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    Merry Christmas 2021

    2021. Wow. What do we say about this year? Been there. Done that. Don’t need a repeat. Yeah, that works. 2021 has been like a jar of mixed nuts. The label said, “Now with 20% more!” which you’d think would be a good thing. Unfortunately, that jar is mainly filled with nuts you don’t like and you have to dig hard to find the one type of nut you do enjoy because of course, they short-changed you on that nut to save money. It’s nuts. *sigh* I’m telling you this so that you know my bad attitude feelings regarding 2021 left me befuddled as to how to write a sendoff…

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    Happy List: #238

    Welcome to the Happy List! We’ve got one week until Christmas Eve! Nobody panic. Unless you still have all the things left to do before Christmas arrives. Then you might want to start panicking just a little. This week on the blog was all about Christmas trees. The tree in our living room is snow-flaked themed and then we also have trees in our bedrooms. Those are my favorite. If you don’t follow along with us on Instagram or Facebook stories, please consider this your official invitation! There’s usually a project happening on stories. Also, if we do something you like (it could happen!), it really helps us out when you…

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    Christmas Trees in Every Bedroom

    It feels very self-indulgent to disclose that we have Christmas trees in every bedroom of our house this year. There are only three bedrooms, but still. To borrow a term from my kids, that sounds very extra! My kids have each had a small faux Christmas tree in their bedrooms since they started bringing home those precious popsicle stick ornaments from preschool. That means for the past 10 years during the month of December I have tucked my kids in at night and thought, “Wow. Falling asleep to the warm glow of a Christmas tree is magical.” It’s the best nightlight ever! That also means I have been wanting a…

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    Snowflake-Themed Christmas Tree

    I’m thrilled you are here today to check out my snowflake-themed Christmas tree. How did a snowflake-themed Christmas tree come about? Well, it went a little something like this: No one: Absolutely No One: Me: I have six tiny doilies that could look like snowflakes if I squint. Do you know what that means? Time for a snowstorm to hit this Christmas tree! And that’s how my brain works. I’m not a minimalist, but the majority of the time I skew more minimalist than maximalist in my decorating style. However, you can toss that rule out the window and stomp on it a few times when it comes to me…

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    Happy List: #237

    Welcome to the Happy List! Here we have fun exploring the more light-hearted things on the internet. This week on the blog I shared the copper-themed Christmas mantel in our primary bedroom. I also spent an entire post discussing scissors. Yes, scissors. You can tell me to cut it out, but I won’t. If you don’t follow along with us on Instagram or Facebook stories, please join us there! There’s always some project happening on stories! If we do something you like, it also really helps us out when you share our blog or social media posts. That’s even better than clicking the like button and much appreciated. Also, here’s your…

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    In Praise of Pretty Scissors

    I use our kitchen scissors (shears, if I’m being fancy) a dozen times a day and they aren’t the prettiest scissors on the planet. They aren’t the worst either. Our kitchen scissors are used so frequently for all manner of tasks that more often than not they will be left out on the counter. Putting them away has become a point of friction in our kitchen, so I have been thinking about designating a wall hook specifically for the kitchen scissors. But that means those scissors need to be pleasing to look at if I’m going to intentionally display them instead of intentionally being lazy and leaving them out. Can…

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    Christmas Mantel with Copper Accents

    Another day and a new Christmas mantel to show you! One old house perk is having multiple fireplaces to decorate for the holidays. Today’s Christmas mantel with copper accents is in our primary bedroom. It feels so indulgent having a bedroom with a fireplace, even a non-working fireplace like this one. It especially feels indulgent having this bedroom fireplace knowing that I’m not reliant on it to heat this part of the house. Although, I do think about the 100 plus years where someone had to shlep firewood up and down the stairs to fuel this fireplace. Can you imagine all the dirt that would track in? I’m sure putting…

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    Happy List: #236

    Hello! Welcome to the first Happy List of December. December! Holy jingle bells time is moving quickly. This week on the blog I shared one of my mantels all decorated up for the holidays with kraft paper snowflakes. I also shared a bunch of ideas on handmade or semi-handmade gifts you could make for friends and family. If you don’t follow along with us on Instagram or Facebook stories, please join us there! That’s where all the spontaneous projects in between the blog posts happen. If we do something you like, it also really helps us out when you share our blog or social media posts. That’s even better than clicking…

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    12 Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

    I hear supply chains are constricted, so here are 12 handmade holiday gift ideas to consider making for your friends and family this year. The best part is some of these gift ideas are DIY cheats meaning not totally handmade from scratch. They just have a handmade, personal touch. That totally counts! Ready? Let the inspiration flow: Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas: Game Boards Board games are often popular gifts. How about making a handmade checkers board or chessboard? You could keep it a little easier and make a Tic Tac Toe board too. If you’re interested in vintage wood checkers to go with your game board, you can find them on…

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    Kraft Paper Snowflake Mantel for the Holidays

    I hope you’re sitting in a warm, cozy place while you check out my Kraft Paper Snowflake Mantel! I had a jolly good time making all 33 snowflakes on this Kraft Paper Snowflake Mantel. Yes, I counted. “Jolly good time” makes it sound like it was a party. I haven’t been to one of those in…well, we don’t need to count everything in this blog post. That would be depressing. Perhaps it is better to say I was in the mood to create something with my hands, so spending several hours making 33 kraft paper snowflakes was satisfying. Plus, I enjoy making something that looks way more complicated than it…