merry, merry

I hope you have the merriest of holidays and an absolutely wonderful 2015!

>> card design via TinyPrints<<

I'll be back on Monday sharing some of my favorite sources for ceiling fans, and in the new year I will be revealing our living room, dining room, entryway, kitchen, and guest bath! See you soon!

christmas home tour

Even though I used almost exactly the same Christmas decorations, this year's Christmas home tour feels totally different. If you missed it last year, check it out in this post. This year felt a bit weird. Just as we were finally getting the house clean and cleared out from the renovation, I dragged out our stuff and filled it back up again. I normally decorate everything at once, but this year I did it slowly because I felt a bit overwhelmed bringing even more stuff into the house. If you've lived in a construction zone, then you know exactly what I mean! Now that we're almost finished, you get to see a sneak peek of all the rooms I'll be sharing in the new year!

We found our Home Depot giving away all of their tree trimmings, so I scooped some up to put into vases around the house. This has been my favorite decoration this year.

I spy Tobias.

We got a fun new tree that has both white lights and big multicolored bulbs. Since I was trying to keep it simple this year, I only put on about half of our ornaments. Also, after many years of searching, I finally found a tree topper I like!

Seriously, I'm loving these tree trimmings. They also make everything smell like Christmas, something we've never had with a fake tree!

diy fluffy ribbon for packages

As promised, here is a ribbon tutorial for the Christmas packages you wrapped yesterday!

 1 | Start by folding in half a piece of ribbon slightly larger than you want your bow.

 2| Fold ribbon around to other side, and continue until you have done at least four folds (two on each side).

3|  Once you've wrapped the ribbon around at least four times (more for a fuller bow), cut the ribbon.

4| Staple the center of the ribbon to hold in place.

 5 | Cut a piece of ribbon to fit around your package.

6 | Staple ribbon at top and bottom to hold in place.

 7 | Place your folded ribbon perpendicular the ribbon you placed on the package and staple once to hold in place.

 8 | Cut another piece of ribbon to wrap around your bow. This will hide the staples you have used

 9 | Pull ribbon taut. This will also rotate your bow around to the correct spot on your package.

 10 | Cut the ends of your ribbon to the same length.

 11 | Fluff up your pretty bow!

This method works best with wire ribbon so you can get a big, full bow. What I like most is that it takes very little time, and by using the stapler to hold it in place instead of your fingers, you don't have to ask anyone for help while tying! 

If you need to see the

tutorial in action

, or tips on how to wrap a package, don't forget to check

yesterday's post

. Let me know how this works for you, and I'd love to see pictures of those pretty packages you've made!