Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas from Megan’s Island!! We’re going to spend the day celebrating with family and I’ll be back to the blog soon! Enjoy your day!

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Winter welcome

As of 9:11 this morning winter was here. Unofficially winter came a few days early in Seattle.

Yesterday most of the area was blanketed with a few inches of the white stuff: snow! It was very pretty but there wasn’t enough for me to justify skipping work. Instead, Brandon and I walked to the bus (about a mile) to enjoy the winter wonderland. Sadly, the snow had all melted by the time I went back outside for lunch.

I hope you’re snuggled inside enjoying the first weekend of winter!

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{Gone Pinning} Handmade holidays

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If you’re like me, you’re both buying and making gifts this holiday season. I spent some time scouring the internet and found some great ideas for handmade holiday gifts. Find all of my Christmas-related pins here.

Perhaps, a wreath?

Chalk wreath

Chalk wreath

Felt wreath

Felt wreath

Or, some ornaments

DIY tree and snow ornaments

DIY tree and snow filled ornaments

Map ornament

Map ornament

Cornstarch/Baking soda ornaments. Great, easy, cheap craft project!

Cornstarch/Baking soda ornaments. Great, easy, cheap craft project!

DIY felt ornaments

DIY felt ornaments

Cupcakes!? Yes, please!

Cupcakes!? Yes, please!

Maybe, something edible?

Hot chocolate spoons

Hot chocolate spoons

Various cocoas

Various cocoas

Roasted or spiced nuts? (These are roasted almonds)

Roasted or spiced nuts? (These are roasted almonds)

Something for the dog, perhaps?

Something for the dog, perhaps?

And of course, you’ll need some of these fabulous gift tags!

Printable gift tags #1

Printable gift tags #1

Or, these red and aqua ones?

Or, these red and aqua ones?

Maybe these?

Maybe these?

Happy crafting!

{Wine Wednesday} Holiday cocktails

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We’re in holiday party mode, enjoying lots of delicious foods and drinks and Christmas is but a fortnight away. (Thanks, Heather!)

On this Wine Wednesday, I’m here to share some delicious cocktails I’ve found online. It’s a {Wine Wednesday/Gone Pinning} MASH UP! Note: I’ve haven’t enjoyed these cocktails yet, but I plan to soon!

For a smaller group:

Holiday Spiced Manhattan

Holiday Spiced Manhattan

Apple pie on the rocks

Apple pie on the rocks

Santa's Little Helper

Santa’s Little Helper

For a larger group:

Holiday sangria

Holiday sangria

Sparkling holiday punch

Sparkling holiday punch

Pomegranate champagne cocktail

Pomegranate champagne cocktail

Cheers and happy holiday season to you and yours!

Golden pine cone basket

Brandon and I took advantage of a recent storm and did some foraging around the neighborhood. We found a fallen maple trunk that we grabbed for our future pizza oven or fire pit use.

Foraging for firewood

We also found these huge pine cones from a neighbor’s tree. I had scoped them out as I was driving home from the store, so we brought a bag to pick up the good ones.

Foraged pine cones | Megan's Island Blog

After letting them dry out for a bit — and un-critter themselves — I set up my spray painting station on the patio and got my most favorite metallic gold spray paint from Rust-oleum. I can’t get enough of this stuff.

Spray painting | Megan's Island Blog

After spraying on the first coat, I posted this photo to Instagram and Pinterest and it’s brought me more traffic than anything else I’ve ever posted. Ever. And not just American traffic. I’ve had blog viewers from Bulgaria, Australia, Finland, Ireland and the UK, among many others. Thank you, Pinterest!

I used a fun basket that I had purchased from the Goodwill ($1.99) and spray painted it a deep red, Rust-oleum Regal Red, to be specific. It took a few coats and turned out really great. Perfect for the gilded pine cones.

I sprayed the pine cones a few more times and placed them in the new red basket. I think it turned out pretty well. What do you think?

Golden pine cone basket | Megan's Island Blog

And a shot of our cozy living room, decked out for the holidays.

Cozy holiday living room | Megan's Island Blog

Christmas garlands

One of my favorite holiday traditions is speed tree shopping at Home Depot or Lowe’s. (Or Costco once.) Over the weekend we made the trek to Issaquah (about 10 minutes away), went out for a romantic lunch and spent 3.5 seconds picking out our seven foot tall Noble Fir Christmas tree at Lowe’s.  It’s a real beauty.

Tree

Once we got the tree home, it was time to bust out the five boxes of Christmas decor from the garage. A few hours later, the tree was trimmed and the halls were decked.

Here are some inexpensive DIY Christmas garland ideas. I’ve been scouring Pinterest for additional DIY decoration ideas and I’ll post those this Friday for my “Gone Pinning” feature.

Ornament candle holders | Megan's Island BlogI stopped by IKEA on Black Friday, after I was done with my morning shopping, (Why? Because I’m a crazy person, apparently), and found their holiday goodies.

Much to my delight, I discovered that they had these festive holiday Snofint glasses on special, for $0.49 each. No sense not having a full half set, so I bought six. Of course Brandon was pleased. (One of his least favorite impulse buys of mine is frivolous glassware.)

After I washed the glasses, I added some decorative sand and a candle and voila! quick, easy and festive. I’ve got four on the dining room table and the other two are adding some holiday cheer in the bathrooms.

I also found these amazing Snofint coasters, that come in packs of 10 and cost $0.99. They were such a deal that I bought four packages.

Here are the coasters:

Snofint coaster IKEAWith a large needle and some white embroidery floss, I set about making my garlands. Here they are. What do you think? I love them and am looking forward to putting them up, year after year.

Christmas coaster garland | Megan's Island Blog

Christmas coaster garland #2 | Megan's Island Blog

I also made this garland last weekend with some felt balls. It’s another one of my favorites.

Felt Ball Garland | Megan's Island Blog

The house is shaping up quite nicely! Have you put your decorations up yet?

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