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My Christmas and holiday cards are finally signed, sealed, and (almost) delivered. Each year as we receive cards from family and friends, I place each one over the top of my 3-panel glass kitchen door starting with the first card we receive. Some years cards get squeezed in behind or beside others creating a very festive topper to my door which is really one big giant window that looks out into my back yard. Once the holidays are over, I save my cards to re-use as decorations. My keepsakes are then used in frames as holiday art to be placed on the bookshelf or on tabletops. I also tuck in a few in the Christmas tree branches. Here are a few more ways to display and reuse your cards from year to year…

Cut cards to use as garland. (You can purchase inexpensive box cards instead.) Display cards on a wall in a Christmas tree or ornament design. Make an ordinary wreath come to life by attaching cards with pins or wires depending on the wreath you’re using. (Grapevine is a good alternative.)

Display cards on decorative ribbon or tinsel and string them up in front of a mirror. Attach cards to a vase filled with branches. (You can adorn an entire tree with nothing but lights and cards.) Hang cards from a banister using additional ribbon. Fill a silver bowl with cards, pine cones, and a few candy canes. Bring them to the dinner table and enjoy reading each and every greeting.

For more ideas, visit SimplyFabulousChic.com.

Kim Merritt – http://beautifullivingstyle.blogspot.com/

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Handy article for anyone who may be a little discouraged about moving during the holiday season.  This quick read states all the positive things you can do to get through the struggles of selling a home with the stress of the holidays looming over you.  Click the link below to access this article from Robitaille Real Estate of NY.

http://www.robrealestate.com/77_Selling_during_the_holidays.htm

Article submitted by Christine Spitale, Owner of Sunflower Staging, www.sunflowerstaging.com.

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pine1Decorating for the holidays doesn’t need to be expensive. Simply look to nature and some inexpensive odds and ends to make this season merry.

Start with all of the wonderful things found right outside your back door. Pinecones, branches, berries and acorns can be used in a variety of ways. Fill a bowl with pinecones au natural or dress up your display with a sprinkling of kosher salt (snow) or glitter. Paint cones silver or gold (red, green etc.) and use them to embellish fresh cut boughs or store-bought wreaths. Decorate with nature inspired items from the craft store like bird feathers to add a touch of elegance to your decor.

If you want to stretch your tree decorations or you’re in the mood to tackle a different theme this year, consider adding a few feathers, birds and grapevine (again from the craft store) to create a winter themed tree that will see you through December and well into January. Rummage through your drawers and add some sparkle with costume jewelry pins and necklaces.

Make it real simple (and inexpensive) and shop for your holiday meal and decoration at the grocery store. Cranberries, popcorn and nuts are all you’ll need to whip up a stylish – not to mention delicious – scene.

This holiday season, think outside the box and save your pennies!

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