So I was waiting around at the deli for my Italian cold cut sub and my eyes started to wander. It’s one of those quiet little small town delis, and no one else is around … the employee who took my order is now in the back making my sandwich. “and what to my wondering eyes should appear…” Well, a bag of white chocolate and peppermint covered pretzels. :) And, like any DIYer would think, I thought “I could totally make those”. Now, I’m no fancy cooker lady, and DIY in the kitchen is oh-so-not-even-remotely close to DIY around the house. But apparently I am the arrogant kind of DIYer. You know the type. “Hi, I’m Karah and I like to make crafts and do home improvement so clearly I can cook anything I see in a bag in a deli.” Lucky for me, this little treat was so incredibly easy my 5 year old nephew could do it. Which isn’t really a fair comparison because he did have to explain to me the other day what a periscope is. #iamnotsmarterthana5yearold Anyway, here is how I made some easy little white chocolate and peppermint pretzel sticks and still have enough kitchen prowess left over to whip up some dark chocolate and peppermint bark for a little Christmas party treat.
Happy Tuesday everyone. We were going to post our party features yesterday but decided to participate in a little blogger day of silence to honor those affected by the tragedy that happened on Friday at the school in Connecticut. It’s not much, but any gesture of goodwill towards others is a worthwhile gesture in my book so we were happy to participate. And, silly little Christmas crafts don’t seem all that important, but it’s what many of us do for fun and enjoyment and sometimes we need to be reminded to spend our days doing what we love … no matter how silly it may seem to others. I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to check out the links from the crafty Christmas party yet? There are over 300 links of awesomeness and inspiration. I always find it super hard to narrow down just a few to highlight, I shared a bunch on our facebook page and pinned as many pretty pictures as I could. And I tried to comment on every single link, blogger comments were giving me a bit of a fit for a while Saturday morning, tho. Know that I did visit each and every one of your projects and thank you so much for taking the time to link up. And, without further ado, here’s my list of the Top 12 Christmas crafts to make this year.
Today’s the day. The last day to get linked up to our crafty Christmas party. And, even if you’re not linking up, the links will give you some amazingly creative inspiration to create a crafty Christmas of your own! And to wrap up this week in style my friend Cassie is sharing her Christmas craft. Let me tell you, this girl is funny! And crafty and her specialty is a mean furniture upgrade. I met Cassie at the blog conference in June and had been following her blog for a while before that so it was very refreshing to see that she really is how she seems to be on the blog. Totally awesome. :) So, for the crafty Christmas grand finale head over to Primitive and Proper to find out how she made this great Hoop Art. And … you guessed it …
Note: The winner of the Wallpaper for Windows giveaway was selected. Find out if it was you here. I have to say, I am fairly new to Ashley’s blog … but I am in love. When you head over you will find so many creative ideas I’m sure you’ll be just as impressed as I am. And today, as part of crafty Christmas week, Ashley is showing you how to make some awesome Christmas craft. I don’t know what it is yet, but it is sure to be inspirational so check it out at Cherished Bliss. And, if you haven’t linked up your own crafty Christmas tutorial, the party is open right HERE. And be sure to …
Is everyone all linked up to our crafty Christmas party already? Don’t forget to link up your favorite Christmas craft from this year here … the party is open until Friday right here! Now, as you read this I am up in the stone cold north, working on projects that have absolutely nothing to do with the holidays, but I wanted to give you the rundown of this little sea glass and driftwood Christmas craft that you saw on my mantel. A great project for the kids big enough to use the glue gun, too.
Happy Tuesday!! Are you all linked up to the crafty Christmas party? It’s open all week, so get your craft on and then show us what you made! And today you should head over to Lisa’s blog, Before Meets After. I actually had the pleasure of meeting Lisa in Atlanta at the blog conference I went to in June. We were both lucky enough to go to the wrong restaurant to meet a larger group for dinner on the very first night. :) Lisa hosted a 12 crafty days of Christmas series last year and this year switched it up a bit and here we are doing a crafty Christmas week together! Today she’s showing you how to make this awesome Snowflake Wreath, so go check it out here! And …
Happy, happy Monday! It’s pretty festive around here today since it’s party day!! Note: If you have any areas of your home you’re looking to hide you need to check out our giveaway going on right now here! This giveaway is now closed. Hopefully you’re here to link up your favorite Christmas craft projects from this year. Which means, if you’re here looking for some crafty Christmas inspiration you’re in the right place, too!! If you saw our Christmas mantel … you may have noticed this cute little guy. Late one night, while getting caught up on a few episodes of Revenge … ’cause nothing screams holiday spirit quite like a little revenge … or something like that. ;)
This time of year really is the best, isn’t it?!?! The holiday spirit is in the air, holiday decor is strewn about and holiday cheer is abundant. :) I practically hear carolers singing “Joy to the World” right now. I love that first delve into the Christmas decor and crafting. I like to see what we’ve got from year’s past that still inspires me and try to come up with a few new ideas at the same time. All while I watch my husband roll his eyes at me as I pace to and fro between him and his football, or futball, or whatever sport he’s watching at the time. Hey, this decor thing takes time. You gotta step back, look at it from all angles, scootch it around a bit and then step back for another look … am I right!?! On my decor day we even had the island equivalent of what could be considered a winter storm. Brrrrr! Just kidding I think it did get down to 79 degrees though … which is close to a record low. And the perfect day for dilly dallying around with some Christmas decor I say. So I made a few new driftwood Christmas trees and gave our fall leaf wreath a winter makeover.
