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Crafty, Scrappy, Happy: December 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Crafty Scrappy Happy Me. Thursday {17} and some AMAZING features!!!

Hello wonderful blog friends!
How was your Christmas?!  Mine was wonderful!
So so sooooo busy and wonderful and busy and just great!
My head is still spinning from all of the running.
But I feel SO blessed to have been able to spend time with my family.

Sooooo I have to say, I am in a bit of a bloggy slump right now....
Buttt I promise I will be back with many many new projects in the new year.
{Justttt maybe not this week or next...}
Have I mentioned that my little sister is getting married NEXT week?!?
Sooo while I am focused on family and real life...
I am happy and thrilled to share some inspiring projects that were linked up from last weeks part!

Simple Canvas Print Tutorial by Its Overflowing.

Lemon Hand Scrub made by The Crafty Scientist.

Yellow Drop Leaf Table made by Picked and Painted

Shiny Redneck Wreath {he he I swear that is NOT my name for it} by 5 days 5 ways.
Thank you ALL for taking time to link up & thank you for checking out the other AMAZING links!!
This week I am thinking I would LOVE to do something a little different....
Of course feel free to link up this weeks projects that are Crafty, Scrappy and/or Happy.
Grab a party button {on the sidebar} and follow if you would
Feel free to link up a few of your favorite projects from this past year!
I am having fun reflecting on my projects from this past year....and I thought maybe you would have fun sharing YOURS again too!!!
I can't wait to see them!
AND in case I don't get a chance to say it again....
I hope you have a beautifully wonderful NEW YEAR!


Friday, December 23, 2011

Find the JOY in every Christmas moment.

Well hello friends!?
How was your week leading up to the big holiday?! 
Mine was BUSY!
{In a wonderful way}
But I wanted to take a moment to share a final little craft that I originally shared with 
{Everything Under the Moon's Christmas series}  
I also wanted to say a final Merry Christmas because I am headed HOME to spend time with my family and to just enjoy Christmas moments....
and that means that there will be a little bloggy break in store for me.

But for today....
I am excited to share my sweet and simple FINAL Christmas craft with you!

It was simple to make all you need is:

-shipping tags
-vintage printing press letters
-a versa mark ink pad
-embossing powder
-a normal ink pad
-a heating tool 
-a frame
-background scrapbook paper
-annnnnnd a typewriter (if you have one) 

All I did was stamp the JOY with normal ink followed by the clear versa mark ink.
Then sprinkle on embossing powder and heat it with the embossing tool until you have a nice shiny sheen to your letters!

I then added "joy to the world" under the JOY big letters with my typewriter---just because anything I make with my typewriter makes me super happy.

Then I just added ribbon, to the tags and just stuck the tags to the glass of the frame with glue dots!

Sweet and simple----
I think that is what holiday decor is all about!

And once again, I hope you have a VERY Merry Christmas
& please know how very THANKFUL I am for each and every one of you-my blog friends NOW and ALWAYS!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Crafty Scrappy Happy Me. Thursday {16} and some AMAZING features!!!

Well guys can you believe that it is the Wednesday before Christmas?!  I CAN'T!!!
I am thrilled and stressed and just trying my best to enjoy each moment of each day.
Andddd in a free moment I had a wonderful time taking a look at your amazing projects linked up from last week.... let me tell you, I had a hard hard time choosing my favorites this week!
But here are a few of my favorites!

Ohhh check out this amazing Christmas tree in a log home by Creative Cabin.

Christmas Ornaments from Wool Sweater by Craft Buds

Tree branch candle chandelier by Salvage Savvy

Inexpensive gift wrapping ideas by Space 46.

Scrappy Burlap Tree by Southern Lovely.
{ps Linds I LOVE that Scrappy is part of the name---I mean I was just destined to love this project!!!}

Stenciled Christmas Tree Bucket {and other amazing decor} by Our Wonderfilled Life.

Pretty Packaging by Pressed Down, Shaken Together.

Sheet music tree by Sweetwater baby.

Christmas kitchen decor by Fox Hollow Cottage.

See I told you they were amazing right?!?!  
I am excited to see what you are up to this week!

