I have been snagging Christmas decorations at thrift stores for months now. Especially before everyone started getting into the spirit, I found a few simple things that just needed minimal adjustments to go from blah to so-stinkin'-cute!
Take these topiaries, for example. I loved the red berries and the shape, but in person the leaves are a bit too, you know, green. A fake-looking green that doesn't really match the rest of my decorations.
Luckily, the leaves pulled out easily and there were just a few spots that needed to be patched with-what else?-a glue gun. Then I stood back and realized that the only thing these babies needed was (you guessed it!) grosgrain ribbon. I am so happy with the results!
I am not sure where these will go in my house, but I think they will look good almost anywhere!
Speaking of my house, I owe you a little "trying-to-buy-the-house-next-door" update. We heard from the bank and they have accepted the competing offer on the foreclosed house next door. No surprise since the competing offer didn't hinge upon the buyers selling their house, while ours did. However, our real estate agent is still hopeful because the other buyers are attempting to use a type of loan that has a high failure rate (about 30%) so there is a decent chance that it will fall through. If it does, we will be at the head of the line. So, amidst being 9 weeks away from having a new baby, and getting ready for the holidays, and switching Nina over to a big girl bed (which, of course, means a whole decorating overhaul in her room...who are we kidding?), our house is also on the market. We are still hoping and praying that somehow it will work out. I still believe in miracles, and it would certainly take one in this case! But we are going to give it all we can. I will keep you posted!