Ah Christmas Eve. Isn’t it lovely? There are few things better than a full day planned of cookie baking and puzzling. I hope you are all home from work and spending the day with your families and friends. Although my decorations aren’t quite as detailed as Megan’s (and let’s be honest, whose are?), I wanted to show you guys how I added holiday cheer with just a couple of simple touches. I mentioned in the wreath DIY post that I wanted to keep things very neutral with some greenery. I purchased our garland for the mantles from Ballard, and strung a real garland from Home Depot over the china cabinet. The frosted wreath on the dining table is from Home Goods, and I placed my DIY metallic candlesticks in the center.
We also put up an artificial tree in our living room so I could have one with white lights. Corey bought it at a yard sale in the middle of summer which was pretty genius, even though I thought he was crazy at the time.
I also kept it simple with the Christmas present wrapping, using only kraft and white paper and some metallic ribbon. Corey personalized all the presents by sketching the recipient’s pet on the gift. Completely adorable. What are ways that you guys decorated this year?
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Hi friends. Just thought I would pop in for a quick little happenings post before I run out the door to work.
I did end up painting my front door black (Onyx by Benjamin Moore to be exact) and I am pretty happy with the results. MUCH better than the purpley color.
I forgot to mention previously that the weekend after Thanksgiving I went up to Blowing Rock to a tree farm to pick out my Christmas tree. My buddy Roo looked very mountain man-y. That is snow on the hill in the background! Hopefully not the only snow I see this year.
I practiced bokeh tree pictures with my cats. Believe me when I tell you it took about 50 shots for me to even get one that is semi in focus. Cats were not having it and Elly in particular. I do like how dreamy my Juicer looks in this one. I think his feet may be kind of in focus.
I made a cookie cake for a very special birthday boy using this recipe. I used a 9″ round cake pan like they said but it ended up so thick and I had to cook it for much longer than she said to. Still it was delicious. Don’t mind the crappy frosting job. I was exhausted. Those are balloons at the top if you were wondering.
I finally got my Diagon Alley print framed that I got from HP studio tour in London. I put this really cool “sliced” clock on top of it that my boyfriend gave me. I have decided that this is my wall of magic and whimsy.
Most of the presents are wrapped and ready to go.
Three cheers for the weekend before Christmas! We are going to see the Sugar Plum fairy dance tonight! Hope you guys have something just as pretty and pink planned for your weekend.
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So I think we can all agree that things that are copper are attractive. It’s kind of like a rule. After seeing a copper wire bicycle ornament somewhere this year (maybe West Elm?) I decided to make my own copper wire ornaments. Except sculpting a bicycle seemed like a stretch for my artistic talents. A big stretch. So instead I decided to make me some words. Cause I love words on the Christmas tree.
What you’ll need:
- Copper wire- I bought mine in the picture hanging section of Lowes. One package made 4 ornaments with a good bit left over. I probably could have made at least 7. It was less than $5.
- Wire clippers
That’s it, ya’ll.
What you’ll do:
1. So really I just starting playing with the wire and twisting it around like I was writing in cursive. I didn’t have too much trouble. I think if you are a little unsure, you could write the word on paper in cursive and just try to follow your guide with the wire.
2. When you get to a point that the wire seems to be pulling apart from each other, wrap it around an appropriate part of the letter you are working on to secure it.
3. When you finish your word, hang the wire with string and put it wherever. I even just stuck one of mine in the tree with no string and it sat in there just fine.
This was actually pretty fun and therapeutic to bend the wire and see how my letters formed. The only thing to watch out for is if you bend your wire and then find out you don’t like the way it looks, there will be a little kink in it when you straighten it back out. You will have to smooth it back the best you can. It went best when I thought out each letter before I started working on it.
I am not sure it gets any more simple than that. If any of y’all have an extra time this weekend (yeah right. It’s the hoildays!) and love copper the way I do, you should really give it a go. Let me know if anyone works out how to make a bicycle. I will be super impressed.
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