Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Decorating for Christmas can seem daunting when Thanksgiving has barely made it's way back into storage.  
After eyeing this inspirational photo... I took a trip to our local craft stores searching for the pictured items. What I found were expensive prices for silk flowers and picks. So, onward to the Dollar Tree & Goodwill. This is where I found several picks and florals at a fraction of the price. Purchasing large inexpensive styrofoam or polymer candy canes  for your focal point will provide the bulk for your arrangement. Poke in a few faux berries & greenery picks as fillers. Spritz with artificial snow and or glitter, this spruces up any faux foliage. 
Now you've created a beautiful affordable arrangement for any, vase, urn, basket or bowl. 

Trimming the kitchen.....stamp a cotton tea towel with a simple Christmas tree design, embellish with a few(glued)sequins,  to resemble Christmas balls. 
A blanket stitch (edging)is nice but optional.
(Don't forget to heat set the stamped image by ironing or tossing the tea towel into the dryer before applying the embellishments).
One of each...sequins, flat back rhinestones and pearl beads tea towels would make a nice bundled gift.