Christmas Village

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It’s been a long standing tradition at our house to put up a ceramic Christmas village. I’ve always loved setting it up and trying new arrangements every year. It’s the urban planner in me, I suppose. My mom wanted to make sure that my sister and I got to have our own Christmas village while we aren’t at home, so she got crafty! She let us pick a theme and I went with a glittery woodland theme, which matches my little tree as well. The end result was a total surprise (I know she used the Winter Woodland Cricut Cartridge) and I love it so much! She even included some flameless candles to go inside. The flickering lights in the windows are so pretty and cozy.

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:: Gotta have the schoolhouse ::

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:: I would loooove to have a glittery door ::

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:: she even decorated little trees! ::

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:: so cozy ::

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:: It looks so tiny under the giant window! ::

20121219-220337.jpg:: I also had to share a pic I received of my sister’s. SO adorable! Makes me kind of jealous I didn’t choose pink glitter ; ) ::

Christmas Critters

DSC_0904I made these felt woodland creature ornaments when I was at home for Thanksgiving and I finally got them all on our tree! There was a lot of felt ornament crafting going on at home. That inspired me as well as my felt bunny iPad case and the bird wearing a hat ornament (below) that I got at Target on Black Friday. We went at like 9pm just for fun and did not get pushed or shoved BTW! I didn’t get much aside from this ornament, but I was very pleased with this $3 find! To prepare for my crafting session I went out and bought a bunch of sheets of $0.69 felt at the craft store then looked for inspiration pictures online. I was planning on printing out some animal templates, but ended up just free handing it! I found a few pictures of felt animals that I liked and cut out basic shapes to layer and glue on top of one another. I think the whole project took around an hour, which is pretty awesome! If I had a bigger tree, I would totally make more. I really like the cute and whimsical feel they give to the tree without being too kiddy (just kiddy enough).

If any of you made or are making felt ornaments this year I would love to see them!

DSC_0907:: I’m scared of birds so It’s unusual for me to be drawn to anything with a bird on it (Portlandia anyone?) ::

20121210-232137.jpg:: Critters in progress ::

DSC_0909:: Bunny hangin’ in the there ::

20121210-232152.jpg:: Squirrel and mouse friends ::

DSC_0901:: Not pictured: cute little round tail on the backside ::

Candyland Christmas

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As you could probably tell from my first Christmas craft post, we usually have a candy theme as part of our family Christmas decor. My mom is always finding or making cute new additions for the display! We started the decoration transition on the day after Thanksgiving, as usual. This year we have a new, bigger(!) tree and a new, chewy(!) puppy, so some things had to change…like fake snow, pine cones (already chewed) and low hanging ornaments. We got everything up pretty efficiently though and I think it looks beautiful and fun!

DSC_0709:: We get an ornament every Christmas and this is one of my favorites! A Frenchy food truck!! ::

DSC_0722:: Styrofoam cupcakes anyone?? ::DSC_0728:: My sister’s new Elf themed chalk board art ::

DSC_0699::The aforementioned chewy puppy was totally mesmerized by the process ::

DSC_0732:: Every room gets a Christmas touch ::

DSC_0730:: Candy cane banister decorations ::

DSC_0724:: Life is sweet – so is Christmas ::

DSC_0737:: And the grand finale! The treeee ::