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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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

Wheat

Dried or Artificial Hydrangeas

Container

Directions:

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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Theirs……

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Mine……..

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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 Color 2014

Just a quick post to say Happy Fall 2014 and show a couple pictures of the color in our area. It is just starting, but love the mixes of green, red, orange, and yellow!

Enjoy!

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Beautiful fall color!

 

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Happy Fall!

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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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This is just the start! There’s so many more ideas to come in the next post. Hope this has inspired you!  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss the next posts.

 

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Best Banana Cream Pie

Best Banana Cream Pie (made with ice cream!)

You may have had Banana Cream Pie, but this recipe is by far the best I’ve tasted!  It is so easy with no cooking involved; just mixing! It is absolutely delicious! You Banana Cream Pie fans need to try this one for sure! I know you’re going to love this!
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I guarantee you’ll be asked for the recipe when you serve this pie. My cousin served this recipe and everyone thought it was the best! It is now a huge favorite at our house. I like that it is so quick to make!

 

Ingredients:

1 Oil Crust or Graham Cracker  Crust  ( I prefer an Oil Crust) Go to Fresh Blueberry Pie post for the Oil Crust Recipe and directions. (it’s easy, too)

1 large package of Instant Vanilla Pudding (5.1 oz. size) Don’t substitute 2 small pkgs.

1  3/4 cup of vanilla ice cream, softened

1 1/2 cup milk

3-4 bananas (depending on size)

 

Directions:

Mix dry vanilla pudding with softened ice cream and milk.

Add bananas (I always put bananas on the crust, first and then add the rest to the pudding mixture.)

Pour into a baked crust and refrigerate until set.

Serve with whipped cream and garnish with banana slices.

That’s it! Don’t you love how easy this is?

The Best Banana Cream Pie recipe is so GOOD!

 

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Enjoy!

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DIY Ombre Tie Dye Shirts

I was wondering if kids ages 5-10 could handle doing DIY Ombre Tie Dye Shirts. I had a bit of apprehension about doing this with younger kids, but it was highly successful! I’ll show you some tricks about how to organize it and do it without a huge mess! There still is time to do this before the nice weather ends!

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It is possible to do it outside, but I didn’t want to chance the wind, possible rain and bug factor. I set up the garage as our workshop. On the floor, I put a tarp. On top of the tarp went three card tables which I covered in plastic. I had three work areas and placed a plastic kitchen garbage bag at each place. On top of the bags went the damp t-shirts.

With more kitchen-sized garbage bags, I cut a hole for their head and two arm holes and pulled it over them so dye didn’t get on them or their clothes. It worked great! Between the work areas went a plastic container for the water and brushes.

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With the kits came plastic gloves, rubber bands, and the dye. I used the Tulip brand dye. (I am not compensated for this post) The gloves were huge for the kids so I put a rubber band around the wrist of the gloves to hold them on. It worked well! I watched the video on  ILovetoCreate   for instructions on just what to do for making the DIY Ombre Tie Dye Shirts. I  had the kids watch it before they started so they could see just what to do, too. The girls picked 3 colors and the boys picked 3 colors. In that way, I wasn’t wasting a color for just one shirt.

Once the dye was mixed according to directions, the fun began. I applied the dye for the younger kids and they spread it with the wet brushes. The older kids were able to do more for themselves.  Just remember to hold the opened end closed with one finger until you get to the area that you want the dye. It tends to leak out quickly when it is slightly tilted.

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When they finished the shirts, it was easy to transfer to a drying area. By two people each taking an end of the garbage bag with the shirt on it, it was easy to move outside or to a special drying area.  No need to do the back side as both sides absorb the dye. Remember, the shirt is very wet with dye and it takes a while to dry. The wait is worth it!

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 Yes, with some organization, younger kids can do this project.  They were so proud of how it turned out! It was as nice as any shirt you would buy at a store.

Summer is ending, but tuck this idea away for future use or quickly do it on a nice fall day! This is one of the crafts that we did at our Oma and Opa Camp 2014. Watch for the entire camp post coming soon!

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Sock Puppets

Sock puppets are fun and easy to make. Kids get to express their creativity with unique features. The puppets can look like an animal, alien, person or whatever! It is anything they want it to be. After making them, they can create a puppet show using their creations. The creativity doesn’t stop!

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You know the socks that get eaten by the dryer? This is a good use for those orphan socks left over. I wanted grey ones (for wolves), but any color or size will do.

Materials for Sock Puppets:

Socks (any kind or color)

Scissors

Tacky Glue or Glue Gun

Felt – various colors

Tag Board or cardboard from a cereal box

Google Eyes

Yarn – for fur, hair, etc.

