15 Christmas DIY Gift Wrap Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I love wrapping gifts. Maybe it’s my creative side. I enjoy making the packages look pretty under the tree. Here are a few DIY gift wrap ideas to make your wrapping this year a breeze.  This might be the easiest idea in this article! Grab a paper sack, a few stamps, and fresh eucalyptus and you’ll be all set. (Most grocery stores carry fresh eucalyptus in their floral departments.) The Beauty Dojo shares how to make these simple gift bags, perfect for oddly shaped presents. A few years ago, I was attempting to be as thrifty as possible over Christmas. I created these cute reusable bags as a way to wrap gifts! You won’t want to miss this super easy  over on Designers Sweet Spot. Bonus: you can use these bags again next year! If you have kids that want to get involved in the wrapping, this could be a fun project! My Sweet Things decided on a Christmas tree design, but the possibilities for this are really endless. Boxwood Avenue shares an excellent tutorial on how to make this cute Christmas light strand to dress up your packages. This is another great use for Washi tape. I love this idea from Almost Makes Perfect because it doesn’t require you to purchase anything specifically for your Christmas wrapping, but still looks festive! Check out this DIY over on 2 Bees in a Pod to see how thrifted shirts are used to create gift wrap.   Here’s another thrift store DIY. Sadie Seasongoods used what others might consider trash (and some consider treasure) to wrap…
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Beautiful Christmas Tablescapes

Decorating for Christmas is so much fun! However, it’s tempting to resort to your traditional routine. One way to mix up your holiday decor this season is with a beautiful Christmas tablescape. Here are a few of our favorites from around the web.  Enjoy!  There’s something special about a beautiful table that sets the mood for the season! I am always amazed at the creativity behind so many holiday tablescapes. We hope this roundup has given you the inspiration to create something new and exciting with your Christmas decor. Finally, remember that there’s no “right way” to decorate. You’re free to create something that truly makes YOU smile. Christmas Inspiration If you’re still looking for more noteworthy Christmas inspiration, check out these other articles: 12 Easy DIY Christmas Stockings Festive Cocktails for Holiday Parties DIY Decorative Holiday Pillows Spiced Hot Apple Cider   Remember to pin this post for later!  SaveSave SaveSave

12 Easy DIY Christmas Stockings

Christmas is here! It’s hard to believe it’s less than one month away. Whether you use your Christmas stockings as decoration or you fill them with goodies, they are a staple in most holiday decor. Here are a few easy DIY Christmas stockings to hang on your mantle this year.  These fun stockings require minimal sewing, in fact you could probably even accomplish them without a sewing machine! Room for Tuesday used a pre-made stocking as the form for these stockings, making it so easy to achieve the perfect shape. Who says all stockings have to have traditional Christmas designs? Add an unexpected surprise to your mantle this year with these adorable ice cream stockings by My Poppet Makes. You could already have everything you need to create this stocking! Seeking Lavender Lane repurposed a dish towel to create a stocking perfect for her home decor. You know you have a sweater lying around somewhere that you just never wear.  Maybe it doesn’t fit, maybe it’s too itchy. An Extraordinary Day shares an excellent way to bring you neglected sweater back to life. Houseful of Handmade uses a drop cloth to create these personalized stockings. This would be a great way to create a uniform look while keeping each stocking unique. Although these stockings look more complicated than some, they are great for even the beginner crafter. Homemade Ginger uses a free (and super easy) pattern to create these colorful stockings. Here is another way to use that old sweater lying around your home. Sustain My Craft Habit chose to combine it with festive flannel for her holiday stockings. Every child…
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Festive Cocktails for Holiday Parties

The holidays are finally here! What feels more festive than a tasty cocktail at your holiday party?  So much of a successful party revolves around the food and beverages served. We’ve found a few festive cocktails perfect for any event you are planning during this holiday season. After looking at these recipes for the past few hours while writing this article, I’m ready to go sample a few of them. Cheers! Still looking for some holiday inspiration? Check out even more festive ideas: Holiday Gift Guide for Women Over 50 DIY Decorative Holiday Pillows Spiced Hot Apple Cider for Chilly Nights   Remember to pin this post for later!           SaveSave

Top 30 Fabulous Gifts for Women Over 50

Looking for a great gift? Try one of these fabulous ideas for women over 50! I am in the 50 club now, so I can write this post!  Top 30 Fab Gifts for Women Over 50 I recently became a member of the over 50 club. Let me tell you girls, it’s very freeing. Suddenly you have a new outlook on life. These gifts are selected from the viewpoint of a woman who has a new lease on life. Suddenly, I am concerned about wrinkles, aging, beauty marks and greying roots. I am pricing compression hose, anticipating hot flashes and wearing colors that I never have before. It’s a whole new world! If you know someone who fits this description, these gifts are for her! Or for you, because suddenly it’s okay to take better care of ourselves! Here we go! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! Gifts for Midlife Women Cute compression socks. I wasn’t kidding when I said I was pricing these out. Did you know they make compression socks in adorable prints??? That way the rest of the world will never know what they really are, or how fabulous they make your legs feel. Check out this fabulous selection here. Fine home decor diffuser set. Face it, women love things that smell good. We also love things for our home. This combination is perfect with both a diffuser and candle in a fabulous Birchwood Pine Scent. What…
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DIY Decorative Holiday Pillow Roundup

