Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Crafty Christmas Features & Taking Time Off

Before I get into the features from the Crafty Christmas party, I wanted to let you all know that I am going to take the rest of the year off from blogging.  I had planned on taking the week of Christmas off, but in light of recent events, I have decided to just focus on my family and spending time with them.  (The Next POWW link party will take place on January 8).  I am sure many of you feel the same way, and understand my need.  My heart is heavy for Newtown, and I am sending all my prayers that way.  Life is short and precious.... I want to make sure I really live it, and I want to make sure my loved ones know just how much they are loved.  Thank you for understanding.

Last week I co-hosted s Crafty Christmas link party with Karah from The Space Between, Lisa from Before Meets After, and Ashley from Cherished Bliss.  Today we are all sharing some of our favorites from the party, each of us doing our own features, so be sure to visit the other girls, too, today!

With over 300 links to go through, I thought I would share my top 5 in a several categories, which makes for lots of features!  Please if you wish to pin click on the link to pin from the direct source.
Top 5 Wreaths

I love vintage ornament wreaths, and this beauty from Life on Mars is no exception!
Christmas Crafts

I am in LOVE with this fluffy pom pom Anthro inspired wreath from It All Started with Paint.

This wintery wreath with a pop of red from Made in a Day took my breath away!

Just Us Four shared this adorable straw wreath.  Love the addition of the little snowmen!

And Uncommon Designs shared this gorgeous snowy pinecone wreath!
Pine Cone Wreath

Top 5 Ornaments

These toadstool terrarium ornaments from At Home on the Bay are my favorite I have seen this whole season I think!

Love the idea and execution of these birdseed ornaments from Eclectically Vintage.

These recycled felt ornaments from Going a Little Coastal are so cute!
wool house ornament 3_edited-1

How awesome is this birch bark ornament from Turtles and Tails?

Birch Bark Pinecone Ornament - Turtles and Tails blog

And love this idea of a card with an ornament attached, especially when the ornament is as sweet as this bird from Creative in Chicago.

Top 5 Tree Crafts

These pine cone trees from Somewhat Quirky are aaaaamazing!

This scrap wood tree from Studio 336 is amazing!  I love everything about it....

These felt trees from Love Grows Wild are beautiful- love the colors!

These cork trees from Monsters Circus are SOOO cool!  I have never seen any like them!

These Christmas tree luminaries from The Thriftress are so cool, and would you believe they were made from a vintage pan!

Top 5 Deer Crafts

Love this take on the deer silhouette from Living Savvy.

I love deer with glitter!  How fun is this winter "bundterland" from My Third True Love?

Love this pallet art from Art is Beauty!

This retro branch buck from Made in a Day is AWESOME!

And love this awesome wall of footprint reindeer from Marisa Howard Design.

Top 5 Nature Inspired Crafts

This frosted twig bouquet from Grow Creative is beautiful!  I would love this in my home!

Turtles and Tails did it again with this amazing branch tree!

Christmas branch tree on the wall - Turtles and Tails blog

These pine cone gnomes from Love Grows Wild are the sweetest!

This cranberry and bay leaf garland from Number Fifty-three is naturally beautiful!

And love this fragrant and pretty herb wreath from Designing Domesticity.
Top 5 textiles: Pillows, Tree Skirts, Stockings, etc

Love these pretty burlap stockings from Decor and The Dog.  The touch of gold is perfect!
Decor and the Dog Holiday Mantel 3
This ruffled tree skirt from Tales of a Trophy Wife is so vibrant, fun, and ruffly!

I am in love with these stockings from The Wonders of Doing- the polar bear might be my favorite!

Adore this deer head pillow from Dear Emmeline- so classic!

And loving this stenciled runner from Pretty Handy Girl!

Top 5 Anything Else!

This gingerbread garland from Crafting in the Rain is an awesome kid craft and so cute!

I Gotta Create shared these super cool photo snow globes!

