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  May
   16

 

In our 2014 Celebrating Those Who Served campaign, we heard many touching stories of obstacles US veterans and their families face. Our veterans have encountered many challenges in the line of fire, but their trials continue even here at home, in the form of homelessness, PTSD, and unemployment.

This Memorial Day, Christmas Tree Market honors the bravery of our soldiers and acknowledge the obstacles they face every day. Learn more about our veterans, the statistics, organizations, and other facts surrounding the U.S. Armed Forces in this infographic from Christmas Tree Market.

Military Infographic


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  May
   11

 

Christmas Tree Market’s Emerald Fir: Defining Value

Christmas Tree Market’s Emerald Fir: Defining Value
Christmas Tree Market’s Emerald Fir: Defining Value

At Christmas Tree Market, we believe true value comes from a combination of practical features, great pricing, and even better construction quality. Today, we look at why the Emerald Fir is one of Christmas Tree Market’s best sellers and one of the best value for money artificial Christmas trees around.

Value for Money Defined

The Emerald Fir’s solid PVC construction and premium features define “value for money.” Made from high quality PVC branches, the tree stays lush and upright through years and years of use. The needles are two shades of green — a deep, dark green and a lighter, more traditional green. A touch of brown along the stems gives this artificial Christmas tree a more natural appearance. The Emerald Fir features a sturdy folding metal stand that keeps the tree in place throughout the holiday season, and pre-lit models also come with UL-approved commercial grade bulbs, which stay lit even if one bulb burns out. A tree of similar quality would often retail for $300 or $400, but at Christmas Tree Market, you can find it on sale for under $200 with free shipping included.
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  Apr
   29

 

For non-Christmas-y door wreaths, I love a simple grapevine wreath, favorite ribbon, and green foliage. They are easy to make, and instantly liven up any space — in this case, the front door.
 
For these projects, I made a quick trip to Hobby Lobby and picked up two grapevine wreaths and spring-like foliage that I loved. In addition, I purchased ribbon to coordinate with my wreaths. The grapevine wreaths are very affordable at Hobby Lobby. And while the flower garland is pricier, luckily there was a 50% garland sale which made it much more affordable.
 
Both of these wreaths are made using this tutorial from On Sutton Place. Ann provides really clear, easy to follow instructions. My only change was using one grapevine wreath per project instead of wiring together two wreaths as she suggested. I also followed her really simple bow-making tutorial for these projects.
 
Check out my quick and easy front door DIY wreaths for summer!
 
DIY Grapevine and Flower Wreath
 

DIY Door Wreaths – Grapevine and Flower Wreath
White flowers on green foliage is a great combination for spring!

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  Apr
   20

 

At this point in my life, I need easy projects that I can crank out — nothing fussy! Growing up, my mom always had handmade dishrags, crocheted by one of my great aunts. At the time, I thought they were quaint, but it wasn’t until I had my own home and learned to knit that I truly appreciated the time, effort, and craftsmanship that went into these little towels. I recently decided these would make great Mother’s Day and housewarming gifts. Below, you’ll find photos and instructions for creating your own dishrags and 3 other easy to knit projects that you can give to mom on her special day.

Knitted Dishrags

Bright, colorful, and highly-absorbent- the perfect handmade gift for your mom! Photo by:  Jennifer Lutz
Bright, colorful, and highly-absorbent- the perfect handmade gift for your mom! Photo by: Jennifer Lutz

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  Apr
   13

 

Thrift stores, garage sales, antique shops: the possibilities of finding priceless antiques and one-of- a-kind secondhand goods are endless. But, if you’re like me, thrifting can be a bit overwhelming! It seems so effortless when you’re scouring Pinterest and filing away beautiful photos of newly chalk painted thrift store finds, but a whole different story when you’re standing in a sea of used goods, trying to figure out where to begin! In this post, I’ve included my tips for a weekend of successful thrifting and antiquing.

I knew I wanted a candelabra for the Valentine’s post and had my eyes open for one. Found this at my local Salvation Army — a $2-$3 find! Cleaned it up a bit and it was good to go! Photo by: Jen Lutz

I knew I wanted a candelabra for the Valentine’s post and had my eyes open for one. Found this at my local Salvation Army — a $2-$3 find! Cleaned it up a bit and it was good to go! Photo by: Jen Lutz


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