This post includes crafts, recipes, and Everything Christmas! These projects will inspire you to celebrate the holidays this year.
This collection features some of our top projects, along with a few gems from my friends’ websites.
Saturday Chitchat with Janine – Volume 145
I’m all about this season – the crafts, the yummy food, and that cozy decor. It’s all about soaking in the festive vibes.
Have a blast with your family and friends get-togethers. Whip up a tasty meal and dive into some board game fun. That’s our plan, especially when the kids come home for Christmas.
I hope you love this fun post and find a little inspiration from all these projects.
“Embrace the festive spirit, cozy crafts, yummy food, and fun times with family. Let the holiday magic fill your home.”
Personal Note from Janine
Hey there! I know these days are super busy, working till about 11:00 pm, but honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Baking and crafting? That’s my jam!
So, about this week’s projects – I’m totally into tabletop trees right now, and guess what? I’ve got two new ones to show you!
You know, my thing for mini-trees has been around for a whil. Ever since I was a kid, I’d decorate those leftover Christmas tree branches and put them on my dresser. It was my own little slice of holiday cheer.
Funny thing about growing up – we don’t change, do we? I met my hubby while I was busy jazzing up a chandelier with pine boughs. He should’ve guessed what life with me would be like!
And now, he’s got the full experience of living with an influencer. Our place? It’s like a never-ending holiday showroom!
Thanks for hanging out with me today. Grab your fave holiday mug, let’s sip some hot cocoa, and chat about our festive projects!
This Week’s Inspiration – Everything Christmas
If you’re into a bit of nostalgia, check out this Vintage Tinsel Christmas Tree DIY. They’re a shimmering, glitzy throwback, perfect for adding old-school sparkle and charm to your holiday decor.
Create your own DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree this holiday season. It’s a perfect project for crafters and decorators. This charming, homemade tree adds a personal and cozy touch to your holiday decor and table.
This easy and fun Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board is perfect for a holiday party. Place your favorite nuts, fruits, cheeses, and meats on your board, along with rosemary sprigs. Use a cutting board or a charcuterie shaped like a tree to display your savory food.
Here is an easy Chocolate Puff Pastry recipe that takes only 30 minutes to make from start to finish. This is like all the TikTok recipes but with a nice twist! There are only five ingredients that combine effortlessly to create a delicious gourmet-tasting chocolate pastry dessert.
I love baking cookies and gifting them to friends and neighbors this time of year. So, I came up with a cute but Cheap DIY Cookie Packaging solution. Just print out my pretty labels and attach them to a canvas bag. Place your homemade cookies in it; you have the cutest care package for the holidays!
Cranberry Pineapple Punch is the perfect blend of tangy and sweet, making it an ideal choice for any festive occasion. This delightful concoction combines the sharpness of cranberries with the tropical sweetness of pineapple, creating a refreshing and vibrant drink.
Boutique of the Week – Blue and Green Christmas Tree Decor
Transform your home with Blue and Green Christmas Tree Decor that adds a touch of elegance to your holiday celebrations.
My Favorite Things – More Christmas from My Friends!
KariAnne’s wreath is a stunner, right? And guess what – she crafted those leaves from a dropcloth!
It’s a simple and budget-friendly wreath. Hope you love it as much as I do!
Leslie over at My 100 Year Old Home is always whipping up tons of craft projects.
Her winter wreath is a favorite of mine – it’s got this romantic vibe and the colors are just perfect. Plus, it’s super easy to make, which makes it an ideal project!
Dannelle from Life is a Party never fails to inspire me with her creations. Choosing just one item to share was tough. She’s incredibly talented, especially with seasonal decor and party planning!
What an amazing fruit spread! Eden really nails it with her food creations. If you’re planning a party and need some recipe inspiration, definitely swing by her website for some great ideas!
What’s Trending On The Blog
I’m so into the Christmas movie Elf, and as most of you know, I’m obsessed with everything paper. So, it made sense this year that I try Decorating Like the Movie Elf.
If you love decorating with paper snowflakes, read this DIY post!
This holiday project is such a cute one. Make Your Own Ornament With a Cloche. Since there aren’t premade miniature plastic cloches, I made mine by altering a plastic glass. This easy Christmas craft can be made in less than 30 minutes.
A Christmas Cookie Charcuterie Board is always a welcome treat during the holidays! Add homemade cookies and store-bought cookies along with sweet gourmet treats. Learn how to make this easy Christmas charcuterie board dessert.
An Edible Holiday Wreath made out of sugar cookies makes a wonderful treat or gift! I’ve always wanted to create a wreath made out of cookies but needed to devise a way to attach the cookies.
Finally, after watching The Great British Baking Show, I got the courage to tackle this project. And you’re in luck since today I’m sharing my tutorial with you!
This Week’s Tip – Where to Find the Best Pointsettias
THE BEST POINTSETTIAS
You’ve got to check out the pointsettias at Costco – they’re absolutely gorgeous and the price isn’t too expensive. Last time, they were like $15, but this year I snagged one for about $21. Totally worth it, though, because these plants are huge and super healthy!
So, if you’re near a Costco, don’t miss out on grabbing one of these gorgeous holiday plants.
Latest Obsession – Holiday Drapes
Usually, I don’t get new drapes for the holidays, but I decided to mix it up this year with a festive touch.
These striped drapes are pretty affordable and come in a set. The fabric is lovely and feels like cotton instead of synthetic.
They brighten up our living room with a crisp, pretty look.
My Amazon Finds – What’s in My Cart!
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Loved sharing this collection of Christmas goodies with you all! Thanks for hanging out with me today – I really value your support on this creative journey!
Stay warm, safe, and happy this weekend!
I’ve got a fun week lined up and can’t wait to share more holiday projects with you.
Cheers to all of us!