It’s the most wonderful time of the year – time for the annual 25 Days Of Christmas Movies Blog Hop! #ChristmasMoviesHop
We have 25 talented bloggers gathered together to share with you all the wonderful crafts and recipes you can make this Christmas season, based off of some of the most beloved holiday classic films. There are 25 films to be inspired by for your holiday season, and 25 talented bloggers to aid your inspiration! If you love Christmas movies, you have come to the right place!! This annual hop is hosted by the fabulous and talented Megan from C’Mon Get Crafty.
Let’s Meet The Hosts!
The movie I chose was Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. This is one of my all time faves at Christmas time. It’s all about redemption and highlighting the fact that we should be good to one another all throughout the year and not just at Christmas time.
I love all different renditions of this classic movie, but my favourite one is the George C. Scott version. It came out in the 80’s, and I remember it was always on on Christmas Eve and my dad and I used to watch it together ever since I can remember. Now that I have a family of my own, this is one of our traditions too.
In 1800’s London, and in pretty much all of the Christmas Carol movies, you see the houses and buildings in London as being random peaks and not built with any rhyme or reason (not like our modern day subdivisions where everything looks the same).
I wanted to re-create that look of 1800’s London and make my own little Christmas Village; with a modern flair of course.
I picked up these wooden houses from my local dollar store (gotta love the dollar store, am I right?),and was going to paint them all black, but when I took a step back, I realized that the natural wood tone matched the book pages perfectly. So, I opted to only paint the fronts to help them stand out a bit.
The book pages are from a Grimm’s Fairy Tale book and not Charles Dickens, but I thought using these would be cute, along with my bottle brush trees placed randomly in between the houses.
To see how I made the little wooden block houses, click here —–> Christmas Wood Block Houses
I’m really pleased with how the mantel turned out overall and I love that I could give the classic Christmas Village a modern twist based on the London cityscape.
Merry Christmas All and God Bless Us, Everyone!!! Ha ha! Couldn’t resist.
Now let’s check out the rest of the amazing Christmas creations!
Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home! A huge thank you to Erlene from My Pinterventures for hosting this fabulous and creative event.
Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts
Megan · C’mon Get Crafty Hilary · Raising Fairies and KnightsEmily · Two Purple CouchesTina · One Crafty Mess Marie · The Inspiration VaultDebra · Shoppe No. 5Trisha · Rosewood and Grace Jeanie · Create and BabbleTerri · Christmas Tree Lane Maureen · Red Cottage ChroniclesToni ⋅ Small Home Soul
Ula ⋅ Lulu & Celeste Sue ⋅ A Purdy Little HousePamela · Home On The CornerLorelai ⋅ Life with LorelaiDebbie ⋅ Tweak and Style Stephanie ⋅ Swoodson SaysChelc ⋅ Inside the Fox Den Susan ⋅ Super Mom – No Cape! Molly ⋅ Just a Little Creativity
Vicki and Jenn ⋅ 2 Bees in a Pod Joanne ⋅ Our Unschooling JourneyTylynn ⋅ Bitterroot DIY Sam ⋅ Raggedity Bits Mary ⋅ The Boondocks BlogCyn ⋅ Creative Cynchronicity Dione ⋅ Clever Chameleon QuiltingErica ⋅ Erica Ever After
For this fun blog hop, I was paired up with Ula from Lulu & Celeste who primarily focuses on sewing. For her home and Christmas decor, Ula has a traditional and rustic style. I really wanted to capture both those styles into her special ornament, but more importantly to include fabric, since sewing is such a huge part of her life.
Ula’s family initial is a ‘W’, and I could tell from her instagram account, that she’s into monograms.
To start my ornament, I went to Michael’s and picked up a ‘W’ and some Mod Podge. I also went to my local fabric store and chose the most traditional Christmas plaid I could find.
There was a bit of a trial and error that went with this process. I initially started by thinking I could mod podge the fabric all around the letter. As it turns out, a ‘W’ is really hard to wrap fabric around.
