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Happy Tuesday Jaderbugs! I could not wait to post this because lately I have been noticing everyone’s amazing tree pictures. Earlier tonight I posted on my facebook page that I was doing a post on Christmas trees and I got ton’s of pictures sent to me. If for some reason you send me a picture after I post this don’t cha worry, I will add it in!

I am very pleased to start off my Christmas tree post with this amazing tree. My friend Stephen Brown (you might remember him from craft wars on TLC) sent me this and my mouth just stayed open for about 46 seconds. You see that little gingerbread house under the tree?  Yes, this is in his fabulous home. I am just going to pretend that is my house and I live IN his house, in this little bitty house… Did I loose you yet?  It’s okay because I lost myself, haha! Make sure you visit his website to order all of his “GLITTERVILLE” items. He has ton’s of Christmas ornaments that you will go crazy over.

I am loving my girl Meg Allan Cole’s tree! Is it not the best tree ever! It’s all about DIY and that is what I love the most! Check out her awesome blog HERE where you can see the full tutorial on how she made this retro tree.

I love the simplicity of this tree from Virginia at LiveLoveDIY. It looks like it came strait out of a magazine!

This amazing tree is from Lindsay Trahan Adams with Periwinkel Pink Gifts. I feel like I just stepped into a Gingerbread home… I love how it’s all red and white. Very festive!

 This is the tree of a friend of mine Ashley Matte. She is a really famous country singer!!! I love how she brings a little Louisiana with her everywhere she goes! I love the brown, green and red ornaments! Make sure and check out her site by clicking on her picture!

This is my friend Rosa Clifford’s tree. I met her through Martha Stewart and I am SOOO thankful for this! She is the sweetest person in the world and her tree is just as sweet! Check out her website HERE, she makes the BEST cards ever.

Seriously how cute is this tree. I love how she made this out of drift wood. Check out Karah’s blog The Space Between for more great ideas!

I have always loved shades of blue on a tree. It just looks magical! This is from Barbara at Chase the Star.

Roeshel from the DIY Show Off did it again! Can you guess what my favorite thing about this tree is? How she wrapped the base of the tree~ It looks like she went in the snowy forrest  cut it and wrapped it up to put in her house! Love the red flowers in it also!

Sue made me so happy when she told me she was putting up a tree this year. It had been 4 long years since she put a tree up! Check out her site here!
Courtesy of Sue Doyle

The first thing that I thought of when I saw this was WOW, that is HUGE! I am really into colored lights lately so I appreciate that she has red lights tied into her white ones! Check out Cheri’s blog, It’s So Very Cheri.

This is another room that I just can stare at. I love how clean and crisp everything is. This is Cynthia Weber’s tree, who is an amazing interior decorator! Check out her blog HERE!

I always love when I see red ornaments. Maybe it brings me back to that picture in my head of what Christmas is… You know, the red and green picture. Heather from Setting for Four completely brought me back! She has a great blog so I suggest checking her out!

All I will say is WHOVILLE. I want to move there and put this tree on the top of my house!
Courtesy of Lauren Rippon Michael

Another one of Lauren Rippon Michael’s trees! Yep, she has two in her house. Don’t we all strive to be like her!

What I love most about this tree is the stand it is in. It’s not a traditional stand and I actually love that you don’t need a skirt around it. Very creative!
Courtesy of Jenn from the blog
Rook No. 17  

If this tree doesn’t make you want to get UP and dance then I don’t know what will. I love how bright it is!
Courtesy of Gabe Andrews

I am really loving this silky ribbon around this tree. It’s a great way to add some depth to a tree. Good to fill spots on a real tree also.
Courtesy of Jordan Dehart

When I saw this tree my heart melted. I love anything black and white. I especially love the checkered wrapping paper!
Courtesy of Veronica Rebollo Broussard

The one thing that caught my attention here was the feathers hanging! What a great way to dress up a tree.
Courtesy of Ivy Wiltz

WOW! I have never seen a silver tree before. I might have to put this on my list to get for next year. I love how bright and whimsical this tree is!
Courtesy of David Little

I love the red and green glittery ribbon on this mini tree!
Courtesy of Amy Hammond

I have to say I am very impresses by this tree! I love the ball garland all over it!
Courtesy of Rocky Roussell

My favorite thing on this tree is the letter’s that spell out LOVE! I also love the red cardinal at the top!
Courtesy of Nora Castaneda

My favorite thing on this tree is the RED BOOTS!
Courtesy of Clyde Valentine and Alix Tucker

I have always loved white trees. They really make all of your ornaments pop.
Courtesy of Crystal Lytle

I just love the tree in the picture and the entire setting. It looks like a picture perfect postcard!
Courtesy of Erin Prejean Benoit

This white garland reminds me of SNOW!
Courtesy of Cindy Spell

I love a good ole traditional red and green tree!
Courtesy of Amanda Toups

I love all of the Doves in this tree, plus the white ornaments.
Courtesy of Frances De Leon

I hope you enjoyed this post Jaderbugs!

