Christmas Chalkboards

Christmas Chalkboards - Life With Lorelai

Christmas Chalkboards Inspire Me

I absolutely love chalk art, and I think the creativity in chalkboards is amazing. Christmastime always brings out the nostalgia in me, so what better way to combine nostalgia and creativity than Christmas Chalkboards.

Back in the Fall, I did a post on Autumn Chalkboards that was a big hit. So, I thought maybe you would all enjoy this Christmas Chalkboard version. As you can see, I had a great time creating the graphic for this post!

I did a lot of searching and collecting on Pinterest. It was hard to chose which chalkboards to include. So please, stop by my Christmas Chalkboards Pinterest Board and view them all.

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Let’s take a look at some Christmas Chalkboards…

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492678648570/
Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492678648570/
Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492678632033/
Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492678631868/
Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492678632133/
Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492678631858/
Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492678631873/
Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492678632026/
Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492678631855/
Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492678632335/
Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492678631844/
Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492678631874/
Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492678632180/
Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492678631862/

And these really made me giggle.

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492678632246/
Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390335492678632214/

So, Shake Your Flakes and head over to my Pinterest board and see the rest of the collection! I hope you enjoy these Christmas Chalkboards, as much as I enjoyed collecting them.

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Have you ever created a Christmas Chalkboard?

Do you have a favorite design?

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Recycle Broken Malibu Lights for the Holidays -DIY

Broken Malibu Lights?

Do Something Fun for the Holidays!

 

Don’t you hate it when you have to throw away something you paid good money for? You were so excited about your purchase, you enjoyed it, and now it’s past its prime, worn-out, broken. Why not recycle Malibu lights.

Let’s face it. Malibu lights make a beautiful statement in our yards, but they take a beating in the sun, and from the gardener’s weed-whacker. So, somewhere down the line, the lights will need replacing.

So, what do you do with these dilapidated pieces?

Here’s a great Holiday Idea for old Malibu Lights…

You may have some of these goodies stored away in your holiday decorations. If not, you can certainly buy them new, or find them at a garage sale. Plastic lighted yard ornaments come in a multitude of shapes and styles for all the different holidays–Snowmen, Nativities, Easter Bunny, etc .

Pull the cord! Just pop that light right out of the back. I’m sure you can find another use for that light somewhere in your holiday decorating.

Instead of running unsightly extension cords around you yard, why not use recycled broken Malibu lights. Chances are, you all ready have the wire run in your yard, optimize it.

Start by trimming the electrical base of the Malibu light.

Size the newly cut base to the bottom of your lawn ornament.

Using a utility knife, cut a whole in the bottom of the ornament large enough for the Malibu base to fit through easily, but not overly large.

Hook-up the trimmed Malibu light  just like you normally would, by piercing the wire between the base and the stake.

Pick your location, and place the stake in the ground.

Tape or Tie-wrap the cords. You don’t have to do this step, but it makes for a neater presentation.

Place you ornament over the seated Malibu light.

And voila! You have an easy, cute, lighted lawn ornament for the holidays.

Aren’t my Malibu Jack-O’-Lanterns adorable? I love them!

Revitalize your old Malibu lights and lawn ornaments with this simple tutorial on Recycled Broken Malibu Lights for the Holidays.

 

Have you recycled Malibu lights?

What recycled or rejuvenated holiday tips do you have?

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Color Schemes

Color Schemes

I love color! Color schemes from the soft and subtle to the bright and bold make my world go round. I find it amazing just how much color can affect your moods and how you feel. Think about it… if you are somewhere that is dark and dingy, do you like it? Or do you feel depressed, sad, scared, or intimidated? If you are surrounded by light, you feel safe, happy, and relaxed. Add color to these places and you can change the feel and mood along with the decor.

Some of my Favorite Color Schemes:

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/theroadtodomestication.com/

So soft and subtle. It makes me think of a late spring early summer breeze. Gentle and Beautiful.

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/theroadtodomestication.com/

I love the peachy corals with the greens.

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/design-seeds.com/

I absolutely adore hydrangea bushes, especially when their blooms are in the blue and lavender hues.

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/theroadtodomestication.com/

My living room uses a lot of these colors. The neutrality of the colors is peaceful and relaxing, and lends itself well to seasonal decorating.

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/indulgy.com/

Another neutral based color scheme with a hint of added colors. Tranquil, serene…

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/theroadtodomestication.com/

Lovely Autumn / Winter colors. Can’t you smell the apple cider and pumpkin pie?

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/design-seeds.com/

Bringing the outside in… beautiful color scheme.

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/design-seeds.com/

Stunning. My winter coat is actually the color of the brighter purple. LOL

Photo found at: https://www.pinterest.com/source/design-seeds.com/

Aren’t these colors gorgeous together?

Well, there you have it, some of my favorite color schemes. I hope you have enjoyed the look-see. If you’d like to see more of my color schemes collection, check out my Color Schemes Pinterest Board!

What are some of you favorite color schemes?

