Result from the Eight Dollar Easter Decorating Challenge

I recently posted a challenge to do some Easter Decorating for under $8.00 CDN- I referred to the Youtube challenge I followed that was started by Hillary from My So Called Home.

You can see that post here.

My vignette coast me $1.50 as I only purchased the three Vintage bunny banks at $0.50 a piece.  I scoured the house for items that I already  had and came up with a few varieties but this first one is my favorite.Here is proof on my price … I remember these fuzzy bunny banks from when I was young.

AND a closer look at what is in the picture.

Here are the other vignette’s I tried that weren’t quite right…lol Continue reading Result from the Eight Dollar Easter Decorating Challenge

Eight Dollar Easter Decorating Challenge

I’ve recently enjoyed viewing the $5.00 Goodwill Challenge Spring Decorating 2017 that was started by Hillary from My So Called Home. Here is the playlist to all the YouTubers that took her challenge- check them out, you might get inspired. The playlist from Hillary – My so called home http://bit.ly/2miYBsi

Well that $5.00 US is equal to about $6.69 CDN dollars 😦 and lets face it thrift finds are more plentiful and cheaper in the USA.  However, having said that – I am definitely up for the challenge and I’ll be keeping my budget under $10.00 – let’s say at a healthy $8.00

I am putting out the challenge on this blog, my Facebook page and my instagram page hashtag #EasterDecoratingChallenge.

Here is a cute idea from bellalimento

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Spring Porch Decorating Ideas

Spring has Sprung (ok it says so on my calendar). While it’s true here where I live in Canada I am still under a blanket of snow that doesn’t mean I’m not getting excited to decorate for Spring. For some reason when I think about Spring decorating,Easter bunnies pop into my head.

I was searching around on the internet to give me some ideas to transform my now blah looking front porch. I found some ideas that I loved and hope you will too.

Is this not adorable or what??  Look at those giant bunnies – check out all of her fabulous decorating ideas at the Seasonal Home.

Forsythia always signals Spring to me and when I saw this wreath in a bucket, it got me to thinking I might be able to pull this off……maybe – ok I don’t have a table to use but I do have an old chair…..hmmmm. Check out the full post here.

This Vintage inspired porch decor is simply awe inspiring – there is more to see check it out here.

Ok the rabbit in this one had me at “hello” more here Continue reading Spring Porch Decorating Ideas

10 Best Saint Patrick’s Day Crafts

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I know what you are thinking, it’s Valentine’s Day and already she is posting about Saint Patrick’s Day. Well that’s the way it is in the blogging and retail world, you have to think ahead to stay ahead.

Ha ha ha ha, I certainly am not ahead of the game as I’ve seen lots of St. Patty’s Day posts out there already and all over Pinterest. I don’t normally decorate or craft for this occasion but this year I decided to change things up.

I’ve chosen 10 of the best Saint Patrick’s Day crafts I could find (that is my opinion) and now I just have to decide which one I will make – good thing is I have a month to decide.

First up is this Fabric Lucky Clover Specimen Art by Flamingo Toes

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I really like the look of this and although it is made with fabric, I think you could make a similar version from scrapbooking papers.

2.  St. Patrick’s Clover Treats – Here is an easy treat for a St. Patty’s Day gift for your kid’s classroom, neighbors, or coworker – check out the link, comes with full tutorial.

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3. Pot of Gold – ok, I adore this one and it does appear super easy to make, not too many supplies needed. Here’s what you need…mini terracotta pot, black acrylic paint, a sponge brush, mod podge, gold glitter, shamrock sticker or vinyl cut out and rolo candies. Get full tutorial by clicking the link above.

 

 

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4. If you can crochet this next one from Sarahndipities is for you – just plain adorable is all I can say.

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5. Shamrock Bouquet – show some love to St. Patty’s Day by making this simple easy shamrock bouquet.  This craft is from dollar store crafts – it’s inexpensive, easy and looks terrific in a mason jar.

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10 Awesome Slow Cooker Recipes

I love using a Slow Cooker so much I own two of them (different sizes).

With the colder weather here in Alberta right now, this is the perfect time to dig out the slow cooker and give some recipes a try. Here are 10 recipes you should try.

  1.  Blackberry Jam – If you like jam, go check out Healing Tomato for a great easy recipe, and don’t ya just love the name of that blog?

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2.  Baked Potatoes – if  you don’t want to wait an hour when you get home from work for a scrumptious baked potato try making them in the slow cooker. The One Pot Chef will show you how. I make these quite often and they are yummy.

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3. Meatloaf – this is on the menu for this week (Wednesday). Meatloaf is a comfort food in my world and this recipe from Modernly Morgan is one of the easiest and tastiest I’ve tried.

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4.  Porcupine Meatballs – over at 365 days of slow cooking you will find 2 ways to make porcupine meatballs.  I really like these with the marinara sauce.

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5.  Bacon Mushroom Swiss Chicken – okay I love this one, bacon- yes, mushrooms – yes, chicken – yes, and swiss cheese – oh my god YES!! It’s just a winning combination and another adorable blog name Recipes that Crock – bah ha ha – love it!!

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December Craft Challenge

December Craft Challenge – make or create something using cork.

white-doorThis is the last craft challenge for 2016, if this is the first time you are visiting this blog here is the scoop on what has been happening over the last 12 months. On the Third Monday of every month, Amelia (my friend and fellow blogger) have done a project or post based on one chosen DIY craft or theme, then we share our results and hopefully have inspired you to join the challenge. (The links to my challenge results can be found at the end of this post).

Last month the challenge was to  make a wreath or create something to hang on your front door for Christmas. I found a picture frame at one of my favorite thrift stores and spent one whole dollar on it so I could use the frame. The result is shown above.

This month the challenge was to make  something using cork. On one of my many trips to my favorite thrift store I picked up a package of 12 plain cork coasters for $0.50

I hail from the East Coast of Canada where the nautical theme abounds. When I saw these free printables at Mod Podge Rocks Blog I decided to make my own so I could enjoy a bit of the East in the West. There is a full step by step tutorial over at Mod Podge Rocks Blog.

Here are the four prints I chose.

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A set of four or eight coasters tied with some twine would make a great hostess or neighbor gift, at anytime of the year.

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Amelia from You Can Always Start Now decided to use wine corks for her December monthly challenge. Continue reading December Craft Challenge

Day 11 – Edible DIY Pretzel Wreaths

Edible DIY Pretzel Wreaths

Here is a cute and delicious idea for Christmas. These can be made and given as gifts or hung on the Christmas tree.  I plan on storing some in an airtight container until Christmas Day and then my family and friends can pick an ornament from my tree that is edible and delicious.

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For these pretzel wreaths you will need 9 small pretzels for each wreath, melted chocolate chips to adhere the pieces together and candy of your choice for decorating.  I used M&Ms and colored sugar.

Lay your pretzels out on parchment or wax paper (to catch the extra chocolate and sugar, this could get messy) to the size you want, like I said I used 9 pretzels in total per wreath, 5 on the bottom and four on the top.  I dipped each of the bottom pretzels in the melted chocolate and placed on the parchment paper in the shape of a wreath. Then I dipped the 4 remaining pretzels and placed them so they would overlap the bottom layer. While the chocolate was still wet I added my candy and colored sugar. Continue reading Day 11 – Edible DIY Pretzel Wreaths