Using Your Ornaments After Christmas

Found this article over at decor8. Some really great ideas thanks to Real Simple magazine blog Simply Stated!

{photo courtesy of queenbeeamy}


Merry Christmas to all...

...and to all a good night! I may not be married just yet, but I am spending my first Christmas away from my family :( It's kind of sad, but definitely happy at the same time. I love my future in-laws and am grateful to be spending the holiday season with them. They are a lovely bunch of folks! I'm just sad to not be sitting with my Daddy right now, listening to 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. A Christmas tradition that I will always cherish. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas with your family, friends, and loved ones and a happy new year!

The last Christmas Ornament Countdown is a collection of handmade felt ornaments found at the fabulous blog oh, hello friend. Cutsie :D


Ornament Countdown: Day 2

Rejoice, rejoice! Christmas is only 2 days away!! I'm looking forward to spending it with Jonathan and his family in Kosciusko, MS. We leave tomorrow morning, so that means I will probably be up late tonight finishing everything. Surprise, surprise. Ha. Today's ornament was found via Freshly Blended.
This little handmade snowflake is just presh. So classic and chic. Made by missgg. Props to you :)


Ornament Countdown: Day 3

I'm a stickler for paper and stationary! Some of the things people create with paper are 100% amazing!! Check out these origami star ornaments by Rigmarole. Found via Scoutie Girl.


Ornament Countdown: Day 4

So simple, yet so festive. & I absolutely ADORE buttons!!! By Kim Naumann


Ornament Countdown: Day 5

I googled "handmade Christmas ornaments" and this is what I found. What a great idea! I love the snowman one :) There are so many things you can do with bottle caps, in fact some of my Christmas gifts I'm giving this year include recycled bottle caps. Enjoy!

Ornament Countdown: Day 6

This may not be considered an ornament, but you could definitely make it one! I thought he was soo cute :D and just had to share him with you. I found this paper doll at the blog How About Orange. Click here for the free PDF.


Ornament Countdown: Day 7

I can't believe there is only one more week till Christmas!!! I still have so much left to do :( I've almost finised my sister's gift (will have a post on this sometime soon!), started my future mother-in-law's gift, but still have my future sister-in-law, my mother, and future father-in-law's gifts to complete. Oh will I get it all done?? I sure hope so! On a happier note, today's feature is on a DIY Fabric Pom inspired by the tissue paper poms from Marta Stewart Weddings. The cool thing about this piece is that it has so many creative uses. It could be an ornament, tree topper, or used as a wedding decoration. The possibilities are endless! I found this tutorial over at Once Wed and the photo was found at Design*Sponge. Happy crafting!


Ornament Countdown: Day 8

Today's ornament is a bright, fun print-it-yourself goodie! Found on Creature Comforts and by Eva of ohSmile :)

Click here for the full post with free printables and instructions! Enjoy!!


Ornament Countdown: Day 9

These little lovies are trees constructed of vintage wallpaper! Found via Freshly{Blended} by Janet Guertin


10 Days & Counting!

I went to Target tonight with my Mom to pick up a few things and was so excited to find a section in the Christmas department that was all nature/rustic inspired decorations. Definitely up mine & Jonathan's alley. Too bad we don't have a tree of our own yet...But when I got on the Target website to find a few, I was disappointed to find none. Or maybe I'm just dumb, but that website is kind of difficult to navigate. So I opted to share this ornament instead...

Fishing is one of my favorite hobbies and something Jonathan and I love to do together. This fish on a bucket ornament from Target would be perfect on our tree :) We love fishing together so much! In fact this is the wedding cake topper we have chosen for our big day!


Ornaments Galore!

Of course I would be behind on my own countdown to Christmas...so I will be posting 3 ornaments today! The first ornament is not a handmade ornament, well unless you're a professional glass blower, but I couldn't resist because it's oh so beautiful!

This glass ornament has a tiny glass angel inside! For the past couple of weeks I've been helping a friend/interior designer decorate a few houses for Christmas. Now these aren't your typical decorating jobs. I'm talking real, hard work. But the end result is always spectacular! Call me next year if you need any help with your home ;)

This ornament is a glass ball as well, but equally unique. I love terrariums! This would be the perfect gift for the nature enthusiast in your family! The website where I found this ornament is sold out, but I'm sure you could easily find more. Or make one yourself!

I am obsessed with owls for some reason. I just can't get enough of them! I think I may have been a Chi Omega in another life or something...but these hand felted owl ornaments are just too cute to pass up!


