Christmas Idea House 2014 Part 3

Thank you for stopping by to look at Christmas Idea House Part 3! If you missed the first two posts, you can check them out at the end.

Again, this is a tour through an Idea House decorated entirely for Christmas by several decorators  It is open by ticket reservation to tour and see all the decor ideas. I am sharing them with you to see the creative and beautiful ways the rooms are decorated. You’ll find many ideas that you can do in your own home. Christmas Idea House Part 3 collage Christmas Idea House 2014 Part 3

Today we’ll tour 3 bedrooms, hallway and a game room. Here we go……

  

First stop is a bedroom done in a rustic, woodsy feel. Notice the painted border that surrounds the room!  It is placed at eye level so you see the detail. Christmas decorations showcase silver with a bit of woodsy, natural accents.,

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Christmas Idea House woodsbedroom Christmas Idea House 2014 Part 3

 

On top of the desk are silver, burlap and birch bark decorations. 

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A stately silver buck stands next to a sphere filled with pinecones. As a diy alternative, fill a fishbowl with pinecones and small lights!

 

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In the second bedroom, a rod holds coordinating Christmas decorations above the bed. 

 

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I like the nice rustic detail used for tiebacks on the curtains….

 

Christmas Idea House curtain tiebacks Christmas Idea House 2014 Part 3

 An antler tree acts as a jewelry holder. Copper and wood decorative items mix nicely together on this distressed vintage dresser.

 

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 Here’s the game room! A large baker’s pie shelf holds many game choices. Christmas Idea House game rack Christmas Idea House 2014 Part 3

 In keeping with the game motif, large painted wooden squares are made to look like scrabble pieces and hung as wall art.

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The bottom of the curtains have “playing card fabric” attached! Nice touch, don’t you think?

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Now, this is what you call “playing your cards right”! What a great conversation piece for a game room!

 

Chrismas Idea House card light Christmas Idea House 2014 Part 3

 

The game table chairs are vintage outdoor pieces, but notice the seat covers. The attention to every detail in this room is so fun! 

 

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On the wall is a display of old game boards. Christmas Idea House gameboards2 Christmas Idea House 2014 Part 3

Stepping into the hall…..

The same concept of anchoring wall hangings with a painted square makes a grouping much more interesting and cohesive.

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 A teen’s bedroom is the last peek into this Idea House.

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Have any sweaters that you’re ready to give away? Instead, stitch up a whimsical Christmas Tree! 

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Three of the same tables stacked together become interesting shelving!   The highlight for me is the Christmas display in a vintage suitcase! 

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Take a closer look at this winter village all lit up!  Now, this is one of my favorite ideas! I’ll be looking for a cute vintage suitcase. How about you? 

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Sad to say, this is the last post of the Christmas Idea House 2014! Here are the first two posts in case you missed them….

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Thanks for stopping by! 

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Merry Cherry Bars

If you want a quick, easy, colorful and delicious cookie bar, this is for you! The Merry Cherry Bars are an old recipe of my mom’s that I changed a bit. They look so colorful on a Christmas cookie plate! No need to drop or roll cookies, but simply bake them in a pan, ice, and cut!

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These bars are crisp like a cookie, but you bake them like a bar.They are so simple!

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1 cup margarine

1 tsp almond extract

1 egg

2 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

Generous 1/2  cup chopped red candied cherries  (you buy these in the baking aisle) You can also use maraschino cherries. Be sure to pat completely dry with a paper towel before adding to your dough…

Generous 2/3 cup chopped red and green M&M’s

 

Glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp. almond extract, and 5-6 tsp. warm water

 

Directions:

Mix sugar, margarine, almond extract, and egg.

Stir in flour and salt

Add chopped Candied Cherries to the batter

Press into an ungreased jelly pan. (a bit of flour on your hands keeps the dough from sticking to you)

 

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Press dough into ungreased pan.

 

Chop M&M’s and sprinkle over the top and press into dough.

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Press chopped M&M’s into the dough.

 

Bake at 300 degrees for 27-30 minutes.

Cool slightly. While warm, cut the bars, but do not remove. Cool completely in the pan.

When completely cooled, drizzle with glaze consisting of 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp. almond extract and 5-6 tsp. of warm water. Glaze should be runny enough to drizzle over the bars.

When frosting is set, remove bars.

Using a spatula, lift bars from pan.

I cut the bars on a diagonal. This looks pretty, but you do lose some small triangles along the edges. My family, however, gobbles those up and I serve the pretty diamond shapes to guests!

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Now, I need to share a story about my baking Christmas cookies when my kids were in Jr. High and High school. I would always bake cookies early and freeze them for Christmas time. My kids would find them in the freezer (whenever I left the house) and soon they were gone! One year, they couldn’t find them. At Christmas, I brought out the full containers of cookies and they asked, “where were the cookies? We couldn’t find them!”

My secret was to place the containers in the trunk of my car. When I left home, I smiled to myself as the cookies were safely with me. I could just imagine my kids hunting all over. We live in a northern climate so they stayed frozen the entire time. We had a good laugh at Christmas when I brought them out! I was able to outsmart my teenage kids!

 

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These Merry Cherry Bars freeze well, too! (you might want to place them in the trunk of your car – HA!)

