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Happy Tuesday Jaderbugs! I could not wait to post this because lately I have been noticing everyone’s amazing tree pictures. Earlier tonight I posted on my facebook page that I was doing a post on Christmas trees and I got ton’s of pictures sent to me. If for some reason you send me a picture after I post this don’t cha worry, I will add it in!

I am very pleased to start off my Christmas tree post with this amazing tree. My friend Stephen Brown (you might remember him from craft wars on TLC) sent me this and my mouth just stayed open for about 46 seconds. You see that little gingerbread house under the tree?  Yes, this is in his fabulous home. I am just going to pretend that is my house and I live IN his house, in this little bitty house… Did I loose you yet?  It’s okay because I lost myself, haha! Make sure you visit his website to order all of his “GLITTERVILLE” items. He has ton’s of Christmas ornaments that you will go crazy over.

I am loving my girl Meg Allan Cole’s tree! Is it not the best tree ever! It’s all about DIY and that is what I love the most! Check out her awesome blog HERE where you can see the full tutorial on how she made this retro tree.

I love the simplicity of this tree from Virginia at LiveLoveDIY. It looks like it came strait out of a magazine!

This amazing tree is from Lindsay Trahan Adams with Periwinkel Pink Gifts. I feel like I just stepped into a Gingerbread home… I love how it’s all red and white. Very festive!

 This is the tree of a friend of mine Ashley Matte. She is a really famous country singer!!! I love how she brings a little Louisiana with her everywhere she goes! I love the brown, green and red ornaments! Make sure and check out her site by clicking on her picture!

This is my friend Rosa Clifford’s tree. I met her through Martha Stewart and I am SOOO thankful for this! She is the sweetest person in the world and her tree is just as sweet! Check out her website HERE, she makes the BEST cards ever.

Seriously how cute is this tree. I love how she made this out of drift wood. Check out Karah’s blog The Space Between for more great ideas!

I have always loved shades of blue on a tree. It just looks magical! This is from Barbara at Chase the Star.

Roeshel from the DIY Show Off did it again! Can you guess what my favorite thing about this tree is? How she wrapped the base of the tree~ It looks like she went in the snowy forrest  cut it and wrapped it up to put in her house! Love the red flowers in it also!

Sue made me so happy when she told me she was putting up a tree this year. It had been 4 long years since she put a tree up! Check out her site here!
Courtesy of Sue Doyle

The first thing that I thought of when I saw this was WOW, that is HUGE! I am really into colored lights lately so I appreciate that she has red lights tied into her white ones! Check out Cheri’s blog, It’s So Very Cheri.

This is another room that I just can stare at. I love how clean and crisp everything is. This is Cynthia Weber’s tree, who is an amazing interior decorator! Check out her blog HERE!

I always love when I see red ornaments. Maybe it brings me back to that picture in my head of what Christmas is… You know, the red and green picture. Heather from Setting for Four completely brought me back! She has a great blog so I suggest checking her out!

All I will say is WHOVILLE. I want to move there and put this tree on the top of my house!
Courtesy of Lauren Rippon Michael

Another one of Lauren Rippon Michael’s trees! Yep, she has two in her house. Don’t we all strive to be like her!

What I love most about this tree is the stand it is in. It’s not a traditional stand and I actually love that you don’t need a skirt around it. Very creative!
Courtesy of Jenn from the blog
Rook No. 17  

If this tree doesn’t make you want to get UP and dance then I don’t know what will. I love how bright it is!
Courtesy of Gabe Andrews

I am really loving this silky ribbon around this tree. It’s a great way to add some depth to a tree. Good to fill spots on a real tree also.
Courtesy of Jordan Dehart

When I saw this tree my heart melted. I love anything black and white. I especially love the checkered wrapping paper!
Courtesy of Veronica Rebollo Broussard

The one thing that caught my attention here was the feathers hanging! What a great way to dress up a tree.
Courtesy of Ivy Wiltz

WOW! I have never seen a silver tree before. I might have to put this on my list to get for next year. I love how bright and whimsical this tree is!
Courtesy of David Little

I love the red and green glittery ribbon on this mini tree!
Courtesy of Amy Hammond

I have to say I am very impresses by this tree! I love the ball garland all over it!
Courtesy of Rocky Roussell

My favorite thing on this tree is the letter’s that spell out LOVE! I also love the red cardinal at the top!
Courtesy of Nora Castaneda

My favorite thing on this tree is the RED BOOTS!
Courtesy of Clyde Valentine and Alix Tucker

I have always loved white trees. They really make all of your ornaments pop.
Courtesy of Crystal Lytle

I just love the tree in the picture and the entire setting. It looks like a picture perfect postcard!
Courtesy of Erin Prejean Benoit

This white garland reminds me of SNOW!
Courtesy of Cindy Spell

I love a good ole traditional red and green tree!
Courtesy of Amanda Toups

I love all of the Doves in this tree, plus the white ornaments.
Courtesy of Frances De Leon

I hope you enjoyed this post Jaderbugs!

