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Think about Chrstmas all year long.

Nutcrackers

Want an interesting holiday hostess gift? Something that rarely occurs to others? How about a decorative nutcracker. I am not referring to a functioning, put the nuts into his mouth, pull a lever and “voila” –nuts without the shell type … Continue reading

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Decorating Your Tree–From the Top Down and the Inside Out

Remember what I said about rules?  For decorating your tree, there are none.  I do, however, have some suggestions that I think you will find useful when you are decorating a Christmas tree.  (Wait a minute.  I just thought of … Continue reading

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Decorating at Your Door–Welcoming Visitors to Your Home During the Holidays

I’ve discussed themes and the value of considering them before we actually begin to decorate–many times.   Themes help us make better decorating choices, allowing us to become more effective and efficient.  For example, if you have decided that you want to … Continue reading

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Creating a Theme and Sticking to It! Maximize Your Decorating Impact

I approach decorating as if I were telling a story.  Each pursuit has elements in common.  One of the most important of these is composition.  Both decorating and storytelling create a “whole” by combining separate “parts.”  In decorating, we combine … Continue reading

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Decorating Your Tree

     When I do seminars I tell attendees that I decorate trees from the top down and the inside out.  Think about that for a second.      Put the star, bow, angel, whatever you use to top the tree on … Continue reading

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Taking Care of Your Tree

           Before you leave home, decide where the tree will go.  Keep it away from heat sources such as fireplaces, heat registers, radiators–even a hot window can shorten the life of your tree.       Measure your space.  A tree in … Continue reading

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Butterflies Are Free? No, But They Aren’t Expensive.

  Chicken wire ribbon, approximately 6 inches long Want to make some butterflies?  It’s easy and not very expensive.  I like to use something called chicken wire ribbon.  The kind I buy comes in 6 foot roles.  I cut the … Continue reading

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