12 Days of Christmas:: New Year’s Eve

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Well friends, I’m winding down the 12 Days of Christmas. I know, Christmas is over and done with. I probably still shouldn’t be calling this the 12 Days of Christmas, but mathematically this is the 12th day, so we have to keep going with it, right? :)New Year’s Eve is tomorrow and with that brings dressing up, parties, and for some, champagne! I’m sure by now you have your night planned out, but if not, here are some fun ideas to make your party memorable.

Countdown champagne glasses.

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Champagne cupcakes. Yum!

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If you haven’t put your Christmas ornaments back into your attic or into storage, make an ornament chandelier.

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Paper mustaches make any party more fun!

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Brassy Apple has some fun mustache printables for you to make for your own party. Maybe I’ll even make my own mustache props for tomorrow night. :)

I’m excited to ring in the New Year with some of my favorite people.  What are your plans for tomorrow night? Are you doing anything special for your party decor? Would love to hear!

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12 Days of Christmas:: How To Decorate For Winter

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Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to take down the Christmas decorations. I usually leave mine up until New Year’s and take them down right after. I love Christmas decorations and try and enjoy them for as long as possible :) (Don’t worry, I’m not one of those people that has their Christmas decorations up come February.)

After I take down my decorations, I always feel like my place feels so bare. Do you feel that way too? Even though the holidays are over, there are ways that you can decorate your home for winter.

When I think of winter decor, I think of neutral colors. Lots of whites & creams and natural elements. Here are some ways we can add some seasonal touches during the upcoming winter months.

Incorporate some fresh greenery or leftover greenery from your Christmas decorations. I love how this fresh greenery was wrapped around these candles.
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You may have used pinecones in your Christmas decor this year. Instead of tossing them or boxing them up, keep them out during the next few months of winter.

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I’m loving all the birchwood I’ve seen floating around online. Add birchwood elements here and there to really make your place feel super cozy during winter.
And lastly, add some cozy throws or rustic/cozy pillows to your seating areas.
I won’t be sad this year when the Christmas decorations come down. I’ll just use it as an excuse to find some cozy winter decorations to put in its place. :)

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12 Days of Christmas:: Uses For Leftover Tissue Paper & Wrapping Paper

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Christmas is officially over. I always get a little sad when it’s over. There’s so much anticipation and preparation leading up to it and then it goes by so fast. I hope you and your family had a special day yesterday filled with lots of love and laughter. If you’re like me you’re still in a food coma and possibly doing a little after Christmas shopping today.Even though Christmas is over, I have a few more installments of the ’12 Days of Christmas’ related to the after effects of Christmas. Part of the fun of opening presents on Christmas is ripping open the wrapping paper.  In our family, we usually end up with a pile of wrapping paper and a pile of tissue paper after everyone has opened their presents.Most people, including myself, end up throwing away all the paper. But, instead of throwing it all away, I thought I would do a little research to see what could be made from these usually discarded pieces of paper.

Let’s start with wrapping paper.

New Year’s Eve is coming up. Use some of that gold and silver wrapping paper to make party decorations.

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Or frame some of the pretty paper in frames and use as wall art.

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How gorgeous is this bulletin board wrapped in wrapping paper? Another resourceful use.

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Some people re-use their tissue paper year after year for gifts. That’s one option for re-using. If you would rather use fresh tissue for your presents and normally just toss the tissue paper from Christmas day, here are some cute decorative uses for tissue paper.

The most used tissue paper colors are generally red, green and white. Now of course you don’t want to decorate with those three colors if you want to keep it up year round. Just use one of those colors and incorporate other colors to make some tissue pom pom wall art. Love how it adds a lot of dimension.

{Source}Believe it or not, these little buds are made from tissue paper. Use all that red or white tissue paper that is leftover and add to a few branches to make a cute centerpiece.
{Source}I’m sure you’ve seen these tissue paper pom poms. Such a cute idea for party decorations and a great way to re-use tissue paper.

I’m holding onto some of the cute paper from my presents this year in hopes to re-use it in some way.

I think my family and I are planning to get out today to do a little shopping. Hoping to snag some Christmas stuff on super sale to use next year. I’m on the hunt for some more neutral themed decor. Hopefully everything isn’t picked over by now!

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Unto Us A Child Is Born

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Wanted to stop in and wish you all a Merry Christmas!

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I’m currently out of town visiting family. I hope you all enjoy some precious time with your friends and family today.

We can all get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle and the presents, but let’s not forget the real reason for today, the birth of our precious Savior.

Isaiah 9:6-7:: For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

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12 Days of Christmas:: Christmas Tree Photo Tutorials

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With Christmas on Sunday, I’m sure a lot of you will be taking family photos in front of your Christmas trees. The tree can be a great backdrop to your photos and there are a lot of things you can do manually to your camera to really make your photos stand out.I’m new to photography, so I thought I would leave it to the experts to tell us how to take amazing photos. Here are a few links to some great tutorials on how to use bokeh and how to get your tree to really glow.

