Novelty Nutcrackers, Dollar Store Style

West Elm has the cutest Novelty Nutcrackers!

Only problem is, they are TWENTY NINE BUCKS!

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And if you want the jumbo one it’s $59! Ouch. I’m not cheap, I’m thrifty!

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I {lurve} them though.

So I plotted a scheme to get me surme o’ those there nutcrackers.

I found these hideous things at the Dollar Tree.

I don’t think “hideous” is a strong enough word to describe…

The hair! The hair is what kills me.

I ripped that hair off quicker than you can say “holy-hell-that-looks-horrible” and gave them all a good coat of spray paint primer.

Then I took one of them and coated it in Krylon silver:

And I gave the other two a coat of Krylon white:

(These two got an additional coat of white after I took this photo.)

Now I’ve got three totally adorable West Elm Knock-Off Inspired Novelty Nutcrackers.

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Before and After:

All for three bucks and some left-over spray paint.

That’s my kind of Christmas decor.

Have you made any Christmas decor Inspired by a favorite store?

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Much anticipated Silhouette SD Machine winner

Holy Cow, y’all.

This giveaway was off.the.hook. Like, srsly, I never in a bazillion years would have predicted this kind of turnout.

The Silhouette SD Machine Giveaway pulled in a whopping 3,934 entries! You guys didn’t just pass up my previous giveaway all time high, you blew it right out of the water.

Over the weekend I showed you how to make a few things with the Silhouette…

I made custom HoH logo artwork for my office:

And I made Kinsey a cute t-shirt:

And I had fun cutting out mini snowflakes from cardstock:

In case you are a stats person {like me!},

I went from about 950 Google Friends to 1,431 Google Friends! That’s 481 additional Google Friends!! Thank you new friends. I’m thrilled that you are here.

I went from 377 Facebook Fans to more than 1,078 Facebook Fans – A whopping 701 fans! Yay!!!

I started the weekend with about 200 Twitter followers and ended the weekend with 538 followers. Crazy.crazy.crazy!

My feedburner was set at about 1600 before the weekend Silhouette Giveaway. Now it’s clocking in at 1912 (Feedburner tells you how many people read your blog through an RSS Reader – tutorial HERE).

I want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has recently joined my site (even if it was only for the giveaway). I hope you have enjoyed your stay and I pray you stick around for awhile.

A quick reminder:

You can purchase a Silhouette machine for $199 and also receive a free 10-foot roll of vinyl (cream), a free 10-foot roll of transfer tape, and a Home Décor CD. The total bundle would normally retail for $370.97! So, save over $170 by purchasing by the end of the day, November 30th. Must use coupon code: HoH4ever to receive discount.

Please note: The Silhouette machine promotional pricing will end tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 11:59pm Mountain Time Zone! You MUST purchase your Silhouette machine before Tuesday night at 11:59pm Mountain Time or else you won’t get the discount.

So, are you d-y-i-n-g to know who won? Have I dragged this out long enough yet?

Oh the anticipation!

Drum Roll Please…

Won’t comment #1951 – Preppy Pink Crocodile please stand up, please stand up, please stand up?

Yup, Preppy Pink Crocodile is the luckiest person on the earth today because she has WON the Silhouette SD Machine giveaway!

Congratulations Preppy Pink Crocodile! I hope you enjoy your new Silhouette for many years to come.

For everyone else, there’s always Mastercard…

Just whip out your plastic gold and charge one, dang it! ;)

“It’s just plastic”, right?!

You have until tomorrow night to buy the Silhouette machine for ONLY $199. Included is an additional FREE bundle pack including a 10-foot roll of cream vinyl, a free 10-foot roll of transfer tape, and a Home Décor CD. Must use coupon code: HoH4ever to receive discount.

This free stuff is on-top of what your Silhouette actually comes with:

The Silhouette machine, Software for Windows XP/Vista/Mac, Power cable, USB cable, 2 Cutting mats (one for thick media, one for thin media), Cutting blade, AND a $10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store. Whoop whoop!

The Silhouette machine promotional pricing will end tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 11:59pm Mountain Time Zone! You MUST purchase your Silhouette machine before Tuesday night at 11:59pm Mountain Time or else you won’t get the discount.

Congrats again Preppy Pink Crocodile on your new machine! I’ll get you in touch with the peeps at Silhouette.

For everyone else…


     

Christmas Mantle, compliments of Target & IKEA

The mantle is getting Christmas-a-fied!

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This year I decided to go simple.

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A few Target Dollar Spot Ornaments

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I bought this soft beautiful pine garland (fake) from IKEA for only $7! I’ve been meaning to head back over and get a few more for other areas in the house. I hope they aren’t sold out before I get back there.

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I love these Stockings!

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They are so simple, yet so vibrant. I bought them on Clearance just before Christmas last year from Old Navy for only 99¢ each!

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I have some fancy custom-made velvet stockings with a matching tree skirt and pillows I made years ago. I’m hanging them in my newly remodeled piano room. I’ll show you them soon.

I have my terra cotta Christmas Trees on either end of the mantle. I really love how they turned out. I debated making them identical, but I’m glad I went for variety.

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A few more ornaments here and there…

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I’ll probably make a wreath to hang on the mirror, but other than that I don’t plan on doing anything else this year to the mantle.

I’m trying to keep it simple. I know it seems like I’ve been here forever, but I only moved into my new home 4 months ago.

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I love Christmas!

Merry Christmas, y’all!


     
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