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Cricut Savings on Materials & Machine Bundles

*This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Hey friends,  I'm popping in today to share a sale with you from our friends over at Cricut.  
This week, Cricut is offering huge savings on Material & Machine BundlesDo you 
have one of these?  
For my crafty friends out there, this is a must-have for all kinds of projects, especially with
Valentine's Day ahead!  

So if you are in the market to buy something like this to make crafting a whole lot easier, 
now it's your chance to get it along with the supplies on sale.

There are many other products on sale right now on their site, so head on over and check 
out what they have so that you may take advantage of this opportunity.

Oh, and before I forget, is offering Free Standard Shipping on orders $99+ 
with code CRICUTLOVELet me know what you get or what you have made with 
Cricut products. 

Happy New Year!

May the spirit of the season of New Year fill your heart with serenity
and peace. wish you a Happy New Year!

Christmas Tree Storage Solution

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas. We have enjoyed our Christmas celebration this
year with family and friends as we have sung songs, played games, and feasted on sweets. As
we move onto the twelve days of Christmas, it is our tradition to keep our Nativity set out until
the Epiphany which falls on January the 6th. The rest of our Christmas decoration is
put away until next Christmas. This year I have partnered with Tree Classics to share
our storage tips.

For this campaign, I received a Deluxe Upright Tree storage bag from Tree Classics, in order to
put away the Christmas tree and decorations with ease as we transition into the New Year.
When I received the Deluxe Upright Tree storage bag, I unpacked the bag from the box and laid
it out on the floor to get a better look.  My Tree Classics Christmas tree is 7.5 foot tall, so this
storage bag is a perfect solution for storage.
Deluxe Upright Tree Storage

To store your tree make sure to unplug it, then remove all of the ornaments and decorations.
At our home, we usually start from the bottom of the tree and work our way up
to the top until everything is removed. I lay the ornaments on the table and then store them
away after the tree is in the storage bag. Here’s a tip to help make your transition
a bit easier. Purchase one to three ornament storage containers so that your
ornaments are all in one place when you need them.  This makes storing and decorating so
much easier year after year. There are many places that offer storage containers for
ornaments including online, you may be creative and use anything around your home as well.
I am currently using one of these storage boxes for my glass ornaments and store my other
ornaments in bags to store them inside the tree bag inside the bottom pocket.

Once all the decorations have been removed from the tree, I unplug each section of my Kennedy
Fir Narrow Christmas Tree from the center.  This will make it easy to move the tree sections if
they need to be moved.

The storage bag that I received is a tough canvas-like material.  It feels thick and sturdy plus
it looks like it will keep out dust and dirt from the tree. The bag has sturdy compression straps
that provide the tree with maximum support which I love.  This bag accommodates fully
assembled trees that measure up to 7.5 feet tall and features an extra pocket for storing away
extra ornaments and accessories.

Tree Classics

Tree Classics

The side handles make moving the tree easy. A clear tag holder allows you to identify the bag’s
contents conveniently.

The bag measures 30” long x 30” wide x 89” high and is made of heavy-duty 100% polyester
fabric.  The storage bag attaches to your tree stand and may be used like a simple tree skirt
during the Christmas season.
(Below is the image of the top opening of the Tree Bag.)

When it is time to put your tree away, you will open the bag, lay it flat on the ground and put
your arm through to the bag until you reach the bottom where you will place your tree stand.
Then align the bag with your tree base and slide the bag over it.  Tip the bag over to fasten the
straps to your tree stand with the buckles provided, then flip the stand back over.  Place your tree
on the stand, make sure that there are no ornaments on your tree.  Have two people pull the bag
upwards like a funnel as it compresses the branches upwards as you move it. Once you reach the
top of the tree gather the bag and pull the string tight. If you a have a tree that is taller than
7.5 feet, you may have to remove the top of the tree and place it in the bottom pocket.
When the tree is in the bag, fasten the buckles on the sides for further compressing into place.
To store it carefully tilt it a bit and carry the tree into storage until next year.

When it is that time of the year again, grab your tree from storage, unfasten the top zippers &
straps, pull it down and gather it on the inside of the bag’s base to hide the rest of the
bag forming a tree skirt.

