Friday, November 30, 2018

DIY White Tree Ornament

Making ornaments for the tree is a holiday tradition for many families. You will want this gorgeous DIY White Tree Ornament on your tree this year. The bright white shows up so pretty on a green Christmas tree!

White tree ornament decorated with red and green sequins and pompoms hanging from a decorated tree

Welcome to Day 6 of the Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas Series!

DIY Christmas Ideas and Recipes you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas

We have teamed up with 50 plus bloggers to bring you a oodles of DIY Ideas and Recipes to make your holiday season merrier. There are 12 different posts in the series and we have spread them out over a four week period with three posts per week. Now is the time to subscribe!

GO HERE for the complete list of Dates and Topics plus a collection of most popular holiday ideas including ornaments, games, recipes and more from all 50 plus talented bloggers!

It's Day 6 and we are sharing DIY Ornament Ideas!

For this DIY White Tree Ornament you will need the following supplies:

White Tree Ornaments (I found mine at Dollar Tree)
White tacky glue
red and green sticky sequins
red and green pom pom balls

Ornament supplies of white trees, green sequins, red sequins, red and green pompoms

Step 1.

Remove the packaging from the ornaments.

A hand holding a white tree ornament with decorations all around it

Step 2.

Open the decorations for the tree ornament.

A hand holding a white tree ornament and adding red sequins to the tree branches.

Step 3.

Attach the sequins on the tree branches.

A hand holding the tree ornament with red sequins on the branches

Step 4.

Attach the pom poms on the tree branches with the white glue

A hand holding a tree ornament decorated with red and green sequins and red and green pompoms

Step 5.

Let dry and hang on your tree!

A white tree ornament hanging from a decorated Christmas tree


Scroll down for many more DIY Ornament Ideas for your holiday season!






Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Cream Cheese and Salsa in Pastry Cups

We are all about PARTY FOOD for today!  And what is more party-like than cream cheese, salsa, and one bite party shells?  The best part is that they can be made ahead of time and you decide the amount of heat you want!

Cream cheese appetizers on a clear glass tray on top of a poinsettia place mat.


Welcome to Day 5 of the Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas Series!

DIY Christmas Ideas and Recipes you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas

We have teamed up with 50 plus bloggers to bring you a oodles of DIY Ideas and Recipes to make your holiday season merrier. There are 12 different posts in the series and we have spread them out over a four week period with three posts per week. Now is the time to subscribe!

GO HERE for the complete list of Dates and Topics plus a collection of most popular holiday ideas including ornaments, games, recipes and more from all 50 plus talented bloggers!

It's Day 5 and we are sharing Holiday Party Food Ideas!



We adore cream cheese in our family and like to see it in our apps.  We like a combination of cold and hot apps and this is a cold one with a little heat!  You decide if it will be mild or knock-your-momma's-socks-off hot!

Cream Cheese and Salsa in Pastry Cups

Cream cheese appetizers in pastry cups with little pieces of pepperoncini on top


1 pkg of 15 premade and prebaked pastry cups
2 T salsa, your choice of heat
4 oz cream cheese, softened
4 T chopped cooked sausage or cooked hamburger
3 rings of pepperoncini for decoration
1 T garlic powder

Remove cups from the freezer, open, and set aside.  In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, salsa, meat, and garlic powder. Stir well.  Spoon into cups, about 3/4 of a teaspoon each.  Top with a tiny piece of the pepperoncini.  Serve cold or at room temperature.

My family adored these one-bite treats. You might need to double the recipe!

Check out the party food from all of these bloggers!  Your party menu is about to explode!






Monday, November 26, 2018

Decorate the Gingerbread Man!

I am so excited to have you back for the fourth day of the 12 Days of Christmas Series.  Today we are talking about Children's Christmas Crafts.  My craft was so simple that I know it will be a hit!  Children's Christmas Crafts are always so much fun!

A photo of a kitchen, with Christmas decorations and a gingerbread man activity on the refrigerator

Welcome to Day 4 of the Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas Series!

