows and tags in there!

So over the course of the day I brought things in and wrapped.

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I now have all the presents that we currently home wrapped!  Now just to keep up with it!

So did you go out yesterday?  How were the crowds in your area?



Friday, November 4, 2011

Some Fall Decorating


Since starting school I have been so super busy.  Tami had asked what I was going to school for.  I am going to school for cosmetology.  I love it!  We started last week and I have already learned so much.  I feel so alive.

However with that my part part time job, homeschooling number two and just keeping the house running, I have not done much of anything else!  I love the fall, the temps have been beautiful around here and the colors are amazing.  So I finally managed to get a little of that into our d├ęcor.  This is in our entryway.  The shutters act as a room divider so you don’t walk straight into the living room.  I LOOOVE them.  I bought them at a local antique store last year for $5.00 each and my husband added hinges to them.

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I wish I had taken a before picture, but I thought that I had one…..nope.  Everything we already had.  The wreath I made has been up there since last year, I just keep moving her around and adding different “accessories”.



The Easter one came out especially well but, UGH, there is no picture!

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The plates are vintage ones that I embellished using vinyl and my Cricut.  

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The apothecary jar has some potpourri and a Chinese lantern that I saved from a bunch that I had found years ago.

The boa is from a garage sale from years ago.

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This is how the compote looked before it was redressed for fall.  The books are my husbands, he found them last year at an antique shop.  This compote is one of my favorites, I use it a lot to hold various things for decorating.  It originally came from the thrift store and was less than $2.00. 

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Well now that fall is almost over, I have been planning what I am going to do for Christmas.  I am hoping to get an early start, so we can enjoy it longer.  Have you switched gears and started thinking of Christmas decorating?