Saturday, December 31, 2011

Looking back, looking around, looking ahead

So how did I do on my non-resolutions for 2011?

I dug into spiritual gifts, but not deep enough. That's going back on the list.
Lots of things got organized and some of it is still in pretty good shape. A couple of areas never got fully completed- the craft room and the master closet. The pantry could use another going through now too, but overall I'm in pretty good shape.

Some of those projects got completed, some didn't. That's okay. I did make lots of things this past year. You can check out my top ten here.

Where am I now? Blessed beyond belief!

Thanks to all of my visitors, followers, Facebook followers, and those of you who leave comments! You make this blogging thing so much more fun! I wish you all the best in the new year. Thanks also to my etsy customers. My blog and shop have grown a lot in the past year. Thanks to those of you who have featured my shop and my blog projects. You are all awesome and I look forward to sharing so much more with you in the coming year.

So what would I like to do next year?

  • Continue to learn and develop my spiritual gifts and grow in HIS word.
  • More projects, projects, projects! The "to do" always exceeds the "done" but that's okay too.
  • I hope to make some blog improvements and apply some more of the things I learned at SITS girls and 31 days to a better blog during the past year.
  • Maybe try some guest blogging- not sure though- it's hard enough to get stuff done for my own blog.
  • Have some guest bloggers here- Would  you  be interested? Give me a shout in the comments or an email if you are.
  • Improve my photography- I finally learned how to use my camera off auto (on manual) during 2011! There's still room for improvement. I'll also do a future post on some great resources for learning your DSLR and photography.
  • Spend some quality time with the hubby- which is what I'm off to do now!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday feature- LillyPearll

Wow! This year is almost over! Where did it go? It's the last Friday of the year, but don't worry, I'll be featuring lots of great etsy shops in 2012.

Today I'd like to introduce you to LillyPearll. This cute shop is run by two sisters, Kay and Beth, that love to make things from whatever they can find.
"We reuse, recycle, upcycle, and repurpose things. We come from a line of Grandmothers who saved every Holsom bread bag and pie tin they ever bought!!!"

Here are some of my favorite pieces from LillyPearll.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Top 10 of 2011

According to Blogger statistics, eight of my top ten most viewed post/projects for 2011 are 8 of the 10 popular posts over in the sidebar, along with the wrapped cord bracelet and fancy flip flops.

Here are my own top ten favorites- the ones I had the most fun doing or was most pleased with the results.

Tried It Out Thursday- Recipes

Not much crafting got done last week with all of the Christmas going and doing, but we sure did cook a lot. I tried out two of Chef inTraining's recipes.

Friday afternoon I made oreo truffles. I used the whole 8 oz of cream cheese, instead of 4 like she suggests. They were a hit with the family and coworkers.

Christmas morning I made pumpkin pancakes.

Mine don't look so fluffy in this photo, but trust me they are. This was the last batch and less batter went into the pan. These are delicious!

Did you try out anything new for the holiday, or did you stick to tried and true traditions?

Linking here:

Monday, December 26, 2011

Must Do Monday- Cardigan Refashion- 5 ways

I have quite a collection of cardigans. I must say that sometimes they get a little boring. Here's five ways to refashion a cardigan- something that's on my "to do" list.

Loft inspired by Sew Petite Gal

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry CHRISTmas!

Merry Christmas to all of you. I appreciate all of my readers and followers and hope you have a wonderful Christmas! I'll be spending time with the hubby, family, and worshiping my Saviour.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Friday and Merry Christmas! Today I'd like to introduce you to a cute jewelry and hair accessory shop-  AliLilly.

Here is a sample of what you will find.


I discovered Ami's shop through her blog, also called AliLilly. You may remember I featured one of her wreaths here. She has lots of other fabulous projects on her blog, like this tissue paper tree.

Go check her out. Maybe you'll get some Christmas cash to spend on one of these great items! And just for my sweet readers, take 40% off with code SouthernScrapsSale.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Quick and easy gift idea- Southwestern Dip Mix

Still need a quick and easy to do gift? Maybe one for a guy? This is perfect. I found this recipe and idea in the Dec/Jan issue of Country Woman magazine and tried it out.

Southwestern Dip Mix

Start with the following:

1/2 cup dried parsley flakes
1/3 cup dried minced onion
1/3 cup chili powder
1/4 cup ground cumin
2 tablespoons dried minced chives
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients. Store in air tight container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. Yield: 12 batches.

To make a batch: Add 2 tablespoons of mix to 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup sour cream; stir until blended. Serve with chips of vegetables. Yield: 2 cups

I tried out the last part too. Yum! And the hubby approved.

You can go to the magazine website to download printable gift tags that have the directions already on them. As you can see above, the tag is a little large for my jar, but it could be trimmed down.

Sharing here:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

WIWW- Holiday attire

Hello and thanks for stopping by to check out my holiday outfits. I'm linking up with WIWW.  Do you dress in  holiday specific attire or specific colors during the holiday season? I find myself trying to be a little festive for holiday parties and such.

