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My Christmas Crafting Party

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Hello, hello everyone!

Happy 6 days until Christmas!

A few weeks ago, I came across this post by Kristi & Kelli from Lolly Jane. I was so inspired by these little hoop wreaths that I wanted to create them again and again...and what better way to do that than to have a party where we're all making them?

So, this past weekend, I had a little Christmas crafting get-together for some of my closest friends, and a few of their daughters!

You can see my version of the wreath hanging from the little window in my Christmas vignette (see that post HERE)...

So, I gathered up supplies to make both that project...

...and this one. I adore the little solitary bottle brush tree in an ornament...and they're so easy to make!

For our wreaths, we would be using this adorable little paper house from Heidi Swapp. They are so easy to put together...and they can be decorated & dressed up however you want!

***You can find these darling paper houses online & independent retailers like Scrapbook.com - click HERE to see***

I bought some little plastic ornaments for our bottle brush trees, too.

Then I collected up all of the bottle brush trees I had on hand...which turned out to be a ton!

I had acquired all different sizes & colors from Fancy Pants Designs, Michaels, Heidi Swapp & Tim Holtz over the past few years...and the selection was PERFECT for our projects.

I separated the smaller trees out into a few different bowls and placed the bowls on a lazy-susan for easy access.

Then I lined up the larger trees along a wooden tray I had. They looked so cool! Like a little mini forest...

I bought a long faux-pine garland at Michaels & snipped off all of the individual branches and placed them in a basket. These would be the base for our wreaths.

Snow, glitter & wire were essential for making our projects. The wire (from Michaels) was what we used to secure our pine brances & houses to our hoops.

Ribbon for hanging our wreaths & ornaments...

And, of course, no party is complete without sweets! Bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes are my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!

Even our elf got in on the action...

Everyone arrived, and we all started our projects. It was so awesome to see the variety in everyone's wreaths & ornaments!

That's really one of the things I love most about crafting...you can give a ton of different people the exact same supplies, and you will get a ton of different outcomes.

It's just so cool.

I love that the teenagers were really getting into it, too...

My younger son, Tyler, LOVES to craft...he made like 4 wreaths & 5 ornaments! I think the glittering was his favorite part...

Everyone's projects looked just so beautiful! I hope they love them as much as I do!

 At the end of the party, everyone went home with a little gift...

...the slightly larger Heidi Swapp paper house...

I really think everyone had a good time...I know I did!

I'm already planning my spring crafting party...


I know these last few days can be stressful, but I truly hope you find some time to be creative!


Christmas Vignette | Heidi Swapp Letterboard

10 more sleeps! 10 more sleeps!

Can you even believe Christmas is just a mere 10 days away?

I still have a ton to do...but that's OK! 

I'm having a little crafting party here tomorrow...and I'm up on the Heidi Swapp blog today with a little vignette I've created for the celebration.

I hope you can swing on by to see how I've decorated my Letterboard and to take a closer look at my little set-up.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

And I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!


Christmas Card Photos | Heidi Swapp Instax

Sending out Christmas cards is something I look forward to doing every year.

But some years...like this one...I'm just not prepared. 

Some years...like this one...I find myself behind the eight ball, with just a week or so left before Christmas, rain in the forecast, busy-kid schedules and nighttime that comes just way too quickly.

I finally found a spare 30 minutes this past Monday. My boys got home at 2:45 and were able to get changed and ready. My daughter jumped off the bus at 3:45 and had just a few minutes to freshen her makeup and throw on a sweater. 

And we were off!

I had seen a Christmas tree lot, not too far away (about a 10 minute drive), and thought it would make the perfect backdrop for this year's photos. 

All I need was one shot. Just one shot. Nothing fancy. Just everyone looking into the camera at the same time.

We got to the lot with only a bit of light left to spare. Did I mention it had been cloudy all day, and now, at 4:00 pm, it already looked like darkness was setting in?

Kinsley had brought her Instax Camera along and started snapping some photos while I was getting everything ready on my end.

She got some really fun shots...

And the kids looked so cute posing for the Instax I couldn't help but pull out my phone and take some photos of them taking photos!

Realizing I had a job to do, I grabbed my camera bag, threw my camera around my neck and arranged the kids in the middle of the Christmas tree forest.

I went to turn on my camera, and nothing.


The camera battery I had been charging all day was still sitting in the charger at home.



Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans.

I told the kids to jump back into the car. We were going to get this photo taken come Hell or high water. 

We raced back home, and I grabbed the battery from the charger. I threw it into my camera and told the kids to run across the street to the neighbor's backyard...she lives up against a forest preserve.

The light was fading - FAST - and I told the kids to just stand near a tree a smile - QUICK!

God love them, they did exactly what I asked and I was able to grab a few shots.

I uploaded the photos and found one that was halfway decent...thank goodness.

Through the magic of Photoshop (hello, magic-hour-lighting), Walgreen's 1-hour premium card printing, and a 50% off coupon, our Christmas cards in hand before bedtime.

It was a Christmas miracle.

And the kids had fun doing a little photographing of their own!

Now I just have to get those babies mailed.

Are you still looking for that perfect Christmas gift to give just about anyone on your list?

Why not give the gift of memory-making? 

Instax cameras & Heidi Swapp accessories available Michaels stores and michaels.com

Merry Christmas everyone!

Christmas Card Day

Did you know today was Christmas Card Day?

Well, it is.

And I haven't even taken our Christmas photos yet...so, there's that.

I've had these signs out on my desk for a few days now...hoping the kids would see them and understand what is expected of them when I finally do get around to taking their photos.

I think I'm in trouble.

How about you? Have you mailed your Christmas cards yet?

Have a wonderful weekend!


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