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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!

Simple Burlap Table Runner

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A couple months ago I was wandering through Pottery Barn and fell in love with a lovely little fall table they had set up with all sorts of beautiful pumpkins and pretty little plates and what-not and it was all tied together with this cute and simple burlap table runner that went right down the middle. I quickly had a little light-bulb moment and thought about how easy it'd be to make one, customize it, and save like, thrity dollars. Oh yes, love it. Of course, our dining table is round so it hung a little funny, but it ended up being perfect for our buffet/dresser that's also in the dining room.

Supplies : Burlap (measure your table to figure out the right size for you), stencils (you can find these at most craft stores in a variety of fonts and sizes), acrylic or all-purpose craft paint, foam brush

Cut your burlap to size and using your stencils (it's best to start from your middle letter and work your way out) and use your foam brush to dab the paint on until it's filled. Allow to dry - enjoy:)

Autumn Leaf Coasters

I spotted some super cute leaf shaped trivets in the newest Martha Stewat and was pretty smitten with the idea! The thing is... we don't really have a need for trivets. We don't even really sit at the table all that much and I knew they'd never get used. So I though, what about coasters? With thin cork you can basically cut out any shape you want and could even customize a set for every season - sold!

They're super simple to make, all you need is a bit of thin cork (I used this kind). You can either trace a leaf (or cut out) onto the back side or just free hand draw a leaf shape and then carefully cut out with an exacto or utility knife. If you have any trouble with the the smaller sections ripping you can usually just use a dab of glue on the back side and theyre good as new.

I'm in love them! Wouldn't they look adorable for the table on Thanksgiving?