***This giveaway is now closed*** Thank you so much to Lynch Creek Farm for sponsoring this post and providing me that nostalgic holiday scent here in the tropics. First, how was the holiday weekend!! I ate too much, had too much fun and enjoyed every minute. I hope you can say the same about yours. :) I don’t know about you but the scent of evergreen always fills me with feelings of the holidays. Maybe it’s because I am from Maine and grew up surrounded by forests full of pine trees. And bringing fresh boughs into the house during the holiday season was always a signal that Santa was near. So I guess you could say I’m like Pavlov’s dog and evergreens are my bell. :)
I’m pretty sure Joel thinks I’m a wing nut. I mean, all of our windows in our living and dining room need trim. I need to repair the wood slats above the door so I can finish up the baseboards. And I haven’t even bothered to install a doorknob on our new French door yet.
Well, somehow I did it again this year. A random idea for an easy pumpkin craft popped into my brain and just like that I made a pumpkin. Out of a slinky. Seriously.
This is going to be our first Fourth of July in the US since 2009. I’m not sure we’ll do anything particularly exciting (unless you’re like us and consider a little DIY home improvement project exciting), but I’d love to put together a little somethin’ somethin’ for our front porch.
Now, I’m not suggesting that we all go being cheap and easy this Valentines Day, or any other day for that matter. But if you’re going to, who am I to judge … as a matter of fact, I’ll be an enabler here and show you some fun, cheap and easy Valentines Day ideas I’ve seen around the interwebz and brainstormed in my own little noggin lately.
*an explanation for this awesome graphic can be found at the bottom of this post Just because we’re living out of a hotel seemingly just waiting for the perfect house to come and find us so we can buy it already doesn’t mean I can’t get a little Valentine’s Day inspiration at the thrift store, right?!?! And because I’m always looking for upcycling ideas for thrift store finds, when I came across this heart mini muffin tin for $0.49 when I was big thriftin’ my first thought was “ice cubes!”. More specifically I thought red, heart shaped ice cubes would be the perfect accompaniment to any Valentine’s Day beverage. I started with a pint of fresh raspberries, added a touch of cranberry juice and puree them in a blender. (Actually, I called in the big guns and Chef Peter helped me since I don’t actually have a kitchen these days. Thanks Chef!) We opted to not bother straining out any seeds, the advantage of using a really good quality blender that pretty much purees all the seeds, too. :) This goes without saying, but the very first step was giving that mini muffin tin a solid scrubbing or two. I’m all about upcycling ideas using thrift store finds, but I am not all about upcycling germs. But, I do eat in restaurants and trust someone else to wash the dishes that make my food. A few scrub downs of this mini muffin tin and she was good to go for my own use. Then just pour your puree in the tin and freeze. Man, it’s nice to have someone to pour the puree so I can take a picture. :) And a bartender to make up a tasty martini for me to try my new creation. Audrey’s Martini 2 oz Effen … continue reading
So I was waiting around at the deli for my Italian cold cut sub and my eyes started to wander. It’s one of those quiet little small town delis, and no one else is around … the employee who took my order is now in the back making my sandwich. “and what to my wondering eyes should appear…” Well, a bag of white chocolate and peppermint covered pretzels. :) And, like any DIYer would think, I thought “I could totally make those”. Now, I’m no fancy cooker lady, and DIY in the kitchen is oh-so-not-even-remotely close to DIY around the house. But apparently I am the arrogant kind of DIYer. You know the type. “Hi, I’m Karah and I like to make crafts and do home improvement so clearly I can cook anything I see in a bag in a deli.” Lucky for me, this little treat was so incredibly easy my 5 year old nephew could do it. Which isn’t really a fair comparison because he did have to explain to me the other day what a periscope is. #iamnotsmarterthana5yearold Anyway, here is how I made some easy little white chocolate and peppermint pretzel sticks and still have enough kitchen prowess left over to whip up some dark chocolate and peppermint bark for a little Christmas party treat.
Happy Tuesday everyone. We were going to post our party features yesterday but decided to participate in a little blogger day of silence to honor those affected by the tragedy that happened on Friday at the school in Connecticut. It’s not much, but any gesture of goodwill towards others is a worthwhile gesture in my book so we were happy to participate. And, silly little Christmas crafts don’t seem all that important, but it’s what many of us do for fun and enjoyment and sometimes we need to be reminded to spend our days doing what we love … no matter how silly it may seem to others. I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to check out the links from the crafty Christmas party yet? There are over 300 links of awesomeness and inspiration. I always find it super hard to narrow down just a few to highlight, I shared a bunch on our facebook page and pinned as many pretty pictures as I could. And I tried to comment on every single link, blogger comments were giving me a bit of a fit for a while Saturday morning, tho. Know that I did visit each and every one of your projects and thank you so much for taking the time to link up. And, without further ado, here’s my list of the Top 12 Christmas crafts to make this year.
