There’s inspiration everywhere and I am a little bit behind in our holiday decorating due to our spontaneous football trip to Disney.

You all know how I love to incorporate frugal, fancy, creative decorating ideas, so what better treat then a combination of my own creative inspiration and that of a place where dreams come true – Disney.

Last year’s revelation that it’s so easy to take a bunch of cheap, discarded garlands, layer them, add various creative elements from around the house and create instant magic, was the best decorating inspiration of the year.

Taking that concept and mixing it with my love for “shopping the house” has given me so many creative outlets this year for all seasons, especially with hanging wreaths on door, and garlands around the home.

I have picked up inexpensive garlands and wreaths from Goodwill and yard sales this year knowing that I would have fun embellishing someone else’s trash and making it my own treasure.
Using various picks that I found for $1 created just the look I desired for under $3.

The same look that Disney creates with all the gorgeous garland can be done by any of us – design on a dime. Picking up ornaments last year at 90% off allowed me to experiment with all different looks.

Since I’m typing this post on my way back from our trip, I haven’t had the chance to get our two large trees up yet (one for the kids, one for me :), but I have enjoyed my themed trees.

Two years ago, it finally dawned on me to keep the trees decorated and just put them up “as is.”

How did it take me ten years to think of that? IT has saved me SO much time. I just place a garbage bag over them before placing them in the attic.

My angel tree began with ornaments that my mom presented to me in my hope chest at 16 years old, it’s one of my three small “themed” trees,.

A plethora of beautiful glass bowls can be found at thrift stores. I snatch them up throughout the year, knowing the easy frugal decorating that can be done for all seasons.

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, metallic ornaments and beads replace the leaves and sticks in my thrift store finds. This is probably my most favorite part of decorating.

Simple, easy, and inexpensive…my kind of decorating.
 Decorating dilema solved... inexpensively
My children love their table decorated with a candy cane theme. I found everything on the table at a yard sale score last year.

If you are still trying to make a few new holiday additions, this is something you can do tomorrow….literally.

 Decorating dilema solved... inexpensively

Open up your cabinets and find that glass bowl stuck in the back corner. Fill it up and enjoy.

Tomorrow, I jump head first back into the reality of the Christmas season. It means making up for a lot of lost time.
I can’t wait to finish my decorating and show you it’s possible to design on a dime.

Let’s do it together.

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