Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Look at 2013

Can you believe 2013 has come and gone? Where does the time go? Lets take a look at a few favorite posts. In January I painted an old armoire.

In February I created a terrarium display

In March I stamped and painted a few books

In April I shared plans for my bathroom reno and new bathroom floor

 Sadly this room is still not completed. But that's a whole other long story lol.

In May I made pillows from Dollar Store Flour sack Towels

June found me making a box for my remotes

July found me altering bottles

August was a month for the beginning of Halloween crafting

September A Fall Wreath

October is all about Halloween

In November I set the table for Thanksgiving

In December we celebrated Christmas

I hope to have a more productive 2014. Thanks to all of you who take the time from your busy lives to read my blog and leave such nice comments. I'm  looking forward to spending 2014 with all of you. I'll be joining these parties this week,

                                  Savvy Southern Style

                                 My Romantic Home

                               Unskinny Boppy

                              Coastal Charm

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Love to you all, see you in the new year.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Winter Wonderland

This Christmas I wanted my home to reflect Winter. I really tried to create a Winter Wonderland. I didn't count on it being so hard to photograph lol.

 The cream and silver Christmas pillow was bought at Target last year and I just wrapped a burlap bow around my everyday pillow and added a brooch that looks like a snowflake to the center.

 My tree is dressed in white cream and silver to reflect snow and ice. My Christmas house has a snowy roof.

  I wove cream and natural burlap ribbon though the tree and sat it in a wine crate filled with snow that I painted and distressed. My paper mache reindeer was painted a few years ago, he's carrying acorns and greenery. I made snowballs using Styrofoam balls and fake snow sprinkled with Epsom salts. I put the snowflakes in a ceramic bucket that I got a few years ago. It was once filled with bath products.

All of the ornaments are ones  I already owned. I spent about 15.00 dollars this year to make the Christmas house and to buy greenery and a few odds and ends.

I bought two greenery bouquets from the produce store and made these arrangements in my fake ironstone pitchers lol. I also sprinkled a little snow on my very tarnished silver tray and added a few of my homemade snowballs.

I used some of the same greenery bouquets for my buffet/mantle display, I used fake garland as a base and poked in a few sprigs of the real stuff.

I used pickle jars, Ball jars, and holy candles mixed in with the greenery. I filled the jars with fake snow and Epsom Salts.

 I used my feather wreaths from last year. This year I added a burlap bow and ice skates that I made using a pattern designed by Joyce Miller. I cant draw but I can sew, so I have to rely on people like  Joyce to help me out. If you're interested in buying her patterns go here. She has a great versatile selection.

 I think these skates are so adorable and very easy to make. Starting to run out of light here lol

 I kept the dining room table simple since we eat here everyday. I just used a wallpaper runner, filled a tureen with pine cones, bells, ornaments and snow flakes, added snowflakes to the tops of the candle sticks and put tea lights on top of them

  I wrapped garland around the chandelier and hung snowflakes from it.

I used my other feather wreath to make a snowy base for the tureen.

Well that's it for my Christmas decor. Next time I'll show you how I'm setting the table for Christmas. Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be linking up with these fun parties this week.

                                                                The Nester
                                                                Stone Gable

                                                               Savvy Southern Style

                                                              Ivy and Elephants

                                                             French Country Cottage

                                                           My Romantic Home

                                                          The Style Sisters

                                                         Craftberry Bush

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Dollar Store Christmas House

I've always wanted a to make a giant gingerbread house. I don't have an oven big enough to accommodate such a task, so I decided to build a giant Christmas house from foam board that I bought from the Dollar Store.

 I cut four 15 inch squares and glued them together to make the front, back and sides.

 With the assistance of  my husband I made two 19x10 inch triangles, notched them and glued them to the sides to hold up the roof.

We cut two rectangles about 17x18 to make the front and back of the roof  and glued them to the triangles.

After the glue dried I I added water to Spackle to give it a thick paint like consistency and mixed in white paint. I painted it all over the house,glittered the roof and spackled all of the seams. To give it a whimsical appearance I added vellum to the windows and drew in crooked window panes. The lacey trim is made from  fancy cupcake holders that I cut apart. I had everything except the foam board and we ended up using four. My giant whimsical house cost me four bucks! I've included a few sneak peeks of my tree and vignette. I'll share more when everything is done. Thanks for stopping by! I'll be joining these great linkups this week,

                                                      Debbie Doos

                                                     Savvy Southern Style

                                                   Ivy and Elephants

                                                 Craftberry Bush

                                               French Country Cottage

                                             My Romantic Home 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Dollar Store Christmas Napkin Rings

This year I decided Christmas place settings and napkin rings would be a nice change. I went out looking and needless to say the sticker shock set me on the diy path. There are a lot of beautiful place settings and napkin rings geared toward Christmas but I'm trying to save money for a new fence and I just cant justify spending a ton of money on things I'll only use once a year... so I started my diy with napkin rings.

 I made the napkin rings from the cardboard tube from a roll of aluminum foil, cocktail napkins, and Dollar Store snow flakes. I had everything but the snowflakes, so I only spent a dollar.

 The cardboard tube is really hard, much firmer than a toilet paper tube so I had to cut it with a small handsaw. I cut it into 11/2 inch pieces.

 Then I painted the tube white and when the paint dried I glued strips of the napkins onto the cardboard. I made the strips a little wider than the rings and cut slits in the excess, folded it down and glued the napkins inside the tube. I put a coat of Diamond glaze over the napkins for durability.

I added a little clear glass glitter to the snowflakes and some snow glitter. Than I glued a charm to the center and tiny rhinestones to the tips.

I'll be making plates too,They'll probably be from the Dollar store as well.

For now I paired them with the plates I made for Valentines Day.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be joining these great linkups,

                                           Debbie Doos
                                          Stone Gable

                                        Craftberry Bush

                                     French Country Cottage

                                    My Romantic Home

                               Savvy Southern Style

Saturday, November 16, 2013

My Thanksgiving Table

This year I decided to set our table using my white and gold dishes along with natural fall colors.

I've had the dishes for years, they were a gift from my mom. She also gave me the gold flatware.

I bought the planter from Michaels about 15 years ago. I haven't used it for years but I thought it would go nicely with the dishes and the natural fall colors.

I wrapped brown satin ribbon around  pillar candles and dollar store holy candles and tied  twine around that and added a leaf to the fronts.

I cut some pretty fall leaves from the trees in my yard. I didn't want to use the fallen ones just in case my or the neighbors dogs had used them for business if you know what I mean LOL.

I used pine cones for place holders  and just cut card stock into strips glittered the edges and numbered them one to four.

I used textured wall paper to make the table runners.

I bought the gold rimmed water goblets from Penney's years ago, along with matching wine glasses. The wine glasses somehow decreased from 8 to 2. When did that happen? 

All of my fruit is good ole fakes and so is the flower arrangement.

I hope everyone has a joyful Thanksgiving. Thanks for stopping by. I'll be joining these linkups this week,

                                                                    Twigg Studios

                                                                    Stone Gable

                                                                   Savvy Southern Style

                                                                  Craftberry Bush

                                                                  My Romantic Home

                                                                  French Country Cottage


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