Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving is gone, Christmas is coming...


Is it just me, or is this year flying by super quickly? I can't believe Thanksgiving has already come and gone. This was my second Thanksgiving with Jonathan's family. He works a lot during the Holidays, so I can either be with him or my family. He wins. Still, I normally go see them for a few days before Thanksgiving and Christmas and then come back. This year I didn't get to go see them, but it made me even more thankful for such a wonderful family.


I miss my family, but I love my new family as well. I guess that's what happens when you get married. You make a new family together with new traditions.

I love my man! Also, please notice the stickers on my sweater. Haha. Apparently I went traipsing through the forrest or something...

Now moving on to Christmas!!!!

Yesterday I started on our Christmas decorations. I get so excited about putting up the Christmas tree and hanging the stockings every year. I love how cozy our home feels during this season. I used most of the things I bought and made last year, but I made a few new things too. Here's a few easy projects...

Glitter Candle Holders &  Pine Cone Garland


To make the glitter candle holder you will need a few glass containers, glue and glitter. I used 2 mason jars and some tea lights left over from our wedding. For the mason jars, I painted the inside with glue and sprinkled the glitter inside. For the tea lights, I put a layer of glue, sprinkled the glitter outside and waited for it to dry. Then I put on a top coat of glue to seal on the glitter. I love how they look on our little makeshift mantle.


Now the pine cone garland is the easiest thing to make. Just tie some pine cones a few inches apart with some twine. That's it! It's so incredibly simple. You can add a little glitter to the edges of the pine cones if you like as well. The more glitter the better, I say!


I also put up our tree and worked on putting decorations up through out the house. I'm sure this will be the first of many Christmas decor posts! I'm a little addicted to Christmas crafting.


My friend Ellen was so good to let us borrow one of her trees this year. Last Christmas we had a cute miniature tree. It was so small that I didn't need too many ornaments. I made the sheet music tree topper and the book page birds last year and I still love them! However, this tree has a lot of bare spots and I hope to fix that soon. I want to make some more ornaments soon if anyone has some cute ideas!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!


47 comments:

Alexis Kaye said...

I LOVE IT JEN!!! So simple! I really want to make the candle holders! the pinecones are so cute too. I bet I could buy them at a craft store since I don't have any beautiful wintery trees by me :)

Noelani said...

Oooh, I love all of your decorations. Especially the glitter candle holders.

samarah said...

I LOVE those pictures of you two! so gorgeous! And your house is beautifully decorated :)

much love♥

lowercase letters said...

I love everything about your mantel and Christmas decorations in your house. Your hair is so lovely and so is your outfit.
Happy (late) thanksgiving, dear!

lacey said...

your house looks so comfy, cozy! i made these accordion fold ornaments last year, not from this tutorial but they basically look the same, i didn't do hearts in the center i just did vintage buttons and i also hot glued a loop of twine at the top to hang it from the branches! i also made all different sizes, they turned out really cute and were super easy :)

http://www.bystephanielynn.com/2010/08/accordion-fold-book-page-ornament-no1.html

kimberrleigh said...

I love your dress! And those candle holders are adorable! I made bulbs that are similar with glue and glitter. So easy to make, but they look so cute!

Allison said...

I'm decorating my house today...yay Christmas! I love all your decorations and projects. I think I'll have to try the glitter jars.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

your house looks sooo cute. and i love that red lip with your hair color!

Stephanie said...

Oh my, this makes me want to glitterize everything! Your decorations looks amazing!

Keri-Anne said...

oh what a lovely blog!! i found your through the follow fest. I am now off to read all your back entries!!!!

Keri-Anne xxxxxxxx

hannah singer said...

beautiful, jennifer!! so festive and sweet.
and y'all are gorgeous, sticker sweater and all ;)

love you!

erin m. said...

Love seeing some of your Christmas decor! I just decorated yesterday but have plans to do some more DIY decorations.
P.S. It's not just you.. this year is flying by!

Melanie said...

Oh my goodness! This is absolutely gorgeous.... I HAVE to try the glitter candle holders! You have such good taste!

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shelley said...

I love your star! How did you make it?

Hanna said...

You look gorgeous as usual and I love the glittery mason jars and pine cones!!! So lovely. I need to start decorating NOW!!!

mai said...

