Tuesday, December 22, 2015

DIY Gifts

Hello Lovelies,

Christmas is just a few days away!  Need any easy last minute gift ideas?  I have the perfect DIY gifts for your friends and co-workers. I have different versions of my DIY gifts from mocha mix to confetti push pops.  I hope a few of my ideas inspire you!  I have linked the push pops I used to my blog.

First, we will take a look at the mocha mix recipe my mom gave me last year. 
I use a little less sugar and a lot more coffee ;) 

Last year, I made the mocha mix and put it in jars (see the picture above). However, this year I tried something new. I found some plastic ornaments at Wal-Mart. Then I filled them with a layer of crushed peppermint, a layer of the mocha mix, a layer of mini chocolate chips, another layer of mocha mix, and then I topped it off with some more crushed peppermint!

I also filled cute coffee mugs with chocolate stir sticks from Target and candy canes to add more flavor to the mocha mix. Last year, I painted each person's initial in gold paint and tied ribbon on to make an ornament. This year I did not have enough time to make ornaments.  I do not know where the time has gone! Wasn't Thanksgiving yesterday?

For this person, I added a Starbucks gift card instead of making mocha mix.

I also filled these two mugs with instant coffee and hot cocoa mix for the ladies who taught kindergarten Sunday school with me.

Second, I made confetti push pops. I added them to some of the mugs, but ultimately made them for the party in a box I made for my best friends last year. 
To make these push pops, I bought mini cake push pops, Washi tape, confetti and card stock.  First, I traced the open end of the cake pop on the card stock and cut out the small circle.  Then I filled my push pop with the confetti and gently pushed the card stock circle on the end to close off the cake push pop.  Then I decorated the plastic tube with Washi tape.  It was super simple and so fun!

Here is the party in a box I created for my best friends.  I filled the box with confetti push pops, cute party napkins, and 2 party dip mixes.  The mixes came in the ornament with the spreader attached.   I, of course, gave them a bottle of wine too! 
Don't forget the bottle of wine! ;) 

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you got a little inspiration from my DIY gift ideas.  
Merry Christmas! 

Love Leigh

Friday, December 11, 2015

Gold, Lime and Burlap

Hello Lovelies,

I love Christmas, especially decorating for the holiday.  It's my favorite time of the year!  I wanted to share with you my favorite spots in our cute little house and my DIY decor. I hope you enjoy.

We chose to put our tree in the loft this year.  I absolutely love it there! We also use the loft as our bedroom so I get to fall asleep to the Christmas light. It is so enchanting.  You can also see the tree through the window when you drive up to the house.  That makes me smile everyday.  We have collected ornaments over the years.  Lots of gold, white, silver, lime and natural materials.
The window pane is from our wedding reception and says
 "All because two people fell in love" 

Fur stockings and tree topper are from Target.  

Count down to Christmas!  My crafty mom made us this. She spray painted a frame gold then strung twine across the frame and used clothes pins to hang the numbers. 

Here are a few of my favorite accessories. 

I bought this metal tray at a local antique store for the coffee table. 
 I will be using this tray all year long! 

(PS- A whole post will be dedicated to that furniture piece in the background in January. 
 Its amazing and can not wait to share!) 

This is the hall table. The frame above it is where we will hang all our Christmas cards. 
I made this last year with my dad's help.  I painted the frame gold then we strung the fancy ribbon across the back.  I used reindeer clothes pins I picked up at an antique store. 

This is the center piece I created for the dinning table.  I use the star candle holder all year around by changing out the ribbon and candle every season! 

I even decorated our desk.  The tree and star I bought at a local antique store. The nativity I have had since I was 3 years old! I added a string of lights to brighten the space.  I am still on the hunt for the perfect desk lamp. 

Obsessed with this garland!  I had the idea but haven't had the time to make it so my mother and mother-in-law volunteered to spend an afternoon making it for me.  How sweet is that?!?!

What you need to make the garland are Christmas lights, fabric and scissors,  I chose dark green, a lime gingham print, a white with gold pattern, a solid gold mesh and burlap.  Cut the fabric into strips (about 6'') and tie it onto the strand of lights!  Its so simple and looks perfect! 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season!  Thanks for stopping by today. 
Deer head painting by Arkansas Up Cycled
Cheers Dears glasses from Versona 

Love Leigh