Christmas Home Tour

Well, it’s time to give your our Christmas tour. I’ve already shown you a few areas of our home, but there are a few new rooms and pictures sprinkled in there too. If there were ever too many pictures in one post, this could be that post. ๐Ÿ™‚

. ENJOY .

Front Porch:

I almost thought this poor little area wasn’t going to make it through the snow and heavy wind beating a couple of days ago. I may have had to search the yard for several of the items, but here it is!

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Living Room:

I already showed you our tree,ย  but this time we have presents under it .

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Stockings

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Dining Room:

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Kitchen:

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Here are our Christmas Shelves:

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And my favorite little DIY trees:

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And our fluffy cotton ball wreath:

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Breakfast Nook:

With the adorable Christmas Countdown.

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There it is! We’re all ready for Christmas, well, minus a few last minute Christmas gifts that are set to arrive any day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Merry Christmas

Stay tuned tomorrow for a bit of exciting news!

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It’s Cloudy…. & Updates!

Hello All…. My plan for today was to share our Holiday Home Tour, but it’s just down right dark and cloudy outside. We’re expecting a big snow storm to hit this afternoon. Dark and cloudy doesn’t make for very good pictures…

So, in the meantime, I’m going to be working on a few more projects and some last minute Christmas shopping.

Also, I will have a rather large announcement later this week or beginning of next week. Be sure to stick around for it! It’s a biggie!

In other news, my Cotton Ball & Jingle Bell Wreath and Christmas Countdown were BOTH featured on The 36th Avenue! WOW! I feel completely blessed and so honored to be receiving all of this attention and recognition.

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That’s it for today, but I didn’t want to leave you all hanging with the Holiday Home Tour up in the air. I’m sure your all just banging down the door excited to see inside our home. (Wink, Wink!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Exciting News!

Hello friends! A bit of exciting news on this Monday morning- My DIY frosted treesย made Centsational Girl’s Holiday Craft Party Highlight!

Pinch me, now!

And if you joining me from Centsational Girl, Welcome! I’m so glad to have you! Be sure to browse around and check out my project gallery and take a tour of our home.

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You must check out her Craft Party Highlights post- I feel beyond honored to be included in such a fabulous spotlight! There’s so much amazing creativity!

Thank you all for being such fabulous readers!

I’ll be back tomorrow with my Christmas Home Tour!

-Big Smiles!

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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

The day that our Christmas Tree went up, I was a happy lady! The house finally felt festive and oh so Christmas-y!

Since this is the first Christmas in our new home (and the first Christmas this house has ever seen!), I really wanted to get a fresh tree. I had been planning it since the house was finished in June.

Then, something called corn harvesting happened and my plans for a fresh Christmas tree flew out the window. For about two days I was totally bummed and was ready to replace our Christmas tree with something a little easier to set up by myself. I started searching around for a new Christmas tree, fainted when I saw the prices of what I wanted, and made the trek to our garage to pull out our current tree. ๐Ÿ™‚

I decided to do a silver and gold “nature” tree with a few pops of red. It turned out lovely! And I didn’t even pay a dime for my favorite decor on the tree!

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Instead of doing a garland, or ribbon, I decided to use tumbleweeds from outside! They had the most perfect little snowballs all over their branches. I simply cut the branches off the stalk and used floral wire to make a bundle. It’s a stunning contrast against the tree! And easily my favorite part!

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I picked up a few ornaments from Target, The Dollar Store and Walmart. I decided to upgrade most of our bulbs so they would be shatterproof. ย They’re stunning and I can’t tell the difference between the glass bulbs and the shatterproof ones.

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I had to include the hubby & I’s first Christmas ornament. ๐Ÿ™‚

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A few frosted pine cones here and there…

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Plus a few glittery ornaments…

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Makes for a lovely Christmas Tree!

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Then, to spread the Christmas cheer, I filled a hurricane vase with ornaments and pine cones. What a stunning combination!

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I catch myself sitting and staring at the tree. It’s all sorts of pretty.

Next week I’ll give you our Christmas house tour! Stay tuned!

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Christmas Countdown

Have you ever saw something that you loved, that spoke to you, that called your name? Something that you just had to have?

Me! Me! I have!

When I stumbled upon this lovely Christmas Countdown board I had to have it!

Emily at the Jones Design Company nailed this on the head! It’s perfect!

So, like anyone who is completely smitten and in love with something, I had to recreate her awesome-ness!

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Ah, I loooove it! And talk about a simple, but rewarding project. I love how customizable it it! Choose whatever catches your eye.

At first the idea of finding 25 small-ish items may seem a little overwhelming, but the craft store is an excellent place to find lots ofย  little items.

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Get creative! I searched high and low in the craft store and was surprised to see all the cool little items that I didn’t even know they had!