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

 

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Christmas Idea House 2014 Part 2

I’m back with more Christmas inspiration from the Christmas Idea House 2014 Part 2. Hope you’re ready for more Christmas decorating ideas! There are lots of vintage finds used throughout the house by the decorators. You’ll see how some are used in the kitchen, living room, and bathroom in unique ways. Decorators collaborate on the designs throughout the house to make a cohesive look from room to room. If you missed the first post, be sure to check it out, too!  Go to…..  Christmas Idea House 2014

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Walking in from the porch, your eyes quickly notice this beautiful arrangement.

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Next, the dining room is visibly all decked out for entertaining. The candles are wrapped with ribbon and embellished with upholstery tacks. On the tabletop is a burlap runner along with a muted green plaid one.  Trees are decorated with red twine and lights.

 

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 A green plaid runner sits on top of the burlap and matching napkins accent the place-setting.

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Pillow- wrap in burlap with”Merry Christmas” circles the dining room chairs and greets each guest. 

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  In the kitchen, the windows are decorated with a lit garland, red and white striped ribbon and special ornaments. Did you know that  NOEL  “is a French name meaning “Christmas”. It is actually derived from the Latin word natalis, a word which refers to Nativity, or the birth of Christ. ” according to answers.com
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  Isn’t this an eye-catching arrangement using lots of vintage pieces? The sign is so fun!

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 Here’s another idea using a small vintage cupboard door . Turn it into a clock! Make the hour pieces changeable with the season.

Christmas Idea House clock Christmas Idea House 2014 Part 2

 

By using red, white, and green dishes, no other decorations are needed with this colorful display! 

 

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 Bathroom curtains made from kitchen towels are clipped to a wire with snowflake-tipped clothespins. 

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I’ve never seen a vintage metal sled before, but this looks so good accented with mirrors! 

 

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Hide those ugly pipes with a burlap skirt adorned with snowflakes.

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In the living room, above the couch, a wreath is layered on top of a vintage stained glass window. Along side of the couch, salvaged metal frames make unique hanging lamps. The white sofa with red and white pillows brings lots of Christmas cheer into the living room.

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The fireplace mantel is filled with birch wrapped candles, colorful balls, greenery and birch bark Christmas trees. Above the mantel, the light-up “Peace” sign is layered on top of an old weathered picket fence. Did you know that “Peace” on earth refers not to wars, etc., but only to the Peace that knowing Jesus as Savior  gives to each of us. Jesus is the Prince of Peace!

 

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 A multitude of LED candles light up the fireplace!

 

Christmas Idea House fireplace Christmas Idea House 2014 Part 2

 

 Another lovely arrangement sits on top of the coffee table.

 

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 This is not your normal coffee table. Instead, it is a vintage child’s bed covered with a piece of glass. Inside, ornaments and greenery add additional interest and color.

 

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This covered glass dish filled with candy adds more color!  

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Another vintage window… The glass is replaced with mirrors and reflects the candles and colorful ornaments on the tree.

 

Christmas Idea House vintage window Christmas Idea House 2014 Part 2

 This is an unusual tree made from narrow graduated-sized wood pieces all connected together. 

 

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Which idea did you like the best?  

Again, there are more ideas to come so don’t miss the next post  – Part 3! 

Happy Decorating! 

Phyllis

 

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Christmas Tree Lollipop Holder

 

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For my grandchildren at the Christmas table, I like to have something special at their place-setting. This Christmas Tree Lollipop Holder is a cute and easy detail to add to your Christmas table. Slip a lollipop into it and set it along side of their place. You might want to add a little more “greenery” by placing a dollar inside along with the lollipop! In fact, use this as a money holder for an adult gift, too! Either way, it will delight the recipient.

Materials for the Christmas Tree Lollipop Holder:

Felt ( the stiffer, the better) sparkle felt, if you like

Gold and green thread

Gold glitter paint writer

1 sheet of gold glitter fun-foam (or pre-cut gold glittery stars)

Brown felt (for trunk)

 

Directions:

Start with Two triangles 4 1/2 inches across the base and 4 1/2 inches in height. (keep pinned together)

Cut the sides to look like branches.

Cut a trunk from brown felt  1 -1/4 inch by 3/4 inch

Start by stitching across the bottom of the Christmas Tree to include the trunk piece. Stitch only the front piece!

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 When you get to the left corner, add the back piece and stitch them together around to the beginning.

Use the Glitter Paint Writer to add the tree balls. Let dry overnight!

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Add a foam glitter star on top!

 

 

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This Christmas Tree Lollipop Holder is easy, isn’t it?

 

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Christmas Idea House 2014

The Christmas Idea House 2014 is ready! The question is, are you ready for tons of decorating ideas for the Christmas season? As usual, there are vintage finds used as well as new items.  You’ll see a lot of natural outdoor accents like salvaged wood, pinecones, birch sleeves, decorative birds throughout the home.

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I enjoy decorating for Christmas! While I do some of the same things each year, I always try to update and incorporate something new! The inspiration for new ideas is unlimited in this Christmas Idea House 2014! I found some new ideas to add and so will you!

This is a fun idea for the outside of your home! Six branches of varying sizes and some rope is all it takes! Add a spotlight and you’ve got an eye-catching show-piece! If you have access to a wooded area, you’ve got most of the materials for free!

 

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If you have a sleigh or cart, this is a fun idea…….

 

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A beautiful container display for Christmas!  More materials from the woods with some additional decorations make this outstanding!

