Spring/Summer Reversible Patio Craft

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I had a bit of extra time on my hands while hubby was away for work (Army wife life!), so I decided to take the opportunity to make this adorable craft for our front patio. I am planning on making another one with Halloween or Autumn one side and Christmas or Winter on the other, so that we can have this cute decoration out there year round!

It’s really easy to make this craft, and if you are a crafter like me, than you probably already have all the materials you will need to do it, minus maybe the board…speaking of which, this craft is great if you have an old board that you aren’t sure what to do with. I love repurposing stuff, and this craft is a perfect way to do that with an old board that you have lying around!

Of course, you don’t have to use the spring/summer theme. Like I said, I am planning on making another one of these with either holidays or the other two seasons on it, but really you can do whatever you want on each side!

REVERSIBLE PATIO CRAFT

Materials:

  • A flat wooden board in the size you would like. Mine was about 3/4 inch thick, 4 feet long, and a little over a foot wide.
  • a pencil
  • craft paint for wood
  • paintbrushes
  • Stencils (optional) – I did mine freehand

Directions:

1.) Start with one side of the board, and use your pencil to sketch in your design using your stencils or freehand.

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2.) Now, use your paintbrushes and paints to paint in your sketched design using the colors you would like.

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3.) Allow the paint to dry overnight.

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4.) On the other side of the board, repeat steps 1 – 3 on the other side with a different design of your choosing. After it has dried, display it proudly on your patio or deck! ūüôā

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Told you it was simple, and isn’t it so cute? Enjoy! ūüôā

D.I.Y. Chalkboard Wine Glasses

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Anybody that knows me and my husband knows that we love, LoVe, LOVE wine tasting!!!¬† It’s one of our very favorite things to do, but I’ve found that we end up with bunches of those lovely tasting glasses that you usually get to keep. I decided to get creative with some of them, and the result is these D.I.Y. chalkboard wine glasses!

We have little charms for our stemmed wine glasses that we use when we have guests over to keep everyone’s wine glass straight, but these chalkboard wine glasses are perfect for wine glasses without stems, and are a fun way to keep track of everyone’s wine glasses when entertaining! Of course, you can make these with stemmed wine glasses as well, and they turn out just as cute!

These are really easy to make! It just takes a few materials, and and you don’t even need a steady hand to get your lines straight, because tape is used to keep things neat! The only part that takes a bit of time is the drying process which takes 4 days, but you don’t have to do anything during those 4 days, they just sit there drying, so like I said, easy peasy!

D.I.Y. CHALKBOARD WINE GLASSES

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Materials:

  • Wine Glasses
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Glass Chalkboard Paint (You can get this at any craft store. I got my bottle of it at Hobby Lobby for $2.99).
  • Scotch tape
  • Paint Brush

Directions:

1.) Wash your wine glass in warm soapy water. Rinse and dry completely. Use a cotton ball to wipe the glass down with rubbing alcohol. After the alcohol has dried completely, use your scotch tape to tape of an area of the glass that you would like your chalkboard to cover, making sure the tape is sealed tightly along the edges of the area to prevent bleeding of the paint.

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2.) Paint the taped off area with your glass chalkboard paint and your paintbrush using vertical strokes. Let the paint dry completely (15-30 minutes), and then paint the area using horizontal strokes. Allow to dry completely. Continue this process, alternating the stroke directions, until the area is completely filled in with chalkboard paint, and there are no “see-through” areas. Allow the paint to dry for about an hour.

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3.) Very carefully, remove the pieces of tape one at a time. If there is any bleeding use your fingernails to clean it up, or a q-tip with some rubbing alcohol on it.

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4.) Once all of the tape is removed, set the glasses aside, and let them dry for 4 days. After the 4 days are up, you are going to want to bake them in order to really set the paint. To do this, place the wine glasses in an unheated oven. Set the oven temperature to 325 degrees, and set the timer for 30 minutes. It is important to let let the glasses heat up in the oven as the oven heats up to prevent shattering due to quick temperature change. Allow the glasses to bake until the timer goes off. Once the 30 minutes are up, turn the oven off, and let it cool down (without opening the oven door) with the glasses still in it.

