Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas Time Is Here

 I typically get crazy excited for Christmas- so crazy that I get an ache in the pit of my stomach to turn on Christmas music around the middle of November. This year, however, I've been having trouble getting as excited as I normally am. I suppose it could be that my Lieutenant will be absent for the first half of December or that I am getting old and crotchety about the cold weather. 
Regardless, I knew I wanted to get the house all Christmasy before my hubs left so we could decorate together. 

I didn't want to get too crazy in the decorations, but I can't get enough of candles and lights! I just thought I'd share a bit of our setup in case anyone needs any inspiration. :) 

First of all- I have long dreamed of having a Willow Tree Nativity set. Definitely not on the cheap side- but an incredible gift from my incredible parents. Hopefully we will complete the set someday! 

And my sister-in-love is to blame for my favorite ornament. She gave it to us as a wedding gift. It's hard to tell in this photo, but the curly paper strips inside the ornament are from our wedding invitation and colors from our wedding. I especially like the little "C" charm on top. :)

 And of course Louie enjoys the lights too. :) 

Love how candles make everything feel so warm and cozy!  

 A huge part of our Christmas traditions come from our Swedish heritage, so I always have a few Scandinavian pieces mixed in, like the Santa Lucia doll... 

 And our Made-in-Sweden wooden snowflake light.

And probably the best part of the decor for the evening was a Wookiee under the tree.

I'm starting to feel the Christmas spirit setting in, so it will be non-stop Christmas music as I practically live in our front room. I think I'm finally ready for snow! 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Spicin' it up

I absolutely love trying new spices and seasonings. And while Tone's is the bee's knees for affordable spices, the yellow and red containers aren't exactly attractive in the kitchen. In order to make my spice rack a little more pleasing to the eye, I re-purposed an old shelving piece went to work thinking of a new idea for a container. 

I have been using these for about 5 years now, and it has worked splendidly (although I probably should re-do a few of them now that I know what spices I use and don't use.)

First, you will need small glass jars. I chose these cute little jars from Bed Bath & Beyond. They came in a pack, but now are sold individually here. 

You will also need painters tape, a while paint marker, Chalkboard paint and a small brush or sponge (depending on the look you want.) 

First, spread out a bunch of newspaper. (If you're anything like me, nothing is safe from a crafting mess.) Then cut small strips of painters tape (twice as many strips as you have jars) and place them on the front of the jar, leaving only the center exposed for painting. 

Using your sponge or brush, fill in the un-taped section with blackboard paint. It may take a few coats.  

Once you have as many coats as you'd like, peel off the tape and let the jars dry.

Then, using a white paint marker, or a chalk paint marker, write the name of your desired spices on each jar! You can make it look fancy or casual!

It has worked great for my spices and holds about 2 oz, which is fantastic since I go through them so quickly! There are always a few spices I don't have room for, so I still have a drawer for excess spices, but this is so much more fun! :) 

Have a fantastic week and let me know if you think of any unique spices I should incorporate in my spice rack!