A few days ago my husband received the nicest package in the mail from his Mom…when I saw what she had sent over I could hardly believe my eyes. It was a box full of hand made gift bags, complete with tissue paper and gift tags to be used to wrap our gifts. It’s not often that people send and receive home made gifts any more, so when such a beautiful one lands on your doorstep it feels amazing. Now I know these bags were for my husband, but I am completely smitten with them. So much so that I had to share them with you!
Oh these gift bags, they’re so gorgeous! The work and detail and fabric that went into each bag really is amazing…even the inside of each bag is lined with beautiful fabric.
They are so beautiful, but it’s the time that went into each bag that is really special.
I mean, just look at the detail…all the different fabrics and ribbon on each bag.
Beautiful colours and textures…
I love them SO much I can’t bear to give them away, they’re just too special. So we will only be using them for gifts in our little family.
Hand made gifts really are the best. Just knowing that someone is taking time out of their lives to make you something, really means a lot. My husband was very touched at this gesture…as was I.
So if you ever doubt that your hand made gift for someone in your life won’t be appreciated or loved, think again. Whether it be homemade jam or cookies, a piece of art, a sewn treasure, just know that your gift is very special to the person you made it for, because of the love and time you took to make it.
Thank you so much Steph, for this gift!
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So this is where I sign off until the New Year! May your Christmas be full of love, great food and company! And thank you all again so much for reading along with me this past year…you make this blog journey so special!
Setting a beautiful table at Christmas doesn’t have to be hard! I’m sharing some simple ideas to make your table festive!
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I find when I’m cooking a meal for a big holiday or gathering, I tend to overlook the table setting then I’m scrambling last minute to make the table look nice. But I really like the table to look nice, so now I try to plan ahead of time. And over the years I have realized that the table doesn’t have to be complicated to look beautiful, in fact the more simple you keep things, the better. With just a few simple decorations your table can be beautifully set!
All of these place settings took me just a few minutes to put together, they’re that easy!
Gift tags are a great way to make a personalized place setting. There are many options that are so cute already that there really is no need to make your own! I used a gift tag for this setting and added a few of my favourite accessories of this season…bottle brush trees.
Cute and personal!
I used a bottle brush tree again for this place setting and added a simple kraft paper tag which looks great on the plaid cloth napkin (I found it at Chapters).
Make glass ornament place cards. I bought empty glass ornaments from Michaels, and filled them with fake snow, then tied on a little red ribbon and name tag. Easiest ever.
So simple and cute…and your guests can even take the ornaments home with them!
I’m sure it will come as no surprise that this place setting is my favourite…the checked plaid napkin and cracker…I can’t stand the cuteness.
I added a fresh sprig of evergreen and some pine cones for a pop of colour, then finished it off with another adorable gift tag.
If a subtle look is more your style, this type of table setting might work for you. I tied up the cutlery with some black velvet ribbon then added a little winter fruit decoration.
Just simple and pretty.
And while we’re talking place settings I also wanted to share the simplest idea for a centrepiece to go with your table. This DIY Mason Jar Snow Globe is the easiest craft I think I’ve ever made. It’s so easy it’s almost embarrassing. I just glued a bottle brush tree to the lid of a mason jar, added some fake snow and tied it up with some glittery white ribbon. That’s it. I like it.
The fun thing about putting together a Christmas table whether it be for brunch, lunch or dinner, is that there really are no rules. You can have each place setting match, or make each one different, just have fun with it and don’t stress.
Anyway, I guess the whole point of this post was to show you how easy it is to put together pretty place settings, no matter your taste.
Just shop around your home and use gift tags you have in your wrapping stash, dress up every day napkins with sprigs of fresh greens or berries, add ornaments to the place setting as a small gift for your guests, use pretty holiday ribbons to add colour to the table, add decorative pillows to the chairs…it’s easy!
I hope all of your holiday planning is going smoothly…this can be such a busy and hard time of year. I try to remember to not put extra pressure on myself, so I hope you don’t as well! xo
Here are 20 recipe ideas to make your Christmas morning delicious!
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We could all use a little extra help with breakfast on Christmas morning don’t you think? It’s one of those meals that really needs some thought and planning done ahead of time. For me, breakfast on the big day can be quite a conundrum because there is so much going on already! That and the fact that I need the recipe to be easy, uncomplicated and quick to get on the table. So this year let’s get ahead of the game and get Christmas morning breakfast planned ahead!
Here are 20 delicious recipe ideas for the big day! Just click on the text or the image for the recipe!
Thumbprint Cookies are a must for your Christmas treat plate! And double the batch because they’re going to get eaten fast!
