Wednesday, December 21, 2011

♥♥♥An adorable cocoa station♥♥♥

I loved Cozy Little House's post today about loving your home. I especially loved her cute cocoa station! Here COZY LITTLE HOUSE: On Being An Organized Person

So of course I immediately had to make one too. My 6 and 3 year old daughters were delighted by it!

I've always had a coffee setup similar to this (well, not as fun of course because there's no marshmallows or candycanes)

I love finding things I already have and discovering new ways to use them in my decor.

I'm a busy little bee, so this is my way of checking in a saying "hi" to you guys...

Merry and Bright!!!

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Playing with StAmPs!

No words, just pics today...

 back to playing,I mean uh, working. Hee hee.



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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Making Antiqued Book Bundles...

My mom has a beautiful arrangement on her dining table (above), a cloche full of book bundles. I asked her for the recipe so I could make some too! I'm a bit late to the book bundle making club...but hey, there might be one person out in blogland who doesn't know how to make these.

It's as easy as one-two-three.

1. Rip off the outter book cover and any ugly pages.

2. Rub coffee on the outside of the book with a coffee dampened paper towel. Toss books in the dryer for a minute or two.

3.Bound with twine.

I love things that are practically free and super fast like this! Now I just need to go scrounge up su-more books...


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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Farmhouse Porch Walnut Meltaway Cookies

These simple, inexpensive, beautiful cookies have a rustic homemade look. They look like snowballs don't they? The best part is that they taste a-ma-zing. I guess if you roll anything in powdered sugar it tastes amazing.

I made this "recipe" up, sort of. Hardly a recipe since I used the sugar cookie mix, but I added the ground walnuts because thet is what I had in the freezer. I know this "recipe" already exists somewhere in all kinds of variations. Here's my version

Farmhouse Porch Walnut Meltaway Cookies

You will need..

*sugar cookie dough (I used two snack size packets which calls for 1 stick of butter and some water...EASY!!!)
*A small bag of walnuts
*Powdered sugar

Grind up the walnuts in a food processor and set aside

Preheat the oven to 375.

Make your dough. Add in the walnuts and mix by hand into a ball of dough. Make little tiny balls of dough and line them up on your cookie sheet. Bake until the edges of the cookies start to brown slightly. Let cool for a few minutes.

Pour about 1/2 cup powdered sugar into a medium bowl. Coat the cookies in the sugar a few at a time by gently rolling them in the sugar.

Display on your favorite holiday cakeplate and enjoy!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Handmade Christmas Cards

I had all of the materials on hand so I decided to make my own Christmas cards this year.

I found the large crown stamp at Micheal's in the dollar bin. I also have hundreds of rhinestones. All it took was a little creativity to combine these materials into a christmas creation. A king is born popped into my head and I love the message, because that is the reason for the season, after all.

The one thing I splurge on is the Jim Holtz ink. If you aren't familiar with Jim Holtz crafting supplies you need to head over to Micheal's or Hobby Lobby and check it out! Lots of vintage and steampunk themed items and his inkpads are mottled and aged colors.

I also tried to make some gift tags. they came out so-so. They look better when on a prairie chic-ish gift...

I think the trick is keeping the process simple yet elegant. If you're making gobs of cards you don't want each one to be too tedious.

I hope my friends and family enjoy getting a card that was made with love!


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