Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Around The House

Wow, I cant believe there are only two more days until Christmas! I am almost finished with Christmas shopping..only a few last minute stocking stuffers and I will be done!

My mom has been in town visiting for Christmas, it's been so nice having her here with me! We are so much alike..both with a love for decorating..although, she is very good at sewing as well as gardening and I, however, am not. I wish I had inherited it from her! She made me a cute pair of curtains for the kitchen with muslin fabric that I've had on hand, they turned out really great! She also made me a few pillows for the living room that I'm very excited about, more about that soon when I get them up! Thank you mom! I love you!!

Well, I noticed time was a flyin' and thought that I had better get some Christmas posts up soon...I snapped a few pictures from around my home decorated for Christmas!

I found this great idea from here!  I love it!
I know, I need to remove that sticker from my window! Ha!

One of my favorite things around my house is this rosemary smells so good! It makes my home smell like Christmas!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Mantle~

 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Eeeeeverywhere you go ...

But the prettiest sight to see,

is the holly that will be,

On your own front door..

I have been singing this song all's the one that always plays in my head when I'm decorating for Christmas!

This year I've changed things up a bit, our mantle has a more natural feel with lots of white and lots of burlap.  I have several small glass candle holders, I always pick a few up when I'm at the thrift shop.. I think they make cute little pinecone holders :)

I'm linking up to the Lettered Cottage's Mantle Party..Make sure to check it out for tons of beautiful ideas and inspiration! Click on the badge below :)

The Lettered Cottage

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fall Front Door~

Welcome Friends...
Would you like to join me for a hot cup of pumpkin spice coffee and a slice of warm pumpkin bread? of my favorite things about Fall is pumpkin spice coffee..

And...warm pumpkin bread...

YUM! Pecan-Topped Pumpkin Bread from Cooking Light You can get the recipe by clicking  here

Here is our front door all decorated for Fall...It is a little hard to tell but I strung white lights around the leaf garland...I love the lights..they make it look cozy :)

My faux urns are still holding up well...I can't wait to dress them up for Christmas. :) 

Thank you for Stopping by..
Have Fabulous Day :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Trash To Treasure~

I've been looking for a little night stand for J's room. I thought for sure I would find one that I could fix up at our town's community flea such luck. I did find some great things however, I did not find my little end table. So..what is a girl to do? Pick up someones curbside trash. Desperate times call for desperate measures...

This chair is getting a makeover and its going to be transformed into a little end table.

So..first I took off the ladder back using a screwdriver to unscrew the screws and then using a hammer to bang on it because it would not budge.

When I finally got the back off, I filled in the holes with wood filler. Once it dried I sanded the area down to make it smooth. Then, I continued to lightly sand the chair all over to remove all the dirt and yucky stuff.

Then, I painted it red..

And the end result..a charming little end table to place our books on so they don't end up on the floor after story time. :)

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fall Mantle

Our Fall Mantle...
I just bought the brown candle stands at a garage sale.. both for one dollar. I think I'm gong to paint them white. An urn with handmade moss ball and faux pumpkin. It's actually a Halloween pumpkin, it says Happy Halloween on the back.  Turn it around and nobody will know :)

I love stacked books..I have stacked books everywhere. They don't have to be fancy or anything, I just turn them around so only the side with the pages are showing.

A pine cone my sweet J gave me :)

A little turkey plate I bought at TJ Max.

Happy Fall Decorating :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


...To our SpOoKy GrAvEyArD....muahahahahahahaha (evil laugh)

We have been spooking things up over here! Every Halloween I add just a little bit more. Hopefully next year I'll have more lighting and a fogger for my graveyard. I'm envisioning an eerie green foggy glow. But, as much as I love Halloween, I don't like to pay full price for decorations, so I will have to wait (I'm cheap like that) plus I always love to get a good deal! :)

My daughter had lots of fun helping me decorate the yard. She added her special little touch of bling-bling around the bench with sparkly garland.

