Happy New Year - 2015

Wishing you and yours a wonderful and blessed New Year!

Merry Christmas

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Happy Thanksgiving - 2014

Wishing you a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.

a weekend recap with a thrifty find

We had the best weekend..
We went on an overnight trip to my in-laws and had an early Thanksgiving
with them and we had the best time.
It was great getting to visit with everyone and getting to spend a little time with
our son too. Yay!

Our daughter designed the veggie tray for dinner...

It was so cute.

While we were there we went to the goodwill store.. just because.
We don't have any near where we live so whenever we
go visit them - we have to stop.  I guess it's kind of mandatory.

My daughter found a couple things,  and while I did see a few things I really
liked.  I only bought one.

A large vase that is absolutely one of the neatest I have ever seen.
Someone spent some time making this.  The glass has been frosted
in a checkerboard design, and certainly looks to be hand painted  as it has
a signature on the bottom.   It will be so pretty next spring.

I just love the little bee's and ladybugs.

Friday Favorites... (11/21/14)

I am so ready for this weekend,
How about you?  We are going on a little road trip to see our son and visit
with family, and of course Thanksgiving will be here before we know it.
I am looking forward to it!

Here are a few of my top favorites from the week...

1).  I guess I was in a baking mood this week... Well, that and I had banana's
      that needed to be used up. :0)   Banana Bread anyone?

2).  I also tried a new recipe.. cookies with ROLO's inside. Did ya hear me?
      ROLO'S!!! Gooey caramel-y goodness.. uh, yes I will definitely be adding these
      to my recipe box.

3).  It snowed... just a little. (emphasis on just a little)

4).  Guest Bathroom Progress - progress is a good thing.

5).  My Antique Frame Turned Christmas Wreath.. simple and unique, and just
      stinking cute.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

linking up at:
High Five for Friday

Antique Frame Turned Christmas Wreath

You may remember how I used an old antique wood frame for a wreath back
in the spring...

(You can see how I used it as my Spring Wreath: HERE)

I have since changed wreaths a few times, but I decided to revisit my antique frame
for upcoming Christmas.

I left the burlap ribbon on the frame that I had used in my spring wreath..
 just because I love the look of it and I thought it would go nicely with what I had in mind.

Now to sprucing it up...
I cut a piece of red mesh ribbon, and got a few random Christmas ornaments,
some craft wire, and wire cutters.

I just slipped the red mesh ribbon through the burlap ribbon that I already had tied on the frame.

Seriously, doesn't get much easier than that. :0)

Then I strung the ornaments onto the craft wire...

Held the wire up so the ornaments all went together in a bunch at the bottom.  Then cut the wire
so I had several inches of extra wire on each side of the bunch.

Gave the wire a twist to secure the ornaments...
Then just added it to my 'wreath' by securing it to the top with the wire.

So cute and so simple..
and I had everything on hand, so a no cost kind of project. Yay!

Could certainly add some greens, pinecones, etc.
The options go on and on.. and who knows I may change it up again.
But for now I am liking the simple look of it.

Bathroom Makeover progress

You may remember I started giving our guest bathroom a makeover
some time ago...

(original post: Bathroom Makeover Begins)

It started out like this:


and went to this: 


I knew I really liked the gray tones, but I had a hard time deciding
what color to use as the accent color.

After some thought..  I actually decided to try the deep burgundy
that I already had to see if I liked it with the gray.

I am really liking the light gray with the darker gray and deep burgundy accents.

Oh, and yes... you saw correctly - I am one of those people. 
I have already started decorating for Christmas. :0)

Holiday touches are here and there.  
Can you believe Christmas is coming up so quickly?

For now I am really liking the change in this room.
What is even better, I can change a few simple things out in this room at any given time,
and have an entirely different look.

A favorite post.. diy boot socks & scarf

Hello there...
Cold weather has made an appearance here in KS,
and the snow is falling as I type. :0)

Since it is now definitely cold enough to get out the winter attire,
I thought I would revisit a post that received a lot of views over the past
year for anyone that may have missed it.

It's a fun and super simply DIY project,  to add a pop of color to your wardrobe
using a simple old shirt and a pair of scissors.
This project is about as easy as it gets. :0)

(You can see the original post here->> No Sew DIY Boot Socks)

I used a fleece sweatshirt in pink, as well as a long sleeved camo tshirt.

I placed the sweatshirt flat, cut off the sleeve...

