Sunday, December 28, 2014

Cheers to a new year!

Where did this year go?!

This past year we wanted to save more and pay off some debt...that didn't we're starting this year with thrifty crafts for our cocktails!

Shish kebab skewers flourished with tinfoil, pipe cleaners and left over Christmas tinsel! 

Just a simple something to get the party...stirring!

Wrap on your toppers, hot glue and celebrate!

Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Everybody's waiting for the man with the bag.

Create and Barrel has the cutest bags this year!

We knew we had to upcycle them!

What do you think?

'Cause Christmas is coming again! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Star light, star bright!

We made our stars with paper straws and hot glue!

They are the perfect addition to our crafty tree.

And our Crafty Lumberjack garland!

Shoot for the stars! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Walking in a winter wonder-hallway!

A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight!

To make our wonder-hall-land we used two boxes of icicle lights and hung them on the ceiling with clear small Command hooks.
It looks so awesome, we might never take it down!

Wooden retro tress.

Popsicle stick snowflakes.

Door card ribbon.

In the living room, we can build a snowman...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Got wood?

These trees were inspired by the tree lot in "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and those awesome trees in the claymation version of "Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer"!

In theory they are pretty easy...just time consuming!
First, we got a piece of wood and cut it into triangle tree shapes.
Using washi tape, we taped out our branches!

With acrylic paint, we painted our washi taped trees.

Once they were dry, we pealed off the tape!

For our snowy base, we stacked and carved insulating foam using a pairing knife and sand paper! 
Such a mess...but totally worth it!

Giddy up, Donner!

Aw, look at the trees. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

#tbt snow globes.

We made these snow globes a couple years back and never posted them! 
Well, here they are world!  Just kidding, we've all seen these. Haha.

The snow is epsom salt.

Scary-ish scary santa. 

If you like these, you'll love our- NYC Christmas snow globes!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Christmas cards were hung on the ribbon with care.

We have so many Christmas cards, our washi tape clothespin clothesline christmas card yarn garland couldn't hold them this is our newest addition.  Loving it! 

Clipped on a ribbon with good St. Nick! 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

It's all about the fold!

Take those unwanted magazines and get folding and festive. 
It's a little time consuming but a great way to keep yourself busy while watching the holiday classics!

1. Fold the top right corner down along the inner spine.

2. Fold the first fold over one more time so that the page looks like a tie.

3. Fold up the bottom piece to create a flat and even edge!

Fold every page of the magazine...we warned you it would take awhile!

Merry folding!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Please have snow and mistletoe!

Loving our new homemade felt mistletoe!

Oh by gosh by golly, time for mistletoe and holly!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sconce Swag!

We live in a pre-war apartment building with 4 sconces in our living room.
We ignore them most of the year, but they look great for the holiday season!

We accessorized each sconce with retro glitterey Christmas greenery, berries and of course, a lumberjack plaid bow!

Then the elves moved in...


Thursday, November 27, 2014

'Tis the gift to be simple.

We try to keep our Thanksgiving decorations as simple as possible.  It's a nice breather between the explosion of our Halloween and Christmas decorations.  

Happy Thanksgiving ya'll!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Delish Cranberry and Brussels Sprout Side Dish!

Finding easy and delicious side dish recipes is a Thanksgiving MUST...because who doesn't want a smorgasbord of sides??  
These roasted FRESH brussels sprouts are so tasty and quick!  The sweetness of maple syrup mixed in with FRESH tart cranberries takes brussels sprouts from bleh to booyah!!!   

The most time consuming part of this recipe is cutting off the bottoms and halving these babies. After that it's all pouring, mixing and roasting!  Couple gluggs of olive oil, couple gluggs of maple syrup, couple handfuls of fresh cranberries salt/pepper and into the oven they go! 

Roast at 425 for 20-35 min.  Cook until the brussels sprouts have a nice char on them, but don't over cook them or they'll become bitter.  Top with pecans for a bit of crunch. 

New Thanksgiving side dish staple!