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Welcome to my little corner of the world. I am so honored by your visit today. My name is Kristi and I am married to my college sweetheart(I refer to him here as "Mr. Incredible"), momma to my 2 beautiful girls who are growing much too quickly, a high school computer teacher, photographer, and a gardener (at times~right now I'm growing weeds). I love to laugh, drink strong Starbucks coffee, take pictures, and be anywhere my family is. Jesus is my Savior and I try so hard to be the wife and momma that He has called me to be. I often fail but He lovingly picks me up, dusts me off, and encourages me that with Him all things are possible. Feel free to join me on this journey of faith, stop in and say hello, look around, and leave a comment~I love comments. Why "Kiki's Corner?" My nephews call me Aunt Kiki and I love that too.

Christmas Garland Makeover


A few weeks ago Boo Mama recommended this awesome blog. It was packed full of great information telling all of us how to make the "Most Wonderful Christmas Garland Ever!" I had to check it out. Wow! She really inspired me to plump up my Christmas garland. Hobby Lobby just happened to be having a sale. With inspiration and 50% off garland in hand, I set out to redo my fireplace decor. It was so fun!


This is what my garland has looked like for the past 8 years. Not too bad.

I always just used one strand of garland.
(This picture was from 2006. My, how my girls have grown!)

Before the makeover:



Now, I use 3 strands of garland.

It gives the fireplace a much fuller look don't you think?



After the makeover:



I bought 2 extra things of garland. They were on sale for $3.50

I found 3 sprigs of berries and leaves that I liked. I think they were on sale for $4 each.

And then I saw the cool red garland. (It reminds me of my daughter's 70's style earrings) It was $21 each. Yikes! But it was on sale for 50% off. I liked it much better at $11.


Nester has the best instructions. I just combined the garlands, wound the lights and placed on my mantle. Since my fireplace is made out of austin stone, I couldn't bear to drive screws into it. So, I improvised with soup cans and my heavy iron candlesticks. They are keeping the garland on the mantle...until Christmas...I hope!




Thanks for stopping by. Nester, thank you for the inspiration!
Christmas blessings to ya'll!

Joyfully,

Kristi

42 comments:

Erika said...

What a beautiful fireplace! And your garland looks great. Gotta love the Nester for havving this party. I'm getting so many great ideas!

ceekay said...

It is great...You did a good job with the soup cans...!

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

Great garland - love your blog banner!!

Girly Stuff said...

It looks fabulous! 3 makes such a difference! I love your Austin stone.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

LOVE all the red touches...the berries, the loopey garland AND then the pretty leaves. Very nice!

Denise K. said...

Oh your mantel looks so pretty! I love how full it is and all the pretty goodies inside! You did a beautiful makeover! Merry Christmas and blessings to you! :-)

Sassy Gal said...

Absolutely gorgeous garland....you did a FAB job!!!! LOVE it.

Homesteader in Training said...

Ooooo! Very pretty my friend. I want a fireplace just for the sake of decorating it at Christmas lol.
Hugs.

edie said...

Turned out perfect....and I'm a big fan of the star!

Stephanie said...

Love your garland, and fireplace is beautiful... Love the make over.

The Garvie Family said...

Thanks for the nice comment. I love the "cool red garland" that you twisted in there. I'm going to have to try that on mine. Happy Holidays!!

Laurel MacD said...

You did a great job- I love that you used soup cans! Your stockings are awesome.

Melanie said...

Beautiful, Kristi! And I love that Austin stone... it makes the best mantals.

happy WFW!

Creations from my heart said...

Your garland is beautiful, and so are your two daughters! Blessings...Sherry

The Nester said...

THAT FIREPLACE!!!!

girl, it is FAB O! And the garland makes it even that much better--loved seeing the previous years!

Holly said...

Oh my. Oh sorry, let me wipe up the drool that just landed on your austin stone. I love it! The garland looks great...soup cans! Who would've thought? Thanks for stopping by.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your garland is so lush and pretty. I absolutely adore it! Cute girls too.

Lisa @ Take90West said...

Your stone fireplace is beautiful! I really like that red garland you mixed in, so fun!
Thanks for visiting my blog!

coco said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Isn't amazing what a little "more" garland can do? Yours looks great...beautiful fireplace!

coco said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Isn't amazing what a little "more" garland can do? Yours looks great...beautiful fireplace!

Karen said...

That's beautiful! Love your fireplace!

Amy said...

Oh my! I LOVE your fireplace and the decorations you have. The garland is divine. Good job!

Nikki said...

Hey Kristi, I love your garland, but my favorite part is the red garland that you added to it.

Ashley said...

I just love your entire mantle - just gorgeous!

The Busy Blaine's said...

Thanks for the comment! Love your blog and your mantel. My very best friend lives in Texas and until recently worked at Baylor hospital.My life verse is Phil 4:13 and my husbands is Joshua 24:15 so what a delight it was when I looked at your blog and the very first thing my eyes did see was the word of God. He is sooo good!

Ms. Elaine said...

Wow, this is so pretty. One of the prettiest I have seen while browsing the contest

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Yes, I figure the plumper the garland the better. Great job!

Robyn @ Robyn's Nest said...

Wow! Now that's a mantel. And that fireplace...gorgeous.

Chris said...

How beautiful! The stockings look just perfect with it!

Traci said...

Oh, your fireplace makes me want to curl up w/ some tea.

Beautiful!

Karen said...

that looks spectacular! Very pretty!

This Little Hen said...

Kristi thank you so much for the kind compliment! But WOW your fireplace is BEAUTIFUL everything about how it is decoarted really is gorgeous!

JuJu and Family said...

I wish hobby lobby would come out west!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Deck The Halls said...

Beautiful Garlands! You asked a question on my blog regarding the Home sign. It is vinyl lettering that I applied!

Thanks for stopping by!
You have a great blog!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Gorgeous fireplace and garland to match. It looked good before, but the extra additons upped it's umph power! :-)

XO,

Sheila

Half of the Style Sisters said...

Very nice. I love the before and after pics. Just beautiful

Astrid said...

Truly absolutely fabulous! Great garland make-over!

new every morning said...

wow! what a fireplace!
gorgeous!!!

Amydeanne said...

goregous job!

I lucked out last year and got Micheals 90% off sale here and got my stuff for like $2. a piece, so i was thrilled with that.. of course we're busy renovating so I cant put it up hppppppttt

Miss Sandy said...

Oh so beautiful!!!

To The Moon and Back said...

Wow! Looks beautiful!

Dusti said...

A beautiful fireplace! And a fabulous garland! It is so pretty, and I love your star.