Wednesday, November 26, 2014

10 Ways To Make Your Home Cozy For The Winter

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 This post is brought to you in collaboration with Cree LED bulbs. All thoughts, ideas, and opinions are my own.

Lots of things go into making your home cozy during the winter season, from decor and ambiance to prepping your house for the colder weather. I can't believe winter is almost upon us! This year has flown by. Here are a ten simple ways to make your home cozy for the upcoming winter months and help yourself save some energy along the way!
Tips on making your home cozy for the winter
Rugs: Swap out thinner rugs for nice plush rugs. If you don't have rugs down at all, be sure to add some! Having rugs helps to keep your floors warmer, your footsies warmer, and your heating bill a bit smaller.
Tips on making your home cozy for the winter

Layering: A great way to add coziness to your home is through blankets and pillows. I always bring out my nice large wool blankets and layer them all over the couches and chairs. I also place pillows everywhere, even at my dining table. It just brings a nice warmth to the space.
Tips on making your home cozy for the winter
 Windows: Insulate windows throughout the house. Also, layering drapes is a great way to make your home feel cozy. Just remember to go simple with patterns when layering drapes. Do a solid with a bold pattern, or a small scale with a large scale. Layering with bamboo shades and curtains is a great look also. You could also switch out your light summery drapes for thicker lined ones.

Lighting: Now that the days are getting shorter, you'll want ample lighting to make up for the shorter days. These lights are going to be staying on longer and you'll probably even bring in more through lamps. Sounds expensive in ways of energy, but if you switch out your regular incandescents with Cree LEDs, you'll be saving yourself some money on your energy bill. And even better, you won't have to change them for 25 years. In fact, Cree just introduced the new Cree LED Bulb with 4Flow™ Filament Design to achieve a warm, omnidirectional light that uses just a fraction of the energy of incandescent bulbs...and it's dimmable. Perfect for lamps :)
Tips on making your home cozy for the winter

 Texture: Bring in texture through rustic accent pieces, rugs, pillows and blankets. Break up colder, smoother textures by layering books on it, placing a fabric clothe on it, or even something furry like a sheep skin rug.

Bring nature inside: Adding natural elements brings texture to a space in a simple, organic way. I love bringing in logs or firewood and placing it by my fireplace, even though it's a gas fireplace. I also use branches found from trees outside and place them in vases or gather limbs and place them in a corner.
Tips on making your home cozy for the winter

Turn on your fireplace: Obviously, make sure your fireplace has been serviced and is in good working order first :) Turning on the fireplace on a cold winter night or morning makes all the difference in the world, especially if you have a chance to cozy up by it with a book and some hot chocolate.

Weather stripping doors: Every year I go through and check the weather stripping on our doors and replace it if it need be, or fill in where I find cracks. It's amazing how much cold air can get into those little cracks making your house feel cold and drafty.

Changing outdoor lighting: Your outdoor lights will be on a lot longer since the days are shorter. I made the switch and changed all my outdoor lights to Cree LED bulbs. These baby's last for up to 25 years and are far more energy efficient than normal bulbs. Plus, that means the less I have to sit on my husbands shoulders to try to change the porch light, or teeter on a ladder to try to change the lights in the eves.

Add Color: Add a splash of color to your door. Imagine all the white snow, and your door standing out in a stunning hue. Don't want to make such a big change? Then bring in color through your door mat, or pillows along a porch bench (even if they won't be used for months).

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Nautical Jute and Rope Ornaments

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Welcome to the last day of our series! 12 days can go by pretty fast, huh? :) I wish I could say that these wonderful past 12 crafts/ornaments are still adorning my tree...but truthfully, when you have a toddler around, nothing adorns your tree for long. These ones today have been used as balls to throw around the house and to dance with :) How can you get upset at something so cute though, right?

