Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Fresh New Year

I'm in the mood for a fresh start this New Year, so instead of the traditional sparkle and glitter for New Year's Eve, I went a little different route.  

I incorporated my yellow and black New Year's printables here and there around the house, and if you'd like some for yourself, click here for the free download!

And the cafe shelves in the breakfast room are no longer naked, thanks to a few things I pulled together from around the house...

My favorite part is the chalkboard which is another of the famous "Easiest Chalkboards Ever" I first told you about here.  Seriously.  No paint, no mess.  This is a 75¢ black poster board from Dollar General.  (I haven't tried other brands yet.)  Just cut it to the size of your frame and you're done.  Oh, did I mention it will ERASE?  Um, yes, I truly love it.

 I hope you're inspired to make a fresh start this New Year!  

Happy 2013!

I'm linking up at Funky Junk Interiors!


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Free New Year's 2013 Party Printables

Christmas has officially left the building here at our house, thanks to my army of helpers yesterday (also known as my husband and kids).  So, I'm ready for a fresh start to a new year.  I guess that's the feeling that inspired these New Year's Party Printables. 

I designed these (with the help of my husband) to ring in the New Year here at our house and I'm more than happy to share them with you.  Just click here to download and print.

Use these small tags for party favors or a banner...

Frame this page for a table or shelf...

Print the large letters for a Happy New Year banner...

And fold the flags around a toothpick or skewer for your cupcakes or sandwiches...

Click below to see see different ways I've used printables the past couple years.

My shelves are as naked as can be at the moment, so I've got a little work to do!  Stay tuned to see if it turns out ok and I hope you have fun with the printables!

Sharing this at the Weekend Wrap Up Party at TT&J!

Monday, December 24, 2012

And One More Thing...

From my family to yours,

We wish you the merriest of Christmases!

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men."
Luke 2:14


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Fairy Gingerbread Houses

There's just something about tiny things that stirs up the imagination of children of all ages.  And as Charles Dickens said, "It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself."

So Lola and I spent some time together a few days ago building some little fairy gingerbread houses from some things we already had in the pantry and whether or not the fairies show up to live in them, we had a great time.

We used some good ol' Golden Grahams, a little frosting and some candy sprinkles to create the perfect little imperfect works of art to put on display for Christmas...

A miniature tree and some powdered sugar snow make the scene just right.

 It's a really fun craft to do with the kids this Christmas.  

So, let them make a mess...

And be creative..

And lick their fingers.

And enjoy the magic of Christmas...

Hope you enjoy this project with your little ones. Christmas is almost here!  Make it merry.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Monogrammed Lace Scarf

So, if your Christmas cards have all been sent and your Christmas rush is through, maybe you have a few moments to relax and make someone a last minute hand-made gift.  I made this scarf several weeks ago for my best friend for her birthday, and you can make one, too--no special sewing skills required.

This was made from 1/4 yard of a sheer polyester blend decorating fabric (often used for drapery sheers).

I trimmed the edges so they were nice and clean, then sewed a zigzag stitch along each side to keep it from fraying.

Next, I printed and cut the letters for the monogram using my favorite Freezer Paper method.  Read all about that here.

I found a great ivory lace at Hobby Lobby that was around 8 inches long for the ends of the scarf, plus another 1-inch ivory lace trim.  Since each end of the scarf is 1/4 yard wide, it takes 1/2 yard of each lace.

I finished the edges of the lace with a small zigzag stitch, just like the fabric edge, to keep it from unravelling as well.

Then, I just pinned the wide lace and the small trim lace onto the end of the scarf and sewed...

 That's it!  Hope you like it.  You could also add lace and a monogram to an existing scarf for a similar look!

And whether you're traveling, cooking, shopping, or crafting, I hope you're enjoying and savoring these last few days before Christmas!  It'll be here soon!