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Christmas Storage – Easy DIY Methods

2 Jan
We all know how excited I was to put up our Christmas decorations. In fact, I was pretty sneaky about getting it up early. But, now I’m getting excited about organizing the way I store all of our holiday decor. What a conundrum!
Once again, it was pinterest to the rescue with some great, simple, and cheap organization ideas, the number one being storing your ornaments in plastic cups that have been glued to cardboard. This makes sense for a multitude of reasons, the best being that they won’t be rolling around, hitting eachother in storage, if you keep the hooks on, they won’t get tangled up, and you can remove the whole board they’re attached to for easy decorating, rather than going back and forth with a few ornaments at a time. So here is a peek at my Christmas storage:

As you can see, I just hot glued the shorter plastic cups to layers of cardboard that fit the storage container. I purchased these particular containers from Wal-Mart about two years ago. They are made up of a strong fabric, so they weren’t doing much to protect my ornaments from damage. And even though these ornaments or the “shatter-proof” kind, I still want to keep them in good shape. The cups provide each ornament with a cozy space that keeps them ding free. On the top layer, I also added a separate cup for ornament hooks. This way they are always by the ornaments and easy access.

Here’s a peek at the layers. With three stacks, it holds 50 ornaments, which is my entire collection of these silver, gold, and glittery ball ornaments.

For my more special and breakable ornaments, I purchased a storage container with a hard, plastic shell. Each ornament still has its own space and is protected from damage.

For the rest of my Chrismas decor, like the tree skirt and topper, I used another red, fabric storage bin. To give my decorations some more protection, I fashioned a foam core insert to create a hard shell. I just cut it to size and hot-glued the frame together. Easy peasy! It zips right up and all of my other decorations are in one easy spot.

So, there you have it. A rundown of my holiday storage plus some super easy (and inexpensive) tips to retrofit your current storage for more protection.

Do you get excited about organizing holiday storage? Just me? Bueller? Do you have any other tips or tricks for easy storage?? Share below!

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Our Christmas Tree + DIY Ruffled Tree Skirt

28 Nov

I’ll admit, I put up our Christmas decorations in a very sneaky fashion. Josh said I couldn’t put up any Christmas related decor until after Thanksgiving (something like “one holiday at a time” or whatever). So, on Wednesday I started messing around with a winter mantle (nothing overtly Christmas-y), then, on Thursday, I put up our stockings. But it wasn’t until I had our Christmas tree out of the box that Josh even noticed I was being so sneaky. Yes, I’m good.

I just get so excited about Christmas. Mostly because I bought the majority of our decorations on super sale after last Christmas. I’ve waited a whole year to put up our new stuff. So, here are some beautiful, glowy pictures of our Christmas Tree!

Another, reason I’m so excited about this year’s tree is because our old tree was about 2 feet tall and it held about 5 ornaments before it started looking weird. But we’re moving up… to a 4.5 foot tall pre-lit awesome tree. Love!

As far as ornaments go, I’ve got a pretty nice system going on. Josh and I have a small (but growing) collection of meaningful ornaments, that include an ornament from the second Christmas we were dating (2007), an ornament from our first married Christmas together (2010), and this year I added an adorable and inexpensive Texas cookie-cutter fashioned into a Christmas ornament.

All other ornaments are simple ball ornaments that were left over from our wedding. They are all silver and gold and really let our special ornaments stand out. For garland, I used some leftover fabric strips from our Christmas skirt. Simple and still inexpensive.

Our tree skirt is one of the holiday items I’m most proud of. I found this great tutorial here on Pinterest. In the past, I’ve always favored bright and colorful Christmas decor, but this year I really got into neutral and metallic decoration, so this tree skirt immediately drew my attention. Plus, it’s a no-sew project. Basically, just strips of fabric hot glued to a tree skirt. It took me a few hours to complete and the burned fingers were totally worth it! Take a peek.

So, there you have it. There are a lot more Christmas posts to come including gift wrapping, our winter mantle, and a super easy tutorial on temporarily changing up those cone trees that are so popular now. Stay tuned!

Do you have your Christmas decorations up yet? Or are you waiting for December? Do you go with a theme or color scheme for decor? I’d love to know! And also, I’m on Pinterest!

