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Dec 12, 2011 - Christmas, Crafts    3 Comments

Winter Snow Globes

I know, EVERYONE is pinning snow globes on Pinterest.  But these are so cute, I had to make them!  My technique is a little different than many of the others you've probably seen, but I love each and every one! Supplies: Glass Jars Fake Snow Ornaments Trees Hot Glue Gun Patience Skinny Hands (or tongs) Let me give a little bloggie advice about the supplies: 1. Glass Jars-I cleaned out my fridge and found a few gems.  The upside down short fat one is from Costco's Better than Bullion but a nacho cheese jar would work for that size too.  As for the tall jars, Walmart had an amazing deal.  12 jars for $6!  And they have a great shape and a green cast all making them prefered to the traditional Kerr or Ball brands.  The mid sized Kerr jar pictured was one I had in my cupboard already. 2. Fake Snow-I Read more [...]

Merry Christmas Ribbon on Burlap

This Merry Christmas ribbon on burlap couldn't be easier and yet it packs a huge punch in my Christmas decorating. Supplies: Easy Gardener 4" Burlap Strip in a roll ($20, available in the fall) Toll Craft Paint Plastic Wrap Small Foam Roller Paper Plate Tape Stencil (2 sheets photo paper) Xacto Knife I was giddy when I saw a giant roll of burlap at my local Home Depot (item 3108).  It was 4" wide and 300' long!  They had it out for fall wrapping of shrubs and trees, but I had big plans for that burlap, after all my website is called Burlap & Denim.  I had seen beautiful ribbons with Christmas text on it but none that was this large and definatly not this inexpensive!  I whipped up a stencil by picking a font, typing Merry Christmas, and printing it off on the backside of two 8 1/2 X 11 sheets Read more [...]
Dec 7, 2011 - Christmas, Open House    6 Comments

XL Merry Christmas Mantle

If you didn't know already I LOVE Christmas!  Here is my XL mantle this year. (check out my Hula Hoop Barrel Shade Chandelier in the mirror, oh how I love it!) I didn't want anything to over shadow my tree this year, so it is very neutral.  Love how my NOEL banner looks in this photo! I threw a huge chalk board up there with a note to Santa,  a large mirror and of course some Merry Christmas burlap ribbon. I found this great angel (resin with a dark bronze finish) at Ross a few years ago and bring her out every Christmas.  Extra pine cones from my Pine Cone Wreath were scattered on fresh greens (I dug from the trash after a church party!).   I also peppered in a few candied fruit ornaments for color.  A beautiful Christmas book called "When Jesus Was Born in Bethlehem" has a place of honor, where it belongs (this Read more [...]
Dec 5, 2011 - Christmas, Open House    3 Comments

Update: A Very Merry Christmas

(Updated) A Very Merry Christmas Table I was a bit rushed putting out my Christmas tablescape post.  I have come up with a few updates.  I gathered up some fresh greens after a church party (they were throwing them away!), made a bunch of snow globes (I'll post those later), and added a Santa and Elf to the mix. The giant jar holds my Ornament Advent Calendar. A few years ago my friend LaRee brought this beautiful Santa back from her travels in Russia.  It fits my house and table perfect!  I LOVE this Santa (thanks LaRee)! I also moved my Vintage Jewelry Christmas Tree into my dining area so guests would have some eye candy when they looked up from eating. Each place setting has it's own snow globe.  Guests choose where to sit based on which snow globe they want to take home! I kept the details from the Read more [...]

Vintage Style Glass Milk Bottles

On a recent trip to the Laguna Beach area in Southern California, my sister and I happened upon these amazing milk bottles! We were in an expensive and beautiful market called Gelson's.  In the dairy department they had a display of all varieties of milk, chocolate milk and egg nog ('tis the season).  On one side of the bottles there is the Broguiere's cow logo (sometimes in blue) and the quote "Milk So Fresh...The Cow Doesn't Know It's Missing".  The reverse side has all different designs.  They ranged from $3.75-$5.75, chocolate being the priciest and most delicious! These are my favorites: These are "green" bottles, you pay a deposit when you buy them and then rinse and return.  Check out this Christmas one from last year that just happened to be in circulation when I was at the market! I'm not sure what Read more [...]
Nov 30, 2011 - Christmas, Open House    13 Comments

A Very Merry Christmas Table

I love a beautiful tablescape for Christmas.  This is what I have pulled together this year with a few jems from years past. The Nitty Gritty Red and Cream Toile Plates (Home Goods), Gold Chargers (Target 2 for $3), Wine Glasses with gold lip (Big Lots 6 for $10), Table Runner (Target), Silverware (Costco) Reindeer with gold bow (Robert's $1.50 each),  Burlap Merry Christmas Ribbon (Burlap & Denim), Sand Ultrasuede Napkins (Burlap & Denim) Red Berry Napkin Rings (Michael's Christmas greenery) R for Richards Coasters (Michael's 4 for $1), Pine Cone and Bow Chair decor (Burlap & Denim) I wanted a little height with the color so I threw mini apples in each goblet.  Besides, we are probably going to be drinking Martinelli's anyway! The tiny boxes in the vase and on the table are from my advent calendar Read more [...]

DIY Advent Calendar: 25 Ornament Boxes

Advent Calendars are one of my favorite things about Christmas.  What kid doesn't love a treat every day while they count down to Christmas Day?  I came up with my own advent calendar with ornaments that can be used year after year and customized each time! Supplies: 25 small gift boxes Scrapbook Paper Ribbon Glue Sticks Accessories Chocolates Any other Scrapbooking supplies you have on hand   I found natural brown kraft boxes from Xpedex (they also come in white if that fits your decor better).  Each one is 2"X2"X2" square.  Check the wedding favor department of a party supply store if you don't have an Xpedex store by you. As you can see, you can easily fit 6 Kisses in one box, perfect for my family of 6!  Once you have your boxes, start decorating each one.  I found scrapbook paper Read more [...]

Costume Jewelry Christmas Tree

     As a child I remember gazing upon my grandmother's costume jewelry Christmas tree.  It was so shiny and the Christmas lights made it mezmorizing.  My grandmother was very crafty, she made hers at a church activity.  This was a popular craft back in the 1970's.      There was a magazine produced with instructions back then! (here is an excerpt) Check out that tree, wait the hair is what is really amazing about this photo!  Ha, ha. Years later I decided that my kids deserved the a magical Christmas tree like the one I had enjoyed.      My grandmother was an avid crafter.  She had homemade ornaments, stockings, and more supplies than you could imagine.  When she passed away my mother brought box loads of mixed up crafting supplies.  It was too much for even her to handle.  I offered to take it Read more [...]

DIY Grain Sack NOEL Christmas Banner

I love Christmas!  I also have a two story family room with a large blank wall on the second story.  I needed a large graphic that was inexpensive to fill the space for Christmas.  That's when burlap came to mind and this DIY grain sack project! I went to JoAnn's (with a coupon of course) and purchased 4 yards of cream burlap.  I chose cream because I like the way it lightened up the space against my sand colored walls.  Then I cut the 4 yards in to two 2 sections.  Then I cut each of those vertically giving me 4 panels that are each about 2 yards long.  I say about because I trimmed a little off the top and bottom to be sure that they were straight. Time to paint!  I searched through my garage to find a paint that wouldn't be gaudy.  I landed on a milk chocolate wall paint that I had left over from another project. Read more [...]