Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

Paper Straw Snowflakes

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Last summer, I kept seeing cute paper straws popping up in tablescapes and at summer parties, and I couldn’t help but think they’d be so fun to craft with during the holidays, especially in the traditional Christmas colors of red and white. To me, they look just like peppermint sticks!

I haven’t decorated at Christmas with very much red in years past (call me a rebel) but red and I are no longer estranged. This holiday season you’ll be seeing plenty of crimson at my house so let’s start with this fun and easy craft project: paper straw snowflakes!   

red paper straw snowflake with border

 

If you want to make some of your own, here’s what you’ll need.  For a large 10 inch snowflake: 5 pipe cleaners; 8 paper straws; 24 beads; center embellishment; ribbon or string.  (For smaller snowflakes, cut 4 paper straws in half for a total of 8 stems).  The baker’s twine and paper straws were ordered online (see sources below) and all other supplies are from Michaels.

 

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Holiday Home Link Parties

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Greetings all, happy Monday! Hope your weekend was great! This morning, I’m very excited to announce that I’ve partnered for the second year with my blog buddies Layla, Rhoda, and Sarah to host another round of Holiday Home Link Parties!

Holiday_Home_Banner_2011

These were so much fun last year, so we decided to do it again, but we’re mixing things up. This year, Layla will be hosting Table Decor on Monday December 5th and Rhoda will host Merry Mantels on Wednesday December 7th.  I’ll host Holiday Crafts on Monday December 12th, and Sarah will host her annual Christmas Tree party on Wednesday December 14th. 

Fun fun fun! We hope you’ll mark your calendar and share in the good times…

 link party calendar

 

Be back in a few hours with some pics from my latest project, stay tuned!

 

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For Your Reading Enjoyment…

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Hello.  Did you know it’s November?  Yeah, it is.  Hard to believe, right?  Well November means it’s time to get your holiday on!  There’s a gal we all love who’s just published a Holiday Guide that I know you’ll be so excited to read. Of course you all know of the talents and charms of Ms. Emily Henderson.  THE Emily Henderson, Design Star winner and stylist extraordinaire.  She’s funny, inspiring, and oh so talented when it comes to design, so how delighted was I to be invited to be a part of her Holiday Guide?  Very!

The Holiday Guide is filled with over 200 pages of inspiration including a gorgeous Christmas spread styled by Emily and also her extensive gift guide. But that’s not all!  There are so many other original contributions from many talented bloggers (full list here).

My contribution is a perspective on classically elegant lace which often gets a bad rap as too ‘granny’. I take issue with that notion and offer a few suggestions for using lace in holiday décor, but still keeping it fresh, like the pairing of this modern Marimekko gift wrap along the back of a cabinet with classic white lace used as a decorative liner.

lace lined cabinet cg

 

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