Christmas Tree 2017 – Navy, gold and white

November 19th, 2017|HOLIDAYS|

I had my Christmas tree 2017 mostly done – but there was just something about it that felt unfinished?

I photographed and primped and added more ornaments and took a few away, but I still wasn’t 100% happy with it.

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Then one of my favourite bloggers, Kelley Nan, posted a tutorial on how to decorate your tree with ribbon, and if you’ve ever […]

Magnetic Advent Calendar

November 19th, 2017|CRAFTS, HOLIDAYS, KIDS|

I’ve had a few big projects lately (one you’ve still to see) and I’m feeling like I need a little bit more ‘simple’ in my life.  Today’s magnetic advent calendar is just that – simple.

I’ve had these metal sheets from M-D Building Products since the Haven Conference last July.  I didn’t know what to do with them, but I didn’t want to throw them out “just in case” an idea suddenly popped up.

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Gingerbread Ornaments

November 17th, 2017|HOLIDAYS, RECIPES|

A few years ago my Mom decorated her tree with gingerbread ornaments and I remember sitting near it and thinking how scrumptious it smelled.

This year I decided to make some of my own gingerbread ornaments (with help from Mom and the girls) to create that same warm and homey feel for my own Christmas tree.

The recipe and idea are from Martha Stewart Living circa 1995 – but the recipe tastes just as delicious now as it did then and the […]

Half-Hour Holiday Challenge – Christmas Card Display

November 13th, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, HOLIDAYS|

I have waited since October 13th to share a new challenge I’m participating in – the Half-Hour Holiday Challenge!

Six bloggers coming together to inspire you to ‘get your DIY on’ with quick and easy Holiday projects that you can make in about half an hour.

 

Half-hour Holiday Challenge

When Scott (Saws on Skates) approached me about participating in the challenge, I had no idea what to build/make.  I needed something relatively simple […]

Christmas cards (and wrap) in a click!

November 12th, 2017|GIFT IDEAS, HOLIDAYS|

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Have you got your Christmas / Holiday cards ready?

Have you updated your address book to make sure you have current mailing addresses for everyone?  Have you written your annual newsletter and tucked a family photo into the envelopes of special loved ones.

Nope, me neither.

BUT, I did myself a huge favour and went online to Minted.com to have them take care of this Holiday stressor for […]

Scandinavian Star

November 11th, 2017|CRAFTS, HOLIDAYS|

At least that’s what I think these star lanterns are called?

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You’ve seen them, they are usually made of white paper with a light inside and are hung in the windows over Christmas.  I’ve seen them called Scandinavian stars and Swedish stars and I LOVE them.

So I decided to make myself one.

But paper is so “been there, done that” whereas metal Scandinavian stars is so “WOWZA, I have to try that!”

So I […]

Dipped Pinecones

November 8th, 2017|CRAFTS, DECOR, HOLIDAYS|

I had so many problems with these dipped pinecones – which were supposed to be bleached pinecones when I started – but in the end, I’m pleased with the results.

It started because I have a pine tree in my backyard that is pissed at me for pruning off branches.  He’s showing his protest by making sure to drip sap everywhere and by dropping more pinecones than ever before.

That tree is on my last nerve I tell you.  My poor Lacey […]

DIY Christmas Tree Stand

November 5th, 2017|BUILD IT, HOLIDAYS|

This DIY Christmas tree stand is actually a knock-off of Jaime’s over at JaimeCostiglio.com, but I had to adjust it a bit to fit my larger tree base and I wanted my tree to be off of the ground – so I needed it to have a shelf insert as well.

I’m showing my building plans for those of you (like me) that found Jaime’s a bit confusing, and/or needed a DIY Christmas tree stand for a larger tree.

First off, […]

100 Things 2 Do Before the Holidays

November 4th, 2017|100 LISTS, HOLIDAYS|

Yup, it’s that time!

Time to get your 100 Things 2 Do Before the Holidays checklist and post it on your fridge to keep you ahead of the game this Holiday Season.

The goal of this list is not to make you feel overwhelmed or over-burdened – quite the opposite actually. It’s meant to help you space out those seasonal chores so that you can actually participate in Christmas, and not just facilitate it.

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Hallowe’en Fun – You’ve been BOO’D!!

October 5th, 2017|HOLIDAYS, KIDS|

It’s the beginning of October which means it’s time to start the Hallowe’en hijinks – namely the ring-and-run fun of “You’ve been Boo’d!”

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Make up two small bags of Hallowe’en treats, print off these tags and attach – then sneak up to your friends’ doors and …

DROP, RING and RUN!

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