Jingle All The Way – Dining Room Tour

I’m so excited to welcome y’all into my home once again, this time to share my dining room!  If you read my blog post yesterday then you already know that I just hung these curtains the other day as the result of our latest Top Shelf Clearance Challenge!  It’s amazing what a difference some curtains can make in how cozy a room feels.  I’m not sure what took me so long!

Overall I’ve kept things pretty simple in here.  Don’t get me wrong – I love ornate, heavily ornamented, well flocked, dripping with sparkle, winter decor just like the next girl but this year I have found myself craving simple, natural, old-fashioned coziness.  I hope I’ve succeeded.

I’ve added some evergreen branches with tiny pinecones above the nativity, which I showed you as part of my front entry tour.   This furniture piece is something I got this summer for FREE, if you can believe it.  The story is here, and I have refinished it but as you can tell have not found exactly what I want for hardware for most of the drawers yet.  As soon as I do, I will show you how I refinished it!  I promise.

Over here I’ve placed a thrifted candle stand with a greenery orb, beside a copper bucket filled with rattan balls.  

Obviously the main feature in a dining room is the table and that’s where most of my attention went.

I’ve used a simple burlap and lace table runner sprinkled with jingle bells down the length of the table.

For a centerpiece I’ve used a vintage tray and filled it with 3 wrought iron candle stands, some flocked and unflocked trees, a couple wicker trees, and some tiny twinkle lights.  I also tucked a couple cedar picks in here and there.

Can you tell I’m crushing on trees this year?

For the place settings I have kept it very simple with gold charger plates, mix and match white plates, a simple evergreen wreath and the little sleighs I got for my Dollar Tree Tablescape Challenge, but I spray painted them in a copper finish here.  I’ve tucked little wooden snowflakes into each sleigh.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  If you’d like to see some more great dining room decor inspiration for this holiday season, drop in on a couple of my friends.  

Emily from LeCultivateur

Terrie from Decorate and More With Tip

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way….

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Top Shelf Clearance Challenge – ‘Tis The Season

So do y’all remember last month when a few friends of mine and I got together and did a clearance challenge?  We’ve decided to make it a monthly thing and will choose random bloggers to join us each time.  

Here are the rules:

Each of us must spend no more than $15 on the item or items which we buy and they must be on clearance.  Then we must use them to style something that is appropriate for the season.  The first time we did this I did a fall vignette in my dining room with some items from Hobby Lobby.  Last month I bought a wooden shelf from Hobby Lobby that was on clearance because it was broken.  I fixed it, styled it and put it in my front entry.

I can’t wait to show you what I found this month!  I will share the other bloggers links at the end of this post so you can check out their’s as well.  

I will admit, I struggled with the challenge this month.

It’s possible that I waited too long to start looking for my clearance item(s), but that would mean I am a procrastinator and who wants to admit to that? It’s possible that getting Christmas gifts for 5 kids, styling my home for Christmas and doing my usual laundry list of DIY projects got me a little distracted until it was almost too late.

It’s also possible that I just grabbed the photos and am sitting and writing this post with mere hours to spare.  I’m not saying that’s what happened…..but it is possible.

I searched the clearance items in a variety of stores including the one that usually never fails me – Hobby Lobby.  Nothing was inspiring me this time.  It was all either fall items that couldn’t be used in a winter vignette of any sort or not my style at all.  I really wasn’t interested in getting something just for the sake of saying I bought something on clearance.  I’m all about saving money and that means not buying something that doesn’t work for my home.  

Then I saw it!

I wasn’t even looking for it.  I was cutting through a row to get to another section I thought I might find something in and the brightly colored clearance tag caught my eye!  There they were!  What, you ask?  Two ivory colored curtain panels from the Eclipse line that Walmart carries.  Only two.  Regularly $16 on clearance for $6.99! I snatched them up.

I’ve been planning on doing something on my dining room window for a long time.  It was lacking the coziness and “moved in” feeling that curtains and rugs can bring a room.  And I don’t have a rug in the dining room either!  

You may want to know what was so exciting about ivory curtain panels.  These particular ones are light blocking, insulated panels which I liked.  They are a very heavy material, which I liked.  I don’t like light coming through my panels.  It doesn’t look as formal to me and I had my dining room in mind for these.

