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Christmas in the mail

Christmas in the mail

One of my dearest friends and her fiance are living in London for a year (I shared their amazing engagement party photos over here). While I am beyond jealous of the two of them, I also miss them like crazy. Since I won’t be able to spend the holidays in London, I wanted to send a little Christmas in the mail. Inspired by this DIY over at Oh Happy Day, I put together a little surprise to send abroad. {total side note, can y’all believe this is two DIY’s in one week! I haven’t crafted in ages. Must be the holidays ; ) }

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Materials:

Mailing tube

Sparkly craft paper

String

Wrapping Paper

Mail labels

Spray Paint

Tape

Directions:

1. First up, I made the mailing tube a little better looking by wrapping it with gold wrapping paper. I also spray painted the two stoppers gold.

2. Cut out letters to spell out whatever Christmas phrase you’d like! I kept it simple with a “Merry Christmas” and added a heart : )

3. Using a needle and your string, thread your letters together

4. Tape the beginning of the phrase to one of the stoppers. Be sure to note “Open on this end” on that stopper.

5. Add decorative labels or decorate as you wish, but don’t forget to leave room for plenty of postage!

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I dropped this bad boy off at the Post Office today, I am so excited for it to arrive. It’s such a meaningful gift to mail to a loved one far away.

I’d love to know, how do you share your Christmas spirit with friends and family who you can’t see over the holidays?

DIY Christmas Ornaments

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Every year, I participate in the Southern Weddings ornament exchange. I love the excitement of crafting a new ornament every year and finding four new ones in my mailbox. They have been one of my favorite additions to my Christmas tree year after year.

Lately, I  have been itching to play around with gold foil, so I created this easy DIY ornament. I promise, I mean easy when I say easy. Just a little bit of spray paint, gold foil, and some mason jar lids, and you’re set!

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Supplies:

Gold Spray Paint

Black or Chalkboard Spray Paint (I went with Chalkboard because I love the matte finish, but it’s up to you. You can even switch up the colors to say green and red!)

Mason Jar Lids

Gold Foil

Gold Foil Adhesive Pen

Metal Hole Punch

Ribbon

Hot Glue

Directions:

1. Spray paint your mason jar lids. I spray painted the rim gold and the backing black.

2. Once dry, use the gold foil adhesive pen to write your favorite Christmas saying or your monogram. I was torn between writing “merry” or a monogram, but I stuck with the latter. It’s always nice to see a personalized ornament!

3. Place gold foil over the adhesive and brush away extra with fine brush

4. Use a hole punch to put a hole to hang

5. Add ribbon and hang on your tree!

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We don’t have a big tree up in the house this year, but I picked up this sparkly mini tree at Trader Joe’s for my desk. I think he’s pretty fancy :)

I’m so excited for the ladies on my list to get theirs in the mail!

Do you participate in the SW ornament exchange or anything similar? Do you craft your own ornaments? I’d love to hear if you try your hand at this DIY!

 

holiday decorating for small spaces

Holiday Decorating for Small Spaces_1 copy I live in my townhouse with three of my best friends. Yep, there are four of us in this little townhouse, which means space is limited. While we have yet to get our Christmas tree and decorate the main floor, I took to decorating my bedroom this weekend.

Holiday Decorating for Small Spaces_2Holiday Decorating for Small Spaces_5Holiday Decorating for Small Spaces_4  I really try not to go too crazy on budget for decorating. This year, the only thing I purchased was this mini sparkly Christmas tree from Trader Joe’s. Everything else has been accumulated over the years, usually picked up at after-holiday sales.

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   My bedroom is where I sleep and live, but also where I work on the blog, so a lot happens in this space. I wanted to bring in the holiday cheer without overwhelming it.Holiday Decorating for Small Spaces_8Holiday Decorating for Small Spaces_9Holiday Decorating for Small Spaces_10Holiday Decorating for Small Spaces_12 Holiday Decorating for Small Spaces_11 Thanks to the ever-talented Chelsea of Oh My Deer, I got this advent calendar for my wall. {head to her site for the printable, it’s not too late to start!} You can’t see it here, but I sprayed a coat of glitter on it, then taped it to the wall with washi tape. I love having this right next to my bed in the morning : )

Holiday Decorating for Small Spaces_14Holiday Decorating for Small Spaces_16 Holiday Decorating for Small Spaces_15 Seriously I love garland. I picked up a bunch of rolls a few years ago post-Christmas, and it makes all the difference. Plus, you can make mini wreaths with it! These little guys took me less than 5 minutes, and I love the look with the baskets. Can I keep them year round?Holiday Decorating for Small Spaces_17 I love this little guy. If you remember, I used him as acenterpiece for an autumn brunch, and now he sits perfectly on my bookshelf-with added lights of course : )Holiday Decorating for Small Spaces_17Holiday Decorating for Small Spaces_18 No fireplace in your room? No matter. A dresser can make a perfect mantle. And who says I can’t hang my ornaments on my fake tree?Holiday Decorating for Small Spaces_19Ornaments on antlers-I swoon. ps- Do you spy Buddha Beau in his Santa costume?

