Flocked Christmas Trees: Yay or Nay?

This season, I've noticed a lot more flocked trees popping up on Christmas home tours and on Pinterest than in past years. Is the flocked tree trending, or is it just me happening to notice it this year?

I've always loved the look of a natural green Christmas tree and have never had a flocked one myself, but I've gotta say, I'm quite smitten with having a flocked tree sometime in the near future. The snowy look adds a bit of romance to the tree, don't you think?

It certainly adds a "wow factor" to a tree - whether it's the big one in the corner of a living room or a little one on top of a table :).

I can't decide if it falls on the modern or traditional side of Christmas decor...maybe it's both? Either way, it would look great in anyone's home, no matter their style!

So what do you think of flocked Christmas trees. Do you have one? Would you have one in your home? Or do you think this is the worst Christmas decorating idea ever? Let me know in the comments!

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Wood Frame & Chicken Wire Christmas Card Holder

I've had a vintage chunky wood frame stored away just waiting to be put to good use and a few months ago it hit me - it would make a perfect Christmas card holder! This project has been on my list for months, and I'm so glad I finally got it done this past weekend. All I needed was some chicken wire, staples and paperclips. Once I gathered my supplies, it only took about 30 minutes to do - made me wonder why I put it off for so long!

It was such a simple project that I didn't take step-by-step photos. Here's how I did it in case you want to make one of your own for all those Christmas cards that are coming in the mail (I received five on Saturday alone, ha!):

  • Turn your frame to the backside and cut a piece of chicken wire that fits inside the edges
  • Use a staple gun to secure it to the edges of the frame (be sure to pull the chicken wire taut, but not too tight so that it bends it out of shape)
  • Flip it back over and hang on the wall. 
Here's mine empty (pre-Christmas cards):

And here it is all filled up!

It brings such a smile to my face every time I walk past all those photos. I love receiving Christmas cards from friends and family - it's so fun to see how things change from year to year... and this year's cards included a lot more babies!

So, how do you display your Christmas cards? I've done everything from stick them to the back of the front door to hanging them on a metal tree in the past. I'm excited to have this frame though - I'm sure I'll use it again next Christmas (and for other things during the year!).

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Lovely Links

Yay for Friday! Do y'all have big weekend plans? For me it's a girls brunch, hopefully a Christmasy outing or two and a little shopping. Nothing too exciting! Before I head out, I wanted to share a few fun finds, projects and yummy things. Enjoy!

*As usual, if you like something you see here, please pin from the original source. The link is always right below the photo or in the caption. Give these sites some love! :)

1 | Let's start with my favorite chocolate cookie recipe ever. I make these a few times a year and they're always a hit (most recently at a cookie swap this week!). Sometimes I change up what kind of chocolate chips I use - they're yummy in any form. :)

2 | This holiday printable will fit into anyone's Christmas decor.

3 | I loved this guest room/office makeover from IHeart Organizing.

4 | I'm on a boxwood wreath kick this year, but I'd love to be able to reuse it every year so a preserved one is currently on my wish list.

5 | These little copper tea lights would be adorable on a festive holiday table.

6 | And lastly, everyone's on the hunt for stocking stuffers at this time of year, right? How about one with a DIY twist that would be good for just about everyone on your list? Enter the monogrammed leather key chain:

Happy weekend everyone!

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12 Days of Handmade Ornaments {Favorites Edition!}

Happy hump day! I hope you're all having good weeks so far. Remember the 12 Days of Handmade Ornaments series from a couple of weeks ago? (How could you not - it was crazytown around here for those 12 days!) Well I think I've recovered from that awesome madness and had a chance to take a look at each blogger's ornaments as well as the ones Y'ALL linked up here on that last day, and boy there are some talented ornament crafters out there. I decided it was high time to highlight a few of my favorites. Take notes, people. And even if you've already done all your decorating, you can always pin this post for next year :).

I'm a sucker for clean-lined, simple things, and so these wood scrap mini house ornaments from That's My Letter are right up my alley. (Aren't those little red hearts just the perfect touch, too?)

Katie from Baby Your Babies used an Easter egg as a base to make this adorable pine cone ornament.

Pom poms are just the most charming little things - don't you agree? I love this mini wreath that Cristina (of Remodelando la Casa) made out of them.

These yarn ball ornaments from All Things G&D kind of blew my mind. They're awesome! Plus, bonus!, Dusty gives some hints on which glues worked best for making them.

Who wouldn't like a pair of tiny mittens hanging on their tree? And what if you didn't have to knit them? The full tutorial is over on Confessions of a Serial DIYer.

If you need to make a bunch of ornaments, simple is the way to go. A perfect example? This gold-leafed polka dot ornament from The Happier Homemaker.

Lastly, I loved this mini jingle ball wreath from Serendipity Refined. I like the variety of gold bells she used!

Hope y'all found some inspiration here today. Now go forth and craft yourself some ornaments! :)

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Our Christmas Card from Cardstore

While most paper items in our world have gone digital, Christmas cards seem to be holding strong and I for one am glad for it. I love giving and receiving Christmas cards each year. There are so many pretty ones to choose from and if you're a design lover like me, it can be pretty overwhelming to have to pick just one. So when Cardstore approached me to see if I'd like to review one of their Christmas cards this year, I gladly accepted - I was glad to have my options narrowed down for me to one company at least! When I headed over to their site to choose one, I found several that I really liked and had a hard time making a final decision. My favorites (the runners up, if you will) were...

In the end, we settled this very simple Noel Script Overlay card. Since I love our photo so much I wanted to let it speak for itself without too much distraction.

The customization process is simple and gives you several options for fonts, colors and size, which I really appreciated. You can also choose to add additional photos and/or a message on the back for most designs, or leave it blank. Once that was done, all I had to do was checkout and wait for them to arrive in the mail! When we got them a few days later, I was very pleased to find that the printing and paper quality was top notch: the card has a lovely matte finish (nearly always my preference for photos) and the paper is nice and thick.

I opted to have Cardstore send me all the cards to address myself, but did have them print our return address on the envelope to save a step (which is free by the way!). You also have the option for them to address, stamp and send the cards for you, so for those of you who say you don't have time to send them out, here's your solution! No more excuses :). The only extra cost is the cost of the stamp.

Would I order from Cardstore again? Absolutely! They have a variety of designs to fit any taste or occasion, the quality was great, they shipped quickly, and the fact that they'll send them for you is such a fantastic option. Be sure to check them out!

Sooo, do you want to see our card? I did promise I'd show it to you when I shared our little photo shoot from a couple of weeks ago :). Merry Christmas from the three of us!

*Disclosure: I received Christmas cards from Cardstore in exchange for a review of the product. The opinions and assessment expressed here are my own.

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