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Today I'm back with an idea for more easy to make coastal Christmas decor. Previously I shared my coastal styled poinsettia pillow which was beautiful and simple to make.  When it comes to holiday decorating, I love handmade items, but I want to get them done in a snap and I want them to look fabulous.     All the criteria were met with this whimsical art, plus it was inexpensive, too! Lucy from Craftberry Bush heard her friends ask for coastal styled art and she nailed it with this fun and FREE watercolor printable. I downloaded mine to a memory stick and drove over to Staples. … [Read more...]

  This year I'm going coastal for Christmas. My focus is Simple to Make Coastal Christmas Decor.   For this year's fabulous Home for the Holidays Blog Tour, hosted by my amazing friend, Sondra, I decided to focus on a little corner of my home where we spend a lot of time. It's filled with handmade Christmas items like this poinsettia pillow I created with a coastal flair.  And I put together a super easy tutorial so you can make your own coastal Christmas poinsettia pillow, too.  If this is your first time here... Welcome!  Be sure to take a minute to introduce yourself and sign up to receive more … [Read more...]

  My desire to make coastal Advent candles comes from some very sweet childhood memories.  Every Christmas, my parents would take me to services at the Swedish Lutheran church.  A highlight for me was observing the Advent candle lighting. The Advent candles hung near the altar in a large circle of evergreen.  There were four red candles on the wreath with a large center white candle.  And though I really enjoyed singing the Christmas carols, I was mesmerized with that wreath. Once I was an adult I realized many families had Advent wreaths and candles in their home.  Many even participated in special … [Read more...]

  There's no doubt about it.  Lately I'm "into" mason jar lids.  Within the past several weeks, I've added knobs to lids here and here. And I've even created Christmas ornaments with mason jar lids.  So, it should be no surprise to you that I'm doing something fun with lids again. This time, I'm "hooked" on hanging my Ball mason jars.     I have this fun wall art that hangs over my sofa.  It kind of reminds me of a seaside fishing town... albeit a very simplified version.     This year I decided to go with a coastal vibe for Christmas and pulled out my … [Read more...]

  It's not too early to start making your own natural Christmas tree ornaments.  May these fabulous ideas inspire you to get your craft on.      My rustic nature-inspired Christmas decorations are my most popular posts. The best part of using the fruits of Mother Nature in your Christmas decor other than the beauty is that it is usually inexpensive. Take some time now to create without the pressure of the season and enjoy the process.  We all have good intentions, I don't want you to get caught on Thanksgiving weekend wishing you'd had a bevy of handmade natural ornaments. Use … [Read more...]

  It's no surprise that I'm a huge fan of handmade... especially a handmade Christmas. This week at Project Inspire{d} we were blessed with some pretty creative Christmas ornament ideas!  There's still time to get your DIY on, so check out these super cute ideas and make yourself a handmade Christmas! I have to say, I was more than a little smitten with this faux pine cone ornament.  I think it would be a real treasure to give these as gifts to someone who really appreciates handmade items.   Felt Ornament Craft   A skiing family will LOVE these so sweet ski ornaments.  And they … [Read more...]

  Wouldn't you love to approach Christmas with a sense of peace and purpose and less craziness? In the midst of the festivities, busyness, and sensory overload, you really can discover peace and purpose this Christmas.     I've discovered that when I plan to focus on Christ's coming and Advent... the season leading up to Christmas where we intentionally remember what it was like for people thousands of years ago to anticipate the coming of Christ... my joy and delight in Christmas and God's GIFT to us gives me much peace and purpose in spite of all the craziness of the world … [Read more...]

  Would you like to give your Christmas tree a nautical look? Since purchased coastal ornaments can be expensive, I made my own driftwood sailboat Christmas ornaments, and you can too, it's really quite easy.     But, first I want to say, "Welcome!" Today is Day 4 of the second year of 31 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments blog hop which features 30 extraordinary bloggers, plus me.  Each day you can expect to be inspired with all kinds of lovely Christmas ornaments.     Last year I returned to living on the Lake Michigan coastline after being away for … [Read more...]

  What's your Christmas decorating style?  I'm having so much fun trimming my home in coastal style that I decided to share with your some unique ways to decorate a nautical Christmas tree.     Before we talk about the decorations... let's talk about the tree.  Don't you LOVE the aroma of a fresh evergreen tree at Christmas time? It makes the house smell so fresh and festive.  It's an aroma you just want to capture and bottle.  The candle manufacturers try really hard to create a wonderful balsam fragrance... but it just doesn't compare. How do I know? Because I was asked if I would … [Read more...]

I've been having so much fun creating a coastal Christmas for my home this year.  Thanks to a little gift of posies from my friends at FTD, I will show you how to make your Christmas tree elegant with fresh flowers.  It's a fun twist on my handcrafted coastal Christmas corner tree.     We spend a ton of time in this little corner, so I decided to let my creativity run wild with coastal-style ideas. It all started with making the wall-hanging, over the sofa, festive for the holidays with hanging mason jars and miniature Christmas trees and baubles. A short time later I joined in the Home … [Read more...]

  Wouldn't you like to have a wreath that could transition from late fall through Thanksgiving to Christmas and into New Year's?  Me too! Whether you have space issues, time issues, or just want to be efficient in your use of resources, I think you'll love this stunning transitional wreath for Thanksgiving to Christmas and beyond! It has the earthiness of fall with the burlap colored ribbon and the sparkle of the holidays with the gold polka-dots.     My goal is always to make a big impact without spending oodles of time and money on a project, so I'm always keeping my eyes … [Read more...]

Grapevine wreaths can be so very easy to decorate with for most holidays. You might remember my Easter Egg Wreath or my Natural Fall Wreath.  Both were quick and simple to make. This Grapevine and Winterberry Noel Wreath was also easy to put together.     Early this fall I created a few grapevine wreaths from those growing up in the trees nearby.   They're easy to make and they're free.  Yay!     I've been having lots of fun decorating with Winterberry or Michigan Holly which grows in wetlands.  I love their vivid red color.  They really add a colorful pop to all the … [Read more...]

Do you love attending home tours? When you go on a holiday home tour, what are you hoping to see? Have you attended any holiday home tours this year?   I bet you'd love to take a tour of my home.  We can't do that this year since everything I own is packed up in storage, but how about we push the button on the time machine and go back in time? Are you ready? Here's a link to some holiday fun at my last house. Be sure to 'sign the guest book' and let me know if you picked up any ideas or what you most liked.   Oh...you're wondering about the 12 Days of Christmas?   We're … [Read more...]

  Since I couldn't go to the beach....I decided to bring the beach to my house this summer. It's amazing what you can do with some sand, shells, and stuff from the stash. Join me for a super simple seashell art DIY project.     Who knows why I purchased this small square photo frame at The Dollar Tree some time ago.  As I was trolling my stash, I was so excited to find it, and the wheels started turning.   This post contains affiliate links.   Then I remembered I had some scrapbook paper in coastal colors.  Yay!  Originally I purchased it for making some masculine … [Read more...]

  Want to bring the beach home or create a coastal or nautical feel in your decor? Create an Easy Nautical Life Ring Wreath. Hang it on a vintage window like I did here, on the wall, or even on your front door.   It's a super quick and easy wreath to make. You need a few supplies and in less than an hour, you'll have yourself some classy coastal decor.   Easy Nautical Life Ring Wreath     Supplies: A foam wreath form; mine came from the Dollar Tree. Ruler Scissors Straight pins Cream or white fabric cut into two and one-half-inch strips. An … [Read more...]

One of my favorite things to decorate in my home is a vintage window. It hangs like a piece of art on my wall. The beauty of a vintage window is that it's a wonderful blank canvas for giving your room some seasonal decor. Its shabbiness provides a textural contrast in more traditional or contemporary decor. It's fun to be creative with ideas in just a small space. It can change with the season or your whim. It's great for whimsical paper-crafting projects that just don't 'work' elsewhere. Last November my friend gifted me with a lovely window.  It's perfectly imperfect.  And hung sideways it … [Read more...]

  Do you take pictures of your Christmas decor? Every year I do.     If you were to observe me, you might think I was photographing for a magazine.  It really could be a bit amusing, I guess. I did not scrapbook, I didn't have a blog.  Yet, I took lots of pictures.  It was simply a photo record that stayed in the digital abyss of my laptop.  Pretty funny, huh?     This year...I do have a blog....and some photos from the past that no one has ever seen.  It's really a miracle that I have these.  For some reason they ended up in my husband's photo files. … [Read more...]