2014 Christmas in the Kitchen

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I'm having that feeling - you know the one - where it's a week before Christmas and there's too much to do and too little time!  Are you feeling the same way?  The sun did poke it's head out from behind the gray clouds that have been hanging over us here in the Northeast for what seems like weeks and I managed to get a few pictures in the kitchen.

I moved a few things around and added a few things too.  I moved the checked reindeer art that I made last year to the range hood.  I just think it looks so much better there. If you would like the template to make you own, click HERE. 

The painted silver tray is an easy project I did this year.  I saw something similar at one of my favorite local shops and decided to create my own.  Tomorrow I'll share a tutorial with you so you can make one too.

On the kitchen counter I used a large glass jar from Walmart to create a little Christmas snowy scene with a carved Belsnickel and primitive reindeer.  And there's the peppermint bark that I made yesterday.

On the other side of the room is the hot cocoa bar with everything you need to make yourself a hot cup to enjoy at home or on the go.

I just finished this new "Glory to the Newborn King" sign.   I will be selling these in my Etsy shop.

Even with the sun, it's hard to get a good photo of this area in my kitchen.  Well, that's all for today, I'm off to attack my "to do" list!

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2014 Christmas on the Back Porch

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

This year it's definitely taking me longer to get things together, but admittedly - I'm running out of time!  So, here's my back porch - finally - all ready for Christmas!  

I kept things pretty much the same from last year, because I really loved how it turned out.  But, I did make some subtle changes.  

I purchased the tiny skis from a sale earlier in the month!  Aren't they adorable!   

My vintage Coke crate filled with greens and vintage ball jars with candles are back this year.

The tricycle and wagon filled with packages and bear are the same (except for the wrappings!), but I made some subtle changes to the tree.  Some more ornaments were added and I put the tree inside an old orchard basket.  And, the tree is sitting on a red burlap Christmas Tree Mat from H&M Home. 

Here are some of the ornaments on the tree.

Those cute toy soldiers are cards from the Michael's dollar bins and I found the "Believe" and "Merry" cut out words from the same place.

Wooden stars were purchased from Michaels a few years ago on clearance.  A jute rope garland, yarn balls, striped stockings, and mini embroidery hoops with gingham fabric really make this tree simple and handmade.

My crock filled with greens and the little cowboy boots made a return appearance this year.

The porch swing is cozy with a crocheted throw and pretty red and white pillows from H&M.  

We're having a rainy, icky day here in PA.  So, I've been in the kitchen making some Christmas family favorites!  The house smells wonderful!  Hope you are having a great day!

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DIY Gift For The Music Teacher

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Here's a super quick project that anyone can make that would be the perfect gift for a music teacher, choir or band director, or any music lover.  Here's what you will need to make this velvet and glitter ornament '"Joy" to the World' framed art (say that three times fast!).

A Frame - Mine is an 8" x 8" frame with a 5" x 5" opening
Printable Sheet Music with "Joy" (printable below)
Ornament Template (printable below)

Print out the ornament template and cut out.  Find a piece of fabric for the ornament - I used a scrap of red velvet that I had on hand.  TIP:  Go to your local thrift store and find something made of velvet or velour for a few bucks - way cheaper than going to the fabric store.  Trace the ornament template onto the fabric and cut out.  

Apply glue to the top "cap" of the ornament and sprinkle with glitter - let dry. 

Print out the sheet music with "Joy" and glue the velvet ornament to the paper.  Now, put it in a pretty frame and you have a great gift for the music lover in your life!  

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2014 Christmas Home Tour

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Each year Jennifer Rizzo hosts a Holiday House Walk!  It's full of gorgeous homes all dressed up for Christmas and is so inspirational!  Today, I'm linking up to the Holiday House Walk Link Party.  If you  missed the House Walk, you can see it HERE.

Four weeks post-op and I have most of my home decorated and ready for Christmas.  I am so thankful that I have recovered to the point that I can decorate!  My surgeon is amazed that I am able to do as much as I am!  Thank you, again, for your prayers.  I do have a bit more to do and some areas that I am waiting to share later, but for the most part - I'm ready!  So, lets get started! 

In the living room, I've kept things pretty much the same as last season - but moved things around a bit.  Here's our flocked Christmas tree.  This year I centered the tree between the two side chairs.   The ornaments are pretty much the same as last year!  

