DIY Wine Bottle Gift Bags

December 5th, 2011

We had one of the best weekends ever.  Christmas tree?  Check.  Gift list nearly complete?  Check.  Christmas tunes party playlist?  Check.  Trip to the movies?  Check.  We saw the new Muppets movie, so cute!  It brought back memories of watching the show as a child, I confess I was nodding my head back and forth to the Muppets Show theme…”it’s time to put on music, it’s time to light the lights…”

Today is a great day, as we kick off  the Holiday Home Parties, and today Layla is hosting table decor.  I hosted a tablescape contest last week (announcing the winners soon!) so I thought I’d create something for the host or hostess you can make and give that they’d be proud to place on their  table!  The best news is these wine bags can be made with scraps of fabric you have leftover from other projects. They’re easy to make and a great way to personalize a gift of wine or bubbly.   

diy wine bottle gift bags cg

 

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Final BOTB!

December 4th, 2011

Greetings everyone, happy Sunday!  I’ve got most of my gift shopping done, thanks to a whirlwind (and kid less!) trip yesterday, feeling great about that. We’re decorating the tree and mantel today, but I wanted to pop in with one more round of the ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ before calling it quits with the series for the year. Here’s a few ideas we spied (Amanda and I) from around the blogosphere over the past couple of weeks.

We’ve seen plenty of pallet decor this year, but we’re absolutely loving this more polished version of a recycled pallet coffee table by Refreshed Decor, Kacey’s handy husband built this one!  

pallet coffee table refreshed decor

 

Mrs. Devore created a divine sawhorse desk for $10, wow!  Visit Dwellings by Devore to read how she pulled it off.   

dwellings by devore sawhorse desk

 

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Christmas Music Favorites

December 3rd, 2011

I was gathering together music for our upcoming holiday party, making selections and creating a playlist and came across some of my favorite renditions of Christmas tunes. We’re decorating to these while we eat our fair share of peppermint candy canes.  Some are new, many are classic, I hope you find a new one to enjoy!

 

Underneath the Tree ~ Kelly Clarkson *

Jingle Bell Rock ~ Rascal Flatts

I Believe ~ Frank Sinatra

A New York Christmas ~ Rob Thomas

Angels We Have Heard on High ~ Christina Aguilera

All I Want Is You (This Christmas) ~ NSYNC

Marshmallow World ~ Regis Philbin & Steve Tyrell

Jingle Bells ~ Michael Bublé & Puppini Sisters

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Please Come Home for Christmas ~ Kelly Clarkson *

Last Christmas ~ Glee Cast

Twelve Days of Christmas ~ The Muppets

All I Want for Christmas ~ Mariah Carey & Justin Bieber (duet)

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year ~ Barlow Girls

Deck the Halls ~ Nat King Cole

It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas ~ Bing Crosby, Michael Bublé

Christmas Time is Here ~ Vince Gauraldi Trio

Hark the Herald Angels Sing ~ Amy Grant

Song for a Winter’s Night ~ Sarah McLachlan

Silver Bells ~ Elvis Presley

Under the Mistletoe ~ Justin Bieber

The Christmas Song ~ Diana Krall, Nat King Cole

Mary’s Little Boy Child ~ Harry Connick, Jr.

Cold December Night ~ Michael Bublé

This Christmas ~ Christina Aguilera

We Need A Little Christmas ~ Glee Cast

Caroling, Caroling ~ Nat King Cole

The Christmas Waltz ~ Frank Sinatra

Blue Christmas ~ Harry Connick Jr.

Silent Night ~ Sixpence None the Richer, Kelly Clarkson *

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O Come All Ye Faithful ~ Faith Hill

The First Noel ~ David Archuletta

Ring the Bells ~ Travis Cotrell and Natalie Grant

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm ~ Dean Martin

Let It Snow ~ Michael Bublé

Winter Wonderland ~ Jason Mraz, Ray Charles

Santa Baby ~ Kellie Pickler

Sleigh Ride ~ Take 6, Diana Krall

Holly Jolly Christmas ~ Michael Bublé

Who Would Imagine a King ~ Whitney Houston

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) ~ Sarah McLachlan

O Holy Night ~ Glee Cast

White Christmas ~ Ella Fitzgerald, The Drifters

Baby, It’s Cold Outside ~ Lady Antebellum

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Do You Hear What I Hear? ~ Glee Cast

Carol of the Bells ~ Barlow Girls

(It Really Is) A Wonderful Life ~ Mindy Smith

I’ll Be Home for Christmas ~ Josh Groban, Wynonna Judd

Somewhere In My Memory ~ John Williams (from Home Alone)

Hark the Herald Angels Sing ~ Jewel

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas ~ She and Him, Kelly Clarkson*

Little Drummer Boy ~ Jars of Clay

My Favorite Things ~ John Coltrane

Santa Will Find You ~ Mindy Smith

Count Your Blessings ~ Diana Krall

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? ~ Harry Connick, Jr.

Auld Lang Syne ~ James Taylor

*2013 update

And just to bug my mister because he loves Paul McCartney but totally hates this song even though the rest of us like it, and it’s a family joke to watch his facial expressions every time we play it:

Wonderful Christmas Time ~ Paul McCartney & Wings

What are you listening to this season?  Any renditions I should hear?  What do you recommend?

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