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Monday, December 19, 2011

Santa Baby Christmas Party

We had a Christmas party at our house for my husband's Veterinary clinic staff and a few close friends.  It was so much fun and I had an absolute blast setting it all up!  Here are just a few pics...
go to my Celebrate page for all the pictures.  :)

The Mashed Potato-tini Bar/main buffet table

Santa Baby sign

Dessert Table

Merry Martini Bar
(please ignore the dirty dishes in the background!)

(Winter Wonderland & Peppermint)

Click here for the rest of the pictures. 

BTW: I get a lot of ideas from Tip Junkie!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Front Door Christmas Decor

I absolutely LOVE decorating for Christmas. 
Here are a couple of pictures of our front door.


These are the "teardrops" I made, today.

I will add the rest of my Christmas decor to my DIY Decor page

Christmas Blessings to you!

Burlap Christmas Wreath

I wanted to do something different for my Christmas wreath this year...and since I still have an abundance of burlap fabric, I decided to use it.
I already had all the materials at home, so it didn't cost me anything extra.
Here's how I made mine...
I didn't have a wreath form so I opened up a wire hanger and shaped it into a circle.
**NOTE**  I would definitely use a wreath form(next time)  and just attach the burlap ruffles to it with hot glue.  :)
To secure my form, I overlapped & wrapped the ends of the hanger around the form (sorry I didn't take a picture of that).

Then, I cut 4 strips of burlap (approx. 6"x60").
I began attaching the burlap around the form by folding it in 1/2 lengthwise and putting the form in the middle of the burlap (as shown above).

I then stitched closely to the form to create a "channel" around the form...tight enough to hold but loose enough to pull and gather to make the ruffle.

As I stitched along the fabric, I pulled it to gather and make a ruffle.
I used 2 strips of fabric to make the first layer of the wreath.
(and...uh...yes, I need a manicure!!!)  :)

For the back layer of the wreath, I just folded the strip of burlap in 1/2
(but not evenly because I wanted extra depth of I left about 1/2" of burlap sticking out of the back).
Once I folded the strip, I stitched it together about 1/2" above the fold (on the outside) to connect the folded strip together.
Just like the first strip, I pulled and gathered to make the ruffle.

I attached the 2nd strip of ruffles to the back of the first with hot glue (because I prefer hot gluing whenever I can!)

I made a big bow with red & white polka dot ribbon (I love polka dots!!)  :) and attached it to the wreath with wire.

I had this "H" around the house just waiting for a place to I spray painted it red and
attached it to the wreath (underneath the bow) with wire.

And WhaaLaa...
I hung it on our front door...
I love it!!  :)

Yes, that is my reflection in the glass...good thing you can't see that I have no makeup on and my hair is a mess!!  :)

**UPDATE**  I removed the wire and hot glued the ruffles to a straw wreath's much it is!  And I added some **bling**.  :)

My new and improved burlap wreath.  :)

Blessings to you!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

New Home-Kitchen Remodel

We recently purchased a new (to us) home.  Before we moved in, we (pretty much) remodeled the entire interior.  I wasn't thinking ahead at the time and I didn't take many BEFORE pictures of the house but I got a few of the kitchen.

Here are some Before and After pictures of our kitchen:



I had so much much fun designing this kitchen.  We completely gutted it! 
We extended it about 5 feet,
had new cabinets built & painted (I distressed & glazed them),
moved the french doors (you can see that in a different picture) and added a window.
We put in granite tile countertops,
 a tumbled travertine subway tile backsplash,
new stainless appliances...including a double oven;
a granite sink,
new lighting fixtures,
and new hardwood flooring in the entire downstairs.

You can see how there are french doors at the end of the kitchen, here.  We moved the doors into
the dining room & opened the dining room up into the kitchen.  We added a window over the bar.
The oven used to be in the island and there was very little counter space.

Since we pushed the kitchen out, there was more room for a larger island.

You can see from this picture where the french doors used to be...

You can see that there is now a window where the door used to be...
There is also a cabinet on the backside/underneath the bar with double pull-outs
for extra storage.
AND I love my bookshelf for cookbooks!!!

Here's more pics of our new kitchen...

This is the appliance garage...I wanted a door instead of a tambour. 
I love it!  It holds several appliances and has plugs inside!

I got all the drawer pulls, knobs, and plug covers from Hobby Lobby!  :)

I LOVE our island!  I had them build open shelves for baskets...I keep bread in one, onions in another, and potatoes in the large one on the bottom...we have 7 kiddos...we are always using bread and potatoes!  :)
The double cabinet has two pull out shelves and the single cabinet on the right has a pull-out
trash can.

I love our two pantries...lots of storage!  :)

I LOVE...LOVE...LOVE our kitchen. We spend so much time here and
we feel very blessed!

Christmas Projects

Well, I have been MIA for a while.  For the past few months we have been getting settled in to our new life and our newly remodled home.  I have many events to catch up on but my camera cord is still packed away in one of the many boxes (still in the garage).  :)

For now, I have a couple of Christmas projects to share:  (I will post details and tutorials when I find my camera cord...or make it into town to get the pics off my memory card)...

I made this banner using burlap (my fav).  I stenciled the letters on using acrylic paint and hung them on jute rope with clothespins that I spray painted, red. 

I also added a little BLING to the bottom of each flag. 
I just love the way it turned out!  :-)

**View the tutorial on my DIY Decor page


I made this wreath with strips of burlap.  Then I added a fun red-polka dot bow. 
 I also spray painted a wooden letter "H" and added that under the bow.

This makes me happy!  :-)

**View the tutorial on my DIY Decor page