19 more days until Christmas—Oh My!  

I trust you are making progress with your decorating, wherever you happen to live.  Here in southern California, the weather for the most part cooperates quite splendidly.  As I travel throughout various neighborhoods, I notice wreaths on the front doors, perhaps a gate, or in a window which are wonderful ways to welcome guests and say hello to the coming holiday.  

As mentioned, I am decorating my parent’s house this year, as a way of preparing for the arrival of family members.  I started out with two beautiful wreaths for the outside, and soon discovered they would not hold up to the inclement weather we had a couple of days ago, rain and winds.  “It Never Rains In Southern California.”  Yeah right!  But we are thankful for what Mother Nature gave us…and the weather forecast is for more rain throughout the month of December.

So with that, I had to quickly rethink my strategy, and rather than decorating for the usual sunny days, I reverted back to a simple, weather resistant wreath that can be hung anywhere outdoors.  

The first thing you have to do is unbox last year’s wreath and fluff it up (you’d be squished too if you were in a box for a year), or head out to your favorite Walmart, Hobby Lobby, or Michaels for a new wreath.  They’re not that expensive.  While you’re there, find a set of plastic bells that can withstand the extreme conditions.  Then find a short set of lights that you wish to add, either on timer or solar.  Now, head to Costco for their fabulous selection of big-bolt ribbons that can be used in so many different ways.  I actually used a large section of it on one of my trees which I will show you in a later blog.

Since I’m into cost savings this year, I will now show you how to decorate a wreath and save loads of money.  

Start out with your basic artificial wreath, which I purchased at Hobby Lobby for about 12.00.  You may wish to add pine cones to make it a bit more dressy.  Have your bells, lights and ribbon ready to go.
Add the bells from Walmart for about $2.98, where you place them will be the top of the wreath.
Next string the lights throughout the wreath.  Found the lights at Home Depot for $5.00.
And for the final treatment, tie a bow near the bells, and weave the ribbon carefully through the wreath so as not to dislodge the lights.  Costco ribbons are absolutely terrific because they come in large bolts for only $7.00.

And there you have it.  An all-weather wreath, all in for about $27.00 and roughly 15 minutes of your time.  Voila…


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