Magazine Cover Templates – Great Gifts!

Cover Girl Magazine CoverI have so much fun with this personalized gift that I wrote an article about it. The picture on the left is my “Cover Girl” magazine cover that was a gift and got me started with this! (BTW, the face and hair is all that is mine in the photo. LOL)

The article, Design a Magazine Cover, can give you some great ideas for gifts for the holidays, weddings, birthdays, bachelorette parties, graduations or just to have some fun!

I hope you enjoy one of My Favorite Things!

Mandee

Published in: on December 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Topiary Christmas Table Decoration

Topiary Christmas Table DecorationThis is another Christmas table decoration for you DIYers! If you want something different than the usual cone shaped Christmas tree, try the Topiary Christmas Balls Tree. I wrote a step by step guide to making one for your Christmas table, mantel or shelf. They are a bit more modern in design and are very versatile. You can make them in almost any color scheme. Accentuate the colors you already use or highlight a certain color or start over and introduce a new color scheme for you holiday decorating.

I have made them in all sorts of colors over the years including brown/gold/ivory, black/pink/white, reds only, greens only, red/green/white, pink/purple/silver and the list goes on and on! have fun with this Christmas craft!

Mandee

Published in: on November 29, 2010 at 9:52 am  Comments (1)  
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Christmas Themed Dessert Buffet

One of the best parts of Christmas is the desserts! Whenever I attend or host a holiday party, there are always tons of desserts to choose from. While the desserts themselves are gorgeous, I wonder why more people don’t put a little more time and effort into displaying them in an eye pleasing manner. It’s not hard and you don’t have to be a designer or decorator. Adding height, unusual containers and some decor you already own is all it takes.

For instance, I made 3 versions of dessert buffets — It’s a Candy Christmas, Merry Retro Christmas and Christmas Elegance — to give some photo examples. (They are all located at this article – Christmas Dessert Buffet Ideas).

Check out the photos below and then visit the article for more in depth information. Then, you can impress your family and friends this holiday season with your decor saavy!

Mandee

Candy Christmas

Christmas Sleighs

Merry Retro Christmas

 

 

Funny Sayings for Gifts

I LOVE funny sayings! I wanted to share a few with you here and then give you the link to my article with a lot more funny sayings. These gifts are perfect for the co-worker, boss, a friend or relative or for a club or Secret Santa exchange. I hope you find something that tickles your funny bone!

Just click the image for more info or to purchase:

Funny Queen Mouse Pad - Navy mousepad

Horn Broken bumpersticker

Laser Printer Funny Office Humor shirt

For more funny sayings, visit Gifts with Funny Sayings and Quotes or

Holiday Centerpieces

Cake Pedestal CenterpieceThe decorator in me meets up with the budget wary me and they are both happy with this suggestion for Holiday | Christmas Table Decoration!

I love having an item do double duty. Try using a cake pedestal as a base for a unique and different centerpiece this year. I played around with a couple that I have, some holiday decorations and created some fun, different ideas to use throughout the holiday season. the article and pictures are at How to Make a Holiday Centerpiece.

The picture on the left uses a glass cake pedestal, 3 beaded cone trees, ornaments, a small glass bowl and some glittered greenery — all stuff from my kitchen and holiday decor collection.

What have you got that you could make a centerpiece out of?

Mandee

Published in: on November 13, 2010 at 11:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Christmas Gift Boxes Centerpiece

Christmas Table DecorationI guess I am in a crafting mood! My favorite thing today is the Christmas Gift Box centerpiece. It’s different, not the same old fir boughs and berries with a candle in the middle. Boring!

I like to think outside the box. (pun? what pun?) This craft is actually very versatile and can be made for virtually any holiday — Easter, Valentines, Thanksgiving, Halloween and more. Or maybe themed boxes to match a themed party or event like — Tropical or Beach, or maybe Vintage Hollywood or Las Vegas. I can see it at Bridal or Baby showers for sure. The purpose of those events is giving gifts, so what is more appropriate for a centerpiece?

Anyway, you be the judge. I think it’s simple and elegant. What do you think?

