Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Vintage Jewelry Tree

Don't you just love seeing how others decorate their Christmas tree? I do! Today on our last day, DAY TWELVE of the Blog Hop, you have the chance to gather lots of ideas and inspiration for your Christmas tree.  At the time of this post, we had not purchased our large tree yet but each year I set up this small tree in our bedroom.  Big, small, themed, no theme, pet-friendly, small child-friendly . . . it's always fun to see what others do!


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Here's a fun, unique way to decorate a tree for Christmas . . . use vintage jewelry!  I wear almost all of this jewelry throughout the year but at Christmas, it goes on to this small tree in our bedroom. (And if I want to wear it, I just pull it off!)

The top of the tree is wearing a vintage rhinestone bracelet I purchased on Etsy to wear at my son's wedding. How about those real fur, clip on earrings -- those are one of my favorite pairs!


Some of these are pins I got as a young girl.  My dad used to buy me a new pin every year.  


This brooch was my grandmother's.


These vintage dangle earrings were also purchased to wear at my son's wedding.


I chose to add silver beads and vintage prisms as well but you could add whatever you like . . . ribbon, flowers or anything.  It's a simple way to decorate a tree using what you already have on hand.  

Be sure to visit our fellow 12 Days of Christmas Bloggers below for even more creative ideas this holiday season!
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Interchangeable Panel Door Decor

I love walking around town and seeing how others decorate their porches. Every year I get new ideas.  It's DAY ELEVEN and that means you can sit right at your computer and get ideas for this year's porch or pin them for next year.


Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Stop by every day from December first through the twelfth for new ideas you can use to make your season brighter!

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This is the last of my vintage cupboard doors :(  I had six of these and have used them in various ways in various parts of the house. I love creating decorations that can be used for multiple holidays and this door fits that bill.  The snowflake panels are removable/changeable!
 Any cupboard door with panels will work.  For the inserts, I used old peel and stick tiles from my old kitchen floor.  Yuck, what else would you use these for??  Using an x-acto knife they were cut to fit and then wrapped in fabric.  Since these are going to be outside, I applied a coat of water sealing Mod Podge.  You can of course skip this step if your door will be inside.
 E6000  glue was used to attach the velcro pieces and the panels can then be popped in and out.  I plan on making other panels for different holidays.  The top panel was turned into a chalk board with spray on chalk paint.  (Don't forget to completely cover it in chalk several times, wipe off and repeat so the chalk will not leave an imprint)
 I had several of these vintage coat hooks so I screwed one in which will allow me to hang wreaths or other decorations on the door panel.
 A simple project that can be used for multiple holidays and seasons.
 This sled was my dad's when he was a boy.  He added the wooden frame when my brother and I were little and he used to pull us around in it.  Then my dad gave it to us when our son was born and we used it to pull our kids around!
 Here's my finished porch. I can't believe Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is right around the corner! But don't we say that EVERY year??


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Vintage Kitchen Christmas

DAY TEN was probably MY most challenging post because I am not a "table-scaper" like so many others!  My house is small so no big, formal dining room, etc. to feature but I DO love my retro kitchen so that was my focus! Enjoy gathering more inspiration from others who ARE veteran 'scapers'!


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I did not want to spend money to do this so I 'shopped' my house.  The vintage tablecloth was a favorite find a few years ago and I added a few strips of cloth, trimmed with pinking shears in a 'cross' pattern over the table (think "package").

These vintage dishes were my SUPER find two years ago at an antique store where everything Christmas-related was 50% off!  I got ten place settings, serving bowls, serving platters, creamer and sugar for . . . 25.00!  They are called Termocrisa Milk Glass made in Mexico.  Recently I saw a set of eight (no serving pieces) going for over 250.00.  Yep, I think I stole these!
The napkin 'rings' are just the same fabric from the table pieces, hot glued together and then I added a Christmas pick.
The centerpiece is an old wooden 'sled' decoration that was headed to the thrift store so it was rescued and enlisted for this table.  
The jars on the sled are recycled.  I brushed on Mod Podge and rolled in Epsom Salts.  A ribbon and some more Christmas pics turn these into lovely, little candle holders.


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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Indescribable Gift "Wreath"

If you're looking for some ideas for decorating your door, DAY NINE is the place for you.  You'll be inspired with so many wreath/door decorations!


Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

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Reclaimed fence boards, napkins, Mod Podge and some ribbon are all it took to make this Christmas door piece.  I love working with napkins and am always on the look out for pretty ones to use in projects. 
I've made cards with them:
And most recently, I decorated this piece of fence for my garden this past summer

It's best to use the three-ply napkins (two white ply and then the decorated top ply)

See my garden fence post for details on separating the pieces of napkin.  Once you do, you can apply Mod Podge to the wood and then press the napkin down and apply more Mod Podge.  After this dried, I went over it lightly with my sander to rough up the edges a bit.


The three 'boxes' were put together by using screws.  I then wrapped the ribbon around the boxes and added a hanger at the top.


The extra large 'gift tag' was made from scrap wood and the verse printed on scrap paper which was then applied with Mod Podge and sanded after it was dry.  This was attached with a screw from the back as well.


