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Hello Friends! It has been a busy week for us around here as Holidays are set in full swing. Earlier I shared a simple and winter white table setting for Christmas and then today I talked about some simple ways to add cheer into the kitchen. Here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home… Make sure to enjoy the inspiration down below and please link up your recent projects and recipes too!

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Styled and Set – Christmas Entertaining Tour

bHome for the Holidays – In the Kitchen

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Blush and Copper Christmas Tree
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Blue and Gold Christmas Decor

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Cozy and Elegant Winter Table Setting : Meaningful Gift Wrap : Holiday Tour Part 1: Festive Christmas Porch

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Cranberry and Sugar Plum Ice Ring Recipe – with Premeditated Leftovers

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Rustic Wood Wreath

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Free Gift Tag Printable by Refresh Restyle

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Hello Friends and welcome here to those of you who are coming over from Janet at Shabby Fu Fu! I am humbled to have you visiting me today as I join some talented ladies and we do a bHome For The Holidays Tour.

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I wanted to focus on some simple ways to dress your kitchen up for the Christmas season and then show a fun twist the loved gingerbread house.

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There are some easy ways to add Christmas cheer to your home and here are some that I enjoy doing!

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Baskets – filled with decorative linens or varying holiday greens…

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Wreaths – can take the place of a tree when there isn’t enough room and add a wonderful traditional elegance…

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(Wreath from Michaels)

Signs – declare beautiful messages or favorite Christmas hymns. They can speak to our heart just as food can speak to our souls ;)…

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(Sign from Between You and Me Signs)

Mini Trees – take the place of spring time plants and add life to whatever surface you place them. I love tucking them into little corners or shelves here and there.

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Seasonal Fruit – is a perfect nod to all the delicious baking and cooking that goes on throughout the month. It looks pretty and is vibrant on the table or island.

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And don’t forget the baking or goody making! We recently made a little twist on the gingerbread houses seen all around. Last year I tried this idea out and I thought it would be perfect to share the Smores Houses with you today!

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You will need:

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  • Graham Crackers
  • Frosting (we used both chocolate and vanilla)
  • Varying chocolates (squares and chips)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Shredded coconut
  • Icing (I actually used some from a different gingerbread kit but I am sure you can buy this separately too).

Here is how you will put these sweet houses together! (Please note that this gets quite messy and it was not as tidy as most of the photos I share with you – but we had the best time making them! 😉

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  • First you will line 3 graham crackers out and then frost the back of a 4th one and use it to adhere the 3 together.
  • Make 2 of the 3 pieced walls and then 2 of the 2 pieced walls.
  • Layer on frosting to your plate where you will begin to build the house.
  • Build up your walls (with frosting in between) and then give the top support with more frosting and graham crackers.
  • Carefully put 6 graham crackers on top for a roof and spread a thin layer of chocolate.
  • Organically spread out the mini marshmallows for a snowy top.
  • Now use your icing to add detail and cover up some of the mess, lol…
  • You can take chocolate squares and make them into a front door.
  • Please note that the top roof will get heavy and soften from the frosting so this house will not last for extended days…

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And there you have it and holiday cookie house using all the ingredients of a campfire favorite! I hope you enjoyed these little tips and Smores House. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway (details below) and visit the rest of the beautiful tour – Redhead Can Decorate is next on the stop! Thanks so much for joining me here!

~ Now to enter to win the $250 Git Card to Farmhouse Refined ~

Simply pop on to bHome and TAP the star for Farmhouse Refined you will be automatically entered.

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Enjoy bHome, enjoy the Tour and most of all enjoy the Holidays…

Day One

bHome Holiday Tour http://mysoulfulhome.com

French Garden House * Shabby Fu Fu * Zevy Joy * Redhead Can Decorate * My Soulful Home

Day Two

bHome Tour http://mysoulfulhome.com

Starfish Cottage * Little Farmstead * So Much Better with Age * Cedar Hill Farmhouse

bHome Tour http://mysoulfulhome.com Garden Therapy * TeaselwoodDesign * Shabby Art Boutique

Day Three

bHome Holiday Tour http://mysoulfulhome.com

Love of Home * Duke Manor Farm * Setting for Four

bHome Holiday Tour http://mysoulfulhome.com White Lace Cottage * Cupcakes & Crinoline * Our Southern Home

Day Four

bHome Holiday Tour http://mysoulfulhome.com

Designthusiasm * Celebrating Everyday Life * Savvy Southern Style

bHome Holiday Tour http://mysoulfulhome.com Laura Trevey * Confessions of a Serial DIY’er * Housepitality Designs * She Holds Dearly

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Hello friends and welcome here if you are visiting from Jamie at So Much Better With Age! I am so happy to have you all here as we return for the second part of Styled and Set – Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour hosted by the very talented Lory and Designthusiasm… Today I will be sharing our Christmas styled table for the season.

