DIY Christmas

Hello again!

Well, I said I wouldn’t wait a month to post, and here I am…almost exactly one month later and finally getting around to it! I promise to get better! Really, I do. Maybe it can be one of my New Year’s resolutions…that, and to finish Mad Men. I’m half way through season 4, and yup, still addicted.

Well, I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas. It’s hard to believe it’s over. There’s always so much build up, and then it’s over before you can bat an eye.

We had a good holiday. We rebounded from last year when Casey’s aunt broke her arm, and our niece and nephew had head lice. It made for a less-than-desirable family get together.

Other than dealing with the mood swings of our resident “threenager” (and her epic tantrum on Christmas Eve), all was well. We ate, drank, and were generally merry.

I even made time for a few crafty holiday projects, which is one of my favorite parts about the holidays. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned dozens of times, I love decorating our home for the holidays, and I enjoy making gifts as well.

Alas, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite DIY Christmas projects.

  1. Pallet Christmas Tree – Ok, so this isn’t made from an actual pallet, rather, an old fence post, but you get the idea. After seeing this project on Pinterest, I couldn’t resist! My husband cut the pieces, and I painted them. It’s hard to tell here, but the silver boards are glittery. This beauty sits in a 5-foot wall “cut out” above the entryway in our home. I love it! IMG_1478
  2. Apple Butter – My grandma Alice used to make apple butter all the time, and it was one of my favorite treats as a kid. I got a wild hair one day, and decided to try my hand at it. Instead of following my grandma’s recipe which involved boiling the apples on the stove top, I decided to make mine in a crock pot, via a Pinterest recipe. It turned out so good! And it made the house smell delicious. I filled mason jars, added labels and some twine, and it made the perfect gift for our guests on Christmas Eve.IMG_1593
  3. Hand Soap Teacher Gifts – I needed a simple gift idea for my daughter’s teachers at daycare. Who doesn’t love Bath & Body Works soap? I found some fun winter themed hand soaps, and added cutesy labels, and voila!
  4. Dress Up Closet – This project was by far my favorite. And the most labor intensive. My husband and I worked together again to make this dress up closet for our daughter. He made it from scratch, and I painted/accessorized. I painted it pink and white to match her bedroom, and added a baroque stencil on the back wall to give it a little French flair. (Her bedroom is Paris themed). We also added a mirror, and hooks for her necklaces and purses. Didn’t it turn out cute? I hope it is a piece that she will use and appreciate for years to come. IMG_1609FullSizeRenderJ in closet

So as you can see, I’ve been a little busy! But it was well worth it. Now I need to find time to take down all of my Christmas decorations! Yes, our tree is still up. But not for long. Hopefully I’ll find time this weekend to take it down.

But first, Mad Men.

XOXO,
Ashley

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