Handmade Holiday: Day 2

Oh goodness! Can you believe that my mother has finally drug out the Christmas decorations?? & Since there are only 2 weeks left to enjoy them she's decided to take it easy this year and go simple. There's no telling how many boxes of stuff we have, but only 6 made it in from the garage. But to top it off, this year we're going to have a REAL Christmas tree!!! All 22 years of my life we have NEVER had a real Christmas tree! I'm so giddy thinking about it! I did get a real tree a couple of years ago while I was living in Starkville and I can't say that I enjoyed the experience so much. Buying my own ornaments and trimmings was exciting but getting that sucker up a tall flight of stairs wasn't! Needless to say, when time came to take down the tree we just lowered it (gently) outside the window to the ground below. Ha ha! Merry Christmas to our downstairs neighbors ;) Maybe I'll have a better experience this year. Especially since stairs are not involved. But on to the ornament of the day!...

These little cuties are so festive and easy to make! I'm going to make some this year, but I'll be using mine as package decorations :) Won't that be cute?

Photo courtesy of Stacey Winters


15 Days & Counting!

It's getting closer and closer to Christmas!! Only 2 weeks left of shopping days. Or if you're like me and are b-roke, 14 measely days left of psycho crafting. I really need to get on the ball! Anyways, usually by now I am so into Christmas I am up to my ears in "Fa La La La La's". But this year has been different for several personal reasons. So to help myself (and hopefully you too) get more into the Christmas spirit, I'm going to post 14 days of one of my favorite things about Christmas...ornaments! I love decorating for Christmas :) You'd think I was a designer or something...but surprisingly enough, my house has not ONE Christmas decoration up. I know, it's sad. So instead I'm going to decorate my blog, one day at a time. Now to start the festivities!

Stocking Monogram Ornaments from Anthropologie! Aren't they precious? These could be easily made too, which makes them even better! Btw..I friggin' LOVE that store!!

Found at: Design*Sponge

Sorry it has been so long since my last post...things just get really crazy during the holidays. One of my favorite blogs to read everyday is Design*Sponge. They have some of the best ideas/inspiration! So today I want to share this awesome before & after by designer Will Means. Would LOVE to have this chair! Isn't it cool?? Click here for the full post over at D*S!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving I wanted to share this wonderful idea with everyone. An incredible piece and special family tradition that anyone can do. Happy eating!!


Groovy Baby

I found this awesome chandelier over at Design*Sponge! It's a great DIY and I can definitely see it hanging in mine and Jonathan's future home. Right above the cute red breakfast table from my apartment in Starkville. Oh, how I can't wait for us to get our own place :) Click here for the project.


Fall Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

This year I decided to roast the seeds from our pumpkin carvings instead of throwing them out. Not only are they so delicious & super easy to do but they're good for you too! A truly healthy snack.

Mediterranean Style Pumpkin Seeds

Olive Oil
Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Cajun Style Pumpkin Seeds

Olive Oil
Emeril's Essence Seasoning
Tabasco Sauce

First wash the seeds & lay them out to dry over night. Next, pour olive oil over the seeds. Depending on the amount of seeds will determine how many table spoons of olive oil. Just make sure to use enough to coat every seed so the dry seasonings will stick. Then add your dry seasonings to taste. Anything will work, even just plain ole salt & pepper. Then spread the seeds evenly on to a cookie sheet & bake at 300 degrees. I cooked the Mediterranean style for 45 min, tossing the seeds every 15 min. I found that 30 min for the Cajun style was enough because the seasonings were darker. Then let them cool & enjoy!

I think next time I'll try olive oil, salt & pepper, & some grated Parmesan cheese! yummm :P Cinnamon & sugar would be tasty as well!


Rabbit, Rabbit!

Happy November everyone!

I'm so happy that fall is here. The trees are turning nicely, allowing for a masterpiece of color! I hope everyone had an enjoyable Halloween :) I didn't dress up this year but I still had a good time carving pumpkins with Jonathan, spending time with Chloe June (aka: Alice in Wonderland) & a little solo arts&crafts time. Here's what we came up with...

Chloe June painting her pumpkin

she is such the artist like moi ;)

watching Jonathan work hard

gooey pumpkin goo!

he's crafty too!

working on my bat pumpkin!

our wonderful creations

Jonathan & I with our Jack-O-Lanterns

this is my buddy, Steve