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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Easy Peasy Christmas Decor

Hello, hello! I am loving all the projects linked up in yesterday's Christmas Cheer Party....thank you so much for participating. I'm trying to choose my favorites for a feature post next week, but you guys are making it really hard. Christmas definitely brings out the decorator in all of us! I'll leave the party open, so feel free to continue adding your projects as you get them done.

We spent a good part of Thanksgiving weekend putting up Christmas decor. But sometimes you just want something easy, fast and festive. And since you can't hang tinsel on Lindsay Lohan, I went a different route.


There just so happened to be empty wine bottles laying around the house. *hiccup* I thought about using this method to drill a hole in the back of each bottle, then decided that defeated the purpose of 'fast & easy.' So I just threaded cheapie 25-light sets down the neck of each bottle, and topped them with tiny candle wreaths.


How about that for a festive pop? I had a few more bottles, so the kids have one in each of their rooms, too.


My aunt has been doing this for years, but she uses a green bottle decorated with Santa stickers. Too cute.


I have these sitting near my kitchen sink, and they make me inexplicably happy. I have a feeling they'll remain there long after December 25.


Do you have any easy peasy decor ideas? I've gotten all techy, and created a new tab at the top of the blog with my Christmas Projects. Check it out! And don't forget, the Christmas Cheer Link Party continues tomorrow, with vignette's at Courtney's!

** Linking up to Home Stories A to Z, Tip Junkie, Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Just a Girl, Remodelaholic, The Shabby Nest, The DIY Showoff, TaterTots & Jello and Thrifty Decor Chick**

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

{Christmas Cheer Link Party} Holiday Craft

Hello -- and welcome to the kick-off of the Christmas Cheer Link Party! I am excited to share my craft with you today, and can't wait to see all the great projects you link up! Our Advent Tree was one of my favorites last year, and I had so much fun creating a new one. Nothing whips kids into a Santa Frenzy like daily gifts on display!


Start with a basic corkboard (I picked mine up at Michael's for $8, using a 40% off coupon), and cover the front with decorative paper or fabric. I painted my frame white, and covered with basic red wrapping paper.

Picnik collage

Then I painted 24 clothes pins (Dollar Store sells them in a large pack for, you guessed it, a buck), and glued a strip of scrapbook paper to the front. Using a dot of hot glue, I affixed a thumb tack to the back of each pin.


There are many options for treat bags, but I went with these inexpensive muslin bags. At 3x5 inches, they are perfect for little treats, and the red stitching is a cute accent for Christmas. Not to mention you get 25 in an order. I felt like Oprah when I found them, as I was singing, "PERRRRFEEEEECT!" If you want a larger bag, The Penny Paper Co has nice ones, too.


My original plan was to stamp the date directly on the bag, but I'm too smitten with them to use only for this project. So I printed numbers on my computer and punched them out with a scalloped circle, then glued to the fronts of the pins.


I raided the trinket section at a few stores for toys and candy, and filled each bag with treasure. Some of the bags also have a slip of paper declaring it, 'Family Movie Night,' or other family activities like touring the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights, making hot chocolate, and having dinner picnic-style under the tree. Check your calendar first, to be sure you can deliver the activity that night!


Pink is my accent color this Christmas, so I added a red and pink bow to the top, and some pink ribbon trim around the frame.


Obviously this isn't a permanent fixture in our Breakfast Room, so I used these awesome Velcro removable hangers to stick the board to the wall.


Play around with the placement of your bags before sticking in the board. I went with a Christmas tree design. Or wine bottle, depending on your frame of mind.




My kids have been inspecting every bag, trying to guess what's inside. I really don't think it even matters to them, the excitement of opening a treat and counting down the days until Christmas is the fun part. And don't think your honey wouldn't enjoy an Advent Calendar, too! *wink* (Did I really just do that?!) 



Now it's your turn! What Christmas Crafts have you been working on, past and present? Link them up below so we can share in your creativeness. And feel free to use this button in your post or contains magic fairy dust that combats calories. Really.

Michaela Noelle

** Linking up to Home Stories A to Z, Tip Junkie, Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Just a Girl, Remodelaholic, The Shabby Nest, The DIY Showoff, TaterTots & Jello and Thrifty Decor Chick**

Monday, November 28, 2011

Quick & Easy Advent Calendar Round-Up

Back to life, back to reality! Is this your theme song today? I had a great long weekend, hunkered down with family, and it was certainly hard to head to work this morning. But the prospect of Christmas is enough to perk me up. My kids are specifically excited for December 1st....Day 1 of the advent calendar! I'm putting the finishing touches on our 2011 Advent Calendar (between trips to the fridge for one more bite of pumpkin pie, and shooing the kids out of my hiding spot), so I thought I'd show you some easy to DIY advent calendars.