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5.) Once the oven has cooled completely, remove the glasses from the oven. The bottle of glass chalkboard paint says that they should be dishwasher safe, but I choose to just hand wash them with warm water and a mild dish soap to keep the chalkboard in tact.

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So cute, right?! Enjoy! ūüôā

Minimalist D.I.Y. Inhale/Exhale Wall Art Craft

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Guys, we recently moved to Granger, Indiana!!!  This is the closest that the military has ever placed us to my hometown of Grand Rapids, MI, so I am super excited to be closer to friends and family (under two hours!!!)!

Anyway, our last place was a two-bedroom, 1 living room small little place, and our new place is a 4 bedroom, living room and family room, much bigger place. Needless to say, I have been knee deep in boxes, and furnishing and decorating this place has become quite the task! It’s an older house, and we are renting, so I’m limited with what I can do with the place, but I’m going for a minimalist vibe with a bit of bohemian style mixed in there.

Today, after finishing up another bedroom, I noticed that I wanted something simple to hang at the end of the hallway. I went on Pinterest to look at different ideas, and I got sidetracked, as I usually do on Pinterest, by some cool looking tattoos on there. Then I came across this one:

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And BAM! Inspiration struck. I grabbed a couple of 12″ x 12″ blank white canvases that I had in one of my craft boxes that had yet to be unpacked, a pencil, some black acrylic paint, and some toothpicks. That was all I needed to make this cute little wall hanging for the end of the hallway. I love how it turned out. White canvases on white walls. Super simple, but looks perfect with the decorating theme I’ve been going with throughout.¬† After creating this gem, I decided that I needed to share it with you all, because it is a super easy craft, and it really looks great!

Before getting to the simple process of creating this masterpiece (can I call it that?…oh well, I just did), a couple of notes:

  • You can use any phrase for this, and the design can be whatever you want. I just liked the inhale/exhale thing because, for one, I was feeling overwhelmed with all of the moving festivities, so it was a nice reminder, and also because I got inspired by the tattoo I saw on Pinterest.
  • I did white canvas on white walls, but you can easily paint the canvas any color you would like first, and then once it dries do the lettering over it…I think a light grey canvas with white lettering would look pretty rad!
  • I did my lettering free-hand, but you could also use a stencil of some sort to do this too. You can usually find some pretty cool wording stencils for various popular phrases.

Okay, let’s do this!

EASY D.I.Y. MINIMALIST INHALE/EXHALE WALL ART CRAFT

Materials needed:

  • two 12×12 blank white canvases – I got mine on Amazon a while back here.
  • a pencil
  • black paint
  • toothpicks (one for each color you are using)

Directions:

1.) First, you simply use your pencil to draw the lettering onto the canvases. If you are using the same design as I did, place the two canvases next to each other so they line up, then draw the line connecting the inhale and exhale from one canvas to the other so you know where to draw “exhale” on the second canvas so the line lines up when you hang them.

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2.) After you’ve drawn your design on the two canvases, dip your toothpick in the black paint, and slowly and carefully trace over the pencil drawing on the canvas until the whole drawing is now painted on your canvases. This is the trick to making it look quite precise – use a toothpick instead of a paintbrush!

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3.) Allow the paint to dry, and wa-la! You are done, and you have a super cute and simple wall hanging that looks great in any room! When you hang them, do so so that the line from the first canvas to the second canvas lines up.

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Told you it was super easy, but seriously – so cute, right? Enjoy! ūüôā

Lighted Wood Christmas Craft

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Aren’t these the most darling lil crafts ever? ¬†These are what I am giving out as Christmas gifts this year…hmmm…hopefully my friends and family don’t read this before they get them! ūüėČ

I love these things, because they look really nice and rustic, but they’re actually not all that hard to put together! ¬†Of course, if you LOVE the way they look as much as I do, and you don’t feel like having to do it yourself, you can also easily purchase these on my Etsy store too!

