My Coastal Christmas Tree

Today is the last day of 12 Days of Holiday Ideas!  We made it all the way through! There are now hundreds of ideas to make your holiday merry and bright! If you want to go back and find all the bloggers and see what they have posted, here is the link. I hope you have enjoyed this series. I know Lauren and I both enjoyed putting it all together.  Thanks you to Shirley and Erlene for working so hard to put this all together!

You can see all the other link ups at the bottom of the page. Be sure to check them out!

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Now, Lauren and I were both supposed to show our Christmas Trees today, but SOMEBODY hasn’t even put hers up yet. Ahem. So, it’s just mine today!

I bought the flocked tree a couple of years ago, and I love how it fits with the rest of my living room! It shows off all the coastal ornaments so well. I have another tree in my family room as well, and that one has all the family ornaments, so this one is just fancy and fun.

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Of course, I have included some starfish and some of my Shiny Brights.  The diamond shaped mirror ornament is from my childhood. I have 3 sisters and we each received one of these mirrors in a different shape. I also see a few of my ornament exchange ones in this picture.  Here is the link to this years exchange and if you type ‘ornament exchange’ in the search box, you can find the past years also.

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I added this vintage sled to place some of the presents in and a cozy fur throw to snuggle up with.

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I made these sparkly initial chipboard letters for each of us to add to the tree too.

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My tree goes perfectly with all my other coastal items in the room. Thank you so much for joining us each post. Welcome to all our newcomers too! We can’t wait to meet you all and hope you continue to stop by! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!

Burlap Fabric winner will receive a prize pack of products valued at $50!

Zulay Kitchens winner will receive one Milk Frother and a Lemon Squeezer valued at $21

It’s Home To You winner will receive one wooden Santa sign valued at $65

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Gifts to Print for You!

Good morning!  I hope everyone is ready for Thanksgiving!  I cannot believe that it is tomorrow!  I still have some baking to do before the big turkey day, so I better get going on that…

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Welcome to the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event, hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications  and  Erlene of My Pinterventures Between Nov. 11th and December 6th there will be hundreds of new ideas shared by over 55 Co-host bloggers! 

Go here to see our kick-off collection of Holiday ideas as well as all of this years talented participating DIY and Foodie Blogs. Download this years November and December calendars with all of the topics and dates so you can make plans to watch for ideas!

We are hosting a BIG GIVEAWAY from our Sponsors this year! Be sure to scroll all the way down for more information and to enter to win!

This blog post is about printables.  We have 4 different printables for you today and I hope that you enjoy them.  They were fun to make!

The first printable I have is actually from a previous blog post for the 2019 Christmas Blog Hop post.  This printable is a Christmas To Do Coloring Page.  This is a cute Christmas tree with ornaments on it.  Some of the ornaments have Christmas activities that you can do and others are empty to put your own Christmas activities in.  Click on the link below to download the printable and use it yourself!

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Christmas To Do Coloring Page

The other printables that we have are all gift tags.  There are three different kinds of tags for your Christmas gifts.  There are blue circular tags that fold over so you can hide the to and from on the inside.  The second tags are pink (my favorite) with cute little pink Christmas trees on the front and the third ones are silver with little black reindeer.  These are all easy to punch a hole in to tie a ribbon through it.

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Gift Tags 3

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And that’s it!  It’s not very much, but we enjoyed putting this all together.  I know I personally will be using the Christmas To Do List because it’s a great way to keep my Christmas organized.  And I will definitely use the pink tags for all of my Christmas gifts.  Let me know if you are going to be using any of these for your Christmas!

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MEET OUR SPONSORS who have generously donated fabulous prizes for the Big Christmas Giveaway!

DecoArt  winner will receive a prize package valued at $100!

Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar winner will receive a Keurig Coffee Maker valued at $100!

Oriental Trading winner will receive an OrientalTrading.com gift card valued at $200!

Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!

Burlap Fabric winner will receive a prize pack of products valued at $50!

Zulay Kitchens winner will receive one Milk Frother and a Lemon Squeezer valued at $21

It’s Home To You winner will receive one wooden Santa sign valued at $65

12 Days of Holiday Ideas Event Sponsors 2019

Giveaway begins Nov. 8, 2019 and ends Dec. 6, 2019. Winners will be notified by December 13, 2019. Sponsors will ship each prize to the winner. There will be a total of seven winners, one for each prize. Drawing is by random selection using the Rafflecopter widget. 