DIY Christmas Ideas and Recipes you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas

We have teamed up with 50 plus bloggers to bring you a oodles of DIY Ideas and Recipes to make your holiday season merrier. There are 12 different posts in the series and we have spread them out over a four week period with three posts per week. Now is the time to subscribe!
GO HERE for the complete list of Dates and Topics plus a collection of most popular holiday ideas including ornaments, games, recipes and more from all 50 plus talented bloggers!
It's Day 4 and we are sharing Kids Christmas Craft Ideas!

The craft I am sharing today has endless possibilities.  The Gingerbread Boy can be decorated over and over each day, making it one of the best crafts ever!

Gingerbread boy hanging on the refrigerator with magnets.


Decorate the Gingerbread Man!

Step 1.

Cut a large gingerbread boy from felt.  I found this one precut at Dollar Tree.  SOOOO easy!

Step 2.

Cut decorative pieces from scrap felt.  Zig Zags for the arms, circles for the eyes and nose, buttons, a hat, smiling mouth, whatever pieces you can create!

Step 3.

Hot glue magnets on the back of the gingerbread boy and let cool.  Attach to the refrigerator or other magnetic surfaces.

Step 4.

Put the pieces in a ziplock bag and place by the gingerbread boy.

How to use:

Read a Gingerbread Man story to your child. Here are some links to free, online gingerbread stories!

The Gingerbread Man

1910 Version of The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man bedtime version

After the story, have your child decorate the gingerbread man.  Repeat this for several days.  Ask your child to tell you what the differences are between the different gingerbread man stories.  Ask what is the same.  Ask which is the favorite and why?  On the last day (you determine this!) make gingerbread cookies (try THIS recipe!)



Scroll down for many more Kids Christmas Craft Ideas! 


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Homemade DIY Christmas Dog Treats

It's the most wonderful time of the year - 
time for the annual 25 Days Of Christmas Movies Blog Hop! 
#ChristmasMoviesHop

We have 25 talented bloggers gathered together to share with you all the wonderful crafts and recipes you can make this Christmas season, based off of some of the most beloved holiday classic films. There are 25 films to be inspired by for your holiday season, and 25 talented bloggers to aid your inspiration! If you love Christmas movies, you have come to the right place!!

I love to participate in Christmasy Events and this one is after our hearts: Christmas Movies!  Welcome to 25 Christmas Movies Crafts and Recipes!  Each blogger that participates has a movie to base their post from. Mine was Santa Paws!

A synopsis:  An all-new Disney holiday classic is born - Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups. Starring a brand-new litter of the cutest talking pups ever - Hope, Jingle, Charity, and Noble - it's perfect for the whole family. When Mrs. Claus travels to Pineville, the playful Santa Pups stow away on her sled. Taking mischief to a whole new level, they begin granting joyful wishes to Pineville's boys and girls, but something goes terribly wrong - the Christmas spirit begins to disappear. Now the Santa Pups and Mrs. Claus must race to save Christmas around the world. From the creators of Disney Buddies, this magical, heartwarming tale is brimming with hope, cheer, and Christmas spirit.


Movie poster with two dogs wearing Santa hats.

The movie didn't get a lot of positive press, however, kids love it and the pups are adorable! Speaking of adorable pups, please meet my two dogsons: Truman and Wilson!  Truman is a nine-pound Cavachon and Wilson is a 28 pound Westie. They are best buds and get along very well.  They share toys but Truman is protective of his food!


Two dogs laying on the floor, on a red Christmas tree skirt, under a decorated Christmas tree.

Both of these boys love this "raw cookie dough" treat that we like to give them to encourage their eating. We keep it in the refrigerator and add it to their food bowl when we feed them dinner.  


Pumpkin peanut butter cookie dough like dog treats in Christmas style containers.


Cookie Dough Dog Treats

1 cup packed pumpkin
1/2 peanut butter
2 cups oatmeal
1 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together.  Store in the refrigerator.  Scoop 1 T of "dough" and add it to the top of the dog food.  

I have given this as gifts to my friends, I just add the mix to a Rubbermaid container and tie a spoon on top. Add a cute tag with the recipe and how to serve it and it is good to give!

I'm also giving you a round up of ten wonderful dog treats!  These make great gifts for your canine friends, too!

