I've taken a few days off from blogging to get some things done...I've been working on some new crafts and DIY things that I am so excited about! I can't wait to show them off! I should have some ready to post later on in the week!
Hope you enjoy!
The giveaway includes the following:
~ vintage basket
~ vintage 152 page RECORD book.....while the outside cover is a little worse for wear, the inside reveals 152 pristine pages never before written in!
~ new french script spiral bound scrapbook or journal
~ vintage Royal Staffordshire brown and white transferware creamer
~ small cream silk rosette pin
~ new white ceramic pear
~ "Eau de toe" lavender filled sachets for your shoes
~ round fleur de lis box with Earthworks brand lotion and perfume
~ plum currant Bluewick brand votive candle
~ lacy crocheted gloves
~ Eiffel Tower dish towel
~ photocopy of vintage Christmas postcard
Finally finished my pom-pom wreath!! For a tutorial on how to make the pom-poms go here.
I used three colors (that matched my Christmas Decor) but you can use as many as you like. I also used different sized pom-poms. Once you get the pom-poms made just tie them on a Styrofoam circle/wreath. I did a final trim once I got them attached...I love how it looks vintage!
First make a pattern - after several times of trial and error I came up with this shape:
Then just trace it on the back of printed paper and cut it out (I used a hole puncher to make the holes on the ends and in the middle) I cut out four shapes, 2 of each print:
Then place the middle hole on to a brad, making sure to alternate the prints.
Fold one side of the shape towards the middle and push the brad through the previously punched hole. Do this with all of the remaining sides making sure to alternate the prints just like before.
Just fold over the brad to secure it and ta da! a pinwheel ornament:
I love, love our tree. It is covered in blue, green and goldish brown ornaments and peacocks...so pretty.
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straight pins with colorful heads
Punch paper into desired shape (I used different amounts depending on shape punched and size of ball)
Attach a loop of ribbon to the top with pins
Pin shapes onto ball overlapping the ribbon and layering the pieces:
Here is one I did with different paper and a different shape:
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I was a dummy and forgot to take a before picture - so you will just have to mentally visualize it :)
Scratched up pine colored wood, pink and seafoamy green Aztec printed seat cover (from the 80's).
Try these easy Candied Pecans - perfect for gifts or parties. They taste just like pralines!
* 4 cups pecans, shelled
* 1 egg white
* 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 275°F.
With an electric mixer,beat egg white until stiff peaks form.
Add the sugar and vanilla and mix until thoroughly incorporated.
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
Put pecans on an even layer on the sheet.
pour mixture over pecans and stir to coat.
Cook 15-20 minutes until coating has hardened.
Put on plate to cool.
Store in airtight container.
Anyone who knows me can vouch for the fact that I love peacocks...especially at Christmas. My tree is covered in peacocks and peacock colored ornaments (picture of tree to come later). Several years ago my bestie and I bought some round ornaments covered in beads that matched my tree. During a move from Atlanta to where I am now they got lost. SO - I made some!
- Styrofoam ball
- fire polished beads
- clear "string" of some sort (I used fishing line)
- ribbon for hanger
- lots of patience
Just string the beads ( I did a little at a time...I have ADD). I applied the glue first with a small paintbrush. Then I started applying the beads from the middle of the ball and went up and then started again at the middle and went down leaving a small space at one end for the ribbon hanger. Next I attached a loop of ribbon to the top with a little glue.
That's it...pretty easy!
I love making Sangria - especially at Festive times. This is my go to easy recipe...
1 to 2 bottles of dry white wine depending on taste ( I use Sauvignon Blanc)
1 liter bottle of Club Soda
1 liter bottle of lemon-lime sparkling seltzer water
2 cups sugar
2 large oranges (one to slice and one to squeeze juice)
3 limes (one to slice, one to juice, and one for garnish)
2 large apples
(any other fruit you like)
Do not peel the fruit. Wash and thinly slice one of the oranges, one lime, and the apples.
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher, adding as much of the wine as desired (taste and add more if needed to reduce sweetness).
Squeeze the juice of the remaining orange and one lime into mixture.
Cover with plastic wrap and allow to stand overnight in fridge. Serve over ice. Garnish with lime slice.
I made these for Santa's Sleigh. I think they are sooo cute.
tiny Styrofoam balls ( I used 2 sizes)
Just paint a snowflake on the ball - put a little glitter paint over it - add gem - pour in some Styrofoam and you have a beautiful ornament!
So...here is the BEFORE:
A little old and faded...a little scratched up and rusty orange. Not exactly what fits into our decor. So after a some glossy white spray paint and some new fabric and ribbon you get the AFTER: