A Bubbly Life

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Link Loving!


Stocking Stuffer ideas (if your recipient is me;)

Gnome bottle opener. So cute, I may take up beer drinking.
Kate Spade glitter earrings. I say perfect year round, but maybe more appropriate for the rest of the world during Christmas and New Year's!
This tee. Or this one.
Winelab decanter pourer.

Some favorite Christmas DIYs:
Ornament Shaped Doormat- so cute!!

Mini Cranberry Wreath place cards- I am obsessed, these are so gorgeous.

Leather Stamped Glitter Gift Tags

I love this simple DIY- paint turns thrifted trays into midcentury glam.

My Christmas DIY Roundup! I am done until next year! 

DIY Tinsel Letter Garland
Recipe Gluhwein
DIY Confetti Dipped Ornaments  
DIY Light Wreath 
DIY Christmas Tree Card Holder & Mini Disco Ball Ornament Pushpins
DIY Sequin Wreath
DIY Christmas Tree Lanterns

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

DIY Tinsel Letter Garland

I finally got a white tree this year!! And I wanted a glam banner garland to go along with it :) A tinsel garland saying Fa La La was perfect! Although, I now kind of wish I did Cheers, as it would be perfect for the glitz of New Year's!!

Materials:
Wooden Letters  ( I purchased wood letters, you can also make them out of cardboard and save yourself some money, however, I have horrible writing and cutting abilities...) 
Tinsel (mini tinsel is best- 99 cent store!)
Staple Gun
Long Tinsel Strand



Directions:
Wrap tinsel around the letter and tie in knot when the letter is covered.  (Seriously, you do not even need glue!)



Give your letter a quick "trim" with your scissors.  Or not. It is up to you how tinsel-y you want them!

Staple the letter to a large tinsel garland (I used a long white garland!)


Hang on your Christmas tree, fireplace or wherever else you may want to hang your Christmas message to!





So, I had my assistant check my editorial calendar:


And Colette confirmed today is the last Christmas DIY of 2014 for you all!



I hope you enjoyed all the Christmas DIYs!!

I will be back tomorrow and back next week with a New Year's DIY before taking off for the holiday,   I am not going anywhere just yet!

You still have time to make:

Recipe Gluhwein
DIY Confetti Dipped Ornaments  (as seen on the tree!)
DIY Light Wreath 
DIY Christmas Tree Card Holder & Mini Disco Ball Ornament Pushpins
DIY Sequin Wreath
DIY Christmas Tree Lanterns

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Entertaining With Winelab


It is no secret I love wine.  If you have read A Bubbly Life for like a day, you know I love wine. (case in point, yesterday's post was a gluhwein recipe, I even like wine in different languages) 

Like everyone else in the world right now, I entertain much more around the holidays.  And will do so on a whim.  All year, I have wine & tealight candles on hand for hostess duties.  But, my special Christmas version of entertaining on a whim includes a bag of cranberries and tree trimmings.  


The red and green pine make everything look prettier!  We get a real tree every year, so I just clip as needed for a dinner.  If you have a fake tree, pick up a little rosemary tree from your grocery store and clip some herbs for your setting.  


Winelab sent me a new decanter & aerator for my holiday entertaining- and I love it.  I would like to say I love it because it is the best individual glass decanter & aerator I have tried (it is) but honestly, it is the aesthetic that gets me. It is SO beautiful and elegant.


It attaches to your wine bottle (no huge decanter to wash? huge plus for me ;) And, if anyone stops by, no waiting for the wine- open and pour with the attachment.

I love it! And I have tried/owned the other smaller decanter/aerators out there.


Another entertaining tip?  Always have cheese on hand.  This is also a stay-happily-married tip.  At least in my world, because it is a nightmare for my husband if I run out of cheese...


*I was provided the Winelab decanter & aerator for review, I do not accept product reviews on the blog, but I love wine and the Winelab is SO beautiful, awesome and being sold by my sister, so I had to share!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gluhwein / Mulled Wine Recipe

Oh, gluhwein.  A warm, cozy Christmas in a mug.  My husband and I have spent two Christmases in Europe, mostly in Germany.  Germany is where we discovered gluhwein- hot mulled spiced wine. We LOVED it.  Every sip and the beautiful smell takes me back to our wonderful times there.

Over the years, I have tried many different recipes, but none seemed to quite get the same flavor that we enjoyed in Germany.  I finally discovered a spice that had been missing- cardamon seed.  It made all the difference!


How to Make Gluhwein!

Ingredients:
One bottle of red wine
Juice from one large orange
1/4 cup of cane sugar
1 large cinnamon stick (or two small)
4 juniper berries
2 star anise
1/4 teaspoon of ground cardamon seed

Add cinnamon stick, juniper berries and star anise to a cheesecloth or as I like to use, a tea ball(A tea ball is my favorite thing ever to use in place of cheesecloth in recipes. Trust me, you will love it. Your welcome.)

Add orange juice and cane sugar to saucepan on high heat and bring to a simmer.  Reduce heat, stir and simmer for about 10 minutes or as it gets syrupy (technical term ;)

Add red wine and your tea ball, let simmer for about 20 minutes- so all those wonderful ingredients mesh together for a bit and your house is filled with the smell of Christmas.


Also, I am not German (well... maybe like 10%?  I am a mutt) so do not be mad if this does not taste like the way your Grandma made it (because making alcoholic drinks is what Grandmoms do? I digress. If your Grandma does, Id like to meet her though!)   

This is my version based on my memory from what I had during our wonderful times in Germany for Christmas.  And trust me, I tried so many variations!!



On a side note, I am obsessed with using tree trimmings as my Christmas centerpiece on table.  A clear vase and some simple greenery and I am in love...  This is actually not a staged shot, and how my table looks! (well, I dont ALWAYS have mulled wine on it!)



I hope you are enjoying Christmas on A Bubbly Life! All my Christmas DIYS are fast and easy, you still have time!

DIY Confetti Dipped Ornaments 
DIY Light Wreath 
DIY Christmas Tree Card Holder & Mini Disco Ball Ornament Pushpins
DIY Sequin Wreath
DIY Christmas Tree Lanterns

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