Homemade Christmas Ornaments

My sweet friend Kristy @creepingfigcottage (on Instagram) made these homemade ornaments and when I saw them I gasped! They were simple yet beautiful. So with her permission I asked if I could put her recipe on my blog for all of you.

If you have been following along on my Instagram then you probably know that I have talked about having a simple Christmas and these ornaments are simply perfect. Don’t you agree? 😍

So if you are looking for a fun and inexpensive holiday activity for the family then this is it my friends! I literally had everything on hand which means I spent zero dollars! 😱

Items Needed

1 cup of baking soda
1/2 cup of cornstarch
3/4 cup of water

Step 1: Add all the ingredients to a medium sized sauce pan and turn the burner to medium heat.

Step 2: Stir for a few minutes until you have a mashed potato like consistency. It took mine about 4 minutes to thicken.

Step 3: Pour the mix into a mixing bowl and cover with Sarah wrap or aluminum foil. Allow the mixture to cool completely. It took mine about 15-20 minutes to coo

Step 4: sprinkle some cornstarch on a cutting board and on the rolling pin you plan to use, then roll out the mix.

Tip: I sprinkled a little cornstarch on top of the mix as well because the dough was a little sticky.

Step 5: Cut out the ornaments using cookie cutters of your choice. I used a few different types. Then puncture a hole near the top. I used a shish kabob, like Kristy has suggested.

Step 6: Lay the ornaments on a cookie sheet and bake them for 1 hour at 175 degrees. Allow the ornaments to cool then use string or baking twine to hang.

That’s it! Definitely a simple and fun activity for the family.

I hope you enjoyed this post! A big thank you to Kristy @creepingfigcottage for sharing her recipe so I could share it with all of you.

Until next time. Xo

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Simple Holiday Decor – Deck the Halls Blog Hop

I would be lying if I told you I love winter. In fact, I feel the opposite. However, I do love the holidays, the extra time I get to spend with family, ALL THE FOOD, baking, and the first snow fall. ONLY the first one though. 😂

This year I decided to take a more simple approach with our holiday decor. I used a lot of items we already had on hand which made the hubby happy. That’s a win, win my friends! Honestly, I wanted to make this year and really every year moving forward about giving back. I want my children to know that Christmas is not about getting gifts, but about giving back.

Enough with the talk, right? Right!


The Sitting Room

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Dining Room

After photographing the dining room I decided to add napkins, then decided no. 😂 But I did get the cutest shot of baby K trying to blow out the candles as he said, “oh, no!”

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Do you see that light fixture? 👆🏼We just had that put in and I am loving it! Way better than the old outdated ceiling fan for sure. 🙌🏼

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Well friends, that’s a wrap! I hope you found my post inspiring to start decorating for the holidays. Make sure to check out the other talented bloggers I teamed up with below. Click on any one of the pictures below to be directly taken to that bloggers site.



DIY Holiday Embroidery Hoop Wreaths

Wreath making is one of my favorite DIY projects to do. They are an easy way to decorate a space. Don’t you agree? Last winter is when I attempted my first embroidery hoop wreath and it was crazy easy! CLICK HERE for the details on that wreath. So I decided to attempt some holiday inspired embroidery hoops for the upcoming season.

For this post I made three simple designs using cedar clippings, and honestly I love them all. 😍 Bonus, I made all three in less than 30 minutes! Crazy fast, right?

I have made several wreaths using various types of greenery, but the greenery that has stood the test of time is cedar. The cedar wreaths I made last year lasted about a month before drying out. That’s a long time when your house has no moisture in the air. However, my florist told me to spray the cedar with a water bottle and that should prolong the life of the wreath. I hope that works!

Last year I made a flimsy cedar wreath (shown below) that I absolutely loved and I definitely intend to make one again, but for this post I used embroidery hoops as my base. If you want the details on the wreath I made last year CLICK HERE.

Below are the three designs I will cover in this post. 🌲

First things first, gather the materials. Please note, for the small wreath I used a 7″ embroidery hoop and for the large wreaths I used a 12″ hoop, but honestly you can use whatever size you want.

Large Hoop Wreath Materials

6 – 8″ cedar clippings
Floral wire
1 – 12″ embroidery hoop

Small Hoop Wreath Materials

2 – 8″ cedar clippings
Floral wire
1 – 7″ embroidery hoop


Christmas tree candles
Clip on candle holders
Cow Bells

Once you have all your supplies gathered follow the below instructions. Please note, the instructions apply to both wreath sizes.

Step 1: Cut the cedar clippings.

Tip: If you don’t have easy access to any cedar trees, try calling your local florist. That’s how I get mine. 😊

Step 2: Take one of the cedar clippings and place it on the inside of the hoop.

Step 3: Secure the cedar clipping to the inside of the hoop with the floral wire.