They make for a perfect Christmas decoration, and the lights in them give such a warm and cozy ambience to any room they may be displayed in!  The wood is unfinished, and I put a light coat of gray paint on them to make them look nice and rustic.  They are just perfect for a nice looking Christmas decoration!

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You can hang this craft on the wall, or you can display it on a shelf or table.  Regardless of how you display it, believe me, you will LOVE the way it looks!

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Let’s get to the instructions on how to make this!

LIGHTED WOOD CHRISTMAS CRAFTS

Materials Needed:

  • Unfinished block of wood (like a side of a crate) – I got mine at Amazon here. ¬†It’s perfect, because it has the hardware for hanging it on the wall already installed.
  • pencil
  • Stencil of the design you would like to paint on
  • tape
  • measuring tape
  • drill (size of the drill bit is up to you – bigger = more light)
  • dark grey paint
  • white paint
  • paint sponge
  • paint brush
  • toothpicks
  • Craft glue (I use Crafter’s Pick – it’s the best)
  • LED wire lights (you can get these here)
  • cuttable cork board
  • scissors
  • Large thumbtacks (4)

Directions:

1.) Use your tape measure to place your stencil in the middle of the wood accurately. Tape in place, and do a light sketch of the stencil onto the wood with your pencil.

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2.) Remove the stencil and draw in dots around your stenciled design where you want to have your light holes.  Use a drill to drill holes over those dots.

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3.) Mix your gray paint with a bit of water, and use your sponge paintbrush to paint your board gray.  Let dry completely.

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4.) Once the paint is dry, place your stencil back on the board in the same position you had it on there before. ¬†Tape into place, and use your paintbrush and your white paint to paint the stencil onto the wood. Carefully remove the stencil. Don’t worry if it’s a little sloppy – we will clean it up in the next step.

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5.) Use a toothpick and both paints to clean up the stencil design on the wood.

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6.) Flip the piece of wood over.  On the back, glue your battery pack of your LED lights along the bottom of the wood.  Arrange your LED lights in a pattern so that the lights line up with the holes you drilled.  Tape into place, then glue into place by placing drops of glue along the wires (not on the lights).  Allow the glue to dry completely, and then you can remove the tape.

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7.) After the glue is completely dry, use your tape measure to measure a piece of cork board that you can lay over the back to cover up the wires and lights.  Cut out the piece of cork board using your scissors, and then lay it over the wires, but keeping the battery pack outside of the cork board.

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8.) Use four thumbtacks to secure the cork board into place, taking care not to poke a thumbtack into the wires.

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You’re all set! ¬†The on/off switch for the lights is on the battery pack. ¬†Display your finished product proudly! ūüôā

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Enjoy! ūüôā

Halloween Frankenstein Flower Pot Candy Holder Craft

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It’s October, which means HALLOWEEN!!! ¬†I love this time of year (not as much here in San Antonio as in my home state of Michigan, but it’s still a great time of the year)! I was looking through my craft box to see what I could come up with for a fun and easy Halloween craft this year, and I found some leftovers from previous crafts. ¬†Specifically, I found a cardboard flower pot and two miniature wood flower pots that I used to make a cute scarecrow craft a year or so back. ¬†I also found some googly eyes that light up.

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Onto Pinterest I went to see what I could come up with! And I came across this super cute Frankenstein flower pot craft:

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I didn’t have two pots to make the craft the same way, so I decided to just make a Frankenstein head candy holder, with light up googly eyes! It turned out so cute!

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I should note that if you don’t have the light up googly eyes, you can simply paint the eyes on, or glue on some flat googly eyes that don’t light up. ¬†Because the ones on mine light up, I had to cut holes in the cardboard flower pot so I could place the eyes in there and still get to the on/off switches on each of them. Also, you can use actual flower pots to make this as well, if which case you wouldn’t be able to cut out holes for the eyes anyway and would have to paint or glue them on.

