Friday, December 11, 2009

Outdoor Decor

As is the case with many this year, our budget is tight. I wanted to dress up our outdoor areas for the holidays but I didn't want to spend the money on the usual mixture of greens and miscellaneous bits and bobs that I usually do. So I went to the Dollar Tree and found a treasure trove of goodies! The green poinsettias above are velvet, I opted for green as the window boxes will stay this way through winter. I also found the felt snowman scene. I stuck a few skewers in to keep the little family in place and good to go! The greens were snipped from some trees in the backyard.


All in all a very affordable project.



I also found faux holly and the gold Christmas tree at the Dollar Store. Mixed in some more of the free backyard greens and the front stoop is all set.



I snapped these photos quickly before work and neglected to straighten the tree. My neighbor was outside at the time I was taking these and I think he though I was crazy!


This has nothing to do with outdoors but I wanted to show you a photo of the stocking my mother-in-law made Chelsea. I had to use the flash in order to get the details as the house was too dark. This baby is huge! It is much longer than Mommy and Daddy's stockings. I think Santa may have to stuff some newspaper in the bottom of this bad boy or he will go broke.
Warm hugs.


14 comments:

Lori said...

Karla, that looks great!!! i would love to decorate outside...but we usually get way to much snow...my efforts would be buried...

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

Your yard decor is so lovely, Karla! I'm all for budgeting, too... this year all I put outside were 4 strands of Christmas lights (the LED kind that uses 75% less energy), and two wreaths we bought from the school fundraiser.

Chelsea's stocking is "GINORMOUS"! =)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sugar Bear,

I love the snowmen family and the green pointsettas! The Dollar Store is really the Treasure Store when it comes to Christmas decor and wrappings.

Love ya,
Shelley

Dolores said...

Hi Karla,
We have a Dollar Tree store a mile from our house, and I love shopping there and saving money. I need to look for the green Poinsettias.. very pretty..... I love the look. Good job on your decorations.
Love the stocking too...

The Rose Room said...

looks fantastic Karla, amazing stocking, an heirloom! Rachaelxo

The Things We Carried said...

Wow, you have a great eye as usual here! I love what you did!

That stocking is precious!

Karla, how sweet of you to pop in and leave me your kind words today! I can't seem to get around blogland enough anymore and I am so glad to see you!~ Thank you for your warm words!

The Other Side of Me said...

Hi Karla,

The window boxes are fantastic. You have to love the dollar store!
You are right, that is one big stocking. How sweet of your MIL to make that for your daughter. When she gets older, I am sure she will love to see it filled to the rim.

Enjoy,
Tammy

cammy said...

Hi Karla,
I just love your blog banner. Chelsea is getting SO big. BTW, to answer your question, for the wreath form I just used a wire coat hanger. Easy Peasy.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday with your family.
xoCammy

Alison Gibbs said...

Karla love the outdoor decorations.
What a wonderful stocking your MIL made for Chelsea

Monica said...

Great finds! Oh how I miss the dollar stores! These Japanese ones just aren't the same! And since they arent big on Christmas there are no fun goodies of that sort! Now if you need any BENTO boxes or tea cups I am your girl ..lol

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

LOve the green pointsettias! The snowmen are so cute in the windowbox! Dollar Tree is a great place to find stuff - it's the only dollar store I like really.

Manuela

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I just got back from the Dollar store myself, you can find the best stuff there!

Jeanie said...

Wonderful! Like you, if I didn't have it or couldn't find it inexpensively, it wasn't happening this year -- and in a lot of ways that made it more fun! Love the snowmen!

prashant said...

my efforts would be buried...

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