Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Practical Guide to Elf on the Shelf

Our Elf, Jingle Van Happy Pants, will arrive on Monday.  He always shows up on December first.

When it comes to the elf, sometimes he gets a few haters who think it is just one more time consuming thing to fit into the Christmas craziness and that he is teaching kids the wrong thing.

Well, I love our elf, but I also take a very low key approach to the elf.

There are a couple of rules I live by when it comes to having an elf visiting for the holidays.  First, our elf does NOT do bad things. He NEVER makes big messes, he NEVER camps out all day somewhere inconvenience (like taking up one of the seats on the sofa in the Family room, at the bottom of the stairs, or on the toilet... seriously! the toilet people.  I don't know about you, but decommissioning a toilet all day because an elf is pooping skittles does not seem like a good idea.... and what if he fell in?? Gross.)

So here is what our elf does do.

Every December 1st our elf arrives in our fireplace.  It just seems like a good place for someone from the North Pole to show up and he brings the kid's advent calendars.  The first time I turned off the pilot light, but it was a pain getting it back on so now we just risk it.

 Throughout the month our elf does bring a few presents, but they aren't anything that I wouldn't have given the kids anyway.  He will usually bring them new Christmas jammies the first Friday and Christmas coloring books the first day of Christmas break.

Most days our elf keeps it really simple.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Festive Yarn Wreath

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I love all the texture in this wreath and it is pretty easy to make.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

DIY Felt Ball Coasters

Why is it that everything looks cute covered in felt balls?? :)  I am totally in love with how these turned out.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mini Felt Ball Wreath Ornaments Tutorial

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These cute little wreath ornaments are super easy to DIY. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Felt Ball Garland Tutorial

I am so excited for this week of felt ball crafts! 
What better place to start than with a tutorial on making felt ball garland.

It was actually when I saw this "Cheery Garland" card from Tiny Prints that I first fell in love with felt ball garlands.

I just love all the bright happy colors and I especially love the silver and gold balls.  I had never seen a felt ball garland that have silver and gold metallic ball in it before. So of course I had to make one.

Felt Ball Crafts Week

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I am so excited for this week of super fun felt ball craft tutorials.  Just in time to add a little extra cheer to your holiday decorating.

Make sure you come join me every night this week when I will post a different felt ball craft.   Why? Because they are just that cute.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Holly Jolly Felt Ball Ornaments

Since we are such good friends I feel like I can tell you this and you won't freak out too badly.  

There are only 7 more weekends until Christmas.  WHAT!?! 

That makes this the prefect time to start getting your Christmas craft on.  
All this next week I will be sharing different felt ball Christmas crafts starting with these jolly felt ball ornaments I am sharing over on The NY Melrose family.