Also, as I was making this, I realized that this could also be done with styrofoam cups instead of cardboard flower pots, and then those cups could be filled with nuts, candy, or whatever to have out at a Halloween get together. ¬†You could also use a big regular sized flower pot to use as a way to set out a large amount of candy at a party, or on your porch for trick or treaters. ¬†I used mine as a “gift basket”, and gave it to my husband filled with candy for a Halloween gift, so it can also be used this way.

In other words, there’s a lot of different ways to make this craft and a lot of different ways it can be used, but regardless, it turns out really cute, and it’s really easy to make! Let’s get to it!

HALLOWEEN FRANKENSTEIN FLOWER POT CRAFT

Materials:

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  • Flower pot
  • two mini flower pots, or two miniature spools
  • green, black, and silver paint
  • craft glue
  • light up googly eyes (optional)
  • Paintbrushes
  • pencil or marker

Directions:

1.) Start by painting the entire pot green.  Set aside, and let dry.

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2.) Paint the miniature flower pots or miniature spools silver, and set aside and let dry.

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3.) Now comes the eyes. ¬†Once your pot is dry, if you’re not using the light up googly eyes, glue on your eyes or paint on your eyes. If you are using the googly light up eyes, you will want to trace the eyes onto the pot where you want them to be, then use scissors, or an exacto knife to cut out the circles. ¬†You want it to be a snug fit, so it’s better to start small and trim off more if needed.

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4.) Place the eyes in the holes.  If it is snug, that is all you will need to do.  Otherwise, you may need to use a bit of craft glue to glue them in place.  The on/off switches will be on the inside of the pot, so you can get to them.  Once the eyes are in place, go back over with your paint brush, and fix any areas where the paint got scratched or chipped when  you were cutting the holes for the eyes.

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5.) Now, we’ll do the “hair”. ¬†Use your pencil or marker to draw in the hair along the top rim of the pot. ¬†Then use your black paint and paintbrush to fill it all in. ¬†Set aside, and let dry.

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6.) Use your black paint and a paint brush to paint in a squiggly line for the mouth.

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7.) Now, you will want to glue your silver “pegs” in place. ¬†The real frankenstein has silver pegs in his neck. ¬†I put mine up higher, because I had a brain fart and was thinking that I was gluing on the ears. ¬†Thankfully, it still looks good! ¬†So, basically, just glue the pegs on each side of the face at the same level, then allow the glue to dry completely.

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8.) Lastly, fill this guy up with CANDY!!!  I used a bunch of different types of organic chocolates, but you can use whatever type of candy you would like!

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Awesome! ¬†Isn’t it sooooooo ADORABLE??? ¬†Happy Halloween, and Enjoy! ūüôā

Snowy Town Mason Jar Christmas Candle

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love Pinterest???  Well, probably, considering that is what my whole blog is based on!  Anyway, so I was looking around on Pinterest trying to find some fun Christmas crafts to try this year, and I found this cutie patootie and knew I had to try it.  I got the idea for this mason jar candle from the following pin.

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This pin links to a site that has some of the MOST adorable craft ideas ever!  I definitely recommend checking it out if you love crafts as much as I do!

Alright, so I used the town template from that site, but everything else I did a little differently.  On the site, it used paper, and I traced it onto the jar and painted it rather than attaching the paper.  It also used spray snow, which looks awesome, but it comes off really easily, so I used a toothpick and some white paint to create a winter wonderland on the jar.  Lastly, I coated the top of the mason jar with snow paint rather than using epsom salt.  Basically, this craft is definitely not my own design, but I made enough changes to the materials used that I want to share with you all how I did it.  I think it turned out super cute, and I love the Christmasy feel it gives to the room I have it displayed in!!!

SNOWY TOWN MASON JAR CHRISTMAS CANDLE

Materials:

  • Mason Jar
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Town template (you can find this on the site that the pin links to, or click here)
  • Permanent black marker
  • Tape
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrush (one that is a good size for decent detail)
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Toothpick
  • Snow Paint (you can get this at any craft store, or on amazon here)
  • Brush to apply the snow paint
  • Flameless Tealight Candles

Directions:

1.) First off, wipe your mason jar down with rubbing alcohol and let it dry.  This will allow the paint to adhere better.

