Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Soaking Up the Season

\\ Family Outing to An Old Kentucky Christmas  \\

\\  Christmas Shopping at the Mall \\

\\ Wrestling Matches with Daddy \\

\\ Santa Pancakes \\

\\ Pillow Boat Building \\

\\  Sugared Pecans \\

\\ Date Night \\

'Tis the Season!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

// Something(s) To on Saturday //

My sweet neighbor is a very talented photographer, and an eloquent writer, too.  She wrote a piece that was featured on The Well Studio a few days ago that really hit home with me.  Like a gut punch (in a good way).  There's also a beautiful printable at the end of the article.  Teachers, mamas, anyone who says YES too often, GO READ IT!

>> Graphic Credit to The Well Studio <<

Definitely Hipster Holiday on Pandora.  Featuring the likes of Coldplay, Matt Pond, Paul Simon, Sarah McLachlan, and She & Him all singing your holiday favorites. 

Definitely gingerbread cookies.  'Tis the season, y'all, and this simple recipe will not disappoint.  Even better, it's from Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett!  We made it during our gingerbread unit last week and the cookies barely made it to the 48 hours mark.  

Also, go buy this little gem: Pillsbury Easy Frost.  It makes icing cookies a non-messy cinch.  

Image credit to Jan Brett.  

Gingerbread Cookies 
{recipe from Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett}

2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
3 c flour
3/4 c sweet butter
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c molasses
3/4 c brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves

Bake 375* for 8 minutes.  Don't peek!

These little wreath ornaments are at The Dollar Tree!  They would look great tied with a pretty burlap bow over the back of a chair, strung together (that's what I did!) to add a little texture to your holiday decor, or just hung on your tree!  Super easy, super cheap.  Just the way I like it!

Join the Christmas Conversation Linky Party!  Click >>>HERE<<< to join!

Happy Saturday, y'all!  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Christmas Conversation LINKY Party!

Since I'm positive y'all are dealing with a Case of the Christmas Crazies at school (or maybe at home!), I thought I'd do a fun little linky party to share some easy holiday fun!  

Want to play along, too?  Here's how:

Snag this button to let other's know you're participating and add it to your own blog post.

Download a copy of the survey by clicking the blank template below and add your own responses by adding text boxes in Power Point.

Create your own Christmas Conversations blog post and then link up below using the InLinkz tool!  Have fun!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas DIY: Metal Chalkboard Chair Decorations

This is a super easy way to make your kitchen table chairs (or barstools or whatever) festive and fun!
Here's what you'll need:

White Chalk Marker/Chalk/Soapstone
Metal Chalkboard
Festive Accessories
Magic Eraser

Chalk marker from Michaels \\ Metal chalkboards were purchased at Hobby Lobby for 40% off, regularly $4.99/ea.  They currently sell these. \\ Festive Star Accessory from Target Dollar Spot \\ Magic Eraser from Kroger \\ Ribbon from Hobby Lobby

Think of something fun to write on your chalkboard, or maybe even just label them with the names of your family members.  Write it in pencil first, if you want.  You don't have to be fancy with your lettering - you'll still love the look when it all comes together.  {Tip: If you mess up, simply use a damp Magic Eraser to remove!  Dry with a paper towel.}  Add some holiday pizzazz, if you want - holly berries, a Santa hat, ornaments, whatever.

Cut your ribbon about 20-25 inches long and then tie the ribbon to the chair back with a single loop.  Pull as tight as you possibly can to secure it in place.  It will likely slip a little and you'll have to readjust   every now and then, anyway.

Place the chalkboard hanger over the knot.  Tie a another single knot over chalkboard hanger.  Add festive accessory and then tie another knot to secure all in place.  {Pretty sure you don't have to follow this sequence exactly, as I initially added the little star after double-knotting the hanger in place.}


How easy was that?!  

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DIY: Glittery Christmas Canvas

I was at my second home, HomeGoods, a couple of weeks ago and saw this lovely set of boxed Christmas cards sitting in an aisle.  

I decided it would make a pretty print to hang up this holiday season, and began to think how I could work it in.  

I decided to use a painted burlap canvas I had at home (you can find one at Hobby Lobby and they come in various sizes) along with a little glue and a lot of glitter.  Because when you use glitter, you have to use the GO BIG, OR GO HOME mindset: if you're going to get the glitter out, don't be stingy.  You're going to be vacuuming regardless.

First, I did a little sketch by hand...

...grabbed a trusty bottle of Elmer's School glue and a skinny little paintbrush...

...and, started filling in my sketch.

 Then, it was time to glitter my little heart out.  I went with silver since sparkly is kinda my holiday decorating jam this year.  I glittered from the top down and did the reindeer before I did the text.  I shook off the excess in between.  

Note: the skinny paintbrush is key for getting the details and the text.  

Since the fine details of the text were hard to get, this was after the first glitter before I repeated the final step.  You can see where I needed to add more glitter and glue.  

Aaaaaand, the final product...

Now, if you are thinking to yourself, I cannot sketch or hand-letter to save my life!  I could NOT do this!  Stopitrightnow.  You sure can.  The only difference is that you're going to print out your image, cut it out, paste it to your canvas, and then go through the exact same steps I did with the glue and glitter.  Since you're going to be covering up the image/text with glitter, no one will ever know if you drew it by hand or not!  See?  A project for everyone!  

Happy glittering!