{From the Archives} DIY St. Patrick’s Day Bubblegum Necklace

I have a confession.  I have become an online shopper.  I say that like it’s taboo.  My thoughts immediately go to a childhood friend’s mother…who I would catch watching HSN in the middle of the night, phone and credit card in hand.  But I guess it isn’t strange at all nowadays…even downright thrifty, with the online coupons and daily deals sites.  I’m even an affiliate at zulily.com, Jane.com, and Pick Your Plum.  And let me tell you, it’s dangerous.  They have really cute stuff on there.  Stuff you didn’t know you wanted or needed.  And you better get it now, because it will be gone in the next five minutes and you will never see it again.  Ever.  But this marketing strategy has worked like a charm on me because I have purchased more items online this year then I have in stores for the past 5 years!

 One of the items I’m seeing over and over on these online sites is bubblegum necklaces for little girls.  They are big, chunky, brightly colored round beads that have patterns on them, and are hung close to the neck.  Like, a little girl version of the southern pearls.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

And online, these silly things are like $14.99.  Nope.  I figured there had to be a way to easily make them on my own.  And with St. Patrick’s Day coming up, it was the perfect excuse to make some bright green ones.  Lincoln will have his DIY Shamrock tee-shirt, and my girls will have their own Leprechaun Pearls {I’m officially coining that phrase…}

Leprechaun Pearls cost about $4 to make for a total of 4 DIY St. Patrick’s Day Necklaces {with many materials left over at the end too!}, and take about an hour and a half including baking time.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

You’ll need:

An old cutting board {that may get stained from the clay}
A sharp knife
A shallow dish {for rolling balls in glitter}
A jelly roll pan
Some ribbon or yarn
Some glitter
A paperclip
Parchment paper or foil to create and bake on
Sculpey Clay {or other oven bak clay} from craft stores

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

Your clay will come in packages that have four rectangles in them.  Cut those apart with your knife, and then divide each rectangle into four smaller pieces.  Each of the smaller pieces is how much clay you will use for one bead.

Roll the 4 small pieces into balls.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

If you want, divide the small pieces in half and combine two colors gently.  When you roll it into a ball it will create a marbleized effect.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

Roll some of your balls in the shallow dish of glitter.  Roll the ball with glitter in your hands again, so that the glitter is gently pushed into the clay {this will prevent a glittery mess each time your daughter wears her necklace}.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

So pretty!  If you are a little OCD like me, make sure you have enough of each design to create some pattern for your necklace.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

Open one end of your paper clip, and use it to poke a hole in each bead.  You want to move the paperclip around inside the hole to widen it enough for your ribbon/yarn to go through.  There shouldn’t be any hole shrinkage in the oven.  Spread all the beads out on foil on a jelly roll pan {a cookie sheet with edges}.

Bake for an hour at 275 degrees.  Let cool completely.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

Measure your ribbon around your daughter’s neck, and then add about 6 more inches to the length….you can always trim it after the beads are on.  Fold the ribbon in half to find the middle, and working your way from the middle, lace your beads.  I laid all mine out in order beforehand.  I highly recommend tying a knot in between each bead, to keep them in place.  Also, you may want to use a lighter to seal the ends of your ribbon to prevent fraying.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

And that’s it!  SO pretty!  The beads should be really hardy…my girls have dropped their necklaces several times and we haven’t had any breakage.

{Leprechaun Pearls} DIY St. Patrick's Day Bubblegum Necklaces

The project was a hit because even the little ones could do it {with a little help rolling into balls}.  The little boy next door even came over and just made “marbles” instead of beads.  Obviously, these will be choking hazards so keep ’em away from kids under 3!

We are excited to make more of these in different colors!
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17 Appropriate Consequences for Poor Behavior {and the Bible backs it up!}

It may not seem like it, but unfortunately, we are a family that yells.  Dave and I try to keep our cool, we try to “seek to understand” before losing said cool…but nine times out of ten, we end up yelling at the kiddos.  Hey, it happens right?  But our knee-jerk reaction to their mistakes is an automatic time-out, loss of privileges or the occasional spanking.  Very seldom do we take the time to stop and think about appropriate consequences that “fit the crime,” let alone scripture that backs it up.Crime LogoI find myself often searching online for creative, natural and appropriate consequences that can be backed up by scripture.  Not only do I want to correct the behavior, I want to give my kids the “why” as well.  So I found a couple of sites, in addition to some of the methods we use, to help create a little cheat for us parents.  Here are the other blogs that I found that had some good suggestions {please check them out!}:

House-wifery

Confessions of a Homeschooler

Raising Arrows

Meaningful Mama

I can’t promise that I will keep my cool or always remember these scriptures.  But I figure if I have a go-to place where I can find appropriate consequences {that’s also Biblical} for a common childhood behavior, then hopefully it will be a teaching lesson as well as correct the behavior.

