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CS Holiday Gift Wrap

It’s happened to the best of us! The gift shopping is done and you sit down to wrap all your gifts only to realize that you don’t have any gift tags on hand.

Option 1 is to head to the Dollar Store or Wal-Mart and pick up some not-so-cute tags
or
Option 2 is to stay in your pajamas and print some of these free downloadable gift tags.

Here are FIVE of my all-time favorite printable gift tags.

 

21 free printable gift tags--Shanty 2 Chic

I love the retro feel of these tags!  21 Free Printable Christmas Tags from Shanty 2 Chic

free printable gift tags--Please Note Paper

A bit of crafting is required but these adorable ornament tags as well worth the work.  Ornament Gift Tags from Please Note Paper

Calligraphy Gift Tags

The beautiful calligraphy tags will look fabulous on a gift but I think they  would also make a great Christmas card.  Gorgeous Calligraphy Gift Tags from The Hive Studio

Kelli Murray   FREE PRINTABLE 2013 HOLIDAY GIFT TAGS

I love the whimsy and artsy feel of these tags.  Holiday Gift Tags from Kelly Murray

Lia Griffith Holiday Tags

Lia and I were in the Scotch Most Gifted Wrapper Contest together in 2012 and this is just some of her amazing designs.  Chalkboard Christmas Gift Tags by Lia Griffith

Happy Wrapping!

Shelly

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Christmas Gift Wrap 2014 by ConfettiStyle (1) copy

T-minus 5 days and counting until Christmas. 

The Christmas shopping is all done and boxes have been shipped.  Things are starting to settle down around here and that has given me a chance to get most of my holiday gifts wrapped.

I love wrapping gifts and it was so much fun this year to coordinate my gift wrap with my holiday tartan plaid theme.

Here’s a look at my 2014 Holiday Gift Wrap and a few tips that will help you put the finishing touches on your own gifts.

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2014 Bedroom Decor (22) copy

Happy Friday!

I wanted to pop in today and share how I decorated our bedroom for Christmas.

My goal was to keep things simple and incorporate my holiday tartan plaid theme in some way.  I also wanted to use the JOY marquee sign I made last month at the Home Depot Do-It-Herself workshop.

I hope you enJOY the tour!

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Since the color foundation of our bedroom is black and white, it was easy for me to add in red, green and plaid along with a few holiday touches.

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I love lots of pillows on the bed and also love to mix patterns and colors.  The black and white sheets came from HomeGoods are my absolute favorite. I also purchased the red pillowcases from HomeGoods.

The black shams and quilt came from Target and the red and white patterned pillow covers and green velvet cover are from Ikea.

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I added some silver decor, all purchased at Hobby Lobby to my night stand.  During the day I move the disco ball to the ottoman at the foot of our bed so it sparkles in the sun.

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The JOY sign is a project that blogger and woodworker Ana White developed for the Home Depot workshop series.  To make my sign unique, I added the molding trim and outlined each letter with gold metallic paint.

The light have a timer so the sign comes on in the evening and goes off right before we go to bed.

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Our black armoire was the perfect perch for the JOY sign and I hung some greenery and ornaments from each corner to make it feel really festive.

{and check out that red and hot pink throw I snagged at C.Wonder for 50% off.  It just so happens to be my signature color combo–yeah me!}

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I hung a wreath on the head of the bed and kept it simple with a red and white bow.

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I drape the reversible scarf/throw I purchased from Purple Peridot over the foot of the bed when I’m not wearing it.

The red pillow covers are from Ikea and the black and white striped monogrammed pillow was a gift from my friend Tina who blogs at Encore Creations.

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Thanks for stopping by.

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Grab a cup of cocoa and come back tomorrow when I’ll be sharing my holiday gift wrap and a few gift wrapping tips with you.

Shelly

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Holiday Welcome Basket

Snow Day

Hello there!  Who else besides me is wishing for a snow day?

I could really use a day with no commitments, sitting in front of the Christmas Tree, reading my ever-growing stack of magazines.

ConfettiStyle Christmas Tree 2014 (8)

Speaking of relaxing, many of us will have family coming to hang out and relax at our homes for Christmas.

One of the ways I help holiday guest feel comfortable in my home is by making them a Holiday Welcome Basket.  I fill the basket with items that will make their stay comfortable and enjoyable.

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I love to personalize our small little cocktail cart with monogrammed cocktail napkins and barware.  The newest additon to the cart are my DIY Monogrammed Cocktail Stir Sticks which you got a glimpse of when you saw my mug wraps.

DIY Mug Wrap by ConfettiStyle

After seeing and wanting these monogrammed cocktail stick on Horchow but not wanting to pay $65.00 for them, I knew I this could be an easy DIY project.

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After gathering all my supplies, it took me about 15 minutes to make 25 personalized stir sticks and all for less than $9.00 !

