Blog Hop- Christmas in July

Hello everyone!

Can you believe July is almost over?

Time has been flying by for me!

Welcome to our Blog Hop Hosted by my sweet friend Terrie at Decorate and More with Tip.

Our theme this month is Christmas in July. We were each challenge to make something related to Christmas!

I don’t know about y’all, but it’s hard to think about Christmas when it feels like 150° outside!

We were hanging shiplap in our bedroom so this seemed like the perfect time to make a shiplap Christmas tree box.

⚠️Don’t forget to scroll to the end of this post and check out all of my amazing blogging friends projects!

If you are coming here from B4 and Afters page, thank you! I can’t wait to head over and check out her Christmas in July blog post! Did y’all see her adorable pine cone trees? Super cute!

Anywhoo… let’s get our the power tools and see what I can mess up 😂!

BTW for my favorite power tool and other finds click HERE! There is a great deal right now for a drill and impact for $99! Sayyyyyy what!

Items used:

  • Nail gun with finishing nails
  • Tape measure
  • Square
  • Pencil
  • 2- 2×2 8ft each (we used pine left over from making our farmhouse table)
  • 2- 8 ft pieces of Shiplap (we used left over tongue and groove OR you can have the hardware store rip plywood for you).
  • Laser jet printer



  • 4- 18″
  • 4- 19 1/8″
  • 4- 9 3/4

Shiplap (ours is 6″ wide)

  • Measure your box once done and make your cuts from that.


Zero for us since everything was left over from other projects.


Measure your tree stand to make sure your box will easily fit around your tree. Our stand is 23″ x 23″.

If your tree measures the same then follow the cuts listed above for your lumber.


Now that you have all of your cuts start with the pine.

You’re going to make two Squares and then use the shorter pieces between the two  squares to make a box. This is how you will attach the shiplap.

Use the longer pieces on the top and bottom and the shorter pieces on each side. Also don’t forget to use your square to make sure it’s all straight.

Now listen… I’m a girl and don’t speak in lumber language so be nice and don’t be too judge-E of my instructions!

And while we’re on the subject.. why do they call a triangle a square? I know it’s used to keep things square, BUT ITS A TRIANGLE!

Nail these pieces together.

Repeat the same process and make a second square.


Using your 9 3/4″ pieces use them between each square in each corner making a box.


Now it’s time to attach your shiplap. We had to rip 4 of these pieces with the table saw to get it to fit right.


Now it’s time to add your words. This is the first time I have done this process and I for sure would have went larger!

Also be sure you have a laser printer.

I used word and wrote our what I want it to say. Then when I went to print it I reversed everything. For me it was tricky finding this setting. It’s under your print options and there is a box that says reverse.

Print and then lay it out on your wood. You can use an u sharpened pencil for this, but I used a paint can opener and this worked good.

Just go back and forth over each word and your ink will transfer to your wood.

I had a little mess up with it at first and had to start over so mine is a little messy 🤦🏻‍♀️.

Don’t forget to keep scrolling and for more Christmas in July inspiration!

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Thrift Store Challenge

Hello friends and happy almost Christmas!

In less than 2 weeks the hustle and bustle of Christmas will be over. Man I’m going to miss my Christmas décor and the magical feelings of Christmas lights. What about y’all?

For this months thrift store challenge by our hosts, …..  , I decided to decorate one of my mini trees using vintage ornaments. PSSSTT don’t forget to scroll to the bottom and check out everyone else’s finds!!! Recently my husbands uncle asked if we wanted a basket of old Christmas decorations.


Did he really have to even ask? Of course I do!! In this basket were some of the most unusual ornaments I have ever seen. As usual I neglected to get pictures of all of them, but luckily I had posted some to my stories so I went back and found a few pictures of some that I didn’t keep. The more unusual ornaments included cats wearing boas, cats with moving tails, cartoon like flamboyant charters, and some that were actually pretty, but not really something I would use.

I picked out the Santas, icicles, and ball ornaments and surprisingly everyone else at work divided up the rest and took them.

I found a mini flocked tree at Walmart for around $15, seemed like a bargain to me. I had some left over twinkle lights and a small white pom pom garland from Dollar General that I first used. Now for the decorations.

The Santas

Is it just me or are some of these Santas kind of creepy? lol The top 2 are a little creepy to me.

Campbell Kids


Aren’t these Capbells kids adorable? This is a 1987 ornament of the Campbell kids ice skating. There were 2 in the basket and leave it to me to break one of them! That is so typical me!

Other Ornaments



The Ones That Didn’t Make The Cut!


This one was one of the most unique pieces out of all of them. I tried to do Google searches for ornament with doughnuts on its head, woman holding a pie, woman with doughnuts and pie, but no luck. I did keep this one just because it was so unusual to me, but I don’t have it displayed anywhere.






I also tried to Google search this one, but again no luck. When you pull on the string hanging down the tail wags back and forth. Also it is hard to see but that is a plate of fish and a salt shaker in the cats paw 🙂

Final Display


I paired my vintage decorated tree with my mamaws singer sewing machine, my vintage Santa from years back, and this Norman Rockwell Santa tray that I found at a local thrift store. Oh and my tree topper was also in the basket of ornaments. Its a super heavy glass angle.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my vintage Christmas ornaments. Don’t forget to scroll down and check out everyone’s AMAZING thrift store finds. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!


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Top 5 Christmas Gift Ideas

Top 5 Meaningful Gift Ideas AND Top 5 Dirty Santa Gift Ideas


Lost on what to get that special person for Christmas? Or trying to find that special gift that will wow your loved one or friend? I have some great ideas with added meaning and some fun ideas for playing games like Dirty Santa!

I seem to struggle most with my husband and my adult boys. Why is it so hard for them to tell me what they want. Anyone else feel my pain? I commonly get, “I donno”.

On the opposite side of the spectrum is my beautiful daughter. Even as a semi-adult she will still give me a very lengthy list. lol!!

I have joined in with a few friends to help give y’all some gift ideas! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to check out everyone else’s gift ideas. 

Top 5 Meaningful Gift Ideas

1. Map that brings back special memories

Recently I worked with grafo map to design a map of a place that is special to our family.

A little story behind my map… I love the beach and warm weather, but much like my sons versus my daughters Christmas lists, me and my husband are total opposites. He loves the mountains and the cold weather. This makes vacations a little challenging. How do we solve this? We compromise of course! We alternate the beach one year and the mountains the next.

He LOVES Montana. I am 100% sure if I agreed to move from Arkansas he would pack up tomorrow and move there. So can you guess where we vacation every other year? Yep, Montana. I agree with him that Montana has some of the most breathtaking views and I am good with visiting as long as its summertime.

Our very favorite place there is a highway called Bear Tooth Pass. It is one of the highest elevations in the state and is closed for part of the year due to snow and ice. It stretches from Wyoming to Montana. The drive up  is beautiful, but nothing beats the view from the top. We always park the truck off and on along the highway and get out and play in the snow (yes snow in July), look for animals, admire the flowers peeking through the snow, and take lots of pictures. We have so many stunning pictures from this area and so many memories.

You can design a map of anywhere and can add icons to it such as a heart or a house. I chose our favorite stretch of the highway for our map and then had a heart placed along the windy part that we love the most. My husband was so surprised when he saw it. We all love it and treasure the memories that looking at it brings to us. I plan on getting some of our photos from Bear Tooth Pass made into canvases and hanging them around the map.

Check them out HERE.



2. Wallet with initials and personal message

I was blown away with Swanky Badger’s gifts for men. My boys are 25 and 22 years old and for sure much harder to buy for now then when they were little. I wanted something for them that was super special! Swanky Badger has a variety of products to choose from such as wallets, cologne, or shaving sets. I decided on a personalized wallet. I was able to pick the style and  color of the wallet and then add their initials to the outside and a message for the inside. My dad passed away 4 years ago. The boys loved their PawPaw so much and of course miss him. I came up with a message from him to the boys and then signed it with PawPaw and his initials. I will never forget their faces when they read the message. Almost everyone in the room had tears.

Check them out HERE

3. Personalized Jewelry

There are so many places now that can do personalized jewelry for you. You can do something as simple as your loved ones initials, to as complex as sending in handwriting and having the message made in that design. Last year I had a necklace made with love you on one charm and dad on the other charm. These were in the handwriting of my dad and were perfect.

4. Tumbler, wood, or glass with initials or unique message

This is a fairly inexpensive way to show someone you how much you care for them. A couple of years ago my middle son and his girlfriend had tumblers made for all of us with our names. Mine had Danya (my name) and a heart with a stethoscope on it. I’m a Nurse Practitioner. I absolutely LOVED this gift. They also took an old frame and had our last name and the year we were married placed on it. Both are great ideas that mean so much.

5. Crepe paper flowers

Love flowers but hate to see them wilt away and die? Well my friend Dani at Out of My Bloomin Mind has the perfect solution. Dani is an extremely talented paper florist. She uses crepe paper to create a gorgeous flower that you can enjoy for years and years. Her arrangements are stunning. Plus, no dying and wilting away. only They are beautiful and the detail that she puts into each flower amazes me.

“Not all flowers fade.” -Dani

Check her out HERE



Top 5 Dirty Santa Gift Ideas

Here are a few fun ideas for games like Dirty Santa or Secret Santa for $20 or less.

1. Tumbler filled with candy

Surely everyone loves a tumbler mug. You can find a good large tumbler for around $18. Then just fill the mug with candy and tie a bow around it. Super easy and usually a gift the guys playing will try to steal.

2. Plush throw and lotion or a candle

There are so many places that sell throws for $10-$15. Then just pair it with your favorite lotion or candle.

3. Flashlight set

This is great for the guys. Heck sometime the girls will surprise you and try to keep it.

4. Gift Cards

Not good at being creative or in a hurry? Everywhere sells gift cards now. You can purchase one card for $20 or multiple small ones as a gift card set. The options are endless…. Home Depot, Target, Starbucks, Sonic, TJ Maxx

5. Spa set

Gather up several girly spa items such as neutral nail polish, lip gloss, small lotion, bath bomb, fluffy socks and put all of it in a gift bag. Who doesn’t love to be pampered!

That’s it! Hope some of these ideas will help you find the perfect gift for your loved on or friends. Don’t forget to check out the post below for more GREAT gift ideas!!!


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Non-Toy Little Girl Gift Ideas

100 stocking stuffer ideas – $10 or less