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Holiday Home Tour 2013

Happy Christmas Eve Everyone! I hope you all are enjoying the holiday! Are you excited Christmas is practically here? I am! One of my absolute favorite things about the holidays is decorating my home. So I thought I would share a little peek into my Christmas decorating this year. Take a look:

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Please excuse the quality of the photos, they were taken with my phone. I just wanted to give you guys a quick peek into my little slice of Christmas heaven. I love my little holiday home! I hope you all have enjoyed my holiday home tour. Have a wonderful and safe Christmas Eve!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- December 9th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you guys had a fantastic weekend! Does everyone who celebrates have their tree up yet? Trimming the tree has to be one of my absolute favorite things to do during the holidays. Vintage ornaments are my favorite! I have a little collection that I display in a vintage milk glass punch bowl, and a few plastic ones that go on my tree. They are so fun! This week I was inspired to create a little collection of vintage ornament themed finds from Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops. Here are some of my absolute favorites:

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Check out this fabulous Wire Wrapped Shiny Brite Ornament with Gnome from Vintage Shopping Spree Here

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Check out these beautiful Pink Christmas Ornaments Set – Shiny Brite Box – Shiny Brite Ornament from Be Quirksy Here

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Check out these sweet 50 Miniature Mercury Glass Ball Ornaments from Smile Mercantile Here

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Check out this fantastic 1950s Christmas Ornament from Le Bonheur Du Jour Here

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Check out this amazing Vintage Christmas Ornaments Tea Towel from Neato Keen Here

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Check out these awesome Set of 6 Vintage Christmas Ornaments from Cheerful Owl Here

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Check out these adorable Set of 2 antique snowman ornaments with adorable top hats, chenille earmuffs and scarves, 1950′s from Plain and Fancy Vintage Here

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Check out these wonderful Vintage 1940s Shiny Glass Christmas Ornaments in Different Shapes from Peace Traveler Here

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Check out this adorable Vintage Elf, Elf Knee Hugger, Christmas Decoration, Pixie Elf from Letter Kay Here

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Check out this sweet Vintage UNSIGNED Angels Ornament Glittered Xmas Card Mid Century 1960′s w/Envelope from Glittering Pine Here

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Check out this lovely  Christmas Ornament Brooch, Dangle Brooch Pin, 1950s Holiday Jewelry from A Vintage Jewelry Chest Here

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And Check out this awesome Vintage Christmas 1950′s Christmas Ornament Hangers from Thirsty Owl Vintage Here

Don’t you just love them all! I would love to have any of these adorn my tree! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I always do! I’ll be back next with another fun Christmas collection. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Merry & Bright

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Every year Daryl and I send out Christmas cards to all of our family and friends. This year Beauregard is getting his first taste of family stardom and will be gracing the front of our holiday card as his kitty bros have in the past, much to their relief i’m sure. He was a great sport, and makes a fantastic model! I could only choose one for the card, but there were so many cute ones of him and his sister Sadie, I couldn’t help but share them with you all. I’ll share the cards with you all when I get them in the mail. Happy Friday everyone!

 

DIY Double Sided Lighted Tree Topper

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When I took out all of my holiday decorations this year, I noticed that my tree topper was a bit worse for wear. So, I decided to try making a new one. This topper is really pretty easy to make and not only is it lighted, but double sided as well. One side is painted with chalkboard paint so you can easily change the design whenever you feel like it. The other side is painted with a decoupaged christmas card santa for a little extra style. This topper works up pretty easy. You can make one in just a few hours.

Here’s What You Need:

*Plywood

*Jigsaw

*Drill and bit the same size as your wire

*Copper Wire #6 (1-2 feet)

*Flat jaw pliers

*Spray Paint

*Craft Paint, Chalk paint, etc

*Led battery operated lights

*Tinsel

*Glue Gun

*Craft glue or modge podge

Instructions:

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First draw your star shape onto your plywood. Carefully cut out the shape with the jigsaw. Sand any rough spots with sandpaper. Drill a hole in the bottom of your star to insert the wire. Now bend your wire at a right angle 3 to 4 inches down from the top. Then bend another right angle about an inch down. Place on top of a bottle and start wrapping it around the neck of your bottle. You may need to use pliers. Use flat jawed pliers with no teeth so it doesn’t mar the wire. Once your wire is formed into a spring shape spray paint it in your desired color. A few light coats works best. Set aside to dry. Next, paint your star with craft paint on one side and chalkboard paint on the other side. Paint your sides the same color as your tinsel. Once your paint is dry glue your cut out holiday card to the craft painted side of your star with craft glue or modge podge. Now you are ready to add your lights. First insert your wire into the bottom of your star. Snake the light strand up through the coil, leaving several inches for the battery box to hang down below the coil. Now, start at the base where your wire is and place a dab of hot glue onto the wood, press your light strand into the glue. Go around the star glueing every couple of inches until you have your whole strand glued down to the outside of your star. Now go back around the star with your tinsel, glueing over the light strand. Once you have covered your lights with tinsel you are done. Top your tree and watch it sparkle!

