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Family Tradition | an Ornament Advent Calendar

12.15.2014


Hi friends- today I'm sharing a special family tradition post on the Land of Nod's blog- it's our ornament advent calendar.  I'd also love to hear about your unique family traditions if you'd like to share in the comments.

Click over to Honest to Nod for the complete post.

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A Joyful No Sew Holiday Banner

12.11.2014


Felt message banners are such a fun and easy way to add some joy (or love, or peace, or cheer…) to your home this holiday season. You can make them in endless festive color pairings and trace the letters in any font you like. I did my banner lettering freehand to save time and add a bit of extra character. Here’s how to make your own:

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Supplies
- 2 sheets of contrasting colored felt
- thin wood dowel, at least 2 inches longer than your banner
- Baking twine or yarn
- No sew hem tape (w/ iron) or hot glue gun
- Ruler
- Pencil or chalk

Directions
1. Create your base felt.  Use a ruler and mark the center of your felt at the lowest point you want your angle. Then mark both sides of the felt about 3” up, forming a triangle at the base. Trim from center to the edges.
2. Line the top of your base felt with hem tape and fold over about 1 inch from the top, leaving a gap to slide a dowel through. Iron/Glue and press firmly into place for a strong hold. Slide your dowel in place, leaving an 1” extra on each side.
3. Measure your lettering felt on top of the base to ensure your letters will fit within the space. Either freehand sketch/trim your block letters, or use a paper cut program like Silhouette create templates in your favorite font. Trace them onto your lettering felt and trim out.
4. Line the back of your letters with hem tape or hot glue, and place on to the backing felt.
5. Cut a length of your twine or yarn and tie to each end of the dowel. Hang and you're done!

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Our Minted Holiday Photo Cards

12.03.2014


Using Minted for our family holiday cards has become a bit of a tradition the past few years and they never disappoint. Minted is headquartered here in San Francisco, and I love supporting their community of independent designers.

Our family always does a photo card and the options are endless- with lots of ways to tailor them to your personal style.  As you can see, I'm a fan of rounded corners and kraft paper envelopes, and I'm pretty sure all you metallic lovers will get on board with the gold foil stamping.

I also learned a new trick I wanted to share with you guys... if you upload your family photo first, just click the 'find it fast' button and you can see your photo placed in each different option to know at a glance what looks best. Very cool timesaver.


This year I was super excited to try the new Minted Envelope service and they turned out better than I could have hoped. You can choose from a bunch of beautiful envelope designs and for a limited time, the recipient addressing is FREE!

It it so easy you guys. All I had to do was export my google address book into Minted's template and upload to the site. I picked out this simple greenery graphic that coordinates with our cards and now all I need to do is stamp and send.  I'm telling you- your biggest holiday card challenge is going to be how to choose your favorite design!

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This post was sponsored in part by Minted, but my good opinion of their products is all my own. 

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Season to Sparkle | The Party Hop - Day 5

11.14.2014

As the week comes to a close, so does our Season to Sparkle.  So last, but totally not least I bring you our final 3 party hop projects.

Whatever Dee Dee Wants glitters up the partyware...



Squirrelly Minds DiYs the fun on the holiday napkins...


and KoJo Designs sparkly favor bags will definitely send guests off in style!



I hope you've enjoyed sharing in the holiday inspiration this week.  Do you have a favorite project?  Thanks so much to Sara for bringing this fun and stylish event to life!  We'd love for you to share + pin your favorites with the hashtag #thepartyhop.

For more from the Season to Sparkle party hop series, click here.

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Season to Sparkle | The Party Hop - Day 4

11.13.2014

Lucky you! Another day of fabulous holiday crafts!  Hop on over to these blogs and get all the deets:

Bump Smitten is rocking the giant balloon fringe...


Paisley Petal Events topping her cupcakes with the cutest glitter bows...


and Modge Podge Rocks is hanging the holiday garland...


For more from the Season to Sparkle party hop series, click here.

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