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I loved this little bird the second I saw it!

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Christmas greenery works perfect. Just snip the top of a branch and hot glue it to place.

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Don’t be afraid to use cookie cutters! They work like a charm.

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Jingle bells, jingle bells…

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And this mini grapevine wreath is way too cute!

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I love projects that are EASY, but look so classy! I found the cork board at our local thrift store. I simply covered it with some muslin fabric (love) and cut out tags (which can be found on Emily’s website). Punch a hole in the tags and pin in place with T pins (found in the sewing section). After that, gather your ornaments, trinkets and embellishments and either hang in place or hot glue them to the tag. EASY!

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To add a touch of Christmas to the breakfast nook, I put my new little countdown on our recently transformed dresser. What a pair they make. There’s a whole lot of happiness in one corner. ๐Ÿ™‚

What a perfect little vignette this makes!

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Such a rewarding project, and one that has me smiling from ear to ear! Thanks Emily!

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Winter Cotton Ball & Jingle Bell Wreath

Happy Monday everyone! I hope your weekend was excellent.

Last week I showed you our Christmas shelves and I focused on showing you how I made a few of the items on display. This week it’s still all about Christmas, and I’m kicking it off with the “almost too easy to be considered a project” cotton ball and jingle bell wreath.

Honestly, this project is beyond easy and perfect for a first time crafter or someone short on time.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

– Wreath form, I used a foam water noodle and taped it together at the seam.

– Jingle bells, any size or color you like.

– Cotton balls- I used 2 bags, but it could be more or less depending on the size of your wreath form.

– Hot glue gun & several glue sticks.

First, grab your wreath form.

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Next, grab your jingle bells and decide where you want to put them. The placement is totally up to you.

Hot glue them in place.

With the jingle bells in place, grab your cotton balls and start filling in the wreath. Be sure to glue them tightly together so that you don’t see the wreath form.

That’s it! Seriously!!!

Yes, I know. Simple.

But, it’s sooo pretty!

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I love theย  fluffy texture of the cotton balls with the shiny and sleek appearance of the jingle bells.

And now for the cost breakdown:

-Wreath form- Free, I had the noodle on hand.

-Jingle Bells- $5.00

-Cotton Balls- Free, I had them on hand.

Total: $5.00!

I originally saw this similar wreath in Target. Their price was around $25.00.

I’ll take that $20.00 savings!

Give it try!

Enjoy!

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Easy Christmas Craft- DIY Frosted Trees

Hello!

First off, thank you all for your kind and happy comments about our Christmas shelves. We love them too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Today, I’m showing you how I made my super easy and super cheap Frosted Twig Trees. (Say that three times fast!)

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Like I mentioned in my original post, I really didn’t want to spend any money on decorations this year. So, l did what I normally do, and went outside to see what I could find.

Because we have about 5 trees that shed like crazy, my first thought was to use the sticks and twigs for something. I gathered up as many as I could find, which ended up being a large amount.

Once I brought them inside I figured they would look pretty awesome is they were “frosted”. Ding! The light bulb went off and I envisioned trees.

What a good little light bulb it was! ๐Ÿ˜‰

For this project you will need:

-Lots of sticks in about the same size length

– Hot glue gun & glue sticks

– Snow spray, white spray paint would work, but I wanted a little “rougher” texture

– White glitter

– Spray adhesive

Step One:

Grab four sticks that are the same length. Take two of them and hold the top of the sticks (which will be the top of your tree) together. Spread them apart at the bottom (with your fingers holding the top of the sticks together) to form one side of the tree. With your free hand, grab the hot glue gun and drop some hot glue on one of the sticks at the top. Stick the two sticks together. While the hot glue is still wet, spread the bottom of the two sticks as far apart as you want the base of the tree to be.

Step two:

With the top of the two sticks attached with hot glue, break a stick so that it fits snugly in between the bottom of the two sticks. Hot glue it in place. I used this as a brace to hold the sticks together at the bottom. See the picture below.

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Step three:

Now, hot glue the other two sticks at the top, placing them on the opposite sides, like the picture below. Be sure to spread them apart at the bottom, giving the tree its form.

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Step four:

Grab several of your sticks and start hot gluing them to the form of your tree. Be sure to hot glue in between some of the sticks, as well as gluing the top. You don’t want your tree to fall apart!

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To give the tree some dimension, I decided to leave some areas open. And because not all of my sticks were long enough, I glued some shorter ones to the top and middle of my tree. It gave it some awesome depth and texture!

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You’ll probably also notice that not all of my sticks are straight. Mother nature isn’t perfect and my trees aren’t either! They have curves and bends and a lot of the sticks have different texture. It makes it all the better!