Today’s the day. The last day to get linked up to our crafty Christmas party. And, even if you’re not linking up, the links will give you some amazingly creative inspiration to create a crafty Christmas of your own! And to wrap up this week in style my friend Cassie is sharing her Christmas craft. Let me tell you, this girl is funny! And crafty and her specialty is a mean furniture upgrade. I met Cassie at the blog conference in June and had been following her blog for a while before that so it was very refreshing to see that she really is how she seems to be on the blog. Totally awesome. :) So, for the crafty Christmas grand finale head over to Primitive and Proper to find out how she made this great Hoop Art. And … you guessed it …
Note: The winner of the Wallpaper for Windows giveaway was selected. Find out if it was you here. I have to say, I am fairly new to Ashley’s blog … but I am in love. When you head over you will find so many creative ideas I’m sure you’ll be just as impressed as I am. And today, as part of crafty Christmas week, Ashley is showing you how to make some awesome Christmas craft. I don’t know what it is yet, but it is sure to be inspirational so check it out at Cherished Bliss. And, if you haven’t linked up your own crafty Christmas tutorial, the party is open right HERE. And be sure to …
Is everyone all linked up to our crafty Christmas party already? Don’t forget to link up your favorite Christmas craft from this year here … the party is open until Friday right here! Now, as you read this I am up in the stone cold north, working on projects that have absolutely nothing to do with the holidays, but I wanted to give you the rundown of this little sea glass and driftwood Christmas craft that you saw on my mantel. A great project for the kids big enough to use the glue gun, too.
Happy Tuesday!! Are you all linked up to the crafty Christmas party? It’s open all week, so get your craft on and then show us what you made! And today you should head over to Lisa’s blog, Before Meets After. I actually had the pleasure of meeting Lisa in Atlanta at the blog conference I went to in June. We were both lucky enough to go to the wrong restaurant to meet a larger group for dinner on the very first night. :) Lisa hosted a 12 crafty days of Christmas series last year and this year switched it up a bit and here we are doing a crafty Christmas week together! Today she’s showing you how to make this awesome Snowflake Wreath, so go check it out here! And …
Happy, happy Monday! It’s pretty festive around here today since it’s party day!! Note: If you have any areas of your home you’re looking to hide you need to check out our giveaway going on right now here! This giveaway is now closed. Hopefully you’re here to link up your favorite Christmas craft projects from this year. Which means, if you’re here looking for some crafty Christmas inspiration you’re in the right place, too!! If you saw our Christmas mantel … you may have noticed this cute little guy. Late one night, while getting caught up on a few episodes of Revenge … ’cause nothing screams holiday spirit quite like a little revenge … or something like that. ;)
This time of year really is the best, isn’t it?!?! The holiday spirit is in the air, holiday decor is strewn about and holiday cheer is abundant. :) I practically hear carolers singing “Joy to the World” right now. I love that first delve into the Christmas decor and crafting. I like to see what we’ve got from year’s past that still inspires me and try to come up with a few new ideas at the same time. All while I watch my husband roll his eyes at me as I pace to and fro between him and his football, or futball, or whatever sport he’s watching at the time. Hey, this decor thing takes time. You gotta step back, look at it from all angles, scootch it around a bit and then step back for another look … am I right!?! On my decor day we even had the island equivalent of what could be considered a winter storm. Brrrrr! Just kidding I think it did get down to 79 degrees though … which is close to a record low. And the perfect day for dilly dallying around with some Christmas decor I say. So I made a few new driftwood Christmas trees and gave our fall leaf wreath a winter makeover.
Are you a home made gift giver? I was trying to come up with a few sentimental, but not too expensive ideas to give this year and found some great inspiration in my own archives. Here is my list of 10 thrifty yet meaningful home made gift ideas.
Too soon? Did my post on Friday, the little recap of all of the Christmas crafts we did last year, not imply that I had already started the countdown to Christmas? It was supposed to. ;) And, by countdown to Christmas I actually mean countdown to Christmas crafting. And that countdown to Christmas crafting actually came to zero about a week ago. Would that make it T plus 7 days? I don’t know. I’m actually teaming up with a few other incredible bloggers and we’re banding together to bring you 4 creative ways to countdown to Christmas. We’re talkin’ about advent calendars and in my case, an advent tree!