Christmas Prep

Over the last two weeks our house has been bustling with holiday prep.  We’ve been decorating, Elf on the Shelf-ing, shopping, wrapping, and even doing a bit of crafting.  I am so loving how into Christmas my girl is this year!  She points out decorations all over town and is into all the classic Christmas kid movies.  She has a few fave Christmas songs and can even sing most of them (although if I have to listen to “Frosty” one more time in the car I might go crazy!).  She loves her Elf, Snowflake, and looks forward to adding one more magnetic ornament to our Christmas tree count down calendar each day.  It’s by Melissa & Doug and it’s so cute, I hope it lasts for years to come.

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Today I want to some Christmas crafts and some fun pics of our family enjoying the season.

Décor –

Holiday Trees:  I got this idea last year from where else…Pinterest.  Find the original pin here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/244320348506396292/.  I got all my supplies from Michael’s craft store and went to town.  Here’s what you’ll need: Styrofoam cone trees (multiple sizes), decorations (tinsel, boas, feathers, holly berries, be creative), and silver spray paint. I started by spray painting all the cones to help fill in any holes or areas that could be seen through the decorations.  Then I pulled out my hot glue gun and got to work.  The tree wrapped in tinsel or a boa were the simplest.  FYI hot glue and feathers (the tall white tree) are a dangerous mix, but sure looks pretty.

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As you can see my trees turned out a little more Vegas, than vintage as in the original pin, but I love them, and let’s be real I live in a subdivision and don’t have tons of acorn caps etc. laying around my yard to craft with.  Just goes to show that Pinterest is full of great ideas, some you copy exactly and some are fun to make your own.

Christmas Wreath:  I can’t take credit for my holiday wreath this year, but it’s so pretty I wanted to share it.

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My mom made it for me based on this Pinterest pin:http://www.pinterest.com/pin/104779128800449064/ .  All you need is a craft letter, background paint, fake holly berries, a glue gun, and some pretty ribbon to hang it.

Comin in Hott!: The last craft I’ll share with you is the craft Todd and I are giving to our family and friends as this year’s homemade gift.  Gianna and I made a crafty gift as well but that is a surprise for some grandparents and great-grandparents who read this blog, so I will be sharing that after Christmas.   Anyways, this year Todd and I decided, after seeing a quick-fire challenge on Bravo’s Top Chef, that we wanted to make our own hot sauce.  We both love spicy foods and hot sauce and wanted to have something fun and homemade to give out to family and friends over the holiday season.  After some research, and a few trips to different grocery stores searching for ingredients, we got started.  The process took a few nights and there were a few bumps or I should say burns along the way.  One the night Todd de-seeded a few pounds of hot red peppers (gloveless) and ended up with burning hands and a few other body parts he inadvertently came into contact with during the process…  The other was the night we bottled the sauce and Todd tried to “slowly” pour a large pot of boiling hot, hot sauce into a small funnel that I was holding over the bottle we were pouring the final product into.  I ended up with a few instant blister burns, but got out of doing the dishes that night and took some joy in watching Todd ladle the rest of the sauce into the bottles as I had suggested in the first place.  All in all it was a fun process and we are so happy with our final product, a bit of kick with sweet notes as well.  Look for an exact recipe soon!

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Here is the rest of what we’ve been up to –

Elf on the Shelf:  A few favorites from the last week or so.  Follow me on Instagram http://instagram.com/noelschapmire to see what Snowflake is up to each day!

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8Last weekend I was so lucky to attend the San Francisco Ballet’s performance of the “Nutcracker” with my mom, sister and grandmother.  It’s a tradition we used to do when my sister and I were young and it was so special to go all together again this year.  I can’t wait to share that experience with Gianna in the year’s to come. photo 1I hope you all are able to take some time and enjoy the joys of the Christmas season with family and friends over the next week.  I can’t wait to share with you all of our Christmas week happenings as well.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

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