family movie night gift basket idea


i am so excited to share with you a fun gift idea i put together for our dear friends with a little family of three! 

we wanted to surprise our friends with a fun basket including ingredients for a meaningful evening together as a family during the holidays. i quickly thought of a holiday movie night basket! 

here's how i created this fun holiday movie night basket for just under $15!


to make your holiday movie basket, gather the following:

- popping corn (we buy ours in bulk so i just grabbed some from our pantry)
- special popcorn toppings
- fun bowls for popcorn
- cash ($3) for a redbox holiday movie


i wanted to personalize the cash instead of just randomly placing it in the basket so i printed off this fun redbox graphic. here's the graphic you can easily print off for your basket. i wrapped the cash in festive paper & glued the redbox graphic to the front. 

the cash is a fun way for the family to pick out a new holiday movie or a favorite that's watched year after year!


i found the fun bowls at big lots for $6 & tied the stack with candy cane ribbon. 

the kernel season's toppings are from walmart for just under $3 each. there are a ton of toppings to choose from, but i went with the kettle corn flavor - my favorite!

optional: you could even include m&m's or another chocolate treat in your basket for all of those chocolate lovers.

for the popcorn, i filled a clear bag with popcorn kernels & tied it with twine. this is the most economical option, but you could include microwaveable bags if you think it would be easier for the family. 


i placed all of the goodies in a basket i already had on hand with happy polka dot tissue paper. 


a tag & baker twine tassel made this little basket happy & festive just in time to surprise our dear friends for the holidays!

total cost:
$0 popcorn already from our pantry
$3 redbox movie
$6 toppings
$6 bowls

total: $15

i'd love to read your ideas for gifts for families! what gifts do you put together for the entire family to enjoy?

love,
natalie

p.s. last year i made a fun basket for a family with ingredients for making these clay ornaments! this is such a fun activity to do with the entire family! 

our festive farmhouse: a little december tour


hi, friends! we've pulled out all the plastic tubs full of festive goodies & thoughtfully arranged our home in a hodge podge of thrifted, yard sale, vintage & new christmas decorations. 

we might not quite win any awards for our holiday home, but oh how it's cozy & warm!

the farmhouse is festive, y'all! 

i thought i'd show you just a little peek into our december home... 

don't mind if we stick all the clutter in a corner & oh! don't trip on the plastic tubs still by the door. 


we're still growing rows of salad greens, lettuces & chinese cabbage in the garden, which means large dinner plate salads for lunch & dinner. my favorite meal in the wintertime. & oh! the homemade year by jerusalem greer is soo good. i can't put it down.

she's also an arkansas gal!

pssst! that mason jar tumbler by my dear friend erin of tweetpotatopie is amazing! i use it daily. enter "natalielove15" at checkout in her shop & receive 15% off your purchase of $10 or more!


i have been spending quite some time wrapping gifts to put under the christmas tree. i enjoy wrapping our gifts early so that it doesn't seem so much like a chore. it also creates a season of anticipation that i just love. 

my sweet nephew gets his own special wrapping paper this year! i picked it up at joann's craft store for cheap, cheap, cheap. i purchased a small box of crayons & washi taped it to the wrap. i hope it will keep him busy until it's his turn to unwrap his gifts! 




the theme of this season is indeed hodge podge. there really isn't a rhyme or reason to the way we decorate or approach the spaces within our home. we just decorate with what we love - a mix of handmade, vintage, rusty & thrifted. 



our coffee station is always one of my favorite parts of our home. i always love having guests over who enjoy coffee, tea & hot chocolate just as much as we do. 

i found the little elf at a recent craft fair. he's just perfect & will serve as our elf on the shelf when we have littles. for now he watches & guards the caffeine. 


