Easing into Spring

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I have the most baffling problem, I am still sweeping up pine needles when I sweep my floors! Honestly, I think the floor is growing them to taunt me. It’s not like I haven’t ever cleaned since Christmas…the amount of sweeping and mopping that goes on this house is ridiculous. So why, why am I still finding pine needles?!! Seriously, I think it’s time we moved on to more respectable variety of Christmas tree next year. As in, the fake kind that doesn’t shed for two months post removal. This rant has a point by the way. The point is. I’m finally moving past my post-Christmas fit of non-decorating.  I always turn into a minimalist after the Christmas season. I like clean surfaces, and the least amount of clutter I can reasonably enforce without making everyone around me miserable. But, hey! It’s almost Spring! It’s time to think green, and … Continue reading

Gift wrapped scraps and spray painted garland – A Christmas Mantle

rustic girt themed Christmas mantle by chapter37

News flash! Christmas is in 21 days! Yipes! This bit of exciting and alarming information has sent me scurrying frantically to unearth all the Christmas wonders stored in my attic. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a single thing fitting for our massively large mantle. The mantle is always a bit of a challenge, because it’s just so big! In a fit of inspiration, I dragged in multiple sized scraps boards from outside. Next, I rounded up some old wrapping paper and freezer paper. I wrapped the fronts of each board. I taped on a strip of ribbon, popped a bow on top, and called them done. My next problem was garland. I wanted pretty, rustic looking garland and all I had was plain jane cheap stuff. Not to worry! A quick puff of white spray paint at the tips, and a heavy sprinkling of pine cones from the yard produced just … Continue reading