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.

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)

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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holiday baking party,
Time to Sparkle

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

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
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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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)

Friday Favorites... (11/8/13)

Happy Friday...

I am so looking forward to the weekend!
Our son is coming home for a visit from college.. Yay!

I have lots to do so I had better get with it..
(have to go to the grocery store and pick up all the stuff for ice cream sundae's -
I think we started a tradition)  Among many other things so  I am going to get right
 to the Friday Fave's...

1).   My DIY No Sew Boot Socks & Infinity Scarf..  so cute and so simple to make.

2).   My thrift store Candleabra makeover... yep, it's a stunner in silver. 
       So loving how it turned out.

3).   My accidental finds.. these 2 beautiful scarves that were on clearance for a whopping $2.00.

4).   Had to make a food item for a school project and we made Greek Butter cookies.. they are good!

5).   Most favorite...   it is just about time for the weekend and as you already know from the beginning of this post... our son is coming home to visit...  We always have such a great time together!   Absolutely love when my family is all home... love, love, LOVE it.. 
makes everything 'seem' right in the world. :0)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

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Candleabra gets a makeover.. a stunner in silver

Well, my post title probably just gave it away huh?  (spoiler alert!)

I shared about my recent candelabra find in yesterdays post.. (see it HERE)

Now it is time to share the new and improved candelabra.
So once again, here is the before:

Not bad.. it actually was a nice shade of sage green.
However, I had something else in mind for this piece.

So I wiped it all down with a damp cloth to prep it for paint,
and as you already figured out..  got out my silver metallic spray paint.

Have you noticed the stores are playing Christmas music already?  It certainly
caught my attention the other day.. ha!

And speaking of Christmas..
I went ahead and spruced it up for the holidays by adding burgundy candles, and a variety of Christmas silk florals.

It's a beauty!
Now I have to decide if I am using it as our centerpiece for our tablescape, or the one I originally
intended to use.. or where else to put it in the house.. or if I should add it to the etsy shop.  Decisions, decisions..  I am leaning towards using this one as our centerpiece and adding some small candles on each side.    We will see...  if you are like me, it can change several times between now
and then.  Am I right? :0)

Have a wonderful day!

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Recent finds.. (thrifting and accidental finds)

My daughter has to dress up for a school assignment as a 'goddess', so we hit
a nearby thrift store to see what we could come up with.  We knew that this particular
one wore all white, with gold accents.

We did quite well at the thrift store.. we found a white cotton robe, and a large well made
 handmade crochet white scarf.    Jackpot!   Then later we went shopping for the rest of the things we needed and picked up some white fabric (for a wrap dress) and found some metallic sandals in the clearance isle for .50 cents.  (yes, 50 cents!)      She already had a gold belt, and gold headband (which she painted some silk leaves gold and we glued them on)  It all has come together beautifully and looks great!!!   (Plus we had a lot of fun shopping for all the pieces we wanted for it)

Of course while we were at the thrift store I happen to find something else to bring home..

A nice and heavy weight candelabra, that just needed a little TLC.
I will show you what I did with it soon..

Then while shopping for the fabric and sandals.. we ran across a section of scarves on clearance.
This I would call our accidental finds.. :0)

Here are the 2 scarves that I have picked up.. 

Would you believe that they were $2.00.  I had to look twice myself.. :0)
So these 2 are now a wonderful addition to my closet.
I have already wore the black/white one. (and got compliments) 

So how about you?  Have you found any big time bargains lately?

No Sew DIY SIMPLE Boot Socks and matching infinity scarf... (Camo and Pink)

I am really enjoying wearing all of my boots now that cooler weather has arrived...
and I decided it was time to make myself some boot socks!  They are so cute after all.

So I went through my closet and I picked out an old Camouflage long sleeved tshirt and a pink fleece sweatshirt.

November goals.. and a diy dog treats jar

November.. ???

Hmm.. Well, I must say that kind of snuck up on me.  Does anyone
else think November came pretty fast this year? :0)

My November goal is to keep up with my daily declutter and organize challenge
that I started in October, which will help in getting my home ready for the holidays.
I am also decorating for the holidays.
Yes, I have already begun the Christmas decorations.   Lots of fun projects to share.

In my getting more organized and declutter challenge.. 
I wanted to make a 'Treats' Jar for the dog treats.. so I could get rid of the box that they come in.

I decided to share it with you today.. it is soooooo simple!  Took longer to get the stuff out than to actually make it. :0)

I knew I wanted to use a mason jar, but I knew we didn't want to fuss with the lid/ring combo every
time someone got a dog treat out.. so I knew I wanted it to be glued to the ring.   Then I decided I wanted to 'pretty' it up a little as well.

friday favorites... (11/01/13)

Hope you have had a wonderful week... 
It is that time again already?
Time to share some of my favorite things from the week...

~ My Laundry Room Sign .. just like how it fits. (kind of wish I would've painted it instead of
   the raw wood look to help it stand out a little more, may have to paint It or stain it.) :0)

~ We celebrated our 19 year anniversary this week... so blessed, and so thankful.

~ Beautiful photo I found looking through my cell phone images..   One of those
   "wish I would have had my DSLR with me to get a great picture" moments..
   but the cellphone was ok. It was such a beautiful seen... looks like it belongs on a calendar.

~ Wearing my boots..

~ Joining in a Christmas Ornament Exchange..  I am looking forward to it!  You can see more
   about it HERE .

Have a great weekend!

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