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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Stocking Stuffers

I think I get the most excited for my stocking at Christmas. It is always fun to see what little things my parents thought up this year, and to make sure I got the standard orange and toothbrush. Seriously if I don't have those two things I feel like Christmas is over. Okay I'm being a little bit dramatic, but still I need my orange and toothbrush ;). 

Today I'm sharing a few really fun ideas for stockings. Somethings to help you mix it up a little bit. Enjoy!







Merry Christmas!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Home Tour

Today we're joining some other bloggers in a Christmas Home Tour. You've already seen some of my Christmas Decoration on the blog, but it's always fun to see again right. Since we've moved from apartment living to living in a house, I've realized how we really don't have very many Christmas Decorations, but I kind of like the simplicity of what we have. I'm sure I'll easy add to it over the next few years. 
First off is our Merry Christmas Wreath just made this year. It's probably my favorite thing ever! I love the rustic, country look of it and was super easy to make. 
And our Christmas tree...nothing too fancy. It's hard having little ones around, but for some reason my 18 month old isn't interested in the ornaments, but I'm still nervous putting any fragile ornaments within his range. A couple of my favorite homemade ornaments are my popcorn in a ball and beaded ornament. They look so fun and are easy to make. 
Probably my favorite decorations this year is on our kitchen table. I got some red berries from Joann and wrapped some yarn around some sticks from our back yard and stuck it in a white pitcher. I seriously love, love, love it! Because it's red, I'm totally keeping it up through Valentines day. 
red berries and sticks wrapped in yarn - perfect for Christmas through v-day
red berries and sticks wrapped in yarn - perfect for Christmas through v-day
above our sink, I put a couple mason jars out with Epson salt, cinnamon sticks, pine cones and an electric candle. Simple and easy. 
pine cones, cinnamon sticks and epson salts in mason jars
on the piano is my little nutcracker collection. I'm kind of obsessed with Nutcrackers. The tall one on the left is a real one from Germany. The nativity is a Jim Shore. 
These cute gnomes I got from a Christmas Market in Germany a few years ago. They are so cute and one of these Christmas's I'm going to replicate them and make an army of them. 
I made this Learning Nativity Set last year for the little ones. I love it and the boys love it. We use it every night during our little Christmas advent devotionals. 
my little pine cone elves have somehow made their place of residence on the banister, they greet us every morning when we wake up. 
My triangle memo board has turned into our Christmas card holder. A friend gave me these cute little Christmas clothes pins a couple years ago and they are perfect for holding up the cards and pictures. You can watch the He Is the Gift video HERE (or watch below - it's only 2 minutes long). Seriously, it's so beautiful and worth watching this Christmas season. 
He is the gift #sharethegift


Merry Christmas! Thanks for stopping by. 
 I hope your Christmas season is magical and full of love and kindness.  
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Popcorn In a Ball Ornament

I've shared this ornament before, but I just had to share it again, because it is by far my favorite homemade ornament: Popcorn in a ball! It's like a ship in a bottle but it's popcorn and REALLY fun to do. It's like having the look of stringed popped corn but in an ornament and LESS messy. 
DIY popcorn Ornament
I did this with my 3 year old and he got a big thrill out how the popcorn just popped in there. He also thought we were going to eat it...Just look at that popcorn, just squished in there. I did this for an ornament exchange a few years ago and everyone is always amazed at how I got the popcorn in there. The secret is basic, just pop it in the microwave INSIDE the ornament. Pretty simple and totally awesome!
Popcorn Ornament
To Make your Own Popcorn Ornaments:
Supplies:
glass ornament 
Popcorn kernels. 


>> Place some (about 15-20) popcorn kernels in your glass ornament then place in a microwave plastic bowl, put them in the microwave for about minute increments, keeping a close watch on the popping. Don't get ambitious, once it looks like it's mostly filled the glass ornament, take it out. Be careful, the ornament will be hot. 


Good luck and happy popping!!
Popcorn Ornament


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Friday, December 5, 2014

Merry Christmas Wreath and Free Printable

Remember my fall wreath I made in September? Well, after a quick make over I was able to transform it for Christmas. I'm kind of in love with my wreath because it is one wreath that can be versatile for any holiday. 
Merry Christmas Wreath and Free Printable
Merry Christmas Wreath and Free Printable
I love the rustic, country look of it. The sticks, berries, pine cones and touch of white yarn are just perfect. For the actual sign, I designed it in Photoshop using these awesome free laurel wreaths from Designs By Miss Mandee (and you should TOTALLY check out her blog).

Make Your Own Merry Christmas Wreath

**First go to my Fall Wreath for a tutorial for the stick frame.

Supplies:
8x12 piece of plywood (with drilled holes in the top two corners)
paint
Christmas decor berries
pinecones
white yarn
DOWNLOAD Merry Christmas Sign:
     Merry Christmas Silhouette Version - then cut out a vinyl stencil with your silhouette
Free Merry Christmas Printable

||1|| (Vinyl Silhouette version) Drill holes into your Paint your plywood piece white. Place stencil after dried and paint red or desired color. 
||2|| Hang on your wreath. Then add Christmas decor berries and pine cones. 

See simple and SO easy to change up. 

If you don't have a silhouette, you can always download the JPEG version and modge podge it on your plywood still. I think it would still look just as good. Or you can print it out and frame it inside your house. 
Merry Christmas Wreath and Free Printable

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