by laura janning

Showing posts with label Holiday Crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holiday Crafts. Show all posts

Santa We are Ready...Outdoor Lights

December 22, 2014

Suffice to say, I think Santa will find our house this year, out here in the country, in the middle of nowhere, thanks to the bright LED glow that surrounds the house and along the driveway.





It seems like the arches that we typically do, were presenting some issues to the Fed Ex man, my kids the dogs and the wind. PVC pipes loaded with lights can get a bit wonky with a gust. Here's the lights from last year.

Christmas Breakfast Room and Mantel

December 17, 2014

It was hard not to mistake the drywall dust for snow flurries last time I showed you a glimpse of the breakfast room and mantel during my holiday tour here. It was because this was going on. And even though I covered the doorways with plastic, a million dust particles managed to find a way to escape and cause a mess. 


Now that the dust has settled, literally, I wanted to share our favorite area in the house, particularly at Christmas time. 

My One and Only Holiday Craft....Boxwood Star Wreaths

December 11, 2014

Yup..... This is it. The only thing that I have managed to muster up. Don't get me wrong, I had big plans and lots of ideas and before I knew it... it's two weeks before Christmas. Can someone tell me where the other part of the month went, cause I want it back.


The Easiest Holiday Cookie Ever!

December 7, 2014

Have a got a treat for you today...well more like 34 of them, and a secret on how to create the easiest holiday cookie ever.



What's not a secret is that I don't like to spend a whole lot of time cooking and baking, especially during the holidays.  So I turn to my 'pretend I was in the kitchen all day baking' cookies. I know, funny but boy are they good.

Christmas Home Tour 2014

December 4, 2014

Surprise! It's me....and my donkey Oreo. 
We are stop 22 on Jennifer Rizzo's  2014 Holiday House walk.



I know you came here looking for a home tour, but instead you are greeted by the most festive looking donkey you will ever see! Oreo and I are both so happy that you are here for the tour.  If you are stopping by from the DIY Showoff, I think you can agree that Roeshel is the sweetest DIY'er  ever, and it's always a treat to visit her beautiful home!




If you are new to Top This Top That, I am Laura. A city girl turned country gal. I live on a dirt road in a small town (population 501) in North East Georgia on a farm that my husband and I built 12 years ago. Along with the donkeys, dogs, chickens and cats that we picked up along the way, we also have twin 1st graders and a 3rd grader. Needless to say, life around here is very active, fun and full of life.
So come on in and enjoy the tour!

Holiday Table Ideas...... And A Giveaway

December 3, 2014

You know me and fancy don't do well together. As hard as I try, I always feel like the awkward school girl stumbling in my too high of a heel at a party...when I really should have been wearing my flip flops or my converse sneakers all along.

And although I love the look of a fancy smancy table setting, I always want the look of my table to lean on the side of pretty with a casual approach. So I set this holiday table with a lunch in mind with a few of my girl pals sitting around it.

100 DIY Holiday Projects....and 4 of My Favorite

December 1, 2014

December...... The month that my kids have waited for 11 months and 5 days to get here. The month that my vacuum never seems to take a break from sucking up all the fallen tree needles and....the month that we celebrate his birth. I decided to kick off the month with a gift for you. Well, how about 100 gifts. 


Today it's all about getting your holiday mojo on and sharing 100 holiday projects, treats and holiday decor from 25 festive bloggers. Yours truly included. 

Here's four of my favorite holiday ideas that I wanted to share with you.

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

November 20, 2014

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.

The little red scarf....Holiday Mantel

November 12, 2014

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.

Christmas Decor Sneak Peek

November 10, 2014

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.

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

November 7, 2014

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.






Why We Are Thankful....

November 5, 2014

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.



Fall Door Ideas....and a rhyme

October 30, 2014



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.

Fall Burlap Wreath...Giveaway

October 15, 2014

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.



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

October 1, 2014

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.



Fall Tour....Indoors

September 26, 2014


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.




Easy Fall Canvas

September 15, 2014



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.

June Highlights

July 1, 2014

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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Patriotic Mantel

June 29, 2014

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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4th of July Apple Cobbler

June 25, 2014



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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