Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Cranberry Jello Salad

Last Saturday I subbed for my (late) Bunco group.  I'm currently subbing due to my Hubby's health.  Hopefully, once he can feel much better, I'll be able to go back full-time.  
The lady I subbed for had signed up to bring a Jello Salad to share for the annual Christmas Bunco Party.  I tried not to let her down by bringing just any salad, but something that look like I put some effort into it.
So I decided to make this super delicious Cranberry Jello Salad by sugar n' spice gals.
and make it look pretty and taste yummy as well.

I mixed together the ingredients for the Jello salad the night before and let it chilled over night.

By the way the round glass/crystal bowl is a purchase I made years ago from a Princess House party I attended eons ago.  Honestly this is the first time I made this type of salad and also it was the first time I have ever used this glass/crystal bowl.  It was just collecting dust with the many other forgotten bowls in my dish cupboard.

The following morning I mixed the cream cheese topping and spread it over the set Jello salad.  Lastly I sprinkled some green sugar to add a final festive touch.
For the center of the bowl I had planned on adding some fresh cranberries, but because I'm always running late, I forgot to do so 😞… none the less, it was still very pretty and delicious!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Christmas Rag Garlands DIY

I couldn't be any happier and so pleased to have taken the time to make these super easy raggedy Christmas garlands!!!

I used what I had in my Christmas theme fabric stash for some years now...odds & ends.  I watched a few different YouTube tutorials on how to make them, and I learned that you can make them as long as you want them to be: from 6 feet to 9 feet long...really it's just up to you.  I cut strips of 1" x 6", and some a little shorter than that...it had to do with how long or wide my scraps of fabric measured.  I used twine I have on hand, and put myself to work while watching TV.

This is my first completed Christmas Rag Garland and I love it...even Hubby liked it!  He always teases me saying that I over decorate blah blah blah...he's a minimalist.

This is actually my third rag garland I made, and decided to use it to decorate my dresser in our bedroom.

And lastly...
my most favorite!!!
A white snowflake rag garland for our china hutch!
I do plan on attaching a 20 light string to it, but I just haven't had the time to do so.  I plan on keeping this garland all through winter, and add some hanging snowflakes to it as well.

Now that I have put a dent to my fabric stash, it gives me the opportunity to go shopping for more fabric without the guilt!!!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Christmas Funky Bow

 I had always wanted to learn how to make a pretty ribbon bow.  I had attempted so many times before to make one, but to no success.

So...I decided to finally learn how to make a pretty ribbon bow.  After watching several how-to YouTube ribbon bow tutorials, I came across -

Of all the video tutorials, I think she was the best for me to learn from.  
I followed her directions to a tee, and was so happy to finally put one together on the first try.  I didn't go out and get good quality expensive ribbon though.  I started out with four rolls of Christmas wired ribbon from the Dollar Tree to practiced with.
 My first funky bow was perfect even though is from the Dollar Tree store's ribbon.
I actually ended up making two funky bows to top our Christmas tree this year.  This year we placed our Christmas tree between the formal living and family rooms and are able to see it anytime from just every angle in our home; which means I had to completely decorate the whole tree.
I can't remember if I mentioned here last year that I broke our cheapy vintage Angel topper we've had since our first Christmas together (1988); hence it was the perfect time to learn bow making.

Just so you know, Arlynn shows you how to make her funky bows just about every time she makes one to use in her décor.
I plan on getting more ribbon (collection) to have handy and continue making FUNKY BOWS.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Christmas Paper Wreath DIY

I love my new wreath and am so glad I finally took time to make it!!!
It was a cinch to make and I followed The Crafter Next Door tutorial.  Thank you Beth.

I used one of Stampin' Up!'s Christmas 12" x12" Designer Paper (scrapbook paper) package.  I cut the whole package of paper, and I have left over strips to make at least 2 more wreaths.
Strips: 12" x 1 1/2"

  Usually when I craft I do it "assembly -style"; in this case one day I prepared my supplies, then another day I cut the paper, another day I made a trip to Michaels to pick up the Styrofoam wreath (used my 50% off coupon), and finally when I had an hour or two I put my wreath together.

