Monday, December 15, 2014

A Simple Christmas Table

Hello there! 

I thought I would take advantage of being home sick today and write a blog post. 
I have been seeing so many beautiful vignettes around blogland. The ones I love the most used greenery, natural elements, a lot of white, and touches of red. I decided to remove my latest tablescape today and replaced it with just a centerpiece incorporating these elements.

I love the crisp, clean look of red, white, and green.

A vintage Christmas tree apothecary jar filled with chewy peppermints fits right in.

My milk glass vases filled with candy canes had to be removed from my TV stand to make room for the hubby's new big screen. They found a new home here....for now! Some glittery red berries and an upside down dessert dish (clearance at TJ Maxx last year) complete the sides of the centerpiece.

I used a milk glass pedestal vase filled with a topiary I got from Ikea last summer, a milk glass vase filled with candy canes, and the apothecary jar which is sitting on a white candle pedestal for the center. I love how it looks. Just what I was going for.

I added a glittery Merry Christmas I had on hand, and of course, my Scrabble tile trays...with peace and joy spelled out.

I'm happy with how it turned out. 
Clean and simple...:)

What do you think?

This sure wasn't the best week for me to get sick! Hopefully it won't last long. I'm off to take more medicine and rest for a bit. I am excited to go down to my Aunt Loretta's house later to visit with one of my cousins and his family who are here from Utah for Christmas. I haven't seen them in years! Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Until next time.....

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Bells With Some Bling!

Hello dear friends. I hope you are having a lovely Sunday. I was in the mood to craft a little something for Christmas this afternoon, so I thought I would share with you what I made. My husband;s aunt called me a few nights ago and asked me if I wanted some crocheted bells her mom (hubby's grandma) made years ago.  She told me they were made with embroidery thread and starched similar to one his grandma made for us years ago. I told her I would love to have them. They are a pretty ecru color. I have been wanting to add a little aqua in my decor since it is my favorite color these days. I had these glittery styrofoam balls in my craft stash, along with the natural and gold baker's twine, so I got to work.
Here are my supplies...this stuff makes me happy!

I used a large needle and threaded my balls and bells onto a piece of the twine.

Here's what it looks like. Simple project and very quick!

Here it is hanging. I raised my postcard banner up a bit and hung it underneath. 
I love it!

Another angle.....

From the back.....

What do you think?

Yesterday I had to run to the grocery store to buy ingredients for the dishes I was making for a family reunion. I had to stop by a yard sale and thrift store while I was out. Fortunately, I only found one thing. This brand new set of tart molds for.....$1!

I see Christmas ornaments in store for these sweet little molds!

I also wanted to let you know I have come up with a perfect solution for our new TV. It is quite large...50". It fits perfectly on the cabinet with just a couple inches to spare on either side. In a post last week, I had asked your opinion on whether I should leave the TV on the cabinet or mount it on the wall so I have space to decorate on the cabinet. 

Old TV

Well, I have decided to leave it on the cabinet, but I have a plan and hope to get it done in the next few days. I will share as soon as it is done. I am so excited!
New TV
I have to get back to the kitchen to dip my candies in chocolate. Tomorrow is the Pre-K & Kindergarten Candy Contest. We have these little cook-offs about once a month. The theme this month is candy. I am making an old favorite. I'll share the recipe soon. This week is Secret Santa at work...that's always fun! Tuesday night is the faculty and staff Christmas party. It is always fun. I'm looking forward to it. Thursday is my class party. It is a pajama party. We will have breakfast foods, and watch a new Christmas movie I bought them. They are so excited to wear pj's to school and to be honest, so am I! I have a busy, but fun week and am looking forward to it. Hope you have a beautiful week.

Until next time.....

Friday, December 12, 2014

Second Annual Ornament Exchange

Hello friends! I am excited to get my link up for the ornament exchange up a day early! I have had such a busy week. Wednesday night the hubby and I went to pick out our Christmas gifts. We had already decided to get a new large screen TV and a new laptop. I found great deals at HH Gregg, so we went and picked them up and now I am trying to figure out how to operate this new laptop with Windows 8! A tad bit confusing, but I am getting there! Last night was our Christmas Program at school and I was miserable when I finally got home last night. I was so sick, but went to bed early and woke up feeling much better...thankfully! 

