A Modern & Minimalist Advent Calendar

I’ve never been the advent calendar type (Dec 1st just comes around so fast, doesn’t it?!), but this year, I’ve finally spotted an idea that I both love – and think I can pull off.

Created by crafter extraordinaire Sally Shim, this advent calendar is perfectly suitable for any decor this side of the North Pole. Even better? It’s so easy to personalize with sweet notes and activity ideas for your own family to enjoy this season.

Sally has included instructions here, so why not spend tonight inside with your favorite crafting elves? After all, Christmas is right around the corner!

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The Beaded Home

Design is so often in the details that I find myself overlooking the sweetest of artistic touches in the home. It wasn’t until I perused my favorite international sites this morning that I noticed a similar theme popping up: wooden beads. Whether incorporated into the home as a functional cord or decorative planter, I’m loving the trend.

Here’s a look at a few great ideas you can try on your own!:

Above, Annaleena shared her “home necklace DIY” on Emmas Design Blogg, and I can’t wait to try the look myself! I can see it used as a window pull, but also as a sweet surprise hanging on an entryway wall.

In this photo, Riikka created a plant hanger using rope/twine and wooden beads. What a modern take on the vintage macrame technique!

How about this super smart idea? Beads can transform your everyday drawer pulls in a pinch. Above, Bolaget features a black modern design. Below, Tingelings opted for a more homespun look.

And lastly, wooden beads can offer a creative take on wardrobe storage. Don’t you love the below idea from Hommin?

So friends – are you inspired to take on the trend, one bead at a time? Happy crafting!

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5 DIY Ideas Anyone Can Try!

I'm a big fan of the DIY weekend. You know the kind: you sleep in until noon, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, run some errands and happen to stumble across a project that so desperately demands your attention that you spend the rest of your weekend hours in the garage with the miter saw?

Am I the only one this happens to?

Anyway, it may not be the weekend, but these projects would certainly send me to the garage in a tizzy. Why not try a few in your own home?:

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Roadmap To Genius – Improve Intelligence & Iq

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time making s Roadmap To Genius – Improve Intelligence & Iq alt-dough ornaments to give to various relatives, neighbors and friends as Christmas gifts.  We also hung lots of them on our trees.  They were and still are a great thing to do with kids in those ever increasing dark hours after school but before dinner in the last few weeks before Christmas. 

 

But though our salt-dough ornaments graced our tree for YEARS (shellacked well, they seemed to never look the worse for wear even after spending the summers in our sweltering, humid attic in New Jersey…however, the first year my parents moved to Florida the ornaments failed to survive the elements and were a gooey, moldy mess upon opening the box of decorations come Christmas-time) I never considered how when done simply, they can truly fit into a modern home's Christmas decor.

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Holiday Extravaganza: 15 Creative Advent Calendars

For some, the holiday season means shopping, eating, baking, wrapping and eating some more. But for me, I enjoy taking time out to make a few memorable crafts with my family and friends. High on my priority list before Dec 1st hits? Advent calendars.

Just for fun (and to inspire my own craft-making!), I’ve rounded up my favorite advent calendars online — all 15 of them! Some are for sale, but most are handmade, homespun and completely inspired. Ready for the round-up?:

  1. With little more than vintage flash cards, paperclips and ribbon, Country Living created a sweet advent garland perfect for children and adults alike.
  2. Christmas craft king Sweet Paul’s advent calendar was created from matchboxes and paper scraps. Genius!
  3. Have a few mini metal tins hanging around? Check out Twig & Thistle’s magnetic holiday advent calendar.
  4. A buyable ($100) wooden advent calendar perfect for gift-giving from Not on the High Street.
  5. With a few craft sticks and origami boxes, channel CraftyNest’s clever take on an advent tree.
  6. Christmas advent cones? Easy peasy.
  7. Garnet Hill’s bringing it this year with two great advent designs: Buckets of Joy advent banner ($24) and Lollipop Tree advent calendar ($68).
  8. Advent pouches? Brilliant!
  9. Create your advent calendar with nothing more than office supplies with Nice Package’s mini envelope advent tree. So simple!
  10. For the typography-lover in your life, Ali Edwards’ font-inspired advent boxes are a sure hit.
  11. The prettiest pegboard I’ve ever seen becomes instant holiday decor with this advent calendar tutorial.
  12. A downloadable advent calendar for the lazy crafter? Yes, please!
  13. From Pottery Barn hails a bucket and branch advent calendar ($300). Pricey, but beautiful.
  14. A-ha! Another downloadable advent calendar. Bonus!
  15. Yuletide excitement in one fell swoop with Uusi’s illustrated advent calendar ($65).

Whew! You’ve got some work to do, friends. If you tackle any of the above holiday crafts, tell us in the comment section! We’d simply love to see your skills!

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