I bought the roll out fence on sale for ten dollars at the garden center at Lowe's..I was going to paint it black but I decided to keep it white so I can use it again at Easter. 
These are our SpOoKy ghosts! We made them 2 years ago and they have held up very well...even in the rain. I had some old white fabric on hand. I bought this fabric years ago, I  wanted to teach myself how to make a slipcover but never got around to trying it. Anyhow, these were really easy to make..all we did was stuff a bunch of newspaper in a plastic grocery store bag and shaped it into a round fluffy ghost head. We tied the end of the bags real tight to hold their round shape. We draped the fabric over the bags. I then used a sewing needle to thread some plastic fishing string/wire over the top and the sides for the arms. For the eyes and mouth, we cut out shapes from black felt and glued them on with a glue gun. I tied the fishing string to the tree branches and that was it! I like that plastic fishing string because you can't see makes them look like they are FlOaTiNg in the air....
They used to have cute black and white gingham bows around their necks but I decided to take them off. The bows make them look more "cutesy" I was going for a more SpOoKy look this year!     

Oh, Me..Oh, My! A witch crashing! LoL..directions on this project coming soon! :)

Monday, October 18, 2010


We went Booing last night, or as the kids like to call it..."ding-dong-ditching" Ha! I think it's the funnest part about Booing for them.... ringing the doorbell and then running away. It's the only time they can get away with! They get so excited about Booing every year, it's become a tradition on our street.

This year we used these very cute Boo printables and I just  had to share these ADORABLE  printables with you!. You can find them at  The Tomkat Studio. If you haven't been there, you must check it out...lots of  fun printables and lots of eye candy. She also has an Etsy shop too!

Have fun BOOOOOOing! :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Black Bean Soup~

Ahhh...there's nothing like a nice warm soup on a brisk Autumn evening. Now if it would only cool down a little bit, I will be a very happy girl! :) This is my absolute favorite time of year..the leaves are turning all shades of red, orange and yellow...the air is games...pumpkin coffee and comfort food... bliss! I most definitely need to stick with my work out routine this time of year! However, were not having true Fall weather here just yet...BUT...I can still turn up the air, bundle up in my favorite cozy pants and slippers and have a bowl of nice warm soup!

This is what I made last night, it's one of our family's favorite recipes. Even the kids love it...and I have two very picky :)


Monday, October 11, 2010

Pumpkin Wreath~

I love this front porch from Southern Living. I saw this picture sometime last year and wanted to make the wreath for my front door... but... somehow time slipped away from me and before I knew it, it was already Halloween.

I love how full it looks and all the the moss in between the pumpkins .
(you can click on the link or picture for instructions on how to make this wreath)
Southern Living

This year I came across this one from Better Homes and Gardens. It looks very much like the other wreath but it is a little less work.
( you can click on the link for instructions)
Better Homes And Gardens

So, I began my search for supplies. First, I went to Hobby Lobby for the small decorative pumpkins but they were 2.50 each. I needed 14 of them and really didn't want to spend 35.00 on pumpkins.

I could have waited until they went on sale but when I'm in the mood to do a project, I have to do it NOW or I will not stop thinking about it (I'm impatient like that) LOL :)  So, I kept looking and looking....and finally ended up finding some pumpkins in the craft section at Walmart for 1.00 each! They are from the Better Homes & Gardens line. Ahhh...14.00 dollars...much better and they look just like the ones from Hobby Lobby! By the way,  I'm loving the Bh&G stuff at Walmart..have you seen their bigger faux pumpkins? They look like the real thing and come in green, white and orange and the best part is that they are only five dollars...Way to go Walmart!

Anyhow...back to the wreath...I followed the directions for the Bh&G wreath. I already had a grapevine wreath and glue sticks so all I needed was a few small decorative pumpkins and black ribbon for the bow.

First, I layed out my wreath and began gluing on the pumpkins...

I made sure to put on a LOT of glue so they stay on well.

I kept working my way around the wreath, leaving an empty space at the top for the bow.

 I made a bow and tied it to the wreath with a black pipe cleaner...then, I hung it up!

I love the way it turned out and it was easy peasy!

Here is my front front door.

Have a Happy Day Friends! :)

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating