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Christmas Decorating with Poinsettias

ADD FRESH POINSETTIAS TO YOUR CHRISTMAS GATHERING 
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Poinsettias are a classic Christmas decorating staple and there are a variety of ways to use them.
You can create wreaths, vignettes, garlands and even bows for gifts.  If you are hosting the holiday Christmas dinner this year, I highly recommend picking up a few poinsettias from your local grocery store and adding them to your holiday decor.   They look stunning at the front door, around  the fireplace or anywhere in your home. Poinsettias can fill a bare spot in your home or just add them around the hearth area.

Poinsettia Christmas decorating ideas

This idea is from The Kim Six Fix where she filled a red wagon with fresh poinsettia outside her front door. How clever and creative!

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Another fun idea is to create a poinsettia wreath using faux flowers as shown here from V and Co.  That red really pops on the white front door!

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Kate at Centsational Girl uses poinsettias on her front porch to add a gorgeous Christmas flare. Great idea to fill a planter with poinsettia to greet her holiday guests!

Poinsettia Christmas decorating ideas

I love the idea of embellishing a gift with something homemade. Cheryl at Tidy Mom created this clever easy DIY felt poinsettia that would be the perfect replacement for a bow on a Christmas Gift or add them to some ribbon or twine and hang them up for a holiday garland.

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Yellow Bliss Road placed her faux poinsettia in a tin bucket and strung a cute JOY banner. This is a great way to spruce up a poinsettia that may look a little tired after sitting in a closet all year.

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This fireplace from Itsy Bits and Pieces is gorgeous featuring white poinsettias. If you do not  logs or wood, try placing grouped poinsettias inside the fireplace.

Poinsettias look great alone or grouped together and work just about anywhere. You can buy poinsettias at most grocery stores, local florists and, of course, your local tree farm.

A Salute To All Veterans

Today is Veteran’s Day, a day we honor our past serving and currently serving soldiers.  

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Today is bittersweet for me , as I have just recently received unexpected news of my husband’s second active duty tour with the Army.

He has not received his official orders yet, but we have been warned that they are coming.  Many of you may not know, but my husband is an Army Reservists and a Captain in the JAG and was away from home for about 6 months in 2012 for training and then was called up for active duty for one year in 2013.  We hope this next tour will be close to home, only about a 3 1/2 hour drive from our home here in Kansas City.  Still this is never easy and we are holding our breath right now for the final orders.

I found this poem  that I wanted to share as I think it honors the sacrifice of all our soldiers.

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Remember to thank a soldier today, if you know one.

Valentine’s Day Deal & Valentine Pinterest Ideas

I am not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, although I do believe in the celebration of LOVE  . . . 

     . . . not so much the over commercialized way that the retail chains have turned it into more of a mass marketing buying frenzy.  Actually, its really just the kitschy and cheap Valentine stuff that line the front isles of every grocery store from now until February 14th that puts me in the Anti Valentine’s Day spirit. That is just the handmade, Indie Girl in me!  If you are going to give, be original and pick something handmade or be creative and make something for your sweetie.

As for my husband and I, we usually agree to just have a nice inexpensive dinner (sometimes at home) and maybe catch a movie.  I always tell him don’t get suckered into the retail marketing and buy me flowers or candy,  
“I am happy to just spend the day with you!” 
However, this year since my husband is serving a one year active duty tour in Georgia, I most likely will not even get to see him on Valentine’s Day.  I did however set up a wish list board on Pinterest for him to shop for me. . . just in case he does catch the ‘buying bug’ and decide to spend a few $$$’s on me.  

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I did find a great Valentine’s Deal over at SEI Scrapbooking, if you happen to be a scrapbooker or paper crafter.  This is an entire pack full of paper, stickers, chipboard, and much more for only $19.99!  That is a steal!  Visit the SEI website for this great deal here- 
And for those who just plain forget to pick up something for their sweetheart and don’t want to be in the dog house, there is always this – 
. . . remember its the thought that counts! 

Please feel free to leave a comment below and add a link to your Valentine’s Day projects on your blogs or a link to your Valentine boards on Pinterest to share with others.