My New Years Eve Date is a…

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Model: Joshua Summers

…stone cold fox and I adore him more than anything! Who else besides such a wonderful husband and friend would let me subject them to this type of shit.

I love you Joshua Summers. Here’s to a joy filled, loving, inspiring and playful 2018!!
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Sleeping Fox Needlepoint Pillow: Custom by Sydney Kiefner
Fox Artwork on Embroidery Hoop available through: Custard Boutique
Teak Tree Handmade by: Nick Gant

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Learn to make the papier-mache fox heads HERE!
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It’s going to be a great year…I can smell it!

DIY: Papier-mache Fox Heads

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Our dog Maggie Jo (aka The Bitch) is a member of a private quail preserve in Savannah. We are lucky enough to take her there to work a few times a week –never shooting over her, just exercising her nose and her legs. This past October there was a certain red fox we would often see on the trails back in the woods. He was a small fellow in stature, but large in flamboyancy. Mr. Fox, as we started calling him, would sit in the middle of the trail until he knew we had seen him, and only then would he scurry off. It was a brave show of bravado.

After seeing Mr. Fox for the third time, I couldn’t get him out of my head and had to add an element of foxy to my holiday. These three papier-mache fox heads are in honor of him.

I hope I get to run into Mr. Fox again this fall.

DIY Papier-Mache Fox Head
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What you need:
Cardboard for the mount
Newspaper
Masking tape
Modge Podge or watered down glue
Pencil (for sketching face)
Craft paints (we used white, black, orange/red mixture and burnt umber)
Spray acrylic sealer in matte finish
What to do:
Step 1.
Cut a round piece of cardboard the size of the head you would like to make (if your cardboard is too thin, cut enough rounds to make it firm). This will also be the mount. Ours was 10-inches in diameter.
Step 2.
Start forming the basic shape of the head with balls of newspaper and masking tape.
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Step 3. 
Continue using more and more masking tape to shape the head. The ears were made by taping on cut outs of thin card board.
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Step 4. 
Once you have your general shape. Cut strips of newspaper and use modge podge or watered down glue to cover the head…smoothing out the rough spots as you go. (Fun side note: At this point David and I laughed that our fox looked like a pig! So we mad the nose more long and pointy…more “fox like”.)
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Step 5. 
Use white craft paint to cover the entire head (we did two coats) and let dry. Use a pencil to sketch in the areas to paint.
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Step 6.
Once the painted head is dry. Spray with the sealer in a well ventilated area. Attach a hanger on the back (we used heavy duty velcro) and hang!
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Happy Boxing Day

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

But what is Boxing Day?
–A ‘Christmas Box’ in the United Kingdom is a name for a Christmas present. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants and the day when they received a ‘Christmas Box’ from the master. The servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give Christmas Boxes/presents to their families.

Happy Boxing Day…here’s a “sucker punch” present for you!
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5 Christmas Trees To Inspire

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

My holiday decorating is always inspired by something…usually a food or memory from my youth. Here are a few of my recent trees and the inspiration that made them a reality!

1. Gumballs
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Photography by Chia Chong
This was truly a candy colored christmas!
Get the DIY for this amazing pom pom tree skirt HERE!
Love the felt ornaments? Get the DIY HERE!
GARLAND GALORE!! Get some of my favorite garland DIY’s HERE.

2. Quail
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photo by Teresa Earnest Photography
Love these blaze orange dipped feather ornaments? Get the DIY HERE.
Feather Garland got you gobsmacked? Get this and other gift wrapping ideas HERE.
Bird Dog Stockings? So many stocking ideas HERE.

3. Sprinkles
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Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Do you love sprinkles like I do? Check out my cool new custom sprinkle line HERE! Which is your favorite?
Make your own sprinkle-inspired ribbon! Get the DIY HERE.

4. Pigs!!

photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Obsessed with the party pig ornaments as much as I am? Get the DIY HERE.
Want a front row seat to the pig part? Watch the fun video HERE.

5. Cotton Candy
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Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Obsessed with the cotton candy ornaments like I am? Check them out HERE.
How About a Cotton Candy Cocktail for your holiday party? Get my recipe HERE.

What Inspires you holiday decorating? I’d LOVE to know!!

6 Fun Gift Wrapping Ideas

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest

If you have a roll of butcher paper or kraft paper on hand, you’ll never run out of handmade gift wrapping paper! Here are a few of my go to gift wrap favorites! 

1. Leopard Print Gift Wrap
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A colorful leopard print painted on butcher paper. Watch how I made it here!

2. Cotton Candy Gift Wrap
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Cotton Candy was the inspiration for this holiday scene, so cotton candy gift wrap was a must! (paper from Spoonflower)

3. Bird Dog and Pheasant Gift Wraps
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Make it special and add your own ribbon made of quail feathers (I used a sewing machine to
sew quail feathers onto a length of grey satin ribbon) Quail and Vizsla printed  paper from spoonflower

4. Whole Hog Gift Wrap
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I scanned the artwork from the case of my first cookbook, The Whole Hog Cookbook, and had it printed at my local
large format printer. 

5. Gingham Gift Wrap
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Gingham wrapping paper in all the colors of the rainbow were the perfect look for this holiday tree! (paper from Spoonflower). 

6. Red Ribbon and Polk Dot Paper
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Kraft paper painted with large red polka dots and tied with tons of red bows in a line.