Christmas Table Runner: ruffled goodness!!!

 My Christmas tablescape would have looked a little lacking had I not whipped up a fun and festive table runner! Thankfully it was literally as easy as  “whipping somehitng up!”  With minimal time and effort I was able to create a look I love and that will be useful all year round thanks to my non traditional color pallet I use for my Christmas decor!


 I gathered my fabrics and incorporated red burlap, black and white prints and my favorite blues and red. Mixing prints and textures is a must! For the actual runner I used some fabric I had left over from my out door furniture cushions. One more reason I love having endless fabric on hand! Thank you summer buy!
I cut my ruffle fabric 3″ x 30″ long. I needed two strips, one for each side of the runner! I measured the length of my table and cut my runner sections accordingly. One section for the length of the table and two pieces that would hang off the table by 15″.
 To create a ruffle simply use your widest straight stitch setting and sew a straight line down one of the edges of your strips. Pull the back piece of thread and gather your fabric to create a ruffle. Once you have a ruffle created sew it on the bottom of one of your side panels.

 Continue making your ruffles and adding them onto the panels being sure to overlap slightly the row before it.
 Allow room at the very top for space to sew it to the center section of the runner.
 Sew each side panel on the the center panel!
 And that’s all she wrote! If you look close you can see that I added two lines of decorative stitching. One zig zag stitch and one scalloped stitch.
This really was a much needed detail to make my table complete!  A bold pop of color with a flirty feature that I adore! Simple? YES! YES! YES!!! 
And if you missed my Pier 1 Imports post on how I created this beautiful tablescape you can read more about it HERE! And if you like what you see please help me share this fun post by clicking the “Facebook” or “Twitter” icon below to share this link with your friend and family! Much appreciated!

Holiday Confession, I mean tradition!

I have to laugh at myself! I know this will sound sad and far from what you may have ever expected from me but what I am about to tell you is true! For the past three years we have participated in what has now become a Family Tradition! Not a tradition I am proud of or one that I brag about! Holiday traditions are suppose to be sweet and meaningful and worthy of passing on to the generations that will follow you. This one…well I hope it dies soon!
Ok…on with it! For the last three years my family and I have…( gulp, red face, totally embarrassed to admit but ok here I go…) Have eaten at Wendy’s on Christmas Eve for dinner! I KNOW!!!! Totally sad and pathetic!
I grew up thinking Christmas Eve was just was important as Christmas Day! We spent every Christmas Eve at my dear grandmothers and It was dripping with tradition! DRIPPING! It wasn’t until we moved here to Utah, far from the majority of our families that Christmas Eve totally took a nose dive and turned into a day I nearly dread! My little family and I wake up, mill around the house and finally find ourselves at the mall! The first year I gawked at all the shoppers! “Really!?! People are here and not sitting around grandma’s table! This is NUTS!” But there we were! Among the crowds of people with nothing better to do!
Finally we would have wasted enough time and it was time to head home! With limited options we’d start looking for a quick meal. We cursed Del Taco for closing at 3, were happy to see Arby’s was also dark and finally left with no other option, we’d pull into Wendy’s and dine on 5 piece Crispy nuggets and Jr. Bacon Cheese Burgers! Thank heavens for the Frosty. It was the only thing that made it almost not totally pathetic!
I know! Totally lame! But what can I say! With limited family nearby and everyone else surrounded with family plans your forces to make due! So sadly it’s become a family holiday tradition!
SO PLEASE HELP!!!! Help me come up with some new family traditions I can implement in this years Christmas Eve plans! I’m desperate to not fall victim to Dave Thomas and his square patties! What do you guys do on Christmas Eve? What can a small family of 5 with a toddler do to spice up their day and make lasting memories? HELP!!!!!!

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Making a table scape that fits MY style! Thank you Pier 1 Imports

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pier 1 Imports. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’m no stranger to Pier 1 Imports! It’s one of those “go to” places that I utilize often and the holidays just beg for a shopping trip to Pier 1!