Plus any additional items you may have for fun creations!  (pipe cleaners?)

 

 First, fold the sock sideways and cut a mouth opening.

 

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Next, trace the mouth opening on a piece of tag board and fold in half so that it opens like a mouth. If the socks are all the same size, just use the same pattern. Save the pattern for cutting out the felt mouth.

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Glue the tag board to the sock. If using tacky glue, you’ll need to use clothespins to hold in place to dry. I did the tacky glue first and then found it was quicker to just use the glue gun.

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I did the first  steps ahead of time for my grandkids and they took it from this point to adding the rest.

Now, use the pattern for the mouth opening to trace the inside of the mouth out of felt.  (Let kids choose which color they want for the inside of the mouth.)

Glue the felt cut-out inside the mouth. Trim any overlapping edges.

Add tongue, teeth, eyes, nose, ears, hair, fur, hats or whatever they come up with to make it their own.

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They loved making them and  each one turned out great!

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Hint: The cheaper and thinner the felt, the easier it is to cut! Also, it helps to have a few cardboard templates of circles for them to trace for eyes, etc.

While we made wolves, which went with our Oma and Opa Camp theme, this project is adaptable for any character, insect, or animal.

Read a children’s book and then create the sock puppet characters in that story. Now, you get the idea so let kids go with their own creative ideas!

Watch for the entire post of Oma and Opa Camp with all our activities coming soon!

Enjoy!

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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:

 

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                                                       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!

 

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Candy Cane- 

This is one I have done!

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Santa’ s Hat -

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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….

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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

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

Butterflies

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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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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

Frames

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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Crispy Baked Fish

Crispy Baked Fish – the easy way to cook fish without the fishy smell!

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Anyone been fishing? There’s nothing like a fresh catch of fish! However, frying fish really smells up the house. Here’s a better way to fix fish (say that 10 times real fast) without the fishy smell. The fillets  still have a crunchy outside like frying, but this is much easier to do and there’s no smell! The Crispy Baked Fish recipe method is one you’ll use again and again.

 

Ingredients:

 Fish Fillets

Regular Ritz  crackers (other crackers don’t taste the same in this recipe)

Butter

Eggs or Milk

 

Directions:

Crush Ritz crackers really fine

Dip fish fillets in either milk or beaten eggs.

Roll and pat fillets in crushed Ritz cracker crumbs.

Place on a non-stick cookie sheet or coat sheet lightly with a cooking spray.

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Drizzle fillets generously with melted butter

Bake at 400 degrees for approx 15 minutes until lightly browned and fish flakes. (time depends on thickness of fillets)

Sprinkle with a few parsley flakes for color. Serve with lemon.

 

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I learned this method from some friends in Florida and I’ve used it ever since.

Enjoy!

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Fresh Peach Pie

Fresh Peach Pie (No-Bake)

Peaches are in season and this Fresh Peach Pie (no-bake) is one I always make this time of year. It is an easy recipe, too. I use an Oil Crust or as my mother called it, “Fresh Fruit Pie Crust”. The recipe for the crust is found on my Fresh Blueberry or Strawberry Pie post. The crust is one that doesn’t require rolling out.

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Use ripe and juicy peaches for this pie. The glaze coats each piece and enhances the wonderful peach flavor! Not a morsel of this pie will be left, I guarantee. Invite friends over or pie for you may just each the whole thing yourself!

Ingredients:

1 baked pie crust- 9 inch

6-8 or so (depending on size) fresh peaches, peeled  – Don’t peel ahead as they will turn dark without the sauce.

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

3 Tablespoons Jello (orange) or 1 Tbsp. of Peach flavor and 2 Tbsp. of Orange


Directions:

Put sugar, water and cornstarch in a saucepan and bring to a boil while stirring.

When boiling, remove from heat and add the Jello. ( I often use 1 Tablespoon of Peach Jello and                    2 Tablespoons of Orange) It gives a bit more peach flavor. Using all Peach flavored Jello gives it less color.

Cool

Fill baked pie crust with pealed, fresh peaches – don’t be skimpy!

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I dip my peaches for 30 sec. in boiling water and then peel them. It goes so fast that way. Just the skin comes off and a bit of the pink remains on the peach for a pretty looking pie.

When cooled, drizzle sauce over the fresh peaches covering them completely.

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Refrigerate for 5-6  hours or until set.

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My husband can hardly wait for peach season! This Fresh Peach Pie is one of his top 3 favorite pies!

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Enjoy!

