Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree

The 12 Days of Christmas are rapidly arriving with dazzling lights, packages are under the tree, cookies baking in the oven. Sharing our home at Christmas is quite an honor. Come on in grab a cup of cheer let's celebrate this wonderful time of year. We have white Christmas trees, one made of curly willow, and another filled with the story of our family. Yes that is right, today is the final day of the 12 Days Of Christmas showing our trees for our viewing pleasure.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Welcome to Our Porch

Welcome to Our Porch

It is early on the 11th Day of Christmas. Today is all about Christmas Porches.  This hinged Welcome sign is inspired by a sign I saw at JoAnns. It is 4 feet tall and folded in half will store easily in our home. Enjoy the many talented bloggers who are sharing many ideas with the !2 Day of Christmas Blog Hop.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Gift Cards

Christmas Gift Cards

 Sometimes when presented with a challenge happy accidents create a better product than the original idea or shall I say three. This design will make a gift card holder, tag, and note. Funny thing is I started out making thank you cards but, my mind went blank as to cutting out the letters in the card. UGH! Of course when I completed the 3 cards in one project I remembered the way to cut a shape plus text at one time. If I added the thank you it would narrow the use of the card. This card can absolutely be used as a thank you note hence it should be the 4 in 1 card project. :)

Christmas Card note, tag, and gift 3 in 1 Cards. Card Stock is printed with holly or green plaid.

Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa

The 12 Day of Christmas is more than almost over. Today is day 10 which prompts us to work on our table setting. We serve buffet style for our holiday parties. We do however set a place for Santa to rest on his world tour in one night. It is Breakfast with Santa that we are serving up today.

Breakfast with Santa is a meal with cookies, Halo oranges, Hershey's Kisses and Eggnog.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Santa Glam Wreath

Santa Glam Wreath

Honestly I am enjoying the magic of the season this year. At our house we have been switching up our decorations, which has made the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop great fun. The most remarkable part is the fact that my craft stash is dwindling but not our cash. This Santa Glam Wreath has been made totally from my holiday craft stash. This has made Prince Charming very happy :)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Sugar Cookie Tips

Sugar Cookies Tips

Our family has been making these cookies for years. Imagine a table surrounded by 6 excited kids and one busy mom slicing cookie dough and wrangling stray sprinkles between sliding baking trays in then out of the oven. Fast forward 25 years peeking in my window there are to young boys helping me make these simple family favorites. We experienced a few fails, lots of tasty success while making priceless memories. On day 8 of The 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop I will be sharing the tips we have found along the way.

Sugar Cookies Tips to help make your cookie baking a success. Fresh baked cookies out of the oven.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Hot Cocoa Bar

Hot Cocoa Anyone?

Today I hope you will join me at the hot cocoa bar, while it has become quite cold outside in my neck of the woods. We might have a snow fall today which will look lovely framing the Christmas decorations Prince Charming decked out our house. 

Hot Cocoa Bar on Ikea Bar Cart DIY with Candy Canes, Marshmallows and Chocolate Kisses for a special twist.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Family Tree Game

Family Tree Game

The 6th Day of Christmas is all about Games. This theme gave me a challenge for the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop. Until while working with our ancestry I realized it would be fun to learn about all our family by playing a game. There are usually about 20 of us celebrating at one party then 30 more at the next house on any holiday. Normal controlled chaos it is hard to ask simple questions about the others in our family. This Game is designed to learn a little more about each other with a few laughs and giggles along the way.

Family Tree Game for the 6th day of Christmas Blog Hop


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Dollar Store Christmas Wreath

Dollar Store Christmas Wreath

Day five of the 12 Days of Christmas is the Dollar Store theme project. This one gives you bang for your buck. Insert Chuckles here! This time we will learn how to take your creativity to tweak a Hula Hoop to make a big wreath for Christmas. The bow is ribbon from last years Christmas clearance sales. Lets save money while learning how to make a large wreath from the Dollar Store!


Dollar Store Craft Christmas Wreath with Happy Holidays ornament

Monday, December 4, 2017

Every Party Needs Gorp

Happy 4th day of the 12 Days of Christmas.

My Mom has made this easy throw in a bowl and serve snack mix for years. Every party needs a a bowl of Gorp. One time we had a party and somehow someone even took the bowl. It is that GOOD!
Photo Credit to @Taste Spotters

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Antiqued Snowman Top Hat

Every snowman needs a top hat.

 As part of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop day three has a theme of snowman. A snowman without a top hat would not be complete. This quick easy Mod Podge tutorial will have you creating the perfect top hat for your best dressed snowman decor. Follow along with the many creative makers during the blog hop to be inspired by this talented group of bloggers.

Antiqued Snowman Top Hat on the Third Day of the !2 Days of Christmas Blog Hop



Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Stop by every day from December first through the twelfth for new ideas you can use to make your season brighter!