Don’t forget to make it a DIY kinda day,

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First thing I am wondering is if everyone survived “Cyber Monday”. I am pretty much done with Christmas shopping,well except for all of the “things” I will find from now until then. Which I hate to say could totally start to pile up. I have this thing where we always buy one nice gift but other little ones also. There is something about watching a person open a present. Do you experience that too?

The other day when I went “BLACK” friday shopping I instagramed this picture. The funniest part is when It went on facebook someone responded to it and said they knew where I was at. So, I was at Joann’s.  They had some major deals going on and they still do so click on the link I just put to shop online. I accidentally ran across these HUGE letters and I though “Wow I could totally decorate with these for Christmas and also keep them up all year after Christmas”. I bought them. The large one is normally $9.99 but was on sale for around $4.00. The small one normally is around $5.00 but for it for $2 something. I am telling you it’s a great deal. It’s always fun to think out side of the box when it comes to Christmas decor. With all of the decorations out all over it get’s overwhelming somethings and you can’t think. That’s why I am here!

Let’s get started.

INGREDIENTS: 

*Cardboard Letters
*Mod Podge
*Craft Brush
*Glitter
*Krylon Sealer 

You can purchase all of the item’s by clicking on the links under ingredients.

These are all of the things you will need to make your home all warm and cozy. Did I mention that you can totally buy letter’s of someone’s name, do this to them and give them as a Christmas present. Everyone loves something that has their name, initials or favorite sayings on them. At least in Louisiana they do!

HaHa

 The first thing you will do is coat the top of your letter with Mod Podge. Keep in mind this dries fairy quick so you don’t want to coat the entire letter then glitter. I do a little piece glitter, shake off glitter then move to a spot away from the one I just did. So it’s a little bit of going all over the letter but eventually it all will be coated with awesome glitter!

This is about the size I do at one time. I used the “original” glitter. I don’t know if there is an original but you know what I mean. Not all that new FINE, THIN glitter but the large gold flakes. These always bring me back to being a kid so I thought hey, let’s go there for Christmas. What I love most about this project is you can get so creative with it. You don’t have to use gold. You can use whatever color your home decor is or if you are giving it as a gift you can make it that person’s favorite color.

 When you are completely done you can coat the entire thing with Mod Podge or spray with this sealer. I used the sealer but they both work the same. You can get this from any craft store. 

 Make sure you spray this OUTSIDE!

 This my Jaderbugs is what you will get.  A mantle full of awesomeness. If you didn’t see my tutorial on how I made these tinsel trees you can click HERE to see them. Yesterday I posted how to make a garland with Cotton Balls and it exploded on Pinterest. Click HERE to see how I did it!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, make sure to come back tomorrow to see some easy DIY Christmas decor.

Don’t forget to make it a DIY kinda day,

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Happy CYBER MONDAY Jaderbugs! I hope to have all of my tutorials up before the end of the week showing you all of the “cheap” ways I decorated our Christmas tree. I always believe when you make your own things they look so much better than store bought items. Don’t cha agree?

Today’s tutorial is so soft and fluffy. When I was in the store the other day I started looking at garlands and when I saw the prices on them I was like “ER MY GERD”… I couldn’t get over the prices of them. I figured out in that moment I would make my own. I wanted something to look like SNOW… Then it clicked.

COTTON BALLS

Are you excited yet? The great thing is you can have your kids help with this, just be careful of the needle. I think they make kid proof needles I am just not sure where they sell them. I mean. What is kid proof? Can they not stab themselves with it? Will it even go through clothes? See… I just don’t know ~

INGREDIENTS:

*cotton balls
*needle
*thread 

I purchased all of my ingredients at Walgreens. Make sure when you purchase your cotton balls that you get the JUMBO ones. I accidentally got the small ones and you can totally tell the difference. The big ones look so much better.

Start off with ONE large cotton ball.

Carefully string your needle right through the center of the cotton ball.

Pull the string through and continue until you have enough for your tree. One piece of advice. I though I could have ONE long garland but because you are using thread it sorta breaks easily if there is too much weight. I know you are prolly thinking…cotton balls, weight. Trust me it breaks.