Just grab a party button, link up anything crafty, scrappy or happy {no giveaways or etsy shops} & follow Crafty Scrappy Happy if you would!!!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas tour part II {Kitchen Edition} and Giveaway winner!

Well guys....
I can hardly believe that Christmas is coming so fast.  
I feel like I JUST put up my holiday decor....
Is it weird that I am already getting sad that it has to come down so soon?
Ahhh butttt at least parts of it get to stay around...
Like I mentioned before I am all about WINTER decor vs. Christmas because lets face it----winter in Wisconsin lasts FOREVER!  And so I might as well enjoy decorations for it!

Anyways on with my Christmas tour---{click here if you missed the living room!}.
It is NOT perfect, it is not spotless.... there is no particular "theme" or decor style....but it is home and I love it!

I LOVE advent calendars and I honestly think I have about 4 of them up this year.... I especially love the one on my island!
It just makes me happy!

Yes ohhh yes this little guy will be staying out past Christmas.... he just makes me so happy!

Talk about a mod podge right?!
Buttttt I don't care.  

He is another keeper----just too cute for words right?!?! 

And here is the view from the kitchen to the front door.
And just in case you were wondering the door with the white wreath----that is the door that leads to my little heaven----my craft room!  
How spoiled am I to have a craft room right on the first floor?!?!

Anyways, I know my stockings aren't the most stylish or cute...but I LOVE them.  They are the stockings that I grew up with.  They hold such great memories and meaning to me that they are absolutely part of my decor regardless of their "style"!

Andddd finally the last little detail of my tour----my most favorite and treasured piece of decor for the holiday----yessssssss I LOVE LOVE LOVE this little plaque.  
Because lets face it I am a dorky dental nerd! 
And on another dorky side note:
{I also have an obscene amount of Herbies around my house also
 (from Rudolph) 
because as you know all he wanted to be was a dentist}

And on a very important final note the winner of the 
is Comment #50

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Let it Snow.

Happy Happy ALMOST weekend friends!
I am SOOOO excited for this weekend because my sister-in-law {who is away for school} 
is coming home tomorrow!!!!
Soooo that means that we will have a fun weekend full of family time! 
Sooooo I had to get my last few Christmas projects finished up so that I could be all ready to host my in-laws!

And soooo I finished up this project that I have been thinking about for some time now!

I had some fun up-cycling and refinishing a vintage sled for the winter season!
{I am all about winter decor vs Christmas decor 
because it means I will get to enjoy it just that much longer}

I mixed the chalk paint colors-old white and province to make this light teal that I am so so crazy about.
I cut my words out in vinyl using my favorite cutting tool the silhouette and added the stripes by taping off the sections with plain old painters tape.
I would have never guessed that I would love the green and the teal so much together.... 
butt ooh how I do!
And then I did my favorite part---I distressed the piece to perfection.

And I truly think that the best part about finishing a project is finding it the perfect home.
& I found this guy
a home right in my entryway.  

I am so enjoyingmy holiday decor... 
Check out my holiday home tour {living room edition} HERE!
Andddd I know I said that today would be the day I share my kitchen holiday decor.... buttt that will come your way early next week instead!

I am linking up to a few of my favorite link parties!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My holiday house tour----living room addition! & Crafty Scrappy Happy Me. Thursday {16}

Welcome WELCOME!
I am SO thrilled to have you HERE at my little blog and here for my little home "tour".
Starting with my living room.
{come back tomorrow by my kitchen}

Here is my living room as seen from the entry way.
Complete with my baby.... my 10 year old baby Quincy my golden retriever. 
You see she just happened to be taking a nap during my photo session and I just felt toooooo bad to make her move.

And then there is my most favorite piece.

 My 25 drawer beauty!

Ohhhh aren't those vintage ice skates just amazing?!
{I am telling you----scout those out at thrift stores and garage sales.... 
they are the best winter decor EVER!}

ahhhh yes but back to the room.

And I must point out my fake mantle {fantle} in its black form vs its old white version.
But really the decor from the first post where I shared that I had painted my mantle hasn't changed all that much....
butttt just the same I love LOVE it!

