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When it comes to Christmas décor, I’m one of those people who likes to change it up every year and create a new look for my décor.  I don’t go out and buy all new holiday decorations but I do buy (or diy) a few new ornaments, ribbon and gift wrap to fit the theme I want to create.  I also try to use my existing ornaments in cycles so I’m not using the same pieces every year.

When it comes to Christmas décor there are many styles to love.

Traditional

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Modern

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whimsical

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Rustic

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Colorful

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Classic

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Country

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Simple

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And the list goes on and on!

Typically in January of each year I begin thinking about what I want my Christmas décor to look like.  Yes I know this sounds crazy but the timing also coincides with the January Gift and Home Furnishings market that takes place in Atlanta in January.  During the market all the seasonal vendors showcase the new looks and trends for the coming Christmas season.  Naturally seeing 100′s of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, beautiful ribbon and every ornament under the sun sparks my creativity.

My holiday decorating theme this year started with this wrapping paper…..

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and next came this ribbon that I found at a wholesale shop here in Atlanta…..

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Once I had these items, all the pieces of my décor fell into place.

Here’s a sneak peek at my décor for Christmas décor theme for 2013!

Colors:  red, antique gold, shades of green and a touch of silver

Materials:  Burlap, satin, colored glass and mercury glass

Style:  Modern Classic

There will also be lots of texture and of beautiful gift wrap and package embellishments for the gifts.

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{p.s.  those Christmas tree chalkboard tags were made by me and are available in my Etsy Shop.}

Decorating a my house goes into full swing this weekend and I’ll be sure to share the completed look when we’re done.

Cheers!

Shelly

My Christmas décor from 2011 and 2012!

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I love the Christmas season and everything that goes with it. When December 1st rolls around, I anxiously countdown the days until Santa comes and this year I created a fun DIY piece to make the countdown more fun.

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 This was an easy and quick DIY project and would be a great one to get the kids involved in creating.

Supplies needed:
Clear plastic boxes from Hobby Lobby
Assorted holiday themed scrapbook papers
Chalkboard Stickers (Target $1.00 section)
Double Sided Tape and Foam Mounting Tape
Scissors and Ruler or Cutting Board

Christmas Countdown Blocks by ConfettiStyle 7 copy

Simply cut your scrapbook paper in 4″ squares to fit each side of your plastic box.  I used 4 different paper designs so there could be a different pattern on each side of my box.

Using your double-sided tape, attach the paper squares to the block.

Next you’ll want to layer on your numbers, using numbers 0,1,2,3,4,5. One of the paper styles I used featured blocks with different numbers on them and I cut out specific numbers to use as my number tiles.  I also used the chalkboard stickers as number tiles.

Christmas Countdown Blocks by ConfettiStyle 3 copy

Use the foam tape to layer decorative paper under your number tiles to give your blocks some dimension.

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Each side of the two blocks features a single number which allows you to pair them together to countdown from 25 to 1!

 Christmas Countdown Blocks by ConfettiStyle

When I finished making my Christmas Countdown Blocks I couldn’t help but smile at the finished project.  I absolutely love how it turned out!

The only downside of countdown blocks is a reminder of how much I have to get done before Christmas :)

Shelly

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I am constantly amazed at the talent that some people posses.  Those people who the can find creativity in the most unusual places and turn totally functional and mundane items into amazing works of art. Have you ever looked at a dryer duct in the hardware store and thought to yourself, I can turn that into something magnificent?  What about gutter guards?  Have those ever been on your DIY project supply list?

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica, one of my blog readers and fellow Atlantan who just so happens to have the ability to look at dryer ducts and gutter guards and envision beautiful wall art and light fixtures.  From her creative vision comes amazing hand-crafted Signature Piecez.

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These beautiful wall décor piece are crafted from dryer vent and are really dynamic on a wall.  I think the red or silver version would be a fun twist on a traditional Christmas wreath look.

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Jessica makes a lot of commissioned pieces like this large art canvas which again is crafted from dryer vent.

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Who knew gutter guards could be so chic?!

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This table setting and chair décor was created for a local event, To Live and Dine.

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One of my favorite pieces…tissue paper chandelier.

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By day Jessica is an accountant but after hours she can be found walking the aisles of the hardware store looking for her next source of inspiration.

To learn more about Jessica, see more of her amazing work and learn more about Signature Piecez head here!