Christmas dog treat photos

Let’s Meet The Hosts!


It's the most wonderful time of the year - time for the annual 25 Days Of Christmas Movies Blog Hop! #ChristmasMoviesHop
We have 25 talented bloggers gathered together to share with you all the wonderful crafts and recipes you can make this Christmas season, based off of some of the most beloved holiday films. There are 25 films to be inspired by for your holiday season, and 25 talented bloggers to aid your inspiration! If you love Christmas movies, you have come to the right place!!

Let’s Meet The Hosts!

Stephanie ~ The Tip Toe Fairy | Rebecca ~ The Moments at Home | Marianne ~ Songbird
Kim ~ Kimspireddiy | Jaime ~ Love Jaime
Lara~ Love on a Plate | Jaclyn ~ The Dotted Nest

An InLinkz Link-up


Friday, November 23, 2018

Countdown to Christmas Calendars Day 3 12 Days of Christmas

I'm excited for Day three because I love Christmas countdown activities.  We always got those cute chocolate countdown (we called them advent calendars) from my grandmother. Each little opening had a delightful piece of chocolate!  In this day and age, we are all trying to cut or reduce the amount of sugar in our diets, so I came up with a fun activities based calendar.

Welcome to Day 3 of the Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas Series!
DIY Christmas Ideas and Recipes you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas
We have teamed up with 50 plus bloggers to bring you a oodles of DIY Ideas and Recipes to make your holiday season merrier. There are 12 different posts in the series and we have spread them out over a four week period with three posts per week. Now is the time to subscribe!
GO HERE for the complete list of Dates and Topics plus a collection of most popular holiday ideas including ornaments, games, recipes and more from all 50 plus talented bloggers!
It's Day 3 and we are sharing DIY Christmas Countdown Calendar Ideas!


The Countdown to Christmas Calendar is actually a set of 24 activities that you can use in a variety of ways. Download and print this sheet, cut the activities apart, and go from there. Today I am going to show you how I used this grid of activities in a couple of ways.

For this delightful countdown, all the activities are written down on cute cards and numbered. Starting with 24 (days to Christmas) you read that night's activity and do it as a family. Count backwards until there is only one more day until Christmas! Use the link below to get the activities!


The other way to use this card set is to NOT number them, just pull an activity out of the box and do what it says. It is important in that case to store the used cards away from the used cards.

The box I am storing these in came from Dollar Tree. I love how the "lid" is incorporated into the box. Super simple to use. I also love that it is a smallish box. It would be adorable under the tree or on a table.

A cute box decorated with gingerbread men contains a list of activities to do as a countdown to Christmas.

Scroll down for many more DIY Christmas Countdown Calendar Ideas for your holiday season!






Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Easy Gift Mugs Day 2 12 Days of Christmas

It's Day 2 of our 12 Days of Christmas series. I hope you enjoyed Day 1 and all the Christmas wreaths. Did you have a favorite?

It's our Second Day of the Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas Series!
DIY Christmas Ideas and Recipes you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas
We have teamed up with 50 plus bloggers to bring you a oodles of DIY Ideas and Recipes to make your holiday season merrier. There are 12 different posts in the series and we have spread them out over a four week period with three posts per week. Now is the time to subscribe!
GO HERE for the complete list of Dates and Topics plus a collection of most popular holiday ideas including ornaments, games, recipes and more from all 50 plus talented bloggers!
It's Day 2 and we are sharing DIY Gift Ideas!

My gift idea is another simple one, but very popular these days!  I know you will love making these as they are all the rage.  So what is this oh-so-popular gift?  A Rae Dunn mug!

Four mugs, two white, one red and one gray that say Jingle, Believe, Jolly and Santa sitting on a white table by a lit Christmas tree.


You will need:


Good blank mugs (I get mine at Dollar Tree)
A Rae Dunn font (I use Blackbirdie Farmhouse)
A cricut machine or a great friend who will cut these out for you
Words. (I used Jingle, Believe, Jolly, and Santa

Step 1.

Wash and dry mugs.

Step 2.

Cut the words from your cricut or have your friend do it.

Step 3.

Apply the vinyl words carefully to the mugs.

