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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Christmas Decorations. In October. Don't be a Grinch!

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Yes, I realize that it's October 10th and that it's still about eleven weeks before Christmas. I've been accused of rushing the season and of not taking time to enjoy Halloween and to pay respect to Thanksgiving but that's not it at all!  Yes, It's October and I'm thinking about Christmas decorations for this year.These were our decorations a couple of years ago.



The base wreaths are those that I purchased at Costco ten years ago. The garlands and trees are twenty years old. I just change what's on them every two to three years.

I start to plan new themes a year in advance so that I can take advantage of 80% off after Christmas sales to amass the supplies for the following year. Just to give you an idea of the savings, the ribbon, plastic ornaments and other supplies that I used to make everything that you see in this post cost just under $100.


Planning ahead also allows me the time to make things.  Like a replica of the Grinch, 


...and Cindy Lou, and, of course, Max.




 It also allows me to make faux "candy" for in the window boxes and to tie more bows than I can count which get wired onto wreaths, and garland, and trees.



When I change theme, I un-wire everything, dispose of what's too faded or weather worn to reuse, and then give the bows and ornaments to my sister, who works her own special brand of magic and reconfigures them into decorations for her home in the following year.

So you see, I'm not really rushing the season, and I'm certainly not a Grinch.


When it comes to Christmas, I'm not like the Grinch at all.  In fact,


I like to think that I'm more like Cindy Lou...with darker hair.

Sources for supplies used:
Wreaths and Garland: Costco, Kmart, Wannemakers
Ribbon: Hobby Lobby and Costco
Plastic ornaments and snowflakes: Target and Walmart 80% and 90% off
Cindy Lou, Grinch and Max: Cut from 1/4 inch plywood and painted by me. Sealed with polyurethane.

xo,


Kimberly

15 comments:

  1. You certainly go all out for Christmas. I would like to live across the street so I could enjoy it from my porch.

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    1. I've often thought about that as I decorate the outside. It's much nicer from the neighbors' homes than it is from inside of my own. I hope that people enjoy it as much as I enjoy doing it!

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  2. Fabulous, Kimberly! I love all the colors and how you've not left out an area of the front of your home. The wreaths are great and I love the faux candy. I always wanted to do that when we loved at our old house ~ have faux candy lining the walk up to the front door. In the condo community we are in now, there is not much of that going on. It's fairly "quiet", so last year I really decorated up the inside and really enjoyed it.

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  3. I think this is wonderful, decorating everything on the outside and giving such pleasure to your neighbors and to the passers-by... and sharing with your sister so she can use things, too!

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    1. Hi Mary Ann! My sister and I share a love of decorating which her youngest daughter shares as well! It's fun to see how each person changes it just a little bit to put their own personal "stamp" on the decorations. They look completely different every time!

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  4. Good morning Kimberly, Your house is a Christmas Paradise. I love the bright Christmas colours. I would love to walk past your house, as it would always make me smile. Here in England we cannot create outdoor displays like yours as the weather is cold and rainy in the winter, but having said that, I can always come back and admire yours. Best Wishes Daphne

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  5. love it, and love that you aren't afraid to post early about Christmas. I adore it, too, and it seems that so many people pooh pooh talking about or prepping for it early. I'm with you-early means you have time to do some extra special things and really enjoy the season! ps your wreaths and house exterior are spectacular!

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  6. So here's what happened here - I fell hard for the WhoVille theme, I learned you're even more of a complete over-achiever than I already thought, I discovered yet another commonality (the Cindy Lou Who thing goes way back for me), and I decided I'm coming there for Christmas....
    You're the bomb SS! xoT.

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    1. Oh girlfriend, wait until you SEE the VINTAGE SANTAS that my brother has helped me to collect over the last 4 years! Come for Christmas!!!! I have a guest room and I'll monogram some SS towels! We're twins, I tell ya'...born years apart to different women but twins, none-the-less. I'll bet that you rock the whole "Cindy Lou" thing...especially the hat! xo

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  7. Oh. My. Word. That is like - super duper fantastic! How long did all that take to make? Totally cool - has it been featured in a magazine yet??

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    1. LOL! A couple of weeks and no, but that's kind of you to say!xo

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  8. Your home looks amazing!! I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do this year. And no, you aren't rushing...I too have started making things for our Christmas decorations this year.
    Very lovely...can't wait!
    Debbie :)

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  9. Kimberly,
    your Christmas decorations look amazing! Love that you pick a theme the year before and plan it out! You're so inspiring, makes me want to do more outside! Can't wait to see what you do outside and inside this year!
    Rebecca

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  10. Why can't u enjoy fall first?

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    1. Oh my gosh, I absolutely AM enjoying fall! These decorations won't be put up until Thanksgiving but given that I work 60 hours a week, I start early so that I can get things prepped. :)

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