It’s almost Christmas! One of my last minute projects was my DIY Reindeer Cut Out. I’ve been looking for more projects so I can practice using my scroll saw, and this one got me to turn off Gilmore Girls and work in the garage! This is a very simple project with easy angles to cut – great even for beginners. I’ve included a free download below:…
I found clear ornaments at the Dollar Tree a few weeks ago and had so many ideas how to fill them! I finally settled on making a DIY snow globe. I found cute little bottle brush trees at Michael’s for 60% off so naturally I bought them in every color and size. I don’t foresee getting snow in south Texas anytime soon, so this snow globe is as close as we are going to get to winter. This ornament took all of 5 minutes to make and was a pretty and elegant addition to our Christmas tree.
Growing up, our Christmas tree was a hodge podge of ornaments. Nothing really matched, and the majority of the ornaments were handmade by my brother and me. But our tree had so much sentimental value and I hope someday my family’s Christmas tree is just the same. College was the first time I had the chance to decorate my own tree, and I held fast the DIY tradition! I wanted something super cute so I made DIY leopard print ornaments! Add in glitter ribbon and these are perfect for your glam Christmas tree!
I hate to read instruction manuals. I usually skim it, get the general idea, and then jump in feet first. I recently realized something I’ve done 100 times – I’ve been doing all wrong! I know, I know, I should have read the instructions but “ain’t nobody got time for that!”. I’ve stained wood tons of times, but do you want to guess how many times I actually wiped off the excess stain? I usually prefer dark wood stains so this has never really mattered much. But for this project, I wanted a lighter stain and I wanted to do a distressed and weathered look.…
I had the BEST birthday party this year! I’m not sure why, but birthdays are really important to me. I’ve actually kept pretty much every birthday card I’ve ever received and I think I can tell you what every one of my birthday cakes has looked like! I’m also a huge fan of CHRISTMAS! Not so much for the gifts, but the whole spirit of the season. As I mentioned in my Prosecco Punch post yesterday, Eric and I will be in China on Christmas this year. We will actually be abroad for a month starting in mid December. We are very excited about the opportunity, but a little bummed to be missing Christmas with our families. I was so excited to have a Christmas themed birthday party – two of my favorite holidays rolled into one!…
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This past weekend I was thrown a Christmas themed birthday party since Eric and I will be in China on Christmas. I love my birthday but love Christmas even more, so I was bummed to be missing the magic of the holidays. The party came together flawlessly and one of my favorite details was the Holiday Prosecco Punch I put together! Mionetto sent me some delicious Prosecco that I added a few simple ingredients to and came up with a tasty holiday drink! I was even able to serve on my DIY serving tray.
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is RIGHT around the corner! Growing up, Christmas was always a magical time, but even as I got older the season was something I looked forward to. Especially in college because it meant finals were OVER! Being a do-it-yourself connoisseur, I was especially excited to be invited to the Handmade Holidays blog hop! I’m featuring a DIY gift idea and linking up to a TON of other great handmade gifts….
Hi everyone! I’m Lura and I IG over at @Domest1cability (follow me?) I also blog but my site is currently getting a revamp. Amber and I met at a blogging conference and we are now friends in real life. She invited me here to share a bit about my Christmas traditions. Besides sending Christmas cards each year, I make it a point to DIY something each year. I love love love Christmas but I feel like there is so much pressure behind gifts and having a perfectly photographed tree, especially if you are a home blogger. Well, this year I rebelled against blogger Christmas–mostly because we are going to be traveling during Christmas but also because the real reason for Christmas is family and baby Jesus.
Speaking of baby Jesus, last year I made a stable for my nativity scene to house my baby Jesus and his momma and papa. Each year I make something for family or for decorating our house. Here is a roundup of my Christmas DIY projects. Have a merry Christmas and thanks for letting me take oe\ver your blog today Amber! I’ll see you in 2016!
Since I’m on vacation with my family (starting a new holiday tradition!?) I have the first of this week’s guest post from a special guest, Mariana Barran. She is the founder and chief designer at Hibiscus Linens, a brand that infuses traditional methods, crisp design, and high quality handmade textiles. She loves all things handmade and hosting awesome parties!
In my family it is a family tradition to pass along special recipes from generation to generation. At my home we make my grandmother’s apple pie, my mother’s brownies, my auntie’s butter cookies and my coffee cake. Even though the recipes evolve every couple of years the event stays the same.
Around 20 years ago this event got so well known that it became a Friends & Family Baking party! So now every year on the Saturday before Christmas you can arrive early to my mother’s house to learn how to bake. She will give you an apron and a task – from picking the best pecans for a pie, how to prepare brownies from scratch, or even braking dozens of eggs! If learning is not your goal you can arrive around lunchtime and just enjoy food from the breakfast table, the great conversation, and the most extensive collection of cookies we bake year around. Yes! You can eat them all; that’s the plan! At the end of the day everyone takes a tin and starts putting together a mix of cookies that they will take home and share with their love ones.
I believe family rituals build powerful connections among its members and create that collective feeling of identity. This is my 3rd year living Inside the Loop, Houston, and I have made sure to carry this tradition to my new city. I bake earlier in the month of December, create dozens of cookie boxes, and I drive around town delivering them to my new friends and all those that were special in my life during the year.
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*Pictures from our 2014 Baking Party!
For some reason, I always find it hardest to shop for myself. Gift giving is one of my “love languages” so I love finding the perfect gift for family and friends, but always have a hard time giving gift ideas for myself. This year I complied a fool-proof guide for any women on your Christmas list. This list has the right mix of classic gifts with a few unexpected items any women would love to be surprised by.
- Pajamas: This is one of favorite items to receive for Christmas! I don’t think I’ve ever purchased a pair of PJs for myself – I can just as easily wear and old tshirt to bed. But getting a new pair of cozy pajamas in the winter is a great gift idea. Bonus points if you get matching pairs for the whole family 🙂
- Mittens: By the time Christmas arrives – the winter weather usually comes right along with it. A new pair of mittens or any winter gear makes for an inexpensive and thoughtful gift idea. Throw in a matching scarf and keep your favorite lady warm and cozy all season long.
- Personalized Stationary: I am a firm believer in the power of a hand written note. Whether it’s a sincere thank you or a heart felt apology – every woman should have personalized stationary to leave whatever note she needs.
- Rain Boots: These are perfect for women of any age! I wore rain boots all through college when I had to trek to class in the rain, and still wear them to get into the office on rainy Houston mornings.
- Necklace: Most women love jewlery! I personally prefer cute casual jewlery over fancy diamonds and jewels. Consider purchasing custom jewlery from a small buisness owner like Ashley of aTakCrafts.
- Planner: A new planner is the perfect gift for the busy lady on your Christmas list. With a new year right around the corner – a planner will help her start the new year on the right foot and stay organized all year long!
- Coffee Mug: A cute coffee mug will be used over and over again! Love this one from my friend Meggie at Organized Life Design
- Magazine Subscription: This is a pretty low cost gift and the receiver will continue to get gifts every month.
- Smart Phone Power Clutch: Everyone deals with a dying phone at some point. It’s usually at the most inconvenient times. This is the cutest way to charge your phone I’ve found. It also has space for small items like your keys and lipstick.
- Calligraphy Kit: I’ve been dying to learn calligraphy. I’ve tried brush calligraphy but really love the look of this beautiful writing. A fun, inexpensive gift for a creative woman.
- Address Embosser: All those Christmas cards would have looked great with an embossed envelope! This is a gift she’ll use to for birthday cards, thank you notes, and next year’s holiday cards!
- Custom Watercolor Paintings: I’ve had these on my Christmas list for months! Kori Clark does beautiful water color illustrations and takes orders for custom home and pet portraits! I would love to have a custom painting of #OliverHQ to commemorate our very first home and ya’ll know I’m obsessed with my pup and would love to see a watercolor version of Barkley.
How are you doing on your Christmas shopping? Are you done or do you still have a few gifts to check off your list?