Monday, December 7, 2009

They're Real. And They're Spectacular.

We had friends over last night that commented on how "realistic those decorations look."

Say what?

Oh no folks. Those are the real deal. They may be shoved into old shoe boxes, or Costco sized Carnation Instant Breakfast boxes, or once perfectly square now not so much old stepped on priority mail boxes from the garage, but they are presents ("Aww - what I've always wanted! Potato Flakes!").

Over the years our presents have always had to be kept up and away. On top of kitchen cabinets. Filling up bookshelves. Piled on top of the fridge. Anywhere that would keep them just far enough away from little curious toddler hands. Toddler hands that love to rip open paper prior to December 25th.

I thought everybody did that.

Or maybe everybody else has better parenting skills than me and knows how to teach self restraint at age 2. Or 33. But now that there aren't any itty bitties in da houzz the tradition hasn't died. Now, aside from the practical side it has a...well....another practical side called Mama is too cheap to spend money buying crap to decorate the mantel that she could be spending somewhere else buying neccessities like Potbelly sugar cookies.

Unless it's this Dollar Tree reindeer, because you would have to have a heart of stone to resist that face. The best part? After Christmas morning there's nothing to put away and store for next year.

19 comments:

  1. That is an awesome idea! I have had to be more frugal in decorating this year, and that is an amazing way to decorate! I am definitely stealing this idea!

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  2. great idea! as usual. (gagging while reading.) wishing i had a mantle to do that with. maybe i should move one of the bookshelves into the living room and pretend.

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  3. Reading that title I didn't expect to see presents! But that's a good thing I guess. Cute gifts, I like that idea of decorating, Mrs. McFrugal.

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  4. 1. We are meant to be best friends because of your fellow love for Potbelly Sugar Cookies. Seriously.

    2. We had guests at our house our first Christmas and they thought ours were decor as well {puppies, not babies yet} and I thought that was so weird! Why would I wrap empty boxes?!

    3. We have several of the same papers and trimmings. And probably breakfast boxes, too. Soulmates!

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  5. once again, fabulous idea and your mantle looks heavenly. PS- do you mind if I come over and squeeze them for shizzle? ;)

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  6. I must admit, the name of the post was so intriguing I just HAD to check it out! I love this idea!!!

    I don't have little ones anymore
    :(, but this is a fabulous idea! Thank you!

    Merry Christmas!

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  7. I feel like saying DUH -- how simple and cute but I've never done this. How fun!! These look so stinking cute, I must do this. Target has the cutest wrapping in the dollar section I keep telling myself I don't need...hmmmm...

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  8. Who wraps presents like that!? Seriously. You're starting to make me sick.
    ;)

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  9. Cute! We had to put a playard around the tree last year. This year we're chancing it!

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  10. Thanks for the compliment about my wreath!! I LOVE your idea! I've given up on having ANY presents out under the tree.. haven't had that for years. My almost 4 year old is quite the tornado. He is why we don't have nice things. ;o)

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  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. This idea is pure genius!! Your mantle is just gorgeous!

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  12. I think it looks great! Great idea, too! I actually wrap up some boxes that come in the mail to use as part of my decoration. Sometimes they go out with the recycling after Christmas; sometimes I'll hold onto them for the next year. I love your papers and you did really nice wrapping ideas!

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  13. okay i had to tell you this one after i saw your comment on my post. first unfortunately mauricio had left before we went into that store. so no one to blame it on but the kids. dang!

    but really my girlfriend and i were at a thrift store, a store with USED OLD CRAP THAT PEOPLE GAVE AWAY, and we got this intercom announcement: "just a reminder that our store policy is that all children must be with their parents. if they can't you will be asked to leave." who? us? the crazy thrift store shoppers with 5 girls between the pair of us? you must be mistaken. our girls would NEVER leave our sides and REDRESS and REDECORATE the mannequins! they would NEVER fill up their shopping carts with an endless supply of clothing and try it ALL on just for fun. can you even believe that???? especially since i dropped $50 in that store! we still have a good giggle over that one. and when i told sarah she really shouldn't have been redressing the mannequins she promptly responds "but mom they had ugly outfits with no accessories!" I HAVE CREATED A MONSTER!!!!

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  14. I was just looking for something, anything to fill the top of our fireplace and all I had to do was to come to my favorite laugh out loud blog for some inspiration!
    You are the best!

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  15. CLEVERRRR!!!!


    I always just stuffed them in closets, under beds, etc. This is such a better idea!!

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  16. awesome idea!!! I sure wish I had a mantel....maybe the top of the kitchen cabinets will work. HUMMMMMM??????

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  17. Yea, you win.Again. Love it to pieces. Can you please move to Houston and be my neighbor. Slash personal designer? Thanks

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  18. What a smart idea!! I would have never thought of this. It looks incredible too.

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  19. What a great way to decorate in a simple and GOR-GE-OUS way. Love it!

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