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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Simple Holiday Decorating

This year I decided to do things a little differently.  Generally I drag out the same old decorations...THAT I LOVE...and put them in about the same places every year.

Since I wasn't ready to bust out my decorations, I purchased 2 poinsettia plants from Home Depot.  I then placed several red candles on the mantle for a simple Holiday look.

Next I purchased 2 white slip covers at to begin the big  transformation.  They each cost $39 and I even had a coupon!  I figure I can use them again in the summer for a fresh and/or Patriotic theme, so money well spent.

Then I took off the tapestry pillow covers on my throw pillows and made new covers.  This was much easier than I thought.  I used a tutorial (see HERE) for a quilt block to make 2 of the package design.  I eyeballed a Christmas Tree block (triangle with a stump on the end) and made 2 of these using old clothing of Max's as the tree. 
Now the pillows remind me of when Max was little and wore those cute little shirts!

Since Max's birthday is December 8th, we generally wait to do our decorating until after his party.  Eventually, we'll put up our tree and bring out all of the old favorites. For now, this is a holiday look, without a lot of fuss and work.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Marti in San Diego


  1. It's fun and refreshing to "change it out" every once in a while with decorations. One year during a move, everything was in storage, so we made hand-cut snowflakes and bought a few rustic ornaments - all of which we still have. Love the slip cover idea, too; trying to get up the nerve to make my own. Also, your pillows are fabulous, Marti!

  2. Thanks, Joyce...good luck with yours!