Cereal Cookies

This recipe for Cereal Cookies is an easy one. It’s one way to use up any left over crispy rice cereal you may have on hand. It’s the cereal that gives it a crunch while the coconut gives it a chewiness. There are two variations for this recipe. One uses plain crispy rice cereal and the second variation uses cocoa crispy rice. Pictured is the second variation. 

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This is an “anytime cookie” as you can use any color sprinkles or none at all. Vary the colors for the season, or plain is good, too! 




1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup margarine

1 cup oil

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. cream of tartar

1 tsp. soda

1 tsp. salt

1 cup quick cooking oatmeal

1 cup coconut

1 cup rice crispy cereal

3 1/2 cups flour



Mix all ingredients and drop dough (small walnut size) on greased cookie sheet.  Add sprinkles if you wish. Press down with glass dipped in sugar. 

Bake 7-9 minutes at 350 degrees

When done, let cookies set on tray for a couple of minutes before placing on rack.

Recipe makes 60+ cookies!


If making a chocolate variation (as in picture), use a cocoa crispy cereal and add 2 tablespoons cocoa powder.

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God Used a Penny

“God Used a Penny”   a true account …….

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 Four years ago in October……

“Mommy! I swallowed a penny! I don’t know why, it just went down!”

Our 4-year-old granddaughter ran to her mother shouting those words. Now, this sweet, precocious little girl never put things in her mouth, even as a young baby, so this was very unusual.  After a quick call to the doctor, he advised just to watch to see that it passed through.

A few days later after not finding the penny, they made another call to the doctor.

“Well, we don’t routinely do an x-ray, but bring her in and we’ll do one just to make sure it isn’t lodged in the intestines somewhere.”

The x-ray did not show a penny, but it did reveal a fuzzy image of something attached to the spine. Strange! What could it be? After further tests, it was determined that it was a tumor on the spine suspected as Ganglio Neuroblastoma, an aggressive children’s cancer. They couldn’t be sure until they did surgery. The medical plan was to do surgery to biopsy it, place a chemo port into the tumor to shrink it, and then on a second surgery, try to remove the tumor.

Doctor’s told the parents not to go on the internet, but I did!  What I found, I didn’t like! There had been no symptoms at that point, but until they could decide through surgery just what they were up against, the future was unknown.  The phone calls to friends and their church prayer chains along with all the grandparents’ churches and friends’ connections made a difference knowing that so many people were praying for our granddaughter.!

Parents going through tough health issues with kids have a hard time emotionally, physically and mentally.  You wish you could trade places with the child so they didn’t have to suffer. I , now, have a new empathy for those parents and grandparents. It is only your faith in the Lord that gets you through these trials along with the prayers of other believers.

I don’t want to leave you hanging on for the results, but I do need to go back to just a couple of months before this happened. You may know, if you have followed my blog, that I hold an Oma and Opa Camp for my grandkids. We do crafts, field trips, songs, games and  have a wonderful time with the kids – no parents! This granddaughter’s favorite song that year was “Our God is a Great, Big God and He Holds Us in His Hand”! She sang it over and over at camp and she would sing it to the top of her lungs with her beautiful voice.  OK, now back to the story…….

Surgery began and instead of putting the port in, the doctor thought he could remove the tumor and began to peel it off . He was able to remove it completely! After testing, it was truly determined to be Ganglio Neuroblastoma. Had it gone any longer, the fingers would have wrapped around the spine completely making it nearly impossible to remove.  No chemo was required! Praise God!

In the Intensive Care room, our granddaughter sang, “Our God is a Great, Big God and He Holds us in His Hand!” She may have been to young to fully realize what God had done in her life through a “penny”, but we will remind her of the “God Penny”! God has something special planned for this little girl. Now, she is 8 years old and has had no reoccurrence! She loves Jesus and continues to sing songs of praise to Him!


