You’re going to love this DIY!{woodland chalkboards by Lisa Leonard}

christmas, decorating, DIY By December 5, 2013 7 Comments

You’re going to love this DIY!

It’s a really fun holiday project that you can keep up all year!

Supplies needed:

– wood tree rounds

– chalkboard paint (liquid, not spay paint)

– paint brushes

– paper mache deer (available at most craft stores)

– exacto knife / scissors

– glue gun

– ribbon or fabric strips / tacks or small nails

Paint an even layer of chalkboard paint on the wood rounds. We didn’t paint to the edge and left an organic line for a whimsical handmade feel.

While the paint is drying, it’s time to make the ‘taxidermy’ deer! These are available at most craft stores during the holidays. It would be fun to make your own and use different animals too! We just removed the head (sounds so awful!) with an exacto knife and cleaned up the edge with scissors. It is important that the entire perimeter is flush with the chalkboard.

Once the paint is dried, use a hot glue gun to attach the deer.

Cut a strip of fabric to create a loop at the top to hang.

We are almost done! Break out your best typography skills (or find a talented friend) and decorate your chalkboards to fit the season!

They look great on their own or in a grouping of other fun decor!

Do you like the faux taxidermy look? I love it. And even better, no animals were harmed in the making of this craft!


Myths About Decorating {holiday house tour}

christmas, get creative, hello monday By December 2, 2013 14 Comments


It’s December and I have the house all decorated for Christmas. Would you like a peek? And how about some hellos for a brand new month?

Hello home. Isn’t it a lovely place to be?

Hello cozy and warm. Hello family.

Hello adorable J-O-Y sign from Kelly’s shop. It’s huge–about 4 feet tall. So fun–you must check out her shop.

Hello buffet that I found on craigslist and painted black–my only craigslist find so far!

Hello stacked books. Hello sweet saplings.

Hello hot cocoa and curling up with a good read! One of my favorite ways to relax.

Hello white Christmas tree! So fun and happy!

Hello twinkly lights and holiday cheer.

Hello cozy corner of the house.

Hello pulling out all our favorite ornaments and remembering holidays past.

Hello gorgeous holiday sign from Barn Owl Primitives. I have one for each season.

Hello let it snow banner from our shop. Did you see our big cyber monday sale?

Hello cutting snowflakes with Matthias. Have you cut any yet?

Hello nativity, Hello reflecting on the meaning of Christmas.

Hello unwrapping each piece of the nativity and smiling. This set was passed down from my mom.

Hello colder temps on the way this week.

Hello cozy fire and hello elf that David loves to carry all over the house.

Hello Merry Christmas sign {also from the shop and also on sale!}

Hello cotton balls hung on thread–that’s as close to snow as we’ll get here in California.

Hello c-r-a-z-y busy in the workshop. We are working hard filling orders!

Hello feeling thankful that YOU support my creativity.

Hello brand new month with big things ahead.

Hello HUGE SALE today for cyber monday. Enter code supercyber for 25% off!!!!

Hello Monday! It’s a brand new week. Are you ready?

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments section or link up your own hello monday post there!


my holly ornaments

christmas By November 15, 2013 6 Comments


We prepared what we thought would be enough for the season–and guess what?! They sold out in the first week and a half. So we’re busy busy making more. At $20, these ornaments make a sweet, thoughtful gift that will be treasures for years!! Shop now by clicking the image above.


they’re here!! {whoohooooo!}

christmas, inspiration By November 1, 2013 5 Comments

Oh friends! We’ve been working on these ornaments since LAST CHRISTMAS. How insane is that?! And I finally get to share them with you. I’m more excited about this collection of ornaments than I’ve ever been before. They are filled with lovely details, hand-cast in fine pewter and the price points are Ready to hear all about them?

The first one {above left} is the christmas cottage. How adorable is that?! Customize the roof with family names or celebrate a first year of marriage. I love this ornament!

On the right above, is the brand new snow globe ornament. As a girl I loved shaking up our snow globe and watching the snow fall. So magical! Customize the base of the snowglobe with the year and add special names up the side. Adorable!

Top left, our best selling molded star ornament is back–and just as whimsical as ever!

Bottom left, the adorable new ‘found mitten’ ornament completely steals my heart. Customize with lots of names and the year.

On the right, above, is the new vintage glass ornament. My grandmother had some beautiful glass ornaments that she lovingly placed on her tree every year. This piece is inspired by that tradition. It’s hand-molded, cast in fine pewter and sweetened with a crystal drop. So much meaning in this ornament!

Above is the AMAZING new ‘my holley’ ornament. Friends, we have every letter of the alphabet and I’m super worried we won’t be able to keep these in stock–as they are only $20 and SOOOO CUTE! Go get one now for each of your kiddos, and nieces and nephews. It’s the perfect gift. Love love love.

Our new santa plate {above left} can be customized with up to five lines. This is an annual tradition in our home and my kiddos love it!

Above right is our new ‘Joy’ ornament which is full of happiness and captures the meaning of the season. Customize it with a name and the year.

Today we have a bundle of five ornaments marked down over 25% when you buy all five. It’s a fabulous deal.

So get shopping and check off lots of names on your list!

Which ornament is your favorite? Please share!