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Christmas Home Tour {Part One} – and a $500 Giveaway!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I seriously love Christmas, y’all. We decorated the house a little early this year and I’ve been listening to Christmas music for weeks. I’ve basically turned into Buddy the Elf. Our first Christmas with our baby girl is adding to the excitement for sure! 

Carrie from Lovely, etc. invited me to join in on her “A Very Merry Christmas Home Tour” this year, along with 24 other fabulous bloggers. Be sure to check out all of the other tours for more Christmas inspiration. Their links are at the bottom of this post…along with a $500 giveaway! HOLLA! 

Christmas Home Tour 2015 - Part OneI’ll be sharing the first half of our home all Christmas-ified today; our living room and kitchen. I’ll mostly just share photos with minimal dialogue. If you have any questions about sources, feel free to ask! 

Christmas Tree 2015

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This year, the tree was trimmed with a red & white checkered burlap ribbon and a felted ball garland. We opt for sentimental ornaments over a themed tree. Our tradition is to pick up an ornament on vacations or for any momentous occasion. This year we’ve added some sweet pink to the tree! :)

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christmas-tour-2015-18I really love the mantel this year. It’s fun and whimsical! I used my sparkly bottle brush trees again, but also added our little deer friend. 

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christmas-tour-2015-20Lucy’s adorable stocking came from TaDa! Creations on Etsy. I’m officially obsessed with this shop. 

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christmas-tour-2015-1Another tradition we’ve started in recent years is purchasing a new Christmas album to play on our record player. Among my favorites are A Christmas Gift for You and Merry Christmas by Bing Crosby. This year’s addition is the Beach Boys Christmas Album. So much fun!

christmas-tour-2015-23I loved our kitchen table centerpiece so much last year, I kept it the same. I love my thermi! ;)

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christmas-tour-2015-4The coffee bar got a little holiday touch, as well as a few Christmas vignettes throughout the kitchen. 

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christmas-tour-2015-10I’ll be back soon with the rest of our Christmas home tour. Until then, here’s a little sneak peek! 

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Don’t forget to visit the rest of the homes on the tour – there are some amazing homes here! Catch a sneak peak from the photos below and follow the links to see everyone’s homes.

Monday

Monday

Lovely Etc.

Thrifty and Chic

Bigger than the Three of Us

Tuesday

Tuesday

One Krieger Chick

All Things With Purpose

The Happy Housie

Blue I Style

Little Red Brick House

Wednesday

Wednesday

Southern State of Mind

Seeking Lavender Lane

Designing Vibes

The Tale of an Ugly House

Domicile 37

thursday

Thursday

Like a Saturday

It All Started With Paint

Little House of Four

Boxy Colonial

The Turquoise Home

Friday

Friday

A House Full of Sunshine

Making it in the Mountains

View from the Fridge

Casa Watkins

Shabby Grace Blog

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Tie Dye Technique : Batik

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Summer is upon us, which means a couple of months with the kids at home….all day….every day. I know you’re ready right now, Mom, to be done with the homework folders, and the packing of the lunches, and bargaining with your kids to hurry up and get ready. But, just picture yourself a month from now…..you’re going to need back up. I’m here to help with a fun and easy craft project! Get ready to tie dye your summer

Tie Dye Technique : Batik  Tie dying is an old summer camp standard. It’s fun, and kiddos can go wild and get creative with it. I thought I’d give another dying technique a shot to shake things up a bit.  

Tie Dye Technique : Batik Several years ago, I had the opportunity to go on the trip of a lifetime to Asia. While there, we were able to visit both major cities and more rural areas. I especially enjoyed experiencing the different cultures far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. One of my favorite stops was to a fabric shop where we got to see women creating beautiful dyed batiks. If you’re not familiar, batik is a form of wax resist dying. I’ve been fascinated with it since getting to witness this beautiful art form. I thought I’d try my own version of batik dying! 

Tie Dye Technique : Batik To create your own batik dyed project, you will need the Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit, a bottle of washable craft glue, a paint brush, and white fabric that you would like to dye. Muslin is a good fabric, or you could try a tea towel or white t-shirt. 

Traditionally, batik is created by using hot wax. It is a super complicated process that only skilled artisans can achieve, and not quite kid-friendly. Instead of wax, we’ll be using plain ol’ craft glue to act as a resist. You can either freehand “paint” your design onto the fabric, or you could use a stencil like I did. 

