Friday, December 19, 2014

Halloween Decor Re-purposed for Christmas!

Do you remember this sign that I had on my counter for Halloween?

I loved the shape of it and it was the perfect size for the kitchen counter.  As Halloween passed I was sad to have to take it down.  I didn't really want to go spend more money on a new Christmas sign.  Soooooo, I decided to get creative!

So I flipped the sign over, busted out some Goo Gone to get the price tag off and headed to the hardware store.  I picked up a can of chalkboard paint for cheap and went to town.

I sprayed the first coat and let it dry for about a half hour and here it is after I applied the second coat.  It was quick and easy and let's be honest about my favorite part.....CHEAP!!!!

I busted out some chalk once it was dry and here is the finished product.  Done and DONE!!


This was my first time using chalk paint and it was sooooo easy.  Go try some and let me know!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Sneak Peek

I have to be honest and admit that I started decorating for Christmas well before Thanksgiving got here.  I know, I know, it just isn't right.  However do you remember that we were just moving into our house on December 13th of last year and it was a mad dash to the Christmas finish line?  I was standing on a ladder putting up a 12 foot tree on Christmas Eve last year.  I planned to put up TONS of decorations this year so it made sense to start early and ease my way into Clark W. Griswold status.

I'm typing this on my lunch hour so I'll make this quick.  Here is a little peek at what I've got going on in the dining room!



How much do you love the little simple wreath hanging on the mirror with tulle?  I got the wreath AND the tulle at the Dollar Tree for...wellllll you guessed it, a BUCK!!!  I freaking love that place.  Annndddd what about my firefly twinkle lights that were on the mantel for Halloween?  So cute and festive.  I literally tied a strip of tulle around each individual light on the string and voila firefly lights. 


How about one more without the lights just for the heck of it ;) 

Have you been to the Dollar Tree lately?  If so, did you buy any Christmas decorations?  I know I've bought my share of decorations there this year :-)



  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mmmmm you have to try this hot cocoa!!

I've been looking for a gift to make for the kids to take to school for their teachers and bus driver (so act surprised if you are reading this PJ) and I finally found the perfect gift! You can get the full tutorial over at Simply Designing.  After reading this awesome post I decided to make a trip to Dollar General to get the things that I didn't have in my pantry.
Here's what I got tonight!



  I need to give you two bits of advice.  These jars that I bought from Dollar General were WAY too big and weren't your standard mason jar size.  Sooooooo, when I made the first one it wasn't nearly as full as in the blog tutorial.  So, I dug in my cupboards and found some standard mason jars and luckily the festive lids fit!!  My other bit of advice?   DO NOT take a "little bite" of that peppermint bark because you'll be HOOKED.  It was a good thing I ran this morning because I think that the amount of bark I ended up eating may have equaled the calories I burned while running.  However, I digress.  Let's get back to my finished product.

Here's what I came up with.  I had one standard mason jar and one mason jar mug.


Photo Credit:  Emma Jean
Photo Credit:  Emma Jean


I just used some spools of ribbon that I had from The Dollar Tree and tied them in bows.  I think I am going to use some card stock and write up my own tags to attach to the jars.  I LOVE how they turned out and can't wait to hand them out.

The kids were awfully happy to taste test the jar that didn't turn out and gave the hot cocoa a thumbs up.  Mmmmmmm it looks delicious!!




Which mason jar do you like best?  The standard mason jar or the mason jar mug?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Did I ever tell you what I did on Christmas Eve?!?!?!

Yeah I'm pretty sure I didn't fess up to this on the blog but I think it's time to share and you'll find out why.  We moved into our house on December 13th, 2013.  It was a little crazy sliding in sideways to Christmas, but we were relieved we made it in time.  I was on a ladder on Christmas Eve putting up our ginormous tree in the great room.  Once I got that done, I was running around the house cleaning and wrapping presents.  If you know me well then you'll know that I have a hard time focusing on one thing at a time. 
So, here comes the good part.   I decided to fill up the kitchen sink with some water and Mr. Clean.  Then I decided to go grab Ryan's dirty clothes out of our master bath to throw in the washer.  Then IT happened....I saw something shiny.  That something shiny was wrapping paper and the last few presents I needed to wrap.  I plopped my fanny on the ground and started wrapping away.  Well I was wrapping until I heard Emma screaming my name.  Yep I had left the sink running and it was overflowing all over my BRAND NEW KITCHEN.  Wow, I was so upset.  I think we went through AT LEAST 6 beach towels.  The cabinet under my sink was full of water and I had what you might like to call a case of the drip in the basement.  One would think that I would have learned a lesson. 


Until tonight that is!  This picture doesn't really do it justice but WOW I thought I did it again.  Oddly enough I was just standing in the sunroom decorating a couple of my Christmas trees and TOTALLY forgot about my running water.  Again!  Another catastrophe was averted this time.  However, will I ever just learn to focus on one thing at a time?  Yeah.  Not likely!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sneak Peek: Great Room Tour

I wouldn't say our great room is anywhere near complete but thought I would give ya'll a tour anyhow.  However, you'll have to wait for the full post until tonight.  Until then....here is a little sneak peek!





If you look in the top left corner you can see one of my favorite Craigslist finds of all times.  Remember when I took a vote here on whether I should paint it or leave it as is?  Soooo happy that I didn't paint it!  Anywho, come back later for the full tour.