Monday, December 24, 2018

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Happy Holiday Link Party Features

Our Happy Holidays Link Party has come to an end! Thank you to everyone who shared at our Happy Holidays Link Party event! It was truly amazing to see so many awesome holiday ideas and inspirations! And it's always fun to try new ideas and we hope you've found lots and lots at the party!

Today the co-hosts are sharing some of their holiday favorites on their blogs. We really had a difficult time deciding which ones to feature. They were all so good!

 Please be sure to visit all the co-hosts to see what wonderful features they're sharing!

My first feature is from Diana @DianaRambles! She shared how to make ugly sweater covers for honey jars to give as gifts! What an adorable idea! Ugly sweaters are not just for wearing anymore! Check out how to make yours!

And my next feature is from Lola @ El Refugio de Lirtea.  She shares her amazing technique for transferring snowy landscape images to wood ornaments.  How pretty and very nostalgic are these! Image a whole tree decorated! 

And then there's Carlee @Cooking with Carlee, who shared a fun and easy way to bake Santa Belt Cupcakes for a festive holiday gathering! Hmmm, these will surely get you in a yummy, foodie Christmas mood! Delicious!

And finally, Mom Das @Life Handmade, shared these adorable ornaments that she made out of cardboard and other items we usually have on hand! What a wonderful and inexpensive way to make beautiful holiday ornaments!  Don't they look gorgeous!

Wishing each and everyone the Happiest of Holidays, thanks for joining us!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Purple Buffalo Plaid Cone Trees

Welcome to the December Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by Erlene @ MyPinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! 
This month, in keeping with my theme of using purple buffalo plaid in my holiday decor this season, I chose to share how I covered cone trees with the fabric! You can see what I've made so far, here, here, herehere and here. Whew, I've been busy!

I was in Hobby Lobby some time ago to see their Christmas items (they always put them out in late summer) and noticed a theme using black and white plaid holiday items. There were lots of black and white fabric covered cone trees that I loved! 

pictures from:Simple Made Pretty

Of course I thought I could make my own using  purple plaid fabric, but when I checked on Pinterest to see if anyone had made any in plaid (any color plaid), surprisingly, I really didn't find much - a few in plaid cones that were store bought and altered, and some made on the bias. Of course I pinned those but I wanted to see ones with lines or fabric patterns matching somewhat! And I couldn't believe there weren't any tutorials like that on Pinterest. So I came up with my own version.

The first thing that I did was to lay the paper mache cone on the plaid fabric as straight as I could get it, eyeballing the middle of the cone and matching the lines - pinning the fabric on in place. I left about a two inch side border and cut off the excess material.
Next, I pinned the fabric as tight as I could, making sure the side ends were matching along the triangular shape,

and then after removing the pinned fabric from the cone. I hand-basted the fabric together following where it was pinned. 
After that, I put it back on the cone again to check the fit and it was perfect! 

I took the cone shaped fabric off again, and re-enforced the stitching, leaving a small seam allowance for the final fit. 

You can use a sewing machine to sew it together, but I hated hauling my machine out and literally scooping off craft stuff on my table to make room for it! Lol! Anyway, it looks neat hand-stitched!

And finally, I pulled the fabric down on the cone as tight as I could, adjusting the pattern for an awesome look, and tucked the bottom edge under. Then hot glued the bottom in place. I should have painted the exposed bottom, but couldn't decide which color so I left it natural.
I haven't quite decided where I'm putting these, but they will certainly blend in with all of my holiday decor!

To join next month's #pinterestchallenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ January Pinterest Challenge
Now let's see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Julie - Sum of their Stories • Lynne - My Family Thyme
Lisa - Blogghetti • T'onna - Sew Crafty Crochet 
Beverly - Across the Boulevard • Debra - Shoppe No. 5 
Roseann - This Autoimmune Life • Terri - Our Good Life
 • Joanne - Our Unschooling Journey  Gail - Purple Hues and Me
Kristie - Teadoddles • Marie - The Inspiration Vault 
Michelle - Our Crafty Mom • Alexandra - Eye Love Knots• 
Lauren - Mom Home Guide • Susan - Suzerspace
  Marci - Stone Cottage Adventure • Bri - Halfpint Design

Monday, December 17, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

Purple Buffalo Plaid Christmas Stockings DIY

In keeping with my purple buffalo plaid theme this holiday season, I'm sharing a very simple way to make Christmas stockings for a trendy decorative look using purple buffalo plaid fabric and faux fur trim! And the best part, it's hand-sewed  so anyone can easily make one!