 

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Beautiful window boxes with rolled birch bark and pine cones.

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This old house has a front porch. It is all decorated in red and white! The vintage table is covered with burlap. Small textured rugs become placemats. The chairs are tied with red and white winter scarves!  Easy ideas to do on your own!

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The centerpiece is a red globe lantern with an artificial candle. The globe is circled with evergreen and red and white roping wraps in and out of the greenery.

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The same red and white roping wraps around the silverware in a slip knot along with a fresh spring of pine. Simple to do!

 

Christmas Idea House napkin ring Christmas Idea House 2014

 

The porch window valance is burlap tied up with red twine. Artificial greenery hangs down with red decorative ornaments interspersed at different levels.

 

 

Christmas Idea House porch window Christmas Idea House 2014

 

In the corner are birch branches at different heights decorated with artificial pines and tiny lights. It goes with the woodland theme nicely. 

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A wreath with red flowers, plaid ribbon, and highlighted with dried wheat tuffs circles the small lit lantern. It gives a cozy welcome to the home. 

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Around the light hangs 3- dimensional paper lanterns clustered together. 

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On the other side of the porch is a simple, but beautiful display. Notice it is all contained in a commercial aluminum baking tray!  The fringed, red plaid blanket works perfectly to set everything off. 

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Another small birch tree in a pot is accented with a red and white paper medallion.

 

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Of course, there’s a bit of whimsy added with these cute red and white trolls on the little toboggan.

 

Christmas Idea House trolls Christmas Idea House 2014

Did you find some new ideas to add to your decorating scheme this Christmas? Perhaps, it’s just a new way of displaying what you already have on hand.

Next time we’ll step into the main rooms for more inspiration!  Stay tuned ……

Hope you enjoyed the tour! 

Phyllis

 

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Snowman Gift Bag

This Snowman Gift Bag is a unique way of wrapping any small present. It’s a gift that will get noticed for sure! This DIY project is simple enough for kids to make, too! Use it as an art project in the classroom or a fun craft to do at home.

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Do you give friends homemade candy at Christmas time? No need to buy those tins! Use these cute Snowman Gift Bags instead!

The materials are inexpensive and easy to find.

Materials:

White bakery bags or white lunch bags (I found these at Walmart next to the brown lunch bags – 50 bags for under $2.00)  The white lunch bags are slightly smaller than the bakery bags, but I’ll give you the adjusted sizes for each bag.

Orange and Black Fun Foam or Construction Paper (Fun Foam looks better, but either works)

2 black buttons

1  or 1  1/4 inch wide ribbon any color

1 small flower or yellow construction paper for a buckle (optional)

Permanent Marker or black crayon

 

Directions:

Fold the bakery bag down 3 1/2 inches. (Lunch bag size – fold down 3 inches) The top of the bag has one side that has a notch in it. Fold that notched side down so it is on the under side of the fold.

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Curve the folded bottom edge to look like the bottom half of a circle.

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For the hat, cut a black rectangle about 6  3/4 inches wide and  3  1/2 inches tall. (for the bakery bag)  For the lunch bag, make the rectangle about  5  3/4 inches by 3  1/2 inches.

Leave a brim of about 1  1/4 inch.  Cut in about an inch or so to form the top of the hat.

Add ribbon to the hat along with a flower or buckle.

Glue hat on top of the folded part of the bag.

Glue buttons on for eyes or draw black circles.

Add black dots with a permanent marker for the mouth.

Cut an orange triangle for a nose and add last.

Your bag is done!

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By making templates for the hat and nose, kids can easily handle this craft!  If using for a classroom project, drawing black circles for eyes cuts down on the cost of buttons.

Now, bag your homemade goodies in this cute Snowman Gift Bag and take to a neighbor or relative! These cute bags make great treat bags for a winter party or place a gift in it for a special child.  Whoever receives it, will be delighted!

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

 

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Tortellini and Sausage Soup

Sad to say, summer is gone and cold, chilly nights are upon us. This Tortellini and Sausage Soup really “hits the spot” and tastes so good on those dark, wintry nights. It’s quick and easy to put together, too. Leftovers, if you have any, freeze well for another time. This is one of my favorites!

 

Tortellini and Sausage Soup 1 Tortellini and Sausage Soup

 

Ingredients:

1 lb. mild bulk Italian Sausage  (If you want “hot” – go for it!)

1 cup onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

5-6 cups beef broth

1 qt. (28 oz. can) diced tomatoes (sometimes kids don’t like diced tomatoes so I put them in a blender)

1 can of tomato soup

1 tsp. basil

1 tsp. oregano

3 carrots, sliced

1 pkg. cheese tortellini (9 oz.)

 

Directions:

Brown sausage, onion and garlic together and drain.

Add remaining ingredients and cook until carrots are semi-tender.

Add tortellini and boil gently 4-6 minutes

Serves 6

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I’m sure this will become one of your favorites, too!

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 Enjoy!

 

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Chocolate Crumb Pie

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This delicious Chocolate Crumb Pie is another one of my mother’s recipes. I remember big Sunday dinners after church and my mom would serve this for dessert.  What makes this Chocolate Crumb Pie so easy is that you make it the day before, add the whipped cream the next day, let sit in the refrigerator, and it is ready to serve. You can make a couple of them, freeze one after cooling , and have it ready for another time.

