We love when Happy Elf, our Elf on the Shelf, shows up each year at The HoB! This year Happy started a new tradition and brought us a special elf breakfast this morning!! The boys were so very excited to have our first Northpole Breakfast. Happy Elf had all kinds of yummy sweet treats and even brought the boys some fun ornaments for the tree in their room and a fun Christmas Craft.
Happy found these great Northpole Breakfast notes at 505 Design+Paperie! The PDF file is editable for the names on the notes. The title card does say 2011, Happy just used a sharpie to write 2012 and it worked great!!
Do you have Elf on a Shelf visit your house? Do you have a Northpole Breakfast?
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Merry Christmas!!!! Have a blessed day!!!
I just love our Christmas Card this year!!!! I took the pictures myself and the card design is from Lara of Announced Design!! I could not be happier, the card turned out great!!! Thank you Laura!!! If you do not know Laura go check out her amazing blog, less cake more frosting!
PS Thank you to Jen at Tatertots & Jello, I won a giveaway for the card design!!!
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Thank you so much Adrianne for letting me guest post!!
So now onto the project I have for y’all (yes I am from Texas) today! My boys just loved this quick and easy projected! We decorated our windows with some FauxFlakes, since we are in south Texas this will be the only snowflakes at The HoB!
To make the snowflakes on the window I cut out snowflake with my mother-in-law’s Cricut. I used contact paper to that I could stick the snowflakes to the window. You could use vinyl as well but I did not have any and I had the contact paper. I cut out a few five inch snowflakes and several three inch snowflakes. I did notice that the snowflakes without the really small details seemed to cut much better and were much easier to put on the windows.
Before I put the contact paper snowflakes on the windows, I did clean them and made sure the windows were dry. Then I placed the snowflakes along the bottom and up a little on each side of the window. Then we sprayed the Faux Snow onto the window!
Next I very carefully pulled off the contact paper. I found the best way was to find a corner and pull straight off, trying my best to not smear the faux snow. There were a few snowflakes that I had a hard time pulling off, so I used a pair of tweezers to pull the contact paper off the window.
And there you have FauxFlakes on your window! My boys were super excited to see the snowflakes when I pulled off the contact paper, their reaction was worth the whole project!!!
I made this sign and it was super easy! So easy I did not even take pictures along the way. I need to do a better job of taking pictures as I am doing my projects, I will work on this!
So all I did was use a piece of leftover particle board from my pantry shelf redo. My amazing husband and father-in-law redid the shelves in our pantry a year ago, someday when I actually have a clean and organized pantry I might show y’all, but not today!
I took the rectangle piece of board and spray painted it red, it took about 3 coats to fully cover. Then after allowing it to dry for 48 hours, I cute out CHRISTmas with my mother-in-laws Cricut and placed the stencil on the board. Then I just used cheap acrylic craft paint to paint inside the stencil. I used a foam brush and purposefully left the white paint uneven. Once I painted inside the stencils I pulled the stencils away. There where a few spots my brush bumped outside the stencil but I was able to wipe the white paint away.
And that is it! The sign is simple and that is what I love about it!! Merry CHRISTmas!!
PS Check back tomorrow morning to see where I will be doing my first guest post and be sure to check back tomorrow afternoon when my very first giveaway goes live! It is a good one!!!
So I like to do things last minute! No I don’t really like to do things last minute, that is just how it usually goes! So I did get my Advent Calendar up yesterday on the 1st!! I also took pictures and had every intent to write the post yesterday, it just did not happen. So here is our Advent Calendar for 2011.
I am reusing the mini-stockings from last year. I bought them at Michael’s the day after Thanksgiving, so they were way discounted, I think they ended up being about $.35/each. The circle numbers are from Amy at Living Locurto. The circles are part of her Personalized Christmas Advent Calendar, this is an amazing free printable! Thank you Amy!!! I printed out the circles and punched them with a 2″ punch. Then I used a safety pin to attach to the stocking. I then hung the stockings on the wall in a Christmas Tree shape. I cut the yellow star and added to the top.
Last year when I did the stockings I came up with 24 Christmas activities for the family to do together everyday. I looked at the calendar and tried to plan the activities accordingly but somehow almost every night the Hubs and I would be trying to change the activities around as something came up and we would not be able to go look at Christmas Lights or whatever the activity was. So this year we decided to only put in a few days at a time so I can make sure the activities are ones that fit into our lives for those days. I just put the little card with the activity in the night before I head to bed.
If you have not started your Advent Calendar, no worries, it is never to late, just start with the day we are on and go forward, set yours up for the 10th-24th and do a 2 week count down for Christmas. The kids love countdowns and getting ready for Christmas!
We are also doing a book advent countdown. I was pleasantly surprised to have 24 Christmas/winter books in my stash, so I wrapped them in plain brown paper bag wrapping and added the same circle numbers that I used for the stocking. I just printed the circles on a sticker sheet, punched and attached to each book. I covered a box in red wrapping paper and my two year old added some Christmas Stickers.
My boys are so excited to get to read their book before bed and I am so excited to share this special time of year with my family!!
I have such a quick, easy and cheap little Christmas Decoration you can do in about 10 minutes. It is so quick and easy I do not even have a picture tutorial for you, just the finished product.
I found tubes of nonbreakable mini ornaments in the dollar section of Target and I grabbed one in each of the colors they had, red, green, gold and silver. I was not sure what I was going to do with them but for a dollar each I knew I would think of something. When I got home I found some red ribbon that was a bit wider than the opening at the top of the ornament. I threaded the ornaments through the ribbon until I had enough to stretch across the little half wall opening I have in my livingroom. Then I just tacked each end of the ribbon up with a tack and done! How easy, simple and cute is this!!!
This is all the Christmas Decoration we have up! I am very slow at getting out my decorations, I love Christmas but my oldest son’s birthday is next week and I do not want his birthday to get lost in Christmas. We usually put up a few things here and there until after his birthday. I am working on finishing my advent countdown for this year, as soon as it is done I will post. Nothing like waiting to the last minute!!
I am going to participate in a Christmas Ornament Exchange at Eisy Morgan! Come join us, it will be lots of fun!! Head over to Eisy Morgan to check out all the details and join us!!
Who is ready to start all the Christmas crafting or are you one of those that is ahead of the game and had all your Christmas Crafts done in July??