Christmas Link Party List

I’ve started a list of Christmas Link Parties that I’m linking up to or following.
Thought I’d share with you.
If you would like me to add a party to the list, please let me know in the comments section.
The list is not in any particular order and it’s definitely not fancy the way I’ve added them!

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Cherished Bliss

 Creating Christmas at The Girl Creative

Unskinny Boppy

The DIY Club


Simply Christmas

Maymay Made It

My World Made by Hand


Christmas Gifts and Ornaments for $10 or Less – Highlights #4

We had some great projects shared this week! My head is swimmin’ with all the Christmas crafts that I’ve seen in Blog Land!

Where has the time gone? I cannot believe that this is our last highlight for the Christmas Blog Party that Bonnie from A Wee Meenit and I have been hosting.  I hope all of you have been inspired and have gotten some good ideas.  I know that Bonnie and I have.

My first choice is the Nativity Block that Brook from Babblings and More made.

I love this Silhouette  Nativity Scene.
It reminds me of what Christmas is really all about.

My 2nd choice is Artsy VaVa’s sweet Cupcake Ornament.

She estimated that these cute ornaments cost about $2 each to make.
They look complicated to make, but they aren’t!

My 3rd choice is this Ice Skate Swag that Bonnie from A Wee Meenit made.
I love the colors that she used.
So crisp, fresh and clean looking on her front door.
Bonnie’s ice skate swag needed to be one of the highlights even though she
is hosting this party!

Wonderful job ladies!!

 Next is Bonnie with her highlight choices…

So here we are, Highlights for the last Christmas Blog Hop!
I can’t believe the Blog Hop is over!
I want to personally thank Mandy from Project Queen for being my partner in this link party.
She has been so helpful to me as this was my first venture into Link Party’s.
First up is a beautiful Wreath from Tales of a Trophy Wife.
I love that you only need fabric, a glue gun and some upholstery tacks. I plan on trying this wreath
around Valentines day.  I can imagine the fun fabrics even now!
Next I chose Miniatures in a Jar from Salt Tree.
I have always loved snow globes, but I find that they are a little boring unless the snow is
blowing around. I love the idea of a snow globe that actually lights up! She gives a great step by step that looks so easy to duplicate!
And lastly I chose the Dollar Store Wreath from Everything has a Place.
She bought 5 packs of silver ball ornaments and 2 rolls of ribbon for a total of $7
and I think this wreath looks like a million bucks!

A BIG thank you to all of you who have been with Bonnie and I
for the past month faithfully linking  your projects to our Christmas Party.

Bonnie, thank you for hosting this blog hop with me.

Wishing all of you and your families a wonderful, safe and blessed Christmas!

If you are looking for “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able” #12 Link Party,


The Cottage Market

I’m so excited to be featuring Andrea this morning from The Cottage Market.  Not only does she have a fabulous blog, but she has to be the nicest person in Blog Land!  Let’s see what Andrea has for us today.


Morning to you all!  I hope you all have a Wonderful Friday.  Can you believe that yesterday kicked off the 25 days before Christmas count!  Only 24 days to go!  When did that happen????  Ready or not…here it comes! : )  I have a little project for you today that I hope you enjoy.  I think you might have just about everything in the house to make one!  Hoping you will enjoy and put your clever and unique touches on them : )
 Paper Doily Wreaths
 Let’s start with the basics…
You will need Paper Doilies (size of your choice…these are small ones…4 inches round) I used a wooden base but you can make a base out of cardstock and the same for the smaller pieces…same results…I just happen to have these on hand.  You will also need some fun embellishments…glue of your choice.

First thing you need to do is to cut tons of your paper doilies into 4 sections (you really get your monies worth by getting 4 cones from a doily)
Now keep on rolling.  By using the center as a guild…curl and place both ends over each other and glue (remember the back is not seen so if it is not picture perfect…no worries) Repeat this over and over again till you have the amount you need to start creating. I used approximately 60 for my two layer one.

Now take your circle and start layering…for the top version  you will need to do 2 layers…I started with my 2 inch circle and worked around…making sure that the cones were placed snug together for a nice full look.  repeat…repeat…repeat…till the entire circle is filled…

like so…now move on to the larger circle…
 I drew a guide circle for the size I needed to follow…it does help a ton when you are doing the lining up so I would suggest drawing a line for yourself…now just keep on gluing them to your round surface..I used hot glue (I’m addicted to it…I might get a few little burns but it is just so quick!

Time to attach the two pieces together using hot glue…
Make sure to depress the two with a little pressure : )

Time to embellish…I took a 1 1/2 inch wooden round…painted it white and then coated it in clear crystal glitter…the i took a 1 inch circle painted white and added a vintage earring and viola!  I bet you can think of a million and one centers that will be fabulous!