The chocolate crumbs come from the Nabisco Chocolate Wafers. Look for them in the baking section and not the cookie section of your grocery store.

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You need very few ingredients  for this Chocolate Crumb Pie! One package of the Chocolate Wafers makes at least three pies.

Chocolate Crumb Pie

3 egg whites (large eggs) – add a dash of salt (room temp for the egg white is best)

3/4 cup of sugar

3/4 cup of chocolate wafer crumbs (approx. 10-11 wafers)

1/2 cup nuts

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 pint of whipped cream – slightly sweetened to taste (use regular sugar; not powdered). Add 1 tsp vanilla.

Directions:

Beat egg whites until stiff and peaks form. Don’t underbeat!  Add sugar slowly. Add vanilla. Fold in chocolate wafer crumbs and nuts.

Place in a slightly greased pie tin. (Normally I use glass for pies, but not for this pie – use a 9 inch tin pie pan)

Bake @ 325 degrees for 35 minutes until lightly browned

Cool

(Once cooled, you can wrap in foil and freeze for future use. This freezes well.)

Take cooled pie ( it will be a crusty meringue-like look) and top with slightly sweetened whipped cream.

Decorate with a little  grated unsweetened dark chocolate baking square

Place in refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours before serving.

Cut and serve.

These visual steps might help……

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This pie is like a meringue. The whip cream softens the meringue while sitting in the refrigerator. It gets similar to a moist brownie texture. Delicious!

For me, it brings back lots of memories of those Sunday dinners.

Life is different today and I don’t know of anyone that still does big Sunday dinners, do you?

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Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons!

 

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Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons!

Do you have some old puzzles that have some pieces missing? If not, you can find them easily at garage sales and thrift stores. Puzzles are frustrating when there are pieces missing so might as well recycle them into some puzzle piece crafts.

I’ve included a few ideas that I have done and then rounded-up lots more for all seasons of the year! Hope they come in handy!

To get started, on a nice calm day, place puzzle pieces in a box and spray paint. If  painting each piece by hand with acrylic paints, the paint stays better on the back side of the puzzle pieces. Otherwise, spray paint is fine on the front.

Paint  pieces with many different colors. It’s a good way to use up extra spray paint, right? You will want a variety of colors so you have them on hand for any season. Let dry and bag them according to color.

Red for Valentines, Apples, Christmas

Green for Christmas Trees, wreaths, Spring leaves, aliens or monsters

Yellow for sun, Easter Cross, lions

Orange for pumpkins, fall leaves

Pink for Valentines

Black for Halloween bats, faces on pumpkins

White for lambs, bunnies, snowflakes, snowmen

Brown for reindeer, trees

 

Here are ideas for each season:

Winter:

 

Wreaths – puzzle piece crafts wreath Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons!

                                                       Wreath from www.timesobserver.com

Place a child’s photo inside the wreath!

Reindeer-

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Go to FamilyCrafts.about.com  for a complete tutorial!

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Go to www.daniellesplace.com

Nine other puzzle piece crafts  from Daniellesplace include: lion, cow, whale, turkey, penguin, Frankenstein, butterflies, baby and giraffes!

Now that should be enough to keep you busy for months! But wait! There’s more!

 

Jesus – The missing piece in Christmas….

I love this one – also from  daniellesplace.com

It makes a wonderful Christmas card!

 

puzzle piece nativity Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons!

Candy Cane- 

This is one I have done!

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Santa’ s Hat -

Santas Hat Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons!

Go to www.familycrafts

Christmas Tree

Another idea from www.familycrafts

Christmas Tree Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons!

Here’s another variation with a tutorial on both the tree and wreath.

Tree Ornament Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons!

                                                                                          Go to www.worldofwhimm

 

Add a little bling to your tree….

Christmas Tree with Bling Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons!

visit :   urbanpaisley.blogspot.com

 

Snowflake

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                                                                                  From   mamapapabubba.com

Snowman- 

I love this cute snowman!

Snowman Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons!

                                                                  For complete directions go to  familycrafts.about.com

 Large Snowman

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This is adorable!   Go to thesenorthernskies

Christmas Garland

 

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Go to  CarolineKiberd for complete instructions!

Valentines

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Go to 123toddlerandme

Some adult crafts for inspiration, too! Great looks for your Valentine decor! Sorry, but I found no identification on these photos or websites for these crafts! Please let me know if you know the source!

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Spring:

 

Easter Cross

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Go to grandparentsplus.com

 

 

Whimsical Lamb

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Found at  freekidscrafts.com

Spring Tree

No need to paint puzzle pieces if you can find similar colors to create a picture!

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Lamb and Lion

 

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Idea from …  thesenorthernskies

Earth Day Idea

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Visit   freekidscrafts.com

Summer:

 Flowers

spring flower puzzle piece craft Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons!

Use puzzle pieces that have muted shades of the same color.

Butterflies

puzzle butterfly Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons!

Complete directions found on Makingfriends.com

Fall:

 

Autumn Trees

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Idea from  meaningfulmama

Pumpkin Place Card

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Go to exquisitelyunremarkable

Apple

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Visit savingcentswithsense.net

I love the brown paper bag background!

Jack-O-Lantern

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Go to  Jadaroo

Turkey

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Miscellaneous Ideas:

I thought this idea was so cute. Imagine it on a card.

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Jewelry

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Napkin Rings

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Framed Name Using Puzzle Pieces – Such a great idea!

