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Monday, December 10, 2012


Hello, all

 First off, be sure to 
to go to my GIVEAWAY PAGE
to try for a win...

OOO, don't we just LOVE this time of year.
Last December, I played with DebbieDoo in her 
and, as always, had so much fun.

In fact...I had so much fun LAST year, I decided on doing TWO
for this year...:))

beautiful Christmas Ball Wreath.
Here is a craft I can do...just using my glue gun.

Theirs is on the left...mine on the right.

I used an olden wreath I already had and Christmas balls that I'd had for years plus a few from Hobby Lobby at their half-price sale.
...and.....I like MY shabby, chippy PICKET FENCE even better that PB's...:)
I plan to add more RED balls to it for THIS season....or maybe next.
(It is SOOO hard to decorate around moving boxes...)

I am getting more and more BRAVE with my HOT GLUE GUN...:))
It doesn't GROWL at me when I plug it in, now....


Mr. Sweet and I gave away our 7' tall Christmas tree years ago and opted
for a tiny 4' TableTop tree.
 While looking thru olden magazines, I found THIS cutie in the
2004 issue of WOMAN'S DAY a few years back.
same size tree as a darling RED produce basket and....
FELL IN LUV, why had I never thought of that cute trick ?

Not only is it a cute holds the little tree so snug and secure...
and the bright red basket adds tons to the Christmasey look in the room...

OK, I was off to find a BASKET....

and find a BASKET, I did.
and not only did I find a basket...
but I found a RED BASKET...

I put that little 4' cutie right into that
bright RED basket
and was just TICKLED TO DEATH with how she looked.
She loved it, too, 'cause she burst into song....
She  was just FULL of CHRISTMAS CHEER....
♪♫♫...fa lala lala la la la la

  The smaller tree is easier for Mr. Sweet and I to handle....
...and I do believe I'll make some paper STARS to hang on the tree.

 My Christmas go-to-store, HOBBY LOBBY,
has all the red and green baskets in the world...well...they DO have a lot.
Mine looks larger than WD's but it's the same size...closer photo.

We wish you the 

also linking with these fine parties:

Thanks, ladies, for all the holiday FUN..

 Since I am DOUBLE PLAYING in this Dec. '12 fun party...
Hope you will check them BOTH out...


Rita Huneault said...

Your post is a Christmas Wonderland!You are sending your spirit all the way to my house; love all your ideas. Fantastic way to start my week; thank you my friend.

Kathleen Grace said...

I like your wreath better than PB's, and doesn't it give you a kick to know how much less it cost?
I love the basket idea too. I have always liked the look of trees in a cute container. This year I put mine in a big galvanized tub that I found at a yard sale for $3! I like how much room is under the tree for gifts and it has a cool farmhouse feel. You put me to shame with all you are getting done while packing to move!

Leslie said...

Double the fun! Both of your copy projects look way better then the originals. You decorations look beautiful.

Debbiedoo's said...

You are on a roll now! Love your pottery barn knock off wreath. Looks so cute too outside on the fence. Thanks for joining in on the fun!

Susan said...

I love the tree in the basket. You have it decorated so beautifully. Your wreath is prettier than PB's. You copy cat really good!

Gail said...

Love the look of both look alikes! You did a wonderful job of duplicating the photos!!! Only yours look much better than theirs! Great job!

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Love your blog look, at 7:30am est, on Dec. 10th. -gigggles- I give all those details cause I know you and I change our blog look, at the drop of a hat. ,-)))))))

We have a wee tree too! And we leave it all decorated and wrap it up and take it upstairs, where it waits till the next Christmas. Aren't we the *smarty-pants-ses*? ,-)

Red basket to for the tree. Sweet idea. We seem to have *lost* our tree skirt and have to get another. A red basket would be sweet, but I know I won;t get that done now. :-)))))))))

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such a cute idea. I love the red basket idea, just perfect. Your tree looks amazing. Hugs, Marty

Maria Elena said...

Oh, Bj, your wreath and tree are both so gorgeous! You really did an amazing job on both copycats. The wreath is so pretty on your fence and the little red basket with the tree looks amazing. Beautiful!

Gail said...

Your tree is adorable is that cute red basket BJ!!! Hope you have a wonderful day, Gail

michele said...

having a giveaway at my place too.

if you haven't already stopped by, it would be a pleasure to have you take a peek at:

i hope you win!


MyJourneyBack said...

Oh you do beautiful work and I agree your fence is prettier than the PB one. I love the tree too. I have a small tree also out of necissity(sp) long story on that but I did something different. I hope to take pics today and get your opinion. Your moving? Where?
I love to visit you everyday you make my morning bright! Your in my inbox everyday. I hope to go to Hobby Lobby for a cheap green wreath got I little plan for.
Well have a great day. Thanks for sharing.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

What a great idea! I love your red basket and tree. Your wreath looks better than pottery barns too.

Madeline's Album said...

Really like your Christmas tree in the red basket. You out did yourself in making your wreath, very pretty indeed. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Vee said...

Love the little red basket and the wee tree. Just as soon as the grands aren't so insistent that we have a big tree, I'm going back to a wee one myself. Just as much cheer and charm!

Teresa said...

Funny how some whimshy and fun can enlarge an object.

Your art always improve from your easy nature and delight in the simple things and what was a wee becomes a wonderful and big display of warmth and fun.

Thank you for sharing! If I were PB I'd insist to have you copy catting me.

Love You,

Jackie said...

Very nice BJ. I always told you that glue guns don't bite!!! The glue does hurt and burn though (just ask klutzy me).

God bless.

SmilingSally said...

Oh, you put me to shame! How creative you are. I tell you the truth: I like your red basket tree BETTER THAN PB. Now, that's a mouth-full.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

bj you are the copy cat queen now! Love your wreath and your tree in the red basket. I too am opting for a smaller tree and maybe more then one!! I might just have too look for a basket!

hugs, Linda

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Your wreath looks so great! You did an amazing job. You're really getting me in the Christmas spirit with your posts lately :)

everythingsewing said...

How inspiring you are. I love the little tree, how perfect. Fantastic job of making a copy of the wreath.
Sorry about the tablecloth and topper that it didn't work out for you but you have inspired me to get the sewing machine going and see what I can come up with. Op's that might be copying

On Crooked Creek said...

WoW!!! Your tree in the red basket is too darn cute, dear friend!!! Nobody does a copy cat quite the way you do! Amazing!!!

Audrey said...

Hi bj ... do you have snow? we will get down to 17° tonight and I am sure you will be colder.
Snuggle up with Mr. Sweet and stay warm.
Love your copy-cats .... your should get featured.
Audrey Z.

Infuse With Liz said...

Wow that is super cute and how cool is that with you finding the red basket! It was meant to be for sure!
I cracked up at your "shut the door" phrase especially since I read your newer post after this about your front door coming open by itself!! LOL... Your wreath on the fence turned out really great too! It's fun to gather ideas that inspire us from these magazines and catalogs!

kitty said...

I love your wreath better than PB and your tree is absolutely adorable. The red basket is wonderful for holding your cute little tree.