Christmas is unquestionably my favorite holiday. I love the colors, the smells, the family, the friends, the gifts, and the generally palpable goodwill. Since I was a small child my family has rallied around Christmas decor and general holiday coziness. But this year is a little different. The hubs and I are living our “year of less” so our Holiday will obviously reflect our minimal lifestyle.
This year is all about a simple pallet: black, white, and natural green. So I headed down to my handy local 99 Cent Only Store and bought some white lights and garlands…literally you can buy yards and yards of garland for pennies. Then in order to add a little touch of fancy, I headed to the LA Flower Market and scooped up a few bushels of silver dollar eucalyptus…voila!
Our cute little apartment doesn’t have a ton of storage space so rather than buying a stand for our tree [where would we store that?] I flipped our end table, it was hollow and just the perfect size to hold up our cute little tree.
I added tons of garland and recycled the candlesticks from my Friendsgiving tablescape.
The bedroom wasn’t neglected and obviously, I kept it simple.
Things can get stressful so if you need a little holiday support don’t hesitate to sign up for some coaching from me, Dr. Ally. I am making myself available for the holiday season. I hope you all have an equally beautiful and love-filled Holiday!
Christmas isn’t Christmas if it isn’t covered in glitter. Like, copious amounts of glitter! So, I’m starting my Christmas off with a newly pinkafied tree including two special pink glitter ornaments. It definitely wasn’t rocket science. Just grab some glue, any glue will do, and sprinkle glitter.
I added fishing string…trying to keep the focus on the glitter!
Then sit back and admire!
Better late than never! Of course I wanted to post this days ago but life just kept happening and I mindfully went with her. But seriously Christmas is my FAVORITE holiday. The smells, colors, family, food, decorations, and the CRAFTS! Christmas crafts are on a whole other level. Definitely the holy grail. Well, I did a good deal of crafting this year and I’ll kinda walk you through some…
Any good DIY project worth its salt involves repurposing some old once useful object into a new more meaningful one. For my DIY Christmas I repurposed some old lightbulbs into Christmas tree ornaments.
My photog fiancé is the king of lighting…I mean his first word was literally light. So I figured this would be a great addition to our holiday decor. It’s easy, I wrapped some twine around the bulb and hung them up. Bang!
Our colors were black and white so I played it up with some black ribbon, glitter and satin, (class you), some black ornaments, and white flowers. If you noticed my tree stand is an upside down ikea end table. The crafting way, repurpose, reuse, recycle. Got it from Oh Joy‘s yard sale. I made some 3D stars for my walls and to top my adorable little tree. I found a tutorial here.
We get a new camera/photography related ornament every year. We only have two to show for ourselves but I’m pretty sure we have time to grow our collection.
Next, I cut out about one million Christmas trees. There were so many. I stuck them on everything. You may even remember them from a previous post of mine. Hmmm I wonder who will find the post first?
This is the view into our cute little kitchen. Wish I was organized enough to take pictures of everything. Sometimes the holidays just get away from you.
The holidays were absolutely nuts. It was a flurry of family, friends, and drum roll please I got engaged!!! Along with about 2 million other lucky ladies from your social media feed. So, basically, I’m beyond excited and can’t wait to plan the rest of my life with my best friend. I’ll try to post as often as possible and continue taking pictures of my random crafts.
Here is the ubiquitous ring in the car shot. Come on, I had to, give a girl a break. Gotta love my big guy, he did so well.
Aaron, is the most caring, understanding, and loving man I’ve ever met. I am truly lucky and ecstatic to have the opportunity to spend my life with him. Thanks baby you are so amazing. Alright, now time to post some amazing crafts and get all Martha Stewart on that a$#…no more mushy stuff. We’re not about that.
Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. The twinkling lights, the vibrant colors, the smell of fireplaces and pine needles, oh it’s just magical. So, this year I decided to make Christmas my b*&#h. I started by purchasing all of my gifts way in advance, so I could save, and adding a signature wrap. Believe me everyone will know I gave them a gift. I guess that saves me money on gift tags…come on you know this is from me.
I used three different wrapping papers, an old world map, a dark wood grain inspired print, and, of course, glitter. Glitter paper is a beast to work with, it’s everywhere and won’t stay stuck. The tape just ends up covered in amazing amazing sparkles.
Instead of using ribbon I used jute twine, it just feels more rugged. I’ve always liked pairing delicate elements with harsh accents, it creates an interesting juxtaposition that piques people’s interest. Anyway, the sprigs of evergreen were a final touch.
There you go. I hope everyone has an amazing Christmahanakwanzika.
Branding is huge, it shows intention and makes people feels like you know what you’re doing. I’ve been a little obsessed since starting a consulting firm, which requires a ton of branding. So this year I branded the crap out of my Christmas gifts. Everyone instantly knew they were from me no horrible Christmas name tag necessary. I made my own little flowers and everyone loved them…almost as much as their actual gifts.
First you’ll need, crepe paper (that stuff you string up for parties), tape, siccors, and tinsel. You’ll also want a little circle of tissue paper.
First, cut out petal shapes from your crepe paper, set them aside. Cut out a circle from your tissue paper. Then tape your petals to the tissue paper circle. I chose a set of 5 petals, this is commonly seen in nature and looks the most natural. Keep layering the petals, filling in all the spaces. Three layers of petals works best.
To make it look a little more authentic I crushed the petals a little then opened it back up. Next I swirled the tinsel between my fingers until I had a little ball. Then a taped the ball into the center of the flower. DONE!!! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas, hopefully you’ll hear from me before the New Year.
Have a Merry Christmas from Cigars and Cupcakes!!!
I love Christmas lights on palm trees. This is Christmas to me!
Printemps Paris, department store giant, has inaugurated their new Christmas window. I snagged these pictures from Cherry Blossom Girl, who is truly one of my favorite bloggers and always in the know. For this years window, the creative types at Printemps teamed up with the smarties at Chanel and created scenes based on locations that inspired the creators at Chanel. I particularity loved the little Lagerfelds running around. What kind of a world would we live in if there were more Karl Lagerfelds? Probably a very snarky stylish one…