Excited for 2014!

Happy New Year!!  Just popping in quick to wish everyone health and happiness in 2014.

Already 2014 is looking like a year that will be jam packed with fabulous events, fun opportunities and a whole lot of love!  Weddings, parties, new babies joining our circle and more chances to make and create.  So much to look forward to this coming year and … Today I am Excited About Everything!

Today I Am Excited{Image via Keri Smith on Flickr}

Cheers to new adventures in 2014!!!

 

Getting Holly & Jolly!

This week we put up our Christmas tree!  Decorating our tree is one of my favorite traditions.  Our tree is not one with matching ornaments that all go together perfectly.  It has come to be a collection of memories instead.

Love M Christmas

When Mr B and I first moved in together and realized on our first christmas that we didn’t have a single ornament to hang on our tree… we bought a handful of bulbs to get us through that year but decided from that point on to start a collection.  It’s become a fun tradition now that we buy an ornament for every place we travel to.  Whether it is a weekend away or a trip abroad, we now have an ornament for every city, state and country we’ve visited together. It’s fun to look back and remember all of our adventures each year as we decorate the tree.  We usually spend a night stringing popcorn as garland to hang on the tree too!

Christmas 2013

This year is different than most.  Usually I go all out with decorations and getting the house festive.  With all we have going on this year, we’ve decided to keep it quiet, cozy and relaxed instead.  So simply having our little tree will do just fine.  It is definitely a change (see last years decorations below) but I’m happy to take a break this year and have a low key holiday season.

Last year we decided to turn out little apartment into a winter wonderland with paper snow decorations throughout …  For one room I hung punched paper garland floating down from the entire ceiling and I cut out about a hundred big paper snowflakes for our kitchen!

Christmas Decorations

10 DIY Christmas Ornaments

With Christmas right around the corner, it is definitely time to start DIYing for Christmas!  I had been planning to share some more of my own project tutorials here but it turns out I have a lot on my plate from now until April.  So until then, I figured I’d round up some of my favorite handmade finds and projects for you.

I’m kicking it off today with 10 fun and easy DIY Christmas Ornaments.  Just click on the links or images to jump to the full tutorials.

Embossed Clay Ornaments by Gathering Beauty

10 DIY Christmas Ornaments

Easy DIY Chalkboard Ornaments by Finding Home

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments

Rustic Twine Ornament by The Thinking Closet

DIY Twine Ball Ornament

Wood Veneer Ornament by Northstory
Wood Christmas Ornaments

Burned Wood Ornament by Craft Ideas

Wood Christmas Ornaments

Handprint Ornament by Rust & Sunshine (great for kids or baby’s first Christmas)

Handprint Ornament

Felt Christmas Shape Ornaments by Creative Homemaking with Constanca Cabral

10 DIY Christmas Ornaments

Cinnamon Stick Ornament by FOLK

Cinnamon Stick Ornament

Felt Monogram Ornament from Say Yes to Hoboken

DIY Felt Ornaments

Glitter Seashell Ornaments on Mod Podge Rocks

DIY Christmas Ornaments

24 Merry Days!!

If you haven’t already heard of it, I’m excited to pass the news along about 24 Merry Days!  24 Merry Days is a collaboration between some amazing brands and amazing bloggers!  It began on December 1 and for each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas a new blogger hosts a fabulous giveaway contest!

Day 1 was a Lowe’s Accent Chair giveaway on House of Earnest.  Day 2 was a $250.00 gift card to Anthropologie on Lovely Indeed.

Visit the site and follow along each day and enter to win some awesome prizes!

24 Merry Days

Music Mondays: John Lennon

John Lennon - photo by Spud Murphy

{Photo Credit: Spud Murphy via JohnLennon.com}

This year has been a great one with wonderful new beginnings. Not only are we now engaged and planning our wedding but we also have a number of friends who are in the same boat, planning to tie the knot. Mr B and I also seem to have friends and family having babies left and right.

This past year we’ve been lucky enough to welcome three beautiful baby boys into our circle of people we love. The last of the three arrived a bit early and I thought a little John Lennon was the perfect way to celebrate… So cheers to all of our new and beautiful boys!

Lots of other gems on the John Lennon youtube channel too! :)

Hey Learn This…

Friday’s here and I cannot wait for the weekend!  Before partaking in the weekend celebrations, I thought I’d share a funny video with you from Hey Learn This.  It may just help you navigate through your weekend…

Walking

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!  If it’s nice out… go for a walk :)

You could also try throwing… match the headband to the socks.

DIY Wood Photo Transfers

DIY Photo Transfer

Photo transfers are a fun way to display your pictures on different surfaces.  Today I have another DIY tutorial to share  that I created for WedLoft.  This is a pretty easy way do DIY photo transfers on wood.  You can do it with any pictures – some of my favorites I’ve done are with Instagram photos.

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • Laser Printed Photo on computer paper (NOT photo paper)
  • Wood
  • Gel Medium or Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Water in a spray bottle

What you do is cover your wood surface with a smooth layer of your gel medium or mod podge.  Then, place your laser printed photo face-down on the surface.  Press firmly and smooth out any bubbles and let it dry completely.  When the surface is dry, spray small areas at a time with water and gently rub off the top layer of paper.  If you rub too hard, the image may start to come off as well.  So work carefully on small areas at a time.  Add more water as you need it.  Continue until all of the paper is removed from the surface and, again, let it dry completely.  To finish your transfer, paint another layer of gel medium or mod podge over the entire surface to seal it.

You can use unfinished wood so you can see some of the grain and color of the wood through the photo or paint the wood white to so the colors will stay true to the original photo.  Either way, I’ve learned that this method gives images a softer look that is not as crisp as the original image.  Just something to keep in mind.

It’s fun to play around with… some pictures I’ve purposely rubbed off some of the image to give the photo an older look.  Have fun with it!

DIY Wood Photo Transfer

For full step-by-step instructions and more photos of the process, jump over to the full post on WedLoft.