2.) Trace the town template onto a piece of paper, then use scissors to cut the template out.

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3.) Use tape to adhere the paper around the bottom of the mason jar, then use your permanent black marker to trace the template onto the jar. ¬†Once you’ve traced it onto the jar, go back and draw in the windows on the houses.

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4.) Now that the design is on the jar, use your black acrylic paint and a paint brush to paint the design.  I used two coats.  Allow to dry.

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5.) Using a toothpick, create “snow” by dipping the toothpick in white acrylic paint and making lots and lots of tiny white dots surrounding the city up to the top of the jar. ¬†Allow to dry.

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6.) Now you want to apply your snow paint to the very top (lid area) of the mason jar.  Use a small paint brush to do this.

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7.) Turn your flameless tealight candles on, and place them¬†in the jar. ¬†You can use as many as you want depending on how “bright” you want it. ¬†I used three.

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8.) Now put it on display where lots of people will see it, because it’s so darn cute!

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Oh my gosh! ¬†I LOVE IT!!! ¬†Merry Christmas! ūüôā

Oh Holy Night Frame Repurposing Craft

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Oh holy night, the stars are brightly shining!  And so is this awesome frame repurposing craft!  I love love love this craft!  It looks so nice as Christmas decor, and I love the fact that it can repurpose an old frame!  I got the idea from the following pin on Pinterest.

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When I clicked on the link, it brought me to the homepage of a craft blog Organized Clutter (If you click on the pin, it will take you there).  Oh boy, are there some great ideas on there!!! I definitely recommend checking it out!

I couldn’t find this particular craft on there, but as you can see, it’s pretty self explanatory on how to make it, so that’s what I did! ¬†And now, I want to share it with you all, but again, this is not my original idea – all the credit goes to Organized Clutter!

When it comes to this craft, what you see is what you get!  You can see all the materials you will need to create this.

  • An old frame (I used an old unfinished wood frame that has a great rustic look to it)
  • Gray paint (I mixed some gray acrylic paint with some water to thin it out so that the frame would still look rustic and unfinished – I like it that way!)
  • Black paint (I just used good old black acrylic paint)
  • A paintbrush
  • Scrabble letters that spell out “OH HOLY NIGHT” (I got mine at Hobby Lobby…in full disclosure, I was short one letter, so I flipped another tile over and used a black permanent sharpie to draw the letter on there – I’m not going to tell you which one till the end of this post – go ahead, look closely and see if you can guess, but I don’t think you’ll be able to! ūüôā )
  • Silver metal star (I got this at Hobby Lobby as well)
  • Glue (I used Elmers craft glue)

That’s it! ¬†Now you just need to put it together. ¬†Again, what you see is what you get – very self explanatory. ¬†You simply paint the frame gray, paint the backboard¬†of the frame black. ¬†Let those dry, then you glue the letters and the metallic star onto the backboard in the form of a Christmas tree as shown in the image. ¬†Wa-Lah! ¬†You’re done! ¬†Here are the pictures I took while making this beauty!

Start with an old frame.

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Paint the frame gray.

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Paint the backboard black.

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Glue the letters and the star onto the backboard as indicated.

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Let everything dry completely, and you’re all set! ¬†Okay, take another close look – which tile is it that I had to draw on myself?

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One more look?

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Okay, if you guessed the H in NIGHT, then you guessed right, BUT I will say that I had my husband look it over very closely, and he couldn’t tell which one, so that’s good enough for me! ¬†I just didn’t feel like having to go buy a whole other pack of letters for just one letter!

Personally, I still think it turned out GREAT, and I LOVE this craft!  Easy and elegant!

Lastly, I will leave you with “O Holy Night” the song on the piano, played by yours truly (plenty of mistakes to verify that!) ūüôā

Merry Christmas! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā