Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Happy New Year! 2014's Top Ten!

Okay, well, I'm only slightly behind.
I mean, January's not quite half over yet, right?

It has been super crazy nuts around here the last few weeks.
So, without further ado,
allow me to present to you the top 10 from 2014!!!

I know, I know...
you're thinking...didn't I only post ten times last year?
No...I actually did a few more than that!

As always, I feel these numbers would be totally
different if posted at different times of the year.

9. Taking you into the clouds in my Valentine's "heart-air" balloon.

8. Absolutely wonderful and totally time consuming Paper Rose Trees.

7.  The "I still love going in there just to look" Planked wall bathroom.

6. The "keep calm and eat breakfast" Cheesy Egg and Sausage Bake.

5. "I can't believe I ate all the frosting" GF Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting.

4. The secret makeover of Sara's purple palace.

3. The Chalk Painted Dresser of my dreams.

2. The great TV Console maker
and the single most popular post from last year...

The super easy customizable DIY personalized cutting board.

And there you have it!
I had lots of fun in 2014 doing all these projects...
I hope you enjoyed them, too!

2015 looks to be challenging for my blogging time.
I just changed jobs and have much less free time now...
although I am totally stoked for this new adventure in the new year.

I know I promised a sweet treat before Christmas...
I am hoping to get it out to you in time for Valentine's day.

Until then, keep smiling!

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

My Fresh Christmas Fireplace

I'm back!
Just like I promised with the fresh cedar mantel.
It's simple and stunning.

I gave you a little peek in last week's post about my paper rose trees.
In case you missed them...go check 'em out!

I'm not doing a whole house tour...
like I said during last year's tour...most of my decor stays the same.

The main thing that changes is the mantel...
and apparently now the little dresser. :)

Home Depot had some fresh cedar garland in their ad for Black Friday.
Since I'm not nearly crazy enough to do the whole
Black Friday thing, and besides, I have to work...
we were out shopping Friday evening.

Well, of course, by the time we got there, the garland in the ad was gone.
The sales clerk was awesome enough to give us this other garland for the same sale price.
She totally rocks!

I love the drapey look of it...and so carefree.
Getting it to hang on my not real mantel was anything but!

I paired it with different size red and white poinsettias,
some fabulous angel wings, a couple of my handmade stockings,
along with a few I got from Decor Steals.

I love these glitter metal stars I picked up on clearance this summer.

I've spritzed it and spritzed it and it's still completely dry.
Welcome to Colorado.
It still looks beautiful and it might just be my absolute favorite thing this year.

I hope your Christmas season finds you enjoying family and
friends and remembering the reason for the season.

We are heading to OKC to see Sara perform in the
university's Christmas shows and can NOT wait!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Rose Christmas Trees

It's beginning to look a lot like...

And I am so excited!
Because I love Christmas!
And I love love love these paper rose trees I made...
that I'm going to share with you!

See them there...on the left?
And below?

Tons of paper roses all happy together.
Wanna make one, too?  Or two, too?
Or tutus.
But that would be a different post.

If you've never made a paper rose before...
never fear...I am here to help!

Cut a circle out of paper.
Very complicated, I know.

I used an image I found online somewhere...
and for the life of me I can't figure out where I got it.
Possibly the Graphics Fairy, but I can't find it anymore.
It's old sheet music...I printed it double sided on a draft setting so it was light.

Once you have your circle,
begin cutting a spiral to the center...
not too thick or too thin...
and make sure you leave a small "base" in the center.

Now, ignore my dry cuticles and start rolling the paper
rather tightly from the outside edge all the way to the center.
It will seem tight at first, but will end up looser at the end.

See? Once you let it go, it unravels slightly.

Now is when the center base is important...
using a good tacky glue...add a good blob to your base and
press the scrolls into the glue and let them dry.

I painstakingly glued them to some paper mache cone
trees that I painted with a creamy base color.
These trees are from Hobby Lobby and have a base that is
smaller than the tree and I like that it makes it sit above the surface.

