Homemade Christmas gifts: EASY earrings & necklaces!

Sometimes it’s the little things.

That are simple, yet meaningful.

Beautiful but not fancy or expensive.

Joyful times and wonderful memories for me have always surrounded the quiet simple moments, and fun memories of doing something together as a family.

With each year that passes I find myself going back to what was most meaningful to me, and two things continually come to mind.

Time, and kindness.

To give the gift of time spent with someone you love, and being kind, showing kindness, and doing so in a thoughtful way.

More than an extravagant gift, or something to “top” what we did last year.

The greatest and most extravagant, undeserved Gift was given in a very humble way.

 

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In humble surroundings that didn’t seem fit for a baby, let alone a King.

No sounding of trumpets or credit cards at their limits.

But a gift of pure love, because we are loved so very much.

Maybe part of what we are to take away from that most meaningful Gift arriving was how we are to live and give.

With humility and kindness.

Sacrificially, giving because we love, not because someone has done something to deserve it.

That is one of the reasons that I love to give handmade gifts. [Read more…]

Little pink (Christmas) houses for you and me

If you give a girl some glitter…

And a group of Dollar Tree Christmas houses…

And she happens to have some pink spray paint…

Then…

Well, this happens.

And a new pink, sparkly Christmas Cottage community is created.

I don’t know about you, but I could live there.

It’s almost a public service if you bring happiness to others with glitter don’t you think?

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Christmas Spaces Tour: Our Mid-Century Modern

Hello friends!

It’s that time of year when life seems to go into lightning speed mode as the holidays approach, and all I want to do is turn on my Christmas lights and make cocoa!

As simple as I hoped to keep things this year, being the first year in our “new” to us home, a 1978 mid century modern home, I may have not stuck to those plans entirely.

Are  you feeling the pull to fluff your nest and make your spaces in your home as warm and cozy as possible?

 

 

I am excited to be part of this Christmas Spaces Tour with some great blogging friends who are SO creative! Make sure you take a moment to stop by each of their beautiful blogs and see what they are up to 🙂

My Christmas space to share today is our Living Room in our new home.  We bought our house this summer and boy has it been a whirlwind of projects and more than one night falling asleep with your painting clothes on! [Read more…]

DIY Frosted Paper Magnolia Wreath

 

I love wreaths.

And I didn’t realize how many I had (similar to the shock when you survey how many craft supplies you have amassed or what your hoard of furniture to paint looks like) until we moved this year.

Knowing that I could make more, and some of them had been stored haphazardly with skate boards leaned against them and a Barbie dream house crowding them out in our garage, I let some of them go.

It was really freeing, and yes I have a couple things looking back thru the exhaustion of the move and unpacking that I kick myself for getting rid of.

But, alas, armed with a glue gun, some paper and a few other supplies, I was able to replenish my wreath hoard this weekend.

I kept thinking about a magnolia wreath, and I knew I wanted to use this kraft paper cardstock I picked up when it was on sale.

So this is the version of a DIY Magnolia Wreath that I came up with.

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Christmas old + new

Sometimes sprinkling a few new treasures along with our favorites sure does refresh what we already have for the holidays.

The excitement of unpacking the boxes of ornaments, some Bing Crosby playing in the background, and the anticipation of the events unfolding in the weeks to come.

And could I just say that I hope it snows?  Can’t you see those beautiful trees topped with snow?

 

 

Yes, that means my little car will be sliding around and I will probably regret my request if we get too much!

But there is something so magical about waking up to a snow covered wonderland outside.

I love Christmas, and while I have tried in our new house to keep our decor a bit more minimal, I kind of went all out this year.

More on the full living room and entry soon, I can’t wait to show you how pretty this tree farm is!

And a few of my favorite things…. [Read more…]

Early winter style + Jord Wood Watches

Hello friends!

Today I am sharing something a bit different and stepping on the other side of the camera for a bit.  I work full time as well as try and capture as many of my DIY and home improvement projects as well.  

This is a collaboration with Jord Wood Watches,  I received the product shown below to review.  As always, all opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.

