Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Eve friends! We’re busy celebrating the holiday with family today, but before we get busy making merry, I thought I’d show you just a few small holiday details around our home. I kept the decorations fairly simple this year, but it’s still felling festive around here.

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We hung just a few strands of lights outside this year with a little greenery, and I must say, I’m a sucker for these round lights from Target. We have them on our tree as well (which I’m missing a photo of!) and they are my favorite lights to decorate with.
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Cheers to enjoying the holiday with loved ones and making new memories!

{Last Minute Gift Idea} Lemon Simple Syrup

And just as we all thought, we blinked and Christmas is upon us. How does that happen, every single year? I’m relieved that our shopping is done, our gifts are wrapped, and the stockings are stuffed. All that’s left for me to do is complete my first season working in the retail business (whew!) and then it will be time to celebrate the holidays. Heck yes!

If you’re still on the hunt for an easy homemade gift (perfect for neighbors, friends, hostess gifts, etc.), I spotted this recipe in the December issue of Southern Living and gave it a whirl this weekend. It’s simple, and yummy too.

lemon simple syrup

Ingredients:

1 vanilla bean
3 cups sugar
2 cups water
6 lemons, sliced

Instructions:

Split vanilla bean; scrape seeds into a saucepan; place bean in pan. Add sugar, water, and lemon slices. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl; discard solids. Cool completely. Pour mixture into 4 (8-oz.) jars. Cover with lids. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.
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TO USE THE SYRUP: Add to gin, vodka, or bourbon cocktails; iced tea; or lemonade.

And, this recipe comes with a free, downloadable label, which certainly adds that extra special something to the gift.

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I’ll be back tomorrow with a holiday home tour. We kept things simple this year, so there’s just a few things to share, but it’s still feeling festive around here.

 

TGIDIYFriday: Pinecone Ribbon Wreath

Hi friends! If there was ever a season to try a few DIY crafts, it’s the holidays. I’m fairly certain I could spend weeks crafting for Christmas, but since we all know time is lacking during this hectic season, hi, friend and I have put together an easy and fairly mess-free pinecone ribbon wreath. Like most of the DIY’s we dream up, this one can easily be personalized, as any color of ribbon + pinecones (glitter, maybe?) will work.

Supplies Needed:

1.) Scissors

2.) Pinecones (we picked up scented ones!)

3.) Twine

4.) Natural Burlap Ribbon (found here)

5.) Decorative Ribbon (found here)

6.) Glue Gun

7.) Pencil

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Step-by-Step Directions:

1.) Gather supplies, warm up glue gun, and cut ribbon to desired wreath length. When cutting ribbon, remember to cut different lengths, and that one piece of ribbon will give you two pinecone ends. So if you want your cluster to be full of 10 pinecones, you only need to cut 5 pieces of ribbon.

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3.) Next, place glue in the center of the pinecone, and secure ribbon. Press the ribbon firmly on the glue with a pencil (no burnt fingers needed!).

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4.) Continue securing the ribbon ends to the pinecones until the cluster appears full and even.

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5.) Once you have your desired amount of pinecones and ribbon lengths, tie all the ribbons together in the center with a piece of twine.

6.) Then, to finish off the wreath, tie a large bow at the top of the cluster. We chose red chevron ribbon, as it added a fun pop of color + pattern.

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And there you have it! The easiest cluster wreath ever invented:).

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Cheers to the holidays and all the lovely crafts that accompany this magical season:).