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10.14.2009

A Little Help From My Friends??

***Comments are now closed.  Thank you for helping me out!  Winner to be announced soon!***


Ok, I'm once again asking you, lots of you in fact, to come out of hiding and help me out :) I need some help, and by help I mean comments.  Comments relating to a very specific question.  I will happily explain why I need your comments (in another post, later) but for now please play along with me!

In fact, IF you decide to play along with me, and IF you leave me a comment with your name and email address, then I will randomly choose a winner for my very first give-away!  It doesn't matter if you know me, if you're related to me,  or if we've never met.  I'll use a random generator to pick, so just enter!  Yep, I was saving the first give-away for a different occasion, but oh well!  Today is the day!!

So, here is the question I need you to answer for me....

"When it comes to Christmas decorating, what is one area that you'd appreciate some help with??  (For example, your tree, a wreath, your house, your table, gifts, etc.)"


In other words, in your own world, what is something you feel like you can't do or don't do well or wish you could do better??

I'm looking for a broad cross section of women to answer this, so please don't hesitate to jump in there.  Younger, older, renter, home owner, dreamer, wife, mother, single, not looking, whatever!! If you have a pulse and an opinion, please play along with me :)

Now IF you play along, and IF your name gets chosen, I will email you and find out what color scheme you like to decorate in.  Then I will go to a fun, local store (where I buy flowers) and get you a set of ornaments that works for your tree!  I just attended their Christmas Open House and let me tell you, there is some gorgeous and fun stuff out there!  I would love to shop for you!!  And I'll show everyone else what I bought for you :)

I'm going to leave the comments open for a couple of days, so spread the word and jump in!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!  I can't wait to read your comments!!



50 comments:

Melissa said...

Hi Stephanie

The area of focus or help that I need is adding accessories throughout the house not just the tree.

Melissa
www.staffordmoments.blogspot.com
mlstafford26@yahoo.com

Joyce said...

I need a new wreath this year so would love some help there....and perhaps the 'house' in the sense that I have a big staircase and high ceilings in my foyer, and a railing that looks over into my family room that will be crying out for some decor. This is our first Christmas in this house and it has alot of potential but is a little overwhelming in that dept.

Joyce
http://joyce-fromthissideofthepond.blogspot.com
jdpres07@googlemail.com

blogreader said...

I would love to be able to make bows for the tree or for wreaths!

Linda
Moodixie@embarqmail.com

Beth said...

I think the place I most need help in decorating is the outside of the house!!! With a 2 year old this year, I'm thinking I'll have to do "more" than usual (which typically is just a wooden snowman by the front door!).

tbmroberts at yahoo dot com

Miz Jean said...

Oh man. This would be AWESOME!

One area I need help with is my tree. With 2 LITTLE ones its an extra challenge.

www.mizjean.blogspot.com
bjdevries01@hotmail.com

Katie Spinks said...

this is fun idea... i need help accessories the house too... the tree I think I can handle.

Katie
daddy_surfer_girl@hotmail.com
www.thespinksfamily.blogspot.com

all up in each others bizness said...

i would for sure like somone to come wrap my presents pretty...so far i have been just telling people i let the kids wrap them...blush

Alyce
Tapango1@aol.com

Michelle Simpson Photos said...

What a fun thing!

I got married last year, and I have a mismatch of ornaments from childhood and cute ones. I bought a package of Christmas balls, but they don't look that elegant. I guess I'd love help with a beautiful tree!

Michelle
disappearing_mist@Hotmail.com

Melissa said...

around the house... i have NO decorations to set out.

Kacie said...

I have been reading your blog for a while now and this is my first comment I have left. I need help with making a wreath for my front door. I have never made one and they are much to expensive to buy a good one.

kacielauren_04@hotmail.com

Samantha said...

Hi Steph:

I moved into a new place and my roommate and I are going to mesh our tastes this Christmas. The tree is the center of decoration, so help with that would always be nice to have!!!

Hope Little Miss Ava is doing great! I enjoy looking at all the pictures you post!!

Sam
sam.rene@yahoo.com

The Dorns said...

Mariah
divamriyah@aol.com

My tree. I buy a few ornaments each year to add but I want a tree that has so much on it you can barily see the tree HAHA

Mother of a Firecracker said...

I love give-aways!!! How fun and exciting. I would love to have help with the tree.

Christy
cczimm@nc.rr.com

petrii said...

I would love help with more ideas for bringing nature inside for Christmas. We do not do a real tree because Dak is allergic, (and it is messy and sweet hubby is NOT a fan of messy =) so I am always trying to bring natural elements into my Christmas decorating. I would love to know your ideas. I have pine cone garlands and little birdies and birds nests, but I'd love some more ideas. I love the unexpected in decorating.

Oh this is sooooooooo fun!!!

I just love you Steph ~~ you are so wonderful ~~ this is such a fun idea!!

Have a Blessed and Beautiful evening,
Dawn

Kaycee said...

