Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Wishing You a Merry Christmas 2018

Tuesday, December 18, 2018



Hello blog friends.

Things are slowing down here at Julie's Creative Lifestyle!










I will be taking a blogging break to spend it with my family and friends.



I will see you all the second week of January.








Wishing you all a wonderful holiday


filled with wonderful moments, much happiness, and good health. 






Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



Julie xo

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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #173 Features

Monday, December 17, 2018



As we said, last week was the last Link Up for 2018 as we will be spending the time with our friends and families.  

We so appreciate all that you guys have done to make this Link Up amazing in 2018! 

 We will be back with a new Link Up on January 7th! 

 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!




Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:



 
Gingerbread Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze recipe


 
Christmas Gift Exchange Idea 


  Julie's Picks:


 
Decking Our Halls


 
Dollar Store Christmas Wreath tutorial



Link Up will be back January 7, 2019!!






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Dollar Store Christmas Wreath

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


Hello blog friends.  I hope you're all enjoying this holiday season.  One of the ways that I have been enjoying this season is by doing some crafting.  

Each year I really love making my own Christmas decorations.  






I really wanted to make my own Christmas wreath this year for my back door.  I was so happy and thrilled to visit the dollar store back in November for all of my supplies.  I LOVE the Dollar Tree store!

I also used some items I already had in my stash such as the ribbon and garland.  I bought the red and white ribbon (that was already curled) in a local card store and the garland in a local dollar store.

This wreath was so much fun to make and it took me less than a half hour to make.


SUPPLIES TO MAKE WREATH:



  • 5 Christmas Ornaments
  • 1 Bow
  • Garland - I had this in my stash
  • Red and White Ribbon - I had ribbon in my stash (The ribbon was already curled) 
  • Glue Gun
  • Small Wreath
  • Small Door Hanger



I laid out all of my supplies on newspaper.

I took the pine cone and holly off of the red bow as in the photo above in the lower right hand corner.  I used instead the red and white ribbon.  The red and white ribbon came already curled, so I didn't need to curl the ribbon.  I used the twist tie on back of bow and tied it to the wreath.

Next I decided where I wanted my ornaments to be placed on the wreath.




I next heated up the glue gun.  Once the glue was hot, I hot glued the garland, ornaments, and bow onto the wreath.





Dollar Store Christmas Wreath





Thanks for stopping by.  I hope I've inspired you to do some crafting and make your own Dollar Store Christmas Wreath!

Enjoy the rest of the week and have a nice weekend.



Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!


Julie

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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #173 and Features

Monday, December 10, 2018



It's almost time!! Are you ready? Gifts wrapped?!?! 

 Just a future warning, this will be the last Link Up for 2018 as we will be spending the time with our friends and families. 

 We so appreciate all that you guys have done to make this Link Up amazing in 2018! Lets go out with a BANG for 2018!



Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:


 
Mint Chocolate Shortbread Snowflakes recipe


 
Old Fashion Molasses Crinkle Cookies recipe 


  Julie's Picks:


 
Creme Burlee French Toast Casserole


 
Super Easy Lasagna recipe



Let's get to the Link Up!!


Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts! 

Jess and I hope to see some awesome recipes, crafts/diy, gardening, fashion, beauty, home decor, healthy living, sew/crochet/knitting, stories and poems, tea time, travel reviews, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)


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TBB Asks Holiday Edition

Friday, December 7, 2018


Hello blog friends.  I thought it would be fun to participate and answer these twelve questions with a holiday theme at The Blended Blog Link Up for December.

You can join in the fun and answer the questions if you like in the comments section!






1.  Candy Canes?  Yes or No?  Yes.  I love decorating the house or tree with candy canes.  I also like to give them out on top of Christmas presents.  One year my daughter and I were crafting together when she was small, and we made Christmas decorations and added candy canes.


Christmas decorations with candy canes.


2.  Christmas morning early riser or sleep in?  We all get up early but not as early as we used to when my college girl was small.

3.  Did you shop Black Friday?  Yes or No?  I did not attempt to shop in the stores.  I did a little bit of shopping online.  

4.  Christmas Tree up in November?  Yes or No?  No.  We have put up a real Christmas Tree for the past few years and we usually put it up in the middle of December.  I really love the way a real Christmas tree makes the whole house smell so good.


Real Christmas Tree 2017


5.  Do you get holiday ideas from Pinterest?  Yes or No?  Yes.  I get so many ideas for decorating the house, baking, and crafting from Pinterest.

6.  Christmas Glam or Ugly Sweater?  I like to dress semi glam.  I do not do an ugly sweater.  I used to do the ugly sweater when they were in style.  I did save one of them though.

7.  Stocking Stuffers:  Wrapped? or Unwrapped?  I always wrap up the stocking stuffers with leftover wrapping paper.

Handmade stockings knitted by my Mom!


