Decorating, Table Setting, Wrapping, Feeding: Simple But Effective Holiday Ideas

Food presentation, gift wrapping, indoor decorating, outdoor decorating, and more.... Here are some of my favorite (and simple!) ideas this year. I hope they inspire you, too!



































AMAZING and INEXPENSIVE items at VeryJane today!!

Ipad cases, 33 style, only $22:
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iPhone wristlets $16  , necklaces, $7, etc....
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Score! A Free Piano (Made Over of Course)

The night we returned from NC for my husband's father's funeral, some very good friends had us over for dinner so we wouldn't have to cook.  We literally went in our sweatpants and were exhausted.  But the kids really needed to see friends after being out of school for a week with the hurricane and funeral, and we thought it would be good for us too.  Well, our friends' daughter ended up teaching my daughter to play a few songs on their piano.  My Ellie had never shown an interest before, but got hooked that night. 
She. Had. To. Have. A. Piano.
New project for me, since the ones I was initially looking at were $5000, and I had no idea if she'd even like it in a year (and the price was out of the question for a whim purchase).  So I started looking at eBay and Craig's List, and sure enough, there were lots of free ones!  I did have to pay a mover and have to get it tuned, but it ended up being very reasonable.

Of course, although it played ok, it was quite ugly.  I liked the shape (small, low back to accommodate my existing vignette), but it desperately needed some love.  So I painted it. 

But first, the original photos on the day we got it (You may notice that I erased my son's friend's face - I love him to death and don't want him on the internet without asking his mom, who is not available as I write this):




So here I go with my black paint.  And yes, I sometimes paint in a skirt when I am in a hurry. My parents were coming that night, and I was definitely feeling rushed.
(If I could have spray painted this baby I would have)




Here it is after one coat of "Very Black" by Valspar, which is actually VERY gray-blue. 
That made me so mad:


So, I had to paint it again, with Benjamin Moore. 
When will I learn not to just grab any paint at Lowes? 
It's worth the time to go to the Benjamin Moore store!


Here it is all finished - you may notice that I spray painted the ginger jar, too


The table under the window is sitting there waiting for my husband to have time to help me move it - it won't live randomly behind the sofa:





And here is my daughter playing.  Isn't she sweet?
But she plays the same two songs. All. Day. Long. 
I need to get her in lessons STAT!


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Look how great this "Power of Pairs" sale is today (and some things are available individually, too, Like the garden stools, which are only $99):

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And I love this colorful sale:

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