christmas chalkboard craziness

It all started with this.
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 One little bag.  I say little but this is the big daddy, cuz…
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 I bought every size AND in multiples to fit all sized gifts.
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How great are they?  A total vision came together in my head to have these all around the tree Christmas morning.  The kids haven’t seen them & this is just as much a surprise as what will be in them { good thing they don’t read my blog}.    And from there sprung the craziness…
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Next I found this sign and ornaments at Target.  Lexi | Miss M actually picked out the sign & it had a shiny red ribbon which I swapped out for kitchen twine.
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Here it is, hanging in the kitchen.  The ornaments keep my champagne sparkling wine bottles company, which I gave you a peek here.
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Next I found this box at Hobby Lobby (where I also found the bags by the way on a much previous trip).  It’s perfect for keeping all  the Christmas cards from year to year.  I like to sit and read the previous year’s cards before I send ours.  It’s a great way to make sure you don’t miss sending one to someone and feel connected to all your family & friends near & far (especially far).
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And if you’re going to have the bags you need the coordinating tags, right?  I’m not a matchy matchy person but I’m having a serious love affair w/ the chalkboard art thing.  And I know it’s not necessarily a new trend but I just love those bags.  Did I say that already?
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I also bought this coordinating wrapping paper from the PTA drive at school.  the paper is double sided & the patterns | colors lend themselves to coordinate nicely with the chalkboard bags.  Coordinating the paper for the Christmas tree is something I learned many years ago as a newly wed from my good friend Martha Stewart.
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Yup, that’s chalkboard wrapping paper.  I canNOT wait to use it.  This all makes the wrapping more of a party than a chore.
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After I took all the above pictures I found these.  Yes, it’s an addiction and you all know the feeling.  You lose track of what you buy.
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This ribbon is perfect to use with the wrapping paper to tie it all together with the bags.
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These tins are great for the gift cards under the tree or in the stockings but until Christmas they can be little decorations here & there.
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And these kitchen towels are perfect for all the holiday baking.
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I’m also creating some chalkboard christmas art for the family room but more on that when I show my family room done in its entirety.  I’m using some free printables but it’s a work in progress at the moment; just thought I’d share a peek.  I also shared my DIY chalkboard banner here.
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All becuase of a bag.  You never know when or how inspiration will strike.  I have a few more chalkboard ideas brewing in my head…
partying with:
wow us wednesdays @ savvy southern style
wake up wednesday @ my heartsie girl
motivate me monday @ keeping it simple
motivational monday @ burlap & babies
making monday@ grace langdon art
masterpiece monday @ boogieboard cottage
home & garden thursday @ a delightsome life
treasure hunt thursday @ from my front porch to yours
feathered nest friday @ french country cottage

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