Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's & A Vignette

Hello, and Happy Valentine’s Day!  I thought I’d share a couple of the Valentine’s I’ve made for my oldest granddaughter (the 5 year old).  I used a couple of the Altoid tins I keep on hand for altering.

I picked out some vintage and other images that I saved from Pinterest.

I used self-adhesive crafter’s tape to adhere all the papers and used some of those adhesive squares to raise some of the cut-outs up to give them some dimension.

This one will hold some kisses for her.

I also wanted to do one incorporating the plastic springs my hubby saved for me and came up with this one.

I changed up a vignette using a table runner I had made for our old table.  I can’t really use it on our current round table, but it works well on top of the buffet.

Also, I’m working on a Spring/Easter craft and have some needlebooks lined up to make for my Etsy.  

Have a “love”~ly day!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

First Snow & Valentine Vignette

We woke up to our first real snow of the season this morning. 

Just enough to be an inconvenience for those traveling during rush hour.  And it will be nice and frozen for the trip home in the evening.

Since I stayed home, I took the opportunity to put all the Christmas bins back up in the attic. I also decided to put together a little Valentine's Day vignette on the coffee table.

I just pulled some red books from our book shelves and added in a few other little things.

I need to pour over some of my decorating books for some other vignette ideas.

I've still got some empty spaces that need something and I'd like to do something different from what I had before the holidays.  Do you put everything back the way you had it before the holidays or do you take this time to come up with something different?


Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Favorite Projects Of 2015

I thought I'd take a look back at some of my favorite projects, that I've shared here on my blog, from 2015.


In January ~ Winter and Valentine Vignettes.  It always looks so empty around my home after I've put the Christmas décor away, so bringing out the Valentine's Day decorations and keeping some Winter themed items around help.

Bringing in red accents is always nice in our home because the main décor is neutral.

In February ~ we redecorated in our master bathroom.  We added a cabinet and framed out our large builder mirror.

In March ~ getting in the mood for Spring and making a pillow cover for a friend. 
In April ~ I had a good time sewing up needle books, for myself and to sell in my Etsy shop.

In May ~ I was a little more productive.  I had wanted to makeover our knife block for a while and finally got around to it.
I also made an Atelier sign for over my craft/sewing room door.


In June ~ I did a quick makeover to a purchased burlap shade.

In July ~ I made a couple of sundresses for my granddaughter using pre-shirred fabric.

In August ~ I made a grain sack cover for a lumbar pillow that I already had sitting on our living room sofa, using fabric I've had for a couple of years.

In September ~ I welcomed a new granddaughter and decorated for Fall.


I also marveled over the growth of one of my potted urns.

In October ~ I repurposed part of a pair of jeans by making a pocket purse for my oldest granddaughter (5 years old).

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In November ~ I didn't blog at all.  Sorry about that. 

In December ~ I shared my Christmas decorations, which were the simplest I have ever done.

Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas Decor ~ 2015

It’s been awhile since my last blog post, but I couldn’t end the year without sharing some of my Christmas decorations for this year.  I think this is the simplest I’ve ever decorated for Christmas.  It is one of my favorite seasons/holidays to decorate for and I usually go a bit overboard. 

I started out our decorations with a new artificial Christmas tree.  I went with something smaller and the coloring on the branches gives it a little bit of a frost-kissed look.

I have it sitting on one of those decorator tables with an additional large wood round (purchased at Lowe’s) and topped off with my tree skirt.

I totally copied Mary Englebreit’s mantel from The Cottage Journal magazine. 

From the Jingle banner to the Santa hats on the boy and girl busts.  Ms. Englebreit had many more busts on her mantel sporting Santa headgear, but I only have the two. Those hats are from holiday cat costumes, by the way!


I interspersed some of my carolers in between.

My little pick-up truck now holds a small bottlebrush tree.

I also picked up a small red VW beetle and tied another small bottlebrush tree to the top of that.  Can you tell that my 5-year-old granddaughter enjoys playing with them?

I also did a craft with that same granddaughter.  I found a gingerbread man template on Pinterest and, using that and paper grocery bags, cut out gingerbread man shapes for both of us to decorate.

I pulled some scrap trim, buttons, googly eyes, glue, a little fiberfil, and red pipe cleaners from my craft room for us to use on them.

Hers now hangs on her Christmas tree at home and I have mine hanging out by my cookbook in the kitchen.

A few other random decorations around the house.

Hopefully, I’ll have the new laptop, Blogger, and Live Writer issues sorted by the new year.  It has been very frustrating!
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

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