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Are you wondering what you can do with the Christmas cards you got instead of throwing them out?  You can recycle old Christmas cards and give them a purpose.  Check out these gift tags that look a little modern and graphic.  They were actually created from some of last years Christmas cards.  All I need to do now is punch a small round hole and add a string.

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For me, I notice when someone has taken a little extra care to make a gift super special by embellishing the wrapping.  Christmas is the perfect time to wrap it up with a little greenery.

Cute christmas gift tags

Check your yard and you may be surprised to find a wide variety of plant matter.  Dark green, speckled, sharp, or mossy, it really doesn’t matter.  Then add a little contrast; red berries, brown pinecones, twigs, vine.  The greenery used here is waxed leaf ligustrum and the berries are winterberry.  (Sadly I will not have winterberry to use this year because of a pruning miscalculation.  Gasp!  I know, I heard some of you, because you know I love my winterberry.  Want to find out more about this plant go here.)

add greenery to your gift wrapping

Choose a color of ribbon to complement your gatherings and then finish it off with a personality packed tag.  You can order personalized gift tags here at tiny prints.  Or check out this great list of free printables at Best of Bklyn.  DIY your tag using a tag punch, card stock, and rubber stamps which are available online and in craft stores.  These gifts for some special preschool teachers turned out so cute.  Salted chocolate covered caramels from Aldi’s, all wrapped up to send some love.

Gift wrap with greenery and berriesTry to wrapping it up with a little greenery this year.  I know the recipient will notice your extra special attention.  Now I need to be off to discover what my yard has to offer this year.   –  Marianne


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We are ready to get rolling with the Holiday Season around here and YOU can join in the fun!  We want you to Make Merry with Living With Color Designs.  We have created a board on Pinterest and have hand-selected fabulous pins to inspire you with your Holiday Merry Making.  Not only do we hope you will follow our board but we would love for you to give us suggestions for additional fabulous holiday pins.  Here are some of the things you can find already.

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                                                            I hope everyone had a very special Christmas.  This year circumstances made it where I was reminded how wonderful it is to have little children in the house during the Christmas season.  I had my grandchildren scurrying around with boundless excitement and anticipation.  The advent calendar was truly a life saver for us all after my seven year old granddaughter declared that is was Christmas the day after Thanksgiving.  In her defense, the bombardment of advertising for Christmas since Halloween might have anyone confused.  I guess in her mind she thought it was about time to “get the show on the road” as they say.

The photograph above represents the beautiful ribbon and trims that come off our carefully wrapped packages.  I just can’t throw them in the trash.  I save the best of them, ok, most of them.  I tuck them away until next year and pull my little bag out when I need to tie something up in a snap. I have even used that years tags and ribbons to embellish scrapbook pages that I really love.  I can vividly remember my Grandmother Viola carefully saving every ribbon and sometimes paper. Family would comment that it was the Scottish in her that made her thrifty and others reflected that living during the great depression taught you to save what you have.  I am going to embrace with pride that this is just a little part of me that is like Viola and I will continue to feel a kinship to her and be thankful for family each year as I fill my little bag with pretty ribbons. 

Savoring the Season.   –  Marianne


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Vintage wood paneled car Christmas ornamentOrnament with a bottle brush tree atop a vintage paneled car. 
 
Red. Red. Red.  Nothing says Christmas more than the color red.  So I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas decorations that represent the Red.  These have been collected over the years and, as with most of my favorites, they are special because of when, where, or from whom I got them.  You know what I am talking about.  These are the one’s that you can’t wait to dig out of the boxes each year.  Just enjoy the pics.  I will spare you the stories this time.  Hope you are enjoying this wonderful season.  
Santa with furry hat
 

 Jingle bell rocking santa.

Wooden pinocle Christmas decoration

  German jointed wooden Christmas Pinocchio. 

Christmas reindeer barn and reindeer

Prancer cozy in his reindeer stall.

Modern Christmas decorations

 Red mirrored Christmas trees.

Sax playing Santa
 

 Saxophone santa with dogs musical figurine.

Christmas ornament under a cloche
 

 Antique ornement under a cloche.

Red and silver christmas table decorations

Large lighted mercury glass balls. 

Reindeer bottle stopper
 

Love this little reindeer pair.  Just look at those expressions.  Can’t you just hear their conversation, “Lighten up buddy, it’s Christmas.”?   Hope you will share some of your visions of a red christmas.  Tis the season to be jolly.   –  Marianne

 

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Christmas chalkboard
Christmas Chalkboard Inspiration


Happy Friday to all. Here is a little chalkboard inspiration from the streets to get you in the Spirit of Christmas.  I am ready for the weekend and an opportunity to make Merry and cozy up to my special loved one.  It sure has gotten frosty here.  

Peace Love Wine

 

Gotta love this sentiment. Peace and Love to you all.   –  Marianne



Pics are of Lunina Wine and Beer.  If you want to know more about them you can drop in on Sunset St. in Asheboro or check out the Lumina Facebook page here.

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