Our 2017 Holiday Home Tour

By | Room Makeovers, Wallace Woods House | 3 Comments

Everyone was randomly out of the house one weekend morning so I shoved all the toys into an unseen corner and got out my camera! I love being able to look back at Christmas decorations from year to year. I don’t know if that’s a weird blogger behavior, but it’s been so neat to see! Especially as we have moved from house to house. Here’s my Christmas decor from 2016, 2015 and 2011 (omg!).

Overall, this year, I wanted to KEEP. IT. SIMPLE. I usually go all out with glitz, tablecloths, lights and more but just didn’t have it in me this year. I love how it turned out—and here we are almost Christmas and I’m not getting that urge to clear it all out like I normally do! A nice change!

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

DIY Holiday Card Wreath [With Handzy Shop + Studio!]

By | Craft & Create | 4 Comments

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Cute holiday wall decor that also holds all my festive cards? Count me in! This was so easy and affordable to create—all the details are in this post! Before I begin, a special shout out to the gals at Handzy Shop + Studio. For those of you catching up, Handzy is an awesome shop and design studio in Covington, Kentucky and as fellow makers and design lovers we’ve been having a fun time promoting each other. Here’s my intro post on their shop, and of course you can find them online here. (Follow their IG too! It’s so good!)

Alright, let’s get started! This cost me about $11 to make, and took a grand total of 30 minutes! My kind of crafting. 🙂 I did one for me AND one for Handzy, so be sure to stop by their post to see their Handzy-ified version of this clothespin card holder wreath!

SUPPLIES NEEDED

DIY Clothespin Wreath Holiday Card Display

Metal Hanger

Wire Cutter (I used an 8″ Compound Action Cutter)

1/2″ Wooden Beads

12 Gauge Wire

Clothespins (I got mine from Dollar Tree!)

Hanging Ribbon

Greenery (If you want!)

STEP ONE – CUT YOUR HANGER, SHAPE YOUR WREATH FORM

DIY Clothespin Wreath Holiday Card Display

You’ll need a strong wire cutter for this step. I picked up one of these especially for this project (and wondering why I didn’t have one sooner!) and it was able to cut through the hanger like butter.

STEP TWO – START THREADING YOUR BEADS AND CLOTHESPINS

DIY Clothespin Wreath Holiday Card Display

For this step, the design is really up to you! Feel free to omit the beads altogether, or double up, or every other—the design is up to you! And here’s a closer look at the exact placement of the wire on the clothespin.

DIY Clothespin Wreath Holiday Card Display

STEP THREE – ARRANGE YOUR CLOTHESPINS, CHECK FOR TIGHTNESS

DIY Clothespin Wreath Holiday Card Display

As I was adding the last combinations of beads and clothespins, I checked to make sure I had enough overall… I didn’t want any gaps between the beads or clothespins. I added a few more to ensure everything was nice and tight. One thing to note—the clothespins are meant to swivel, with its “pincher” either facing inward or outward. This is by design so that cards can be attached both inside and outside the circle. If you are wanting the clothespins to be fixed in position, you could add another wire to the back to achieve that, but because my wreaths are typically hung on windows, I didn’t want to see a mess behind the wreath.

STEP FOUR – CLOSE UP THE WREATH

DIY Clothespin Wreath Holiday Card Display

I used a 12 gauge black wire here to close up the wreath, but tape would work great too! Another thing I experimented with is using one of the wooden beads to close up the wreath—by threading each end through the opposite side—and that was ok, too.

STEP FIVE – ATTACH SOME GARNISH

DIY Clothespin Wreath Holiday Card Display
I’m all about the greenery this time of year (who isn’t!?), so I stuck some faux garland from IKEA to the top of the wreath using that same 12-gauge black wire.

STEP SIX – ADD YOUR RIBBON!

DIY Clothespin Wreath Holiday Card Display
For this step, I first tied a large bow using wire-edged ribbon. Then, with another piece of 3′ ribbon, made a loop to act as my hanger. I kept the loop closed by adding a single staple to the center of the ribbon, right above the bow.

DIY Clothespin Wreath Holiday Card Display

STEP SEVEN – ADD YOUR HOLIDAY CARDS

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Here is where Handzy comes in! As you know, I love nearly anything from their store, so it felt like the perfect opportunity to display some of their fun holiday cards. You can purchase them in-store at their shop in Covington, Kentucky (on short Pike!) or right here! And don’t forget to check out their version of this DIY Holiday Card Wreath by heading over to their blog.

xo,

emily

Modern Winter Wardrobe for Toddler Boys

By | The Brothers May | 2 Comments

Quick post! I had this slated for another week but then realized duh… so many good sales! A lot of stores featured in this post are on super sale still, so shop quick to take advantage of the post-Thanksgiving madness. I love doing posts like these time of year. Around October is when I realize that my boys have no clothes that fit, so it’s a mad dash to stock up the dresser with good finds. I am a stickler overall when it comes to my kids’ clothes—I want good quality, great design at reasonable prices—so that means I am out there hunting and searching for more non-traditional sources. I just posted the boys’ 2.5-year update, and you can see many of these items in that post!

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Wolf Pack Sweatshirt by Arrow Folk

Sonny Jacket by Cotton On Kids

Mini Rodini x Adidas (Only if I can find a good sale!)

Dragon Sneaker (Our Favorites!!) by Adidas

Tom Ls Tee in Graphite by Cotton On Kids

Denim Trackies by Cotton On Kids

Forest Long Sleeve Pullover Tee with Striped Underlay by Rad Revolution Kids

Carhartt Beanie (Adult Size)

Duck Boots by OshKosh B’gosh

Gray Zip-Up Sweater by OshKosh B’gosh

Camo Trackies by OshKosh B’gosh

Cincy Block Tee by Homage Kids

Liam Hoodie (similar) by Cotton On Kids

And in general, we love shopping for our boys’ clothes at Roman & Leo, Half Pint Shop, Spearmint Love and The Spotted Goose! As far as jackets go, we love using fleeces when we’re on the go. Thick enough to be warm, but thin enough to be safe in the carseat. Grandma got the boys these and we love them!

I generally keep track of what clothes I buy for my kids on this Pinterest board. Makes posts like these much easier to do, because my memory is not what it should be. 🙂

xo,

emily

 

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