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Best of the Best from 2013


First of all the best DIY project of my life was completed on November 27th, 2013 when I had my little girl, Mary.


Since I was mostly absent this year (you can thank the little girl above for that) I’ll only be sharing the top 5 posts from the year: [Read more…]

Cinnamon Applesauce Monogram Tags


I think everyone and their great aunt Sally has made cinnamon apple sauce ornaments, and why not? They are easy, they smell amazing (I scatter them in the tubs when I pack Christmas stuff away so the next year everything smells like the holidays) and they last forever.

Cinnamon Apple Sauce #Monogram Gift Tags

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DIY Poinsettia Wreath


Poinsettias just scream Christmas to me (it’s a nice scream, very Christmas carol-y) but our cat Rita eats houseplants so I don’t dare bring real ones into my house. Instead I buy lots and lots of fake ones. I use them to decorate the tree and last year I used them to make a pretty poinsettia wreath.

Make a pretty poinsettia wreath centerpiece with a straw wreath form, felt and fake poinsettias

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Folding Nativity Backdrop – December Silhouette Challenge


One of my favorite Christmas family traditions is setting up the Nativity scene. My grandma bought my sister and I our own sets and added lots of characters over the years (what, your nativity set doesn’t have a flock of sheep and a man playing bagpipes?).

Folding #Nativity Backdrop - Ombre Painted Wood and Vinyl #Christmas Tutorial
This year I decided to set it up on the top shelf of the hutch, one of the few places the cat doesn’t go. Unfortunately it was disappearing into the woodwork, ever since I added the book pages it takes a lot to stand out. I decided to paint a pretty ombre sky and add metallic vinyl accents including lines from one of my favorite Christmas songs to create a standing nativity background, the fact that it folds up for easy storage is just a bonus! [Read more…]

Christmas Gift Tag Link Party


Welcome to December! Do you have all your gifts wrapped? If you’re like me, you still have a few left to buy. As part of the Silhouette Challenge group on Facebook (info for joining can be found here) I was able to participate in a gift tag swap. There is a lot of talent in that group and I wanted to put together a post with all of the gift tag posts in one place. 


I decided to leave the link-up open to all my other blog friends who have DIY gift tags to share! If you add your link please make sure you are linking to the specific post, visit and comment on a few others and only link up Gift Tag Tutorials!