Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! We had so much fun watching Audrey open all of her gifts! I'll be back soon with more pictures:) Enjoy the rest of the holiday! XO

Monday, December 24, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas in the entryway

I intended to just add these pictures to my Christmas decorations post, but I ended up with enough to share in a separate post. You'll see why:)

First, let me just say the entryway level is by far, my least favorite place in the house right now. I'm so over the wall color, and there is a lot besides that I want to change...like that ugly dresser that needs to be painted! But this is what it is for now! Oh...and if you have any suggestions as to what to hang above the gold settee, let me know in the comments. I'm probably keeping the furniture in the same place.

Here's what Audrey and Lola were doing while I was taking pictures. Audrey is obsessed with Lola's leash. Every time she sees it, she picks it up and says "bear, bear, bear!" (our nickname for Lola) in the cutest high pitch voice! I thought I would make her dream come true and put Lola on the leash while Audrey held it! She pretty much had the time of her life, but Lola was a little unsure about the arrangement!

I hope you enjoyed the little tour of the entryway! I think I'm all caught up on Christmasy things that I wanted to share with you guys!

We ordered a learning tower for Audrey, and it's arriving today! I'm SO excited because I'm starting Christmas baking today, and she'll be able to help me! She loves helping in the kitchen. Having a little baby girl to cook and bake with is pretty much my dream come true:) I can't wait!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

DIY glitter letters

Hi all! Here I am, with the promised glitter letters tutorial! This is another quick and easy project you could get done before Christmas if you're looking to add some sparkle and personalization to your decor! 

I saw similar letters at Pottery Barn and decided they would be easy to copy...and free, since I already had the supplies I needed on hand!

Here's what you'll need to make your own:

  • Letters printed, in the font and size of your choice, on regular paper.
  • Lightweight cardboard (like a cereal box)
  • Glue (I used Martha Stewart's glittering glue, but most glues should work)
  • Glitter
  • Pen
  • Small paintbrush
  • Scissors
This is so easy....I bet you don't need my step-by-step...but, I already took the pictures, so just humor me, ok? :)

First, cut up the box in pieces large enough to accommodate the size of your letters.

Put your letter on top of the cardboard, and trace the letter. 

Press hard with the pen so that you'll end up with this:

Now, just cut out your letter. If you have one, use a hole punch to make it a little easier to start cutting the insides of the letters.

Paint some glue onto your letter. It might curl a little bit at this stage, but it will flatten out while drying.

Now the fun part...sprinkle on your glitter!

Shake off the excess glitter, and let dry.

Ta daaaaaa...

I tied some kitchen twine to my letters so I could attach them to my stockings.

I used these as a cute and inexpensive way to personalize our stockings, but they'd also make great ornaments, or tags to dress up a present! If you hang them on your tree, you might want to glitter both sides since they could be seen from the back as well. 

I like these so much that I might have to find a use for them elsewhere, and keep them out all year round! 

Happy glittering!

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Peace for Sandy Hook

I've been meaning to post a tutorial for the glitter letters that I made for my Christmas stockings this year....and I will, but I'm having trouble jumping into something cheerful and trivial with the news of the school shooting in CT this past Friday. It's been a couple of days, but I still can't stop thinking about the sweet, innocent children and their parents...as well as the teachers, police, and everyone else involved in the tragedy.

The only thing I can do, is pray that the peace of Jesus would be with every single one of them and give them the comfort that only He can bring. I'm sure you are doing the same.

Jesus is the only hope in this situation, and we are certainly living in a world that needs Him. If you are in need of comfort and hope because of this tragedy, or for any other reason, I would encourage you to turn to the Bible and let the Lord speak to you.

Psalm 46:1
Our God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 

I'll be back soon, friends. I hope you are counting your blessings more than ever. I know I am.

Friday, December 14, 2012

DIY ornament ideas

This year, I wanted to give my tree a new look (ok...let's be honest, I want this every year!). But, I didn't want to go out and buy a bunch of expensive ornaments to get the look I wanted. I also didn't want to spend a lot of time making ornaments that I might not want to use next year!

Here are some of the really easy and inexpensive DIY ornament ideas I used on my tree this year and I'm loving them! I'm sure you've seen some of them before...

Ribbon filled clear ball

I actually bought these plastic balls last year and never used them for a project I had in mind. They came in handy this year! I just filled them with ribbon that I already had on hand, so this project cost me nothing. 

Paper filled clear ball

I just cut paper into strips using a paper cutter (easier than scissors, but not necessary), and put them inside the ball. I used sheet music, but you could use book pages too! Again...these ornaments cost me nothing since I already had the supplies on hand.

Decoupage and glitter ornament

These were freebies too. I had some dark green glass balls that I no longer wanted to hang on my tree, so I changed them into something I liked more. I've seen similar ornaments at Pottery Barn and there are copies all over Pinterest too. I just decoupaged them with sheet music and then sprinkled on some white glitter. If you need instructions on how to decoupage, go here.

Decorated silverware 

I am so in love with this idea and it's perfect for my tree this year! I saw a very similar idea at a local garden center and knew that I had to make it my own. I found all of the silverware at Goodwill for 49 cents a piece. I had silver wire and pearls on hand which I just wrapped around each utensil in a random fashion. 

I hope these ideas inspire you to use what you have and get creative with your ornaments! It's not too late! Go make some ornaments this weekend! 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Bird's nest tree topper

This year I wanted something a little different to top our tree. Usually I make a big bow, but this year, I decided a pretty, white bird would be perfect. The problem was, I couldn't find any that were the right size. Then I thought...."how cute would a bird in a nest be?!" I knew that was the perfect topper for our tree this year!

Ready for my easy tutorial on how to make your own bird's nest tree topper? Ok...let's get to it.

You'll need:

  • Grapvine wreath
  • Felt
  • Moss
  • Bird
  • Eggs (I used wooden beads, not pictured)
  • Extra sticks and faux leaves (not pictured)
  • Ribbon (any color, not pictured)
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
First, lay your wreath on the felt to see where you need to trim it.

Once your felt is cut to size, hot glue it to the back side of your wreath. I highly recommend putting the glue on the the wreath instead of the felt. I have burned my fingers badly in the past by putting hot glue on felt! Do not follow in my footsteps! :)

Now, turn your wreath over and start glueing in some moss. 

I kind of piled my moss up in one corner because the bird will take up the rest of that empty space.

The bird I bought had a little clip attached to the bottom, so that made it easy to secure onto the nest.

I couldn't find any eggs at the craft store (wrong season, I guess!), so I just used some wooden beads I had on hand, which worked out just fine!

I also added in a few sticks and some faux leaves to one side of the nest.

Then I added some more moss underneath the bird to hide the clip.

I ran some ribbon through some stronger branches on the back of the wreath. This is how you'll attach the nest to your tree.

Then just tie it around the top branches of your tree. I even stuck a tree branch through a wreath branch for extra stability. 

Truth be told, I would rather my nest was sitting in the tree more like a real bird's nest would, but I couldn't figure out a way to get it to sit like that and still be stable enough, so for now it will stay like this! I'm still pretty happy with it though!

What is your tree topper this year? Do you have a creative tree topper, or maybe a sentimental one that has been in the family for years? Let me know in the comments!

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