1st Day of DIY Christmas: Advent Calendars

I love Christmas and I love DIY, so during this holiday season I thought to myself, why not dedicate 12 blog post to 12 different themes each featuring 12 different projects? There are a lot of ideas so strap on your snow boots and turn on your Christmas tunes and get ready for some awesome ways to celebrate the season!

1. Clothes Pins
2. Chalkboard and Hanging Sacks
3. Brown Boxes
4. Tree Boxes
5. Books
6. Messages in Ornaments
7. Craft Bag
8. Wall Calendar
9. Hanging Chalkboard Boxes
10. Baby Socks
11. Felt Tree
12. Luminaries

7 Steps to Decorating a Christmas Tree

Growing up, one of my favorite days of the year was the day after Thanksgiving. This is the day my mom and I would drag all of our Christmas decorations out of the overly stuffed closet and tackle the task of decorating for the holidays. At first the job always seemed overwhelming, but then my mom would blast the stereo with our favorite Christmas music and we would become enveloped in the holiday spirit. From these joyful memories, some of my most beloved are of trimming our Christmas tree. With each box of ornaments we would pull out memories of years past. Laughing at the ugly kid-craft ornaments and cherishing those gifted from loved ones. Over the years I have developed seven easy steps that are fool-proof in decorating a Christmas tree. These steps not only allow me to continue to enjoy the task but also allow me to create a beautiful tree.

*note: these steps are for an artificial tree but with a few tweaks they can also be applied to a fresh tree.

  1. Christmas Tree Spruce up your tree

This is my least favorite step, which to me is a necessary evil to creating the perfect starting point in decorating your tree. As you set up your tree make sure it is straight. After you have it positioned take the time arrange your branches (the necessary evil…boo). If you are like me, your tree has been stuffed into the tiny box it came in and now is in dire need of some love.

  2.  String your lights (unless you have a pre-lit tree which I highly recommend)

I have found that the best way to tackle the lights is to look at your tree through squinted eyes. As you string your lights wrap each branch, weaving back and forth from the outside of the tree to the center of the tree and back to the outside. This allows the lights to look like that they are a part of the tree rather than just placed in a circle around the tree. Remember to step back as you go to make sure that you are integrating the lights evenly.

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Pine Cone Arrangements

Who says arrangements have to have flowers?  Although I love flowers, there is something unique and intriguing about these pine-cone-only arrangements found through the Hostess with the Mostess Blog.  So feel free to dream beyond the norm and don’t be afraid to ask to see if I can do it.

Christmas Time

It’s hard to believe that it is already here, but Christmas will soon be upon us! Between the weddings, trade shows and silk orders for the holidays, the time just seems to fly by.

And as a sure sign that the holidays are in full swing, wreathes can be found all around town. Unfortunately, wreathes usually do not receive the recognition they deserve. They can be more than just evergreen and ribbon; a good holiday wreath can include anything from the traditional berries and pine cones to just carnations or bells. And whether you decide to go with fresh or silk, round or oblong, it is sure to help add warmth and character to any room. And since I always love pictures for inspiration, I had to pass along a fun post that I found on Christmas wreathes via marthastewart.com.

Here’s to a Merry Christmas filled with lots of friends, family and joy!


Holiday Weddings

Call me a romantic, but there is something downright charming about a beautiful Christmas wedding.  Between the twinkling lights and fresh white snow, which you are guaranteed to have in South Dakota, everything seems to glitter a little more this time of year.  The color options for holiday weddings are truly endless from silver, white and turquoise to black and golds, yet red still remains to be one of the most popular choices.

Another great thing about a Christmas affair, is you are able to incorporate unique elements special to this time of year.  Consider incorporating Christmas ornaments into your centerpieces or decorated trees at the ceremony and reception.  Ribbon is also a great element that seems to gain more of the recognition it deserves during the holidays.

I will be busy this weekend with a fabulous wedding and I hope to have some pictures of it up soon.  Have a great weekend all!