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.
We’re back again this month with another fun furniture flip for the *Renew*Refresh*Restyle* Challenge. This monthly feature is where some talented bloggers team up to show you how we transformed a piece of furniture into something new and pretty.
For my furniture flip, I did something CRAZY and I’m going to show you how I turned an Ikea side table into a Christmas tree base. I really wanted it to look like an old shipping crate, and the cost of these wooden crates was beyond my budget. So, my only option was to figure out how to DIY it.
I started with looking on my local buy and sell group and found this $5 Ikea Lack table. The seller delivered it, and I got started on it right away.
I had some scrap wood left over from my recent fireplace project, and since I was determined to keep costs very low, I used the different sizes I had.
I started by flipping the table upside down and I used wood glue on the legs before securing the wooden slats in place with a nailgun.
I continued this same process all the way around the table. Once all the slats were in place, I painted the whole thing white using some paint I had lying around.
I thought about how fun it would be to make the crate look like it had been shipped from the North Pole. I stenciled different things on the front of the crate, and I chose something wholly ridiculous to be shipped (SNOW….lol) because I’m quirky like that.
The last step was simply setting up the tree inside the wooden crate. I love that I can use it as a decorative base for my Christmas tree and once the holidays are over, it can double as a place to store Christmas decorations.
Please be sure to check out all the wonderful projects from my blogging friends below to see how they transformed their pieces.
Side Table turned Christmas Tree Base (You’re here)
Until next time my friends,
I am so happy to be sharing this Christmas Home Tour with you guys today, as part of the Simply Seasonal Holiday Edition, hosted by Organize Nashville.
I’ve teamed up with some super talented ladies as part of this Christmas blog hop, where we will welcome you into our homes for a Christmas Home Tour as well as offer some tips and tricks on how we all decorate for the holidays. If you’re here from Our Crafty Mom, then welcome. Don’t you just love Michelle’s cozy and classic style?
We’ll start our tour on my front porch, where I am currently “storing” this antique dresser that I plan on transforming into a bathroom vanity some time in the new year. So, I figured why not make it a focal point and add some Christmas cheer?
Tip #1: Find a piece that inspires you
Holiday decorating should create a sense of joy and magic, so choose a specific theme or colour scheme for your home. If you find an amazing garland, a pack of coloured ornaments, or even a fun little sweater reindeer that you love, make that your focal point and build your colour scheme around that.
I prefer neutrals, so going with a cream, buffalo check and beige scheme was an easy choice for me.
This fun advent calendar was a recent DIY project I completed. I transformed this thrift store wine rack into a cute alternative to the traditional advent calendar.
In my home, my cozy reindeer set the tone for the neutral décor with pops of metallic in gold, silver and gun metal grey.
I’ve had this white tree for years, and it usually gets set up in the basement, however this year I decided to make it our main Christmas tree while sticking to metallic, mirrored, and clear glass ornaments, all accented with white lights.
I found some cheap cream coloured sweaters at a thrift store and made a set of sweater stockings. These were then paired with some cute antler ornaments that I turned into a garland for my fireplace.
The living room leads into the dining room where I continue with the neutral and calm colours.
Tip #2: Don’t be afraid to mix patterns
In the dining room, I used a grey plaid tablecloth, which coordinates with the wallpaper. These two very different patterns work together because they are in the same colour family so they don’t compete with each other.
I also used metallics and cream tones on my tablescape with the chargers, ornaments and Christmas village, which create a cohesive look with the adjacent living room.
Tip #3: Use Fresh Greenery
I typically use faux garland and wreaths in my home, but I also love to use fresh greenery whenever possible when decorating for Christmas. I found some inexpensive tree clippings at my local garden center and used them around my home as part of the décor. The clippings come in a big bundle and only need an occasional spritz of water to keep them fresh. I used the clippings above my mantel in a bough, on my antique dresser on the porch and then I moved on to the dining room table. I LOVE how these can instantly make any space feel Christmassy.
I even added some greenery to my vintage toolbox.
Off the kitchen is our den, where we spend a lot of time watching tv and reading. Since most of the house is light and airy, we decided that this room would have a more masculine feel. Maybe it’s a ying and yang thang…. Lol. This differing style from the rest of the house demands a different Christmas vibe as well, and I typically go more “rustic” in this space.
Check out how I made these easy wood houses here —–> Christmas Wood Block Houses.
Tip #4: Get Cozy
Let’s get real here… December is COLD! Although I can’t stand the cold, I do love a warm cozy fireplace. Getting cozy can consist of curling up in a warm fuzzy blanket, a comfy pair of slippers, or even investing in a fireplace. There are different fireplace options that suit any budget, and can all look fantastic. Plus, you need a place to hang your stockings after all. We have a total of 3 fireplaces in our home. The white one in the living room is an inexpensive electric fireplace I found on a local buy & sell site. Our den has a wood burning fireplace, which has its pros and cons for sure. I love the crackle and ambiance of a real fire, but it can be messy. And lastly, we have a gas fireplace in our basement (and I’ll be putting together a post all about the fireplace shenanigans soon).
Every Christmas, this room is devoted to our “Family Christmas Tree” where we put all our ornaments made by the kids, along with all their favourite decorations that don’t colour coordinate at all. We opted for a real tree this year and I’m loving the fresh pine scent.
Thank you so much for joining us on a tour and from A Purdy Little House, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and please be sure to check out the next Christmas Home Tour on our blog hop, which is the gorgeous home of Shelley from Roots North and South blog.
Also, please be sure to check out all the other Christmas Home Tours:
Monday, December 5
Tuesday, December 6
Wednesday, December 7
Thursday, December 8
Friday, December 9
See you next time my friends,