Dried Orange Christmas Garland 

I love Christmas DIYs and ones that Macy can help me with too! She loved passing me the orange slices to string on and then would try to put her own snack of mandarin oranges on the string haha. She tries! My house now smells like lovely orange and yours can too with this easy garland DIY.

What You Need:

-2 large navel oranges

-1/2 cup of white sugar

-parchment paper and a baking sheet


Directions

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Top with orange slices in a single layer, and generously dust with sugar. Bake until the peels are dry and the flesh is translucent, about 2 1/2 -3 hours. 

Once they are done just string them along some twine or baking string and hang on your wall. They also look pretty across a window and the sun shines through the oranges giving a stained glass effect. I will be making more to hang on the Christmas tree! Also if you embed a clove in the centre of each slice before you bake them that creates a lovely aroma as well. 

I love getting an early start on Christmas it’s my fav season. Happy decorating!


Xo/Danielle

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Here is a little write-up from Sarah!

 

As a busy mother of four life is crazy, chaotic, challenging but wonderful. I’m learning to seek the pure beauty in it as well as having God’s perspective daily instead of focusing on the ‘crazy’.

I felt I had to put my dreams and desires aside for a time but now I see the importance in doing what brings me joy! I needed the balance and had been seeking a venture for some time that would allow me the creative outlet without taking too much time away from my family, whom I absolutely treasure the most.

Ever since I can remember I’ve been creating works of art, many of which included scripture quotes because I have always loved the encouragement they bring. One day in conversation with a friend, after creating a painted chalkboard sign for her, she asked me why I wasn’t selling my artwork. I honestly had not considered that possibility. I had painted large pieces for churches, birthday signs, quotes on walls, bedrooms as well nurseries. I have always loved adding meaningful beauty to space.

So I got started simply by taking some scrap wood and experimenting painting on them to see if there were people who might be interested in purchasing them. I was surprised to have such a positive response! Now I paint on whatever medium I have around. I have enjoyed experimenting with burlap canvases and different types of wood. What inspires me the most is reading scriptures and turning those into signs that can encourage people to live inspired lives.  I feel like God can use these messages to speak to hearts and souls of others. My dream for the future is the hope  that my business will grow. I will continue to trust God for each day as He gently leads me. I am thankful beyond words for the support that I have received from family, friends and people I’ve never met who have something that I’ve made them.  We were all created with purpose, hopes, dreams and desires to fulfill the life we’ve been given. I hope that this inspires others to pursue what they love!

Blessings beyond measure,

  Sarah Fanslau

~A Pinch of Pretty

I am very excited to see what the future will bring to Sarah’s business. The signs really do add “a pinch of pretty” to our home-we get so many compliments. Check out A Pinch of Pretty on Facebook and Instagram!

DIY Ladder Advent Calendar

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While looking for an advent calendar on the Pottery Barn website I discover a beautiful tapered ladder with white mini advent stockings hanging from the rungs. I loved it,but could not justify the 199$.So we decided to make one ourselves! It does take a little bit of time as sewing is involved,but its worth it and great to have in your home for years to come!

What you need:

-1 package of white felt ( I used a 3 ft by 4 ft sheet)

-Scissors and hammer

-hot glue gun

-1 inch nails

 -Four 4ft long 1.5 inch wide cedar

-Sewing machine

-Number stencils and black paint ( I used Martha Stewart)

1. Saw your rung pieces. We cut six rungs and made each one a little bit bigger than the last to create a tapered ladder look. This is totally customizable to how big you want your ladder to be. Our rung measurements from top to bottom are: #1: 10.5 in. , #2: 11.5 in. , #3: 12 in. , #4: 13 in. , #5: 13.5 in. , #6: 14 in.

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2. Hot glue gun each rung to the ladder side 5 inches apart from each other (use two of your 4 ft long pieces of cedar for the sides). You can kind of just eye it by looking at your ladder and placing your rungs where you like and marking with a pencil.

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3. Here is what your ladder should look like!

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4. Next is the stockings. There’s tons of templates to print online but we made our own. Our stockings are about 6 inches tall ( not including the loop). If you don’t feel like sewing 25 stockings feel free to just use some cute canvas, burlap or paper bags! Cut out 25 stockings by pinning the template to felt folded in half.

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5. Sew the stockings all the way around except the top obviously for the opening. I used a 3/4 cm seam allowance.

6. Next, cut out 1 inch wide and 4 inch long strips of felt for you loops.

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7. Fold your loops in half and slide it into the stocking opening just enough so you can so over top.

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8. This is what the complete stocking should look like.

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9. Stencil in your numbers 1-25 with black paint and a foam brush.

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10. Line up all your stockings on the rungs (we did from top to bottom 4/4/5/6/6) and hammer in nail for your loops.

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Now hang on your wall and fill with lovely treats!

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Feel free to comment if you have any questions about creating the advent calendar!

xo//danielle