Step 4.

Allow to sit a day or two for the vinyl to adhere well.

That's it!  You are finished.

I typically give the mugs without anything in them. These days people have their favorite coffee, teas, even cocoas. I let them fill it with their choice of goodies.

Handwash these mugs and be gentle on the lettering on front. My mugs are doing well, but the font is thin.

Scroll down for many more DIY Gift Ideas!

Monday, November 19, 2018

DIY Christmas Wreaths~Merry Little Snowman Wreath

It's DAY ONE of the Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!  Today we are focusing on DIY Wreaths and homemade wreaths from all of us!

Welcome to Day 1 of the Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas Series!

DIY Christmas Ideas and Recipes you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas

We have teamed up with 50 plus bloggers to bring you a oodles of DIY Ideas and Recipes to make your holiday season merrier. There are 12 different posts in the series and we have spread them out over a four week period with three posts per week. Now is the time to subscribe!

GO HERE for the complete list of Dates and Topics plus a collection of most popular holiday ideas including ornaments, games, recipes and more from all 50 plus talented bloggers!

It's Day 1 and we are sharing DIY Wreath Ideas!

My contribution to the DIY wreaths on this page is this Merry Little Snowman Wreath made from mostly Dollar Tree items. In addition to being cute, it is easy and friendly to your budget!

Materials Needed

Red Dollar Tree Wreath Form
5 or more Dollar Tree snowman ornaments
Hot glue
Dollar Tree red pipe cleaners or clear twist ties
Dollar Tree spool of red plaid ribbon
1 package of Dollar Tree snowflake foam stickers

Step 1

Attach the snowman ornaments to the wreath using the pipe cleaners. Leave space for a large bow.  I bent the pipe cleaner in a U shape and slipped the U over the snowman's neck. I pushed the pipe cleaner through the wreath, making sure it was secure on one of the wreath's wires.  Twist the pipe cleaner to secure.



Step 2

Create a bow.  I use about 40 inches of ribbon. Make a bow or tie a bow and attach it to the wreath with the pipe cleaners.  With the remaining ribbon, make a few loops and hot glue them around the wreath.


Step 3

Remove the snowflake stickers from the packaging. Use the large stickers to scatter across the wreath.  Use the smaller stickers to fill in gaps.  That's it!

Bright red wreath with cute snowmen ornaments hanging on a wooden garden gate.


Scroll down for many more DIY Wreath Ideas for your holiday season!



Sunday, November 18, 2018

Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Welcome to the 4th annual 12 Days of Christmas blog hop!  I am eager and privileged to be working with 50 of the best bloggers in the country. Here, and through out the Christmas season, you will find the best in DIY crafts, DIY gifts, DIY ornaments and more!

We are kicking off the 4th Annual 12 Days of Christmas event with a collection of most popular DIY Christmas Ideas from 50 plus bloggers!
Most Popular DIY Christmas Ideas you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas #DIYChristmas
We have teamed up with 50 plus talented bloggers to bring you hundreds of new ideas for the holiday season! Scroll down to meet the team and see our 12 Days of Christmas event topics along with free printable calendars with the dates you can expect more ideas throughout the holiday season!






Most Popular DIY Christmas Ideas you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas
Magical Snowflake Candle Holders (Free Template) @Craftify My Love

Most Popular DIY Christmas Ideas you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas

Wire Angel Ornaments @Adventures Of A DIY Mom
DIY 'Knit' Christmas Ornaments @Domestic Deadline
Prairie Point Star Ornament @Supermom No Cape

No Sew Quilted Ornament @This Autoimmune Life

Most Popular DIY Christmas Ideas you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas
Christmas Ornament Pallet Sign @Creative Ramblings
Most Popular DIY Christmas Ideas you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas
Poinsettia Tree Skirt @Purple Hues & Me
The Best Gingerbread House Recipe @Tikkido

DIY Star Garland @Faeries & Fauna

Most Popular DIY Christmas Ideas you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas
Cozy Christmas Tablescape @Our Crafty Mom
Most Popular DIY Christmas Ideas you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas
Crochet & Cross Stitch Snowman Pillow @The Inspiration Vault 
How To Create A Hot Cocoa Bar @My Family Thyme

