Heart Haven Holidays: Christmas Decor

I had so much fun decorating my living room for the holidays this year. My color pallet was silver, gold, and copper and I just love how everything came together!


I put together this vignette using a gold and marble tray from Targent, a succulent, anthropologie candle, and dove figurine also from Target


I love putting out this jingle bell display every year! This year, I added these marble trees from Target.


This is one of my favorite ornaments! I love this jingle bell Noel ornament from Bronners!


Here is an overview of my living room. How have you decorated for the holidays?


West Michigan Wednesday: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at Central Park Players

One of the things I love most about my home is the location! I love living in West Michigan and enjoy many activities around town. I wanted to create a series that explores some of the great things that this area has to offer.

West Michigan Wednesday

Join Grand Haven’s Central Park Players for this weekend’s production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

Here is the blurb from the website:

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling young adult book, and has become a holiday staple for groups across the United States! Features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas carols, and a lot of laughs!

Check out their Facebook page for more info!

Christmas Around My Home

With Christmas quickly approaching, I figured it was about time that I gave you a sneak peak at some of my holiday decor. I kept the same theme as last year using silver, gold, and hints of blue.




Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas! XoXo!

HeartHavenHolidays: DIY Sharpie Mugs

Alrighty friends, it is Christmas Eve and we are in the home stretch! I decided to squeeze in one last DIY project and I wanted to share it with you before the holiday so we are skipping the West Michigan Wednesday post for this week. Today I’m going to share my take on the DIY sharpie mugs that I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest! I think these mugs could be a great last minute gift idea, so I thought it would be best to share it now!

DIY sharpie mugs. Use Oil Based sharpies to make them hold up to washing.

This project seemed pretty straightforward but there are a few tips and tricks to make your mugs turn out great and stand the test of time/washing. Here is what you’ll need for this project:

  • Cheap white mugs from the dollar store/grocery store.
  • OIL BASED (this is SO important to be dish soap safe) Sharpie Markers. I picked up mine from Michaels.
  • Rubbing Alcohol, Qtips, Paper Towel to fix mistakes
  • An Oven 🙂

Start off by pre-heating your oven to 350 degrees. Use your OIL BASED sharpie to draw your design on the mug and get it perfect. If you make a mistake, don’t worry! Just use the rubbing alcohol to remove anything that you don’t want to keep. After you get your designs finalized, just pop your mug into the oven for about a half an hour. Turn off the oven but allow the mugs to cool down inside so that they don’t go through a drastic temperature change and shatter. (I had this happen with a glass casserole dish once! It was terrible!) There you go! In order to preserve your mugs it is best to just hand wash them. I may try sending mine through the dishwasher, just to see what happens. I’ll let you know if I do!

DIY sharpie mug. pretty gold dot mug made with a cheap mug from the grocery store and a gold oil based sharpie.

The designs I choose were all pretty simple. I am loving gold right now so I used a gold sharpie on all of my mugs. The first one is just a simple gold dot pattern. I love the old Kate Spade gold dot design (seems like its kinda phasing out, but I’m still a huge fan!) and this is a great way to get the look for less! You can use stickers to get your dots perfectly shaped, but I sort of love my wonky dots. They have character. 🙂 I think this could be a great last minute Christmas Gift for a friend/coworker/neighbor. Just fill the mug with some holiday treats and candy and you’re good to go!

write a favorite quote or bible verse in a gold oil based sharpie and bake in the oven! Love these DIY sharpie mugs

Next up is my Morning Joy cup. I love it because it is a fun nod to the name of my home and a favorite bible verse. Its also a cheeky nod to that first cup of hot cocoa/tea/coffee in the morning… pure joy. I just added little dots along the top and the bottom for a little more character. You could personalize the cup with a favorite quote, name, or preserve the sweet handwriting of your children.

DIY sharpie mug for the tea lovers out there. Love the gold oil based sharpies.

The last design is so simple and probably my favorite. I just drew a little tea bag shape with a heart in the middle. I love drinking a cup of warm tea when I’m not feeling well (and all the time, lets be real) and I think this could be a great gift for a sick friend who is stuck at home this winter. Just fill the mug with your favorite teas, some cough drops, and maybe some kleenex.

I didn’t share my final mug with you because I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it. I haven’t baked it yet because I’m still not sure on the design. I was trying to make scrabble letters that spelled “cocoa” but I couldn’t get them to look right. I may just scrap the whole thing and draw more dots. hahaha!

Have any of you tried making DIY sharpie mugs? Are you doing last minute shopping/crafting today?

HeartHavenHolidays: Last Minute Touches with Jingle Bells and Stockings

Christmas is this week and today I wanted to share a couple of quick last minute touches that I added to make my living room a bit more festive. As you may remember from my Christmas tree and my table centerpiece, I am using silver and gold to spruce up my home for the holidays this year. Since I don’t have my dream mantle and my beautiful roses have wilted, I decided to add some cheer to my entryway table in the living room.

jingle bells, votive holders, and a serving tray add instant holiday cheer!

How cute is my little Owl!? I picked him up at Target a few weeks ago (Sorry, I can’t find him on the website, but you may get lucky in your local store!) and I think he is going to stay out year round.

I love how my jingle bell tray turned out! I saw something similar on Pinterest and I was itching to recreate this in my home. I picked up these pretty votive holders from Target (Bonus! They’re now on clearance!) in silver and gold. I used a plain white serving tray, three of the silver votive holders, and 4 packages of gold jingle bells in various sizes.

Simple, classy, and chic Christmas decor in silver and gold

I think the arrangement could use more jingle bells so I’ll have to stock up before next year! I adore using jingle bells as vase filler and decor for the holidays. I’ve been doing it for years!

use an entryway table in lieu of a mantle

Next up are my stockings! I picked up two beautiful stockings at Target (See a trend here? I have a problem.) They are a pretty cream color with silver and gold threads woven into the fabric. They. Are. Perfect!! I just hung them on the knobs of my table and it actually looks kind of cute. Then I made some simple name tags out of gorgeous scrapbook paper to add a more personal touch.

make personalized name tags to tell apart your stockings. This one is just made from scrapbook paper and a sharpie!

I just used two paper punches that I purchased from Michaels (I believe mine are the 3.5 in scalloped and the 2in circle). They are sort of pricey, but I just buy a new one every now and then using a 40% coupon. I think I have 4 of them. I make all of my own gift tags, so I figure it saves a ton of money in the long run!

scrapbook paper and a hole punch to make pretty name tags

The lighter scrapbook paper has this gold iridescent sheen to it when the light hits just right. I wish the camera was able to pick it up. It is absolutely stunning in person! I used rubber cement to attach the two pieces of scrapbook paper and double sided tape. Hey, I use what I have like MacGyver!

Then, I just used a fine tip, gold sharpie marker to write our names. One for me and then Daisy & Sammy are sharing. Ha! Yes, I have a cat. I just don’t talk about him as much. He likes to stay off the grid. 😉

My pets always love pulling new toys out of their stocking each year. Do you have stockings for your pets?

quick and inexpensive way to personalize stockings using scrapbook paper name tags

I really love how these projects turned out! What little holiday touches are you adding to your home last minute?