 Destruction of Property:
{Matthew 7:12 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”}
Consequences: Clean up the mess, as well as doing chores for the person whose property was affected, earn money to pay for item

Arguing or Fighting with each other:
{2 Tim 2:24 “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.”}
Consequence: Sitting face to face with each other, holding hands.  Apologize for harsh words, ask for forgiveness and come to a compromise on the argument.

Bragging:
{Proverbs 27:2Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth;
    an outsider, and not your own lips.”}
Consequence: Apologize, and list 5 things for which they are thankful

Whining and Complaining:
{Phillipians 2:14 “Do everything without grumbling or arguing,” or Psalm 19:14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”}
Consequence: Loss of privilege, having to be last in an activity or do extra work {depending on what they were whining about}, or list 5 things they are grateful for

Mean or Disrespectful Words:
{Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”  Proverbs 21:23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.”}
Consequence: Letter of apology, with kind words in it

Laziness:
{Deut 6:5 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”}
Consequence: Start the task over again to complete

Lying or Deceit:
{1 Peter 3:10 Whoever would love life and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.”, Proverbs 17:4 A wicked person listens to deceitful lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.”}
Consequence: Letter of apology

Gossip:
{Proverbs 16:28 A perverse person stirs up conflict,
    and a gossip separates close friends.”}
Consequence: Apology and set things straight with people they gossiped to

Poor Manners/Decision Making:
{James 4:17 “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”}
Consequence:  extra work, do the right thing with an apology

Poor Self Control:
{Proverbs 16:32 Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.”}
Consequence: After calming down, apologize to those affected

Selfishness:
{Hebrews 13:16 “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”}
Consequence: List things they are grateful for, find items to donate, community service

Stealing:
{Ephesians 4:28 “Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.“}
Consequence: Return items, additional work, write Bible verse

Tattle Tailing:
{Matthew 18:15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.”}
Consequence: Copy verse, they lose the item they were tattling about, apologize and use words to talk it out

Discontentment:
{1 Tim 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” }
Consequence: List of things they are grateful for, loss of 1st world privilege {tv, toy, iPad}

Dirty Words/Cursing:
{Ephesians 5:4 “Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”}
Consequence: cleaning

Disobedience:
{Ephesians 6:1 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”}
Consequence: Proximity to parents, extra work/mundane tasks to practice obedience

Hitting/Physical Behavior:
{Titus 3:2 “to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.”}
Consequence: Hugging, holding hands, along with an apology

I hope some of these ideas help your children to correct their behaviors, while also learning the importance of their actions.  If you have any other creative ideas for appropriate consequences as discipline, please share them in the comments!  Remember that these are just some ideas that I’ve compiled…be sure to adjust consequences depending on the severity of behavior, age of the child, and appropriateness in general.  Not every situation fits into a mold!

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Sunday Scripture: Work

I have a new job!  Well, really it’s nothing new….just “official” now.  For the past 5ish years I’ve been handling the curriculum and logistics for the kids’ ministry at my church.  I do all of the social media, compile all of the weekly lesson materials, and do the scheduling of all of our kids’ volunteers.  I love it!

When we first started going to our church, we just attended.  We loved the services, music, and general feel.  But it wasn’t home.  Yet.  But then, our pastor {who was one of our very good friends, and even married us}, kind of threw us into realms of volunteering.  At first, we resisted….Dave doing the technology piece {slides and such} during worship, and me helping out with the kids areas.  He didn’t really feel like being the IT guy for church when that’s kinda what he does all week.  And I was burned out from teaching and thought I wanted nothing to do with kiddos on Sundays.

