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Snowman Nose Christmas Gift Idea

Snowman Nose Christmas Gift Idea

Enjoy this easy and cute punny Snowman Nose Christmas gift idea for children.

Make snowman noses to give to your school class this Christmas

If you are looking for a simple little Christmas gift to give to neighbor kids or the children you teach at church or school, these adorable Snowman Noses are quick to make and pretty inexpensive, but kid-approved and so adorable.

To make them you will need: (affliate links)

Make a snowman nose gift for kids

I hesitate to even post a tutorial for this, because it is SO simple, but here you go anyway...

Fill the treat bags with the candies. Really, you could fill them with anything orange... cheesy popcorn, Cheetos, circus peanuts, popcorn drizzled with orange melting chocolate, or whatever else sounds good to you.

Package up Sixlets orange candies to look like a snowman nose!

Make a gift tag that says "Snowman Nose" and tie it to the treat bag using festive ribbon.

Make snowman nose candy treat bags to give as punny Christmas gifts this year

I'd love to hand these out at a class party or they'd be cute favors at a snowman-themed party

For even more punny gift ideas, see my MEGA LIST OF PUNNY GIFTS
Snowman Nose candy treat bags are a simpe and cute punny Christmas gift idea perfect for giving to children at Christmas. I'm making these for my kids class party! #christmasgiftideas #christmas #snowman
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Jennifer V.
Easy Christmas Candy Countdown

Easy Christmas Candy Countdown

Make this easy Christmas candy advent calendar for your family to count down to Christmas. Start any day in December!

I had good intentions of making a new handmade advent calendar for my kids this year. I even special ordered supplies. But December 1st came and went and no advent calendar was created. Dang.

As a mother December 1st feels like D-Day. Like suddenly I have to be creating these magical, amazing, Christmas card worthy memories and spend every waking moment decking the halls, cutting paper snowflakes and baking cookies. It's exhausting, isn't it?

Make a candy chain to count down to Christmas

Luckily, I came up with an easy idea for those of us who may have missed that all-important First of December. I saw these adorable Lindt chocolates at the store and thought the wrappers were so festive and the idea just popped into my head. And the best part is you can start today with no mom guilt for missing December 1st.

You're welcome.

It really is the easiest (and tastiest) advent calendar I've ever made! All I did was open a package of holiday Lindt candies (affiliate link, but seriously, buy them at Target... way cheaper!), count how many days were left until Christmas, then tie them together with ribbon until they make a giant candy chain. Each day, the kids fight over take turns removing one piece of candy from the chain to count down to Christmas. 

An easy advent calendar Christmas countdown you can start any day you want!

Feel free to use any candy you want. But really, these truffles are pretty dang tasty so why would you want to use something else? Plus they have the most perfect tails for tying together. Also, this is not sponsored in any way. I bought the candy at Target with my own moolah, but I wish it were sponsored. I would love Lindt to send me chocolate every day. Yes, that would do nicely. Ha!

If you choose a different variety of candy, you could use THIS method for connecting the candies into a chain. It works, but it's not as cute in my opinion.

Here's a video to show just how easy it is to make this delicious candy countdown.

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Jennifer V.
Non-Food Christmas Neighbor Gift Idea

Non-Food Christmas Neighbor Gift Idea

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StockedWithLove #CollectiveBias

Need a non-food holiday gift idea for neighbors, teachers, the mailman? These easy miniature stockings are stuffed with useful items anyone would love to receive. Enjoy a free printable hand-lettered "Merry Christmas" holiday gift tag too.

Christmas gift ideas for teachers, neighbors and co-workers

Some people are super hard to shop for. What do you get a teacher or neighbor you barely know? Especially these days with so many restricted diets and food allergies, I've started giving out more and more non-food gifts during the holidays.

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is finding fun stocking stuffers for my kids. We always do candy in their stockings, but it's so fun to pick out little gifts for each kid, just simple things like lip gloss, new hair bands, fun toothbrushes or hand sanitizer. So I thought to myself, "Why not make up little stockings to give out to friends too?"

So I headed to Target and checked out their aisle of stocking stuffer ideas.

When I saw the holiday print BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages, it was love at first sight.

Cute, right? These are the BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages holiday collection and you can click on the image above to shop! BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages are the #1 doctor recommended brand.

