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Day After Bargains- a report from the front lines

I just got back from an endorphin inducing, glitter covered, elbow deep hunt for discount Christmas decor!
oh the glitter!

This has become a tradition of mine, every December 26th I hit the stores early to snag some goods for next year, and saving a bunch of money in the process! While most stores are only offering 50% off holiday stuff today*, in a couple weeks they'll be down to 70-90% off. Woo hoo!

*scroll down to see the best discounts, and where to get what!

My Haul
Today I hit 7 stores (so far)- Walmart, Home Depot, Pier 1, Michael's, Joann's Fabric, and two Targets. I spent a total of $35 (plus $12 on a gift card). I didn't actually purchase something at every store. Here's what I scored!

Pre discount and gift card I would have spent $136 for the same stuff!! That's a savings of $101. Oh yeah:) And now the deets.
from Target: teal wrapping paper, silver bird ornaments, silver tinsel,  blue bells, silver snowflake ornaments
from Walmart: pack of teal ornaments, pack of clear glass ornaments,  lime starburst ornaments (that remind me of sea urchins!), candycanes,  lime "sun" ornament, gold frame ornament
from Michael's: lime and black ribbon, teal poinsettias, pine branch, teal "seaweed" silver charger, silver leaf wreath
from Joann's Fabric: "coloring book" wrapping paper, white owl, teal peacock clip on ornament

And the Award goes To-
Some interesting observations from my travels.
Most crowded- Pier One. The line was to the back door!
Most selection- Target and Walmart
Most discounted- Joann's Fabric (70% off, plus additional 30% off), and Michael's (80% off holiday floral)
Most Justin Beiber ornaments- Target

Where to get What
Here's what I found as far as discounts and selection at these stores.

Joann's Fabric, Buena Park
70% off, plus additional 30% off! The one I went to in Buena Park was pretty cleaned out. Still some floral and cute ornaments left. I'm hoping to hit the Ontario one this weekend and find more stuff!

Michael's, Brea
50%-80% off. Lots of garlands, plain wreaths, the "glitter bins" (multicolored ornaments and foliage)

Target, Brea, Yorba Linda
50% off. I went to 2 in north OC. Offering a good selection of wrapping stuff, lights, tree toppers.

Walmart, Brea
50% off. Good selection of wrapping stuff,  glitter ornaments, bulb ornament sets, and lights.

Pier One, Brea
50% off. Plenty of table linens, cute ornaments

Home Depot, Brea
40% off (come on Home Depot!) Still a nice place to pick up Martha stuff.

I haven't even hit Kohl's, Hobby Lobby, or Dollar Tree yet. :) I'll keep you updated with the current discounts as the weeks progress. LEAVE A COMMENT and let us know what the stores are offering in your area!

How to Get Even More out of Post Season Bargains
Use my 3 R's to make out like a wicked elf this week!


WRapping supplies
I stock up on a year's worth of wrapping supplies, especially tissue paper and packs of those white boxes. I look for designs in white, silver, or other non "Christmas" shouting colors and patterns and use them for birthdays, weddings, and all other gifts throughout the year.


Year Round decor
I try to think shape not color. If something got a fresh coat of paint, could it work as a new addition to my everyday decor? Whites and metals are also a safe bet to sneak in regular decorating, and don't shout "Christmas".

Repurpose
Green items could be used for St. Patrick's Day, red items for the 4th of July, black items for New Year's or Halloween. Star shapes work for almost all holidays! A bunch of clear glass bulbs could make a killer chandelier or art piece.

Happy Day after Christmas! If only the Wise Men had waited one day, imagine how much more gold, frankincense, and myrr they could have gotten?!?

kidding, kidding. Even I know frankincense never goes on sale.



    
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Custom Sewn Stockings {Joann's Craft Challenge!}

Lazy Stockings by Clever Nest #fur #sweater #fabulouslyfestive #clevernest
What do you consider "crucial" Christmas decor? A tree, a wreath, home made Christmas ornaments? I can't believe one of the key pieces that I've been missing for far too long are some custom made stockings!

I've wanted to make these for years. Now, thanks to Joann's Fabric Celebrate the Season Craft Challenge, I finally busted out some #fabulouslyfestive stockings of my own!

