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I finally finished my OSU tree skirt! Better late than never, right? It was several hours of folding, gluing and repeating so it took me some time to actually finish my DIY tree skirt. I found inspiration on Pinterest (where else?!) and followed Ashley’s directions to make my own version.

Here’s a little looksy at what I did! I had a serious case of not being able to focus on anything because I have been too busy enjoying just living this month and I have loved every second of it! Sunday night I finally sat down (well, I didn’t have a choice, I injured my ankle and couldn’t walk) and finished the easiest tree skirt, ever.

First, you cut a ton of strips of fabric. I used burlap in orange and black (the Oklahoma State colors). It was only $3.99/yard at Hobby Lobby and I got 2 yards of each. I ended up having too much for the tree skirt I used, so you might be able to use 1-1.5 yards. I don’t like following the rules of most tutorials, the rules this time being cut 2-3″ strips, so I just cut at random. I know, getting crazy over here!

The tree skirt I used as the base is from a local thrift store and was $3 – not too shabby! You use a ton of glue guns (in my case, I had to buy another glue gun because mine died) and just start gluing. I would put a little glue down, fold the fabric and press. You will get some burned fingers but you learn to tough it out – well, I did at least. I didn’t want to bother with pins so I sucked it up and continued on!

Here’s what it looked like for almost 2 weeks. That’s right, I did exactly two folds and called it quits for a while. I told you – serious distractions this month and no desire to sit still! So, we stepped around it until I realized I had the girls from book club coming over so I had to step up my game and get it finished!

Once I got on a roll, it wasn’t that bad. I would glue, fold, press and then repeated this process about a million and twelve times. (Maybe that’s a slight exaggeration…maybe) Not being able to walk around and do anything this weekend was a definite help and reason to sit still for so long! As I got closer to the center, it got easier and faster since there wasn’t as much gluing and folding.

Total, this project probably took about 2.5 hours. It cost $20 but since I didn’t use all of the fabric (kept the leftover strips for other projects!) we’ll call it $12. Not too bad for a new tree skirt that is 100% customized and personal to our second living room! I love the way it turned out – so fun and festive for this area. Next year, I want to wrap up some empty boxes and put them under the tree so you can’t see the stand. In orange and black, of course 🙂

Merry Christmas – Go Pokes!

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Well, its the last Christmas party. I can’t believe we’ve already been through another season of these – it went by so fast! I love this one though, our trees are my favorite! We do a live, traditional one in the main living room (last year it was in the dining room) and in the second living room, we do an artificial OSU tree. So much fun to decorate both!

This is the OSU tree (obviously) and I love it! I changed it up a lot from last year and like it so much better. I collected more official OSU ornaments, used a tree topper instead of just some ribbon and only put up orange ornaments. I love the way it looks this year! (I’m still working on a tree skirt…I have a mild case of December A.D.D. right now and can’t focus long enough to hot glue for two solid hours…)

Conner’s parents got us a stuffed Pistol Pete and he is perfect as the tree topper! He has his guns up and is wearing a cute little orange cowboy hat. He is actually a puppet so getting his top-heavy parts to stay sitting up and not fall over was a pretty interesting task. Luckily the top of this tree will move any way you want, so he is supported on all four sides by several branches!

Between Christmas clearance and Christmas presents we’ve received, we have a lot more super cute OSU ornaments, including the glittery golf bag and OSU nutcracker. I love them! The orange candy canes were a super easy project I did last year. The Dollar Tree had regular candy canes in packs of 6 for $1 so I just took those and spray painted them orange – such an easy accessory for this tree!

In our main living room is the real tree! This is a tradition we started last year in this new home and I’m so happy we did. I like going to pick out the tree and watching the branches fall after we’ve unwrapped it. Although, this year the bottom branches fell a little too much for my liking, but that’s the risk you take! I’ll take branches that hang too low for the smell this guy puts off – my favorite!

I went with all silver ornaments this year. I included some pinecones for a touch of the natural that I want throughout the house and I like to see one pop out here and there. I also went with a new topper in here this year. I saw a picture of a glittery monogram tree topper on Pinterest and copied that for our tree! It was super easy to get a letter from Hobby Lobby, cover it in glue and glitter, then drill a hole in the bottom to sit on the top branch. Love it!