Then I cut off a long section of the shirt...  (around 10-12 inches wide)

Then I did the same thing with the Camo shirt...


Everyone needs some CAMO boot socks.. :0)

I have a new fondness for old shirts now...

You could sew some lace on top of the boot socks or buttons etc..  could also sew the scarf into a tube and make it a little more fancy of course.. but, I just chose to go simple for now.

Some of my favorite projects are the ridiculously simple ones..   

Hope you enjoyed my Post revisit today...
Have a great weekend.

Sharing Fall Projects from 2013...

School is back in session and all the being busy that comes along with that is here as well. :o)

The weather is taking a turn here tomorrow and we are suppose to have high temps in the low 60's... say what?  90+ today / 63 ish tomorrow.   Hello Fall!  Even if it's only for a day or two. I'll take it. :0)

So speaking of Fall like weather...
I thought I would share my previous Fall DIY projects with you today...

#1).   Scrap Wood Pumpkins DIY project.. using scrap pieces of wood and scrapbook paper.
         (so cute!)

#2).   Toilet Paper Pumpkins.. a fun DIY project using TP. (fun & easy project for kids!)

#3).   My Simple Fall Wreath.. using fabric, flowers, and a plant pick.

#4).   My country cute Milk Jug Pumpkin.. a no cost diy project.

#5). and #6).   Dollar Pumpkins get a makeover. (should've bought more of these..)

There ya have it.. a quick recap of my DIY Fall Projects for 2013.. 

linking up at:
Pinterest Power Party, Fall into Fall @ DIY By Design,
the style sisters,

Bathroom makeover begins..

I decided to give my daughters bathroom (aka: guest bathroom) a new look.

So I have been working on it the past few days on/off...
Here is the before:

After emptying the room, I painted it a pretty shade of gray.
Then I went with a textured fabric gray shower curtain, and coordinating rugs that
I already had.
So now to the final part of this project, debating on the accessories
and pulling it all together.

I know it is hard to tell in the photo, (I used a different camera/lens for this picture)
but it is actually brighter in this room now, which is nice because this room doesn't
have a window.

So right now I am in decision mode.

I placed a bright turquoise towel next to the gray one to see how that would look
with the gray.
I know I want to add in another color here and there.
Currently, I am leaning towards adding white to brighten it up even more,
and then small amounts of a pop of color.

As soon as I make up my mind, I will be able to complete the room.
Decisions, decisions.... :0)

Oh the tomatoes... and a project in progress

We have had a really busy last few weeks.

We had a great time on vacation - it just went by way too fast. :0)

Our garden has been keeping us busy with lots (& lots) of tomatoes...
So I have been freezing, and canning.
The jalapeno's are about ready and salsa is in our near future. Yay.

I may rethink how many tomatoes to plant in the garden next year. :0)

Our daughter came up with a project that she found searching the internet...
and we decided to use this wooden hutch to make our own version.
So here is a sneak peek at what we have been working on... (here is the before)

This wooden hutch was given to us recently, and we are changing it up...
you'll never guess what it is going to be used for. :0)

I'll be sharing more on it soon.

DIY framed ribbon Cross project

Using things I had on hand, I previously made a ribbon cross and
framed it.  I love how it turned out.
And so I thought I would share this project with you today.

 (I am using different ribbon/paper than I had used in my original project, I guess I 
must've used all of that particular ribbon..  but i wanted to go ahead and share the 
details of how I made it with you )

I picked out some decorative scrapbook paper, ribbon, and a frame.
Other items that I used were a pair of scissors and a tape runner.

I just cut the paper to the size needed for my frame.
Then cut 2 small pieces of ribbon, and attached them with my tape runner
to the scrap of paper.

Placed it in the frame.. and that's it.

You can also use wider ribbons, washi tape, add embellishments etc..  a fun
and simple project with a beautiful result to display.

A Recipe Box Makeover

I was looking at my sad little recipe box and decided it was time for a diy project.
It is perfectly functional, used fairly often... but a makeover was in definitely
in order.

So I took it outside, and got out my can of metallic silver spray paint.

After it dried, I took it back inside. 
I went through my scrapbooking paper stash and found a chevron print paper that I 
wanted to use, mod podge, a paper trimmer, and a foam brush. 

Then I simply cut the paper down, and mod podged it on.

What an improvement.
It always impresses me at how the simplest of projects can make
a huge difference.