But after a few weeks of settling in and then taking ownership of our new positions, we began to feel more connected with people in the church.  The senior worship staff, the band, the set-up crew.  And for me, I was getting to know kids and their families on a personal level each week.  The senior staff has done a fantastic job of making us feel like we are absolutely indispensable…which makes us even more responsive and responsible in our positions.Sunday Scripture: Work .... a new job and a familiar callingI don’t have a link for today’s Sunday Scripture…beautiful though, isn’t it?

And after 5 years of running the backside of the kids’ ministry team, I’ve finally decided to take on the role part time for the church as an “official” staff member.  My duties won’t change, although my workload will slowly increase as our ministry gets larger.  But now, I’m part of a team.  It’s been a long time {8 years!} since I’ve worked for someone else and been a part of a staff.  And although there are just 7 of us in the “official” capacity, I’m excited to be a part of the backbone of our awesome church!  #BetterTogetherSC

Have a blessed week!

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Sunday Scripture: Temple

“Your body is a temple.”

How many times have I heard this snibbet of a Bible Verse?  It’s sprinkled all over the Pre-Tween Christian parenting resources that I’ve been scouring recently…especially the ones on how to talk to our kids about their bodies and sex (Can you believe it’s almost “The Talk” time?!?!).  So, that’s what I associate that verse with.  Sexual morality and respecting our bodies.  But then, the rest of the verse….

“So glorify God in your body.”

In other words….

Sunday Scripture: Temple {How are you REALLY treating yourself?}

Sunday Scripture Image is from The Daniel Plan book

There are so many other ways to take care of this physical vessel God has given us.  And although I don’t usually do New Year Resolutions, the start of each year does make me contemplate what my priorities should be.  And this year, this verse really resonated with me.  Maybe it’s because I’m once again running a Biggest Loser Challenge on Facebook; my mind has been wrapped around creating nutritional and physical challenges, as well as motivational and accountability ideas for everyone participating.

If you’d like to join our challenge, head over to our Facebook page {Biggest Loser 2017} and request to join…we’ll get you all set up!  But hurry!  Registration ends tomorrow… Monday, January 9th! 

Sunday Scripture: Temple {How are you REALLY treating yourself?}

Sunday Scripture Image found on A Merry Life, but originally tagged from Peak 313

And now that my feet are healthy again, I’m back in full swing at Bootcamp.  Where the emphasis is strength, power and endurance.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m really hoping that the weight loss piece will also be in there.  But I’m ok with focusing on the long-game.  Now that I’m done having kids, and I’m getting closer to *ahem* middle age, I’m more concerned about keeping my body and mind as healthy as possible for the rest of my life.

Emphasis on “mind” as well.  I’m fully aware of how busy life is, and how thin I am constantly being stretched.  So part of this Sunday Scripture is also my reminder to take a break.  Do something that gives me joy.  Rest.  Take care of ALL of myself….so I can be a better servant to God, my husband and my kids.  Cuz we all know that if Mom’s down, the whole house is down!

Have a blessed week!

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A New Year’s Challenge!

Happy New Year!  Hope y’all had a wonderful holiday break.  We had a blast with a ton of family in town.  Then my parents took the kiddos for a few days so Dave and I could work on a few house projects.  And, I’m working on a special project this year that I’m really excited about….more on that later!

But, I just wanted to share with you that Dave and I are once again hosting a New Year’s Biggest Loser Challenge.  It’s open to EVERYONE!  And it’s only $25 to play.  There will be weekly challenges and motivation….I’d love for you to play along with us!  Here’s the link to sign up, we’ll be starting on January 9th!

Biggest Loser 2017 Challenge {Facebook Group}New Year's Biggest Loser Challenge 2017!  Join the challenge and make a change!And in case you need some other motivation or ideas, here’s the link to one of my most popular posts from when I WON a Biggest Loser Competition and lost over 30lbs in 15 weeks.  There’s some worksheets on there, and some of my diet and exercise examples.

Let’s start the new year out right and start making some changes!

