Countdown To Winter 2012 – Week 3 Linky Party

I am so excited to be part of the countdown to winter party with these three fabulous ladies this year!

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I have had so much fun seeing how everyone is getting ready for the season!  It has been raining like crazy here in San Diego so we have been really enjoying our fireplace.  Our mantel is always the first thing I decorate with every season since it is one of the first things you see when you walk through our front door.

I decided on a very neutral color pallet with pops of silver throughout the whole house this year.

On our family nights we have enjoyed playing board games and watching movies with the fire on and the lights twinkling.

I have had a ton of fun making beaded Christmas trees and ornaments this year.

 Something about twinkle lights that make everything look so magical.

 If you missed Last week, Kim shared her fabulous front door.

Joy Front Porch

Cherry shared her beautiful LODGE ORNAMENT!

 Maryann from Domestically Speaking will wrap up the party next week!

Now it is your turn, we are so excited to see what you have been working on!

Party Guidelines: Anything Winter Holiday related is welcome (crafts, projects, décor, recipes).

I will be featuing, pinning and Facebooking all week so please link back with either a party button or a link back to this page.  Have fun!

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DIY beaded ornaments

~Hi Friends~

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week.  It just hit me that Christmas is 2 weeks away and I haven’t gone shopping yet, nothing like waiting till the last minute!  I have been having all sorts of fun crafting though.  Maybe that’s my problem.  When we made our beaded trees we thought it would be fun to make ornaments as well.

The dollar store sells the styrofoam balls, beats having to pay $3 bucks for one at the craft stores.

Insert a wire at the top so you can attach the ribbon when you are all finished.

Round up all the beads and sparkles you have laying around.  The dollar store is also great for this, I buy the beaded garland and cut them up.  For the pearls and glass beads you will need to go to a craft store.

Hot glue, hot glue and more hot glue till you are in love with your creation.  Tie a bow and you are all done, you really can’t go wrong.

They look pretty displayed on a glass platter with faux snow or hanging from the Christmas tree.

Even the boys have started to make some although there have been a few hot glue ouchies.

DIY Christmas Crafts

~Hi Friends~

Hope you are having a great weekend! We have been super busy with soccer tournaments but have found a little bit of time to watch some Christmas movies and look at beautiful Christmas lights.

 I had to share more highlights from last weeks links, some serious talent that is sure to give you loads of inspiration.

Live Love DIY has to have one of the most beautiful wreaths out there.  Hmmm…wonder if I could make one?

I love the mix of burlap and silk Design Dinning and Diapers used to create these gorgeous stockings

Burlap Christmas Stockings by Design, Dining + Diapers, DIY Christmas Stockings, burlap christmas decor

These gorgeous homemade gift tags from Making Home Base are just beautiful!

Check out It’s Overflowing felt Mistletoe, her version blows West Elm’s out of the water.

All of the signs displayed in a group at The Creek Line House makes a huge impact.

Sweet Little Bluebird turned her wreaths into a fun snowman. My boys would love this!

Shop Ruby Jean shows us how to make beautiful fingerless gloves.

It’s not to late to start a advent calendar, you will just be missing a few days.  How cute is this one from Casa Haus.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and thank you so much for stopping by!

Christmas House Walk

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am so very excited to be a part of the very talented Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday House Walk again this year!
If you’re visiting from the fabulous City Farmhouse welcome and thank you for stopping by. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays and I absolutely love decorating the house with the family!   We host a large family Christmas party every year so I love to bring our china out and add little pops of elegance to the table.
I decided to decorate with natural touches of green and use pops of white and silver throughout.

I filled the ornaments on the table with faux snow and pearls and stenciled a few with paint.

I’m a big fan of fresh flowers and live plants, they add so much to any decor.

The handsome reindeer is a new addition this year, isn’t he cute!
The tree is just about done, Bailey loves to sit next to it or underneath and cozy up in a blanket.
We also added a live tree on the stair landing which is our advent tree. The boys are thoroughly enjoying picking an activity each day when they wake.

Hope you will come again soon, I have so much more to share!
The next stop is the very talented and super sweet Beth from the Unskinny Boppy.  Her home is gorgeous, you won’t want to miss this special tour!
If you have missed out on any of the previous houses stop by Jennifer Rizzo’s for the full tour.

Christmas Highlights

The links from Tuesday’s Treasures are crazy fabulous this week,  I wan’t to feature pretty much everything.  I thought I would split them into a few posts so you don’t miss out.  Today will be a Christmas theme since I am gearing up to give you my house tour tomorrow, eekk!

Have you seen Thistlewood Farms house decked out for Christmas, trust me you don’t want to miss this one!

It’s Overflowing shares her calm and cozy mantel.

I love the simplicity of Sohpia’s garden mantel.

These scripture ornaments from Family Home and Life are beautiful!

Creek Line House is so clever, displaying her tea light candles in the wine glasses.

Love the red and white used on this sweater to pillow project from The Creative Imperative.

Town and Country shares her gorgeous boxwood wreaths with us!

Wishing you a fabulous day, see you tomorrow!

Simple Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

It seems wrapping presents is always the last thing I complete during Christmas season.

I have rounded up a bunch of easy Christmas wrapping ideas that will be sure to bring a smile to the lucky recipient.

Make your own paper with this gorgeous free printable from Domestic Fluff .


Cinnamon Dough Ornaments
I love how A Creative Mint used her Trader Joe’s bags mixed with simple twine.
Stamp some craft paper
Super simple idea from The Party Studio.

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Happy Wrapping

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