I sort of want an adult version of this reindeer hooded towel from Crazy Little Projects?  Would that be vixen instead of Rudolph?
Reindeer hooded towel tutorial and pattern
I love all of these fun garlands from Made in a Day, but especially love the snowflakes!
DIY Garlands
And lastly, I couldn't not include this cutie from The Pursuit of Happiness?
Whew.... that was a lot of features!

Again, thank you so much for understanding.  From my family to yours, we wish you a happy holiday filled with love, family, and small moments you will remember forever.  I will see you in 2013!


Saturday, December 15, 2012

POWW Faves

I wrote this post on Thursday night... I wanted to add that my heart goes out to all of those in CT affected by the tragic events of yesterday.  At times like this, there are no words.  Just pray.  Just hug your babies.  Just let the people you love know how much they mean to you.  And do everything you can to be a positive influence in the lives of all the people you meet and see on a daily basis, because whether you know it or not, you make a difference.... in the smallest moments, just a smile even, you make a difference.

Happy Saturday!  My in-laws arrived safely last night and we will be celebrating Christmas with them this weekend!  We are all excited to spend time with them and celebrate!  Emmy may or may not be receiving the Molly American Girl from my in laws.... I think she is going to be so excited!!!  I can't wait to see her face.  I also have a handmade gift I plan to share next week that I made for my mother-in-law. :)

Well, let's check out this week's POWW faves, shall we?  It was a smaller party this week, but I imagine most people are getting ready for the holidays and not painting- I know that's me right now!
Please remember if you wish to pin, pin from the original source, or repin from my FEATURES BOARD.

Kristine from The Painted Hive shared these awesome chairs with seats that were replaced with metal- I love this idea!  I have used plywood before, but this has a super cool look and doesn't need to be upholstered.
Cottage Chair Revamp with Metal Seat Plate

Dear Emmeline's Jessica showed off this amazing built in her husband created for her!  LOVE it!

Groovy Green Designs shared this cool Where the Wild Things Are desk...

How gorgeous is this dresser from At Home, Sweet Home?  Love those knobs!

And finally, love this "Jude" cabinet from Simply Reinvented.  You have to head over to hear the story behind the name of the piece, and also send some prayers.
china 2

Happy Saturday!  Hope you have an amazing weekend!


Friday, December 14, 2012

A Crafty Christmas: Embroidery Hoop Art

As part of our Crafty Christmas, it's my turn today to share a Christmas craft tutorial.  This one is so inexpensive and so stupidly easy, seriously.  Your dog could do it.  With one paw and his eyes closed.  Speaking of dogs, my kids were having a sweet moment with Charlie the other day, and I had to snap a picture.... it' sad to say I worry that Charlie doesn't have many Christmases left, so I wanted to capture the moment.  Emmy picked out that little blanket for him when we went shopping last weekend.  He loves snuggling with it.

Anyhow, back to my easy craft.  I made some holiday inspired embroidery hoop art.  And no, I didn't embroider.  I don't embroider.  Here is what you will need...

Embroidery hoops of course.  I bought a ton at a yard sale super cheap, but you could pay top dollar at the craft store if you want.  They are pretty inexpensive.
Acrylic Craft Paint and Textile Medium
Flour Sack Towels (I bought mine super cheap from Walmart)
Hot Glue
Embellishments (if desired)

I started off by placing the flour sack in my hoop and tightening the hoop around it.  I pulled the sack cloth as taut as I could and then cut around the edges to trim...

At this point, it looked like this.  And it is important to note I did not yet glue into place, in case I messed up on my painting I wanted to be able to remove and start over.

Next, I got out my paint colors, and textile medium.  I mixed 1 part color to 1 part medium and went to town.  I don't have pictures of this process, because I just free handed. You could paint however you wanted.  Once they were dry, I hot glued embellishments onto my tree painting, and hot glued the backing in place so they won't come undone.  Here is what the back looks like.  You can see I just hot glued along the seam between the two hoops, where the fabric poked out a little.

And here are most of my creations...

I kept one and placed it on the bookcases in the living room.  On this one I used black sharpie to write the word.