Are you a home made gift giver? I was trying to come up with a few sentimental, but not too expensive ideas to give this year and found some great inspiration in my own archives. Here is my list of 10 thrifty yet meaningful home made gift ideas.
Too soon? Did my post on Friday, the little recap of all of the Christmas crafts we did last year, not imply that I had already started the countdown to Christmas? It was supposed to. ;) And, by countdown to Christmas I actually mean countdown to Christmas crafting. And that countdown to Christmas crafting actually came to zero about a week ago. Would that make it T plus 7 days? I don’t know. I’m actually teaming up with a few other incredible bloggers and we’re banding together to bring you 4 creative ways to countdown to Christmas. We’re talkin’ about advent calendars and in my case, an advent tree!
Now, I think I’ve mentioned before that we live in a rental house that is slightly bigger than a bread box. No?!? Which really is awesome when it comes time for cleaning … or searching for something my husband I can’t find. (I mean there are only so many spots he can put the clothes he had on yesterday. Which is ALWAYS where said lost item is.) It’s also awesome when it comes to accessorizing, especially with some holiday decor. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers talking about how they’re going simple this year. Understated and inexpensive. I would say this is my decorating strategy all day everyday. And that is even more exaggerated with such a small space. Where exactly am I going to store bunches of holiday decorations in the off season? I’ll have to share some of our creative storage solutions with you sometime. Can you say construction doors turned walk in closet shelving? :) So, in addition to our driftwood Christmas tree, I made just a few upgrades. Just ignore all the cords, but hopefully the Charlie Brown Christmas on tv makes you smile. :) Those tall lit things on the right are 3 bamboo poles that we keep out all year. We picked them up at a beach here in Curacao, I cleaned ‘em up and coated them with clear varnish. For Christmas, I just strung them with lights and using really small gold clothes pins (that I also used to make photo/place card holders here) I displayed Christmas cards and photo cards from years past. For the record we have one friend on it enough to get a card here in time. Love the card Sue! An easy and festive card display. I like to think it overpowers the blank piece of plywood hanging above … continue reading
Hey hey! How is everyone’s holiday prep going? I am LOVING the holiday season this year but have to admit, I am ready to be done making ornaments and trees and move onto some other things. I’m feeling just a little Christmas ornament crafted out, if you know what I mean. But, first I have to sincerely thank the Mega Crafty Christmas Tree Challenge for kick starting me into the holiday spirit this year. With a budget of $20 we were challenged to decorate a tree at least 4 feet high and this challenge was the perfect way for me to get a little Christmas going up in here. I will recap everything I’ve made at the end of this post, but I want to first show you my scrap tree topper. In my very first blog post evah I explained how I make Driftwood Christmas Trees and I was able to use little pieces of scrap 1/4 inch wooden dowels left over from that project to make this. I cut 10 segments of the dowel about the same length and spray painted them red. I first wanted to make it so the ends of the dowels overlapped and were exposed and the twine was used to connect the segments in a rustic way. But to say I had some trouble with that strategy would be an understatement. I don’t think the dowel segments were long enough to overlap, and I kind of lost my way on the way to making a star shape… Uhhh, that’s going to be a star, right?!? And yes, I started this project the same night I made the beaded star snowflake. Somethings just take longer to come together, you know? It was at this point that I unwrapped all the twine and decided I might … continue reading
I made some of the easiest coastal Christmas ornaments yet. A few weekends ago when I went on my little shore excursion, I came home with a random collection of sea-ness. I posted about the adventure here. I even found a fully intact light bulb that I turned into an ornament here. And used some sea urchins to make super cute snow(wo)men ornaments here. For all of the little shells I was left with I went with a super simple upgrade. Drill a hole, glue on some glitter, add a red ribbon hanger and voila. Cuteness! Now, the drilling was not fool proof. There were quite a few shell (and even one drill bit) casualties in the process. I ended up using a drill bit intended for use drilling concrete. It worked to get through the shells, but sometimes the little suckers still just fell apart. After drilling I brushed glue around the edge of the shells and just coated it with glitter. Super simple. And just the right amount of bling to turn basic natural items into ornaments for our rustic little coastal Christmas tree. I also took a few shells that weren’t the pretty white color and painted them red and beglittered them for a few more coastal Christmas touches. While doing this process I also figured I could use the glue and glitter to cover up some bauble blemishes. Have you guys all seen the beautiful ornaments that Miss Mustard Seed has made? Including this one… I ended up with a similar result on my green baubles, and the glitter covered up all the scratches that had been there. Score! I also glittered the top piece that holds the hook in because it was gold and my glitter was silver. I just coated it with glue and … continue reading
