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Thursday, December 31, 2009

More Quiet Book Pages

{Sew Can Do} is responsible for making these awesome Quiet Book pages. They are so creative! Unlike anything else I've seen out there.
Snap on the seasons: a sun, cloud, leaf, and a snowman.

For those flower arrangers out there:

The flowers are sewn to pipe cleaners...and that's a vase to put them in.

Feed the fish and help them swim to the top. She goes into detail on how to make these pages, too, so check out the link at the top of this post.

And {here} is another post from her showing more pages.
Making a sandwich.

Counting - you move the buttons across the page as you count. Love this idea!


So cute, huh?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Snowman Treats

Spotted at {The Crafter's File Box}. Just put candycorns in the middle of powdered doughnuts and use black tube icing for the eyes and mouth! Cute!

Monday, December 28, 2009

"Mom I'm Bored" Holiday Activities

Saw these ideas on {Skip to my Lou}

"Mom I'm Bored" Activities for the Holidays
Try out these printable crafts
Give everyone manicure & pedicures
Push the furniture back and dance
Play a game
Make Christmas ornaments
Make hot chocolate and read stories
Make a simple pine cone bird feeder
Play cards
Make a paper ring garland
Cut snowflakes for the windows
Make and hang beautiful wrapping paper stars
Make a holiday craft
Roast marshmallows in the fireplace
Make gift tags and wrapping paper
Make decorated sugar cookies
Make super simple sugar cookies
Play in the snow, build a snowman
Make snow paint
Make homemade stickers
Make some slime
Make homemade playdough

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas. Don't forget what it's all about.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Place Setting

I love the simplicity of this place setting. That jingle bell around the napkin is so cute! And the pinecone holding the place card is adorable as well. Together, with the gold charger they just look so elegant.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Stockings For All

Just a few great images from PB where stockings shine no matter what the style is.
Cozy Cabin: Love how they used different sizes here. And those wood candles are so cute - especially mixed with the berries on top of that mantle.


Chic Woods: It's very wintery with the white stockings as well as the snow behind that garland that looks like they just pulled it fresh out of the wood. Woodsy can still be chic!


Merry and Bright: I LOVE those shimmer candles and the different heights and colors of the candles and candlesticks make such a statement on top of that mantle! I like the garland swagging behind those stockings, too.


Home Sweet Home: This one most reminds me of home. Probably because we had about that many stockings... I really like that garland running behind the picture frame stocking hangers. Such a cute, idea!


Modern Twist: For those without a fireplace, we ALWAYS hung our stockings on the stairs...even when we had a fireplace. I think it looks really cute. I also love the starburst lanterns in this entry way, and the use or more neutral colors. It's a more subtle Christmas palet. For people who don't like pine needles, here is a great alternative: use a boxwood garland. Those square boxwood "wreaths" are pretty cool, too.

Modern Classic: Hung by the fire place as usual, but the mantle is topped with lime green Christmas accents. I love the shimmery lime berries and those little Christmas trees up there are so cute!


Cool and Collected: To me, this mantle looks less winterized than the other ones. For those who live in a warmer climate, take notes. It's still Christmas-ish, but without all the cold weather accessories...because those would seem weird if it's still in the 80's and above outside.


Homespun: Another idea for the home without a fireplace - hang those stockings on a coat rack. They look pretty cute here mixed in with those tiny wreaths. Cute.


Traditional: Another shot of hanging the stockings from the stairs. I know it's not practical, but I love the presents and candles lining the stairs. And the little wreaths hung in random spots on the walls are pretty cute, too. Don't those pillows look cozy!?

Traditional Elegance: The picture from all the storybooks. Stockings hung from a mantle covered in pine bows. I do love the lanterns up there as well. And aren't these chairs so inviting!!?

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Candles


For quite a few years now I've admired these shimmering candles from Potterybarn. They're covered in tiny glass beads that make them look frosty. I love them!!


Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Chic Christmas Party

May all your Christmas parties look like this one.
It's seriously just stunning, isn't it?!! I mean, it is Potterybarn, so you would expect it to be great, but they totally outdid themselves here. I think this would even make a great wedding reception. Click on the pictures for an even larger veiw.

To start, I love the large stars and ornaments hanging from the ceiling. You can buy them at their store, but they're just made of paper...so if anyone knows how to make these, please tell me. Those green patterned table clothes are pretty, aren't they?? And I like their use of chair covers - only every other chair gets one. Great way to save money if you ask me - because the whole picture still looks really dressed up. I guess all the chairs are nice, though.
Those little paper hearts hanging off the back of the chairs are really cute, too.
I love how it's totally Christmas-themed, but not all out red and green. But, those colors are still there...just a taste of them. :) The bark vases on the tables are amazing. They sell those, too, but maybe you could just go chop down an aspen tree...haha. :) I have actually seen that bark just sold in rolls, though, so perhaps you could make your own. Love those bright white flowers - very perfect for winter, and they go so well with the fake snow in the center of all the tables. I also love how there's ornaments and little votive candles sitting in the snow.
So pretty!
Happy Entertaining, and Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Gingerbread Houses

When I was little, we always made "Gingerbread Houses" but never used gingerbread. I've never tried to make gingerbread, but I think my mom did that because it was a lot easier! :) Just use one cracker for each wall of the house and then two for the roof. You have to cut them down a little bit, but look how cute it can look:
Don't you love those red roof tiles!! Haha. And that mailbox is amazing. I also love that snowman in the back. What a cute idea to set them up on a bed of coconut to look like snow.
The tiles on this one are pretty cute, too. But those wreaths on the doors are the cutest part of these!
Aw, look at the little lamp posts! I love how all these houses are color coordinated. Maybe you could have each child choose a color for their house. So fun! But don't dream of them looking this good! I especially love the firewood outside the front door. So cute!! And what a great idea to use those cones as trees.This one is pretty creative, too. They've also got some firewood, but I like how they used those pretzels to make the house look more like a cottage! Oh, these are so cute. All of these images are courtesy of {Simply Seleta}.
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Brown Paper Packages...

...tied up with strings. These are a few of my favorite things. I love pretty presents! Potterybarn has so many stunning wrapping jobs!! :)

I love the twine around some of them! So cute!


I like the idea of having a present garland like this.
Once upon a time, I found a picture with a present garland sitting above where the stockings were hung. It was so cute, and I'm so sad I don't know where I saw it. But, cute idea, anyway.


Don't these look so pretty? That is the coolest peppermint twisty thing I've ever seen!


LOVE the berries tied into the bows.

And of course we can't forget this beauty from {Joran Ferney}. Isn't a present advent calendar such a great idea! And so pretty!!?

And here this advent from {BHG} uses the same idea.

I'm loving these mocha tones, too.Especially when they're shiny!


Gorgeous!

And why not put presents all over the house.
Like these on either side of the bed?
Love it. And here's a present garland living this bedroom. So cute!I like how these presents are adorning this bookshelf.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Votives

Just a few simple, yet stunning ideas to dress up your table.
Line some votives with lemon leaves - just use double sided tape or glue - and then tie a bow around them! Isn't that pretty!?

Same idea, just use cinnamon sticks instead. I love the way these look. And they both probably smell really good. :)
Merry Christmas!
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