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

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.

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

Happy almost Christmas Eve!

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