10 Ways To Get Organized {Now} for Next Christmas

10 Easy Ways to Get Organized Now for Next Christmas via Cupcakes and Crinoline

I can't believe that Christmas Day has passed by already but that just means it's time to start getting organized for next Christmas.  I started practicing some of these tips in the last few years and they have helped me save time and enjoy my holidays with a little less stress! Photo Source 1.  When wrapping gifts I make a list of what I need for next year ~ wrapping paper, bags {sizes ~ extra large, large, … [Read more...]

Holiday Mason Jar Craft Extravaganza


What could be better than this?  It's all sorts of awesome Mason Jar Inspiration all rolled up into one big blog hop AND Linky Party.  Each of the hostesses below (including me...I am soooo dang nervous) will create a Holiday Mason Jar Craft that will be shared with you on the 13th and 14th and then....this is the best part...YOU get to link up your Holiday Mason Jar Crafts on the 15th ~ your one link will be seen on … [Read more...]

Hand Print Heirloom Ornament

Heirloom Hand Print Ornament @ Cupcakes and Crinoline #Christmas #Kids #Crafts

  Make a lasting memory with your little ones easily and have it for Christmases to come.  All you need is an ornament and some nontoxic craft paint ~ I used a round glass one but you could also use a plastic one.  Choose a non-toxic paint in a complementary color. Now here's the hard part ~ brush some paint onto your child's hand.  Make sure they don't make a fist or smear the paint.  Now … [Read more...]

Christmas in Red & White

Christmas Table with Chandelier Garland and Bobeche Trim

via Martha Stewart I love decorating for Christmas….the bottom portion of this picture is fuzzy {I have no idea what I did for that to happen!} but it still shows the lovely contrast of the Red poinsettias verses the white of the trees and the silver of the Christmas bulbs. These beads are glass garland from I ‘think’ the 1920’s.  They were my grandmother’s.  When I was younger and had no idea that these were an … [Read more...]

5 Minute Christmas Valance

I tend to decorate everything that doesn't move for Christmas including changing up my window treatments. In years past I had elaborate swags, valances and drapes but for the past few years have made simple updates that can be put in place quickly and for little or no cost just using what I have on hand. The kitchen valance is plain to say the least but adds a festive touch to my little nook of the world. … [Read more...]

Last Minute Christmas Ornaments to Make With Your Kids


Years ago when my oldest son was a little guy we made a whole tree full of Christmas ornaments.  They have withstood the test of time and still adorn a tree in our home.  The two I will be talking about today are the easiest to make and can probably be made with items you have on hand.  The heart shaped popcorn ornament {it is a heart...over the years, the ornament has curled somewhat-okay a lot} was a fun ornament to … [Read more...]

Christmas Photography-Object Zoom

Christmas Photography ~ Object Zoom Joy

I know basically nothing about photography.  I bought an awesome camera, the Canon Digital Rebel XTi, while I still had my previous job.  It was my last splurge.  I had the camera, but never took the time to learn to use it.  I bought if for all of the endless creative possibilities and yet used the auto setting for every single picture.  The other day, I pulled out the Magic Lantern DVD  I bought when I bought the camera … [Read more...]

Christmas Tour 2008


Mercy, Joy and Peace Shimmer, Sparkle and Glow Red, White and Blue Snowmen Snow Globes Stress! Friends Thanks for visiting.  Merry Christmas hugs, mb. p.s. I am heading over to Kimba's for an open house...I hope to see you there. p.s.s. So now, I was over at Kimba's {A Soft Place to Land} clicking on links and looking at some amazingly beautiful houses and decorations {feeling as … [Read more...]

Quick Craft~Snowman


I made the little guy above years ago.  He is super simple and can probably be made with supplies you already have on hand.  I used an old flour sifter, but you could use a can {if you don't have one, quick, heat up some green beans and voila-craft supply}.   I didn't prime the metal, but you certainly could do that if you have some primer on hand.  First, I painted the handle a warm burgundy color.  Next I sponged three … [Read more...]