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Aliens, Monsters, and People

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Frames

I like the use of denim puzzle pieces on this frame!

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This by no means is a complete list of possibilities, but it will give you lots of ideas to try. Perhaps,  more than you need!

Hope you found some new ideas of what to do with your old puzzle pieces!

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Preschool Pumpkin Craft

Here’s a quick,  easy, and fun preschool pumpkin craft. It looks great, too! Just a little prep by an adult and your preschooler can handle the rest! I always try to come up with something that fits the short attention span of a preschooler.

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Materials:

Tag board (if you are going to hang this up)

Orange and Black  Construction Paper

Glue, scissors

Brown Crayon

Orange pompoms –  1  1/2 bags for one side.

 

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First, cut a pumpkin shape out of the tagboard. This pumpkin pictured is approximately 5 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches. Cut the same shapes for both the front and back out of the orange construction paper and glue on the tagboard. Color the stem brown.

 

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The orange construction paper will prevent the white showing through while the tagboard gives it strength for hanging.  If you don’t intend on hanging the pumpkin,  the construction paper alone will work.

Prepare a shallow dish of glue so that the pom-poms can be dipped. It is so much easier for kids to do it that way. Start by gluing the pom-poms around the outer edge and then fill in.

 

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Add black triangles for eyes and nose.  Cut a black mouth and glue on top of the pom-poms.  If you wish, do the same to the other side.

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Looks cute to hang on a window or from a chandelier.

Have fun!

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#4 Fall Idea House

This #4 post of the Fall Idea House has more unique and fun decorating ideas. Remember, they’re not just for fall, but adaptable for anytime of the year. As always, I  like to show you one simple idea that I have used in my home from this tour. I’m sure you’ll find several ideas that you will want to use, too, both now and later.

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There were two bedrooms in this Fall Idea House that showcased many unique ideas. This is the master bedroom…..

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Notice the headboard? It’s an old wooden tabletop! Here’s a closer view…..

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Another re-purposed item is the salvaged metal gate behind the mirror!  Under the table are vintage suitcases used for extra blanket storage. Look at that colorful table runner! It’s a dish towel!

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The unique twine pattern, added to a wooden room divider, has lots of texture and repeats the design in the pillow. Now, there’s a DIY project for you!

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A peek into the second bedroom…..

Remember these macrame’ wall hangings? (You may be too young to remember these. Oops! Showing my age!) Well, they’re now “new” again when used as a headboard.

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Curtain tie-backs made of wide burlap candle wraps and accented with a textured flower compliments the tan and cream curtains.

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Cream, blue and beige work nicely together in this bedroom. Notice the wire basket table beside the chair.

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Don’t forget the bathroom when decorating for fall. What could be easier than punching a whole in an artificial leaf and putting it in the ring?

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Another tablescape caught my eye  in the retail center.  I love the little pumpkins that they used as part of the napkin ring. The ring itself is black yarn wrapped around the napkin and the pumpkin is just attached to the yarn. Simple!

 

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I couldn’t pass up those little pumpkins and use them myself. I didn’t have any chunky yarn so I just used rope and attached the pumpkins to the rope. Twine or ribbon works, too!

I, also, used the little pumpkins in this easy centerpiece. Along with the pumpkins, there’s dried fungi (purchased), dried rose-hips, and amber votives all arranged on a long, wooden, french bread board.

 

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Back in a shed, they set up an idea for a pumpkin decorating party. On the table was Duck tape, Washi tape, sequins, paint, buttons, brads, mini-mirrors, tacks. and more.  This is a great party idea! Offer prizes for the cutest, weirdest, most artistic, fanciest, funniest, etc. Guests get to bring home their creations! I’ve got to do this next year!

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Sorry to say, this is the last post of the Fall Idea House Ideas for 2014!  What ideas did you like the best?

But wait!!  It won’t be long and there will be the Christmas Idea House!! You might want to subscribe so you don’t miss all the Christmas ideas to come!

If you missed the earlier posts for the Fall Idea House, here they are……  Fall Idea House 2014,  Fall Idea House #2,  #3 Fall Idea House Tour

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Fall Arrangement in a Vintage Caddy

Fall Arrangement in a Vintage Caddy….

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The patina and worn look of an old wooden piece is very appealing to me.  I like to use wooden items in arrangements throughout the year and change them with the seasons. I don’t think I ever do the same thing twice. At the end of the season, I find little things marked way down to add to next year’s arrangement to make it a little different.

My color scheme in the great room is burgundy, green and yellow so I wanted to blend those colors in the arrangement. I bought three fabric pumpkins from a woman who exhibits at Silver Dollar City. They were so well done and I loved the wooden stems! The little pumpkins had sunflowers in the fabric so I stuck some silk sunflowers in for the yellow color.

Remember I said that I always find something on sale for the next year? Well, this little burlap owl was on sale for 75% off. Such a deal! So, in the arrangement he went!

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Last year the Fall Arrangement in the Vintage Tool Caddy looked like this….

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Go to Idea House – Part 1 for more fall decorating ideas.

 

The lantern on the right of the picture, balances it with weight and height. Lots of texture and pattern makes this arrangement interesting.

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This is now on my coffee table for the fall. Hope you’re inspired to try a fall arrangement  in a vintage wooden piece. Why, even a small crate would make a wonderful wooden base.

