Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of my wonderful blog readers!

This was our Christmas card for 2013.

I used a couple of pictures from our family photo shoot that we always have after Thanksgiving.  

This is one of my favorites of us!

We had our family Christmas parties early because Emily had her tonsils and adenoids removed on Dec. 23rd. 

She was in such good spirits the morning of the surgery and we were so proud of her for being such a trooper.

Here she is before surgery. 

Here is Emily today (the next day after surgery). She is doing great so I let her open one gift. 

I hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Christmas Sign and My 2013 Christmas Mantel Tour

In this post I would like to share a Christmas sign that I made for my vintage sign holder. 

Since this sign is going on my mantel,  I thought I would also go ahead and share my Christmas mantel.

Here is the YouTube video showing you everything in detail.

Here is the information on my sign.

I bought this vintage sign holder at an antique store in Granbury, Texas.  I decided to make a sign for it using some craft supplies. 

I gathered a paper collection by The Girls' Paperie called Tinsel and Twig. It is an older collection that has been in my stash for a long time. It is so pretty. Not sure what took me so long to finally use it!

The first thing I did was cut my paper to fit the holder. It slides into the holder from the top. 

I then used some paint and stencils to decorate the paper. I just wanted to add some extra texture and color to the paper. 

I put the paper into the sign so that I could now add the other layers to the sign. 

I used my Silhouette cameo and cut files from the Silhouette online store to decorate my sign. 

All the cuts were made using the Tinsel and Twig paper collection. 

The first piece that I cut was this banner. 

Next I added a set of 5 holiday trees. 

I then added a cute church building and a lamp post. 

I then added this title piece that says, "Tis The Season To Be Jolly."

Here it is finished. 

I used pop dots to glue down the saying, church, lampost, and a couple of the trees. 

I wanted it to look dimensional from the mantel. 

I have placed it on the corner of my mantel surrounded by my homemade tinsel yarn tree cones. 

Here are the pictures of  my mantel.

Here is the sign, tree cones, and my homemade stocking holders.

Here is my faux window and yarn wreath that I made last year. The red birds are from Hobby Lobby. 

Behind the window I place fake snow and some battery operated LED lights. 

These are my other gilt eyelash yarn cone trees. 

This is my fireplace cover that my husband made for us. The red lanterns have little gifts and balls around the flameless candles. The lit snowman was bought years ago at a craft fair and is still in great condition. 

Here is an overview of my tree and mantel. 

Love this view!!

Thank you for viewing this post. I hope you enjoyed this blog post. 

See you on the next post. 

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas Table and Dining Room Decorations

Today I want to share with you my Christmas table and dining room decorations. 

Here is the YouTube video showing you everything in detail. 

I wanted something simple, pretty, and red for my dining room table.

This is the only table in our home so I don't like to place a lot of decorations on the table. 

I like to decorate the center of the table so we don't have to move anything when we want to sit down and use the table. 

Here are my supplies:
Red cake stand (World Market)
Set of 3 Flameless candles (Hobby Lobby)
10 inch wreath form (Hobby Lobby)
Gilt Eyelash Yarn in Star Ruby (Hobby Lobby)
Christmas Placemat (Hobby Lobby)
Christmas Candle Rings (2) (Hobby Lobby)

First I wrapped the wreath form using the yarn. 

You just glue a piece down and start wrapping the yarn around the wreath until it is as full and fluffy that you want it to be. 

I placed this at the base of the cake stand. 

Next I cut the candle rings in half so that they would fit around the top of the cake stand. 

I used Tim Holtz scissors but you could use wire cutters to cut the rings.  

I then put the candles in the center of the cake stand and positioned the candle rings around the candles.

I love this so much. Simple, pretty, and functional. 

Did I mention these candles have a remote control? Yes, they do and I love that feature. 

I can turn them on before we eat and turn them off when we are done and I don't have to pick up and move each candle. These are item #693895 at Hobby Lobby. 

Here is a full picture of my dining room.

I don't have a lot of room to decorate in my dining room, so I always put something on the table, in each corner, and sometimes around the light fixture. 

I just placed some Christmas garland around the base of the light fixture and used some red picks from Hobby Lobby.

I also hung these clear balls from the garland. I put fake snow and curled scrapbook paper in the balls. 

Every season I like to change out these candles and candle rings. 

These below were purchased at Hobby Lobby several years ago. 

I also like to change out the flower picks in this vase. I leave the sticks for texture. 

Thank you so much for looking. 

I hope you are inspired to create something pretty for your home. 

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