Decking the Halls Part Two: Christmas Tree!

Decking the Halls Part Two: Christmas Tree!

Hello everyone!  I am pleased to announce that my Christmas tree is FINALLY UP!! YAY!

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I wanted to put it up the day after Thanksgiving, but when I pulled down the tree box it was empty.  I forgot that I had thrown it away to get a better one.  The first tree we had was pretty small.  This is probably the biggest tree I’ve ever had, it’s 7 feet tall and takes up a big chunk of my small living room.

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When we first put it up, I was really worried about Baby Elizabeth trying to pull it down or constantly messing with it.  I almost got a baby gate to wrap around it to keep her off of it. I’m glad I didn’t, cause she is completely uninterested it.  Before we put the ornaments on, she touched it, and I don’t think she liked how bristly it was.  So it’s all the other decorations I have to chase after her for.  I think once she realizes that the candy canes on the tree are actually candy she might be more interested.

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This year I’ve even decided to make a few ornaments myself.  So far I’ve only made one, but I’m going to try to make a few more for my bookshelves.

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Yes, I’m watching Hairspray. I’ve been wanting to see it ever since I saw the commercial for NBC’s live musical.

My favorite thing to do when the house is all decked out for Christmas is to sit in the living room with the main lights out and the twinkly lights on.  It brings a peace that’s a little hard to explain.  It’s cosy and safe.  I could just sit in the lights with a cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate forever.

How are your Christmas decorations coming along?  Let me know in the comments.

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Christmas Wreath Tutorial

Christmas Wreath Tutorial

Hello everyone!  I am super excited to share this tutorial with you!

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I am a big fan of making wreaths.  You can see my spring wreath tutorial here.  That wreath has held up very well, and I get compliments on it all the time!  So I thought I’d make another for Christmas.

It’s almost always cheaper to make the wreath yourself, so I figured I’d give it a go.  I got everything except the base from the dollar tree and spent less than $20!

Supplies:

Green Floral foam wreath (Hobby Lobby) – $4.99

8 packs of ornaments (Dollar Tree) – $8

2 garlands in two colors (Dollar Tree) – $2

Snowflake ornaments (Dollar Tree) – $1

Total = $16!!

Step 1: 

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First thing you’ll want to do is hot glue ornaments on the outside of the ring.  I did mine in stripes, but you can do it in random patterns with as many colors as you want.  When gluing the ornaments down, have the ends hiding towards the back of the wreath.  (My wreath has a few cracks in it cause the dear husband was throwing it in the air and trying to get it to land on his shoulders around his head.  He missed, and it broke apart.  I was able to hot glue it back together.)

Step 2:

Add garland around the wreath.  I added this to help fill in the gaps that you’ll see between the ornaments.  If you don’t want to add the garland, you don’t have to.  To add the garland, you stick it between the ornaments and hot glue it to the back of your wreath.  If using two colors, thread the garland between every other ornament.  Once you reach the end, hot glue it down to the back of the wreath.  They were both 9 feet long according to the package.  The silver one was just long enough, but the red one was a little too long.  So I cut off the excess and used it where I saw a major hole when I was finished.  (My husband really liked the garland only wreath.  If you’re looking for something simple and elegant, you can just wrap a green foam wreath with the garland.)

Step 3:

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Add another layer of ornaments.  I recommend placing them before you start gluing them down to get a feel for how it will look.  When you glue them down, try to place the hanging end in-between the first layer of ornaments.

Step 4:

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Add a third layer of ornaments.  I also recommend placing them before you start to glue them down because you will use less of them on this third layer than the other two.  If you would like, you can do another layer on the inside, but I stopped here so it would be easier to hang on the door.

Here is the finished three layer ornament wreath.

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Optional Step:

Feel free to add any other ornaments or decorations to this such as a monogram, snowflakes, or even twinkly lights.  I added a pack of snowflakes that I had left over from last year’s decor.

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And that’s it!  It only took about an hour to make and was ridiculously simple.  And for that price you really can’t beat it!

If any of you guys try this, let me know how yours turn out.

Thanks!

Decking the Halls: My Christmas Playlist

Decking the Halls: My Christmas Playlist

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a lovely holiday yesterday!  Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday, but now that it is over, it is time to decorate for Christmas! I’m super excited to get all my decorations up this year since we didn’t decorate last year.  Considering I was 36 weeks pregnant, it just didn’t seem worth it.  While I’m decorating this weekend, I wanted to share with you all what Christmas music I have been listening to.

