Monday, December 8, 2014

Natural Christmas Decorations

Christmas decorations inspired by nature can be very beautiful! Whether simple or extravagant, using natural elements is something easily done. Some materials that you may want to consider are fruit, pine cones, acorns, nuts, raw cotton, twine, jute, burlap, wood, berries, branches, feathers, and dried or fresh flowers. Here are just a few examples to inspire your holiday decorating. Tip: You can link back to all of the sources by clicking on the names.

This one from Better Homes & Gardens (click for link) looks very doable! Apples, pine cones, and evergreen branches. Did you know that most Christmas tree retailers will give you the cuttings for free? If you wanted to add a little something extra to those apples, try spraying them with a sheer glitter spray paint. Red apples would create a completely different feel, too.

There are so many ways to use pine cones in Christmas decorating.

One of ours:

 From Make It & Love It:

Over on the The Lettered Cottage you can see how a poinsettia gets updated in a metal bin and the raw cotton looks marvelous nestled into Layla's Christmas tree:

Another example of using raw cotton from Sophia's Decor. Her whole post is a great example of using natural elements such as pine cones, branches, birds, and cotton.

Classic and beautiful, check out this garland of dried oranges from Buckets of Burlap:

Here's an example of a more detailed and sophisticated use of natural elements from Southern Living. 

Look around at what's available outdoors (for free!) in your area. Simply filling a large clear vase with pecans, acorns, cranberries, or even evergreen stems will make a big impact.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Milk Glass Christmas Decorations

I love Christmas, but I love simple, too!

If you've read any of my past posts regarding Christmas, you know that I love to keep it simple. There's so much pulling us in different directions at Christmas that it's easy to get overwhelmed. The last place I want chaos is my home.

You should also know that I love vintage milk glass! White, to me, is the most serene and peaceful color. Simple, classic, and easy - this makes milk glass the perfect canvas for Christmas decorations. So, today I have a round-up of Christmas decor using white milk glass!

Just a few ideas to get your creativity flowing:

From Jennifer Rizzo (love her!! click for link.)

From Tara Anderson Flickr

From Your Home Based Mom

From Shabby Sweet Cottage

From Home Joy Blog

From The Goodwill Gal

From an Etsy listing (no longer available at time of post)

From (no longer an active website)

I hope you have found this post inspiring! Merry fa la la to you!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Atlanta Fall Bucket List

October, the Southerners' reward for surviving summer. 

I've never met a Southerner that doesn't like love October. Honestly! Would such a person be human? Despite having 31 days, and sometimes 5 glorious weekends, there never seems to be enough October to go around. Unless I schedule our October days to make the most of the cool things happening around town, we just don't get around to doing it all. 

I've made a list of some neat things both ITP and OTP (that's inside-the-perimeter and outside-the-perimeter for all of you newbies) that you may want to take advantage of this fall. Each name links back to a website; Just hover your mouse and click for more details! I'm happy to add to the list. Just leave a comment or shoot me an email.

Now, go forth and get your pumpkin on!

Inside the Perimeter

1. Boo at the Zoo (Zoo Atlanta) - Special activities Saturdays and Sundays, October 18, 19, 25, & 26. 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

2. Ogre-tober and Scarecrows in the Garden (Atlanta Botanical Gardens) - Lots of Ogre-tober happenings! Click to check out their calender of events. 

3. Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tour (Oakland Cemetery) - The only time of year when tours are available after dark. Advance tickets must be purchased and sell out quickly!

4. Georgia A-Scary-Um (Georgia Aquarium) - Special extended hours. Kids 12 and under get in free if they dress in costume with each paying adult. Click the link for details!

5. Fernbank Boo-Seum Trick-or-Treat (Fernbank Museum of Natural History) - Lots of un-scary fun for the little monsters on the Saturday before Halloween. Special events throughout the museum from 10 - 2, all of which are included in admission or FREE for members.

Outside the Perimeter (and Beyond!)

5. Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival - Tons to do here for the kids. Check out the website! Sometimes tickets go on flash-sale. 

6. Buford Corn Maze - More than just a corn maze! Hayrides, family activities, and a haunted forest. 

7. Jaemor Farms - Take a drive up to Alto, Georgia. The farm itself is gorgeous, and there are super fun things like apple canons, slides, corn maze, pick your own pumpkins, petting zoo, etc. Even a wonderful farm market with everything from fresh produce to fried pies. This is my fave!!! Click the link for more deets!

8. Gold Rush Days - Dahlonega, GA. Before the California gold rush, there was the Dahlonega gold rush! During peak times to see fall foliage, this should be a blast!

9. Oktoberfest - Helen, GA. The town of Helen is a re-creation of an alpine village, and this year marks their 44th annual Oktoberfest. 

10. Georgia Apple Festival - Ellijay, GA. It's 43rd year as the Georgia Apple Festival, the town of Ellijay puts out quite the welcome wagon. Fun for the whole family, minus Fido (no pets allowed).

11. Six Flags Fright Fest - Frights by night and thrills by day!

12. The Great Miller Lite Chili & BBQ Cookoff - Chili? Yes, please! Held at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA. 

This is is far from being complete of everything Atlanta has to offer this fall. Make sure you take the time to create some awesome, life-long memories!