Since my craft room is in such a disarray 😱 (currently switching rooms), I did not have the time or patience to find my Christmas craft decorations.  Luckily for me, I found the pretty pom pom garland at a garage sale this past summer; and the best part is that it was for free!!!  I just simply wrapped it around my new wreath.

Now for the leftover strips of paper...I promised Mom and Sister that I would make one for them.  I better find that Christmas craft stuff box!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Decking the Halls

I usually start decorating our home for Christmas the day right after or weekend of Thanksgiving Day...no Black Friday for me.
Well it didn't happened.  I'm just too slow and tired this year, and decided that I would decorate a little bit and very simply each day.
So this picture shows you my simple and minimalist decorating in our guest bathroom.
The two hanging black hand towels I already had, and the new Believe hand towel is part of my birthday gift from my friend Luann.  I even used the silky red ribbon that my gift was wrapped with.
The basket I've also had for a long time ago.  I got it at a local antique store, and when I brought it home I sprayed it with silver paint.  The basket was just the right size to hold a toilet paper, paper hand towels, wash cloths, and other bathroom supplies or décor for our guests to use. 
Luann also included this hand soap in my gift, which is just perfect for this time of year.
I make sure that our guest bathroom is especially super clean during the holidays so it is always ready for our guests.  Eventually I may add a poinsettia and a pretty candle to make it more festive when we have guests over.
Little touches like that, make any room more welcoming, inviting and cozier.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Fall Stamp Camp Favor

 Last Friday I attended an all-day Fall Stamp Social.  Our wonderful hostess arranged this very pretty fall favor for each of us ladies. 
Thank you Vivian!
It was a fun and very productive day.  We worked on Fall, Christmas and some adorable projects.  I think I'm all set for the Holidays!

 Vivian added this super cute pumpkin pick to our pretty tea towel.
 My big wood bread bowl holding my crochet pumpkins, now holds the pumpkin pick, and
the tea towel has been added to my fallish collection of kitchen towels hanging from the oven door.  I even used the pretty ribbon...nothing goes to waste!😉
I love her thoughtfulness.

Monday, November 19, 2018

DIY Fall Felt Acorns

 When oak trees give me acorns to collect from the ground, I must make...
 pure wool bead acorns.
 Lots and lots of felt acorns!!!
 It adds an extra touch of fall to décor vignettes.
It was such an easy peasy project to make.
You simply collect as many acorns as you can or want.  I collected mine last month in Minnesota.
It was easy to remove the nut from each acorn, and I saved the caps for this project.  I had already bought a bag of pure wool beads in fallish colors from a local yarn store in advanced.
Finally I glued an acorn cap to each felt bead and created my own pretty felt acorns!
My sister loved them so much that she took a handful of my pretty felt acorns.
I decided to keep some of the capless acorns and displayed them as well.  Nothing goes to waste if I can help it!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Pumpkin Turkey Favor

While I was going through my fall storage bins, I found this felt turkey kit made by a fellow Bunco Babe.  Bunco Babe made one set for each of us as a favor.  The orange pumpkin is long gone though.
This year I remember to buy a little pumpkin at the grocery store just so I could put my felt turkey together...sort of like Mr. Potato Head.
I placed my felt turkey atop the oven so I could see it every day while I'm in the kitchen.
I think he's simply the cutest turkey ever!
Every year I plan on making one for each guest that comes to Thanksgiving Dinner at our place, but I never have enough time to make them.
This year I plan on making them "now" for next year.  After all I do have the supplies...stored for several years now...😉!!!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Thanksgiving Printable

In yesterday's post I mentioned that our printer was stolen this past summer; well problem solved, and now I can print to my heart's content.
Printable via How to Nest for Less