I hope everyone has a great holiday!
Thank you so much for a wonderful year and I look forward to continuing the friendships into the new year.
Christmas is almost here and I’m betting there are a few of you who haven’t put all of your decorations on your tree yet. If not, you should make these glitter Christmas ball ornaments. It’s a super easy DIY project and you can even do it with your kids. You’re going to have a big glitter mess with, or without them, so you should just enjoy the bonding experience. If you let them pour the glitter in and shake it up, they’ll love it!
Things You Will Need
Clear glass ornaments
Okay, so I didn’t actually use pledge. I’ve seen this done with Pledge but I didn’t have any. It’s cold here in lovely PA and I’m a baby about it, so I wasn’t planning on going to get any. I have this wood cleaner that I used instead and it worked just fine. I’m not really sure what the ingredient is that makes the glitter stick, but it’s working so I’m not going to question it.
Remove the ornament cap and pour or spray some pledge into it.
swirl it around so that it covers the ball and pour it out.
While the ornament is still wet, pour the glitter in and shake it up (with your finger over the top). Make sure the glitter covers the whole inside of the ornament.
Warning: if you want to mix different colors of glitter, do it before you put it in the ornament. It won’t mix at all if you try to do it once the glitter is inside. Trust me. I failed miserably.
When you’re done, flip the ornament upside down and let it dry.
Flip the ornament over and super glue the top down so you don’t have a glitter explosion later on.
Using your glass-safe pens, draw on your favorite holiday symbols, phrases, bible verses or whatever comes to mind.
When you’re finished you’ll have some really cute glitter ornaments that make great decorations for your tree or nice gifts to give.
Let me know what you think!
Some people are really hard to buy Christmas gifts for. There is one such person on my list this year and I’ve scoured the internet looking for a good idea. Nothing.
Later, while sulking on Pinterest I found this really great recipe for candied pecans on Paint Chips and Frosting (it’s a neat blog so take some time to check it out if you head over there). If you know me, you know that I’ll only cook if I have to so, naturally, I was a little apprehensive about trying to make these. If you’re in the same boat, don’t be worried, it’s cake.
Outside of the pecans, you probably already have everything in your kitchen.
After my first test batch earlier this week, I modified a few things. It tasted very good, but I made modifications because instead of actually following the directions and sprinkling the sugar mixture on top of the pecans, I dropped the pecans in the sugar mixture and covered them so I actually pulled in more of the sugar mixture than I had anticipated. Who can argue with more sugar and cinnamon?
Things You Will Need
1 egg white
1 Tbsp water
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz pecan halves
Preheat oven to 250.
Line your baking sheet with foil and spread a thin layer of coconut oil over it.
Mix sugar, cinnamon, and salt in one bowl and whisk egg white, water, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl.
Add a small amount of pecan halves to the wet mixture and stir.
Transfer those pecans to the sugar bowl and coat evenly.
Repeat until you’ve covered all of the pecans.
Spread pecans evenly across the baking sheet and bake for 1 hour.
Stir them every 15 minutes or they will stick together.
Let them sit out for 10 minutes after baking.
When they’re finished, you can fill up a mason jar and decorate with scrapbook paper, ribbons, etc. They make a sweet gift!
I’ve always hated buying people gift cards. It’s not that dislike receiving them, but it’s like saying I really have no idea what you like so here’s a gift card. If that person is important enough for you to buy something for, then you should have an idea of what they enjoy. Soooo I’m here to help you out.
I’m a big fan of Etsy so you’ll see a lot of ideas from that site. If you haven’t been on it yet, I highly recommend it. Products are a little more expensive, but they’re worth it and you’re supporting small businesses. You’ll also get a gift from there that is much more unique than you’ll find in stores.
Here’s my 2014 list of gift ideas for him. Let me know what you think, and if you have any ideas to add, please leave them in the comments. You’ll be helping a lot, trust me!
Ohhh, and if you’re looking for ideas for the lady, check out gift ideas for her, too!
***Click the images for links to the product.
I got my boyfriend one of these wooden beer carriers for Christmas this year and gave it to him early. He makes his own beer, so he’s constantly taking it along to events and parties. But transporting it in those flimsy cardboard carriers just wasn’t working out. This has served him well. I would highly recommend it.
If you have a male friend who has pride in his beard, he might appreciate this funny t-shirt. “With great beard comes great responsibly.” At least it’s entertaining.
If the guy you’re buying for smokes cigars, you might want to consider getting him a travel humidor. Humidors keep cigars fresh until you’re ready to smoke them. Humidors you can travel with are a double thumbs up! Make sure you know what kind of cigars he prefers before you buy it, though. This case is relatively small and holds 3 Cigars of 48 Ring Gauge and 6.5 inch length. Some guys prefer the big cigars of 60 ring gauge and 7 inches. Take a look around at this shop while your at it. It’s called The Best Man Gifts so your likely to find something he likes if you didn’t find something here.
I love this thing. I made my own device charging station a few weeks ago because I felt like all of my cords were disorganized and tangled. This might be an alternative. Especially if he lives alone and isn’t sharing chargers with anyone else. He can put his wallet, phone, watch and other essentials on it before he goes to bed. Very nice and elegant looking.
I know quite a few men with a watch obsession and I’m sure that all of them would appreciate a place to store all of their precious watches. What guy could argue with black leather and a monogramed glass top?
If he’s on the lookout for a wallet, Etsy is the place to go, and this little shop has some of the best one’s I’ve seen. very unique styles and good quality products.
I know this isn’t a necessity by any means, and it’s really not that hard to get the cork out of the wine bottle, but have you ever seen this thing in action? It’s pretty cool to watch, especially through the clear bottom. If he likes wine, he might enjoy this gift.
