You guys! This tree by Hallmark that I stumbled upon in Home Depot just might be the coolest thing I have seen in a really long time! I walked into Home Depot tonight with my husband to buy some hooks for our garage, and the tree, which was fully assembled on display, immediately caught my eye. I was so taken by the beautiful decorations that I didn't even realize what I was looking at until my husband pointed out to me what the tree was all about: it holds Christmas cards!!!! FANTASTIC!!!! What could be better than that??? What an ingenious invention! Take a closer look:
The tree comes pre-lit and pre-decorated with these wonderful gold hooks for the greeting cards. BUY THIS TREE NOW!!! It is on sale for only $99.50! Click HERE to buy, but first read the details from the Home Depot website:
Spruce up your living room this holiday season with the festive Hallmark 7.5 ft. Victoria Spruce. Fully decorated and pre-lit with sparkling clear lights, this tree features unique display branches to customize with pictures, cards or other personal decor. A convenient tree storage bag, shaping gloves and Hallmark Holiday Activities Booklet are all included.
- 7.5 ft. tall and fully decorated
- 1100 flame-retardant branch tips and 550 SureBright clear lights for full, sparkling look
- Features unique display branches to customize with pictures, cards and other personal decor
- Extra sturdy top branch will support your favorite tree topper
- With Quick-Set technology, lights will illuminate automatically as you connect each section of the tree
This tree is also perfect if you sell greeting cards. You can haul it with you to craft shows or use it in your brick-and-mortar store to display cards for sale. I want five of them to replace the trees I used at my last show. Remember this?
If you already own this Hallmark 7.5 ft. Pre-Lit Victoria Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree, leave a comment with a link to your blog so we can see photos of how you decorated yours. I would love to see your creativity!
(This is NOT a sponsored post. I did not receive any compensation from Hallmark or Home Depot and I will not receive any compensation if you purchase the tree.)
This year I used Stampin' Up's Holly Jolly Greetings Simply Sent Kit for our Christmas cards. Order these cards NOW, and then read my story below! They are a great deal and are only on sale until January 5th or until supplies last. At this price, they won't last long, so ORDER YOURS TODAY and put them in a safe place for next year.
Each kit is marked down from $14.95 to $5.99 and includes materials for 12 holiday photo cards. The pre-printed cards have die-cut photo notches, note cards for a handwritten or printed message, and closure stickers. The finished card size: 5" x 7". The card folds closed to create its own envelope. The note cards say "2013" on them, but don't despair! I will show you how I easily disguised the date and made the note card look even cuter!
I really need to make my family Christmas cards in July. Once fall arrives, I have NO TIME to make cards for anyone other than eWillow.com clients. For that, I am very grateful. However, I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I mailed store-bought Christmas cards. NEVER EVER would I or could I do that.
This year was especially hectic because of our trip to NJ for Thanksgiving. (Read more about that and see decorations HERE.) Luckily, we had a photographer at the Thanksgiving party to snap candid photos of the day's events. As luck would have it, the fire hall had a lovely red wooden shed that looks just like a barn. Since the four of us were together, we grabbed the photographer and sneaked out for a family photo. Sometimes all of the stars align and we get a great photo. Luckily, that happened this year!
Not only was I thrilled that we were able to get a great photo, but I was even more thrilled when I took a look at Stampin' Up's year-end close-out clearance blitz and found the PERFECT pre-made Christmas cards. The color scheme of the cards coincidentally matched our Christmas photo perfectly. I love when things like that happen.
Just slip your 4 x 6 vertical photo into the pre-cut photo corners. Fold the card and it becomes its own envelope.
It doesn't matter that the note card says Best of 2013. Just cover it up with matching washi tape! I used the included envelope seals on top of the washi tape for double-coverage.
Since I used the envelope seals as part of the note card, I purchased labels that were really heavy-duty to seal the envelopes. We mail several cards to Canada each year, and I wanted to be sure that the cards were tightly sealed.
If you purchase these cards now, you can plan your outfits, location, and photo orientation for you 2015 Christmas card. Or hire eWillow.com to make your cards for you! Just email email@example.com !!
Happy New Year!!
