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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - our Christmas tree and nativity

I usually bring out the holidays decor on December 1st, but we've been really busy lately so it has taken me a bit longer to get it all assembled.
Here's our nativity, with the Christmas garland I made this year hanging over it.  

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - our Christmas tree and nativity
Most of the figurines in this nativity are twice my age. My mother inherited them from my grandparents and I remember assembling everything every year when I was a child. I'm very happy to see my kids loving them as much as I always did, even though they are a mismatched bundle of different types and sizes.

Baby Jesus will be added on the night of the 24th.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - our Christmas tree and nativity

The duck pond is one of my kid's favorites: 

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - our Christmas tree and nativity

This is the little tabletop Christmas tree we bought when we got married. Since we never used to spend Christmas at  home in those first years, we saw no need to decorate for the holidays and this was our only concession to the season. Now it's 100% decorated by the kids, so a bit messy as they tend to go overboard with the ornaments.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - our Christmas tree and nativity

And our larger tree, which we got from Ikea after the kids were born. Originally it was decorated exclusively with red and silver ornaments, but with all the other ornaments we have made since then, it's now a bit messy too. It used to be big enough for us, but it's becoming a bit crowded, so we may need a bigger one next year. And yes, it's missing a tree skirt. The same three skirt I've been promising to make for the past six years. Maybe this year. And then again, maybe not.
(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - our Christmas tree and nativity
It may not be magazine-cover worthy, but it's ours and we love it!
How about you, have you decorated for Christmas already?
Happy Wednesday,

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Holidays Celebration link party #1 - the features!

Welcome to another Wednesday. I'm so glad you're here because I'm sharing today the featured posts of the first Holidays Celebration Link Party of 2016!

A big thank you to everyone who participated and made this party a success!

Holidays Celebration link party #1 - the features

For this week's features I picked two lovely centerpieces that you can easily make for the holidays, one very cute Christmas button project (because who doesn't love button projects?) and one beautifully written post that makes us think about the true meaning of this season. Check them out below...

Modern Christmas Papers - free download (sharing)

Below you can find a set of Christmas papers which can be downloaded from Sizzix's UK site. I found them by chance and thought they were awesome and needed to be shared!
 This is a wonderful set of papers, and you can download it for free:

You can even use them to make a Christmas garland like mine. I know I would have if I'd know about them before last weekend...

Enjoy your Wednesday, 

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Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post and I received no compensation in exchange for it. All images are property of

DIY Christmas Garland

Hello, and welcome to another quick DIY Christmas project: the Christmas garland. Because we never change our Christmas decor very much, this year I decided to create a garland in order to spruce up things a bit. But I wanted to keep it as simple and inexpensive as possible, so I'm sharing here what I made, and I also created a pdf pattern in case you want to make something similar.

DIY Christmas Garland

This garland is very easy to make and will be the perfect addition to your Christmas decor. Besides, each individual piece, though large, can also be used as a gift tag if you want. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Reindeer Gift Tags - with free printable

Hello, and welcome to another quick Christmas project: the reindeer gift tags. 

Reindeer Gift Tags - with free printable

These tags are very easy to make and will be the perfect addition to your Christmas gifts. They come in four different colors, so you to pick your favorite - or use them all!

Reindeer Gift Tags - with free printable

Monday, December 5, 2016

Welcome to The Really Crafty Link Party #46!

Hello and welcome! I hope you've had a lovely weekend and I'm glad the you could join me for The Really Crafty Link Party #46!

Link up to show us what you've been working on lately too and browse around for what everyone else is sharing. This is a party, so try to visit at least a couple of other links and share the party on social media too. The more, the merrier!

The really crafty link party, keeping it real, craft blog

As usual, the linkup will be open until next Thursday and I will be posting the features on Friday, December 9th!

Did you miss last week's amazing features? Click below to check them out!

Now onto this week's party: The Really Crafty Link Party is focused on crafts, so the idea is for you to link up all your crafty posts: DIYs, printables, home decor, tutorials, recipes, whatever you want to share. Feel free to share as many links as you want, and old posts are welcome!

You can add posts on other subjects (family friendly please), but only craft related posts will have a chance to be featured and will be pinned to the party's Pinterest board.

If you host your own party, add it too - it may not be featured, but you'll be sharing it with all of us anyway, and we all love to discover new parties!

Really Crafty Link Party

There are no thumbnails in the party, so in the "name" field of the linky make sure you add an interesting title/description to your post. If you follow me via any social media (icons in the side bar) let me know in the comments and I'll make sure to follow you back!

By linking up you give me permission to use your photos in features or round-ups, and to share your posts on social media (always with a link back to you for proper credit).

 And if you're sharing holidays-related posts, you are also welcome to add them to the current Holidays Celebration Link Party, which will be open until tomorrow, for a double chance to be featured!

Thank you again for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!

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When you linkup, your e-mail will be added to The Really Crafty Link Party mailing list and you will receive one (and only one) e-mail each week to let you know when the party goes live. All mail addresses are kept strictly confidential. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying to the e-mail you received, or by sending me a message directly (

Holidays organization pack - free printables

After the holidays checklists I posted here last week, today I'm sharing a set of additional printables, created using the same general theme as the checklists, so they can be used all together, and hopefully they will help you organize the upcoming season in advance.

Holidays organization pack - free printables

In addition to the holidays theme, I made them in two difference color schemes, so that you can pick your favorite, or mix and match. Check them all out below!

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