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Nov 12, 2014 - Christmas, Graphic Design    20 Comments

It’s the MOST Wonderful Time of the Year

 I was browsing my most recent Pottery Barn catalog and came across the most adorable sign.  It was made of wood and has the words "It's the most wonderful time of the year" hand panted in a vintage sign style.  It captivated me and I'm still not sure why, but I simply adore it.  With a price tag of $169, I knew I could take this project on myself. I started out searching the world wide web for the perfect fonts that would give me the same feel as the original.  Here is what I came up with.  It's close enough for me. I dug around in my basement till I found a great old frame that would also act as the canvas for the painting.  It is an inexpensive poster frame made of wood, with a plexiglas insert and MDF backer.  It's aproximatly 22" X 28".    Find a similar one HERE. I threw away the plexiglas and removed the Read more [...]
Dec 21, 2013 - Christmas    10 Comments

Christmas House Tour from Burlap and Denim

We are in the thick of the Christmas season!  Today I'm welcoming you to my home for a Christmas house tour.  Beware, heavy photos ahead! Here is my family room.  I have an artificial tree that I love to decorate (read my tips HERE).  I brought out my deer from last year and hung it above my fireplace on a pallet again (see last years version HERE).  I love the burlap circle hanging down on my mantle.  That was a purchase I made this year while I was in England.  They have H&M Home in a few of their London shops.  They were just pulling out their Christmas decor during my trip, so I loaded up! I hung a feather wreath and Merry Christmas sign over my antique mirrored door (door tutorial HERE).  The large cast angel was a find from Ross years ago.  She is one of my Christmas faves.      This year I dressed Read more [...]
Dec 12, 2013 - Christmas, Crafts    10 Comments

DIY Window Pane Christmas Stamps

I have wanted an antique window for years.  When my father in law came across this creamy white one and asked if I wanted it, I couldn't wait to make something of it!  But what?  It sat empty for months.  With Christmas approaching I dreamt up a new piece of art for my home.  That is when it came to me, frame Christmas art or photos in that old window.  I began searching everywhere for the perfect art (Ikea, World Market, scrapbook stores, TJ Maxx etc.).  None had quite the right size or style of what I wanted.  Then on the internet I found old Christmas stamps that were printed for the USPS  in conjunction with museums of art.  All eight were Madonna and Child and by classic painters.  I blew each one of them up and had them printed at Costco on photo paper.  Then I arranged them in the eight panes.    I cut Read more [...]
Nov 30, 2013 - Christmas, Design Steps    5 Comments

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree

It is time to pull out the old artificial Christmas tree and trim it up!  I have a decent tree that I bought at Costco seven years ago and I love getting it showroom ready for the holidays!  But I know there are some of you out there that dread decorating that old tree and aren't sure how to make that old cheap fake tree look like a show stopper.  Follow these tips to make ANY faux tree look AMAZING! How to Decorate a Christmas Tree {On ANY Budget} 1. Find a great "Stand".  I use an old stone shipping crate that I found for $5.  Other great options include buckets, wine barrels, and baskets. (Via Migonis Home) (Via The Cavender Diary) (Via Southern Living) By adding a stand instead of just a tree skirt you can really add personality to your tree.  My shipping crate gives the illusion that the root ball Read more [...]
Nov 26, 2013 - Christmas    5 Comments

Wrapping Paper ChristmasTree Garland

I have been really excited to put up my Christmas tree this year, surprise surprise, but nothing got me more giddy than when I planned this little project.  Justin and I were walking through a local import store called Tai Pan and I noticed a Christmas tree that had brown craft paper tucked in all the open spaces.  As I looked closer I saw that it had music notes on it.  It looked like wrapping paper that had been cut in half, crumpled up and used it as a Christmas tree garland.   I couldn't wait to do this to my tree!  Since I wasn't crazy about the music notes I went on a search for wrapping paper that would fit my style.  I came across this gift wrap at TJ Maxx for just $3 a roll (30" X 120").  I ended up needing 3 rolls for my 9 ft. tree.  I love that it said "Merry Christmas" "Peace" and "Joy".  It has great Read more [...]
Dec 18, 2012 - Christmas    8 Comments

Wrapping Up Christmas

Last week I was in line at Costco when a woman came up to me and asked me what I thought of the wrapping paper she was debating buying.  It was bright green with little cartoon animals all over it.  Honestly, I was taken aback when she asked me what I deemed a very "personal" question.  I stuttered "It's .... cute".  Then I proceeded to explain to her that I choose my Christmas wrapping paper to match my holiday decor.  That was NOT what she was expecting, she shrugged me off like I was some type of major weirdo.  Since I have very thick skin and confidence in my ability to "Wrap up Christmas" I left determined to keep up my tradition and start wrapping up all of the presents that were hidden throughout my house.  When I am wrapping Christmas presents, I like to lay out all of my supplies on our kitchen island.  I Read more [...]
Dec 7, 2012 - Christmas, Recipe Book    17 Comments

