Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Map Garland & Holiday Fun at our House

This project was totally inspired by duct tape and denim's peace-earth-christmas-banner-globe
You should check it out if you haven't seen it already. 
Here is my version:

My favorite map piece is the compass. 

 This was a simple and easy project. It was easily completed while watching TV. If you like the chalkboard sign, you can check it out here.

I'm so thankful for Pinterest and all the ideas pinned there. The kids & I had a fun time this week trying out some of these pins. 

Making 3 Ingredient Peppermint Pie with the kiddos. They LOVED using a hammer to smash the candy canes. It was yummy! Luckily we have one left in the freezer for later. :) 

Baking up a batch Double Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti. The only drawback is that these go! So yummy! Seriously! Way too fast! 
Pair this with Gingerbread Spice Coffee Creamer. YUM! 

Making Warm Apple Cider & Rum Punch. This also goes! Delish!

I'm a star nut and just adore the star shape in these apple slices. 

 And breaking out the Christmas decorations. :) 
We aren't doing a tree this year since our youngest is mobile and very curious. Instead we put a couple mini trees on the mantle and some scrappy wood decorations outside. click here to see

Watching our favorite Christmas movies --- vintage style, ya know, on VHS. 

And some holiday reading favorites. 

Its been unusually warm here hitting the high 50's and low 60's most days. It looks like Christmas inside but not outside. We're expecting snow this weekend. It'll be nice to get into that "white Christmas" mode. 

I'll be baking another batch of that Double Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti while getting a fire going. :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Scrappy Wood Christmas

Come February our basement is getting finished. It'll be a wonderful addition of space, but....I have my craft-hoard in the corner+ of the basement. I've been on a cycle of purging, crafting, storing, for the past few weeks. I feel like a kid who is cleaning their room, I stop and play with all the "new" toys I find instead of finishing the cleanup! lol
This may or may not be a lot like how I clean also...

Candy cane is my favorite Christmas pattern. The Christmas card holders (pictured above) were made from two pieces of pallet wood: whitewashed and painted red stripes light-handedly.
The clothes pins were stained with homemade stain. Made it a bit more rustic looking.


I'm thrilled with how this scrap wood nativity turned out. Its made from a piece of fence, broken lattice (Mary & Joseph), pallet wood, jar lids, a random spring (baby Jesus) and a star ornament from Michael's. 

On the other side of the yard I put this scrap wood Christmas tree. I have at least a dozen scrap wood trees pinned to my Christmas Pinterest Board and was excited to finally make my own! 

This twig star has also been on my to-craft-list for awhile, too. Gave it a generous coat of gold glitter paint. 

Now we just need some snow! 

Wood sources:
I hated bringing home these large fence pieces but now I love them! 
They are an awesome source for plenty of projects. 

You can see the chair legs sticking up in the far left of the dumpster.
 A couple of them were painted green, distressed, then put on the Christmas tree. 

Christmas tree pieces prior to painting: they were given a couple coats of homemade stain.

back to cleaning the basement....

Monday, November 24, 2014

Turquoise Dining Chairs

At the beginning of the year I made-over our breakfast nook, minus the two chairs. The chairs needed to pop with color to balance out what is a chocolaty-brown-saturated room.

Which shade of turquoise was proving to be a bigger decision than this indecisive person could manage. Here is where I left the chairs in January of this year...and about 10 months later inspiration came!

Jaime, from shared her gorgeous spray painted teal dining chairs. I was IN LOVE with the red peek-a-booing from under the teal and knew this is what my dining room needed.

my turquoise chairs

Original Look
Spray Painted with Kilz Primer (not pictured)

First Coat: Acrylic Paint in Berry Red

 Second Coat of Paint: Tratorria Teal by Behr
only one coat of paint sloppily applied---eliminated the need to sand 
(I detest sanding and avoid it when possible.)
This is the same color I used on my fence piece bookshelf.

Sealed with a can of Polycrylic that I picked up FOR FREE from my local Hazmat disposal site. It was 80% full. SCORE! 

I just adore how the berry red peek-a-boos thru the turquoise blue. *love* 

The Breakfast Nook 

Would you like to come over for a cup of tea? 
Or coffee. We have that in abundance. 

The orange frame isn't really as orange as it looks in these photos. A less neon photo can be seen here. In reality, its more of an orange red.

I wasn't sure if I'd like the cardboard barn star against the chocolate brown of the wall, but the metallic paint helps it hold its own.

And I have to brag on my turquoise trees painting. Coupled with the chairs it adds some much needed color to the room.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Dedicated Housefeatured here

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fall Trees gone Turquoise

Some friends invited me along with them to an open painting & wine session at a local painting store. It was a blast! Especially for my first time. 

Since it was open paint we could pick any design we wanted and paint away. It was fun to see each person's unique take on the same idea. Here is my friends and I next to our finished paintings. 

The recommendation was the royal blue background but my blood runs turquoise. Very happy with the finished colors.  

Given that this was the first time for me and there was no direct instruction I am very pleased with how this turned out. It was fun to experiment mixing the colors and layering them on. 

Totally love how the trees turned out. 

It is currently hanging in our dining room. 
Love how it looks against the Chocolate Sparkle color of our accent wall. 

I would definitely do this again! 


where is my canvas? 
and why is this cup for water and not the wine???

yep, after a bottle of wine this is way too much fun! lol
and yes, I am too dang fabulous!