16 Christmas Crafts, Food, and Decorations

I know Thanksgiving is next week and not Christmas, but I feel like with all these cold temps going around everywhere- this weekend might just be perfect to start switching out the decorations! I know at least I will be, and heck- I even HOST Thanksgiving:) Hope you guys enjoy this roundup, I love so many of these projects and recipes!


Adorable log Santas via Smart Girls DIY

Smart Girls DIY - Cedar Log Christmas Nisse Decorations

Peppermint Brownie Bars via Love From The Oven

Peppermint Recipes

Twine ball ornaments via Love Grows Wild

These handmade Twine Ball Ornaments are perfect for adding a little rustic charm to your tree! See details at LoveGrowsWild.com

Caramel Hot Chocolate via Cooking Classy

caramel hot chocolate

A cute letterpress try advent calendar via Tag and Tibby


Christmas Tree Pull Apart Bread via Eclectic Recipes

Top 10 Delicious Pull Apart Rolls

Add a floating candle to a cute mason jar christmas decoration via BHG

Add a floating candle to this Christmas-ready decoration to illuminate your holiday decor: http://www.bhg.com/christmas/decorating/best-christmas-decorations/?socsrc=bhgpin111114topindoorchristmasdecorationnaturalfloatingcandle&page=6

Delicious Sugar Cookie Recipe via Love Grows Wild

The BEST Sugar Cookie Cut-out recipe!

A great Christmas gift of a test tube spice rack via Dream Book Design

test tube spice rack

Love these homemade ornaments that can keep your first keys as keepsakes via Tips from a Typical Mom

Richtig hübsche Idee! Ich hoffe ich komme nicht erst wieder darauf zurück, wenn wir schon in der nächsten Wohnung gelandet sind...

Peppermint Bark Popcorn via Your Cup of Cake

Christmas Peppermint Bark Popcorn

Dollar Store Stockings as place setting decor

Dollar store stockings as place setting decor.

Overnight Creme Brulee French Toast via Carls Bad Cravings


No Sew Christmas Stockings via Dream Book Design

Bleached Pinecones by Stone Gable Blog

BLEACHED PINECONES-four together-stonegableblog.com

DIY Wood Slice Ornaments via Upcycled Treasures


Tips For Choosing A Sofa

While some furniture choices come really easy to us, choosing a sofa has not been.  We knew that this time around we wanted a sofa that was going to last us a very long time.  One that was the perfect size, a beautiful yet durable material, and that fit our style perfectly.  We kept our minds open when it came to purchasing it brand new, or vintage, but in the end we went with brand new. We are just weeks aways from getting our custom sofa from Monarch Sofas, and here are some of the things that helped us with the decision process for it.

First- decide on the look you like. Are you wanting it to be super Modern? Classic? Mid Century Modern? Vintage? One way that I love to do this is by snapping a photo of the room the sofa is going in. Then when on a site that has sofas you love, save some of the photos and photoshop the sofas in to the rooms photo. Obviously its not an exact, but it definitely helps you get the general feel.

Second- decide on the size. We knew this time around we wanted the sofa to seat more people than average. Doing that is a little tricky when not wanting to buy a big overstuffed sofa. One tip that I loved doing this time around is using painters tape to map out the sofa. Sure you can always just use a tape measurer and see the size, but I love being able to keep that visual up for a day to really make sure its right for the room. Always keep in mind, the higher the ceiling, typically the higher the back you want. But if you only have 8ft. ceilings, you usually want to keep it to a lower back.

Third- decide on the material. Are you a single person who has no pets? Then a beautiful crisp white sofa may be perfect for you {or you could try Emily Hendersons new tip on using Sunbrella outdoor fabric to have a white kid-friendly sofa!}.

Do you have cats that love to claw at furniture? Velvet might be your best bet. Are you planning on it getting some serious wear and tear? Microfiber practically can’t get beat up! Are you looking for a material that only wears better with time and scratches? Leather might be the one for you. We ended up going with a beautiful Camel colored leather for our new sofa, and I cannot wait. If you are getting the sofa from a store that doesn’t have all the options on the floor, always check the samples book- and then ask if there are any other pieces done in that in the store so you can see it in person.

If you are having a sofa custom made then you have a million more details and options to choose. You can choose to have either synthetic or natural down, nailhead trim or piping, mid century style legs or chunky classic ones, etc. I will say, while it was a little nerve-wracking getting so many options for this piece, we loved getting to work with Monarch on making this piece exactly how we want it. I mean, just look at all the options we had for choosing out our legs!

And now we wait!  The sofa is finished so now we just need to either go get it or have it shipped here. Either way- I am so dang excited for it. Thanks Monarch for being so great to work with!

Disclosure: We partnered with Monarch on our new sofa.

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