Thank you to http://www.nelliebellie.com/homemade-coffee-syrup-recipes for this great idea! My friend and I are both big iced coffee drinkers and love to try the new seasonal flavors at DD. I wanted to put together a “favorite things” basket for her for Christmas and knew I had to incorporate coffee. I was searching for ideas on Pinterest and was psyched to see the recipes for homemade syrup. I chose Caramel and Maple Vanilla, yum! I also picked up the bottles at The Dollar Store and added burlap to the front with little coffee cup tags from Stampin’ Up! Of course! I created a little paper basket filled with her favorite candy, a box of assorted Yankee Candles and a shell ornament complete the basket.
Archives for December 2013
I’m always amazed when I see all the creative ideas on Pinterest and in blog land for old windows and never pass up a good one, especially a 6 pane window like this one! I added old photos with glue dots making it easy to change them out if I get bored, which I know I will! I have this in my purple bedroom and it makes me smile seeing my “babies” when they actually were babies!
I love giving a little homemade treat with my presents and spent most of Christmas Eve baking goodies for my nieces and nephews, as well as my daughter’s boyfriend Sean who loves peppermint bark. So thankful that Stampin’ Up! Makes it so easy to package these. I was able to whip up 10 bags of bark in no time and look how cute they look! It’s all in the presentation.
I like to give something to my daughter’s teachers at Christmas. They work hard and deserve to be acknowledged not only at Christmas but throughout the year. My daughter is graduating this year and planning on studying Education next year with the hopes of becoming a teacher. I love being a demo for SU. It really is so much more than “just cards”. Although it is sad to see people don’t send cards anymore. I remember the days when I would hang all my Christmas cards around a doorway. So far this year I have received 3 🙁 oh and one was from my insurance agent! Anyway, I love stamping on tiles and made sets of four tied together in a beautiful, wide ribbon. I also put together Starbucks bottles filled with Hershey kisses decorated like Santa, as well as sand dollar, starfish and paper ornaments. I love natural wrapping elements this year and tuck sprigs of pine and twine around natural boxes.
My friend Elaine loves horses and unique pieces for her beautiful home. I wanted to try to incorporate both for a handmade gift for her and thought I would try a horse silhouette using a method similar to my deer art. I had one pallet sign left so I painted it in a whitewash to keep it rustic, then used block posters to print the image I wanted. I covered the back in pencil and taped it to the board, then traced it in pen. See the third picture showing the printed image. It is so simple to do, then I just painted it in acrylic paint. I love how it came out and am thinking of other images to try. You can also use chalk as a transfer instead of pencil. I hope she likes it!
As you know from my prior posts, I am a huge fan of http://thegraphicsfairy.com and check her blog daily to see the amazing projects and beautiful graphics. I fell in love with this beautiful angel graphic ornament and made a few for my tree using a simple rosette folding technique. I also framed a Victorian Santa for the top of my kitchen hutch.
My winter wonderland theme continues in the dining room, where I also added some awesome Dollar Tree decorations. I made a smaller version of the coffee filter angel wings and hung it on the front of my chicken wire hutch. On top of the hutch is the burlap cone tree and some berry garland which I sprayed white and silver. Love the sparkle!
I love looking at all the blog home tours and get so much inspiration from the incredibly talented women who put so much time and effort into creating a beautiful home for their loved ones. The main thing I have learned is it does not matter how big your home is or how much money you have to spend on decorations, but the memories you make and the traditions you pass on. As much as I love my main tree, nothing means more to me than my “kid tree” which I purposefully do not fancy up. It is filled with all the wonderful, beautifully tacky (hello toilet paper roll) ornaments that I cherish. To all the teachers out there, please don’t ever stop making the ornaments for the kids to give to their parents, they truly are cherished. My kids are 22 and 17 and I love looking at these and pray they will do the same with their kids some day.
I worked hard all weekend decorating and love the “winter wonderland” theme. It is very different from my prior years. I posted my mantel yesterday and continued the silver theme throughout.
I gave my favorite DIY project, deer silhouette (see prior post) a Christmas makeover. I love Rudolph so I gave him a shiny red nose and added some fresh pine for a collar. I finally put my village up on my piano. It takes a long time, but I do love it, especially at night. I collect Dept 56 Dickens Village, but also have some others mixed in. I always update my frames for the seasons and found great free printables I believe from Fox Hollow cottage. I really love Christmas!