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 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…]

Favorites from 2017 + an Irish Blessing

Hi friends!

While I don’t have a brand new upcycle or DIY to share today, I just wanted to take a moment to wish you a Happy New Year.

I started this blog 6 years ago, and had absolutely no idea what direction it might go or where I would be years later.

Having this space to make, and recreate, and talk with you brought more to my spirit than I could ever have offered to teach or show anyone else.

When a challenging personal time in my life came along, I didn’t have much to write about.

I thought perhaps the chapter had closed and wondered if I should start again when I felt the urge to write.

 

farmhouse church pew before and after

Am I glad that I listened to that small voice pushing me to log on and hit publish.

I learned to listen closer to that inner push, and have found my passion in the meantime.

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Our Christmas home + what I learned about Christmas ornaments

Most years I find myself digging thru each and every box and bin for every last ornament and all the Christmas decor the house can hold.

You know you have more than enough ornaments when you can no longer see the tree.

This year seems to be different.

I finished the home office, and brought a few of our favorite things out, creating a few vignettes and called it good.

I kept thinking about how pretty everything looked and didn’t want to add any more.

 

 

Maybe I’m just getting older or deep down am craving more simplicity this year.

But I like it, it’s pretty, but simple and peaceful.

And just enough to make the kids eyes twinkle with excitement, so that is good enough for me.

I shared recently how much I am enjoying letting go of the little things that get too big when we focus on them.

To be honest it felt a bit strange to box up the remainder of the Christmas decor and put it back in the garage.

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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…]

DIY Galvanized Plate Chargers

 

I have always wanted a set of beautiful plate chargers, especially for the holidays.

And, being a thrifty mama I have had a really hard time justifying the price tag to amass enough of these to create a full place setting around our farmhouse table.

I have thought of picking them up at Dollar Tree, and painting them, but I just had not found a paint that looked close enough yet to the look I was going for.

Galvanized steel is kind of my jam right now.

We found a huge vintage galvanized handled tub on a local Facebook buying/selling site for lovers of shabby vintage goodness.  I will share it when I am done with the living room for Christmas.

I love it.

And once that galvanized goodness came into the house and waited for the tree to come home from the woods recently, I knew I needed to find a paint that looked as close as possible for my plate chargers. [Read more…]

How to make a wooden wall sconce-fixer upper style

Remember the left over pre-fab white bead board from the back of the farmhouse church pew?

 

 

Yep, we found a way to use the last of it.

I have wanted to make something I can hang these Mason jar holders on for quite a while, but to date have just incorporated them on the dining table, porch etc…

So when we saw these metal hooks at the store recently, they made me think of the chippy white Mason jar holders, and well, the rest is another DIY that used everything we already had on hand sans the hooks.

 

 

What I really love about a project like this is

  1. I did not have to buy very many supplies
  2. I was able to use leftovers from a previous project
  3. I had enough Diet Pepsi on hand to complete the project without running to the store (WIN!!!)

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Farmhouse style church pew before + after

 

We all seem have that thing (or twenty things) that we are looking for.

It might be the perfect long dresser to turn into a buffet.

The missing piece of china to complete the set we have worked on collecting for years.

Or, in this case the church pew.

The pew that eluded me, for so long.

Was finally mine.

Yep, I have been BEYOND excited to complete this before and after and share it with you! [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