Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Eve!

"Evergreen boughs that fill our homes
With fragrant Christmas scents,
Hearts filled with the loving glow
That Christmas represents;

Christmas cookies, turkeys stuffed,
Festive holly berry,
Little faces bright with joy,
Loved ones being merry;

Parties, songs, beribboned gifts,
Silver bells that tinkle,
Christmas trees and ornaments,
Colorful lights that twinkle;

Relatives waiting with open arms
To smile and hug and kiss us;
These are some of the special joys
That come along with Christmas."

By Joanna Fuchs

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

It's a Very Plaid Christmas!

To decorate my porch this Christmas, I found old plaid scarves at the thrift store and strung them on a small tree; along with the old-fashioned colored lights. 

I found they're also perfect for wrapping around presents. I didn't have to cut, glue, or tape anything. A simple kno,t and you've got a beautiful and festively wrapped Christmas gift. I even found a plaid tie and was able to wrap it around a gift. How simple and amazing!!

A wheelbarrow full of packages, lights, and tree boughs made a great display along with the little tree. 

It's a bright, colorful, and oh-so-easy array of Christmas cheer! Are you ready for Christmas? 

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Old-fashioned Sugar Cookies + Anthropologie-inspired Packaging

I love beautiful Christmas cookies. Well, I love beautiful ANYTHING, so cookies cut out in Christmsa shapes and beautiful colors are my favorite for the holidays. Not to mention how delicious and tasty they are! So, today I'm sharing with you my sugar cut-out cookie recipe.

For the icing, I filled a small bowl with powdered sugar, a tiny bit of vanilla extract, and just a touch of milk; and stirred. I added more milk until the icing was the consistency of a thick paste or glue. Be careful when adding milk, it's very easy to overdo it and end up with thin icing. If that happens, just keep adding more powdered sugar. Separate your icing into different bowls and add the food coloring. 

I like to use squeeze bottles from the grocery store or disposable icing bags. Make sure the cookies are completely cool before frosting them.

I wanted to send some cookies to a few close friends and family, and was inspired by some packaging from Anthropologie. 

I found some plain white boxes and glued pom poms randomly to the outside of the boxes. Then to cushion the cookies inside, I crumpled some tissue paper in my hand and cut chunks off with scissors to make the confetti. 

Then, using yarn to tie the boxes shut, the Christmas cookie packages are ready to ship. 

What are your tried and true Christmas recipes? We would love to hear!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

DIY Rope Garland & Table Runner

Christmas is such a busy time of year, but it's also our favorite time to decorate with unique items. We love ideas that pair simplicity with a stunning result! In the December issue of FOLK Magazine, we used thick rope to create a table runner, and a garland for the Christmas tree! We thought we'd show you how to make your's very simple, and the supplies are oh-so-cheap!

Our garland was achieved by buying cute festive fake fruit and collecting real greenery. In order to make your garland, you'll need: 

Here's the easy part. Cut the rope to your desired length, trim the berries, fruit, & greenery down until you have enough to cover the garland, and twist the rope so that you create spaces between the strands. Stick your embellishments in between the strands and let go! Continue up and down the garland until it suits your fancy, and you're done!!! We love easy crafts like this.

The table runner is just as simple. The texture of the rope is a great balance for a soft tablescape, and it's very durable. Here's what you need:

- Rope
- A piece of cardboard cut to the desired length of your runner
- Hot glue

Begin gluing the rope to the piece of cardboard.

Continue gluing, bending at the ends to form a curve....

...until you've covered the entire piece of cardboard with your rope! It's done! So simple. 

A great addition to your Christmas table -- what do you think?

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

DIY: Ombre Christmas Tree Tutorial + Video!

Hello everyone! Hope you're doing swell on this fine Tuesday evening! Tonight, I'm bringing you a tutorial on how to wrap fabric around your Christmas tree for an ombre effect! We never dreamed we would be professional wrappers. You know, like Jay-Z and Kanye...wait...wrong kind of wrapper ;)

Vanessa and I came up with this idea when we were brainstorming unique decor ideas for our Christmas market! It's amazingly simple. A little bit time consuming, but nothing a good movie can't help!

Here's what you'll need:

- A fake Christmas tree (if you can find one where the branches come out, that is easiest to use)

-  2'' wide strips of fabric in a gradient color palette (I thrifted all of mine. Sheets, blankets, and a curtain!)

- A great movie or tv show you need to catch up on!

Begin wrapping!  Wrap up and down each branch and limb, and tuck the ends into the already wrapped fabric! You may use more than one strip on each branch depending on how big they are. Simply tie another strip on where your first one leaves off and keep on wrapping!

You can either go from light to dark or dark to light...totally your preference! Here's a video on the process of wrapping your branches.


It really just takes some patience, but before long, you'll have an amazing tree that you can use year after year, and even in different seasons!

I even made a fabric strip garland from the leftover scraps! 

Have you followed us on Facebook and Twitter? We've begun revealing details about our Salt Lake City market, and Ruche is going to be there!! Make sure to like us for all the details!
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Monday, December 17, 2012

A unique stocking idea...

I've had scraps of my grandmother's mink cape sitting in a closet for years and years. She gave it to me when I was a little girl, and in my carelessness, I left it outside one day and our dog got ahold of it. Such a shame, I know, but out of it we have made several things; including these stockings.

Here are some quick directions on how to make your own! 

Cut your stocking shape out of your fabric of choice, and be sure to make it big to allow for the half-inch seam. Pin the fabric inside out, and sew around the edge and turn it right-side out.

Measure around the brim of the stocking and cut your fur according to size, giving yourself an extra inch or so. 

With the stocking right-side out, pin your fur on the inside of the stocking, with the back of the fur toward the outside.

Once the fur is sewn onto the brim, flip the fur up and tack the edges together.

We've found some other unique stocking ideas from around the net for you to check out as well!

* An adorable stocking with a curled toe!
* Don't like to sew? Check out these gorgeous stockings
* If you like a little bit of color...
* Burlap with black adorable.
* Elegant fabrics, easy execution.

Do you have a unique stocking idea? We'd love to hear about it!

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas in Wyoming -- posting over at FOLK today!

Hi everyone! I'm over at FOLK blog today, telling a story about how a tumbleweed taught me a lesson. You can find the post by clicking HERE

Have a wonderful weekend! 

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Vintage Christmas Decorations

I have a tendency to clutter, so when I was thinking of how to decorate my mantle for Christmas, simplicity came to mind. I cleared the mantle of all my pitchers and candles, and pulled out all of my vintage bottles.

Old bottles that are hazy and spotted from age look amazing with white lights behind them.

I tend to like asymmetrical displays, so I lined the bottles up from one side of the mantle large to small. I balanced it out with the snowflake sign and the two stockings. I cut some boughs and scattered them throughout the bottles.

I made the snowflake hanging on the mirror from a long piece of wire and pieces of vintage lace. I LOVE lace, and I LOVE snowflakes, so a giant snowflake made from vintage lace is a dream come true! 

The quilted stockings were made by my Grandmother when my mother was young. This is the first year that I've had them to myself to put up. I LOVE them! Especially since the quilt they were made with is vintage as WELL as the stockings themselves! They are a family heirloom.

Do you have any heirlooms that have been passed down from your family? We would love to see pictures or hear about them in the comments. We hope you're having a wonderful Christmas season!

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