 

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Happy Fall Decorating!

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15 Garden Tablesettings

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I am crazy for dishes,  love a beautiful tablesetting, and beautiful garden flowers so going to a garden luncheon was my cup of tea. The 15 Garden Tablesettings were absolutely lovely and each table had a flower centerpiece that accented the colors in the china! It was so gorgeous! Perhaps they will inspire you!

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Each garden flower centerpiece accented the colors of the tablesettings. The mirror reflected the flowers beautifully!

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This was our lovely table!

 

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Close-ups of some of the garden centerpieces…….

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The luncheon was lovely to say the least.

Did these Garden Tablesettings inspire you?

Hope you enjoyed viewing them!

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1-Dollar Vases Upscaled

1 Dollar Vases Upscaled- 4 different Ways!

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When I saw these cute vases at the Dollar Tree, I knew they would look great upscaled.  They look fine just plain, but by upscaling them, they look even better! They make a great gift with a few fresh or artificial flowers. They come in several colors, but they don’t last long on the shelves. You may want to ask when they get a shipment in so you know when they’re available.

Some of the supplies I used…..

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I purchased 3 items from Dollar Tree. They had some nice grasses and a small bunch of chrysanthemums – total $3.00  The rest of the supplies I had on hand……various ribbons, a little bling, and some twine.

 

Let me show you four different ways to make these vases upscaled…….

#1  Add twine around the top neck of the vase!

This gives it a casual look.  Wrap the twine around the neck a few times and adhere with clear tacky glue. I added some fall flowers and grasses using only half the mums.  It makes a nice  centerpiece for a small table.

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#2 Add some bling!

By adding a bit of bling, it really dresses it up! I used a rhinestone ribbon for that extra sparkle touch.

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#3 Add ribbon!

Whatever the occasion, Christmas, Wedding, 4th of July, Easter, etc., you can always find cute ribbon to accent the vase. Add a single rose, ferns, Baby’s Breath, and you have a beautiful gift!

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#4 Add hot glue!

This method gives lots of texture.  This vase was also from the Dollar Tree. I used hot glue for the bottom only, but you certainly could do the entire vase. Mine is not perfect, but it still looks great!

I  saw this method used on the back side of a glass window on a piece of furniture in an exclusive furnishings store.

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Take a hot glue gun and start going around the vase. It is best to set it on a paper plate or something that you can turn and get all sides. You’ll need lots of glue sticks, too! This method, however,  is permanent.

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Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect….. It still looks great!

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Do check on these vases ASAP! As I said, they don’t last long. The slender vases are 8 ” tall. The red vase with the rounded base is also 8 ” tall. I figured that if it didn’t turn out, I was only out one dollar!

So easy to get these 1 Dollar Vases Upscaled – many ways! You may want to keep a few extra on hand for gifts.

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Front Porch Tour

Welcome to my front porch. It is a place where I love to sit and take in all the nature around me. There are hummingbirds, turkeys, deer, and I’ve even seen a bear! We live in a wooded area so nature is all around us. Sitting quietly and watching with a cup of coffee in the morning or a  cold glass of lemonade in the afternoon is so relaxing and refreshing!

 

 

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When we built this house 10 years ago, one thing I wanted was a large front porch. It is something I’ve really enjoyed! Let me take your on a tour.

The front door entrance is at an angle into the house. On the left side is a $5 bench (I found at a garage sale) that I painted white. The little concrete dog was a piece that my dad found and always had at their front door. Now, it greets people at my door!

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To the right, I have an antique red wheelbarrow. In the summer it holds ferns and in the winter I put evergreens and birch logs. An old weather vane adds some height.

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Further to the right is a wood burning stove. This was the working stove in the cottage that was originally on this property. The cottage needed so much repair so we tore it down, but saved the stove.

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Peeking through the ferns and window boxes, you can see the vintage wrought iron table and chairs.

 

 

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I had a wicker sofa and chairs, but the squirrels chewed on it so I went with wrought iron! You can see the redo of this set at Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo.

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Now, to the left of the entrance on the front porch……

 

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The little antique table and chairs is a French Barrel Garden Chair Set (I think that is what it is called). I found it at a little out-of-the-way antique store where a woman was bringing it in to sell. I asked the price and bought it right away. It was a steal! You often see these in garden magazines.

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The rocking chair is where you will find me in the morning with a cup of coffee! It has the best view of the hummingbirds and the hosta garden.

Imagine yourself sitting on my front porch in these rocking chairs and this is what you see close up.

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Two of the hummingbird feeders hang from the vintage Dutch girl weather vane. I had to add a bit of “Dutch” since we are of that heritage! I found them in Alpharetta, Georgia at an antique store that was closing. I’m sure, because they were a Dutch girl, not everyone wanted it so I snagged them at a very reasonable price.

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So that’s my front porch tour. I hope it gave you some ideas for using some old vintage pieces. If you want a tour of my hosta garden, go to Hosta Haven! I have over 60 varieties!

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If you’re in the area, drop by for a glass of lemonade on my front porch, of course!

Phyllis

 

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Flower Arranging Using Hosta Leaves

 

With an abundance of garden flowers this time of year, think of using hosta leaves along with your fresh flower arrangements to give more dimension, color, and texture. Fresh flowers from the garden sometimes don’t have enough leaves to compliment them in an arrangement (especially Asiatic Lilies). Combining them with hosta leaves gives you lots of dramatic possibilities.

