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Owl Be Home for Christmas. A few months ago, inspiration struck when I realized how much potential crafting material was being wasted with the unused cardboard boxes that always seem to be flowing through our office.

Owl Be Home for Christmas

With such a neat texture, I wondered, ‘What, oh what, can we create using cardboard?’ Shortly thereafter, I stumbled upon these beyond adorable ornaments at Anthro made out of, you guessed it… cardboard! So, I set out to create a cardboard owl ornament, and I must say, I’m completely smitten with the final product (just look at those beady little eyes and tiny twig feet!) Of course, we’ve got a downloadable template and step-by-step instructions for you to create your own little guy, all after the jump. cardboard3-inch Smoothfoam egg (available at Hobby Lobby)printable owl ornament template (download here)X-acto knife or scissorsgold, brown and bronze glitterspray adhesivestraight pins2 black beadsorange markerhot glue gunthread Print owl template. Kate Spade-inspired Photo Shoot from Styled Creative and Alison Conklin. 12 Tastes of Christmas. Are you drooling yet?

12 Tastes of Christmas

‘Cause I have been, ever since I laid eyes on these Gingersnap Milkshakes that Lisa sent over for her installment in our 12 Tastes of Christmas series. Lisa is not only an amazing cook, food stylist and photographer…I’m lucky to get to call this incredible girl a friend. We bonded at Alt Summit last year, and I got to hang with her during my San Fran trip earlier this month. Her blog, With Style & Grace, inspires “a new way of healthy living with easy and delicious gluten-free recipes.” Sounds like the perfect way to kickoff 2012, if you ask me. I love this time of year when we gather at holiday festivities, share family recipes, toast the New Year and celebrate being together.

When entertaining during the holidays, I like to change up the dessert course by serving these mini gingersnap cookie milkshakes. A little here, a little there... A little Christmas everywhere!

A little here, a little there...

So you know Thanksgiving is next week right? A Christmas Yuleblog. Let The Decorating Begin! Can you believe it's that time of the year again!?

Let The Decorating Begin!

Time of the aquarius: gift wrapping. It´s nice to give and receive beautiful X-mas gifts.

time of the aquarius: gift wrapping

My wrapping papers are inexpensive black silk and basic brown wrapping papers but with a few nice elements you can create a simple and stylish gift packages. You can also use wrapping papers left overs as a ribbons. Just cut them in thin shreds and tape those shreds around the package and voila! Classy parcel is ready. Oh, and fabric leftovers are great for creating package bows : ) If you want to fold that black cartoon cube, check more from here. Tässä muutama idea paketointiin. Tuohon kartonkikuutioon, mitä käytin nimilappuna, löytyy aika hyvä ohje Riikan loistavasta blogista. A Homemade Holiday at, Vintage Inspired Clothing, Affordable Clothes, Eco friendly Fashion. Black Owl Ornament Christmas Decoration Jeweled by midwestmaude. 10 Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas « my blessed life™ Handmade Holiday Decor Ebook.

Tutorial: DIY Christmas Wreath. This project was originally part of an event over at Sew Dang Cute Crafts!!!!!

Tutorial: DIY Christmas Wreath

I was thrilled that Tam asked me to come up with a project, and I love Tam’s site and her projects are “SEW” adorable! So, here is the post I wrote for her a few weeks ago.Today I’m going to jump ahead a few months and prepare you for the holidays. I’m one of those people that RARELY think ahead (I wish I was), and I’m kind of proud of myself for doing this project a few months in advance! (I can’t take full credit though, I am the Relief Society Activities director in my church group, so the wreath is part of a “Get ready for the Holidays” activity that I’m involved in.) The inspiration for this wreath came from a Patriotic version that I saw from The Scrap Shoppe. I used 12 strips of white burlap and 12 strips of red. Step 2. Step 3: Make the ruffle by pulling the burlap to one side and carefully knot the ends of your crochet thread to hold it.

Christmas Stuff / toilet paper tubes into OWLS! Christmas Stuff / Cute felt ornament! Living Christmas Cards. The Best Websites To Listen To Christmas Music Online For Free. Christmas is getting near, and that magical feeling is in the air.

The Best Websites To Listen To Christmas Music Online For Free

To help foster that festive mood, or to get you feeling that Christmas cheer if you aren't feeling it yet, why not tune in to some Christmas music online? There are many free online radio stations to choose from. Some even play Christmas music year round! Read on to learn of the most popular Christmas radio stations online. Explore each one, and find your favorite! The Christmas Radio Network is a really nice website that is in its 12th year of broadcasting. 25 Days of Christmas. PERFECT Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Okay, everyone… I’ve been schooled.

PERFECT Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I’ve learned a lesson in the how-to of the chocolately, ooey, gooey, deliciousness of making the perfect, and I mean PERFECT chocolate chip cookie. I used to own a cookie business, which worked out so well considering I ate most of the inventory, and over the years I have made it my mission to find the best chocolate chip cookie evah! You know the kind, the chewy, melt-in-your-mouth, sweet, but not too sweet, dunkable, munchable cookie. With the help of several cookie geniuses and a little blackmail here and there (ha ha) I think I’ve done it. And now… I’m going to share it with a few (thousand) of my closest friends. Here is the recipe, but don’t go getting all excited and jumping into making them! Here are the magic players: Ready, Freddy? 1. 2. 3. 4. Printable Advent Chain. Paper Ornaments. Snowy Windows. 9 Unique Gift in a Jar Ideas. Holiday Decor How-To, thanks to Eddie Ross. Share the warmth. 12 Days of Christmas – Make Your Own Adornament.

What the heck is an Adornament?

12 Days of Christmas – Make Your Own Adornament

Well, simply put, it’s an ornament you adore. Or an ornament that you have adorned. Or a dorn you have mented. Whatever floats your boat. What floated my figurative Christmas boat was thinking about making my own ornaments.