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Vignettes are the simplest and easiest way to show a little you in your home. A grouping of figurines, a stack of books with a piece of coral on top of it, a buffet with pictures and candles – all are “moments” that happen in your home and reflect who you are. Christmas is a fun time to experiment with these little moments and really shouldn’t take a lot of time. Lets face it – putting up a tree and decorating it is a time killer so these vignettes should be quick and easy!

2012 Christmas Vignette5Our entryway has the standard – a buffet with some books, a lamp and a mirror. I like to play with the seasons in this vignette so at Christmas, I add a metal reindeer (found maybe at Target several years ago?), a wonderful smelling Christmas candle and my coffee filter wreath that is now surviving its third Christmas! The plaid ribbon holding the wreath on the mirror and my monogram moss letter on the front door help tie in my plaid theme I have going this year. (check out this tutorial on how I made a smaller version of the monogram moss wreath last year)

2012 Christmas Vignette6This large vase usually holds sand and my favorite candle – the Blue Volcano. This year, I’m using it to hold fake snow and all of our lovely Christmas cards! I’ve made clothespins wreaths to hold cards, I’ve let them sit in a stack on the kitchen counter, I’ve even tried to spread them out on our mantel – this is by far my most favorite way to display them though because you can see the pictures, easily grab one to view and it brings more Christmas cheer to the front door!

2012 Christmas Vignette7These two lanterns sit on the floor, next to our entryway buffet. During the year, the candles sit on grassy moss but I like to change it for the winter. Fake snow and jingle bells make me feel more festive and it continues the look from the top of the buffet, right on down to the floor.

2012 Christmas Vignette2A simple strand of lighted garland helps make this vignette more festive. I kept the stack of cookbooks, lamp and mirror all the same – just added some festive greenery and lights!

2012 Christmas VignetteThis little moment is special in our living room. I usually have a piece of coral sitting on top of these dropcloth covered books but swapped it out for a small glass nativity scene. I can’t remember who gave me this set but I love how the glass reflects off of the lights from our tree and shines in the small round mirror.

2012 Christmas Vignette4This vignette is on the sofa table in our living room. You also see it when you first walk in to our house, thanks to knocking down the dining room wall! This nativity scene is supposed to be a Christmas present for me but I wanted to use it as early as possible. My mom and I got this while shopping the day-after Christmas sales last year and I was really hoping she would forget she was saving it to use as a gift – sometimes that works and sometimes? Not so much. I love it though and it looks great on this table, sitting on top of a “table runner” I made. Nothing fancy about this runner – it is simply wrapping paper that I’m using for this year’s gifts, cut to the lenght of the table and folded in half to break up the white table and white Nativity. Sometimes, you do what you can and for as cheap as possible!

Sharing this over at Southern Hospitality’s Holiday Home party today!

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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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This weekend it was in the 70’s and no matter how loud I blared Christmas music, I just couldn’t get into the holiday spirit. I finally forced myself off of the couch to decorate and hoped it would help me. It is still too warm for Christmas but I am feeling more festive now with a decorated mantel!

Mantel InspirationThis picture from Pinterest was my inspiration for this year’s mantel. Red plaid and black/white is my overall inspiration for 2012 Christmas but this picture served as the starting point for the mantel.

2012 Christmas Mantel5Here is my version of the inspiration picture…if anyone can tell me how I can get the glare off of the tv, I will send you some flowers! The silver reindeer flanking the tv are from Pottery Barn way back when. It was a great day after Christmas purchase. I think they were 75% off or something ridiculous like that. I love them!

The Craigslist chair I made over usually sits on the right side of the fireplace but since that is where our tree goes, it has a temporary home on the right. (Come back next week to see our trees!) Carl loves this red blanket from Target – it really is so soft – and the black/white pillow is another clearance find from Pottery Barn many years ago. I love incorporating burlap into just about anything and love it at Christmas (check back next week to see it in our trees) so my Ballard Designs-inspired Mr. and Mrs. pillows work out perfectly here.

2012 Christmas Mantel2I got these carnations from our local grocery store for super cheap. They were fresh in this weekend so still need to open up before really getting big and beautiful. Carnations seem to get a bad rap since they are so cheap but I think make a great impact when clustered together like this! I’m also not usually a fan of red, blame it on an overdose of using it too much in our last house, but love it at Christmas.

The mercury glass votives, both the small and large ones, are from Target. I got the small ones two years ago for $1/each and the bigger ones are a find from this year and are $5/each. I’m glad mercury glass continues to stick around – I can’t get enough! The candles used in the small votives are the fake 3 for $1 from the Dollar Tree. They have the best battery-powered candles!

2012 Christmas Mantel3The garland is from a local nursery (TLC if you are local) and was only $10 for a 7 foot piece. This is a mixture of different greens so it is cheaper than others but I love the mix of different textures and types of greenery. It keeps it fresh and interesting because you don’t know what you will actually get when you lay it out!

2012 Christmas Mantel1It is always a challenge to decorate underneath our large TV but since I like simple and clean, this layout works really well. It keeps things low and classic since I can’t go too crazy with the space above or below. This area always looks better with a fire going too but there was no way I could turn it on with 70+ temps so just imagine pretty orange/red flames in the middle! Hopefully this weekend we can finally turn it on.

I’m linking up with The Lettered Cottage today. Click over to see more holiday mantel inspirations:

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