December 15, 2006

Bright Idea of the Week

I don't know about you, but I don't really have a lot of Christmas decorations. I add to my collection every year, but this is a good size house and I have a budget so I need me some filler. I have found some inexpensive Christmas solutions that I wanted to share with you, namely ribbon, candy and greenery.






Here I've used some ribbon and a little greenery to add a holiday touch to this stack of antique books.






I used it here to wrap my french doors that lead from the foyer to the study.













Ribbon is useful in making ordinary non holiday items festive like when tied around a candle holder.









Here I used inexpensive greenery, berries and ribbon to make decorations for my dining room chairs after seeing some faux boxwood wreaths in the Ballard Designs catalog that were too expensive.










These hurricanes are holding a pilar surrounded by peppermint candy. At times they have held shells, candy corn, and walnuts among other things.





12 comments:

  1. What a great idea to have peppermint candies around your candles in the big hurricane lamps!
    *having to sign in as anonymous as I haven't been able to leave a comment siging in with blogger*
    Deb (posted-from-home)

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  2. I love the ribbon around the french doors...what a great idea!

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  3. I love the greenery on the chairs and the
    peppermint in the hurricanes...great great ideas... thanks !!

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  4. Jen, I love your Bright Idea of the Week. I really love doing lots with little cost just by being clever. I personally head to Home Depot at about 5:00 this time of year and fill the trunk with their tree trimmings, (pine, fir, etc), and use those branches to decorate windows, doors, create arrangements. You have shown that with just a few rolls of pretty ribbon, you can decorate beautifully!

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  5. Just wanted to say hello! I found your blog through another blog that I was visiting. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading your wonderful ideas and looking at your pictures. ~*Kim*~

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  6. What great Ideas Jen thanks for sharing.
    RaNae

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  7. I love the ribbon around your french doors. I think I'll try that next year. Thanks for the idea!

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  8. me again. Jen, how do you do your posts so that your pictures are spaced out and you can still click on them to enlarge? When I post pictures they are all in a clump at the top of my post page, and when I drag and drop them, I can no longer click to enlarge them. Do you have any advice for the needy blogger??

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  9. Love all your ideas. I especially like the idea of filling the candle holder with sweets or other things depending on the season.

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  10. Love the idea of wrapping your french doors!

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  11. I'm glad you all enjoyed these ideas.

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  12. I don't know how I missed this, but I am totally using the ribbon around the doors idea next year. Brillant!

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