We know that not everything always turns out the way we want, but we are thankful for this “God intervention” through a simple penny!  Everytime we see her, that song runs through my mind. By the way, the penny is engraved with “In God We Trust”

Just wanted to close with this verse…. 

 “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of The Lord.”  Psalm 78:46

At this Thanksgiving season, we hear the phrase,” Give Thanks! ”  I’m always frustrated that it doesn’t end with Give Thanks to God! Be thankful for all that God has done in your life this Thanksgiving season. Direct your thanks and praise to Him!

Continuing to Praise God! 


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Leaf Art for Kids

 Celebrate fall with these two colorful ideas of Leaf Art for Kids. I would consider these middle elementary projects as they need to trace and cut well. This art not only looks great on a wall as a fall decoration, but also looks beautiful used as placemats. Each project uses construction paper which you probably have on hand! Other art tools used are scissors, crayons or markers and glue. 

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The first project is  a negative/positive leaf art. You need a square of construction paper (I used an 8 inch square. ) and a triangle of a different color. (Cut an 8 inch square diagonally) It looks best to do a light color and a dark color for contrast.  Make the squares small or large. Any size will work according to your leaf template size.

Make a leaf template (1/2 of leaf)  

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On the triangle, trace the leaf template. 

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Cut the 1/2 leaf out. Save the piece that you just cut.

Glue the right-angled piece to the square by lining up the corners.

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Glue the cut-out leaf by lining it up to the other half.

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Once the two pieces are glued, you can start the designs. Using a marker, make intricate designs on each piece. Make intricate designs by sectioning off parts of the leaf or background.  Now, make a different design in each area as simple or complicated as you like.

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Do four and arrange like a quilt pattern.


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 Another idea is to make 4 inch ones and use as place-cards for your Thanksgiving dinner. Label with the name of each guest.


The second Leaf Art for Kids project is a bit shorter. 

Fold a sheet of construction paper in half and cut out a half leaf. Unfold to a full leaf. 

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Fold leaf back in half.

Cut slots in the leaf every inch stopping before you come to the edge of the leaf.

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Using one inch strips of construction paper, weave strips through the leaf. Trim at the edges of the leaf. 

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Fall is so beautiful with the different colors and textures of the leaves. These Leaf Art Projects capture some of the color and texture of the season. I hope you have fun making these with your elementary kids. 





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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.


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


(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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Halloween-Harvest Games

Looking for some fun ideas for your Halloween – Harvest Parties? I’ve created and compiled many Halloween-Harvest games for both adults and children. The best fun is laughter and good times together. Make some memories with these games and activity ideas.

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Pumpkin Bowling:

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Use a small mini pumpkin. Participants “roll” the pumpkin towards plastic bottles set up in bowling fashion. Each person gets two tries. With small groups, you may repeat and add the score from earlier tries.  Judge the distance by the age of your participants.


Gather the Pumpkins:

Using small candy pumpkins, set them behind lamps, books, and in various places around the house. Use a disposable cup and kids need to gather and find as many as they can in  3 -5 minutes.


Pumpkin Decorating Contest:

Set out duct tape, Washi tape, markers, self-stick foam, acrylic paints, pom-poms, stickers, buttons, eyes, yarn, ribbon, raffia, etc. and let them decorate a pumpkin. Have prizes for funniest, craziest, sweetest, scariest, cutest, most artistic……you get the idea.  Give a time limit  – 30 – 60 minutes.

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Leaf Relay:

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Contestants move artificial or pressed fall leaves from one area to another by sucking them up with a straw.   Give a time limit for each contest or use as a relay.


Leaf  or Pumpkin Match:

Each person has an envelope with twelve different pairs of cut-out leaves. On a given signal, each opens up the envelope and matches the pairs. This works with pumpkins, too. Just make them slightly different shapes.


Pin the Tail on the Donkey Variation:

Pin the nose on  the Pumpkin, Pin the Tail on the Cat, Pin the nose on the Witch, etc……..


Guess the number of Pumpkin Seeds!

