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I’m a little…well, a lot…behind this year but I finally got my act together and am showing you our house all fancy and decorated for Christmas. The link-up parties have come and gone but its always fun to post this so I can remember what I did the year before! There are a lot of pictures and just a few comments so if you have a question, please leave a comment below or send me an email.

2013 Christmas House1My favorite part of the whole house…a lot of wine and champagne was drank in here this season!

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2013 Christmas House3Wrapping paper from Ballard Designs, burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby and tree skirt from Pottery Barn…I prefer modern in my home design but traditional at Christmas is my favorite.

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2013 Christmas House5I copied Wisteria’s holiday catalog, using red instead of blue. I love the many functions of this giant clam shell.

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2013 Christmas House9The coffee filter wreath from 2010 has held up so well – who would have thought?

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2013 Christmas House10The dogs favorite spot – by the OSU tree, looking out the front window.

Christmas Dogs 1Santa Max and his little elf, Carl, hope you all had a fantastic holiday season! See you in 2014.

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I love a good craft and I love it even more when the craft is super easy and super cheap! Setting the table is one of my favorites things to do, especially at Christmas. The one thing missing this year was a place card for each person. Here is how I made my DIY Chalkboard Ornaments-turned place cards!

28991991320846776_Lv1mkU8e_cThis picture was my inspiration…once again from Pinterest. I’m very addicted to that site and I make no apologies for it – so many cute ideas! This was once sold on an Etsy site but is now sold out. The beaded short white candlestick is adorable!

DIY Chalkboard OrnamentsMy version started with a package of six clear, glass ornaments (half-off at Hobby Lobby) and six clear glass candlesticks ($1/each from the Dollar Tree). While the warm weather is a buzz-kill for the Christmas spirit, it is fantastic for more spray painting days!

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments2I wondered how I was going to spray paint the ornaments without having to hold them. This was my solution – thank you, to-go containers! The tops of the ornaments were easy to pop off. I cut six holes in the containers so they were big enough for the top of the ornament but not too big so they wouldn’t sit up on top of the boxes. To paint the ornaments, I used two coats of primer and two coats of chalkboard spray paint. (I had both cans on hand already)

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments3These candlesticks were simple and easy to paint – two coats of primer and two coats of glossy white! Easy and pretty.

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments5Once the paint was dry, it was time to pop back on the silver tops and tie some ribbon it. The ribbon strands are black, silver and white and came on a roll together from Michael’s.

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments8I am not the best at tieing bows so some (like this one) fell pretty flat…

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments7And some (like this one), were pretty perky and stood on up!

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments4I really like this year’s Christmas table. The height from the place card is the perfect punch. Next week, I’ll show you the whole table and hopefully do it in some good, natural light. Sorry the pictures are so dark – I took them after work. Not a fan of driving home in the dark!

I’m linking up with Centsational Girl today! http://www.centsationalgirl.com/

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I saw this NOEL sign in the Pottery Barn catalog and loved it! Absolutely loved it. It was huge and metal and so cool…and $149. I’m sorry, say what?! Yeah, right. But then, I saw two great ladies (Frugal with a Flurish and Thrifty Decor Chick) who had made amazing knock-offs for pretty cheap. Now we’re talking.

I knew that I wanted to put this sign above the buffet in our dining room. This spot definitely needed something and I thought this would be perfect!

The N, O, E, and L were purchased at Hobby Lobby. The other girls used Burnt Umber acrylic paint and Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. I had some Hammered Metal spray paint already on hand, so I used it!

Once I put the letters together and saw that it wasn’t going to be as big as I wanted, I knew I needed to come up with a plan B for how I was going to put the sign together. In our old master bedroom, I had three canvases I painted as a quick art for an empty wall. I took one of them and spray painted it with primer and then sprayed the whole thing candy apple red.

Once the canvas and letters dried, I spaced out the letters on the canvas and started attaching them one-by-one to the canvas with hot glue. This part took about three minutes – I love a fast project!

I LOVE how it turned out! It was exactly what I wanted in this spot – a pop of something different and a little flash of Christmas! I didn’t hang it as I didn’t want to make a nail hole on a wall that doesn’t usually have any art but I like it even more just resting on the buffet.

Here is a very bad quality close-up of the finished sign. It might not be as big as the original Pottery Barn one, but I think the color of the letters turned out really great!

Here is another shot of the finished project! It may be December 20 but at least we can enjoy it for another week. 🙂

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