Merry Christmas! {and a few of my favorite moments this month}

Craftivity Designs | December 22, 2014 | Be the first to comment
Merry Christmas!!

Erica and I will be taking a break over the next week or so until the New Year. We'll be traveling a bit and I hope to knock out some projects during my time off from work. We actually have a bit of a deadline coming up soon, and I hope to share some more about that in January. What have you got planned for the holidays?

 Before I leave you -- a few of my favorite moments over the last month.

#1 Celebrating the Advent

We have been horribly inconsistent and we even started late; but I'm okay with extending the celebration of Advent past Christmas. Our little boy loves opening each bag with a special ornament inside -- and we're enjoying reading the Story of Jesus with him.

our Advent Calendar tutorial

#2 Christmas Crafting

I shared my first real wreath in the Christmas Tour last week. We have a Fine Arts Center as part of our local extension office and they host free classes involving crafting and the arts. My mom joined me for wreath-making and it was just one of the coolest things ever. It was so fun to watch it go from a simple metal frame to a beautiful, full wreath -- all made with items from nature.


I used these new wreath-making skills to make swags from magnolia leaves for our mantle.

our Christmas Tour

Then, a week or so later, the Fine Arts Center hosted a Terrarium class, in which we filled an ornament with more natural items. This was also a "first" for me and I'll be finding a permanent home for this little globe after Christmas is over.


#3 Cutting Down and Decorating our Tree

Our most-loved family tradition is getting the tree. I've cut down a tree {as in I watched while Dad or Mike cut it down} for Christmas as long as I can remember. Mike and I love celebrating this tradition with our little boy.

This tree was a bit stubborn -- you may have noticed the fishing line holding the top straight in our Christmas Tour photos -- but we got it decorated eventually. Enjoying a decorated tree is one of my favorite things about the holidays. It's just. so. pretty!




#4 Printing Old Christmas Photos

...and looking through old Christmas photos. It's hard to believe this is our fourth Christmas with our little boy. I think I'll be looking for some more silver stands during the after-Christmas sales so  that we can keep adding black and white Christmas photos each year.

our Christmas Tour

Have a lovely Christmas... and we'll see you next year!

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Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | December 19, 2014 | Be the first to comment
Can you believe Christmas is next week??  In honor of the last Friday before Christmas, I'm going to share one last set of holiday themed project ideas, ready?



1. I love this adorable wooden "Merry & Bright" sign that Bev from Flamingo Toes made.  Such a cute idea for any sign, not just for Christmas!

2. This sign from IHeart Organizing is another great project idea---I'm definitely loving the shiny gold shimmer for the holidays!

3. Grab the kiddos this weekend and have some fun making these bright and colorful melted crayon ornaments.  Go here to see how to make your own.

4. Still have a few gifts to wrap?  Stop by coco + kelley for some great DIY gift wrap ideas!

I'll be back next year to share more great project ideas for 2015!  Have a wonderful weekend!

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Simple & Fast Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Craftivity Designs | December 18, 2014 | Be the first to comment

Has the Christmas season snuck up on you? Do you still have gifts to buy? If so, this post if just for you!

Printable wall art from our Etsy Shop makes a great, simple, and fast gift. Simply
  • purchase the printable
  • check your e-mail for the file(s)
  • download
  • and print the artwork. 
Check out these instant download options -- it may be the perfect last minute gift for someone on your list!
INSTANT DOWNLOAD  - I Love You More Than Louisville Loves Basketball - 8"x10" Printable Art
I Love You More Than Louisville {and other colleges in our Sports Section}
INSTANT DOWNLOAD - For God so Loved the World - 8"x10" Printable Art
INSTANT DOWNLOAD - Let's Go Adventuring - 8"x10" Printable Art
INSTANT DOWNLOAD - Watercolor Mason Jar - 8"x10" Printable Art
INSTANT DOWNLOAD - She Believed She Could So She Did - 8"x10" Printable Art
INSTANT DOWNLOAD - All I Need Today is Coffee and Jesus - 8"x10" Printable Art - Chalkboard
INSTANT DOWNLOAD - The Sun Shines Bright on My Old Kentucky Home - 8"x10" Printable Art

Be sure to stop by our shop to see more gift ideas; as well as custom items that can be designed just for you! Happy Holidays everyone -- and happy gifting!

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Printable Gift Tags for Souvenirs

Craftivity Designs | December 16, 2014 | Be the first to comment
In September we took our vacation. It was a cruise -- to Cozumel, Belize, Honduras and the Cayman Islands. In each port we did a little shopping for Christmas gifts and found some unique items.


When the rush of Christmas arrives I want to make sure that each recipient knows where their gift originated -- even if we aren't able to be there when they open it or in case we forget to mention it.

scarf from Belize

I created some gift tags in Photoshop Elements and made a PDF version so that you can download it too. Print the PDF onto a heavy paper, like card stock, and cut out each tag. Punch a hole in the top and attach it to the souvenir with twine, ribbon or thread.

painted dish from Mexico

I'm excited to see our family and friends opening gifts this Christmas, reading about where their special item originated. If you'd like to use these gift tags, click on the image below to download the PDF file.

CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF FILE
Did you pick up any souvenir-gifts this past summer? I hope you can use these tags to make them extra special.

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Christmas Tour 2014 {with Dining Room Mini-Reveal}

Craftivity Designs | December 14, 2014 | 4 Comments so far

Welcome to the first-ever Christmas Tour from Craftivity Designs :)

Simple Wreath Updates & A Mint Green Front Door
Chalkboard House Number Sign

Now, won't you step inside?



Guess what? We bought a light for our Dining Room! It wasn't one of the five I shared a few weeks ago; but Mike and I were able to narrow down which style we liked best -- and then found a great light for a good price on Cyber Monday. Unfortunately, it won't be here until mid-January. Such a bummer; but the price and style is worth the wait.

So, for today, you are getting a mini-reveal of the Dining Room as part of our Christmas Tour. After we get the light in January, I'll share a full reveal.

It's just to the left of our entryway.

No-Sew Chair Back Covers
"Twas The Night Before Christmas" Crock from Louisville Stoneware
I loved decorating the mantle on our newly painted fireplace. The magnolia leaves are from our backyard. We moved in just a few days before Christmas last year, so I've been waiting 12 months to decorate a Christmas mantle with fresh Magnolia leaves.





Our Advent Calendar {and one of the first projects I ever shared on this blog} hangs just below the mantle and some Christmas stories sit on the hearth.

Advent Calendar with Free Printable

Our Dining Cabinet sits in the corner and it's been dressed up for the holidays, too.

Organizing a Dining Cabinet

Bottle Brush Trees from a Christmas Village Set

I printed out a few black and white copies of some favorite past Christmas photos. He has gotten so big!!



Silver Fox and Ornaments from Target After-Christmas Sales

Ornaments don't have to hang on the tree. This homemade handprint one gets it's own special spot.


Speaking of ornaments, our Christmas Tree is in the Sunroom.



The garland is made from long necklaces, crafted by Artisans as part of the Mountain Maid program.


Hanging beside our tree is my first handmade and real wreath. I think it's absolutely beautiful. Thanks to our local Extension Office for teaching an awesome wreath-making class and providing the materials from nature.


Handmade Quilted Tree Skirt layered with inexpensive Plaid Tree Skirt from Kohl's After-Christmas Sales
Merry Christmas! Thanks for visiting :)

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