Shelly

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Even though my fall and holiday décor doesn’t lean toward natural or rustic I love adding a few decorative touches using pinecones because they remind me of the pacific northwest and because they are easy and inexpensive to decorate with.  Pinecones are also one of those elements that you can decorate with during the fall, enjoy for Thanksgiving and then carry the look through to Christmas.  To give you a few ideas I’ve rounded up TWELVE Pine Cone Decorating Ideas that will span the seasons.
Enjoy and be inspired!
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This time of year mother nature is filling the ground with pinecones you can gather and get creative with.  Many of these looks are easy diy projects so pull out the glue gun and get creative.
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Since so many people hang wreaths on their doors this time of year, why not create an elegant pinecone door cone.  Wrap wire around the base of pinecones to create picks that are easy to insert into arrangements.
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I love the idea of creating a pinecone door charm.  The mini frame could  hold a welcome message or a simple graphic like in the photo.  This is a great accent to hang on the guest bedroom door to greet holiday visitors.
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You don’t always see a mailbox dressed up for fall but with a few pinecones, greenery from the yard and some burlap ribbon you can create this beautiful garland to add curb appeal to your home.
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If you’re really crafty, this project is for you.  Wire several small pinecones together to create pinecone candle rings to use with your Thanksgiving table décor.
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Turn an old mirror into a fun fall look by framing it in a ring of pinecones.  Hot glue, time and patience is all that is needed.
p.s.  love the spice boxes on the wall!
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This is a definitely a look that can work for fall through Christmas.  Leave the pinecone tree unadorned for fall and then dress it up with ribbon or red berries to give it more of a holiday look.
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Use pinecones to accent  your dining room chandelier for an elegant but homespun look.
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I’m a big fan of chair décor during the holidays and this look wins my vote.  The pinecone and ornament clusters add a lot of impact to these chairs.
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Pinecone wreaths are classic and I love that different color pinecones have been combined to give this wreath more style.
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A fun take on a holiday star.
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Pinecone ornaments are easy to make and look great on a tree with traditional Christmas ornaments.
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 You know that pinecone mirror you saw earlier, how about taking it off the wall and using it on the table as a centerpiece.  Two looks in one!
Will pinecones be making an appearance in your holiday décor this year??

 Shelly

all images via pinterest

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I was recently looking for new lampshades for a project and thought about checking out Etsy.  Boy was I amazed at how many great handmade lampshades there were on the site.  One of the shops that stood out to me was SassyShades run by Kristi in my home state of Washington.  Kristi has crafted some really stylish shades using some of the most popular designer fabrics, stylish patterns and on-trend colors.  I really love the tall drum shades she sells and the small chandelier drum shades which are really unique.

Here are just a few of my favorite shades from SassyShades.

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Red Greek Key / Lime Ikat / Coffee Bean Ikat

Grey TrellisWhite Chenille / Mix & Match Chandelier Drums 

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Grain Sack / Modern Taupe / Coral Trellis

Juicy Orange / Grey Dotkat Drum / Rosy Red Vintage

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Williamsburg Blue Drum Shade

SassyShades also offers COM (customers own material) if you have a fabric in hand and want a lampshade made.  If you’re in the market for a unique lampshade SassyShades is a great source for drum shades and more traditional bell shades.  Finding stylish lampshades has just gotten easier with SassyShades.

  To see the entire collection of SassyShades head here.

Shelly

images via SassyShades on Etsy

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I’m back today with a fun DIY project!

Ever since seeing these cute cocktail napkins at Anthropologie I’ve wanted to buy a set or two or three.

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Last week while looking around at Tuesday Morning, I came across a set 12 solid colored cocktail napkins and the DIY bell went off in my head.

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To create your polka dot cocktail napkins simply dip the end of the eraser in your fabric paint and place random dots on your napkins.  Easy peasy with fabulous results!

{fabric can be washed after 72 hours}

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Bring on the summer cocktails!

XO Shelly

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Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  My weekend flew by and although I didn’t get everything checked off on my list, I did spend a lot of time in the garage sorting through stuff getting ready for a big Upscale Yard Sale that will be taking place in two weeks.  If you live in Atlanta or the surrounding area, you’ll want to mark your calendar for this one ’cause it’s gonna be great.  More details at the end of this post.
Since my mind is in a SALE mode, I thought I’d bring you a fun post today all about Etsy.  If you’re not familiar with Etsy, it’s an on-line marketplace full of the best handmade & vintage goods and supplies for making things. (more…)

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Just wanted to pop in and let everyone know that I’ve got new Designer Clipboard patterns added to the ConfettiStyle Designs SHOP!   

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Handcrafted by me, just for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

XO Shelly

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