Holiday Decor

Black + White Holiday Gift Tag Printables

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Hello friends! How was your holiday weekend? I was lucky to visit with some friends at their holiday parties in the evening, but also kept busy during the day with the Work Clothes Closet project, our Open House is this week and the team is working hard to get the space ready! 

I also started the annual Wrapping Of The Gifts, keeping it simple but adding some gift tags I designed in Photoshop. This year’s tags are inspired by classic black and white. I didn’t have time this year to design gift wraps like I did last year but I did make these four gift tags that you can download for personal use should you fancy them too.  

black and white holiday gift tags centsational girl


Print the tags on white 8 ½ x 11” cardstock, cut out and attach with ribbon of choice. 

black and white gift wrap


snowflake and stripe


sprig and splatter


Click on the labels named below to print four on a page of each design

black and white holiday gift tags

bold snowflake / christmas stripes / winter berries / paint splatter


For more colorful versions you can download my gift tags from last year here.

printable holiday gift tags

*  all gift tags for personal use only *



Memory Lane: Christmas Decorating

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

This year’s Christmas decorating in our home is the definition of minimalist: there is an evergreen wreath hanging indoors for the scent, a faux tree, glitter confetti strung here and there, and a few white branches, and it’s just enough. We will get our real Christmas tree when we arrive in Las Vegas for the family reunion and we’re bringing our box of treasured ornaments so we do have that to look forward to.

We’re also taking this year off from hosting our annual Christmas party which feels somewhat strange, but all those hours not spent baking or decorating has freed up time to attend local plays, go out to dinner with friends, or take long drives just to enjoy the twinkle lights and outdoor decorations around town. It’s different, quiet, and nice.

I’m in correspondence every evening as the two Elves on the Shelf that my children adore… answering questions like “Who is your favorite reindeer?” (Comet, he is the fastest) and “What is your favorite movie?” (theirs of course) and “Are you on Instagram?” (Why yes). Forming letters in an Elf’s handwriting like y and g requires multiple swirls and it’s so hard to disguise my own writing! I can’t believe they haven’t figured it out yet so I’ll treasure their belief while it lasts. :)

This year I have no house tour to share, although I’ve been enjoying so many of my fellow bloggers lovely homes this season! I was looking through some old images from Christmases past, years when I have decorated the house for the holidays and it looked so festive all dolled up. Here’s a stroll down memory lane with trees and favorite vignettes from the past, a “recycled Christmas” if you will. :) 


poinsettias on porch


poinsettias and wreath kitchen window


flocked red and white tree



kate holiday entry


branches and bowl of ornaments


mirrored apothecary with stockings


blue and white christmas tree


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