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.



Saturday, November 22, 2014

Easy Fall Centerpiece

Pinterest is loaded with intricate table centerpieces for Thanksgiving, but sometimes less is more don't you think? I needed something for our breakfast table last year and threw this together in no time flat - just a candle plate, DollarTree fall leaves, pinecones and a candle. Simple and quick and just the thing for our round breakfast table.








Layer fall leaves around the candle and place the pine cones on top.



Easy and quick and still looks great this year! Are you ready for Thanksgiving? We are traditionalists here (Leigh insists) and don't start decorating for Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. How about you? Before or after Thanksgiving? Sometimes I think that we don't give enough time to Thanksgiving, plus waiting makes Christmas just that much more special!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fall Chalkboard Sign

Don't you just love it when a project turns out even better than you anticipated? This one sure did! I'd had this picture in my mind of a chalkboard sign with a pumpkin on it for quite some time and I found the perfect plastic platter at Dollar Tree for the base.


Not too bad for a couple of bucks and some supplies I already had on hand.


The platter is just a large plastic party platter from Dollar Tree that I spray painted with chalkboard paint. The pumpkin also came from Dollar Tree. We cut it in half with a sharp kitchen knife, painted the stem gold and then Mod Podged strips of torn book pages over it. Add a few fall leaves (also from Dollar Tree) and hot glue it to the platter.



When you are Mod Podging the book strips you will need to trim the overlapping edges with scissors.



You could write any fall sentiment on the platter - Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Fall, Count Your Blessings, Autumn Blessings or anything you can think of. Don't forget to prime your chalkboard by running a piece of chalk (on it's side) over the flat part of the platter, then wipe off the chalk. I also ran the chalk around the outside edge of the platter to accent the edge.

I also used one of my favorite DIY tricks on the back of the platter - use a soda can pop tab for a hanger - just hot glue it on to the platter with a generous dot of hot glue and place a small piece of paper over it to cover the glue.




 

Such an easy craft for fall and Halloween and I love how it turned out.  Two of our favorite things - chalkboards and book page crafts.

Wishing everyone a Happy Fall Y'all!



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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nevermore Tree and Printable

Last year, Leigh and I created a Nevermore tree and printable, but things got so crazy that I totally forgot to share it on the blog. And we almost let it get away from us again! The tree was inspired by by a pin we saw by The DIYShowOff and we created the printable in PicMonkey

Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven, Halloween Printable, spooky, Easy Halloween DIY, Nevermore Quoth the Raven



Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven, Halloween Printable, spooky, Easy Halloween DIY, Nevermore Quoth the Raven


We cut the printable to fit in the oval frame that was already hanging in that spot, but it would also look great in a rectangular frame. Couldn't fit the entire poem on it but it has the beginning stanzas.


Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven, Halloween Printable, spooky, Easy Halloween DIY, Nevermore Quoth the Raven


This is the label on the tin bucket holding the tree. You can print it out and cut around the label to use it on your container.

Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven, Halloween Printable, spooky, Easy Halloween DIY, Nevermore Quoth the Raven

Last year, we also used some creepy cloth over the tops of the pictures and I had forgotten all about it until I was writing this post. Have to remember that for next year! The photo at the top is my In-Law's and we spookified them in PicMonkey. They only look like this for Halloween, then this photo moves behind the real photo, although we might just leave it that way this year! Teeheehee!!!


Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven, Halloween Printable, spooky, Easy Halloween DIY, Nevermore Quoth the Raven

Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven, Halloween Printable, spooky, Easy Halloween DIY, Nevermore Quoth the Raven

Might be too late to make your own Nevermore Tree, but there's always next year! Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!

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