Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: November 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

{Pinning it Wednesday} Christmas


Alright it is time for Pinning it Wednesday. I know we had an amazing guest this morning, but I wanted to make sure I got in a few features today as well. I have been pinning Christmas stuff like crazy for the past month! I think it is high time I share a little. Don't you? If you follow me on Pinterest, you have probably seen some of these cute things, but if not here they are in all their Christmas Holiday glory....

Christmas Vases from Two Yellow Bird Decor

Fancy Nancy Tree Topper from

Great Printable
Salt Dough Ornaments

Peppermint Chocolate Bark

Christmas Wreath

Christmas Tree Treats

Christmas Cupcake Ornaments

Melted Snowman Cookies

Christmas Advent Counter

Applesauce Ornaments

Hostess Gift

Button Ornament

Christmas Card Holder

Christmas Advent

Sewn Paper Bag Treat Holders

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{Family Pictures}

Let me tell you how Family Pictures went this year..

I spent all morning making Miss Priss a skirt and me a matching headband

My Sisinlaw made matching vests for her kiddos

washed, cleaned, made my littles as perfect as can be
refused to let them play outside, once they were ready
they had to be perfect for pictures....

Got my hubby out of his grump mood to take pictures....

We drive at least half an hour to take pictures with sisinlaw....

We get to the park and guess what happens...

My Camera DIES.

Yep this is the day it officially DIED. 

I wanted to cry...

I couldn't believe it....

Well Sisinalw says she borrowed a camera, since hers was broken as well..

Begin taking pictures.....
camera's memory is full...

Niether of us have a memory card for it....

ending result....

a handful of semi-decent pictures.....

I guess not everything can be picture/blog worthy...
sometimes life is the Poo....

Here are the pictures we took before everything failed on us......









Hope you get some pictures of your littles today. 
Embrace those working cameras and cherish them:>

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{Free Stuff and Giveaways}


Michelle from Delicate Construction is giving away on of her Pinwheel necklaces today. She is doing the giveaway over at Southern Lovely. Hop on over and enter! I just did! Look how cute this necklace is?


So go over and enter to win a fantastically cute necklace for Christmas!

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{Homemade in December} Jules From Bles-id


Today we have our first guest blogger for Homemade in December. This week is going to be full of lovely ladies, sharing amazing decor ideas. Today we have Jules from the lovely Bles-id blog. She is showing us how she decks her abode in her finest Christmas decor. It is seriosuly so cute!!

Blog Meet Jules

Merry Christmas!  It's Jules from bles-id and I am so excited to be here at Blissful and Domestic sharing a Christmas tutorial!
 I love taking my house from fall to Christmas...
This year I'm adding in red, which I stayed away from last year.  Gotta change it up so it's unexpected!
 My favorite thing to decorate for Christmas is the mantle.
 I really layered it up this year.  
 I like using a mix of modern and vintage.  Love these vintage kids books.  They are mine from when I was little... so they really are vintage.  And getting vintager by the day...
 I've only started my decorating, but I think I will glitz it up this year.  Gold and silver mixed together, lots of glitter and shine! But to cut all that sparkle I need some nature.
I haven't gone out and gathered my greenery yet.  I think that's what makes a house Christmas, ya know?  I do have a little tutorial to share with you that involves greens.  
If you'd like to make a sweet little "peace" out of wire and greens {like the one I put on the ladder} read on!

First you need to gather your supplies:
scissors, craft paper, pen, 16 gage wire, floral wire, staple gun, staples, wood to staple to and greenery.
 You need to pick out what word you want to use and write it out in a cursive font or your own handwriting... I used peace in my own writing.  I wrote it on a piece of craft paper, nice and big.  The "p" is about 12 inches high.
 I put the paper on an old fence board since it helps to staple the wire down while you are working.  {I thought stapling into my table might be bad.}
 Using the wire, I traced all the letters out in wire to make the word, stapling into the wood and wrapping the wire around where I needed to.  
 I also used smaller florist wire to keep everything together.  This is not a pretty process. I was sweating and my hands looked like I got in a fight with a cat when I was done.  Maybe we should add gloves and deodorant to the list.
 Here is another look at the staple + wire + floral wire combo.
 When the full word was formed I took out the staples so it was free from the wood.  {Add a regular screwdriver to use as a staple remover to your supplies.}

When I had my wire "peace",  I went out to the yard and scalped my Italian Cypress.  I cut them into manageable pieces and started covering the wire with the greens, securing them with the green floral wire.
 Seriously don't worry if it's bushy.  You will give it a nice haircut at the end.  
 I found that if I wrapped a few stems together it helped the process.
 After it was wrapped I went all Edward Scissorhands on it. I bet you don't think I could find an Edward Scissorhands Christmas quote, do you?  
Wrong, my friend!

 I know it is a little early for Christmas, Edward, but; I have a present for you.
[shows Edward his soon to be human hands]

Speaking of presents, I think this would be a really nice one to give or receive.

From my house to yours, I wish you a very Merry and Peaceful Christmas!



Come back tomorrow for a fabulous Stocking tutorial from Amber at The Pless Press.

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