merry & mod Christmas brunch + $1200 giveaway

Want to host a merry and a bit modern Christmas morning brunch?! I host a brunch every year for the grandparents. It’s a fabulous way for them to get to see what Santa brought and to extend the lazy merriment that tends to go on around our house all day. {grin}

Here are a few ideas I pulled together for a Merry & Modern Christmas Brunch Idea:

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and above all, celebrate!

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handprint Christmas ornament with PBK

Since my kids were itty bitty I’ve shopped at Pottery Barn Kids each Christmas for keepsake ornaments for our tree. And now it’s covered in red oval and square picture frame ornaments and the happy little faces of my babies. And this year I’m adding this lovely white handprint ornament!

I’m a bit obsessed with their feet and hands. Since they’re now six and eight, I guess I just feel my time is running out and I have to capture them every chance I get. (This is our Christmas tree footprint art from last year and I have plans for their feet this year too!)

So this marshmallow clay handprint ornament from Pottery Barn Kids was perfect to add to my ever growing collection of keepsake ornaments!

And the best part, since my children are older they could help make the ornament from beginning to end, making it even more special. Plus, it’s a mess-free craft. No plaster powder to mix and if you mess up you just roll the clay again until you get it perfect.

The Pottery Barn Kids Keepsake Handprint Ornament kit comes with pure white marshmallow clay, a rolling pin, two sizes of round mold cutters (hand and foot… I used the foot size for my boys’ hands), a hole punch and a ribbon.

And with the left over marshmallow clay, we got creative. He made a snowman…

and then we broke out the Sharpies, so I could write the year on his print, and he could draw a picture on his clay. It started as a sun and turned into a sunflower. As a mommy, I thought it was adorable. Even the dots of black permanent pen he got on his nose and lip while drawing… {grin}.

You can find keepsake ornaments, perfect for baby shower gifts too, at Pottery Barn Kids ~ find a PBK store or shop PBK ornaments online.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Polar Express party + free printables

So I’m a bit giddy this morning. We’re taking the boys to ride the Polar Express (a real train with hot cocoa and everything… eeek!) tonight. My sweet mom even made the boys new (so handsome) pajamas with white piping and monograms. And I have my little one’s chocolate soy milk packed so he can have hot cocoa with all the other kids… it’s going to be fabulous!

And in honor of our little trip, I thought I would share a few Polar Express party ideas and some free Polar Express party printables so you can create your own fun, even if it’s just for you and the kids to watch the Polar Express movie in front of the fire… which we did last night. {grin}

So first, this sweet Polar Express birthday party was hosted and photographed by Patty K Photography for her son. I love the Polar Express train centerpiece on snow, the authentic tickets and of course, the photography! Very fun. And these pics are just a little snippet of the big day she created. You have to pop over to her blog to see the cups and all the goodies she baked. Lovely!

And if you want to put together a little fun yourself yet this season, Jamie of The Crafting Chicks created these Free Printable Polar Express Tickets ~ The Bell Still Rings For Those Who Truly Believe. These would be great tied to jingle bells… to see if your kiddos still BELIEVE!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy Tuesday everyone!

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DIY elf on the shelf bow tie tutorial

Hi everyone! It’s Deanna of Mirabelle Creations sharing a little holiday magic this morning. {grin}

At our house, the kids count down to the arrival of Freddie, our Elf on the Shelf. They are just as excited for his arrival on Thanksgiving weekend as they are for a visit from Santa. The first thing they do every morning is see where he has landed after his overnight flight back to the North Pole.

I’ve secretly always been a little jealous of my nieces’ elf, Buddy, because she has a kicky little skirt. The skirt is white with little red snowflakes and has a decidedly retro-cool vibe.

Being the proper gentleman that he is, our elf, Freddie, needed a little haberdashery to reflect his traditional style too. So, I created a few bowties for Freddie to add to his wardrobe.

The three looks included a gingham bowtie to represent his authentic Southern style, a Kentucky blue bowtie to sport on UK game days, and a polka dot bowtie in holiday colors for those festive holiday events. The first day we left out the bowties for Freddie, he landed the next morning in front of our dining room mirror so he could check out his new fabulous look!

