My little Roo found out the hard way that fresh cranberries just
don’t taste good. But, he was determined that they were
delicious little candies and Grammy was being mean by
not letting him eat his feel.
Two cranberries were promptly spit out. On the floor.
And at that moment – I knew without a doubt he would
never eat a fresh cranberry again – and maybe any kind of
But, he lost interest in my tablescape…and suddenly
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and terrorizing his
little sister seemed so much more interesting.
I am absolutely thrilled to be taking part in
The Scoop on a Handmade Christmas
I have joined with 24 other bloggers.
Please make sure you visit them all for some
amazing Christmas Inspiration.
I will share the the full schedule at the end.
I promise no one will be eating and spitting out
fresh cranberries. Or at least – I don’t think they will.
When I started mentally planning my Christmas decor
this year – I knew my kitchen would be a
simple Farmhouse Christmas theme. Handmade and homey.
Red ticking and burlap and berries and jars and dough bowls.
My Breakfast Room table turned out exactly how I envisioned it.
Two rosemary topiaries in a vintage red, wire basket
anchored the center of the table. I love the burlap
There were a few projects I knew I wanted to make.
Projects which were easy and not very time consuming – and most
of all - not very costly either.
The first project was to create Chalkboard Chargers.
I wanted to write the words to one of my favorite Christmas
carols around the edge.
Using four $1 plastic chargers from Dollar Tree, I simply sprayed
a few coats of black chalkboard spray paint on them.
I did mine at 10pm at night, in my jammies, in the grass.
When The Hubbs went out the next morning, he thought we had an
alien invasion that had left 12″ black crop circles on the front lawn.
Another $1 Dollar Tree white plate is sandwiched between a
pink and white transfer plate.
I also knew I wanted to add a very timeless look of fresh
cranberries in a Mason Jar with a floating candle.
A large, medium and small jar was surrounded by fresh balsam,
magnolia leaves and silver jingle-bells.
One of the things I love most about these “candleholders” is
that they last a long time. You can create this look for
very little money and effort.
Did you happen to tour The Everyday Home yesterday for the
If you did, you may have noticed that I used a lot of small pine
discs I had my son cut for me.
(he loves his Mama!)
I used them on the small trees on the mantel…
I used them on the mantel garland…
… as stocking tags -
- and also on the lanterns in the table centerpiece.
Yes, he cut me a LOT of these little discs.
But, one of the ways I used them which makes me smile is…
Coasters on the Farmhouse Christmas Table.
Finally, inexpensive garland was cut into quarters and
made into mini wreaths which work perfectly as
“napkin rings” to hold the napkins.
So, you see.
Handmade doesn’t have to be expensive.
Or, time consuming.
Or, something you want to spit out on the floor.
It can be small touches here and there.
Made from love.
Thank you for letting me share my
Farmhouse Christmas Table with you and
my Handmade touches. I will be back next Thursday,
Dec 12th to share more of my Kitchen decorated in
Handmade Farmhouse Style.
I can’t wait.
But, one thing I am really (no, I mean REALLY) excited about
The Everyday Home’s
1st Annual “Virtual” Christmas Cookie Exchange
If you’re like me, you will be in Baking Mode soon.
Or, maybe you already are.
There will be 30 Blogs which means THIRTY cookies
and THIRTY cookie recipes.
Here is a little sneak peak of mine…
This is our favorite cookie and one of many we bake
Cranberry-Pecan-White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
It starts on Monday.
So please come back for what I promise will be a sweet event…
and you won’t want to spit anything out.
I hope you are having a blessed week, my friends.
Please make sure you visit all of these blogs participating
in The Scoop on a Handmade Christmas:
Friday December 6
Saturday December 7
Sunday December 8
Monday December 9
Tuesday December 10
Have you entered all of the fabulous giveaways going on
this week? There are THREE of them.
You could win $600 in the ‘Tis the Season Giveaway,
and $500 in the Merry Moolah Giveaway.
You can enter both of those HERE.
And as part of the
All Things Home Tours: Home for the Holidays
event going on all this week…
You could win one of many prizes including a
$200 Gift Card from One Kings Lane as well as,
a $50 Gift Voucher from Farmhouse Decor.
You can enter these giveaways HERE.