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Heartwarming Holiday Adverts

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If you could sum up Christmas in a just a few words, what would they be? I’d have to say family, love, and connection, as I cherish time with my family during the holiday season. When I watch heartwarming Christmas adverts like the ones below, I’m reminded to be grateful for my relationships. Here are a few touching videos that I think will tug your heartstrings as they did mine.

Etsy Item of the Day: Merry & Bright Party Plates

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Whether you’re planning a tacky sweater party, a company function, or an intimate gathering with friends and family, these festive foiled plates will infuse your holiday bash with the Christmas spirit. Measuring 23 cm x 23 cm, these plates are suitable for appetizers, dinner, or dessert. You can coordinate your other paper products with some matching Merry & Bright napkins and red foil paper straws.
Merry & Bright Party Plates

Etsy Seller: Joessa

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Holiday Tea Towels from Spoonflower

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If you’ve never heard of Spoonflower before, let me tell you about them! Spoonflower is a fabulous place to purchase custom printed fabric you can use for various quilting, sewing, and crafting projects. There is an endless number of designs, all submitted by independent artists and illustrators. We elves enjoy supporting the handmade community, so we love the fact that whenever someone purchases fabric, a portion of the proceeds goes directly to the designer who created it!

One project in particular that I like to make with Spoonflower fabric is tea towels. In addition to the many tea towel designs on Spoonflower.com, you can easily turn any design into a towel in just a few simple steps. First, set the fabric type to Linen Cotton Canvas. (Spoonflower recommends Linen Cotton Canvas as the best fabric choice for heirloom quality tea towels.) Then under Amount, select Fat Quarter.

Spoonflower Screenshot - Tea Towels

Once your fabric arrives in the mail, all you need to do is hem it. Simply fold the edges, press with an iron, then sew. If you have a rolled hem presser foot for your sewing machine, now would be an excellent time to use it because it’ll fold and sew the raw edges at the same time!

Now, keep reading to see some of my favorite tea towel designs for this holiday season.

2018 Calendar with Cardinals

2018 Calendar with Cardinals
A pair of red cardinals perched on snowy branches and a 2018 calendar are featured on this towel design. This would be a great gift for bird watchers or anyone with cardinals in their holiday or kitchen decor.

Christmas Corgis

Christmas Corgis
These corgis are ready for Christmas as they are wearing Santa hats and accented with candy canes, poinsettias, and other red flowers.

Etsy Item of the Day: Yarn Ball Wreath

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While attending Craftcation earlier this year, I met the creative ladies behind Embellished Living. After telling me about their handmade goods, they generously gifted me a fabulous felt flower and a little wooden sign. (The sign says “create” and it sits on my desk here at the North Pole.) Embellished Living makes all kinds of home decor, such as jute monograms, personalized signs, and wreaths like the lovely one below. Perfect for a covered front door or any interior door, this charming rustic wreath feels so cozy with its earthy tones of red, green, tan, and cream. It’s comprised of yarn and jute balls in varying sizes, giving this wreath depth and texture.
Yarn Ball Wreath

Etsy Seller: Embellished Living

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10 Printable Advent Calendars You Can Download Today

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There’s no need to worry if you haven’t gotten an advent calendar yet because I’ve rounded up 10 fabulous advent calendars that you can print from home TODAY. Even if all you have is a black and white printer, you’re in luck! Keep reading to find a calendar you like, then get out your scissors and glue stick and make one (or more) of these amazing advent calendars.

1. Modern Cityscape Advent Calendar

Printable Advent Calendar

Build a cityscape with the various boxes in this printable advent calendar. Monochromatic and modern, this calendar has a Scandinavian feel to it. The calendar contains three cars, three different trees, a Christmas tree, seven houses, a skyscraper, and numbered stars. Customize your advent calendar by printing multiples of your favorite boxes. Personalize it by adding hand drawn elements, such as stick figures of your family members in the car windows.

2. Santa’s Sleigh Advent Calendar

Printable Advent Calendar

This festive advent calendar bursts with Christmas goodness! The printable PDF comes with two reindeer, a sleigh, thirteen different sized boxes, name tags, and number tags. Simply print as many reindeer and gift boxes as you like to complete your advent calendar. Now the question is, will your sleigh be drawn by two or eight reindeer?

3. Igloo Advent Calendar

Printable Advent Calendar

Impress your family and friends with an igloo advent calendar! The igloo itself is the calendar, comprised of 26 little boxes. Also included in the PDF download are penguins and trees, which will complete your winter scene. When you’re done assembling your calendar, put it on display for all to see!

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