24 days of Christmas: snowscapes in a jar 

My grandparents and my husband’s grandparents both used to can vegetables from their gardens.  

About a year ago, both my father in law and my grandparents gave me some gallon jars, as I needed them to create glass pantry canisters. 

I knew I wanted to use them for Christmas decorating somehow, butting was out of ideas. I spotted this cute little light up house at Jo Ann Fabric and I knew immediately what I wanted to do. 

I poured some Epsom salt into the jar and popped a bottle brush tree into the salt. Alas, my cute little house wouldn’t fit into the mouth of the jar!! Grrr!

Not to worry.  I spotted this handsome fellow at Tractor Supply. 

Doesn’t he look right at home in my snow jar?

As for the cute little house?

It found a home in our ice bucket.  

These snowscape jars are simple and fun to make.  I truly enjoyed making these tiny worlds in a jar. 
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24 days of Christmas: a Christmas “mantle”

We don’t actually have a mantle in our house.  I would love to have a working gas log fireplace at some point but it isn’t in the cards right now. 

What I do have is this pass through is this weird pass through window in our dining room.  I use that pass through to get my “mantle fix.” 😜

I wanted some greenery, so I used the potted boxwood that’s been in my home all year. 

I always love to use a tree, and this little burlap tree is super cute. 

I found these two red glass candle holders at our local discount store and I was drawn to them because they look vintage. 

The pallet wood sign in the middle was a recent purchase from Jo Ann Fabric. 

Lastly, I love our needlepoint L.L. Bean stockings and look forward to using them each year. 

I hope you enjoyed our faux mantle.

 Stay tuned  this week for the rest of our home tour. Have a great weekend.

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Making Pillows from Christmas Placemats

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 A few years ago, I bought these tapestry placemats from the Dollar Tree. 

I bought them because I thought they’d make cute Pillows.  And then to be perfectly honest, I put them up and forgot about them. 

I went to my grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving and asked her if she’d help me make the pillows.

 We first  put the pillow cases together, with the backs facing out, and pinned them. 

We sewed them together, leaving just enough opening to stuff the pillow. 

Then,  we turned them right side out and stuffed them. 

And sewed the opening shut by hand.  I couldn’t be more pleased with the result. 

Best of all, it only cost about $7 for Polyfill. 

What quick and cheap DIYs have you done lately?

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An organized Christmas: planning binder

Every Christmas, I schlep my way to our shed and unpack all my Christmas Décor and get down to business.  While my ornaments and Décor are special and important to me, my  most valuable Christmas related item is my Holiday Planning Binder.

It’s a nondescript green polka dot binder, but I love it.

It’s not fancy in the least but it helps me so much.

When I find recipes and Décor Ideas in magazines , I rip them out and put them here for future reference.  I also made a few printables to help me get started.

For starters, a December calendar.

I use it to keep track of whom I’m sending Christmas cards.

There are checklists for party planning, decorating and traveling.

I use it to plan parties and celebrations.

I have included links to my free printables just for you. Enjoy, and have a Merry Christmas.  Just right click on the files below and save them to your computer to download. Thanks!

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Rustic Christmas Décor 

I guess you have figured out now that I love rustic Décor.  You won’t be surprised that I love rustic  Christmas Décor.

Here are some of my favorite rustic Christmas decorations.

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I did something similar last year with a crate, pine cones and lights.  I really like the mason jars though.

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I love this.  It’d be a nice alternative to a wreath.

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I could see these being used on a tree or as package decorations.  Aren’t these cute?

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Pine cone crafts always seem to turn out so well.

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Painted signs are my jam! These are fabulous.

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This would be so easy and so cheap to make!!

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I hope you have enjoyed my rustic Christmas round up.  Have a wonderful day and join us tomorrow for a Christmas planning binder.

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Super Fun Family Photos: A Christmas Round-up

That super cute picture is from two years ago.  Do you see how little my sweet Emorie was?

Now she’s five, we have another kid and it’s time to send out Christmas cards again.  I’ll admit. With a school age child and a toddler, I’m kind of at a loss for what to do.