& of course, our holiday farmhouse wouldn't be quite festive without our thrifted wooden nativity set. one of the wise men flew the coop this year so we've replaced him with the shepard boy. 

baby jesus is only getting two gifts from our house this year, y'all. 
love,
natalie

busy at the table & a blossoms and billows giveaway


our wooden table is buzzing this time of year with christmas card writing, list making, book reading, meal sharing & moments in-between. 

today i am gift wrapping on our dearly loved table, one of my very favorite parts of the holiday season.

i believe a package should be just as beautiful as what's inside, don't you?


you know my love for clipboards. we hang calendars from our thrifted clipboards & trade expensive frames for them.

i've shared this idea once before, but i thought we could all use a little refresher.

if you're looking for a little inexpensive gift idea for the holidays, blossoms and billows' prints are just perfect. 

i recently ordered aubrey's  family monogram print for our home & thought what a wonderful gift it might be for the other little families close to us!

& if you're in need of a quick gift, you can even order her prints as instant downloads! at just $8, you can gift your entire lady tribe with a fun print on a clipboard! i especially love this one.


to make your gift special, gather supplies you already have on hand. tie a bow around your print & chalkboard. tie a tag onto your goodies & gift it! so simple, festive & happy!

total cost: $9 ($8 for the print, $1 for the clipboard)


sweet aubrey is also offering an amazing giveaway of $100 to her shop! that's 11 prints from her shop that you can keep or gift to others! yay!

to enter, simply:
1. check out the blossoms and billows shop.
2. follow blossoms and billows on ig @blossomsnbillows or like her Facebook page.
3. comment below with your email address & a creative wrapping idea!

i will pick a random winner next wednesday, december 17th, at 8am cst!

happy winning, friends!
love,
natalie

p.s. use code "zinnia" for 25% off your order in the blossoms and billows shop! yay!

giveaway closed! our random winner is jenna! we will contact you shortly about your giveaway prize! yay!

gather & a haven enterprise giveaway!


friends, have you check out my sidebar recently? there are so many fantastic makers over there offering some incredible handmade goods perfect for gifting during this time of year!

i am over the moon with my friends at haven enterprise & their wood working magic.


i was so excited to work with them to create this gorgeous trivet with the word "gather" carved into it. 

it makes me teary just thinking about the word gather & it's significance in our every day lives. 

i think it's so important that our family gathers at the table each evening to share a meal. luke's family lives just down our dirt road so every week we share at least one dinner with them. we gather at the table & tell stories, share podcasts we're listening to & books we're reading. they taught me the value of slowing down to break bread together.

in those moments, we find everyday beauty.  


my friends at haven enterprise are offering up a giveaway today, too!

one lucky natalie creates reader will win the "i am" butcher block from haven enterprises!

to enter, simply:
1. visit the haven enterprise website & take a look around
2. sign up for their newsletter here!
3. share your email address & what "gather" means to you.

i will pick a random winner next wednesday, 12/17, & announce it here!
love,
natalie

p.s. receive 15% off at checkout with the code "MERRY14" in the haven enterprise shop until december 19th! 

$1 state ornament holiday diy


hi, friends! i am so excited to share with you a little project i am part of during the holiday season!

i was asked by lacy of living on love to participate in 12 days of handmade christmas! each day, for 12 days leading up to christmas, one blogger is sharing a fun & simple project that you can make at home.


today i am sharing a cute "you are home" ornament you can make & gift for just $1 that's oh so easy & quick! 


immediately when i saw these united states cutouts at hobby lobby in the wooden ornament section, i was inspired. there are so many possibilities for what crafty goodness you could make out of these ornaments. 

i knew they were just perfect for our dear friends who just recently moved to our town from missouri. 

a little back story - our dear friends & their little family just moved from our college town in missouri to our current hometown in arkansas just a handful of months ago. i remember that transition & how difficult it was adjusting to a new town & new people. we are so happy to have them here, but i wanted to honor their big move in 2014. 

with just a buck (& my 40% off hobby lobby coupon!), some supplies i already had on hand & a bit of time, i was able to make a cute ornament they can hang on their tree in their new home.


first, find some acrylic paint & two pieces of fabric that all coordinate & match one another. paint your wooden states cutout & let it dry for about ten minutes. 


while you're waiting for your ornament to dry, cut out your states. they do not need to be to scale. i simply free-handed my state shapes, but you could find a map online, print out the images & trace the shape onto your fabric.  

once you've cut out your states, glue the fabrics in the appropriate place on the cutout using mod podge.

after your mod podge is dry, you can paint little red hearts on the cities or towns of your choice.


once the paint is dry, tie ribbon of your choice to the ornament & gift away!

i plan to attach my ornament to a little holiday gift basket of goodies for our friends.

happy crafting & don't forget to check out the fun projects happening for the next 12 days!

