Fun Ornament Crafts Your Kids Will Love

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Creating ornaments is an activity that kids love to take part in. They really enjoy feeling involved with decorating the house and tree for Christmas. Ornaments can be easy to make and look great too! Find out how to make fun and easy, craft ornaments that will personalize your family’s Christmas tree.

Icicles can be made with metallic pipe cleaners and beads. Silver or blue metallic pipe cleaners work best. The color of the pipe cleaner is important for the ornament to look like a sparkling icicle.

You can use whatever type of beads you like, as long as they have a hole big enough to allow the pipe cleaner through. Let your kids select the beads they want to use and slide them onto the pipe cleaner. Make sure they leave some space between the beads, to ensure that the pipe cleaner can be malleable. Once the beads have been applied, wrap the pipe cleaner around a pencil. Then remove and slightly pull either end to stretch the icicle out. This will create a spiral icicle ornament that will shine and sparkle once it is hung on the Christmas tree.

 The string lights will make the metallic pipe cleaner sparkle! You can simply curl the top of the icicle to hook over the tree branch. No hooks required! Your kids will love hanging their icicle ornaments just as much as they liked making them!

Ribbon tree ornaments are super easy. First let your child select a small straight stick that they would like as the trunk of the tree. Next you will need various types of ribbon. Let your kids decide which ribbon they want to use. . Cut the ribbons for your children. Next allow your child to tie the ribbon onto the branch. Make sure they tie it into a simple knot. If your child does not know how to tie a knot yet, help them with this part. This activity is a great way to learn and experiment with patterns. Once they have applied all the ribbon to the branch, trim the ribbon down and cut at an angle so the ribbon will be tapered from shorter to longer, creating a tree shape!

Fun Christmas Traditions for You and Your Spouse

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Christmas time can come and go as a blur, if we don’t slow down to enjoy it with the people that matter most. It is so easy to make Christmas about your children, letting the holiday go by without making it special as a couple. Start traditions that are enjoyable and simple for you and your spouse to enjoy after the kids are asleep.

Watch your favorite Christmas movies together. One night watch your favorite and the next night watch his. This activity will get you in the mood for Christmas decorating. You two can snuggle on the sofa together and even plan a special holiday snack for the event.

Decorate the tree together! Let’s face it ladies, putting the tree up and stringing the lights is the hardest task. Get your spouse involved. He will feel like strong and masculine while he is helping. After the tree is up, have fun placing memorable ornaments on the tree. Talk about past Christmases and hopes for this year’s holiday!

Each year buy each other a special Christmas ornament that represents the receiver’s personality. Shopping for the perfect ornament is fun and builds a special memory you can share for years to come together.

Sip on a holiday cocktail with your honey. You can decide which drinks to try this year. If you like beer, there are plenty of seasonal holiday brews to try. There are an array of Christmas inspired cocktails that you can make at home. Search on line for mixes you can make with your favorite liquor or liqueur.

Do themed stockings each year. Decide with your spouse on the special theme each year. This is a fun way to shop for your significant other. It is also really exciting seeing what your partner selected for you!

Snuggle by a fire and sip hot cocoa after you have set the presents under the tree. If you don’t have a fireplace, you can still sip yummy cocoa. This is a great way to unwind with your partner. Maybe this is the intimate time to exchange gifts; while it is just the two of you.

Don’t Let the Holidays Sneak Up on You

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16311397_SThere are so many already aired holiday ads, and the stores have had their winter holiday aisles up since just after Labor Day. Retailers certainly won’t let us forget that the holidays are almost upon us. Our email inboxes are already full of coupons for holiday cards and ideas for holiday meals. So, have you made your appointment for your family holiday photo yet? Are YOU ready for the holidays?

Without putting the horse before the cart, here is a checklist of items you can do now so that you are not overwhelmed as the holiday season arrives.

  • Get out your holiday recipes. Check your pantry to make sure you have what you need so you don’t have to run to the store in the midst of holiday food prep.
  • Plan your Thanksgiving meal. Order your turkey, if that’s what’s on the menu. Your butcher will thank you for not waiting until the last minute.
  • Also plan your holiday baking. You can easily make breads and cookies now and freeze them for future use.
  • Buy containers for freezer meals, holiday gifts and baked goods. The stores are full of holiday themed disposable ware.
  • Take stock of your china, holiday tablecloths, serving pieces and stemware. If you need additional items you have plenty of time to look for sales.
  • Review your address book. Update any changes and count how many holiday cards you need to order. It’s also not too early to start writing your holiday letter.
  • Make your gift list and plan your budget. Look through your wrapping supplies and see if you need extra tissue paper, ribbons and bows.
  • Make travel arrangements if you will be visiting family out of town. Service your car so that it is ready for the trek to Grandma’s house.
  • If you are hosting family, check your supply of extra linens, towels and throw blankets. Schedule carpet cleaning, window washing and a professional house cleaning so that your home is sparkling.
  • And finally, don’t forget to plan for a haircut, and a mani/pedi so that you start the holiday season relaxed and looking great.

Holiday Savings at Century Tile

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Get your home ready for the upcoming holiday celebrations!  We are having a great deal going on right now and you don’t want to miss out on this because it’s just in time for the holidays.  We are offering our best discounts exclusively to customers like you. Join us and take advantage of these special savings.