A Stocking Tale
Since I got married I'd had the traditional red and green, "whatever I thought was cute" approach to Christmas decor. Then, last year I had a brain-exploding epiphany of what my Christmas "style" was, and it turns out its the same way I decorate my house, no kidding! I love aqua, lime, and metals, glittery, and unique things. I've tried to bring this same style into my Christmas decorating, and now things are really cooking!
Lazy Stockings by Clever Nest #fur #sweater #fabulouslyfestive #clevernest
There's nothing "wrong" with these stockings except they just didn't say "me" at all.

Lazy Stockings (no pattern) by Clever Nest #fur #sweater #fabulouslyfestive #clevernest
these say "me!" "me!" "me!" "me!"


My Meh approach to Sewing Custom Stockings
I wasn't aiming for perfection in the least. Just look at it. I mean, a stocking is pretty much a formless blob that shlumps over to one side.  I certainly wasn't going to get all OCD about making perfect replicas!

I found two of these sweet sweater stockings at Joann's for $12 each (now $9!), one in white and one in green.
Lazy Stockings (no pattern) by Clever Nest #fur #sweater #fabulouslyfestive #clevernest

I also grabbed some synthetic aqua lining, and that gorgeous black and white upholstery fabric called Waverly Strands in Tuxedo (upholstery fabric is currently 50% off at Joann's too!:).
how to make custom stockings, the lazy way :) #fabulouslyfestive #fur #sweater #christmas #clevernest

My Meh Approach to Measuring Fabric
I got about a foot of the aqua lining, simply placing a stocking over the material to see how much I would need to copy the shape and have a bit extra for seams. For the Tuxedo fabric I really wanted the pattern to be vertical instead of horizontal so I "splurged" and bought about 2 feet of that.

I finished off my purchase with some faux fur, about 8 in. each of brown and white, again just laying the stocking cuff over the fur to see how much to cut. And I had extra to spare!
how to make custom stockings, the lazy way :) #fabulouslyfestive #fur #sweater #christmas #clevernest

Step 1. Cutting it Close
At home I laid a stocking over my fabric, right sides together. For awhile I thought it mattered which way the green stocking was facing when I cut, but it doesn't! (hides face in shame) Either way it faces the shape will come out the same :) so don't stress out.
how to make custom stockings, the lazy way :) #fabulouslyfestive #fur #sweater #christmas #clevernest

I used a sharpie to trace around the edge of my premade stocking, and then cut out the shape, leaving room for a 1/4 in. seam.
how to make custom stockings, the lazy way :) #fabulouslyfestive #fur #sweater #christmas #clevernest

how to make custom stockings, the lazy way :) #fabulouslyfestive #fur #sweater #christmas #clevernest
*Remember- don't cut along the sharpie lines (which I totally almost did) or your stocking will be too small! Leave at least 1/4 in. room for seams around the edges.

Step 2. Sew That Socker
I quickly sewed up my sock seam, turned my blob inside out, and ironed it so it would lie flat, and a little more sock-like.
how to make custom stockings, the lazy way :) #fabulouslyfestive #fur #sweater #christmas #clevernest

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for the Cuff
I laid out a rectangle piece of fabric, folded in half, and traced around the cuff part, exactly like I'd done for the sock.
how to make custom stockings, the lazy way :) #fabulouslyfestive #fur #sweater #christmas #clevernest
Just like the foot of the stocking, I eyeballed 1/4 in. seam allowances along the top, bottom, and left side. The right side is the fold and didn't need any seam.

how to make custom stockings, the lazy way :) #fabulouslyfestive #fur #sweater #christmas #clevernest
I used my black fabric as a pattern to cut out my white fur. Then I sewed the cut edges of the black fabric together to make a sleeve. Ditto for the fur. I had two separate "cuffs" at this point.

Step 3. Pin and Sew, Pin and Sew...
I took both of my cuffs and pinned them right sides together, with the fur pointing up. This is very important! If you have a fabric with a distinct "up" and "down", it must be upside down when you sew this seam.