Christmas Morning Caramelized Baked French Toast

Nothing says Christmas morning like Caramelized Baked French Toast.  It is a sweet sugar fest for the senses.  I also love that you can prep it the day before, pop it in the oven Christmas morning and enjoy a warm tasty breakfast together (unlike crepes where I'm standing over the griddle while the kids are crying "more" before I've even tasted one). Click HERE for the PRINTABLE RECIPE Ingredients: 1 Loaf of French Bread 6 Eggs 1 1/2 cups Milk 1 1/2 cups Half and Half 2 tsp Vanilla Extract 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon 3/4 cup Butter 1 1/3 cups Brown Sugar 3 tbls light Corn Syrup Start by cutting the french bread into 6 long strips.  Then with kitchen shears, snip off chunks of bread until the entire loaf is in a greased casserole dish.  Set aside (since I live in a dry climate, I leave it uncovered to allow the bread Read more [...]
Dec 5, 2012 - Christmas, Recycle & Reuse    8 Comments

Oh Deer! Christmas Mantle

So I was loving all of the faux taxidermy found all around the internet.  I searched for life sized paper mache, plaster, even gilded deer heads.  They were all very expensive, $150 plus.  Then, since I live in a prime hunting state, I figured I'd check our local classifieds at  I looked up taxidermy and that's when I fell in love with this buck.  The owner was asking $50...yep, $50 for the REAL DEAL!  We met up at a convenience store and she pulled it out of the back of her Jeep.  It was even prettier than the pictures on the web.  I was giddy the whole way home.  As I began showing it to friends, family, and anyone who would listen I started getting a lot of street cred among people I didn't know were hunters.  They all seemed a bit dissapointed when I told them I bought it off of KSL.  Ha ha.  I'm definitely NOT Read more [...]
Nov 30, 2012 - Christmas, Design Steps    9 Comments

Trimming The Tree {Champagne & Neutrals}

So earlier this week I shared my Christmas Tree crate.  Today I'm going to share with you my  entire tree.  I changed it up this year and went with a natural, neutral, burlap, and champagne theme. I started by putting my tree in the crate.  Then I wrapped burlap fabric around and around the entire tree. Then 5 champagne tinsel garlands that I picked up at Target this year.  I LOVE these.  They are almost matte and the perfect mix of silver and gold. Next I added the driftwood garland that I made earlier this year.  I love the natural wood element infused into my very faux tree.  I should have added my Merry Christmas burlap ribbon now, but I forgot and added it at the end working it in around the ornaments. I continued by layering in all of my ornaments.  On the left are collected pinecones that I simply Read more [...]
Nov 27, 2012 - Christmas, Recycle & Reuse    17 Comments

Shipping Crate Christmas Tree Stand

Artificial Christmas tree or Fresh Cut?  I'm Artificial all the way.  And, if I'm not hosting a Thanksgiving feast, I like to put it up the week before Thanksgiving.  Yep, I'm one of those people.  Don't get me wrong, I respect the bird, but why not enjoy your Christmas tree as long as possible, another reason I love artificial.  This year was no different.  I was so excited to put my tree up this year, mostly because of a crate that was repurposing. I made a usual stop at our local ReStore and purchased a huge classroom chalkboard.  I had to pull around to the back for the guys that work there to load it in my van.  That is when I spotted this amazing crate.  It was huge, wrapped in plastic, and stacked out in the yard.  I asked the guy loading my chalkboard how much it was.  He said "how about $5".  I went Read more [...]

Driftwood Garland

With my beach roots, I adore anything that reminds me of the ocean.  So last year while on a trip in Hawaii, I gathered up a few bags of driftwood and stashed it in my luggage.  I have contemplated many different driftwood projects since then, but none made me as excited as this, driftwood garland.  It is super simple and cost me about $3 (not including the trip to Hawaii of course). I started with jute cording that I picked up for around $3 from Michael's.  I taped off the end giving it a firm shoe lace like tip. Then I laid out my driftwood and drilled a small hole in each end of each piece.  The drilling created a big dusty mess but it was easily wiped up.  Then threaded the driftwood with the taped jute.  If it didn't go through the hole easily, a small pair of pliers pulled it right through.  The easiest Read more [...]
Dec 16, 2011 - Christmas, Open House    13 Comments

Red, Gold and Burlap Christmas Open House

So it's about time I put up a few shots of my Christmas decor for this year.  It's been a crazy season this year with the kids last day of school today!  I cleaned up enough to take some photos but I don't anticipate it staying this way for long.  That's life with four boys in the house.  Here goes this Christmas open house.   This is my tree in the corner of our family room.  Instead of a star I gathered a few feathers, gold shiny stuff and coppery glitter leaves and strapped them to the top of the tree.  For the second year in a row I gave my tree a boost!  Since I have a toddler, I put the tree on top of a children's table.   I stuff my tree with anything and everything I can find.   These are a few of my favorite ornaments including my Advent Calendar Boxes. I LOVE these gold flat Nativity ones.   I Read more [...]
Dec 14, 2011 - Christmas, Open House    3 Comments

Pink and Red Christmas Open House

My sister Amy has a house full of girls, four daughters to be exact.  She loves pink and her husband is man enough to be surrounded by it!  Christmas in the Felin's house is unlike any other.  Ornaments in pink,  a splash of Scandinavian (the hubs is from Finland), and oodles of charm make her house worth checking out at Christmas. Here are a few vignettes of her styling. How cute is that white feather wreath?  Maybe a future tute! Amazing wardrobe dressed up for the holidays. And don't you love the trophy. The sparkly green silver leafed garland with red berries is so fab. Her everyday chandelier is dressed with red ribbons, berries, and a precious bird in a cage. Check out this adorable pink bird ornament my grandmother made 30+ years ago.  Each sequin is hand sewn on with a clear bead in the middle. It Read more [...]