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Here's a recap of my holiday ideas for our 12 Days of Christmas event:
Day 1   - DIY Wreath
Day 2   - DIY Gift Ideas 
Day 4   - Kids Christmas Crafts
Day 5   - Christmas Party Food
Day 6   - DIY Ornaments
Day 7   - Decor
Day 8   - Christmas in a Jar
Day 9   - Pretty Presents
Day10 - Christmas Trees
Day11 - Christmas Sweets

It's Day 12 and we are ready to Hang the Stockings by the Chimney with Care!

Yes, the stockings are hung  .  .  . I love how the white fur trim looks against the purple & white buffalo plaid fabric!
I purchased two yards of fabric online and was able to use it to make quite a few projects - and with a bit of fabric left over for more projects, too!

Buffalo plaid fabric
Template (posterboard)
Faux fur trim - 5.5" width
Needle and thread/scissors
1/4" Ribbon 

To begin,  Draw a stocking template (I used an old stocking) on a sheet of poster board and cut that out. Next,  fold over the plaid fabric, matching the pattern and lines and pin the template on top and cut out two stocking shapes.
 Next, take that stocking shape and match it to a second folded piece of fabric and cut out a second set. 

Next pin the two stockings together, matching lines and pattern to hand stitch a 1/4 inch seam around the entire shape, leaving the top open.

Turn the stockings inside out, snipping curves and press. 

Add hanging loops by folding together a twelve inch 1/4" ribbon and tacking it on at the top seam.
 For the faux fur cuff, cut the 5.5" fur trim twice the width of the stocking, plus an extra 1/2" for the seam. With right sides together, hand stitch the ends together.

Attach the cuff to the stocking by placing it over the top of the stocking, right sides together .  .  . 

and hand-stitch along the top edge a 1/4" seam allowance.

Pull the bottom of the cuff up and turn top edge inside to make a 1/2" hem. Secure by hand-basting.

After hanging the stockings, I added a small frosted tree that I covered the base with the same fabric. Adorable! 
I hope you've enjoyed all the ideas and projects we shared for the 12 Days of Christmas Series! It's been a blast! Be sure to pin and share for future references. 
Happy Holidays!

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Sweet Inspiration Link Party #137

Welcome to our
 Sweet Inspiration Link Party #137!

 Dear friends, this will be the last Sweet Inspiration Link Party for the year! We hope to return in January 2019!  Thank you for taking the time to be a part of this wonderful party and share your awesome projects, ideas and inspirations! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year!

The party starts on Fridays 7am EST or 11 am GMT and runs until Tuesday. By joining us every week you will be able to grow your blog and gather inspiration from so many others who link up to our party. We hope you will join us every week to share and inspire with your projects and creations.
We will be visiting all of you who link up with us and sharing, pinning all that good stuff. We really do appreciate your visits.

Michelle @ A Crafty Mix

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It always amazes me how paint can transform a room. Love what Marie from Rever en Couleur did to this wall. You have to see what the wall looked like before and how the limewash treatment changed everything. 

What a great idea to make a Nativity Scene using string. Go and check how Eileen from Just Measuring up made it. Though it seems a little bit difficult to me I like the idea very much!!!

I recently saw a similar recipe posted on Facebook, and I was intrigued by it. Having now seen this post from Mrs. Kringle over at Mrs. Kringle's Kitchen, I absolutely must try these! An unexpected combination, but I have a feeling it will be amazing

I love these cute coastal ornaments that Julie made for My Wee Abode. They are all adorable, simple to make and also they can be adapted to any decor style. I have my eye on that little tree!

I love that Kippi @Kippi At Home shares a re-creation of an Advent Candy Ribbon her grandmother gave her back in the sixties, including a copy of an original Christmas message from her grandmother! What a wonderful family tradition she carries on!

The most popular post is from Laura @Decor to Adore! Laura upcycled jar lids into beautiful tree ornaments! And she dedicated her ornaments' profits from her Etsy shop to a dear friend to help find another home after hers was destroyed in the California wildfires! 

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