Starting with ours from last year, of course!

hi sugarplum

And the inspiration behind our version:

the red thread
These two you could make with supplies you probably already own, socks and gift tags.

martha stewart

country living

I'm a sucker for mini treat boxes, and these two are irresistible. I'm excited just imaging what little treasure is tucked inside!

crafty nest

a thoughtful place via house of fifty

But since it's already November 28, you may be looking for something extra fast and easy. These three are created with printables.

print your party

julie marie

a million ideas

I've got my eye on this calendar for next year, if only because I want an excuse to buy the little tins.

twig & thistle

This link garland is really cute, and could be made with paper, fabric or felt. It's a great option if you're tight on space, too.

stitch craft creations

It doesn't get much easier than tacking small office envelopes to the wall,

nice package
unless you clip stationary envelopes to a string!

the organized housewife
Still think you don't have time to create an advent calendar for this year? How about numbered post-its on the wall or refrigerator? It's like the Sex and the City of advent calendars (remember that episode?)

giver's log

These last four are even easier because they don't require treats, only a fun activity jotted down. Don't forget tomorrow I'm kicking off the Christmas Cheer in the Blogosphere Link Parties!! Come back and link up all your fabulous Holiday Craft Projects!! I can't wait to see what you clever kids have been whipping up!

Do you have an advent calendar ready to go for December 1? I'll show you mine if you show me yours.....but wait for tomorrow!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

This Really Melts My Butter, V

Happy Saturday, friends! I hope everyone has recovered from their food coma, and are enjoying the weekend. In between hauling out the Christmas decor and browsing for online deals, I've racked up quite a few bookmarks of fabulous projects to share! Check them out on your next hot chocolate break.

Everything Kristen F Davis Designs touches is golden, but this 7-foot light fixture she made from paint sticks and veneer made my jaw drop. The girl is seriously talented!

Kristen at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia was kind enough to round-up the internet's cutest, and FREE, holiday tag printables!

Two of my favorite bloggie people just had babies...I've loved watching their bellies grow, and the nurseries come together. Freckles Chick and I are cut from the same sarcastic cloth, I'm sure of it. Except she knows how to use color in perfect moderation.

As does Christine at Just Bella. These two nurseries are lovely enough to warrant me having another baby. Almost.

Covering corkboards with fabric and nailhead isn't new...but Michelle Lee Interiors built her own corkboard out of surprising (and cheap!) materials. What a great way to customize the size you need, too!

My Owl Barn is back with their FREE customizable owl calendar for 2012. You choose your favorite owl art from 45 artists, then print the pdf! How do you choose only 12?! I think I need a 27-month calendar.

Owl Lover 2012 Calendar

Courtney at A Thoughtful Place had an empty sliver of wall that was just begging for something amazing. She delivered, by hand-painting the lyrics from her wedding song on it! I think it's just amazing, and if my penmanship were at all legible, I'd be attempting it, too! (But that might be weird since Mr. Sugarplum and I danced to a song he wrote and recorded! All together now....aaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!)

There is NO WAY I'm letting my son catch a glimpse at the ridiculous room Chris at Just a Girl created for her son. I just know that he'd somehow convince me it was time for another room makeover. So I'll just quietly drool over her masterpiece by myself.

Kate at Centsational Girl can do no wrong, right? Every project and craft she whips up is genius....and I'm especially smitten with her DIY Faux-Bois Vases! Why does she have to live across the country? It makes stalking her so much harder.

Lastly, one of my sponsors, Fabulous but Frugal, is offering Hi Sugarplum readers 30% off her entire Idari shop (fabulous pillows, people!!) Just use promo code HOLIDAY30 at check-out. She's also running her famous, 'Buy 3, Get 1 Free' & FREE SHIPPING on all pillow covers in her DIY Pillows shop.

Great stuff, right? Happy Saturday!

Friday, November 25, 2011

{Review & Giveaway} Sheer Ribbons Body Cream

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

So Thankful for All of You!


This wee little blog would be ticking along with three readers (me, my mom and aunt), if not for the support of you guys, and all the fabulous bloggers who have featured Hi Sugarplum and my projects. I am grateful for so much today, and everyday. Thank you to these awesome blogs for the recent features! Hope you're all having a relaxing day eating, and lounging in elastic-waisted pants!

Burlap Placemats
Thankful Tree

Fall Centerpiece

Bookcase Makeover

Fall Centerpiece

Mummy Lights

Life as Bridget Knows It -- Fall Centerpiece

Mummy Lights

Blogger Love

Missoni-Inspired Chevron Glasses
 Spooktacular Mantel

Mummy Lights

Spooktacular Mantel

Advent Calendar

Scented Pinecone Wreath

Tricked Out Pumpkins

Scented Pinecone Wreath

Scented Pinecone Wreath

Scented Pinecone Wreath

Scented Pinecone Wreath

Fresh Magnolia Wreath & Fresh Cranberry Wreath

Chevron Glasses

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