DIY a simple but beautiful Christmas Lantern Swag

I am starting to think about Christmas decorating for our home, and
decided to make a new Christmas theme Lantern Swag and get a jump start!

So I thought I would share how I made this pretty swag with you.

 supplies I used:

- Ribbon (3 types - these are wired but not necessary)
- Greenery (Christmas Florals / Picks)
- Twine or a large stretchy ponytail holder
-  Scissors
- Wire cutters

To get started I cut the ribbon to the lengths I wanted so that the ends would drape down
the side of my lantern.
Then I scrunched the ribbons in the center with the ponytail holder behind it, and loop one side
of the pony o through the other and pull tight. (see photo's above)  
You can also just tie a piece of twine tightly and add a loop for hanging it, but for
this particular one I went with a stretchy ponytail holder.

After pulled tight, it looked like this:

This is where I started adding my florals.

Using my wire cutters, I cut the flowers I chose to use close to base but not all the way off,
and I took the leaves off the stem to use them as well.  Using my hot glue gun started adding the flowers/accents to my swag. (fairly close to the top of the ribbons and working my way down)

Tucking in greenery here and there with my hot glue gun..

I chose to use 3 flower stems in a grouping on this swag..

Then when I was getting somewhat close to a full look, I went for a test run to see
what I thought of it on my lantern.

It looked good but I wanted to add more.

So I actually cut a thinner ribbon and tucked/glued it in under
the greenery as well as adding in more fun accents. 
(some red/white berries and clear jewels)

and here she is all ready for decorating for the upcoming Christmas holiday.

 (Just a note: I don't use real candles in lanterns 
and because of this I don't have to worry about this being a fire hazard.)

So,  have you got your (lantern) swag on? :0)

Here are some other pretty ribbons that I found in looking online
that would be great for holiday decorating.. I especially like the second
one.. and of course the burlap!

(you can click the image to see more details about them if interested)



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Bedroom Update Bedding in Black and White

I have been working on updating our Master Bedroom, and it has been a
slow go kind of process.
Ya know the kind right?  Please tell me I am not the only one with those
kind of projects.. :0)

I have had this "What to do in here question?" playing over and over in my mind..
So I just decided to change up the bedding.  I thought that would be
a good starting point.  Plus it is such a quick update that can
make a impact in minutes.  Gotta love those kind of updates!

 Quilt vs. Comforter?   Well.. I  have come to the conclusion
that I prefer the lighter weight quilts.. my reasoning behind that conclusion is
they are easier to wash/dry at home, they are warm but not too heavy in my
opinion, and I really like to layer when it comes to bedding.
(and clothing for that matter) :o)

 So yep, that was my conclusion on that matter.

I decided to look for something neutral, especially since I am undecided what
I want to do in this space.  So I looked for something in black/white, or in a gray/white
color scheme.  That way I could change up the look with pops of color with pillows,
a throw, etc..  So the search was on.

I came across a pretty Gray and White Striped one here  that I was considering,

but then this Black and White one kind of caught my eye.

Eventually that is the one I ended up deciding on.
I went with the King size even though we have a queen size bed and it
worked out perfectly.  It has black/white damask print on one side and
reverses to a more geometric type pattern on the other.

I prefer the damask as you can see.. :0)

I added some fun throw pillows to add a little color and to tie the rooms current
decor together a little more.
 (similar Turquoise pillow here , and the Love you more pillow here .)

I haven't had it long enough to speak of the lasting quality of it,

but so far I like it.

This room is a work in progress.. and has a loooong  way to go.

I definitely have some idea's on what I want to do in here, but I am liking our
progress so far.. the faux leather bench that we added not long ago is a nice
organizational addition and is on my style pick List..  and of course I like
the bedding.. :0)    but there are a lot of things I am debating on..

New headboard?  New Wall Color?  Darker Wall color? Lighter Wall color?
Paint the furniture? Add a rug? and on and on..

