Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stocking Embellishments


I love Christmas stockings.  They come in so many shapes, sizes, colors, etc.  Whatever your decorating theme is, you can find a stocking that fits.  However, I have a few problems with stockings.  First, I like to personalize stockings and personalization options are pretty much limited to color and embroidery when your have a store bought stocking.  Second, if you bought stockings to match a decorating theme and you change your theme a few years down the road, you have to buy all new stockings.  If you have either or both of these problems with stockings, I have the solution of you!  Simply buy plain stocking for everyone in your family.  Then, add removable embellishments.  This allows you to personalize your stockings and change them when necessary with having to buy new stockings.  You can get really creative and make the embellishments into what you like.  If you like mine, keep reading to find out exactly what I did.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Initial Christmas Wreath


People often ask me if I always make things myself.  The answer is NO!  If I can find something already made that is inexpensive and what I'm looking for, I buy it.  My trick is taking something store bought and just adding small features to make it individual to you!  Christmas wreaths are the perfect example of this philosophy.  There are so many cute and fairly inexpensive ones that you can buy in the store today ready to hang.  To make the wreath look personalized and custom made, you can simply add a wood letter initial.  Follow this tutorial to take your store bought wreath or any wreath you're looking to dress up to the next level.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Angel Tree Topper


No Christmas tree is complete without a topper.  My family has always had an angel at the top of the tree.  Now that I'm on my own, my tree needed its own angel to be on top.  I had originally planned to just find someone else's tutorial and follow their instructions.  After way too much searching, I hadn't come up with anything I liked!  I found some beautiful ones that you would have to be an artist to made.  I also found ones that were overly simplistic and wouldn't have matched my decor.  So, despite wanting to take this one easy, I had to figure it out on my own.  Now, hopefully, I can save you from the same problem.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

5 Burlap Christmas Projects


Now that you're a burlap cutting expert, there is a whole world of holiday decoration projects just waiting for you to try them.  I've compiled a list of some of my favorites that I decided not to do, but wanted to share.  If you try any of these please share your pictures!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How to Cut Burlap


Burlap is a pretty popular fabric right now.  Everywhere you look something is made of burlap.  Burlap is heavily featured in my holiday decorating this season, too.  The problem?  Burlap can be such a pain to cut!  You end up with strings and fuzz everywhere if you don't cut it just right.  The good news is, burlap is actually super easy to cut if you know what to do.  Keep reading and you'll be shocked at how easy it is to cut perfectly straight and neat burlap every time.