Target also had Paw Patrol and Star Wars varieties that I picked up for my own kids. They're going to love them!

The mini buffalo check stockings are also from Target and they are just the right size for filling with my favorite stocking stuffers. So I bought a few packages of BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages, some lip balm, breath mints, hand sanitizer, wrinkle release spray, and other fun little items I found in the stocking stuffer and travel sections of Target and filled each little stocking with useful gifts that are perfect for giving to those hard-to-shop-for people on my list.

A non-food gift for neighbors, teachers or co-workers

This is what the download looks like. You'll be able to get a lot of gift tags out of one sheet of cardstock. Score!

Hand lettered Christmas gift tags

Each tag measures about 2x3 inches. Download the design, print it out on cardstock, cut the rectangles apart, punch a hole in one corner and attach to the stocking with a bit of festive ribbon or baker's twine.

Dance teacher. Check.

Bus driver. Check.

Now I call that a Christmas win!
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Jennifer V.
Cozy Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour 2017

Cozy Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour 2017

Grab a cup of cocoa and settle in for some cozy farmhouse Christmas decor inspiration.

Holiday home decor inspiration in a traditional farmhouse style

I'm so excited to be sharing a mini holiday home tour with you today. Thanks to my generous sponsors at JOANN, I just put the finishing touches on the Christmas decor in my living room and kitchen and I am thrilled with how it turned out. I can't wait to show you all the details of my cozy farmhouse Christmas tree and kitchen shelves.

Let's start with some of the details on the tree. The red and green plaid ribbon was the inspiration for the whole look. When I saw it at JOANN, it was love at first sight and my decor plan fell in to place. I kind of went nuts and bought all the things. I picked up some pom pom garland, a few oversized wooden snowflakes and lots of red berry sprigs. I also found a wooden "FA LA LA" banner and it matched the snowflakes so well that I had to get that too. Good thing everything was on super sale. 

Oversized wooden snowflakes, plaid ribbon and pom pom trim on a Christmas tree

Then I saw a coordinating ribbon in a fair aisle sweater pattern and picked up a roll to use for wrapping gifts. I also bought matching wrapping paper and gift bags... if you give a mouse a cookie, right?

How to add farmhouse charm to your Christmas decor

That little plaid gift bag was a regular bag with handles, but I cut them off, folded the top over, punched some holes in it and added pom pom trim. Isn't it darling?

I bought this paper mache reindeer from JOANN last year, but noticed they had more in stock this year. It took a lot of will power not to buy a whole herd of them. 

Christmas Decorating ideas

On the ottoman in the middle of the room, I filled a tray with ornaments, pine cones, greenery, a red cranberry bead strand and lots and lots of fake snow.

Vintage Ice Skates and Plaid Christmas Pillows

Pretty Christmas home decor ideas

Isn't it such a warm and cheery space? It makes me want to sing Christmas songs and roast chestnuts. Okay, maybe that's a stretch... are roasted chestnuts even good? Who knows!

Plaid Christmas pillow and Christmas tree ribbon

Decorating the living room for Christmas

Now let's move on to the kitchen. If you read my blog regularly, you'll know that we just finished a major kitchen remodel that took us nearly two years to complete. I have been dreaming of decorating these open shelves for Christmas since we first built them! Squeal!! Pinch me! Here they are!

How to decorate open kitchen shelves for Christmas

Because this is one big open space, I kept with the same cozy farmhouse decorating style for cohesion. I mixed some of my kitchen items with really fun decor that I found on my little shopping spree.

My favorite piece is this cloche. It has so many of my favorite things in one... twinkle lights, snow, bottle brush trees and red trucks. So good!

Adorable farmhouse style christmas decor

This snow angel was a raw wood piece that I finished myself. 

A wooden angel painted to look like snow

I started with a coat of white craft paint, then used a product called Snow Tex. It's a really thick and chunky paste that you spread all over and then wonder what you just did because it totally looks like cottage cheese. But... when it dries, it looks like snow. Really! It's pretty awesome stuff.

Oh, and while the Snow Tex was still wet, I sprinkled the angel with glitter, because glitter.

How to use Snow Tex to make wood look like it's covered in snow

I dressed up my vintage Pyrex bowls with some pretty frosted holly berry sprigs. Are you sensing a theme here? #flockallthethings

Decorating with floral picks for Christmas

This last little project might be my favorite of all. I created a vintage style Christmas sign on a wooden bread board.

