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I'm Julie, a feisty, but rather shy redhead from New York, who moved to the Midwest to follow my dreams (and the love of my life). I'm passionate about decorating our home with my own unique affordable DIY style which is a mix of eclectic, contemporary, traditional, with a splash of country. I don't follow the crowd, but trust my gut instead. I hope to inspire you to try some of my ideas. I also love to cook and share my easy recipes. My family begs me to make my homemade meatballs and pizza. I hope you will try them and hang out with me for a while or subscribe to my e-mail letter here:

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Outdoor Christmas Decor

Hello fellow Friday lovers!A few announcements before I share
what I have been working on around the Fiato household.

Yesterday I had a HUGE personal “wake up call”.
I’m not going to get into too many specifics,
but lets just say my children brought me back down to reality.
We have 2 very smart girls.

I have been so wrapped up in getting this blog off it’s feet,
that I have slowly drifted away.
I need to spend more time with my girls.

Starting 2013 fresh…
I will be posting only once a week.
That’s about 1/2 of what I do now.
Blogging is extremely time consuming with photos,
editing, writing, publishing, networking…
it has turned into a full time position.
I enjoy it immensely,
but I’m not ready for that.  I want to spend more time with my girls :)
I know you all will understand and support that decision.

Now… to announce the Christmas party winners!
Don’t forget if you didn’t win, there are 2 more weeks left.
You DO NOT need a blog to win.
Next week we are giving away the free 30 minute e-design consultation from the
fabulous, and beautiful, Cynthia Weber,
and also some cool men’s sunglasses from my favorite optician, Wallace Optical.

My girls picked the winners and they were so excited.  Here we go!Winner of the beautiful glass knobs is:
Alli from Cupcake Diaries
Winner of the awesome brand new paint marker is:
Sandy from Sandy’s Space

Congratulations, and please send me your address as soon as possible so I can mail these out to you lucky gals.

Now for some special Christmas treats from Red.

Or should I say…

Are these pillows gorgeous or what?
I did not make them, but I wish I did.
A very sweet friend of mine who I have met in blog land made them for our family.  She sewed them, stenciled them, and shipped them to my little mailbox out front.
She is a cute gal from Florida, and her blog is called
A Little Claireification.
Not only is she sweet, generous, and pretty, but she runs an excellent blog over there and I hope you can visit her. If you would like to learn more about these pillows, which are Target knock off’s by the way, just click here and Claire will show you how she did it.
Amazing talent.
Okay, now on to what I have for you…Outdoor Christmas decor is one of my favs.
I have seen ice skates used all over blog land for Christmas decor.
My favorite was found here at Bliss Ranch.
Nice work Bliss!
Last weekend while we were out, Rick (kicked me out of the car) dropped me off at Salvation Army so I could run in and check for some vintage white ice skates.  They had nothing.
Then we stopped at Good Will.
Except, they aren’t white.
And they probably aren’t vintage.
And you can see me in the bulbs…


Here’s another picture from 2013:
$4 Ice Skate Front Door Christmas Decor
At first I was going to spray them white.
Rick looked at me kind of strange.
I realized, black is COOL MAN!
Everyone does white.
I must say I LOVE THEM.
I hung a red ribbon, and some bulbs on them, and hung them on our side door.
It was rather snowy that day.
Now on to my front porch…
I love wreaths, but I wanted something different, and free.
We got the tree last weekend.
It’s quite large and needed some branches cut off.
Well, hello Mrs. Swag!
This is probably one of the easiest things I have ever made.
I gathered the branches together and tied them up with twine.
One tie did it, and I hung it upside down.
I added the bow, candy canes, cranberries, and bells.
Is it me, or does it look like a tree?
I mist this occasionally with water to help keep it from drying out.
You can get a sneak peak of our tree inside here:
(tree coming next post!)
Here’s one more easy idea for you.
I saw this in a magazine, but can’t remember where.
I have this gazing ball in my yard all year long.
I cleaned it up, and placed it in my soil filled urn from Summer.
I plopped the ball inside, stuck some more of the branches from our tree into the soil, and added some pine cones, bulbs, and a ribbon.
I need to mist this too.
Actually, I could water it like a plant.
Cheap, easy, and beautiful.
I better get going…
this post is getting too long!
Have a lovely weekend…
We have a date with our girls & some friends.Love,

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