Friday Favorites... (11/29/13)



There are so many things to be Thankful for...

I couldn't begin to name them all...
but I am so thankful for Jesus, my Lord and Savior, 
My husband and our 2 children who certainly are the loves of my life,
our families and friends, and so many other things... 
the list is never-ending of all the wonderful things I am thankful for.


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving,  and I hope that you had a wonderful
Thanksgiving with your family and friends as well.

Which leads me to some of my favorites from the week...




1).   Thanksgiving...  We had a wonderful Thanksgiving at my in-laws
        and there was lots of good food! 
        We got to spend the day with our son and I am so Thankful for any
        time we get to spend with him...  since he is busy at college, and his job...
         we just don't get to see him often.  So I treasure all the time that we do.

2).    While we were all together I set up my camera and we got our Family Photo
         taken for the year.. last year we did it on Christmas day. :0)
         I was hoping to get it made in time for Christmas cards this year,
         and it was quite humorous as my son's little dog kept 'helping us out'... 
         love that!  (and I know those awkward photo's will be my favorites!)

3).     I made home made soft sugar cookies with frosting and fall leaf
         sprinkles...  yum.
         Sorry I don't have a picture because they are pretty much gone already. :0)

4).     The black Friday sales..   Did you go shopping at all hours?
          Since the sales online started early, I was able to get what I wanted
          from my laptop... :0)
          However, while we are at my in-laws house
          we did go to Michaels and get a few things.
          I live close to 2 hours from a Michaels/Hobby Lobby stores,
          so any time I am near one, we try to go.
         
5).     The Giveaway is about to end...
          less than 24 hours to go til a winner is chosen!  



Hope you enjoy the rest of the Thanksgiving holiday... we still have a family dinner to go to this weekend, and I guess I had better get to work baking some more cookies to take! :0)









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Happy Thanksgiving... 2013



Hope you all have a wonderful & blessed Thanksgiving holiday.


 
 
 


My First Christmas Ornament Exchange - 2013...

A sweet blogging friend of mine, Vicky at Life on Willie Mae Lane ...
hosted a Christmas Ornament Exchange,
and this is the first time I have ever joined in on one.

It was actually a lot of fun trying to figure out what to buy and send to
 the person that I received,
and also kind of hard at the same time. :0)

It was also a lot of fun when a decorated box arrived at my house,
from a very sweet, generous, and thoughtful person.
 (Thank you so much Sue)

I was really in awe of the thoughtfulness that arrived.. 
it was perfect in every way.

 
 
I am so looking forward to putting that cookie cutter to good use! :0)
The gray towel with silver snowflake..  perfect!
The goodie bags, stickers, and so much more...
 
Not only that... but the most lovely glass ornament:
 
Plus, it lights up and changes colors...
like I said - it is perfect!





I am so Thankful that I signed up to join in.. it was a fun experience and I met some
wonderful people during the process.




Strawberry Ice Smoothie...


I finally came up with a smoothie type of recipe that my family enjoys..

I decided to start making smoothies as an occasional
healthier alternative to snacks, dessert,
or possibly even breakfast, because I am not the best at eating breakfast everyday. :0(

Well, I have had a few hits and several "it's ok" (aka: misses) :0)

However,
This one... is... good...

I must admit it may not be the healthiest smoothie out there..
but I suppose that it still trumps eating cookies. :0)

I don't have exact measurements.. it is just a this/that type of recipe but here is a general
idea... and we have made them a couple times now and they were equally wonderful each time.

I place a handful of ice cubes (about 3/4 cup), about 1 cup of Vanilla Yogurt,
about 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries and a splash to less than a 1/4 cup of this...

 Sparkling white grape juice. (non alcoholic)




Turn the blender on and let it rip...
(until the strawberries and ice have been pulverized into smoothie goodness)



That is all.. simple, and we all like it so it is a winner in our recipe book.


(I imagine the consistency would depend on the blender, and how well it can chop/crush ice etc.. 
just in case anyone is wondering I use a Ninja BL700)

Do you have any great smoothie recipe's?


Tutorial - Making a Large Poufy Bow out of tulle ribbon...

When I was going through my boxes of Christmas decorations,
 I found a couple rolls of sparking silver tulle ribbon.. so I decided to use
 one of them on our Christmas tree this year...

I used part of it to wrap around the tree like a garland, and part for a large poufy bow.

Of course as a blogger.. I thought to myself - hey, I could share that on the blog. :0)
(if you have a blog you totally understand right? ha..)

So here it is..



I used a roll of tulle ribbon (6" size), a piece of craft wire, and plier/wire cutters combo tool.

 
Unroll the ribbon somewhat and start by gathering it in your hand with one loop.


Then gather up another loop into a figure 8 shape... keeping tight in center with fingers.


Then just repeat this process a few times until you get something like this...


Take your piece of wire and wrap it around the center point of your loops...


Then twist it with your pliers until fairly tight...



Turn it over, and fluff it up by opening up each loop and so on..
Then place it onto your wreath, tree, or wherever..



