Twelve Days of Christmas…Books

Today I’m inspired by…Christmas books. We went through our stash of holiday books and have been reading one each night before Christmas. I found a cute idea for a Book Advent Calendar on Babyccino. It’s so fun to read some classics like “The Night Before Christmas” and some new versions like “Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear.” The following books aren’t necessarily on our list (some I’ve never even read- so I’m not vouching for content!) but ones I found that had interesting book covers or art. If you would like more info or a larger picture of the book, click on the links below the pictures. Enjoy!

Olive, the Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold: Book Cover

Olive the Other Reindeer

 The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore: Book Cover

The Night Before Christmas (Golden Book)

 A Very Marley Christmas by John Grogan: Book Cover

A Very Marley Christmas

Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck: Book Cover

Christmas in the Manger (I LOVE Felicia Bond’s artwork!)

Dream Snow by Eric Carle: Book Cover

Dream Snow (I LOVE Eric Carle’s stuff, too!)

12 Bugs of Christmas by David A. Carter: Book Cover

12 Bugs of Christmas

Snow by Cynthia Rylant: Book Cover


The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen: Book Cover

Little Match Girl

A Bit of Applause for Mrs. Claus by Jean Schick-Jacobowitz: Book Cover

A Bit of Applause for Mrs. Claus

Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas: Book Cover

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

SantaKid by James Patterson: Book Cover


Merry Christmas to you and yours!


December 24, 2009. Tags: . Books, Christmas, Holidays, Illustrators. Leave a comment.

Twelve Days of Christmas- Candy

Today I’m inspired by…candy. Mmm! My favorite Christmas treat is homemade caramels. Those little guys are addicting! I went in search of a recipe to make my own- though I’m not much of a cook. We’ll see how they turn out! Here are some fun candy images and ideas that will hopefully inspire you!

Citrus-Zest Lollipops

Citrus-Zest Lollipops- Martha Stewart

white chocolate dipped peppermint sticks in a box

Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sticks- Country Living

Good Thing: Candy Cane Reindeer

Candy Cane Reindeer- Martha Stewart (reindeer template, too!)

Mint Chocolate Bark

Mint Chocolate Bark- Family Fun


December 23, 2009. Christmas, Holidays. Leave a comment.

Twelve Days of Christmas- Gift Wrap

Today I’m inspired by…gift wrap. It’s so fun to go into stores and see all of the different kinds of gift wrap. Sometimes I buy some and feel guilty using it because it is so beautiful! Here are some ideas for how to wrap your gifts, most courtesy of Martha Stewart.

Eco Gift Wrap

Cheerful Gift Boxes

Homemade Gift Wrap

Gift Card Holders

Gift Wallet

Japanese-Style Newspaper Wrap

Translucent Wrapping

Recycled Gift Tags

Gift Monogram

Beaded Monograms

Book of Money

Book of Money

Button Parcel **Not from Martha** on Bugs and Fishes by Lupin

December 23, 2009. Christmas, Holidays, Martha Stewart. Leave a comment.

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- Cookies

Today I’m inspired by…cookies. We will be going to my mom’s today to bake, bake, and bake some more. T is excited to make a “cookie house” like he saw at the grocery store. Here are some yummy and colorful cookies from different baking sites.

Poinsettia Cookies- Food Network

Picture of Peppermint-Chocolate Sandwich Cookies Recipe

Giada’s Peppermint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies- Food Network

Picture of Stained Glass Wreath Cookies Recipe

Stained Glass Wreath Cookies- Food Network

3-in-1 Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies- Food Network

Chocolate Batons

Chocolate Batons- Family Fun

Gingerbread Lantern

Gingerbread Lantern- Family Fun

Gingerbread Train

Gingerbread Train- Family Fun

Holiday Garland Cookies

Garland Cookies- Family Fun

Holiday Icebox Cookies- Martha Stewart

Cookie Art- Martha Stewart

Gingerbread Reindeer- Martha Stewart (how clever!)

White-Chocolate Cherry Shortbread

White-Chocolate Cherry Shortbread- Better Homes and Gardens

Cherry-Walnut Balls

Cherry Walnut Balls- Better Homes and Gardens

December 20, 2009. Christmas, Holidays. 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- Stockings

Today I’m inspired by…stockings. At my parent’s house I have a stocking my grandmother made for me for my first Christmas. It is one of my most treasured holiday items. I wanted to create something special for my little one for his Christmas Stocking so I copied the Martha Stewart Keepsake Stockings. We add a new felt shape to represent something that happened in his life. This year it will be a Mickey Mouse shape as we are going to Disney World for the first time. I put the link below and included fun stockings from around the web to inspire you!

Keepsake Stocking from Martha Stewart

Rickrack Stocking from Martha Stewart

Christmas Tree Stocking from Martha Stewart

Baby-Sock Stocking Countdown from Martha Stewart

Stockings on mantel

Fleece and Batik Stocking from Better Homes and Gardens

Product Image Flocked Stocking with Bells - Red (23")Product Image Flocked Stocking with Bells - (23")

Flocked Stockings with Bells from Target

Product Image Holiday Whimsy Stocking - Multi (18")

Holiday Whimsy Stocking from Target

Product Image Felt Stocking with Penguin - 21"

Felt Stocking with Penguin from Target

Colossal Sweater Stocking from Anthropologie

December 13, 2009. Christmas, Holidays. Leave a comment.

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