Kevin & Amanda 

{Unskinny Boppy Dreams}

{Lil Blue Boo}

I really want to try and experiment with bokeh. It looks so cool!

Happy almost Christmas Eve!

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12 Days of Christmas:: Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

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Hopefully you’ve gotten most of your Christmas shopping done by now. Now all that’s left to do is wrap! I personally like to take the time to make my gifts look pretty. I think I get this from my mom. She’s always made amazing bows and each year at Christmas her Christmas presents are almost too pretty to unwrap.Image and video hosting by TinyPic
I snuck a picture of one of the presents at my parents’ house this weekend just to give you an example.

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If you follow me on Instagram (mbhandmade) or Twitter you saw me post this picture last week. I commissioned my mom to make these bows for a work event last week.

She’s pretty talented, huh?

A few months ago I rounded up some general gift packaging inspiration. This time around I’ve rounded up some Christmas gift packaging ideas from Pinterest if you’re wanting to add a handmade touch to your gifts this holiday season.

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Here are some adorable handmade gift tag ideas that you can make.
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1. Ornament Gift Tags // 2. Photo Gift Tags
3. Recycled Christmas Card Monogram Gift Tags // 4. Pipe Cleaner Monogram Gift Tags

If you aren’t the craftiest person, here are some free printable gift tag options as well.
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5. Free Printable Gift Tags // 6. Free Printable Gift Tags

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Here are some ideas for your Christmas gifts if you’re just wanting to add a fun/unique embellishment.

Baker’s twine, felt, & wooden spoon.

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Ribbon & vintage hair pins.

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Make your own diy felt pom poms.

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Make your own washi tape.

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I was hoping to have more time this year to make my presents look super cute. I totally ran out of time and I didn’t want to go out and spend a lot of money on supplies. So, I just used wrapping paper I already had and added some handmade gift tags and baker’s twine for a special handmade touch. I still think they turned out pretty cute.

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What about you, do you spend a lot of time trying to make your presents look pretty?

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12 Days of Christmas:: Food Gift Ideas For Neighbors, Teachers & Co-Workers

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Well friends, we’re in the final home stretch to Christmas. Only 5 more days until the big day. If you’re like me, you’re scrambling to get all your last minute shopping, wrapping and baking done.Most of us probably have an idea of what to get our family and close friends but what do you do for your neighbors, kids’ teachers and co-workers? It’s hard to get individualized gifts for all those people so, if you’re like me, you end up baking something for them. While cookies are a great go-to option, I thought it would be fun to round up some unique food gift ideas to give to your neighbors, teachers and co-workers this year.For those coffee drinkers, these homemade chocolate spoons would be a great addition to their morning cup of joe. Add some cute packaging and voila, you’ve got an adorable gift!

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We’ve all probably seen homemade cocoa mix given as gifts. It’s all in the packaging though. Here are a few cute ways to package this staple gift option.

I love the adorable mason jars and embellishments used on the front here.

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And how cute are these ornaments turned homemade cocoa mix containers? Add a little fun paper straw and package them up all pretty!

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Cake pops are all the rage right now. Give them your own flare and decorate them in a cute & unique way as another gift option.

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This time of year people are inundated with baked goods. It’s hard to really enjoy all the treats you get and eat them before they go bad. So instead of baking something, make a homemade mix that they can make themselves later.

Like this homemade chocolate chip & oatmeal quick bread packaged all cute.

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And this homemade CinnaBun Butter Cake Mix.

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That way when the holidays are over and the yummy baked goods are all gone, they can whip out these mixes and make the holidays last just a little longer.

Hopefully some of these suggestions were helpful to you. Let me know if you make any of these. Would love to know how they turned out!

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12 Days of Christmas:: Christmas Home Tour

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One of my favorite things is to see how people decorate their homes for Christmas. I love seeing the different styles, color schemes, and themes people choose. Some people are more traditional while others like a bit of flare! And I love that you can change it up each year.I showed you my Christmas tree earlier this week. I thought I would show you the rest of my Christmas decorations today. Keep in mind, our apartment is pretty small, so there are only so many places to add a little bit of Christmas decor.

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Since we don’t have a mantle, I’ve been using these shelves in our living room to add seasonal decor.

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The ‘candlesticks’ are from an antique shopping trip this past fall. I hadn’t found a use for them yet, but I thought they would look perfect with the burlap stockings and ‘Christmas’ sign.

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This is the ‘Christmas’ sign I mentioned buying from Christmas Village last year. I love the rustic touch!

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Notice the burlap stockings? I got those from Groopdealz last month.

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For me, the easiest way to add a bit of Christmas decor is to add a few ornaments here and there. On our side table I filled this display cage with leftover ornaments that weren’t used on the tree. Usually this houses some mossy type filler.

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I found these jumbo glass ornaments at Kirkland’s one year after Christmas. I was able to get brown, gold and red to match the rest of my decor. I just throw them in a glass bowl on our coffee table and fill it with some ‘Christmas-y’ filler.