Adds a beautiful touch to the top of our tree.. and a little sparkle never hurts either. :0)










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Friday Favorites... (11/22/13)


This week kind of flew by rather quickly.. I am still trying to get ahold of
the fact that next week is THANKSGIVING... !?!?!?
Say what? :0)

I had seriously better get with it.
I do not even have a grocery list together yet... yikes.

Since I have much to do...  it is a good time to move on to the Friday Favorites...



~ a Giveaway..  I am having a giveaway for a wood jewelry display holder!
   See the details HERE . (there is also a link at the sidebar)

~ This adorable snowman that I picked up over the past weekend.. he is just too cute!

~ This device which works with my Keurig.. seriously, what a great invention.  You add your coffee grounds, snap it shut, stick in the keurig machine just like you would a k-cup and waahlaaaa..  and it works great! (reusable and also BPA free!)
 (and in my opinion lots better than the one that I bought made specifically for the machine where you have to take a piece out and so on to use it - it was always such a hassle.)

~  Made some chocolate chip muffins this week.. (with pumpkin)

~ I also made these BBQ Meatballs (baked) ..  yum!


Have a wonderful weekend all..








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Baked BBQ Meatballs recipe...


I got this recipe from my mother-in-law quite some time ago, and it is a
favorite year round at my house... but always shows up at the holidays as well.
So I thought I would share it with you today.

Also makes great football food.. :0)

BBQ (baked) Meatballs






Meatball Ingredients:
1 small can evaporated milk
3 lbs. ground beef
2 cups quick cook oats
1 tsp. garlic powder (or salt)
1/2 onion (chopped)
2 eggs

BBQ sauce ingredients:

2 cups ketchup
2 Tbsp liquid smoke
1/2 of the chopped onion
1/2 tsp garlic powder (or salt)


Directions:
Mix Meatball ingredients in large bowl until combined well.
Roll into small balls and place into baking dish.
Mix sauce ingredients in another bowl and spoon over each meatball.
Bake at 350 degree's for about 45-50 minutes until done.
Makes approximately 70 meatballs depending on how big/small you make the meatballs.

You can print the recipe by clicking here-->  BBQ Baked Meatballs Recipe











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It's a Giveaway! A Wood Jewelry Display Holder

Since I have been getting ready for the fast approaching holidays... I have
been going through everything and organizing, getting rid of items and so on..
I came across several forgotten about jewelry items in a drawer.

So, I had my husband help me make a wood jewelry display so I could organize
and display my cheaper fashion jewelry (bangles/beaded bracelets etc.)


I am so happy with how it turned out.. and now they won't be forgotten. :0)

Then we made one for my daughter..
Then for the Etsy shop..

and then I decided it would make a neat giveaway!

So one person will win a wood display holder.
(recommended for the cheaper fashion jewelry)

It has been decorated in a fun turquoise and white design..
like this one:


The details just in case someone may have allergies etc.
It is handmade using wood, wood glue, lightly sanded by hand, handpainted with acrylic paints/decorated with fancy papers, and sealed with a gloss sealer (for acrylic paints), also has felt on the bottom to protect furniture.

By entering the giveaway you are agreeing to the terms & conditions of the giveaway...
so please read them before entering.
(the link is located towards the bottom of the giveaway widget)
Giveaway is for U.S. residents only. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you are interested in purchasing one, feel free to check out My Etsy Shop.
During November you can 15% off using the code: THANKS15




Nov. 30th ~ WINNER has been notified via email... Congrats to Missy E.
 
(she has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen per giveaway rules)

                  Update December 3rd.. haven't heard from original winner so per
giveaway rules, a new winner has been chosen and notified...




A weekend recap... Thankful.. and thrifty finds


We got to to go on a quick trip to visit our son over the weekend..
and I am so Thankful.

Any amount of time that we get to spend with our kids is a true gift in my opinion.
Children grow up so fast... it is soooo true!

When our son moved out to go to college over the summer... suddenly I was forced with
 having to get use to seeing him occasionally, instead of daily..  no it has not been easy.  :0)
 
And our daughter is in high school now, so of course there are ball games and activities..
Life can certainly get busy.. oh yes it can. :o)

So needless to say, I have become very aware of how fast they grow up. 
I have learned to treasure the moments that I do get to spend with my kids.
 
They are a gift, and I am so thankful for them and all the time we get to share
together. 

 

 

While we were on our trip to see him, we took a little time and did some shopping.
 
Our daughter needed to find a new dress for a winter formal that is coming up.. and
 after a few stores, we found "the dress" :0)  Yay..
 
We also went to a couple antique shops/goodwill stores while we were out and
about.
 
I enjoy looking at all the antiques, and seeing what kind of items are up for grabs at the
thrift stores.. however, I have became rather particular about what I will actually bring home.
I am not sure why exactly..  just happened.
 
There are a lot of things I like.. look at.. and may even pick them up.. but ultimately put
 them down. 
 
I have to either really like it, or know we will use it/need it or so on..
 
So here are the 2 items that made the cut.. 



 Seriously.. how cute is that snowman?  So stinking cute!  
 