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A Clowder of Christmas Cat Ornaments!

Good morning!  How was everyone’s weekend?  Mine was crazy busy, but it was fun.  I celebrated one Thanksgiving already and I ate so much food!  I basically had to be rolled out the front door to my car that’s how much food I ate.  But it was a wonderful day with family and I wouldn’t change anything.

*This post is sponsored by DecoArt.  All opinions given in this blog post are my own.*

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Welcome to the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event, hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications  and  Erlene of My Pinterventures Between Nov. 11th and December 6th there will be hundreds of new ideas shared by over 55 Co-host bloggers! 

Go here to see our kick-off collection of Holiday ideas as well as all of this years talented participating DIY and Foodie Blogs. Download this years November and December calendars with all of the topics and dates so you can make plans to watch for ideas!

We are hosting a BIG GIVEAWAY from our Sponsors this year! Be sure to scroll all the way down for more information and to enter to win!

Today we are showing you how to make your very own ornament!  And I promise, this isn’t super complicated.  It can be done in one afternoon if you wanted.

Now as some of you may know, I have 2 cats named Target and Amelia.  I love my crazy cats and I have cat ornaments that look like them.  But, I knew I wanted some other cat ornaments for my Christmas tree to spice it up a bit.  So I am here to give you instructions on how to make your own cat ornaments!

Things you need:

-Popsicle Sticks

-Paint

-Pipe Cleaners

-Colored Felt

-String

-Hot Glue

-Sharpie

Step 1: Paint the Popsicle Sticks

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This step is pretty self explanatory, but it’s still the first thing I did.  I used the awesome paint from our sponsor DecoArt!  DecoArt is one of the sponsors for the 12 Days of Christmas and they graciously sent us 8 different paint colors to use to our hearts content.  They are also part of the giveaway at the bottom of the blog posts so make sure to check that out!  We appreciate them sending us the paint and sponsoring this blog post!

My personal favorites are the pink, red, and dark blue.  The darker colors covered the popsicle sticks really well, but I had a bit of trouble with the silver.  It didn’t show up on the wood, so I would suggest using it as a top layer to add some sparkle on your project.  The light green was okay but it was kind of streaky so I was not a fan of that one either.  But I painted the sticks to prep them for step 2.

 

 

 

Step 2: Make your Pipe Cleaner Tails and Glue to the Popsicle Stick

I tried to match the pipe cleaner to the correct paint but unfortunately I didn’t have purple or dark green, so I used colors that looked good together.  I tried to make my tails look a little different so my cats had some character.  Here is what my blue tail looked like!

Popsicle and Pipe Cleaner

I did have to bend the tails just a smidge so that way I could glue it to the Popsicle stick, but it didn’t hurt the tail at all.  I put a small amount of glue on the Popsicle stick so that I could stick the two pieces together.

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Here’s all of my cats with their tails!

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Step 3: Draw a Face on your Cat

I used a fine point sharpie to draw a little face on the cat, but you might be able to use a regular sharpie on a bigger Popsicle stick.  I drew two little eyes, a nose, a mouth, and 3 whiskers on each side.

Cat Face

Step 4: Glue a String Loop to the Cat

You can do this step a couple different ways depending on how you want to hang your cat ornament.  I took a bit of thread and hot glued it to the back of the head side of the cat.  You can use twine or even an ornament hook if you wanted, but you will need some hot glue to hold it together!

Step 5: Make Ears and Scarves out of Felt

Originally, I was going to end here.  But I didn’t think the cats looked quite right without some tiny ears and some cute scarves.  So I cut some felt that matched my cat bodies to make some tiny little ears and some red and yellow felt for some wintery scarves.

Cats Almost Done

Step 6: Admire Your Cute Kitties!

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I think they turned out so cute!  I now have a clowder of cats for my Christmas Tree which will be perfect to add with my Target and Amelia ornaments.  I hope you enjoyed this cute tutorial and thank you to DecoArt for the paint!  See you on Wednesday for the next blog post!

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MEET OUR SPONSORS who have generously donated fabulous prizes for the Big Christmas Giveaway!

DecoArt  winner will receive a prize package valued at $100!

Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar winner will receive a Keurig Coffee Maker valued at $100!

Oriental Trading winner will receive an OrientalTrading.com gift card valued at $200!

Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!

Burlap Fabric winner will receive a prize pack of products valued at $50!

