Merry Christmas!




Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas holiday!
I hope that you have a wonderful time with your family and friends.

Blessings,



Christmas Home Tour 2016




I just had to start with the Tree..  
I think this is my favorite tree yet.  

(however, I probably say that every year) :0)


Loving my new Snowman that I made from wood embroidery hoops



My new Lantern Swag and free to me wall art.



My burlap tree is hanging in my craft room/guest room.. and I really like the simplicity of it.





My cowboy snowman picture is something I added this year.. so stinking cute!



Oh the plaid.. love!



Plaid throws, Buffalo Plaid pillow covers, a Santa Hat, and my


A little more Christmas over here, from a vintage look ceramic Christmas tree, to a santa hat.



A big jingle bell, stars, wooden tree's, a little more plaid and a touch of cow print of course. :0)




My little Christmas Tree hauling truck .





My little Alpine Tree sitting pretty with Homespun Candy Cane ornaments.





Can you believe Christmas is so close? :0)
I am ready!  Well, almost.  

How about you?







Last Day for the Giveaway!


I thought I would give a heads up that today is the last day to enter
for the 16" x 20" photo canvas from the Canvas Factory!




Go HERE to see more details and enter.

Have a great weekend!




My Burlap Christmas Tree Wall Art

This project began with this..


A 12" x 12" burlap that is on a wood frame.

I picked this item up quite a while back in the craft dept. for around $5.00 and I just
hadn't done anything with it yet.  So I decided it was time.

I started by drawing a simple Christmas tree design, and then I cut it out.



and I placed my cut out tree onto my burlap canvas.




I chose to use a 1" brush, and using white paint I just dabbed the paint around my
paper tree.
I just held the tree with my other hand, but double sided tape might be a good idea
to help hold it in place.





After I was done dabbing the paint,   I removed my paper tree, and star cut outs and this is how
it looked.




It was exactly what I was going for.. a simple tree design, and it was time
to embellished it with a pretty bow.

I chose a pretty plaid wired ribbon and made a large one loop bow.



Then I used a smaller wired burlap ribbon and made another bow with 3 loops
on each side.



Then I attached the burlap bow to my plaid bow.

(If you need to see how I make my bows in more detail I previously
shared that Here)



Then I prettied up my bow by working with it,  arranging the loops how I wanted
and simply attached it to my new Christmas Tree burlap wall art.





The bow really dresses it up!

If by chance you like my simple tree, I made a printable of it.
You can download it/print it HERE .



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My new gadget - getting my old home video's on a dvd


I have several old home video's of my children, from when they newborns to now,
our wedding,  holidays, and so on... but of course they are on VHS tapes and 8mm tapes.
(until we upgraded to the dvd style years back) 

So I have always wanted to get all of those older video's upgraded to dvd's but just hadn't done it.

 I recently ran across this gadget that you hook to your video source.. whether it's your
camcorder, vcr, etc and to your computer and then you can download it and burn it on a dvd.
 I thought the reviews looked pretty good and decided it was worth taking a chance on.



So guess what I have been doing. :0)




I am so thrilled I took a chance on this little gadget.
I finally have our wedding on a dvd, and my kids baby video's are now safe on dvd's!
And I am working my way through the others.

One of the vhs tapes actually destroyed itself when I was rewinding it.. the ribbon came
undone at the end and now it isn't usable. :0(  



I am not sure if this is fixable or not?
So that makes me even more happy that I am getting my video's off the old vhs tapes.

I had heard they become brittle and so on as they age, but never had a problem with
that until that one.
I have also heard they are no longer making vhs players, so they will be very hard to find.
So I think this was definitely a good time for me to get this done.

If you are interesting in seeing more about this gadget you can see
similar: HERE or HERE..

(The company that makes this gadget doesn't know who I am,
 just sharing an item I bought and am using and that I am happy with)

I am so excited to get my movie's onto dvd's!


(*Update - I decided to take the vhs tape apart that had unwound the film, 
I used a piece of tape to reattach the end of the film strip to the reel, or wheel, 
or whatever it is called. (reel wheel? Lol), 
then with several attempts at getting the vhs tape put
back together correctly WHEW!, and some prayer.. it worked! 
I was able to get it copied last night! Woohoo!)







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Buffalo Check Table Runner from an unusual object

So do you remember my new red and black buffalo plaid  Scarf that I recently shared?
It is sooooo soft and cozy and a great size!

Well I was thinking about what kind of decor I wanted for our table and thought I would
like something pretty in plaid like that for my table, which led to why not try it and see
if it would work?   It looked like it would be about the right size, so I decided to
place it on my table and see.


It was PERFECT!



So I think I will have to pick up another one now.. or see what other fun prints
they have, like this Black and White Buffalo Check.






Such a fun touch.
How is that for a multi use item. :0)


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DIY a Poufy Decorator Style Bow


I was making some poufy bows to place outdoors for my Christmas decor,
and thought why not share how I do this, so I got out my camera.

Years ago I worked at a flower shop, which I really enjoyed and that is where
I learned how to make these fun bows.
Warning - There will be a LOT of pictures.. :0)



For this project I used:






I start by cutting a piece of wire about 2 feet long, then I fold it in half and give it a couple twists
to make it a little stronger.   ( a heavier wire wouldn't need doubled up but this particular wire
is pretty thin)


Then I loosened up quite a bit of ribbon from the spool.
For this one I used a wired burgundy with silver edges to try to show the details a little better of each step.




First up I take the end and fold it over to the size of loop I wanted, and gripped it where the end
meets where you would like the size of loop to be.



Then made a loop to match on the opposite side.  

(You can see this is a 2 hand project, so
please forgive the photo quality and weird angles as I tried to take photo's while making
a bow..)  :0)





This particular ribbon has a right side and wrong side so if I kept just making loops the wrong side of ribbon would show, so at this point you twist the ribbon so that the right side of the ribbon is making the loop.



I just keep twisting and making loops and continue holding it in the center as I go.




I chose to make 5 loops on each side for this bow.



Since I was done with my bow portion, I cut off about how long I would want the tail, then you 
will just place the end of the big loop into the center portion of your bow and hold it snug as well.




It should look like this.




Now is when I get my wire that I had previously cut and place it around the center of the bow,
where I am holding it.




Then bring the 2 ends of the wire  together, and get my pliers. 



This is where I twist the wire tightly (but not so tight to break the wire) :0)
and at this point it looks like this:




Now is where I cut the big loop.   








Finally it is time to make it pretty.. 
I just pull a bow loop toward the front, then one toward the back, and so on.. 
and since this one is wired it makes it a lot easier to adjust the loops and get just right. 

(If you aren't using wired ribbon you may need to make a bow with 
more loops to make the bow as poufy/full as you'd like)



If you wire is long enough you can use it to attach the bow to a wreath etc.. 
or simply add another piece of wire or string to attach it wherever you would like.











Hope you enjoyed seeing how this poufy bow was made.



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