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Since sharing our Thanksgiving table here, I decided I really wanted to continue decorating with natural elements and colors again. Our Christmas decor this year is green and winter white, with the usual additions of texture =).

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I really enjoy getting creative with the things we already have and this table was no different. I used evergreen clippings from the yard and simply placed them atop fringed cloth napkins.

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I already had these faux flowers and as I always do, I mixed in some real greens too. I took a serving bowl that went with our casual setting and filled it with the greens. Since most were faux it was easy to arrange and keep in place.

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Of course the table had to be surrounded by twinkle lights and Christmas trees…

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As this was a setting made special for a Christmas meal.

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Lofty blankets and throws are set in every spot and you can see why since the raindrops found their way onto the windows the day I photographed this spread ;).

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Pretty packaged presents make a simple yet festive statement sitting behind  the dining table.

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All together it creates a warm and cozy place for enjoying a warm meal.

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The setting is simple yet elegant and the kiddos feel like it is a fancy feast. Something different from their everyday character dishes, lol…

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They also are big helpers in the kitchen as we prep our favorite dishes of the season (a.k.a. cranberry sauce here).

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The scents of this season fill the air and all is right on this rainy, special and anxiously awaited day.

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I hope you had fun visiting and maybe left with some ideas to easily use in your sweet home!

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Make sure to visit Bless’er House on your way out of here and also enjoy the entire beautiful tour listed below! You can find Monday and Tuesday’s stops here too!

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Monday’s posts:

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Designthusiasm | Decor Gold Designs | My Soulful Home
Kelley Nan | Driven by Decor | The Enchanted Home

Tuesday’s posts:

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Shabbyfufu | CitrineLiving | French Country Cottage
Maison Decor | Sand and Sisal | Town and Country Living

Wednesday’s posts:

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Bless’er House | Cedar Hill Farmhouse | Design, Dining and Diapers
Maison de Pax | So Much Better With Age | Zevy Joy

Thursday’s posts:

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Ella Claire | Buckets of Burlap | Randi Garrett Design
Savvy Southern Style | Stone Gable | ZDesign at Home

Friday’s Posts:

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On Sutton Place | Finding Home Farms | Life On Virginia Street
Setting for Four | Sunny Side Up | The Wood Grain Cottage

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Hello friends and welcome to those of you who are visiting from Lucy over at Craftberry Bush! I am thrilled to have you all here today as we share in a fun “Here Comes Santa” Blog Tour! We had the pleasure of receiving some beautiful products from Grandin Road that are a part of this tour too.

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Here at our place we enjoy the tradition of Santa Claus and eagerly countdown the days for his arrival. While this is not the purpose of why we celebrate Christmas, we choose to make him a part of the big birthday celebration.

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(Stools – Grandin Road)

Cookies are carefully set out with a thank you note and a delicious glass of milk. Truthfully, we have been doing this same thing since I was a little girl…

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(Christmas Tree from King of Christmas)

It doesn’t have to be fancy and in fact sometimes they are homemade and others they are store bought. Mostly we use our cookie baking leftovers and know that Santa will enjoy them just the same ;).

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(Faux Fur Throw and Knit Pillows – Grandin Road)

Our kiddos believe he finds his way down the chimney, takes a little break (on our DIY sofa bed) with some sweets and then leaves a present for each of them by the tree.

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The stockings are always hung where he also leaves them some wrapped essentials inside. Important necessities such as toothpaste, mouthwash, toothbrushes, new socks, chapstick and more. These are extra special though during this time of year as they are covered in favorite characters and in their favorite flavors from Santa himself.

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Since Santa takes a load off from all the traveling on his big night, we make sure to have the space cozy and warm. A large and soft faux fur lines the sofa as do chunky knits and pillows.

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(Faux Fur Sheepskin Rug, White Tree Candles, Willow Tree Ring and Mirror – Grandin Road)

Large knit stools are laid out for resting feet and cookie placement atop a cozy faux sheepskin rug.

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(Small Flocked Trees – Grandin Road)

The theme is neutral but wintry in nature. Simple elements such as glittery bulbs and pretty flocked trees make it feel like home.

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We make sure to bring in lots of greenery and line the mantle with fresh cut clippings from the yard. That night we can turn on the candles to light his way through the dark…

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Presents are wrapped with easy bows and Santa’s gifts always have a unique paper so we can easily tell the difference =).

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Twinkle lights are what make the room. And gold accents shine extra bright with an amber glow on the diamond shaped mirror.

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Whether we get snow on Christmas or not, we make sure to leave some of our own here and there.

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To say we are excited as we prep for all the joy is an understatement. It is my true pleasure to include these sweethearts in memorable traditions that evoke feelings of warmth and home.

