Are you planning a New Years Party but you’re struggling to find the perfect decoration? Look no further than Organized and Simplified! Today, I am offering two brand new, completely free New Year’s Printables just for you.
First, we have this simple, gold Happy New Year print. You can print this up to 11×14, but I think it would make a fantastic postcard to send out to your friends and family. You could have it printed and put a picture of your family on the back.
This second one is a take on the traditional song “Auld Lang Sine” and it’s pretty simple and elegant as well. I could see this framed and hanging on someone’s mantle.
For best results, right click and save to your device. It is always a good idea to have these Printables professionally printed by a copy house or print shop (I like to use Staples Copy and Print). They will often print an 11×14 for less than $5. I would not recommend printing these designs larger than 11×14.
Happy New Year! Join us on January 2 for our New Year’s Resolutions.
I love pine cones- I use them to decorate for fall, Christmas AND spring. I have tons of them around my house and I can always find them by the bucket full. Did you know you can easily make simple and cute ornaments from them?
You will need pine cones, your choice of ribbon and some twine, as well as a hot glue gun.
Tie your ribbon into a pretty bow.
Tie a piece of twine around the bow
And hot glue the bow to the pine cone.
Isn’t that the cutest and easiest thing ever?
Check back on Saturday for our Christmas home tour. Have a wonderful Friday!
I ventured into Walgreens this week to pick up a photo order and to grab a quick snack before heading to an appointment. I was surprised to find so many pretty Christmas decorations- and almost nothing over $20.
This handsome fellow was only $14 and he was adorable! I almost bought him.
I love both of these trees, but the one on the right would be adorable in my kids’ rooms. I may go back and buy two of them.
This tiny little tree is perfect for small spaces. Who wouldn’t love to have one of these for their desk?
These little light up houses are precious and I couldn’t resist buying one of them.
I want this cute, colorful little frame so bad!
I’m usually not a fan of blue Christmas decorations but I could be a fan of this cute little tree!
These ornaments look like big light bulbs and I want some for my little tree.
These tree candles are pretty cute as well.
I will let you know later which decorations I bought and how I used them. Tune in Saturday for our Christmas home tour! Have a wonderful week! Visit us Thursday for a cute Christmas craft.
I know I said I’d never post a Christmas post before Thanksgiving. And I tried not to, I really did. But everywhere I go, I see so many pretty Christmas things and I just can’t help it. So for that reason, I am going to share some of my recent finds in our local Dollar General. Everything is simple, cute, and very affordable.
Y’all know I am a sucker for the little red truck trend. I love the little red truck with Christmas trees in the back for Christmas and filled with pumpkins for the fall. I managed to find this cute melanine tray for $2 and also this cute little plate. I did end up buying the tray.
I may still buy the plate.
I also found an entire aisle of super cute ornaments for just a dollar each. I’m definitely going to buy some of those buffalo checked stocking ornaments. The little initial ornaments would be cute for decorating packages.
There are also a number of cute tree skirts for $5-$10.
I am also strongly considering buying this Christmas tree topper. A rustic tree would be so cute with this on it and some burlap ribbon.
I would really like to have this pretty table runner, and for $6 I think I will.
Our kitchen really needs these dish towels, too.
These make such cute hostess gifts for holiday parties and they are super cute for your own use, too.
What super cute Christmas finds have you stumbled upon?
Last month, I told you all about how my husband and I purchased and antique fireplace mantle.
We have a long, blank and boring wall in our living room, that unfortunately is our focal wall when you walk in the door. I’ve always wanted a pretty fireplace on that wall but knew we couldn’t afford a real one. A faux one was the next best thing 🙂
Using a plan from Bless’r House as a model, we decided how large the mantle and hearth would need to be and we purchased the wood.
Here is a list of what we used to build the fireplace:
Antique mantle (found through local antiques dealers)
2 plywood sheets
Faux brick panel
11 2×4 boards
2 1X12 boards
1 2×12 board
Tape measure and yard stick
We began by deciding how large we wanted the hearth to be and we cut two 2X4sat 64 inches long. We chose 64 inches because this made the hearth a tiny bit wider than the mantle itself. The cross pieces and sides are 24 inches.
We then cut a piece of plywood to fit the top of the hearth, but we did not hammer it down yet.
We then carried the hearth into the house, placed it where we wanted it, and attached it to the baseboards. We then attached the plywood to the top of the hearth.
We then attached plywood strips and two by fours to the back of the mantle.
After attaching the two by fours to the side, and the plywood strips, we cut out a surround from one of the plywood sheets. I attached it using small wood screws.
I then attached 2X4s to the wall at the correct height to the wall. Be sure to hang these on studs, but if you can’t, make sure you use drywall anchors that can accommodate heavy weights.
I then attached the 1X12s for the side braces to the 2x4s.
I then put the mantle up beside these braces, and attached the two by fours on the back of the mantle to the braces. I used decking screws to do this.
I then realized we had about an eight inch gap between the mantle and the wall.
Attaching a 2X6 to this space covered the gap and laid flush with the back of the mantle.
We then cut and added faux brick paneling to the wall behind the mantle and on the sides so that the inside of the mantle couldn’t be seen.
We have nearly finished the mantle. We now only have to paint, add the stone, and fill in some nail holes. Our living room looks so much better already! Can’t wait to share the finished product with you all!