Friday, October 30, 2009
This first idea could be done with real pumpkins and fresh flowers. Or you could buy a pumpkin from the craft store and glue silk flowers onto it - then you could re-use it every year! Which is what I would do.
And this next picture is just so clever. Cinderella's coach - made out of junk and a pumpkin! How cute is that? This would be an adorable centerpiece for your dinner table.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
For Thanksgiving and Christmas Day we have the same menu every year. It's my favorite meal!
Turkey, Dressing, Gravy and Cranberry Sauce
Sweet Potato Casserole
Cranberry Freeze Salad
all the traditional southern holiday foods
But sometimes I like to make a "holiday-ish" meal that we can eat any day, but that won't take two days to cook!
This recipe is for Yum-Yum Chicken. It is layered chicken, a layer of sauce and dressing on top. It is reaaally good.
Layer the chicken, then the sauce. . .
then the stove top dressing on top . . .
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Serve with cranberry sauce.
So easy and so good.
To see more holiday food ideas, go to Red Writing's.
If you love vintage Christmas balls and you love silver, this project is for you!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Oh, yes. I am woman! Hear me roar!
So, do you see why I say that my project was not entirely successful? But I have a good start on my bathroom, which otherwise would still be really ugly all over!
The frames below are what I had planned on painting for my project. Only one is up on the wall.
But I did get these two painted - so now I just have to decide what to do with them. So, even though I did not do exactly what I had planned, I did get a good start on my bathroom. So I am still happy. And without the push from Melissa at The Inspired Room and her Procrastinator's Party, I would not have even started any of this. So, many thanks to you, Melissa!
To see more Procrastinator's Projects, go to The Inspired Room!
My mom loves to decorate. Especially at Christmas time. That’s her favorite time of the year. She starts listening to Christmas music in September! Sometimes even earlier than that! There are lots of things my mom decorates with that are beautiful. Like her three-tiered tray that she sets on a small old table, which she has currently decorated for fall.
My mom loves to stain furniture to a dark brown color and she likes to put old books, keys, jewelry and so forth on the furniture. One of her oddest decorations is the feather trees that she puts around the house. My family always teases her about her weird feather trees.
She gets various ideas from decorating shows, decorating magazines, other blogs and so on for new ideas to decorate with. Some of her ideas I think are plain weird, but they always turn out good in the end. Even if I do think they’re weird.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
So I thought I would try to use a cheap feather boa from Hobby Lobby. And one of these wire wreath frames from Hobby Lobby.
I wired all the way around the outside wire of the wreath frame, then wired all the way around the inside-middle of the wreath frame.
And then I had a great, cheap, chocolate-colored feather wreath for my fall mantel. It looks great!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I think one of my favorite traditions, with lots of memories, is our tree decorating party. All of my growing up years, my parents and my sister and I would go out one night to several Christmas tree lots to find our tree. Then a day or two later we had our tree-decorating party. We always had some food and Christmas music to go along with the evening. My dad always put the lights on the tree first, then we would all decorate it together. My mom always made this night feel like such a big deal for all of us.
So when my husband and I got married, I carried on this tradition.
Every year my husband and I and all three kids go shopping for our main tree together. (This is for our main, real tree - I do put up other trees around the house.) And the night we decorate it, we have an assortment of party foods. This is not hard - I buy things from Sams or Costco like those little frozen quiches, taquitos, deli spiral roll-ups, etc. I try to get 3-5 different non-sweet finger foods. And I get 1-2 sweet items that are ready to go. I do make a batch of fudge. Because fudge is required for your tree-decorating party! I put all these finger foods out on the coffee table on pretty Christmas platters. And we have Christmas music playing.
Every year since they were born we have let the kids pick out at least one new ornament to buy. They range from Disney characters, to sports-themed, to traditional, to really pretty blown-glass. It's fun to see all of their interests over the years displayed in their choices. We have marked all of their ornaments with their initials and the year they purchased them. When they move out, they can take all their ornaments with them for their trees.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Hope your year has been a great one! I have been counting down till Christmas since December 26th of last year. So I am reallllly excited that we are finally getting close. You know, I think my dream job would be to work for you! Creating new things every year for all the people who love Christmas as much as we do! If you ever have an opening in your "Dream It, Create It" department, please let me know!
Well, here is my wish list for this year. I don't want all of this (well, I do, but...). I am just giving you quite a few options to choose from, so you can surprise me!
- some silver trappings for my house (duh!) - I love old sugar & creamer sets, salt & pepper shakers, tea pots, butter dishes, serving pieces, elaborate candelabras, etc.
- vintage, sparkly, rhinestone jewelry
- vintage pearl jewelry
- heads to add to my collection of ladies and gentlemen
- a beautiful, old chandelier dripping in crystals for my dining room
- and I always love to get new Christmas decorations!
- a new cell phone - WITH internet access - I want one with a full keyboard, and probably a touch screen - you see, I want to be able to post to my blog and twitter and facebook from my phone AND be able to read all the blogs I follow from my phone - I really need the internet access!
- and while you are at the Verizon store, could you get me a Verizon wireless card for my laptop so I can get internet access on my laptop from ANYWHERE
- a vintage dress form with the wire cage at the bottom so Francesca has a friend
I can't wait till I can start actually decorating for Christmas! It must be wonderful to live at the North Pole and be able to keep your Christmas decorations up all year round! And have a fire always going in the fireplace. Hot chocolate or Starbucks Peppermint Mocha every night. Christmas cookies every day. Oh, really Santa, if you need some help, please call me!
Red Writing had a great idea to help us keep in touch with you better - you should get Mrs. Claus to set you up a Facebook page!
I can't wait till you stop by! I will leave some milk and fudge out for you!
For more Christmas lists, be sure to follow Red Writing's 12 Weeks of Christmas!
Monday, October 05, 2009
The project I am proclaiming is the frames below. I have four large frames in my garage that I have had for a couple of months now. I want to paint them - three black, one possibly creamy white.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Natural materials are added to the home's regular decor. The collections of old books and creamware on the mantel take on a whole new level with all of the nature-y items added. Lots of pinecones and feathers in the "wreath" above the mantel, and on the garland that is hanging from the mantel. I LOVE that garland!!! Little pinecone topiary trees, pomander balls, rust colored bows, a sprinkling of snow.
These pictures came from the magazine shown below. It's got some other good stuff in it, too.