Monday, December 31, 2012

A "Lookie" Back......2012


Let me first start by saying Happy New Year!  We are hours away from 2013 and I am enjoying time with family and friends.  I thought it would be fun to take a "Lookie" back at what was created in 2012 and share with you the top 12 projects of the year.



Top 12 Post of 2012


Valentine Chair Envelope - PBK Knockoff














Re-purposed Baby Hutch and Updated Craft Room








I hope that all of you have a great 2013 and I look forward to a great year of creating and sharing.


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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Chevron Glass Block


One of the last Christmas crafts I made was so easy and fun!  I was going to give it away as a gift, but the more I looked at it I decided to keep it for myself.  Here is what I did....


Supplies Needed

Glass Block
Christmas Lights
Vinyl Design of your choosing
Ribbon (not shown here)
Embellishments (I used ornaments, not shown here)


I started by cutting out a chevron pattern with my Silhouette Cameo.  After I was finished cutting, I then transferred it to transfer paper (makes transferring vinyl a must).....


Lay the glass block down......


Transfer the image to the top of the glass block.....


Another view......


This is what you will have after removing the transfer paper......


I added the lights and then made a burlap bow to put on top......


It needed something on the front so I decided to add a deer head I cut out from the Silhouette in green and added it to the top of the chevron pattern.....


Here it is after I added the deer head.....


I decided at the last minute to add a little color to the burlap bow, so I added some tiny ornament balls that I strung on floral wire and then tied to the burlap ribbon.....


Here it is all finished before lighting it up......



and here it is all lit up.....




Can you see now why I didn't give it away...I Love it and decided to keep it on my kitchen counter.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great day....

Merry Christmas!!

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Christmas Hutch


My Christmas Hutch has been decorated for a while, but I just got around to taking pictures.  I love decorating my hutch for each holiday and this time was no different.  I simply just used all of my Christmas decorations that were left over.  Last year after Christmas I scored the berry garland for 90% off at Hobby Lobby.  These garlands are so expensive..but I only paid $9.99 and ended up buying three and used two of them for a wreath.


The berry topiaries are a nice touch for either side.....


This wood tray fits so nicely along the hutch because it is so long.  This year I decided to simply fill it with fake snow and then nested some ornaments on the snow....


You can see here how I just placed different Christmas decor items.....





I placed a few miniature ornaments under this glass cloche.....


Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at our Christmas hutch.  I hope all of you have a great weekend.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas and So Much More....


"Please enjoy this article I originally wrote for
 this month's edition of SOUTHLAKEMOMS.COM"

The holiday season is upon us and I must to admit, it's my favorite time of the year.  My holiday decorations have been up for a few weeks and I am now focused on buying gifts for friends and family.  I spend quite a bit of time thinking about how to decorate my gifts as I believe a well-wrapped gift enhances the giving experience. In this post, I will share with you some of the great gift wrapping ideas I have found online. I have also included links to FREE printable gift tags and a video of how to make one of the most beautiful bows I have ever seen. I hope you find something you like and are able to use this holiday season!


1.  Simple brown Kraft paper paired with various shades of red ribbon makes these gifts the focal point of the tree.  {Elle Decor}  

2.  Clever use of a photo tag with ribbon and fresh greenery.  {Nichole Heady}

3.  Think outside of the box by using old sheet music and jewelry.  {Paige*PS*Smith}

4.  Washers, nuts and bolts can be painted and labeled with a sharpie, then strung on twine to give a gift a whimsical touch.  {Lowe's}

5.  Recycle old newspaper to wrap those boring white shirt boxes.  The gift tags were made by gluing a letter stencil and glittering.  {Allora Handmade}

6.  White wrapping paper can be so pretty when it is combined with beautiful details.  Here they used beautiful ribbon, candy canes and suckers.  What a fun present for the kiddos.  {Good Housekeeping}


7.  No wrapping paper here - just a plain brown Kraft box or even a white gift box can be embellished with different color yarn.  {Source}

8.  I love chalkboard anything - here they used black paper and chalk to write the details on each package. {Nashville Wraps}

9.  We love our monograms in the South - identify presents by simply using the first initial as the gift tag. {Martha Stewart}

10.  A little imagination and a touch of the outdoors with twigs gives this gift a detailed twist. {Fiskars}

11.  Dress up Kraft paper with festive craft tape, alternating horizontal and vertical strips to mimic ribbon. The snowflake was made with paper straws. {Country Living}

12.  Twine and burlap ribbon are popular these days - why not use them along with other ribbon to give gifts a dimensional look. {Paper Source}

Gift Bags for Wine

I like to gift wine, but have often fallen short in its presentation.  I found some really great ways to jazz-up a bottle.  The recipient will appreciate your effort to make a a simple bottle of wine the perfect gift.


13.  Make a bottle cover out of an old sweater sleeve.  Tie a beautiful ribbon and gift tag to it and you are ready to go. {A Thrifty Mom}

14.  Leftover fabric with some beautiful satin ribbon make these DIY Wine Bottle Gift Bags...don't miss the photo scalloped tag, such a great personal touch.  {Centsational Girl}

15.  Wine bottle bow tie.  {World Market}

16.  Give two gifts-in-one with a beautiful tea towel wrapped around the bottle of wine and finished-off with a satin ribbon.  {Cool Mom Picks}

How to wrap a Gift Card

I typically give gift cards to my nieces and nephews each Christmas. Below are some really cool ways to spice-up the wrapping to enhance the presentation. 


17.  Make a cute snow globe with the gift card inside. Yes, it's actually in water, but is safe for up to a week.  {One Charming Party}

18.  Create some pretty tags out of scrapbook paper or make a cute pouch from fabric.  {Martha Stewart}

19.  A cute sack, monogram, ribbon and embellished clothespin looks great.  {A Spoonful of Sugar}

20.  Reuse an old mint tin by painting it and embellishing it with some scrapbook paper.  {BHG}

21.  Another snow globe approach with a little tree and ornaments inside.  {The Creative Mama}

Gift Tags - FREE Printables

Now that we have found the perfect way to wrap a gift, we now need to add the finishing touches.  I have rounded-up some great and FREE printable tags from the Internet.  All you will need for this is plain white card stock and a printer.


1.  Ornament gift tag {Martha Stewart}  2. Printable Fabric tags  {Tatertots & Jello}  3.  Holiday Mail Stripes  {Eat Drink Chic}  4.  Merry, Jolly gift tags  {Lemon Squeezy}  5.  Christmas Owl Gift Tags  {Kelly Medina Studios}  6.  Festive Gift Tags  {Sass & Peril}  7. Chevron and Polka Dots  {Paper Crave}

If you choose to wrap a gift in plain wrapping paper, making a beautiful bow can enhance the present.  I wanted to share with you wonderful link to a video of how to make one of the most beautiful bows I've ever seen on a present.



I hope that something here has inspired you to make your gifts special for all occasions.  

This month marks my one year anniversary as a contributor for Southlake Moms and I have enjoyed it so much. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

"ARTICLE ORIGINALLY WRITTEN FOR SOUTHLAKEMOMS.COM"

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