Christmas Button Wreath

 I received craft materials to create my Christmas Button Wreath from Oriental Trading Company,  and I am delighted to be working in partnership with Oriental Trading Company to bring you today’s tutorial!  

Christmas is never complete in my house without a wreath, at least in my book.  When I told Mellow Man that the package that arrived on my doorstep from Oriental Trading company contained the materials to create a Christmas Button Wreath, he rolled his eyes.  However, I know that fellow crafters out there share my belief that one can never have too many wreaths at Christmas time.  We’ve used Oriental Trading Company at a number of school parties, and even for Vacation Bible School in the past, but I didn’t realize that they had such an awesome selection of crafting supplies.  When I found a giant bag of Christmas Buttons in the store, I knew that I needed to make a Christmas Button Wreath.

Do you love wreaths like I do? Using ribbon, beads and buttons from Oriental Trading Company I created this lovely Christmas Button Wreath that is a wonderful holiday decoration. Sponsored by Oriental Trading Company

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DIY Wool Felt Ball Christmas Tree

I can’t remember the first time I saw wool felt balls, but I do enjoy creating projects with felt, and I’m quite partial to small Christmas trees.  However, wool felt balls are equally fun to create and design with.  Most of the time, I’ve seen them turned into garlands or rugs, but you could also make them into mobiles or hotplates.  Or in this case, a super easy DIY Wool Felt Ball Christmas Tree.  This is a craft that you can make in less than the length of one episode of The Christmas Story or Elf.  It will take a bit longer to dry, but by the next morning, you’ll have your very own Wool Felt Ball Christmas Tree to decorate your mantel or holiday display!

Not sure what to do with your collection of wool felt balls? How about making a simple wool felt ball Christmas tree. You can accomplish it in about an hour, and after it dries overnight, it will look awesome in any Christmas vignette, mantel or display!
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Easy Slow Cooker Baked Apples

When I lived in New England, I loved apple picking and choosing from all of the wonderful varieties.    In fact, it was something that I got to do in September.  Baked apples don’t seem so suited to September in the South.  Actually, in Georgia, it seems like the orchards don’t have the same selection.  (Luckily, we do have a great collection of peach choices.)  In Connecticut, during college, I used to go to the orchard with friends, and we’d bake apple crisp at the house of the person with a oven.  I guess I need to track down that recipe! (In fact, I’ve emailed the recipe holder because he also had an amazing Goulash recipe.)  While this super easy, slow cooker baked apples certainly isn’t his apple crisp, it does bring back those flavors of New England.  It’s also such an easy dinner to make for guests because it takes only a few minutes to prepare, and looks impressive on the dinner table!

There's nothing like Baked Apples in the fall and winter! These Easy Slow Cooker Baked Apples are delicious alone or with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. A great way to have a sweet, homemade dessert! Yummy!

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Happy Holly Days Felt Ornament

Although this post is sponsored by Cricut, all opinions are my own.

When I first met the wonderful Cricut staff in Utah during Snap Conference along with my friend, Crystal, at Hello Creative Family, I learned all about the materials that one can cut with the Cricut Explore Air.  It’s an impressive list; however, I was particularly excited about its ability to cut wool felt.  You see, I have this love for felt, and enjoy using it for many different projects.  I was thrilled with the idea that my Cricut Explore would be able to cut out intricate designs for me to use.  This week I used it to create this Happy Holly Days Felt Ornament without any need to use my own scissors.

Make this Happy Holly Days Felt Ornament for your Christmas Tree this year with your Cricut Explore Air. Did you know that the machine could cut felt in such intricate details? Well it can, learn more as well as get access to the project in Cricut Design Space.
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3 Easy DIY Frozen Ornaments

Okay, we love Disney around here.  And after 4 straight years of going to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, we are heading to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party next week!  I’m so excited!  In honor of our trip down to DisneyWorld, and thanks to some Black Friday shopping, I created 3 easy DIY Frozen Ornaments.  I started with one variation after going to Michael’s, and then as I was browsing, I ended up gathering enough supplies to make three variations along with a few extras for my sweet Mother-in-Law’s little grandnieces who are also Frozen obsessed.  The Monkey, even though it is a “Princess Movie,” loves to sing Let it Go, and is quite fond of Olaf.   If you have a Frozen or Disney lover like my little Monkey, you might like to make any one of these three very easy DIY Frozen ornaments!

Wild about Disney, and the movie Frozen? If you have a little Elsa or Anna or Olaf who loves the movie, Frozen, you can create these 3 easy DIY Frozen Ornaments for your Christmas tree with just a few supplies and all in one evening!
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