Decorative holiday pillows are one of the easiest ways to decorate your home for the holidays. However, pillows these days are costing an arm and a leg! Who wants to spend that much on something that will only be in use for 2 months of the year?  Here are some great ways to create a festive feel on a budget, and reuse some of the same pillows you use all year.Rebecca at The Crafted Sparrow created this fun pillow to add a little excitement to her neutral color scheme. This cozy cashmere pillow is perfect to usher in the winter season. It reminds me of cold nights sipping hot chocolate by a fire! Hello Little Home shares a great tutorial over on her blog. Everyone loves candy at Christmas! Sustain My Craft Habit shares some great tips on how to create these fun pillows on a budget, you don’t even have to know how to sew! While this pillow cover does require a bit of sewing, it’s so easy that even a beginner could do it in no time. Janice of Sawdust Sisters simply used these holiday covers on pillows she  uses year round to save some money. I SPY DIY shares an excellent tutorial on how to make two of these festive pillows. Another great option if you’re wanting to tone your decor down a bit this year. The possibilities for a tree like this are endless! You could add some embellishments to “decorate” the tree, or stick with a simple lace for a pillow that can stay in use all winter long. Work It, Mom! shares some of the…
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Three Things We Love About Winter Wreaths

Winter Wreaths make me smile every time I walk in and out the door. Here’s three things ideas for  beautiful wreaths that you will never forget. (And no, it’s not to early to think about it!) Winter Wreaths for All Seasons It’s great to have a different wreath for every month of the year. However, very few of us have room to store them all, much less remember to change them with the calendar. This Winter Wreath will last all season and keep you smiling every time you see it. The three little snowy owls on this wreath are from my faux winter bird collection. They remind me of my children.  Innocent and adorable, awkward and precious. They make me smile. When our kids were little we read a story about baby owls and they just loved it. We read that book over and over again. Now that the kids are grown I can look back and remember those times with these cute little decorations that will be fabulous all winter long. Ideas for a DIY Winter Wreath Reuse your old winter decor. Even if you live in a warm climate, you can DIY your winter decorations. Buy a few special things that you love each year, then reuse them. The fur on this wreath came from a Christmas Tree garland I used last year. You can repurpose last year’s tree decor for another season or two in some other way without having to break the bank. This is one of my best secrets, I often reuse my decor over…
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City of Lights: St. Augustine, FL

I love Christmas lights. I am probably the only one in town who dreads putting the lights away for another whole year. I could keep them up all year long, but then the neighbors might think it was a bit odd. This year I may just put some up after the New Year, because I never got around to putting them up before the holiday. For now, I have to admire everyone else’s’ display. This is the city of St. Augustine, Florida. St. Augustine has a world famous Festival of Lights nor the holiday season from November to January. Rated by National Geograhic as one of the top ten best light displays in the world, it will not fail to impress. There are 2.5 million lights in the city, can you imagine? They are a sight to behold. I pity the poor soul who has to find that one light bulb that is out! The city is built around an old town square with loads of beautiful shops, galleries and restaurants. It would be easy to spend your days on the beach and explore the city at night. There are lots of interesting Windows to shop at after dark, I love,this stained glass window in an old church on the square. There were lots of people taking in the lights after dark, so be sure to go early and find a place to park. You can also take a trolley ride around town to see the lights for $12.00 per person. All for now, it’s time to get back to…
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Silver and Gold Holiday Decor

  This post is sponsored by Gordman’s. Any opinions given are completely my own. The last minute decorating is done. The last minute shopping is done. Time to kick back and relax for the beginning of the holiday week. Can you believe it’s here already? I did my last minute shopping at Gordman’s this year. It was fun to pick out a few new Silver and Gold accents for our home. Actually, I picked out more Gold than silver.   This season, gold is the color for me! I loved this huge gold and red gazing ball. It’s not really a Christmas decoration, but I love how it reflects warm light around the room in this big bowl of greenery on the coffee table. The sunshine comes in the window and hits the gazing ball, it warms up the entire room with it’s gold, orange and red tones. I must admit I completely underestimated how much I would love this ball, I think it will stay on the table well past the holidays!  In the spring, it will find a new home out in the garden. I love things I can re-purpose! I was thrilled to find this Moroccan Ginger candle, I love the gold mercury jar that it came in. When the candle is burning, it sparkles and the light reflects off the gazing ball and the jar and the other ornaments in the bowl. I will definitely find a home for this beautiful jar after the holidays! Did I mention that the candle smells amazing?? AMAZING!! Well, it…
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Hand Dipped Biscotti

Biscotti is my all time favorite holiday food. Years ago my friends and I would gather for a special holiday gathering and each year one of my friends would make Hand Dipped Biscotti. She would wrap each piece like a gift and we would relish every single bite until we got more the next year. Hand Dipped Biscotti is easy to make and so rewarding! It makes a great gift for any time of year. Hand Dipped Biscotti I make Biscotti each season, it’s easy and fun. Our kids love biscotti as well and often help me in the kitchen. They eat more than they make, but I love having them in the kitchen. It is a fun family activity. Here’s what you will need: Print Yum Hand Dipped Biscotti Ingredients2 cups all purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp. Baking powder 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter 1 tsp. Grated lemon zest 1/4 tsp. Salt 1tsp. Vanilla 2 eggs 3/4 cup chopped almonds 2/3 cup dried cranberries 12 oz. chocolate chipsInstructionsPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients and set aside. Combine butter and sugar, mix well. Add lemon zest, eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients, combine. Fold in nuts and cranberries. Turn out onto slightly floured counter, kneed slightly. Shape into rectangle, about 3″ wide. Place on large cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven, cool for 30 minutes. Cut into slices 1″ thick. Place slices on their side on cookie sheet. Bake again for 20 minutes until golden. Cool completely. Meanwhile, heat chocolate in double boiler…
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