Well, I started blogging a little over a year ago, my “blogiversary” just kind of snuck up on me! These sequined Christmas Trees were one of the first projects that I made for the blog, so my sequined Christmas trees were buried amongst all of my unread early posts. When I started to put out my Christmas decorations, I pulled these out and smiled. I love how a good and beloved homemade project makes me happy. They are sitting on my Kitchen table right now, and I thought I would share the trees, in case some readers missed it the first time.
Okay, y’all are never going to believe this, but I have so much going on this post. SO MUCH! I have my first ever free cut file to share with you, and I have my first ever Vlog. Plus, there is an awesome giveaway at the end of the post along with links to 34 other awesome silhouette projects! I hope you’re just as excited as I am! Keep reading, I promise it will be worth it!
One of my family’s Christmas traditions is the addition of a meaningful Christmas ornament to each child’s ornament collection every year. I have a great collection of ornaments that date back to the year I was born, and when my boys move out and start their own families, their ornament collections will go to their new homes. The Big One has an extensive ornament collection that includes the Steelers (his favorite team), Zoo Animals, and Harry Potter– all favorites during particular stages of his life. The Little Monkey just has his “My First Christmas” ornaments, but it’s time to grow his collection. Since I’m obsessed with Vinyl and Portia, my silhouette Portrait, I decided to create some easy glitter and vinyl ornaments that featured special firsts for my boys. We just went to see Santa, and had our Little Monkey cry hysterically, so I made a Santa ornament for him. For the Big One I made a special Minecraft ornament. He’s obsessed with Minecraft right now.
I was compensated to participate in the review of Bing Smart Search as a part of Linqia; however, all views expressed in this post are 100% my own.
I’ve been working on homemade Christmas teacher gifts for the boys, This year, the Big One has four teachers, and the Little Monkey has three teachers, so I need to come up with seven small gifts for teachers. Plus, this year, my fifth grader, the Big One, has two men for teachers. It’s a first for us, as up until this point, he’s had only women as teachers. I think it’s great though for him to have a little male influence in his classroom experience, but I started to wonder if male teachers enjoyed the scented hand sanitizer or candles that I have gotten for previous teachers. That got me to wondering– What do male teachers like for Christmas gifts? Well, I decided to do a quick search using Bing Smart Search. Bing’s Smart Search in the new Windows is a faster way to find what you’re looking for and get things done on your touch device. It’s like other search engines out there, but the overall experience is a bit different. It’s more visual, and it worked like a charm to help me find the perfect DIY gifts for his teachers!
We usually go see a holiday lights exhibit each year. Until this year, for the previous 5 years, we’d all load up in a car and head to Callaway Gardens to see their Fantasy in Lights show. That show peaked in excitement for us about 3 years ago, and Frog asked if we could see something new. Around the Atlanta area, there are a number of great holiday light exhibits, including our next door neighbors, but last year we went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to see the Garden Lights exhibit, and we had heard that the display was supposed to be even better this year.