Our Favorite Christmas Posts & Family Tree Hunting

Hello Everyone!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I know many of you have been finishing up your Christmas shopping and preparing for Saint Nick! I cannot believe that he'll be coming down the chimney in a little over 2 weeks!  We finally got our Christmas tree up, and are slowly decorating it.  I thought this week might be a great time to share some of my favorite Christmas posts, and ornament tutorials. 

Before I share my first favorite Christmas post of a little Melissa Frances Farmhouse ornament, I thought I would share some pics of our family tree hunting adventure.  We took the girls for a little drive in the country to get a Christmas tree last weekend.  We had such a wonderful time, and created memories that will last a lifetime, I'm sure!   J and J Treeland in Prospect had the best selection of trees I have seen in years (despite the drought).  The girls had a wonderful time running through the fields and inspecting each and EVERY tree :)  Here are some photos of our adventures:

Christmas Tree 2012 (1 of 1)-3Maddie wanted EVERY tree she saw.
Christmas Tree 2012 (1 of 1)-4Lily hiding in the trees! 
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Christmas Tree 2012 (1 of 1)-7So many trees, but only one living room :)

Christmas Tree 2012 (1 of 1)-9We FINALLY found ours!
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Christmas Tree 2012 (1 of 1)-15A little train ride…
Christmas Tree 2012 (1 of 1)-14and a reindeer sleigh ride.
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Christmas Tree 2012 (1 of 1)-24It was a wonderful day, and lots of family fun to be remembered!!  The tree is up, now for the ornaments!!

As promised last week, I'm going to be featuring some of my favorite Christmas projects from years past, and have some great ornament tutorials for you.  Here's the first one up from December 2011.

It's a Melissa Frances Farm House Ornament that I covered in paper.

Ornament-10Supplies Used:  Melissa Frances Farm House Ornament, Stickles, Precision File Set, hot glue gun, off-white acrylic paint, Bottle Brush Trees, paper, Petite Tinsel Green, Glossy Accents, and roses.
Ornament-14Here are the easy steps to creating this little guy. (The farm house ornament comes flat. )

  • Paint the base, and window & door lattice with off-white acrylic paint.
  • Trace the house and roof parts onto cardstock, cut out, and glue with Glossy Accents. 
  • Sand the edges and folds to get an aged look.
  • Hot glue the house together, and then add  the roof.
  • Add the hanger, and add hot glue to the inside for extra strength.
  • Hot glue the assembled house to the base.
  • Decorate with roses, petite tinsel, and bottle brush trees.
  • Add Stickles to the roof line, and you're done!!


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