Monogram Stir Stick by ConfettiStyle

To make your own monogrammed stir sticks, here’s what you’ll need:

Plain Wood Drink Stir Sticks {this Etsy shop is currently on vaca but you can ask to be notified when they open back up}

Assorted Adhesive Letter Stickers {available from craft stores and always remember to check the sale section for these}

Mod Podge {to seal you stickers to the stick)

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I love how easy these were to make and plan on making more to give as gifts!  

Monogram Stir Sticks by ConfettiStyle

DIY Mug Wrap by ConfettiStyle3

Happy Crafting!

Shelly

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 Today is day 22 of my 30 Days of Holidays series but I just had to change the focus a bit from all the Christmas themed post to share the 2015 Color of the Year with you along with my thoughts on the color.

Pantone, the leading color indicator in the areas of design, interior and fashion names a color of the year each December.  The unveiling of the color is a big deal and is usually greeted with great applause.  For 2015 Pantone has selected a color called Marsala that is getting mixed and not so favorable reviews.  Count me in with those that were shocked and aren’t embracing the color.

2015 Pantone Color of the Year

Here’s how Pantone describes Marsala…

A UNIFYING ELEMENT 

The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.

A TASTEFUL HUE 

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.

A HEARTY YET STYLISH TONE

Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture.

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Here’s my take on Marsala…

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Holiday Cocktails

Hello there.  I hope your weekend has been good and that you took a little time to savor the holiday season!

Thank you for all the wonderful comments and emails regarding my holiday table setting that I shared yesterday.  In the spirit of celebrating, here are FOUR fabulous holiday cocktails to make for a party or to just enjoy as you wind down the weekend.

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 Cheers!

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Blood Orange Mojito

SAN PELLEGRINO BLOOD ORANGE MOJITO

Ingredients: 
In a large bowl, combine blood orange wedges, mint leaves and a light sprinkle of sugar.
Muddle all the ingredients together until  most of the juice is extracted and the mint leave are bruised.
Distribute muddled orange and mint leave between two glasses.  Fill with ice.
Add rum, simple syrup and San Pellegrino Limonata.  Stir and serve immediately.
 
Tip:   For fancier ice cubes, freeze 1 part San Pellegrino Limonata and 1 part orange juice.
Drop one segmented wedge of blood orange in each mold.  Allow freezing time before serving your cocktails.
 

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Gingerbread Martini

GINGERBREAD MARTINI

Ingredients:

For the  gingerbread syrup:

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 tbs. molasses
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

For the martini:

2 ounces vanilla vodka
1.5 ounces Kahlua
1.5 ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream
3 tbs. gingerbread syrup (or to taste)
2.5 ounces half and half (plus 2 tbs. for the rim)
gingerbread cookies for the main garnish
whipped cream for garnish

Directions:

For the syrup:

In a small saucepan, heat the water, brown sugar, molasses, ginger and cinnamon or medium head until the sugar dissolves (about 5 mins).

For the martini:

Crush about 2-3 small gingerbread cookies in a zip lock bag with a rolling-pin.  Place the crumbs in a saucer and set aside.
Pour 2 tablespoons of half and half into a small saucer.  Di the rims of the martini glasses into the half and half.  Then dip into the gingerbread crumbs and set the glasses aside.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream, gingerbread syrup, and the half and half.  Shake well and pour into martini glasses. 
Place a dollop of whipped cream on top and then place a gingerbread cookie on top of the whipped cream and serve.
 
Tip:  if you can’t find gingerbread cookies, you can also use gingersnap or Biscoff cookies.
 
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Spiced Holiday Punch

 SPICED HOLIDAY PUNCH

Ingredients:

6 cups of apple juice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
12 cloves
1 2-inch piece peeled fresh ginger
1 cinnamon stick
6 cups cranberry juice
Ginger ale or sparkling wine
 

Preparation:

Bring 6 cups apple juice, 1/4 tsp nutmeg
12 cloves, 1 (2-inch) piece of peeled fresh ginger
and 1 cinnamon stick to a simmer over medium heat.
Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Strain, cool and chill.
In a larger pitcher combine with 6 cups cranberry juice.
Fill glasses partway with juice mixture and 
top off with ginger ale or sparkling wine.
 
 
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Raspberry Beer Cocktail
  

RASPBERRY BEER COCKTAIL

Ingredients:

3/4 cup fresh raspberries ( or 3/4 cup thawed frozen raspberries)
3 1/2 (12 oz) bottles of beer, chilled
1 (12 oz) container frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed 
1/2 cup vodka
 

Preparation:

Using the back of a spoon, mash raspberries in a bowl; transfer to a pitcher.
Stir in remaining ingredients.  
Serve over ice.
 
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Shelly
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2014 Christmas Table By ConfettiStyle(33) copy

Winter, a lingering season

is a time to gather golden

moments, embark on a sentimental journey,

and enjoy every idle hour.  –John Boswell

 

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