Saturday, December 18, 2010

Last Minute Instant Christmas Sparkle

The Christmas countdown is on!! I'm guessing that some of you may be in panic mode, while others have completed all their shopping, decorating and menu selections. If you're a procrastinator, this post is for you.

I wanted to share this really sparkly, simple, last minute decorative mini-project (and I do mean mini) that will add instant sparkle to your holiday decor. You probably have most of the items on hand, so you'll be able to pull this together rather quickly.

Here's what you'll need:


Simply sparkle-licious!!

Candle Holders

Ribbon, optional
(This ribbon was wrapped around the box of ornaments.)

Epsom Salt, if needed

I concealed the ornament hooks with the Epsom salt.

The short ones didn't need any salt.

See how easy it is to add a little holiday sparkle to your decor in just minutes AND without stretching your budget? You really do have time to do more than drop a few ornaments in a bowl.

Merry Christmas!!

Sheila Denise

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Crate & Barrel Taste on a Ross Budget

Hey y'all!! By now, you should know that I love a bargain almost as much as I love food (I said almost). LOL Crate & Barrel has been a favorite for many years and I have quite the stash of goodies to show for it. Not everyone can plop down the cash for some of the lovely items, and when I'm shopping for more budget conscious clients (yes, another one of my "jobs"), I make every effort to make the best use of their dollars. Of course, I do the same for me, so when I was out doing a little shopping in Ross the other day and happened upon a pair of candleholders that looked very familiar--they were so very similar to the Pixie candleholder from Crate & Barrel. I actually stood there and pulled up the photo the website to be REALLY sure. Don't believe here. Although, they're not exactly the same, they're close enough for me. Now for the price breakdown, the C & B version retails at $9.95, the Ross version retails at $2.99. So what do you think Little Miss Budget did?? I snatched up those two and nearly ripped the store apart, looking for more. I didn't find any more, but I'm headed out in a little while to "visit" another Ross store to quench my thirst for these babies, because I have grand plans!

Please share some of your budget knockoffs...I simply love a deal!!

It's truly the little things that make me extremely happy!

Sheila Denise