After ripping off the fabric and starting over, I then decided to paint the back of the ornament in a matte black.
After I traced the letter onto the fabric, I tried to use an exacto knife to cut it out. That didn’t work…. So, I mod podged the fabric to some cardboard from a cereal box to give it some stiffness.
Once it was dry, I was able to easily cut it out. It worked beautifully, and there were no wrinkles.
Here is a back of the ‘W’, which also helped with the gluing of the fabric to the monogram.
Adding the rustic touches to this ornament was easy. I cut a twig into small discs using my mitre saw.
After I hot glued the cardboard on to the letter, I then glued the wood discs onto the ‘W’ in a flower shape.
For the last rustic touch, I gave the back and sides a light sanding to make it look aged.
For the final step, I added a tiny eye hook with some jute twine and called this little DIY Monogram Ornament project finished. Be sure to PIN IT to save this tutorial so you can make your own personalized ornament.
This traditional and rustic ornament is on its way to Ula now, and I sure hope she likes it once it arrives.
Merry Christmas Ula and family!!!
FIND ALL 47 HANDMADE ORNAMENT TUTORIALS BELOW AND SHARE YOURS TOO! Use Hashtag #2017OrnamentExchange so we can see your creations on social media.
The weather has been spectacular lately, and I’m loving every minute of it. Mostly because I know it’s not going to last too much longer and as Ned Stark would say “Winter is Coming…” Since I’ve been spending so much time outside lately, I wanted to create a pretty Fall Front Porch.
Remember a year or two ago, when I bought this antique dresser to act as a bathroom vanity? Lol. I think it may have found a permanent home on my porch. I love it there and as a bonus, I get to store my gardening stuff in the drawers.
At one of my thrift store adventures, I bought a frame that came with a pretty Fall painting. I removed the painting and used the frame as a chalkboard, but I never forgot about that painting. I re-purposed it in a new frame and I think the Fall colours look great for this display.
I really wanted some branches and leaves on either side of the display, but the leaves kept drying out and curling in. So, I hot glued some fake leaves (from the dollar store) to these branches and voila… endless Fall.
I have never been a great gardener, but I’m stoked about my Fall mums and the fact that I’ve kept them alive so long. Lots of water… that’s the key (I think).
I made this HARVEST sign using some scrap wood I had on hand. Probably left over from my daughter’s headboard I made.
You can check that out here —–> How to Build Fabric Headboard
Anyhow, I stained the wood and let it dry. I then printed out the letters for the word HARVEST using the font I thought would look the best. I then cut them out, and traced them onto the board with chalk. From there, I just painted in the letters. Easy peasy.
My front porch and whole exterior of my house need an overhaul.. I know… (note the stain wearing off on the stairs and porch), but I’m going to set aside some time to re-do this entire porch with new stain, new lighting, a new front door, and new pavers. And down the road, the plan is to paint the brick and siding, but that’s another story.
I’ve been loving all the weather this Fall and hope it continues for another couple weeks so the trick or treaters don’t freeze. I hope you are all enjoying it too. Until next time my friends,
This fun felt pillow was made for my middle daughter’s room. She has a tweed, rose gold with a little bit of glam theme going on that I think is super cool, so it fit right in with the overall look.
Here is my finished monocle pillow, complete with a girly bead “chain” to hold the monocle in place.
This month for the Create with Me Challenge, the theme was FELT and I had the perfect project in mind. This awesome monthly challenge has readers vote on what materials us bloggers have to use next month in an original DIY or home decor project.
I used a rigid felt that would act as the main fabric for the pillow.
I started out by cutting the rigid felt to the size I wanted.
It was surprisingly easy to work with and stayed perfectly in place when I sewed up the edges.
This project probably took about 10-15 min. in total and was one of the easiest sewing projects I’ve ever made. Be sure to check out all the other fun felt projects completed by my blogging friends.