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Looking back- Novembers past

Yikes! Tomorrow is Dec. 1! 24 days til Christmas, less if you need to have gift ready ahead of time. Before I freak out too much, let's take this last day of November to look back at projects from Novembers past. Some of you have never seen these, and I tend to forget about them myself so this has become a fun little feature for me.

These were popular (I need to make more for some stockings).



Felt flowers I also made a felt yarn wreath. Embellished pumpkins Mini cone trees (I'm using these again this year.) Painted rattan balls Treat bag toppers It looks like November is full of fall projects and decor with jump start on Christmas. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Glitter ornaments

Last week I tried out this fun way of making glitter ornaments. I love glitter and its shine at the holidays but not the mess. Coating the inside of a clear glass ornament with glitter is a great way to get the shine without the mess. I made some ornaments in my color theme- aqua and green.  You can buy a specially made product for this project or you can use floor cleaner. Yep, floor cleaner. I started seeing it on several sites and had to give it a try myself.

Below are my supplies:

Pledge floor care
clear glass ornaments
Martha Stewart fine glitter
a cup for the excess cleaner
a tray to catch my glitter (Mine is made so I can funnel the extra back into the bottle.)


Just swirl the cleaner around in the ball and then pour out the excess. Shake in the glitter and coat the inside of the ball. Done! Easy! and so pretty.


I also saw an idea from Michael's for some polka dot ornaments. You'll need Mod Podge and some spouncers for this one. Make dots on your ornament with the Mod P…

DIY snow globes

I just put up my Must Do Monday post featuring Santa crafts and normally I wouldn't post again, but I'm so excited about this little project that I just had to go ahead and share it. I'm sure you are seeing these all over the web, but if you haven't tried making your own waterless snow globes, you've got to. Especially if you like quick and easy with big returns.



I think these are the most adorable things ever. All you need is some jars, ribbon, washi tape or paint, glue, bottle brush trees and Christmas village minatures or ornaments, and faux snow or epsom salts. I got my trees and figures from the Dollar Tree.


I used a spaghetti jar, pickle jar, and salsa jar. ( I like to repurpose.) Thus the need for paint, ribbon or washi tape. You will need to cover the writing on the lid. I went with ribbon but paint or washi tape would cover the lid color and writing completely. I just glued a piece of ribbon around the lid edge. If you use a mason jar, you can skip this s…

Here Comes Santa Claus- 7 diy santa projects

He will be here before you know it. Here are seven ways to get your Santa on (and make some cute gifts or decorations.)

Santa treat bottles Initial ornaments Santa-tizer Belly band ornaments Glitter Santa ornament Santa cones Mrs. Claus apron

Black Friday Sales

Are you overwhelmed with Black Friday Sales yet? Me too. That's why I'm home shopping on the net. It gives me a little more time to look and think without fighting the crowds. Here are two sales you should take advantage of this weekend-

Shabby Apple



From now until November 30, 2012, you can Save 20% off EVERYTHING on their site with code JOYFULSEASON.   It would be a great time to get a new dress or outfit for that Holiday Party.

















Hair piece

You also need to take a gift wrapped in style to that party so check out SouthernScraps for tags and cards. You could even get the gift too- earrings, a statement necklace or a brooch pin. Now through November 25, 2012, take 20% off everything with code HOLIDAY20.

Happy Shopping!

Pumpkin white chocolate chip muffins

Happy Thanksgiving!! Our pastor spoke last week about what Thanksgiving means- giving thanks- and it's not just naming or counting blessings. It's saying thank you to those who are responsible for those blessings. So, with that in mind, THANK YOU to those of you who follow me, visit me, and comment here to make this little blogging venture fun. I hope you have a happy and Blessed day!

Here's a yummy recipe I tried out a couple of weeks ago. You might want to whip these up this afternoon or sometime over the weekend.

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Muffins


I love pumpkin and white chocolate, so what could be better together? I adapted a recipe from Culinary Concoctions. I don't have any vanilla bean paste (what is that stuff anyway? ) so I used vanilla extract. I cut back the sugar a little and didn't use a whole cup- adjust to your liking. I find that the white chocolate chips add sweetness too. I left out the walnuts (the hubby is allergic).


If you've followed my…

Deck the Halls - 7 DIY Christmas wreaths

Once Thursday is over, most of us will begin the mad rush of shopping and "decking our halls" for Christmas. One of the most popular decorations is the wreath. Here are some ideas for DIY wreaths to get you started.


20 minute wreath by Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night Ornament wreath Pom pom snowball wreath by BHG Mesh ribbon wreath by Kristen's Creations Frame wreath by Buckets of Grace Silver and blue wreath by Make the Best of Things Moss frame wreath by Blessed Beyond Measure

Fall mantel and blessings garland

Remember my washi tape clothespins? Remember I said they were part of a bigger project? I'm finally able to reveal my fall mantel and blessings garland.


Some simple things on each side of the mantel.



And the garland. I used fabric scraps from my stash and tied them to a string of twine to make a garland.  I was inspired by this one at Hoosier Homemade. I mentioned it here about a year ago and made it happend this year.


The washi tape clothespins were used to pin doily leaves from the Dollar Tree onto the garland. I wrote "Count Your Blessings" on the center one. I had six more leaves so I asked the hubby to name three things he was thankful for and I added three more. Since we both said each other, I combined it into "You and me" on one leaf.



I think the leaves will become a tradition for us each year since I can change them out.


  Just a heads up. I'll be having a Black Friday Sale in my etsy shop November 23, 2012 to November 25, 2012. Take 20% off any…

Thanksgiving tablescape

I had no idea what I was going to do for a tablescape this year other than the fact that it would involve leaves. I picked up some felt leaf mats at the Dollar Tree when they first came out and knew that the rich deep red would be a good building base for a fall/Thanksgiving table.

I also found some amber tinted votives at the thrift store over the summer and I knew I wanted to use them. I decided to pull out my gold table runner and the glass tray and get started.



Each place setting consists of a leaf mat, white plate from my Greek Key collection, a leaf salad plate by BHG from Wal-mart, thrifted goblets, white napkin tied with raffia and a handmade tag. Each tag has a Bible verse of thanksgiving and was printed in Amienne font. I printed four verses on cardstock, then cut them out with a tag template. I added a cornicopia sticker from my scrapbooking stash to each one. Some faux leaves from Michael's was inserted into each.



I thought I'd share how I built the centerpiece.…