Merry Christmas!

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


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

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.

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.


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:

Stocking Stuffers for the Furry friends

Do you put out stockings for the furry family members?
We do.. and have several I might add, so I thought I would make a list
of stocking stuffers for the furry family members to share:

For the Dogs:

No Stuffing Squeak Dog Toys - some of my favorites, because my Odie likes to see what
he can do with stuffing, and if you have ever seen a dog toy get the stuffing ripped out...
Seriously, how do they even have that much stuffing in a tiny dog toy?  :0)

Kong Wubba is definitely at the top of my toy list.. this toy has held up more than
any other I have purchased.  (but we still have to replace them every so often)

Dog Treats are something I would put in their stocking as well.   This particular kind
I have purchased before, and it is suppose to be good for their dental hygiene.
I would buy them again.

For the Feline's:

Cat Toys.. this Variety Pack looks like a good one. Especially if you have
more than one cat.

This Kong Cat Scratcher has some really good reviews. (although it is doubtful it would
fit in a stocking.. just thought I would add it to the mix since it had such good reviews) :0)

Can't forget Cat Treats .. I haven't bought these in particular,
but they had good reviews as well.

I put together a stocking stuffer list for young adults/adults Here if you'd like to see
some more stocking idea's.

So do you put up stockings for the furry family members?  or buy them a gift?
If so what are some other idea's?

All about the Plaid

I am totally on a plaid kick these days..
Scarves, Pillows, Throws, Ribbon..

I love it for Christmas decorating but it is also something that is great for year round.
I picked up 3 pretty gray, white, and red plaid throws to add some color in our living
room and I just love them.

Then I found these black/white buffalo check pillow covers...  they are so much
nicer than I expected them to be for the price, and such a great and inexpensive
way to change up a pillow you already may have!

A GIVEAWAY For a Canvas Print From Canvas Factory

My daughter and I both enjoy photography, and have been taking a
lot of photo's lately.  We both have Digital SLR camera's and are
enjoying learning how to use all the settings and of course seeing
the wonderful results of using Manual mode vs Automatic.

So we have a lot of photo's just waiting to be printed, and that is why
I am so excited to share this giveaway with you today!
(It couldn't have came at a better time.)

Canvas Factory is sponsoring a giveaway for us today!

Canvas Factory gave me a 16 x 20 Canvas Print, and I decided to use
one of my daughters photo's that she took of our horses..   we didn't
have a photo with these 3 beauties together so it was the winner
in debating what photo to use.

The process was very easy to upload my photo and follow the steps to
place my order, and I received my canvas within 2 weeks.    I wasn't sure what
to expect as I haven't ordered a canvas photo print before, but I was certainly pleased
with the quality and how mine turned out.
The fact that my daughter took the photo makes it even more special.  :0)

So let's get to the giveaway shall we?

Canvas Factory is giving away one 16 x 20 photo Canvas.
(Winner will get to choose, upload, and order their own
 photo that they would like on their free canvas!)

*giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

(shipping is free to the winner)  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 In accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR Part 255:  Guides in accordance to the
use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Thank you Canvas Factory for providing this giveaway!
Giveaway is open to U.S and Canada only, and the winner will be randomly chosen
by Rafflecopter.
Canvas Factory blessed me with a photo Canvas in exchange for this review and post.
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DIY An Adorable Wood Hoop Snowman

We have been on a Snowman theme for the holidays this year..
which all started with our Snowman Top Hat Tree Topper, and went from there. :0)

So I wanted to make a new snowman and decided to use 2 wooden hoops
from the embroidery section in the craft department.
( I used an 8" size and 4" size)

The first thing I did was decide to use a cheap white glittered Christmas Tree skirt for my fabric.
(similar found Here )   I folded the fabric in half to double it up, and placed it into
the hoops and then tightened the screw on each hoop.

Stocking Stuffers.. teen through adults

Stocking Stuffers..  Something that has sure changed over the years.
We have a 18 year old daughter and 21 year old son, so the days of hot wheels and
little pet shop toys for stocking stuffers are no longer here ya might say. :0)

So I was searching online and seeing what I could find for stocking stuffers this year
and thought I would make a list of what I can find and share with you.

Who knows.. you may be looking for stocking stuffers as well.
So here are a few of the items I would buy for a stocking stuffer.

For Young Adults / Adults:

          Lip Balm                                                     Gloves

          Fuzzy Socks                    Thermal Socks                   Peppermint Candy


        Chocolate Candy                Small Flashlight              Magnetic Sculpture

       Gift Cards                            Dry Body Brush                  Manicure Kit

      Hand Cream                  NFL Team Toothbrush          Pocket Power Charger

So what are some other items you would add to the Stocking Stuffer list?
Scratch off lottery tickets?