This little vase has Angel Winged Red Begonia along with Kabitan Hosta Leaves. It makes a striking color combination.

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Another idea is using a shallow glass bowl and adding water. Now, float lilies on top of hosta.  Asiatic lilies have spike leaves that don’t work in an arrangement, but these leaves look beautiful with the lilies! I used a combination of Christmas Tree and Chiquita Hosta.

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I happen to have a green depression glass dish that I like to use to display flowers. This is such an easy arrangement to do!

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Try some climbing roses with Fanfare Impatients  – and, of course, some dramatic leaves!

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This little arrangement uses Dark Victory leaves….

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 These are Guacamole  leaves….

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Don’t you think the hosta leaves add a great dimension to these arrangements? Have you used them in your flower arrangements? If not, try it!

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Enjoy!

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Spring Idea House 2014 – Part 4

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 The living room and sunroom, from the Spring Idea House 2014, provide more interesting decorating ideas! While these ideas are done by a team of decorators,  perhaps you’ll be inspired by some of their unique designs to try something similar in your own home.

As you enter the living room, you are immediately struck by the blue color scheme and the focal point of the fireplace.  The soothing  sound of water from the fountain makes it such a relaxing and inviting place. Backlighting  the plant arrangement give lots of drama, too!  It makes me wish that I had a non-working fireplace to decorate.

The wall art above the fireplace is a wall mount light fixture! Very striking when lit.

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What a beautiful arrangement in the fireplace!

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To the right of the fireplace……..

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Notice the candles in the blue shell? Here’s a closer look…..   just stuck in sand!

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The small table to the left of the blue chair had an interesting detail. At the top of the table, it had about an inch depth to it. White sand along with colored rocks, that matched the color scheme, made a interesting design. Glass covers the top!  Now, with little kids, this may not be the perfect idea for you! I can just see this getting tipped over, ugh! It is a beautiful detail, however.

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Opposite the fireplace is another seating arrangement. Notice the unusual light idea using a re-purposed vintage post.

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I thought the drape detail was beautiful! Instead of one color of drapes, they used a blue and white combination. The finial at the end is a wicker-type ball.

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  Hung on the wall are two huge industrial drawers showcasing beautiful items to highlight the colors of the room.  The smaller boxes inside add more dimension and display areas.

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Upon entering the sunroom, so bright and cheery, a white loveseat sits in the middle highlighted by plants and colored glass. Spring idea house 057p Spring Idea House 2014   Part 4

To the right of the loveseat is  an indoor garden. This garden reminds me of the Chihuly glass exhibit that we visited in Arizona. Everything is arranged in an old water trough. The gazing ball, glass bowl and orbs give lots of color against the various greens of the plants. I thought this was spectacular!

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This picture shows the trough and how it is elevated on top of an old wooden box.

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Across the sunroom on the opposite corner, the Spring Idea House decorators added another beautiful grouping.

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Wow! Enough decorating ideas for you? I certainly will be on the prowl for some of those vintage items. How about you?  Did it generate new ideas for your own place?

 

Thanks for stopping in and Happy Decorating!

Phyllis

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Spring Idea House 2014 – Part 3

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Come with me for a peek into the Spring Idea House Part 3, where we enter a bedroom, den/reading room, hallway, and small bathroom. Many of the ideas, the decorators used, have the ability to be incorporated into your own home.  I know you’ll be inspired by their beautiful rooms.

Walking up the stairs to the bedrooms and den, the decorators  hung  framed wall panels backed with teal colored fabric and embellished with large artificial flowers. Very striking, don’t you think?

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At the top of the stairs is the Reading Room/Den with many re-purposed vintage items.

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The shelving is made from re-purposed gym benches.

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This lighting fixture was one of the most unusual ideas. They took a plastic lampshade and cut slits all around the outside. At each slit, they pushed in a folded book page. Perfect for the “reading” room!

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Here’s a better look at the inside….

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You need to make sure the bulb is a safe distance from the pages!

The coffee table in the room is a re-purposed industrial cart!

 

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Have a shadow box that you don’t know what to do with? Fill with artificial succulents! Succulents look artificial anyway, so no one will really know! This makes an  interesting wall accent!

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The master bedroom color scheme is navy blue, white, teal, with an accent of the bright green! The main wall is dramatic when painted navy blue. The stencil  goes right around the corner. Half of the stencil is painted as a blue shadow against the navy background. Great look!

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Here’s a closer picture showing the stenciling. Love the chevron drapes, too!

 

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Next, is the spare bedroom……

The wall pattern is repeated many different ways in this room. Look for the repetition.

I may be showing my age, but before computers, we used these metal stands for typewriters. It now serves as a night stand.

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Look at how a vintage luggage or mail cart is re-purposed as a bench/coat rack with storage below.

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Because of this house being very old, there isn’t a large master bath. However, the small bathroom always has some unique ideas.

The decorators used a bookshelf as storage for towels and various bathroom items. Also, a piece of driftwood makes a “one of a kind” wall shelf!

When the ice is off the lakes, I’ll be looking for that perfect piece of driftwood to use in my home, too! 

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A dish towel with a napkin ring highlights the small bathroom window.

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Now, that’s easy to do for a small window! Do you remember the kitchen windows in Part 1? This is a variation of that  idea.

