Easy white Christmas wreath + burning the banana bread

 

Do you ever feel like you don’t accomplish enough?

Like simplicity or relaxing and letting some stuff just go is something you’re just not good at?

I have not a confession or a secret to tell you, but a statement.

It’s a statement because anyone who knows me knows I forget things sometimes.

Or I glue my fingers together.

Right after I burned banana bread. [Read more…]

Cozy spots for Christmas: Merry + bright Christmas home office

 

Well before Thanksgiving I had visions of creating a spot in our home to read, relax, and enjoy the season away from it all.

Enter my home office which is STILL going thru what seems to be a three year makeover, but we put that on hold to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.

On the other side of this home office in the front of our house is my very messy desk, the computer I use for blogging, and an array of fabric swatches and crafting supplies.

But the other side of the office, right by the window, is where I created a cozy spot to enjoy one of our Christmas Trees, and some of my favorite things.

Oh the weather outside is frightful,

but the fire is so delightful. [Read more…]

How to flock a Christmas Wreath

 

Inspiration sometimes seems to strike quickly with some projects I have found.

Other times, the idea hangs around and I just have not sat still long enough to pull it all together in my head.

This time, the wreath in all it’s 1990’s glory hung in my garage for too long, a product of two blended households.

Spring, Summer and Fall, there she hung for too many seasons in a row before I finally decided to give her a fabulous makeover.

 

 

One that included a lovely flocking and some updated accessories.

As I began to remove all of the ribbon I kept thinking that this would have looked lovely on the set of Designing Women, remember that show?

Me too, I loved it and it made me want to be a Southern business woman who had shoulder pads to die for. [Read more…]

Painted mantel in the darkest of greys + Christmas sneak peak!

Christmas Backdrops for photography

The painting bug seems to strike at unexpected times.

I would think of spring and fall first, as one you are purging and refreshing your space for warmer weather and the other getting cozy and bringing in warmth all around you.

But right before Thanksgiving, not something I thought we would tackle.

Until I removed everything from our fireplace wall and hung a Barn Wood Christmas backdrops sign that I made.  Then I realized to really make the sign pop, the wall needed to be darker. [Read more…]

10 budget friendly Christmas DIY’s

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We are going to make a day of it this year, with warm boots, mittens and lots of cocoa to find our tree.

I cannot wait.

Like, literally.  So in the meantime Santa’s little dress workshop can still be full of Christmas cheer and working on lots of projects while I wait for late November and tree-finding day to arrive.

This is my favorite time of year (I know I say that about every season) so I guess I love celebrating and decorating and that is why Christmas brings back so many memories.  And makes me want to get to creating every chance I have.

Here are some of my favorite Christmas projects for a little inspiration and hopefully a few thrifty ideas to begin the season with excitement and joy. [Read more…]

Inspiration Monday Party + Features for the New Year!!

Hoping you all are enjoying the wonderful holiday season that we’re in the middle of!
And, can you believe…just a few days left of 2014!?!
Let’s go out with a bang and have one heck of a party!
 
 
 
 
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We love to feature your creativity throughout the week.
Just search for the hashtag, #InspirationMonday: 
I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh Restyle
 

this week at twelveOeight:

No matter where we are in our careers or creative pursuits,
we gotta keep rocking that hustle and never give up.   [Read more…]

Merry Christmas + some Chewy Molasses Gluten Free Cookies!

We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! 

Chewy Gluten Free Molasses Cookies twelveOeightblog.com #glutenfree #cookie #molasses #twelveOeightblog

 

 Good tidings of the gluten free sort are what I am sharing with you today.

This is my all-time hands-down favorite cookie on the entire planet.
It’s chewy, sweet, tastes like the best molasses cookie you ever set tastebuds on, and yep, it’s gluten free too!!

No matter where this finds you today, I want to wish you the merriest of Christmases and a wonderful New Year.

There would be no twelveOeight if it weren’t for you, and I couldn’t be more excited about the coming new year.
Full of DIY goodness, recipes, our January No Spend Challenge, and so much more.
From my heart to yours, thank you for reading, for your support, encouragement and ideas, you have blessed me
so abundantly in 2014.

I will have a few more things to share before the new year, and we will kick off the January No Spend Challenge
on December 31st so be watching for our first project (it’s pantry-licious!) [Read more…]

Inspiration Monday Party | Holiday Link Party Features!

Christmas is in 4 days, what!! Time to relax and be inspired!

Welcome back to another edition of Inspiration Monday Party.
The place were you are featured on 7 blogs…
 
 
 
 
 
 
We hope you enjoy this weeks features chosen by:
Debbie, from Refresh Restyle
 
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Santa Claus-Mopolitan from Blue Ribbon Kitchen
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Christmas Tree Brownie Pops from Five Heart Home

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House from Shop Girl Maria

Chewy Peanut butter cookies

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies from Virginia Sweet Pea

Snow globe ornament with car and Christmas tree

Snow Globe Ornament from It All Started With Paint

Rustic Pallet Christmas Card Holder

Pallet Christmas Card Holder from Making it in The Mountains

Please keep in mind:

– Be sure to mingle with other party guests (it’s always fun to click on a few other links to see what fellow bloggers are up to.)

– Link up all of your creative fun…including recipes, crafts, printables, DIY projects and other fabulous things you’ve been up to on YOUR blog.

– Please do not link Etsy stores, giveaways, or other link parties.
– By linking up to Inspiration Monday Party you are giving the seven blogs, listed above, permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs.

 


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Gingerbread Mini Loaf Recipe

Gingerbread Recipe twelveOeightblog.com #gingerbread #baking #ChristmasBread #glutenfree #holidayrecipes #twelveOeightblog

Do you love gingerbread all year long?

Me too.

When the gingerbread spice lattes hit Starbucks, I just cannot get enough of them.
Well, ok the same goes for pumpkin too, but that’s a given.

One of my favorite ways to share the sweets and baked goodness of Christmas is to wrap a
mini loaf and deliver it to neighbors and friends, wishing them everything good and wonderful
for their holiday season.

Molasses is the star of this sweet and a little spicy gingerbread recipe.  And I found it (and made a few changes)
from the best source.  The Brer Rabbit site, which might I add is chock full of wonderful recipes.  I love to add
molasses to my BBQ sauce, so I have to remember molasses all year long can be wonderful!

Here is what I used to make these sweet little loaves, and how I packaged them.  

Each loaf wrapped in waxed paper, nestled in a little paper plate basket (see below) and tied with a pretty 

ribbon.  It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Simple, thoughtful & so pretty! [Read more…]

Inspiration Monday Party | + weekly Fab Features!!

 
 
Ho Ho Ho!
Welcome back to another edition of Inspiration Monday Party.
The place were you are featured on 7 blogs…
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
While we are all busy preparing for the holidays,
it’s nice to be able to sit down and relax while browsing through Inspiration Monday Party.
You are all SO talented, and  boy is it hard to choose features each week!
We hope you enjoy this weeks features chosen by: