Showing posts with label Holiday Crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holiday Crafts. Show all posts
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Little did I know ....

How pretty my table runner made out of brown craft paper here would look on this years thanksgiving table.


Or how the 'fancy' gold chargers that I bought 15 years ago when I hosted my in laws for the the first thanksgiving dinner....only to find out they were really were more like chinette paper plate people, could look pretty darn good with my everyday white dishes with mismatched plates on top.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The little red scarf....Holiday Mantel

Between you and me, I think my cow is rockin it in my red and black scarf........Don't you?


Sitting there all sassy like, surrounded by cedar, evergreen sprigs and pine cones.....
Every cows dream.
Monday, November 10, 2014

Christmas Decor Sneak Peek

Even though Turkey day hasn't yet arrived , the Christmas decorations are getting ready to take their positions merrily around the house and property. My Mailman probably thinks I am nuts, with a display of some Potted Baby Spruce trees that I got from Balsam Hill on one step, and a pumpkin on the other. I like to think that this is the 'not yet thanksgiving but close enough to Christmas ' look.


And despite the daily "how many days till Christmas mom" question from the kids, I have begun pulling out the boxes and getting my plan together inside the house as well. I will gladly take the questions.... sometimes upwards of 4 a day....from each child, all to have my holiday decor in place and be able to sit back, smile and enjoy the season.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Weekend Wow's

This week I was part of something more special then any DIY project parade. I joined some pretty special bloggers and shared what thanks at home means to us. If you missed any of it, including mine, it will be worth reading each of the incredible stories and messages. You can find the link here.



Oh my...... driftwood. This amazing creation from Craftberry Bush.


Friday, November 07, 2014

Jazz Up the Thanksgiving Table....with Craft Paper and a Stencil

For the most part I have only used stencils....on a wall. My not always creative mind never took me beyond that.  But when a large roll of brown paper left over from this project, was looking for a purpose, I decided to use a stencil on the paper and create runners for my thanksgiving table.






Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Why We Are Thankful....

I am putting aside my paint brush, the stories from the farm, jokes about my donkey and the project list today, in order to bring you something much more gratifying and from my heart. 

I am very thankful and blessed ..... that my children have grateful hearts. A core belief that my husband and I walk through our life with daily. We remain conscious of the gifts and feeling of thankfulness in our lives.



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall Door Ideas....and a rhyme



I am sure most of you have heard the rhyme, particularly  if you trick or treated in a time where an xray was not needed to scan your candy before you ate it.
Trick or Treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat.
Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekend Wow's

Happy Friday sweet friends! Fallish temps are present in North East Georgia. How about where you live? This week I tried to do everything I could to avoid the news. Don't know about you, but the whole Ebola situation completely freaks me out. A virus that we know little about, limited to no vaccinations available, misdirection and innocent people getting infected....and some succumbing to this virus. What are your thoughts?

These amazing projects brought some well needed distraction from it all.

I love Ann's PB inspired fall wreath pillow.




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall Burlap Wreath...Giveaway

I know, I know, I just can't help myself. It happens every time.
I get around a couple rolls of burlap, start weaving in and out, fluffing as I go and the next thing you know.....bam
This happens.



Friday, October 03, 2014

Weekly Wow's

Hello October!! 
These next few months always seem to be so fast and furious, don't they? Fall and all it's natural beauty helps to level set my mind and also serves as a reminder to slow it down.
What helps you slow down? 
We are enjoying some amazing family time this week with the kids on fall break but found a few other things that made me smile.

Loving this apple wreath from The Wood Grain Cottage



Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Woo's At The Door....3 Step Fall Wreath

There's no telling who you will find greeting you at the door around Duke Manor , it could be one of 5 barn cats, 5 fish, 3 dogs, 3 kids, 1 pony, 1 donkey, 2 crickets, 1 chicken or..... an owl.



Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Tour....Indoors


Just as the autumn leaves will soon be flying around every where outside, there's a little bit of fallacious going on once you come inside these doors.




Monday, September 15, 2014

Easy Fall Canvas



Truth be told, my heart always feels abundantly thankful....... but it sure doesn't hurt to have a gentle reminder plastered on the mantel, tucked between the wheat grass and the fall leaves.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

June Highlights

Goodbye 85.8 degree temps, Hello 95.8 degrees....just like that. Welcome July.

Although we have some amazing things going on in July, it's not one of my fav's when it comes to the temperatures. Way too hot. When you walk from the house to the garage ( approximately 8 steps)  and sweat is already dripping from the forehead..... too hot.

Here's a few highlights from June, in case you missed any of it.


We are in the patriotic spirit around the house with my mantel here


and a fun tablescape here that I created out of .99 duct tape.


Enjoying my hot tea and cheerios here in our Summer breakfast room.


I am ready for you on the front porch here where I shared 5 tips every porch lover should have.


I turned an old plant stand and planter into a fun ice bucket. Perfect for those hot days outside.


and after a few long months, we finally finished the kitchen and revealed it here.


How was your month? Got any fun things planned....besides sweating?

Grateful~
For life's little surprises


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Patriotic Mantel

I had a little fun with some .99 duct tape (you can read about here), and created this 4th of July table setting and patriotic mantel, as we get ready to celebrate our nations independence this week.












Our 4th of July tradition around here is a backyard barbecue with tons of watermelon and messy popsicles, accompanied by a firework display hosted by dad in the backyard. One of his favorite highlights of the year....kids too.



We top our evening off with smores around our firepit and talking about our favorite highlights and fireworks of the day, and hoping that the day would not have to end. 

What do you have planned for the 4th of July this year?


Grateful~
For this great nation 


PS- to make my stars and stripe pillow before the holiday, click here





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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

4th of July Apple Cobbler



I promise you, the Apple cobbler is not going to get up and start singing the Star Spangled Banner. That would be far too predictable. What I can assure you is, that this is going to be the best Apple Cobbler..... Patriotic Style, that you have ever tasted.


I imagine our founding fathers nibbling on this, with a bit of vanilla ice cream, as they were declaring their Independence back in 1776. Years later....just a mere 238, this is such a popular treat around my house and at family gatherings . The reason....it is so simple, easy and requires just a few ingredients....and it feeds a crowd.


What you will need:
8 x 8 baking pan or 1.5 quart baking dish
1 cup Biscuit Mix - any kind
1/2 cup of soft butter
Spray butter- for the bottom of your baking dish. You can also melt some butter to coat the pan.
1 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of raw/cane sugar- I used 'Sugar In The Raw'
3/4 cup of milk- I use 2%
1 can of pie filling- I used apple but I have also done this with cherry. just as delish.




Here's what you do:
Spray or coat your baking dish/pan with butter
Mix butter, biscuit mix and sugars together
Add milk and continue stirring until completely mixed
Pour into your baking dish
Add pie filling over the top, distributing evenly. DO NOT MIX the two together.
Bake 30 mins at 350 temp.






Taste so good that after that first bite, you'll be seeing fireworks!
Do you have a favorite desert that has you seeing fireworks?


Click here if you missed my 4th of July tablescape. 




Grateful for~
lazy summer days and a house that looks just as lazy!







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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

4th of July Tablescape...using .99 Duct Tape




For the record, I have never used duct tape for decorating or crafting purposes...ever. There I said it. It's out there.
I have sat back and ohh'd and ahhhh'd over all the ridiculously creative projects done with duct tape, in hopes of one day being accepted into the duct tape Hall of Fame...... by giving you that same ohhhh and ahhhhh moment.  
So here goes.


I thought maybe that time could be today, and the project could be my 4th of July patriotic tablescape . A project where I was inspired by a pack of duct tape that I picked up at Home Depot....for .99.


I was hoping that you might be inspired by these green plastic plates that I turned into patriotic chargers with a little white spray paint and duct tape around the perimeter.


And with it's festive flair down the middle of the table, my very used burlap runner ......with some duct tape.


The glass jars that use to hold pickles, spaghetti sauce and beets, will now be used to hold utensils and then for serving up some of my famous Georgia sweet tea, got the once around with some tape too.


And remember those fun wooden buoys that I used in my Summer mantel here, well they got a little dressed up for the soiree too.... with a little duct tape. They are sitting on top of an old wicker charger that I sprayed painted red and then placed what is technically a candle holder, but using it as a vase, for some hydrangeas and ferns that I cut from here


 Duct tape perfection.

So tell me, did it work..... am I in? I will be back tomorrow for some more of my 4th of July ideas....just in case.

Are you apart of the Duct tape Hall of Fame? If not, you should be. But hurry, I don't know how long that tape will be in stock.


Grateful for~
To live in such a great country, that I love





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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

Wow... I can hardly believe that in 2 1/2 weeks my kids will be out of school for the summer.....already.





But, before I start planning our summer activities and my backup sanity plan...just in case, I need to think about those sweet teachers that have supported, cared and loved my children all year. And, while I am finalizing this years appreciation gift, I have put together a few ideas that I have done in the past, that the teachers have loved.

These canvas totes are always such a big hit. You can find how simple they are to do here.


Seeds of knowledge with a flower pot filled with garden gadgets



 'Thanks for being sweet' with chocolate bar and gift card


'highlight' of my year card with pen



You can find this collection of ideas here.

What ideas do you have and..... am I the only one anticipating the need to use a sanity plan?



grateful for~
wonderful teachers



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