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I have seen top 10 lists on other sites and I thought it might be nice to do one of my own. I have only posted sporadically this year and I hope to post more often in 2011. Here are my top 10 posts for 2010!!

1.)  Gazebo Chandelier: I loved this project because it really added to the new gazebo and cost very little. https://mommyidea.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/gazebo-chandelier/

2.) Harry Potter Birthday: This was fun and my son loved it. What more could a mother want? https://mommyidea.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/harry-potter-birthday/

3.) Dessert Cups: What a great way to make an ordinary dessert special. https://mommyidea.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/48/

4.) Princess Party: This cake was a challenge but in the end it was just what the princess wanted.


5.) Vacation Picture Frame: This was a wonderful way to preserve our memories.


6.) Card Display: This Project was very easy and I might do it again next year.


7.) Inspiration: I still have not worked on that chair. I hope the chair makes it into my top 10 for 2011.


8.) Deck Chair Redo: Well the deck is covered with snow. I can’t wait to sit on the deck next summer and watch the kids play. https://mommyidea.wordpress.com/2010/07/26/deck-chair-redo/

9.) Summer Gift Bag: How simple and inexpensive. I have to keep my eye out at the local Target next summer. I need to pick up more. https://mommyidea.wordpress.com/2010/08/22/summer-gift-bag/

10.) Kid’s Craft Center Organized: unfortunately it doesn’t look that great right now. It’s something I struggle with all the time. I am toying with having a weekly organization post in 2011.


Onward to 2011. I hope to get organized, clear out clutter and find some balance.

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Now that the Christmas is over I have a little time post about our Christmas. Every Christmas Eve we read the kids The Night Before Christmas. For the past two years my oldest has read it to the younger children.

Then we leave cookies out for Santa. This year I didn’t get to the cookie baking so Santa had to make do with Vienna Fingers and Oreos.

We mixed things up a bit and went to church on Christmas Day. It wasn’t crowded like the Christmas Eve masses. Who knew? We then had a wonderful dinner with family.

Here are some pictures from around the house.

I took a branch that my husband trimmed from the tree and decorated it. This is the vase from my fall branches project.  https://mommyidea.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/fall-branches/ I added lights and silver balls to the vase. Then I put snowflakes and silver butterflies on it.

Here is my picture card wreath that I described in the Christmas card display post. https://mommyidea.wordpress.com/2010/12/04/christmas-card-display/

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Every year I tape the photo cards that we receive to a door in my kitchen. It gives me pleasure to glance at them during the day.  When they are taken down I save them to scrapbook in a Christmas album. That’s another great tip. It’s so neat to look through the album and see how the families change and grow. Every year I line them up and cover the door. This year I wanted to change it up a little. I cut evergreen branches out of dark green vinyl and put them on the door in the shape of a wreath. I spaced the branches out because eventually most of the space will be covered.

My cards are arriving and I can’t wait to see it filled.

Do you have a tradition when the cards start to arrive? Are you ready to change it up?
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Coffee Filter Ornament

I love the coffee filter wreaths and thought I would see what the filters looked like on a glass ball. I folded the filters.

I then attached the filters on the ball with hot glue.

I then covered the ornament with the filters.

It’s a little big to put on a tree unless the tree is very large but it might look great in an entryway.
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I’m working on homemade gifts for the family. I bought a few boxes of glass ornaments. I decided to personalize an ornament for each family member. I removed the gold hanger and stuffed each ornament with basket filler.

I put the top back on. I then cut vinyl designs with my Silhouette SD. I also cut out letters to personalize each ornament.

I think they look cute!! The great thing is the you can creat so many designs or you can coordinated many ornaments for a matching tree.

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Fall Branches

I made this decoration using things I found around the house. This vase has been sitting underneath my sink for years.  The branches were taken from my parents back yard and painted black. My son collected the rocks from a beach trip last year. The whole thing cost nothing and I think it makes a nice fall look.

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I’m slowly decoration for fall and this blog gave me an idea.

The post was called an idea worth stealing. So I thought I would.

I have a milk glass vase that I bought for .75 at a thrift store and I thought it would be perfect to put a flower ball in. I bought the flowers for 3.50 and the ball was 2.99. I cut the ball in half and stuck the flowers in it. I still have a few flowers and half the ball left over for another one.

I then had to shape the bottom a little so that it fit in the vase. I think it looks cute in the bathroom.

I’m slowly getting my fall decorating finished. This week I start on Halloween!!

Do you have any quick Halloween ideas?
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Quick Fall Centerpiece

I was at Target the other day and some things from their dollar section caught my eye.

They were 2.50 each. Add a serving dish that I had on hand and you have a quick fall centerpiece.

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Summer Gift Bag


I was in a hurry to wrap a gift for my niece. We just came home from vacation and had leave for the party in an hour. (I was going to wrap the gift before vacation but I didn’t make it that far down on the to-do list.) I remembered that I bought a straw bag for her a few weeks before with the intention making cute flip-flops to go in it. The flop flops never worked out to my satisfaction so with a few weeks left of the summer I realized that I might as well give her the bag. I bought it at target for $2.50. It might have even been half-off. I quickly attached a flower with my hot glue gun. The gift fit perfectly and it made a pretty presentation.

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Repurposed Vase

I am trying to curb my “hoarding”. I’m trying to find a purpose for everything in the basement or get rid of it. I just purchased a Silhouette SD. Oops! That doesn’t help with the hoarding. I started fiddling with it last night. Wow!! There’s so much you can do with it.

This is my quick project for the day and my first attempt to cut vinyl.

I took an old sorority vase. I haven’t used that in 15 years. Yikes, that makes me old.

I cut circles in different sizes from brown vinyl  and covered up the sorority symbol.

I added flowers from the garden and I have flowers for the bathroom. They colors can be changed depending on the flowers or the occasion. Sorry about the pictures but we have a busy day.

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