How To Make a Perfect Bow and more Christmas Tips

Today, I am joining some sweet friends on a short Christmas Tips Tour.  If you are coming from Decor Gold, welcome! Jen is so very talented and has some of the best ideas, doesn't she?

Are you tired of spending $$$ on bows that just aren't exactly what you are looking for? 
I have the easiest tutorial for you!  
Grab a spool of ribbon and follow along!



Gather your supplies
I use THIS RIBBON.  Each spool makes approximately two bows with long tails.
I do not precut my ribbon.  Just start in and begin shaping your bow...


1. Make a loop 


2. Make a second loop on the opposite side


2. Cross over and continue making loops (I make three for each side of my wreath bows)



3. Cut the ribbon once you have made all of your loops


4. Flip the bow over (cut side on bottom)
This is the front of your bow


5.  Cut one piece of ribbon long enough for both tails


6.  Place the middle of the "tails" on the backside of the bow



7. Now, cut a piece about 8" long


8.  Place that shorter piece flat against the front of your bow


9.  Tie it in a knot


10.  I take the small tails and make them into a loop, securing with a couple staples
(this is what I use to secure them to my wreaths... poke a branch up through the loop and twist it with another branch)


11.  Now hold your ribbon and start fluffing it


12.  Voila!  It's done!  


You can get creative and use all sorts of ribbon for this project!  Be sure and tag me on your social media so I can see your beautiful creations!!

I'm kind of in love with THIS RIBBON too!  

Now... on to hanging the wreath
Buy THESE HOOKS!! 
I have tried suction, smaller hooks, bigger hooks, ribbon at the top of the window... only to have my wreath fall down or get twisted up in the wind.

I've been using THESE HOOKS for four years now and the only wreath I had fall down is because I didn't wait to let the hook "set" before I hung the wreath.  You must follow the directions for the hook to work properly.  Also, if it is a cold day, I would use a hairdryer to warm the window a tiny bit before applying the adhesive.  


1. Figure out where you want your wreath to hang and place your adhesive bracket according to the directions


2.  After your adhesive has had time to "set," affix the hook


3.  Hang your wreaths

The wreaths I purchased are, of course, no longer available... story of my life.  I found THESE that are extremely similar and a great price!

Topiaries were purchased HERE and still look great with no watering after four years! ;)
Planters HERE




Blue and White Pots HERE


Front Door Trees are featured in my post HERE




Now it's time to head over to 
Randi Garrett Design 

for another Christmas Decorating Tip!!  Isn't her living room GORGEOUS??
You will want to continue through all of these blogs... they are some of my favs!
Decor Gold Designs 
 Eleven Gables
Randi Garrett Design 
Maison de Pax
Designthusiam
 The Leslie Style
Citrine Living
CC + Mike
So Much Better with Age

Merry Christmas, darlings!

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XOX,

Emily


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Snowy Sundays at Eleven Gables

Greetings!  
Welcome to Eleven Gables.  
For my front porch this year, I partnered with 
to bring you ideas on how to use these gorgeous flocked Clifton Pine trees in and around your home.  See how I used two trees to flank my door and set the tone for the decor inside.  

My love for blue and white inspired me to use flocked trees for my outdoor Christmas decor this year.



I love the simple look of the white, flocked trees.  They look so natural.  


The flocking is light enough to allow the life-like branches peek through.



Placing the trees in these pots makes them stand out on their own, don't you think?


On snowy days in Oklahoma, my four boys love to bundle up in their winter clothes (think A Christmas Story) and head outdoors.  They sled, make snowmen, and play outside until they are sopping wet and frozen.  Then, they come in, dumping their wet clothes right inside the door.  We warm up with hot chocolate and a fire.  I keep this clothes drying rack next to the back door.  While they are warming up, I hang all the wet coats, mittens, socks, pants, shirts, etc. to dry.  This has worked like a charm and saved me from running the dryer all day, every day. The rack folds up and goes right into the closet after I'm finished using it.  We also play lots of games and build forts.  Winter is a great time to reconnect with each other.  Ever since we gave up cable 8 years ago, we have been learning how to fill our days and time without television.  There might be a little more togetherness then we like, but I think we will survive.  If you ask the boys, you might get a different answer. HA!  How do you connect with your family during the long, cold winter?


Some of our favorite Christmas traditions are decorating gingerbread houses together, painting our own ornaments to give as teacher gifts, shopping for other's wish lists, reading a book aloud, caroling around the neighborhood with friends, drawing names and shopping for each other, decorating the tree,  worshipping together on Christmas eve, and reading this precious Christmas story on Christmas morning.

What are some of your Christmas traditions?
Thank you, Tree Classics, for including me in your Snowy Sundays campaign.




You can see my Tree Classics Deluxe Noble Fir tree from 2016 HERE in more detail.



Okay, one last thing.  I think this might be the most important.  Have you purchased this marriage saving device yet?  I tell you about it every single year, because I believe it belongs in every single household.  Seriously.  It has saved me every Christmas season.  I haven't had to use it on my Tree Classics trees, but on my other stuff... every year.  You are welcome.  :)

Oh, and guess what?!  I already changed up my porch the day after I took these photos.  Go see what I'm talking about and follow me for daily updates around my house HERE.

Merry Christmas, darlings!

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Emily


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Gift Ideas for the Coffee Lover/Connoisseur

Connoisseur:  a person who has a great deal of knowledge about the fine arts, cuisines, or an expert judge in matters of taste.  

Sometimes, people today associate that word with an air of pretension, but I, personally, would rather seek information from a connoisseur than just anyone.
I don't ask my eye doctor questions about my teeth, just like I don't ask a big box store questions about what kind of coffee machine to purchase.  When I really want a whole bunch of differing opinions, I go to Facebook.  I hear it all there (and more)!  I know you feel me. ;)
  I also research, research, research and read ALL the reviews.

Recently, I came home from a trip to NYC for a blogging event.  I had the most delicious coffee every day for five days.  Short backstory on that...  I live in the country.  Coffee shops aren't around the corner from me.  The honest truth?  I detest paying $5.00 for a cup of coffee.  I think of all the antique stores I can be spending that $5.00 or if I saved that money every day for a year, I would have $1,825.00.  That's enough for me to buy a decent machine and make cafe quality coffee at home.  So, I decided that first Monday home, with a crappy cup of coffee in my hand, that I was going to get the machine that dreams are made of.  When I think of making a big purchase, I consider it a 
"Year Gift:  
Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary, Valentines, Mother's Day"


Every Coffee Connoisseur needs a machine.  
Let me tell you, I am a non-expert (layman) at coffee.  

I got THIS MACHINE; it is a dream.
A dream to use, a dream to clean, a dreamy cup of coffee...
The main reason I chose this machine is because I don't know how to do "all the things."  It does it for me: grinds, tamps, froths, extracts, self-cleans, etc.
I get a perfect cup of coffee every time.  

Watch the demonstration videos here:  
Breville Oracle Touch 
(enjoy the beautiful Australian accent)

Breville vs. DeLonghi

I typically purchase all of my kitchen appliances HERE because their customer service is top notch.

Coffee Cups & Accessories
And of course, blue and white mugs make my coffee so much prettier!  


Pick THESE up while they are still on sale!
If Blue and White isn't your thing, I have had many readers suggest THESE clear, double walled mugs that keep your coffee hot.

I always keep a wet cloth handy for cleaning the steam wand and wiping up any drips.  THESE are inexpensive.  I just throw them in the washer.
I've just heard of THESE!  They are washable and disposable, so I don't have to worry about staining, and I can throw them away when they are worn out.
A small dish like THIS to rest your SPOONS is functional and pretty!

Coffee Beans
Did you know that coffee beans should be roasted within just a couple of days (weeks at most) before consuming?
I have discovered a local roaster that imports the most delicious beans.  Now, you can purchase these beans too!  
Eote Beans are Delish! If you are local to OKC, they offer tastings on Thursdays.  Non-Locals Buy HERE.

Storing
You need THIS coffee bean storage container. Why? Because it helps keep the beans as fresh as the day they were roasted.  Who knew we could have our cake and eat it too!  Am I dating myself there with that last comment?  

Flavorings
I've been drinking my coffee without sugar or sweetness these days, but when I need a little something in my coffee, I sweeten it with one of these:
Coconut Sugar (less sweet)
Brown Sugar (better than granulated, for me)
Caramel Syrup (because, duh)


Last but not least...
Organize a special spot as a gift to your coffee lover.  
Give a gift of time in setting up a special
"Coffee Station"


Surely, you can find a cabinet or counter space to set up a dedicated space for your coffee machine.
monogrammed tea towel HERE and HERE

I just found the most darling coffee cup labels to give to your coffee connoisseur!!!  Eeek!

purchase HERE


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A very special thank you to Breville for sending me this beautiful machine to review and share my thoughts and opinions with you.



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XOX,

Emily


* links to products you may be interested in purchasing are included within this post.   I make a tiny commission off your purchase, but it does not increase the price for you.  I encourage you to purchase through your favorite blogger's links.  This is how we earn an income so that we can continue to provide you with beautiful, quality posts.  Thank you!