Meet Your Hosts

They have all been busy as Elves creating, decorating, cooking and crafting tons of new ideas for you to try this holiday season!
 Lauren~Wonderfully Made I Vanessa~DIY 180 I Kimberly~A Wonderful Thought I Kim~Everyday Parties I Erica~Erica Ever After


Supplies 

Antique Mod Podge
Paint Brush for Mod Podge (Chip Brushworks great)
Wax or Parchment Paper
Tacky Glue
Paper Top Hat 
Newspaper
Crystal Glitter DecoArt Paint
Small Paint Brush for Glitter Paint
Thick and Thin Ribbon
Pom Poms 
Paint Brush for Mod Podge 


Paper Snowman Hat  with beginning of Paper Mache using Antique White Mod Podge to age the News Paper, Middle steps pf DIY Winter Glam Decor


Tutorial 

Tear the newspaper into pieces including the edges. You should use text. No pictures to get this look. Using the chip brush dip it into the antique Mod Podge painting it onto the paper hat shape. As you add more paper covering the whole top hat you will continue to add more Mod Podge layering more paper to the edge of where you just finished. Similar to keeping a wet edge when you are painting. Give your whole top hat a coat of Mod Podge to seal the project. It will also give you and antique or yellowing look to your newspaper. Let it dry over night. 

DIY Winter Glam Decor Tutorial last three steps after letting it dry overnight.

The next morning measure by wrapping the wider ribbon around the hat cut.  Tacky Glue worked great to hold it in place. The thin ribbon added a little more glamour to the top hat which is easy to attach by tying it in a not after following the same process to cut the length needed. Pom poms seemed like the perfect way to finish the decoration with added sparkle. Let it dry then add to your Christmas decorating in your home. Below is a few examples of how I styled small vignettes with my DIY winter glam decor top hat.


Tablescape of Coffee Table Decor DIY Winter Glam Paper Mache Hat  on Teal Charger with Candles wrapped with DIY Removabel Stars.




Doesn't it look pretty with the glowing DIY Holiday Candle Wrap I made with my Cricut.  The snow man top hat and stars will be decor which will last right through the winter months. Don't you just hate the emptiness of your home after the holidays. I know I feel like my house is naked.⌣



Antique White Paper Mache Hat Close up with Star Wrapped Glitter Candle



By tipping the hat with the cotton peaking out below the top hat gives this simple glamour inspired top hat a whole new feel. Finally I was able to catch a photo with a glistening a bit of glam.


Paper Mache Snowman Hat with Cotton Base and Soft Teal Charger

Add to Your Pinterest

Since you 💖DIY Winter Glam Decor here is a perfect pin to save it to your Holiday or Winter Boards.

DIY Winter Glam Decor Snowman News Paper Mache Covered Hat.


Question of the day- What is your favorite Frosty The Snowman Show? 

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Christmas Movie Printable

My Favorite Christmas Movie Printable

We all have a favorite Christmas movie and mine is an oldie but goody. It is a black and white film which has been colorized. Involves a family on hard times, with an angel named Clarence. Did you guess, It's A Wonderful Life? You are right.  What is your favorite movie during this time of cheer? Let me show you how easy it is to make a Printable for your house with Pic Monkey. 

Free Printable from It's A Wonderful Life. Plus tutorial to make your own printables.

Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Stop by every day from December first through the twelfth for new ideas you can use to make your season brighter!

Meet Your Hosts

They have all been busy as Elves creating, decorating, cooking and crafting tons of new ideas for you to try this holiday season!
 Lauren~Wonderfully Made I Vanessa~DIY 180 I Kimberly~A Wonderful Thought I Kim~Everyday Parties I Erica~Erica Ever After

First step in the printable process is to choose your background
Choose Design in Pic Monkey to start your project. There will be colors, textures and so much more to pick from while creating your printable. You can even develop your own design. Above I added two corners turned each one then centered them to my page. I wanted to make soft angel wings for the background. These are only a suggestion in the background so I faded the wings to let the words have more prominence. 

Printable designed by KMKedzuch from the movie It's A Wonderful Life. Every Time A Bell Rings An Angel Gets Their Wings.
The font was found in Winterland. I varied the sizes and fonts until I felt the quote was pleasing to my eyes. After I decided on the font and color I centered the words on the page.

Softly framed with credit to the movie It's A Wonderful Life your Free Printable can be copied on your computer and sized on Pic Monkey to an 8X10. This Printable it only for personal use and should not be sold.


This final step in the creative process was adding depth to the quote with a drop down shadow, giving the appropriate credit to the movie and designing a border.  Now all that's left is saving the printable to your photos before pressing print in the size you would like in your home. 
As I was working on this post I found out something new about my favorite movie. This is the most missed line in the film. I hope you will watch the movie to find out why. Remember my question way back at the beginning of this post. Leave a message in the comments so we can all watch each others favorite Christmas movie.

Christmas Movie Free Printable for personal use only

Question of the day- What is your favorite Christmas Movie? 

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Happy Holidays Ornament

The 12 Days of Christmas

 Today is the first day of the 12 days of Christmas which myself and several other bloggers will share tutorials on how to create some Christmas magic in your home.  December is here and I am changing up my decorating style this year.  To begin I will show you how to make this Happy Holidays ornament I designed on my +Official Cricut.


Happy Holidays Ornament Tutorial with 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop