How our family celebrates Christmas in a slow, simple and meaningful way without stress, and overspending on gifts.
Learn how to take a plastic battery operated window candle and make it look like an old candle. Using wax, you can create an affordable primitive country window candle that is battery operated.
Use gathered and foraged fresh greenery to create this simple DIY Christmas swag.
Learn how to make these small Christmas trees in a tin can using real greenery.
These easy to make scented Christmas salt dough ornaments are the perfect touch to a homemade Christmas feeling. Gather the children because this recipe is easy enough for them to participate in and you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen.
Warm and cozy throw blankets are a must have in our home during the colder months. The children wrap up in them to cozy near the fire, read a book or take an afternoon rest. I enjoy curling up under them with a hot cup of coffee in the early mornings or even wrapping one around my shoulders for a few minutes to sit on the porch.
Honestly, this has been the oddest Christmas season for me. The time has slipped away so quickly regardless of not being caught up in the hustle of the season. I buy very few gifts and I focus mainly on time, traditions and togetherness during this season. I normally have the entire home decorated by December 1 and this year I managed to do what I wanted by December 15. In keeping with my traditional style, it's simple, nature inspired and pretty plain. I find it cozy, warm and inviting without feeling cluttered and over done.
A delicious holiday recipe for Gingerbread cookies.
Tis the season of Christmas! I am so thankful that your visiting the blog today for a tour of my farmhouse style Christmas decorating in the kitchen and dining room. Hopefully you have already made the stop at The Honeycomb Home. Grab a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and enjoy the photos from our home and then click on over to Green With Decor to see her beautiful home. A big thank you, Jenna, for hosting this huge group of talented bloggers for the Christmas Tour.
I really love to use candles in our home but I have been trying to be much more aware of what we use in our home. Many candles are made with ingredients that I don't want burning in our home. This year we have been making our own holiday potpourri and allowing it to simmer on our wood burning stove. It smells amazing!
The day the tree goes up in our home, the entire atmosphere begins to change. The everyday ordinary becomes more spectacular with the glow of Christmas lights and Christmas music playing in the background. The joy that fills the air this special time of year must mean that December has arrived.
Do you love using fresh greenery during the holiday season? Adding greenery instantly brings the outdoors in and creates a warmth to the home during the season. Add some lights to your greenery and you instantly have a festive arrangement.
It's the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I am sitting here with the sun streaming in and the windows open. This is rather unusual for the last days of November but I won't complain much. Children are scattered on the couches, curled up with a good book and Christmas music is playing in the background. I have three real trees up in the house and I have one partially decorated. The other two are waiting their turn but in the meantime I am enjoying them just the way they are. I am working towards creating a more slow and meaningful holiday season with my family and so I am doing several different homemade holiday ornaments. I recently shared how to dry oranges and how to use those dried oranges for a holiday garland. Yesterday I took the time to dry cranberries, which took much longer than I thought, but I really like them.
Learn how to make these easy air dry clay ornaments to create one of a kind beautiful keepsakes for your Christmas season.
How do the holidays leave you feeling? Are you rushed and stressed looking for that last minute gift or trying to create the perfect meal for family? Are you frantically cleaning the home for guests that will be arriving soon? Well, that was me several years ago before I decided to slow down and enjoy the season for all that it was. For the past several years I have been trying to get away from the commercialism of the holidays. I found the holidays to be stressful and rushed which always left me feeling tired and exhausted at the end of the season. The holidays had become more about decorating and shopping and less about traditions and time with family. This year my family is on a mission to create a homemade holiday and I would love for you to join me today as I show you how to make a gorgeous garland from items in the kitchen.
I like a simpler way of life and this world that I live in feels a little too fast paced for me. Several years ago the way I viewed the holidays changed and I have strived to create a much more cozy feeling for the season. One that is wrapped in traditions and celebration. So I challenged the children and myself this year to a homemade holiday.
Lots of greenery, ticking stockings and white lights, crocks and Christmas trees is how I decorated our home for the 2016 holiday season. I kept it simple, yet festive.