Saturday, December 28, 2013

Our little rustic Christmas

Last Christmas we were in the almost done with our remodel, living in one room at my in laws house, all of our belongings were packed away and it just didn't really seem like Christmas came.

This year since we are in our house and all settled, I was determined to make sure to celebrate it right!

I went for a rustic style that would match our home decor.

All the presents were wrapped in packaging paper from my local dollar tree!
I bought all different styles of red ribbon with white accents to add some color.

The ornaments are from Target and the star ornaments are from Michaels.

The burlap was from Michaels.  Do not buy from the ribbon section but from the floral/wreath section.  It is a lot cheaper, more realistic looking, and a lot more for your money!

Our stockings were from Pottery Barn and the little dog stockings were from Target.
I chose to do all white stockings in different textures so that when we have kids we can just add another white one and not have to worry about the style being discontinued.

I made each one of the trees on the mantle except for the big wood one that I purchased from Homegoods.

The tree topper is from Target.

Every year we have been married we buy the Lenox snow fantasies annual snowflake.

I used my antique trunk to display my new Willow Tree nativity.

I also hung our Christmas card collection on some artwork.

I absolutely love this nativity set.  It is so classic and pretty!
I hope to get the backdrop "creche" next year.  (or if it is on sale now!)

I love receiving Christmas cards from all of our friends and family.
To display them I wrapped this piece of artwork with thick twine and then clipped them up there.

It was so fun to watch our collection grow!

I bought the reindeer from Target after it had went on clearance.
The advent calendar was something I bought last year from Target and I am still in love with it.
The gold picture frame is from Homegoods and I just added a winter picture.

I loved this year that we could have a "real" Christmas and really enjoy the season.
I just finished putting everything away and I think my house looks a little sad.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas!


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Annual Baking Party

Every year my family gets together the weekend before Christmas to bake cookies.
Most of them are for Christmas day, then everyone brings a couple home to snack on before Christmas, and somehow a few of them get nibbled on throughout the day.

I offered to host this year since our house is not in the middle of a giant remodel like last year and the double oven is a draw too.  :)

I love invitations so I created one for this shindig!

Normally we don't do a meal since most of the space is occupied by food.
So I thought I would just make a few drinks to sip on while we decorated.

I made this banner the night before because the space just needed a banner!

The straws were from Target
I bought the napkins from World Market a few years ago.
I tied a little circle label onto each mug so that we wouldn't forget whose was whose.

I made a little hot cocoa bar and put all of the toppings in square glass jars.
Someone can tell Pepperidge Farm that I am very angry that over half of the cookie sticks were broken when I opened the jar!  grrrrr...

The toppings are:
Candy Canes
White Chocolate Chips
Mini Marshmallows
Cookie Sticks
Rolos (chocolate and caramel)
Red Hot Cinnamon Candies

I also put out Baileys and Whipped cream.
The hot cocoa was just swiss miss made with milk.

Cranberry Lemonade Punch Recipe:
3 3/4 cup Lemonade
3 1/2 cup Ginger ale
3 1/2 cup Cranberry Ginger ale
2 1/2 cup Cranberry Juice

Naughty Version add:
2 cup Berry Vodka

Garnished with:
one bag of cranberries split between the two jars
one lemon sliced between the two jars

The punch served in the dispensers from Bed Bath and Beyond.
Each jar holds one gallon.
The recipe about is for one of the jars not both.

The naughty and nice tags are from Ballard Design

This table was set  up right next to the kitchen so that the bakers could sip while baking.

I set up one other long table for decorating.

I ran brown wrapping paper (from the dollar tree!) down the middle of my dining room table for easy clean up.

This was such a cheap and easy way to cover the table and keep them clean!
Tablecloths never feel clean enough to me.

I got these cupcake sleighs from Crate and Barrel a few years ago and I am always so sad that I only use them about once a year.
So I put cupcake liners in there and filled them with sprinkles for people to decorate with.

Is grandma helping or tasting? 


Lots of sugar cookies to decorate!

Miss Gracelynn attended her first baking party!

She had a lot of fun with all of the girls!

Chicken dinner baby food just doesn't taste as good as cookies!

It was so much fun and I am so happy that I could host!
Can't wait until next year!


Friday, December 20, 2013

Peace, Joy, and Soap!

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is giving gifts!
I was trying to think of something to give to our neighbors.
I just didn't want to give them a plate of cookies because with all the
food allergies and diets going on it is getting harder.

So I thought of hand soap.
I absolutely LOVE Bath and Body Works Hand Soap
and it is 6 for $20!
You can't pass up that great deal!

So I ran out to the mall and grabbed a few in the Crisp Golden Pear Scent.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the tags (download name: luggage tag)
on Michaels Christmas tree paper.
Then I created the tag, printed, and cut it out.
I glued the white paper onto the tag and tied it onto the bottle with raffia.

I love how they turned out and I think they look so cute!
I am so excited to deliver them tomorrow!
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Family Seabrook Thanksgiving Trip

This is what happens when you go to Seabrook, WA with the whole family!
The whole family means 20 people...including 6 kiddos!
ate a lot of goldfish...

snuck bites of cookies...

got to know each other...

played with toes...


showed  off new walking skills...


sat on a giant pumpkin...

walked little sister to the beach...

skipped with papa and gigi...
enjoyed a stroll...

watched the waves...

loved the view...

played together..

lounged together...

ran off the energy....

were goofy...

found great parking...
enjoyed this beautiful house...

shared with Great Grandpa Don Don...

were big helpers...

made dinner...

enjoyed family time...

colored on plates...
read thankful peoms...

shared a devotion...

did the dishes...

colored in the CHALK ROOM...

saw her inner lion...

danced naked...

took bubble baths...

made memories...
It was such a fun trip!  We stayed in the Washington House. It was perfect for the amount of people that we had.  Being right across the street from the new pool and huge field was great!  The large kitchen and dining table fit everyone perfectly! can't wait to visit seabrook again!