You can adjust the size of your roses by making your
original paper circles smaller or larger.
I used about 3 different sizes on my trees.

From one sheet of regular paper, fold it to get either 4 or 6 circles...
if you do 4 even squares for your 4 circles, that leaves a
section that allows you a couple smaller circles...
that work great at the top of your tree.

I knew all along that I wanted to display them on
the little painted dresser in the living room.
I had fun looking for some pretty things to get the look I wanted.

I found the gorgeous velvet ribbon at TJMaxx and had
intended to use it on my little trees in the loft, but it just
seemed to work so well to tie together the little birdie and
the red mercury glass candlestick.

I think I'm going to leave it just like that!

Or I was...
until I threw in a few clippings from the fresh
cedar I got for the fireplace mantel.
Which I've decided to share separately,
so I didn't make this post extremely long.


This process was rather time consuming.
By rather, I mean very.
I cut, rolled, and glued roses in my spare time and while watching TV.
Then I glued the roses to the trees also while watching TV.

It takes longer than you'd think because you have to wait
for one row to dry before adding the next so they
don't shift when you get them close to each other.

I don't know exactly how long it took...but a good chunk of time.
As for me, I think it was totally worth it.
I love the way they look, they are perfect with my traditional
colors for red and white plus green,
and I really only had to purchase the tree bases.

So, what do you think?
Would you love to sit for hours and play with paper and glue?

December is always crazy busy for us...
but I will make sure you get to see my whole mantel...
and I've got a yummy treat to share if I don't run out of time!
Make sure you come back and see me soon!

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful is an Attitude...

I had downloaded the above Facebook timeline cover
When I added it to my timeline, my mom posted this comment:

Thankful is an attitude we choose which has the power
to keep us from growing bitter or angry with life.
It's hard to stay grumpy when you
take time to count your blessings.
In "before amen" Max Lucado says, "To say thanks
is to cross from have-not to have-much,
from the excluded to the recruited. Thanks proclaims,
'I'm not disadvantaged, disabled, victimized,
scandalized, forgotten, or ignored. I am blessed.'
Gratitude is a dialysis of sorts.
It flushes the self-pity out of our systems."

Let us all remember to be THANKFUL.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bake Yourself Silly Gift Basket DIY

Dashing through the dough,
with a broken spatula...
O'er the pies we go,
noshing all the way...

And so it has begun...
the season of eating baking, right?

Today I have a great gift idea for you,
and it's pretty simple to put together.
Perfect for the bakers in your life.
The Bake Yourself Silly gift basket.

Start with a nice glass batter bowl.
This one is from Anchor Hocking and I
picked it up at Wally World for about $8.
I like the shape of it, it has a lid and can be used in the oven.

Find a cute kitchen towel or two, HomeGoods is your friend.
I included some easy Betty Crocker mix packets...
peanut butter cookies, oatmeal chocolate chip, and some blueberry muffins.

I also made up a  DIY gift sack with the dry
ingredients from my favorite pumpkin bread.
Don't forget to add a can of pumpkin.

Add a stack of muffin papers...it was close to Halloween
when I made these, that explains the candy corn.
Throw in some hand stamped bamboo spoons for little extra personalization.

Put a little tissue filler in the bottom of your bowl, 
arrange all items for the best fit and presentation.
Find a fabulous gift basket bag wrap thingamabob big enough
to fit all your goodies, tie it with a cute tag and some twine...

And you're ready to give an awesome
afternoon of baking to someone you love.

You can download and print the tags here.

You can customize this for any occasion...
just think...sprinkles, cupcake decorating tools,
cookies cutters...make it your own.

I recently made these two fun baskets as door prizes
for a chili cookoff my mom and I organized.
They were a big hit.

I've been trying to get this post up for some time.
It's just been crazy around here.
We've had some wild family stuff going on since summer
and I, for one, am ready for it to calm down.
Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?

I've got several fun holiday themed projects waiting to be shared.
And, by George, I am going to do my best to get them out to you!
I hope all you lovelies have a wonderful
week and a blessed Thanksgiving!

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