I love to get crafty when it comes to gift wrapping for Christmas. It is an easy way to add a creative touch.  Here are some of my favorite ideas I have seen this year via Pinterest and some inspiration boards for different Christmas themes to get the creative juices flowing! Happy Wrapping!

 

gift wrapping ideasThese are some of my favorite gift wrapping ideas via Pinterest this year. So many fun & festive ideas!

 

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Glitzy in Gold

Wrapping Paper: Target; Gold Ribbon: Hobby Lobby; Gift Tags: Hobby Lobby;

Peacock Feather: Hobby Lobby; Gold Stem: Hobby Lobby

 

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Farm Fresh

Wrapping Paper 1: Target; Wrapping Paper 2: Etsy; Green Ribbon: Hobby Lobby; Burlap & White Ribbon: Hobby Lobby

Deer Ornament: Hobby Lobby; Eucalyptus Stem: Hobby Lobby

 

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Candy Coated

Wrapping Paper: Walmart; Pink Ribbon: Hobby Lobby; Pink Trim: Hobby Lobby

 

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Woodland Christmas

Wrapping Paper: Target; Gold Chevron Ribbon: Hobby Lobby; Gift Tag: Hobby Lobby;

Snowflake Ornament: Hobby Lobby; Burlap Glitter Ornament: Hobby Lobby

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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Wrapping Paper 1: Etsy; Wrapping Paper 2: Etsy; Gold & Black Ornaments: Hobby Lobby; Burlap & Black Ribbon: Hobby Lobby;

Chalkboard Gift Tag: Hobby Lobby; Embellished Ribbon: Hobby Lobby

 

When Michael & I go married, my sister had a personalized return address stamp made for us with our new address. It was the perfect gift and something we used constantly. This is a great idea for a hostess gift, for newlyweds or a house warming gift! Here are some of my favorite designs via Etsy.

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From Etsy –VonLouDESIGNS

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From Etsy- HelloWorldStamps

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From Etsy – Fairmontandgrove

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From Etsy- Letter2Love

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From Etsy – Starboardpress

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From Etsy- TailorMadeStamps

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From Etsy- WickedPress

 

 

 

This past week I gave our kitchen a good scrubbing and cleaned out all of the cabinets. Suddenly I saw potential in decorating the kitchen a bit. I brought down my my yellow stand mixer that was collecting dust above the fridge and displayed it in the corner, converted some old picture frames to mini chalkboards and transformed them into wall art, and strung some colorful bunting along the ceiling. Instantly our kitchen felt so much more cheerful. No, my kitchen cabinets will never suddenly break down and become an open kitchen with a large island and white painted cabinets with glass uppers, but I decided it was time to make the best of what we do have. I still need to invest in some cute linens, but it is amazing what a little face lift can do!

Here are some of my favorite kitchen items right now:

Kitchen Wishlist

 

 

When I was recently browsing Barnes & Noble, I came across this cute cookbook “The Year of Cozy” by Adrianna Adarme. Author and blogger of A Cozy Kitchen, Adrianna Adarme shares a beautiful display of crafts and food. It has a homespun feel that encourages its readers to take time to enjoy a more simplistic lifestyle- from grain-free doggie doughnuts to homemade candles and activities to do with each season. I would love to add this to my book collection!

The Year of Cozy 1

The Year of Cozy

The Year of Cozy 2

The Year of Cozy 3

 

 

A lot has happened over the past year, but the biggest news is that my husband and I are expecting our first child, a  baby boy, come December 24th. I am at that stage of the pregnancy where I am supposed to stay close to home in case he decides to make an early appearance. So instead of missing out on family time for the Thanksgiving holiday completely, my husband and I decided to bring Thanksgiving to our house this year. I always love hosting parties and holidays. It may be tiny, but there is something refreshing about opening your home up to friends and family, cooking and catching up, all in the comfort of your own home.

 

At a recent ladies meeting, the topic was “how to be a good host”. The one thing that really struck my heart was when it was mentioned that the focus should be on the people instead of trying to impress them with your home or food – “invest not impress”. This is something I struggle with. When we have company over, I always want the house perfect, the food perfect, the ambiance perfect and everything has to be planned well in advance. A lot of the time I spend more time focused on that instead of simply enjoying the company we have in our presence. I do think it is important to make your guests feel comfortable and if you enjoy decorating for the holidays, then there is nothing wrong with that. I really enjoy doing centerpieces for the table where we will all be gathering to share a meal. Why spend so much time cooking a great meal if you aren’t going to spend a few minutes making the dining table organized and beautiful? Whether you go all out with the fine china, napkins and silverware, or do a simple centerpiece, spending some time on the table design is an easy way to set the mood for the event.

 

I worked on this Thanksgiving holiday tablescape a couple of weeks back while I still had a fresh pumpkin floral arrangement. I have since modified everything to something much more simple for today’s meal, but here are some ideas for creating a cozy and festive holiday table.

Thanksgiving Table 1

Thanksgiving Table 2

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Thanksgiving Table 5

Thanksgiving Table 6

 

Check out Elizabeth Avenue Designs tutorial for a pumpkin flower arrangement. This is the tutorial I followed to make my Thanksgiving centerpiece.