Here is a sample of the smaller version…This is just one layer created with a 2 inch base…attach a ribbon hanger and these would look gorgeous on a tree…as a garland…snowflakes on the window…suspended with clear thread from a mantle…well you get the picture!  

Display any way you would like and I sure hope you have fun creating them…you can do this with large doilies…medium…whatever size you would like.  I just loved the small ones because they just look so petite and pretty and allows you to make smaller items to adorn those little areas.  I also love that you get 4 cones to a doily…very cost effective!  I also love that the cones are very neat : )  

Hope you create some for your Holiday Season! This is a good one for just about any time of the year…just add different centers and you are ready to go!


See you tomorrow and tons of 
to one and all!


WOW! Thanks so much Andrea.  I LOVE THIS and I’m sure I’m not alone.  Head over to Andrea’s Blog – The Cottage Market and while you’re there, check out her Etsy Shop.  I’d show you what I have purchased, but then I’d be spoiling a special Christmas gift for someone who’s name I can’t say because she reads this blog! Yes…you know who you are…..


Have a wonderful weekend!!! I’ll be back VERY soon to show you all my fabulous thrift finds.  You’ll be soooo jealous when you see this one particular item…..I’m still pinching myself.
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Christmas Craft Tutorial Highlights #4

Now that Thanksgiving is over, everyone is really ramping up for Christmas! Everywhere you look is Christmas and it’s definitely not any different in Blog Land.

I’d like to thank all of you who have linked up faithfully to my Christmas Craft Tutorial Party.  It’s been so fun to see what everyone has shared and what projects were clicked on the most!

Here we go…

The project that was viewed the most was The Old Block House’s Scrap Christmas Garland.

She did a great job – so easy and very inexpensive to make.
This is a great idea to use all of that scrap fabric on!

The 2nd most viewed project was the Burlap Flower Ornaments that Lisa from Lisa’s Craft Blog made.

Very simple to make and oh so cute!

The third most viewed was a tie!

Suzy from Suzy’s Artsy Crafty Sitcoms has a wonderful tutorial on making your own Scented Pinecones.

Great idea Suzy.
Beautiful presentation too!

Melysa from Moments With the Montanos made this adorable Jingle Door Bell.

She has a great tutorial to follow.
I love the idea of these being on all year long…
That way you would know when your toddler or teenager was escaping!!!


Don’t forget there are still two parties going on!

“Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able” #11 Link Party CLICK HERE

“Christmas Gifts and Ornaments for $10 or Less” #4 Blog Hop CLICK HERE

Hope you come back tomorrow for a SUPRISE FEATURE!


Blog Hop #4 – “Christmas Gifts and Ornaments for $10 Or Less”

Are you ready for Blog Hop #4???


If you missed the Highlights for Blog Hop #3 – “Christmas Gifts and Ornaments for $10 or Less” Please CLICK HERE.

We can’t wait to see what you all share with us this week!

First, a few rules:

1.  Please No Etsy Shops or Give Aways.

2.  Please only link up handmade ornaments or a handmade gift that you would give someone for Christmas that would only cost $10 or less.

3.  Please visit at least 2 others who have taken time to link up!


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Blog Hop #3 Highlights “Christmas Gifts and Ornaments for $10 Or Less”

Woohoo! Bonnie from A Wee Meenit and I have some really great projects to share with you this morning from Blog Hop #3 “Christmas Gifts and Ornaments for $10 or Less”.  All of the highlights that have been chosen  have great tutorials and pictures so YOU can make them also.

Stevie from Garden Therapy shared how to make these amazing Beeswax Flower Mason Jar Candles.

I would LOVE to receive a gift like this.
I have always been a bit intimidated about making candles,
but after reading Stevie’s tutorial I think I could do it!

Brandy from Gluesticks shared with us how to make Etched Gift Jars.

I think these are so cute.
I was always looking for something to do for teachers (when my kids were little).
Especially something they could use over and over again.

I’m picking a third feature because Bonnie did (although my reasoning isn’t as good as her’s…ha!).

Shirley from These Moments of Mine made this adorable Embroider Hoop Ornament.  I just love this!

Think of the possibilities with these!
You could paint the hoop, add different embellishments, AND different fabric.
Great job Shirley!

Now, you all have to head over to Bonnie’s Blog – A Wee Meenit and check out her sweater pillows and stockings she has been making.  She has done a fabulous job and you will be INSPIRED.  I guarantee it!

Take it away Bonnie!

I am so excited to share some of the projects that were linked up last week. I have truly gotten a lot of ideas and inspiration along with some great instructions and tutorials on how to achieve them!

My first choice I had to go with the Glittering Musical Ornament from Salt Tree. I love the idea of reusing a music box found in an old unwanted object, and reusing it in something to have on your tree year after year! And who doesn’t love the prospect of using Mod Podge and Glitter?!

