{personalized treat containers}

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I was at Target (my favorite store--I could live there) when I had an epiphany. I was buying all new Gladware (LOVE that stuff!), and pondering all my options, when I suddenly knew exactly what I could do with them. Even better? The holiday version with the red lids was perfect for what I had in mind. I love to give treats to my friends/neighbors every Christmas, and this is such a fun and easy way to dress up a regular container. And who doesn't love something personalized? You could use this technique for any holiday, or anytime you g ive treats--just change up the paper! Personalized Treat Containers ITEMS YOU NEED: -Gladware container, any size (holiday ones with the red lids … ...read more

{peppermint popcorn crunch}

I SO wish I had a picture of this to post, but I just discovered it yesterday, after a good friend made it. It's actually just like one of my favorite recipes, but with a Christmas twist. I usually make it with toffee bits (delicious), but the peppermints are delightful. It's so fast, and so easy, which is good, because you will want to make batch after batch!PEPPERMINT POPCORN CRUNCH-popped popcorn (I usually use around 9 cups or so. I like to use air popped popcorn, but my friend made it with a bag of butter microwave popcorn. Both are good, just depends on your preference.)-1 bag white chocolate chips, or equivalent amount white baking chocolate-candy canes or peppermint candies, … ...read more

{monogrammed felt stockings}

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Several years ago, before my girls were born, I bought the cutest stockings ever. They were on a great sale, plus I loved them, so it was a win-win situation. I also only had one child, and after years of infertility, I didn't think I would ever be able to have another baby. So, I picked out three stockings, and then, with some wishful thinking, grabbed an extra one, just in case. Well, fast forward four years, and four more miraculous children later, we no longer have enough stockings. As Christmas was quickly approaching, I was starting to feel a little desperation. I really wanted to have stockings for my kids, but I did not want to buy any that I didn't absolutely love. I also was … ...read more

{rag garland}

It's been so fun to see these around again... I have been making rag garland for years (in fact, it was Angela who first introduced it to me when we were both first married), and love it! I think it's the perfect addition to my Christmas tree, and this year I was excited to make one with longer pieces and different fabrics.ITEMS YOU NEED:-choice of fabric or ribbon, cut (or ripped) into 2x8-10 inch pieces. -jute, however many feet you needNow, make yourself comfy, turn on a Christmas movie and tie, tie, tie! When you have the length you want, cut the jute, and tie a double knot at each end.You can also make these much shorter, and hang on a mantel, or a piece of furniture. My next rag … ...read more

{burlap ornaments}

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It's that time again! We cut down our tree yesterday, and today was the tree-trimming party. What fun we had, on both accounts. Now it feels like Christmas! Every year I like to add a few homemade ornaments to the tree, and this year I made two different kinds. One was more of a makeover (see the next post), and the other was a continuation of my love for burlap, foam stamps, and all things monogrammed. I love love love how they turned out! Burlap Ornaments ITEMS YOU NEED: -burlap -foam stamps -craft paint -ribbon -hole punch -jute DIRECTIONS: -Cut your burlap into desired shape. I traced a cornmeal container (the perfect size!), and it worked well. -Punch hole in the top of … ...read more

{dollar store ornament makeover}

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Can I tell you how much I love the dollar store? It is a treasure trove to be sure, and I love finding things there that I can re-do or makeover. I love having cute tree ornaments, but I just can't make myself spend a fortune to buy them. So, when I discovered these berry ornaments at the dollar store, I immediately saw their potential. (I'm also crazy about berries...) They started out with too much fake greenery/pine stuff at the top, and I knew they would be much cuter without it. Add a little ribbon (my solution to a lot of things...), and voila! … ...read more

{free Christmas photo cards}

My good friend Erica passed this deal on to me, and I'm so glad she did! 50 free photo cards and envelopes were just delivered to my home today, and I love how they turned out. The offer ends November 30th, so check it out today.CLICK HERE for the link, and enjoy! … ...read more

{oreo turkeys}

I saw this darling idea on my friend Jewel's blog...how clever! This would be the perfect afternoon activity with your preschoolers. LOVE them! … ...read more

{easy garland banners}

I have always wanted to make a cute banner for my mantel, but since I don't have a cricut, I really never gave it a try. When I saw THIS at The Girl Creative, I knew I wanted to give it a shot.I decided to make one that could be up the whole winter (since it lasts long time here, lol), and I LOVE how it turned out!It really is super simple, and can be done with only a few items. ITEMS YOU NEED:-scrapbook paper (double-sided not necessary, but I prefer it...for coordinating, and for layering & matting)-cardstock for layering, if desired-your printer :)-double stick tape-scissors-ribbon-a round object for tracing-pencil-paper trimmerDIRECTIONS:-I started in MS Word, and used different fonts … ...read more

{creating christmas blog fest}

I LOVE Christmas. I look forward to each and every part of it, and then I savor every moment, wishing that the time would pass just a little bit slower.So much of the enjoyment for me comes in the creating and the preparing, and I love making things for my friends and family.So, who better to get ideas from than YOU, my fellow bloggers!!The girls at The Girl Creative have something fabulous cooked up for 5 whole days during the month of December. We know that there there is so much talent out there, and we would love you to share your creative goodness with us.During the week of December 7th through December 11th, we are hosting our first EVER...Creating Christmas Blog Fest.Each day there … ...read more