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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Book Page Christmas Ornament

 For this Christmas I wanted to make some of our own Christmas ornaments.  Well...so far I've made only two!
When I saw this tutorial to make this Christmas ornament I thought to myself, "I can do this!" 
I found out it was a little too much time consuming, and a little difficult on making the little cones and using Scotch tape at the same time.  I think it might have been my fat little fingers that got in the way.  I'm not discourage by it though, and will try to make some more during the year, and hopefully with more practice I can maneuver better the little cones and tape!
 This always happens to me.
When I think I was done with decorating, I found a big tin full of old Christmas ornaments.  What to do?  But of course fill every little open cranny of this pine cone arrangement on our coffee table with colorful Christmas balls!
The silver star was also an afterthought.  I bought it at the Dollar 
Store and had put it away for later use...
and this was later.

~It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!~

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Card for Mom

I made this quick & easy recycled card using two old Christmas cards (commercial).  The tree image is from one card and the sentiment from another one.
When I say quick, it means that it was pretty quick cutting out the layers of card stock and designer paper, and embossing the green card stock.  The part that took me awhile was creating the layout of the tree and sentiment!  I tried out different layouts, and after many trys I gave up, and came back the following day & voila...phew!!!
I really like how the plaid designer paper compliments the ornaments on the Christmas tree.

~Every Time a Bell Rings, An Angel Gets His Wings~

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Star Ornament & Nutcrackers

While I was on my kick of making book page wreaths, I came across this great tutorial and learned how to make this beautiful Star Ornament.  It was pretty easy to make!
I made the start ornament bigger than the directions, and because of that it was a little too BIG for our tree, so I hung it here, near my Nutcracker collection.
I discovered this recipe called Nutcracker, and I hope that this Christmas I will finally get a chance to make it.
I had this extra basket which I filled with some of our Christmas/winter books for when some of the munchkins show up.
Do you ever put things away and can't find them?
I did and it's absolutely driving me crazy!!!  I can't find several Christmas children's books, especially a book called Miracle on 34th Street illustrated by Tomie de Paola!!!  Argh!!!
I have a feeling I will come across these books right after Christmas is over!!!

~Choose Joy~

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Candy Cane Card

This is one of my favorite recycled Christmas card!  
I saved the candy cane image from an old card to create a new card.  I then layered coordinating color card stock to attached image to.
The punched scalloped edges was a last minute decision.  I was getting pretty creative along the way as I made more recycled cards.  I even surprised myself!
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~Joy~
~Love~
~Peace~
~Believe~
~Christmas~
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Baker's Rack Christmas Cheer

 My baker's rack in our dining room is set for Christmas!
Eat, Drink and be Merry free printable by Made With Love.
 I wanted lots of white and red on each shelf, and to keep it simple.
On the very top shelf, I placed a cake plate (on it's side so we could see the gorgeous poinsettia design) between the lit candles.
What's so nice about this snowmen shelf is that it will stay the same throughout the winter season.
I always struggle with the bottom shelf decor wise though; so I always keep these baskets filled with pine cones, pomander balls, wine corks, and seasonal silk flowers.  This Christmas season, I filled the smaller basket with lots of old Christmas ornaments collected over the years.
I especially like the "night look" of my baker's rack every evening!

~Joy to the World!~

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Bedroom

 This is the first time I truly have added a touch of Christmas cheer to our bedroom.
 I hung a Christmas wreath and added a red yo-yo throw quilt at the foot of the bed.
Back in November I found this yo-yo quilt at Redesign Goodwill.
 Hubby placed the white ceramic pitcher & bowl on the little round table...(I had left it bare).  His big contribution to our bedroom decor!
We usually use this table to place our phones & Kindle reader while charging, loose change, and other miscellaneous items at the end of a long day.  The Longaberger hanging basket above the table holds our phone and Kindle chargers.
 I covered up the floral seat of the chair with a blue crochet afghan and added some Christmasy pillows.  I picked up the afghan at a garage sale.  Lately, collecting crochet or knitted afghans is my new quest in life.

