i should be mopping the floor: December 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Vintage Christmas Decor in the Kitchen

The Vintage Christmas Decor in the Kitchen was our big add-on to the holiday pretties this year. I didn't have a tree in here last year, but this year, it kind of took on a life all its own. Every piece of Christmas decor in this room is either thrifted, handed down, or leftover from somewhere else in the house...and most of it has a fun, vintage vibe!

I've always wanted a Christmas tree in the kitchen. We had one in our previous home, but it was kind of an afterthought. I've wanted a purposeful one...with ornaments that all have a kitchen/food theme going. When I stumbled onto some glass blown cupcake ornaments at a thrift store in Waco, I knew right away that this tree would come to fruition this season...along with the rest of the space. Check it all out below.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Aqua and White Christmas Tree

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This Aqua and White Christmas Tree is kind of our tree that almost wasn't. But, y'all...it's kind of my favorite lil' Christmas tree in all of its petite glory. 

Budget-Friendly Aqua and White Christmas Tree with Loads of Vintage and Handmade Touches
We have a few Christmas trees around our home. I love having the two in the front windows; it was one of the things that drew me to this house. I was initially going to stop there. But, it has turned out that those two rooms aren't really the rooms we're in a lot (one is a formal dining and the other was a living room that we changed into my office...so, I'm really the only one in there). I went ahead and put a tree in our family room since that's kind of where we flop. But when people would come into this main living area, the first thing they'd say was, "So, will your main tree go in here?" And, I'd kind of hem and haw around and think..."I'm not fancy enough to have a main tree." Nonetheless, I dug this tree out of the garage, stuck it in a crock, and our aqua and white Christmas tree was born. Check it out below.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Inspiration Monday

We're so happy you're here to join us for some inspiration at this week's party. Today's party is full of some lovin' from the oven...all perfect for your holiday baking! Preheat to 350 and enjoy the party. ;)

Welcome to the popular Inspiration Monday Party! Come visit and be inspired with fabulous home decor, crafts, recipes and more!
Have you started any holiday baking, yet? We've done a few favorite recipes here and there, but can't wait to really get our baking going once the kids are out for school. Today's features are sure to make our baking list a bit longer. 
This week's selection of cookie features were selected by our hostess, Laura, from Inspiration for Moms. Check out all of the deliciousness below.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Travel Tea Bag Caddy

This Travel Tea Bag Caddy and its shop have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeaProudly #CollectiveBias

I made a travel tea bag caddy for all of my tea-loving family members for Christmas. These make great gifts...and I made one for myself, too. Because I just can't travel without my tea, y'all.
Travel Tea Bag Caddy | Sew this sweet little "tea wallet" to take your tea bags along every where you go.
Do you travel with tea? I have to. I feel like it's bringing a small comfort of home with me. I've made a friend or two on an airplane when I share one of my bags of tea...flight attendants are always happy to bring a hot cup of water for steeping a bag. This little travel tea bag caddy keeps me well stocked with my bags of Bigelow (and a couple of my sweeteners...since I use a kind that isn't always readily available). See how to make one of these below (your tea-loving friends will adore these!).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Holiday Gallery Wall

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I've always wanted a holiday gallery wall. I tend to go all out with Christmas decor, why not add to the fun with the artwork, too? I worked with my friends at Minted to put together the festive new wall art in the living area. Check it out below.

Holiday Gallery Wall Ideas
I have always displayed Christmas cards from friends as artwork throughout the season. I wanted to expand on that this year. While I love our flea market gallery wall that usually hangs in here, it didn't coordinate with the direction this room took this year with our bright and bold mantel. This new holiday gallery wall helped to pull the entire space together and added such a playful touch.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Fabric Gift Bags

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It's fabric gift bag week here on the blog (or so it seems, right?). Today's tutorial is for these fun bottle-sized bags that have ribbons to tie them closed. They're so versatile and lined, too. Check out the tutorial below.

