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This Holiday: Create a Greener Holiday Decor

This holiday season contribute to a cleaner and greener environment by indulging in some eco-friendly crafts. Whether you are a DIY enthusiast or not, we have three easy ideas to create your own decorations for the holidays. Make a statement with these holiday crafts and spread the message of love, peace and joy in an eco-friendly way.

1.       Handmade Snow Globes  

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Can’t think of holidays without the magical snow globes? This year instead of buying a new one, recycle some old plastic toys and glass jars to create a homemade snow globe.

 You will need:

Glass jars with screw on lids

Small old plastic toys

Hot glue

Glitter

Water

Ribbon

Method:

1.       Scrape off the label from the empty glass jar. An easy way is to hold the jar under a hair-dryer and the label will come off very easily

2.       Rummage through your old ornaments for small plastic toys, small balls, bottle brush trees etc. You can spray paint these toys in gold or silver if you like

3.       Use hot glue to fix the toys on the inside of the lid

4.       Add glitter in the empty jar. You can add more or less depending on how you like your snow globe

5.       Finally, fill the jar with water and screw the lid on. Decorate the lid with a ribbon. Shake the snow globe for some magic!

  2.       Pinecone ornaments 

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The dark brown color of pinecones will add a rustic charm to your holiday decoration. The elegance of the naturally occurring variations in pinecones will bring depth and warmth. These are easy to make and eco- friendly.

You will need:

Lots of pinecones gathered from outside

Glitter

Metallic paint in gold and silver

Fabric cording

Ribbons of varying widths

Modge podge

Method:

1.       Clean and dust off your pinecones

2.       Create a loop with fabric cording to hang the pinecones and hot glue it to the base of the pine cone

3.       Once the loop is fixed, brush the pinecone with modge podge

4.       Shake glitter over wet modge podge and coat the pine cone well. Let it dry and gently shake off the extra glitter

5.       Make a bow out of the ribbon and secure it with the loop. Your pine cone ornaments are ready for display

 

3.       Eco – chic string lights

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A beautiful string of lights is synonymous with holiday decoration. Light up your home with a home – crafted string of lights.

 You will need:

Small balloons

Glue

Colored twine

String of lights

Fishing wire

Method:

 1.       Blow up the balloons in the desired size – not too large and not too small

2.       Mix one part water to two parts glue and apply a thin coat over the balloons with a brush

3.       Wrap the balloon with colored twine and let it dry overnight. Leave a little space at the top to insert the string of lights

4.       Once dry, the twine will stiffen. Burst the balloon with a safety pin and pull the deflated balloon out.

5.       Insert the light into each string ball and secure with a transparent fishing wire

6.       Go ahead and decorate your home with twinkling lights

Visiting the HGTV Smart Home in Jacksonville Beach, FL

 

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Last week, while on my SOS Book Signing tour of Feel Good Spaces, I had a wonderful opportunity to visit the HGTV Smart Home 2013 in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

I was so thrilled by this experience and wanted to share this experience with you.

When we first pulled up the home, I was surprised honestly to see how small it was.  A few years ago I had the opportunity to see the Coastal Living Magazine’s Design Home off of Jeykell Island, GA and it was huge.  This house was small but very functional!  Here is the official press release about the home:

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“Designed by architect Mike Stauffer, AIA, and constructed by Glenn Layton Homes, the HGTV Smart Home 2013 measures approximately 2,400 square feet and features more than 1,000 square feet of covered porches, decks and pool. Smart home technology connects many of the home’s appliances and devices, and allows occupants to monitor energy use and control home systems such as security, interior climate, lighting and other electronics. The HGTV Smart Home 2013 is built to meet the Consumer Electronics Association’s TechHome Rating specifications for technology infrastructure.

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“The features and functionality of this home are like nothing we’ve ever offered in HGTV home giveaways, and set the standard for creative spaces and ways that consumers can use emerging technology to improve their homes,” said Jack Thomasson, HGTV house planner.

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The pedestrian and bicycle-friendly Paradise Key South Beach neighborhood lies just five blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and a quick 20-minute drive from downtown Jacksonville, one of Florida’s most vibrant communities. Footpaths and wooden walking bridges dot the development, which embraces Florida-friendly landscaping and an indigenous plant palette to reduce lawn maintenance.

 

“This community’s thoughtful design vision and refreshing coastal architecture make Paradise Key a remarkable place to live and a wonderful setting to showcase the first HGTV Smart Home,” said developer Lon Walton. “We have an outstanding beach community, and we are very excited about this first location for the HGTV Smart Home.”

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The fully furnished HGTV Smart Home 2013 features products provided by national advertising partners including GMC, Bassett Furniture, Moen, Shaw Floors, ADT Security Services, Bush Brothers & Company, Quicken Loans, Garnier, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Tempur-Pedic Management, LLC., Trex Company, Inc., and Char-Broil.”

My absolute favorite room was the family room which was just off the kitchen.  I also enjoyed the outdoor space and the master bedroom as well.  I think what I love most about this house is not the fancy gadgets but the tropical and bright inspired color scheme that was used throughout the home.

Perhaps you can be one of the winners of this great home.  Register at least twice a day at here

 

 

 

 

 

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