With the big tree done, I made my second tree, which I wanted to be smaller. Same steps, but this time I didn’t use a brace to support the bottom since it was going to be a smaller tree.

Just glue the tops together and spread the bottoms apart…

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Then add your other sticks and hot glue in place…

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With both of the trees done, let’s add the snow!

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Step five:

Now, with the snow spray, give your trees a nice coat. How thick you make it, or where you spray the snow is entirely up to you. I tried to think about where the snow would land naturally and spray in those areas.

*A fair warning: make sure you have some sort of paper or card board set up to catch the over spray. The trigger on this isn’t nearly as nice as the one on spray paint and the snow comes out full force- whether you want it to or not. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not like I know from experience or anything.

Step six:

Sprinkle on the glitter and let it fly. You can pick how thick and even you make it. I kept shaking the bottle until I thought it was covered.

Step seven:

Spray on a *light*, but even coat of spray adhesive.

Step eight:

Sprinkle on more glitter.

Step nine:

Spray on another *light* coat of spray adhesive.

Step ten:

Let the trees dry! I let mine dry for about 24 hours. The length of drying time will really depend on the thickness of the snow. However, the can says not to spray it on too thick or it won’t dry. I’d follow that!

Step eleven:

Be patient. You really want them to be as dry as possible!

*Side note # 1- The snow spray will seem like it won’t dry and that it could be easily be wiped off. The spray adhesive really helps with this, but make sure you don’t “man handle” the trees when they’re dry. The need to be handled gently and with care.

*Side note #2- Some glitter will fall off. It’s just the way it goes. The spray adhesive should help glue it to the snow.

*Side note # 3- The spray adhesive will make the snow crackle a little bit, but it only gives the branches more texture.

*Side note #4- Since you are using hot glue, you will have a few hot glue strands that will become noticeable after your spray on the snow and spray adhesive. I took a pair of tweezers and gently pulled them off. All better!

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Once they’re dry, gently place them where you want them!

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Really, these trees can’t be messed up. The hardest part is allowing them to dry.

And the price of these couldn’t be better! All the supplies I needed are found at Wal-Mart.

Sticks- Free

Glitter- $2.50

Snow Spray-$1.50- I think…

Adhesive- I had on hand.

Total Cost: $4.00

Boo Ya!

I’ve also been informed by several lovely readers that you can find these similar trees at Target, but I’m sure the price isn’t anywhere near mine! ๐Ÿ˜‰

If anyone has a better method than using the snow spray, I’d love to hear it. I thought about using the white spray glitter, but it doesn’t provide the “snow” look, which is what I wanted and what really makes these trees shine!

Next up is the cotton and jingle bell wreath, which I did see at Target. Mine is definitely cheaper than Target and it’s too easy!

Big Smiles!

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Christmas Shelves- AKA- My Mantle

You may remember that when we built our kitchen shelves all I could think about was decorating them for Christmas. Needless to say, I was quite the happy lady when it was time to decorate.ย  Ah, the joy!

I think I still might be floating on a cloud.

Admittedly, I did struggle with narrowing down my theme for this year. I soaked in so much inspiration that I wanted to include it all. That probably wouldn’t have turned out so great… Finally, I decided on a classic Christmas color duo: Silver & Gold. The only problem with my theme is that every time I say it in my head, I start singing the “Silver & Gold” song from Rudolf. Wait, that may not be that bad of a problem…ย  With the Silver & Gold, I decided to incorporate as much of nature as possible. That’s where its at. I’m nature inspired!

Let me also admit that I’m cheap. Like, I seriously didn’t want to buy a single thing, cheap. And for the most part, I really didn’t. I get a great thrill from re-using things we already have.

Because we don’t have a mantle, these shelves pose as mine instead.

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For one of my “nature” aspects, I decided to make my own frosted trees from sticks I found outside. Stay tuned for the tutorial. They turned out lovely!

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Honestly, saying that I love these trees is a HUGE understatement. I’m pretty sure they were the only thing I could talk about for two days. Feel sorry for my glitter hating husband…

Since I couldn’t get enough of my frosted trees, I decided to draw one on a little chalkboard too. (Seriously, I could have done a better job erasing my previous drawing… Make me feel better and pretend you don’t see that, okay?)

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Again, those trees. AKA, my new best friends.

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I had a lot of fun playing with different textures too. I really like how the soft, hard, fluffy and sleek textures all come together.

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For the top shelf, I made a REALLY easy wreath from cotton balls and jingle bells, tutorial coming soon! It couldn’t be more lovely. And the textures are stunning combined with the tumbleweed branches from outside.

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Practically perfect with a couple of DIY frosted pine cones beside it. Tutorial coming soon.

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I can’t wait to show you the rest of our house! And stay tuned for several new tutorials!

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