Take a pumpkin and have kids guess the number of seeds there will be in it.  Cut it, clean it, and count the seeds!


Pumpkin Toss:

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Take a pumpkin, small, medium or large (size depends on age of participants) and see how far they can toss it. (outside)


Corn Hunt:

Fill a bin or large container (it needs to be deep) with dried corn (buy at a feed store).  Add pennies or nickels in with the dried corn. Kids have a certain time to find all the coins they can.


Corn Scatter:

Throw dried corn out on your yard. Kids have 3-5 minutes to find as many kernels as possible. Left over corn will be appreciated by the wildlife!


What is IT?:

Have several covered boxes with bowls inside. Put various items in each bowl that need to be identified by just feeling.  Contestants are blindfolded and need to say what it is before removing their hand. Give them 10 seconds.  Examples….mashed bananas, peeled grapes, spaghetti, cut-up tomatoes, baked beans, oatmeal, cottage cheese…….  Who identified the most?



Since Halloween and Harvest Parties are often about candy, here’s a few candy games…..  (They work for other holidays, too!)

The Candy Game:

Go to  GuesstheCandy.com   There are twenty pictures of candy bars. It is a multiple choice game to name each one.  A different variation is to buy several candy bards,  number them, and place on separate dishes to pass around the group.  Participants need to write the name of the candy bar down. The one who identifies the most wins! Be sure to break them in half so it shows the inside.


The Candy Bar Match Game:

Go to FamilyReunionHelper for this game


Roll the Dice Candy Game:

Go to IceBreakerCandyGame


Pumpkin Throw:

pumpkin43 Halloween Harvest Games Have several buckets or containers labeled with point values. From a starting line, Individuals or teams take part by throwing mini-pumpkin into one of the containers. Count the points toward the team or person’s score.  Determine the number of tries for each team or person.

Variation: Try dropping candy pumpkins into a small container by kneeling over the back of the chair. (similar to dropping clothespins in a bottle)


Eyeball Bounce:

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Draw an eyeball on a ping-pong ball.  The object is to bounce the eyeball into a plastic pumpkin (with a large opening).

 Decide distance depending on the age of the participants.

Eyeball Roll:

In this version, roll the eyeballs across the table into numbered cups. Give 5 chances and add up the score.

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Pumpkin Hockey


This needs a large outside area to play. Players move the pumpkin around obstacles to a finish line using a hockey stick, broom, or long stick. Time each participant. Shortest time wins. Using as a relay, divide into two teams and move to a marked area in a gym or outside and come back again. Hand off to the next person.Variation: for indoors, use a broom and move around a marked area (around furniture, chairs, etc.) One person plays at a time. 



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#3 Fall Idea House Tour

Here’s more inspiration and ideas from the Fall Idea House 2014!  Some ideas are simple and quick to do to perk up your decor for fall. Others are more involved so that you’ll want to save them for future inspiration and use.

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Let’s start in the kitchen with some inexpensive ideas for curtains.

I see burlap used for just about everything these days. In the other two posts, burlap was used on the tables in several different ways. In the kitchen, burlap is draped as a window treatment. Artificial stemmed leaves and lights are used as an accents. With a change of season, simply change the corner accents to update the look!

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Another burlap curtain was used in an outdoor building. It is simply looped over a metal rod and accented on the sides with a bow.

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Back to the kitchen….

The open shelving coordinates with the color scheme and makes a big impact!

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Did you see the simple bouquets of wheat in the red vases?

Here’s my version using Dollar Tree vases and wheat…..   Use in a group, as a centerpiece, or as repetition on a long table with other fall items. This is a quick and easy idea!


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On the butcher block in the kitchen there’s a casual place-setting idea. The unique part is that the plate is clear glass, but they used a patterned paper plate underneath. Under the place-setting is a rustic colored, small woven rug. The texture and warmth of the fall colors blend with the color scheme. Who says rugs are just for the floor?

