DIY Bow Tree Topper

Would you like to make your own tree topper bow?  They are really not hard at all and if you buy the wired ribbon at a dollar store you can save a lot of cash with this easy DIY bow.
DIY bow tree topper

Pick up a couple of those dollar bolts of wired ribbon at a dollar store.  You need about 9-12 feet of ribbon, some craft scissors and an embellishment is optional.
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Christmas Home Tour

I love driving through neighborhoods all lit up and I love holiday home tours, don't you?  This year we moved to a 1956 home we are actively renovating and I could barely contain myself to wait until after Thanksgiving to put out the Christmas decorations.  I'd love for you to stop by for an open house tour and then head over to my blog world friends for more seasonal fun.

  Ring the bell and come on in.  I'd love to give your a tour.


Christmas tree decorating tradition

Many people around the world are partaking in the tradition of putting up and decorating a Christmas tree.  From what I’ve read we owe this fabulous tradition to the Germans.  Thanks.
Christmas tree decorating 2014


DIY Craft: Painting glass

Welcome to my first Craft Sunday at the 1956 Fixer Upper.  DIL asked if she could invite a couple of friends to our Craft Sunday and I happily complied.  This month we are going to try painting on glass so I picked up several pieces of clear glassware at a thrift store and spent an afternoon practicing so I could give at least a little guidance toward success.  My project is a pumpkin on a stemmed wineglass using flat acrylic craft paint.  The second project is also a pumpkin but using gloss enamel paint.  Pumpkins are all different, so don’t strive to make them so matchey matchey. Both paint methods were successful, but the enamel will be a more durable finish after it is baked and a bit more washable if I use it as a wine glass.  Read on for my success tips.glass_painting 1


Bake, Decorate, and Create for the Holiday

Christmas crafts, Christmas foods, Christmas decorations, Christmas traditions are near and dear to most of our hearts.  It started when I was a kid hearing the season music, the smell of a fresh tree in the house and anticipating the Santa watch on Christmas Eve.  My Dad was very excited about the holiday and went to great lengths to make it special for all of us.  My grandmother made hot cocoa as we little kids waited anxiously and the uncles took turns guarding the door to the Christmas room increasing the excitement until everyone was present and ready.  In that spirit here’s a look back at some of my favorite December posts. Each photo is linked to the original post with recipes/tour/DIY’s.  I hope you enjoy it and hop around to some of the other blogger participants in our Look at Christmas Past.  Clicking on each photo will take you to the post.
Vintage, Christmas, Decorations, tree, galvanized bucket