December 1 - Rustic Wooden Chalkboards with Living on Love
December 2 - Fabric Candy Cane Ornaments with Crafty Mally
December 3 - Cookie Jar Snow Globes with Tag & Tibby
December 4 - DIY Bath Caddy with Down Home Inspiration
December 5 - "You Are Home" US Ornament with Natalie Creates
December 6 - Fat Quarter Cloth Napkins with That Moxie Girl
December 7 - Painted Decor Blocks with Classic Play
December 8 - Footprint Reindeer Aprons with The Caterpillar Years
December 9 - DIY Hostess Gift with Buzzmills
December 10 - Emoji Onesies with Frock Files
December 11 - Dried Fruit Ornaments & Garland with Maker Mama
December 12 - Salt Dough Frame Ornaments with Small + Friendly

love,
natalie

gift idea: handknits for the gals & a giveaway!


it's gift idea wednesday, which is quickly becoming my favorite day in this little space, & i am so excited to share with you a gift idea for the cute gals in your life! 

nina of fuzzy love knots makes the cutest & most affordable hand knit goodies. 


as the founding member of the messy hair don't care club, i've got a deep love for her turban headband. i pretend that it doesn't matter that i haven't brushed or styled my hair in two days & i still feel cute with her headbands on. win win!

i also love that these cozy headbands keep your ears warm & you can color customize them to perfectly fit the recipient's personal style.

pair one of her turban headbands with a starbucks gift card & you have a gift for under $30. wrap it in a sweet little box with fabric ribbon & a handmade tag! 


because nina is as sweet as pie, she's also offering a $40 gift certificate giveaway to one natalie creates reader!

to enter, simply:

1. visit the fuzzy love knots shop & take a look around.
2. follow nina on instagram @nlafountaine
3. comment with your name & email address sharing to whom you might gift some knitted goodness!

i'll pick a random winner the morning of wednesday, december 10th!
love,
natalie

p.s. enter "NATALIECREATES" at checkout for 20% off all orders in the fuzzy love knots shop! yay!

giveaway closed! congrats to donna for winning!

my farm girl dress.


you know that feeling. the feeling of stepping foot back on your place, in your home after a long weekend of traveling.


it feels so good. 


i left a hot mess & a tense ball of stress before thanksgiving. i came back ghandi (kidding) better - a little more relaxed & energized to check off that to do list.

y'all, let's stop the small talk.

i hired a housekeeper because i haven't really dusted in a year & i can't do all the things.

my people, she comes today. 

i feel like christmas is coming 24 days early. bless.


in other news, my gertrude made dress came in the mail! (!!!)


when i put on this dress, i feel like i could totally hang with the little house on the prairie gang.

"oh hey, i'm natalie. a real farm girl."


cathi, the maker behind gertrude made, & i became dear friends through the process of making my dress. i picked out my fabric & told her all of my insecurities. example: can i please have bigger arm holes because my arms are huge?! (from lifting heavy weights, of course.)

she was there for it all. she's my dress making fairy god friend.

& she just brought #dressinhappinessdaily to a whole new level.

sidenote: if you have a bigger chest & feel self-conscious/can't find a dress that fits, cathi is your girl. y'all, i feel completely comfortable & covered in this dress. it's a christmas miracle!


she is opening up her shop this thursday at 2pm (western australia time) with a ton of beautifully handmade dresses. check them out & ask santa for one of these beauties. add a bit of handmade happy to your wardrobe!


wishing you all the happiest monday, my dear friends. 

may you drink copious amounts of coffee, snack on leftover thanksgiving goodies & celebrate the first day of december with a full heart!

love,
natalie

p.s. high five to my hubby for the farm girl model pictures!
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