Taking Command of the stockings

After I blogged about my mantle two weeks ago…

(My stockings hung as of two weeks ago)

I received a few emails asking how I hung the stockings.

Honestly, I taped them up for the picture.

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Yup, scotch tape.

I’d love some beautiful stocking holders, but at a minimum of eight bucks a pop I just can’t justify spending the money on them. Maybe I’ll score some at an after-Christmas sale…

Anyway, I highly doubt my scotch tape is going to hold once the stockings are filled though, so I needed to think of Plan B.

I was walking through my home-away-from-home {Target} the other day and came across Command Hooks.

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They looked perfect for what I needed – and at less than five dollars they were affordable to boot.

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I just stock them on the mantle and then hung the stockings from them.

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And after Christmas removing them will be a snap thanks to their easy to remove adhesive.

Now they are hanging securely and much more classy looking then tape.

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and NOW:

I have not been compensated in any way, shape, or form for my opinion of Command Hooks. I simply like them and am passing on the info to you.


Apothecary jars on the cheap!

Hey friends!

This is just an FYI post. If you have a Costco near you, they currently have the cutest apothecary jar set for $15!

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They come with the cutest bath stuff inside them, but these jars are great just for your basic decor as well.

Fill them with ornaments, pinecones, beads, photos… basically anything you like decorating with.

I can’t believe how adorable these are, and for only $15. I can’t find apothecary jars for that cheap at Ross! And you get THREE!!

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Once I got the box open I discovered how HEAVY and THICK the glass is.

These things are SOLID and in my opinion worth a whole lot more than $15.

I totally bought one for each of my kids’ teachers for Christmas. :) They are going to love them! (I hope!)

And now I’ve pretty much told at least Travis’ teacher what she’s getting because I know she reads my blog. {Hi Mrs Allen!}

If you buy one, let me know! :)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Christmas Tree vinyl gets framed

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Last week I showed you the adorable Christmas Tree vinyl Shelley sent me and asked for suggestions on how I should use it.

Here’s how Shelley used it:

After thinking about it for a week, I finally decided that I really did like it framed.

I went to my stash and found an empty 8×10 frame.


But it wasn’t really that cute or very Christmas-y, so I decided to give it a makeover!

I gave it a good coat of spray paint primer and then finished it off with Krylon silver spray paint.


I still wanted a little more oomph though. What do you think of when you think of Christmas, the holidays, and decorating?

If you’re like me, you think


I headed to Michael’s and picked up some of the Martha Stewart glitter that *everyone* in blogland has been talking about.


This jar was about $5, but it’s going to last me quite awhile.

On a side note, I had a hard time finding the Martha Stewart glitter until I stumbled upon the Martha Stewart ISLE. Yes, she has an entire isle at Michael’s. And I was in heaven.

I took the ol’ Mod Podge…


…and painted it on in small sections.


Then I worked around the frame alternating between the glue and glitter.


I did the glittering on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper so that I could collect all the leftover glitter and pour it back into the jar when I was done.

After the frame was dry I stuck the vinyl to the glass.


I needed to choose what type of background the frame would have. While I was at Michael’s I picked up a few cute Christmas papers that might work behind the tree in the frame.

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Honestly, I feel like all of them are too distracting, so in the end I chose white paper.


I love how it turned out. I love, love, LOVE the glitter frame!

It constantly sparkles as you stare at it. This glitter really was a great investment.


Thanks Shelley from Wonderfully Wordy for the vinyl. I adore it.


Happy Holidays, my friends!

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