Stockings on the Stairs

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I found these great sweater stockings at Hobby Lobby last week.  
I added a wooden initial letter with a clothespin.
The letters are painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint "Florence" color.

These are the girl's real stockings hung on the mantle.  I wrap 25 gifts and place them in each stocking. They get to open one gift each night for the entire month of December.
I spend about $1 on each of the stocking gifts.
I like to shop for them at Dollar Tree or the dollar section at Target.

Happy Stocking Stuffing!

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Monogram Gift Tags using Silhouette Cameo

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First of all, I got all my paper at Hobby Lobby. 
This brown paper looks like tagboard but it's thinner and easier to cut.

I used the settings for a "thicker, heavier card stock"

And I changed my blade to "5"

I highly recommend doing a test cut to see if you need to adjust your blade.

 The red and white striped is about 20 lb weight, 
so I used a regular paper setting for those cuts.  

I used a glue stick to attach the monogram "tagboard". 

I punched a simple hole in the top and used red & white striped twine to attach to my gifts to the ribbon.

I bought this gold gift wrap paper and burlap at Hobby Lobby.  
The burlap is not in the holiday section of the store, you'll find it in the floral department.

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How To Hang Ribbon Garland On Tree

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I decided to write this post when a few people asked me "how I made the ribbon do that" after I posted my tree pic on Instagram last week.

So, here we go.  The pictures below are from my living room tree.  I used a "Peacock Ribbon" from Hobby Lobby.  I love the tree but I warn you, not everyone in my home LOVES it like me.  They think it's a little too blue but it's just ribbon, I can change it out next year.  First of all, I used one roll of ribbon on the red plaid tree.  It was ribbon I found in my attic from the dollar store a couple of years ago.  Sorry, I don't have any more info on that ribbon but I do know that I only used one roll.  That tree is significantly smaller than my Peacock Tree.  The Peacock Tree required 5 rolls of ribbon!  Seriously!

First cut the ribbon in strips about 30 inches long and fold it in half.
 Then poke it into the tree, wedging the fold between branches.
 Allow the natural curl of the ribbon to "do it's thing" and curl.
 This gives the optical illusion that it's winding through the tree in one continuous piece of ribbon.
 Stagger the ribbon pieces throughout the tree.
 Let it wrap around the ornaments
 and at the bottom of the tree too.

Here's the PEACOCK RIBBON from Hobby Lobby
By the way, I love the tree with all it's BLUE-NESS.

Yes, my tree is leaning.

Happy Tree Decorating!
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Christmas Card Envelopes

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I am using regular ink pens in my Silhouette Cameo to address all my 
Christmas card envelopes this year.  Woohoo!

I found this Pen Holder for Silhouette Cameo on Etsy.  It's so cool.  You can use any pen or marker in your Silhouette machine.  I promise I am getting no kick-backs for telling you about this.  I am just super excited to have found this tool.

Because I know you'll ask,
I used these fonts on my cards…
Centeria Script
Always Here
LDT Tourist

 Happy Card Mailing!

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Coke Crate Centerpiece

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I have a thing for old Coca-Cola crates.

I already had a few of these crates laying around the house.
This particular crate was holding small tubes of paint in my craft room.

I bought the sprigs, greenery, bells and candles at Hobby Lobby.

I already had the small mason jars.

2 inch candles.

These bells can be found in the "Mini Tree" section of Hobby Lobby.

Below is what it looks like without the huge mosaic candle.

 The mosaic candle was another old Christmas decoration that I had lying around the house. 
I love it in the center of the arrangement.  It adds much needed height to the piece.

I love how the tree and centerpiece are complimentary of each other

…and that's my new (thrifty) centerpiece that took less than a half hour to create!
Happy Decorating!
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DIY Bow Tie

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Steve loves to wear bow ties.
I will admit that neither of us likes to tie them though.
He wears them when he can… 
on mornings when we have an additional 20 minutes for the YouTube BOW TIE TUTORIAL.
He owns a few nice store-bought ties.
I really wanted to try to make one because it seemed like 
it would be pretty easy and let me tell you, it was super easy!
I'll walk you through all the steps with photos so you can make one too.  

First of all, I found this cute red/white striped fabric at Hobby Lobby.
I used my coupon and got it 40% off.  You don't need much fabric, maybe a 1/2 yard.

I wanted my bow-tie to be cut on the diagonal so I laid it out that way before cutting.

I used my rotary cutter - using one of his ties as a pattern.  I cut it about 1/4 inch bigger than the tie.

You can use your own bow-tie as a pattern or you can use mine.  
The PDF pattern file can be downloaded here.
Cut 4 pieces. 
Please note that you will want to adjust the length of your tie for your neck.

Cut 2 pieces of fusible interfacing from the pattern.
Iron the interfacing to the back of two pieces.

Then make a fabric sandwich -
layer 1 - interfacing
layer 2 - fabric
layer 3 - fabric
(the fabric layers should be right sides facing)
Pin the "sandwiches" together.  You should have a total of two separate "sandwiches".

Stitch all the way around both "sandwiches", using 1/4" seam allowance.
Leave the little end open.

This is what it will look like after you have sewn it.

Cut the corners on both pieces, as shown.

Trim the excess fabric on both pieces, as shown.

Now turn the entire thing through that little opening at the bottom.

You might want to give up about 20 minutes after you begin trying to turn this tie but DON'T.
Because just when you think it's going to be impossible, it will finally start pulling easier and you'll finish, I promise, the end will come!  Seriously!  You might even use a crochet hook to help you out but you'll get frustrated enough with this method that you might throw the hook across the room - just sayin'… don't be surprised if you have to look for your crochet hook on the other side of the room after you finish this sewing project.

Iron the tie.  It's so pretty!

There!  Now that both pieces are turned and pressed, they are laid out beside the pattern tie.  
You need the new tie to be the same length as your pattern tie.

Use the iron and press under the ends.
Slip one end into the other as shown below.
Make sure your length is correct and adjust before attaching.

Stitch.  Stitch several times.  Stitch well.

Now, you are all done!  Wasn't that easy and fun?
You almost forgot about the turning nightmare, didn't you?

Happy Bow-Tie Sewing!
Now go impress a man in your life!

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