Cotton Snow & Rag Christmas Tree Tutorial

Cotton Snow & Rag Christmas Tree Tutorial
Cotton Snow & Rag Christmas Tree Tutorial

So who has everything done for Christmas?  Not me!  I had foot surgery Monday and am still in recovery mode!  Hopefully I’ll be better in a few days and can get to wrapping presents.  I had high hopes of pretty prezzies, but not sure that is going to pan out this year.  I’ll let you know if it works out, and I don’t wimp out for gift bags.

If you remember the O’ Christmas Tree post and the Christmas Vignettes post, then you know I promised you a few tutorials.  So let’s get with it before I get drowsy from the pain meds.  If at any point it doesn’t make sense, it’s probably because the pain meds kicked in and I drifted off while typing.

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How about we start with the cotton tree on the left that is in Revyn’s room.  I used to do my moms tree like this all the time growing up.  Then when George and Laura Bush were in the white house, my mom sent me a newspaper article that was showing them doing this with the white house trees.  Boy did I feel important!  I was doing this long before the white house.  HaHa!

Anyway here is what you need, polyfil and fake snow.  This fleck fake snow is so much easier than using angel hair like I used to use.  That angel hair used to have my hands and arms all itchy when I got done, but not with this stuff.

CottonTreePolyfilFakeSnowNow you need patience!  You have to take each tree limb and shape the polyfil to the limb, and then sprinkle on the fleck snow.  Once you get one limb done, you just move on to the next limb.  It’s better to start at the bottom and move your way up to the top.

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It looks like a snow storm dumped snow just on your tree.  It is so pretty all lit up, because it has a subtle glow.

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Now let’s move to the rag tree on the right.  I love, love, love how this tree turned out.  It took LOTS and LOTS fabric, and LOTS of time!  However, it is so worth it!  This tree started with this.

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Then G wrapped it in chicken wire for me.  The chicken wire went all the way to the top.  This just shows you how it starts.

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Before G put the wire to the top, he needed to make it into a point.  He bent the ends, gathered them up, then wired them together to create the top of the tree.  After that he finished wrapping the chicken wire on it.

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Now I took the fabric I decided on, tore lots of strips of about 1 to 1.5 inches wide, and then cut them 10-inches long.  You probably saw this picture on Instagram when I started this project.

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So for the next 5 evenings I tied fabric.  I started by randomly tying on the silver, gold, tulle, and burlap strips.

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Next was the white fabric, and you just continue tying to the chicken wire to fill it all in.  I started with 4 yards thinking that was enough. HaHa, was ever kidding myself.  After 2 additional trips to the fabric store, another 10 yards of white fabric,  and about 5 evenings, I finally finished.  It was a lot of work, but I am totally in love with this tree!

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I know you might not have time to do these trees this year, but maybe you can pin them for ideas for next year.  Heck, you may need to start early on the tomato cage tree so it will be ready for Christmas next year.  It takes a little time, but is so worth it.  I enjoy being creative and adding a little something extra to our decor each year.

Dollar Tree Candy Cane Transformation

Dollar Tree Candy Cane Transformation
Dollar Tree Candy Cane Transformation

Are you still Christmas shopping?  I am pretty much done but am trying to make most of mine rather than buy things.   Instead of buying all your gifts this year, I want you to think handmade.  Those gifts that come from the heart and aren’t expensive.  Plus, if your buying for adult friends they usually have everything!  So why not give them some Christmas decor.

I transformed 2 candy canes from Dollar Tree, along with some flowers and garland from there as well.

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I bought these candy canes from Dollar Tree.

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Then I bought a yard of muslin fabric and cut it into strips.  Next I took the strips and started wrapping the candy cane.

First start at the curved end and hot glue on the strip.

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Next gather this around the candy cane and start twisting around it.

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When you run out of fabric, hot glue it down, glue down the new strip and keep going.  Here is one wrapped and one not.

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Next, hot glue them into an ‘X’ and wrap around it with wire to keep them together.  Plus this gives you a way to hang them off the wire.  I made a small loop hanger on the back.

Once you have them in the ‘X’, decorate the center to cover up your wire and glue.  I just used Dollar Tree items and some ribbon I had.

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See how you can transform a few Dollar Tree items into something cute for Christmas.  Total cost is under $5, and it looks great.  So why not give a little of your creativity for Christmas instead of buying something from the Big Box stores.

Flea Market Flip 12.12.14

Flea Market Flip 12.12.14

Well it’s Friday, and do you know what that means?  It’s Flea Market Flip Friday!