Those candle holders are so creative and gorgeous!

Elle Sees said...

supa cutes! i've done epsom salt instead of glitter to make it look more snowy

Rachel said...

I have tons of Mason jars left over from my wedding...the glitter idea s fabulous definitely gonna try it!

{amy k.} said...

love those glitter candle holders- adorable!! i'm pinning them for reference! :)

Megan said...

Ahhhh, I love your glitter candle holders! So so cute!! I tried doing some and they looked weird. Haha.

Romance In A Glance said...

I love it! Looks like it came straight out of a magazine!!!

Courtney Lane - Blog said...

Those ideas are adorable! So simple and sweet. Beautiful pictures too :)

Courtney Lane

courtneylanemichaels.blogspot.com

The Arizona Russums said...

you are so good at decorating for christmas. i love simple, pretty decorations that aren't cheesy!

Erin said...

This looks amazing. I love how it is rustic and simple. :) This is one of the best I've seen! :) I love that tree topper!

Amira said...

You are absolutely beautiful! And so are your Christmas decorations :-)

Breeanna @ a brilliant melody said...

I've been married for two years now, so I know what you mean about having a new family for the holidays. Sometimes it's been hard having to trade off one family for the other, but I guess that's how married life is.

I really love that sheet music star you made. I want to make that!

Jamie said...

I love how simple yet adorable your decorations are! I have got to make that garland and put it up in our house1

Chelsea girl said...

Love! These decorations look simple, cheap and elegant...I'm all about that! My hubs is a huge Christmas fanatic and I'm loving any excuse to decorate and craft so I've been working on some stuff too. You're giving me more ideas...

Callie Nicole said...

I love your decorations! Very pretty. And I think I have that same throw that's on the chair in the background next to the tree! We love it.

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

SUCH pretty decorations! I love the pinecone garland! :D

Consider The Lilies said...

Love love love your decorations. Going to make those sparkly mason jars :) Where did you get your stockings? I love them!

Janelle said...

love the glitter candal holder mason jars! I am so going to have to try that! thanks for sharing.

I am Megan said...

You look gorgeous in that picture! wow!

And I am loving the diy projects! Making my fingers itch to start some!

The Soul Anchor said...

Gorgeous! Vince and I don't have a Christmas tree (or the money to buy one) so I may go over into the woods and get some pinecones and make this garland!!!!! It's a great idea, and maybe we can decorate with garlands instead!

Natalie said...

Love your decorations! So, so pretty! And thanks for sharing the DIY... will be adding it to my list! =D

Lexi said...
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Lexi said...

Love this post! You and your husband are adorable! And thanks for the Christmas craft ideas! So easy and pretty!

Lexi
www.igotsun.blogspot.com

Ly said...

I love those glitter jars. They're so pretty and perfect for the holidays.

-Ly
http://www.lyzhang.com

Emily w/Amazing Grapes said...

You did such a great job. Love everything you did! I can't wait to get back home to start my Christmas decorating at my place!

Can't wait to see more of what you did.
Emily at Amazing Grapes

Kristina said...

Lovely! So inspirational! I'd like to think I'm gathering ideas and not procrastinating when it comes to putting up my Christmas decor :)

Courtney B said...

I love being married, and I love Eric's family! But it was hard for me at first to accept the fact that we couldn't do everything with my family. Once I changed my opinion about Eric's family not being his own... but my new family things got so much easier! In fact... I'm about to go meet my in laws for dinner while Eric's in class and I'm really looking forward to it :)
LOVE your Christmas decor! I really can't believe how fast time is flying by this year!

Katie Marie said...

Your hair is so pretty! Also, loving the Christmas decor!!

Heart n Soul said...

Lovely ideas and photos and love the quote above too :)

kimberly said...

Wow, those pictures are beautiful! You are so creative. All of your decor is stunning!

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

loved this post. and it is so true, this year was my first year being married and being away from my family for the holidays. but it was fun making new memories and traditions with my new family.
and i just adore all of these decorations girl! your art is so beautiful! definitely going to have to make these this christmas immediately!!!
xo TJ

Annie said...

I love your decorations! And I love the pictures of you and Jonathan!

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