Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Post on LoveJoy Photography!

Go take a look at my Christmas mini-session with Carly and David on LoveJoy Photography!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Guest Post on Heart Full of Daisies

I am guest posting over at Heart Full of Daisies today! Head on over and check it out!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New Post on LoveJoy Photography!

Check out my session with little Austyn on LoveJoy Photography!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Decking the Halls

My absolute favorite time of the year is Christmas and I will deck out the house in all kinds of holiday decor until the cows come home. I think I've spent every weekend since Thanksgiving tweaking and adding and re-arranging all my holiday stuff. I just love it!

This year I added a few new goodies to my stash. First my cute little plaid ornaments:

Aren't they precious? I stole this idea from the fabulous Eddie Ross. He's awesome. I love him. Anyway, these were super easy to make (just cut Goodwill plaid shirts into strips and wrap and pin around styrofoam balls). I have them scattered throughout the house in little plaid groupings. LOVE!

Then there's my antique Santa toy that I scored at the Round Top Antique Show back in September. It was sitting all alone among all kinds of other things on a table and I loved him immediately. As soon as I snatched him up, thirty other women swarmed me, ooh-ing and ahh-ing over him and fruitlessly looking for another just like it. Too bad, ladies! He's mine!

I hung some plain green wreaths with some fabulous thick, plaid ribbon in between each window in the living room. I scored the wreaths from Goodwill (where else?). Originally, they were hideous. But I cleaned them off and took off all the crappy fake flowery icky stuff and instantly had perfectly good wreaths!

Now, I'm not really sure if I'm in love with my grapevine "chandelier." What do you think? I do like it but I'm thinking I need to hang it differently next time. Anyway, I got the gigantic grapevine wreath at Hobby Lobby for half off, wrapped it with burlap and my plaid ribbon, wound a string of timer lights around it and hung some sparkly snowflakes for a rustic, wintery chandy!

Then there's my entryway table. I also found the pre-lit wreath at Goodwill and I got the giant sparkly ornaments from Hobby Lobby.

Finally, I wanted to add just a dash of the Christmas spirit to our bedroom, so I hung some of my large antique-y silver ornaments above the window seat in our bedroom. Aren't the pretty?

I just love decorating for Christmas, don't you? Do you go all out like me or just the basics? I'd love to see your decor!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

No Sew Ruffle Tree Skirt

Can I just tell you that Miss Mustard Seed is one of my heroes? Seriously, that woman has some mad skills. I saw this tutorial she did for HGTV for a no sew ruffle tree skirt and I knew that I had to have it for my new skirt!

Isn't it gorgeous? It was really easy to do, but very time consuming. It took me the better part of a Sunday afternoon to finish.

And a LOT of hot glue! But I truly love how big and frilly and lovely it is, don't you?

If you want your very own, head on over to Miss Mustard Seed's tutorial. Give it a shot!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Simple Sweater Stockings

This year I decided to switch up my holiday decor colors. For the longest time they were deep red and gold. Lovely and elegant, but I wanted something different. So I decided to follow the theme of my everyday colors in my living room which are blue, white and silver.

Changing the ornaments on the tree wasn't hard. But when I came across stuff like my tree skirt and stockings, I knew I had to get creative because I was not going to pay a bunch of money to replace something I used only once a year. Having just created my sweater pillows I had the brilliant idea to make some stockings out of sweaters as well. And I love how they turned out!

This project couldn't have been easier. Basically, I went to Goodwill and found a few sweaters I liked. I try to get all men's sizes or large women's sizes. At home, I washed and dried the sweaters in high heat in order to shrink the sweaters a little. Then I turned the sweaters inside out, took my old red stocking and laid it on top of the sweater with the cuff of the stocking lined up with the lower edge of the sweater.

Then I took my sharp fabric scissors and, eyeballing a half inch seam allowance, cut the sweater out around the stocking. Then I sewed around all the cut edges, leaving the cuff open. Turn the new sweater stocking right side out and VOILA! A new stocking! (It's hanging a little wonky in the pic below. I promise it looks like an actual stocking in real life!)

You can keep the stocking as is or you can add a bit of coordinating fabric to the cuff part like I did. I basically just wrapped the plaid fabric around the cuff to get an approximate length, then I tucked half of it inside the stocking and pinned it before turning the stocking inside out again to sew the plaid fabric on.

I did the same process with a pretty white sweater and a piece of grey fleece. This is what they look like hanging above the fireplace. I really like how they turned out and it was SUPER easy!

Has anyone else made some super easy stockings? I'd love to see them! Send me a link...

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Pillows

Hi kids!

So one of the things that has been keeping me so busy lately is making Christmas pillows. I fell in love with a couple of pillows from Pottery Barn, but I just couldn't bring myself to pay those prices! So I decided to try to make a couple of my favorites.

These were my inspiration pillows.

Here are my versions. I think the poinsettia pillow turned out pretty good, but I'm not thrilled about the wreath pillow. I think I'm going to have another go at it, though. We'll see how much time I have after I finish all my other bazillion projects!

Since I had my sewing machine out, and since making pillows is super easy, I decided to make a few more. Some to keep and some to give as gifts.

How do you like my felt sheepie pillow? Cutest thing ever isn't it? I really had no reason to make it other than it being so cute. I'll save it to put in my future baby's room.

There you have it! Of course, the pillows aren't the only projects that have been keeping me super busy. I have decided to change my entire Christmas decor theme this year which naturally means making new stockings, a tree skirt, etc., etc. Why do I do this to myself?!

More pictures of other projects to come!

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