If you’re in the same place I am, here are some great ideas I found on the WWW.

I thought these two were so creative and so cute.

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And this is just adorable.

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How about some cute sibling portraits?

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And if you have a Christmas party, or you just wanna have some fun, buy this:


I hope you enjoyed the round up.  What Christmas card photo  ideas do you have?

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Kick-off: 24 Days of Christmas 

I took last week off from blogging to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. We had a wonderful holiday and I hope you did as well.

Today, I’m kicking off a very special Christmas series and I’m really excited about it.

24 days of Christmas will include a different DIY/ recipe/ shopping guide each day until Christmas Eve.  I have some awesome things planned and I really hope you will enjoy it.

I also invite you to make the DIY projects along with me, but I only ask if you create the projects that you use the hashtag #ons24daysofchristmas.

Thanks so much, and I can’t wait to see you back here on December 1 for the first official day.

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Milkglass and Roses

Remember last week when I wrote about my grandmother and all the milkglass she brought me?

As i was writing that post, I couldn’t help but be inspired by some of the photos I found.

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I also fell in love with this pretty square vase that my grandmother brought.

I remembered I had these gorgeous faux flowers that once were in my daughter’s room.

When I put them together,   it was pure magic. OK, that might be exaggerating just a bit. But i really did love the result.

In what ways have you used family heirlooms in your daily Décor?

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Planning a first birthday party to remember

**All photos by Charlotte de López **

This past weekend, our precious baby girl turned one. While we are so proud of how big she’s getting and how much she is learning, we are a little taken aback by what a quick year it has been.
There were many snafus and the party almost didn’t happen. But before we talk about everything that went wrong, Let’s talk about what went well.

I really loved our  Very Hungry Caterpillar theme and all the decorations. Our table cloths, banners, treat bags, napkins and paper lanterns came from Oriental Trading.  I made the paper caterpillar with the pictures on them.

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Our daughter’s dress, diaper cover  and hair bow came from Etsy.

The cakes came from  Central Bakery in Asheboro, NC.

Now for the snafus. Chick-fil-A lost our order but handled it with grace.   They quickly put together our order and everything was fine.

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In my scurry to get everything finished, I forgot all about getting balloons. Who has a child’s birthday party without balloons? Luckily, my parents were able to save the day.

Aubrey's First Birthday

In the grand scheme of things, the party went well.   Everything went well and everyone seemed to have fun.

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Aubrey’s First Birthday

Especially the guest of honor.

If you want your child’s birthday to be a success and avoid the snafus, consider the following tips:

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To download, right click and save it to your machine. It’s free!

  1. Create a checklist and do as much of the party prep early (as possible). This is an area in which I could have done better, and then those snafus wouldn’t have happened.
Aubrey's First Birthday

Aubrey’s First Birthday

2. Delegate, delegate, delegate. You can’t do everything, and if you try, you’re going to be too stressed to enjoy the party (and yourself), and you’re going to forget things.

 

Aubrey's First Birthday

Aubrey’s First Birthday

3. Hire a photographer. You are going to be way too busy to do it yourself. We had a friend of ours from church, who is also a photography student, photograph our party. I’m glad, too, because she is incredibly talented and she captured several shots that I love!

Aubrey's First Birthday

Aubrey’s First Birthday

4. Relax and enjoy the day. Things will go wrong. It won’t be perfect. Don’t let that get in the way of your fun. Make memories and enjoy your family. Before you know it, you’ll be celebrating their birthday next year.

Happy party planning! Please feel free to download my checklist. It’s free, and all you have to do is right click on it and save it to your computer.

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Week In Pictures 

I hope you’re having wonderful week.

We spent our Saturday at my nephew’s birthday party.   He turned two, and we had a blast.

Then,  when we got home, this super expressive cutie kept us entertained.

Then, on  Sunday, our church surpassed our goal for Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.

At Home, we accomplished so much! More on that later though.

And then we enjoyed some gorgeous skies.

Have great week.  I can’t wait to show you some of the Projects I’ve got coming your way.

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