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If quoting movies were a recognized language, my whole family would be considered bi-lingual.  We quote movie lines to each other constantly!  Christmas movies are our all time favorite movies to quote, especially Home Alone I & II.  In fact, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t know the line “Merry Christmas you filthy animal…and a Happy New Year!” 

Another ritual in our family is a little tradition we call Cousin Christmas.  My cousin Jill, my sister and I take one evening the week before Christmas to exchange gifts with each other and we always get each other a special ornament.  I had a hard time finding a good ornament this year so instead, I made my own…. inspired by a favorite movie quote… from Home Alone II!


I swear, I’m not doing a paid advertisement for Michaels but I found these little porcelain Christmas trees in their clearance section for less than $1.  I grabbed those up and knew exactly what I was going to do with them.  I printed out the movie line that we have repeated to each other a hundred times, if not more, and the date to commemorate our 2011 Cousin Christmas.  I tried printing it several different ways but finally landed on white lettering on a black background.


I put down a light coat of Mod Podge, pasted the letters down and set them aside to dry.  Then I realized I put some of the words on backwards, had to peel them up, reapply the Mod Podge, and let them dry once again.  I do things like this on a regular basis.


They dried in less than an hour and they were perfect!  Total cost for both ornaments was less than $3 but worth so much more!


Happy Monday!


How have we not talked about this yet?!  Oh right, I’ve been busy learning how to organize a Congressional campaign… sorry ‘bout that.

But it’s Christmastime!!!  My favorite holiday, hands down.  I love the songs, I love the colors, I love the lights, I love the foods, the movies, the presents, the parties…it’s the best!

So of course I’ve been tagging and pinning all sorts of little holiday projects and foods and whatever-have-you and of course I’m going to share them with you:


Santa gets his cookies and milk, but what do the elves get? Duh, mini decorated “doughnuts” made from Cheerios!


I wish I had this as a print or canvas and then I could bring it out every winter. It's just lovely.


Coffee Filter Snowflakes, imagine a whole string of them hanging over mantle or across a high ceiling or staircase. Cheap and cheerful.


This is soooo a project my mother would have done. Take inexpensive dollar store animals, cover them in glitter and tada! You have holiday woodland creatures! This would be a great project for kiddos.


I don't have time this year, but some day I want to do this. Maybe next year Bree & I can do with the Silhouette so we won't have to do as much cutting. I think I would do O Holy Night or Silent Night.

Source: sunset.com via Carey on Pinterest


Another easy, cheap and cute decor idea.


I love this holiday swatch. I could do so many things with those colors.


Another easy ornament project either for yourself or kiddos.

Well, that’s it for tonight, but I’m sure there will be more to come!

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Everyone I know is putting up their Christmas decorations today.  I think our neighbors are having a competition to see who can get it all done first.  But I really don’t mind because it makes the neighborhood so festive and cozy and when I pull up into the driveway and see all the beautiful lights I can’t help “feeling that gingerbread feeling.”  That was a joke, it’s a line from a Home Alone song that always makes me laugh. What exactly is “that gingerbread feeling?”  Is it different from that “candy cane feeling?” or “that figgy pudding feeling?” and if I had a bad day would it be “that lump of coal feeling?”

I digress.  Ahem…

Jones Design Company (whose blog you should check out any way because she is full of divine inspiration) has provided this lovely (and free) Christmas printable and it sums it all up and to be completely honest, kinda chokes me up because in all the craziness of the holidays it’s so easy forget what it’s all about: 

To us a child is born, to us a son is given and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6


It comes in 2 colors and all you have to do is print it out and pop it into a frame.  I just love it and can’t wait to print mine out.  What a great way to start out the Christmas season.

Thanks Jones Design Company!

Sprik Space: Just because (14).
As if the last project wasn't easy enough, this Valentine's Day project is even easier!  My Creative Departure highlighted this project which is actually from Sprik Space.

Sprik Space provided this lovely printable, 5x7.  Just print it out and put it in the frame of your choice!  AND.... she offers it in 14 different colors so you could leave it up all year!  I don't even know her... but I like her, she's so nice!


I am seeing a lot of these felt pinecones this holiday season, I really like them.  A lot.  I'm just saying...  in case anyone is looking for that special gift...  for me.....

Ornaments |  Unexpected Holiday Decorations | Real Simple.

To buy: Cody Foster & Co. woolen winter pinecones, $45 for three


In case no one buys any for you, here they are again DIY at Family Circle.  I see a craft project in my future:


And here are some little acorns I found on Etsy, which are equally cute!