Monday, December 22, 2014

wine & cheese party

Between work and my boys, I was in desperate need for a girls night. So I decided to host a holiday wine and cheese party. I asked all the girls to bring a bottle of wine to share for a wine tasting competition. We numbered brown paper bags and did a blind taste test, ranking each bottle on these little score cards I made. Winner got a surprise little gift from me. 

For food, I wanted to make it interactive. I'm of course obsessed with all things cheese, and with all the fun flavors I found at the grocery store, I wanted the girls to know exactly what they were tasting. I decided to make it easy and write it directly on the table (with craft paper)... cleanup was a breeze! 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

rustic bench

Our bedroom has been a work in progress and we still have quite a bit left to do. One of the first things I wanted to add (after the bed, of course) was a rustic bench. We have a pretty large master bedroom and the bench could really help fill the space...and of course provide a place to put on our shoes. I put my husband to work.

He picked out some pine wood with extra knots and created a simple, custom design of his own. Once we applied the cherry stain, the knots really added a lot of character. He finished it off with a couple coats of satin gloss.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

merry mail

Nothing puts me in the Christmas spirit quicker than receiving holiday cards from friends and family near and far. I just absolutely love them! Last year, I taped all of our cards to the refrigerator (since we didn't have enough magnets) and it ended up looking pretty cluttered. So this year, I wanted to hang them someplace I could enjoy them throughout the whole season.

James and I saw a "Merry Mail" sign made by a craft artist at a local antique shop and I almost purchased it... until I saw the $85 price tag. As usual, my husband did his typical "we could make this" look, so we put it back and headed straight to The Home Depot. 

We stained a piece of wood and I used a white and gold paint marker to create the letters. I found some gold ribbon and we stapled them to the back of the wood. I used mini clothes pins from Hobby Lobby and used them to secure the cards, and hung the sign from a wreath door hanger. It was super easy and it's been a perfect place to display everyone's cute cards!