Every week I have the privilege of participating as a hostess or co-hostess for two blog linky parties. We used to call them “blog hops” back in the day when this little project got started, but most of them are now called “linky parties.” Well, whatever you call them, they are a great way to connect with other bloggers, meet new friends, and discover a ton of creative inspiration for your home and family. And, since that’s what we do around here at Vintage Mama’s Cottage is find and share creative ideas for every season of the year, it just makes sense that I would share with you some of the holiday discoveries I have come across in the past week or so.
Unfortunately, I am still rather limited in my ability to make new stuff myself . . . we are still not completely recovered from the flood that happened in our laundry room at the end of October. And just this weekend, when we thought we had everything all dried out and ready to replace the flooring and carpeting in the bedroom (that was also damaged), we discovered that there is still water coming from somewhere between the walls. So the restoration guys are coming back today to see if they can figure out if another water pipe is broken or just what is going on. Fortunately this time, it is just a little bit of water that seems to be leaking (and not flooding as it did before!) so perhaps it is just a tiny leak instead of a great, huge break in a water line. In any event, I haven’t been able to work on making new Christmas projects because everything in our house is STILL displaced. We are still sleeping in the living room and all of the rest of the bedroom furniture is STILL in the dining room – so we can’t even put the Christmas tree up yet!
So, for now I wanted to pass along a few of the fun projects I came across this past week in the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party. I hope you will join in on some of these fun parties each week! Would love to connect with you and see what you’ve been up to lately. Here are a few creative ideas / projects that I discovered – please stop by some of these bloggers and leave them a comment to let them know you were there. Be sure to tell them that Vintage Mama sent you!
I LOVE this beautiful snowflake wreath! This is definitely a project that we could do here even though things are kind of upside down and topsy-turvy these days. It is actually kind of similar to a wreath that I made a couple of years ago, but I spent a LOT of time cutting out little paper snowflakes, spray painting them, sprinkling glitter on them, and then pinning them on a Styrofoam wreath foam. This one is just as pretty or even more, with all of these puzzle pieces. And of course, if you have kids, you probably have a few puzzles around with missing pieces so what are they good for anyway? Perfect for making one of these adorable puzzle piece winter snowflake wreath! Be sure to visit Dazzle While Frazzled for the complete tutorial for this beautiful wreath.
Here’s the one I made from little paper snowflakes. I added some rhinestone jewels and buttons, along with some blue and white lace and ribbon. Super simple, but it did take a bit of time to cut out all those little snowflakes! If you want to give this one a try, HERE is the complete tutorial for my snowflake wreath.
by Dani at My Little Old World
Have you ever “met” another blogger and instantly connected with her? Well, I have, and here is one of my favorite bloggers! Dani from My Little Old World has the most delightful and beautiful blog where she features articles about the history of all things European – even the background of her blog page is so pretty with vintage floral wallpaper – and gorgeous vintage photos along with poetry and Bible verses. I can’t recall exactly how I “discovered” Dani, but I was instantaneously intrigued with her writing and just everything about her. I hope you will visit Dani and get to know her, too. I know you will love her beautiful blog!
from The Boondocks Blog
Sometimes I feel like we make Christmas way too “sparkly” and “shiny” and even gaudy in some ways. I’ve always preferred simple white lights on our Christmas tree, and a few pretty candles and perhaps a wreath on our front door. Partly that is because I just don’t have time to do all the amazing displays that some families do every year for the holidays. Not that I think there is anything wrong with going all out to celebrate Christmas, but my preference is to keep things simple and focus on the reason for our celebrations. So when I came across this blog post about three simple gift wrapping ideas for the holidays on The Boondocks Blog, I knew I had to find out more! Using sheet music, brown wrapping paper, and plain white paper, you can wrap any gift for any season and add a few holiday embellishments like these cute stockings cut from corrugated cardboard or just a simple white star. Perfect! I love this idea, and if you do, too, be sure to visit The Boondocks Blog and check out all the creative ideas you will find there.
from Simple Joys Blog
I’m pretty sure our house isn’t the only one where junk mail and other papers pile up . . . and up . . . and up. If I don’t go through all of the paper that accumulates around here at least once a week (usually on the day I pay bills), we begin to feel like we are drowning in paper! So when I came across these cute little Christmas trees made from old magazines, I thought this might be a fun project for my girls to make, and make practical use of all this paper along the way. Another simple way to decorate for Christmas, and repurpose / upcycle stuff that would otherwise just be tossed in the recycle bin. If you would like to try to make your own forest of paper Christmas trees, be sure to visit the Simple Joys Blog for the complete tutorial.
from All That’s Jas
I already knew that Jas has incredible recipes that she shares on her blog, All That’s Jas. So when I came across her “reinvented” version of the Indiana state pie, I had to see what she was up to. She also lives in Indiana, the Hoosier State, and Sugar Cream Pie is our state pie. Who knew that states have designated pies? I didn’t until we moved to Indiana almost 10 years ago, and discovered that Sugar Cream Pie, originally created by some of our Amish neighbors a long time ago, is the official state pie. It is absolutely yummy, but I’ve never thought I could make one. I’m great at making bread but pies, not so much. But with this “reinvented” recipe for Sugar Cream Pie, I just might give it a try this Christmas. Stop by and visit All That’s Jas where you will find the complete recipe for Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie, Reinvented.
from Becoming Alice
We used to make an Advent wreath every Christmas season . . . but this year, we haven’t been able to do much of anything yet. The other day the girls and I were talking about Advent and what it means, and we remembered making wreaths for our table. Why aren’t we making on this year? Well, why not? Just because everything is in a mess around here while we are recovering from the flood in the laundry room, we can certainly make a wreath! When I came across this DIY Natural Advent Wreath from Becoming Alice, I decided that this is exactly what we are going to do this week – flooded house or not! If you want to make one of these beautiful Advent wreaths for your home this Christmas, visit Maisy at Becoming Alice for the complete tutorial.
Well, I am so ready to get back to making my own fun, creative projects, and it does get rather discouraging to be in the middle of a mess for this long, but I am optimistic that it will be back to “normal” soon. Although it does seem like it has been one thing right after another around here! In the meantime, thanks for stopping by and checking out some of the creative bloggers that I’ve discovered. Hope you are having a joyful Advent season and wishing you and your family a blessed and happy Christmas!