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Mug Mustaches

My buds, Danny, Christy and I decorated mugs for Christmas gifts. Ours were from IKEA but can be found at the dollar store too. 

Draw designs with Sharpies and bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Danny pinned ideas for our designs from Pinterest. You can erase with nail polish remover (very handy to remember!). Our favorite designs were, well, see below!

Mugs & Pens: The Supplies

Mugs & Pens: The Supplies

Our amazing designs! (note: you can erase with nail polish remover)

Our amazing designs! (note: you can erase with nail polish remover)

We have fun.

We have fun.

We liked our mustache mugs the best!

Mustaches for the WIN!

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Lighted Christmas Garland

My friend, Jessica, and I met together to do this project. It was a lot of fun and mindless but it took for-ev-er. Be sure to have plenty of fabric too (we ran out and had to space the strips out more than we’d like). 

Cut strips of fabric 6 inches by 1.5 inches or so and tie on to a string of lights. I’d suggest 5-6 strips between each bulb. That’s it! Super cute. Check out the link above for what it will look like when done. 

Jess and I in craft mode. I opted for a green and white motif while Jess added a touch of red and blue to the mix. Very cute!

Jess and I in craft mode. I opted for a green and white motif while Jess added a touch of red and blue to the mix. Very cute!

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Mission Style Bedroom Plan, eDesign

I’m working on a design for a bedroom that is 1100 miles away. This online ‘eDesign’ option is great for people who live far away and want to take their time implementing my plan. In this case, the total plan is 12 pages and includes room layouts, sketches, and a link for every piece pictured (and much more not pictured here). 

The sprawling mission style home is surrounded by woods and the homeowners desired a plan that brought the outdoors in, was warm and inviting but with great style. They had a mission style sleigh bed and 2 mission dressers to work with when we started. I’m very happy with how it is coming together!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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