Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Book Village

This is a repost of one of my favorite decorations from last year. Hope you enjoy it!

I was blessed to have a Mother who loved to read and passed that love along to me.  I also married a book lover and raised  Leigh up to be one too!  Being a book lover, I'm also a library nerd and saw this awesome idea at our local library here in Crosby.  As soon as I saw it, I knew that I just had to have one of my very own.  Christmas houses made of books? Two of my most absolute favorite things and I knew just the place to put it - on the piano in Mr. Crafty's office.

Christmas Village, book crafts, Christmas DIY

 This is so incredibly easy and doesn't damage the books in any way.  Just take four to five books (depending on how wide you want your house to be), find an appropriately sized Christmas card for the front and tie the card on to he books with yarn, string, or ribbon. Then open a book for the top.  Add a little snow batting, bottle brush trees and fake snow and you have an adorable village.

Christmas Village, book crafts, Christmas DIY

Christmas Village, book crafts, Christmas DIY


















I can tell you that this is going to be a permanent fixture of our Christmas decorating for many, many years to come.  It is just adorable and made of books which is something we have an abundance of!  Readers Digest books are the perfect size for this and since we collected them for most of the 90's - we have them in every color under the rainbow!

So easy, quick and cheap!!! Stress free Christmas decorating at it's finest.  Wishing you all a happy and stress free Christmas!


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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

JOYful Christmas Mantel

Pinterest is just the most amazing place to find holiday decorating inspiration. After seeing all the beautiful Joy and Noel signs using wreaths and snowflakes for the O's, Leigh and I decided that we needed something new for our mantel along those same lines.

Joy, Hobby Lobby, Christmas Mantel, Christmas DIY, Joy Sign




The cardstock letters and burlap wreath came from Hobby Lobby. I was originally looking for an evergreen wreath, but Leigh found this one and it was perfect! We painted the letters dark brown and then used a metallic top coat. You'd never believe that the J started out as a U would you? By the time we got to Hobby Lobby Friday evening, all the J's were gone!! X-acto knife to the rescue and the U became a J!

Joy, Hobby Lobby, Christmas Mantel, Christmas DIY, Joy Sign

So hard to get good pictures of our mantel because the sun shines on the fireplace but above the mantel is all shadows. 

Sigh.....maybe someday I will figure it out, but for now these picts will have to do.

Joy, Hobby Lobby, Christmas Mantel, Christmas DIY, Joy Sign

Joy, Hobby Lobby, Christmas Mantel, Christmas DIY, Joy Sign

I really love how it turned out. Such a change from our usual bright and blingy wreath that we've had for the past several years. These colors are more subdued and natural and go much better with our decor.

Hope you are finding time to squeeze in some holiday crafting during this crazy, stressful, yet joyful month.

May Peace and Joy be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Countdown Printable 2014

Not to add to your stress level, but the time has come for that annual Christmas tradition - The Christmas Countdown! I decided that we needed a new one this year and designed this one in PicMonkey.

Free Christmas Countdown Printable, Santa Claus, He's Making a List, Christmas DIY, Easy Christmas Craft


I wanted ours for the fridge so I added magnets to the back. That way it can be used either way.

Free Christmas Countdown Printable, Santa Claus, He's Making a List, Christmas DIY, Easy Christmas Craft

Super quick and easy - just download and print, pop it in a frame and you are good to go! Our frame came from Dollar Tree (5x7) and a quick coat of glossy red spray paint makes it pop! If you have a stainless or white fridge, you could probably just leave the frame black.




Free Christmas Countdown Printable, Santa Claus, He's Making a List, Christmas DIY, Easy Christmas Craft

Free Christmas Countdown Printable, Santa Claus, He's Making a List, Christmas DIY, Easy Christmas Craft































This would be great to hang on the fridge if you have little ones or Grandkids and let them change the number each day. Heck, it would be great even if you don't have little ones - we all need to work on being nicer right? Especially during Christmas!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving because the countdown has begun!


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Making Christmas Memorable for all the Kids

As my children and Niece and Nephew have grown over the years, I have struggled with ways to make their Christmas memorable and fun. Even though they are grown, and my Niece and Nephew have kids, I still want to make Christmas magical for them. As everyone knows in our family "If you don't believe you get underwear!" so they all still believe in the magic of Christmas.

I was recently contacted by Lilian Vernon to review one of their products and fell in love with their adorable Christmas Owl Felt Treat Bags. I just knew that they would be the perfect little gift holder for the grown and not so grown children.

Lillian Vernon, treat holders, Christmas Treat Bags, Christmas Owls

Once I get our tree up this Friday, I'm going to hang these on it for all the kids to have on Christmas Eve. I think it will be something we can make part of our Christmas tradition for years to come.


They are the perfect size to fill with everyone's favorite candies and a special little toy or treat. Maybe nail polish for the grown up girls along with a gift certificate for a mani-pedi and hardware store gift cards for the grown up boys. Hey, who wouldn't love a Lowes, Home Depot or Ace Hardware card? I know I would!

Lillian Vernon, treat holders, Christmas Treat Bags, Christmas Owls

The colors are so bright and cheerful and as you can tell, owls are some of our favorite things out at Crafty In Crosby.

Lillian Vernon, treat holders, Christmas Treat Bags, Christmas Owls

Can you believe that these adorable little bags are only $5.99 for a set of six? I love them so much that I've ordered another set to use for the girls at the office. I'm doing my best this year to order as many products as possible online. Who wants to fight the crowds - they just stress me out, so this year I'm staying home and letting my fingers do the walking!

I'll post pictures on Friday with the bags hanging on the tree - I just know they are going to be a hit with the kiddos this Christmas and for many more to come!


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DISCLOSURE: Lillian Vernon provided these Felt Owl Treat Bags to Crafty In Crosby in return for a review of their product.



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