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And Top it with a Bow!

I discovered this project a couple of years ago and it has become one of my top 3 Christmas projects since. It is creative, easy, green and cute…my favorite things. You can make these bows out of kids’ drawings, newspaper, books, or the myriad of catalogs we get this time of year. And the huge bonus is that you can make enough for almost all your gifts during the course of one good movie. My choice would be “White Christmas” or, in weaker moments, anything Christmassy on the Hallmark channel. Give me a break, tis the season for holding judgement on ones taste in TV.

All you need for this project is scissors, a glue stick and some sort of paper.

This photo is to show you the approximate size strips you’ll need. They can vary based on the size of the end product you want, but you’ll want an inch and a half difference between the sizes. Materials:  All you need for this project is scissors, a glue stick and some sort of paper.


Start by looping the top of the piece of paper under and glueing to the middle. Flip over and do the same on the other side.


There you go! All the pieces ready to be assembled.

Layer on top of each other, biggest to smallest, with the little loop in the center. Press together until dry.

Layer on top of each other, biggest to smallest, with the little loop in the center. Press together for a few seconds until dry.

And you did it! Bows that are MUCH cuter than purchased ones. Now open that  present carefully!

And you did it! Bows that are MUCH cuter than purchased ones. Now open that present carefully, you’ll want to keep the bow!


Some Christmas Scenes

I love natural Christmas decor:  evergreen, holly, trees, and pinecones. Snow globes and glowing Santas have their place, to be sure, but I prefer a mix of old vintage charm or retro kitsch and natural elements. We spent a weekend at the lake with friends and I came back with wonderful pinecones.


Small, subtle, and with a touch of whimsy.

My five year old was kind enough to hang her snowflakes all over the house. I added a tinsel tree (I love tinsel trees!) and a beautiful bouquet.

As a child, these vintage kissing angels were always on top of our piano and hold sweet sentimental value. I love the way the sand in the hourglass is reminiscent of a snow slope.

I decided to do our tree old school. Big colored lights mixed with white, balls on the interior to reflect the light and our old childhood ornaments. Caleb was very good at hanging all the balls on one branch. I’m so proud!


Scarflace DIY (That’s a scarf necklace… You’re welcome, dictionary)

The Knick-knack Nancy’s met again to craft up some goodness. This time RheaAnn hosted and had us making scarves out of t-shirts. They are a cross between a scarf and a necklace and they add a bit of edge to a tank and cardigan or denim jacket. The whole project took 15-20 minutes and cost as much as a t-shirt. Cheap and easy (not like us).

Materials:  Fabric scissors and an XL or XXL t-shirt (we used XL) in any color you’d like and without side seams. That’s it! You can use ribbon or embellishments in step 4, if you wish. Follow steps at the bottom of each picture.

Step 1: Cut off the bottom hem and a straight line under the armpits to end up with a tube of fabric.

Half shirts… project done! Don’t you just love it? Maybe with a maxi skirt and a wide brimmed hat? Of with daisy dukes and some huge earrings …and socks? Alright, back to the REAL project…

Step 2: Cut strips approximately 1.5 inches in width (this project is forgiving so don’t worry about being exact) leaving one side connected (see top side Danny is holding up).

Step 3: Grab a buddy and stretch out the strips watching them magically turn totally tubular.

If you don’t have a buddy (I have no friends), a boot works just as well when you wrap the t-shirt around and pulllll the scarf.

Step 4: For the part of the scarf that is still connected (that you didn’t cut all the way through), you can wrap with ribbon, leather or the hem of the t-shirt that you cut off in step 1. That part can go in the back of your neck or, if it’s cute, add some wooden beads, a brooch, anything. Add a bit of glue, wrap and tie securely.

This project was super fun and easy (a prerequisite for all our projects) and one that adds a bit of casual edge to an outfit. Try it out and enjoy!


A Rundown Mill, Pink Walls and a Brood

On Black Friday, my brood opted for a walk in Sweetwater Creek State Park and came across this awesome rundown shell of an old mill. I love the architectural details of old brick, stone walls (often built by slaves and ubiquitous in the South) and strong wood beams.

These details can be reflected in interior design even if your space doesn’t have the big wooden beams and exposed brick walls you might covet (guilty!) in magazines and catalogs. I love this photo below from Crush Cul de Sac. The gallery wall of scenic paintings is beautiful and, juxtaposed with the Eames Eiffel chairs and glam capris chandelier, it is perfection. The wood floors and table are, of course, critical to the rustic feel but the pink walls and flowers keep it from seeming masculine.

Image from Crush Cul de Sac

A freebie picture of my brood. I have this thing about being in front of the hiking line. Always… must … be…first. Bonus of leading the way, however, is that you can look behind you and see this glorious sight.


Happy Thanksgiving and One Very Long Table

Today is Thanksgiving. In a few hours, I will gather around a very long table with the beautiful family I was lucky enough to marry into. It’s a very long table because my husband’s 94 year old grandmother insists that each and every person sit at one table. There are 12 adults and 12 children to fit this year, so we add card tables end to end and a few people literally eat in the hallway. But we’re at one table!

As I get older I am increasingly more aware of how rare it is to actually enjoy the members of one’s family and not just tolerate them once or twice a year. I’m blessed to genuinely love and like these people. They say there’s also that one ‘crazy’ family member that’s weird and eccentric and awkward. Since I don’t think we have anyone like that, I should probably assume that it’s me.

I’m also grateful for this space, my blog, to share my passions, my creative self, with you. Thank you for being here. There is a lot of transition going on in my life right now and it’s not painless, but I know that in the end it is going to be an even better version of my life, which, without a doubt is already pretty crazy great. So Happy Thanksgiving. Gather your family near and love on someone who is missing their loved ones. And finally, thank God for the beauty we get to enjoy in each other and the world around us, lest we forget.

Why yes, that is me blogging today in my Indian head dress.


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