I knew the panels would work well in there but I also knew they were pretty plain.  I wanted to dress them up a bit and give them some added interest.  Initially I thought of adding some trim along the edge or a few rows of trim along the bottom but nothing that I found was really what I was envisioning.  I even searched my personal stash of fabric and trim and had nothing but that’s when the idea came to me.  

I had these sheers!  A slightly aged white with gold threads.  Wanna see what happened when I layered these?

Voila!  I used a curtain rod I had sitting around and hung them higher than the window to make the most of the tall ceilings but allowing the panels to puddle just a little.  They had a rod pocket but I prefer the look of drapes hanging more freely from rings so I bought some of the rings that clip to the top of the curtain panels.

Then I simply draped the sheers across the corners of the curtain rod and crossed them in the middle.  

No sewing.

No power tools (unless you count the cordless drill I used to install the curtain rod brackets.  Considering the battery was almost dead at the time I don’t think it qualifies as “power” anything!)

So the panels themselves for this challenge cost me a total of $14 before tax which is within my $15 budget.  I used some sheers and a curtain rod I already had and purchased a few rings to hang the curtains with for approximately $10.  

It’s a bit tricky to take pictures of my window in my dining room because the only way to get across from it is to stand in my kitchen and shoot through the narrow arched opening in to the dining room.  I can’t ever get the angle I’d like unless I want to move some walls which is a project for another day!  lol

I hope this has given you some ideas for window treatments in your own home.  They don’t necessarily have to cost a lot to make a big impact in the room.  

Now I know you are anxious to check out my friends who did this challenge as well and see what they came up with.  I won’t make you wait any longer. Drumroll please!

Emily from LeCultivateur

Susan from Color Joy Interiors

Terrie from Decorate and More With Tip

Jerri from Farmhouse Fun

Enjoy!

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Woven Snowflake Ornament Tutorial

I’ve been making some new ornaments for my tree again.  If you missed it, I showed some of the ornaments we already have on our memory tree HERE.  Some of them are purchased and some are homemade.  Each year my youngest daughter and I make at least a couple special ornaments together.

This year we decided to try something a bit different that we had seen a picture of.  Here are the steps.

You will need:

2 pieces of coordinating fabric, each measuring 6 1/2″ x 6″.

2 pieces of fusible fabric adhesive, also 6 1/2″ x 6″.

2 pieces of lightweight poster board, measuring 6 1/2″ x 6″

Hot glue gun

Paper clips

Ruler

Scissors

Begin by ironing a piece of fusible adhesive to the BACK of each of your fabric choices. (I’ve cut the fabric pieces, poster board and fusible adhesive in half in the pictures shown so mine are 3 1/4″ x 6″)

Remove the paper backing from the fusible adhesive and iron it to one piece of poster board.  On the OTHER side of the same piece of poster board, iron the COORDINATING fabric so that you end up with the poster board sandwiched between 2 different pieces of coordinating fabric.

As an example here are 2 fabrics I put together, one on either side of a piece of poster board.

Here is another combination with poster board sandwiched between them.

Trim any threads or exposed bits of poster board from around the edges of the poster board sandwiches to make the edges clean and even.  Then using your ruler, mark off 1/2″ strips.  Each strip will be 1/2″ x 6″.  You should have a total of 12 strips of each coordinating fabric set.

Cut the strips with scissors (Or a rotary cutter if you have one)

Take 6 of the strips and weave them with 3 facing each direction to expose the different fabric choices.

Twist the edge pieces as shown and secure them with a dab of hot glue.  It can help to place a paper clip over the place where you just glued to keep them in place.  It gets hard to hold them at this point.  I also placed a dab of glue where they crossed over each other near the center.

Continue until you have all 4 corners done and your snowflake looks like this.  Then take the remaining 6 strips and make another one in the exact same manner.

You should end up with something like this.

Place one upside down over the other and offset them so the folded corners line up with one of the straight strips on the piece beneath.

Tuck the straight strips into the corresponding folded pieces to anchor the two snowflakes together.

At this point I placed a tiny dab of hot glue at the tip of each straight piece and glued it to the folded one to keep them secure.  Then I trimmed the edges of the points.

Take a piece of string or ribbon and loop it through one of the points of the snowflake.  Knot it.  This forms your hanging loop.

They are really pretty and there is no end of fabric combinations and color schemes you can make.

Some of them I left with the straight bits untrimmed so they aren’t all the same.

Enjoy!

 

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