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I love how my little topper turned out! It was a lot of fun to make! You could customize your topper any way you like by changing up the paint and tinsel colors and embellishments. Make it your own style! Overall this is a great holiday project to deck out your tree! This is my last holiday decorating DIY this season. Tomorrow I will start a series of hand made gifts you can make for your family and friends. Be sure to tune in for day one of my 12 days of handmade gifts! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

 

DIY Felt Peppermint Garland

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IMG 5611 600x600 DIY Felt Peppermint Garland Hello there! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! We had some beautiful weather here in NC! Today I have something really fun and whimsical to share with you, DIY Peppermint Garland! This craft is so much fun! I had a blast making it! It does take some time, but I think it’s well worth it. It took me a couple of hours to make a strand that is about five feet long. I would love to make enough for it to go around my Christmas tree this year!

Here’s What You Need:

*Felt Sheets in Red and White

*Rotary Cutter and mat or Scissors

*Rulers

*White sparkly Pom Poms small

*Needle and Embroidery Floss

*Pliers

Instructions:

*Before I start, please excuse my embarrassingly fuzzy pictures. Apparently I wasn’t paying attention to the settings that night. I was debating whether to put them up or not, but it always helps to have a visual.

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With a ruler and cutter and mat, cut 1/2″ strips of your red and your white felt. You will need one red and one white strip for each peppermint. Next you want to prepare your thread. Knot one end of thread and cut a long length to how long you wish your garland to be. Thread a pom-pom and slide it up to the knot. Now you can make a peppermint. Grab one strip of red and one of white felt. Stack them on top of each other and starting at one end tightly roll the felt until it is a swirly round peppermint. Now slide your peppermint onto the needle. If it is hard to slide the peppermint over your needle, use a pair of pliers and grip the needle with the pliers and pull the peppermint over the needle. This helped me a lot! Slide your peppermint down until it meets the pom-pom at the end. Alternate pom poms and peppermint shapes sliding them onto your thread until you have the whole strand filled. Then, knot the other end, and clip threads. If you have peppermints that are not even at the end, snip off the excess so they are even. And that’s it, now you are ready to hang and enjoy!

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IMG 5616 600x600 DIY Felt Peppermint GarlandIsn’t that easy! I really love how it turned out! IF I have time I am going to make more for my tree. Otherwise it will probably hang over a window or a bed at home. You can make it as long or short as you wish so it is customizable to any space. You could also make a green peppermint if you want to change it up a bit. The other nice thing about this craft is that it is so inexpensive! I spent less than five dollars and I didn’t even use up all the felt and pompom. Overall I think this is a great, easy, fun, and cheap craft for a cold or rainy day. Make one while you watch a movie, and before you know it you’ll have a whimsical holiday treat for your home! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more Christmas crafts!

Happy Crafting!

 

DIY Holiday Themed Framed Vintage Buttons

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As some of you already know I am smitten for vintage buttons! I love the styles, the textures, the colors! I am always looking for new ways to use my buttons, and had recently bought some small green ones that I thought would be a cute xmas tree. I originally thought of sewing them to a pillow, but was afraid the dogs would try and chew it. So I decided to sew them onto paper and frame them instead. The buttons are nice and protected,and it’s a really cute way to jazz up a table or a shelf for the holidays!

Here’s What You Need:

*Buttons

*Nice Paper- I used Watercolor Paper it has a nice thickness

*Embroidery Floss

*Needle and Scissors

*Frames

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Instructions:

Take your buttons and lay them out into a design you like such as a tree, ornaments, wreath, star, etc. Snap a pic for reference. Cut your paper to fit the size of your frame. Lay your buttons out onto your paper and use the needle to punch little guideline holes in the paper where the button holes are. Now you are ready to sew. Stitch your buttons one by one onto your paper with your colorful embroidery floss. Knot them in the back and clip excess threads. If you want to add a saying or word, you can draw it in with a pencil and poke holes about every quarter inch on the pencil lines to make guides for embroidering. Then you can embroider your words easily. Next, slip your buttoned paper into your frame and close up the back. And Voila! Now you have a fun little piece of holiday cheer to add to your decor.

