Welcome to this week’s edition of the weekly rewind. This is my online magazine where I get to share what’s been happening around Cottage on Bunker Hill during the past week and some finds I think you will like.
November is certainly flying by! I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving and have so many things to be thankful for this year. First off thanks to all of you who support this website of mine by stopping by every week…I appreciate your time and will continue to bring you fresh ideas to help you create a home that you love.
I’ve been surrounded by ornaments and lights and ALL the things this week!! I’m trying to finish up my indoor Christmas decorating today…I don’t know why it’s been taking me so long to get it all done this year!!
Here’s a sneak peek at my Christmas tree so far! I snapped the pic last night when I was watching Hallmark Christmas movies. I’ll finish it up this morning...
So far I have hung the garlands and added clip-on candles and velvet ribbon. I started the ornaments last night but ended up heading out to the market to pick up my turkey…I couldn’t fathom going into any of the grocery stores yesterday with the crowds!!
It was a better idea to go at 6 when the places were quiet…well at least here in New Hampshire once it’s nightfall in the winter everyone goes home!!
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Clip On Candles
This set of 24 candles is so pretty on my tree!!
It comes with clips, suction cups for windows, and picks if you want
To get a little fresh air yesterday I went down the road to the monthly Sage Farm Antiques show in N. Hampton, NH. My favorite part is searching through all the stuff that is outside of the two barns!!
This vintage Christmas carol book was my only purchase… 4 bucks!! If you ever see them at your shops definitely grab one to have. You can frame the individual pages of songs to hang at Christmas for a thrifty way to decorate.
This is always my favorite booth at Sage Farm. He always puts together such a pretty look for each season. I loved the combination of small trees and greens with the vintage pieces and that gorgeous table that had a sold ticket on it….
In the “it’s a small world” category my blogging friend Ann of Dabbling & Decorating was the one that bought it!! I saw it this morning on her Instagram stories.
How pretty is this flower box all decked out for the winter season?? I love to add small twigs to my winter arrangements too!
Yesterday I made a big batch of dried orange slices to use in my kitchen garland and also for a wreath class I am teaching in a couple of weeks.
Have you ever made them at home? It’s super easy but does take a few hours of baking on a low temp. It’s the perfect task to do when you are home decorating your tree! You can see how to make dried orange slices here.
TIP: As you are clearing your pumpkins off of your front porch to make room for garlands save the stems! If you have some interesting looking pumpkin stems pry them off, let them dry out completely on a paper towel and store away for next year…then you can attach them to fake pumpkins to make them look real!!!
New This Week
This week I shared a bunch of my Affordable Christmas Decorating Tips with you. Like this thrift store vase that I turned into fake mercury glass!
My friend Stacy of Bricks n Blooms shared her 5 Easy Mantel Decor Ideas For Christmas and the mantel that she thrifted and refinished.
Kim over at Shiplap & Shells shared Ways to Use Vintage Finds In Your Christmas Decor. You will love her collection of all things vintage and how she uses them throughout her home.
If you missed it check out my Easy Ideas for Adding Metallics to Your Christmas Decor this season. I’m loving this look of 2 garlands that I grabbed from Target. They both sell for $10. I think that is definitely the lowest price I’ve seen for a bell garland this season!!
You have to check your stores for the bell garland…it’s sold out online already!!
The rose gold mercury bulb string lights are still available online and in-store. Very pretty for draping over a garland…really nice glow!
Around the Web
My Bottle Brush Tree Wreath was one of the features this week on the Fabulous Friday Link Party. You can make one for yourself with a set of 48 bottle brush trees ($16.98 from Amazon) and about 20 minutes!!!
What a super cute idea from Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse!!! Look at these DIY Vintage Wooden Spool Ornaments. I’ll be keeping my eye out for wooden spools at the antique store!!
I love this idea for a hostess gift for Thanksgiving or Christmas!! Something more thoughtful than that bottle of wine that doesn’t take long to put together. Check out all the details at Our Tiny Nest.
This is such a good idea for one of those crazy light bulb necklaces from the dollar stores!
This Thanksgiving Tablescape is simply beautiful!!
You will love scrolling all of these beautiful Christmas pictures to get some inspiration!
Robyn at Robyn’s French Nest has put together the best list of 39 Inexpensive Christmas Family Activities You’ll Love This Season
How stinkin’ cute are these tiny gingerbread houses?? You can find out how to make them and get Leslie’s yummy gingerbread recipe right here!
A Reader All-Time Favorite!
This Pine Cone Door Swag is my most pinned project on Pinterest! It’s super easy to make too…all you need is a bag of pinecones and your favorite ribbon!! This is a perfect hostess gift too for the holidays.
Did you see the 10 days of Christmas ideas?
- Day 1 – Christmas DIY Ideas
- Day 2 – Front Porch Decorating Ideas
- Day 3 – Christmas Tree Ideas
- Day 4 – Christmas Table Decor Ideas
- Day 5 – Christmas Cookies and Sweet Treats
- Day 6 – Christmas Decorating Ideas
- Day 7 – Christmas Hacks You Should Know
- Day 8 – Christmas Gift Wrapping Guide
- Day 9 – Wreaths & Front Door Decor
- Day 10 – Winter Greenery
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving week! I hope you eat lots of yummy food & desserts…my favorite part!! –Much Love, Jennifer
Oh, one last thing! If you are a Gilmore Girls fan, don’t forget tomorrow starts the Gilmore the Merrier week on the UPTV channel!!! A week-long marathon of all the Gilmore Girls episodes. Yes, I’ve seen every episode a zillion times… but I still have it on in the background all week and especially early Thanksgiving morning when I’m cooking.
get to know me
here are a few fun facts…
- I’ve lived in New England my entire life! This is good because the beach is my favorite place to be…even in the winter I love to go breathe in the salt air.
- I am an EARLY BIRD!!! I rarely sleep past 4…it’s my favorite time of day and those wee hours are my most productive. (plus, I LOVE coffee!!)
- I am a total Hallmark Christmas movie nut!! Seriously, I know, I know, they are a little sappy but they make me happy!