North Pole Bake Shoppe Free Printable Template for Decor

I normally use my Silhouette and vinyl or hand-paint my signs, but this time there was so much detail to the design that I decided to try a different technique.

I printed a mirror image copy of the design and used Mod Podge Image Transfer Medium. Have you ever tried this technique? It's pretty amazing and honestly, quite weird too. Here's how you do it:
  1. Download the design below. Use the mirrored image for this project. The design must be printed on a laser printer, not inkjet.
  2. Cover the entire design with a hefty layer of the transfer medium. Yes, you paint over the words right on the paper.
  3. Press the paper on to the craft surface, rub it to make sure it's nice and smooth with no air bubbles or wrinkles and let it dry. 
  4. Using a wet but not dripping washcloth, rub the paper backing until it starts to peel away, leaving only the ink design. I found better success in doing this in two phases. Remove most of the paper on the first try, then let the water dry out. Repeat the process again to remove the last bit of haze and paper.
It sounds harder than it is, so I made a video to show you exactly how to transfer the image to wood.

How to decorate your kitchen for Christmas

And let's not forget the corner hutch that got a big makeover a few years ago.

I added fairy lights to the garland up top and under white batting around the nativity and you should see how pretty it is at night. It glows!

Now that the house is decorated for Christmas, I am ready to start baking cookies, wrapping gifts and watching Christmas movies. It really is the most wonderful time of the year! Thank you to JOANN for all of the beautiful decor pieces!

Farmhouse Kitchen Decorating Ideas. How to decorate open shelves for the holidays. #Christmasdecor #handmadewithjoann DIY Christmas Sign with free printable template. Love this adorable vintage style typography. North Pole Bake Shoppe Christmas Kitchen Sign #christmas #handmadewithjoann Farmhouse Style Christmas Tree. Plaid Christmas decorations. Gorgeous Christmas tree decorating ideas. #christmastree #handmadewithjoann
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Jennifer V.
2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Crafters

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Crafters

Favorite holiday gift ideas for crafters.

If you are shopping for the perfect gift for a crafty family member or friend, this holiday gift guide has ideas in every price range. These are the items on every crafter's wish list! I personally own or am wishing for all of these items and they are some of my favorite products around.

Here are all the details about each gift idea: (affiliate links)

  1. Happy Planner - There are so many cute planners available now and they come with the most adorable stickers and accessories. Any creative soul will enjoy personalizing these cute planners and recording everyday memories. Your creative soul will love the planner, but don't skimp on the cute accessories like stickers and dividers and washi tape. They're the best part!
  2. Craft Vinyl - If the crafter on your list already has a Silhouette or Cricut craft machine, they will love getting a big bundle of craft vinyl to use for projects. This is my favorite brand of vinyl and their prices are awesome.
  3. Craft Scissors - I purchased these heavy duty scissors a few months back and love them because they're super sharp and comfortable to hold. They are my go-to scissors for crafting!
  4. Silhouette Cameo 3 - My favorite crafting tool hands-down is my Silhouette machine. I use it all the time. If your crafter is into paper crafts or making signs, a Silhouette is a must-have tool! The Cameo can cut paper, vinyl, iron-on heat transfer vinyl (for making shirts, etc.) and lots of other materials. Enter the code "10OFF" at checkout to save 10% on any order.
  5. Funny T-Shirt - I have several crafty shirts like this one and love wearing them. They're a great conversation starter when I'm out and about.
  6. Hobby Holster - This little contraption is a silicone glue gun holder that hangs off the edge of your craft table. It keeps the hot glue from dripping all over and is so handy to keep your glue gun holstered while crafting.
  7. Dual Brush Pens - Hand lettering is a super trendy craft right now and these brushes are perfect for beginners. The colors are vibrant and the dual tips make it easy to draw thick and thin lines with the same pen.
  8. Craft Storage - Crafting and hoarding seem to go hand-in-hand and I'm pretty sure any crafter would love a few of these handy storage containers to corral their craft supplies.
  9. Scissor Necklace - This necklace is on my wish list. Not only does it feature an adorable pair of vintage scissors, but it's rose gold, which is super on-trend right now. 
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Jennifer V.
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