All Things Christmas {December Link Party Features}

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 as I was. I definitely found some last minute ideas and pinned some that will have to wait until next year!

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As promised, I’m sharing some of my favorites from each of the parties with you today. (Please pin from the original source.)

First up from our Handmade Gifts and Gift Wrap party…

Chocolate Mint Homemade Lip Balm by Lucy of Craftberry Bush

All Things Christmas- Handmade Gift Idea- chocolate mint lip balm craftberry bush

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Holiday Countdown Planner {Week Seven}

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 weekend to see the winter wonderland we have going on (he always knows the perfect time to go away on business)!

Needless to say, I didn’t get our front porch decorated yet. The tree is up, but I want to add a few more ornaments before I show it to you. If you’re just joining this year’s Holiday Countdown, you can catch up on all the details here.

 

Holiday Countdown Planner Series 2013- weekly plans and free printables to keep you on track.

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Let’s find out what’s up for this week…

To get your free Printable Planner for Week Seven, simply click on the image below and the pdf will automatically download (or you can right click and save).

 

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Handmade Gifts and Gift Wrap Link Party

 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!

 

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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?

 

Handmade Gifts | hand-stitched-snowflake-embroidery-hoop-ornament

 

Let’s get to the main event, shall we? I can’t wait to see what you’ve created!

Now it’s your turn!

Link up as many of your own handmade gift and gift wrap projects as you like, old and new. Please include a backlink to this post, and be sure to take a look around and show some blog love. No posts to link parties or items for sale please! (By linking up, you are giving us permission to possibly share your project in an upcoming features post.)
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West Elm Inspired Drink Coasters

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.

 

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Now that you’ve seen my version, take a look at the inspiration coasters designed by Shanna Murray…

 

Shanna Murray Drink Coasters- West Elm

 

Not exactly the same, but very similar. I decided to nix the snowflakes so the coasters could be used all year long.

What you will need for this project:

Log slices (about 4″ diameter by 1/2″ thick- go here for cutting instructions)
Sand paper (very fine grit)
Polyurethane (I used quick drying satin finish by Minwax)
Small paint brush
Oil based white paint pen (Sharpie)

 

West Elm Inspired Drink Coasters | Satori Design for Living

Instructions:

Sand your log slices until smooth on each side. Apply two coats of polyurethane to the top and sides of each coaster, allowing them to dry in between. This will prep the surface for your written words or they may bleed.

 

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Holiday Countdown Planner {Week Six}

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 series. Although there’s still so much to do, I’m feeling good about where I am right now. Last week I managed to cross a few people off my shopping list and I also started putting a few decorations out around the house. Thanks to everyone who gave me some fantastic ideas on how to carry on our advent calendar tradition while my son is away at college. I can’t wait to start sending him emails on December 1st! If you’re just joining this year’s Holiday Countdown, you can read about all the details here.

 

Holiday Countdown Planner Series 2013- weekly plans and free printables to keep you on track.

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Let’s get to this week’s tasks, shall we?

To get your free Printable Planner for Week Six, simply click on the image below and the pdf will automatically download (or you can right click and save).

 

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