Goodbye 2013, and hello 2014! Tonight, we will share our resolutions, eat all the sweets we can find before our diets start tomorrow, and toast each other to a happy and healthy new year. Some of us will throw parties, and some of us will cuddle up on the couch with our family to watch the ball drop.
Regardless of how we celebrate, every one of us will be ringing in the new year. If you are still looking for some fun ways to celebrate the new year, here they are!
New Years Eve has always been one of my favorite holidays. Before I had my baby, it was because I could do all the partying I wanted and then miraculously on January 1st, I would instantly become motivated. I would work out more and eat less junk food. I would meditate more and shop less. I would swear off drinking and partying. This usually lasted a few weeks and then it was back to normal.
Even after my baby, New Years is still one of my favorites. We all change from our fancy clothes to our pajamas and we cuddle up on the couch to watch the countdown. Some of us will fall asleep (ok, probably all of us) and we will jump when we hear the ball drop. We will eat sandwiches and will toast with cider instead of champagne. The next day, we will all meet at the bookstore to pick up our new books for the year – a tradition my boyfriend’s family has held since he was a little, and have now invited me to join.
In case you are hoping that your New Years Eve will be a little more eventful than mine, I have a few great party ideas to share.
So how are your handmade holidays coming along? I’ve got almost all of my gifts done, and I’ve decided what to make for my Christmas celebrations – gingerbread cupcakes! Sounds delicious, right? In case you are in need of some last-minute holiday craft, recipe and gift ideas for this weekend…we are here to help you out!
Heather from The Lovely Cupboard created a holiday canvas lightscape by painting on plain white canvases and and poking Christmas lights through the back of the canvas, which she was inspired to do from Apartment Therapy. All you need to do is pencil dots on the back of the canvas and press an awl through the hole to make space for the lights. Secure each light with craft glue and your beautiful lightscape is ready! See more of her beautiful and festive mantle by clicking on the above photo or the link for The Lovely Cupboard.
Kate shared this Copycat Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark recipe on her Food Babbles, and it looks so delicious! I have to admit, I’ve never experienced the wonderfulness that is the Williams Sonoma peppermint bark, so I don’t really have anything to base this off of – but I definitely want to give this recipe a try! You can check out this recipe and more by clicking on the link or the photo above.
And what’s better than an ornament as a gift? One that you can consume, of course!
This peppermint cocoa ornament is super cute and fun, and Tiffany from creme de la crumb says that it only took her one hour to assemble. You will need all the ingredients for the mocha, a clear ornament like this and a funnel. Removing the ingredients is simple – just open the ornament up and pour it out! You could also do this with dry cookie mix and even write a cookie recipe on the ornament! Get the full tutorial by clicking on the link and photo above.
Do you have a favorite handmade Christmas craft, recipe and gift? Share the link in the comments and on our Facebook!
Hello friends! If you are reading this, I can safely assume that you survived Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday – hopefully without losing any appendages! Can you believe there is a little less than three weeks until Christmas – the holiday the crafting world has been gearing up for since Halloween came to a close?!
While I did have to do a little shopping, I’ve decided to make most of my presents by hand! Mostly because I love to craft, and a little because that’s what my budget demands (ok, maybe it’s the other way around). Starting today, I will be sharing a Christmas craft, recipe and gift for you to make at home for the next couple weeks. So let’s get started!