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Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!  I wish you a New Year full of joy, hope and peace!  See you next year!Merry Christmas Card 2016

Christmas Trees on the Square

We have thought about moving many, many times.  But when it comes down to it, our friends and our town are completely irreplaceable.  We live in a small town.  Not tiny, for sure…and definitely sprawling by the minute.  But it’s still a small town.  We have only lived here for 12 years, and yet we see people we know all day long when we are out and about.  I love that.  Even though I’m not so keen on the chit-chat, I like knowing my neighbors.  I like that my kids will “hang out” in areas where adults know them.  You know, eyes everywhere!A tour of our town's Christmas Trees on the Square.And as for the atmosphere of the town itself…couldn’t be more perfect.  You get off of the interstate and pass by the required Target, Cracker Barrel, and Lowes.  But drive another mile down the road, and you’re transported to a one horse town {with a lot more traffic….}  The center of “downtown” is called Hutchinson Square.  It’s a little park surrounded by an old fashioned theatre, Mom & Pop shops, antiques and coffee shops.  At one end is the railroad tracks, at the other is Town Hall, with a big Christmas Tree in front.A tour of our town's Christmas Trees on the Square.A tour of our town's Christmas Trees on the Square.A tour of our town's Christmas Trees on the Square.In addition to weekly Farmer’s Markets, Third Thursday {wine, shopping and entertainment}, and seasonal parades, there is a huge Christmas party to celebrate the lighting of the town Christmas tree.  And the other “Christmas Trees” that surround the park, sponsored by local groups and businesses.A tour of our town's Christmas Trees on the Square.A tour of our town's Christmas Trees on the Square.I put that in quotations because some of these groups get very creative in their interpretations of a Christmas tree!A tour of our town's Christmas Trees on the Square.A tour of our town's Christmas Trees on the Square.F3 and FIA are two workout groups that are huge in our town.  Dave is one of the leaders of F3 {the guys version}…they work out, hang out, and pray together-for free.  Daily.  In multiple locations.  It is by far the best thing that has happened for Dave in a long time.  Not only is he healthier and stronger, but this group of guys has provided him the Christian fellowship that has made him such a great role model in our house and in our community.  F3’s tree is a great representation of their group,  They work out with very little equipment….mostly tires, cinder blocks and telephone poles!  And every guy that shows up for a workout gets a nickname.  Dave is “Picasso.”A tour of our town's Christmas Trees on the Square.A tour of our town's Christmas Trees on the Square. Hope you enjoyed taking a little tour of our Christmas Trees on the Square!

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Thank You for Bedtime

I’m not really sure how we fell into the pattern, but when we are both home and available, my husband and I divvy up the bedtime routines.  And somehow, he usually ends up putting the girls {who are 5 and 7} to bed, while I put “the baby” {who is 2} down.

I’m sure our little system started back when I was ginormously pregnant and physically unable to lean over the bathtub to bathe the girls.  Or maybe when I was constantly nursing a newborn, trying to convince him to sleep in his nursery while his sisters giggled next door with their daddy.  Either way, somehow the tradition has stuck that Mama puts “the baby” down.

I know, I know.  He’s hardly a baby anymore.  He’s just about two and a half now, and almost as verbal as my 7 year old.  He’s potty trained, knows all of his letters, and goes to pre-school three days a week.  Let’s face it…he’s well on his way to being a little kid.

But.  He’ll always be my baby.  I mean, all three of them will always be my babies…but he is my final baby.  Admitting that is hard for me to do.  Although I panic at the thought of being pregnant again or having to start all over, I also envy the tiny snores and sweet baby toes that my new mama friends still get to enjoy.  I’ll always be up for snuggling the closest available baby, but I fully recognize that it won’t be my own.  And as ready as I am for the next phase of my family life, I tear up  even as I type this.Dear Husband, thank you for bedtime. #motherhood #parenting #baby #children #finalchild And so, I’d like to thank my husband.  My better half.  My baby-daddy.  For letting me have bedtime.  For letting me completely coddle that almost-two-and-a-half year old for awhile each night.  For letting me read him too many stories, sing him too many songs and then turning out the light and just rocking him for a few more minutes.  I cherish those little moments.  And he loves them too…I know this because I never have to coax him up into my lap or to even turn around and lay his sweet head down on my chest.

During the day, I’m your average mommy….often annoyed at his two-year-old antics.  I don’t use baby talk with him, I encourage him to clean up after himself, and  give him choices to encourage his independence.  Soon we’ll be fighting over dirty clothes on the floor and unfinished homework.   But for now, after bath time, he gets my undivided attention and the chance to be a complete “Mama’s boy.”  And because his daddy is willing to put “the big girls” to bed every night, I get to soak up a few more precious moments with “my baby.”

Thank you dear husband, for bedtime.

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Sunday Scripture: Christmas Peace

We are officially in the countdown to Christmas…according to the numerous Advent calendars dotting the walls of my house.  And even though it’s a time of celebration, family and tradition, it also carries a lot of pressure and stress with it.  For those who have lost loved ones, it’s a difficult time full of memories.  And for those that celebrate the holidays with a happy heart, there is still *everything* that needs to be done.5daa855867fe9b4beb474de75b2cc912Sunday Scripture image courtesy of Nicki Koziarz

Decorating, shopping, cooking, planning, creating, shopping, Christmas cards, cookie swaps, class parties, picking out a tree, Advent, ornaments, wrapping, Eggnog, reindeer, Elves on Shelves, visiting Santa, holiday lights, church, Christmas outfits, shopping, eating, cleaning, hosting….

Can we all just agree not to judge each other?  That way, maybe we can take a breath, relax, and just enjoy the blessings that come with Christmas.

Have a blessed week!

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A DIY Farmhouse Christmas

Well, the pecan pie isn’t even gone yet at my house, but we’ve already decorated for Christmas.  It’s a little tradition we have, decorating the house on the day after Thanksgiving.  Nothing like rushing into the holidays….but with good reason.  We LOVE Christmas, for obvious reasons {baby Jesus, duh}, but also love the look/feel/smell of it around our home.It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....This year has been really fun because all three of the kids are finally big enough to really help out and get into the decorating.  And this is the year {*sigh*}, that Dave has convinced me to let him Griswald the outside of the house.  Insert eye-roll here.

But on the inside, we are keeping it classy.  And for all of you poor folks who have not discovered the Pinterest rabbit hole yet, you are missing out.  Christmastime is my absolute favorite for perusing Pinterest.  I just love looking at all of the decorating ideas, house tours, recipes and crafts.  Want to see what’s on my Christmas board?  Be sure to follow me to see what else I’m into.  My absolute favorite is a Farmhouse Christmas.DIY ideas and tutorials to create a Farmhouse ChristmasIt’s all so pretty and simple.  And yet, most of it would be really easy to create.  I’d love to say I’ll have the time to do all of these things, but let’s be honest….I’ll spend half of that time “researching” on Pinterest!  {like I said before, it’s a complete rabbit hole!}.  So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Farmhouse Christmas decor ideas that I’ve stumbled across.  Some, you can buy.  But most of them would be easy enough to create yourself!

I’ve linked all the pictures to their sources, and have tried to link as many keywords as I can to sources to purchase the materials.  I am an Amazon associate, so anything I link to Amazon.com will help out this blog a teeny bit when you purchase {with no additional cost to you}.  Thanks in advance!DIY Rustic Christmas Containers....ideas and tutorials for creating a Farmhouse ChristmasSo, let’s talk containers.  I feel like its pretty easy to give any green plant a wintry feel with a red bow and a galvanized home to sit in.

DIY Rustic Christmas Containers....ideas and tutorials for creating a Farmhouse Christmas

-Liz Marie Blog

DIY Rustic Christmas Containers....ideas and tutorials for creating a Farmhouse Christmas

Farmhouse 5540

DIY Rustic Christmas Containers....ideas and tutorials for creating a Farmhouse Christmas

-Uncommon Designs

In case you don’t have a galvanized bucket or five, make your own!  Grab metal paint pail from Amazon and follow the directions on Uncommon Designs to make it look weather worn.DIY Rustic Christmas Containers....ideas and tutorials for creating a Farmhouse Christmas

Finding Home Farms

Even if you aren’t a fan of the galvanized look, there are other ways to incorporate Christmas into your containers easily.  Paint a mason jar, or just use white vases or pitchers to display greenery or flowers.  I have three different sizes of the Ikea White Sockerart Vase that I plan on doing this with.DIY Rustic Christmas Containers....ideas and tutorials for creating a Farmhouse Christmas

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Back Porch Musings

Ok, moving on to tree trimmin’s…some of the easiest DIY  Farmhouse Christmas projects out there!DIY Rustic Christmas Tree Ornaments ....ideas and tutorials for creating a Farmhouse ChristmasWe have our big Christmas tree in the living room, with presents underneath, but also have several smaller trees throughout the house.  Every year I tell myself I’m gonna make the trees themed…one with the kids’ ornaments on it, one with a more rustic theme, one with the breakable stuff, one with just our family vacation ornaments….I could go on and on!