I like to do about 20-30 cotton balls and then stop. It just works better. I am sure if you used the small cotton balls you could make one big garland but these jumbo babies are huge! 

This is what you will get JADERBUGS! It’s so much fun right. I really like it because it’s super affordable and honestly. I think it looks better than a store bought garland.

Here is ONE of our trees in the house. Tutorial coming soon on how we make this bookshelf so stay tuned!

If you decide to make one please post it on my Jaderbomb facebook page! I love showing the things you make.

Don’t forget to make it a DIY kinda day,

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Oh HAPPY day Jaderbugs! I have this post I am working on featuring 5-10 homemade crafts you can make to decorate your Christmas tree with. That will be coming up this week but I wanted to share a few of my favorite ones with you now. I love making things that fill those empty spots in my Christmas tree. You know? Those spots that are screaming for love and affection? This year is the FIRST year we ever got a real tree. It was so much fun going through the entire process. Lil one had fun picking it out. The one thing I didn’t realize is that you can’t BEND the branches like a fake tree.

HAHA.

Do you know what this means? HUGE spots that need love and affection. I tried sticking ornaments in those lonely spots but it was just not working. Our living room tree’s theme is GOLD, WHITE and a pop of red. I thought why not add a little bit’O candy in the tree and that is where this idea came from. I didn’t want to go out and buy candy ornaments because they are super duper expensive and I just don’t like throwing away money like that.  I hope you enjoy this craft because they turned out SO cute. Just think you can do silver ones and put bright fun paper around them. I love this because you can be creative and add paper on them that you personally love.

Stay tuned because I have THREE trees in the house this year so you will be seeing some fun ways to decorate a tree. Did I mention each room has a different theme? Eh…. I know. I have OCD.
Let’s get started:

INGREDIENTS:

*Scissors
*Twine
*Mylar Tissue (purchased from Walgreens)
*Scrapbook paper
*Paper towel roll

You can click on any of the ingredient links to purchase these items in ONE spot.

 The first thing I want to tell you is this Mylar Paper is GOLD and SILVER. This is what it looks like right from the package. You can see that there will be a crease from where it was folded.

If you flip the paper over it will be silver. I didn’t know this until I bought it. I think this is great because you can choose this side if you don’t want GOLD.

The first thing I did was lay my cardboard roll on the edge of tissue, roll it over so see where I need to cut.  The goal is to have no cardboard showing.

Once you cut it it will look like the picture below. It will be too “long” so you will need to cut the strip in half. I used the crease that was already showing as a guideline.

Once you cut it wrap your roll with the tissue paper and secure with tape. I like to use double stick tape so I can “hide” the tape from the human eye. It actually just looks a little better this way.

Get a piece of twine and tie it around the ends of the roll. This will give us that CANDY look. Are they not so cute? I planned on leaving them just like this but I really wanted them to pop.

Soooo. I added red and white chevron paper around them.

This is what they will look like once you are done! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial… Make sure and post yours on my facebook page so I can share with my readers. I love seeing your take on one of my crafts.

Don’t forget to make it a DIY kinda day,

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Well..It’s already that time of year and I sit here shaking my head in disbelief. I can’t believe it “really” is that time of year.

How did Thanksgiving already come and go? Have I been asleep all year? I remember when I was a kid I used to overhear my parents say things like ” Boy, time goes so quick the older we get”… What does that really mean? I get that times goes as fast but come on. Nobody ever said it would fly by quicker than you can digest the turkey you ate a few days ago.

To get in the spirit I will be making a lot of fun new Christmas Tutorials for you on here, sharing Christmas ideas, featuring other amazing Christmas crafts and kicking out some fun printable’s.

Do you ever walk around the stores WISHING you could buy everything because it all looks so good in that one spot at that exact moment. I am totally that person however over the years I transformed the way my brain thinks. I get that something I make will not have a “label” on it BUT it will prolly cost me 3/4 less and will be made the way I want it. Sometimes it’s hard to break something down in your head and re-make it. So I will be doing all of the dirty work (figuring the break down process) for you and posting it in easy steps.
I wanted to add a pop of color on my mantle in the living room so I thought mini Christmas trees would be perfect.

Yes, I was one of the crazy people out on black friday shopping. I only went to 2 stores though. One of the stores was Joanne Fabric  and craft store and there I purchases these little cardboard cones for around .75 cents.  (I know!!!) I know they sell these at any craft store so it should be easy to find. Let’s get started.

