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Hello and welcome to another Holiday Home Linky Party! This time, Kate over at Centsational Girl is hosting a Christmas craft party. I have already seen several crafts people made for the party and I am overwhelmed with inspiration and serious jealousy!

I knew that once I did a mason jar candle this fall, I was hooked on this simple and classic design. I am so happy that Melissa posted her Christmas version and that is was just as easy and cheap as my fall version! Thank goodness for Twitter and the many times it gives me wonderful ideas for my house.

The steps are pretty simple. Take a mason jar and then wrap jute twine around the top of it. This was very similar to the candle holders I did for our fall mantel and the jute twine I used was leftover from this project!

Melissa strung the jingle bells through the twine as she wrapped but I took a small piece of the jute and hot glued the bell on top of the finished project. I still have plans to take another full piece of the jute twine and wrap it on top of the glued pieces to make it look more polished…it just seemed easier to do it the ‘piece and glue’ way as I could place the bells easier.

Here are the three jars I did! Once you string the jute and jingle bells, fill with faux snow and a tea light candle or LED candle. They are sitting on the window pass through between our living room and kitchen. I absolutely love them and am very pleased with the result. It was a super quick and easy craft! Thanks for the idea and how-to, Melissa!

Coming up in the next two weeks, my Christmas craftiness continues. I’m not sure what it is about this season, but I have a million project ideas in my head and zero time to get them done! Still, I’m going to attempt to make: two cinnamon-scented pinecone wreaths for our living room windows, a Pottery Barn knock-off NOEL wall art, a magnolia leaf wreath, a Christmas ornament tree, a glittery Christmas card holder and a centerpiece for our dining room table that was inspired by (again) Pottery Barn!

Thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoyed this project and go back over to Kate’s website to get even more crafty inspiration. See you on Thursday for Sarah’s Christmas Tree party!

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Yes, Christmas is finally here! Well…the Christmas decorating season at least. Today I am participating in my first-ever linky party! So, if you are visiting from Layla’s Holiday Home Linky Party featuring mantels, welcome! I hope you like what I have done and I am excited to see what you have done too!

I stick with the fairly traditional themes during Christmas. I don’t mind getting a little crazy (I’m working on two trees this year – our fake one will be an OSU theme) but mostly, I stick with the traditional side. Since this is the first time we’re in our new house for the holidays, I’m having fun putting up what we already have and trying to make it look new and fun again. (Read: driving myself crazy with what to do with our current decorations and what I could be making bigger & better without spending a whole lot of cash.)

Our stocking holders were a half-off Hobby Lobby purchase several years ago. I got ‘JOY’ because at the time it was Conner, Max and myself. Since then, I had purchased two flat stocking holders and two more stockings when we got Mya and Carl. Since Mya is no longer with us, I didn’t know how to put up four stockings without buying all new holders so this year it is one for me, one for Conner and one for the two dogs. I think they’ll understand…

The greenery garland was another half-off purchase from Hobby Lobby several years ago. Despite getting thrown into a tub at the end of each season and then fluffed and puffed for its life at the beginning of Christmas, it is looking pretty good! I wanted something fuller though and since we had the mantel built extra deep just for this season (so happy we made that decision!), I knew I had room to layer on. I think I’m starting to adopt that philosophy with decorating: “Oh, it doesn’t look right? Just add more!!” The ‘less is more’ approach is definitely lost on me during December.

I mixed and weaved in a berry garland I already had (I believe from Target during an after-Christmas sale) and then layered snow-tipped pinecones and silver ornaments that were rolling around in the bottom of one of my Christmas tubs. I took several glass votive jars from my craft closet and sprayed them with the mirror spray paint Design Sponge featured recently. I know they need another coat but the wind this weekend was brutal!

The reindeer on either side of the TV came from an after-Christmas sale at Pottery Barn two years ago. I was thrilled to get them! I had wanted the big, bigger and biggest ones for several years and these guys are perfect. I’m actually surprised I was given the ‘okay’ to put them on the sides of the TV. Heaven forbid we block any part of the 52 inches!

This is the full view, with bookcases. Now that I’ve put this up I realize I still need to get two red or green candles for the bottom candle holders…whoopsies! Oh well…we’re keeping it real, right? I’m not ever completely satisfied with how the bookshelves are decorated, so I’m sure those will continue to change, even day-to-day…it just depends on how work went that day!

If you would like to see what the fireplace looked like when we first moved in this summer, and what we did to change it, check out the post here: Fireplace Before & After.

Thanks for reading and stopping by! I hope to see your mantel over at The Lettered Cottage! I also hope to see you (and your holiday vignette) at Southern Hospitality on Thursday!

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Yes, it is five days too early to talk about Christmas and I have a very strict rule that absolutely no Christmas will be displayed in our house until the day after Thanksgiving, but I just had to let you know the fun parties that I will be participating in this season!

The ladies pictured above are amazing and have wonderful ideas on their blogs! I love checking out the newest and latest ideas they feature each week. You should check them out and also participate in these parties coming up soon! It will give everyone such great ideas for Christmas decorating.

November 30 – The Lettered Cottage – Christmas Mantel
December 2 – Southern Hospitality – Vignette Party
December 7 – Centsational Girl – Christmas Craft
December 9 – Thrifty Décor Chick – Christmas Tree
December 15 – The Nester – Christmas Tour of Homes

This is a picture I took in a local store last week. They had some great holiday displays and plenty of ideas were swimming in my head with how I could replicate most of the items featured! This is a sneak peak of what I will be working on for the December 7 holiday party! I hope it works…

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