Last Day For Online Christmas Gift Shopping

Deadline For Online Christmas Shopping

Hopefully by now you have finished most of your Christmas shopping.  If not, you still have some time for local shopping.

As for me, I have a low tolerance for large crowded stores and shopping among last minute stressed out Christmas shoppers.  So if I can, I absolutely avoid going any where near a brick and mortar retail store the last few weeks leading up to Christmas.  If you share my same sentiment, there is still time for you to shop online.  If you are looking for something unusual for someone special, I highly recommend shopping on Etsy.

While my Etsy shops offer more Christmas decorating, holiday crafting and home decor, rather than gifts, you can still browse any of them by clicking on the links below-

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

READY SET CRAFT KITS

I have plenty of Christmas ornaments that are ready to ship, so why not add one last handmade ornament to the Christmas tree this year!  Or maybe a little something new next year, like a tree banner or letter garland. . . yes, my Christmas letter banners look amazing hanging in the tree!

I highly recommend selecting PRIORITY shipping at checkout if if is available in any Etsy shop at checkout or to first reach out to an Etsy seller to confirm they can get something to you before Christmas.  Many do offer ready to ship gifts just for you last minute online shoppers but some sellers may have a much longer custom made to order production time- so it’s best to ask first before buying online.

If you are looking for Christmas shopping tips, holiday decorating inspiration and gift wrapping ideas, I’ve put together a quick roundup of some of my previous holiday posts here on the blog.  Sit down with a cup of coffee and enjoy some of my previous holiday tips by clicking on any of the links below-

Free Printable Christmas Tags

More Free Christmas Gift Tags

All my other Christmas inspiration and ideas can be found easily on my blog by clicking here- CHRISTMAS

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Read more

Christmas Home Decor

Christmas Santa & Snowman Collection

I finally got all my Christmas decorations up and this year instead of a full home tour, I thought I would share only a few areas or vignettes in our home, including my Santa and snowman collection.

Every year I add one new snowman and one new Santa to my collection – it has been slowly growing now for a few years.  Some were gifts from friends and co-workers over the years as well.

I kept our big fireplace mantel decorated simple with some added greenery and two large feather trees.

This is our front entry table – it is still a little bit of a work in progress.  I’m always adjusting and moving my Christmas decor around on it throughout the holiday.   I made the JOY sign last year for the table.

This is a new Christmas collection that I named the ‘Woodland Creatures Table’!

Last is our dining room buffet all decorated for Christmas.  I usually hang a seasonal wreath between the hanging lanterns above it, but this year I found this stunning vintage brass horn at a local antique shop and added a plaid bow to it.  Most everything lights up on the table, including all the greenery around the XMAS sign that I made last year for the buffet.

Those signs were so fun to make and I still have letters available for sale in my craft supply Etsy shop – Ready Set Craft Kits

If you are working on building up your Christmas home decor, feel free to visit my other Etsy shop for beautiful Christmas Decor- Once Upon A Home Designs

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

 

Read more

Christmas Decorating Ideas

10 Easy & Quick Christmas Decorating Ideas

All of us want to have the most beautifully decorated house on the block, but most of us are not interior designers or even capable decorators, for that matter.  That is why I put together these quick and easy Christmas decorations that anyone can pull off- yes, I promise, YOU can do it too!

1. Winter Wonderland Scene

Use an apothecary jar (this is a fancy name for a jar with a lid) to create your own winter scene in miniature.  Simply use salt or fake snow as your base and place a small house, or mini snowman and a few bottle brush / thistle mini trees inside, and voila! You have an instant Christmas decoration for an entryway or coffee table.

2. Traditional Candles

If you don’t want to stray too far from traditional decorations, try using pillar candles or even electric flameless candles but place them on a cake stand instead of plain candle holders for a little extra height.  Display with artificial holly berries or greenery to tie in the Christmas theme.

3. Snowman Decorated Door

This is a quick and easy Christmas decoration and definitely let the kids help out with this project! It looks adorable on the inside and is incredibly easy to do. All you need is construction paper, wide wired Christmas ribbon, a pair of scissors and a bit of cutting skills.  Tip- to cut perfect circles, flip a round tupperware container over on your construction paper and trace with a pencil around it!

4. Lighted Lantern

Rather than adding the usual pillar candle inside of these hugely popular lanterns, instead, fill with glitter and metallic ornaments and light it up with battery-operated mini lights for a more updated style.  Add two near your front entrance, inside or out to great your guests with some unique holiday cheer!

5. Ribbon Wrapped Garage Doors

I completely understand those who do not want to get on a ladder and hang Christmas lights on the exterior of their home- or pay someone else to do it.  So this one is for the minimalists and on top of being easy, it looks stunning. Use cut red fabric (or even the cheap red vinyl tablecloths will work as a substitute and probably stand up better to wet, cold weather) and cut strips to form a “T” shape.  Add a bow in the center and your entire home is now one big present!

6. Farmhouse Table Centerpiece

Farmhouse style is trending right now and with this easy centerpiece, its easy to add in some farmhouse decor to your Christmas decorations.  Start with a three tier stand or lazy susan – don’t worry if you can’t find an inexpensive vintage one this three tier stand from Amazon will work absolutely fine.  Next add some rustic painted mason jars with Christmas florals inside and overstuff your three tiers with a mix of pine greenery, vintage and new glitter and glass bulb ornaments, miniature deer, bottle brush trees, and finish with a small chalkboard sign or any farmhouse style sign. This finished centerpiece would look stunning anywhere in the home but if you have a kitchen island- that would be the ideal place for it!

7. Perfect Poinsettias

Poinsettias are a Christmas classic and will never go out of style- even Martha Stewart would agree! An updated way to display them would be in a rustic wood box.

8. Garland Entryway

This Christmas decoration is easy to find in garlands at any retail home or craft store or fully decorated garlandsare available on Amazon. Drape them over your front door and finish with a coordinating wreath.  Add in some vintage ice skates (or new) and you are ready to welcome your friends and family for the holidays.

9. Christmas in a Bowl

If you have left over ornaments after decorating the Christmas tree – use them to create another table centerpiece.  Any decorative bowl will work but a glass bowl will really show off your display, next throw in a mix of ornaments and pinecones. This will make for a great statement piece on any dining table.

10. Woodsy Candle Sticks

You probably have these boring white, red or cream candlesticks around the house but this year, why not add them to empty and cleaned glass soda bottles. Plus, you can enjoy your frosty soda, before you start decorating!  Once all your soda is in your tummy, soak them in soapy hot water to remove the labels and scrub any remaining labels off then run them through the dishwasher.  Once perfectly clear and sparkly clean, add small branches from pine trees outside and tie up with jute twine.

I hope these ideas have inspired you to start decorating your home for Christmas. Stop by my Etsy shops for even more holiday home decor and to get ready for your holiday soiree with plenty of options for Christmas party decorations –

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

READY SET CRAFT KITS

Read more