Entries from November 30th, 2012

Upside Down Christmas Trees?? What?

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30.11.12

Bryan and I stopped in the mall quickly last night to do a little Christmas shopping, on our way through the holiday decor department Bryan pointed out an upside-down Christmas tree. I confidently rationalized to him that it must be just for the floor model display and that surely they weren’t trying to sell one. Until…he pointed at the $450 price tag clearly marked Upside-down Christmas tree. Wha…why?

Still thinking about it I searched on the internet when I got home. Apparently it’s a real thing. Only benefit I can see is that there is more room under the tree for present and possibly takes up less floor space. But I can’t get myself to like it anymore.

What do you think about upside-down Christmas tree? Any takers?

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Quick and Easy Flocked Christmas Tree

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29.11.12

Yes I’m on a Christmas decorating spree…

Flocked trees are hot right now, they’re so pretty a touch of fallen snow (even if it’s fake) adds another layer of detail to your Christmas decorations. I wanted to share this quick and easy touch I add to my Christmas tree to help it feel a little extra special. I love small details and this one is small in effort but big in style.

Not to mention that this projects is CHEAP and takes around 60 seconds to complete. Here is the tree all decorated before I flocked it.

Christmas Tree

The only thing you’ll need is synthetic snow flakes. I bought mine at Target for $1.99. Get the big bag I always end up using more than I’ll need. Snowflakes

Now here comes the hard part. Grab a handful an throw it into the tree. I like to start towards the top and work my way down. The flakes will fall through the tree and give a pretty fallen snow effect. Like so.

Flocked Christmas Tree

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DIY: Salt Dough Ornaments

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28.11.12

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The holidays have officially begun and my favorite time of the year is in full swing. I’m a big fan of collecting Christmas Ornaments as treasures and keeping them year after year. Each year I like to buy a few ornaments to add to my collection this year I decided to make personalized ornaments and decoration. I all about simple and easy things too make. If it’s too complicated I tend to lose interest. I already shared our simple pompom garland we made.

So with simplicity in mind I turned to salt dough ornaments. These took no time at all to make and were really fun.

How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments

I made the dough by combining  1/2 cup table salt, 1/2 cup water, and 1 cup all-purpose flour into a mixer. Then I rolled the dough out onto my baking surface until it was about 1/4 inch thick.

To make the trees use a Christmas tree stamp (I found mine at Michaels) and green ink on the raw dough. Cut out a triangle around the stamped tree with a knife and punch a hole in the top with a straw. Place on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 200 degrees for approximately 4 hours.

To make the filigree disks cut out in the raw dough with a glass. Punch a hole in the top with a straw and bake. Once cooled decorated the circles by hand drawing the filigree design with a gold sharpie.

Add a string and they’re ready to hang on the Christmas Tree!

Bits and Pieces

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27.11.12

It’s Tuesday and I’m still having a hard time getting back into the swing of the work week after Thanksgiving weekend lounging and doing what I want to do overload. My head is swirling with Christmas activities, gift buying, cookie baking and hall decking.  We got a ton of stuff accomplished over the weekend which was great and we were kind of all over the place (kind of like this post).Cardinal

First of all the cardinals have arrived They’re so strikingly beautiful I had to take a picture and share. I caught this guy hanging out in our tree and quick snapped a picture of him. I really like the stark contrast of the brightly colored feathers against the gray background. So pretty!

Moving on…I love Christmas lights, there’s magic waiting till it gets dark and flipping the switch and having the warm glow of the Christmas lights on a cold winter’s evening.  Nikolas is really into the whole magic of Christmas this year, it’s so much fun to see his eyes light up when the lights turn. He’s so filled with love of the magic of Christmas and holiday cheer it’s so sweet to see his love for the season grow.

Christmas Lights 003It’s taken us a few years to find our groove when it comes to decorating outdoors for Christmas. Our house is not typical in that the front faces the lake and the back faces the street, making for the traditional approach of lights on the roofline look kind of awkward. Over the past 2 weeks it’s had been very warm so it was perfect timing to add some festive holiday cheer to the outside. I think the warm weather helped us find our holiday decorating groove. I strung white lights around all the rails of the deck which look so pretty when lit.

TChristmas LightsBryan caught the decorating bug and strung the outdoor bar with colored lights. The roofline and post are now outfitted for the season. I’m so glad we did this while it was warm, the day after we put up the lights it turned bitterly cold which would have definitely prevented us from enjoying the process so much. On a cold day I’d rather sit inside, listen to Christmas music and decorate the tree than freeze outside stringing lights.

Speaking of Christmas decorating we also put up our tree! It’s a Thanksgiving weekend tradition around here. I’m the type of person that likes to put it up as early as possible but usually once New Year comes I’m dying to get it down. Do you feel the same?

Christmas Tree 2 I bought a few new ornaments from JCPenney of all places on Black Friday, you can catch a glimpse of the orange one above, in person they’re translucent and the lights glow right through them. I love that they’re a simple shape with a bold color against the muted background. They’re similar in that way to the Cardinal picture above, I’m sensing a trend here.

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Now for the last and most random occurrence of the weekend. Hurricane Sandy downed massive trees in our area many were broken and scattered on the ground which has left many people scrambling to remove the trees from their yards. We wanted an opportunity to reuse some of the fallen trees.  We’ve had the idea for a while to make the bar top for the outdoor bar out of one solid piece of wood with a live edge. Figuring the cost would be too high we put the idea on the back burner for some time. This past weekend we resuced this giant tree from being cut up for firewood. It’s utterly massive, you can kind of get the idea how big it is with my Dad standing on top of our log slicing it down the middle with a chain saw. It needed to be partially cut on sight so we could transport it.

Cutting Tree

The massive log is now sitting in our yard waiting for the spring thaw when we can get back to work on the bar. We got so much accomplished in our four day weekend, makes me wish every weekend was that long!

Well that’s all for me even though Cyber Monday is done I’m off to scour the internet for some fabulous gifts!

PS: Tomorrow I have another great Christmas DIY and Monday in addition to our regular posting I’ll be kicking off our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide series with tons of great stocking stuffer ideas. I’ve been searching high and low for great gift ideas. You won’t want to miss it!

How to Make PomPom Garland

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26.11.12

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A few weeks ago I was looking for something to keep both Nikolas and I entertained. He’s at the age where loves hanging out with me while I do projects and helping me where he can. I did all the cutting and he helped me sort and string the pompoms. This turned out to be the perfect easy little garland to make together.

Although these are non-traditional colors I’ll be using mine for Christmas but this garland could work just as easily for spring decorations, birthday parties, baby or bridal showers depending upon the setting and colors you use.  The supplies are simple everything I already had on hand.

Supplies
  • Yarn in a few different colors of your choosing
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Clear thread or fishing line

DIY PomPom Garland013 Cut a 6 inch piece of yarn and place it flat on your work surface. Wrap the yarn around 3 fingers 30 times or so, gently slide the wrapped yarn off of your fingers and place on top of the cut piece of yarn. Tightly tie your bundle in the middle double knotting to secure.

DIY PomPom Garland014 Cut the loops on each end of your tied bundle and fluff , it will look a little raggedy at this stage which is OK. Continue clipping around in a circle creating a pompom. Repeat the process and make a bunch of pompoms in each of your different colors of yarn. Thread your needle with clear thread or fishing line.  Finally string the pompoms onto the thread spacing evenly. I didn’t even bother to knot in between as the pompoms seemed to stay in place all by themselves.

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The garland took about 20 minutes to make and string, when you’re done you’ll have a colorful addition to any occasion.

PS: If you like this project stroll on over to our projects page to see more

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