I hope you are getting ready for Christmas, ready to celebrate, and ready to make family memories.  We are still adding a few little extras around our home, just to make sure there are sprinklings of Christmas magic to make us smile.  Now we will start working on our baking and other goodies for the season.  Plus gift wrapping, because I haven’t even begun to knock that out.

So what did I flip this week……

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I redid this sleigh that I bought back in November.  You can click here see what I did with the angel wings and those silver speckled ornaments.

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I just painted it white, added some Dollar Tree gold ornaments, and then added this Joy ribbon bow.  I liked the Joy ribbon because it reminds me of Jesus Others then You.

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I really like how it turned out.  I chose to paint it white so that it will go with whatever Christmas decor color I use in the future.  All I will have to do is change out the ornaments and add a new bow. I’m trying to decide if I want to paint something on the sides.  What do you think?

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I hope you get lots of shopping done this weekend and find everything your looking for.  Come back next Friday for my final flip (probably my favorite), the lantern.

Rustic Winter Tablescape Idea

Rustic Winter Tablescape Idea

I know your probably knee deep in Christmas decorations, shopping, and the hustle and bustle.  We are trying to tame it down, relax, and really soak in the season celebrating the birth of our Lord.  We have enjoyed gathering around our fall table for dinner this past month.  The conversations, bonding as a family, and just having our dinners feel special.  So I wanted to do a tablescape that would carry us through the winter.  I want to carry on our bonding, our conversations, and building the love.  I don’t want to lose the magic of the family dinner table.

I have really been thinking about what I want to do for our table because I want to keep it rustic.  I want to keep the theme of bringing the outdoors in.  We live in the country and I have tried to carry that rustic outdoors to our indoors in our fall and Christmas decor.  So what did I hit up…..Pinterest!  A girls best friend.

Here is a collage I put together to collect all my thoughts and inspiration.  I’ll be working on it this weekend (hopefully), so we will see what I come up with.

Here is the collage to show you what inspires me.

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1. If I had my pick of dining room tables, I might pick this White Dining Philippe Table from Modani.  We are country folk, and this table just conveys dinner in the country.  Modani specializes in modern furniture, and you can design and decorate it to fit your style.  You can go all modern, or make it country/rustic like I did.  The tables are versatile and are able to fit whatever your design style is.

2. I love the square plaid pattern on this table runner.

3. I’m digging these wood pieces that are used as chargers.

4. Aren’t these wreaths the cutest thing!

5. Antlers!  Need I say more?

6. Greenery.  It makes me think of winter landscapes.

7. I like a cloche.  Especially with greenery under it.

So now you know what is inspiring me.  My goal is to take these inspirations, use these things I have, and only spending under $10.  Let’s see if my creative spirit can pull it off.  Come back in a week to see if I made it happen!

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Stenciling in Some Christmas Spirit

Stenciling in Some Christmas Spirit
Stenciling in Some Christmas Spirit

Whew!  I made it through a weekend of fun crafting!  I spent all day Saturday trying out these fantastic stencils I received from Royal Design Studio.  I had a blast coming up with different ideas to use them on.  They are so versatile, and way easier to use than what I thought.  Truth is I’m not a stenciling expert.  In fact, I’m just a beginner who dove in pushing all intimidation aside.

I completed three projects using three different stencils.  My goal was to do every project using what I had on hand, or spending no more than $10.  I love how each one turned out and added something unique to my holiday decor.  And I only had to spend under $10 for one project.

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The first project is this blanket I bring out each Christmas.  It’s just a plain blanket, but brings a little Christmas color to our living room.

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It was laying on the end of our couch, I looked at it and thought it needed a little something extra. I received this Elizabeth Lace Doily Christmas Stencil, and it reminded me of snowflakes.

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It’s a large stencil (20″ wide X 20″ h), so when I put it on the blanket it was a little larger than I wanted.  So here is where I discover that stencils are so versatile.  The pattern was bigger than I wanted, so I just used the center with some fabric paint.

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It made such cute little snowflakes, and I’m really liking the Christmas touch it has now.  (To see more of our tree that is in the background click here.)

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The next project is an apron I made for my mannie.  I had some white fabric left over after I made a fabric tree for my Christmas Vignette, so I decided to dress her up in an apron (or as G calls it, her mini skirt).  I used this Reindeer Christmas Stencil was designed by Jennifer Rizzo for Royal Design Studios.  (She is amazing with Christmas decor, and even published a book this season.)

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I painted this deer on the front of her apron.  Since the fabric has a white pattern on it, the deer looks like it is embossed.

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Now Ms. Mannie is ready for all the cooking that will be going on in our kitchen this Christmas season.  I like this apron so much that I may just have to make myself one.  (To see this Christmas Vignette before I added Mannie click here.)

