Twelve Days of Christmas- Gifts

Today I’m inspired by…homemade Christmas gifts. I wish I had the time to make gifts for everyone on my list but, alas, it is so much easier to buy! We used to do a gift exchange with my family where you had to make or recycle a gift. I made a “mommy necklace” for my cousin last year and the year before was a scrapbook collage for another cousin. Here are some amazing ideas for homemade gifts that I found on Martha Stewart’s website.

Towel Bibs- Martha Stewart

Decorative Pillar Candle

Beaded Flower Necklace- Martha Stewart


Butterfly Table Linens- Martha Stewart

Button Necklace- Martha Stewart

Silk Scarf Bag- Martha Stewart

Lip Balm- Martha Stewart

Jade Beaded Necklace- Martha Stewart

Map Coasters- Martha Stewart

No Sew Tote Bag- Martha Stewart

Zipper Flowers- Martha Stewart

Leather Day Planner

Artist Organizer

Car Travel Kit

Travel Collage

Glove Animals

Monogram Corkboard


December 21, 2009. Celebrations, Christmas, Holidays, Martha Stewart, Projects. Leave a comment.

Twelve Days of Christmas- Centerpieces

I love decorating the table for Christmas dinner. There are so many fun ways to “dress-up” the plain old card tables we use (well, unless you’re lucky enough to get to sit at the dining room table- but that’s usually taken). Here are some beautiful centerpieces from various websites.

Mini Ornament Vase Filler, Set of 18, Blue

Pottery Barn

Rose Hip Arrangement- Martha Stewart

Glitter Bird Centerpiece- Martha Stewart

Christmas Table with Chandelier- Martha Stewart

Candy Stripers- Martha Stewart

hot pink Christmas tree ball decorations on tray

Better Homes and Gardens

Close-up of red white Noel table setting

Better Homes and Gardens

Christmas bulb bundles

Bulb Balls- Better Homes and Gardens


Better Homes and Gardens

Candy Land Swirls

Swirling Trees and Lollipops- Better Homes and Gardens

candy cane vase

Cool Roses- Better Homes and Gardens


December 19, 2009. Celebrations, Christmas, Holidays. Leave a comment.

Twelve Days of Christmas- Tableware

Today I’m inspired by…Christmas tableware. We saw so super cute melamine dishes at Target (I just love their stuff!) and T really wanted to buy the “Carrots for Reindeer” plate (so I did, of course). Here is some holiday dinnerware that’s sure to inspire you!

Laurie Collection from Crate and Barrel

Product Image Reindeer Appetizer Tray Set of 12 - 11x6"

Reindeer Appetizer Tray from Target

Product Image Earthenware Candy Cane Platter

Earthenware Candy Cane Platter from Target

Product Image Holiday Icon Melamine Dinnerware Set of 12

Holiday Icon Melamine Dinnerware from Target

Product Image Silver Scroll Appetizer Plate Set of 8

Silver Scroll Appetizer Tray from Target

Beaded Bow Napkin Rings from Crate and Barrel

Holiday Cardinal Plate from Crate and Barrel

Reindeer Cork Drink Coaster, Set of 9

Reindeer Cork Drink Coasters from Pottery Barn

Noble Excellence Contempo Christmas Dinnerware from Dillard’s

The Night Before Christmas Santa Tumblers, Set of 4

Night Before Christmas Tumblers from Pottery Barn Kids


December 17, 2009. Celebrations, Christmas, Holidays, Home. Leave a comment.

Twelve Days of Christmas- Decor

Today I’m inspired by…holiday decor. We have been busy putting up the tree and now we’re ready to add some special touches to other areas of our home. I hope some of these fun decor ideas will inspire you, too!

Mistletoe Crewel Pillow Cover

Mistletoe Crewel Pillow from Pottery Barn

Metal Letter Bin

Metal Letter Bin from Pottery Barn

Crate and Barrel Cheer Pillow

Quirky Christmas Garland from Anthropologie

PEACE Decor, Set of 5 Letters

Peace Decor from Pottery Barn

Light Bright Project from Martha Stewart

Stiffened Doilies from Martha Stewart

cookie cutter

Cookie Cutter idea from BHG


Red tulips in a pot

Ornament Flower Pot from BHG

Green ball Christmas tree

Tree Decor from BHG

Greeting Card Garland from Martha Stewart

ribbon wall artwork

Cheery Wall Art from BHG

Presents above mantel

Mantel Idea from BHG

Ceiling medallions as wall art

Medallion Idea from BHG

Work of Art Clips

Work of Art Clips from The Land of Nod

December 16, 2009. Celebrations, Christmas, Holidays. Leave a comment.

