Happy Thanksgiving, Ya'll!  

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Homemade Keepsake Ornaments  

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Today I thought I would share the Christmas ornaments
I made for my mom last year.

First, I had each child sit very straight on a chair,
making sure the girls hair was out of their face,
and took a picture of their profile.

I printed it onto card stock and cut them out.

Next I put the cut-out profile picture onto green scrapbook paper
and traced each picture then cut them out.

I purchased round cardboard ornaments from Michael's and painted them red, then I used Mod Podge to secure the profile to the ornament.

I used the same green paper as the profile to print the children's names and the year. I cut it out and again used Mod Podge to secure it to the ornament.

I tide a simple little ribbon to the top of the ornament.

Now, I need to make some for MY tree!

Easy Christmas Ornament  

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Here is a very sweet and inexpensive Christmas ornament
I made to give as gifts this year...

bird's nests for the tree!

Here's how I did it:
I found this decorative excelsior moss in one of my cabinets
and decided it would make a great base for the nest.

I pulled out a small amount and just used my hands to press and shape until...

it took on the shape of a birds nest.

I thought it looked a little too "green" so I spritzed it with a bit of brown spray paint I had on hand.

I picked up a bag of spanish moss at the Dollar Tree

and added it to the nest to give it more dimension.

I made little bird eggs out of air dry clay I had left over from a school project and hot glued them in the nest along with a bit of Merry Christmas ribbon.

I made these as gifts, but I think I need to make one for my tree, too!

Welcome to my new kitchen!!!  

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Oh dear, what a yucky day to be out and about… so wet, windy and cold!


Come in, come in and dry off. We won’t stop in the laundry room today (it’s not totally finished) but it’s still warm and welcoming.


Let’s step through this door into the kitchen.


Come along and I'll show you all the little details.

This is the bar area near my sink.


I love that space but I don’t “use” it that often so I thought I’d dress it up a bit. (please don’t mind the cords, I’ll be hiding them in the near future) Click HERE to see a close up of the center piece.

While we’re standing here let’s look up.

On the top of the cabinets to the right I have a basket of apples…


and on the cabinets to the left I have a little print (from Walmart) and one of my rooster canisters (from TJ Maxx).


In the space on the wall above the window I have this little sign I found at Ross…


Further down we have more cabinets and counter space.


Here’s a different view.

I framed cookie molds for the art work and I set my re-purposed tins here. Click HERE and HERE to see how I did it. In the corner I have bunches and bunches of apples.


See my apple plates? Click HERE to see how I made them.

Have you noticed my cabinet knobs? Click HERE to see how I updated them.


Okay, forgive me, this is the un-finished part of the kitchen…the big, green monster!

(I’m going to paint it white like the rest of the cabinets in the kitchen. I just haven’t had the time.)


It is Kenton’s office space. I added a brownish-blackish clock (found at TJ Maxx) above the desk and a print (from Walmart) on the wall beside the glass door. See the lamp? It used to be brass. I painted it black and sponged on bronze paint. It’s going to be fantastic when the desk is white!

Now here is the view of the kitchen from the glass door.

I changed the curtains from white to checked black and brown that I found at Lowe’s.

My dad came across the great rug I have under the table. It helps warm up that big, white floor.


These cabinets are on the wall between the door to my laundry room and the door to my living room.

I love to listen to my radio when I am working in the kitchen and this is a great spot for it to be.


I loved this print when I saw it at Hobby Lobby and I knew it would be perfect in my kitchen.

Here’s a close up (excuse the reflections)100_5094

We are back to the fridge and here are the pretties I have on top. The rooster canister came from TJ Maxx, the cups from Goodwill and the vase belongs to my grandmother.


I even found matching salt and pepper shakers!


I hope you have enjoyed the tour of my kitchen.

Thank you for coming by for a visit!

Please come back anytime :-)


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The Kitchen ~ Before and During  

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Well, I'm not "totally" done, but I'm going to go ahead and show you my kitchen re-do.

I still have a big green monster in my kitchen that needs to be painted, but with all the fun Christmas stuff coming up to post about I wanted to first take you on a tour of my kitchen.

Today I'll show you the before and during and tomorrow
I'll be back with an in detail look of the after.

Here is my before.

I loved my kitchen with the wall paper,
but it was dated and worn out.
I really needed a change.
So, off came the paper and on went the paint.

After Paint

I decided to use a pretty, soft tan color called Beechnut.

Of course, after you paint you realize that your accessories
no longer work in that room LOL! The beauty is in the detail.

So, slowly, I've been adding the details that warm up this room.

It's really different now, but I truly love it.
(a new floor would be great, but it ain't gonna happen right now)

I can't wait to give you a tour of my kitchen tomorrow!

Silent Monks Sing  

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A friend shared this on face book this morning and I just had to share it, too!
Seriously, you NEED to watch this...