Tie Dye Technique : Batik I just painted a layer of glue right over the stencil. The more layers you do, the whiter your design will be. Allow the glue to dry completely before moving on to dying the fabric. 

Tie Dye Technique : Batik The Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit has everything you need for an easy, mess-free project….including plenty of gloves! All you have to do to prepare the dye is fill the bottles up to the line and shake until the pigment is dissolved. Simple! 

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Once the glue is completely dry, you can head outside to dye your fabric. Just squirt the dye anywhere you want color, including the areas that you have “painted” with glue.  

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Tie Dye Technique : Batik Next, you will wrap your project in plastic wrap and let it sit for at least 6-8 hours. This will allow the dye to set.

Tie Dye Technique : Batik When it is time, you can unwrap your project and rinse the dye out in the sink. This will also wash out the glue and start to reveal your design. If the glue is being a bit stubborn, you can use an old toothbrush to help it along. Continue to rinse until the water runs clear. The final step is to run your project through a hot cycle in your washing machine and dry. 

Tie Dye Technique : Batik The options are endless with this technique! You can create custom t-shirts, pillow cases, tote bags, or even wall hangings. I decided to sew my batik rose fabric into a lavender sachet to keep our drawers smelling fresh. 

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Tie Dye Technique : Batik

What would you create with the batik dying technique? 

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Summer Vacation Monogram & Mantel

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Six amazing blogs and myself have teamed up with Porch.com and Royal Design Studios to bring you 7 Days of Stencils! Porch is the ultimate home and DIY network that connects you to BBB accredited professionals in your area and brings you amazing ideas and solid advice. Royal Design Studios is the leading designer of wall stencils and they have a variety of unique and modern stencils for your home {these aren’t your grandma’s stencils!}. 

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Summer break is quickly approaching, and with that many people will be hitting the road for summer vacation! With a brand new baby, we don’t have any big travel plans this year. Instead, I’m dreaming and reminiscing over past trips via our mantel decor. We always opt for mountains and woods over the beach. Our favorites are Colorado, Northern California and Oregon {which we visited last summer}. 

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So, as an homage to our favorite vacations, I went with a woodsy/campy/road trip theme. How’s that for a technical term? ;) It actually makes me think of the movie Moonrise Kingdom a bit.

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Summer Vacation Monogram & MantelMy favorite vintage thermoses made another appearance along with a birch wood slice {I found it at Michael’s}, and a pair of red vintage binoculars.

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On the other side of the mantel, you will find a wooden post card that is a souvenir from our Mt. Hood trip. I also pulled out my old Brownie camera and stuck a couple of dried craspedia buds in a small amber bottle. 

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The star of the show is the “Summer Vacation Monogram” featuring the Royal Design Studio Timberland Bonnie Christine Furniture Stencil. I had this idea hanging out in my head for a while, and I’m so happy with how it turned out !

To make your own you will need : a paper mache letter, an old paper road map or map scrapbook paper, mod podge, wood planks {I used balsa wood from the craft store}, wood stain, wood glue, craft paint, and a stenciling brush or sponge. 

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To begin, I “built” the planked wood piece. Since I used pre-cut balsa wood pieces, all I had to do was stain and then glue it all together. After the stain had dried, I glued two of the thinner boards to the back to hold everything together. 

Summer Vacation Monogram & MantelThen it’s time to get to work on that stencil! I used just a bit of spray adhesive to help the stencil from slipping. You could also use blue painter’s tape, but this worked better for me since the actual stencil is larger than the board I was working with. 

Summer Vacation Monogram & MantelYou can either use a stenciling brush or sponge. I used 3 different greens to paint on the trees. It was super simple and only took minutes to get the look I was going for. 

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Summer Vacation Monogram & MantelAll that is left to do is mod podge the map onto your paper mache letter. Use a thin layer of mod podge to adhere the paper to the letter. Allow it to fully dry before sealing it with another thin layer.

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Summer Vacation Monogram & MantelUse a bit of hot glue to attach the letter to the board and you have an awesome piece of monogram art!

Summer Vacation Monogram & MantelDo you have any summer vacation plans? Do you prefer to head to the mountains or the beach? 

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