Christmas Brunch

I had so much fun with Christmas Brunch this year. I have wanted to do a “Girls PJ day” for a while, and with all my Christmas decorations up, I knew I was ready!

I made a quick video  – check it out here! 

Also, here’s my Trello board, where I have organized all my thoughts going into the brunch, provided a few recipe click-throughs, my grocery list, etc! Hope it inspires you!


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Christmas Printables

For some reason this year, I have become a last minute present wrapper?!

As you know I’m a Black Friday shopper, so I usually start wrapping as soon as I get back – since I so strategically make sure I have all my Christmas shopping complete.  But, I just have put it off, and put it off, and now here I am on Christmas Eve with unwrapped presents. EEK! I don’t know where my time went, but it’s crunch time!  I found these adorable and funny Christmas gift tags on Pinterest, and I’m obsessed!

In case you are interested, they are on The Happy Tulip – which is a super cute blog that I’ve searched around on as well. Check it out, and I have the links below back to the site in case you want to check out the printable – which are free!

How cute! And, the perfect way to make my presents a little cuter… as I quickly tape on wrapping paper and bows that don’t match! They are just what I needed to make my Christmas presents Merry & Bright!

Thank you, The Happy Tulip, for saving the day.

Scrabble: Part 2

Time for Scrabble, Part 2. (In case you missed it, here is Part 1.)

Next up, the board.

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After way too much brainstorming on what would be best as the actual board, I bought a canvas drop cloth. The measurements were pretty tight for 15 rows x 15 columns of my painted tiles, but I just decided to use right up to the end of the canvas for my board. I knew my mom would appreciate it being handmade, which was a great excuse for it being such a tight fit with the tiles! I ironed the creases so that the canvas would lay flat, and I was hoping I would also have a little more room for my tight squeeze.

Another dilemma, should I paint lines for the squares on the board? After consulting my talented artist friend, Kelly, we decided it would be ok to paint the squares only, and not worry with the lines. I used masking tape to run my “lines” so I could paint on top, and pull it up once the paint dried for nice sharp edges for the squares!

I had all the colors ready to use for painting the squares: brown, red, blue, light blue and pink. After figuring out which colors went where, I had the whole thing painted! It was a little time consuming, but by the end I had it all figured out. I did get off on one of my light blue squares, but since I was using acrylic paint, it was easy to cover up.

I added one more personal touch with “Nana’s Scrabble” at the bottom, and cut a little of the extra canvas off the top. Then, I used a permanent maker to write what each colored squared would score, and of course the star on the middle pink square. I added a dry erase board and makers for our score board, and a bag to keep track of all the tiles to pass around during the game.

Voila – a beautiful handmade board and my biggest DIY undertaking to date! Merry Christmas, Mom!