December 27, 2011

Elaborate DIY New Years Eve Party Hat

This looks like so much fun! Have you ever seen such a great New Years Eve party hat before? I haven't!
Making party hats like this is also a great way to keep your guest entertained while counting down to midnight.


December 26, 2011

"Weekly Cheer" (Video of the Week)

Plus: Boxing Day SALE in my Etsy shop! 30% OFF EVERYTHING! Use coupon code: boxing11

Well Christmas is finally over, sadly. But while your taking down your decorations, reminiscing about your holiday memories with loved ones, and preparing for your New Years celebration, here is a nice song by one of my favorite artists, Taylor Swift. "Christmas When You Were Mine". 
I think this song is great for this time of the year because it has a little bit of a Christmas flare but is not over the top. Its a great transition song for those of us who have been religiously listening to carols all season long.

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December 25, 2011

From Our Home to Yours....

Checking out all of your beautiful trees that were entered in the Christmas tree contest, made me want to share all of my trees with you! So here is the collection of the trees I decorated this year. 
Which ones your favorite?

* This is my bedroom tree adorned with frosty blue, plum purple, girly pink, snowy white, and shimmering gold and silver ornaments. I bought all of my ornaments for this tree at Michaels at such a great price! I love my little tree!








* This is the main tree of our home. This gorgeous and classic red and gold tree is such a nice setting to gather around Christmas morning next to our roaring fireplace with over-flowing stockings hanging from it. My bedroom tree is cute, but our family tree is elegant. I love this one too!!!!


I love the icicles in the background outside the window!


 MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

December 24, 2011

Its Going To Be A White Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve everyone. It looks like were going to have a white Christmas here.

My Black Lab / Great Dane mix had a lot of fun in the fresh powder yesterday ;-)


Snowflake Mini Garland

Need some unique gift wrapping ideas? How about this one: stringing cute little snowflakes around your present instead of ribbon for a personal touch. All you need the to snow flake hole punch and any string, yarn, fishing wire, or ribbon you have laying around the house. 
 
So many possibilities with these adorable snowflakes!

Check it out here.

Merry Christmas Eve!!! 

December 23, 2011

100-Year-Old Letter to Santa

  My sister found this short little article through io9.com, about a 100-year-old letter to Santa Claus! The letter was found in a home owners chimney. The most amazing part of this story, is that the letter was not burned to pieces over the many years it was lodged in the fire place chimney.

 This letter makes me realize how much generations have changed over the years. One-hundred years ago young children asked old-saint-nick for gloves and toffee apples, now children are asking for I-pads, I-pods, Xboxes, Wiis, and every-other gadget you could think of.
This time of the year it is great to indulge children with the luxuries of life, but at the same time it is important to remind kids to be grateful for what they have and give back to those less fortunate. 

I love how he wishes Santa "Good Luck" in his letter, so sweet!

Stay safe out there in the mobs of people at the malls  :-)
For the whole story click here.


December 22, 2011

BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS!?!?!?!

Hehehe, I just think this video is so cute! This little boy gets an unpleasant surprise when he anxiously opens a Christmas present, only to find books! 
Take a break from your busy shopping at the crazy malls, this video will make you smile ;-)

December 21, 2011

Decoupage Vase / Candle Holder

We all have tons of vases sitting around the house. We receive them as gifts with our flowers year after year and they begin to pile up. So, what do you do with all of the vases, extra glasses, and boring candle holders, and bowls that belonged to an unfortunate fish? You decoupage them of course!
I LOVE to decoupage! You can decoupage absolutely anything in your home and its a great way to personalize and make unique items. 
I recently decoupaged an entire 6ft tall bookcase in my home with pictures of flowers, beaches, and inspirational words that I cut out of magazines. That is when I fell in love with the craft, so now I'm constantly thinking of new ways to decoupage. I think this video is great, she turns a plain-jane vase into a beautiful candle holder. 
What do you decoupage?


