Thursday, December 2, 2010

Snow and Pearls...

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Hey Friends!!! Do I miss all of you here in blog land or WHAT?

I haven't been on my computer much in almost two weeks. Aside from having blogging withdrawal, my fingers are so sore from cleaning and decorating, I can hardly type!  ;)

THIS Sunday (5th) is the 2010 Parade of Homes and I can finally say...Our home is really looking (& smelling) like Christmas! :))) I'm soooo excited to be a part of it!

I'm putting some final little fun details here and there and thought I'd share with you...

I gathered some glass bottles, some were old and some were "old-looking", but new.

I filled up one bottle with pearls from a broken strand of old costume jewelry...

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Matter of fact, any colored pearls or gemstones in red and green or even silver and gold would be gorgeous too!!! I just used what I had on hand but the possibilities are endless!

I filled up another bottle with Christmas snow (out of the bag)...

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I love the "fluffy-ness" of the bagged snow, it totally makes me soooo happy to run my fingers through it :)))

Then I arranged these bottles, along with other vintage items to create a little vintage vignette in the bathroom by the sink...

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oh dang! I almost forgot!!!!...

I can't show you until AFTER the 5th! (sorry)

Next week when you come here to visit...you'll have Christmas home overload...I'm just warning you in advance :))))

The Moral of this Post...

I was surprised at just how much "everyday" stuff I had on hand to make MANY decorations with. Instead of going out to the stores, fighting the shoppers and coming home exhausted, I opened my cabinets, dug in the closets and found things that I forgot I had and brought them out for a "new" vintage look. And all the while, I was still warm and in my pajamas with NO stress! Yay!!!!

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I hope you are being creative and using little things around your home to create those special Holiday touches :)))

There's nothing like a Christmas cozy home that you can call your own...

{sigh}

38 comments:

The French Bear said...

Can't wait to see it all Jodie, might have to take a day off to look at all the homes!!!!!! How exciting!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Jodie It will be so much fun to see your home!!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

What a TEASE! Oh you're bad! very bad!

Olive Cooper said...

...a tease with pearls...oh my...

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Many of us this year have decided we have many things to use in our decorating and are doing so... I will be waiting anxiouly to see your decoraions... I know they will be yummy... The bootles are just a little tease of what is to come...

A Vintage Chic said...

How gorgeous, Jody! Wonderful inspiration, too...off to dig in my cupboards! (There's plenty to dig into, I assure you!)

I was away from blogging for a little over a week, and it IS so strange--I really missed everyone!

Hope you're having a beautiful December day, my friend, and that you can relax a little after all your preparations--no stress, right?!

Julie

Sandy said...

I'm so excited to see your finished product aka your beautiful decorated home when you have 'show and tell' with us. Wish I could walk around and peruse it in person! Thanks for sharing what you could. xoso Sandy

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Can´t wait to see Jodie. Sounds wonderful.
Hope you´re having a wonderful december sweet friend.
xo Tina

E. Charlotte said...

What a great idea! I love the pearls. I can't wait to see the final picture! :) You have it right about rummaging at home and re-discovering things to use for decorating. I'm trying to be a bit more savvy this year, and have been re-purposing items for this years decor. It's been so much fun! (And ya can't beat being warm in your PJs while you do it!)

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Still patiently waiting....agh...well still waiting but not so patient!!

Lisa Phillippi llelsik@aol.com said...

I love the idea of using what you allready have and re inventing it for Christmas! Looks Beautiful so far...but I am chomping at the bit to see more!!!

The English Romantic said...

I am longing to see everything you've done. It's a great idea not to buy loads of stuff, lets show all those tucked away treasures the fun of Christmas.
Warm cinnamon smiles from a very cold UK, Hugs,Angela.

Sandra at 7th St. Studio said...

Oh Jodie! I can not wait to see it all. I saw this on fb and thought, hooray, pictures of the house for the holidays!!! Well, I am sitting on the edge of my seat! Can not wait to see, because I bet it is wonderfulness!!!!!

BEAR's Mom said...

oh girl...
are you gonna' drag this out like you did the birthday month???

G.R.E.A.T.

lOOking forward to it :)

~victoria~

Honey at 2805 said...

You are such a TEASE! I've missed you. Hugs, Almost a Virgin

Robin said...