I added a long table runner to the dresser and kept the top cleared of all my schotskys (spelling?)!

At this point, I am pretty pleased with how our bedroom looks.

~Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling.~

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Recycled Christmas Tags

 Yesterday, I really worked hard on finally getting all of my recycled tags done!
No more last minute tag making!!!
 Basket full of recycled tags to share with Mom & Sis!
 I used Christmas cards from past Christmases to create them!
 I even found some old tags I had made.
 I used every little scrap of the Christmas cards...even the sentiments were made into tags.  Why waste?
 Bits and pieces of scrap turned into tags.
 I also used most of my leftover yarn, twine and ribbon for the tags.
 I was thinking that I might have to iron some the ribbon out...hmm...
 I used some of the saved baker's twine from our local bakery.
BTW...they have the most delicious cannolis!!!

Santa,
I Really Did Try!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

You've Got Mail

 I'm done with Christmas card making for this year...YEAH...and it feels great!!!
I have created all of these cards by recycling old cards from past Christmases!

Early in January, I decided that I would recycle our Christmas cards and make them new once again.  I have plenty, and I'm sharing with Mom and Sister!

"Don't Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle!"

 You're Gonna Love It Tuesday ~ Kathy With an E

Monday, December 8, 2014

Crochet & Christmas Dining Room Hutch

Our home is finally ready for Christmas Cheer!
Just a small peek at our dining room hutch and Mom's crochet table runner.
 I love using my cake plate to create small holiday vignettes.
From year to year I decide whether Baby Jesus should be displayed before Christmas Day.  This year, He is already here!
 Along with the cake plate, out came a few of Hubby's Mom's silver!
 I received this beautiful crochet poinsettia table runner from Mom.  I love it's simplicity and it was just perfect for the season.  Again, this is Mom's own creation.
I love the mix of crystal and silver together!

~O Come Let Us Adore Him~

Friday, December 5, 2014

Kitchen Shelves

Just a few of my favorite Christmas dishes and pitchers.
I decided to display some of my holiday dishes along with some of my clear glass pitchers in the kitchen corner shelves this year. 
This is our small breakfast nook for two!
I plan to add a little touch of holiday cheer to the top left corner shelf, and finally hanging up two more of my deviled egg dishes.
 This gorgeous Santa plate is wooden and was hand painted by a talented co-worker.  The above pitcher and this cut glass one were given to me by a dear neighbor before he moved to his new retirement home. 
 I love how the snowman plate can be seen through these two crystal pitchers.
On the bottom shelf, I decided to put our jolly Santa cookie jar for easy reach to some soon to be baked Christmas cookies.
Most of the crochet doilies were made by my Mom.
 I added a set of three snowman plates to the shelf above the window; and basically this side of the kitchen is done!

I'm so glad to say that I'm all done decorating our home, except for our tree...arghh!  It simply takes me forever to decorate it...but must be done before this weekend, so all of the storage tins & boxes are put away!!!

It's not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.
~Mother Theresa

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Decking the Halls

 Christmas Season 
is here and I'm slowly getting our home ready for some Holiday cheer!
In order to do this, I made a big pot of some delicious copy cat Wendy's Chili and homemade cornbread for dinner.  This way I wouldn't worry about dinner and concentrate more on decking the halls.
Between putting away the Thanksgiving decorations, dusting & cleaning; and then taking out Christmas decor & sorting through it, I had some time to put together an easy garland from past recycled Christmas cards from friends and family.  They were too pretty to keep in storage.  This way I get to enjoy them all over again.
By the end of the day, I was able to just finished the breakfast niche shelves.
I'm making progress on a daily basis though.  So far I have finished decorating our bedroom and living room.  Slowly but surely, our home will be all done by the end of this week.

It's the most Wonderful Time of the Year!