I have a good shopping hint to share with you…

Have you ever wondered if you should buy Christmas decorations after the season is over? Well I have to tell you that today (Jan 6th) I went through some of the stores in the Mall and couldn’t believe the fabulous prices for the holiday leftovers on the shelves that were ridiculously overpriced in November and December.

I know it’s hard to stop yourself when you see that perfect, glowing ornament that would look just right with your other holiday trimmings, but trust me. You can get twice as many by waiting.

Last year, I’d decided that my mantle had been the same for so many years; it was more than time for a change. So, I started searching for the exact embellishments I wanted. After seeing this photo, I decided I wanted white and silver and knew that the whole area would look gorgeous fixed up with those colors. Look like my fireplace!!

But when I went shopping, I was outraged at the cost of styrofoam and glitter, ribbons and cheap sparkling balls made very inexpensively. Wow!! One goofy large silver ball was over $8. With all the season’s expenses, I just couldn’t do it. Other, more important things, like food and gifts and of course… chocolate, had priority with my debit card.

Instead, I waited until the Boxing Day sales and my young bachelor son and I hit the stores early. I was training him to be a cost-conscious shopper. He only came along because I‘d promised a sushi lunch and a movie… LOL!!

But, I’m happy to say, we’d found fantastic bargains at 50% off and more. Quickly, we bought the new glittery decorations because others had the same idea and the best bargains were clearing out fast.

Move forward to this year when I set up all my beautiful new fixings. While doing so, memories of the fun we’d had shopping for them last year drifted through my mind and gave me a huge amount of added satisfaction.

When, my guy arrived and saw what we had made happen, his pleasure turned a delightful moment into one even more special.

***Speaking of special visions of Christmas, in my last novella of the Holiday Heartwarmers Trilogy, Find Me a Home, there’s a part where the heroine is working the hero to get the Christmas decorations ready for a very special visitor.

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The next day, while Amelia and Harley were feverishly decorating the Christmas tree, he grabbed her for a kiss. “Lady, you sure have a lot of stuff for Christmas. I thought I’d never get all those lights up around the house.”

She pulled out of his arms and slapped her hands on her hips. “Don’t tell me you’re a Scrooge for the holidays, Harley Carlton, because if so, it could be a deal breaker.”

Though she’d spoken teasingly, her heart dropped at the idea that she loved a man who might not share her excitement for this season. It was her favorite time of the year. If it hadn’t been for having had her life turned upside down first with her injury, and then all the worry about Jimmy, she would have had all her beautiful decorations in place weeks ago.

“Calm down, sugar. I’m a sucker for Christmas. In fact, I’m usually the one who helps Mom get the house ready. Only this year, things have been a bit crazy and poor old Dad had to step up. The old complainer called to let me know he was only a temporary employee.”

Ribbon Pine Cone Ornaments – easy instructions!

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Years ago, when I didn’t have a lot of extra funds for gifts, I came across this pattern to make Christmas ornaments and boy did this ever save my sanity. I made scads for all the people on my list. Not only did they love them, but I saved a whole bunch of money and had a ball coming up with different designs using various colored ribbons, even adding fancy beads and sequins,

It’s a fun task and we got the whole family involved. Maybe you ‘d like to give it a try!!! There’s plenty of time before the big day…

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Materials:

3 meters #5 ribbon, cut into 2” long pieces

1 meter 3/8” to ½” ribbon for bow

10” of 1/8” ribbon for hanger

115 flat head pins

1 bead head pin

1 – 3” to 3 ½” Styrofoam egg

Craft Glue

Instructions:

  • Fold 5” ribbon into triangles 
  • At narrow end of egg, pin two triangles, seam side down, opposite each other so that the tips meet ¼” beyond the end of the egg. Use a pin in each corner.
  • Pin two more triangles opposite each other in the spaces between the first two, with points extending about ½” above the first two. These should form a point.
  • Pin two more triangles opposite each other in the spaces between the second two. (Down about ¼”)
  • Again, pin two more triangles opposite each other in the spaces between the third two.
  • Drop down about ¼” and place the next row with tips of triangles resting on the seams of the previous row. Continue in a circle around the egg.
  • Next row, drop down another ¼” again resting points of triangles on seams. Continue to alternate rows in this manner until the egg is completely covered.
  • Make a fluffy florist bow with 1 meter of the 3/3” ribbon.
  • Put bead head pin through the florist bow and both of the raw edges of the 1/8” hanger ribbon and attach to egg using a little glue.

*** My Heroine, Leilani in Loveable Christmas Angel would have been the heroine who might have enjoyed this pastime. She was a downhome kind of girl who had and Aunt in Hawaii desperate for her help.

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Christmas in Hawaii! How lucky can a girl get? Except Leilani is bringing her mother’s ashes home to Waikiki and has an urgent plea of help from an aunt she’s never even met. After winning two free nights in prestigious Hotel Jordan, things take a turn she never expected. First, she is stuck in an elevator with the prickly, but luscious Mr. Jordan. Secondly, her aunt is a sick woman and only held on for one reason. She wants to pass on her most precious possession… her five-year-old grandchild. The same prickly little fellow that takes one look at Leilani, slaps his fist on his hips and yells, “Go away!”

Kale is the owner of the Jordan Hotel Chain and he can’t believe his rotten luck. He broke up with a spoilt brat of a girlfriend and now he’s stuck in an elevator with a big-eyed, effusive tourist. How in the world can a guy who’s so worldly be hooked on a lively beauty with more dilemmas than anyone he’s ever met?

 

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