Merry Christmas!

The big day is only three days away, but Christmas started for us on Friday. From Friday the 19th until the 27th we have a dinner every single night but one… and I’m loving every minute of it. Last night was dinner at my Mom’s and we made one of my favourite dishes- butternut saffron risotto… ahhh it was so good!

Merry Christmas Happy Holidays from Lemon Thistle

I’m going to be relaxing and enjoying my family this week so I wont see you Wednesday, but watch out- Friday my friend Hannah from Pommel Lane (gorgeous hand lettering!) is going to be sharing a free printable for New Years Eve with you! I can’t wait to see it guys, I’m giddy. Maybe a bit of a girl crush, but if you look at her stuff you’ll see why!

But before I take off to enjoy a week of over-indulging in baked goods and stuffing, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas. I’m so grateful for each and everyone of you that read this. I’m humbled that you take the time out of your day to come and hang out with me- really! When I started this blog just over a year ago- I was on bedrest and looking for something to fill my time… I didn’t expect to find a passion and I really didn’t expect to find a community of wonderful people (or for anyone to read what I write!). But now that I have found you guys- I’m so grateful. Your comments, emails, social shares, and sharing your DIYs with me- they make my day me do a happy dance. You guys rock.

Lifestyle Family Photos by Troi crombie- Lemon Thistle dot com

That’s it- that’s all I’ve got for you today! So from my family to yours… I pray that you get to enjoy family and friends and cocoa and turkey just like me this holiday season. And that you remember that Jesus is the reason for all the feasting and festivities. And lastly, that you are able to relax and return to work or whatever your normal is rested and ready to take on 2015.

PS. I’m in love with our lifestyle family session from Troi Crombie (she did our maternity too!). This family shot was on the back of our Christmas Cards which were lettered by Hannah from Pommel Lane- check them out if you like :)

DIY Burlap Pinecones and Baubles Wreath

DIY Rustic Pinecone & Bauble Holiday Wreath for only a few dollars!

I’m back with another easy wreath DIY- the last of my impromptu wreath week! And this one is Shane’s favorite… maybe it’s because there was no mess when I made it. That’s probably why! I love how this one is rustic but with a bit of sparkle. It could fit with glitzy decor or the most simple. And it cost me next to nothing (my favourite kind of DIY). Want to know how I made it? First… let me show you how it started.

DIY Rustic Pinecone & Bauble Holiday Wreath for only a few dollars! [Read more…]

DIY Flocked and Tartan Wreath

DIY Flocked and Tartan Wreath

Remember on Monday when I said that instead of a wreath I was doing something different this year? That I didn’t want to make a wreath so opted for a bough because of how easy it was. Well, then I changed my mind. So scrap that and welcome to wreath week, friends! I’ve got a wreath for you today and I’ll have another on Friday. Just so you know how much I didn’t stick to my word of skipping the wreaths. Sound like a plan? Heck yes.

DIY Flocked and Tartan Wreath

Here’s how it all started… I saw this post by Sawdust2Stitches for Remodelaholic and she mentioned using the spray snow from the Dollar Store to give her fake tree some flocking. Whaaaat. Maybe I’m the only person in the world who hadn’t heard of this, but my mind was blown. I love the look of flocked trees but we certainly don’t have room in our budget for a new tree. Plus this year we were gifted an aunt’s old tree and it’s such high quality. Even though Corey said the snow wipes off I couldn’t bring myself to chance it on our new-to-us tree. So I let the idea go. Then we were moving things around our basement to get ready for wiring (fiiinally!!!) and I spotted a stack of fake wreaths. I completely forgot that I’d picked up three wreaths at a garage sale this summer for just a few bucks. Light bulbs went off and I hauled one upstairs.

Here’s how it turned out… and what I think of the process. [Read more…]

DIY Holiday Bough

DIY Holiday Bough with fresh greens

I love that during the holidays wreaths come out on every front door to greet your visitors. When Shane and I were first married and I had my own front door for the first time ever I got really excited by the idea and bought a wreath for every season. Tacky wreaths. Fake, tacky wreaths. But I loved them. Now I’m a bit more selective. In the past I’ve made wreaths, but this year I decided to do something a little different and make a holiday bough. I love the scent of holiday greens and this is an easy way to use them in your decor!

I don’t know that I can even call this a tutorial because it’s so easy, but this video shows you exactly how I made mine and gives some tips when you’re making your own. As always- Shaw did an awesome job putting the video together! [Read more…]

DIY Magnetic Memo Board (and Christmas Card Holder!)

DIY Magnetic Metal 'whiteboard' Great idea to display Christmas Cards!

After a quick break yesterday to share the news about my 2015 Free Printable Calendars, it’s back to Christmas! But this DIY could really be used year round. Meet your new best friend, this lovely DIY Magnetic Whiteboard! But it’s not white- it’s a bit more edgy (and charming). And even though we built it specifically to display all the Christmas cards we receive, Shane’s decided it’s going to be in use year round. We’re thinking we might use it to meal plan. We tested it out and like how it looks!

DIY Metal 'Whiteboard' for a meal plan! [Read more…]

2015 Free Printable Calendar Early Release

Free Printable 2015 Calendar

Alright, I’m taking a break from all the Christmas projects today. Let’s talk planning for the new year! I’m a big list maker and I live by my day timer- I’m a bit of a nerd. But I know I’m not the only one! So calendars? Obviously I love those too. Last year’s budget calendar was SO popular, I’ve had requests to have it back again. Do you know how happy that makes me? Thanks, guys!