And there were a couple others, but they were already wrapped before I took my nice pictures, but here is an instagram shot that shoes all of them, including one that Emmy did. :)

See that?  Don't you think your dog could do it?  I think so.  At least I bet Ike could.  And don't forget there is still time to link to the crafty Christmas party!

And now it's Friday! I am off to a coffee hour with a cookie swap- I made some pretzel peanut butter balls.  I may not be able to share.  And then my in-laws arrive later today to celebrate Christmas with us this weekend!  Fun festive times!  Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

What's Under My Tree

You all know I am a huge fan of handmade gifts! Today I am over at remodelaholic sharing some of my favorite hand made gifts from the last couple years.  Hop on over to check it out!
Here is a little peek of one of my favorite items.  Last year I made candles in vintage containers like jars and china.  This year I used some fin thrifted vintage glassware....

How fun are those quatrefoil ones and and those lacy ones!!!

Head on over to Remodelaholic for the full list of easy home made gifts you can make.

While we are talking what's under the tree, I thought I would share my gift wrap this year as well as my new Christmas tree skirt!!!!  Kathleen from Between Blue and Yellow creates gorgeous furniture and also gorgeous tree skirts.  I spied them on her blog and asked if she would take an order, and she did!  So I put in my order and just love my new ruffly skirt!  It's perfect and the color works well with my rug.  I wanted to stay neutral since my Christmas tree color schemes have a tendency to change. :)

Look at those ruffles!

Last year I picked up this adorable red and white polka dot paper at Hobby Lobby after Christmas on sale.  I loved its simplicity.  I also picked up the striped sacks the same day.  Luckily it all works perfectly with my red and green tree. :)  Here is the tree to refresh your memory:
I really wanted to use baker's twine to tie up my packages and add the tags on, but I happened to be at Jo-ann's when I spied this think red, green, and white yard that had a baker's twine look to it.  It was on sale and I had a coupon, so of course I bought it!  To create the tags, I just used a circle punch and white cardstock to mimic the polka dot look.  I used little mini Christmas stamps to embellish the simple tags.  Sawyer helped me with this, so some are a little crazy.

And now I have gotten almost all my presents wrapped!  That feels good!  How bout you?  Are you done shopping?  Are you wrapped?  Are you FREAKING OUT!?!?!

Don't forget the Christmas craft link party is still going on!  And today you can hop over to Cherished Bliss to check out her Christmas craft tutorial for these cute place cards!
DIY Christmas Place Cards tutorial via Cherishedbliss.com #christmas


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lollie Gags

As some of you might know, we have an elf on the shelf, and his name is Lollie.
Lollygag, as defined by the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, means "fool around; dawdle".  So now you see that my title is a play on that word, because our Lollie sure fools around and dawdles!  Today I thought it would be fun to see all the places our lovable Lollie has turned up this Christmas season.  These are in no particular order, and all have been shared on instagram.  I try to document it there every night.  Although one night Lollie drank too much wine, and passed out in the same spot.

Getting in some carols....

He made his own sleigh out of Chris' shoe and some reindeer and jute.

Reading L. Frank Baum's "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus".

Fishing in the kitchen.  He caught my favorite kind of fish- Swedish!

Trying on Emmy' hair clip and checking himself in her mirror....

Taking a ride in the vintage fire truck planter...

Sleeping in Sawyer's spare bed.

Writing a get well card for Emmy when she was sick....

Kissing the angel on our dining room tree!

Giddyup, reindeer on the mantle!

Hanging out on our living room gallery wall....

Helping himself to the chocolate chips...

Now, this was supposed to be a couples skate with Santa, but some of my facebook friends have even dirtier minds than me!

Swinging on the birdcage...

Hanging out in the entry mirror with a message: You better not pout!

And last night he got into the craft supplies to play dress up...

I saw this on pinterest and had to try it... he made his own snow globe.

I have been having a blast with this!  Lollie gets the thumbs up from me!

And don't forget today to hop over to The Space Between and learn how to make this awesome beachy Christmas tree decoration!

I am off to help out in Emmy's class room for the morning.  Have a fabulous day!