I would love to hear ideas on how to decorate without causing myself headaches and "No" all day to my 18 month old. Last year she was small enough we could still put decorations on some of the higher tables and she pretty much ignored the tree - won't be like that this year!

That wasn't on your list though, for the things on your list it would be tables and shelves (surfaces). I never know when I am going overboard or when I can put a Christmas thing next to a non-Christmas thing and still have it look okay.

(mooreka6@msu.edu)

Aussiegirl said...

Hi Steph,

I would say the outside lights on the house would be what I would want help with! I'm just not tall enough. :)

Christina
christinajean@ymail.com

Meghan said...

I'm with Linda: help me learn to tie pretty bows! I have always tied my shoes with the bunny ears method and I cannot tie an attractive bow to save my life. I rue the day my preschool teacher taught me that shortcut! Everyone says tying things the "right" way is so easy, but I have never yet succeeded!

Jesse and Stacie said...

I would like help with a really pretty centerpiece for our dining room table. Thanks sis :)

Gretchen and Jimmy said...

I think what I need help with most is making my tree look cohesive. I have alot of random ornaments but I want them to all look right together!

Since this is my first married Christmas and my first as a homeowner I could use any and all help! LOL!

Gretchen
GretchenBabbitt@hotmail.com

HJ. said...

I'm a newly wed living in a small condo. . .I am having a blast with learning to decorate but am AWFUL with my table. I want to jazz it all up but my medical school husband is always spreading his notes and textbooks all over. . .so I am trying to come up with ways to make it pretty and functional. Help!

hannahjetter@gmail.com

roberts05 said...

I would really love a nice wreath to decorate my door. I have 3 cats and 2 young boys, so decorating inside is very difficult as well. I can only use unbreakable ornaments on the tree because the cats knock it over at least once every season. So maybe I need some help with decorations that can be added out of cats and boys reach, also.
btw-I live in your home state along the Mississippi

rstensrud said...

Hi Steph!! This is such a great idea!! Well, if I was honest I would say I need help with ALL aspects of house decorating! (Not my gift) We have a hodge-podge of decorations that have been given to us.Nothing coordinates :) What I would really love help with is a wreath!! I have had it on my "want" list for a long time but that was low on my priority buy list! :)

Rachael
rstensrud@hotmail.com

PinkNote said...

Since I got married last july 2007, me and my hubby vowed to decorate our christmas tree together. Now is my baby's 2nd time to celebrate Christmas and we're so excited for him to put on decors on the tree himself! Last Christmas was great though but baby was still young then to put a decor on his own, and now will be his first time! This will be a fun and symbolic family bonding for us... =D

Ianne Marie Wagan
http://www.pinknotesdiary.com
iannewagan@gmail.com

Megan said...

Hi Steph! I would like some help with decorating in a SMALL living room! Right now we are holding off on buying a Christmas tree until we have a place with a bigger living room, so I would love ideas for making the room feel festive without a tree!
Thanks!

megan-brummer@uiowa.edu
ic-brummers.blogspot.com

MomMom said...

My table is what I feel totally inadequate in decorating. I love Christmas and decorate all over my house but would love help with my table sometimes. Linda at LZ7780@cox.net

Sonya said...

I do really good in my kitchen and living room, but I struggle with the bedroom and office (2 places where I spend a lot of time). I'm thinking of putting a smaller tree in the bedroom that I have no place for, but it's a nice tree. So basically I lack decorations in areas where I spend time. I also have to figure out where to put my Willow Tree Nativity scene this year because the shelf it was on last year was not big enough! Hope this helps with your question!

adayinthelifesonya@gmail.com

Bella said...

Hi Stephanie! Well we just moved and this will be our first Christmas here! I think I have a problem with accessorizing for the holidays (or period). I can't decide on things and then I don't want to clutter things up (I'm simple). That OR the VERY TALL WALLS in the living room that I have no clue what to add to to make them 'holiday-ish' :-)

How fun!
Bella

bellamcintyre (at) yahoo (dot) com

Rebekah Owens said...

My mom always does such a great job with her mantle and hearth at Christmas, but I just didn't seem to get that gift passed down in the genes! I would love help and ideas on my fireplace area.

Rebekah
beklvsbrad@yahoo.com

Katie said...

Well Steph,
There are SO many aspects of my decorating that need help. :) But, if I had to pick one, it would be the house in general. There really isn't a great theme, other than I love, love, love snowmen. :) They are perfect for all of winter, not just Christmas you know!
My kids are pretty set on how they do the tree, which is fine for me, and I have a really nice wreath for my door.
Now, I just have to win...hmmm, I wonder if this generator can be bribed??? :) Just kidding!

Mommy 2 One Angel said...

I found your blog through Kelly's. (Harper's mommy) I've never commented but I'm an avid reader. Your little girl is a doll.

