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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Top 10 Projects for 2013!

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas from Restyle Relove

May Your Days Be Merry & Bright!

x Julie

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Dining Room Tweaks!

I don't know about you, but I am always tweaking. Always. Not much stays the same in our house for very long. Christmas decorating has been no exception.  The dining room has had the most changes so I thought I'd share them.

Here was my Dining Room Christmas Tour just a week ago.

And now... Can you spot the differences?

The chandelier got a few new decorations. The gold ones were 30% off from Myer and have the words Joy, Peace and Noel in the centre of them. The white balls I made from crepe paper and glitter.  I saw them in a shop for $12 each! I made exact replicas for 50 cents each!

For the large wall sign, I cut another piece of MDF I had spare and inserted it in the current frame.  I cut the corners off the new sheet so it can be removed easily.  The wording I simply printed off the computer and transferred. I love that I can also do something on the other side and change it up again for different occasions.  The paper chain was a DIY from last year made from old music sheets.

The large door wreath was $10 at Spotlight.  I just added some pinecones I already had and hung it on the door with jute webbing.

I also changed up the ornaments in my glass display cabinet to a more white and silver colour palette.

All the orange baubles and red holly were put away for another Christmas.

Here is a better view of our double French doors too. I still love that reindeer. :)

And with less than a week to go, I'm done. For now, anyway. ;)

x Julie
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Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas 2013 Home Tour!

Welcome to my Christmas 2013 Home Tour!

The Entryway

Dining Room

Lounge Room

Merry Christmas!

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DIY Wooden Tree Christmas Advent Calendar

Another project I was keen to complete was this Wooden Tree Advent Calendar.

I procrastinated on this one too long and when December began I opted to buy the kids the cardboard Advent Calendars from Target instead.  They were so tacky that I knew I had to get mine done asap.  And I finally did!! Whoohoo!!

I had two long planks of wood spare in the garage which I knew would be perfect for my tree frame.  The first night I sat down and did all the measurements on paper first, then cut my lengths.  I used a super wood glue to put the pieces together and clamped them overnight to dry. The next day I mixed up a wash of brown paint and gave the whole lot a couple of coats and let it dry outside.

That night I attached my little Christmas pegs using my glue gun. The pegs were 30% off at Bed Bath n' Table and with 12 in each pack, 2 packets did the job perfectly.  And my tree frame was complete.

I found the pre-made Advent drawstring pouches at Spotlight for $17 for the set of 24. I had planned on making them from scratch, but these ones were so cute and such a time saver.  I could never have made those cute felt shaped numbers.  I attached each one to a peg, leaving the days past clipped open. The rest I filled with mini chocolate Santas. 

I found the large white wicker star for the top of the tree at a discount Christmas shop. I've attached it with twine so I change take it off easily and change it in coming years if I want to.

Lastly, I attached some twine on the back of the tree and hung it off my Chalkboard Hanger in the hall.  The kids take turns opening a bag each morning and have a chocolate each. On the chalkboard we are writing the date of each day to correspond with the matching numbered bag.

I'm so happy with how my Advent tree turned out, and most importantly, the kids love it. 

:) Julie

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