Not only is this the last day of the series, but that also means there's a link party! You get to share with us what you've been up to :) Don't worry, if you don't have anything can still join later! It'll been open for 2 weeks. You can join in the party at the end of the post :)

So, today I'll be sharing with you my attempt at going nautical with my ornaments, but not in an obvious the jute and rope ornaments:
Jute and rope Christmas ornaments. Cute way to add texture!
 All you need for this is some jute or rope, a hot glue gun and some foam balls.
Jute and rope christmas ornaments
 I must say, that the rope is a lot quicker to do. If you have half an hour on your hands, go ahead and string the jute ball too :) I started in the middle and hot glued the rope almost every two inches or so until it reached the bottom.
Nautical rope christmas ornament.
 At the bottom, I looped around the rope and hot glued one end onto the opening of the ball.
Nautical rope christmas ornament.
 I then took another piece and finished roping the ball on the other half. Not leaving a loop this time at the bottom. And to make this a little more festive, I added some berries and leaves.
I did exactly the same thing to make the jute ball. I like the texture these add to the tree :)

Here's the last 11 ornaments for this years 12 Days of Christmas crafts! Enjoy :)
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Simple Red Bead Ornament | May Richer Fuller Be
Star Pine Cone Ornament | Cherished Bliss
Clay State Ornaments | Whats Ur Home Story
Rudolph Ornament | Mom 4 Real
Fabric Heart Ornaments | Remodelando la Casa
Easy Burlap Ornament | Bigger Than The Three of Us
Mini Tinsel Wreath from Canning Lid | It All Started With Paint
Snowy Forest Glitter Ball Ornament | Serendipity Refined
Faux Mercury Glass Ornaments | All Things G&D

And, here's the link party! I'm super excited to see all your ideas! It'll be nice seeing something other than my own ;) lol

*Some materials used in the making of this ornaments were purchased using a gift card given to from Michaels.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Frosted Hot Glue Snowflake

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Hi all! We have less than a week until Thanksgiving! Ahhh! Which means, less than a week to Black Friday :) I'm not much of a Black Friday shopper. I've done it twice since I've been married and once was a complete dud. So, unless I find an awesome incredible deal, I'll just stay home and go online. Plus, I'm definitely not a fan of stores opening up on Thanksgiving. Leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Anyway, today is day 11 of our 12 Days of Christmas Crafts series! Today I'm showing you a super, simple cute ornament only involving one thing: Hot Glue.
Frosted snowflake ornament using HOT GLUE! So easy and cute
I was planning on doing something like this with some school glue, but then I didn't have enough, so I went to the next best thing. It was fun trying to find what surface this stuck to and didn't stick to. Then I played around with some non-stick spray, and that was the winner!

So, I grabbed a plate, sprayed some non-stick spray onto it and then took a paper towel and wiped it off a little bit. I still left enough of the spray though so it would work, I just didn't want a ton of yellow crap all over my snowflake :) For the snowflake shape itself, I just went with all straight lines making it easy.
Frosted snowflake ornament using HOT GLUE! So easy and cute
 Once it cooled down, I carefully pulled it off the plate. I then took some scissors and cleaned it up a bit.
Frosted snowflake ornament using HOT GLUE! So easy and cute
 You can leave it just like this...
Frosted snowflake ornament using HOT GLUE! So easy and cute
 Or add some glitter! I brushed on some school glue onto the snowflake, and then sprinkled on some glitter to give it a frosted look.
Frosted snowflake ornament using HOT GLUE! So easy and cute
 This twinkles in the light so well. I love how it turned out! Quickest, easiest, and cheapest ornament ever....well, at least in this series :)
Frosted snowflake ornament using HOT GLUE! So easy and cute

Which brings us to the other 11 ornaments for today!
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Gold Leaf Polka Dot Ornament | The Happier Homemaker
Polymer Clay Snowflake Ornament | Remodelando la Casa
Clothes Pin Snowman Ornament | Serendipity Refined
3D Deer Head Ornament | Cherished Bliss
Glitter Monogram Ornament | It All Started With Paint
Simple Canvas Tree Ornament | Bigger Than The Three of Us
Cupcake Sprinkles Ornament | All Things G&D
Frosted Hot Glue Snowflake | Thrifty and Chic
Globe Ornament | Whats Ur Home Story
Felt Flower Ornament | May Richer Fuller Be

