Our Holiday Decor

Our house has gradually been getting more and more festive.  Think there is only one more project in my back pocket, until I can count our decorations as done!  Last year we had only been in our house for a couple months and Christmas quickly came upon us, but this year was so much fun to put thought and energy into making our home festive and merry.  Our mid-century modern furniture mixes perfectly with our vintage bulbs and decorations that were hand-me-downs from my grandma, aka actually mid century.  I DIYed the modern wreaths below and added some hand-crafted wood beads to balance the glitter with a little scandinavian understatemnt.  What do you think?  What's your favorite part of your house to decorate?  Despite what these photos show, mine is the outside.  

Holiday decor
DIY wreaths
Meri Meri Advent Calendar
gold garland
polkadot gift wrap
Christmas tree
White Christmas Tree


Holiday Moments from our House

Our Christmas game was at about 75% this year, as it's been a whirlwind of moving, unpacking, and still trying to fill our significantly larger home with non-holiday things.  We brought in plenty of holiday cheer though.  Here are a few moments from our Christmasy home.  

See a few more on Instagram.

DIY // Baby's First Christmas Ornaments

If you know me, you'll know just how excited I am for my baby to be able to draw, paint, be creative and craft with me.  Well, I start 'em early.  This year we made extra special Christmas ornaments for grandma and grandpa's tree.  Spoiler, I did most of the work, but Ollie got to get his hand in (literally) these sweet DIY ornaments. 



STEP 1: Roll out the clay

STEP 2: Use your cutter to make a circle.  I pulled out the cookie cutter, but my baby's hand was too big for it, so I used a small planter/bucket.  But note that the thinner the rim, the better it cuts. 

STEP 2: Make a hole for the ribbon.  You may have to work the chopstick and insert from both sides.

STEP 3: Because my cutter was not very fine, I had to do some trimming and smoothing.  I just wet my finger to smooth out the ridges. 

STEP 4: After 3 ornaments, I still didn't master the handprint technique, but spread out their little fingers and quickly set them in the clay, then push down each finger and the palm before lifting.  Oliver wanted to dig his little finger tips in, so the handprint is very imperfect, but that's what you get for crafting with a 10-month-old.

STEP 5: Use the stamps to spell out your message.  We put "1st Christmas" across the top and "Oliver 2015" at the bottom and that was about as much as we could fit.

STEP 6: I used the pen tool in Illustrator to trace a profile photo of Oliver, but you could absolutely print the photo, grab a piece of paper, tape them both to a window (in the day light) and trace his profile.  Or you could use a light box as well.

STEP 7: Another optional step, I used my Cricut to easily cut the shape and make a template, but you could use an X-acto Knife.

STEP 8: Trace the silhouette on the ornament.

STEP 9: Paint the silhouette.

STEP 10: String a ribbon and tie it up!

Hang it on the tree!