Author Archives: Jennifer Perkins

About Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins is an Austin based mom, DIY project designer, blogger, social marketing strategist and Treetopia brand ambassador.

How to use marquee lights for Mother's Day.

Mother’s Day is this weekend – put that special lady’s name in lights! Why stop there? Decorate an entire tree in her honor. I did. (more…)

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Cinco de Mayo Tree

Living in Texas, Cinco de Mayo does not go unnoticed. My daughter is learning about it in school and piñatas are for sale on the end caps at the grocery store — it only makes sense that we would celebrate the holiday at home as well.

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Feliz Navidad Tree

At first I thought I would recreate my Feliz Navidad tree, but how could I improve upon cactus, mini piñatas and souvenir skirts? I know, I needed my friend Crafty Chica and a papel picado banner.

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Embossed papel picado banner.

Using Crafty Chica paper, baker’s twine, a Big Shot, hole reinforcer stickers, Avery Elle Papel Picado goodies and embossing supplies, I whipped up a banner. It was mini and just right for a Winter White Potted Pine Tree.

Papel picado banner for Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo Tree.

I was pleased as punch with how my banner looked on the tree!

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Cinco de Mayo tree complete with cactus, piñatas and festive flowers.

My cactus and mini piñatas came back out to play for Cinco de Mayo. I also updated with tons of colorful faux flowers to help welcome spring.

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Papel picado banner for Cinco de Mayo.

Last, but not least, I had to hang a real papel picado banner to reflect the mini version I made for my Cinco de Mayo tree. I can’t wait to turn this baby on come May 5th and sip a few margaritas under the glow of my fabulously decorated tree!

How to buy vintage holiday decorations.

Buying Christmas ornaments in spring may seem odd to some people, but not to me. If you collect vintage Christmas decor, the off-season is often the very best time to buy. Take it from a seasoned antique/flea market/thrift store shopper – I know what I am talking about. Through the years and 100 Christmas trees later, I have learned a few things about collecting vintage Christmas decorations. These are my top 10 tips!

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Easter Tree Decorated by Jennifer Perkins

Easter Tree Decorated by Jennifer Perkins

I have decorated my Some Like It Hot Tree to look like a Vegas Showgirl, a Sweetheart Tree, and this month it is a giant kitschy ode to Easter. I kinda want to leave this one up all year. Easter is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for. Why? Because out of all my vintage holiday collectibles, the Easter ones might be the most tacky. I use the word tacky in the most endearing of ways. I mean it in a Dolly Parton circa 1979 kind of way, which is a total compliment.

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Turn your white tree into an adorable Easter bunny.

Hard to believe that with just a handful of items from the craft department, you can transform your Winter White Potted Pine Tree into an adorable, fluffy Easter bunny. Easter is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for and this bunny tree might be one of my proudest decorating moments. Let me show you how easy it is to make your own.

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Find a decorated tree sitting at the end of the rainbow.

My kitsch-loving heart could not stand the thought of my Revolving Colorwheel living in the attic through a holiday like St. Patrick’s Day that embraces rainbows. Sure, a color wheel looks amazing during the Christmas holidays pointed at a metallic tree (did you see my Toasted Champagne Tree decorated for New Year’s Eve?) but did you know it also works on white trees? Not only does it work, it looks awesome.
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Vickie Howell’s yarntastic Valentine wreath.

Last, but far from least on this week’s blog hop is Vickie Howell. As the host of  Knitting Daily TV on PBS, the official spokesperson for Yarnspirations and the author of countless knitting books, it should come as no surprise that her wreath involves yarn. You might remember that Vickie, a fellow Austinite, attended a recent Valentine Wreath Making party with me. This is where she and I worked side by side to create our amazing Pretty in Pink wreaths. Stop by Vickie’s blog today to see all the kitschy, glittery yarntastic glory. Also, don’t forget to enter to win our contest. We are giving away 5 pink wreaths. What will you do with yours?

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Knitting maven and wreath decorator Vickie Howell.

Everyday is a holiday with this wreath.

Everyday is a holiday with this pink wreath!

Jenny Heid and Aaron Nieradka of Everyday is a Holiday have a very distinct look with most everything they create. You can almost spot their designs at 50 paces with the telltale signs of baby pink, aqua blue, handpainted baked goods and a vintage coating on top of it all.  Their mixed media and art journaling work is some of my favorites and their blog, Instagram feed and book: Mixed Media Masterpieces With Jenny and Aaron are endlessly inspiring. This is why I thought they would be perfect for this blog hop. If anyone was going to do a Pretty in Pink wreath right, it was them. Pop over to their blog for the full wreath reveal and a chance to win your very own wreath. Perhaps you will decorate it with one of Jenny and Aaron’s delicious looking baked goods.

Jenny and Aaron of Everyday is a Holiday

Jenny and Aaron of Everyday is a Holiday

Pretty in Pink wreath on DIY Candy

Pretty in Pink wreath on DIY Candy

Amy Anderson is one crafty lady. You might know her from her blogs DIY Candy, Washi Tape Crafts, and Mod Podge Rocks. Perhaps you are a member of Blue Print Social. She could look familiar because you see her face plastered all over your local Michaels store. If you don’t know this fabulous lady, you need to – stat. Over 400,000 Pinterest followers can’t be wrong. Somewhere in her busy blogging schedule, the endlessly creative Amy Anderson decorated a Treetopia Pretty in Pink wreath. You can see a sneak peek of her vintage Valentine’s here, but head over to DIY Candy for the full reveal. Don’t forget to enter the contest on her blog for a chance to win your own wreath!

Crafty superstar Amy Anderson of DIY Candy and Mod Podge Rocks

Crafty superstar Amy Anderson of DIY Candy and Mod Podge Rocks

Kathy Cano-Murillo puts her distinct spin on the Treetopia Pretty in Pink wreath.

Kathy Cano-Murillo puts her distinct spin on the Treetopia Pretty in Pink wreath.

The name Kathy Cano-Murillo is synonymous for most people with bright colors, glitter and of course sugar skulls. To me, the Crafty Chica is a dear friend, creative inspiration, powerhouse businesswoman and one of the sweetest people I know. After today I can officially add amazing Valentine’s Day wreath decorator to her list. Pop over to Kathy’s blog today to see the full reveal of her Pretty in Pink wreath transformation. There are, of course, calavera involved, just this time they are Valentine’s Day pink.  Don’t forget: every day this week we are checking out another blog and giving you a chance to win your own Pretty in Pink wreath!

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Kathy Cano-Murillo AKA The Crafty Chica