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DIY Tree Branch Christmas Countdown

A few weeks back (before snow came!) I gathered a bunch of sticks from our yard. Ever since then I have been doing little diy projects with them.
Here’s a quick project for a fun Christmas countdown.


I recall the excitement as a child every year when we pulled out the Christmas decorations and out came our old countdown. It had velcro pieces that you took off the date and moved on to a felt tree. We loved it! The felt was matted and the velcro hardly stuck but we would still argue over whose turn it was to move the ornament on to the tree.

So, here’s to hoping that the boys get excited every time we pull out this branch tree from here on out.

What You’ll Need:

• branches
• string/twine
• pruning shears
• glue gun
• number stamps/ink pad
• mini clothespins
• muslin drawstring bags

sticksDecide how big you want your tree to be and trim down your sticks, making each one smaller as you head to the top. At this point, you’ll also want to determine how you want to lay out your date drawstring bags, as this will help you decide how many sticks you will need in the height of your tree.

stickstieCut two long pieces of twine (longer than the height of your tree).
Starting at the bottom of the right or left side, tie the twine around and knot it.
From there, you will take the twine and wrap it around the next stick up, securing it’s place with tying (but not knotting).
As you work your way up, angle inwards as each stick gets smaller.
After you finish one side, do the other – being careful to note the spacing you did on the first side.
Then you can tie both twine pieces together at the top of the tree, where you will hang it from.

clothespinNext, you’ll glue down your mini clothes pins (in the layout you had decided on)

stampStamp your bags with the dates.

Fill each one with a fun surprise and then clip them on to your tree.

treeYou’re done and you have such a cute tree. I hope you enjoy your new tradition!

Don’t forget – the big weekend sale is still going on in the shop.
20% off through Monday with coupon code THANKFULWEEKEND.


Categories: holidays, tutorials

Our Thankful Tree & A Weekend Discount!

This year we started what will become an annual tradition for us, our Thankful Tree.

I first saw this idea a couple years back on Emily’s blog, here.
Now that our boys are getting older and can understand thankfulness and gratitude, it’s been a lot of fun having the older two write or tell us what they are thankful for.


At times I’ve had to remind them and other times they just excitedly say out of the blue “I want to add something I’m thankful for to the tree!”

So, among being thankful for things like “trees because they make clean air” and “my dinosaur transformer” I see this one that reads “Jesus” and that makes me so happy - that our boys know the root of all our gratitude.


I will be holding on to the tags every year and look forward to reading them as our collection grows.

And now for a shop discount for the big weekend.
You can save 20% on items in the shop, Friday through Monday.
Simply enter coupon code THANKFULWEEKEND at checkout.
The first 10 orders over $50 will receive a one of a kind letterpress/watercolor print!


I’m thankful for you and the support you show my shop!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Categories: art prints, holidays

Handmade Holiday Market & Giveaway

I just have to share an amazing giveaway that is going on right now.
Hannah, of put together a really special collection of handmade shops that you’ll want to check out for your holiday gift shopping.

On top of assembling the Handmade Holiday Market, she also put together one huge giveaway with items from the featured shops.

Here are some of the shops and giveaway items.


HHM2For more information on each shop, discount codes, and to enter for your chance to win, head on over here.




Categories: giveaway, holidays

5 Minute DIY Spool Christmas Craft


I have a love for old wooden thread spools. I nearly almost end up with a bag in my hand every time I stop in an antique store. The worn wood, the color of the thread left on some of them, the old branding stickers, I love it all. And thankfully, they are usually pretty cheap.

So, I pulled out some of my spools, my bin of Christmas craft supplies and I started making some quick ornaments and Christmas decor to share with you.


To start, gather some spools


Some other things you’ll need:
• glue
• glitter
• sheet music
• miniatures (trees, deer, etc.)
• twine/ribbon
• bells

bellspoolThis one was simply gluing a strip of natural fiber ribbon around an empty spool and pushing a green garland pipe cleaner through the spool to attach the bell. I looped it around the top, to use to hang. Red and white twine was then tied around the top of the bell.

treespoolThis little standing craft was a spool wrapped with sheet music.
You can find free to use vintage looking Christmas sheet music online, just do a search and you’ll find a lot of options.
I glittered the top and bottom of the spool, added a crocheted ribbon with the twine and glued a miniature tree to the top.
Perfect to stand next to some Christmas decor or even to tie on to the top of a wrapped gift.

ribbonspoolThis spool is wrapped with glittered twine and a bell was glued to a small piece of vintage tinsel garland. You may be surprised at how many antique stores not only have Christmas decor but also a lot of supplies too, so dig around!
The red and white twine was threaded through the spool to use as a hanger.

deerspoolYou can get so many adorable miniatures online or at your local craft store. I can’t get enough of these little deers. This spool was wrapped with a piece of Christmas paper and the deer was glued on top of the tinsel garland piece. I also added a little bit of clear glitter.

The possibilities are endless – hope this inspires you to grab some supplies and start crafting away!


Categories: holidays, tutorials