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I love the idea of using an old bookshelf and lining the back with vintage ceiling tile! It certainly makes this piece a show stopper! Don’t you agree?

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Into the Dining Room…..

The dining room table has an “over-the-top” display! I don’t think one more thing would fit! On a practical note, no one would see another person at the table! HA!  Notice the beautiful fall sunflower patterned tablecloth!

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Table runners, in the same pattern, are hung as wall art on either side of the shelf unit.

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…..A beautiful arrangement on the buffet!

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One of the bedrooms in the Idea House was set up as a tablescape idea room.  The first tablescape was for a Book Club dinner.


Instead of placemats, open books are used to hold the plates. Silverware is wrapped in book pages along with a decorative napkin ring. Candle holders are on different levels of stacked books. Both candle holders and vases have twine wrapped around them.

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Don’t have a tablecloth to fit? Try this idea….. Use a curtain and simply layer with burlap and a decorative runner.


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 A second tablescape uses bright orange and blue! Wooden mushrooms are used as candleholders.  A small bird sitting in a dish at each place is used as a place card holder. Bright blue napkins are placed on the back of each chair and held by colored twine.

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 Also, in the room….

a lantern filled with many fall accents.

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In the hallway…..

This artwork has all the right colors, but not the right size. By painting a large graphic square that highlights the artwork, it makes it appear larger and fills the space with color and added interest.

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Another pallet idea! This is one I could do myself!

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 So many great ideas! I’ll bet you found something that would work in your own home! There’s just one post left to share for the Fall Idea House.

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Hydrangea and Wheat Centerpieces

Hydrangea and Wheat Centerpieces are easy to make! Whether you use dried hydrangeas or silk ones depends on the durability and cost you want for your arrangements. By using a silk hydrangea,  it will stay in tact longer, but it is more expensive. Drying your own hydrangeas is easy and they’re free, but the arrangements are very fragile.  I’ll show you combinations of hydrangea and wheat along with simply using them alone.

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Materials Needed:

Floral Foam for Dried Arrangements


Dried or Artificial Hydrangeas



Everything stays better if you have a piece of floral foam in the container. The stalks of wheat are thin and will stay in place when secured in the floral foam. Place this in first.

Place the artificial or dried hydrangeas in your container.

Add stems of wheat until you get the desired look.


This arrangement uses artificial hydrangeas and wheat…


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Paint a mayo or canning jar, add your arrangement, and complete with a raffia bow.  Very simple to do!

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Or add a colored bow and set on a rustic crate…..



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Simply use the wheat by itself. Three slim vases filled with wheat make a great impact of texture and color. The red vases are from the Dollar Tree so this look is very inexpensive!

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I dry my own hydrangeas to use in arrangements. This single hydrangea is simply stuck in an interesting glass bowl. A whimsical owl sits nearby. Not hard to do and only takes a couple of seconds!

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OK, now it’s your turn to try it! These arrangements will fit right into the Thanksgiving season, too! For very little money, they make a big impression!


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Fall Idea House #2


Ready for another Fall Idea House tour? Well, let’s continue into the porch and living area. Lots of inspiration here! Many ideas are easy to do and I’ll show you how to use materials you may already have on hand to duplicate a couple of ideas. Because the sun was out full force, I apologize that some pictures reflect that bright light. I always like a cloudy day to shoot photos, but this day was really sunny! Probably fitting with all the sunflower motif on the front porch.

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Immediately as you walked into the porch, the theme was very evident with the table setting. They used sunflower wall art as the chargers. Burlap along with black & white ticking table runners gave pattern and texture.

They wrapped candles  in tree wrap (brown), roofing paper (black), twine, and added a sunflower accent.  The candles rested on top of charcoal bits in a bowl.


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While I didn’t have tree wrap,  roofing paper or charcoal, I did have other materials that I substituted for my candles. My simple version uses brown paper bag instead of tree wrap. I tore it instead of cutting with a scissors. It gave it an uneven textured edge.

