Friday, December 28, 2012

Weekend Update {With Nat & Holly}

(Sorry, no Jimmy Fallon.)

Merry Christmas! Has anyone noticed that it's been a little quiet around here? We took a nice much-needed break from blogland and enjoyed the holiday with our families and with each other! Oh yes, that included 70 degree Arizona weather. And long road trips. And lots of eating. And shopping. And 3 hours of gift-unwrapping. And Les Mis.


It. Was. Wonderful.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Rudolph & Santa Painted Ornaments

We shared this Christmas craft at Lines Across a few weeks ago... Rudolph and Santa {hand swirled} painted ornaments. My boys enjoyed making these with me, and they are perfect for kids because the paint stays contained inside the ornament!
 

This was so much fun to do! 
 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Santa Yarn Letters

"He's gonna find out who's naughty or nice..." SO BE NICE! This is what I keep telling my kids, but I figured maybe they needed a visual reminder :) I decided to re-invent one of our most popular projects {LOVE yarn letters} for Christmas...


Look at the furry Santa trim! I am dying over how they turned out!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Neighbor Gift with DIY Chalkboard Tags

 Today I'm sharing what my girlfriends & neighbors are getting for Christmas! (Spoiler alert!)


This is not by any means a new idea...wrapping paper for your neighbor gifts. 

But I added a few fun elements that I hope my friends will really like!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

12 Days of Christmas: A DIY For Each Day!

Did you enjoy our 12 Days of Christmas Series this month? We had so much fun and had fabulous guests (we're already scheming up another plan together for the new year!) Now we have all the tutorial links in one place - make sure to visit these amazing blogs and see what they're up to next! Thank you for following along!

1 Partridge In A Pear Tree • Glass Glitter Pear • A Pumpkin And A Princess







12 Drummers DrummingDrum Candy Gifts • Girl Loves Glam

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Monday, December 10, 2012

$2 Gift Idea for Boys {+Printable Tag}

Are you done with your Christmas shopping yet? I'm not! This week we will be sharing some simple, inexpensive and last-minute gift ideas on the blog.  It seems like there's always another person I forgot to buy a gift for - teachers, neighbors, and what about that cute little 4 year old boy that lives next door?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas Mantel Link Party!



Thanks for stopping by our Christmas Mantel Link Party. Yesterday, we showed you our Rustic Modern Christmas Mantel.... now we want to see yours! Today, any Christmas or winter-related mantel, faux-mantel, vignette or festive shelf decor goes!

My co-hosts today are the lovely blogs below:








A few things to remember before linking up: 

1) This is a party, so visit some of your other FUN party goers!

2) Link up once and your post automatically shows up on 5 blogs (yep, FIVE!). How great is that?!

3) By linking up, you're giving us permission to feature your awesome mantels on our blogs. But, don't worry, if we feature your mantel, we promise to give you all the credit!

4) Visit your other co-hosts. They love meeting new friends too!

5) Grab a button, if you'd like.





52 Mantels











Friday, December 7, 2012

A Rustic Modern Christmas Mantel

I'm kind of in love with how my Christmas decor is coming together this year. I wanted to incorporate texture and natural elements, with a modern twist. It is fun being able to combine fabrics like flannel, burlap, and fur with smooth ceramic, silver and even some sparkle! Here is my Rustic Modern Christmas mantel:

 
It all began with this handsome guy:
 
I mean, how could you walk by him and not want to take him home with you? {Darn you Target!}

Since I changed up the color of my mantel a few months ago, I wanted to contrast the gray with beautiful winter whites. Enter my next project.... faux fur trees:

 
I used two different kinds of craft fur to create the white trees. {You can find my full tutorial here.} Then I decided I needed to incorporate some color and pattern... I found this cozy plaid flannel and knew it was perfect! Check out my Flannel Scallop Tree tutorial for all the details :)
 
 
I love the natural pinecones, but on a few of them I added a little shine with silver gilding from Martha Stewart.
 
My final element is the fresh cedar garland... this stuff smells yummy and it is beautiful! I am so happy with the final result:

 
Now, if only we could actually light a fire in this gorgeous fireplace! It would be SO cozy :) What do your Christmas mantels look like this year?
 
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