DIY Holiday Highlights #7

How was your Christmas? Are you glad it’s over? Does it stretch out with more celebrations and get-togethers this weekend? We’re hosting a small party on Friday and then the weekend plans include packing up holiday decorations. I don’t know about you but I love putting it all away just as much as decorating it all up. It feels so de-cluttered and clean, doesn’t it?

Just a quick post today…I wanted to open the DIY Holiday Highlights party for this week, for those who have some holiday related posts to share because the days after Christmas will be quiet in the DIY Show Off house {Mr. DIY is back to work, girls are gone and I’m snowed in} and I’d love to see the holiday posts you’ve been sharing on your blog.

Yesterday, I posted our Christmas home tour. You’re invited to stop by. I’d love your company. :)

DIY Show Off Christmas Home Tour

Make sure to visit a few of the links to make some new friends for the holidays.Comments, pinning and sharing links this time of year are one of the best blog gifts!

DIY Holiday Highlights

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DIY Holiday Highlights #6

With so many bloggers in the DIY/decorating community – I’m seeing so many amazing holiday projects! Heavenly! It’s truly like opening gifts every time I visit your holiday posts! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

DIY Holiday Highlights Party

christmas tree holiday party

Here’s what I shared this past week:

DIY Christmas Card/Photo Holder/Display from scrap wood/trim

christmas card photo display

that doubles as a candle holder…

DIY Christmas Card Holder

Christmas in the sitting room…{with links to TONS of DIY holiday and non-holiday including painted upholstery, His & Hers pillow covers, no-sew script dropcloth curtains, pipe curtain rods, tomato cage Christmas tree and some sitting room before pictures too}.

painted upholstered chairs

I also have an easy wreath tutorial with a festive stair landing decorating post coming tomorrow and Christmas decorating in the dining room.  Be sure to stop back!

and here are some Christmas-y ideas and inspirational highlights from last week’s DIY Holiday Highlights party…

Christmas Wreaths

Amanda from Mommy is CooCoo shares her {burnt out} Christmas Lights Wreath. Upcycling genius.

wreath made from burnt out Christmas lights

There’s always time for a last minute craft project, right? I’m loving this cotton ball and jingle bell wreath from Brightly Inspired…easy and pretty!

jingle bell wreath

Festive Christmas vignettes {great ideas for small spaces} at Christina’s Adventures…her book page wreath is a beautiful mantel focal point…

book page wreath

Creativity from Those Tiny Toes…the cutest paint stick snowflake wreath:

paint stick wreath

I love the elegance of the DIY wintery pearl wreath at Classy Clutter.

pearl wreath

All of those wreaths! One for every door – interior, exterior, cabinet doors, wall decor, mantel centerpiece…inspires a collection, doesn’t it?

Don’t forget! There’s a Christmas tree party & contest going on right now! Link up here, there and everywhere. Christmas tree with the most “likes” wins!

Make sure to visit a few of the links to make some new friends for the holidays.Comments, pinning and sharing links this time of year are one of the best blog gifts!

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DIY Holiday Highlights Party #5

{just typing that #5 made me hum Mambo Number 5…not very Christmas-y. lol!} Welcome! It’s a busy time of year, that’s for sure! You’re all ready for the holidays, right? If so – you’re on the ball, an amazing planner and I’m envious! I’m done with decorating and started on my shopping but not I’m not finished and I haven’t wrapped anything yet. I mostly wait until I have it all in one big pile then I have a wrapping party. for 1. by myself. not singing Mambo #5, but Christmas tunes. And that’d be why it’s a party for one. But I do love wrapping pretty presents!

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Let’s move on to some highlights from last week’s DIY Holiday Highlights party, shall we?

DIY Christmas Highlights

I love.love.LOVE this hostess gift idea from Denise at Painted Home Designs…a cheery bucket of DIY kindling packs: newspaper wrapped pinecone, rosemary or cinnamon sticks and dried twigs tied with twine.  So original and a gift that will get used (if the hostess has a fireplace or woodburner of course)…

  Painted Home DIY Kindling Gift

There are so many unique and beautiful DIY projects went into the Christmas mantel at Down to Earth style. My favorite is the window with candles…placed in the shape of a tree but loving the twig Christmas tree bases on either side as well. I also know what a challenge decorating a mantel when a tv above is the focal point. Holly did a beautiful job!

Christmas mantel @Down to Earth Style

Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow’s nutcracker mantel is filled with awesome DIY accents as well including the awesome nutcracker silhouette canvases, sweet felt trees and a holiday sled makeover. Simple. Beautiful.

