Dec
   03

 

Now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas preparations are going to be in full swing! With all the gifts and food you may have to purchase for the holidays, give your budget a break by creating your own ornaments and decorations. Check out our collection of DIY Christmas ornaments that are as practical as they are beautiful.
 
Clear Glass Berry-Filled Ornaments
 

DIY Christmas Ornaments - Berry-Filled Clear Glass Ornaments
Fill clear glass Christmas baubles with decorative berries and greens

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  Nov
   30

 

Celebrating Those Who Serve

 
This year’s Celebrating Those Who Serve Campaign was a huge success, with an overwhelming response from our military community from all over the country.
 
We now offer our heartfelt congratulations to the three randomly chosen winners of Celebrating Those Who Serve: Veronica Hunter of Florida, Kara Pieraccini of Texas, and Michelle Subbert of Minnesota.
 
Veronica Hunter’s husband has been on active duty for 25 years, often missing so much of their kids growing up. He has been away for many Christmases but this year, he is coming home for the holidays. With the anticipation of her husband’s retirement next year, Veronica wants to make this Christmas special as a “thank you” to her husband for all that he’s done for his family and his country. When asked about why he joined the military, Veronica’s husband says, “When you put on the uniform, you have a pride in knowing you are doing something to serve your country and hopefully making it better for the next generation.”
 
Veronica Hunter's decorated Christmas Tree Market tree

Photo courtesy of Veronica Hunter


 
After 19 years of service, Kara Peiraccini’s husband was medically retired from the Marine Corps due to combat-related issues. After a rough couple of years, her husband is doing his best to get himself back to where he used to be and not let his demons get to him. Kara is extremely proud of her husband, and she nominated him to celebrate his service to the country and his family.
 
This year, Christmas will be more special for Michelle Subbert and her family—her husband will be home for the holidays! He has 26 years of service with the U.S. Navy, and is currently stationed in Millington. After moving six times in 11 years, their family finally settled down in Geneva, MN, but Michelle’s husband only gets to come home a few weeks a year. Over the years, he’s missed holidays, birthdays, and other celebrations, but they always make his visits more special by spending time with family and getting to know each other again. Michelle and her family are also awaiting her husband’s retirement next fall.
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  Nov
   26

 

 

Thanksgiving Greeting


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  Nov
   24

 

 

Thanksgiving Table 2015 Header Photo

 
With all the flurry of preparing your Thanksgiving dinner, don’t let your table take a back seat. Using basic essentials and fall pieces you already have on hand, you can give your Thanksgiving table a simple and chic appeal.
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  Nov
   23

 

 

Jen's Thanksgiving Mantel (6)

 
Often when I’m putting together a display, I pick items that I really love and that coordinate well with the space. For our home’s late fall Thanksgiving mantel, I was inspired by pumpkin-colored faux hydrangeas. I pulled together the hydrangeas with deep green leafing and crab apple berries (all three purchased from Hobby Lobby), added bits of crab apple berries, and gourds and pumpkins from our local farmers’ market.
 
My mom helped me with this particular display (I call her my secret sauce), and we played with various heights, arrangements, and textures to give the mantel a warm, welcoming Thanksgiving look.
 
To assemble your own Thanksgiving mantel, check out these simple tips!
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