For extra texture, I used a burlap runner/ribbon thing I found in the drapery section at Hobby Lobby. This must have been a hot item this year because all of my local stores were out! My mom found it at her store and bought several yards for me to use. I love the way this looks, especially next to the burlap I have on the mantel! I think it might be a little heavy to use and might have to find something else next year (could be the reason the branches are falling a little low this year) but I still love it.

One last look at our beautiful, wonderful smelling tree! I can’t wait until next year when I’ve learned how to use my new camera and can take those really cool, super fancy photos of these trees. Thanks for visiting, I can’t wait to see your tree too!

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Welcome to our home, all fancy for Christmas! I love the house decorated for Christmas although I’m not completely finished yet. The house feels so warm and cozy, I love this month! I’ve tried to edit down the photos, but I still have a bunch so prepare for photo overload!

This was the first time Conner and I had ever hung outside Christmas lights and I love them! I hope that each year we can add on a little bit and continue to outline all the points of the house and roof.

This is the first thing you see when you walk in our front door. The coffee filter wreath was such a fun project and I love how it turned out! The buffet was a fun restoration project as well and looking at the before and after makes me want to paint another piece of furniture in our house!

The dining room is right off of the entryway. My parents gave us my great, great-uncle’s dining room table and buffet that they had used since getting married. I love having a table to set and a fun place to display my randomly created centerpieces and our first-ever live tree! I also have a project in the works for the blank wall space above the buffet so stop by again to check that out!

I really love having a set dining table I think it makes your table look so gorgeous and gives your house a great feeling of warmth and welcome! The table runner is from Target and the green napkins are from Wal-Mart. The napkin rings were a gift from our wedding and have a beaded pattern that matches our china, Vera Wang’s Grosgrain. The red chargers I already had and my mom let me borrow her Spode Christmas Tree salad plates and red wine glasses to give the table a more festive feeling. She has collected the china for so long and now has 24 place settings of it!

Here is our mantel! It is several garlands wrapped together as well as ornaments, pinecones and candleholders mixed together. Our stockings are my favorite part! With all of the Holiday Home linky parties, I have so many ideas for next year’s mantel!

This tray is from Hobby Lobby and I love it! It sits on top of our reupholstered ottoman and yes, that is a craft in progress in the background. The little birdy is from Michael’s and funny story – it was on clearance for $1 but since there was no price tag and they were busy, I got it for free. Score! The little jute tree was a project that was supposed to be made out of one thing, then another and ended up like this.

This sofa table was actually a black desk we had in our old house. Since we didn’t use the desk I painted it white, distressed it and gave it a new knob to use as our sofa table. I added greenery and red berry springs around the entertaining books and put some red jingle bells in with our bowl of corks. The lamps are from TJ Maxx and I love the hammered detail on the base!

These little guys sit on the end table between our couch and loveseat. The reindeer was an after-Christmas clearance last year, the stackable Santa was in my stocking two years ago and the jar with jingle bells was another Dollar Tree apothecary jar I made and stuck in the leftover jingle bells from my jingle bell mason jars!

On one bookshelf in our fireplace built-ins, I have a jar with faux snow and ornaments and a jar with faux snow, red berry garland, clippings from a plant in our backyard and a glittery snowflake from Dollar Tree.

In our kitchen, I have a lighted garland wrapping along the back of the countertops. I have this teal plate holder out year-round but change up the contents of it for the season. Right now, I have my easy and cheap chalkboard tray that is a perfect present! I made both of our moms this for Christmas last year. I will definitely show you how to make this in a future post – love it!

The bar sits in our breakfast nook and also has some lighted greenery on top. I usually have a lamp here as well but moved it so we can see our Christmas cards as they come in! I finally ordered our cards this weekend – better late than never, right? I made this Christmas card holder so the cards we receive won’t just sit in a pile and will show you this quick and cheap project in another post as well.

This is our fake hand-me-down tree that is in Conner’s living room. Yes, it is an OSU theme and yes, we love it!! I can’t wait to add more ornaments here every year. We finally hooked our trees up to timers this weekend – I will never go without them again! Love not worrying about plugging in and un-plugging the tree each day.

There are two leaning bookcases flanking the TV in this living room and both have various Christmas decorations on them, including the Keep Calm Christmas prints that were free!

Well, that is our home decorated for Christmas in 2010! Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed our house. I am linking up to The Nester’s Tour of Homes, Kelly’s Korner Show Us Your Life Christmas Homes, The Shabby Chic Cottage and Hooked On Houses’ Holiday Home Tour. Hope to see you there!

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