Sometimes quickly finding something to wear and get myself + three kiddos ready and out the door can prove a bit challenging.

I have simplified my wardrobe this year when we moved and kept only things I truly love. And as I moved things around in our closet this Fall it brought a sense of excitement to think about dressing for my favorite time of year.  

During the Fall and Winter I love to mix long sweaters, tunics, leggings, a few different types of boots, scarves, and of course, some fun jewelry.

Again, I don’t have baskets and racks of jewelry but have opted for about 6 earrings, 8 bracelets, and four necklaces that are interchangeable and seem to go with everything.

Recently, I had the opportunity to review a gorgeous new watch from Jord, and I was pretty excited for it to arrive.

Usually covered in paint and shooting a “new” dresser or table, sharing my personal style was a fun new thing for me!

 

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Our new home office + how to faux wallpaper your walls

Hello gorgeous, I have missed you!

We have spent every waking moment (when not at work) working around our new place painting and getting fix-its done before the rainy weather arrives.

I’m saving a few things for winter that are inside that desperately need a redo, like our kitchen that is getting a much-needed pantry.

Our circa 1978 main bathroom Farrah Fawcett may have feathered and sprayed her hair in.

And navy blue Corian kitchen counters that will either become butcher block or brushed concrete.

These are huge decisions and some of them are taking me a while to decide on.

So I keep pinning and sketching, and probably over-thinking (tell me I am not alone in this) and I have come to the point that I wonder if just going with my gut on each will be the winner.

I’m not usually one to err on the safe side when it comes to my home, I like to be a bit adventurous and try something new.

But since a bathroom remodel and kitchen counters are pretty big commitments I am ok with giving myself the time to figure out what I really want.

One decision that was SUPER easy to make was to try a beautiful new wall stencil for a quick spruce-up in our home office just off the kitchen.

I was provided some stencils to try out and share my experience with by Stencil Revolution and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

 

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We are seeing wallpaper everywhere right now, and while I love the idea of creating an accent wall with wallpaper, the cost and difficulty of removal has always turned me off.

We had this desk at our last house, added a “new” $5 goodwill wood chair, and lots of plants with a few things we already had.   [Read more…]

Modern Bohemian Master Bedroom progress

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Have you found yourself smitten with a color immediately and you can think of nothing else than it being on your wall?

While we are barely making a dent on the to do list at our new place, I had to eek out some time to make the master bedroom feel relaxing.

I wasn’t going to do what I did last time, and that is decorate and re-decorate every room five times over and leave the master bedroom lackluster for so long.

Not this time.

This time, I saw the color. [Read more…]

Watermelon Gorgonzola Salad

 

Watermelon is undeniably a summer staple.

I love to serve a bowl of diced watermelon with our weekend breakfasts that are less hurried and roll more into brunch.

Or with juicy beef ribs and a big green salad.

Or try something new like adding cheese and basil.

I have seen different variations on this, some with bacon, some without.  

Some have grapes or dried pieces of fruit too.

I thought I would keep it as simple as possible and incorporate a couple sweet things, something a little tangy like the Gorgonzola. [Read more…]

The perfect Paloma

We have had such a warm summer here in the Pacific North West this year.

Many days in the upper 90’s and the evenings don’t seem to cool down fast enough.

But, it’s the kind of weather that the big pots of petunia’s flourish in, and tomatoes take over, so we love it.

The perfect kind of weather for a perfectly refreshing drink.

I have to admit, until we had a get together recently and I was looking for a few new recipes to try, I had not heard of a Paloma.

I am typically not a big mixed drink person typically because they are too sweet and syrup-ey, and I feel like I just consumed a dessert.

 

 

Experimenting with a few different variations, I came up with a good balance of tequila, lime juice and ruby red grapefruit juice (I like ruby red as it does not have the tartness that regular grapefruit juice has.)

We have been painting the deck and covered patio on our new house all weekend, and the reward after a long day in the heat is blessed shade with your feet up and a hard days work behind you.

And, sometimes….a perfect Paloma. [Read more…]

Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties