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5 Days of Pinterest: Monogram Door Hangers

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When I first created my holiday pin board (check it out here) this was one of the first things I added to it. A simple letter with holly berries glued to it looked easy enough, so I set off to Michael’s, picked up a wooden letter and some holly and went home to start my project. Let’s just say it wasn’t quite as easy as the pin made it look. The holly pieces were hot glued together so they were hard to break off into smaller pieces to glue to my letter. After some mild frustration, I decided to put my own creative spin on things.

I took ANOTHER trip to Michael’s and picked up some acrylic paint, ribbon and some cute sequin and glitter styrofoam circles and decided to try this project once again. In my opinion, this approach is much easier to do yourself and you can be a lot more creative with it. I used some of the leaves from the holly and hot glued them together with the decorative styrofoam circles to make unique designs to attach to the letters. The options are literally endless! When you’re finished decorating the letter, simply cut some ribbon and hot glue it to the back of the letter so you can hang it up easily. If you’re strapped for cash and have a few hours to spare, this is a great project for a last minute Christmas gift.

What are your favorite DIY holiday projects?
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5 Days of Pinterest: Wine Cork Rudolph

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Pinterest is a great thing: it helps us find inspiration when we need to decide what to make for parties, assists us when get dressed in the morning, and causes us to start every sentence with “so I saw this thing on Pinterest….” But it’s also a great resource for finding ways to repurpose things you have sitting around the house.

Being a wine lover I’ve accumulated quite the collection of wine corks, thinking someday I’d find a cool project to use them for. Enter wine cork Rudolph! I saw this pin and thought it was adorable, and the best part is it only takes about 5 minutes to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– 4 wine corks
– 1 small or medium red pom pom
– 2 medium wiggle eyes
– 2 Brown pipe cleaners
– Hot glue gun
– Ribbon (optional, if you want to make this into an ornament)

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The process is pretty self explanatory, just use 1 full wine cork for the body and then cut 2 wine corks in half to make legs. Cut the remaining cork in half to make a head and then attach everything to the body using a hot glue gun. I used a red pom pom for the nose and wiggle eyes, then made some antlers out of pieces of brown pipe cleaner. It’s a little different from the original pin, but I love how mine came out. You could easily tie a thin pieces of ribbon around the center of the body to make this a christmas ornament.

Important update: As soon as I hit publish and walked back into my living room to admire Rudolph, I found he had been brutally attacked and ripped into little pieces by a mysterious beast….
rudolphkillerShe has the whole “innocent puppy” thing down! Looks like I’ll be re-making a new Rudolph tonight.

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5 Days of Pinterest: How to Take Pictures of your Christmas Tree

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After all the hard work we put into selecting the perfect tree, adding lights and decorating  it with ornaments don’t you think our Christmas trees deserve to get their 15 minutes of fame? It is after all where Santa leaves all of his goodies for us so it certainly deserves to be remembered. But how should you approach photographing your Christmas tree in a way that’s just as unique as your tree itself? That’s what I’m showing you today!

When I saw this pin, I knew I had to check out the source. I loved the creative idea of purposely taking the photo OUT of focus to get an amazing bokeh effect from the tree lights. With the invention of Instagram it may be tempting to just take a few cell phone images and call it a day, but you can get much better quality images if you just take the extra time to pull out your DSLR or point and shoot camera. I used my Canon 50D with a macro lens for these shots, but August Tea Photography also provides tips for taking shots with a point and shoot camera as well. Check out her blog post here for more!

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I followed August Tea Photography’s guidelines for the bokeh shots and also took inspiration from her images of the ornaments on her tree, but I wanted to capture our tree’s quirky extra long stem at the top so I took a shot of the top of the tree as well (pictured at top of post).

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Taking shots of individual ornaments is a great way to highlight some of your favorite ornaments. There is a personal story and sentimental value to go with each ornament I own, so I love having close up shots of some of my favorites! While August Tea Photography took her shots at night, I chose to take mine during the day to take advantage of the beautiful natural light in our living room. Now I have a handful of great shots to remember our tree by!
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5 Days of Pinterest: Candy Cane Jell-O Shots

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Happy Holidays! In honor of Christmas next week, I’ve decided to share 5 fun holiday projects from Pinterest with you all throughout this week. If you’re looking for the perfect thing to bring to a holiday party or just need a last minute holiday DIY to finish decorating, you’ll find it all here this week.

Today’s project is my favorite and was a total hit at the ugly sweater party John and I attended over the weekend: Candy Cane Jell-O shots. I pinned the recipe here and only altered it slightly for my shots. Instead of using a different liquor for each layer, I stuck with Rumple Minze for both layers. The addition of whipped cream, sprinkles and crushed candy cane to the shot were truly heavenly. Here is the recipe, slightly altered from betterrecipes.com:

White Layer:
2 envelopes plain Knox gelatin
3/4 cup Rumple Minze Peppermint Schnapps
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup water (boiling and divided between 2 pans)
1/2 cup cold water

Red Layer:
1 package (3oz) cherry jello
2/3 cup Rumple Minze Peppermint Schnapps
1 1/3 cups water

You can find the directions here. I made my white layer the night before the party and let it set overnight in the fridge, then added the red layer the morning of. I also sprinkled crushed candy cane in between the white and red layers which was a nice burst of flavor!

What’s your favorite recipe for holiday parties?
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