8.  Traditional or Modern Christmas Songs?  I love a mixture of both songs, but my favorite is the traditional songs.

9.  Fruitcake?  Yes or No?  No.  We do not do fruitcake here and no one likes it.

10.  Is your Christmas shopping finished?  Yes or No?  No.  I am still shopping for last minute presents and my presents are half wrapped.

11.  Is there snow in December where you live?  Yes, it gets cold here and we already had our first snow in November.

12.  Classic Show?  Charlie Brown Christmas or Rudolph?  It's definitely Rudolph.  I love watching it so much and I watched it on TV last week.  It's a tradition for me and it always gets me in the holiday spirit.


Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer


I had a fun time answering these questions with the holiday theme.  I hope you all play a long too.

Hope you all have a happy Friday and enjoy the weekend.  




Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!


Julie

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Crochet Angel Ornament

Thursday, December 6, 2018



Hello friends.  Happy December!

Do you have your ornaments and decorations already made for the holidays?

Well, I have this last minute crochet angel ornament that you might like to make to hang on your Christmas tree.

I'd love to share the details on how to make your own with you.  :)






I love making new handmade crochet ornaments each year for our Christmas Tree.  I decided this year that I wanted to make an angel.

I've been crocheting these angels since October for our tree and as little gifts for family and friends.

I really love all sorts of angels.  I have a lot of different angle ornaments and decorations.  I thought that crocheted angels would look cute on the Christmas tree. 




I was searching around on the internet for an easy angel pattern.   I was so happy when I found this pattern and they had them made into a garland.  I thought that angel ornaments would work out just perfect.   This pattern was not too difficult for me to make the crocheted angel.





DETAILS TO MAKE CROCHET ANGEL ORNAMENT:

Yarn:  You can choose any color and use any type of yarn for this project.  I chose yarn that I already had in my stash.  It didn't have any label on it.  The yarn I used was white and silver mixed together.  I think that the sparkle mixed in the yarn looks nice for this project.

Pattern:  The pattern is from Interweave and can be found here.

Crochet Hook: US size I hook.








Let's all get crafting and make something homemade for the Christmas Tree!




Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!


Julie

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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #172 and Features

Monday, December 3, 2018



We love seeing what you all are "cookin'" up for the holidays! 

 We have such talented bloggers link up each and every week!! :) 

 Keep the ideas coming!!




Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought

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Features


Jess' Picks:



Double Chocolate Crunch Cookies recipe



Delicious Espresso Crinkles Cookies recipe



Julie's Picks:



Wood Slice Chalkboard Ornaments tutorial



Reindeer Droppings Mason Jar



Let's get to the Link Up!!


Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts! 

Jess and I hope to see some awesome recipes, crafts/diy, gardening, fashion, beauty, home decor, healthy living, sew/crochet/knitting, stories and poems, tea time, travel reviews, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)



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Update From Crochet Sale 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018


Hello blog friends.

I hope you're all enjoying this week and staying warm.  It's is so cold and windy here and I've been staying inside.  I am still battling a terrible sinus infection, so I've been doing some Christmas decorating around the house this week.  (WARNING THIS BLOG POST IS LONG)!

Some of you have asked me about what happened at the recent crochet sale we had at my church.  I'm sorry, I didn't give you all an update from our sale we had last Sunday, November 18, 2018.

I mentioned to you that last year (2017) we did OK, and not as well as in years past.  Well, this year was even worse than last year and we made less than half of what money we had made.  There is a large raffle item that seems to help out with this sale.

It was disappointing news to our group of how we made out, and we think that people may not want homemade items like this anymore.

All of the items that did not sell at the sale have been given out to some homeless people, who need hats and scarves to stay warm, and to a local hospital.

The Sister that runs our group was really upset.  She would usually take our group out to lunch twice a year and she said that there will just be a holiday luncheon right before Christmas.

The group has now decided to only meet up once a month and just do all of the work from home.  I have been in this group for 15 years and the group was about 20 women when I first joined.  Now we only have about four of us (including me) that will meet up once a month at the church.

We shall see what happens with this group, but it doesn't look too good to me.

If you look below, some of you might remember seeing these scarves that I knitted for myself.  :)

The one on the left is cream/gold and I knitted it with two strands of yarn.  I used cream colored yarn and gold yarn together and knitted it in the seed stitch.  To see the blog post, and the details to knit your own gold scarf, just click here.

The plum cowl is also knitted in the seed stitch as well.  I had a fun time when I bought this yarn with my niece, during last summer.  To see the blog post, and the details to knit your own short cowl, just click here.



Both scarves are knitted using the seed stitch.


Below I made two neck warmers a few years ago for myself.  I crocheted the cream colored neck warmer in a thick chunky yarn.  The black neck warmer, I used two strands of yarn and crocheted them using black yarn and a strand of black sequined yarn.  I usually wear these in the winter when it's very cold outside.  I don't have any of the details available anymore for making these neck warmers, as it was so long ago.  I can't remember where I found the patterns to make them.


Both neck warmers made with Lion Brand yarn.



Some of you may have remembered that I had met Mary from the blog My Dogs My Garden and Mary, back in the summer of 2015.  To read that blog post, just click here.  It was such a pleasure to meet such a sweet lady and we had a wonderful lunch together when I was on my trip with my family to California.  We had lunch at the Cheese Cake Factory right on the water of Marina Del Rey.  We would enjoy corresponding to each other by email each week.   I was emailed a few months ago by another blogger, who informed me that Mary had passed away.  (Thanks to the blogger who emailed that to me).  This blogger did not know any of the specifics or details and neither do I.  May Mary rest in peace.  She is really missed by me and I'm sure by so many others.


Thanks to all of you for stopping by.  I hope have a great day, and enjoy the upcoming weekend.

Julie xo

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Take Time to Enjoy the Season

Wednesday, November 28, 2018



Hello friends.  Did you all have a nice Thanksgiving?

I did and I loved spending it with family that I haven't seen in a while.  We all had a great time and I enjoyed eating the good food and the leftovers.





Can you believe that next week is the beginning of December?

With the holidays here we should all....

  Take the time to breathe and enjoy the holiday season!




Some ways that we can accomplish this is to stay organized.  


I like to make lists of all the things I need to do for the holidays.

I like to make lists of people I will need to make or buy presents for.  I do half present shopping online and half in the store.  When I have a present I cross it off the list and then I try to wrap the present right away.  This will happen sometime next week for me.

I usually save my Christmas card list from year to year.  I like to see if I will be adding or taking off people on my list.  You can also buy your holiday stamps at the post office or online.

You should decide if you are making photo holiday cards, buying your cards, or even making your own handmade cards.  There are sales specials now on photo holiday cards to take advantage of.

If you are sending out any packages to family or friends you should get your packages ready to send out early.  I like to do this early as this time of year the post office is super busy with long lines.

You should figure out menus and if you will be entertaining any parties or get togethers with family and friends.

Start thinking about outfits you will be wearing and if you need to go shopping for any clothes.  This applies to the children also.

I like to have extra food around just in case I have anyone drop by unexpected for coffee.  You can make extra food and then freeze it.  When you are in a rush and don't have time to cook you can plan ahead of time and take food out of the freezer and just defrost it to have for dinner.

I love to make quick and easy meals for weeknights and weekends.  I love using the Instant Pot for a really quick meal and the Crock Pot for weeknight meals.  You can click here to see some of my easy recipes for weeknight dinners and the holidays.

Now is a great time that you can start your holiday baking of cookies, candy, and any other holiday treats.

You should figure out if you will be buying a real tree or a fake tree.  If you are putting up a fake tree, you can get it up early and decorate the tree.  Decide if you need to buy any new ornaments, lights, or decorations.  This is a great time to sort through your holiday decorations and decide if you are keeping them or if the ones you don't need you can donate to charity.  (Some of you might have your tree up and decorated already, so please ignore this one).

I like organizing my decorations and I usually decorate the inside of my house right after Thanksgiving.  I am in the process of doing this right now!  This also applies for decorating the outside of the house too.  Last year I organized and went through my Christmas decorations.  I donated a lot of them to our church.

The bottom line is just try to stay organized and try to have family members help you out.  One of the ways I like to do this is by having my college girl invite some of her friends over to decorate the Christmas tree and do some holiday baking.  It's always fun when you have everyone involved and helping out.


Take the time to breathe and enjoy the holiday season. 

One of the ways that helps me out during the holiday season is drinking a lot of coffee!







Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and weekend.  :)


Click HERE to see the great parties I will be linking up to!


Julie








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Cooking and Crafting with J & J #171 and Features

Monday, November 26, 2018



We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!! 

 We're back at it to see what you all are crafting and cooking up for Thanksgiving! :)




Co-Hosts


Plucky's Second Thought



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Features


Jess' Picks:



Light Up LED Tree tutorial



Carla Hall’s Pecan Pie recipe



Julie's Picks:



Hot Cocoa Bar



Crochet Star Ornament tutorial




Let's get to the Link Up!!


Now is your chance to link up your favorite crafts and recipes blog posts! 

Jess and I hope to see some awesome recipes, crafts/diy, gardening, fashion, beauty, home decor, healthy living, sew/crochet/knitting, stories and poems, tea time, travel reviews, tips, and tricks; also, we really hope all of our readers will participate!

PLEASE READ THE RULES!! :)



Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up
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