Saturday, November 26, 2016

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like...

I actually started adding a few pieces here and there over the past week.  But today, we are in full Christmas decoration mode.
I am trying (keyword in the sentence: trying) to keep things a little more simple this year.
Between two boys, two cats and my husband, someone or something is always messing with my decorations.  Grrrr...
So I'm not going to get frustrated this year.  I'm just doing more with less.
I'm finding new ways to display old favorites and utilizing different spots to place my Xmas goodies.
Our tree is not up yet as I'm afraid the cats will knock it down. Again.  Like last year.  So another week or so before we tackle that.
For now, I have this one set up in my tea-room/she-shed.  I can admire it out there without the worry of a kitty (or two) knocking it down.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

~Holiday Scents~

While I haven't officially started decorating for Christmas yet, I am craving the scents of the season.  Cinnamon, Balsam Fir, Winter Pine - you name it, I love it.  So I found three simple ways to add the sweet aroma of the holidays to our house.
First up is this eco-friendly dish soap from ECOS: Earth Friendly Products.  
Their limited edition holiday DishmateTM dish soap is available in a fresh Winterpine scent.  (; $3.49).  My dishes and kitchen have never smelled so festive!
I always stock up on cinnamon sticks before the holidays.  I simply break them in half, add them to a pot of water and simmer on my stovetop for hours.  Sometimes I sprinkle a little ground cinnamon on top for good measure.  These were $1.00 per pack at The Christmas Tree Shops.
Last up is this Evergreen Forest candle from Everyday Lune.  I picked it up from Marshall's ($6.99) and OMG, it made the entire house smell like a fresh-picked Christmas tree.  We've been using an artificial tree for years now, so this is a welcome scent in our home. It brings back memories of the real trees we always had in my childhood home for Christmas.

How do you make your home capture the scent of the season?


Note: I was provided a sample of ECOS dish soap for review; however all text, opinions, etc. are my own.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Slightly Obsessed

Sharing a few more Xmas tart tins I made last week.  Told you I was slightly obsessed with making these!
While some of my friends on Instagram are already decorating for Xmas, I'm content just crafting and planning on where to display these when the time comes.  The little reindeer and feed sack are from Michael's.  Had everything else I needed.
These guys are also from Michael's.  I added the 25 Bingo chip and faux moss.

I have (eep!) one tin left.  I gave some to my 9 year old so he could make his own.  He used Lego pieces for his and they came out quite cute.  I'm still figuring out what to do with my lone survivor...


Friday, November 4, 2016

Tart Tin Magnets

I bought a bunch of tart tins from our local thrift store a couple of weeks ago.  
They were too new for what I had in mind, so I searched Pinterest for a recipe on how to age them.  Some vinegar, salt and water gave me exactly the look I was going for, so I could turn them into...
Xmas magnets!
I used random pieces to get three different looks.  This one is my favorite.
Or is it this one?
I can't decide.  Each has its own little personality.

I must confess: I'm a little obsessed with making these now and have some others in the works.