Friday, December 9, 2016

MHCT&M: Christmas Gift List Printables

Hello! It's Bev here for our Must Have Craft Tips post - and we're working on organization this month! 

One of the areas I really need to work on in December is gift tracking. I have the hardest time remembering what I've given from one year to the next! If you're in the same boat - I have some great tips this week for organizing and keeping track of gifts! 


1 - Organize who you are buying for. It's tough to shop and find the right thing if you don't go in with a list of recipients. It's so easy to get caught up in the fun of buying, and forget to get something for everyone on your list! Don't forget to mark off when they are wrapped too! 
printable christmas gift list
Christmas Gift List - Going Home to Roost

2 - Make it easy to take your list with you! Finding cute gift lists to fit in your planner is a great way to keep track of what you've bought so you don't repeat gifts, or overbuy either! It's also a great way to make sure you don't lose the list! :)
 Planner Printable - Minted Strawberry

3 - Don't forget stocking stuffers! (something I always leave until the last minute!) If you've got a handy printable you can check items off as your out shopping and get it finished early. 
 Stocking Stuffer Printable - Organizing Home Life

4 - Stay on budget! Keeping track of what you're buying lets you know when you've reached the budget for each person. 
Holiday Gift Tracker Free Printable

5 - Don't lose those online orders. With all the online shopping we do, it's sometimes tricky to keep track of what we've ordered, and from where! This handy printable gives you a place to keep track of what you've ordered and when it's arriving!

6 - Don't forget about Handmade Gifts! These cute printables keep gift ideas handy and give you a spot for listing supplies you need too!
free printable project list designed by heart heather
 Holiday Project Idea List - At Home with Kim Vallee

7 - Find just the right gift! If you're not sure what to buy, this cute little Gift Wish list is a great way to get ideas! I love that it's more than just a list of things they want, it's a great way to get to know their likes and activities, so you can really get creative!
Free Christmas Wish List printable!  In addition to things that the kids want, this wish list includes a list of favorites to think about for gift giving.  My kids had a blast filling these out and I got lots of great ideas!  To download the PDF go to Enjoy!:
 Wish List Printable - Stout Stop

8 - Don't forget to say Thanks! This Christmas Gift Received List is a great way to keep track of who received what, and if you've sent out thank you notes! This is especially great if you have big families opening gifts all at once. It can be a little tough to remember who gave what!
Gifts Received List - Pinch A Little Save-A-Lot

I hope these lists help you organize your gift buying and budget! I know they're going to be a big help to me!

Your hostesses,
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #131

Are you ready to get your party on?!
Let's do it! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!


Monday, December 5, 2016

DIY "O Holy Night" Painted Sign

Happy Monday everyone! 
Did you have a good weekend?!
We had a great weekend in our neck of the woods. We had a great family day on Saturday then we received our first snow Sunday which they girls were super eager to get out and play in.

I am here today with a new project I created to place over our mantle this holiday season. 

 I bought this metal cut Nativity set last Christmas. It arrived after I already had all our decorations up so it just kinda got place in an odd spot for the season. This year I new I wanted it on the mantle so up it went in front of some lighted garland. 
I bought the white trees at Target the day after Christmas last year and thought they would make a great addition for some height to the mantle.

 Once I had that all arranged, I quickly realized something was desperately needed on the wall above the nativity so after thinking a bit, I thought why not create something that works with the whole scene. 

This was a quick project which is great.

-Piece of wood cut to the size you need. You could also use a canvas
-Painter's tape
-Cardstock or Vinyl
-Acrylic Paint
-Paint Brushes

Before I begin, there are a few different ways you could do this project. 
You could do it the way I'm about to share.
You could paint the entire piece gold, use vinyl to place the design down, paint over it white and then remove the vinyl. OR you could simply follow the first few steps and then use vinyl to apply the design instead of painting it like I did. 

But here's how I decided to do it.

 I went digging in all of our spare wood we have left over from projects and found this 12x18 piece that was the perfect size.
 I began by taping off the edge of my board with 1 in. painter's tape. I lined the edge of the tape up with the edge of the board to give myself a small border.

Once I had the tape firmly down, I painted the center white.

I painted 2 coats of white and then let the paint dry a few minutes before removing the tape.
Once the tape was removed, I was left with a crisp line for borders. 

Next I painted the border with gold metallic paint. I just free handed this part but if you don't think you can keep the crisp line then you can tape off the edge of the white. Just make sure the white paint is completely dry before doing so! 

I cut out my design using my silhouette machine to the size that worked best for the size of the wood.

I cut it out on cardstock paper and then used spray adhesive to make it a removable stencil. 
I smoothed the stencil down well making sure all the areas where I would paint were completely down.

Paint the wording with the gold paint.
Tip: When using a stencil, try to paint away from the edge to prevent bleeding. 

Remove the stencil and see your design! 
I did have to touch up a tiny bit of bleeding with white but not much at all. 

The trees on the mantle have a little bit of glitter so to tie that in to the trees I used some gold Stickles to place a line of glitter on the line where the gold and white meet.

I did it super thin but it was the perfect final touch.

It worked out so nicely above the Nativity scene and trees on the mantle. 
I love how it all turned out! 

Here is a full shot of our mantle along with our stockings.

I like how rather simple and monochromatic the whole thing is and it goes well on our reclaimed wood mantle shelf that I had Travis build me last year for Christmas.

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