Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Year In Review: My Favorite of 2010

I started this little blog of mine back in July and what a FUN time I've been having! Here's a look back on some highlights I've been up to in the last 6 months.

2 Bathroom Makeovers! I think I'm done with bathrooms for awhile...

Some Fun Kid project makeovers from garage sale finds!

And my favorite...makeovers from FREE items!

It's funny because I didn't think I did much until I looked back at my blog. LOL I even left out a lot more! So if you are new, take a peek at some other past posts!

I have more in store for 2011. I'm even starting on a BIG one this week! So stay tuned.

Have a Happy New Year! You are all the best and I appreciate all the love and support you give me!

Linking up to Southern Hospitality

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas

"What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace."
~ Agnes M. Pahro

From our home to yours, Have a Blessed Christmas!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Friends and Family Love

Christmas is near! Yeah!

One more day of school for my 7 year old. I can't wait to have my sons all to myself for the next 1 1/2 weeks! I just wish for no fighting! I can wish, right?

Looks like we'll have a white Christmas. Snow is in the forecast tomorrow and Friday...just don't know how much. I hope all of you have safe travels getting to and from your destinations.

I have lots of wrapping to do today while school is in session.
My 3 year old got into some of the presents under the tree last week. He must of thought it was Christmas by himself and it was a free for all!
So I need to rewrap a few also. Grrr.


Last week I gave you a glimpse of my ladder in my living room. This year I thought I would use it as a card display. I usually put the cards away...but my family sure has been enjoying see the Christmas card love displayed front and center!

I punched a hole in each and tied it with jute.
It's so wonderful to see how many special people that are in our lives and that they thought of us during the Holiday Season.

I regret NOT doing Christmas cards for last few years. We took a break when the recession hit...but was glad to send out some Christmas cheer in the mailbox this year! Who doesn't like a nice card or letter? Right?

Speaking of love in box!
The other day I received a sweet Christmas package from my sweet friend, Colleen. If you don't know Colleen, then you should. :) We met through blogging and have been great friends since almost day one! That was about 3 years ago.

Colleen has a heart of gold. She sends the most wonderful packages for me and my family!

Our Christmas box was filled with food mixes, napkins and crayons & a book for my boys!

Also her signature salt dough bowl fillers!

These sweet gingerbread men.
The stars, tree and snowflakes were from last Christmas!

Also Santas, Candy Canes, Trees and Stockings!

They are handmade with love and they smell great, too!
My boys even enjoy them!

Did you know you can make them yourself, too? Colleen provides a great TUTORIAL on her blog.
These can be made for any season! Go on over there and check it out!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Picture Frame Gifts

Another quick last minute gift idea!

I just love Hobby Lobby. I could spend hours in that store if I had the time and was without my 3 year old side kick. :)

I especially love HL sales! I scored unfinished frames for 1/2 off a while back.
Only $1.50 each!

Add some scrapbook paper and it makes a fun gift!

I first painted the sides that would be "bare" with white paint. You can use any color of your choice. I was doing multiple frames at once, so I chose a neutral color to make the process quicker.

After drying, I cut a piece of scrapbook paper to size. I just traced the frame image on the back side of the paper. Don't worry about getting it perfect.

I then brushed on a thin layer of modge podge onto the front of the wood frame, then placed the paper on top. Smooth out the paper with your fingers and make sure no "bubbles". I then took a heavy book and let it sit for several minutes to make sure the paper stays intact.

Take a piece of sandpaper or your sander and start sanding away the edges of the frame. That's why it don't have to be perfect when cuting out your paper.

If you like, you can add a little antique glaze to the edges/sides.
*Make sure you don't use too much because the paper will soak it up!*

For the photo insert, you can print out a Christmas Greeting from your computer.

Or a fun message, like below.
This was for my co-worker. :)

Add a bow and you have a simple, budget friendly, cute gift!!
I need to make one for myself. :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Homemade Hot Cocoa Gift

5 more days til' Christmas! Are you ready?

Maybe you have a few last minute gifts to buy or make?

Today I'm going to show you an easy gift you can make for friends, teachers, neighbors...

Homemade Hot Cocoa

This was an easy "project" to do. There are lots of homemade cocoa recipes out there...but I tried this one from HERE.

- 1/2 Cup dry evaporated milk
- 1/2 Cup Powdered chocolate mix (nesquik is what I used)
- 1/2 Cup sugar
- 1/4 Cup Marshmallows
- 1/4 Cup chocolate chips

I actually doubled this recipe for EACH bag (baking bags found at Hobby Lobby in the cake decorating isle). As the measurements above are to fit in a smaller jar.

I mixed all my ingredients together, then put the marshmallows on top.

I also added a cute tag I made through Picnik. Instead of paper or cardstock, I used part of grocery paper sack to print the tags on.

I printed on the tags:
Add 1/4-1/3 cup of mix to 1 cup boiling water. Enjoy!

For a little bling I found these cute snowflake ornaments at Hobby Lobby!

Each cocoa gift (including ornament) cost me about $1.40 to make!
An easy gift to give that special someone for a sweet treat!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Snowflake Sparkle-Guest Post

I am a guest blogger over at Chicks Dig Deals today!

I'll show how to add a little sparkle to a gift or your own winter decor!

Go HERE for the tutorial.

Felt Giftcard Holder and Trunk Love

I've been busy finishing up last minute gifts for the special people in our lives. I made a few homemade items and I'll be sharing in the days to come. A few of my loved ones read my blog so I better wait to post til' after they receive them. :)

A quick and easy tutorial to share with you!
Any gift cards you are giving this Christmas?

Well how about a felt holder for it?!

I had some extra felt in the craft room. I cut a 5 1/2'' x 4 1/2" piece. I love felt. It's very forgiving if you cut crooked. Don't really notice at all. LOL

Fold it about 2/3 of the way up. It should resemble a small envelope.

Stitch the sides. I stitched it with some fun silver thread. Another option is hot glue the sides together.

I then sewed a small jingle bell for the "button". You can also use a small button as well.

Cute a small hole in the middle of the "flap" for the button.

And wa-la!

A fun gift card holder made with love.

You can also add a small gift tag and wrap it around the button or slide it under the flap.

So simple, but cute.


I had several comments about my tree in the trunk. :)

Don't hate me...but I scored this trunk for FREE at a garage sale. I about had to arm wrestle a guy for it. LOL The gal having this sale was giving away some good stuff! And I guess this trunk was junk to her. A treasure to me!

I didn't even have to paint it! It's a wonderful gray/blue color. And has pretty handles on the sides.

I was thinking something "different" to use as a base for my tree this year. I looked through my basement of extra "stuff" lying around and saw the trunk waiting for me.

I was hoping it would fit the big metal base of my tree and it fit like a glove!
I layed some scrap piece of muslin inside to hide the base.

The day I put the tree and trunk together, I was so excited how it looked! When hubby came home from work, I asked him how it looked. He said "it looks like a tree growing out of a trunk". He obviously didn't have the same enthusiasm as I had. LOL But I'm glad a lot of you like the idea.

Any of you have an old trunk lying around? Next year, maybe you can think "outside the box" how you display your tree. :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Tour of Homes

Today I'm joining the Christmas Tour of Homes over at the Nesting Place.

While you are visiting please press play for a little Christmas atmosphere. :)
Wintersong was introduced to me by my sweet friend, Colleen, last year. Now it is a Christmas favorite of mine.

My home is full of homemades from me, my mom, blogging well as many thrifty finds. I hope you enjoy the tour of my favorite place to be.

Thanks for stopping by!