  Crafted Sparrow Nutcracker mantel

I’m a fan of reindeer and silhouettes and sparkle. Okay, so everything Christmas. Did you see the cutest simple sparkle reindeer art tutorial at OPC’s The Better Half? It’s a darling decorative accent for a Christmas-cheerful mantel…

OPC The Better Half sparkle reindeer art

Last week, I also shared my tutorial for a lighted starburst mirror tree topper

DIY lighted sunburst mirror tree topper

Do have some holiday posts to share? You’re invited to link up! I can’t wait to browse through the links, listen to some Christmas music, warm up some cocoa and visit.  Nothing to share? Join me by taking a look at the links for some inspiration!

And in case you didn’t know: There’s a Christmas tree party & contest going on right now! Link up here, there and everywhere.  It’s a holiday party time of year.

Make sure to visit a few of the links to make some new friends for the holidays.Comments, pinning and sharing links this time of year are one of the best blog gifts!

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On wrapping presents: Gift wrap is going to be a DIY project for me this year. Empty nest = extra time. I do love wrapping gifts and consider myself a professional giftwrapper (lol!) but I’ve always bought pretty coordinating paper. I’m buying this {affiliate link} which should last me a while {and work for other DIY projects too!}…

Reader submitted Christmas Trees for the Christmas tree contest:

Wendy’s blue and silver beauty:

DIY Holiday Highlights Party #4

Welcome back to the {3rd annual} weekly DIY holiday linky party! This week the countdown to Christmas begins! How is it December already?

christmas tree holiday party

My holiday posts this past week include:

No Sew Ruffled Ombre Tree Skirt Tutorial

and I guess that’s all. lol But, seriously – I have more holiday projects to share but pictures are awaiting editing and blog posts are pending. Oops. Sometimes it’s hard to find a balance between working on projects and decorating and working on editing photos and blogging. More to come this week!

I haven’t shared this yet, but planning a Christmas tree party starting next week! Here’s a look at the family room all fun and festive…

Christmas Tree Party

Last week’s Holiday Highlights party was filled with so much beautiful inspiration! Very.Pineresting. Crazy talented Christmas spirit! Love it! I especially loved numbers 4, 5, 10, 15, 41, okay, all of them really. You’ll have to pop over and take a look at the thumbnails to see! Or follow my Christmas Pinboards.

Do have some holiday posts to share? You’re invited to link up! I can’t wait to browse through the links, listen to some Christmas music, warm up some cocoa and visit.  Nothing to share? Join me by taking a look at the links for some inspiration! What do you love?

Make sure to visit a few of the links to make some new friends for the holidays.Comments, pinning and sharing links this time of year are one of the best blog gifts!

DIY Holiday Highlights

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DIY Holiday Highlights #3

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”

I love Christmas carols! Happy half way through the week! How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was filled with love, family, friends, many blessings, special memories and lots of food!

christmas tree holiday party

Once my daughter’s birthday and Thanksgiving are complete, I get into full Christmas spirit mode! Scene: Furniture has been re-arranged to make way for the Christmas tree. Boxes are piled in the dining room, living room and family room spilling decorations, ornaments and lights. Christmas music fills the air. There are even snow flurries here in western PA. Most of my DIY and decorating posts for the next couple of weeks will include Christmas projects, crafts, do-it-yourself and holiday features.

I’m currently finishing up decorating the dining room. I love that it’s a little more um…Natural? Cottage? Farmhouse? Rustic? lol…you’ll soon see.

I got our main tree up over the weekend. I shared some tips for decorating a Christmas tree the other day including stringing lights vertically, giving an artificial tree height, my favorite Christmas scent, etc. To create a fuller tree, I love using silk poinsettias and glittery leaves before adding ornaments.

decorating a Christmas tree

Our living room is more traditional, so our tree is decorated in golds and dark reds.

DIYShowOff Christmas Tree But the family room is going to be non-traditional colors for Christmas. Merry and bright, right?!

Reindeer Games mantel

Last week, I shared a DIY reindeer games sign tutorial with a chevron pattern for a family room that I’ve never decorated in the 7 Christmases we’ve spent in this house. I’m so excited! I still have projects to complete that I haven’t started for the family room but for now, it’s at least functioning as a family room and is “decorate-able”! AND it’s a mix of eclectic and fun colors coordinating with the beautiful curtains I’m sewing…{more information coming}.

VIBRANT FESTIVE COLOR! Amanda from Mommy Is CooCoo is giving away one of her beautiful DIY ornament wreaths. I won the one shown last year and I have to tell you – it’s gorgeous! Just a few days left to enter to win!

ORNAMENT WREATH GIVEAWAY

Christmas ornament wreath

I know you have some holiday posts to share and I can’t wait! And if not, then take a look at the links for some inspiration!

Make sure to visit a few of the links to make some new friends for the holidays. Comments, pinning and sharing links this time of year are one of the best blog gifts!

DIY Holiday Highlights

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I’m a few days early for Thanksgiving and hosting the party a day early, but with having a busy week, I wanted to tell you…I’m thankful for you. Thank you for your visit, sharing your DIY, your support and encouragement. I am so blessed by your friendship.

