Thursday, December 29, 2011

Some Favorite Projects From 2011

One of my first project this year was the watering can lamp I made for my Mom's birthday! I really enjoyed making this and have since made many more for gifts! I even made one for my first giveaway! Here's a link to my post about how to make one!
I redid this table and chairs that I found at a yard sale for Jaclyn's bedroom! The cupcakes on the table were photo copied from fabric and then decoupaged onto the table. I also sewed the little chair cushions with the same fabric and added the tulle!
I enjoyed making several sets of the "Mr. and Mrs. Pillows" for wedding gifts this past year!
 Making the the shabby chic inspired curtains for our master bathroom was really fun, too!
Of course, the biggest project we tackled this year was laying a new floor! 
I never knew that this side of the road find would become one of my favorite redo projects of the year!            
I am loving this color, too! Here's a link to the post.
This corner china cabinet turned TV cabinet was truly a trash to treasure project! My only regret is that I didn't take a before photo! 
Another redo from a side of the road find was this standing mirror! 
I was really surprised looking back at how many projects I actually accomplished this past year! I've been inspired from so many of you out there in blogland! There are just so many amazing and inspiring blogs out there! It's so nice to "meet" so many wonderful people from all over the world that share my same interests in creating beautiful homes for their families, sharing creative projects, delicious recipes, funny stories and helpful advice! Thank you! I am truly inspired by all of you!

Looking forward to the New Year and sharing many more fun projects!

I'm linking to Southern Hospitality Top Projects of 2011
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Blessings

We're going to Disneyland! 
Our three oldest kids surprised my husband and me with Disneyland passes for Christmas! They also gave our two youngest kids passes, as well! So we'll all be heading over there as much as possible this next year! We're planning to go in the next day or so to see all the Christmas decorations and the snow!
I just wanted to share with you what my sweet husband gave me for Christmas!
I just love it!

We had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you all did, as well! I was so blessed to be with my family and just share a truly special day with them!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Around My Cottage - Vignettes

Christmas is coming!
There's that feeling in the air!

Joyous celebration!
As we hurry to prepare!
A special place of honor
For the King who came to earth!
Our humble adoration
As we celebrate His birth!

And the angel of the Lord said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Wishing you all every blessing as we celebrate the birth of our Lord!

Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Around My Cottage - The Kitchen!

 This sweet little vignette sits on our kitchen table. 
I think I will bake some Christmas cookies today!
Maybe I should make some fudge or peppermint bark!
Would you like some hot cocoa?
Have a seat! How about a cookie?
My two Christmas Moose are wishing you all a "Mary Chris Moose!"

I'm linking to Knick of Time Tuesday!

I'm so delighted that my Christmas Cottage Bedroom was featured last week!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Around My Cottage - Bedroom

Here's a glimpse of our bedroom all decorated for Christmas!
  I decided to set our little pink Christmas tree up on a bigger table this year. In the past, I've always had it sitting on a much smaller table. I really like it at this height!
Another view of our pink Christmas tree. 
The cabinet is where we hide the TV. Here's a link to a post about that.
 Unfortunately, my cute little pink tree has already taken a nose dive this season! The other day I had just settled into a nice warm bubble bath when I heard a loud crash! Apparently, Jaclyn had accidentally knocked the tree off the table while playing with it! I'm happy to report that only one ornament broke and is now glued back together and on the tree once again!
 I just made this silver and blue wreath from ornaments I purchased last year at Target's after Christmas sale. I always like to stock up on wrapping paper, gift bags, etc. at Target after Christmas! 
 It's so nice to already have everything on hand when I begin decorating! It's fun to find some new surprises that I had forgotten about, as well!
I really like the way the lights shine in the bedroom, especially at night! It gives the room such a cozy Christmasy feeling! I hope everyone is enjoying this Christmas Season so far. I'm trying to keep everything simple this year and not get stressed out. Remember that Jesus is the reason for the Season!

 I will be sharing more of my cottage all decorated for Christmas!

I'm joining Knick of Time Tuesday 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Show and Tell Friday at My Romanic Home


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Caramel S'more Cups

I just wanted to share a really yummy cookie recipe that my daughter Jessica made last night! These little cookies are simple to make and perfect for Christmas! They are baked in mini muffin tins and that's a good thing because they are quite rich! This recipe uses a chocolate chip cookie mix, caramels (Rolos), marshmallows and chocolate chips for drizzling! They sure didn't last very long, though!

Here's a link to the recipe: Caramel S'more Cups


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Apple Green

I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving! I surely did and was so blessed to have most of my family over for Thanksgiving dinner! 
Well, two days before Thanskgiving I decided to repaint the coffee table in my familyroom apple green! As if I had nothing else to do! I do love white, but was feeling some color could make things pop and I've really been loving the color apple green lately! I knew if I didn't get it done before Thanksgiving, then I probably wouldn't get it finished until next year! I was thinking apple green might look kind of nice with my Christmas decorations, too!
This is the way it looked before. It really needed a redo especially since Jaclyn spilled red finger nail polish on it!   
The color I decided on was Bleached Spruce by Valspar. I also used minwax paste finishing wax to protect it. The wax made the color just a little bit darker which I liked.
I'm still trying to finish up all of my Christmas decorating! This room is still a work in progress and will post more of it soon!

I'm linking to Transformation Thursday at Shabby Chic Cottage
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Count your blessings...

Name them one by one!
When you start counting your blessings, your heart will have no room for anything else! Each day is a blessing, a gift from God!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you !


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Another Side of the Road Find!

A few days ago this cute little night stand was sitting on the side of the road! Well, it didn't look exactly like this, but looked more like.....
When I first saw it, I knew it could be so pretty! I've been wanting to paint some furniture turquoise and so the paint color I used was Lyndhurst Duchess Blue by Valspar.
I just love my new night stand now! 

I'm linking to: Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Fall into Fall at DIY Design, Perfectly Imperfect and Knick of Time Tuesday!

Just a reminder to please enter my Giveaway for My Memories Suite Scrapbooking Software! I'm giving away the software to make your very own digital scrapbook! 
This giveaway will end November 19!
Believe me, if I can do this anyone can! I am by no means computer savvy and this program is simple! It's also a lot of fun to create really cute scrapbooking pages! 
My Memories Suite Software Giveaway!

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