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I really love how easy these are to make! They are really versatile too since you can change up the shapes and combinations of buttons! You can experiment with different papers as well. I really love my Christmas tree, and the frame really makes it cute! If you are looking for vintage buttons, try searching on Etsy. I get a lot of my buttons from there. I hope you all have enjoyed this simple little craft! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more holiday DIY’s!

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Inspired Bell Jar Ornaments

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I absolutely love bell jars! My favorite holiday decorations are small vintage bell jar ornaments with sweet little snow scenes in them! I have been wanting to make some of these tiny cloche ornaments for a long while now, but have had a really hard time finding the little glass belljars anywhere. Recently I was at the dollar store and saw some plastic wine glasses. They were the right shape, so I decided to give it a try, and they actually turned out to be a pretty fun substitute! These little ornaments are easy to make! I had so much fun making them, I went back and bought more wine glasses to make more!

Here’s What You Need:

*Plastic Wine Glasses

*Dremmel or Utility Knife

*Chipboard (cereal boxes, etc.)

*Scrapbook Paper

*Rubber Cement

*Trinkets

*Glitter

*Large Beads

*Pipe Cleaners

*Twine

*Scissors

*Hot Glue

*Large Circle or Scalloped Circle Punch (optional)

Step 1: Cut Glasses- Gather up your plastic wine glasses. They come with bottoms, just throw those away, you don’t need them. The stem of the glass is just a bit too long, so I cut mine down a little with a dremmel with a grinding attachment. You can cut the stems with a utility knife, but it is a lot easier to break them that way. If you have a dremmel, I would recommend using that.

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Step 2: Make Bottoms- I used a paper punch to cut out my chipboard bottoms. I think it is around 3 or 3.5 inches wide with a scalloped edge. I also used the punch to cut out my scrapbook paper to cover the chipboard with. I cut out paper for the top and bottom. You can draw circles and cut them out instead of using a punch. I just think it makes it a whole lot easier if you have one. When you have all of your circles cut out, you are ready to glue. I used rubber cement to glue the paper to the chipboard. Let the glue dry.

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Step 4: Make the tops- First you want to add the hanger part to your beads. If you want to use pipe cleaners, cut one in half. Then push it through he bead and twirl it around the bottom of the bead so it will stay in place. At the top of the bead make a nice sized loop with the other end of pipe cleaner and twist it together at the top of the bead. If you wish to use twine, first cut a long piece of twine. Fold the twine in half and push it through the bead. Double knot the twine loop at the top of the bead and then double knot the ends below the bottom of the bead and snip off any excess. Next, run a bead of hot glue around the top opening of the wine glass and glue the bead right side up to the top, sealing in your jar. Now you want to finish off the area where the bead and glass meet because it is not so pretty. I took small pieces of pipe cleaner and wrapped around the spot securing with glue in the back. And now they are ready to hang on your tree, yay!

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Although they are not quite as awesome as their vintage counterparts, I really love how they turned out! I love how versatile you can be with them as well! You could fill them with anything you like, and top them with loops for hanging or no loops for grouping on a shelf or table. I hope you all go out and make a few of your own, they are so fun! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more holiday projects!

Happy Crafting!

14 Days of Love- Glitter Branches/ Lovebird Tree

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Supplies:

*Assorted branches from your yard

*Watered down craft glue or modge podge

*Very fine glitter

*Paintbrush

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Water down your glue to where it is a good loose consistancy, but not too runny. Paint glue on tree branch a little bit at a time and sprinkle glitter on glue tapping to remove excess. I put newspaper down on my table and poured a nice sized pile of glitter on the newspaper. I think it is easier to pinch the glitter in my fingers and sprinkle on the branch instead of shaking the glitter bottle over the branch. This is such a simple craft, but it is really messy. I’m still finding glitter on my skin. But, these branches make such cute decorations, they’re worth being a little parkly for a day or two. I was originally planning on cutting a piece of wood for a base to make a “tree”, but I ended up putting two branches in one of my favorite vases and I glued my “Love Birds” from yesterdays post to the branches for an extra cute centerpiece. Oh the wonderful things you can do with glitter!

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