For the longest time I didn’t enjoy Christmas music since I worked retail for a few years.  They start the Christmas music the first of November all the way through the end of December.  It drove me nuts, but that was several years ago, so I’m back on the Christmas music train!  I’ve got two playlists for you here.  The first is what I listen to when I’m in a peppy mood (cause I usually sing along), and the second is an instrumental playlist that I usually listen to when we are busy , or if we are just hanging out.  I’ll add the link to the spotify playlist for you to check it out.


Christmas Mix:

Mary Did You Know by Pentatonix

That’s Christmas to Me by Pentatonic

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Michael Bubble

The Christmas Song by Kim Walker-Smith

Frosty the Snowman by The Jackson 5

Opera of the Bells by Destiny’s Child

O Holy Night by Lauren Daigle

All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays by Nsync

Jesus, What A Wonderful Child by Mariah Carey

White Christmas by Lauren Daigle

O Come Emmanuel by Kim Walker-Smith

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas by Michael Bubble

Do You Hear What I Hear by Carrie Underwood

My Only Wish (This Year) by Brittany Spears

Instrumental:

O Christmas Tree by Michelle McLaughlin

O Come Emmanuel by Michelle McLaughlin

The First Noel by Easy Listening Music

Christmas Medley by Jon Schmidt

We Three Kings by David Lanz

Where are You Christmas by The Piano Guys

Linus and Lucy by Vince Guaraldi Trio

Christmas Time is Here by Vince Guaraldi Trio

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Kenny G

My Favorite Things by Kenny G

The Little Drummer Boy by Beegie Adair

Frosty the Snowman by Beegie Adair

O Come All ye Faithful by Christmas Music Experts

We Wish You a Merry Christmas by Christmas Music Experts

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Chemayne

Are there any Christmas songs that you all love to listen to?  Leave it in the comments, and let me know!

Springtime Wreath DIY

Springtime Wreath DIY

Good Afternoon everyone!

Even though the official first day of Spring was last Friday, it has taken until this Friday to finally feel like it.  It’s extremely sunny outside and the highs are in the mid 70s!  (This makes me terrified of the summer temperatures, but we’ll get there when we get there).  To celebrate this lovely weather and season, I thought I’d share a tutorial with you on how I made my springtime front door wreath.

 At first, I thought about buying a wreath instead of making one.  The last one I made came out massive and lopsided, so I figured buying one would just be easier.  However, when I started browsing for them online I was in utter sticker shock!  The prices on them ranged anywhere from $80-$120!  I thought there is no way!  I can totally do this myself for much cheaper.  So off to Hobby Lobby I went.  Of course, you can get these items at any craft store, Hobby Lobby just happens to be the one I frequent.

These grapevine wreaths are super easy and fun to make and are totally customizable.  I’ve made two so far and used hydrangeas, but you could use sunflowers (which I might do for summer time), roses, or any other floral pieces.  Here’s a finished photo of the one on my front door.

The black blur in the corner is my puppy, Roxie.  She thinks that if something is on the floor, it's her's.
The black blur in the corner is my puppy, Roxie. She thinks that if something is on the floor, it’s her’s.

First, you will want to start off with a grapevine wreath.  They come in multiple shapes and sizes, for a relatively low price.  Here are a few examples found at Hobby Lobby.

Be aware, the one I got had leaves intertwined in the wreath so it made a mess in the back of my car.  If you’re wanting to avoid that, I would lay down a towel or blanket.  These wreaths are also considered floral, so the week that floral is on sale, these will be half off (which is when i got mine).

Next step is to add something floral, for a whole side of the wreath.  This adds some volume, but leaves you an area to personalize on the other side.  I used hydrangeas because they are big flowers of little flowers, so it didn’t take many stems to fill the wreath out.  I also chose blue because my house is brown, so it gave a nice contrast.

To add the flowers to the wreath, all I did was cut them stems really short and stuck it through.  It’s been on my storm door for about a month now, and they haven’t fallen out.  If you’re worried that this is not enough to keep them in there, you could use a hot glue gun to keep the stem secure.

Next is when you add the person touches.  There are multiple things you can add here.  I was debating between out house number or a monogram.  I already had a wooden C in a drawer somewhere in our living room so I tied it to the wreath with some brown twine.  Then, Hobby Lobby had crosses on sale so I added one of those too it as well.  It’s kind of hard to tell, but it’s a pebbled glass cross.

Here is another one I did for a friend of mine with a chalk board in the middle. 

That’s all there is to it.  It is super simple to do and shouldn’t take you more than an afternoon.  Then all you have to do it hang it on your door, or you could even display it on your mantle.

What do you think?  I’d love to hear what you would put on your springtime wreaths.  Leave it in the comments below.

And if crafting isn’t your thing, check out my latest book post on what I’m reading this week.  I just finished The Longest Ride and will be doing a review of that one soon.

-Deon