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The last project was  this rug I found on clearance at Lowe’s for $7.48.

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I received this Shining Star Christmas Stencil created for Royal Design Studio by Jennifer Rizzo.

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I liked the neutral colors and thought a similar tone painted on there would be subtle and cute.  I painted gold stars on the rug, and then to amp it up for the holidays I added a little glitter.

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Look at this subtle sparkling rug that welcomes people into our home.

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See how easy these three projects were.  There is no reason that using stencils should be intimidating.  So push any fear aside, grab some paint, and create some unique decor for your home.  I enjoy having decor that is one-of-a-kind and special for our home.  So head over to Royal Design Studio and find a stencil that you like.

 

Christmas Vignettes in Your Home

Christmas Vignettes in Your Home
Christmas Vignettes in Your Home

I am happy to be joining some of my blogging friends today to share some of our holiday decor on the Around The House Christmas Tour.  Be sure to visit the other three bloggers (I give you the links at the bottom) who are also opening the door to their home and welcoming you in so you can enjoy their Christmas decor!  Let’s get this Christmas party tour started.

I would like to share some Christmas Vignettes I’ve done around our home this season.  If your like me and LOVE Christmas, then you want a sprinkling of Christmas magic in every room.  I’m still in the process of decorating and adding my sprinkling of Christmas magic, but I want to share with you what I have so far.

A smile just breaks out on my face walking into a room and getting the feel of Christmas.  I know your probably thinking “Girl, I don’t have an endless supply of money to add this sprinkling of Christmas magic, unless the magic first includes multiplying my moola!”  Here is the thing, you can do this inexpensively by using what you already have.

Here is a vignette I did with a sled I bought a year ago at a flea market.  The guy said it was from Germany, so I’m going with that because it makes me feel cool.  I’m smitten by the curved front on this thing.  I added a tree I made this year (tutorial on that coming next week), a deer I already had, and cake plate with some Dollar Tree ornaments (12 for $1!) and an angel wing candle I made.  I already had the candle and I added these angel wings I bought at a garage sale for 50 cents (Yep, this is how I gave you the flea market flip from all my Christmas finds).  Then on the wall I added a “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” tree I got one year from my aunt, along with 2 Dollar Tree Snowflakes.  See using what you have!

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We have a family tradition every year to go to Salado Glassworks and blow our own glass ornaments.  We have been doing this with the kids now for about 10 years.  These are so unique and special that I want them to be on display for us all to enjoy.  So I just took 2 old containers I already had, placed them in there, and then started adding some faux greenery and flowers.  95% of the greenery was stuff I already had and I just cut it apart so it worked.

One group of ornaments is in this Dr. Pepper case that usually holds coasters and remotes.

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Then next group of these glass ornaments sits in this old toolbox we have.  The contents of this toolbox changes with the seasons.

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Next is one of my favorite vignettes because it is all about my gypsy soul.  I’m trying to figure out how to take this vignette and do an entire tree with this theme.  You can see how I like to do a theme on our trees for this year and for last year.  This one does contain a few things I purchased because my heart said “girl, you know you need this!”  I bought this amazing red truck at TX Antiques Week back in September, and the faux snow globe jar I made last year when I found these travel trailer ornaments.  Then I just added more picked apart greenery to a crock I already had, added Santa who has been stashed away in a container all year, and then placed some bottle brush trees around.  This sits atop of our seed bin and below our seed sign, so the whole vintage theme works.  See that little Santa key I made and gave the kids when they were younger.  That way it gave them an explanation to us not having a chimney.

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Now here is where I add some more sprinkling of Christmas magic.  Just a little something extra in the rooms.

I swapped out the normal decor in this bread pan for these simple santa letters I’ve had for years.  Then I just added some small shatterproof ornaments to bring in a little color.

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I took one of Bracken’s old John Deere tractors and trailer and added some left over ornaments.  Utilize those toys!

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In Bracken’s room this childhood truck of his dads usually holds sand dollars in his Vintage Coastal Bedroom, but now it’s hauling a load of trees to the farm.

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So there you have it, 7 vignettes that didn’t cost much.  I mainly used what I had on hand.  Cut apart an old wreath and floral picks I had, and reworked a lot of flea market finds we have.  You just have to dig around your house and use things a little differently to add some Christmas magic!

Be sure to check out all the participants to see their amazing Christmas Decor!  Just click on the picture and it will take right to their post.

Our sweet hostess of this party….Heather from New House New Home

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Joni from Shell Knob Lake Girl

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Erin from The Impatient Gardener

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So enjoy clicking around blogland for some Christmas inspiration!