LOVE this!!
Next up is the adorable Melted Snowman Tutorial from Flexible Dreams. I have a soft spot for Snowmen, having collected them for so long. I am going to make gift tags with them as well as share them with my Girl Scout Troop, I CAN NOT WAIT! The tutorial looks soooo easy!

This week I am sneaking in another pick because I love this one so much too!! It is the Anthropology Inspired Brushed Lace Cardigan from Two Butterflies! Since I have just ventured into the sewing world recently, I can appreciate this so much more! I love when someone can just look at an object and say ‘I can make that’ cause it usually turns out better as is the case with this one!!

 I have had so much fun hosting this Blog Hop with Mandy over at the Project Queen! If you haven’t checked out her blog, you need to. She is so very talented and one of my first real Blogging friends!!

Bonnie and I would love it if you would grab our button, paste it onto your blog and help us spread the word!
Are you ready for Blog Hop #4? Please CLICK HERE.




Creating a Vignette

I’m lovin’ it here in California today…foggy and cold!!! The sun tried very hard to peak through that fog around 2pm today….

It’s feeling a little bit like Christmas.  I was out and about running errands.  I could hear the Christmas music in the stores…nice.

Have you ever had a grand plan of what your week was going to look like and then Monday rolls around and you realize that it’s NOT going to go according to plan?  Yup, that’s me.

Remember when I told  you on the last post that my Christmas decorations are in the attic and the only person who can “hoist” himself up in there is my hubby?  Well, he isn’t going to be able to hoist himself up this week… THAT plan, will be happening on Sunday!

So, in the mean time, I have to switch gears here.  BUT, I’m still going to be planning and thinking and sharing about Christmas decorations.

For many of us bloggers, decorating comes kinda natural to us.  BUT for some of our readers, that might not be the case.  So, if you are a reader, I encourage you to spend some time (not ALL of your time – like many of US can do) on Pinterest and do a search for “Christmas Decorations”.

I want to challenge you to pick one spot in your home (your mantel, some shelves, a bakers rack)… and create a vignette.  Be sure to take a picture before you take it all down for next year, so you remember how you did it.  Then next year, create another vignette somewhere else in your home.  You’ll get the hang of it and you will love it and be pretty darn proud of yourself.

Here is a way to start (and yes, it can be this simple):
1.  Choose something TALL and place it in the middle of the area you are decorating(maybe an apothecary jar filled with ornaments or pine cones).
2.  Choose two SHORTER items for each side…maybe a stack of books with an ornament placed on it or a candle, maybe a frame with a Christmas picture (from a Christmas card) – OR you could use a MEDIUM and a SHORT item for each side.  Get the picture?
3.  Now, can you set a wreath around the base of the tall item? Can you place greenery around the base of all 3 items?

Here are some examples:

Let’s go through these real quick:

1)  The wreath in the middle is the TALL item, 2 shorter candles (same size on each size).
2)  Chalk board in the middle is the TALL item, candle holders on each side.
3)  Two candles in the middle (TALL item), 2 ornaments (pairs) on each side.
4)  This one is a bit different, but same idea. Wreath in the middle is the TALL item with 2 wreaths on each side.

Notice the “layering” in all of these pictures.

1)  The wreath is hanging on the iron piece.  Notice the greenery that is covering the mantle creating another “layer’.
2)  The “layering” here in this picture is the snowflake stocking hangers in front of the chalkboard.  Then added onto that is the greenery.
3)  The beads are the “layering” piece in this picture.
4)  Lots of layering going on in this vignette!  All of the white ceramic bowls, greenery and stockings.

You got it? Easy peasy.  Now, go create that vignette.
Let me know how it goes!




Oh, Christmas Tree

I woke up this morning with a million different posts swimming in my head… then thought of a million crafts I’d like to do…then thought of a million chores I needed to do!!! ha! I decided the crafts will need to wait a few hours, the chores are almost done, and here I am ready to write a post.  I don’t know about you, but when I think of a million things I need to do, I end up doing nothing!  But today, is going to be different.  I’m going to be disciplined (besides drinking my water and NO flour and NO sugar)… 1 day at a time.  Hello, my name is Mandy and I’m a sugar addict! ugh!

Six years ago we finally broke down and bought a fake Christmas Tree.  It was a tough decision to make, but after seeing all the trees that are cut down and then the ones that aren’t chosen (which makes me sad…I do that with pumpkins too) we decided to head over to Costco and get one of their gorgeous trees that look very real (minus the smell).  We ended up getting the 9.5 ft. tree and the lights are already on it! YAHOO!