Hmm.. Did I mention this is a slow go project? :0)

So do you have any rooms in your house that are just 'slow go'?
Not sure what exactly to do or what you want to do in it?

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Chair Redo with Cow Print Faux fur

My office chair needed a update.. 

The lightweight fabric I had previously
used worked well but after tons of use it worn/ripped at the corner so it was time
for a new look.

(To see the original post and where this chair started see the original: Chair Makeover Here)

So I wanted something a little more heavy duty, and decided I would like to use
a cow print so I began my search to see if I could find one I liked.

I looked at 3 different craft stores and all I could find was a very blah looking
black/white material.. nothing that was even close to what I was wanting so I searched
online.. and finally found one that I liked.

So I purchased a yard of this This Faux Fur Cow Print Fabric, and waited for it
to arrive.

When it came I set it on the chair to see if I liked it and then got to work..

I flipped the chair over and removed the 4 screws that hold the seat into place..

Then cut my fabric where it overlapped enough to staple it on..

Then simply screwed it back into place.

So pretty..
I didn't realize the fabric has this wave through it when I ordered it.. but I like it!

Now I am debating what to do with the remaining fabric.. :o)
Have a great Monday!

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Free Printables Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas Shopping

Have you got your Thanksgiving plans figured out yet?
I was thinking about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and
thought it might be a good time to start thinking about the menu.

Zoom in on what we are going to have, so I know what to shop for and
keep an eye out for if there is a sale at the grocery store, and
then of course so I don't leave anything out.. :0)

The way this year has been going it t will be here before we know it.

So I decided to write out a list for our Thanksgiving dinner, which led
to why not make a simple printable list to share with you all.

So that's what I did..

So to get a jump start on the planning for Thanksgiving Dinner..
Here is a free printable including sections for appetizer, main course,
sides, and desserts.

To get the Free Thanksgiving Printable, Click ---> HERE!

Have you started your Christmas shopping or are thinking about
starting it..  if so you may want to make a list for that as well.
So I also have a Free Printable Christmas shopping list for that..

It has a space for names and space beside that for gift idea's,
and I added a tiny circle before each line, so you could check the name/items
off your list if you'd like,  as well a section along the bottom for added Notes..

Click here -->> for the FREE Printable – Christmas Shopping List!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Fall Decor 2016

I thought I would share a few photo's of some of my Fall Decor that I
have placed here and there throughout my home.

Note: I am kind of fond of  fall florals with burlap.. 
as you will see. :0)

This is a simple chalkboard I picked up in the craft department and added " Happy Fall "
to it  with a pumpkin  (similar found Here ) and tucked it into a grouping of fall decor,
pumpkin candles, and one of my moo cow statue's.
Just cuz. :0)

This grouping is in my kitchen and yep, more fall florals and.. burlap ribbon.
The cute metal owl pick I actually found in the Christmas section.. but I thought
it worked.

Looky there,  I used some gingham fabric.  (uh hmm.. and burlap) 

My Lil Scarecrow kids.. just because they are adorable.

Have you noticed by now that I am also kind of fond of lanterns?
and lantern swags?

Here is one of my favorite lanterns

It has a timer function, and is a nice size and weight but my favorite
part is how the light flickers and has a nice warm glow and looks realistic
in my opinion compared to a lot of the battery powered candles I have tried.

Of course the timer is great because it comes on and goes off on it's own once
I set it.. (gotta love that)
But mostly it is just simply pretty!  especially at night.

Oh the lantern swags..
My fave lantern swag to date is on a lantern that I purchased several years ago,
and of course.. I made it large with you guessed it..
more fall florals and burlap ribbons.

So do you have a thing for lanterns too?
I like how they work all year long, and in pretty much any decor.
Such a fun decorative piece to simply change up the lantern swag for
the season or to match your decor, or just remove it altogether
and you are good to go.

(*If your interested my lantern is by luminara and I
found a similar Lantern Here , or I also found the
single Candles Here that can be purchased separately if you
 already have a lantern.)
(Luminara doesn't know me, just sharing an item I like with you)

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