10 Great Holiday Decorating Ideas...On a Budget!

Written by Kathleen Wilson

1.First things first. Set a plan or a theme for your Christmas decorating. It doesn’t cost a thing to have a good plan, and when you are working with budget ideas, this is what pulls your ideas together, and makes everything you do look purposeful, and personal. Some theme ideas for Christmas? The rustic lodge xmas, a toyland xmas, countries aroundrepparttar world, Victorian, country, santa, snowmen, old fashioned,repparttar 124273 list goes on and on!

2. Make garlands out of felt scraps. Cut Xmas shapes out of felt in miniature, mini stockings, holly leaves, mittens, and string together with needle and floss or strong fishing line to hang all overrepparttar 124274 house. Remember when you string each shape, tie a knot on both sides ofrepparttar 124275 shape to hold it in its place. You can add more dimension torepparttar 124276 shapes by cutting two of each, stuffing them lightly, them sewingrepparttar 124277 two together. Glue would work also if you aren’t a sewer. Saved used dryer sheets are perfect for this kind of stuffing, or even tiny fabric scraps that are too small for other uses.

3.Drop a tealight candle in your cleaned out glass mayonnaise jars, tie a holiday ribbon aroundrepparttar 124278 neck, and you have a beautiful candle with xmas charm. You could nestlerepparttar 124279 candle in peppermints, nuts, or even sand if you wish. Try grouping several together for a dramatic evening effect. These also make great luminaries.

4. Start a Christmas collection. This can be a great tradition to initiate in your home. My girls and I starting collecting Santas 3 years ago, and it’s something they look forward to, choosing our yearly Santa together. I know it will be a fond memory for them, and I plan to let each child choose a Santa to take with them whenrepparttar 124280 day comes that they leaverepparttar 124281 nest and start their own home. Byrepparttar 124282 way, this doesn’t have to be expensive, or even store bought. Try sewing or crafting a new decoration each year together for even more memories! Or check out your dollar store…they have some really cute ceramic holiday decorations for a buck or two. Remember, it’srepparttar 124283 memories you’re interested in here, not a collectable based on monetary value.

5. If you are looking to do a toyland theme for your Christmas decorating this year, try searching out teddy bears and dolls at your local thrift stores. Wash them in a pillowcase and put them in your dryer for at least 20 minutes, then dress them up with ribbons and holiday fabrics. Group them under your tree, on mantels, and on windowsills. Stack small squares of cardboard together and wrap as a tiny present, then tuck them under a teddy’s arm, or wrap an empty box and use it as teddy’s seat byrepparttar 124284 front door.

"How to Quickly Build a Mailing List"

Written by Michael J. McGroarty

Publishing an E-zine is a lot of work and time consuming. This is how you can build a valuable list, without having to publish an E-zine on a regular basis.

Pay close attention, this is working great for me.

The first thing you need to do is go to www.informationbyemail.com and sign up for a free auto responder account. It only takes a few minutes to get signed up. All you have to do is pick an E-mail address for your account. Something like booklets@informationbyemail.com.

Then when somebody sends a blank E-mail to that address they will automatically be put into your auto responder series. The system will also automatically createrepparttar code you need to put a sign up form on your web site if you'd like that feature.

But it gets even easier than that.

Atrepparttar 124272 end of this article I am introducing a brand new list building tool that I helped a friend test during it's start up phase, and I'll tell you what, I fell in love with this thing! It is working great for me, as well as couple of other people that I asked to try it.

This list building tool is FREE, so you're not risking much. http://www.homemadebooklets.com/The-Secret.htm

All you have to do is spend about 2 minutes to sign up for a FREE account and add a couple lines of code to your web site.

Thenrepparttar 124273 free offer that you are promoting will show up on other peoples web sites all overrepparttar 124274 place. You selectrepparttar 124275 category that you want to be in, so this really is targeted.

Let me ask you this?

How much would you have to pay, to promote your offer in a pop up window on somebody else's home page?

Money can't even buy that kind of exposure!

Yet, you can get it free using this list building tool.

Butrepparttar 124276 heavy hitters gladly put this pop up on their home page because it makes them money by bringing in fresh new subscribers on a steady basis.

Don't like pop up windows?

Don't make that judgment until you read my free report "People Love Pop Up Windows!" It's available here: http://www.homemadebooklets.com/The-Secret.htm

When people checkrepparttar 124277 box to get your free report or whatever you offer, they are automatically added to your auto responder series. Then you have up to ten opportunities to contact them with your messages, and it's all done automatically. You don't lift a finger!

If you upgrade to a paid account you can mail to this list any time you like, but you can really accomplish a lot with a free account.

But if you do upgrade, you then get up to 52 messages that go out automatically. Powerful, powerful technique.

This is how I am using this concept on my gardening site, and it works incredibly well.

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