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Linking Up @ ………

Huckleberry Love        Etcetorize

Homestories A to Z     Cedar Hill Ranch

Between Naps On The Porch   The Dedicated House     A Stroll Thru Life      Kathe With An E

The Crafty Blog Stalker  Nap Time Creations   Hun What’s For Dinner   Domestically Speaking

Coastal Charm    Lou Lou Girls   My Pinterventures   Happy House and Home

Not Just A Housewife    VMG206        New Mrs. Adventures

Just A Girl And Her Blog    Made to be a Momma     One Krieger Chick     Dolen Diaries

Sowdering About   This Silly Girl’s Life      Two Little Cavaliers    Live Randomly Simple

Designs By Miss Mandee     Somebody’s Dinner   Pneumatic Addict   Red Crow Green Crow

Designed Decor    The Style Sisters

Ella Claire Inspired      Yellow Bliss Road     City Farmhouse         Clean and Scentsible

The Newlywed Pilgrimage  Cherished Bliss     Five Heart Home      Mama Dish

The Blissful Bee   The Happy Housie     The Turquoise Home     Place of My Taste   Homeschoolapalooza

Someday Crafts        Snap Creativity        Ivy and Elephants     Posed Perfection

Lamberts Lately     Krafty Cards Etc       Design Dining and Diapers     Love of Family and Home

AKA Designs    Craft Dictator     Play Party Pin

Funky Junk Interiors    Pieced Pastimes

DIY Vintage Chic        Bacon Time With The Hungry Hypo

One More Time Events      Its Overflowing         Life on Lakeshore Drive

Minettes Maze   View From The Fridge   Pink When   Interior Frugalista   My Crafty Spot

O’ Christmas Tree

O’ Christmas Tree
O’ Christmas Tree

Today is the day that I am part of the “Chrismtas in the Country” Home Tour and Link Party 2014! (eek!)  I am one of over 40 decorated homes participating in this two week event from November 28th till December 12th.  Just think of all the amazing Christmas inspiration you are going to get!

The post I’m sharing on this awesome blog tour is about our Christmas trees.  Doesn’t the tree make you jump into decorating with both feet cheering with excitement!  I love sitting at home and enjoying our trees, especially on cold days.

First I will share our main tree in the living room.  This tree is 9-feet of awesomeness.  I decorated it this year with rustic colored ornaments, antlers, feathers (still my thing!), faux logs, and some glitter bling.  Our tree is out where you can see the full 360 view.  Here are some pics so you can get up close and personal with it.

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Now here are a few close ups so you can see the decorations.  I made the “25” stamped ribbon and I am still in love with it.

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Each of our kids also put a tree in their bedrooms.  They have always decorated them by themselves.  First is Bracken’s tree.  He goes the sentimental route which includes all the ornaments we have given him over the past 20 years, plus his favorites that he has made.  This tree shows the memories of 20 years of fun during Christmas.

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Here is a close up where you can see his love of planes, farming, and sentimental ornaments.  This is so him!

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Now here is Revyn’s tree.  She started out like Bracken with sentimental ornaments, and all her princess ornaments.  Then she decided to change the theme, and now she is like her mom and likes to change tree themes about every 2-3 years.  This year we made her tree look like a snow storm blew in and fell from the ceiling in her room.  Her colors were picked so that they matched the peacock feather ribbon she fell in love with back in the September.  Here is her snowy tree.  Come back to visit next week to see the tutorial on how we did the snow treatment on this tree.

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Isn’t it so dreamy looking lit up at night!  I really like how the lights shine through the “snow”.  The Believe banner was one we made last year that was on our fantle (faux mantle).

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing the trees that are decorating our home.  Even our Czech Elf Janyak (pronounced honyock) got in on a little action.

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Please visit Creative Country Mom’s to see all the new stops on the tour each day.  There is also a Holiday themed link party for the event where everyone can add thier posts! Let’s enjoy a homespun, Country Christmas at www.creativecountrymom.blogspot.com!  Have fun checking out the amazing homes and decorations.  I hope you get inspired to add a little something extra to your decor this year!

Here are the other blogs participating today with me.