I REALLY need ideas for my dining room table when it comes to Christmas deco. I like having Christmas decorations throughout the main living areas of my house..and the dining room has always puzzled me. HELP!?!

Anonymous said...

Hi Stephanie
The one thing I really need help with is a nice wreath. I just can't seem to find one that I really love. I have made a few of them myself and have bought a few that I thought I really liked but I still can't find that one special one.

Nicole
mabmnb@cox.net

Kara said...

Hi Stephanie,
First, I love your blog. I am a midwest momma who has moved to the East coast, so I enjoy the sense of "home" your blog provides :) I also have a little girl about a month younger than Ava. I love reading your Ava stories and comparing with my own. As for Christmas decor, I'd love some help in the area of putting a wreath together. I see all the flowers, greens, ornaments, etc. in the store, but can't seem to put them together to make one gorgeous wreath. I love decorating for the holidays and I'd love some advice on how to do this finishing touch.
Kara
www.constantbeginnings.blogspot.com
klboynton@gmail.com

Faith said...

I could use some help with my mantel area, wreath and table centerpieces. I love Christmas decorations so much!!! What a fun post!

Rebecca Jo said...

I would say the entertainment center where its the focal point of our living room... or the banister... Seems like I could do something beautiful & it just ends up looking like I draped a green piece of tree there... blah!

I'm going to be sure to say something about this on my blog tomorrow! FUN FUN FUN!

Toni :O) said...

Help with my TREE!!! Ugh!! I have years (we've been married over 16 years) and we have SO many ornaments that are just mish-mash....I would love some help because there is no rhyme or reason to my tree. I tried getting decorative bulbs one year and they just look out of place, I think I bought the wrong ones personally. I dream of having another tree in my lower level that's all prettied up with bows and ornaments that have a color scheme...AHHHH!!! Thanks for the chance to win Stephanie! tonidreist@yahoo.com :O)

TRUNNELL NEWS said...

Help with a nice wreath or cool table centerpiece that you are still see over...

ellen.trunnell@cfu.net

Jenny said...

Hi! I am delurking!!! I love your blog and your honesty. Anyway, just the accesories in my house is what I need help with. I have a weird layout and just am not sure what to do with it. FUN post, can't wait til Christmas!

Jenny Provin
provinj@comporium.net

Tales of a Peanut said...

Hey Stephanie!

The area that I feel least adept at in our house is our mantle. I always want to do something spectacular but it seems that I can never pull it off! Thanks!

Jennifer
talesofapeanut (at) gmail dot com
http://talesofapeanut.blogspot.com

Kalyn said...

I need help learning to wrap gifts; this is something that I don’t like to do. Usually a gift bag is the best, quick and easy! I will have a 6 month old come Christmas time so there really will be no time to wrap gifts nice!

Kalyn
kalynmarie@yahoo.com

Amanda Hoyt said...

Hi Stephanie,
This is a great idea! You are so helpful!
My husband has always wanted a nice wreath for our front door but I've never found the "perfect one" unless it cost an arm and a leg - so I never purchased it...
Hope you and Ava are having a great day!
Hugs,
Amanda

Amber said...

I need a new tree badly! Maybe I'll shop at the after Christmas sales this year! Mine is an old Charlie Brown looking thing, but at least I don't care if the girls and the dog are into it! I'd love a real one every year, but they are just such a mess.
Help! (Can't wait to see you guys soon! )
Amber

taralynn819 said...

FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS! Holiday and otherwise. And I know that is kind of your thing, but I peruse Michael's season after season, drooling over the fake flowers and clay pots...only to leave the store empty handed.

My problem is I not only don't know which flowers to put together but which ones do I place higher and lower in the arrangement.

I am pretty creative so I think I just need the shove in the right direction. I wish Michael's offered a community floral arranging class or something!

taralynn819 said...

taralynn819@yahoo.com

Meredith said...

Hey Steph,
I am absolutely HORRIBLE at the whole tree decorating thing. I try so hard but fall so short!

Lindsey B said...

My mantle! I always feel like it needs more but never know what to add without making it look too busy!

-Lindsey
myivfreality@gmail.com

Dani said...

I have problems with tabletops and centerpieces. Need help with a focal point without being busy.
Dani
daniwsmith@bellsouth.net

Shana Anderson said...

Hello Stephanie....I would have to say that I need help in all of the above. I guess if I had to pick one area I would say a centerpiece. That sounds like a small good area to start.
Shana
darinandshana at mchsi dot com

Heather H. said...

Decorating for Christmas.. I definitely struggle with that.. just general decorating.. I"m alright with the tree but everything else.. i just don't have it!!

Heather
nannyheadie [at]hotmail [.] com

Peggy & Ron said...

Well I'm just so disappointed, I worked the last 3 days,(like a dog I'll have you know), and I missed it! Waa Waa! Hope your Chicago trip is wonderful.

Peggy & Ron said...

By the way, was the tree at the show you went to? It's so gaudily gorgeous!