Hand Painted Christmas Tree Sign @Domestically Creative

Most Popular DIY Christmas Ideas you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas

The Reindeer Antler Game @Intelligent Domestications
Gift Passing Game @Polka Dot Poplars
Free Printable Christmas Scattergories Game @DIY Adulation
Christmas Party Group Game @Blowing Away Out West
Christmas Movie Trivia Quiz @Creative Cynchronicity
Most Popular DIY Christmas Ideas you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas
Recycled Little Golden Book Ornaments @Little Cottage Living

North Pole Christmas Table for Kids @Cookies, Coffee & Crafts

Most Popular DIY Christmas Ideas you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas

Holiday Gift Wrap On A Budget (Free Printable Gift Tags) @Happily Ever After
Layered Ribbon Trees @Sparkle Living
DIY Nativity Shadowboxes @A Princess and Her Pirates

Farmhouse Christmas Tree Ornament with Mod Podge @Grandma's House DIY

Most Popular DIY Christmas Ideas you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas

Ganache Hot Cocoa @Chef Sarah Elizabeth

Peppermint Cupcakes In A Jar Gift @Through My Front Porch

White Chocolate Glaze Gingerbread Biscotti @Christmas Tree Lane

German Gingerbread Cookies @Cooking With Carlee

Most Popular DIY Christmas Ideas you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas
Nine Free Holiday Printables @Farm Girl Reformed
A Coastal Christmas Tree @Charleston Crafted
Most Popular DIY Christmas Ideas you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas

How To Fill Outdoor Planters for The Holidays @Interior Frugalista

Make A Gingerbread Man From A Clay Pot @Shoppe No. 5

DIY Glitter Christmas Ornaments @Create & Babble

DIY Spray Painted Christmas Pillows @A Wonderful Thought

Most Popular DIY Christmas Ideas you can use this year! DIY Christmas Decor and Games Ideas #12daysofChristmas
Santa Shell Ornament @Across The Blvd.
A Simple Elf Breakfast @Glitter On A Dime
Non Candy Stocking Stuffers @That Fit Fam


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Thursday, November 15, 2018

2018 Ornament Exchange Link Pary!!

Welcome to the 2018 Ornament Exchange Link Party, our third year of the blogger ornament exchange! This link party is only for handmade ornament tutorials and will run from November 15th through December 15th.

2018 Ornament Exchange Link Party

This year, we have 50 talented bloggers sharing their Christmas ornament tutorials and helping to host the handmade ornament exchange link party! Let's meet the hosts of this year's 2018 Ornament Exchange Link Party!
My PinterventuresNorthern FeelingA Purdy Little House
Create and Babble 2 Bees in a PodAcross the Boulevard
Simply Beautiful by AngelaThe Inspiration VaultFaeries and Fauna
Home on the CornerThis Autoimmune LifeOur Unschooling Journey
Rosewood and GraceShoppe No.5Domestic Deadline
Made In A DayIntelligent DomesticationsCookies, Coffee and Crafts
Tales From HomeMunoforeSuper Mom - No Cape!
Raggedy BitsChristmas Tree LaneC'mon Get Crafty
Making ManzanitaMom Home GuideFrom Evija with Love
Red Cottage ChroniclesCoastal BohemianOur Crafty Mom
Girl, Just DIY!Halfpint DesignsPrim and Propah
Purple Hues and MeFarm Girl Reformed Eye Love Knots
Try It - Like It - Create ItTeadoddlesTwo Purple Couches
Inside the Fox DenKeys to InspirationOur Home Made Easy
Charleston CraftedThe Quiet GrooveChicken Scratch NY
Jordan's Easy EntertainingMom Envy Sparkle Living
The Good Hearted WomanFor the Love of Food

I shared my ornament with you yesterday here:  2018 Ornament Exchange. Go and check that post out for its tutorial. So easy and so pretty on the tree!

DIY Mason Jar Bottle Tree Ornament




If you have a handmade ornament tutorial, we would love for you to share it on the link party below ⇓⇓ Add as many ornament tutorials as you like until December 15th.