How much more manly can a coaster get? They’re designed to look like the bottom of a 12 gauge shotgun shell and come in a flattering holder. Perfect for the man cave.
My boyfriend bought me of these for Christmas and it makes the best coffee I’ve ever tasted: very smooth and not bitter at all. It takes longer to make than the average pot of coffee, but the wait is totally worth it. If he’s a coffee addict, or even a coffee snob, he WILL love this.
If you want more ideas for him, check out the ongoing list I have on my blog (some are for birthdays or Valentine’s Day, but are still worth checking out) or you can take a look at my Treasury List on Etsy. This is where many of these ideas came from.
Everyone likes a DIY project that’s cheap and easy. I don’t think it gets any easier than this. This cute DIY snowman magnet took no more than 5 minutes to make (excluding drying time) and costed less than $1. How’s that for do-it-yourself Christmas decor?
Things You Will Need
All of these materials can be bought at the Dollar Store.
Trace your glass pebble on the construction paper and cut it out.
Flip the cut out piece over and draw two round dots on it with your pen. These are going to be the snowman’s buttons.
Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have all three pieces of the snowman.
Put a drop of glue on the back of the glass pebble and lay the circle of construction paper (face down) on top of the glue.
Let that dry and repeat with the magnet.
Let it dry for an hour or two.
When everything is dry, go ahead and stick it to your fridge.
This is such a good project to do with kids. They’ll love to draw the snowman’s face, for sure! Make a few of them. You could even draw a scene on some paper and put your new snowman magnets on top of it.
Every year, my family and I make a Christmas Wish List on Amazon so that we can actually buy each other gifts that we want rather than guessing. I’m all about it, but I know that some people enjoy buying what they think their parents or significant other would like.
For those of you who are looking for Christmas gift ideas, I like to help you out. Over the past few months I’ve been compiling gifts ideas into a wish list on Etsy so that I can share them with you here. Whether you’re looking for gifts for that lovely lady in your life, your best (girl) friend or your wife or girlfriend, you’re in a good place.
All of these gift ideas are from Etsy. If you haven’t been on Etsy, I highly recommend it. It’s a online marketplace for artisans to sell their work. A lot of these are very small local businesses just trying to make it. In my experience, they make great work, are very responsive and happy to help if you have a problem. I love shopping there because the items are so unique.
I love these customized necklaces! They can be made with gold or silver plates (or both) and you can add as many as you want. Not bad for $28, right?
This is one of my favorites. This necklace is filled with dried dandelion seeds. It’s perfect for any girl with a wild spirit.
Do you have a Mac lover in your life? This galaxy-inspired keyboard cover is just the thing to spice up her computer. The dark blue to light pink/orange color is lovely.
Does she carry her headphones around everywhere? This cord organizer holds headphones in place with a snap and go design. Trendy and functional.
Honestly, this is one of my favorite shops on Etsy. I LOVE Una products. I know you’re thinking why would I spend $3.50 on lip balm? Because it’s organic and is the best lip balm she’s ever going to put on her lips! You can buy 3 for 10 if you’d rather buy a few. The peppermint is my fav.
I know, $40.00 is a lot to spend on stockings, but these are so cute and if she likes fun clothing, she’s going to love them! You can get brighter colors or darker colors. And if this shop has any uneven spots (usually on the top half of the stockings (so you wouldn’t be able to see the uneven spots), you can get them for around $15.00.
Every girl I know carries a purse and many of them carry a purse that could fit a toddler in it. Encouraging her to downsize to a cute clutch purse will save her back, and probably her sanity.
If you want to see more gift ideas from Etsy, check out my Gifts For Her list.
Have you gotten anything for a girl that she absolutely loved? Or maybe, as a girl, you’ve received a great gift. Leave it in the comments if you have any other ideas. I’d love to hear them!
Check back in about a week, I plan to do a gift idea post for guys as well!
It doesn’t look like it, but these Christmas tree earrings were actually very easy to make. They would make a nice last-minute gift idea for some of the ladies of your list that you have yet to buy for. Granted, it is a seasonal idea, but you could turn them into ornaments as well, if you made them larger. These are probably about 2 inches tall.
Things You Will Need:
I know, what the heck is a Thing-a-ma-JIG, right? It is that little peg board you see in the background. it comes with a bunch of pegs in a variety of sizes. You can get it at Michael’s for $20. It is wonderful.
*I took some of the pegs out so you are able to see the wire better. Leave the pegs in there while you are wrapping.
When you are finished wrapping the wire, you should have something like the above photos. I played around with some different ideas to end the tree with. You can do whatever you want, but I prefer the one with the beads.
Go ahead and attach your earring hooks.
I haven’t done a Christmas tree craft in a long time, and this one was a lot of fun to make. I got all of my materials at Michael’s and it was less than $10. Oh, well, excluding the paint. I had that already. It was also easy to put together and took less than an hour. I hope you like it!
Place your wooden tree on some old paper and paint both sides of each section. I chose green paint to keep it traditional, but the options are unlimited.
B-E-A-U-tiful! Some would argue that this is better than a real Christmas tree 😉 Haha, just kidding. Nothing beats the real thing!
It is amazing what scrapbook paper can do for you, in terms of design. This is one of the easiest Christmas cards that I’ve ever made. Some people don’t like the overt holiday cards with red and green decorations all over them, and I have to agree. I like this one because it reminds me of the holidays but it isn’t an in-your-face design.
This step is optional, but I think it adds a bit more to the inside of the card. Cut out two pieces of scrapbook paper, about the size of the inside of one side of the card. So, these will line the top and bottom of the right side of the card.
Tape or glue them into place.
If you have a calligraphy pen, you can use it for your message on the front and inside of the card. If you don’t have one, you can use a regular pen.