As part of the Mega Crafty Christmas Tree challenge I have been gettin’ down right crafty up in here. Well, that is a matter of opinion, I know, but check out this cutie. I know, right!?! Adorable I think. Remember my little shopping trip a couple of weekends ago full of five finger discounts? I had found a few of these, and combined with a few I already had, I made these cute little sea urchin snow women (I admitted to viewing the entire non-gendered world as feminine here). They fit right in with what seems to be becoming my handmade coastal Christmas tree. The process took just a few minutes over the course of a few days. I first painted each urchin white just for a more uniform color, glued 3 together and let them sit overnight. Then I glued on a little rope ribbon for scarf. I actually like how it frays to really look like a real scarf. Then I used the handle end of a small paint brush and black paint to add eyes, a mouth and buttons. I wanted to use a black marker but couldn’t find one, I’m sure that would work too. I thought of adding a hat, or other features like an orange nose, but I worried it would get too crafted looking, which for me means I’d screw it up. So I decided they’re wicked cute as is. :) And, the holes in each urchin is perfect to feed ribbon through for a hanger. Just cut the ribbon longer than you think you’ll need and tie a knot in the end, then use a slim paint brush handle or something similar to coax it up through the 3 sea urchins. A close up of me actually putting the ribbon up the bottom … continue reading
Happy Day After Thanksgiving! I sure do hope everyone had a phenomenal day and ample opportunity to relish in all that you are thankful. I am thankful beyond words and extraordinarily humbled by all of my life’s blessings. :) So, growing up I always remember having a bird’s nest in our Christmas tree. Is that weird? I don’t know where my mom got it. Or where she got the idea to put it in our Christmas tree. But, it was real, and it was there every year. Do regular people do this? Oddly, I don’t ever recall seeing anyone else having a bird’s nest in their Christmas tree. Hmmmm… But, this weirdness has stuck with me. When we were living in Maryland and a robin’s nest and broken egg found it’s way to our back yard after a storm I snatched it up and new exactly what I was going to do with it. An appearance in our Christmas tree every year it did make. And now it makes it’s home in storage. Now, even that seems little weird to me. But, when I was on the patio the other day making more driftwood Christmas trees (more on those here) this literally blew up into my space. And I immediately thought “bird’s nest”. It actually kind of looks like it was on it’s way there, maybe the early works of something grand by some little island bird. Sorry dude, it’s mine now. ;) And, I immediately pictured it in my Christmas tree. (Is that weird?) So, there it went. Nestled in all snug like. Then, a few days later when I was making some ornaments with these… I had this idea. Isn’t it adorable? It’s a baby sea urchin nest. How very coastal Christmas. Yes, I realize it looks a … continue reading
But, seriously, do you ever find yourself cleaning or organizing something when you really should be doing something else. Should be working out? Let me just make sure the kitchen is super duper clean, not sure I put everything in alpha order in the fridge last I checked. Need groceries that I should have gotten 3 days ago? I really NEED to just make sure the cabinet in that other room is all in order, and dusted, and labeled. See what I’m sayin’? So it really is no shocker that when I was trying to come up with crafty little Christmas ornament ideas for the Mega Crafty Christmas Tree Challenge I got just a wee bit side tracked. I thought, in order for me to really be able to be inspired I need to procrasti re-organize this cabinet we have with random stuff in it. It’s where I’ve been haphazardly stashing all my random crafty supplies and anything somewhat related to craftiness. But, also in this cabinet is a bag o’ stuff. You know the bag, the one where you throw random stuff you’re not quite sure what else to do with, or stuff you have an eventual plan for, just not a plan for executing the plan. Yeah, that bag. (Clearly this all went down at night.) I haven’t looked in my bag since we moved to this little island which means I’ve been accumulating stuff for over 2 years. I really don’t know how it started, but next thing I knew I had a couch o’ stuff. Just ignore the couch, really, there is no further discussion about it needed at this point. :) Is that a handle for something? Yes it is. The plan for that is to go on one of our corn hole boards. Yes, of … continue reading