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Christmas is Coming!

Wagner's the perfect gift for young readers:

Wagner, The Dog With No Tail wonders how he'll ever be adopted if he doesn't find a tail he can wag to show he's friendly.  Follow Wagner's comical adventures to see the end results. Find out more about Wagner here.  

Wagner - The Dog With No Tail is available on Amazon  or at the Dorrance Publishing bookstore in paperback or e-book versions. 

Find of the Week:

I found these fill-able ornaments at Dollar Tree. They're made of plastic and come in sets of two smaller ones or one large one. Dollar Tree also has an assortment of clear stickers that would be great for decorating the outside of these ornaments.

See past Finds here.

Quick Tip

I find that the Slide Seal storage bags are just as good as the more expensive brand and are terrific for storing everything from small craft pieces to Christmas decorations. Last season, I stored my snowman fridge magnets in a small Slide Seal bag to be sure that the pieces would stay together and be easily found this year. 

See past Quick Tips and easy decorating ideas from the dollar store

Contact Marlene  Found something exciting at the dollar store? Got a beef with a dollar store item? Do you have an easy decorating idea for a craft? I love to hear from my readers!


December Features: 


Making elaborate Christmas crafts just isnít my thing. The spirit may be willing but the hands are often all thumbs.

So Iím happy to putter away with my dollar store finds until I come up with something that tickles my fancy and then share them with you in the hopes that they will delight you, as well.

Anyway, we all have enough to do at this time of year, so thereís nothing wrong with having a lazy little Christmas when it comes to decorating. 

See Lazy Little Christmas for the full story.

I love candles. They seem particularly appropriate during the holiday season, maybe because they mirror the warmth and glow we feel within ourselves at this time of the year.

So letís get our merry and bright on with these four illuminating ideas. 

Read Merry and Bright for the full article.



Here are a few Christmas dťcor ideas using glass vases as cloche stand-ins. You can use tall cylinder vases, as Iíve seen done in some decorating magazines but I like these shapely vases that I bought at a dollar store at one time or another for $1 to $2 each. 

Try different shapes and sizes of vases. As you'll see, even clear glass votive candle holders can work. Itís a cheap, fun way to help decorate a mantle or tabletop for Christmas.

Read Christmas Under Glass  for more.















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