Monday, December 19, 2011

Junk N Treasure Christmas Mantle

I finished decorating my house for Christmas.
I think.
Well at least the mantle is done.
I really like the way it turned out. 
I'll describe what I used first and then you can see all the photos.
I used the same shutter I've used for my other mantles I've done throughout the year. I added the JOY letters to it with some glue dots.
I used my rusty junk bucket I bought at one of my junkin' weekend shopping hauls and filled it with faux greenery, ornaments and lights.
I also put out my vintage red lantern.
I found a milk bottle stamped with the "No. 5" and found it to be whimsical and set it next to my rusty bucket.
I filled it with some faux snow :)
I then layered some pine garland, ornaments,lights and raffia along the top and hung my burlap stockings on a rope with clothespins. 
It makes me happy :D
I have some heavy candle holders that the rope is tied to on either end of the mantle.
I'll show you my Grinch White Tree as soon as I finish taking pics of it.
Check back later this week as I prepare some yummy desserts for my Christmas Eve party :)

 These last ones were taken at night

If you'd like to see my Christmas mantle from last year click on the left side where I have the links to Christmas Crafts or click here.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Ornament Wreath {Crafty Friday}

Crafty Friday Everyone :)
Well here we are exactly one week and one day before Christmas! Ack! Time really got away from me this year. I have managed to squeeze in some crafts and holiday decorating (finally) this past week.
I decided to not put my holiday shutter with the birdie on it this year and instead keep it on my mantle.
I wanted to make a more festive and colorful wreath for my front door. 
And this was the result:

Isn't that pretty?

It's so easy too.
Here's what you'll need:
1 wire hanger (don't let Mommie Dearest see you lol)
assorted ball (shatterproof are best) ornaments
floral wire
First you'll decide on a color scheme. I decided to use mostly red and a few gold balls. I wanted it to have a peppermint theme so I bought some that looked like peppermint ornaments. I could not find shatterproof ones so I had to settle for glass ones. I am keeping my fingers crossed that no one in my family slams the front door and the wreath comes crashing down >:|
I took the wire hanger and "opened it" and shaped it to make it into kind of a circle shape.
I then started to string my ball ornaments using the loops on the top.
I kept alternating sizes and finishes. The best part of doing it this way is that if you don't like the way it's going you can remove them and start over.
After you've got them all the way you like them,you can tie the ends together using pliers or have a strong man help you. In my case I had to use duct tape to tie them together to make them more secure. Use your own judgement. I used ribbon to cover the ends where the duct tape went :)
Then I took two different types of ribbon and made my bow.
I thought it'd be cute if I made the tails of the bow different. 
And here it is:

Simple and pretty.

I'll be back to show you my Christmas mantle using some of my junkin' finds.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Past Christmas Crafts {Christmas Memory Lane}

I often like to go through my posts and look at my past projects. Lately I've been slacking and also pretty busy with my photography business so my dining room is a big mess of scattered ornaments, non-working light sets and tinsel, garland and who knows what else. Needless to say I haven't been very productive this December. As say, compared to last year and years past.
So I've decided to post here some of my favorite Christmas crafts from the past. 
Christmas Memory Lane if you will ;)
Just click on the link to go to it.

And I will be back with some pics of my latest wreath that I Finally did finish.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Foodie Fridays {Oreo Truffles}

Happy, happy Friday!!
And 'tis the season for baking :)
And who doesn't love a good, easy recipe that you can share with friends right?
Well I happen to be a great big fan of The Tomkat Studio
and their amazing party printables. 
I have been using them for well over a year. In fact I just bought their adorable Vintage Rudolph Party printables
that I'll be incorporating into my Christmas Eve party.
They are so affordable and easy and you can use them for years to come. It's a win-win.
Anywho, enough gushing about their printables, I wanted to share with you a delectable and oh-so-ez recipe I found on their website!!
They even include the cute recipe card and the free printable how awesome is that!
Here is the link to their website and the printable that you can use