Don’t forget to make it a DIY kinda day,

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First thing I am wondering is if everyone survived “Cyber Monday”. I am pretty much done with Christmas shopping,well except for all of the “things” I will find from now until then. Which I hate to say could totally start to pile up. I have this thing where we always buy one nice gift but other little ones also. There is something about watching a person open a present. Do you experience that too?

The other day when I went “BLACK” friday shopping I instagramed this picture. The funniest part is when It went on facebook someone responded to it and said they knew where I was at. So, I was at Joann’s.  They had some major deals going on and they still do so click on the link I just put to shop online. I accidentally ran across these HUGE letters and I though “Wow I could totally decorate with these for Christmas and also keep them up all year after Christmas”. I bought them. The large one is normally $9.99 but was on sale for around $4.00. The small one normally is around $5.00 but for it for $2 something. I am telling you it’s a great deal. It’s always fun to think out side of the box when it comes to Christmas decor. With all of the decorations out all over it get’s overwhelming somethings and you can’t think. That’s why I am here!

Let’s get started.

INGREDIENTS: 

*Cardboard Letters
*Mod Podge
*Craft Brush
*Glitter
*Krylon Sealer 

You can purchase all of the item’s by clicking on the links under ingredients.

These are all of the things you will need to make your home all warm and cozy. Did I mention that you can totally buy letter’s of someone’s name, do this to them and give them as a Christmas present. Everyone loves something that has their name, initials or favorite sayings on them. At least in Louisiana they do!

HaHa

 The first thing you will do is coat the top of your letter with Mod Podge. Keep in mind this dries fairy quick so you don’t want to coat the entire letter then glitter. I do a little piece glitter, shake off glitter then move to a spot away from the one I just did. So it’s a little bit of going all over the letter but eventually it all will be coated with awesome glitter!

This is about the size I do at one time. I used the “original” glitter. I don’t know if there is an original but you know what I mean. Not all that new FINE, THIN glitter but the large gold flakes. These always bring me back to being a kid so I thought hey, let’s go there for Christmas. What I love most about this project is you can get so creative with it. You don’t have to use gold. You can use whatever color your home decor is or if you are giving it as a gift you can make it that person’s favorite color.

 When you are completely done you can coat the entire thing with Mod Podge or spray with this sealer. I used the sealer but they both work the same. You can get this from any craft store. 

 Make sure you spray this OUTSIDE!

 This my Jaderbugs is what you will get.  A mantle full of awesomeness. If you didn’t see my tutorial on how I made these tinsel trees you can click HERE to see them. Yesterday I posted how to make a garland with Cotton Balls and it exploded on Pinterest. Click HERE to see how I did it!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, make sure to come back tomorrow to see some easy DIY Christmas decor.

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Happy CYBER MONDAY Jaderbugs! I hope to have all of my tutorials up before the end of the week showing you all of the “cheap” ways I decorated our Christmas tree. I always believe when you make your own things they look so much better than store bought items. Don’t cha agree?

Today’s tutorial is so soft and fluffy. When I was in the store the other day I started looking at garlands and when I saw the prices on them I was like “ER MY GERD”… I couldn’t get over the prices of them. I figured out in that moment I would make my own. I wanted something to look like SNOW… Then it clicked.

COTTON BALLS

Are you excited yet? The great thing is you can have your kids help with this, just be careful of the needle. I think they make kid proof needles I am just not sure where they sell them. I mean. What is kid proof? Can they not stab themselves with it? Will it even go through clothes? See… I just don’t know ~

INGREDIENTS:

*cotton balls
*needle
*thread 

I purchased all of my ingredients at Walgreens. Make sure when you purchase your cotton balls that you get the JUMBO ones. I accidentally got the small ones and you can totally tell the difference. The big ones look so much better.

