I would like to wish everyone, a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year! Looking forward to sharing with, and reading more posts from wonderful friends all over the country! Thank you all for your friendships, and making blogland so much fun!
Well, if you are like most of us, these next few days will find us busy baking, cooking, wrapping, and shopping! I just came across a hint that I wanted to share with all of my friends! Wrapping.........like it or not, sooner or later we have to get it done. The roll of paper that unfolds, and gets tangled in the other rolls. I tried taping the ends, then you have to pull off the tape, and hope the paper doesn't rip.
Start saving your toilet paper rolls, ladies, and just cut it up the middle, and slip it over the roll. You can also use paper towel rolls. Easy Peasey. Use these for all of your rolls of paper to keep them neat and organized.
You can also use them to put little candies and trinkets in. Twist the paper on the ends, and wrap with ribbon for a festive make it yourself cracker.
Today I wanted to share with everyone a cute craft idea that I made last year. They are plastic cups, decorated with little miniatures. You can hang them from a tree, or just use them as little snowglobes.
Items you need:
short plastic wide cups (I got mine in Walmart)
assorted miniatures (I also used foam pieces from Micheals)
assorted flowers stems (trees)
felt or material for top (If hanging)
cording for hanging (if hanging)
scrapbook paper or coasters for bottoms
Cut a circle with your scrap paper or coaster, a little bigger than the cups bottom. You can use a scalloped edge scissor if you wish.
Start arranging your items on the paper the way you like them. I also used bits and pieces of flower picks. I made gold lights from some gold things I picked off of them. Little pieces of greenery substituted for little trees. Just use your imagination. Take your cup, and measure a piece of felt or fabric, to cover the top of the cup. If you wish to make it an ornament, you will need to make a hole in the top of the cup, and insert cording up through the bottom into the hole. Secure with hot glue from inside the cup. After you have it arranged to your liking, put a small amount of hot glue around the bottom of the cup, and set in on top of the arrangement. You can put something on the top if you wish, or leave it plain. I love them, and there are so many ways you can decorate them. I want to make some for Easter too. Now, I was visiting sweet Kim over at http://kenward.blogspot.com/2012/12/have-you-seen-this-christmas-crafting.html and she has made some using plastic wine glasses!! Too cute! I love her version too! So there you have it. If you have any question just e-mail. Thanks for coming by. If you make some I would love to see them! Send me pics! Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to visit sweet Kim. She is always coming up with the greatest ideas!
It seems that us big girls, still like to play with our "toys". Santa came early to my house this year, and brought me another toy stove like I had as a little girl! I couldn't wait to start decorating with it. I am feeling a retro Christmas this year, in my dining room and kitchen. I will also still love my pinks too, but this year I was just loving this look.
These little things I found at garage sales for like .25 and .50 cents.
The pixies came out to play too! I found the sweetest little cookie cutters in Hobby Lobby. The gingerbread girl is needlepoint, made by my dear mother-in-love. I have several of those on my fridge. I found the glass oranments at my local thrift for .69 and another 25% off! Score!!
This retro decoration was found at flea market. I did a swap of some pinecones with sweet Tammy over at Tammy's in Love, and she sent me these adorable little hang tags. I love them! I actually had some of this retro garland way back when, and I got rid of it. Boo Hoo. Now, what the girls are doing, is making these pretty tags, out of vintage cards, and scrapbook embelishments, then hang them from this garland. Check this one out over at http://creativebreathing.blogspot.com/2012/12/merry-bright-garland-tutorial.html She is so creative, and I can't stop looking at it. It's almost like a charm necklace, that you just keep adding to.
Hello bloggerettes! It's time again for pink Saturday with Beverly over at http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/. Today, we are sharing goodies and treats for Christmas! I have a ball perusing over at Pinterest, and have found some great treats. I seem to be following a pattern here with the peppermint, and of course it all has pink or red! All of these recipies can be found on pinterest.
Peppermint ice cream cake!
