Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Today you are going to go to the local craft store and buy the items necessary to make the centerpiece for your dining table.

Consider this - you might be able to make a centerpiece that matches your dining room, that is NOT a holiday centerpiece. Then add a few picks with colors for Thanksgiving for now. After Thanksgiving, remove those picks, and add a few picks that make it look Christmasy. Then after Christmas remove the Christmas picks, and it can still be your centerpiece!

If you do not have time to shop today, or want to wait till the next payday, just plan what day you will be able to go, and write it down on your calendar.

Have a great day!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Today we are going to decide on a centerpiece for you dining table for Thanksgiving. Even if you are not hosting a big Thanksgiving meal at your house, sitting down to dinner during the month of November with your family is also special. And you will love having a pretty centerpiece for your table.

There are so many choices. You could put a few large pillar candles on a plate, and add a few fall picks from the craft store - picks with leaves, berries, fruit, etc.

Or you could try your hand at making a silk floral centerpiece. Don't be afraid to try this. My first attempt actually turned out very well, and I was very pleased with it. Just go to your local craft store, select an inexpensive bowl or vase, then fill it with silk flowers and a few greenery stems until you are happy with the look. Also buy a foam block to put down in it (unless it is glass) - this will help keep your blooms steady. When you get home, all you will need is a wire cutter to cut your stems to the right lenth. Rearrange stems until you are happy with the look. This is really very fun to do! And you can do this, even if you have never tried it before!

You could also buy a medium size pumpkin, real or glass or "plastic" from the craft store, and surround it with fall leaf picks or candles. You could use white pumpkins and white candles for a dressed-up look.

Decide today what you want to do. And tomorrow we are going to the store to buy what we need!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner!

Decorating your home for these holidays can be so fun, but it can also be stressful. Check back every day for a quick idea or tip that can

help minimize the stress
help you get organized
and help you get your decorating done early

Then you can really enjoy the holidays and the time with your family!

For today just make a quick list of the Thanksgiving decorations you know you already have, and another quick list of a few new decorations you would like to add to your collection this year. These could be decorations that you would buy pre-made, or ideas that you might want to make yourself. Just jot down the ideas today. We will actually buy or make these new decorations another day.