I can hardly wait to see your pics! Your bottles are lovely and I bet they look absolutely stunning in your bathroom. Have a great week!

Hugs,
Robin

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I look forward to photos of your open house! What pretty ideas you'll be using. I go to our local holiday home tour, and hate it when it looks like the homeowner bought out a whole aisle of Christmas decorations at the nearest department store. Original is so much better!

A Cottage Muse said...

Can't wait to see your nest all decked out for the holidays Jodie!!

I have been using what I have this year too...and am enjoying it!!

Miss Rhea said...

That is just a Beautiful Combo and even better that it was all right there :) Love it !!! :) :)

Curtains In My Tree said...

Just can't wait to see your display of Christmas through the house. Love the bottles.

Janice

Tamarah said...

Yayyyyyy to decorating in your PJ's....hahahahaha....I bet your home looks SESATIONAL Jodie & I can't wait for the big REVEAL....!

Cheers from Oz,
Tamarah :o)

Jacqui said...

Oh Jodie, we just cannot wait!!!

Marydon said...

What a tease you are Jodie ... not fair all the now anticipation.

Happy Christmas days
TTFN ~ Marydon

Rebecca said...

Hi Jodie
Glad to see you are back...
Can't wait to see what's up you sleeve!
Blessings
Rebecca

Catlyn Berry (Cizz) said...

Hi Jodie! I was wondering where you were off to and now I find out you weren't off anywhere, just home in your PJs coming up with some wonderful crafty ideas! I can't wait to see your house and all you've been working on!

Hugs'
Catlyn

Sandi said...

Wow----I cannot wait to see your house!!!!!
VictorianGypsy

Heidi Meyer said...

Inspired by the creative way you used everyday things. I can't wait to see the pics! I know everything will be just divine!! After it is over, I hope you can get a chance to prop your feet up and relax. xxoo

LizlovesVintage said...

Jodie,
That is so exciting Girl!! I'm sure your Home is Beautiful. You must be on cloud nine. Hugs, Liz

Pam @ Frippery said...

Can't wait to see it all. I haven't bought a single "new" thing this year and managed to find lot's of everyday pieces that can look like Christmas by using them differently. BTW Aren't you going to be watching the game Sunday??? I received your package. Very funny. I know we have become the "Bungles"once again but until last year if I am not mistaken, you were known as the "Aint's", heehee. I will be sitting at Paul Brown Stadium freezing my butt off because my son still has the faith, and once again probably leaving by half time but it is the Christmas season and miracles can happen...

zandra said...

Can't wait to see it! you're such a tease, girl...lol
Hugz, Z

Debby said...

I am so looking forward to your post after the tour, can only imagine the beauty of it. I haven't been blogging, no time. Missed you!
Hugs,
Debby

Tarnished and Tattered said...

Jodie,
What a great idea for a bathroom. Clever, clever. I'm thinking good thoughts for you. I know your home will be amazing, I can't wait to see it in all it's glory. Lisa

Kay Ellen said...

OK sweet Jodie~~can't wait to see your pretty house:))

Have a blessed weekend!

xo
KayEllen

Katsui Jewelry said...

Jodie,
I have been wanting to tell you about some sadness in my life. A week ago my dear husband was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. We are still in shock. There is more information on my blog.
Hugs,
Suz

Vicki said...

Good luck today! I am sure it is absolutely gorgeous. I can't wait for you to share with us. I'm so glad you have found inspiration right in your own closets. That makes it so special. You are one talented gal! Happy Holidays!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Good morning, sweet Mrs. Glittery Snowflakes! Today is the DAY :-)! I've been thinking of you and pop in to wish you lots of fun! This morning it came to my mind how cool it would have been, if I had booked a flight and would come by with the crowd to look at your beautifully decorated home and all of a sudden I would scream "JODIE, it's me, Julia from Germany". Unfortunately this won't happen. I sit here in the middle of lots of snow and can only dream of visiting you, sniff, sniff.
Enjoy the day, dear Jodie! I'm sure your house looks gorgeous and your visitors will be delighted at your decorations! I'm looking forward to seeing more pictures.
Big HUGS,
Julia

amy~the gypsy chick said...

JODIE!!!! today is the 6th.... i am on the edge of my seat sister!
haaahhhhaaa
lots of xoxxo to you!
amy

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