Start off with ONE large cotton ball.

Carefully string your needle right through the center of the cotton ball.

Pull the string through and continue until you have enough for your tree. One piece of advice. I though I could have ONE long garland but because you are using thread it sorta breaks easily if there is too much weight. I know you are prolly thinking…cotton balls, weight. Trust me it breaks.

I like to do about 20-30 cotton balls and then stop. It just works better. I am sure if you used the small cotton balls you could make one big garland but these jumbo babies are huge! 

This is what you will get JADERBUGS! It’s so much fun right. I really like it because it’s super affordable and honestly. I think it looks better than a store bought garland.

Here is ONE of our trees in the house. Tutorial coming soon on how we make this bookshelf so stay tuned!

If you decide to make one please post it on my Jaderbomb facebook page! I love showing the things you make.

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Well..It’s already that time of year and I sit here shaking my head in disbelief. I can’t believe it “really” is that time of year.

How did Thanksgiving already come and go? Have I been asleep all year? I remember when I was a kid I used to overhear my parents say things like ” Boy, time goes so quick the older we get”… What does that really mean? I get that times goes as fast but come on. Nobody ever said it would fly by quicker than you can digest the turkey you ate a few days ago.

To get in the spirit I will be making a lot of fun new Christmas Tutorials for you on here, sharing Christmas ideas, featuring other amazing Christmas crafts and kicking out some fun printable’s.

Do you ever walk around the stores WISHING you could buy everything because it all looks so good in that one spot at that exact moment. I am totally that person however over the years I transformed the way my brain thinks. I get that something I make will not have a “label” on it BUT it will prolly cost me 3/4 less and will be made the way I want it. Sometimes it’s hard to break something down in your head and re-make it. So I will be doing all of the dirty work (figuring the break down process) for you and posting it in easy steps.
I wanted to add a pop of color on my mantle in the living room so I thought mini Christmas trees would be perfect.

Yes, I was one of the crazy people out on black friday shopping. I only went to 2 stores though. One of the stores was Joanne Fabric  and craft store and there I purchases these little cardboard cones for around .75 cents.  (I know!!!) I know they sell these at any craft store so it should be easy to find. Let’s get started.

INGREDIENTS:

*Tinsel
*Cardboard Cone
*Glue Gun 

TWhat I love the most about this craft is that you can get tons of garlands and make like 40 of these babies. I actually saw one like this in Albertson’s the other day and it was $39.00.  Granted the tinsel on those were a little fancy but I purposely wanted to use the “vintage” looking tinsel garland. It add’s a retro feel to the room.

The first thing you will do is add a little dot of hot glue on your cardboard cone.

Carefully start wrapping your garland around the cone.

Keep going until you get to the very bottom…..

VOILA! It’s that simple. The three cones may have cost me $3.00 and the garland was $3.99 at Wal-Mart. These look so cute on the mantle and I am proud that I took something that was WAY over priced and made it affordable and ridiculously cute.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, make sure to come back tomorrow to see some easy DIY Christmas tree decor.

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 I had to share my excitement with you all! I fully understand it’s almost the end of January BUT Wal-Mart still has Christmas things ___ON SALE___! I surely thought they would have sold these babies already but I guess it has to do with luck. I have been to quite a few stores looking for Christmas supplies that are on SALE {{that’s the only way I can afford them hehe}}, and I hit the jackpot.   My collection NOW is amazing! I mean, each year I get all of the pretty ornaments that were SOOOO expensive and pay SOOOO little. It’s actually smart! Why am I telling you this Jaderbugs! Because I want you to go to any store that might sell Christmas supplies and see if they have any left that are on sale! Trust me if there is ANY left they will be on sale, they absolutely want to get rid of them!

Keep your mind open though, if you see some that you like but you don’t like the color get them because I am sure they will be like… 3 cents for the box by now. You can always spray paint them!

This is my recent splurge. ALL OF THIS JADERBUGS! Guess how much I paid for everything?

6 BUCKS! 

Now don’t try to shop online at Wal-Mart because everything is the “normal” price. Can you believe I paid 6 bucks! That is a value meal at McDonalds! I will put Wal-Mart’s link HERE so you can find the one closest to you!

The big boxes have I think, 25 ornaments in each box and they typically would be around $9.98 a box! The colors are AMAZING! Looking forward to my bright and whimsical Christmas next year!

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