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A Little Christmas

Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas
Fine and Feathered Blog - A Little Christmas

Is it a sign you're getting old when you truly start to believe that the holidays come earlier and earlier every year? Sigh.

Well here we are! Just a few days until Christmas. I've been meaning to share a few photos of the house for a while now, and I'm coming in just under the wire, eh? This is actually the first year in all 6 years we've been married that we actually got a Christmas Tree (and it's real! So extra points for us, right?). I've actually loved having it way more than I thought it would. The warm glow it gives off as we cuddle up on the couch each night together is just a teeny bit magic. It feels so magic in and of itself I opted to keep decorations really simple and just went with a few metal stars all over.

How is everyone's holiday season going so far? I am so excited to just chill and eat cookies all day - bring on Christmas!

Handmade Gift Roundup

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This Christmas I really wanted to do lots of home-made gifts. It took a bit of planning ahead and a little extra time, but I'm super happy with how they came out. They really weren't hard at all to make, but I was really proud of them. Here's a couple...

The first are Beeswax Candles. They were the most time-consuming ones, but I had a lot of fun, and I love how the smell isn't over-powering when you burn them. I followed Elsie's tutorial over at A Beautiful Mess, I got the glass cannisters from Hobby Lobby, and the Beeswax from this ebay shop. They weren't all that hard to make, you just had to really babysit the wax while melting it, and it can be a little tricky to get the wax into the jars, but it's really pretty fun!

The vanilla was my favorite to make because it smells so amazing. They took the most planning since they needed to sit for at least two months before they were ready to use, and I wanted everyone to be able to use them right away. I bought the bottles off Amazon, and the vanilla beans from this Etsy shop. I just added one and a half vanilla beans to each jar (slicing each down the middle), and filling them to the top with vodka, and let them sit in a cabinet for 2 months until I was ready to give them out.

The Cocoa were the simpliest, and most fun to make. I got pre-made cocoa mix from our local Amish Market (it's amazing!), and put enough for two servings in a mason jar with some chocolate chips and miniature marshmallows, and put the directions for cocoa for two on the tags.

How was did everyone else's gifts turn out? Do you usually try to make a lot for the holidays?

Farm girl excitements

Vintage Shirt // Thrifted Skirt // Gap Kids Coat // Target Tights // UO Bag

Scarf c/o A Pirates Yarn // Bracelet + Watch were gifts // Zara Boots

I got an early Christmas present yesterday - the chickens started laying eggs! You might remember we got new chicks this summer and were crossing our fingers that they were both girls. Well, we were lucky - they are! and they're both big and beautiful now (I'll have to post some photos soon!). I kind of gave up hope that they would start laying since now it's been so cold so I forgot to check their nesting boxes this week. I was pretty shocked when I opened their boxes yesterday afternoon and one of them was overflowing with eggs! I'm pretty darn excited to once again not have to buy supermarket eggs.

I realize that none of this has to do with what I'm wearing, or anything really. But hey, some days ya just gotta brag about your chickens.