Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Ideas on the Cheap!

Photo Cards
I took a bunch of photos of Doak pretty early in the month but before I knew it the month had flown by. I thought I blew it and wouldn't be able to get cards out but Der noticed that CVS had cards you could create online and pick up the same day.
 After 10 minutes and a CVS online discount code we had 20 cards made for family for less than $10. 
I bought these clear balls from Michael's Arts & Crafts and loved the idea of putting the photo card inside for my parents and Derek's parents. They will always have a little piece of Doak's first Christmas to hang up on their trees.

Clear Xmas balls: $1 each

I cut the other side of the card to put on the back of the ball. That way if it spins around on the tree you don't see the back of the photo paper.

Cute and super easy! 

I always add decorative tape to packages and letters (behind balls). I have a collection of different designs with multiple colors from Michael's Crafts. I used a red damask, polka dot, and letter "m's" to the packaging this year.

Decorative Packaging Tape: $1 each

Christmas Forever stamps are really cute this year!

Holiday Decorations
Stocking hung from the chimney with care...
 I know... where is the tree?
 I decided to put the tree in the front room so that you can see it from outside. It looks really pretty when I pull into the driveway at night. Plus, with Doak crawling around like crazy it was the best decision. 

My sister found Doak's first year stocking, the puppy sings and dances, at a consignment shop for super cheap. Thanks Michele!

Kitties need stocking too! : )

Kitty Stocking Stuffers: $1

I wanted to created a modern wreath to go with our interior decor. I bought a wreath and balls from Michael's Crafts. The dolls are from when we went to Mexico. I thought they were a perfect addition to our homemade wreath.

Wreath: $4
Balls: $5
Dolls: $12

Mexican Dolls of Der and I. 
I love them in a creepy kind of way.

Gift Wrapping
I love to wrap and put gift bags together... the mess of paper, bows, tissue, etc. I put the fire on, pour a glass of wine, watch a Christmas movie and get to it! 
If your not careful the wrapping paper, bags, boxes, etc. end up costing almost as much as the gifts! That's why the dollar store is a great place for tissue, bows and solid colored bags you can dress up.

I found these adorable pink and green stockings at Michael's Craft for a dollar each. I bought a bunch for gift cards and candy. 

Reuse gift bags! Johnna gave us our gifts in these adorable paper bags with added details. I added a stocking and matching tissue and now they are ready for someone on my Xmas list. 

Free Santa Photos
I was told about the free Santa photo at Bass Pro as I stood in a long line at a mall that charged a ton money for a few photos with Santa. I complained that I missed the simple Polaroid shot we used to get when we were kids and the couple next to me agreed... so we left for Bass Pro! 

Doak was a bit confused at first but he just went with it... 

I had never been in a Bass Pro Shop before and when I walked in I was blown away. Check this out! I mean, COME ON, this is so awesome. The other malls that cost a ton of money to get a "photo package" are dark and gloomy looking. The interiors had huge windows so natural light was pouring in... it was bright and cheery. I loved it! 

This place is so cool. They have a bunch of different areas for kids to play while waiting for Santa. 

Another shooting game for the kiddos... and me!

The "free Santa photo tactic" for getting people in the store worked because now I know what to tell Der to get me for Christmas. Ha! 

 Free Festive Activities 
Richmond is the "Capital of Tacky Lights!" We even made CBS news! Check out the story
If you live in the area, especially if you have kids, it would be crazy not to check out some of the homes that are all lite up.

note: Home in these photos: Strath Rd. a few blocks from our house.
Christmas music is blasting and the homeowners are so nice!
It is the perfect way to start the holiday season for absolutely nothing... except a little gas money considering there are so many participants throughout the city. So fun! 


I hope everyone has an amazing holiday... we are heading to PA on Thursday and so excited to see family and friends.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Day of Vintage Mint & Red

This past weekend Derek, Doak and I went to get Dim Sum and that is where the awareness began. I painted my nails this vintage mint color and for the rest of the day I kept seeing it everywhere. I told Der and he even spotted the color a few times. It is kinda like when you get a new car and all of the sudden you notice that car everywhere. Well, vintage mint and red shades were the stand out colors of my Saturday. 

I wore my mint ring that day as well... 

The large "lazy susan" dim sum table next to ours was this color and the red place mats on top really made it "pop." 

After lunch we headed over to Short Pump to get Doaks photo taken with Santa but of course I had to head into Urban Outfitters considering it is one of my favorite stores along with "Anthro!"
  This is where I bought the nail polish and new I had to get some more for Christmas gifts since it was my new obsession.

Urban Outfitters is selling vinyl and I am dying to get a record player. They have the newest Bon Iver and the colors are in the painting and perfect for the album.

note: Bon Iver is one of my favorite artist... Urban Outfitters carries the amazing, For Emma, Forever Ago, vinyl as well. I have been a fan for years and absolutely love his, Justin Vernon's, melancholy sound. I get lost in it... lovely.

After Short Pump, we hit up a thrift store where I found this little 70's number! Of course the color stuck out like a sore thumb in the hundreds of clothes on the rack. I threw on my red coral to keep the theme going.

Vintage Jumpsuit: $3.50

Red coral necklace w/ mint nails. So pretty! 

When we got back I noticed I had quit a bit of this color in our house.

This fabric is in my office in an antique frame: See FRAMED FABRICS
The decals I used for our powder room are the mint color.
And yes, Doak is usually on my hip while taking my blog pics.
He's my little sidekick : )

They look great and add so much character for the small space.
IRON GATE in MINT from www.whatisblik.com.

I found this vintage looking thermos a few years ago and loved the color combo. Its perfect for an afternoon picnic or a walk with the babe.

So glad I don't have to cover up my nails in these gloves. The color is festive and fun! Perfect for a holiday party or just everyday. 

 And here it is... SMUSH from Urban Outfitters! LOVE.

This colorway could be a great
 alternative for Christmas color decor rather than the primary red and green combo. It would be SO beautiful! 

Have a good one!

                       side note: 
Here's Doak all dressed up to see Santa...
   We were really excited to see his reaction to sitting on Santa's lap but he was at lunch. Really Santa?! You would think they would have a back up!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thrift Store Thursdays~ Bohemian Xmas Dinner!

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I always thought it would look so adorable to have mixed matched place settings for a dinner party. As I searched the thrift stores this week I notice the coolest plates and mugs that would create a very bohemian looking Christmas dinner. 

"Anthro" has a great selection of unique plates and mugs but if you have a big family like mine the individual place settings may get pricey. Check out what I found at thrift stores for $2-$4 a piece! 


thrift store finds! 









The best part... you get to pick out the place setting you love the most and take it home as your gift!

It's the thought that counts, right?! Haha...
Merry Christmas!

Have a good one!

                       side note: 
My mom's place settings on Thanksgiving!

Such an amazing time with family.
Every year we go around the table and say what we are thankful for... after that, funny stories of our past our brought up and the laughs are never ending. 

It's the best!