Lined Fabric Gift Bags are perfect for gifting this season...and resemble a fun Santa sack!
I struggle with mom guilt, y'all. I am kind of an extreme introvert and, well, a bit of a workaholic, too. Because of this, I'm not a room mom, or a team mom, or a school volunteer. Don't get me wrong, I'm at all of my kids' activities, etc., but I hung up the PTA hat a few years ago. I tend to compensate by buying my kids' teachers and the other volunteers of their school and organizations fun gifts year round (and especially this time of the year). It somewhat serves as a way to ease my guilt...plus, let's face it, who doesn't love a nice treat? It's a nice way to say thank you. I put together gifts for everyone with my load of mom guilt hanging over my head. These fun fabric gift bags are filled with the cutest MARS® Celebrations® candy-filled bottles...they're for my youngest's dance teachers. He's been in hip hop classes for three years, but I may or may not be the mom who sits in her car in the parking lot during rehearsals. To actually say thanks face-to-face, I feel like I better not come in empty-handed, right? These candy-filled bottles are perfection for this. See how I made their fabric gift bags below.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Snowman Honey Jars

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These Snowman Honey Jars are going to make great gifts for my neighbors this year. This is a fun little Christmas craft that is perfect for all ages. Plus, the contents are delicious.

Snowman Honey Jars are a fun and easy holiday craft for all ages. Makes a cute teacher or neighbor gift.
I like to give little gifts to our neighbors every holiday season. Since moving here a year and a half ago, we have realized the folks on our street are truly the best. Everyone is kind and thoughtful...and brings our trash cans up to our house when we forget (doh!). These sweet lil' Snowman Honey Jars are perfect as holiday gifts for neighbors (or teachers, co-workers, friends, etc.). Long after the Christmas season is over, the delicious Don Victor® Honey will be there for their treats and teas. See how to make these below.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Miniature Fabric Gift Bags

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These Miniature Fabric Gift Bags are perfect for small Christmas presents or hostess gifts...and awesome the entire year through for inside the purse or travel bag. 
Miniature Fabric Gift Bags are easy to sew...you'll want to make dozens of them. Cute for purses and travel, too.
'Tis the season for fun gifts between friends, y'all. I made a bunch of these miniature fabric gift bags to give a few of my friends holiday-themed bottles of Poo~Pourri. I have several friends who already LOVE this stuff as much as I do...and I plan to introduce a few more friends to it this seasonPoo~Pourri liberates you from toxic thoughts and ingredients, and inspires you to confidently own your throne...it's all natural and makes the perfect gift to tuck inside these bags. Check out the easy-sew pattern for these miniature fabric gift bags below.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Inspiration Monday

It's December and we're ready to PARTY!
The holiday inspiration that's been rolling in every week is truly fantastic...you all constantly amaze us with your creativity and links every week. Thank you so much for always joining us.

Christmas inspiration is the name of the game now...it really is the most wonderful time of the year! Today's features make great gift ideas...in jars.

This week's features were chosen by me! Check them all out below (and kindly pin from the original source).

Friday, December 1, 2017

Free Printable Lollipop Ornaments

This post for free printable lollipop ornaments is brought to you by Tree Classics. All opinions are mine alone. This post also contains affiliate links. I make a small portion when these links are used, at no additional cost to you.

These Free Printable Lollipop Ornaments are perfect for your Christmas Tree. They have a fun vintage twist and are simple to put together. They look great on my new Tree Classics Ontario Spruce Christmas tree, too. I'm sharing it all below.

Free Printable Lollipop Ornaments | Print and assemble these whimsical ornaments for your Christmas decor.
In our family room (you can tour the entire room here), we like a good, old-fashioned, multi-colored-light tree with our sentimental family ornaments all over it. This room is a bit out of the way, tucked behind the kitchen and away from all of the hullaballoo. It's kind of the "flop" room...with throw pillows usually all over the floor and woven blankets strewn about. But, it's also the room with a television where we can spend time watching family movies together and feel a bit more comfy and cozy. I added my free printable lollipop ornaments to the tree in this space this year, to bring it some uniformity. Check out how it all came together below.