You can receive an instant $150 cash back with every $1,000 installed purchase.  We have a large variety of in-stock flooring options like bamboo, laminate, carpet, tile, vinyl, stone, glass, ceramic, porcelain, engineered and solid wood flooring.  Come visit one of 12 locations to browse and for more information on this great event!

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Decorating the Formal Dining Room

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10292857_SFor most of us, the holidays are one of the few times in the year when we use our formal dining rooms for family meals. With the trend to dens, home offices and open floor plans, many newer homes do not have a formal dining room. Decorating a formal dining room or a dining area in a traditional style is a lovely way to create a special feeling for family gatherings and holiday meals.

This dining room has many lovely traditional design features that give it a formal feeling. You can capture the formal feeling even if your dining room opens onto your kitchen or entryway. Painting the walls or a focal wall is one way to give your dining room a formal or traditional feeling. Installing molding is an easy DIY project. Embellishing the area below the chair rail with molding or batten and board can bring traditional style to the wall.  Painting the area below the chair rail a lighter color than the wall above would be another very traditional element.

Traditional style dining chairs and table are a must for a formal dining room.  The style of these chairs is a classic choice. Other formal touches could be added in wall sconces or a chandelier above the table.  Curtains to frame the window give the window a finished look.  Even panels flanking the large window would work, too.  An area rug under the table is also traditional element that would add pattern and color to the room.

Cookie Decorating Party

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16228315_SCookie decorating is a great holiday activity for the kids, your friends, and pretty much anyone involved.  Make it a cookie decorating party!

Baking Cookies: You could bake the cookies the night before so there’s less hassle the day of the party.  Another option is to have everyone bring his or her own special batch of cookies so you have a variety of holiday cookies.

Decorating Stations: Have everyone pick a few cookies and set up stations so people can get up and move around to mingle with everyone.  Set up an icing station with multiple icing colors in containers, a sprinkles space, and an area for miscellaneous cookie decorations.

Include the Kids: Set a table up just for the kids with all of the essential decorating tools in the middle so everyone can enjoy.  If you keep the cookie decorations in one place it helps with the clean up, too.  Put down a plastic tablecloth or one that you won’t mind getting a little dirty, just in case.

Adults Only:  If you would prefer a more grown up approach to the cookie decorating party, just add a drink station for adults only.

Cookie decorating is fun for everyone!  To make the party a little more interesting, have a prize for the best-decorated cookie at the end of the night.  It’s always nice to see your friends and families’ creative talents on a delicious cookie that can be devoured in a few bites!  We hope you’re enjoying this time of the year!

Beginning the Design Process with Samples

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Imagining a new room or remodel is part of the fun. While choosing finishes and materials can be overwhelming at times, looking at samples can be one of the most enjoyable things about the design process.  Walking into one of our stores is like walking into a candy store for a kid.  There are so many beautiful options and infinite combination possibilities await.

If you are redoing a house, a room or just adding new flooring for the holidays, getting samples is a must.  Having some idea of what you are looking for before you go to the store is also a must. Pull together ideas online on a Pinterest board, magazines, or create your own workbook here. Knowing what direction you want to go in will save you time and sometimes money on your project.

Setting a budget and accounting for overages should be done before you begin to look at materials. Most home projects will go over budget—so account for overages in your initial calculations. This is another reason samples are important. Being able to take home a carpet, wood floor, tile or even upholstery sample can save you time and money in the end.  It allows you to visualize your room better. Making the wrong decision in material, size, or color can be an expensive error.  If you want to decorate or remodel your home for holidays, we’ve got an amazing holiday offer going on now until December 9th, 2012!  Here is more detailed information for your Holiday Home Makeover.

If you are working on multiple surfaces, pull all your samples together so you can see how the different materials work together or don’t work together.  Paint, flooring, upholstery and tile samples can give you a sense of the overall design in a small format.  You can also try out our Virtual Room Designer to help envision your room with all of these elements.

Last Minute Holiday Details

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Hopefully your Christmas shopping is done, cards and Christmas letters mailed and presents wrapped. If you are fortunate enough to be the one hosting a holiday dinner this season we have a few last minute ideas for details that will delight your guests.

Dress up candles with greenery.

Mini boxes filled with chocolates and decorated with scrapbooking supplies are a nice favor for guests to take home at the end of the evening.

Create a personalized place setting for each guest. This pinecone theme is easily accomplished with a few craft supplies.

Make your own party poppers. Fill them with wrapped chocolates, tiny cookies or gift cards.

Dress up your chair backs with paper cones filled with flowers.

Adorn your buffet table with bead garland and greens. Use safety pins to hold the garland in place.

With just a little extra effort you can make this year a holiday to remember.

Setting A Stylish Table

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All your guests have RSVP’d. You have been through all your December Bon Appétit magazines to get recipes for the perfect Christmas feast. Your local wine merchant has paired wine for each course. It looks as though Martha helped decorate your home. The last thing on your to do list is to set the table. Check out these great ideas for a stylish tabletop.

Glass Christmas ornaments in containers make quite a statement. Use a patterned tablecloth with the same colors.

Gold, gold and more gold! Keep all other colors neutral and you will create a most elegant setting.

Don’t forget your chandelier can be your centerpiece. Look at the drama that was created in this room.

Add a pop of color that isn’t traditional. See how this use of pink and unusual place settings makes this a very contemporary table.

It’s easy to set a beautiful table that will complement your wonderful hospitality. Happy Holidays!