Chocolate marshmallow fantasy cake! Drool...........
Pumpkin roll bars. Easy Peasy!
Yummy chex mix, made with white chocolate, and crushed peppermint candy.
These are Hershey cherry blossom cookies! So pretty, and yummy looking! Hope you enjoyed your visit! Please visit Beverly for more Christmas treats!
I have received my first Christmas card of the season today, from a dear blogging friend in Pa! It is a handmade card, and I love it! I love how she made the snowflake pattern on the front, and the little cutout skates. I have to figure out how to do that technique! Thanks Leeann!
I just love vintage jewelry! I am lucky to have some pieces of my mom's, that I inherited. I found this image over at Pinterest, and I was just so excited about it, and had to share!
Oh my goodness, these are just gorgeous bracelets, made from vintage jewelry pieces! They are easy to make, and I plan on making one. You start with what they are calling a bracelet blank. They can be purchased from online jewelry making sites such as Rings and Things, or from e-bay.
They can be purchased in silver or goldtone, and basically you just glue your jewelry pieces to the flat part of the link. I recommend using special jewelry adhesive, with can be purchased in crafts stores or the jewelry website I mentioned above. Just make sure that the jewelry you are using isn't valuable. Look in garage and estate sales. They often have pretty pieces you can use. I have also seen jewelry pieces adhered to floral stems to make flowers, then displayed in a vase! Unbelievable, what you can do with them. I have also seen these bracelets made with pretty vintage buttons. If you make one I would love to see it! Thanks for coming by to visit!
Hi everyone! I didn't realize how long it has been since my last post, but I am happy to be particpating in Creative Things Thursday. I had seen this crystal ball on someone's blog. she said she used a round cloch that she had. I was able to find a glass globe to a lamp in my thrift store, so I copied what she made. I also found the stand at the thrift shop, and painted it black. There is also black tule in there, around the picture. I am happy with the way it turned out. The photo is a picture of Madam Leota, from Disney haunted castle I believe. I found it on msn.com. I like how it turned out!
The halloween candle I made also from napkins from the dollar store, and some modge podge. The candles are just plain white in the jar. I found them from the dollar store also. (Not dollar tree) I got this idea from Debbie over at DebbieDoos Blog.
I copied this sign off the internet, and framed it. The frame I found in the dollar store too.
Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you some vintage Christmas goodies I found yesterday at the flea market. Now, I still love my pinks, and creams, but I love these vintage types of Christmas decorations. The swag on the left, is plastic snowmen on white plastic chains, with a red velvet bow. It is from Two Guys department store, and the original price is .99! They were a popular department store in the 50's -60's, and are no longer in business. I met the sweetest woman from this booth, and she told me she has been collecting vintage Christmas since she was 15! All kinds of goodies loaded in totes in her attic. I plan on putting the snowman swag on e-bay. She was just setting up her booth inside the flea market, and I was overjoyed, when she told me to pick through whatever I wanted! Love this light-up snowman blowmold.
Love the little santa to the right. He is sealed in the package, and was also marked .99. Looks like he is from the 60's too. He has a rubber face, and made in Japan. Down in front, I found 2 glittered candlestick picks. It's funny, I used to work in Woolworths department store when I was 16. I worked in the housewares dept, and always had to straighten up the big display of plastic flowers and picks. Who knew things like this would be so sought after years later?
I was really excited to find these pixies!! They are all in great condition, and nice and clean. The one in the front holding the package is adorable. There is also a drummer in the front. There is a satin ball next to santa, with a rubber face pixie sitting on it. I just used the little votive cups to display them. I almost didn't even go to the flea market, because it was cloudy, and didn't look like a good day to go. Hubby said, oh lets take ride anyway. I'm so glad we did! The sun ended up coming out, a cool breeze, and there were more vendors there than I have ever seen! I'm so looking forward to fall, and Christmas. Thanks for stopping by for a visit. I am joining in with Suzanne at http://coloradolady.blogspot.com/2012/08/vintage-thingie-thursday-vintage-pyrex.html for Vintage Things Thursday! Go over and check out more vintage goodies!
