Handmade Stockings To Stuff

By Libbie Summers
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography

Each year, I sew new Christmas stockings. It’s a labor of love, because I don’t love sewing. Actually, I don’t even like sewing…but I love Christmas stockings! I wish I could tell you I use a certain pattern, but I don’t. I just draw a new one each year and go for it. Showing you these is meant to inspire, I’ve included a good reference video at the end (because I love her accent)! 

1. The Bird Dog
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gingham, polka dots, an embroidered Vizsla on linen and an orange pom pom

2. Gingham Style
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gingham fabric scraps, a cut up old pair of J Crew pants and pom pom trim

3. Dippy Dyed
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dipped dyed linen, purple pom poms and fancy thread

Need to learn how to sew a Christmas stocking? Check out this VIDEO (I love her accent)!

Pig Party (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I hope you put on your most festive look and some bluegrass music and party till the pigs come home this holiday season!

Learn how to make these Party Pig Ornaments HERE!

Bermudan Eggnog

By Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong

I’ve been making this rum laced egg nog for years. One particular holiday party, I rented an old-fashioned bubble drink machine and filled it with the eggnog so my guests could help themselves! I thought it would be so fun and look cool bubbling away on the table…BIG mistake…BIG. You see, the cream just kept frothing and frothing until it eventually became an eggnog volcano spewing all over the dining room floor. As I remember this was well into the party and no one cared one way or the other!

So this year, forget the whiskey and opt for this thick rich eggnog that’s quick to make and laced with the most wonderful dark Bermudan rum…just don’t put it in a bubble drink machine. 

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Bermudan Eggnog
serves 6

What you need:

What to do: 
In a large bowl, or bowl of a standing mixer, beat the egg yolks until just starting to lighten in color. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar and beat until thick and light and the sugar has completely dissolved. Whisk in the milk, cream, rum, vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg.

In a separate large bowl, whip the egg whites until have reached a soft peak. Add sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.

Fold egg whites into egg yolk mixture. Place in refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes, stir again and serve with grated nutmeg for garnish.

 

DIY: Pom Pom Tree Skirt

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest

I’m not going to lie. This tree skirt was a labor of love. I would work on it for a few hours, then walk away from it for a couple of days. It took around 700 pom poms to make it and by the 200th I thought I would surely throw this thing in the river. But, as I added each pom pom, the skirt started smiling at me and becoming so playfully beautiful. I was giddy about it and HAD to finish. Four weeks later I did. It could possibly be the most loved tree skirt I have ever made.

Pom Pom Tree Skirt
makes 1 (you’ll never make another)

Ingredients:
1 60-inch burlap tree skirt (I bought mine here, or you can cut your own…trust me buy this thing)
1 roll satin ribbon (I used hot pink)
1 hot glue gun with a TON of glue sticks
700 pom poms (YEP, you read that right…it took 700ish)

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Step 1: Make Pom Poms
You can find how to make them here!
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Step 2: Sew Ribbon and Ties
Using a sewing machine (ugh…I know right?!) fold the ribbon in half and sew it along the parameter of the tree skirt. Cut 4 pieces of ribbon and sew them on for ties. You could also use fabric glue here, but I don’t think it works as well. Or, don’t add the ribbon at all. I loved it for a more finished look.
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Step 3: Glue Pom Poms
Place the burlap tree skirt over a piece of thick plastic (I used the top of a storage bin) and working one by one in a small area, glue the pom poms on the tree skirt until it is completely covered.  This is where you will want to walk away or punch someone a few times, but don’t stop until this is finished! You can do it!!
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Step 04: Enjoy!
Place tree skirt around your tree, wear outside as a cape (yes that’s a thing), or in the middle of your living room as a comfy floor rug!
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“What goes best with a Pom Pom tree skirt?” Good questions, Hog Wild Sprinkles!!! Get them here!

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My Gingham Christmas

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Location: The Grant Hotel courtesy of Lucky Savannah Rentals

I love the nostalgic feeling of gingham and knew I wanted to use it in a fun holiday decor this season, so I decided to embrace it AND blow it out. With this gingham-inspired holiday decor, more was more! And, the modern/exposed brick environment help take this over the top “country” to an over the top “chic” design!
Check out all the details:

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1. Gingham Garland
Get the how-to here!
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2. Gingham Stockings
Hand made from scraps of fabric and one old pair of pants with a seahorse embroidered on them which made for a super cute stocking. And don’t forget that fabric scraps also make a great pom pom!!
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3. Gingham Fireplace Logs
Watch the fun How-To Video Here!
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4. Gingham Ornaments
So simple! First a length of rick rack is pinned into a styrofoam ball, then scraps of gingham fabric leftover from making garland are attached to the ball using modge podge. Allow to dry and hang!
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5. Gingham Tied Branches
There needed to be a little height in the corner to balance the height of the tree, so a few birch branches were wrapped in sections with gingham fabric and  leaned up against the wall. I love them!!!
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6. Holiday Gift Wrap
Check out spoonflower for just about any wrapping paper you can imagine! It’s a slightly thicker paper than I typically like to wrap with, but the colors are perfection…so I deal.
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I’m so in love with this gingham-inspired Christmas! Everything that decorated the tree was made by hand and with lots of fun and love.
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