Top Posts in December... 2013

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas holiday...
I know I sure did.  It went by too quickly! :0)
We made some wonderful memories together and I took lots of pictures of course. :0)
I already have my many photo's ordered, and looking forward to getting them.
One of my goals for 2014 is get to work on my scrapbooking albums.. (and not let the photo's
sit on my computer/sd cards)   So I have much to do for that goal..  Like going through files/sd cards
to see what pictures I need to get ordered!!! ha..
More on Christmas and goals later...
Today,  I decided to share the top 5 most viewed posts on my blog in the month of December. 


Have a wonderful Monday!

Merry Christmas 2013

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!

Christmas Decor 2013... Home Tour

I decided today was a good day to share
a few photo's of our Christmas decorations with you..

 I'll let the pictures do the talking...


Friday Favorites... (12/20/13)

5 days til Christmas!!!!

Are you ready?
I just have a couple things to do,
like grocery shopping and getting the rest of the food/menu figured out..
and getting as much done as possible ahead of time. :0)

I have the cookies/candy all done, and made homemade cinnamon rolls and put them
in the freezer, so they are ready to bake on Christmas morning.
So I am off to a pretty good start.

I am super excited!  LOVE Christmas time.

Today is a busy day..
so I had better get on with sharing the Friday Faves..  here we go..

- Christmas Vacation has officially began.. (Well, as of around noon that is) Yay!

- I shared my DIY Snowman Bulb Ornament this week, a simple project and so adorable.
  (see the details HERE)

- I also decided to make some place card settings this week...
  Actually a 2 in 1 Christmas place card setting that double as fridge magnets.
  (see details HERE)

- My lil dog's Christmas photo... :0) He is such a trooper.

-  Need a inexpensive decoration or craft project for the kids?
    I made a simple DIY Paper Cone Tree for Christmas that might work.
    (see the details HERE)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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A Simple Decorated Christmas Paper Tree...

I decided to share a simple Christmas DIY Paper Tree project today..
(fun simple kids craft project)

What's needed..
A piece of heavier weight paper or cardstock, mine is a 12x12 size and I chose green. :0)
Tape runner, double sided tape, or glue stick would probably work just fine.
Stuff to decorate your paper tree... I chose tinsel and miniature bows. 
(You could use ribbon, pom-poms, tiny ornaments or other objects etc..)

Simple DIY Christmas Bow Place Card Settings & Fridge Magnets - 2 in 1

I was inspired seeing others place card setting idea's that involved
something as simple as clothespins..
Place card settings is something I had never actually made before and
so I decided to make a set using some miniature Christmas bows...

Then my initial idea took a turn and I gave them 2 purposes.
Place Card Settings & Fridge Magnets. :0)

I got out my silver spray paint, some clothespins, tiny Christmas bows, hot glue gun,
and magnet roll..

Ya see where I am going with this? :o)

First I stuck the clothespins on a mason jar.. outdoors of course,
and spray painted them silver.

Then brought them back inside and hot glued the bows on using colors each person
would like...

Then I cut some magnet strips and hot glued that onto the back.

So simple..

I can use them on the fridge for now, and use them for place card settings for Christmas dinner.
How fun is that? :0)

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Christmas Party 2013

Snowman Bulb Ornament... DIY

I had several ornaments just sitting that I didn't use, and I decided to see what
I could make with some of them...

It was a AH-HA moment.. :0)  kind of.

So I got 2 sizes of ornaments, my hot glue gun, a piece of ribbon, and
orange as well as black puff paint.

Take the top hanger portion off the larger bulb..

Friday Faves... (12/13/13)

For those of you that follow my blog,
or check in once in a while, you probably know that
Friday is "Friday Favorites" around these parts. :0)

Here we go..

1). My Simple Coffee Station - so convenient.. :0) 

2). My Charlie brown tree... just makes me smile.

3). Been taking some extra time and learning more and more about my camera this week.. and thrilled with the photo's I have been getting.  Yay!

4). For example.. I was able to capture the sparkle of the lights on our tree... love!

5).  Christmas cookies.. I got our Christmas cookies, baked, decorated, and put in the freezer.
      (otherwise they would not last until Christmas) :0)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend...
I have a new ornament to share with you next week.. it's a fun one!

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How I organized my scarves...

I recently decluttered our Master closet and
I had my scarves temporarily hung onto a hanger behind the door..

until I found this This little gadget while browsing in a store...

(Faux) Fireplace Mantel...

We don't have a "real" fireplace mantel to decorate for Christmas...

However, last year I bought this little Faux Fireplace...

and we are really pleased with it and how it looks.   It is actually a heater as well, and
has a remote control so we adjust the heat settings if we want to use the heater function, or
adjust the brightness of the flames effect as well.  Very cool indeed! :0)

Well, as a diy'er - I definitely have a project in mind for it in the future... :0)
but for now it looks kind of adorable with the stockings hanging over it.

and one of my favorite decorations...
the Charlie brown tree sits on top of it...

So where do you hang your stockings in your house?
Fireplace mantel? on the tree?  Under the tree?

Simple Coffee Station.. (and hot chocolate)

I decided to make a simple coffee station..
simply simple like. :0)

We like our coffee in this house...
In fact we have a normal coffee pot on one counter, and a Keurig Coffee brewer on another.
Both get used daily. :0)

Well, with Christmas fast approaching..
I decided to use the Keurig to make a little coffee station.
I actually have had the keurig carousel put away in a cabinet for quite a while..
I don't use it for the most part, as I feel it takes up quite a bit of space. 
So I usually just have the k-cups in the cabinet, and a few in a jar beside the machine
on the counter.
However, for Christmas... I decided to dig it out and use it. 

Friday Favorites... (12/06/13)

December 6th..?
Which means 19 days til Christmas???

One day at a time... one day at a time... and since today
is Friday, it is time once again for Friday Favorites.

1).  Christmas Tree... beautiful.

2).  My Puff Paint Snowman Glass Ornaments. (with a little sparkle)

3).  Outside decorating - done! Yay!

4).  Countdown to Christmas Plaque project.. a gentle reminder. :0)

5).  Christmas Shopping List - FREE Printable

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Christmas Shopping List - Free Printable

With all the Shopping going on.. ;0)

I decided to make a Christmas themed shopping list for fun...

 I also decided to make a free printable out of it, just in case you would
like to print it out and use it as well.

I added a tiny circle before each line, so you could check the name/items
 off your list if you'd like,  as well a section along the bottom for added Notes..

Click here -->> for the FREE Printable – Shopping List

Hope you have a great Thursday!

DIY Countdown to Christmas Plaque

Countdown to Christmas is officially here...
and since I am still trying to grasp the idea that Christmas is only
a few weeks from now.. ????
I decided to make a Countdown to Christmas plaque.. a gentle reminder if you will. :0)

As if I really need a reminder... I get lots of daily 'in your face' emails reminding me
 to SHOP now, and so on..  am I right? :0)

Anywhoooo....  (deep breath & sigh)

I went through my craft supplies and gathered up a few items for this project.

A small wood plaque, modge podge, foam brush, scrapbooking paper and embellishments, as well as
scissors, ribbon, and a chalkboard label.

Fun Glass Christmas Ornaments with Snowmen using puff paint

I recently purchased some clear glass ornaments from a craft store
and I decided to decorate a few of them with snowmen.. (and some sparkle) :0)

Tools of choice... 

A tiny mason jar (you will find out why soon!),
puff paint in white, black, & orange,
as well as a small piece of silver tinsel,
and some silver glitter - not pictured.