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Monday, November 29, 2010

Adorable Snowmen from Vintage Bottles

Some of you may have seen the post about my new Etsy shop.  Well, I wanted to share with you these adorable snowmen that are so easy to make. 

I love found pieces, vintage jewelry, anything rusty, well-loved, and unique.  These snowmen begin with a uniquely shaped bottle.  Joey is made from a vintage milk bottle. 
His head is made from a basic styrofoam ball that I covered with tissue paper and Mod-Podge.  I didn't want the texture of the styrofoam exposed.  His eyes, nose, and mouth are vintage buttons and small brads.   I applied a red, vinyl number 3 to the front of the jar and filled it with beads, tiny vintage ornaments, and buttons.  Around his neck is an old ribbon embellished with a vintage milk cap from the antique store.  His hat is an aluminum measuring spoon.  Once he's assembled, I sprinkled him with white glitter so he would sparkle like snow. 

I hope you enjoy.  These would be great gifts for someone or even a project for kids.  Basic jars can be found at the Dollar Tree as well as tiny objects like doll house furniture.

I'm linking to Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch.  Beautiful blog with great ideas...check it out if you haven't discovered it already : )
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House on the Way

Savvy Southern Style

Have to share this great giveaway!!

Vicki at Rusty Rooster Vintage is offering a beautiful giveaway this week.  As her blog name states, she has a knack with rusty, vintage things...transforming them into beautiful objects for the home.  I'm linking to the GIVEAWAY so you can jump on over and check out her blog and the giveaway!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Before We Leave This Holiday...

I wanted to share one last post about it.  These are some of the decorations and preparations I put together for hosting my husband's family this year.  We had a wonderful time and God graciously held off the rain while we did our outdoor activities.  What?  You don't have outdoor activities at Thanksgiving?  Okay, more about that later.

In the foyer, guests were encouraged to share what they were thankful for by typing their comments on our vintage typewriter.

Since we had about 30 attending, I had several tables set for in the bonus room.

I love the colors in this table cover.  It's actually a curtain panel but it worked so well in the bonus room, I had to use it. I should really invest in some slipcovers for the folding chairs.  Maybe next year.  The lanterns were a thrift store find for .49 cents each.  I used the LED tealights from the Dollar Tree inside each.  These are perfect for rooms that may not always be occupied...therefore, the candles would be left unattended.  Here's a look at the whole room.

I transformed my dining-room-turned-craft-room/office BACK into a dining room for this past Thursday.  It's my favorite room...probably because so much of what is in there is "me" items.  It's usually a "cornucopia of stuff" but I was able to hide store neatly everything until after the holidays.
The copper candlesticks were from a thrift store as well as the acorn wire basket.  The mercury glass acorns inside were purchased on clearance at Pier One several years ago.  Love them!!

Here are a few other items I found a few weeks before Thanksgiving.  I needed something to put dishes on that was functional and nice to look at.  I found this great black crock stand, already painted black which looks great with the ironstone.

I saw a post at Vignette Design blogspot on pumpkin windowboxes that was BEAUTIFUL!  So, having found a the thrift store, of course...Mr. Wonderful (hubby) installed it underneath my kitchen window and I filled it with all sorts of fall goodies.  The window is on the second story so it was a little difficult to get it to look just as good from the driveway below as it did from the kitchen.

Oh, and back to the outdoor activities.  Usually, my husband's side of the family plays a good, competitive game of kickball.  This year, since we hosted, we did what any Southerner would do...pumpkin shootin'! 
What? Your family doesn't do this?! Lol, it was a first for us as well. We had intended on making a trebuchet or giant slingshot for punkin' chunkin' but time ran out and this was our plan B.   I'm really, really hoping for a nice pumpkin patch next year.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Thanks for visiting and sharing my Thanksgiving with me.  The decorations are now boxed away for next year.  I'm off to unpack the snowman : )


Friday, November 26, 2010

The Thanksgiving Meal

Well, I know this is a day late but I had to post a few photos of our Thanksgiving.  These are a little random because as the day grew closer, I became a little less organized and remembering to take pictures was often forgotten.  But, here's what I did get!

Paula Deen's Good Ole Country Stuffing...yum!

I really enjoy a lot of Paula Deen's recipes.  I just can't afford to eat them often.  You know she has a love of butter and all kinds of good, fattening ingredients.  This stuffing is delicious and I've made it for the past three years.  It includes 3 different breads/starches...2 loaves of Pepperidge Farm bread, 1 sleeve of saltines, and 2 cups of cooked rice. 

Mmmm...mixing in all the goodness.
It does make one dirty pan.  However, I have a secret.  Well, it's really not a secret.  It's really not even my idea...originally.  Have you ever been to a Japanese restaurant where they cook at the table?  Have you ever noticed how bad the grill looks when they're finished cooking?  Well, this is where I got the idea to clean my stainless steel skillet.  While your pan is still hot, pour in enough water to cover the bottom and let it come to a slight boil.  With a plastic spatula, begin to remove the mess that is stuck to the bottom.  It should lift off very easily.  You can turn the stove off at this point.  Next, clean with dish soap as usual. 

Ta-da!  Clean!  I love this method.  So much easier than trying to scrub it after it has cooled. 
Here's a couple of other dishes I managed to get a picture of during the day.

'Nanner Pudding!  From boxed pudding this is dish!

Another Paula Deen recipe...Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake and I do mean butter...2 sticks!

The crust made from yellow cake mix and, of course, butter!

After the crowd began the dessert line, I managed to get a picture. 

One last "dish" new kitchen beadboard.  I began sprucing up my kitchen a few weeks preparation for the Thanksgiving guests.  Originally, there was just painted walls under the cabinets.  Here it is after installing beadboard and brackets. 

In case you're wondering, my daughter decorated the dog treat jar with paper candy corn and paw prints!
And, just to keep it real...the shot from the other direction...


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!  I hope you've had a great day with family and friends.  Now that the cooking is done, the guests are gone, and, hopefully, the dishes are washed, take time to relax and enjoy the blessings closest to you. 

I'll have pictures to post soon.  I remembered everything on my to do list EXCEPT to buy camera batteries : (   I can't upload until then. 

Now, get some rest so you can get up early for all those black Friday sales!  I'll be sleeping in, all toasty and warm : )


Sunday, November 14, 2010

My Etsy Shop is OPEN!

Well, I FINALLY got my Etsy shop up and running.  I've only added three items so far.  I'm not exactly sure how to handle all of the tags so that my listings show up.  I still have a few items to list but time is running out today.  I'll have to add them when I get more time.  Please be sure to stop by and check out Joey, Maud, and the Snow Angel. 

You all are great!  Thanks so much for your support for my blog and, hopefully, for my Etsy store.  God bless!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thanksgiving Planner

It's that time of year...planning for the holidays.  I'm hosting my husband's family this year and I'm very excited but very busy with plans.  I also cater my husband's work with a Thanksgiving lunch the Thursday before Thanksgiving.  I'm planning on baking alot of double batches and hope to kill two birds with one stone. 

I came across this great planner from Organizing Your Way for organizing everything from recipes, decor, baking times, to even Black Friday shopping list! 
I've added mine to an expandable file with page protectors inside.  I picked this up at the thrift store for 69 cents. 

I'd love to find more of these.  I originally bought it to put all of my Bible study notes in one organized file.  Oh well.  I don't know if this would have held them all anyway. 

Be sure to check out the other planners on Organizing Your Way. 

I love lists : )