Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Decorating for Christmas

The last couple weeks I've been busy getting my house ready for Christmas.  I love this time of year!  It has been so fun to do new things to decorate.  Like for example, last year for my birthday my sister, Hannah from Lily and Thistle, gave me a Silhouette.  Let me just say that I've had quite a bit of fun with it through out the year, but not as much fun as I've had this holiday season.  I've done a lot with it.  Here are just some of the projects...
Christmas countdown 

Want to know how I made this....
 I used a pizza pan, cut the vinyl letters and images out, and stuck them down.  Then I printed these cute little markers, to mark the days as we count down to Christmas, onto magnet sheets.  I only need one but couldn't decide which one I liked best, so I printed them all. 
 Next is my entry way decor...
 The trees I cut with my Silhouette and put them together.  The holly berries I got at the dollar store.  The picture is my favorite.  I saw it on pinterest and recreated it in my Silhouette software (which is basically photo shop).  
I love my new entry way for Christmas...so simple!  I might put something else in it, but if I don't get around to doing anything, I think it looks just fine the way it is.  What do you think?
Daily Menu Board
This is just a fun little project I did one day.  I got the platter at the dollar store, sprayed chalkboard paint on it and slapped on the vinyl letters (carefully, of course), and voila, a daily menu board.  My kids love it and so do I because they're not always asking me what's for dinner, lunch, etc.  
If you would like to do this but don't have a Silhouette or cricut, or know anyone that does, then you can go to my shop and purchase the vinyl.  It would make a great gift don't you think?!  You don't have to use a platter, but I think it kind of works in the kitchen.  Don't you?

Well, that's all for today.  Come back soon for more ideas for gifts.  I'm working on some now and am pretty excited about them.