Poinsettia shirt- Walmart; Lee denim trousers; shoes- Rack Room;
holiday charm bracelet- gift several years ago
Worn: Dec. 11, 2011 church

turtleneck- JCPenney; Vest- Coldwater Creek; pants- TJMaxx;
scarf- Brassy Apple; nativity brooch- gift; shoes- Target
Worn- Dec. 12, 2011- work, office Christmas luncheon

Monday, December 19, 2011

DIY Chandeliers - Must Do Monday

The holiday hustle is catching up with me. I'm late with this post. But I'm not really apologizing because we enjoyed a great Christmas song service at church last night and all the presents are wrapped except for the hubby's, I gotta sneak around to do that.

Here are a couple of neat DIY projects I admire.

Maybe we'll get some more house projects done next year and I can incorporate one of these on the back porch.

Have a great week!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday feature

Happy Friday! Hope you are all getting that Christmas "to do" list check off with ease. Today's featured shop is Original Designs by AR, and she has some of the best scarves I've seen. It's no secret I like scarves.  Let's take a look at a few of my favorites.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ceramic tile coasters- easy and inexpensive gift

Need a quick and easy (and inexpensive) gift idea for the last few days before Christmas? Ceramic tile coasters aren't a new idea, but still worthy of the reminder. And dictionary art is growing in poularity so I've combined the two.

I made these a couple of weeks ago for my sister-in-law's birthday. I started with a vintage dragonfly image from The Graphics Fairy. I had some ceramic tiles from Lowe's in my stash. I only had three 4x4 tiles and one larger one so she got 3 coasters and 1 trivet as a set. I had picked up an old dictionary from the thrift store for 25 cents. (It wasn't priced and I am a regular face there, so I think she pretty much gave it to me!)


Hey! I'm back this week with a WIWW. I'm a little behind on photos, so this isn't what I wore this week but what I wore on Thanksgiving day.

Blouse- ? (old) - This one's been hanging around in my closet for about ten years.
Scarf- Old Navy; jeans- Levi's skinny; boots- Belks

Speaking of holidays, are you ready for Christmas? Do you need some quick last minute gift ideas. I'll be sharing a few in the next few days and you can check out a couple of ideas HERE and HERE.

Thanks for stopping by. You can see more of my outfits at Savvy Southern. I'd love it if you followed me over there too.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to my Christmas home. Come on in. To see more of my porch, click HERE.

The first thing you'll see is my vignette on the sofa table facing the entryway.

Gift in a jar - repost

I posted this three years ago, but thought some of you might enjoy in now. Most of you were not following or reading my blog and I certainly didn't know link parties existed.  I made cookie mix in a jar gifts for the neighbors and gave them a Publix gift card. They got a sampling of the baked cookies too and some other goodies. I designed my gift card holder to be one of the tags that embellishes the jar.  The card slides right into a pocket. The recipe is on the other tag. It's for cowboy cookies- chocolate chip and oatmeal..mmm...hubby's favorite. The recipe can be found here. I also wrapped some scrapbook paper and cardstock around the jar

Sharing at Tatertots and Jello in the Holly Bloggy Christmas handmade gift party.

Wrap it up- Must Do Monday

This is the time of year when we are all wrapping gifts. Do you like to get creative with your wrapping? I love "decorating" packages. Not so much the actual wrapping- I let the hubby to that, but I love to put bows and embellishments on. Here's some ideas I'd like to try:

from TDM

P.S. I'm trying out this last one this year. Come back Thursday to see my packages.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

CHRISTmas tree

This year I decided to do a green and blue theme, but I didn't really have any green and blue ornaments. I bought a few and mixed in some silver balls and the white crochet ornaments my mother-in-law made. In years past, our tree has been full of these crochet ormantments and clear glass and red balls.

I never have a tree topper and always have to make one unless I stick to the all crochet and then I have a large crochet angel to sit on top. This year I used a white sparkly ribbon, ting ting, a few picks from DT, and some of the tinsel garland I have already mentioned several times before. I'm getting my money's worth out of that stuff!

One of my favorite ornaments on the tree this year are these white glazed reindeer that belonged to my hubby long before we met. I don't remember using them in the past, but I love them this year.

I also found some random ornaments in our collection in my color theme like this blue and green beaded ornament I made hubby when we were dating and I was into making the beaded ornaments.

Here's one more "artistic" shot just for fun.

Hope you've enjoyed these peeks at my tree. I'll be sharing it here:

and at the Holiday Home Party on Dec. 14.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Bella's Christmas (practice) photo

If you're looking for the Creating Christmas wrap up and link party, it's HERE, one post below. And if you weren't looking, you're still welcome to join.

Tracy at Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures is having a pet photo Christmas party. One night when I was photographing some decorations, I decided to put Bella's Christmas collar on and let her get used to it. I decided to snap a few photos as well. I intend to take more because there are no presents under the tree in the photos I took and Bella was dog tired (no pun intended) and really wasn't smiling for me. I still think she's beautiful so I thought I'd share.

I do like this last one with the PEACE blocks in the background. What do you think? Are any of them "card worthy"?

Linking up to