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

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 12 – Deer Antler Door Decoration

Deer Antler Door Decoration

Today concludes my 12 days of Christmas 2016 of making, baking and decorating. I am ending with another easy, inexpensive, do it yourself project. This one happens to be my favorite of the last 12 days. I think it is the woodsy, natural element that I like so much.

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Finding deer and elk antler sheds has become a very popular hobby for hunters and non-hunters alike. “Shed hunting” can be a challenging and rewarding past-time, providing an excellent family activity that can even put some money in your pocket.

I, however, was lucky enough to be gifted two pairs of “sheds”. I display them all year either in my book case, on top of a dresser or on the coffee table.  For Christmas this year I decided to dress one of them up and use as a door decoration. This also would look great just sitting on my coffee table, perhaps surrounded by candles or plants.

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After it was complete and I hung it on my front door, I soon figured out they stuck out a bit too far and the door wouldn’t close properly.  I decided to try  them on an inside door and that is where they were meant to be, I smile each time I walk by.

I used minimal simple embellishments that came from the Dollar Store. I wired on the embellishments using twist ties and then added a mesh tube ribbon and tied it in a bow to complete the look. The hook for hanging it on the wreath hanger was attached to one of the embellishments, so I didn’t even have to figure out how to hang it.

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I’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing my 12 days of Christmas again this year and I already have thoughts and ideas for next year. I hope you enjoyed these posts for the last 12 days and I look forward to your continued support in 2017. Comments on any of my posts are always welcome.

 Day 12 – Deer Antler Door Decoration-It’s A Wandaful Thing!

Link and Recap:

Day 1 – Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies

Day 2 – Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Day 3 – Cork Reindeer

Day 4 – Salted Caramel Pretzel Pecan Bon-Bon

Day 5 –  O Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

Day 6 – DIY Table Decoration

Day 7 – Peppermint Bark Oreo Cookies

Day 8 – Jazzed Up Candle Holders

Day 9 – Shortbread Bars

Day 10 – Reindeer Cards

Day 11 – Edible Pretzel Wreaths

 

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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

Day 2: Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Homemade Peppermint Sugar Scrub 

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I love to give gifts that I can make in my own kitchen with ingredients I already use and trust. The good old internet can come up with a ton of ideas and recipes. When I read this one I knew it was the one I wanted to make.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups of sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
red food coloring
peppermint essential oil (my favorite is made by doTerra)

DIRECTIONS

Pour sugar into a medium-sized bowl.
Mix in the coconut oil
Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil
Divide your sugar mixture into two equal sized portions.
Mix in a few drops of red food coloring to one portion
Add your sugars to the jar in layers. Press down to compact.
Alternate between your pink and white layer.

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November Craft Challenge

 November Craft Challenge – make a wreath or create something to hang on your front door for Christmas.

oct-challenge-3Just in case you are new and this is your first time visiting, here’s the scoop. On the Third Monday of every month, Amelia (my friend and fellow blogger) and I do 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 was our recycle a container challenge and the picture to the left shows one of the jars I am now using in my bathroom to hold makeup sponges.

This 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.

I removed the picture from the frame and gave the frame three coats of red craft paint. When the paint was dry, I used semi-gloss spray lacquer to protect the paint.  My snowflake embellishments and ribbon came from the Dollar Store and the silver and red ornaments are vintage ones I’ve had for a long time.

I cannot decide which door to hang it on, my inside white door or the outside blue door with the stained glass insert….I am leaning toward the blue door, what do you think?

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  Continue reading November Craft Challenge

June Craft Challenge

June Craft Challenge – use an embroidery  hoop in a new way!

embroidery hoop 2Just in case you are new and this is your first time visiting, here’s the scoop. For the Third Monday of every month, Amelia (my friend and fellow blogger) and I do 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 our challenge results can be found at the end of this post.)

I found my wooden oval embroidery hoop at one of my “frequently” visited thrift stores for a mere $0.25. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to make a laundry room lint bag. This would make a great craft stash holder too.

 

I didn’t want to spend a lot of time sewing so I dug in my fabric stash and found an old pair of pants that hadn’t been cut into material scraps yet.  I eyeballed how big I wanted the bag to be and made a straight cut across the pant leg. I turned it inside out, folded and tucked the material around the inner embroidery hoop, then added the top embroidery hoop piece. Once it was securely in place, I sewed up the bottom of the bag using the hemline on pant leg as my guide.

I flipped it back to the right side and added a left over piece of ribbon for a little whimsy. Here is a picture of what I was using as my laundry room lint bag, U G L Y  and B O R I N G!

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Before I took my newly made lint bag to my laundry room, I tested it out in my craft room as a yarn holder.  I like it better as a lint bag.

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