Twelve Days of Christmas- Cards

Today I’m inspired by…Christmas cards. Our friends begin sending them out the day after Thanksgiving- I’m not that organized.

Here are some cute card ideas from the web. Perhaps you can use them for inspiration for your own cards.

g is for gnome card pack
G is for Gnome Card Pack from AFavorite on Etsy
*It was so hard to pick a favorite from this Etsy Shop…check it out!
Rock Scissor Paper Cards from Fred Flare

Product Image Egg Press Offset Printed Boxed Holiday Cards - Dot Peace on Earth (Set/8)

Egg Press Cards- Dot Peace on Earth from Target

Pinup Wreath

Pinup Wreath from Martha Stewart

Holiday Stripes Photo Holiday Card

Holiday Stripes Photo Card from

Stocking Coupons

Stocking Coupons from Papyrus

Glitter Ornaments

Glitter Ornaments from Papyrus

Merry Christmas Text

Merry Christmas Text from Papyrus

Patterned Deer Holiday Card

Patterned Deer from

Hand Drawn Tree Holiday Card

Hand Drawn Tree from

Christmas Joy Holiday Card

Joy Holiday Card from

Partridge Pear Holiday Card

Partridge Pear Card from

Bold Holidays Holiday Card

Bold Holidays from

Joy Snowflakes Photo Holiday Card

Joy Snowflakes from

December 15, 2009. Cards, Celebrations, Christmas, Holidays. Leave a comment.

Twelve Days of Christmas- Trees

Today I’m inspired by…trees. Christmas trees to be more specific. I am going to feature the Twelve Days of Christmas by focusing on twelve aspects of the season to hopefully inspire you, too! Here are some fun trees I found on the web.

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree from Fred Flare

3-D Ornament and Tree Topper from Martha Stewart

Office Supply Tree from Martha Stewart

FestofTrees_Gold Blue and Red bulb and ribbons tree

Kaleidescope Tree from Better Homes and Gardens

tree with white snowflakes and white background

Starry Night Tree from Better Homes and Gardens

Trees in gift boxes

Trio of Trees from Better Homes and Gardens

detail white tree

White Christmas from Better Homes and Gardens

Glistening Tree from Better Homes and Gardens

December 9, 2009. Celebrations, Christmas, Trees. Leave a comment.


Today  I’m inspired by…cards. I went to Papyrus to look for a card for a wedding we are going to next weekend. I could have spent hours in there! I went online to their website at and found several inspiring cards to share.

Birthday In Colorful Blocks

Birthday in Colorful Blocks Inspiration point: I love the color blocks and the use of the white letters. I could definitely use up some old letter stickers to make a card like this.

Balloons and Gifts

Balloons and Gifts Inspiration point: These patterns don’t seem to go together but the card is so cohesive when they are used in repetition of presents and balloons. What a great way to use scraps!

Red Blue Yellow Green Circles

Red Blue Yellow Green Circles Inspiration point: In real life the blue and red middles in the circles are glittery- it is so simple and pretty! Think of all of the color combinations that would look great with this pattern.

Button Flowers

Button Flowers Inspiration point: These felt and button flowers are the sweetest (and look easy to re-create)!

Elegant Damask

Elegant Damask Inspiration point: Yet another great way to use patterned paper scraps! I am picturing using the damask pattern like this for a wedding card…or plaid for a more masculine birthday card…

Two Wire Flowers with Sequins

Two Wire Flowers with Sequins Inspiration point: This card is so simple but elegant at the same time. I love these flowers as a card or an accent on a layout.

Heart of Gems

Heart of Gems Inspiration point: I know I have some random gems like this around- love the idea of using them to create one big shape.

Flowers with Patterns

Flowers with Patterns Inspiration point: I have a lot of paper packs from different companies that combine fun patterns with solids that would be great for a card like this. I could also use this same idea on  layout…perhaps flowers like this or leaves for fall or snowflakes for winter…and I could use punches…

Bouquet of Flowers

Bouquet of Flowers Inspiration point: You have to click on this link and zoom in to appreciate the amazingness (is that a word??) of these handmade flowers. They are made of layers of pink tulle or mesh with a gem and some beads for the center. The stems are made of wire and they are beautiful!!

Oh Papyrus…how I love thee…

October 17, 2009. Tags: , , . Cards, Celebrations, Holidays. Leave a comment.