If you are like me, you're taking this week kind of slow and enjoying some down time. But, if down time for you just happens to include a little DIY'ing, here's a fun way to update worn or old candlesticks with a little sheen!
collection of candlesticks in varying heights
2 foam brushes
Find a collection of old or worn candlestick holders and collect needed supplies.
I do think it was the last year our family will be participating in this ritual. I was thinking about this as the kids set out the cookies, milk and their notes to Santa. Isabella obviously was just going along with the game and Max had brought up a few questions which revealed doubt was brewing, as the day approached. But hey, it's a system that has worked pretty well so far, so really...why mess with a good thing?!
Then after the kids went to bed my husband and I continued the traditions of the last 10 years, waiting until we were pretty sure they were asleep to quickly fill the stockings and bring out the packages from Santa. Wrapped in the paper bought and hidden specifically for these boxes, with tags carefully filled out, writing with my left hand. Oh, the extent one goes to when young children are in the house. But, they aren't so young any longer...
I was a bit sad to think next year we'll probably be celebrating with new rituals and traditions, ones that will fit their new wisdom. But at the same time, I think I'll be happy to welcome what comes next.
Whether you live in a home with young children who are excitedly awaiting the arrival of Santa, or merely want to create a festive welcome for guests arriving during a party, here is a simple way to light the way!
Side note: Looking at these pictures I just have to smile! This is a tutorial I was asked to write last winter for HGTV.com, and I wasn't certain I'd actually be able to pull it off. I mean, we don't have snow every year in the NW. However, I gathered my supplies, took the "steps" photos and then set everything by the front door to wait for snow to capture the "beauty shoot." Perhaps I'd get lucky before the article deadline and snow would magically appear at my front door. Well what do you know, one night the weather report claimed snow might just arrive early the next morning. So I set my alarm for a crazy hour and amazingly snow was falling! I quickly moved out the glass cylinders, lit the candles and started capturing photos. This brief snowfall ended up being the only snow we saw all winter, talk about luck.
A few minutes later I heard screams of delight. The kids had awaken and wanted to get out and play in the snow asap...at a few minutes past six! I blew out the candles, bundled them up and off we went to make snowmen! What fun, I hope we are as lucky this year.
several glass cylinders or mason jars
length of garland
Select glass cylinders or jars and gather votives and rock salt.
With so much focus on finding just the right gift and a moment to get them wrapped...
It's also a perfect time to keep in mind the truly limitless ways in which we can give
during this holiday season & throughout the year!
Here's a tutorial for making a pinecone encrusted wreath - just in case you're done with the shopping, the wrapping, card sending and the planning for guests in these last days before Christmas and are looking for something to do! I had a lot of fun making this wreath for an HGTV tutorial. For some crazy reason any project using my glue gun is one I find...enjoyable!
How to Make a Holiday Pinecone Wreath
Create a gorgeous organic wreath with glitter-dusted pinecones. Hung with a colorful ribbon, this easy-to-create craft will brighten up your front door, a foyer mirror or any other spot that needs a sophisticated holiday touch.
foam wreath form
small gold encrusted pinecones
glue gun and glue sticks
2" wide ribbon (1 yard)
Select and gather a foam wreath form, pinecones and ribbon. Tip: Use small tree ornaments as an alternative to pinecones.
Place a small bead of glue on the underside of each pinecone then place on wreath; press and hold in place for a few seconds until secure. Tip: Place pinecones as close together as possible and vary the sizes to add textural interest.
How can you not smile looking at these photos, fun and ridiculously unrealistic. I can just image how far one of these would get, headed down the street, before it became a gifting "free for all" to anyone nearby.
But regardless, fun. Which reminds me!
Both of these cars have a resemblance to my first car...
Ha! The places that little thing took me. Wish I had thought of piling a big stack of presents on its roof...