Mandee

Published in: on November 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Christmas Balls Tree

Christmas Balls Tree

Christmas Balls Tree - Ornament Tree

Why make a Christmas table decoration? Because they are fun, versatile and beautiful! I used to make these for fundraisers and craft fairs and they are still my favorite Christmas centerpiece. You can place them on your dining room table, fireplace mantel, holiday food buffet or coffee table during the holidays for a bit my spice to your season. For complete, step by step instructions, check out my article Christmas Balls Tree.

They are not hard to make and will last for years to come. They also make wonderful gifts! What do you get for grandma or the neighbor? Design and make them in any color scheme that chrismas ball ornaments are made — so they match any decor. I have also made them in brown, gold, burgundy and copper for Fall and Thanksgiving. Any shape foam can be used. Have fun with this — off to make another one myself! 🙂

Mandee

Retro Christmas

Ornament Sensation cardMy favorite time of year is approaching. No matter what life has thrown at me during the rest of the year, Christmas gives me hope and keeps my spirits up. The promise of a new year and opportunities for improvement around me. I guess it’s like a renewal to me.

<b>Retro Christmas</b> designs have always been my favorite – A Retro Christmas is so fun!  They remind me of a simpler time, family and friends. So, one of the ways I incorporate it into my holidays is by sending Retro designed <b>custom Christmas cards</b>. Some people refer to Retro as <b>Vintage</b> as well. They seem to be pretty interchangable.

Here are a few of my favorite Retro Christmas cards for this year. If you visit the link above you can see the whole collection! This is a mixture of 1960’s mod and more 1950’s vintage but I love them all. The choice is difficult this year.

Customizable Christmas Shopping cardVintage Christmas Card cardVintage Christmas Card cardLas Vegas Retro Christmas Card card ornament retro photo template card

Published in: on October 27, 2010 at 9:46 am  Leave a Comment  
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One of my Favorite Suppliers

*Note – I am NOT an affiliate for this company, simply a happy customer sharing a great shopping experience.

COD WholesaleOver my many year career in the event decorating industry I have worked with a number of suppliers. Today I wanted to let you all know about on in particular. COD Wholesale. A few years back, the LED lighted centerpieces had been introduced and the industry was clamoring for suppliers. I let the initial hub-bub die down before I suggested lighted centerpieces to my first bride. She, of course, loved the idea and I went on the search for a supplier.

There are many out there but I ran across SOD Wholesale, liked their simple and informative website and decided to try out a small order with them. I ordered the Floralyte II (has an on-off switch) to try out in several centerpieces the Bride was considering.

They were fast, friendly and I was ecstatic with my new find. That was the beginning of my relationship with COD Wholesale. Since then, I have ordered many, many more Floralytes, lighted centerpiece bases, votives and much more. They have a nice selection and the prices are competitive if not cheaper than most. I always received my orders quickly and they were correct.

So, if you are a Bride or an event host, consider COD Wholesale for your event decorating needs. I highly recommend them as a happy, past customer!

Published in: on October 25, 2010 at 10:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Paris Themed Christmas Tree

Paris ChristmasI have always had a sort of romantic notion of Paris, France. having lived in Paris, IL for 12 years, it just got worse. I ended up decorating my living room with Paris paraphernalia and loved it!

During one Christmas season, I decided to add to my holiday decor by decorating a smaller tree in the Paris theme. I had a blast with it. I looked everywhere for ornaments that would work with the black and white color scheme I had chosen as well as anything that I could hang on the tree depicting the city.

I chose a bucket I found at a local home decor store for the base of the tree. It was black and white and had “Tres Chic” written on it. Additionally, I made ornaments from pearlized plain white ornaments. I used black puff paint to write French words and drew abstract Eiffel Towers on others. (See image)Paris Ornament Close-Up

The result is posted on the left. I just wrote an article at Squidoo about decorating a Paris Christmas tree with resources for doing it yourself.

I also have another article titled Decorating Small Themed Christmas Trees that includes Paris, School Spirit, Girly Girl, Rock n Roll, Golf and few other themes. Small trees can be placed around your home to add to your holiday decor. Make one that matches your kitchen (I had a Coca-Cola tree in my 50’s diner style kitchen too), or highlights a collection or passion. It’s fun and doesn’t cost as much as re-doing your main tree.

Just another of my Favorite Things… Mandee

Published in: on October 21, 2010 at 9:43 am  Leave a Comment  
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