Doing Things a Little Differently

Hi everyone!

As some of you know, we had planned to be in a new house right about now. But, that fell through at the very last moment.
Because of the fact that, right up to that last moment, we were told (by the home owners) that it was a for sure thing, we tried to plan ahead and make the move easier by preparing and boxing thing up that could be dealt with ahead of time. I know, “don’t count your chickens ….” is usually my motto but, like I said, I believed the home owners.

With that being said, the things we packed up were all the nonessentials and that included Christmas decorations. I could spend a day going through and finding all the Christmas things and then another day trying to reorganize everything I just tore apart but, I am deciding not to do that. Why? Because it will add more stress to me. I am trying to make this Christmas as stress-free as possible.

Last year, I was sick, as in REAL sick for three weeks during the holidays. I couldn’t get out of bed. It was the weirdest and most frightening experience I have ever gone through. So, I missed most of the holidays. This scared my family and friends. I have a little girl who depends on me. A husband that counts on me. I don’t ever want to go through that again let alone put them through it again!

So, keeping myself as healthy as possible is a priority. A huge part of that is “letting things go” and not worrying about being perfect.

As far as Christmas decorating, I am using things that are readily available to me. I love decorating for Christmas. It is a joy to me to do it. So, I am decorating. I am just doing it differently this year.

My first different decoration is this shelf. I gathered jars  and created a simple display. I think any “like items” gathered together looks pretty and is a simple way to create a centerpiece-like display. Just keep in mind the rule of thumb, always group things in odd numbers.

I grabbed Epson salts and candles I already had. And some dollar store Christmas ribbon.

Christmas decor 2011 001Pour some Epsom Salts into each jar. Epsom Salts look like pretty snow.

Christmas decor 2011 002Add the ribbon and candle.

Christmas decor 2011 005Christmas decor 2011 006Please make sure the ribbon tail are out of the way and not dangling into another jar!

Christmas decor 2011 008Christmas decor 2011 009Very simple but, so pretty! this little vignette will get squished together because I don’t want  the whole “each thing is perfectly and evenly spaced. But, I left it like this to show you the different jars used.

I will probably add some fresh cut pine boughs when I finish this shelf. The only thing purchased was the $1.00 spool of ribbon.  Fun, easy, pretty and thrifty, all my favorite things!

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  1. I love the glow from the candles through that ribbon. Very pretty. I am glad you are taking care of yourself and your family. It will be lovely, just different. hugs, Linda

  2. I like your snow jars very much.. I am so proud of you for just doing what you can and not making yourself sick about what you cant decorate. You and your family , happy and healthy is the Christmas Gift. As long as you have that, you have it all..

    Merry Christmas

  3. Jars are so versatile. I love this look with the Epsom salts as snow. The ribbon really adds a festive touch. And with the candles lit, they are so pretty.

  4. What a clever and beautiful idea! You are correct in decorating as you do, not matching or making things symetrical. Thanks for sharing. I had not realized about the epsom salts looking like snow. That will be perfect for displaying my snowbabies!

  5. I love it, sometimes simple is best!

  6. I'm so sorry your house deal fell through - what a disappointment! But, all thrifters know how to make lemonade from lemons and quilts from scraps - and you have further proved the point with your sweet candle holders! A warm and inviting vignette! Bravo!

  7. What a great attitude! I myself am laid up and assigning the decorating to our youngest who is enjoying herself immensely. Maybe I should show her your jars! You know, these would make great gifts.

  8. A Great Idea..something you may add to the epsom salt is essential oil that is what they use in bath salts to smell I assume it would work with the candles setting in the jar, fragrance ALL the time...

  9. I can't imagine ever coming up with such a great idea for decorating. You're amazing!! I'm sorry your home buying fell through. But, everything happens for a reason. Merry Christmas.

  10. Using Epsom Salts in those jars is pure genius, and they look so pretty and festive! I'm so sorry that the new house fell through. I bet the perfect home is out there just waiting for you to discover it!
    Happy REDnesday,

  11. I have been out of commission at Christmas so I understand where you are coming from. It's such a shame about your move. A door closes, a window opens. I absolutely LOVE this jar idea. The epsom salts, the ribbons, the candles all blend perfectly together. It's glorious. Can't wait for more clever ideas. Take care.

  12. The glowing candles are gorgeous peeking through the ribbon...

  13. Hi Diann.. I'm so sorry to hear about the house. I can't imagine how disappointing that must be, but DON'T let it spoil your Christmas spirit! LOVE the beautiful candles you've made, and the use of Epsom Salts, that look like SNOW! I have MANY canning jars all over my house, because I just LOVE them! What a great idea this is for the holiday season! I'm gonna run to my local pharmacy just as soon as I can, so I can try these myself! Thank you, and remember.. Chin up, and take good care of yourself too! ~tina

  14. Personally I prefer simplicity in Christmas decorations.

  15. Diann, these are lovely! I adore candlelight and what a great idea to use the Epsom Salt for snow. The perfect house is waiting for you! I so understand about the packing, boxes too. I have quite a challenge going on here right now.

    Take care of YOU and enjoy the holidays! You know, I think that many times simple is best...and very elegant.


  16. You are very creative and resourceful. Kudos to you for taking care of yourself.

  17. Your glowing candles make my heart glow too. Merry Christmas!


    Sing a song of scarlet—
    Red on Christmas morn!
    Sing a song of scarlet—
    Blue is so forlorn!
    Sing a song of scarlet—
    Red for girls and boys!
    Sing a song of scarlet—
    Look at all those toys!

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Red Leaf and Red Mary

  18. These are so cute! I came over from Minutes for Me and I am glad that I did!

  19. I just LOVE how candles look in mason jars ♥


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