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Christmas Tree Peak


Well finally, my kitchen window DIY is done and now I can move on to cleanup and Holiday decorating....

So I thought I'd share what I have been doing today before the big reveal in my kitchen. I am going to give you a look at my finished kitchen windows tho....and I can't wait for you to see them!

But first, the start of what I did to my living room window....I hung 2 rattan glitzy stars and a few icicles to start....I used simple white cotton string so it wouldn't compete with anything else.

Then I added my 3 trees which I already added a ton of twinkling lights....Tomorrow, I will add the ornaments...Sticks, feathers and woodsy creatures. All similar to what I did last year in the dining room, but this year, I am taking it up a notch....or two!

If you want to see last years d├ęcor you can go here  or  here

I used 2 crab pots for stands for the tree and a wicker suitcase that I picked up for 3 bucks at a Church Bazaar. I also added 2 lanterns, a huge one and a smaller one for interest.

Those are empty, for now <smirk>

Now for the kitchen....Remember I said my DIY Window project had spiraled into other areas?

Well it caused me to have to replace all the upper molding on my kitchen cabinetry AND I was forced (forced?) to add a small chandelier over my sink....

Ok, so jumping for joy doesn't mean forced, but if I act too happy about getting what I originally wanted years ago....then I am gloating....and I don't want to rub it in...

So this is me, not rubbing it in.

Taking the overhead (I can't think of the name for it) bridge that spanned over the sink (between the 2 cabinets) out and widening the window casing has made that space seem twice as big.

Remember the before? Dark.....kind of gloomy with 2 drop spot lights that never lit anything?

I'd rather not....I'll take this.....

And over the kitchen table.....here is a look at that chandelier...

More to come, stay tuned!


 Christine Graves

Christmas Decorating Peak 2013

What does a blonde do when she isn't doing Thanksgiving at her house this year? When there is no menu to plan? Food to shop for? Tablescapes for 8 or more to do? She sneaks in a little Christmas decor.

Outdoor Holiday Light Ideas

I thought you might want some outdoor light inspiration....I have been searching for some outdoor holiday lighting and have come up with a few tips along the way.

So what kind of friend would I be if I didn't share them with you...

Tip #1: No electric company in the world will give coupons for December...but they have been known to send a thank you card to a favorite customer...so don't be afraid to keep it simple to keep costs down.
Even the simplest of lighting plans can be elegant and creative

Tip #2: Have a theme in mind....or at least a color scheme...If there is no symmetry or plan....it's going to look like you threw lights up in 20 seconds and ran back inside
 You don't want to end up on Huffington Posts "Most Tackiest Christmas Lights list"....like our friend below...
Sorry dude....but looking at it, it kind of tells me what NOT to do. I would definitely do the roof line and the front door in the multi colored lights. Move the yard decorations out closer to the mailbox and then light the mailbox. How would you fix it?
See the next pic below for a better plan....

 Tip #3: Know how many light strands and electrical cords you use/have without blowing a circuit. Sometimes simply using a different extension cord can keep you from blowing a fuse...Also, make sure you read the disclaimer regarding your exterior and indoor lights. When they say you can only plug in 3 strands....they mean it.
The new LED lights can have up 15 strands plugged into each other but right now are still ranging from 15 to 25 dollars per strand. By my calculations, that could take 4 to 8 years to recoup the cost of the lights on the electric I save....
another good source for researching how many amps holiday lights use you can go here:

Tip #4: Any electrical cords used should be tied, hung or taped in the downward position so rain or snow does not get inside it. I can't tell you how many times we have had to re-do lights because water got into the extension cord.

Tip #5: There are landscape and lighting companies that hang holiday lights, they often range in price....but from what friends have told me....minimum $1,200 dollars easy! It's cheaper to check out my "How to hang Christmas Lights" Tutorial which will save you hours...or rent a Man-Lift.

In my area they are $300 per day....versus over a thousand to pay someone? I'll switch to a man-lift when hubby won't do the ladders anymore.

Tip #6: Have some sort of movement in your lights. If all your lights outside are in the "continuous on position" have at least one large focal point that either fades in and out softly or blinks...it gives some action to your lighting plan.

Check out my Tutorial on how to hang Roof lights without using clips, that can battle windy blistery conditions here

 Do you have some outdoor tips for lighting outside?....



Thanksgiving Fall Tablescape with Antlers Pallet Wood and Pumpkins

Thanksgiving  or Fall Tablescape with Antlers Pallet Wood and Pumpkins

I'm going to turn a hectic & tiring day to a good one by doing a thanksgiving tablescape even though we will be eating at my sister's this year.

Christmas Inspiration 2013

Here is some Christmas inspiration for ya....

These are some of the vignettes and tables I did last year...Do you know what you are doing this year?

I am already planning, and lighting some new trees...because, get ready for this.

I am not doing one tree in my living room....I am doing at least 3! (maybe 4...I haven't decided yet)

All in a rustic, woodland theme again...but this time I am going to use some store bought items and some naturals from my garden on all 3 trees grouped in a huge living room vignette. I have rusty crab pots, metal baskets, large icicle branches and 3 beautiful skinny woodland trees.

Cross your fingers for me, because if it fails...I'll be scrambling!

and since my sister Janine is doing her very first hosting of Thanksgiving at HER house...(chorus of angels) I don't have to cook!

I am looking forward to a year off....


 I can't wait to show you all the wonderful things I have picked up...I have been working on completing my kitchen window restoration project....I had a little fail with the primer bleeding thru my paint, so that set me back a couple of days....grrrrr, I was mad. I even went as far as to send a mad email to the paint company support center....yeah! Having to sand off all my hard work, then practically start over on one window? Yeah they heard from me.

I was like Jackie Gleason....To The Moon Alice!

I apologize for the older pics but just look....this was before my kitchen countertops....my updated windows were done....or my Dining Room.

Wow a lot has changed and I can't wait to share it! I have a better camera this year, better light, a few pointers on taking photos....

I might even iron a tablecloth or two....and anybody that knows me....knows I have had the same iron for 20 years simply because it's only been used....like.....12 times.
 We are going to push to get a lot farther this weekend with the last window to hopefully have them done by next weekend...(Crossing my fingers)

 Stay tuned, because the best Holiday of the year is coming up and I can't wait to share it


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