Here’s a list of what you’ll need to make your own Elf on the Shelf bow tie:

  • 3/8” ribbon
  • needle & thread
  • fabric glue
  • sticky back velcro
  • iron

And the easy how to make a elf bow tie steps: 

  1. Cut three pieces of ribbon in the following lengths: 2 ¼”, 1 ½”, 4 ½”
  2. For the 2 ¼” piece, make a loop with the ends slightly overlapping. With the overlapping portion in the center, pinch the center to create a bow with a crease in the middle. Sew together the ribbon from front to back, then top to bottom to secure the bow.
  3. Fold the 1 ½” ribbon in half, lengthwise. Add a small amount of fabric glue down the center, then iron the fold.
  4. Repeat Step 3 with the 4 ½” piece of ribbon. This is the portion that goes around the neck of the Elf.
  5. Center the bow portion with the 4 ½” long neck portion. Sew the bow onto the neck portion.
  6. Wrap the 1 ½” piece around the center of the bow and neck portion, to cover the stitches you made. Stich the 1 ½” to the back of the bow, cut off any overlapping portion.
  7. Cut one small piece of Velcro ¼” wide. Stick Velcro to the ends of the 4 ½” piece.

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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7 Rudolph the red nosed reindeer treats

I love to make little goodies all during the month of December, just small celebrations at home to keep the kids excited about the season.

So today I’m sharing seven simple Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer treat ideas:

  1. Rudolph Red Velvet Cupcake from Skinny Taste
  2. Nutter Butter Rudolph cookies from Lacey Reimann
  3. Rudolph noses (chocolate and maybe a red gumball?) from Bloom Designs
  4. Rudolph Cello Treat Bags, an easy Christmas thumbprint craft for kids, filled with Malted Milk Balls from The Celebration Shoppe
  5. Peanut Butter Rudolph Thumbprints from Recipe.com
  6. Rudolph Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods from David and Jamie Pearson
  7. Simple Rudolph gingerbread cookies from The Celebration Shoppe

Enjoy! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY chalkboard Christmas list

You know how you sometimes stumble upon an idea and you’re so inspired you want to send it to someone? Well when I saw this project from Tried & True that is exactly how I felt. I started to e-mail it to my mom… but then I thought I’d share it with all of you!

Vanessa’s project is a DIY permanent chalkboard Christmas wish list clipboard. Isn’t it adorable?! I’m going to have to make this in the next two weeks. My boys will just love it. I’m also thinking about a lovely little chore chart… it seems my boys sometimes need reminders. Imagine! {wink}

Hop over and visit Vanessa on Tried and True for a free printable download of the “All I Want For Christmas Is” template plus a step-by-step tutorial (with pictures) of how to make your own permanent chalkboard Christmas wish list clipboard. 

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! 

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6 free diy paper gingerbread houses

I came across these lovely free printable designs from We Love To Illustrate and couldn’t resist sharing these ladies’ talents. There are a million things you could do with these little cuties, from just getting crafting with your kids, to packaging up holiday goodies.

Hop over to We Love To Illustrate to download one or all six of these free DIY paper gingerbread house designs!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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7 DIY advent calendar ideas

It’s not too late to create a fun and festive advent calendar for your family this year! Maybe count down the 12 days of Christmas, that gives you a few days to craft! {wink}

These are a few of my favorite advent calendar ideas from some very talented crafters. And although I’m only sharing 7 DIY advent calendar ideas with you on the blog this morning, you can see many, many more on my Advent Calendar Pinterest Board.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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5 Christmas cookie packaging ideas

I bake… a lot… especially during the holidays and I’m always trying to be unique yet practical with my Christmas cookie packaging. For my most recent post with Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com I crafted five ways to package your Christmas cookies this holiday season based on the size and shape of your goodies! These gift wrap ideas are perfect for cookie exchange parties too!

Hop over to Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com to see all five cookie packaging ideas!

But before you go, I’m giving away my crimson red, Tiffany blue and white striped Christmas gift tags, plus a pattern sheet that we used in one of the packaging ideas.

Download your “Eat More Cookies” tags and blank Christmas tags, personalize them with your family name, print and give some yummy Keebler Elf goodness this holiday season!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY Rudolph treat bags + how to video

I LOVE Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! He’s my favorite. When I was a little girl I’d stare out the window on Christmas night and dream of seeing his red nose bobbing through the sky.

And when we didn’t see him my brother and I would pretend… until he’d start teasing me that Dad… an avid hunter… was going to shoot him out of the sky. I know… but you have to understand my brother is four years older than me and it was his job to torment me. {smirk}

Want to know how to make these adorable Rudolph cello treat bags for your Christmas party or maybe as Christmas favors for this year’s school party?! Well I made a quick how to video with the help of a very cute camera man (my oldest) and he insisted that I give him credit for that effort… in addition to a quarter {grin}. Enjoy!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy Friday everyone!

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