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What is it about the Christmas season that just makes one feel like there needs to be dozens and dozens of cookies around? I’m not complaining because I love cookies almost more than life itself. I just find it fascinating that as soon as December hits it’s Christmas cookie madness all around. That’s ok, I’ll jump on board…twist my rubber arm. So now that we’ve decided that we must bake cookies, the biggest question is what kind? Whipped Shortbread? Rugelach? Turtle Cookies? Peppermint Kiss Sugar Cookies, Melt-In-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies? These are all favourites, but I’ve been craving thumbprint cookies, I just love a melt in your mouth cookie with jam…SO good. So I made some.
These Christmas Thumbprint Cookies filled my craving and then some!
Actually these are the best Christmas cookies I have made to date. I’m not even kidding. This batch only makes 15 cookies, and I’m telling you that is not enough…this recipe needs to be doubled. They taste like butter and brown sugar with raspberry jam and the combination is intoxicating. I made a batch in hopes of being able to send them with the kids to school in their lunches, but the first batch didn’t even make it to the next day, they’re that good.
And I love that this isn’t a complicated recipe…there are no tricky ingredients or steps. You can make the dough and have fresh cookies ready in less than half an hour, all with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry.
Welcome to my holiday home tour! I’m so happy to have you here. xo
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The wait is finally over…I can finally show you my holiday home and I couldn’t be more excited! There are big changes in here! In fact, everything is completely different from last year, and it’s just the change I have been waiting for, for so long. Over the years I have yearned for more traditional Christmas decor and colours, and finally that is happened with help from Lowe’s! I’ve brought in reds, greens, whites, plaids, faux fur, and a lot of natural elements. It’s like a country Christmas in the suburbs!
The biggest change we made was with our tree. As you may remember from my last post, we decided to put up an artificial tree this year, which is the first time this has happened in my entire life. For real. I have always had a real Christmas tree, but this year we broke the tradition…but don’t worry, we are LOVING our new tree. It’s not just any tree, it’s a flocked tree.
I grew up in Northern Alberta where the trees really looked frosty like this in the winter, so this tree makes me SO happy. Actually, when I started decorating the tree, I loved how beautiful it looked just standing on it’s own and I almost didn’t want to decorate it! But I had a vision and I was going to make it happen.
This tree was so easy to put together…honestly it took me less than 5 minutes to put it up, plus it came all decked out with lights, so I didn’t even have to string them up! Now that the tree was up, it was time to bring my vision together. I started by tucking little red berries all throughout the tree.
Then I wrapped the tree in some beautiful plaid cloth ribbon which makes a perfect garland, and adds just the perfect amount of red. I love how it looks.
And now the real fun begins! I’ve decked the halls and I can’t wait to show you how it all came together. Shall we get started?
Welcome to my holiday home…it’s Christmas in here!
Let’s start with our tree because it’s the focal point of our living space and really sets the tone for the rest of our holiday home.
I am in love with our tree. IN LOVE. And I’m so relieved that our whole family loves it too. Part of me was afraid to change our decorations, because kids often dislike what they’re not used to. And to be honest, trying to convince the kids that we weren’t going to get a real tree this year was a challenge…that is until they saw how it all came together, and they love it too! This makes me more happy than I can say, because really, the magic of Christmas is about the kids.
I wish you could see what it all looks like at night! One of my most favourite things to do during the holiday season is to sit down at the end of the day with only the lights of the tree on. It’s so cozy and pretty. I always miss this part the most once Christmas has passed.
Our pup loves it too. This is Molly’s new place to sleep…I bet it’s cozy down there.
Once the tree was decorated, I turned my attention to the rest of our living room, and because the tree was so full, I wanted the decor in the rest of the room to be a bit more simple, especially the mantel.
So I decorated the mantel with very minimal decor and I think it balances the tree perfectly. I might even leave the mantel the way it is after the holiday decor comes down!
Ok, it also needed a pretty holiday arrangement! I love bringing the outdoors in, and this arrangement is the perfect way to do this…evergreen branches, birch logs and pine cones wrapped up in plaid. It also ties in with the tree really nicely.
This view from my couch is my favourite…all nestled in with cozy pillows and a perfect view of the tree.
Once the tree and mantel were complete I added more Christmas decor throughout my main floor.
I also hung up my simple evergreen wreaths with more of the same plaid ribbon found on my tree. I absolutely love the look of wreaths hanging on doors and windows, even indoors!
It wouldn’t feel like Christmas here without the staircases getting decked out as well! I hung new evergreen garlands on our staircases all decked out with white lights, red and silver ornaments and red plaid bows. So pretty.
I’m so thrilled with how everything turned out…I really am a classic Christmas kind of gal, and I’m happy to finally embrace it!
Thank you all so much for stopping by today to take a tour of my holiday home, it means so much to me to have your here. I hope you are having a lovely Christmas season!
Have a very Merry day!
And thank you to Lowe’s Canada for making this all possible for me! For more holiday inspiration and ideas, you can follow Lowe’s on Facebook,Twitter and Pinterest as well!