Gift Wrapping Inspiration

14 Nov

I am seriously getting into Christmas decor early this year. (Sorry Thanksgiving!) And thanks to Pinterest, I’ve been saving lots of inspiration for pretty presents. While continuing with the never-ending mission to simplify our lives and saving money, I’ve decided to quit buying wrapping paper and stick with kraft paper. There are so many different ways to customize simple paper, not only for Christmas, but for all other occasions.

Here are some of my favorites below:

Silk ribbon in any color would be beautiful with this bow!


Tutorial on this gorgeous bow here.

Simple customizations for kraft paper wrapping. Use things you already have around the house! Doilies, yarn, or scraps of left over ribbon. The possibilities are endless! I especially love the little star bunting on the bottom!


Fun customizations here

Fabric scraps for wrapping and rosettes! Probably free if you have lots of leftover fabric pieces from other projects. Simple and beautiful.


Found on Babble.

Super simple newspaper and twine. And a simple gift tag solution: single initials.

Not only are these options more beautiful than traditional wrapping paper, but they are simple, and in most cases free! (What beats free around Christmas? I think nothing!) And even though it might be a little silly, I just love the look of coordinating presents! Make the tree look even more beautiful. So, while I’m not allowed to put out Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving (“one holiday at a time” is Josh’s policy) I’m fine just preparing for a great holiday season.

What is your favorite way to wrap gifts? Do you like coordinating colors, paper, and ribbon or is a mix-and-match style more your thing?

DIY Holiday Wreath – Inspired by Pinterest

8 Nov

So, I finally joined the Pinterest train, and I am in love! It is so much fun. There is so much inspiration for DIY projects, crafts, parties, and home design. Seriously, it’s heaven.

But, like many bloggers, I don’t want to pin stuff and never actually create anything. So I set out to create a few of my favorites and first up, I made a holiday wreath. Usually, I’m not really really a fan of traditional fall decor. My home design preferences are usually brighter and color colors like blue and greens and the warm tones of fall doesn’t really fit, in my opinion. But these two wreaths below, I love!


From Here


From Here

I love the berries and deep reds of the first wreath and, of course, the flower rosettes of the second. So here’s my combination.

I picked up an inexpensive wreath from Wal-Mart and some clearance fabric scraps from Hobby Lobby to make fabric rosettes. A few episodes of “The Office” later, I had enough to cover about half of the wreath and start hot gluing them on. The berries were already owned from last Christmas so I threaded them in. I also used a left over shred to make a rustic bow for the top.

I used some left over cream ribbon to hang the wreath on an upside down 3M hook. Removable and I already had it in the house! (I also learned this trick on Pinterest!)

I think I’ve found my ideal fall decor. Deep wine reds with neutrals tied in. Gorgeous! And not only does this wreath look great for fall, but it could also easily transition into a Christmas wreath with a few tweaks like more metallic accents and a bunting message like in the second inspiration picture. I love it!

All together, I spent about $8.00 total. Yes! Tutorials for both inspriation pictures can be found in their links. Check back later this week for some more Pinterest inspired craft projects!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

14 Feb
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!!

Hope you are spending it with someone you love!

Image from Simply Bloom Photography

Don’t you just love this photo? Looking at it always make me smile. The couple is just so cute! Want more? Head over to my Très Sweet Designs blog here to see some fun Valentine’s Day cookies!

A wish for you…

25 Dec

Update + Cool Gifts for your Man

13 Dec

So, I’ve been a little absent lately, but in my defense it is finals week. And go figure, on this Monday of finals week, I wake up at 6:30AM feeling fresh and ready to start the day. I even washed the breakfast dishes and folded clothes in the dryer! That never happens. I told Josh that I was trying to see how much housework I could do this morning before he passed out in shock.

But luckily enough, I’ve been compiling a little gift guide for the hard-to-buy-for guy (That’s a mouth full, huh?). I’m not really into giving gift cards. Maybe I’m a little crazy strange, but I just prefer gifts wrapped in boxes and bows. Weird? So if you’re looking for a cool, quirky gift, maybe this will help!


Personalized Steak Branding Iron


Eye Glasses Holder


Perpetual Calendar