How would you use these?

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DIY – Pillow Covers

A Little Pillow Talk

When we fixed up the living room after the flood repairs and renovations, we put neutral covers on our couch and loveseat. Rory and I found some really pretty pillows to brighten them. Since there is not yet any decoration at all on the walls, the pillows really made a big difference. We decided that having seasonal pillows would be something we could have fun with while changing the feel of the room a bit from time-to-time.

It was late spring when we got our lovely pillows, and we haven’t changed them yet. our major budget constraints has kept up from being able to purchase four pillows at $25 to $35 a pop. But last Friday, Rory and I went out to the Sugar Plum Christmas Boutique (you can read more about Sugar Plum here). We didn’t expect to purchase anything. We just went out to look around and have some fun, which we did. Then, we found a 3-1/2 yard remnant on sale for $4.50 … I quickly estimated if that would be enough to cover my pillows and decided we couldn’t pass it up.

At home, I scrounged through my mother’s old sewing stuffs and found thread and snaps, as well as some leftover ribbon that I’d been saving. I measured the pillows and came up with a formula for how much material I would need to cover each pillow and just how I would go about sewing it. This is what I came up with…

DIY Pillow Covers

How Much Fabric Is Needed:

  • Measure Your pillow all the way around both length and width.

For the Length:

  • Add 1-1/2 inches for turning and sewing edges.
  • Add another 6 inches for overlap.

My pillows are square. they measured 33-1/2 inches. So here’s the formula for figuring out how to cut my fabric.   33.5 + 1.5 + 6 = 41 inches

For the Width:

  • Divide the all around width measure by 2
  • Add 1-1/2 inches for side seams
  • Add 1/4 inch for stuffing room

33.5 / 2 = 16.75

16.75 + 1.5 + .25 = 18.5 inches

So, I needed to cut 41 x 18.5 inch pieces of fabric .

How To Sew The Pillow Covers:

  • Start with the short edges of the fabric. Turn fabric right-side down. Fold edge over to the wrong-side of fabric (about the width of the sewing foot). Stitch.
  • Turn the edge over again and Stitch. This will keep raw edges from being exposed. Do both short edges of fabric this way.
  • Fold the fabric length-wise, right-side out, so there is 6 inches of overlap. Pin and stitch each side. (I lined up the edge of the sewing foot with the edged of the material.)
  • Once both sides are stitched, turn the pillow cover inside out and stitch the sides again.
  • Flip pillow cover right-side out. Your sewing is finished!

Options:

You do not need to use anything to seal the overlap flap closed, but you could use snaps (like me) that would be hidden, velcro, buttons, or even ribboning. The possibilities are endless.

This is a basic, simple pillow cover that you can embellish how ever you like. I decorated my pillow with a fall ribbon.

**NOTE –  my ribbon was wired, so I pulled the wire out of the ribbon before sewing it around the pillow. Since I will be using these pillow covers for Christmas as well as Thanksgiving, I did not attach the ribbon to the pillow cover, but rather just sewed it around it so that it will slide off when I want to change the decoration. I hand stitched the ribbon at the edges so you cannot even see where I stitched.

So, for $4.50 Rory and I have new Fall pillows just in time for our Thanksgiving celebration!

Do you have any money saving decorating ideas?

I’d love to hear your ideas for pillow decorations.

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Our Little Happiness Jar…

Times are tight and tough right now for Rory and me. So, I thought I would do something to remind us that we are still blessed in many ways. There are still things for which we can be happy.

We have long had the tradition of a Christmas Blessings Box. This decorated box sits below our Christmas Tree with Christmassy paper and pens next to it for everyone to write random blessings and place them in the box. We do our big celebrating and gift opening on Christmas Eve, but on Christmas morning (after the excitement of stockings), we settle in next to the tree and read the notes in the Christmas Blessings Box.

I thought it would be a nice idea to turn this long-time holiday tradition into an everyday opportunity. I knew I had seen something on the internet regarding a Happiness Jar and it had reminded me of our Christmas box. I did a search and found lots of photos and even the originator of the idea. Read about Elizabeth Gilbert and her Happiness Jar, here.

Remembering that I had found an old mason jar when cleaning off the shelf over the dryer, I went to find where I had stored it. I grabbed my prize and went to scrub it clean. It had bits of old labeling stuck to it. Have you any idea how to get off those pesky bits? It’s really very simple…vegetable oil! I ran the jar under hot water to heat the leftover labeling and then scrubbed the jar with vegetable oil. The old labeling came easily off the glass.

Now, I had a sparkling jar to decorate. I tied a beautiful floral print bow around it and designed a printable (watch for this Printable DIY as a post soon).

I liked the idea of using a clear Mason jar for my Happiness Jar because you can see the blessings piling up inside. I figure that once a month Rory and I will sit down together and read these happy notes. Long live the Happiness Jar!

Do you have any similar traditions or ideas?

UPDATE: Our Little Happiness Jar Is Full

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