INGREDIENTS:

*Tinsel
*Cardboard Cone
*Glue Gun 

TWhat I love the most about this craft is that you can get tons of garlands and make like 40 of these babies. I actually saw one like this in Albertson’s the other day and it was $39.00.  Granted the tinsel on those were a little fancy but I purposely wanted to use the “vintage” looking tinsel garland. It add’s a retro feel to the room.

The first thing you will do is add a little dot of hot glue on your cardboard cone.

Carefully start wrapping your garland around the cone.

Keep going until you get to the very bottom…..

VOILA! It’s that simple. The three cones may have cost me $3.00 and the garland was $3.99 at Wal-Mart. These look so cute on the mantle and I am proud that I took something that was WAY over priced and made it affordable and ridiculously cute.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, make sure to come back tomorrow to see some easy DIY Christmas tree decor.

Don’t forget to make it a DIY kinda day,

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Who’s ready to attend the best ONLINE party in the entire world! Well WELCOME because you are in the right spot!
I am so excited to be a part of this fun linky party.

Wanna know why?
Well for once we will not be linking up our creations but we will link up our social media outlets.

Why is this good?
Because it’s a great way to let others know who you are , plus YOU get to meet a ton of new people.

Let me tell you a little more about Social Saturday.

The LAST Saturday of EVERY month we will each host a different Social party.

The hostesses of this party will rotate social sites each month so that means you will get to meat TONS and TONS of great, amazing, creative, nice, unique and NEW people. Are you getting all of this, because it’s gonna be TONS of fun.

The parties will start at 8am EST and close at 11:59 PST

Don’t forget to link up at the bottom of this post! After all it’s the most important thing to do today.

Wanna meet the team that put’s everything together?

I have the honor of working with a great group of ladies on the Saturday Social party.

The 4 hostesses will be:

Domestically Speaking
(Hosting Hometalk)

Jader Bomb
(Hosting the Facebook Party)

Setting For Four
(Hosting Twitter Party)

Its So Very Cheri
(Hosting Pinterest Party)

Once you have entered my party, head over to the other parties and get SOCIAL.

This month I will be hosting the FACEBOOK party!

Facebook  is a real big deal in everyones life.  Everyone loves Facebook because it’s an easy way to keep track of the pages we like, friends & family, and everything else.

The one thing I love about Facebook is how fast things spread on it.

I am always sharing tons of great projects and featuring things other’s make so come on over and check out my Facebook page!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, see ya in the next post! Make sure you come visit me in these places too! (look below this line, hehe)

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When I look back on this last year I become very emotional. I am so grateful for the opportunities that have come my way. I am so grateful for my family that supports me and this career that just happened. I am so grateful for so many things but mostly YOU. You are the reason I get on the computer each and every day.  I get so much joy knowing that I might make ONE person’s day amazing. That is all I ever wanted.

I hope you and your family had a MEMORABLE day.  I am going decorate the TWO trees in our house, (yes, eeek two) so make sure and come back tomorrow to see some some CHRISTMAS CRAFTS!

Sending you a BIG ole belly full of turkey hug,

Tell your family I said hi and love um!

Quote of the day:
“The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.” -William Saroyan

Happy SUNDAY Jaderbugs! I know everyone is already shopping for Christmas and I figured I would post some really good items that are great to give a loved one. I personally feel so much better giving gifts that I know are biodegradable, natural, therapeutic & made with minimal dyes.

It just feels better ya know? I put some items that will appeal to anyone so enjoy! P.S. Below the pictures are links that will take you directly to the website of the item. Make sure you share this link on your facebook, twitter or pinterest because everyone should shop “GREEN”.

Happy Holidays…

GO GREEN for CHRISTMAS

 

Quote of the Day
“The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end. It is the highest emblem in the cipher of the world.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Friday Jaderbugs! I can’t believe the weekend is already here. I made a fun printable for Thanksgiving and Christmas for you. I made it in these three colors since it is the most generic colors for each holiday. If you want to place a special order head on over to my ETSY shop to purchase it. I can create whatever you request, different colored letters, background print, background color and your very own unique saying. I love giving this so someone in a frame for Christmas since I can make it so personal.
You have two choices to get this free printable today. You can click on the picture, save it to your desktop and then print it or you can click on the link right below the picture for the original PDF. I suggest always clicking that link. The quality will be a lot better. This print out is an 8×10.

Click HERE to download the Thanksgiving PDF.

Click HERE to download the green Christmas PDF.

Click HERE to download the red Christmas PDF.

I hope you enjoy this fun free printable. It’s the perfect time to print out both. I like to print them on CARDSTOCK because it’s more durable and it look’s great. This print out is an 8×10.