I have a small kitchen window in our cabin where this treatment would look great! Just need to wait for warmer weather to get there. Until then, I’ll be looking for the perfect kitchen towel to use.

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Spring Idea House 2014 – Part 2

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Today’s tour of the Spring Idea House takes us through the dining room, kitchen and small bathroom. This is an old house so some of the ideas are unique to this house, but certainly can be altered to fit other places in your home. I love that it gets the creative juices flowing!  Some ideas are trendy and some are timeless just by incorporating vintage items. 

 Upon entering the dining room area of the Spring Idea House, your eyes are immediately drawn to the white sideboard.  Above it,  squares of garden art with mirrors are hung in repetition on the wall! The mirrors are an addition to the back of them.

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The same garden art is hung in the windows and used under the glass top table.

 

 

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Here’s a better view of how it is used under the glass top table…..

Notice the candles wrapped in twine! Great look and easy to do!

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The napkin rings on the table are like “beaded bracelets”.  I found a beaded bracelet in my jewelry box and used it, too! For a women’s luncheon, wouldn’t these be a fun favor to make for your guests to take home!

Their version…..

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My version…..

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Here’s a unique dining room light tied with macrame cord. This might inspire you to try something like this with a lamp shade you own. The macrame cord is supported by a wire ring both on top and bottom of the shade. This is above my patience level! How about you?

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Next on to the kitchen…..

The window treatment was awesome! What a simple and cute idea to secure coordinating kitchen towels with a colorful napkin ring! Do you have a small window where this idea would work?

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Open shelving in the kitchen shows off the color scheme.

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There’s a small niche’ in the kitchen.  A cute hand-painted, whimsical tree gives life to this space. Attached to the tree are three-dimensional flower magnet accents.

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Here’s the secret of how they stay in place……

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That’s right! They put a screw in the wall! The magnets now stick! So clever!

The bathroom off the kitchen used a unique wire piece as shelving storage.

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Here’s another easy accent idea for a small window…

 

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They used rebar for the rod and set it on hooks! Another easy idea!

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 Which decorating idea, from the Spring Idea House, inspired you today ?  There’s lots more to come!

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Spring Idea House 2014 – Part 1

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The Spring Idea House 2014 in our area is always a treat for creative minds! There are  new decorating twists and ideas to start your own creative juices flowing. This old house is redone each season by several decorators and  open for tours in Spring, Fall and Christmas. I always look forward to going to be inspired! The home reflects the current trends and mixes them with vintage finds.

There are so many ideas that I will take you through separate areas of the house for each post. This is Part 1!

The first part is the porch entrance. As you walk in there is an old rustic table set in turquoise and greens.

Notice the cute bird cages on the table and the turquoise trivets used as coasters…..

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I noticed that they used floral foam wrapped in a sheet of artificial moss. Vials are filled with astromeria and stuck into the floral foam along with rocks and an artificial bird. OK! I can do that!  I knew I had most of the supplies at home.

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Here is my version although I didn’t use the vials, but just stuck the artificial greens right into the floral foam.

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Here’s my version on my table. I loved the narrow centerpiece as my table is long and narrow!

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On their table, they used a simple idea of brown paper wrapped around a napkin attached by a pin and used as place cards.

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This display was on a side table of the porch. The candles are wrapped in an artificial palm leaf. They used artificial Boxwood balls throughout the house on candle holders, in cages, window boxes, and hanging from lights.

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A salvaged window is hung as art with metal butterflies added as an accent.

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Interesting spring window box inside the porch.

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Did you find some spring inspiration for your home?

What was your favorite detail in the Spring Idea House – Part 1?

I’ll continue with Part 2 – the Dining Room and Kitchen – in another post!

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Easter Cross Puzzle Piece Craft

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The real reason for celebrating Easter often gets lost with the bunnies, eggs, chicks and Easter baskets. I’m not against all those fun things, however, let’s get across the real message of Easter, too. This Easter Cross Puzzle Piece Craft is an easy reminder of what Easter is really about. This craft is simple enough to use for kids’ Sunday School classes, Wednesday church activities or just for a special craft at home.

The materials used are inexpensive and easy to come by simply using mis-matched puzzle pieces. Planning ahead involves spray painting the puzzle pieces. Depending on the size of the cross, plan on about 25 pieces per cross.

Materials:

2 sticks per person

I used craft sticks that I had on hand. They were 8 inches long. I cut the horizontal stick to 5 inches.) Crafts sticks may or may not be painted. Popsicle sticks work, too! If you are doing this cross on just a piece of paper, no sticks are needed!

Small Puzzle Pieces  and spray paint (Yellow)

 

Step 1

Glue sticks together to form a cross.

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Step 2

Glue puzzle pieces on the vertical stick.

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Step 3

Add puzzle pieces to the horizontal stick and repeat so that each area has double pieces.  Try to use the border pieces with a straight edge on each of the ends as the final piece.

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Glue onto a piece of cardstock and add the words. (Print the words out on computer, cut and add.)

Talk about how God loved us so much that He gave His son to die as a payment for our sin. We have the gift of salvation by accepting what Jesus did for us and living for Him! It is not a “puzzle”, it is a gift!

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son.  Whoever believes in Him, has  life everlasting!

Display the Easter Cross Puzzle Piece Craft to remind you of the free gift of salvation that Jesus offers to us!

Happy Easter!

 

Phyllis

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