Last week I was in line at Costco when a woman came up to me and asked me what I thought of the wrapping paper she was debating buying. It was bright green with little cartoon animals all over it. Honestly, I was taken aback when she asked me what I deemed a very "personal" question. I stuttered "It's .... cute". Then I proceeded to explain to her that I choose my Christmas wrapping paper to match my holiday decor. That was NOT what she was expecting, she shrugged me off like I was some type of major weirdo. Since I have very thick skin and confidence in my ability to "Wrap up Christmas" I left determined to keep up my tradition and start wrapping up all of the presents that were hidden throughout my house.
When I am wrapping Christmas presents, I like to lay out all of my supplies on our kitchen island. I Read more [...]
Nothing says Christmas morning like Caramelized Baked French Toast. It is a sweet sugar fest for the senses. I also love that you can prep it the day before, pop it in the oven Christmas morning and enjoy a warm tasty breakfast together (unlike crepes where I'm standing over the griddle while the kids are crying "more" before I've even tasted one).
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1 Loaf of French Bread
1 1/2 cups Milk
1 1/2 cups Half and Half
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
3/4 cup Butter
1 1/3 cups Brown Sugar
3 tbls light Corn Syrup
Start by cutting the french bread into 6 long strips. Then with kitchen shears, snip off chunks of bread until the entire loaf is in a greased casserole dish. Set aside (since I live in a dry climate, I leave it uncovered to allow the bread Read more [...]
So I was loving all of the faux taxidermy found all around the internet. I searched for life sized paper mache, plaster, even gilded deer heads. They were all very expensive, $150 plus. Then, since I live in a prime hunting state, I figured I'd check our local classifieds at KSL.com. I looked up taxidermy and that's when I fell in love with this buck. The owner was asking $50...yep, $50 for the REAL DEAL! We met up at a convenience store and she pulled it out of the back of her Jeep. It was even prettier than the pictures on the web. I was giddy the whole way home. As I began showing it to friends, family, and anyone who would listen I started getting a lot of street cred among people I didn't know were hunters. They all seemed a bit dissapointed when I told them I bought it off of KSL. Ha ha. I'm definitely NOT Read more [...]
So earlier this week I shared my Christmas Tree crate. Today I'm going to share with you my entire tree. I changed it up this year and went with a natural, neutral, burlap, and champagne theme.
I started by putting my tree in the crate. Then I wrapped burlap fabric around and around the entire tree.
Then 5 champagne tinsel garlands that I picked up at Target this year. I LOVE these. They are almost matte and the perfect mix of silver and gold.
Next I added the driftwood garland that I made earlier this year. I love the natural wood element infused into my very faux tree. I should have added my Merry Christmas burlap ribbon now, but I forgot and added it at the end working it in around the ornaments.
I continued by layering in all of my ornaments. On the left are collected pinecones that I simply Read more [...]
Artificial Christmas tree or Fresh Cut? I'm Artificial all the way. And, if I'm not hosting a Thanksgiving feast, I like to put it up the week before Thanksgiving. Yep, I'm one of those people. Don't get me wrong, I respect the bird, but why not enjoy your Christmas tree as long as possible, another reason I love artificial. This year was no different. I was so excited to put my tree up this year, mostly because of a crate that was repurposing.
I made a usual stop at our local ReStore and purchased a huge classroom chalkboard. I had to pull around to the back for the guys that work there to load it in my van. That is when I spotted this amazing crate. It was huge, wrapped in plastic, and stacked out in the yard. I asked the guy loading my chalkboard how much it was. He said "how about $5". I went Read more [...]
With my beach roots, I adore anything that reminds me of the ocean. So last year while on a trip in Hawaii, I gathered up a few bags of driftwood and stashed it in my luggage. I have contemplated many different driftwood projects since then, but none made me as excited as this, driftwood garland. It is super simple and cost me about $3 (not including the trip to Hawaii of course).
I started with jute cording that I picked up for around $3 from Michael's. I taped off the end giving it a firm shoe lace like tip.