Now, my hubby only asks for 1 thing (well there are a few more, but you know what I mean) and that is, that our garage not become a storage house for MY STUFF… “but it’s a 4 car garage!”, I say.  “Nope, boat and my tools and projects that we are working on.”  Shoot.  SO, all of my Christmas stuff goes up into the attic.  Now, we do not have one of those nice, easy, ladders that comes down by the pull of a little ropey-knobby thing.  Oh no, we have to get the ladder from the garage (I swear he has 10) put it under the “hole” that goes into the attic, remove the cut out part of the ceiling…and HE (not me) has to HOIST himself up and into the attic.  Yup, that’s how it’s done.

Every year on January 2nd…there I am shoving a 4-part, 9.5 ft. Christmas tree up into the attic (on the ladder, mind you) to my hubby (who has gracefully hoisted himself into the attic) and is waiting patiently for it to reach him so he can pull it into the attic. Let me add at this point, each section has to go UPSIDE DOWN into the hole.  It is the only way that the sections will fit because that’s the way the branches are folded and tied with a bungee cord.  This routine is also done with the 12 Christmas boxes (he told me I was only allowed 6 boxes…yes, he knows me well) !

To make matters worse with this doggone tree, 3 years ago some of the lights stopped working (in the middle of the tree) so I have been wrapping lights around the area that isn’t lit….it doesn’t match where the other lights have been wrapped by the manufacturer…which drives me crazy.  Yes, a little OCD with the tree.

Last November, my daughter and I rescued a kitten from a tree and brought him home.  Here he is in the 9.5 tree that he felt “at home” in.

I swear, he took his naps in the tree!

Have you ever tried to keep a kitten out of a Christmas tree?  It doesn’t work!

I was not about to put my precious glass ornaments on the tree. I could just see them crashing onto our hardwood floor.  Long story short, we put a few non-breakable ornaments on the tree.  No one was disappointed because Tux was awfully cute in that tree…we were happy with him being the ornament.

Yesterday I looked at my hubby and said, “The thought of getting that huge tree down from the attic, setting it up, rewrapping lights…” I must have looked pretty forlorn (how’s that for a fancy word?), because he said, “Just go to Costco and buy a smaller tree.”  YES!!! Madison and I jumped in the car and raced over to Costco before 1) he changed his mind and 2) before Costco sold out!

Here is the 7.5 foot tree in our living room in all it’s glory.

It was so easy to set up yesterday…so much more manageable than the larger tree…and Tux did walk by it, sniffed a branch and walked away…I guess that means I have to decorate it.

Join me this week as I begin decorating the tree!

We will also have highlights from the 3 parties that are going on…
Highlights for Link Party#10 will be posted on
Monday evening by 8pm central time and party #11 will begin.
If you would like to link up to party #10, please click HERE.

Highlights for link party #4 (final party) will be posted on
Thursday by 8pm central time.
If you would like to link up a project to the final party, please click HERE.

Bonnie (from A Wee Meenit) and I will be posting highlights
from Blog Hop #3 and Blog Hop #4 will begin.
If you would like to link up a project to Blog Hop #3, please click HERE.



Christmas Craft Tutorial Highlights #3

Happy Black Friday to all of you!  Am I a Black Friday Fan??? NO!  Nothing sounds worse to me than being out there with a ton of people! If I did that I would want stuff for FREE.  Ha!

My daughter’s love Black Friday.  They stay out all night long…the one night there is no curfew :-).  But I still worry.  Don’t us mother’s ever get a break from worrying?  Apparently NOT.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I’m still full!!!

The Christmas Craft Tutorial this week (#3) had some really great ideas!  I have not made one Christmas project…BUT, I’m feeling inspired by some of these!  It amazes me how easy and inexpensive they are.

The most viewed project was Bethany’s Embroidery Hoop Snowman from Pitterandglink.

She made this for her mother’s birthday.  The cutest.  Lovin’ that  GREEN DOOR!!

The 2nd most viewed project is Bonnie’s Chenille Snowmen from A Wee Meenit.

Every time I look at these little guys I smile :-).
Each one has their own personality…even the one without the hat!

And the 3rd most viewed is Lisa’s Snowflake Ornament from Lisa’s Craft Blog.  Her snow flake is so cute and SO easy and cheap to make!

Lisa has an easy to follow tutorial.
I’d like to also add that she has a 26 Day Christmas Craft Marathon
going on that started on November 26th.

Then, I have to share a few of my favorites!

Susan from Homeroad shared this adorable Vintage Angel Ornament.

Love the way she cut the arms out giving it a kinda  3D effect.

Jenny from Mom In the Sky made this yummy Gumdrop Wreath.

This brings back childhood memories for me.  I love anything made out of gumdrops!

Thanks so much ladies for sharing your projects!  They were ALL wonderful.

Click HERE to link to Week #4 (and the last one) Christmas Craft Tutorial Party!


Christmas Craft Tutorial #4

This is the last week for the Christmas Craft Tutorial Link Up Party.

I can’t wait to see what you have been working on…. I need to be inspired! I haven’t made any Christmas crafts yet….

Here we go…



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