A Writer's Playground

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Simply Decorating

Thanks for joining me at “A Writer’s Playground.”  I love playing with words.  I decided to share another thing I like to play around with–simply decorating.  I enjoy taking common, simple things and finding other uses for them.  This is where I’ll share a few of my ideas. Please leave your comments and ideas here.

Have fun simply decorating.

HALLOWEEN IDEAS:

  1. Anyone on a tight budget and looking to create vases for outdoor Fall events? See one of my creations here. Start with a plastic gallon jug. Cut a wide opening, leaving the handle. Arrange with fall leaves and flowers. Attach holiday cutouts from Dollar Tree or other favorite locations. Duct tape works fairly well. Have fun!
A homemade vase for Fall or Halloween Function

A homemade vase for Fall or Halloween Function. Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

More homemade vases ready for Halloween or Fall tables

More homemade vases ready for Halloween or Fall tables.  Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  One year, paper lanterns hung from a tree.  Very appropriate.  This year they’re taking a rest.  See!  Think of ways you can change up what you own.

Halloween Paper Lanterns in a tree. Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

Halloween Paper Lanterns in a tree. Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

Halloween Paper Lanterns tired of hanging around. Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

Halloween Paper Lanterns tired of hanging around. Copyright 2015 Linda Martin Andersen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS IDEAS:

  1. Looking for a way to display seasonal items throughout the year?  Some families decorate small trees with ornaments that change with the holidays.  We have an area in our home where we display birthday banners.  Why not use this spot for other special occasions, I thought.  Since our dining and living areas include a Japanese accent, I asked my husband if he’d string short pieces of bamboo onto fishing line.  The finished product drapes similar to a strand of pearls.   I will share other uses for the strand throughout the year.  Here, it displays Christmas cards draped over the bamboo or hung with tree hooks.
Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen

Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen

2. I love old mirrors.  I decided to use one as a table display area this Christmas.  Add greenery or keep it simple.  Up to you.

Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen

Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen.

3.  Sometimes we are given decorations or gifts and a theme starts to develop.  This background art, from years ago, was created by one of our children.  Choose a way to display treasures you keep.

Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen

Copyright 2015. Linda Martin Andersen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas, one and all!

4. I made changes to my Christmas garland in 2016: from plain boxwood to garland strung with lights and rustic country decorations including cotton and stars made of twigs.

Cotton in my Christmas garland. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Cotton in my Christmas garland. Copyright 2016. Linda Martin Andersen

Cotton wreath in my Christmas garland in 2016. Copyright by Linda Martin Andersen

Cotton wreath in my Christmas garland in 2016. Copyright by Linda Martin Andersen

Twig stars in Christmas garland. Copyright Linda Martin Andersen 2016.

Twig stars in Christmas garland. Copyright Linda Martin Andersen 2016.

12 Responses to “Simply Decorating”

  1. Linda, what a “simply” wonderful idea! I can’t wait to view more of your creations. These ones are beautiful! 🙂

  2. Dear Linda,
    You have such fun ideas. Thanks for sharing with us.

  3. Kathleen said

    Linda, loved the milk jug idea! This is a fun page! I love fun crafts 🙂

  4. Love these ideas – particularly the skull!

  5. Dear Linda,
    Great additions with your Christmas decor!

    …Joan

  6. What a talented, creative person you are, Linda. I bet your grandchildren have a blast at your house. Merry Christmas and may 2016 be our year for getting our picture books published. Love, Sarah

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