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I cannot wait until the day I have a cozy house to decorate, but for now, I am pretty happy with my holiday bedroom : )

 

 

 

 

 

Last Minute Thanksgiving Inspiration

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, and here we are the Monday before Thanksgiving. I wish I could say I had time the next few days to come up with a gorgeous Thanksgiving tablescape or create a new holiday cocktail. Instead, I’ll be recreating some of these last minute Thanksgiving ideas. Can you guess what I’m thankful for this year? Really great bloggers, chefs, and craft extraordinaires : )

Pumpkin Pie in Jars///Pumpkin Pie (in Jars!):::A Beautiful Mess because it’s pie and it’s in a jar. And that’s a gold spoon, ya’ll. I swoon. ///

Napkin Holders///Cinnamon and Greenery Napkin Holders::: Vintage House because this. is. so. easy. and. so. pretty///

Ginger Pom///Ginger Pomegranate Sparkler::Style Me Pretty because I am on such a ginger kick and I love a unique cocktail recipe///

give thanks banner///Give Thanks Banner:::Sugar Bee Crafts because there is nothing better than a sparkly reminder to give thanks///

turkey cup coozie///Turkey Cozie Printable::A Subtle Revelry because my nephews would go wild for this fun detail. Okay, and maybe I go wild for it too///

place-cards-diy///Rosemary DIY Placecards:::SpoonForkBacon because this screams Christmas is coming!///

blog-thanksgiving place mat kraft paper white ink 6///I am Thankful For Placemat DIY by Oh My Deer…because sometimes you need to write down the things you’re most thankful for///

Do y’all have any other last minute Thanksgiving ideas?

An Autumn Brunch

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Last Friday morning, Shelby ala Dessert First, Always and I woke up bright and early to create an Autumn (feast) brunch. When I say create a feast, I mean Shelby did the cooking and I set the table ; ) I am so lucky to have Shelby as one of my best friends and roommates because (as you will see) this girl can cook. I set the table, and she created the magic that is Sweet Bread French Toast with Baked Apples drizzled with Salted Caramel. Oh, and she made homemade Coconut Chai Tea Lattes. Okay, I’m drooling. IMG_1097 IMG_1098 IMG_1104 IMG_1111 IMG_1118 IMG_1127 IMG_1130Don’t you love this stag head? It’s from the Target Threshold Stag Head collection. I may or may not have begged the Target employees to snag some from the back when it wasn’t out on the shelves. ; )

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IMG_1147 IMG_1151I have such a love affair with Magnolia Trees. We have so many around our house, I snagged some leaves for this centerpiece. I even spray painted a few and added white chalkboard paint for table settings. So simple :)

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Head over to Dessert First, Always for the recipes here and here-perfect for the holidays!

Also, to give credit where credit is due, with the exception of things found around my house, the majority of this decor was from Target. Their holiday collection is already out of this world.

girl crush: Molly Jacques

Molly Jacques is the definition of a rockstar. If don’t know her work yet, you will. She is talented beyond words at calligraphy and hand lettering, plus she teaches workshops all over the country. Molly has been featured in Everyday with Rachael Ray, The Everygirl, Martha Stewart, and Style Me Pretty to name a few.

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Feature from Aug/Sept 2013 Every Day with Rachael Ray

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Molly at LA workshop//Image by Scott Clark Photo

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What I love about Molly is her ability to remain authentic but familiar at the same time. I have often seen her work in blogs or on Pinterest and instantly known it was a Molly Jacques work.

She also teaches a class on Skillshare for Calligraphy 101 (use this link for $10 off!). I took it last month, and it was the first time I have picked up a calligraphy pen since I was in elementary school. She did such a great job of teaching the class online, I can only imagine her workshops are unbelievable. Oh-and she designs fonts. I’m telling you-a rockstar.