Geometry makes my head hurt, so trust me, I'll show you why in a sec.
how to make custom stockings, the lazy way :) #fabulouslyfestive #fur #sweater #christmas #clevernest

After sewing around the top edge only, I turned the cuff right side out. This seam makes the bottom of the cuff, hence why the fur needs to face up towards my hand. See, I told you it would all make sense!
how to make custom stockings, the lazy way :) #fabulouslyfestive #fur #sweater #christmas #clevernest

I pinned the unsewn edge of the cuff to the top of my sock. The cuff has the fur facing in right now because after this step I folded it down.

I made sure the side seams of the cuff and stocking went together. This isn't technically necessary, but it calmed my OCD a bit during this do-it-and-see-what-happens stocking making process.
how to make custom stockings, the lazy way :) #fabulouslyfestive #fur #sweater #christmas #clevernest

It was a little tricky to sew this part on my sewing machine. When I was on my second stocking I realized it would have been easier to stuff the cuff inside the stocking so that the "right sides" of the black and white fabric are facing outward. If that doesn't make sense, just do what I did, and awkwardly flip the sock part out of the way as I sewed around the seam!
how to make custom stockings, the lazy way :) #fabulouslyfestive #fur #sweater #christmas #clevernest

Voila! Well, almost. I hand stitched a loop of fabric on the inside of the stocking to hang it.
Now, Voila! I give you, 4 custom, "totally my style" Christmas Stockings!
how to make custom stockings, the lazy way :) #fabulouslyfestive #fur #sweater #christmas #clevernest

Technically I didn't sew the white and green sweater stockings. I just used a seam ripper to remove the original cuffs and sew on my new ones in the coordinating fabrics. I decided to swap the cuff of the white sweater stocking onto my black one. I like the mixture of sheens and textures!
aqua, lime, white, silver #fabulouslyfestive #stockings #clevernest
Maybe that wasn't such a Meh approach after all. But for someone as OCD and anal as me, that was a huge step into the unknown. Thankfully I came out the victor, with 4 formless #fabulouslyfestive Christmas Blobs hanging proudly on my mantle!
aqua, lime, white, silver christmas #fabulouslyfestive #stockings #clevernest

aqua, lime, white, silver christmas #fabulouslyfestive #stockings #clevernest

aqua, lime, white, silver christmas #fabulouslyfestive #stockings #clevernest

how to make custom stockings the lazy way #clevernest #fabulously_festive #christmas_mantle
See what I'm saying about making my Christmas decor match with my everyday decor? Same color palette and style (the beige walls and couch kill me. I wish I could POOF them both away STAT, but $$ prevents! My hope is to at least switch out the rug ASAP for something more my style!)

Got any last minute Christmas crafts in the pipeline? Don't forget to check out Joann's Craft catalog for discount holiday supplies! Here's an exclusive Clever Nest offer from Joann's. 50% off any regular priced item. Happy holidays! :)


    



P.S. If you're wondering why there's four stockings up this year, that's because we're a family of 3, with another boy due in March! He will have a stocking that matches the rest for next Christmas:)
how to make custom stockings the lazy way #clevernest #fabulously_festive #christmas_mantle

This post is part of the Jo-Ann Stores Celebrate the Season Campaign. Joann provided the materials free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion. All information and opinions are purely my own! :)

Felt Leaves Table Runner {Joann Craft Challenge!)

I'm excited to another holiday craft as part of Joann Fabric and Craft store's Celebrate the Season craft challenge! This time I've got a modern take on a Thanksgiving #turkeytablescape, and it was as easy as pie! (pumpkin pie perhaps, but pecan is a close second, yum...)

Felt Leaf Table Runner
My table is looking a little more festive after adding my new gray and yellow runner. I'm not super into a traditional colors, so my spin on the classic fall-slash-thanksgiving decor went gray, yellow, and robin's egg blue. I love it!
cute modern fall table runner #myclevernest #turkeytablescapes #joannfabric #grayandyellow

felt leaves table runner #thanksgiving #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest

Here's what you'll need!