I had to make an unexpected trip to visit my daughter in North Carolina last week. I was only home for three days (after this) when I found myself on a plane again heading north. I didn't had time to catch my breath, let alone get into the Christmas spirit. Naturally, my daughter and her roommate are so busy working that they didn't have time to decorate. After my marathon decorating trip this summer (HERE, HERE, and HERE) I knew I wanted to keep going and add some Christmas decorations into the mix.
One thing I love about her city is the number of thrift stores. I didn't want to waste money on a real tree, and I didn't want to spend money on a tree that would be difficult to store. Imagine my delight when I walked into the thrift store and saw the lovely wooden Christmas tree pictured above just calling my name! For $5.99! After I put it in my shopping cart, I had fun looking for little Christmas goodies to place on the shelves. The nick-knacks were priced from .25 cents to $1.00. The total for the tree, decorations, and lights was $20.00. She said she wants to keep the tree forever. Once the holidays are over, it will be easy to store the decorations in a shoe box and just slide the tree under her bed.
I just love the vintage angels!! Oh, and the nativity was only .99 cents. Win! (...and now I have a new obsession...vintage Christmas stuff.)
(above photos by Don Macavoy)
This year, my entire family gathered in NJ for a Thanksgiving family reunion. There were between 45 to 50 people expected to attend, so we ended up hosting the event at the town's fire hall. The creative person inside me was operating in panic-attack mode all summer as I wrestled with the idea of spending a warm and cozy holiday inside a cold, white, sterile building with 8' tables and metal chairs. You get the picture, right?
I was stressing-out as everyone planned on what delicious food item they would bring to the event. I DON'T COOK!! I do, however, love to decorate. It felt so liberating when I told myself that the decorations were just as important of a contribution to the day as the turkey and the pumpkin pie.
I happened upon the decorations by accident, but by so-doing, I learned a very important lesson that I want to share with all of you. Here goes: DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THANKSGIVING TO PURCHASE YOUR THANKSGIVING DECORATIONS. THERE WON'T BE ANYTHING AVAILABLE. The time to buy the decorations is the day after Halloween. We all know that Thanksgiving gets overlooked because immediately after Halloween (and even before) the shelves are wiped clean of anything resembling fall and are filled to the brim with Christmas stuff.
I had been toying around with some ideas to decorate the tables, but it wasn't until I walked into Michael's on November 1st to buy some random items that the light bulb went off and everything fell into place. ALL of the fall decorations were 80% off. Yep...Thanksgiving was still three weeks away, but luckily for me, I was able to buy almost everything I needed. I am especially glad I bought everything ahead of time. I needed to take everything with me from Florida (where I live) to NJ (where the party was to be held.) Common sense says to just wait and buy everything in NJ; however, if I had done that, I would have been totally out of luck. The stuff I didn't buy at Michael's I bought at Target on November 2nd at 70% off. Take a look:
See the big tree? It was a Halloween tree with orange lighted leaves that was originally $60, but I paid only $18.
The cornucopias, scarecrows and wreaths were .90 cents each at Target.
The wooden village houses were .99 cents each.
The wooden pumpkins were $1.29 each.
The mesh table coverings were marked down to $1.50 per roll at Hobby Lobby. They were actually the only things that I purchased Thanksgiving week...because that is all that was left. I intended to purchase gold chargers, but I couldn't justify spending $1 per charger when the mesh and the napkins achieved the same effect of having a personalized place setting for each person.
I also made sure to have a craft table for the kids, complete with a bean-bag toss that I bought at Target for $1.50.
(above photo by Don Macavoy, below photos by me)
See that metal thing up there above the picture of the sunflower that looks like a metal bees' nest with orange lights? It is a curiosity cage that I found at Pottery Barn for $3.99. I bought three of them, filled them with twinkling orange Halloween lights, and hung them from the ceiling.
It was a successful event, from the food to the decorations to the family time. We are now on the fifth generation of my grandparent's progeny. Four generations were represented at the party. I highly recommend hiring a photographer to help out with memorializing your event. That way everyone can relax and leave the picture-taking to someone else. All of the family photos below were taken by Don Macavoy.
We missed those who weren't able to attend! But on the bright side, now that all of the decorations have been purchased, and more importantly, are safely stored away in NJ, it will be really easy to repeat this next Thanksgiving. Anyone up for that? Anyone?