CHRISTMAS VILLAGES and DISPLAYS - cloches, mantles, and more

I use to have a large village with a 
bridge, street lights and tons of little
bottle brush trees. I also had lots of
little people to walk the streets and
fence lines in my village. It is great
when children get to enjoy Christmas
villages so a few years ago I past
everything on to my nephews to
enjoy. They even got the train.

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I have an old metal and wood sled I display
on the porch each winter. The wood has been
getting pretty weathered and I have seen some
really pretty sleighs on Pinterest painted white
so I gave mine an update with some Annie
Sloan Chalk Paint.

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I mentioned last week that I have been decorating my mother's
home as well as my own. This is a peek into how her home
is shining and waiting for all of us to arrive for our big family
dinner. Please enjoy these photos ....

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CHRISTMAS DECOR 2014 - decorating the bedroom

Our Christmas bed this year definitely has a starry night
feeling to it, which for the
holidays is a lot of fun. 

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CHRISTMAS DECOR 2014 - decorating with burlap

This is day two of the Christmas
décor for 2014 and it's all about
our Christmas tree. I hope you
enjoy looking around our cozy
home for the holidays.

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CHRISTMAS DECOR 2014 - decorating around your tv

This year I'm decorating two homes,
mine and my mothers. Mother is very traditional and I'm not, so it gets confusing when I go from one home
to the other. 

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20 FURNITURE APPLIQUES that will keep you inspired


Appliques and wood decorations are a fun and clever way to add ornate design to a furniture or cabinet project. Wood
appliques can usually just be glued into place. When you start thinking outside of the box you will
need something stronger to mount cast iron ornaments like
on this blue dresser 

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Black paint finishes are tricky and hard to make look
right, and I don't work with Annie Sloan's Graphite
paint all that often but when I do I have a tried and
tested method to get that great finish that I want.
I have finished two short videos to share with you
of me using dark wax on AS Graphite paint and
using fine steel wool to apply it. 

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SANTA'S MAGIC KEY - christmas tutorial

The Christmas season has arrived and we started by
making a special little gift to send to George's
Grand-daughters, Santa's Magic Key. When I was
their age my house had a small chimney that went
into a wood stove and I worried Santa would not be
able to deliver our presents. When Santa has a magic
key waiting for him he has no trouble getting into
homes that do not have a fireplace. One Christmas
I even slept on the floor of the bathroom so I could
see when he might come through our front door.
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