How to decorate a Day of the dead tree.

How do you give an orange Christmas tree a Day of the Dead makeover? The ever clever Cathie Filian shows you how today on her blog. Cathie is kicking off a week-long Halloween/Day of the Dead Bloghop. We have a star-studded cast playing along and a chance for you to win some Halloween treats. First up, Cathie talks about New Traditions for the Filian Family, How to Make a DIY Faux Sugar Skull, and how to make Dia de los Muertos Ornaments from Dollar Store Plates. So many amazing DIY projects that really make her orange tree pop.

How to make Day of the Dead ornaments with dollar store plates.

From holiday ornaments to summer clothing, savvy shoppers know that purchasing seasonal items are best done off-season. Beautiful, durable, and available any time of year, artificial Christmas trees are excellent buys no matter the time of year. Here are three great reasons you should purchase your holiday tree way before the jingle bells start ringing.

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Treetopia's Some Like It Hot Christmas Tree decorated for summer and for Easter.

Photos courtesy of Jen Perkins

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I tend to see the world through holiday colored glasses when I am antique shopping.  Whether I am at a thrift store, flea market or garage sale somewhere in the back of mind I am looking at everything thinking: “How could that be holiday decor”.  I get serious tunnel vision around Halloween and Christmas, but year round I am on the prowl.  Here are a few suggestions for things you could find at this weekend’s estate sale and use come December.

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Who says a Christmas tree is only for Christmas?

Christmas trees are one of the most beautiful and symbolic centerpieces of the holiday season, but after Christmas, they tend to get left to gather dust in attics and storage rooms. With a few creative ideas and tweaks, however, you can make your tree an all-year centerpiece, instead of taking it out during the holidays and keeping it in storage for the remainder of the year.

In this post, we provide a few ideas and design inspirations that will help you make your Christmas tree a part of your year-round décor. (more…)

Winter’s finally over, and it’s time to refresh your home with the most fashionable colors of the season. This year, Pantone is promoting a softer and cooler look with a move towards muted pastels, understated brights, and earthy neutrals. In this post, we feature how you can use Pantone’s minimalistic en plein air theme to give your home that easy, breezy look that’s perfect for spring.

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Spring cleaning is essential to keeping your home looking fresh and fabulous. However, finding the time for a massive clean-up can often be difficult. Don’t let your busy schedule keep you from maintaining a clean and organized home. Here are a few spring cleaning tips and ideas on how to spruce up your home in no time.

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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.