Zulay Kitchens winner will receive one Milk Frother and a Lemon Squeezer valued at $21

It’s Home To You winner will receive one wooden Santa sign valued at $65

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Santa’s Photo Scavenger Hunt

Good morning! Are you enjoying these posts? I sure am! There are so many great ideas and talented people! It’s been enjoyable to see what everybody else is doing and getting some ideas for myself. Don’t forget to go back to the original post, here, to see over 50 holiday ideas.   There is also the inlinkz at the bottom of this post so you can other party game ideas! And the giveaway!  Don’t forget about that!

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Today’s topic is games. I played a game similar to this back when I was in high school, back in the stone ages, you know, before cell phones. :0  I think we used Polaroid cameras. I guess now that Polaroids are back again, you could still use them! This game will take a little planning ahead of time, but it’s not too difficult.

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You will need:

  • a larger group of people
  • a list of items to find
  • a phone or camera

Before the party, you need to decide where your scavenger hunt will be. Will it be inside the house, around the neighborhood, at the mall? Once you decide where, you will need to walk around that space and make a list of the items you want found. This can be as easy or specific as you want. It could be a general item like an inflatable Santa to finding the house with 3 palm trees and a penguin. You will want a list between 10 -20 things depending on how long you want the game to go and the space you selected.

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Divide your large group into smaller groups, between 2 and 6 are probably the best. It can include any age groups too. If you have younger kids, you will probably want an adult as a chaperone and to help out when needed.

Each group will get the same list of items, but in a different order. That way they are going in different directions and won’t see where the other groups went. They will follow the list and take a picture of each item as they find it. They need to be back at a designated point within the allotted time with their pictures.

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Some things to decide and to explain before you start.

  • You will need to decide how picky you are about the pictures. Do you want exactly the object you are thinking of or just something similar?
  • Print out your lists.
  • Do you want pictures with participants in it?
  • Will there be prizes for just the winner or all players?
  • Also, be sure you players are respectful of other peoples property or other shoppers.

Now you are ready to start! Get your groups divided, explain how the game works and go! Once time is up, the teams should be back at a meeting point with their pictures.

Now, have fun!!!  See other great party games here!

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We will see you in a couple of days with Advent Calendars. I’m excited to show you mine, and I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with too.

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Christmas Gift Guide Round Up

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Good morning!  Welcome to the beginning of a 4 week blog journey that we are embarking on!  We are a part of the 12 Days of Holiday Blog Hop where 50 bloggers are coming together to give you amazing Christmas ideas and some beautiful inspiration for your 2019 Christmas season.  If you want to visit the other blog posts, click here and it will take you to the main blog post where you can visit everyone else’s blog posts!

This is the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event, hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications  and  Erlene of My Pinterventures.  Between Nov. 11th and December 6th there will be hundreds of new ideas shared by over 55 Co-host bloggers! 

Go here  to see our kick-off collection of Holiday ideas as well as all of this years talented participating DIY and Foodie Blogs. Download this years November and December calendars with all of the topics and dates so you can make plans to watch for ideas!

The other fun thing is that there is a link-up at the end of each of the posts where you can link-up your own great ideas! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! I still need a few ideas for gifts for some hard to buy for people!

So to start off the 12 days, we start with a Gift Guide Round-up.  Now, I know there are a lot of different kinds of people you have to give gifts to so I will have a couple different gifts for each of the following groups of people: Gardener, Techie, Animal Lover, Baker, and Decorator.  So read along, take some notes, and see what you think!

Also, all of these will be linked to Amazon.  If you click on the link, it will take you to the product where you can purchase it.  And for each purchase, we will get a small portion of it back to us with no extra cost to you.  So enjoy!

The Gardener

The first thing I want to share is the awesome gardening set.  This set come with 20 different pieces including tools, gloves, identification tags, a spray bottle, and a tool organizer.  All of these are super nifty for if you have either a large vegetable garden or a small succulent garden.  All in all, this would be awesome for anyone who has a garden!


AOKIWO 11 Garden Tools Set Heavy Duty Aluminum Manual Garden kit, 20 Pieces, Green

The second item is this super cool 4 Tier Mini Green House.  I would love to have this for my apartment because it would add so much space for my succulents.  This is the perfect gift for someone who enjoys gardening but doesn’t have that much space.  The racks are removable which means you can put larger plants on the shelves as well.