These little stars remind me of the canvas heart garland I made a couple of years ago….some simple sewing with felt and you wouldn’t even need to finish the seams off!DIY Rustic Christmas Tree Ornaments ....ideas and tutorials for creating a Farmhouse Christmas

Oi Soi Oi

We have no shortage of pine trees in our neighborhood, and the kids already collect pinecones on each walk….a little hot glue and burlap to make them festive for your tree!  Although…I’ve heard you should stick them in your oven for a bit to kill any bugs that might live in them.  Not sure if that is true or not, but it might be worth a try!
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-Pine Cone Shoppe

Everyone’s got those old metal cookie cutters that haven’t seen a cookie in decades and are now {kinda} used for playdough….except the kids are weirded out by their odd, ambiguous shapes and would rather make ice cream cones in the coveted “factory.” So snag those slightly rusty metallic shapes and slap some hot glue and twine on them too!
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The DIY Dreamer

We’ve replaced most of our solid glass ball ornaments with the “shatterproof” versions, which I highly recommend if you have kids, pets or husbands.  But I found a few of our old colored balls that had made it through the years.  Rather than risk putting them on the tree, I think I’m gonna try wrapping them in burlap and twine.  Not only will that protect the ball from exploding shards everywhere when it is inevitable dropped or squeezed, but will provide a little texture to the tree as well.

DIY Rustic Christmas Tree Ornaments ....ideas and tutorials for creating a Farmhouse Christmas

-Hobby Lobby

And maybe it is my Type A personality, but I love the look of simple, cohesive presents under the tree.  I inherited a whole bag of Christmas wrapping paper that I’ve been spending the last 10 years trying to use up….one roll at a time.  So I pick a new design for each year!
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-Just Imagine

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Finally, my favorite….the finishing touches on a creating a Farmhouse Christmas!
DIY Rustic Christmas Signs and Decor ....ideas and tutorials on creating Farmhouse ChristmasI love the simplicity of this set of three paintings.  I wish I could say I had the artistic talent to replicate them!  Luckily, Cherry Tree Gallery sells them on Etsy!
DIY Rustic Christmas Signs and Decor ....ideas and tutorials on creating Farmhouse Christmas-Cherry Tree Gallery

Here’s another one you can get on Etsy from In Mind 4U.  It would be perfect for the mantle or on the console table in my hallway.
DIY Rustic Christmas Signs and Decor ....ideas and tutorials on creating Farmhouse Christmas-In Mind 4U

I’m seeing more and more decorating ideas for around the house.  In the past, we’ve only decorated our main living area, and the outside of the house.  Even our kitchen {which is in our main living area} has been neglected!  But I’d love to start incorporating some Farmhouse Christmas decor throughout the entire house.  I love the above print….I think I’d sneak it into some holiday decor in the kiddo’s bathroom… #subliminalmessages
DIY Rustic Christmas Signs and Decor ....ideas and tutorials on creating Farmhouse Christmas-Bonnie Lecat

Another idea for integrating the holidays throughout the house is to replace your wall pictures with seasonal prints.  Anderson and Grant has a great tutorial on making these four wall hangings…beautiful!
DIY Rustic Christmas Signs and Decor ....ideas and tutorials on creating Farmhouse Christmas-Anderson and Grant

And everyone knows that pillows and throws are an easy way to transform any space.  I’m loving the buffalo check flannel that seems to be popular this year.  Check out my post on how to make quick slip-cover pillowcases.
DIY Rustic Christmas Signs and Decor ....ideas and tutorials on creating Farmhouse Christmas-On Sutton Place

Channel your 14 year-old self, covering your biology book with a paper bag.  Easy enough to do with any books around your house…simple lettering of seasonal book titles on the spines and tied with a festive ribbon.
DIY Rustic Christmas Signs and Decor ....ideas and tutorials on creating Farmhouse Christmas

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I hope you enjoyed looking at all the beautiful ideas on this post, and maybe you can find some simple ways to instill a little Farmhouse Christmas into your decor!

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