I love that I can go into a store like Pier 1 and customize a look that fits my bright and bold style! I’m sort of a non traditionalist when it comes to Holidays and Christmas is no exception! I love the typical red and green look but of course I’m always looking to put my stamp on EVERYTHING that I put on display in my home! I want all my decor, including holiday decor, to look like me and to look like my home! Thanks to Pier 1 I was totally able to do that!
When I first walked into the store I was blown away by the beautiful displays and bold sparkle and colors! I was in heaven! Golds, Reds, Greens, Silvers and my favorite BLUE! I knew I was going to be able to create something awesome! Check out some of the amazing displays that offered endless inspiration…
I’ve always been drawn to beautiful tablescapes! Layer after layer of details! Each piece thought out and intentional. How cute are those felt snowflakes underneath those Candy Cain dinner plate! So so cute!
This adorable Penguin theme was happily on display! I love how they used the large ones for chair back decorations…
 and tucked into trees! My kids would have loved this! 
I know when we think of holiday decorating we thing Mantle, Dining room table and a wreath on the door! But don’t forget all the other tiny spaces that can show off holiday cheer! Look at this gorgeous collection of festive throw pillows! The Snowflake pillow if a personal favorite and that “Ho Ho Ho” pillow is decked out with pom poms and green! What’s not to love!
So after wondering the displays and getting totally inspired I knew exactly what I wanted to create for my own space!
I loaded up and created a color pallet of Red, Green, Blue, White, and Black! I found some fun and playful things that weren’t your typical Christmas items but when placed together created a look that screamed 
I started off with a beautiful Black and White Hounds tooth place mat and a sparkly Red Charger! Chargers are a great way to add a pop of color and tie in a color scheme!  The hounds tooth was the perfect tectured jumping off place for this soon to be fantastic tablescape!
Next I added my own blue dinner place and white salad bowl! I was in love with the fact that all my Pier 1 finds would work seamlessly with items I already had! What a great way to use what you have and add new fun holiday pieces all at once! A napkin at each setting ties in one more of my colors!
 Next I added a darling sparkly ornament instead of napkin ring! I love how it all looks together! I used red and blue ornaments in order for them to pop off of the green napkin!
Time for some glassware! This is where I added my most favorite feature! Check out my adorable Dot Tumblers! Talk about cute! When placed along side a traditional wine glass it makes the perfect addition to my whimsical setting!
Now that my place settings are ready to go it’s time to address the center of my table!
I whipped up a table runner that would tie in all my fun colors! Bright bold fabrics and burlap helped to creat this perfect centerpiece starting place!
For the very center I stacked two glass cake platters! I love the small size! I added a small piece of hounds tooth wool to add one more texture!
When I saw these beautifully detailed Doily Plates I knew I wanted to use them somehow! I rested them atop my blue glittered snowflakes I already had and used them as a candle holder! Darling right!
Embossed Fleur De Lis votives and lime green candles are just one more layer of the look! Little details make all the difference!
And lastly I filled in with beautiful Pier 1 Import glittery ornaments and bulbs, and silver glitter stars from my own collection!
Isn’t it magical! Totally me! It was so fun to create a look that fit the rest of my homes decor and totally brings in a fun festive holiday feel! Thanks to Pier 1′s amazing selection of beautiful holiday and year round items, I created a table I LOVE!!!! 
And Pier 1 isn’t just a great one stop shop for beautiful decor! Get that Christmas shopping list out and start shopping! And (hint hint) If I happen to find my way on your list you are more then welcomes to pick me up a few favorite things that caught my eye!
I love this Rack with Baskets and it’s on sale!

And I’ve also had my eye on these Assorted Bird Art pieces! On sale for only $24.99! What a bargain!