Then I laid out my driftwood and drilled a small hole in each end of each piece. The drilling created a big dusty mess but it was easily wiped up. Then threaded the driftwood with the taped jute. If it didn't go through the hole easily, a small pair of pliers pulled it right through. The easiest Read more [...]
So it's about time I put up a few shots of my Christmas decor for this year. It's been a crazy season this year with the kids last day of school today! I cleaned up enough to take some photos but I don't anticipate it staying this way for long. That's life with four boys in the house. Here goes.
This is my tree in the corner of our family room. Instead of a star I gathered a few feathers, gold shiny stuff and coppery glitter leaves and strapped them to the top of the tree. For the second year in a row I gave my tree a boost! Since I have a toddler, I put the tree on top of a children's table.
I stuff my tree with anything and everything I can find.
These are a few of my favorite ornaments including my
Advent Calendar Boxes.
I LOVE these gold flat Nativity ones.
I cut old Read more [...]
My sister Amy has a house full of girls, four daughters to be exact. She loves pink and her husband is man enough to be surrounded by it! Christmas in the Felin's house is unlike any other. Ornaments in pink, a splash of Scandinavian (the hubs is from Finland), and oodles of charm make her house worth checking out at Christmas.
Here are a few vignettes of her styling.
How cute is that white feather wreath? Maybe a future tute!
Amazing wardrobe dressed up for the holidays.
And don't you love the trophy.
The sparkly green silver leafed garland with red berries is so fab.
Her everyday chandelier is dressed with red ribbons,
berries, and a precious bird in a cage.
Check out this adorable pink bird ornament my grandmother made 30+ years ago. Each sequin is hand sewn on with a clear bead in the middle.
It Read more [...]
I know, EVERYONE is pinning snow globes on Pinterest. But these are so cute, I had to make them! My technique is a little different than many of the others you've probably seen, but I love each and every one!
Hot Glue Gun
Skinny Hands (or tongs)
Let me give a little bloggie advice about the supplies:
1. Glass Jars-I cleaned out my fridge and found a few gems. The upside down short fat one is from Costco's Better than Bullion but a nacho cheese jar would work for that size too. As for the tall jars, Walmart had an amazing deal. 12 jars for $6! And they have a great shape and a green cast all making them prefered to the traditional Kerr or Ball brands. The mid sized Kerr jar pictured was one I had in my cupboard already.
2. Fake Snow-I Read more [...]
This project couldn't be easier and yet it packs a huge punch in my Christmas decorating.
Easy Gardener 4" Burlap Strip in a roll ($20, available in the fall)
Toll Craft Paint
Small Foam Roller
Stencil (2 sheets photo paper)
I was giddy when I saw a giant roll of burlap at my local Home Depot (item 3108). It was 4" wide and 300' long! They had it out for fall wrapping of shrubs and trees, but I had big plans for that burlap, after all my website is called Burlap & Denim. I had seen beautiful ribbons with Christmas text on it but none that was this large and definatly not this inexpensive! I whipped up a stencil by picking a font, typing Merry Christmas, and printing it off on the backside of two 8 1/2 X 11 sheets of bulk photo paper I had Read more [...]
If you didn't know already I LOVE Christmas! Here is my XL mantle this year.
(check out my Hula Hoop Barrel Shade Chandelier in the mirror,
oh how I love it!)
I didn't want anything to over shadow my tree this year, so it is very neutral. Love how my NOEL banner looks in this photo!
I threw a huge chalk board up there with a note to Santa, a large mirror and of course some Merry Christmas burlap ribbon.
I found this great angel (resin with a dark bronze finish) at Ross a few years ago and bring her out every Christmas. Extra pine cones from my Pine Cone Wreath were scattered on fresh greens (I dug from the trash after a church party!). I also peppered in a few candied fruit ornaments for color. A beautiful Christmas book called "When Jesus Was Born in Bethlehem" has a place of honor, where it belongs (this Read more [...]