Instead of black roofing paper, I used brown textured cardstock and wrapped it with twine. Instead of black accents, I used brown as an accent color. I happened to have a sunflower on hand and used birdseed as a filler for the bowl instead of charcoal bits.  So that’s my copycat version! Easy, simple and inexpensive. I’ll bet you have most of the same materials on hand.


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I also made a matching napkin ring out of cardboard tubing, brown cardstock, twine, and a sunflower! I often make my napkin rings for various occasions. For complete directions and ideas, go to DIY Napkin Rings.

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Colorful fall wreaths adorned the porch windows.

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Here’s a look at the beautiful arrangement on the side table of the porch….

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Entering the house, the door had a wreath with one of the black plates used in the center.

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In the living room area, three large dried arrangements catch your eye. Notice the mixing of finishes. There’s copper, gold and silver at varying heights and used all together.

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This combination of birch tree art along with the birch log dried arrangement really caught my eye! I love how it echoed the artwork.

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A closer look…..

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In a small room off the living room,  was a computer area.

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I wanted to give you a closer look at the dried arrangement on the desk.

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I also thought the black pillow on the chair was stunning. If you have a lot of shirt buttons, this might be the DIY project for you! Notice the pillows wrapped in burlap with “Thanks” and “Blessings” on them. (another DIY project)

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I liked the three mirrors over the fireplace! Across the mantle they placed a natural piece of driftwood and added live greenery in front.

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Fall Idea House 2014

The Fall Idea House 2014 has oodles of inspiration for you. It’s time to take you on another tour of this special place. Several decorators come together to plan the entire house. The visitors are left with wonderful ideas showcasing  new products and re-purposed items. Many of these ideas are easily blended into your own home decorating. I don’t know about you, but when I see these ideas, it spurs my imagination and the creative juices run wild in my own mind! I think of ways to incorporate ideas in various ways in my own home. I’ll specify what I have done to use these ideas.

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So were off on the first part of the tour….  Fall Wedding Dinner Table and Outside Containers and Planters

The outside plantings are always beautiful. As you walk toward the house the gardens are rich with fall color and texture.

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Think of adding height to your container gardens!

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Window Boxes:

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Wedding Dinner: (In a Garage) This beautiful fall archway announced the special dinner awaiting the guests. Fall leaves with lace bows, white pumpkins all give a hint of the decor inside.

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In the garage, a wedding dinner table awaited the guests. While a garage is an unusual setting,  the decor made it special by incorporating lace, burlap, vintage pieces and new items! The table was absolutely lovely! The same ideas are useable in any fall table setting.

Table centerpiece…..

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Lace tablecloth with burlap placemats! Great texture combination!


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The place-cards are painted white pumpkins adorned with a white dried flower and personalized with each person’s name.

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Chair tie decorations…..


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My version using what I had on hand! This is an easy chair decoration to do!

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Isn’t this a super idea for the wall?   The vintage screen has pictures attached by magnets and the windows have all the names of the guests and wedding party!


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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:



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

                                                       Wreath from www.timesobserver.com

Place a child’s photo inside the wreath!


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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!


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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



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                                                                                  From   mamapapabubba.com


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!


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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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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



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


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Complete directions found on Makingfriends.com



Autumn Trees

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Idea from  meaningfulmama

Pumpkin Place Card

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Go to exquisitelyunremarkable


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Visit savingcentswithsense.net

I love the brown paper bag background!


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Go to  Jadaroo


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Miscellaneous Ideas:

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

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Found on Folksy

Napkin Rings

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Found on hgtv.com

Framed Name Using Puzzle Pieces – Such a great idea!

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Go to NurseryProject to see this!

Aliens, Monsters, and People

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Found on CreationsbyCheryl

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Found on funfamilycrafts

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Found on AllKidsNetwork


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

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Go to MakingFriends

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Go to BuggyandBuddy for instructions

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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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.

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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?

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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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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?

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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!



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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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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?


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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.


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!



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