Besides the amazing deals and selection at Pier 1 I am also in love with their generous giving spirit! During the months of November and December, you can support Toys for Tots by dropping off an unwrapped toy and/or making a cash donation at the register. Also  if you “Like” Pier 1 Imports on Facebook during the month of November, Pier 1 will donate $1 to Toys for Tots. It’s all about giving back and Pier 1 is a great example of that!

Christmas Countdown. Good things do come in small packages!

(This is a fan’s favorite revisit from last year!!) 

With so many wonderful Advent Calendars and Count Downs out there you know I had to put my spin on the Holiday tradition! I created this smaller version of a Christmas classic for all of you out there with limited space and for those of us who’s husbands would kill us if we brought home one more Huge Christmas Decoration!

Gather the following supplies…

1 pack of Library Book Pockets/Envelopes. ( sold at teacher/learning stores)
Approximately 12 Sheets of Scrapbook paper
3 Sheets of Colored Card Stock
Distressing Ink
Glue Stick
Paper Cutter
2″Circle Punch
# Stencil
2″ Ring

And away we go!

Measure and Cut 25 pieces of paper. You will want the cut paper to be slightly smaller then the envelope. I used standard sized envelopes so my paper was cut to 3.5 x 3.25″.

Use your Distress Ink to add detail to the edges and corners of the cut paper! This step is well worth the added time! Attention to detail always pays off!

Now you will want to lay out all 25 pieces of paper. Arrange them in a random order being sure not to put two of the same prints next to each other!

It’s now time to add our 2″ Circles. First we will need to cut them out! I have fallen in love with my new Martha Stewart Circle Cutter! It cuts Circles from 1″ – 5 7/8″. All that versatility in one tool! Gotta love it!

Cut 25 and distress!

Assign a circle to each piece of paper being sure to make it look random and complimentary!

Taking one at a time you will now add the numbered day to each circle! I used a Stencil and a sharpie but if you have awesome free hand skills by all means show ‘em off!!

To make your inserts you will measure and cut a new piece of paper slightly longer then you did your first pieces of paper. In my case I cut mine 3.25 x 4.5″

You know the drill…Distress and arrange them to each envelope. At this point you can also adhere each circle to envelope.

@5 Days of Christmas Count Down Ideas

Now we need to add our Daily idea. I have created a list of 25 fun activities! Use these suggestions and add them to your inserts! I created my idea print outs on Photoshop! Come up with a customized way to display yours based on the Colors you you are working with!

Cut each Idea out and glue them to the insert cards. Be sure to lay them all out first and make sure certain suggestions are closer to the beginning of the month then the end! Putting up Christmas Decorations is something you don’t want to do December 24th!

Punch a hole in the corners.

Add them to a 2′ ring and tie on a Bow!

Hang on a Knob or on your Mantel and enjoy counting down the days until the Fat Man comes and raids your cookie jar!!!

Happy Count Down!


"Give Thanks" Thanksgivng Shadow box

 I’ve had a lot of great finds lately and I finally added them all together to create  the perfect simple Fall and Thanksgiving decoration.

 These beauties i picked up at a favorite consignment shop called Secondhand Chic located in Sugar House. I loved these antique flatware pieces and picked them up for I think $1.50 each.

 I also found some beautiful wall paper remnants that I couldn’t wait to use! I gathered a painted shadow box I had left over from my daughters room, some vinyl , spray adhesive and my new favorite tool by PLAID , My Professionals Tool Set which included a roller tool and scraping tool!

 I first measured and cut a piece of Wallpaper to fit the back of my shadow box. I used spray adhesive and rolled my Plaid rolling tool to smooth it out!

 After trimming the edge it was ready to go!

 I used E6000 glue to glue down my Flatware.

The scraping tool and rolling tool worked great to help me transfer my vinyl on!

This sits on my mantle and reminds me of our blessings! I love this simple reminder that was simple to make! 
Plaid wants to give one lucky reader their very one Professionals Tool set So you to can make a fun project like this! Simply leave a comment in today’s comments section and I’ll pick a winner and announce it next Wednesday!