I’ve never been the type to have my Christmas shopping done in August. In fact, because my youngest daughter’s birthday is always the same week as Thanksgiving, I’ve never really planned for Christmas until after we’ve celebrated her birthday and had Thanksgiving dinner. So, I also don’t decorate until the weekend after Thanksgiving {this weekend!}. However, I will share my first DIY Christmas decor project on Friday!

There were some beautiful inspiring Christmas related links last week. Here are a few WHITE CHRISTMAS favorites…

I am so in love with Gail’s stunning DIY white poinsettia tree skirt. She shares her great tutorial at Purple Hues and me. I can’t wait to make one. Isn’t it gorgeous?  

DIY White Poinsettia Tree Skirt - Purple Hues and Me

Aimee from It’s Overflowing is super woman. This girl always has something amazing to share. I love her simple DIY Christmas JOY pillow tutorial {with link to the free printable monogram fonts}.  How-to-Make-a-Christmas-Joy-Pillow-ItsOverflowing

My Christmas centerpiece used faux snow in a glass hurricane and I’m loving the DIY Christmas Tree Jars and Snowy Luminaries from Val at Hand Made Modern. DIY time is about 1 hour…perfect quick, easy, cute!

christmas tree jars - Home Made Modern

Diana from Boy + Girl Design shares a peek of her winter decorating but nothing chilly about it. Simple. Pretty.

Winter-Decorations Boy+Girl Design

How about a big white canvas with a Christmas tree? Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design shares her Christmas tree canvas (Ikea Margareta fabric). She stretched/mounted the canvas and added some ornaments. What a great idea! It’d be perfect for an apartment. I love that it doesn’t take up any floor space and it’s a beautiful HUGE focal point in her gorgeous dining room. While you’re there, check out her decorated chandelier. SO pretty!

Ikea Margareta Cellua Christmas - Cuckoo 4 Design

Book page wreaths…swoon. I have yet to make one but I’m really loving the one Jen from City Farmhouse put together and she shares her instructions to put together a beautiful paper starburst wreath. I spied some double sided wrapping paper at Sam’s club. How pretty would that be too?!

DIY starburst paper wreath - City Farmhouse

VIBRANT FESTIVE COLOR! Amanda from Mommy Is CooCoo is giving away one of her beautiful DIY ornament wreaths. I won last year and I have to tell you – it’s gorgeous! You’ll be seeing it in my Christmas decorating this year.

ORNAMENT WREATH GIVEAWAY

Christmas ornament wreath giveaway at Mommy is Coocoo

DIY Holiday Highlights

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3rd Annual DIY Holiday Highlight Party #1

It’s that time of year…time to start thinking of the approaching holidays. This year I’ve decided to host a 3rd annual DIY Holiday Highlights linky party since the past couple of years have been such a success…and we all love having DIY holiday ideas from blog friends grouped together, right?

DIY Holiday Highlights

The party welcomes DIY related to Thanksgiving and after that, our family celebrates Christmas so that’s what you’ll see from me. My brother and sister-in-law host our Thanksgiving family gathering every year so no prep at our home, other than putting together a yummy dish to share. And I’m not ready to decorate for Christmas just yet, but I am already thinking of holiday crafts and handmade gifts, how about you?

To kick off this year’s holiday event, I actually did decorate a little for Thanksgiving. But then discovered I left my camera’s battery charger on vacation. {I should probably return to Florida to retrieve it, especially since it went from 70 degrees yesterday to in the 30s today. #sonotafanofcoldweather} So I tried the ipad camera, but not much luck. Here’s a look at what I’ll share more of when my new battery charger arrives…

thanksgiving cornucopia

I went through last year’s DIY Holiday Highlights parties and chose from favorite linked up oldies but goodies for Thanksgiving that I find just as inspiring this year as last. Please pin from the original source by clicking the link. I know these ladies would love your visit, comment and pin from their archives.

In 2011, Aimee from It’s Overflowing shared one of my favorite Thanksgiving tablescapes…whimsical and natural.

It's Overflowing 2011 Thanksgiving tablescape

I love the blue velvet pumpkins and gold accents of Thanksgiving table 2011 that Shannon from Anythingology… anythingology thanksgiving table 2011

2011 at The Gathering Place: a vintage feel, a frame within a frame and a Thanksgiving {year round} message… 

The Gathering Place Thanksgiving vignette 2011

Back to 2012: GIVEAWAY ALERT! Amanda from Mommy Is CooCoo is giving away one of her beautiful DIY ornament wreaths. I won last year and I have to tell you – it’s gorgeous! You’ll be seeing it in my Christmas decorating this year. She also shows you how to make your own ornament wreath. {Thanks, Amanda!}

ORNAMENT WREATH GIVEAWAY

Christmas ornament wreath giveaway at Mommy is Coocoo

DIY Holiday Highlights

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