It’s Christmas time! I love the crisp, cool air and warm sunshine that defines December in Texas. 

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This past February my husband Felipe and I bought our first home! This is a really big deal to me because I have moved at least 25 times in the last 11 years. Now, we have a home… where we plan on living for at least three years. While I am not completely okay with the idea of settling down, I am IN LOVE with the idea of decorating my home for the holidays.

Growing up in small town Texas my mom was the Chevy Chase of Christmas. We lived in a large historical home and not an inch was spared of Christmasification. Thousands upon thousands of lights, singing dolls, snowy scenes, Jesus is the Reason signs, placemats, HoHoHo-ing jolly Santas…the joy of Christmas permeated from our home. Here are some old pictures I found of the fun we had:

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Due to the need to travel for work, my mom has since downsized; her decorations now include a simple string of lights and a beautiful tiny tree. So, now that I have my own home, it is time that the tradition continues! And my mom came to help!

Since I am a work-at-home wifey, the budget called for the reliable (or not so) Pinterest to be summoned! Below is a few ways I Christmas-fied my homeSWEEThome on the cheap.

The Beach Tree

While dreams of going to the Christmas tree farm and cutting down the perfect tree danced in my head, my body drove on down to Home Depot, told the lady ‘Sure, that one will do’ and was done with it. What can I say? This is real life, y’all!

Shell Ornaments

I had decided I wanted my tree decorations to be a beach theme, mostly because I have a beach cottage style home. However, I did not have the budget to buy ‘themed’ ornaments, nor the time to go hunting for seashells (although that would have been very fun!) My solution: a $12 box of shell potpourri from Hobby Lobby, much like the one pictured below.potpourri

I hot glued ribbons to each and every shell with the help of a friend and my dad (yes, my dad was a master at the glue gun!). This yielded me 50+ beach themed ornaments for about $14 total.

Burlap Flowers

Have you seen this simple Burlap Flower Tutorial trending on Pinterest? It’s so easy and looks great! I bought discounted burlap, and found some pretty fabric I had been saving for the perfect project… and…. wala!

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I also purchased some flowers and garlands for a total of around $10. Here’s my pretty beach tree…

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Pinecone Wreath-Thingy

I was inspired by this beautiful Pinterest post pictured below to make a hanging pine cone wreath.

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I was determined to make this with only items I had on hand. I hunted down a few pinecones in the frontyard and even found little mini pinecones.  I had some old wooden pieces I had bought for 5 cents each at a garage sale…

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And some left over spray paint…

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And so, one-two-three…

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A little extra…

While I was cruising through Hobby Lobby, trying not to buy everything in sight, I stumbled upon the fall items. They were marked down 90%. Yes, 90%!!! Most items were specifically fall – pumpkins,  scarecrows and the like. But one item was only fall colored, and at 50 cents each…

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I painted them…

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And then tied them to a burlap covered post…

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I also followed this Doily Tree pin that only required me to purchase a $1 package of doilies from Dollar Tree. Everything else I was able to find around the house. (there will soon be candy where the buttons are!)

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Why decorate?

This past weekend, decorating the house with the people I love the most in the whole-wide-world was one of the best weekends of the year. We had Christmas music, delicious food, and lots of LOVE. I hope that everyone is able to find some time this year to come together and share the joy.

As for my dog Zion, it was just a little too much action for him. He’s all worn out!

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Thank you Margarey 🙂 Guest Post Written & Provided by Margarey Valdez-Diaz, a local lover of the outdoors and all things natural, a wonderfully talented woman and beautiful friend of Myra’s Garden!

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-XOXO,

Myra’s