I love my Tree Classics Christmas Tree Storage Bag, it is easier for me to put away my tree as
well as carry it out to get it ready for the Holidays. I think it is a great quality bag, I do not see
any negatives, but only the convenience of this bag. If you want a Tree Storage bag, head over
to Tree Classics, they are having a sale right now!

Thank you, Tree Classics for hosting the Deluxe Upright Storage Bag campaign.

Be sure to visit  Laura from Pet Scribbles for more creative ideas on how to store your
Christmas decorations and ornaments and visit the Tree Classics Facebook page live at
7:30EST as the campaign closes with Jennifer Lutz from Tree Classics.

*Disclosure: Tree Classics sponsored the item on this post. I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. There may be affiliate links in this post. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

Christmas House Walk 2017

Welcome to our home! It has been a couple of years since I posted a Christmas home tour.
I mean who can compete with those amazing Christmas homes around the web? 
I usually decorate with handmade pieces, old pieces and perhaps with a couple of new ones
when possible.
We begin our little tour at our front door where you are met with our grapevine snowman
and our semi-handmade wreath.  Come in!
As you enter, you may encounter the scent of Northern Lights Black Spruce Essential Oil or
Christmas Spirit from Young Living diffusing in the next room. It is so fragrant and brings forth
coziness of Christmas.
As you continue to walk in, you will encounter our kitchen, you will see my little hot cocoa
section, set up on the counter.
Our living room is decked out with the Nativity scene on the mantel and our Tree Classics
Christmas tree.  In the evening when the Christmas lights are all on, it just has a magical
ambiance and I love it. There are also hidden lights on the Nativity Scene.
Every year I place our Advent Wreath on our kitchen table and this year I am using the same
wreath that I made last year but with new candles.  I also added a Christmas sign above the chalkboard.

We end the tour in our dining room with a simple festive plaid tablecloth and red candles.
I really wanted to add red here. I hope that you enjoyed our very simple and short Christmas tour.
I would have posted more, but with all the rain here and darkness, it makes it hard to capture everything.
I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and festive Holidays ahead.

DIY: Christmas Tree in a Bottle Ornament

DIY Christmas tree in a bottle ornament

Bring a unique Christmas style to your home with this handmade ornament!  Add this bottle
brush tree decoration to your collection of Christmas ornaments and look forward to hanging 
it up on your tree every holiday season. Hang it up in the center of a wreath on your front door. 
You can even simply set it on a table or shelf to add a bit of festive holiday spirit wherever 
you need it. You may even tie several together to create a fun garland for your decor need.

This ornament contains a tiny winter scene that will perfectly complement the rest of the 
festive ornaments on your life-size tree! It's been partially filled with artificial snow, 
making it look like a winter weather scene. 
To make an ornament like this you will need the following:

  • artificial snowflakes/flurries
  • small glass bottles with cork tops (four inches or smaller)
  • small bottle brush Christmas trees, (different sizes optional, but that fit inside bottles)
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • string for hanging (your choice of string)
  • looped hooks to place the string

To begin, you may cut the amount of string that you need and tie it through the looped hooks
as seen below.

Screw the hook into the cork making sure it is tight and snug.  You may twist it into the cork
with your hands.

Next, add a drop of hot glue to the bottom of the bottle brush tree and place it into the glass

For the wintry effect, add the snowflakes into the bottle pushing it gently with a thin stick,
coffee straw or kabob stick so it stays in the bottom. Then add the cork to the top gently,
but tight to close it.  Make sure it is not loose, some may feel more comfortable by adding glue
to secure it, but I did not add glue to mine and it is fine. 

You may make several of these for your Christmas Tree or home decor. They will be great
for an ornament exchange party, the ideas are endless. Aren't they adorable? I love it!
handmade Christmas ornament
Christmas tree in a bottle
christmas tree in a bottle ornament
bottle ornament
These are just too cute and so easy to make, you may be able to find the supplies at any craft
Let me know your thoughts and thank you for stopping by for some Christmas inspiration
Happy crafting!

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