For the small wreath, wrap a piece of wire, starting the wire in the center of the cedar clipping.

For the large wreath, wrap a piece of wire starting the wire about an inch from the end of the cedar clipping (shown below).

Tip: I recommend wrapping the wire at least 3 times around and pulling the wire while wrapping to make sure the wire is tight.

Step 4: Take a second cedar clipping and place it alongside the first one. Then repeat step 3.

If you are making the small wreath, you’re done! Just attach the clip on candle holder to the hoop and secure the candle to the candle holder. Then hang your new wreath!

I purchased the candle clips and candles from Amazon a few weeks ago, as I plan to clip them to our Christmas tree this year. 🌲Aren’t they cute?

 CLICK HERE for details on the Christmas tree candles and CLICK HERE for details on the clip on candle holders.

If you are making the large hoop wreath continue with the following instructions. 

Step 5: Repeat steps 2-4 on the opposite side of the hoop, but do not let the ends of the cedar clippings touch. You’ll need about an inch of room for the candle clip or cow bell. The clip on candle holder will not clip to the hoop correctly if not. The space left for the candle clip/cow bell becomes the center of the wreath.

Step 6: To hide the wire I added a cedar clipping to each side on the outside of the hoop. For extra security I wrapped the floral wire on both ends of the outside cedar clipping.

Step 7: “Fluff” the cedar clippings after all pieces are secured to the hoop to make the pieces lay as desired.

Step 8: Add the accessories and hang your wreath!

For the candle wreath, clip the clip-on candle holder in the center of the hoop.

For the cow bell wreath, tie the cow bell to the center of the hoop using a piece of twine. My inspiration for this wreath came from Chip & Joanna’s new Hearth & Hand line at Target. 😍 Once I saw that wreath I knew I wanted to recreate it.

The cow bells were actually part of a door hanger I found at Michaels last year for $5.  I couldn’t find the exact same door hanger, but it looked something like this.


I cut the bells off the door hanger and voila!

And that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. If you have any questions or need clarification please comment below or message me on Instagram @acarriedaffairdesigns

Until next time. Xo

Autumn Home Tour 2017

Welcome to the Autumn Home Tour! If you are coming from Sarah’s blog @dreamingofhomemaking I’m sure you are still in awe. Isn’t her bedroom stunning?!? I am so inspired by her and the other accounts we are teamed up with. ❤️

My favorite season is here! Fall! 🍁 What’s not to love? The crisp air, the colorful leaves, boots, apple cider, festivals, I mean the list goes on and on.

I waited a little longer than normal to start decorating our home for fall this year, but life happens. Am I rite? However, the house is all decked out in fall now, and that’s what matters. 😉

Woods, whites,  and greenery are staples in our home, no matter what season. I went with simple touches of white mini-pumpkins and fresh eucalyptus to welcome my favorite season.


The kitchen is my favorite room in our home. My bed asleep is a close second. 😉

I love mixing old and new items. The old brass candlesticks were my great grandmothers. I found them in my parent’s basement when I went to visit during the holidays last year and my mom gave them to me. The crock was a $25 find at a thrift shop.

I have done tons of DIY projects but my most favorite of all are the open shelves in the kitchen. They really opened up the room and gave me a convenient place to put my baking necessities so I can bake things like this.

The best part about the open shelves, they cost me a total of $55! I get a ton of messages about them and when I tell them the price they are flabbergasted! Cray cray right? CLICK HERE for the full tutorial on my DIY open shelves.


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Dining Room

If there was one thing I wish I was better at it would be gardening. It’s not that I don’t think I could plant a garden. It’s more about the maintenance and attentiveness needed. Maybe one day…

So until then, I will use my terra-cotta pots for tablescaping. 😂

I am in love with the 2 gallon Vintage Galvanized Watering Can with Wood Handle that I scored at Amazon. After I am done using it as a centerpiece, I will definitely use it for reals.


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Living Room

One of the things that genuinely makes me happy is having fresh flowers in the house. No matter how many times I redecorate, I will always see fresh flowers. I buy a majority of our flowers from Trader Joes. They are super inexpensive compared to a floral shop.

I really didn’t fall-ify this room, just added more house plants and Lightening McQueen. ⚡️


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I made this wreath last year and I still love it! The one I originally wanted from Pottery Barn was more money than I was willing to spend, so I made it at a fraction of the cost. The tutorial is HERE.

This space is more bare than I prefer, but I have a hard time styling this space. Maybe one day I will figure it out.


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That’s a wrap! I hope you leave here feeling inspired. Xo


Next stop on the Autumn Home Tour is Meeghan @caligirlinasouthernworld! Her home is nothing shy of breathtaking so make sure you to head on over by clicking the picture below.



Make sure to check out the other autumn home tours as well. Click on any photo below to be directly taken to that bloggers autumn home tour.


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