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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Tablescape

     I must admit that I'm new to this whole tablescape thing, but I wanted to give it the old blogger try. My Christmas dishes are quite a few years old but they are ours and I sure can't wait to see the looks on the kids  faces when they get home from school! They are sure to think company is coming. Its fun to use decorating and design to make them feel special! {I think this calls for Pioneer Woman's Parmesan Chicken for dinner tonight!}

     I used greens from the pine tree out back, my mantel arrangement from last year, and tucked a few bulbs and pinecones in. For the napkin "rings" I used some of the snowflake ornaments that I purchased for the snowflake wreath project I did here.

     Now seriously, if I can do this anyone can! Happy 'scaping'! ;)


I'm linking up here:
The Lettered Cottage

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas in the Bathroom!

     So for some crazy reason I like to decorate my bathroom for the Christmas season. There's something special about entering the "throne room" and having it be glitzed up a bit! Right now my bathroom is light blue so an icy theme looks good in there (even if it might not feel good ;) ). I keep it simple, but here's how it looks:

     The icy little wreath is actually (and I'm using technical jargon here) one of those little wreathy things that goes around a candle. Their little size is perfect for small locations.

      Don't be afraid to add a little cheer to the room you spend quite a bit of time in. Even adding a few candles can glam it up!


I'm linking up here:

Stuff and Nonsense


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Snowflake Wreath Project

     Here's a fun and quick project to add to your holiday decor this year. This simple snowflake wreath.

     I had had these snowflake ornaments on my tree for the past few years and always liked them. When I was in Goodwill a few weeks ago I came across a couple of boxes of them for a ridiculously cheap price and I couldn't pass them up. You can find these at Hobby Lobby and even Target. (Target sells them 4/$1.00 and they have several different colors).

     To assemble your wreath you will need about 9 snowflakes. (I used 3 larger ones and 6 regular sized ones). Lay them out on your workspace. Make sure you overlap your flakes at two points. This will make it more sturdy when you glue it together.

     I used hot glue to adhere my flakes together. To jazz it up a bit I added a sparkly gem that I had on hand from hair flower making and glued them in the center. (These are just a few dollars at Hobby Lobby)

     Once the glue dried, I used a wide ribbon to hang it up. I hung it over a very summer looking picture in my living room.

Happy Decorating!


I'm linking up here:

Ivy and Elephants

Stuff and Nonsense


Makely School for Girls

Saturday, November 26, 2011

My first blog award!

         Today I received quite an honor, my first blog award! Linda at It all started with paint has nominated me for the Leibster award!


      The Criteria: The Liebster Blog Award is meant to showcase bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers. This is all done in the spirit of pay-it-forward.

The Rules: You must mention and link to the person who awarded you with Liebster, and mention 5 other blogs with fewer than 200 followers who you think worthy of the Liebster!"

"‘Liebster’ means ‘favorite’ or ‘dearest’ in German. This award, which originated in Germany, recognizes up and coming bloggers! In accepting this award, I agree to:

  • Thank the person that gave me the award and link back to their blog
  • Copy and paste the award to my blog
  • Reveal the 5 blogs I have chosen to award and let them know by commenting on their blog
  • Pay it forward by awarding it to bloggers they would like to honor
The five blogs I’m passing the award along to are featured below.  These are all blogs with fewer than 200 followers and they all have great ideas and projects to share ...
Kate at avery & anderson has some cute project ideas! I love her pillow project and what she did with a map!
       Mallori has an amazing ability to restore and renew old furniture with beautiful results!
     My at Space46 has some beautiful and creative ideas for shoe storage that I want to try!
You have to check out D's tutorial on how to make a french script lamp shade. I can't wait to try this out!

and finally....

Stephanie has some beautiful ideas if you are ready to decorate for Christmas!

Thanks again Linda for nominating me for this award! Check out these great blogs for some amazing ideas!

Friday, November 25, 2011

How to make gift bags out of wrapping paper

        Let the Christmas projects begin! I am so excited about the projects for Christmas that I want to share with you over the next few weeks. This first one was inspired by my aunt who asked if I had ever seen anywhere how to make gift bags out of wrapping paper! I had never heard of such a thing (I am a newbie to this blogging world - I'm sure its out there somewhere!) but it sounded like an amazing idea, so I had to give it a try, and here are the results.

I started this process by deconstructing a paper bag (lunch sack size) and working from that as a template. Then I came up with a larger size and I will share the dimensions for both. The dimensions in parentheses will be for the larger bag, but the steps remain the same.

  Supplies you will need:
  • Wrapping paper (heavy duty for a more durable bag)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Embellishments 
      The steps:
1)  Cut your wrapping paper 17&1/4" by 12&3/4"  (15&3/4" by 22&1/4)

Don't mind the mess in the background! ;)

2)  Lay print side down and fold your paper 2" up from the bottom (3&3/4")

3)  Fold each side in 3", then 3" more (4" then 4")

4) Cut the bottom flaps as shown

You are cutting at each fold seam

5)  Glue your long seam (from top to bottom) overlapping the edge by about 1/2". It helps to flip your bag around so you can press against the table.

5)   Fold in the long sides of your bag so that the bag lays flat.

6) Glue the bottom flaps

Be generous with the glue so your bag will hold as much as you want to put in it
7) If you want to, cut the top edges of your bag with pinking shears, scrapbooking scissors or one of these types of stamps.

8) Now you have a very cute bag and can embellish it any way you want!

     Making your own bags is a great way to save money. These bags cost less than .05 cents to make each. What could better than to make something for someone else and save money in the process! Happy crafting!

              - Jody

I'm linking up here: (Check out these great ideas)

Stuff and Nonsense


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