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A Very Etsy Felt Christmas Ornament Collection



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As I unwrap each ornament to decorate the tree I’m always drawn to the lovely little felt ornaments I’ve collected over the years. Not to mention the added bonus of being super kid friendly, felt ornaments give our tree a hand made, collected over time feel that I love.

Each year I purchase a few new ornament to add to my ever growing collection. I’ve been on an Etsy hunt for a few special felt ornaments to add to my growing collection or use them as very special gifts tags for very special people. Below are a few of my very favorite felt ornaments on Etsy.

Felt Ornaments 2

1. Green Ornament $18.00; 2. Hippie Felt Ornament $7.75; 3. Santa Ornament $20.00; 4.  Partridge in a Pear Tree $14.00; 5. Christmas Lights $25.00; 6. Retro Ornaments $18.00; 7. Christmas Tree $24.00; 8. Peace Dove $8.00; 9. Russian Doll $15.00

Whimsical Christmas Tree



I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend. We did. We got a lot done on our fireplace mantel project and it looks so great.  I’ll promise to share all the details soon.  I’m so happy that it will be ready just in time to hang our stockings by the chimney with care.

Now that Thanksgiving 2011 has officially come to a close we can officially begin Christmas decorating of course. And nothing says handmade projects to me more than Christmas time.

Growing up we always had special holiday art that my Mom had made, hers was a wonderful embroidered Santa Claus I always admired. Each year at Christmastime it was part of the holiday preparations that magically transformed our house into the familiar Christmas home we’d grown up loving.

Christmas Tree

I’m definitely no stranger to fun Christmas projects to bring in that Holiday cheer. I love to paint and this little whimsical tree was a fun afternoon project.

To paint this Whimsical Tree I used a 12 x 12 inch canvas I had in my art closet and painted the entire canvas, background and sides a light blue color.


Next I transferred my Christmas Tree Sketch I drew (downloadable here) using carbon transfer paper.


Once the background is dry to the touch I painted the body of the tree a light Christmas Green.

Christmas Tree Green

I  painted the snow by using the eraser end of a pencil in cream, white and gray dipping the eraser in the paint and dotted in a random pattern. The Christmas lights are painted the same way using an eraser in dipped and dotted in purple, pink and yellow paint.

Christmas Tree Snow and Lights

Next, I painted the hot pink tree skirt and outline the tree in dark green and the tree skirt and star in black.

Christmas Tree Outline

Finally paint the package squares first in white which acts like primer over the darker background paint allowing the present colors to shine.

Christmas Tree Presents

If you’re looking for a fun project to do with the kids this would be a fun and simple project. Just sketch yourself a tree or use my sketch and add some painted snow dots, Christmas lights and presents.

Christmas Tree Finished

It also looks pretty darn cute propped on a table with few of your favorite Christmas things.

My Inspiration this Week



It’s November, and you know what that means?

It means I can officially start talking about Christmas without people looking at me like I’m a crazy person. Yup I’m one of those people.  What can you expect from me, I grew up with a mother who began listening to Christmas music at the beginning of October.  I think I’m pretty well adjusted considering.

Anyway, I’ve been pinning like crazy all of my favorite Christmas idea because I know these things take time and if I want to make anything I’ll have to start now. Here are a few of my favorites right.

You can view my entire Christmas Board on Pinterest here or Follow Me on Pinterest to see all my Latest Finds.

Christmas Button Tree – Source: Unknown via Pinterest

Felt Ball Wreath via Pickles

Stacked Sugar Cookies via Martha Stewart

Button Christmas Tree on Canvas via Balzer Designs

Felted Ball Garland via Small Bird Blog


Take Glowing Pictures of your Christmas Tree via Unskinny Boppy

Homey Halloween Spooktacular



So after all that Halloween Inspiration last week I got my butt in gear and started with some fun Halloween decorating of my very own. I’m not really into bloody and ghoulish Halloween but I’m all for some fun and spooky decorating.

First I grabbed some 4 sheets each of Pumpkin and Black scrapbook paper for around 80 cents a piece.  I thought it would be cool to change out some of my frames with some cool and cheap Halloween art.  I cut out a 1 each of a cat, owl, crow and bat silhouettes out of the black scrapbook paper and only ended up using 1 piece of black paper for all 4 silhouettes.

I slipped the pumpkin paper into the frames and taped the spooky silhouettes onto the pumpkin paper. And… I love them. I might just have to keep some orange accents around once Halloween is over.

On the wall I added additional cut out Bat silhouettes I had in my Halloween box that we had cutout for a party a few years ago. The table is  styled with some wheat bought from HomeGoods and black birds that my husband bought for me a few years ago.

On the jewelry box are a few little ceramic pumpkins and the yellow vase is another Home Goods find.

The large pumpkin is one of those foam craft pumpkins. I used green craft paint to paint some leaves on the top.

Outlined in dots of black puff paint.and some dotted black swirls with some more puff paint complete the foam pumpkin project.

So far I’m loving my touch of Halloween decor there’s still a few more things I’d like to put out but I think it’s shaping up to be a Spooktacular Halloween Home this year.

Bright Bold & Beautiful!



I recently came across a the most fantastic artist by the name of Laura Trevey while browsing CasaSugar. A bright, cute, blue crab caught my attention.

Bay Blue Crab Print on Etsy

At $18.00 for the print I thought it was such a cute little fun print and clicked on over to check it out and see if there were any other fun surprises in the shop. Oh boy, was I blown away by what I found.

Italian Street Scene Original Painting on Etsy

Summer Breeze Giclee on Etsy

Laura is the curator and artist behind the Etsy shop Bright Bold & Beautiful and blog by the same name.

Caribbean Time Print on Etsy

Summer Glow Watercolor Print

All of her art is just that, Bright, Bold & Beautiful! I love every piece of it.

Custom Home Watercolor on Esty

She’ll even create you a custom watercolor of your home. Such a great gift idea!

The beautiful thing about Laura’s shop is anyone can take a piece of her art home. She caters to all price points by offering anything from prints to giclee to original art. And not only is Laura a great artist she has the most inspiring Bright Bold & Beautiful blog.  I can’t get enough of it.  Her beautiful art studio was featured on House of Turquoise. I’m in love.

Art Studio Image via House of Turquoise

Are you as inspired by Laura’s art as I am?

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