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Wow, I don’t know about you, but I’m up to my ears in school parties, teacher gifts and the last few Christmas details.  Today, I’m heading out to the Christmas parties for both of my girls and then there’s only 1 more day before they are out of school for 2 weeks.  I’m really looking forward to hanging out with them and not running around like crazy people every day.  But, back to the to do list.  Last night, I finished up my teacher gifts which were inspired by this post by Pam.  Here’s how my Ikea lanterns turned out.


Ikea lanterns

This was such a great deal.  The lanterns were $8, the etching was $5, the candle was $2 and the decoration was $1.  ( I owned the ribbon.) How’s that for $16 per gift?  I love how they turned out.


Here’s a closeup of the etching.  I think this really added a lot to the overall look.  In the South, we like to monogram everything!


Now, on to my other project, you can see that there’s a color theme going on with this post.  I seem to be drawn to red and white this year.  You’ll see a lot of it in my kitchen when I give you a tour of my home on Friday.  But today, we’re talking about you.  It’s giveaway time!


Christmas giveaway

I took my love of red and white and put together a collection of Christmas goodies just for you.  There’s a set of 4 stockings from Ballard Designs, 1 yd of ribbon, a 5ft snowflake garland, a dotted metal bucket, set/6 peppermint scented tea lights, sparkly bowl filler and the cutest snowman angel you’ve ever seen.

I wanted each of you to know how thankful I am for your support.  The blog has taken a back seat to my design business lately, but you are always there for me with your kind comments.  And for those of you who don’t comment, no worries, I’m just glad you’re here.

So, this is for you!  All you have to do to enter the giveaway is follow my blog and comment on this post.  You can get another entry by posting about this on your Facebook page and twitter and then come back over and post another comment, so I know you did it!  The giveaway will end 1 week from today on 12/28.  I’ll announce the winner on Friday, 12/30.

You all mean the world to me.  I wish you a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.

Take care and see you on Friday for a tour of the Christmas touches in my home!

I’m linking up to Wow us Wednesday’s at Savvy Southern Style!

14 Responses

  1. You are so sweet, Lori! I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog and love reading all of your updates whether it’s about a project or your family. And I can’t wait to see your home all decked out for Christmas. Your girls are probably so excited for Christmas! My little Sheila is only 16 months but this year has been extra special with her starting to enjoy everything about the holiday. And I love your Pam inspired teacher’s gifts – they are such a great idea. This might be a funny question, but did you do the etching yourself?

  2. Being a former teacher, I would say that those teacher gifts are fabulous! I am a subscriber to your wonderful blog, and I get so many ideas from you. What a wonderful and generous giveaway you’re having. I adore red and use a lot of it year round in our little cottage. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. Love the teachers gifts Lori! They are just beautiful. I love reading your blog… one of the first things I read with my coffee in the morning.. I am in awe of your creativity! Hope you are having a great holiday and lets really get together after the holidays!!

  4. LOVE the monogram, Lori! I haven’t delivered mine yet, I’d love to add it, but I’ve never etched anything! I think I’ll try, thanks for the idea and the sweet shout-out! I’m sure I follow but you don’t show up in my google reader?? I’ll try again, I didn’t notice the ‘follow’ link, though. Fun giveaway ~ thank you!

    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your family!

  5. Lanterns are so cute!! Love the etching. And the giveaway items are great too…..there just happens to be 4 people in my family and I see 4 darling stockings in the giveaway too!!!


  6. Oh yes, we Southerners love a monogram! My fabulous babysitter made my boys “monogram pancakes” yesterday – in the shape of their initials. Ha! Those teacher gifts look great, Lori. Of course you know I love your blog — I get your RSS feeds, but I’ll double-check to make sure I’m subscribed!!

  7. Adorable!! Much more creative than the Williams Sonoma hot chocolate I gave to our teachers! 🙂 Great ideas for next year!