Lemon meringue pie is one of my favorites, and it just naturally goes with summer right? Hard to make on a humid day though. I wondered why the meringue wouldn't beat up as stiff, and would get little water beads on the top of it. Has something to do with the water molecules, and the humidity in the air. Who knew? But, today was the perfect day for it! I like to put little swirls on the top with the back of a spoon. That's how my mom always did it.
I found this pretty picture over at The Mennonite Girls can cook. I just thought it was the prettiest picture!
I love this vintage ad for lemon pie! I have always loved My-T-Fine pudding, and if they have it in the store, that's what I get. Fall is coming soon, and lots of baking will be done. I can't wait!!
Hello Everyone! Where does the time go? It's August already, and time once again for Pink Saturday! Thank you Beverly for hosting! I just love this cute image of the little girl on the beach. Reminds me of my daughters!
This is a vintage millinery flower pin, that I found in a flea market.
It still has the sticker on the bottom, that says made in Japan. Not sure how old it is, but it is in perfect condition. You just don't find many of these around these days.
Here is another smaller one. I just love the color!
I stumbled across this pretty vintage lamp, while antiquing with some girlfriends in Pa. We had a blast scooting from one store to another. I saw it sitting on a shelf, and said, "Oh please let this be affordable. " Affordable indeed!! $16.00 with 20% off!!! YES!! The background is a creamy porcelain, and has the prettiest shade of pink roses! It was sitting there just waiting for me! A scalloped lampshade, and a round doily on top, PERFECT! It gives off the prettiest glow, and I just love it!
Even the bottom is still nice and shiney!
This pretty Fenton candy dish, was another antiquing day find. $30, and 20% off, and it came home with me!! I love the pink opalescent color!
Hello Bloggerettes! You know how they say if you plant it, water it, and it dies, it's a plant? Pull it out, and it grows back, it's a weed? Well, I am just stumped as to what this plant could be. It started with hearty green leaves, and hubby said what is it, did you plant it? No, I didn't plant it, let's just see what it does. Some have said it's a weed. Hummm, don't think so. The stem is hearty and thick. I have also had someone tell me, that it's a poisonous Caster Bean tree. WHAT??? They are native to Africa! Where would that come from?? Then, I thought perhaps some type of squash, as neighbors have grown them. No little flowers or buds. So far just leaves, and some of the lower leaves have little squiggly white lines going through them. It is growing rapidly, and didn't seem to mind the hot, humid days we have had. Does anyone know what it could be? I had thought perhaps a sunflower? We will just have to wait and see!
Hi blogerettes! The temps here have been in the upper 90's for the past few days, and today is supposed to reach 100 with humidity! The whole country is experiencing high temps, and some were without power for days, due to some bad storms. My heart goes out to them, and hope that power has been restored. All we can do is try to stay cool, so I have been hibernating inside.
This is the start of a doll blanket I am making for my vintage doll cradle that dear hubby bought me for Mother's Day. I know the basics of crocheting, but didn't know how to read a pattern or create one. Thanks to my girlfriends for getting me started in actually making something. I love the pretty sherbet colors of this yarn.
Another craft I made, that I had seen on someones blog. Just textured wallpaper glued onto a can, then decorate however you wish. I used a coffee can, some ribbon, and a vintage earring. I put a jar inside to hold the flowers. I just asked for a sample, and they gave me a big piece.
Here's the cute little cradle that I received for Mother's Day. Hubby and I went antiquing, and this is what I picked out. The vintage doll is a German compostion one from 1910. It was my dear mother-in-loves.
I will be married to my wonderful husband for 34yrs August 2013. We have three beautiful daughters, and two grandson's. I like to call myself a "Domestic Engineer". I enjoy taking care of my home and family, and making my home cozy and comfortable. I am a "nester" at heart. I have met so many nice people visiting blogs. Thanks for coming by and visiting mine.