Friday, December 3, 2010


Happy Friday Everyone!

After getting back from Albuquerque, aka The ABQ, where I was celebrating Turkey Day with my family, I was eager to start putting up my little tree in my apartment!

This year will be the first year in 23 years that I will not be back east at my parent's home for the holidays with most of my family. Just the thought of that makes me sadder than many realize, and the idea of celebrating Christmas in CA surrounded by palm trees is not my idea of the holidays.

That said, I'm a big girl...hehe...and shall do my best to make do with all the changes that happen as one grows up. I am still very thankful to get to spend it with my parents and both my mother's brothers who have joined us since I was a baby.

Anywho, since I will not be leaving LA LA Land this year, it was essential that I put a few decorations up in order to bring a little of the Christmas spirit into my little place, if possible.

So, I turned on some Christmas music, lit one of my favorite warming, holiday candles, put on my fire and started to put up my tree, string some winter white lights and place each and every candy apple red and glowing gold ornament on it.

Keep in mind that decorating your Christmas tree can be done on a budget for a super affordable price combined with a little creativity as you will see below! :)

Moi decorating the tree by my cozy fire.

My 6' tall and narrow Christmas Tree from Target for only $19.99.

Mini Red & Gold Ornaments from the Dollar Spot at Target (sold in variety sets of 12 for $1).

Close up on the mini ornaments, which are perfect for my smaller tree.

Some of my gifts already wrapped and sitting comfortably under my tree.

Tree Skirt made using cloth bag from a gift given to me last Christmas, I used a red pillow case prior.

The lovely glow of the tree lights for $7.99 (half off after the holidays), fire and my candle!

Large decorative Velvet Red Ornament from Michael's craft store for $1.99.

Instant fire created with the click of a button! ;)

So, by using what I already had, plus an affordable tree, decorations and lights, I was able to create what is hopefully a warming environment for this holiday season for a total of about $31.97!

I plan on getting a couple poinsettias to put in my candy apple red plant pots before my 7th annual holiday par-tay this year, as well as some decorative cranberry branches for my vase by the fireplace, to add a little height and color, if I can find any!

Have you decorated yet? If so, I would love to see pictures of your holiday decorating and Christmas trees, as well as hear about any affordable tips you might have to share!

Enjoy and have a Wonderful Weekend ahead!


  1. love those mini red sparkly ornaments! so fun and precious.

    cute blog :)

  2. Gorgeous tree! My mum got very excited about Christmas this year, and we have decorations up all over the house!

  3. You did such a great job with the tree...It looks so beautiful and the room looks so welcoming and cozy:) Well done, darling
    We are planning to decorate our place this weekend:) Cant wait!
    Happy Friday, sweetie

  4. Christmas looks great in your place! I love the red and gold, complete opposite of our white tree with teal and silver ornaments, but there is something so cozy that happens inside of me every time i see a red and gold christmas tree! love it. and my mom hangs oversized ornaments from her mantle too! I saw that you commented on my most recent holiday post, but did you see this one?

    it's just a simple little project and very reasonably priced... $4!

  5. Thanks for the warm welcome :) Your Christmas tree is so cute! I have yet to put decorations on our. I'm now following you and look forward to reading your posts.

  6. Very, very pretty!

    Blessings to you,


  7. Nice decorations!! Nope still haven't decorated anything yet..


  8. Your Christmas tree is so pretty!!Love red with gold!!and your pictures so lovely as always!!
    kisses and hugs!!

  9. beautiful christmas tree liesl!!

  10. wow! you are Fab! I love how pretty you decorated and you take some awesome photographs.....I always buy cheap...okay...not always...most always:) great deals! Happy Friday...

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  11. your blog is awesome :)
    thank you for stopping by my blog

    hugs n blessings

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  12. i love your tree, it's gorgeous! and all for such great deals!

  13. Good for you for getting into the holiday spirit even though you'll be away from your family this year. I know it's hard, I'm doing the same in Canada - my family is on the West Coast and I'm on the opposite side of the country.

    Your tree looks beautiful and festive! We put ours up last weekend - also a tall narrow style, the best for small spaces.

    Have a great weekend!:)

  14. So beautiful! Just proves it's not the money you spend, but the heart & love you put into it! Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

  15. Beautiful! I love the budget too! those bulbs are so pretty!

    Have a great weekend!

  16. Looks so nice and cozy:)...I love the snowfall you have dropping down your pictures!

  17. Hooray for cute Christmas decorations! Everything looks great.

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  20. So festive and fun! Thanks for stopping by my blog - came over to follow you back and can't wait to read some more of your posts!

  21. How cute and cozy! Thanks for your nice note I am a happy follower of your blog ( -:

  22. So pretty & what great deals. You just inspired me to decorate my place for Christmas!

  23. You done good girl. THe dollar tree is also fabulous for tree trimmings and other seasonal decor. Your tree looks great. SOrry you will not be with your family, I know what you mean about the palm trees. I lived in S. Florida for nine years, X-mas never felt like it, but you make the best of it, with food friends and fun!

  24. Liesl, thank you for visiting my blog and for sending me hugs. :-) A mama can never have too many!

    I love your blog, and your tree decorations. (we have the same ornaments from Target!)

    KC @ One + One = Four

  25. So pretty! I love that the tree is by the fireplace. I haven't seen too many trees by the fireplace in blogland for some reason! Ours is there, but our fireplace doesn't work. Well, it would if we hauled in wood and set fire to it, but that always scares me! I am thinking about buying a bunch of candles and putting them in there! I am so glad you are having a wonderful holiday season!

  26. Your pictures make me want to go buy out the Christmas section of Target! I love them :) So festive. And your blog is adorable as well. I can't wait to keep reading!

    Also, thanks for stopping by Love Never Fails! I can't tell you how much it made my day!

  27. what a sweet little Christmas tree!

  28. waw so lovely pictures! looks like a fairytale...

  29. wow! what an amazing tree! so so beautiful. i really want one but i dont think my building allows them... the one bad thing about nyc :)
    hope all is well with you!!!
    xx. alyssa

  30. I love the first pic! So glad you stopped by my blog. I love your blog :)


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  32. Ohh this is utterly beautiful! I adore your lights and your ornaments are a good combination. Your whole room is really pretty!

  33. Everything looks so gorgeous!! Way to go Liesl, I would have never thought your tree was only $20.00 and it's the most perfect size; awe! You're adorable!!! xoxox

  34. I love your tree! Enjoy that warm weather girl, the cold here sucks. Seriously.

  35. You are awesome. I sincerely admire your ability to budget budget budget! I, sadly tend to lose my head just a little when I get in the Christmas spirit (well not really sad for me, but sad for my wallet, which is really rather sad anyway...seriously need to get a new one of those).
    P.S. Christmas just isn't Christmas without a fire in the fireplace! Warm fuzzies to you! Merry Christmas!

  36. LOVELY!! Hope you're having a wonderful holiday season so far! Just did a post on my wedding! Would love for you to come check it out :)

  37. ohhh very cute!!! i love seeing how everyone else has decorated their trees!! :D

  38. wow! your tree looks gorgeous! esp love those red ornaments! im yet to decorate so these tips are gonna come in handy...thanks for sharing sweetie!


  39. Girl I LOVE your tree, it's so pretty!

  40. so cute! your living room looks so cozy!
    thanks for visiting my blog :)

  41. I am so jealous... Still waiting for my treeeeee!


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