All Things Christmas {December Link Party Features}

All Things Christmas- crafts, handmade gifts, recipes and more...

Are you ready for Christmas? We finished everything yesterday, except for the food preparations that can only be done at the last minute. I'm excited to unplug and spend the next little while with family and friends! Thank you to everyone who shared projects at the 3 link parties I co-hosted this month along with Shannon from AKA Design, Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, and Aimee of It's Overflowing. I hope you were inspired as much … [Read more...]

Holiday Countdown Planner {Week Seven}

Holiday Countdown Planner Printable Week 7

We had a major snowstorm this week and, although it looks Christmasy outside, I'm not loving all the shoveling I'm having to do! I was working up the courage to bundle up and head out into the chilly weather the other night (we're talking -27C) when I heard my neighbor using his snowblower on our driveway. I must make some extra cookies and take them over- bless his heart! I think my husband will be in for a shock when he arrives home later this … [Read more...]

Handmade Gifts and Gift Wrap Link Party

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 It's time to get the December Holiday Link Parties started! On Tuesday, I shared my West Elm Inspired Drink Coasters I made as hostess gifts for this holiday season. Since then, I've made a few more and I can't wait to give them away to a few of my friends!     My co-host for this party, Shannon from AKA Design, was busy too. Check out her adorable hand-stitched ornament. I wonder who the lucky recipient will be … [Read more...]

West Elm Inspired Drink Coasters

Shanna Murray Coasters- West Elm

A few weeks ago I was looking at West Elm's new market and came across some adorable wooden drink coasters. They reminded of the log slice ornaments I created for the One Item Project Challenge and, luckily, I happened to have some pieces of wood left over giving me the idea to create my own. Not only did we need a set for our basement family room, but I thought they'd make a perfect hostess gift as well.     Now that … [Read more...]

Holiday Countdown Planner {Week Six}

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A belated Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends! Can you believe December is just around the corner? It's pretty hard not to notice when the yule log channels show up on TV, outdoor lights pop up more and more with each passing night, and the malls get crazy. I think I'll try to stay away as much as possible and do most of my shopping locally or online (especially since today is Black Friday)! I hope you’re enjoying this year’s Holiday Countdown … [Read more...]

Burlap Table Favors for Christmas

Burlap Table Favors for Christmas

Welcome to the final installment of this year's One Item Project Challenge. Kristin, Tiffany, Tara and I have had a lot of fun over the past few weeks getting creative with glass paint and branches. This week I chose ribbon as the craft supply we all had to work with, since it's relatively inexpensive, very versatile and most of us already have some (or a lot) on hand.     Before taking another trip to the craft store for th … [Read more...]

Holiday Countdown Planner {Week Five}

Holiday Countdown Planner Printable Week Five

If you haven't figured it out yet, we only have 5 weekends including this one before Christmas. If you're someone who's swamped during the week and Saturdays and Sundays are your days to play catch-up, I suggest making the best of them (with some down time, of course!). Yesterday, my husband sprung it on me that he not only has one business trip before Christmas, but two. I'm used to him traveling, but December is not the best timing! I guess … [Read more...]

Swoon-worthy Handmade Gift Ideas + December Link Parties

December 2013 Holiday Link Parties

If you're following the Holiday Countdown, you're already aware I'm a fan of handmade gifts. Every year I plan on making at least one crafty item and a few sweet treats for the people on my list who have an appreciation for that sort of thing. Last year, I wrote a post on how I plan my handmade gifts, encouraging you to give it a try if you haven't already. Basically, all it really requires is doing some research and giving yourself plenty of … [Read more...]

Log Slice Chalkboard Ornaments

DIY Log Slice Chalkboard Ornaments | Satori Design for Living

I was very impressed with the glass paint projects the gals came up with last week, and I’m certain this round of the One Item Project Challenge will be no different. If you missed the introduction to this series and want to be brought up to speed, be sure to check out my snowflake glass canisters and the links to Kristin, Tiffany and Sara's projects.     For this week, I chose branches (twigs, logs or basically any part of the … [Read more...]

Painted Glass Canisters {One Item Project Challenge}

One Item Project Challenge 2013

I'm thrilled to be kicking off the One Item Project Challenge today. If you recall, I started this series last year as motivation to become a little craftier during the Christmas season, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with blogger friends once again. This time I have the very talented Kristin, Tara and Tiffany joining in on the fun!     For the One Item Project Challenge, each blogger was given a specific craft … [Read more...]

Holiday Countdown Planner {Week Three}

One Item Project Challenge 2013

The weeks leading up to Christmas seem to be flying by, don't they? That's why I created the Holiday Countdown Planner in the first place. For the most part I'm on track this year, although heavy snow over the past two weekends means our outdoor lights are still in their storage totes downstairs. Here's hoping tomorrow or Sunday are a little better! This weekend I plan on attending two Christmas sales, Vintage With Flair and the Millarville … [Read more...]

Cookie Exchange Link Party

Cranberry and Pistachio Dark Chocolate Bark

One of the best parts of the Christmas season (or worst, depending on how you look at it) is the abundance of goodies. Over the years, I've really pared back my baking to keep us from over-indulging. I find that if it isn't in the house, we don't eat it. However, to satisfy the sweet tooth in all of us, I do make a few family favorites. Last year it was chocolate almond biscotti and chocolate caramel pretzels. You may also remember it was my … [Read more...]