Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Printable Thanksgiving Banner

I originally shared this material at Sumo's Sweet Stuff.

If you haven't guessed already, it's most definitely Christmasland here in the bloggy world. (Me included! I'm beyond ready for Christmastime - the tree is decorated, cards are ordered, our party is planned. The audacity!) Still, I realize that some of you actually enjoy going holiday by holiday. If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner (I'm not! woot woot!) and need a last minute piece of decor, Spool and Spoon to the rescue! Here's a simple banner that you can DIY in only a couple of minutes.

With just three sheets of paper and a piece of yarn/twine/ribbon, you'll have a simple and festive decoration for your Turkey Day gathering.

What's better than a fun bunting? Not much if you ask me.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mini Pecan Pie Tarts

Confession time: I have never eaten Pecan Pie.

I'm sure I'm not the only one. The only real problem with that statement is that Joe and I were assigned to bring croissants and pecan pie to our fifth annual Friendsgiving dinner. Let's be real for a moment, Joe does not cook so in all reality, I was assigned to bring croissants and pecan pie. Since I didn't have a fool-proof recipe to fall back on, I turned to the interwebs. I ended up finding a pin for this recipe from Bits and Bytes

Turns out, it's a winner! 

These little bites got so many compliments throughout the evening. That was quite the feat considering that most of us gorged during the meal and could barely taste dessert by the end haha. The raves seemed to concentrate on the fact that these were just sweet enough.. nowhere near the heavy sugariness of a true pecan pie.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

2013 Christmas Card Photo Shoot - Sneak Peak!

Yesterday night was Friendsgiving so it's safe to say that the holiday season has officially begun!

As I'm sure you already guessed, we went with Minted for our holiday cards -- best quality and assortment, hands down! Before we could order one of the lovely prints, we had to get our photos done. It's a bit late to go to a pro, so I pulled out my remote and tripod and we got shooting. 

We decided to go a bit non-traditional with this year's Christmas card photo and I just LOVE the results. Here's a sneak peak of the magic! 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

How to: Draw a Chalk Art Wreath

No matter how busy I am, I just love this time of year. Who needs Thanksgiving anyways? Christmas is where it's at! We started decking the halls this weekend and I couldn't be more thrilled!

I'm going to preface this by saying I am by no means, a chalk art guru. Buttttttt I wanted to share a really great tip that just about anyone can use to amp up their own holiday decor. Chalkboard art has been all the rage for a couple of seasons and, fingers crossed, that won't be changing anytime soon. I thought it might be fun to add an unexpected piece to our holiday home this year -- a monogrammed chalkboard wreath. 

Here's how I went about drawing this bad boy!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Julep: DIY Twig Wreath Place Cards

I've been waiting for this time of year for the last eleven months and I can't hold back any longer. Yesterday I grabbed three days worth of junk out of the mailbox and tucked neatly inside was an invitation to our 5th Annual Friendsgiving Dinner! There's nothing quite like a hand-addressed envelope to brighten your day and get your holiday spirit flowing. If you follow me on Pinterest, you have probably noticed a huge influx in holiday pins. Sorry, but I'm not sorry. One project that I'm pining over is from Julep (the super fun and trendy DIY blog from the creative team at Minted). These Mini Twig Wreath Escort Cards are quick, resourceful, and way.too.perfect! I just can't resist them.

Sure, they were crafted for a wedding, but tell me these would not be fabulous addition to your rustic holiday place settings?! 

I am determined to make a bunch of these for our Friendsgiving Dinner this year. Instead of using them as place cards, I think they will be darling labels for all of the dishes on the buffet! Check out the full tutorial by A Fabulous Fete at Julep.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fall Fun List - A Bucket List for the Whole Family!

Today is the PERFECT fall day. I went outside to find frost on the car, the sun shining bright, and not a cloud in the sky. It's too bad that it's Monday haha. If you didn't have a chance to stop by Sumo's Sweet Stuff last month to grab the printable I shared, no worries, because I have you covered! If you love the crisp air and smell of fallen leaves as much as I do, this Fall Fun List printable will be right up your alley!

Autumn is my absolute favorite season of all. I know that I'm not the only one. I cannot wait until the Mr. and I have a family to share the this time of year with. There are just so many wonderful things to enjoy indoors and out it's hard to fit it all in. Pumpkin patches. Apple cider. Haunted houses. Seasonal baking. Nature walks. Corn mazes. Hayrides. I feel like I spend the entire year counting down to October... and somehow it's already NOVEMBER. How the heck did that happen? 

How about using this little bucket list to keep your season on track?
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