 

Quote of the day:
“Actually, I take it as a compliment. Diva is a derivative of divine. That’s quite a title to carry around.”
Calista Flockhart

Happy hump day Jaderbugs! I am kinda proud of myself. It’s not even midnight and I am getting around to tomorrows post. I usually start around midnight and finish in the morning. Way to go me!
So let’s talk about something. It’s almost Thanksgiving. Is it just me or is time flying by? I can’t lie the one thing I am most excited about besides Thanksgiving is BLACK FRIDAY! Do you ever tackle this crazy day/night? Let me just tell you what I do for this event.
I get in CUTE COMFY clothes, go to starbucks to get a coffee (even thought I can make a pot at home), get in my car and go from store to store people watching. Me and Ashy have so much fun doing this. I am sure you are wondering if we buy anything. Nah. That would take the fun out of everything.
I will say this about this event. It’s not that we “enjoy” watching people FIGHT over a blu ray DVD player, camera’s, T.V.’s or candy canes. OK, fine.
We do enjoy it, hehe.
Let’s get to the craft. Today I will show you how to make homemade room spray. I usually buy the ones from the store but I never really like the smells so I decided I would make  my own. Some people use oil’s to make room spray but I wanted to make something that you could actually spray on your bedding, furniture or just in the air. If you are not familiar with the namebrand TYLER then you will flip when you actually smell every scent from this line.
Diva is a really popular scent so that is the scent we are gonna use today.

INGREDIENTS

*Diva Wash
(If you don’t want to buy the big bottle you can always buy the small one for around 7 bucks)
*Spray bottle
*Water

If you don’t notice on the cap it says to “GENTLY” shake. You don’t want to make the mistake I did and REALLY shake it. HAHA

I poured about 2 teaspoons in my empty bottle. Some batches I make a little stronger than others but it’s up to you how strong you want it.

I then filled the bottle with 16 oz of water. When you are done with this step put the cap back on and lightly shake the bottle. I don’t actually shake it but I twirl it in a circle. This keeps it from forming ton’s of suds.

 

This is what the bottle looks like. I just love the design on it. This little bottle is around 7 bucks and I use it just for room spray. Trust me it lasts forever.

 

Now you can spray this in every room and get this amazing smell that lasts what seems like forever. A fun thing to do is spray this throughout your house if you know someone is stopping by. They will think you been cleaning for hours! Trust me it works (wink wink).

I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial and make sure to check out all of TYLER’S scents. If you are not sure where they are sold you can usually google it and you should find something. Most candle store and boutiques sell this line.

Come back tomorrow for your DAILY DOSE of DIY

 

 

I was given product for this post but all opinions are my own.

Well happy Monday Jaderbugs! I can’t believe it’s 11 pm and I am just getting to write this post.  I could not wait to post this tutorial because I think it’s super cute for this time of year.
The other day I went in the attic to get a “wreath” out and  I realized I had quite a few decorated wreaths. I guess I felt the need for the past 10 years to decorate a wreath and put it in the attic so I can “use” it again the next year. Ehh, no. I don’t think I ever re-used a wreath so I figured I would make a wreath that I can really RE-USE for each season.
Just in case you are wondering I gave the wreath’s to a good home! Let’s get to it.

INGREDIENTS:

*Craft Ring
*Bow
*Burlap
*Glue Gun
*Scissors
*Mini Clothespins
*Stickers 

You can click on the links in the “ingredients” to purchase all of the materials in one spot.

The first thing you want to do is cut out strips of burlap. Your craft ring I am using is wooden only because I wanted something that would be really sturdy. Once you are done cutting your strips then you are ready to glue. Slap a little dot of glue down and start wrapping your craft ring. Over lap the burlap just a little bit like below.

This is what is will look like once it is completely wrapped with burlap. If you don’t know how to make a bow you can always buy pre made ones from your local craft store. Hobby Lobby and Michaels always has nice bows. I bought this black and white one from Michael’s, isn’t it so cute.

The good thing about the burlap is you can add different things to it for different occasions without messing it up. All I did to dress mine up was take some stickers, add some hot glue to the back of it then attach it to a mini clothespin. Remember when we overlapped the burlap? This is why. So we can put the clothespins on each little strip of burlap.

Don’t forget you can do this with flowers and ton’s of other things. So awesome.

I love gnomes so I totally took advantage of Martha Stewart’s little gnome stickers.

I hope you enjoyed visiting with me and my gnomes. See you in the next post Jaderbugs.

P.S. I totally thing this needs to be in a magazine, :).

What will you put on your wreath?

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