Posts Tagged ‘christmas diy’

Simple Homemade Christmas

Posted by    |    December 14th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Today’s post is one of inspiration.  Sometimes I see pictures in magazines of people’s homes decorated for the holidays and I feel inadequate.  My tree doesn’t have a theme; in fact, the ornaments are a mish-mash of ornaments people have been giving me since my sorority days.  (Said ornaments include a sparkly pickle, a strawberry for ZTA, a one-armed Santa and Barbie, of course.)  My nativity scene isn’t a fancy version and Mary has been glued back together twice.  So when Better Homes and Gardens shows holiday homes that are simply too good to be true, it can seem like an impossible task to measure up.

Then I see treats like this.  Totally homemade and beautiful.  Simple is oftentimes all we need to remember the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place.  After all, what is more simple than birth in a barn?


The incredible French Larkspur shop sells these aqua green vintage German beer bottles (a set of 3 are $48,), and they make a gorgeous holiday display.  Add twigs, flowers, berries…anything, really.  The tags read “peace”, “love” and “joy”-all the qualities of the season.

It’s the little things in life that can make the biggest impact.  Check out French Larkspur for more homemade holiday inspiration, and additional photo beauty like this….

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DIY Reindeer Thumbprint Ornaments

Posted by    |    December 6th, 2011 at 7:00 am

Here’s a project that many of us did growing up, but the paint colors and beautiful ornaments with which to decorate have certainly evolved.  Thumbprint reindeer ornaments are an easy project you can do with your kids, nieces, nephews, grandkids…or heck, by yourself on a day you’re feeling crafty.  Do a dozen or so of these and your tree will look more festive than Al Roker at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

According to, you’ll need matte ornaments so your reindeer will show up better. (more…)