Hot Cocoa in a Jar Christmas Gift

Annual Christmas Party Left-Right Game Prize Each year we host a Christmas party. I decorate, cook and prepare gifts. Dearest and our daughter do the entertaining. Part of that entertaining includes the 'Left-Right' game set to Christmas stories or poems. It's so much fun.  Homemade Gifts For the Left-Right game I usually make homemade … [Read more...]

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Forcing Narcissus Bulbs for Rustic Christmas Decor

Rustic Christmas Decor - With Narcissus This year, our Christmas decor will feature natural elements - for a more rustic feel. Potted Narcissus, forced for the winter, make beautiful Christmas decor. Forcing Narcissus Bulbs for Rustic Christmas Decor - is quite easy.  I love these sweet, fragrant white jewels gracing the rooms in … [Read more...]

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Paper Bag Wreath For Fall

LOVE Wreaths! Indoors and outdoors, wreaths add such interest to your home's decor! I've enjoyed making wreaths from book pages, coffee filters, grapevine wreath, silk Tulip flowers, dried roses and coffee filter roses and monogram wreath even one from Pistachio shells...So, for fall, I wanted to make an interesting wreath as well as reuse … [Read more...]

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Chalk Painted Canning Jars

Darling Daughter wanted painted Mason jars for her wedding's decor. She wanted over 50 painted Mason jars...guess who had plenty and guess who ended up painting all of the mason jars...I ended up LOVING the look of the chalk painted Mason jars. Chalk Painted Canning Jars Chalk Painted Jars for Wedding Our youngest daughter envisioned painted … [Read more...]

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Spring Tulip Wreath

Reflecting Spring's Beautiful Colors It's time to decorate the front porch! We've had a lot of rainy weather which has dampened my ability to decorate the front porch. I spent some time cleaning a couple weeks back, now it's time to decorate - with the front door by making a Spring Tulip Wreath. Spring Tulip Wreath Tutorial The Supplies You … [Read more...]

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Giving a Frame an Aged Silver Finish

And Chalkboards I am combining two of my current favorite things - aged silver and chalkboards. While Dearest was at a conference - I went to the local Goodwill - wouldn't you?! I found this gold framed mirror - I love the style but not so much the gold..I envisioned giving a frame an aged silver finish. I also found two silver trays that I … [Read more...]

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Recovering an Ottoman

For a very long time, I had been looking for a square coffee table to make into an ottoman. Then, last year, at the Habitat Resale store, I found a perfect square ottoman. It had just the right fabric cover too. But, now, with a whole new color/decor scheme in our living room - it needed an update. I'm sharing my adventures recovering an … [Read more...]

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Seasoning new and restoring old Cast Iron Pans

You Can Restore Old, Crusty Cast Iron Pans There's nothing quite so beautiful as the blackened, shiny patina of a well-seasoned cast iron pan. There are a few specific rules in keeping your pans in pristine condition. If you do, they'll reward you with good service for many, many years But, what if you find gunky poorly used cast iron pans … [Read more...]

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Handmade Christmas Holly Garland

Made from Textured Wallpaper I have so enjoyed my book page leaf garland and wreaths for my fall decoration that it is going to be difficult to replace them. I think I have found my solution - for Christmas. I found a way to make handmade Christmas holly garland using textured wallpaper. The Holly I studied the way the holly leaf grows … [Read more...]

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Coffee Filter Christmas Wreath

The first time I saw a Coffee Filter Wreath, I knew I would make one. They're so very pretty and so Fluffy! I thought to myself, 'I could make this!' I then researched how to make these wreaths and discovered just how easy they are to make. Fast, fun, and did I say fluffy! They're also frugal (total cost for mine estimated at five … [Read more...]

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