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Friday, December 9, 2016

The Really Crafty link Party #46 featured posts!

I'm so glad you've stopped by! Welcome to another Friday, and to the featured posts of this week's Really Crafty Link Party. It was really, really difficult to decide on the features this week with so many amazing posts linked.

As usual, a big thank you to everyone who linked up, shared on social media and visited during the last few days.

The Really Crafty link Party #46 featured posts

Congratulations to all the features of The Really Crafty Link Party #46. Check them out below:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

5 Lovely DIY Holidays Tablescape Ideas

The ABC Crafts Series...T is for Table!

Yay, this week we are back to alphabetical order again in the ABC Crafts Series, to share some wonderful ideas for you holidays dinner table.

5 Lovely DIY Holidays Tablescape Ideas

Some are easier to create than others, but all are really pretty. And even if you can't assemble them exactly as shown, you will surely find the perfect inspiration for your table.

Welcome to the 2016 Holidays Celebration Link Party #2

Welcome to the second Holidays Celebration Link Party of 2016 – a seasonal weekly link party where bloggers can share their Holidays posts, crafts and recipes, check out what others have been up to and find lots of inspiration!

This is a season for celebrating, so come and share with us your crafts, special recipes, printables, tips & tricks, spiritual reflections and whatever else you're planning for Christmas! Add old posts, new posts, anything goes, but remember, only Holiday related links will get a chance to be featured.

Holidays Celebration Link Party

The party will run from Thursday to Tuesday and I will post the features on next Wednesday, the 14th December.

Did you miss the features from the last party? Check them below:

I'm not big on link party rules, but I've set just a few guidelines:
  • Link to a specific post, not your home page
  • There are no thumbnails in the party, so make sure you add an interesting title/description to your link
  • Don't link and run! Please visit other links, make friends, get inspired
  • Consider adding the Holidays Celebration Link Party button (below) to your parties page or your post and share that you linked up to this party on social media so that others can join us too. The more the merrier! If you follow me via any social media (icons in the side bar) leave me a comment and I'll make sure to follow you back!
  • By linking up to the Holidays Celebration Link Party you give me permission to use your photos in features or round-ups, and to share your posts on social media (always with a link back to you for proper credit)

Holidays Celebration Link Party

Now onto the party!

I created a Pinterest board for the party, where you will be able to see all the holidays-related links shared. You can find it here.

Thank you for linking up and making this party a success!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - our Christmas tree and nativity

I usually bring out the holidays decor on December 1st, but we've been really busy lately so it has taken me a bit longer to get it all assembled.
Here's our nativity, with the Christmas garland I made this year hanging over it.  

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - our Christmas tree and nativity
Most of the figurines in this nativity are twice my age. My mother inherited them from my grandparents and I remember assembling everything every year when I was a child. I'm very happy to see my kids loving them as much as I always did, even though they are a mismatched bundle of different types and sizes.

Baby Jesus will be added on the night of the 24th.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - our Christmas tree and nativity

The duck pond is one of my kid's favorites: 

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - our Christmas tree and nativity

This is the little tabletop Christmas tree we bought when we got married. Since we never used to spend Christmas at  home in those first years, we saw no need to decorate for the holidays and this was our only concession to the season. Now it's 100% decorated by the kids, so a bit messy as they tend to go overboard with the ornaments.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - our Christmas tree and nativity

And our larger tree, which we got from Ikea after the kids were born. Originally it was decorated exclusively with red and silver ornaments, but with all the other ornaments we have made since then, it's now a bit messy too. It used to be big enough for us, but it's becoming a bit crowded, so we may need a bigger one next year. And yes, it's missing a tree skirt. The same three skirt I've been promising to make for the past six years. Maybe this year. And then again, maybe not.
(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - our Christmas tree and nativity
It may not be magazine-cover worthy, but it's ours and we love it!
How about you, have you decorated for Christmas already?
Happy Wednesday,

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Holidays Celebration link party #1 - the features!

Welcome to another Wednesday. I'm so glad you're here because I'm sharing today the featured posts of the first Holidays Celebration Link Party of 2016!

A big thank you to everyone who participated and made this party a success!

Holidays Celebration link party #1 - the features

For this week's features I picked two lovely centerpieces that you can easily make for the holidays, one very cute Christmas button project (because who doesn't love button projects?) and one beautifully written post that makes us think about the true meaning of this season. Check them out below...

Modern Christmas Papers - free download (sharing)

Below you can find a set of Christmas papers which can be downloaded from Sizzix's UK site. I found them by chance and thought they were awesome and needed to be shared!
 This is a wonderful set of papers, and you can download it for free:

You can even use them to make a Christmas garland like mine. I know I would have if I'd know about them before last weekend...

Enjoy your Wednesday, 

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Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post and I received no compensation in exchange for it. All images are property of

DIY Christmas Garland

Hello, and welcome to another quick DIY Christmas project: the Christmas garland. Because we never change our Christmas decor very much, this year I decided to create a garland in order to spruce up things a bit. But I wanted to keep it as simple and inexpensive as possible, so I'm sharing here what I made, and I also created a pdf pattern in case you want to make something similar.

DIY Christmas Garland

This garland is very easy to make and will be the perfect addition to your Christmas decor. Besides, each individual piece, though large, can also be used as a gift tag if you want. 
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