Free Printable 2015 Calendar

Free Printable Calendar for 2015

I chose to create not only a budget calendar (you can see how I use it here) but also a perpetual list calendar with no weekdays (great for birthdays as it’s not year specific), and a classic grid calendar with room for notes and goals. So you can take your pick and organize your year the way that you like best! I’m excited to get my budget calendar back up and running. Our renovations have thrown that one off. And I’m also happy to have a grid calendar- we used one with a photo on each page last year, but the boxes for each date were so little it wasn’t very effective. It’ll be nice to have one that I can fit more than one activity/note in! [Read more…]

DIY Marbled Ornaments (3 Ways)

DIY Hand Marbled Ornaments and Tags 3 ways!

PSST! Look to the right —> I’ve finally updated my sidebar, so now you can find me on Facebook! I’d love if you stopped by :)

Two and a half weeks, guys!! Is your list as long as mine? It’s all fun stuff though, so that makes the to-do list look a bit better with that in mind. Today I’m bringing you a fun idea to decorate some ornaments that can match almost any decor. I marbled three different types of ornaments using the same technique and love how they turned out. I’m loving the marbled trend and after seeing how easy it was to marble my Easter eggs, I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to do it again.

DIY Hand Marbled Ornaments and Tags 3 ways!

This is another video DIY in partnership with our local Shaw channel, so I’ll let the video do the talking. If you’d like a photo tutorial on marbling with nail polish, you can check out my Easter eggs- I did everything the same! Oh, and yes- nail polish! It’s so clever really, no sealing needed. [Read more…]

Deck the Halls (and a Pickle)!

I’m so excited to share with you all… my favourite holiday tradition in our home! We actually did this a few weeks ago, but I was saving it to talk about as part of the Christmas Traditions Blog Tour! I’m thrilled to be a part of this tour, partly because the other ladies participating are amazing but mostly because I think traditions are so important. I love looking at all the beautiful homes tours out there, and would have loved to take part in one of those for Christmas, but we’re living with two 15 month old babies, running around terrorizing the village and touching everything they can reach. It’s not practical for us to deck our home in beautiful ornaments, the doorways in garlands, and cute reindeer around our fireplace. Nope, we have a gate around our fireplace 90% of the time. That’s real life and I thought I’d be up-front with you (because you’re real people too, I hope) instead of putting decorations up for photos only to take it down and hide it from our babes.

Christmas Traditions Blog Tour- Deck the Halls

That being said- we still love to decorate for Christmas. I’m sure you’ve picked up on that over the last couple weeks. We’re just being strategic and limiting our decorations to areas that are out of our kiddos’ reach or decorations they’re welcome to touch (like my trees pillow cover). Okay, so enough on that… what’s my favourite tradition!? Decorating! Ha, considering I just ranted about that, do you believe me? It’s true, I promise.

Christmas Traditions Blog Tour

It’s not just the act of decorating that is my favourite though… it’s the event we’ve built around it. Before kids it was a day long event. We’d get the tree out in the morning, slowly set it up and put on lights, taking breaks for a big brunch, cocoa and board games (we’re games addicts). Since babies, we’ve compacted it into a two evening process. We build the tree and string all the lights in one evening- this evening is never as fun since we use an artificial tree that’s not lit. And I like a million lights. But the magic comes the next night… [Read more…]

Simple Tree Stamped Pillow Slip Cover

DIY Hand Stamped Holiday Tree Pillow Slip Cover (Scandi goodness!)

Oh boy, I am excited to share this one with you! This pillow, along with a couple other Christmas-y updates I’ve made to my decor this year is making me one happy girl. In the past we’ve done a red and gold theme, then added silver, and I’ve been craving simplicity. This year we ditched almost all of the red in favour of a simple and neutral holiday decor style. And I’m loving it. This pillow is one of the updates and I love the somewhat Scandi appeal it has to it. Other updates are these glittered wood star ornaments (which are attracting a lot of attention from little hands!) and my Holiday Lyric Wood Round.

DIY Hand Stamped Holiday Tree Pillow Slip Cover (Scandi goodness!)

The best part about this tree stamped pillow ‘cover’ is that it’s more of a slip cover. It’s made to fit over an existing throw pillow so your Christmas stash doesn’t get a whole pillow bigger! If you’ve used a sewing machine before, this pillow cover will come together in a snap. Mine took me less than an hour start to finish (other than dry time). [Read more…]

DIY Holiday Lyrics Wood Slice

DIY Rustic Holiday Lyric Wood Slice (and a template!)

Happy Monday/December/Cyber Monday/end of Movember (thank goodness for that last one). I hope all my American friends enjoyed their long weekend! Now that we’re in December, I think it’s appropriate to crank up the holiday posts… agree? Good, I knew I could count on you! To kick off December, I’m sharing this rustic Holiday Lyric Wood Slice. I am so happy with how it turned out, even with my beginner wood-burning skills! I am thinking of making one that’s not holiday specific to use in our every day decor… I just need to decide what it should say!

DIY Rustic Holiday Lyric Wood Slice (and a template!) [Read more…]