Supplies:
Several colors of felt (2 square 12 in. sheets of each should be enough)
1 yard burlap, cut lengthwise. This fit perfectly on my 6-8 seater table, with enough to hang over the sides. If you have a smaller table, measure accordingly :)
3D Scribbles fabric paint Winter White
felt leaves table runner #thanksgiving #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest

Tools:
scissors
Sewing machine
hot glue gun


Part 1: Leaves
After a quick internet search, I found a nice, basic leaf shape I wanted to use to cut out my leaves. I printed it out on cardstock, cut it out, and used that as a stencil to cut out my little leafies.
template for fall leaves table runner by Clever Nest #turkeytablescapes #joannfabric #yellowandgray
(This is the original size)

template for fall leaves table runner by Clever Nest #turkeytablescapes #joannfabric #yellowandgray

template for fall leaves table runner by Clever Nest #turkeytablescapes #joannfabric #yellowandgray

 I used 108 leaves total (just went back and counted). That's a little over 35 of each color. It might take a few more or less depending on how close you space the leaves, how many you place on the ends, and of course how big your table is.
template for fall leaves table runner by Clever Nest #turkeytablescapes #joannfabric #yellowandgray

I used 3D Scribbles fabric paint in Winter White (an off white) to draw a few leaf-like lines on each leaf, and let them dry for an hour or so. 
template for fall leaves table runner by Clever Nest #turkeytablescapes #joannfabric #yellowandgray

easy fall table runner with felt leaves #myclevernest #turkeytablescapes #joanncraft
I've never used this paint before, but I love it because it has a super fine writing tip, and stays permanent on fabric!
easy fall table runner with felt leaves #myclevernest #turkeytablescapes #joanncraft

Part 2: Burlap
If the thought of hauling out the sewing machine stresses you out, never fear! It would be super easy to grab a plain runner from the 99 Cent store and glue the leaves to that. I chose to bite the bullet and sew my own, since it's usually pretty fast. But not without incident!

I've never worked with burlap before, but I learned two things. One, burlap is the FUZZIEST material. ever. My black pants looked more like faux fur pants after wrestling with it!! And two, if you stare at burlap for about 5 minutes you will see it spontaneously unravel. I was freaked out it might fray beyond control, but thankfully it came togetherr before very many strands had come off.

To save on cost,  I cut two 14 1/2 in. wide x 1 yard strips of burlap and sewed them together in the middle using a 1 inch seam.
easy fall table runner with felt leaves #myclevernest #turkeytablescapes #joanncraft
After I joined the two strips together, I measured, ironed, pinned, and sewed a 1 in. seam on both edges of my runner. And aside from being covered in fuzz, no sweat! Well.. almost.

easy fall table runner with felt leaves #myclevernest #turkeytablescapes #joanncraft
During this time my sewing machine had a royal fit. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but the thread was breaking every few stitches, and the bobbin was spewing out thread like I'd won the bobbin thread lottery.  I finally figured out I had put in the bobbin wrong. So frustrating!

It actually didn't matter much because my felt leaves would cover the seam anyway. (Haha! Stupid bobbin, you will not thwart me!) I folded the bottom 6 in. of the runner together to make a V, and stitched around the whole shape.
easy fall table runner with felt leaves #myclevernest #turkeytablescapes #joanncraft

I flipped over the runner and hot glued leaves along the edges and a few rows on the ends. And done!
cute, modern, and easy! #thanksgivingtable #falltable #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest

cute, modern, and easy! #thanksgivingtable #falltable #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest

cute, modern, and easy! #thanksgivingtable #falltable #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest

candles, fall table setting #tablerunner #felt #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest

candles, fall table setting #tablerunner #felt #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest
 See? can't even see my ugly seams hiding underneath!

candles, fall table setting #tablerunner #felt #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest
I'm definitely a sucker for my modern color scheme. Gray and yellow make me happy :)

candles, fall table setting #tablerunner #felt #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest

candles, fall table setting #tablerunner #felt #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest

I hope you're inspired to create something fun and Thanksgiving-ey of your own! Check out Joann's Celebrate the Season crafters' inspiration page, and craft catalog. And to help get you started, Joann has a special offer for all my readers, a 50% off coupon, woo hoo!
Joann fabric coupon good through 11/30/13 at Clever Nest



    



modern fall table runner #thanksgiving_table #turkeytablescapes #myclevernest

This post is part of the Joann Fabric and Craft Stores "Celebrate the Season" campaign. I was compensated for this review, but all opinions are my own.

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