Here's a close up of the napkins. They're transparent of course so you still see the wood grain through them which I like.  If you want a more 'solid' look, you can just paint the wood first.


The center box is the 'focus' so I added a bow to that. 

I'm not sure that everyone will 'get' that these are gift boxes but that's what was in my brain at 3:00 in the morning one night when I couldn't sleep!  Do you get some of YOUR best ideas in the middle of the night??





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Friday, December 8, 2017

Homemade Buckeye Candy

Put on your elastic waist pants because DAY EIGHT is here with lots of cookie recipes!


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Having grown up in Ohio, I was raised on Buckeyes but you don't have to be from Ohio to enjoy this delicious candy and they're so easy to make.
As kids, we used to collect these by the baskets full, polish them and then . . . they would eventually get moldy and get tossed out.  As pretty as they are, they really aren't good for much although I do see people selling them online for craft projects.  You CAN roast them but they are slightly toxic so even though they say you can eat them roasted, no thank you. Now the Buckeye CANDY -- well, that's another story!
Start with a stick of butter and 2 cups of creamy peanut butter.  Now HOW can you go wrong with that??  Blend those together with a mixer then add 1 1/2 t vanilla and 2 T brown sugar.  Gradually add in 3 1/4 cups of powdered sugar. Initially you can beat with the mixer but as you add more, you'll have to switch to a wooden spoon to combine it all.
I use a small cookie dough scoop so that the size of the buckeyes is uniform.  Once I scoop it out, I drop it into my hand and roll it into a smooth ball, placing on a silicone mat on a cookie sheet.  These go into the freezer for about 1/2 an hour to firm up.  While those are setting, you will get your dipping chocolate ready.
I like to use chocolate chips although a lot of recipes call for semi-sweet.  I just feel these taste more like a Reese's peanut butter cup if you use the milk chocolate but it's totally up to you.  The 'secret' ingredient here is paraffin wax.  Again, a lot of recipes call for shortening.  I've found that the wax works much better in helping the chocolate to 'set' and harden as opposed to shortening.  You can find boxed paraffin in the canning section of your store or at most any hardware store.  Do you see these three pieces?  This is what is left from my first box of paraffin purchased when I got married . . . 33 YEARS AGO!  Don't freak out -- it's just WAX.  I literally only use it once a year to make buckeyes and you only need a 1" piece so . . . it lasts a LONG time haha!
The toothpick will leave a hole in the buckeyes so all you do is use the back of a spoon to smooth it over.
I make these at least a month in advance (you could even make them earlier) and freeze them.
Give them a try -- they are easy and everyone loves them!

Buckeye Candy
1 stick of butter, softened
2 c creamy peanut butter
3 1/4 c powdered sugar
2 T brown sugar
1 1/2 t vanilla
1 large bag milk chocolate chips
1" square of paraffin wax

With a mixer, combine butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add in brown sugar and vanilla.  Gradually begin adding powdered sugar, moving to using a wooden spoon to combine as mixture becomes thicker.  Form into 3/4"-1" balls and place on lined cookie sheet.  Chill in freezer for 1/2 hour or until firm.  In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips and paraffin until smooth.  Using a toothpick, dip peanut butter balls 3/4 of the way into the chocolate.  Set back on lined sheet to firm up. Using the back of a spoon, smooth over the hole created by the toothpick. You can speed the hardening process by returning to the freezer or refrigerator until the chocolate is set.




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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Winter Hot Cocoa Bar

There aren't too many things I like about Winter.  At all.  BUT, I do love me some hot chocolate and apparently we all do! Take a look at these fun ideas for creating your own cocoa bar.


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  I don't have a lot of space to set up a designated hot chocolate bar so creating a small, 'mobile' one was a good solution.


A wooden cigar box, one of many scored for 25 cents each at a yard sale makes a great container.  The metal tins were left 'as is' but dressed up a little with some yellow pom poms. A few coats of glossy yellow spray paint and it was ready to go. Since this will mainly be in the kitchen I used my colors of yellow, red, teal, white and black.


The diamond pattern paper mimics my floor so that was perfect to line the lid of the box.


I purchased the hot cocoa, tiny spoons, cups and little milk bottles all at the dollar store.  The bottles didn't have lids so I decided to make some.

These work really well to protect my 'toppings' of chocolate chips, marshmallows, peppermint sticks and peppermint bark.
The labels for the bottles are Formica sample chips, painted black. Using a chalk paint pen I added the words. You could also just use chalk so you can change up the labels.  
I thought it would be fun to add a little sign.  I like little signs. And fun quotes. 
A nice, hot cup of 'dressed up' cocoa can certainly go a long way toward making me feel a little better about winter!

Did you know you can freeze whipped cream and then use cookie cutters to make fun shapes?
Simply spread your whipped cream on a non-stick silicone sheet and freeze.  Thaw slightly and then cut out shapes with a cookie cutter.  You can store these back in the freezer until you're ready to serve them!  I made up a bunch and have them in zip lock bags in the freezer, ready to pull out when I want them.
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