4 Tier Mini Greenhouse with PE Cover and Roll-Up Zipper Door, Waterproof Cloche Portable Greenhouse Tent-27.25″ L X 19″ W x 63″ H, Grow Seeds & Seedlings, Tend Potted Plants (1pcs)

Techie

I have decided that this first item is on my Christmas list.  This backpack not only features a ton of pockets (because who doesn’t like pockets), but it also features a lock, a headphone jack, and a phone charging cable port.  This backpack can fit a laptop and a ton of other items.  And, it even has a strap that can attach to your suitcase handle so everything is easy to carry around.  How cool is this single backpack?!


Bertasche Business Laptop Backpack 17-17.3 Inch w/USB Charging Port Water-Resistant Canvas Backpack for Work College School Travel

The second thing I have included is a Ring Doorbell.  Now, I know that the Ring isn’t a new item but it is something that every techie would love to have.  I know my parents love having their Ring so they can see who is at their door.  But these are amazing to have at your door to make sure that nothing bad is happening at your door.  Safety is always important, don’t you think!

Ring Video Doorbell with HD Video, Motion Activated Alerts, Easy Installation – Satin Nickel

Animal Lover

We are animal lovers around here and I can confirm that it can be difficult to find something cute to give for Christmas.  So I am here to rescue you!  The first item I found are these adorable kitchen towels.  Now, they come in multiple different designs so you can pick towels for cat or dog lovers.  Some are black and white while others have color on them.  They are the perfect for someone who loves their pet!

                         

DII 100% Cotton, Everyday Basic Home Kitchen, Ultra-Absorbent, Drying, Cleaning, Pet Lover, Printed Dish Towels, 18 x 28, Set of 3-Dog, Dishtowel, (3)

The second item I wanted to show off was this adorable rose gold heart necklace.  The necklace features two small pendants, one rose gold heart and one silver paw print.  This is such a small dainty piece of jewelry that anyone would love.  It would be such a sweet gift for someone who loves their pets!

Heart Paw Print Necklace – Rose Gold Plated Silver – Dog Lover Gift, Dog Paw Jewelry

Baker

I really enjoy baking and I have gotten a lot of baking things from friends and family, but there can never be enough baking items.  So here is a group of 214 (!) baking items that would be perfect for any baker!  You get pans, spatulas, piping tips, decorating tools, and much much more.  This is not only perfect for a seasoned baker, but it’s also great for someone who is just starting off and needs a lot of supplies.  And, it’s not crazy expensive either!  How fun would this be to wrap and watch someone open?!

Cake Decorating Supplies,214 PCS Baking Set with Springform Cake Pans Set, Cake Rotating Turntable, Cake Decorating Kits, Muffin Cup Molds, Perfect Cake Baking Supplies for Beginners and Cake Lovers

What baker doesn’t need a cute apron to bake in?  Now, I’m not saying this is the only apron you should buy, but this one is adorable with the little cupcakes all over it.  HOW CUTE IS THAT!!  You don’t have to pick the cupcake apron, you can pick others that are cute, but this one is just an idea.  Who knows what you could find!

KAF Home Adult’s Hostess Extra Long Ties – Adjustable Bib Cupcake Apron-Machine Wash-Used in Kitchen, Gardening

Decorator

The first item I want to show off is this soft and fuzzy pompom edged throw blanket.  This blanket comes in multiple different colors and is super cute.  I LOVE the mustard yellow color, but it does come in some neutral colors which is great for any kind of decorator.  This is something that I would buy for myself and for my mom (yes there is a pink and a blue version of the blanket).

LOMAO Flannel Blanket with Pompom Fringe Lightweight Cozy Bed Blanket Soft Throw Blanket fit Couch Sofa Suitable for All Season (51×63) (Mustard Yellow)

Who doesn’t like a nice fuzzy pillow?  Though it can be inconvenient to store 100 regular pillows, it isn’t as inconvenient to store 100 pillow covers!  And these soft and fuzzy pillow covers would be perfect to add to your pillow cover collection.  They come in a couple different colors, but there are hundreds of options of pillow covers on Amazon.  The possibilities are endless!

Uhomy 2 Packs Home Decorative Luxury Series Super Soft Faux Fur Throw Pillow Cover Cushion Case for Sofa or Bed Gray Ombre 18×18 Inch 45×45 cm

There are so many ideas for gifts for everyone in your family!  I hope this is helpful for you and your Christmas list.  I hope that this blog post has helped you decide what to get for friends and family for Christmas!  Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back in a couple days to see what else we have to share! Remember you can print out the calendars here so you know what’s coming up!

Here is also the link-up so you can share your own ideas too! I am excited to see what great gift ideas you have!

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