Anddd I adore all things that remind me of the holiday season.
Including decor..... that is NOT matching but more focused on meaningful memories and all things special to the holiday.
Case and point---my Christmas tree..... it is FULL of special ornaments.
NONE of which match any type of theme or anything..... just many many wonderful memories!
And I LOVE it!

I am all about comfy.
About blankets and pillows and cuddling up.
And as a personal sidenote I am also all about dog hairs on the couch and for messed up pillows and just everything that represents a family of 2 humans and 2 dogs just enjoying time spent together!

but my living room could just NOT get away with only ONE tree.... soooo a mini tree in a vintage pitcher seemed like just the right fit!

And then there is the mantle that hasn't changed ALL that much since it had its dark makeover....
buttt still it has dressed up a bit for the season!

I like the mix of simple and shimmer that balances and makes the space seem calm and seasonal.

Anddd the best news is, I hardly bought anything NEW for the decor..... 
I just mixed and matched until I felt like it looked justtttt right!

_____AND NOW_____
Lets get this party started!!

This is a double linky party----so link up here or link up over at our Co-hosts blog 
 and enjoy making some new blog friends!!!

The only rules and requests for this party:
Have fun linking up anything Crafty Scrappy & Happy--no etsy shops or giveaways please!
Be a follower of Crafty Scrappy Happy if you would!!!
Grab a party button!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Winners & Guest Post {Shannah from Just Us Four}

Are you excited to see if you won a {Cut It Out} Frame!?!?!

I think the best part is that not just one but  
3 Lucky blog friend and followers of 
Crafty Scrappy Happy an 8 x 10 frame!!!
Soooo here they are:

Comment # 103, 23 and 105 as selected by

Lyndsey said...

I follow your blog!What a fun giveaway :)
tweetyscute said...
I like Crafty Scrappy Happy on FB!

Amy said...

I follow you!

HI everyone! I'm Shannah from Just Us Four and I am so excited to be guest posting here with Jaime.  Crafty, Scrappy, Happy was one of the first blogs I started reading and that turned into visiting pretty much daily.  I also consider her one of my first blog friends too because I've been so fortunate to have some great comment/email conversations with her!

Today, I wanted to share with you a recent project that I worked on: my Advent calendar.  I'll be honest with you though and tell you that this is definitely round 2 of the Advent calendar.  I started with grand plans and UPS got in the way by delivering my Silhouette over two weeks late.  So, making an advent calendar with this beautiful printers tray went out the window since I literally had 1 day to turn it around.

Yep, you read that day!  UPS delivered my Silhouette on November 30th!  Since I have a day job + 2 kids, I knew there was no way I would be able to pull that craft off.  Not to be deterred though, I hopped onto Pinterest and searched for some ideas.  This one from Martha Stewart caught my eye immediately.
[Martha Stewart via Pinterest]

I didn't have that many extra socks though {I guess our dryer hasn't been very hungry!} so I decided to make it out of scrapbook paper instead.  I ran down to the basement and grabbed my entire supply and headed up to the computer for some cutting on the CAMEO.

Using one of the templates that comes with the design software, I cut out 25 little gift tags in red and green paper.  On the back of each one, I glued an activity for our family to do on a given day.

The activities range from the simple (i.e. sing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer) to things that require a little more time (i.e. make a gingerbread house which my daughter ended up doing with her grandma!).

On the front of the cards, I added the numbers, which were cut out of white linen scrapbook paper, and various decorations like ribbon, snowflakes and glitter.

While my cards dried, I headed downstairs to the kitchen to tie my ribbon.  I simply stretched mine across the top of our sliding glass door because it is right next to our kitchen table.  I used the screws on the back of our curtain rod to keep it pulled tight.

Then, I used some little clothespins to attach the cards to the ribbon.

I did a pattern of the clothespins all the way down: Santa, Gingerbread Man, Snowflake, Candy...repeat until all the cards were up on the ribbon.

It's a little too long to get a complete picture but here are some more detail shots of some of the cards.

My daughter, H, has been having so much fun with it!  Each day, she comes home from preschool and begs to check what is on the back of the card!  Even though it wasn't what I had originally envisioned, I guess I'll call this one a craft success.

Thanks again, Jaime, for letting me share my little project here on Crafty, Scrappy, Happy!  I hope all you great readers will stop by to visit me on Just Us Four!