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We also have a lamp in our kitchen that has a clear base that I filled with a few ornaments.

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I bought this twigy tree at Target one year after Christmas. It’s currently sitting next to our tv in our living room to add an additional Christmas glow :)

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More vases and ornaments on our kitchen table.

And here’s a picture of the Christmas tree again.
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I’m joining and linking up to a few Christmas Home Tours. Be sure to check out some of the other amazing homes that are linked up!

Kelly’s Korner
The Nesting Place
The Inspired Room
The Shabby Creek Cottage

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12 Days of Christmas:: My Christmas Tree

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I already mentioned that I have a theme when it comes to my Christmas decor. My Christmas color scheme is mainly brown, red and gold. Since I love brown, I wanted to incorporate it into my Christmas decorations. And I liked the idea of adding red and gold instead of the traditional red and green.I thought I would show you guys my tree all decorated. Prepare for picture overload. Most of these were taken at night with the lights on. I love the glow!

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I got the gold/orange mesh from Christmas Village last year.
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Most of my ornaments I bought the day after Christmas in years past and stocked up on the colors I needed.
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I really wanted all my wrapping paper to match but I just had to use the paper I had. :/ I still haven’t had a chance to make gift tags or make anything to add the packages. Hoping to do that this weekend.
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And here are a few pictures in the day time.
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I like the colors for now, but really want to move towards a more natural/neutral color scheme in the future. I’m hoping to go out and get some new decorations after Christmas this year when everything is on sale (hopefully there is still some left by then).

I’ll show you guys the rest of our Christmas decorations on Friday :)

Linking up to the Holiday Home Party over at Thrifty Decor Chick.
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P.S. Can you believe Christmas is a week from this Sunday? I still have so much to do! What about you? Are you done with your shopping and wrapping?

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12 Days of Christmas:: Felt Trees

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Last year I made this felt Christmas tree.
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I made it the same way that I made my wreath.
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It was sort of puny decor by itself so I decided to make two more smaller trees to pair with it.

I used the same red felt that I used to make the first tree and also the leftover felt from my wreath. Instead of making two more red trees I decided to swirl a single row of the red felt and then fill in with the cream colored to make them a little different.

Here’s how you can make your own::
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Just fold the circle in half twice and poke a straight pin in the corner and place it in the styrofoam.

Here is the end result.
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Think they turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself.
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I’m linking this project up to Censational Girl’s Holiday Home link party.

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I’m also linking up to Home Stories A to ZThe Shabby Creek Cottage, Serenity Now & Blue Cricket Design.

Be sure to check out some of the other fun Christmas craft projects linked up!

Happy Monday!

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12 Days of Christmas:: Christmas Card Holders

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I love getting and sending cards. I guess I should since I started an Etsy shop selling greeting cards :)Even though I don’t have a family, I still like to send Christmas cards to family and friends who live out of town. I always want to display the ones I receive somehow but have never really found a good solution.I’ve rounded up a few creative and simple ways to display Christmas cards that I’ve found on Pinterest.

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Even though this is meant to be an advent calendar, I thought it might be a cute idea to clip Christmas cards to the clothespins instead.

For me this year, my plan is to hang the few Christmas cards that I usually get on the chalkboard/clothespin frame I got in Knoxville this past summer.

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How do you usually display your Christmas cards?

Hope everyone has a good weekend! My roommate and I are having a little Christmas party at our place this weekend to exchange gifts with our friends. Hopefully I’ll have some pictures to share :)

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12 Days of Christmas:: Gift Ideas for Her

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It’s that time of year to get gifts for all your friends and family on your list. For me, I don’t like to just get someone something, just to get them something. I love getting someone something that they would really like and something that would be meaningful. I think it’s not about how much money you spend, but on how much thought you put behind it. Wouldn’t you agree?To help us all give the perfect gift this Christmas, I thought I would round up some unique gift options for those special women in our lives.
Buy
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1. Dayspring Wrapped Canvas-Emily of Jones Design Company
2. Cupcake Corer
3. Silhouette iPhone Case- Le Papier Studio
4. Silhouette Ring- Le Papier Studio
5. Silhouette Notebooks- Cutie Pie Company
6. Book Charging Dock- Rich Neeley DesignsCan you tell I have a thing for silhouettes? :)I also wanted to round up some handmade gift options as well. My goal is to make at least one gift for each person on my list. Might be an ambitious goal since this is a busy time of year, but I’m going to try my hardest!

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1. DIY Picture Canvas- 36th Avenue
2. Pom Pom Bib Necklace- Little Miss Momma
3. Scrabble Tile Coasters- Better Homes & Garden
4. Teacup Candles- Martha Stewart
5. Monogram Hand Towels- Martha Stewart

Hopefully these suggestions are helpful to some of you!

How far along are you in your Christmas shopping? I would say I’m about 85% done. Have a few more things to make and get and then I’ll be done! Wahoo!

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