Friday, November 21, 2014

Mini Woodland Wreath Ornament

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Welcome to the 10th day of our 12 Days of Christmas Crafts series! I can't believe we are almost done already :) You'd think I would be glad to be done, but really, I have a ton more ideas for ornaments! Which is weird, because honestly I probably haven't made an actual ornament since I was like 10 lol. Maybe I'm making up for all those missing years :)

So, I am a definite fan of birch. I love the way it looks as a tree, or just as branches, or cut into cute little discs. I already have some cute plans to add more birch into my holiday decor this year. Here's just one of the ways :)
Mini Woodland Wreath Ornament made from birch discs
I got my birch discs at a craft store, or you can use a tree from your backyard :) For the discs, I tried to use the most similar sized ones for my mini ornament wreath.
Mini Woodland Wreath Ornament made from birch discs
 All I did was hot glue them to one another in a circle. At first, I noticed the circle was a little off, so I opened it up and added a smaller disc and it looked perfect.
Mini Woodland Wreath Ornament made from birch discs
I then added a little flower and some berries to it. To hang it, I hot glued a string of jute on the back side.
Mini Woodland Wreath Ornament made from birch discs
 This is a little delicate since the birch bark can come off easily. But once it's in the tree no need to worry unless you have little hands grabbing at everything ;) 
Mini Woodland Wreath Ornament made from birch discs
And here's some more inspiration from our other 11 wonderfully talented bloggers! Enjoy :)
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Fabric Scraps Christmas Ornament | Whats Ur Home Story
Chalkboard Christmas Ornament | Remodelando la Casa
Marbled Ornament | Bigger Than The Three of Us
Painted Pinecones Ornament | All Things G&D
Bottle Brush Tree Ornament | It All Started With Paint
Wood Slice Noel Ornament | Cherished Bliss
Monogrammed Wood Slice Ornament | May Richer Fuller Be
Glitter Paper Ornament | The Happier Homemaker
Wooden Photo Ornament | Lovely Etc

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mini Mason Jar Tea Light Ornament

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Mason jars are huge right now. But, did you know they come in a ton of different sizes? Like itty bitty cute sizes too? I found this mason jar the, fell in love and knew it would look so cute hanging in a tree.
Mini mason jar tea light ornament -made with salt to look like snow
 For this project you'll need:
Mini mason jar (or baby food jar)
Paint brush
Garnish (lol I know that's a food, but it works in this case, doesn't it?)
Tea light
Mini mason jar tea light ornament -made with salt to look like snow
To get the 'snow' look, just brush on some glue onto the outside of the jar and then roll it into some salt.
Mini mason jar tea light ornament -made with salt to look like snow
 To hang it, poke a hole in the top of the lid; I just used a sharp knife to do this. I then got some jute, knotted it and slid the loop through the hole. To make sure it stayed, I hot glued it on the bottom. Plus, this helps cover the jagged edges from the hole.
Mini mason jar tea light ornament -made with salt to look like snow
 I then just used some fake leaves and balls from beaded garland (apparently I like to use those a lot :) ) and glued them onto the jar. Then put in the tea light and turn it on for some glow! Or just leave it as is so you don't have to turn it on all the time. :)
Mini mason jar tea light ornament -made with salt to look like snow
And since today is day 9 of our 12 Days of Christmas Crafts series, here are the other 11!
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Gold Ruffle Ornament | The Happier Homemaker
Bleached Pinecone Woodland Gnome | Serendipity Refined
Wire Christmas Tree Ornaments | Remodelando la Casa
Gold and White Banner Ornament | May Richer Fuller Be
Stuffed Candy Cane | It All Started With Paint
Snow Globe Ornament | Whats Ur Home Story
Modern Yarn Wrapped Ornament | Bigger Than The Three of Us
Paper Pennant Ornament | Lovely Etc.
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