 
Then at another goodwill.. a chair.
Solid wood.  Rolls.  Swivels. Can adjust the height up or down however you like.
It was priced at 9.99 but even better than that it was 50% off.    Yep, less than 5 bucks!
 
I know it looks a little rough.. but for a DIY'er - no problem! 


 
 I sprayed it with my household cleaner (vinegar/water), and wiped it all down.
Then I got a sos pad and went to work,  basically I just wanted to it to see if I
could get the white paint off.. and I knew I planned to refinish it anyway, so if it
scratched it wasn't a big deal to me.
 
after a few seconds of scrubbing:


then after a few minutes:



Yep.. it worked!
It looks so much better!!!   Now I have to decide how I want to refinish it and
wait for a nice warm day.
 
Hmm.. Stain or Paint? I have went back and forth on it, but I am kind of leaning towards
stain on this piece.. 
What do you think?

Friday Favorites (11/15/13)


Happy Friday to you...

It has been cold this week, so I have worked on a lot of indoor projects..
and I actually finally started Christmas shopping. (yikes) :0)
Have you started on Christmas shopping yet? 
As fast as October flew by, and now here we are in the middle of November..
Wow, I knew I had better get started! ha..


Time to share some of my favorite things from the week...



~  My DIY Christmas Ornament Lantern Swag... 

~  Lots of craft and diy projects finished.. including:

~  My new Jewelry holder that we made

~  Tackled a organizing task that turned overhaul: Closet Makeover (see it Here)

~ Coffee... coffee... and more coffee...  (and maybe even some more coffee)



I am looking forward to the weekend..  just hanging out with my family around the house,
 and if it works out we might go for a quick visit to see our son.   Yay!   How about you?
 Any plans?
Have a great weekend!















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My Closet Makeover part 1 - decluttered, organized, and a new color!

I started a project on Tuesday afternoon...
One of those projects that change on you.

One of those... I will organize this but then and after you start said project..
it takes a turn and becomes a complete overhaul!

Yep, one of THOSE projects.


This particular project...

The closet..
Here is the before picture...


It is obvious to see the issues of this space.. the door had become a catch all for scarves, handbags, etc.  which made the rest of the space look a mess!  It actually was fairly organized, but
you couldn't see pass the mess on the door!  
So it was time to get it in order. (and get rid of some stuff!)

So I emptied the closet.
Completely!

That is when it started....
 I got the idea I should paint it.. which I did.
White?
 Well, that would be the most popular choice I suppose.. but,  no..

This may be a surprise, but I went with a shade of dark gray.. 
I knew there was the possibility that it might make it look like a dark cave in the closet..
but went with it anyway and wow... love it!
The clothes, accessories and everything else really pop!

The biggest factors in changing up this space:

- Paint :0)  What a difference paint makes.

- I changed the shelves.. I raised the one on left hand side by quite a bit, and added a second one to the back of the closet as well for more storage, so I could ultimately get rid of the plastic storage boxes which hold seasonal items.

- I went through everything that went back in the closet.. & several items went to the donate pile.

- I got rid of the storage boxes of seasonal clothing.. Added to the donate pile,
  and the rest went on the shelf. 

- I took out the almost empty dresser..  and because I raised the shelving, I was able to put a
dresser that is actually used under the clothes on the left side with  no problem.   

Now here is the result..


Yay..

Behind the closet door, I used the space for scarves/belts/totes..  I have another idea for organizing this space to it's fullest potential.. but that will be part 2 of my Closet Makeover
when I get it done.


Can you see how the colors stand out against the dark gray?
Before they just all kind of blended in.. 

Yep, I am extremely happy with this project turned overhaul... :0)




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DIY Tutorial.. a Christmas Ornament Swag for your Lantern

Have you started decorating for Christmas yet?

I have gotten quite a bit done around our home, and one of the projects I tackled was to make
a Christmas Bulb swag for my large lantern.

Lanterns are such a beautiful decorative piece, and can go with so many decorating styles...
and it is so simple to add a little something extra to for the season, or a holiday.
From tying a bow around the top, to adding a swag.. :0)




First I gathered up some Christmas ornaments, wire cutter/pliers, wire, hot glue gun, ribbon, and greenery. 
(You could also use a heavy duty string instead of wire, such as twine etc.)



I cut a large loop for the swag out of my craft wire..


Before adding the ornaments.. you will want to place a tiny bit of hot glue to keep the tops on them.

 
Then simply string whatever ornaments you would like..
 
 
Gather up the wire, so the bulbs all cluster up towards the bottom.


Then twist the wire fairly taught with your pliers...



Then I simply added a piece of greenery and ribbon..


And placed it on my lantern.  
You can use extra ribbon to tie it onto your lantern if you'd rather not use the wire.
(just simply cut the wire short and bend it so it doesn't stick out/scratch it)

Here it is on my lantern.

 

Adds a nice decorative touch and you can make it as big or small as you'd like by adding more or less ornaments, adding in more ribbon, greenery etc..

Hope you have a great day.

















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