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Most of all that they understand the true gift and that we can treasure that every day of the year.

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Thank you so much for joining me today and don’t forget to head over to the next stop on the tour at Kristen’s Ella Claire.

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Each of these ladies are so very talented and here is the entire list so that you can stop by each one!

*Thank you to Grandin Road for these wonderful products and all opinions are 100% my own.

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Hello Friends and welcome to this week’s, The Inspiration Gallery! Wreaths are getting hung around our place and this week I showed how easy it is to make a DIY Laurel Wreath.  We have been putting the finishing touches on our Christmas decor and I am really looking forward to sharing with you next week. Here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home. Please feel free to link up your recent projects and recipes down below. Enjoy the inspiration and have a wonderful weekend!

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DIY Laurel Wreath

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Hello Holiday Christmas Guide
Hand Painted Ornaments
Candied Citrus Peel using an Electric Pressure Cooker

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Dream Tree Challenge : DIY Personalized Wood Slice Ornaments : DIY Give Thanks Trees

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diy-christmas-stocking-post-3DIY Christmas Stocking Post

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Pumpkin Meringue Pie with Delightful E Made

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Wild Blueberry Vanilla Shea Butter Soap

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Farmhouse Fall Centerpiece by Making It To the Mountains

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tig-pickMiniature Grain Sack Gift Bags

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Happy Tuesday friends! Can you believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner here? Truly, where does the time go?! Anyhow, with Christmas coming up quickly after Thanksgiving, wreaths and decor are being put to use already. That is why I am sharing this very simple but festive DIY Laurel Wreath with you…

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I love using wreaths throughout our home and I think they are a wonderful and inexpensive way to dress walls up through the seasons. What I really enjoy about this laurel wreath is that it can be used for any time of year.

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It can be perfect for summer, but also would be beautiful throughout the winter months when made with golden picks or snowy embellishments.

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I have always admired the shape and the popularity of this decorative wreath, but have never really wrapped my brain around how I would actually go about making one…

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Until, the other day I came across some wire floral wreaths…

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I realized how this metal form would be the perfect shape to help hold a laurel wreath together on your wall and here is how you can make one too…

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  • First, you will need a floral wire wreath, 2 faux leafy branches (any kind will do), scissors, floral wire, a wire cutter, pliers and some brown floral tape (which is not pictured).
  • Now take your pliers and pull back all the metal tabs holding the wire floral wreath together. There are typically 3 wire hoops that make up one wreath.
  • Carefully pull apart the hoops once the tabs are loose.
  • Snip one of the singular wire hoops into two half circle pieces using your wire cutters (one half is shown above). This will be the shape/form for the new laurel wreath.

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  • Take one leafy branch on each side and bend it to the shape of the wire half circles.
  • Next, use small pieces of floral wire to affix the branches to the half circle wires (I spaced each tie about 3-4 inches apart).
  • Use another section of floral wire to connect the two ends of the branches and finish it off with the brown floral tape so that the wire is covered.

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  • Make two eye hooks with your floral wire and twist the bottom secure as shown above. I made these a couple inches in length from loop to end.
  • Wrap these eye hooks a few inches from the top of the laurel wreath ends – as this will be how you can hang your new wreath.
  • You are now ready to decorate with your new wreath =)

*As always, any time you are using tools practice safety….

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I showed you how we hung ours in the kitchen, but I also wanted to give you another fun way to use this popular wreath.

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There are so many pretty stamps or stationary that use a laurel wreath with an initial and you can do the very same thing in your home.

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I took a distressed wooden letter and simply hung it in the center of the branches.

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This is just a fun spin on something simple, but for a few dollars more it gives this piece an entirely different look.

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Here is the most recent picture of it being used in the kitchen with winter yard clippings…

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Thanks so much for stopping by and stay tuned for next week as I’ll begin to share some of our spaces decorated for the season!

This “DIY Laurel Wreath” post was also shared on Craftberry Bush June 14, 2016

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Hello friends and welcome to the Inspiration Gallery this week! I had the pleasure of sharing some hand drawn gift tags and am still getting prepared for all the Christmas fun at our home. I will be excited to share it all soon! Here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush, Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers and Jennifer at The Chronicles of Home. Please feel free to link up your recent projects and recipes down below. Have a great weekend all!

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Christmas Greenery Gift Tags

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Gingerbread Recipe Watercolor Illustration

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Give Thanks Always Printable : Silly Christmas Photo Mugs : Vintage Modern Nursery Reveal

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tig-collageThe Home Depot DIY Workshop partnership
How to Make Paper Flowers (with free downloadable template!)

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Spicy Harvest Butternut Squash Soup with Cooking in Stilettos 

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Fall Centerpiece

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Turkey Plates by Bloom Design

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tig-pickDIY Earbud Holder

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Hello friends and welcome! I am especially excited to be joining the printable tour today hosted by my talented friend, Kristen at Ella Claire! We are all sharing some free printables that can be used throughout this holiday season and I think you will love what you see as much as I do! Make sure to enjoy them all as they are linked at the very end of this post.

One of my favorite things to do as Christmas nears, is wrap presents. It has always been something that I like doing!

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I find the process of folding the paper, taping and tying the bows as I sit in front of my most loved holiday movies a treat that I look forward to each year. It is a tradition I get to enjoy both because of the delight it brings to give gifts and also make them look special for those we love.

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Every year I sit on the hardwood floor surrounded by a sea of wrapping supplies….

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And as each present reaches completion, it is then time to add the tags.

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Sometimes I have used stickers, others I have used ornaments or simply written down names.

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This time I sat with my color pencils and crafted up some present tags. I wanted each one to resemble the different types of greenery you will see during the season.

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(This is not the best quality photo from my phone but a peek at the “during” of this project =).

Some with seeded eucalyptus, others with traditional firs, one with holly berries and another with a laurel wreath.

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I played around with the ways you could use them too. Attached with ribbon and affixed like a button or with an initial hung from the wreath.

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They are neutral in nature so that they will easily go with any style of wrap.

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They are a perfect way to make your gift wrap a little more fancy and personal. I really gravitate towards those little touches – all in the details.

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I hope you will too and I hope you will maybe find uses for these sweet little hand drawn gift tags. And just in case you don’t have a use for gift tags, I am sharing a some other uses.

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I found these plastic flat ornaments at Michaels where I carefully rolled and then spread the ornament flat inside. When I printed them I scaled the size down 6% so they would fit. I am also attaching a “Countdown to Christmas” version.

You can download these free prints here:

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“Countdown to Christmas” Version Numbers 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21-25

Thanks so much for visiting today and don’t forget to enjoy the rest of these beautiful printables!

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Banner Christmas Tags by Ella Claire | Gift Tags by Zevy Joy | Good Tidings of Joy by Lolly Jane | Watercolor Christmas Baking by Craftberry Bush | A Thrill of Hope by Maison de Pax

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Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags and Ornaments by Finding Home Farms | Peace on Earth by My Someday in May | Red Barn Gift Tags & Print by Refresh Restyle | Kiss Me Under the Mistletoe Watercolor by Finding Silver Pennies | Merry Christmas Ornament by In My Own Style

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Good Tidings Christmas Chalkboard by Live Laugh Rowe | Plaid Christmas Gift Tags by Four Generations One Roof | Vintage Inspired Christmas Favor by Anderson and Grant | Hot Cocoa Bar Sign Printable by Blesser House | Watercolor Paper Flowers by Chronicles of Home

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Let it Snow Banner by Happy Happy Nester | Reindeer Games by Clean and Scentsible | Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by A Burst of Beautiful | 12 Plaid Reindeer Joy Printables by The Happy Housie | Santa Baby by Kelly Elko

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Christmas Tree Farm Poster by Making Home Base | We’ve Got that Holiday Feeling by My Fabuless Life | It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by May Me and Mom | Heaven and Nature Sing by Nest of Posies | Nativity by Shades of Blue Interiors

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Make Your Own Christmas Village by Town and Country Living | Madeline’s Christmas by So Much Better with Age | Christmas Gift Tags by TIDBITS | Countdown to Christmas by Unskinny Boppy | Holly Botanical Study Watercolor by Nina Hendrick Design

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Pie Labels by My Sweet Savannah | Advent by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | Buffalo Check Christmas Banner by Just Destiny

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Hello friends, hope you had a nice weekend! We have been busy busy here with some fun things I can’t wait to share with you soon… When the holiday seasons have our calendars filled with many events and to do’s, fuss free decorating is a bonus and so are easy DIYs! Today I have just the perfect fit with this Painted Geometric Runner. It has a modern design vibe with its’ striking lines and a festive feel with the metallic paint. I’m sharing how you can make it over on Craftberry Bush today and I would love for you to stop by for a visit. Thanks so much you all!

 

 

Welcome back to the Inspiration Gallery friends! Holidays are in full swing here as I love to share the different ways we are preparing, entertaining or decorating. We have put up our trees and shared the tradition behind it all as well. I also showed how to make some very easy cranberry cinnamon rolls. Here is what has been happening with Lucy at Craftberry Bush and Taryn at Design Dining and Diapers. Enjoy the inspiration and don’t forget to link up your recent projects/recipes down below!

InspirationGalleryZevyJoy

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Christmas Decorating Traditions 

Thankful to bHome Blog Tour – Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls 

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My Simple Moments : Nursery Accent Wall

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DIY Felt and Leather Fall Garland with Thistlewood Farms

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Fall Screened Porch by Finding Home