December 20, 2011

Coffee Filter DIY Wreath

I want to make this next year for Christmas. So simple and inexpensive! Check it out :)



December 19, 2011

"Weekly Cheer" (Video of the Week)


What's cuter than a kitten on Christmas, well besides a puppy on Christmas. Just kidding! ;-)
Your "Weekly Cheer" is an adorable kitten playing with Christmas pressies and ornaments. Enough said!
Enjoy


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December 18, 2011

New Christmas Necklaces

These are so fun for Holiday parties, Christmas shopping at the malls, or giving as stocking stuffers! 
Check out the latest editions to A Whimsical Christmas's shop:
 


What style of jewelry do you wear to your holiday parties? Do you have a favorite piece?

December 17, 2011

Prizes for Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Christmas tree contest has ended and we have some beautiful trees that took home 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, but.....I LOVE ALL THE TREES!!! So as a thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the contest, I'm going to send out a pair of my artisan dangle earrings to each and everyone of you. YOUR ALL WINNERS!
So if you entered the contest and would like a pair of earrings as a thank you from me to you, just email me your address and I'll send them out!






Hurry Hurry Hurry, email me your address so you can wear them to your holiday parties or give them as stocking stuffers! :)
 xo,

December 16, 2011

Christmas Tree Contest WINNERS!!!!

...And we have our winners!!!!!!

* 1st Place~
Our 1st place winner with a whopping 92 votes is Cherry A. - Blog: A Day with me.

Cherry will receive the large "Christmas Tree" Yankee Candle (a $25 value). She will also receive the custom made ornament that she can display on her tree to let everyone know she won A Whimsical Christmas's, Christmas Tree Contest of 2011. Finally, she will receive a pair of my handmade glass artisan dangle earrings!!!




* 2nd Place~
Second place goes to Shontell O. with a close 71 votes - Blog: 12 Months of Christmas.
Shontell's blue winter wonderland tree has won her a beautiful beaded bracelet form Hallmark and a pair of my handmade glass artisan dangle earrings to match. She will look festive and shiny this holiday season ;-)












*3rd Place~
This was a close call but our 3rd place winner is Karen C. with her Kitchen tree adorned with adorable ginger bread men - Blog: Cozy Christmas Corner.
Karen will also be receiving a gorgeous beaded bracelet from Hallmark and a matching pair of my artisan glass dangle earrings. So eye catching and pretty, you'll love 'em!













Just email me your addresses and I'll send your prizes right out so you can enjoy them for the holidays! 





Easy Origami Christmas Tree

I found this video on Youtube and was shocked at how easy it is to make this adorable Christmas tree. A must see video! 
This would be a great activity / craft to do with your kids on Christmas eve!
I'm thinking about making a little forest of them in different sizes and colors as a center piece. What do you think, are you going to try it? Let me know if ya do ;-)



December 14, 2011

NEW Girly Necklaces!!!

Just in time for Christmas! I've added some cute girly necklaces and a gold key chain to my shop. These are great inexpensive stocking stuffers for any diva on your list. Check them out!

PLUS save 20% off of your entire order! Just use coupon code: XMASSALE11

Happy shopping everyone! 



 







Voting..


Wow, were getting a lot of votes! Keep up the great work ladies, spreading the word on your blogs seems to work. 
I cant wait to see who wins! Just 2 more days of voting. 

Keep spreading the word about your Christmas tree in the contest. Make a quick blog about it or put the button on your blog asking for votes. There is still time!
xo



December 13, 2011

My top 10 Christmas Movies of the 21st Century


Last week I did my list of my top 5 Santa Claus's from holiday movies, so this week Id like to recommend my top 10 Christmas movies of the 21st century.






1. Number one on my list is the 2003 movie " Elf" starring Will Ferrel. I love how timeless this movie is. I watch it every year and always look forward to watching it again next year. Will Ferrels charater, Buddy the Elf, is so carefree, innocent and just emulates joy. I believe we could all learn a little something from him, I try to strive to have his sweet blissful spirit.


2.  Home alone, 1990 and Home Alone 2, 1992, are second on my list because these have become classics. i know they are not technically in the 21st century, but my list wouldn't feel right without Home Alone on it. Everyone knows and loves Home Alone. This is one that I grew up watching and really enjoyed the little boy, Macaualy played by Kevin McCallister. I loved his crafty yet devious tactics as he defended his home against the dumbest burglars ever.
3. The Santa Claus, the first movie came out in 1995 but the most recent one was released in 2006, so it still counts as a 21st century Christmas movie to me. Starring Tim Allen as Santa Claus, who was the number one on my best Santa Claus list.  This is just one of those movie series that is Christmas to the max. A story of Santa Claus as the hero who melts Jack Frosts icy heart.