Anywho, as promised, here is a link up poat so we can all see the treasures you received from your partners. I sent a package to Karen at The Feral Turtle and I received from Terri, a new blog friend from Christmas Tree Lane . She sent me some lovely things! I also received a box of goodies from my blog buddy Donna from Distressed Donna Down Home and I will share those as well.
I actually received both packages on the same day! How was like an early Christmas...:)

Terri sent me a lovely handmade card. 

This was the sweet little post-it note inside!

She also sent me this adorable Spode snowman ornament. 

Here he is hanging on my snowman tree. He's sending you a friendly wave...:)

And this little cutie too! I love angels and snowmen, so this is the perfect combination....a snow angel.

Here she is on the tree.....I just love her wings!

A sweet Christmas apron...sorry for the blurry photo!

A Christmas journal/notebook.

A sweet little crocheted piece with candy canes inside. It hangs and is open like a pocket to tuck treats inside.

And finally this pretty Spode Christmas magnetic notepad which is hanging on my fridge for grocery lists. Thank you again Terri for the wonderful treasures. I love all of it and will think of you when I look at the precious ornaments hanging on my snowman tree...:)

Donna is such a sweet friend.
 Last year and again this year she sent me a box of goodies as a thank you for hosting the exchange. I was surprised to receive a box again this year...:) Look at the sweet wrapping on these treasures.

I love Donna's distressed tags!

And her bleached bottle brush trees!

Aren't these handmade Santa's cute?

Here they are displayed in a couple vintage Pepsi bottles in my bookcase.

I loved these Shakes of Christmas when she shared them on her blog, so imagine my delight when there was one included in my box!

Donna is all about details.

The biggest surprise was these beehive bobbins though! She had shared these on her blog and I commented about how neat they were and I had never seen any. Donna knows I have a subtle bee theme in my dining room and she said these were intended for me all along. She is such a dear friend. So thoughtful! I love how she dressed them with vintage images for Christmas. 

She also sent me some vintage Christmas postcards that I turned into a banner along with a couple I already had.

Thank you again Donna! You are such a dear friend. 
Some of the exchange participants do not have a blog or aren't currently blogging, so I will share here for them. Ann is a sweet lady who received a package from Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose. she writes, "Stephanie sent me beautiful handmade ornaments all in a snowman theme. She also included a magnet, door hanger, bookmarks and a book that holds tea packets. She is definitely talented and you can tell she crafts from the heart." Thank you Ann for joining! Here is what Ann received from Stephanie.....

Next up is Nancy. Nancy is a new friend who happens to be mom to another participant and blog friend, Tania. Tania blogs over at Little Vintage Cottage and you should go check her out. She is an awesome decorator and a vintage lover! Nancy is a toll painter and very talented. She recieved a package from Carol at Art and Sand. Here is what she wrote...
"I received Carol’s package on Nov. 24th. She sent an adorable little stuffed snowman, a heart  ornament she fashioned out of wire, a tiny white clothespin with a Christmas tree attached to it and a journal/notebook. Also included was a glittery Eiffel tower tag. The journal was tied with a red polka dot ribbon and things were packed into a red polka dot bag and a stamped muslin baggie---very cute!"

Here are the things Nancy received from Carol.....

Sweet Belle from Australia has been out of town, so I just updating now with her information. 
She writes...
"My sending lady was Linda Pflum. However I received a lovely vintage style pair of handmade wooden mitts which are so sweet and I think maybe I might even use them during the year and not just at Christmas time as they are adorable. Along with the mitts I received a sparkly white very Christmas' bauble that goes so well in my white sparkly tree. This was all wrapped up nicely in red sparkly tissue paper that I found enchanting to be honest and a lovely hand written card and little notebook and pen which is now in my drawer to be used by all my girls im sure once they find it."

These three ladies were blessed to receive such sweet ornaments from some special ladies. Thanks to each of you for sharing your beautiful gifts.

All of you sweet ladies are such lovely friends and I am blessed to "know" each of you. I can't wait to see the lovely things you received. Thanks to each of you for participating. The link button appears after my signature below. Be sure to link up your post when it is ready.
I hope you were as blessed as I was with the exchange. 

Until next time.....