Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Tour 2013

My weekend has been spent giving lots of extra cuddles to my little girl. It has only been a couple of weeks since her little brother was sick, now it must be her turn. She is on amends, so I am praying she will be feeling great by Christmas! Yesterday she pepped up a little, so she helped me finish up a little Christmas decorating. We spent the entire day in our pajamas listening to Christmas music and decorating away!

I thought it may be fun to share a post full of all our Christmas decor. I know I have shared many of these photos already, but I've thrown in a few new ones too. So relax, grab some hot cocoa, and come on in!




















Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a BLESSED day!

Leah

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Styling our Kitchen Shelves for Christmas

Yesterday I spent some time playing around with the shelves in our kitchen, attempting to add a little Christmas vibe to them.

I switched things around several times before deciding on this display:


 It's super simple which was my goal. I brought out a few pieces of my crystal collection and arranged them on the lower shelf.  The top shelf is styled with a few of my antique blue mason jars. I tossed in a few twigs from outside for a little texture.


 Next I scattered around some ornaments that I already had and boom...done!


Simple Christmas decor using what I already had!


Have a BLESSED weekend!
Leah

Check out these other Christmas decor posts:
DIY NOEL Letters
Our 2013 Christmas Tree

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Our 2013 Christmas Tree



 Each year when decorating our tree, I like to combine traditional elements as well as a few modern touches. My kid's have a collection of Boyd's Bear ornaments that their grandmother got for them several years ago, so they are on the tree each and every year. 


The larger bears sit on the tree skirt at the bottom of the tree. They are so festive and fun. 


I used the same burlap chevron ribbon that I talked about yesterday as a garland for our tree. I draped pieces of it down the tree starting from the top. Those little spriggy things are from Cracker Barrel several years ago.


The rest of the ornaments consist of shatter proof sparkly blue, silver, and white ornaments, snowflakes, and white bows. The Peace and Joy ornaments are from Walmart. 


And finally we have our tree topper. This one is new to us this year. I found it at Sears marked way down on black Friday. Audrey wanted a tree topper that she could put on the tree herself while her daddy picked her up. *so sweet*

Here is a shot of of our tree all lit up at night.


So cozy! I love this time of year! Now I need to go make some hot cocoa. :)

Have a BLESSED day!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Craft - DIY NOEL letters

This past weekend I finished a little craft project I had been wanting to do for quite sometime.

 After my son's Tractor Party, I switched out the art on the shelf in our dining area for a large mirror and a wreath. The little shelf seemed like the perfect spot for me to add a little Christmas decor.  So, here is what I came up with.


This was actually pretty easy and I didn't spend a penny! I'm all about making the most of what you have before going out and buying something new. 

Supplies:
Poster board
Scissors
Glue
Yarn
Clear nail polish

I'm sure most everyone already has this stuff around their house.

Step 1:
Free hand the letters in the design you want onto poster board. I used inserts that came in my husband's new dress shirts. I always save things like that, you never know when they may come in handy! See how my little man helped me with this part?


Step 2:
Cut the letters out.


Step 3:
Begin wrapping the yarn around the letters and securing with glue. I used stick glue because it was much easier to work with. I rubbed a little on the front and back of each letter and then began to wrap, wrap, wrap.


Step 4:
Secure any fraying ends with clear nail polish. Works like a charm!


Step 5:
Display your new creation!


I had to bend each letter a little so they would lean against the mirror the way I wanted. I'm sure you could use something more sturdy like maybe card board to keep from having to do that. I like the flexibility of the poster board though.

The burlap ribbon is from Walmart, and the little votive holders are a recent Target purchase.



I love the blend of textures on our little shelf now, and how the votive holders give the display a little sparkle!

There you have it, a quick and simple Christmas craft for zero dollars!

Have a BLESSED day!

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Revamped Family Memo Station Part 1 - DIY Dry Erase Board



Last year I shared our family memo station where we keep all of our incoming and outgoing mail, keys, and a dry erase calendar. It's located right by our back door so it's easily accessible.

Yesterday I decided to whip up a new dry erase calendar DIY style.  I used a frame that I already had and a piece of wrapping paper from a roll I got in the Target dollar aisle.


I googled free calendar printable and found this one which I printed out on card stock. I then cut a smaller strip of card stock to use for writing the month. I taped it all together, popped it in the frame, and ba-bam! (can you tell we watch way to much Good Luck Charlie around here?)


It's so much more stylish and chic then our last one. Here is a view from a little further away. Notice I re-painted the walls too. :)


I decided to paint the walls a more neutral color this time around. I loved the soft blue, but since we turned this space into the kid's playroom there was just a little too much color overload! This room flows with the rest of our house much nicer now.  I will share more pics soon.

Here is a before shot of our family memo station,


and here it is as of now.


Much better! 

We are planning to add another coat rack (like we did here) to the lower portion of this wall so our little ones can reach it to hang up their own coats, hats, and book bags. Right now everything ends up in a big pile on the floor when we come home, so hopefully that will help. That will be Part 2.

Have a BLESSED day!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Tractor Birthday Party for my sweet boy!

My little man turned 2 this past weekend and to celebrate we held a little party at our house. He is so shy so we kept things small with only a few close family members. I didn't want him to be totally overwhelmed!

The theme of this party was of course tractors! He loves them so very much. My husband and his family farm, so he takes our little guy with him for a ride every time he can. I love how those tractors make his face light up. Precious!



I temporarily removed the picture I had in the frame and replaced it with a computer printout that I made. I then decorated the frame matting with burlap ribbon and rick rack.


Using painter's tape allowed me to easily remove it all without damaging the matting.


I found that cute burlap ribbon at Walmart. I also picked up some that has a chevron print. I am going to attempt to make a giant bow with it for our Christmas tree this year.

As for the banner I just cut up a bunch of fabric and tied it to a piece of rope.


I secured it to the wall with those command hooks that are easily removable without damaging your walls.  They really do work well!


I attached several of my favorite photos of our little guy with all his various tractors to the banner.  I used clothes pins decorated in rick rack.


For the food I kept things simple. Ham rolls, mini pimento cheese sandwiches, chips, veggies and dip, and a cracker, cheese, and grape tray. Oh and the cake of course!


I made the cake myself. I am definitely not a baker, but it turned out okay! My attempt at creating an edible tractor failed majorly, so I popped a toy tractor on top of the cake and called it a day!


The kids and I made cookies the night before. I found a cute tractor cookie cutter on Ebay. 



Boy did they have fun creating their masterpieces!



And here he is now, the birthday boy! All dressed up in his personalized tractor shirt.


Cute as can be!


He got the ultimate gift! A tractor he can ride! He was one happy camper!


Thanks for visiting!

Have a BLESSED day!