 4. I just watched Disney's A Christmas Carol a couple years ago in 3D; It was a really fun experience for me! Jim Carey plays the scrooge in this 2009 version of the Scrooge, the thing I love the most about this movie is the beauty of it. The animations is gorgeous and magical, it will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time. I am looking forward to re-watching this movie again this year.

5. Christmas with the Kranks is a funny movie Starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. Released in 2004, its ultimately the story of the Kranks deciding to take a break from Christmas and going on a cruise instead when their only daughter goes off to college. Their holiday obsessed neighborhood despises this idea and turns against them. Just before they are about to run off to their cruise, their daughter tells them shes coming home for Christmas. They then have to turn to their neighbors for help with the preparations. its a story of forgiveness and coming together to help others in need.
 6. No Christmas movie list would be complete without the movie How The Grinch Stole Christmas. There as so many different versions of this movie, but my favorite is the most recent one starring Jim Carey dressed up as the Grinch released in 2003. When we think of Christmas, we think of the Grinch because where ever their is light there is dark, and this story is how the light overcame the darkness that is the Grinch and turned him into a Santa Claus of the town. It just shows that you cant judge someone as good or bad because it may just be that they need a little love and acceptance. 
7. The Polar Express just released in 2004, has a Harry Potter feel to it. Although this movie may be a tad bit dark for Christmas, its still one I recommend you watch with the kids. Its a story that reminds me of a kids imagination, of whimsical trains and the endless possibilities of life.

 8. Fred Claus is a story of a man, Vince Vaughn playing Fred Claus, who rebels against his heritage in the Claus family. Though his entire life he has lived in the shadow of his brother Santa Claus, for this reason he has developed a strong hate for the holidays. This is the, 2007, story of how Santa Clauses brother finds the holiday spirit inside of him and saves Christmas for everyone.


9. Just Friends is a movie that takes place during the Christmas season in 2005. Its about a guy, Ryan Reynolds playing Chris, who was teased his entire life. He grows up to be successful, attractive, and rich and he seemingly has the perfect life except for one thing, love. He has cut himself off from his home town and his one true love that lives there Jamie, played by Amy Smart. This is the story of how he is pushed into going back home and while he is there remembers all of his feelings he had for his best friend/true love. He spends the movie trying to win her over competing with his high school bully who has alternative motives. He ends up falling right back into being the person he was in high school but reconnects with his emotions and family.
10. Four Christmases, is another story of skipping Christmas to go somewhere tropical and warm. Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon playing Brad and Kate ditch their families every year on Christmas, but when their plains go sour one year where all flights are cancelled, they are forced to spend Christmas day rushing between their families homes, but learn a lesson along the way. This movie can be a little crude for Christmas, so be warned. 2008

Whats you all time favorite Christmas movie?  I have so many more that are not on my list from the earlier years. What do you think of how Christmas movies have changed over time? Tell me your thought in the comment box.


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December 12, 2011

"Weekly Cheer" (Video of the Week)

This weeks "Weekly Cheer" is sure to get you in the Holiday spirit. This video made me want to cuddly up in front of a crackling fire with a cup of hot cocoa. Enjoy!

"Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" with slide show:

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December 10, 2011

Christmas Tree Contest is Open for Voting!

The Christmas Tree Contest voting has begun! I know its a wee-bit early, but I want to make sure you get your prizes in time for Christmas morning.

Vote on the sidebar ------------------->
(Just click on the tree to see it full size)

You can vote once per day and anyone can vote! Voting will run through December 16th, then the three winners will receive their prizes.

Here are the entries:






* Tiffani ~

* Tracy~

 Contestants: As you have noticed I have decided to allow multiple tree entries per person, if you have entered the contest and have another tree you would like to submit, just email me the pic ASAP, and I'll add it in! :)

Good luck everyone!!! :)