November Means the Holidays Are Here! And New Christmassy Things in the Shop.

The beginning of November is always the most exciting time for me because it means pulling out my Christmas decor and spicing things up for the holidays. I LOVE the holiday season, and I love making everything in my house festive and cheerful. This November is even more special for me because in a few short weeks my wee babe should be making his appearance in our lives, and I can’t wait to bring him home to a beautifully decorated house.

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This year I’ve got a whole new collection of Christmassy items in the shop. Christmas decor and ornaments are probably my favorite things ever to make. Christmas is such a happy time of year, and I love the possibility of helping people achieve that with handmade decor!

For this season, I have created a new line of book-inspired Christmas ornaments, because books are ❤ and deserve a special spot on your tree. Right now, I’ve got a number of titles including Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and Macbeth by William Shakespeare, among many others. I will keep adding more as I make them, and I’m thinking about giving them a permanent, year-round spot in the shop. These ornaments compliment my classic book cover tapestries.

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I’m also really excited to be offering fully customizable Christmas stockings, complete with a pocket displaying a hand-painted shelf of your favorite books. Obviously, books are a big part of my life and I love including them in my Christmas festivities. I made a stocking for my husband, one for myself, and one for the baby – who doesn’t have a name yet, so I’ll be adding on his name after he’s born!

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I hope the beginning of your holiday season is amazing, and please consider shopping small this Christmas! Etsy is a great resource for any number of handmade goods, and supporting small businesses is what makes our world go round. Remember to order your handmade decor and gifts far in advanced so they ship to you in time!

Welcome Wreaths and Raffia Obsessions

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Welcome!

Ahhhh, there’s just nothing like feeling wanted as soon as you walk through a door. That’s why I love wreaths! Even if they don’t physically sport the word “welcome” they are a feast for the eyes and a hug for the heart. As long as they’re pretty, that is. This wreath was actually in my grandma’s garage sale pile before I snatched it away. It was covered with that fake ivy stuff (which isn’t the best, but it definitely could have been worse) so I deconstructed it and redecorated it in a fashion that I would like to see before walking into a room or a house.

That moss stuff you can buy at Hobby Lobby is just great. I hadn’t used it until I made my wedding cake topper, but my crafting life has truly changed since then. I love this stuff, and with the hot glue gun it’s like magic. Raffia, too, is something I will never go without again. It’s fantastic and adds the perfect touch of garden whimsy to anything.

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The letters are the best part of my wreath though. They look great but  are simply cut out pieces of cardboard, covered with mod podge. That’s it!

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In the spirit and style of my wreath I decorated this forgotten little bird’s nest. It has lived undressed in my grandma’s house for years, and I figured it was finally time to give it something to be proud of. I’m not yet sure what its use will be, but I’ve thought about it long and hard. It would make a great ring holder for my wedding ceremony, but as we have no ring bearer I have a feeling that’s not going to happen… It would look rather silly for the best man to walk down the aisle with a dainty bird nest in hand.

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Finally, for my stick bundle thingy. I know there is a technical term for these things, but for the life of me I cannot think of the name. I wracked and wracked my brain, but to no avail. This is why I am constantly worrying about my mental health. But I digress. I also reconstructed this bundle from a previous state of bland. Raffia and moss and precious little flowers and BAM beautiful. Now I have a set of pretties, to be strategically placed around my home. This is why I love crafts, old stuff, and generosity.

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