Meadow Lake Road

Designers Sweet Spot

White Lace Cottage

 

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Linking Up @ ………

Huckleberry Love        Etcetorize

Homestories A to Z     Cedar Hill Ranch

Between Naps On The Porch   The Dedicated House     A Stroll Thru Life      Kathe With An E

The Crafty Blog Stalker  Nap Time Creations   Hun What’s For Dinner   Domestically Speaking

Coastal Charm    Lou Lou Girls   My Pinterventures   Happy House and Home

Not Just A Housewife    VMG206        New Mrs. Adventures

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Designs By Miss Mandee     Somebody’s Dinner   Pneumatic Addict   Red Crow Green Crow

Designed Decor    The Style Sisters

Ella Claire Inspired      Yellow Bliss Road     City Farmhouse         Clean and Scentsible

The Newlywed Pilgrimage  Cherished Bliss     Five Heart Home      Mama Dish

The Blissful Bee   The Happy Housie     The Turquoise Home     Place of My Taste    Homeschoolapalooza

Someday Crafts        Snap Creativity        Ivy and Elephants     Posed Perfection

Lamberts Lately     Krafty Cards Etc       Design Dining and Diapers     Love of Family and Home

AKA Designs    Craft Dictator     Play Party Pin

Funky Junk Interiors    Pieced Pastimes

DIY Vintage Chic        Bacon Time With The Hungry Hypo

One More Time Events      Its Overflowing         Life on Lakeshore Drive

Minettes Maze   View From The Fridge   Pink When   Interior Frugalista   My Crafty Spot

Christmas Countdown Case

Christmas Countdown Case
Christmas Countdown Case

Wow!  It’s December already!  Where did the past 11 month go!  I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Also if you braved the Black Friday sales, I hope you found some awesome bargains.  I love December, but hate to rush around so much that I don’t get to enjoy it.  Do you spend your holidays in a crazy rush, or do you actually get to slow down and enjoy it?

As I was cleaning this weekend I came across some vintage soda crates I had.  I thought as I cleaned that I really need to do something with these.  What can you do with these items……

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Then it hit me!  I’d make a Christmas Countdown Case!  One for us and one for the kids.

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It was super easy, and went rather quickly.  The hardest part was shopping for 24 different drinks. The kids opted for more Dr. Pepper because that is the drink of choice around here!  Now we can’t wait to enjoy a drink a day as we countdown to Christmas!

If this isn’t your style, then here is the link to the countdown I made last year.   I hope you have a Blessed Christmas season as you countdown the days to the birth of our Savior.

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Linking Up @ ………

Huckleberry Love        Etcetorize

Homestories A to Z     Cedar Hill Ranch    Sugar Bee Crafts     

Between Naps On The Porch   The Dedicated House     A Stroll Thru Life      Kathe With An E

The Crafty Blog Stalker  Nap Time Creations   Hun What’s For Dinner   Domestically Speaking

Coastal Charm    Lou Lou Girls   My Pinterventures   Happy House and Home

Not Just A Housewife    VMG206        New Mrs. Adventures      We Call It Junkin

Just A Girl And Her Blog    Made to be a Momma     One Krieger Chick     Dolen Diaries

Sowdering About   This Silly Girl’s Life      Two Little Cavaliers    Live Randomly Simple

Designs By Miss Mandee     Somebody’s Dinner   Pneumatic Addict   Red Crow Green Crow

Redo It Yourself Inspirations    Designed Decor    The Style Sisters

Ella Claire Inspired      Yellow Bliss Road     City Farmhouse         Clean and Scentsible

The Newlywed Pilgrimage  Cherished Bliss     Five Heart Home      Mama Dish

The Blissful Bee   The Happy Housie     The Turquoise Home     Place of My Taste

Someday Crafts        Snap Creativity        Ivy and Elephants     Posed Perfection  Oh My Creative

Lamberts Lately     Krafty Cards Etc       Design Dining and Diapers     Love of Family and Home

Jennifer Rizzo     AKA Designs    Craft Dictator     Play Party Pin

The Freshman Cook        Funky Junk Interiors

Whipperberry     The 36th Avenue         DIY Vintage Chic        Bacon Time With The Hungry Hypo

Tatertots and Jello    I Heart Nap Time     Lil Luna        Somewhat Simple       Todays Creative Blog

One More Time Events      Its Overflowing         Life on Lakeshore Drive

Minettes Maze   View From The Fridge   Pink When   Interior Frugalista   My Crafty Spot

Pieced Pastimes    USS Crafty

Christmas In The Country Home Tour.

Christmas In The Country Home Tour.

Just popping in to tell you that I am happy to be a part of the “Chrismtas in the Country” Home Tour and Link Party 2014! I am one of over 40 decorated homes participating in this two week event from November 28th till December 12th.  Just think of all the amazing Christmas inspiration you can get!  Please visit Creative Country Mom’s to see all the new stops on the tour each day. There is also a Holiday themed link party for the event where everyone can add thier posts! Let’s enjoy a homespun, Country Christmas at www.creativecountrymom.blogspot.com!  Have fun checking out the amazing homes and decorations.  I hope you get inspired to add a little something extra to your decor this year!

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