diy rustic marquee holiday tree sign

Rustic DIY Marquee Christmas holiday tree sign

You know we love making signs and have been on a marquee kick lately so we decided to combine the two, holiday style, and see what we came up with! With a little ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape added into the mix, we created a DIY rustic marquee holiday tree sign! To get started you'll need a raw piece of plywood, pencil, stain hue of choice, ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Delicate Surfaces with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector 2080EL, white acrylic or latex paint + a foam brush. A drill with a bit to accommodate the Christmas tree light size you choose is also needed. Instructions: Stain plywood, (we used Minwax® … continue reading

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Adorable Christmas marquee decor!

It's almost Christmas, whoop! Are you ready!? We've been preppin like crazy and still pulled out a lot of fun this week! Let's start off with a giveaway (Friday is the last day!) of $800 PLUS 2 FitBit's! (Because if  you're like us, you'll feel guilty on the 26th how much fun you had with your father in law's amazing fudge..) Speaking of giveaways...Laura Kelly Designs made a darling puppy advent for you fur baby mama's AND is offering up a brand new Sizzix Big Shot + accessories that ends today (Friday) too! Wee!! We crafted an EASY Santa wreath: a fun faux wood FOAM state art handmade gift idea: Jess shared some darling handmade candles: ALL to put under your … continue reading

Simplify holiday entertaining + Chex mix holiday trees

Chex Mix Trees, perfect for holiday parties!

I have to share a typical story that happened last week in my family.  I don't talk about this a lot but my husband is a SWAT sergeant for his city which means his hours are crazy and unpredictable.  I spent a week planning a quiet get together for his team, their wives and their youngsters.  We had a craft paper wrapped kid table, a cute drink station, an elegant yet playful dinner table set up, a yummy ice cream bar prepared, not to mention the $150+ I spent on a house cleaner PLUS the $300 in catered food waiting to be picked up.  I had the house just right, completed some minor honey to-do's that needed to get done, repainted a small wall in my kitchen that's … continue reading

diy homemade candles

Homemade Candle DIY

Hey there, Jess here.   I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season so far and are feeling super excited for Christmas next week!! If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping, worry not because I have got your back! My favorite gifts to give are homemade ones because I find the process of creating something for someone else to enjoy to be both rewarding and relaxing. I whipped up a few candles over the weekend to gift to a few girlfriends and I'd thought I'd share the DIY with you today. Candle making is a lot easier than you'd think, and the possibilities for scents are endless! My favorite thing about making candles is that … continue reading

faux wood foam state art

DIY | How to turn foam sheets into faux wood state art! Fun handmade gift idea for the hard to shop for person! Cute home decor idea!

This month for the Make It Fun®’s creative holiday team, we were given several sheets of foam, lots of ideas came to mind.  I loved the deer head pallet that looked like wood from last year's challenge.  It's so fun what a little paint can do to foam, right?  The same week I received my foam, we attended our church Christmas breakfast and we assigned names families to serve.  Ideas to serve them could be as easy as a treat or to mow their lawn for them, etc.  Luckily my twin did a little spy work and found out the young couple I chose likes to decorate, score! And she likes trendy home decor projects so I thought this would be a great time to try my free hand at … continue reading

colorful white Christmas tree decor

Love this colorful white Christmas tree!

We love decorating for Christmas and we lovely love love our craft room so... we decided to put a tree in there! As if the colorful space wasn't playful enough, our new white Christmas tree fits the room perfectly and is oh-so-cute! We're playing along with Treetopia.Com and having you guess WHICH gorgeous white tree is ours... simply leave a comment guessing which specific tree this is from their white tree line and be entered in a raffle to win a $100 credit. Soooo fun! (: We've never owned a white tree before but Kristi is now dying to have one in her house next year, too. They. Are. Gorg! (And because we love ya, here's a little peek at our … continue reading

$800 Paypal cash + Fitbit giveaway!

Win $800 Cash + Fitbit Giveaway

We're so excited to announce a HUGE holiday cash giveaway today to help with your Christmas shopping!! I've teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to give $800 Paypal Cash to one lucky reader! Yes, you read that right… WOW! But, that's not all… If you're like us, you've been eating lots of holiday treats and will want to burn some calories in the new year. Since working out is always much more fun with a friend, we’re also giving away a FitBit Flex Wireless Wristband for both YOU and a friend! Go shopping and get fit with these awesome prizes worth $1,000!!! What’s a FitBit? A FitBit Flex is a small device that you wear on your wrist like a bracelet. During the day it … continue reading

diy Santa-inspired wreath

DIY Santa-inspired Holiday Wreath |via LollyJane.com

There's a lot of give and take with DIY'ing in my house while raising littles. My colorful craft room is actually the family art room in my house by day and my professional studio by night. It is important to me to create with them so I'm always trying to find ways to decorate with fun pieces yet something I still consider chic, like our DIY Santa-inspired holiday wreath. Similar our DIY Holiday Card Holder, this frame is currently housing my incoming Christmas cards and I love it paired with this simple wreath! Before I give you the how-to, today's post doubles as a blog hop! Yay! We are excited to team up with 20 other bloggers for a Christmas Blog … continue reading

Puppy Advent Calendar + Sizzix Big Shot giveaway

DIY | puppy advent calendar

Welcome Laura!  She's sharing a cute puppy advent calendar tutorial with a bonus HUGE SIZZIX GIVEAWAY!! After the tutorial, read on to find out what you can win and how to enter!! Thanks for being our guest, Laura! XO  Hi! I am Laura Kelly and am so super excited to be a guest on LollyJane this holiday season. Because raising four children while juggling my career (being a licensed artist, designer and blogger as well as a creativity consultant for iLoveToCreate) wasn’t enough, somehow I have ended up with three new pets in the past little bit of time while living in our new home in Colorado. Two of these are puppies and they have become loved additions to … continue reading

Creative collection group link party

cc-glittery-snowman-wreath

We are just WEEKS away from the Big Day (Christmas!) and loooooooved all of your Christmasy, wintery projects shared last week! We tossed a few of our own in the mix, too! We shared a delicious Frosted Mint Brownies recipe, a gold anter reindeer makeover, DIY Button Ornaments + Mini Canvas Fingerprint Ornaments, and had 2 fabulous holiday contributors share DIY Notebooks as Holiday Gifts + Holiday Entertaining on a Budget. If you missed our cute little bros guest post how he lost 40# in 10 weeks, you won't want to miss it! Phew!  Alright let's take a peek at some of the fabulousness that was linked up at last week's Creative … continue reading

diy holiday stocking board

Easy DIY Christmas Stocking Board, perfect for fireplace mantle-less spaces!

We are in high gear for the quickly-approaching "Big Day" (Christmas!) and was thrilled to receive my personalized Christmas stockings last week. Of course my boys tore open the package to find their own but then turned to ask where they could hang it. Umm... our current home doesn't have a fireplace mantel so I quickly recreated our old stocking holder board and hung it on the wall next to the tree. They were happy with the easy solutions and since I can't stop ogling at these gorgeous stockings hanging in my house, I was happy as well! Since I was thrilled with my 2014 family Christmas cards, I hopped over Tiny Prints to search for the perfect stocking. I scrolled … continue reading

diy notebooks as holiday gifts

Pretty notebook transformation... the "after" makes a gorgeous yet easy-to-make  gift!

I was just in charge of fancying up mini composition notebooks to "gratitude journals" for a womens church party and feel like a schlup now after seeing Smitha's gorgeous transformation! Just take a look and let's pretend that 80 women who received mine don't see this post, haha! Love these! Hello there! My name is Smitha from Smiling Colors and I'm so excited to be here today. I am sharing a quick idea to transform some basic composition books into pretty gifts. I think collecting notebooks and fancying them up is one of my favorite hobbies. Here is what I gathered to make these notebooks. A composition notebook, a patterned paper with bold flowers, a label … continue reading

gold antler reindeer makeover

Cute thrifted deer makeover by lollyjane.com

Today's Christmas post is sponsored by minted.  My Christmas cards just arrived and I couldn't be happier.  Keep them in mind for your holiday needs!   It's the 10th of the month which means it's our creative group blog hop! This is our 16th post as a group and we think it'll be our last, sad face.  It's a big commitment and we are trying to simplify. Love these talented ladies, please visit their fun GOLD posts when you scroll past this pretty gold antler reindeer makeover, he's a cutie, right?   We love thrifting and this little guy has been on our to-do list since we found him!  We snagged him at a garage sale for a couple bucks and couldn't … continue reading

How I lost 40 pounds in 10 weeks!

Read this awesome article on how he lost 40# in 10 weeks!

We are welcoming our baby brother as our guest today. We are so dang proud of this guy and can't wait for you to see why (: We love you, Mikey! Hello LollyJaners! This is the Twins' (bigger) little brother Mike. I have always been a little bigger, but thanks to the inspiration of my sisters and others, I've recently been able to lose 40 pounds in just over 10 weeks! I've been asked a lot what the secret is, and though I'm not sure there is a secret, I wanted to share with you what has worked for me. I hope this helps you get motivated too! We're in a competition to win some moolah and I would honored if you could please take a second and hit VOTE! All you have to do is click the … continue reading

Holiday entertaining on a budget

Holiday Entertaining on a Budget

  I am throwing a holiday work party for my husbands office this week and died when Jessica from Jess Loves This Life sent her post over... her tips for Holiday Entertaining On A Budget was perfect timing and you bet I'm going to serve her Cranberry + Mint Ice Cubes. Read on to get your swoon on, lol! A big thanks to Jess for being here (:      Hey there! I'm Jess and I blog at Jess Loves This Life. My little corner of the internet is dedicated to all things fun and crafty! One of the biggest things I focus on is crafting on a budget. I am two months away from becoming a Mrs. and as a young couple planning a wedding, my fiance and I like to be really mindful … continue reading

Higgle | Social Marketplace

HIGGLE: Easy and affordable shopping for everyone on your list!

We are sign makers at heart.  We love shopping handmade.  But you know the ones on your Christmas list who just don't appreciate hand made?  Higgle is for THEM!  And YOU, since it will make your buying experience easier to get "the one" a great gift at an affordable price.  We're all about ease...enter HIGGLE.   What’s a higgle?  Higgle allows you to name your price on products and share those offers – we call them higgles.  Higgles are open for 3 days, and can be joined by anybody on Higgle.  You can share them on your own network – the more who join, the more likely your price is to get accepted.  On Higgle, there is a point to being … continue reading

mini canvas thumbprint ornaments

ADORABLE mini canvas thumbprint ornaments! SO EASY to make, kids have fun crafting and you get a Christmas keepsake for years to come. Great Christmas kids craft and Christmas gift idea! Love this reindeer thumbprint ornament!

I love handmade goods at Christmastime, especially on my tree.  Some people adore a gorgeous perfectly decorated themed tree but I enjoy handmade all the way.  Blick Art Materials  challenged us to make our own mini canvas ornaments and we knew thumbprints were the way to go!  I adore any type of hand print art, kids grow SO fast and I love to look back at their little messy art and they love to measure how much they've grown.  I hope you love these mini canvas thumbprint ornaments as much as we do, I'll cherish them forever. Supplies: 2" x 2" mini canvas Blick Studio Acrylic Fine Tip Paintbrushes Glue Gun + Sticks Ribbon for … continue reading

DIY button ornaments

DIY | Easy button ornament, just use hot glue and buttons to create patterns, dimension. Great for little kids!

We have a fun and easy tutorial for you today, courtesy of Blick Art Materials.  They challenged us to re-create their popular diy button ornaments.  We thought it would be cute to create a design in them so we came up with matching Christmas trees.  My 7 year old son helped me make these.  He was afraid of the glue gun but we had fun chatting while he handed me button after button.  He was excited picking out his favorite styles in the big bag of assorted buttons.  This is a fairly quick craft (I would definitely recommend having your piles ready to just grab from) that kids can do (old enough to use a glue gun wisely) with no mess to clean up. Supplies … continue reading

frosted peppermint brownies

Easy peppermint brownies recipe, so yummy and quick to make! Perfect Christmas dessert idea or neighbor gift!

We were doing a little Christmas shopping at World Market (to shop for our Christmas kitchen tour) a few weeks ago and spied these little peppermint drops with tiny nonpareils in Christmas colors sprinkled along the bottom. I immediately grabbed a bag and knew I wanted to spruce up our lovely Aunt Mar June's frosted peppermint brownies: See? Don't they look so good? I promise they are! Bake a batch for yourself! Mmmm....   If you liked this recipe, try 33 other delicious and festive sweets and treats by some of our very talented-in-the-kitchen friends! Yum! Candy Cane Marshmallow Treats from My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia Peppermint Chocolate Cream Pie from … continue reading

Creative Collection link party

Adorable village holiday wreath

HOLY BUSY WEEK, BATMAN!! We shared our easy paper wrapped Christmas trees, 50+ DIY Christmas pillows, a holiday bucket list chalkboard art, a Christmas kitchen with a bonus Christmas antler FREE printable, sharing some good and learning a little more about the start of Lolly Jane with a food pantry holiday makeover, did I mention we're giving away $500 cash on Twitter!?, Carrie made some amazing homemade peppermint hot chocolate, we rounded up 20+ adorable handmade Disney ornaments, gave you the how-to make our Merry & Bright antler pallet art and if you know our mason jar obsession, our new mini mason jar lit ornaments will not surprise you. LOTS of good things happening!! … continue reading