This little fawn pillow is new and it's from H&M home - yes, you heard right!  H&M has a home section on their website and there are some really great items at affordable prices! 

I found these vintage hand knit mittens at a local antique shop.  For display, I put them over some candlesticks so they would stand up.  The pom pom garland is one I made last year.  If you would like to make your own, you can find the tutorial HERE.  

I've had these old skates for a while now and bring them out every winter season. Teeny tiny little feet wore these skates once upon a time!

My DIY German glass glitter silhouette nativity is once more on the mantel.  This year I decided to leave my mirror in place, but it does make it more of a challenge to get a good photo of the nativity. 

This year I added a glittered star and banner to the nativity.  

Several years ago, I became fascinated with German feather trees and decided I was going to make one!  I've had this one for years, but haven't used in lately in my decor because it was made from dyed green goose feathers.   I have made feather trees with white goose feathers, but had given them to friends as gifts.  It's a pretty intensive project and not one that I wanted to take on this year, so I decided to make my green feather tree white with some spray paint!  My goal for next year is to make a new white feather tree and show you how to make one too!

I decorated the feather tree with vintage skeleton keys, felted wool acorns, clip on candles, some tiny, vintage Shiny Brites, and white paper stars.

Now lets head into the dining room.  Again, I decided to incorporate pops of red into this normally neutral room!  

Last week I went to a great barn sale and picked up this enamelware tub.  Three cypress trees and some apples make it the perfect centerpiece for my casual dining table.  I added some ball jars with cypress stems, cranberries, water, and white votives as accents!

Here's a closer look at the corner cupboard.  Red ribbon, white ironstone, silver, and greenery is all it took to make the cabinet festive!

Did you notice the red high chair!  It's another purchase I made from the barn sale last week!  It had chippy white paint, which I liked, but I wanted the chair to POP.  I gave it a fresh coat of paint with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Tricycle.

I've wanted a set of these mini grain sack stockings from Sutton Place Designs since I saw them on a friend's blog last Christmas!   I was so excited to be able to purchase a set of my own this year!  They make the perfect garland tied to some thick baker's twine.

Here's a look at the kitchen decorated with more red and white!

In the kitchen I set up a hot cocoa bar.  Everything you need for a cup of hot cocoa is ready and waiting when you come in from the cold.  The "Glory to the Newborn King" sign is new and I'll be selling it in my Etsy shop. 

My DIY buffalo check reindeer silhouette art is back on the range hood this year.  If you'd like to make your own, you can find the tutorial HERE

I made this new Merry Christmas sign using a silver serving tray I found at Goodwill.  I'll be sharing a tutorial soon.

A wood carved Belsnickel and reindeer are in a snowy scene in a large glass storage jar found at Walmart.

My old door message center gets some festive touches with a wool pom pom wreath and a cozy throw. 

I love this vintage style church announcement board from Mary and Martha.  It comes with six different options for sayings - three that are specific to Christmas.  I paired it with a set of advent candles in a wooden bowl with some greens.  I found the chalkboard tags for the candles this past summer in the dollar bins at Michaels.  

I had the most fun decorating our bedroom.  The buffalo check duvet and shams are  from Ikea.  I made the NOEL sign above our headboard.  It is fashioned after a vintage Noel sign that my parents used every Christmas.  I love how it turned out and I'm sure I'll use it for many years.  

I purchased these wooden chalkboard stockings this year from Finding Home.

Miss Sadie had to get in on the action.  

I made the wooden star with lights this year and will share the tutorial with you soon.  It's a quick project with a big impact!

Now lets go outside to the screen porch!

The tree is filled with handmade and $1 items - DIY yarn balls, gingham mini embroidery hoops, jute rope garland, and more. 

Don't you just love Christmas red and white - there is lots of it out here on the porch!  I found these little skis at a barn sale a few weeks ago!  

My vintage Coke crate is filled with fresh greens and vintage Ball jars with candles.  

A lot of the decor out here is very similar to what I did last year - I loved it so much, so I just tweaked it a bit!  

The porch swing is nice and cozy with pillow covers from H&M Home and a hand crocheted blanket.

I hope you enjoyed the tour.  I've saved a few spaces to share with you another day, so be sure to check for my latest post!   

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