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Lemon Blueberry Pie

Perhaps my two favorite flavors are lemons and blueberries! This delightful Lemon Blueberry Pie combines those flavors so well that this pie pleases everyone!  With fresh blueberries in season, this pie is easy and delicious and perfect for a summer dessert! No need to heat up the oven on a hot day as this is a no-bake pie! I use an Oil Crust on my no-bake pies.  If you haven’t tried an Oil Crust, it is also a “no-brainer” as far as pie making goes! So don’t be afraid to try it! It’s very simple with no rolling the crust out! The crust is like working with Play-Doh! A graham cracker crust works, too, but I prefer the Oil Crust! lemon blueberry pie 7 Lemon Blueberry Pie

Lemon Blueberry Pie:

Ingredients- 1 baked Oil Crust (see link below for crust instructions) 1 cup sugar 3  1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch 1 cup milk 3 beaten egg yolks 1/4 cup butter lemon zest of one lemon and 1/4 c. lemon juice 8 oz. sour cream 2 cups of blueberries Heavy whipping cream for topping.   Directions: In a saucepan, add sugar, cornstarch, milk, egg yolks, butter and lemon zest. Cook and stir over medium heat until it is thick and bubbly. Cook and stir constantly for 2 minutes more after it starts bubbling. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice. Cover and chill. Lemon Blueberry Pie p Lemon Blueberry Pie

When  cooled, fold in 8 oz. sour cream and 2 cups blueberries lemon blueberry pie 2 Lemon Blueberry Pie Put in cooled crust.  Cover lightly with foil.  Refrigerate for 3 hours. LEMON BLUEBERRY PIE 3 Lemon Blueberry Pie Whip cream and serve on top with additional blueberries. Now, that’s a scrumptious pie!     Lemon Blueberry Pie 5 Lemon Blueberry Pie I know you’ll enjoy this Lemon Blueberry Pie recipe! My husband thought it was a real winner! Thanks to my cousin in Washington state that sent me this wonderful recipe! For the Oil Crust recipe go to: Fresh Blueberry and Strawberry Pie (no-bake)  

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Enjoy!

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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!

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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.

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!

 

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DIY Spring Centerpiece

 

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I didn’t have the right vase or pot, but wanted to make a DIY Spring Centerpiece! I had some burlap on hand so decided to use it instead of going out to find the right vase. It was more cost friendly anyway!

I started by cutting a square piece of floral foam around 3″ by 3″. Vary this size if you want to make it larger. I , also, had some artificial greens on hand with different textures and shades of color. OK, now to put it together.

 

Materials……

Floral foam

Variety of artificial greens

Burlap

Bird or butterfly (optional)

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I just started cutting and poking the greens into the floral foam. Vary the heights of tall, medium and short. Start with the tall, add some medium and finish with short around the edges. Add a little bird, if you wish. 

When it was full enough, I cut a large square of burlap. (enough to fold up and gather together )  From a larger piece of burlap, I pulled two strings to use as ties.

Place the floral foam base into a plastic bag. This will keep the floral foam from sifting through the burlap and making a mess.

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This DIY Spring Centerpiece was quick, easy, and very inexpensive. When you see the cost of floral arrangements, it certainly saves money to make your own. Doesn’t it?

I needed a little touch of Spring on my side table. Quite a difference from the white snow background outside! Spring is sure slow to come this year!Spring Idea House 023p 684x730 DIY Spring Centerpiece

Try making your own DIY Spring Centerpiece. Make it any size to use as a centerpiece on your table or as an accent anywhere you need a touch of Spring!

If you make it larger, add a flat weight of some sort under the floral foam. Another idea is to add some small rocks or kitty litter inside the baggie to keep it anchored down. Finish off with the burlap covering it all.

 

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Spring Tablesetting with Birds

 

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So tired of winter that I needed a taste of Spring. To me, the sound of Spring is when the birds are singing again.  This “Spring Tablesetting with Birds” accentuates the greens of Spring and displays a few of my birds. I’ve used some of my green depression glass pieces along with vintage water glasses.

 

This little bird I found at Michael’s on sale for $1.00! Couldn’t pass them up! I just simply placed the birds on the napkins.

 

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This one is from mainland China – a souvenir from a trip some years ago.

spring tablesetting 014p Spring Tablesetting with Birds

I have a passion for hummingbirds. With feeders around in my gardens, they are active all summer. If I don’t have my feeders out before they return, they come to my window and just look at me to let me know they’re here! Can’t wait until they return! Meanwhile, I have this hand carved piece to remind me of them!

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Just another little bird that I liked…..

spring tablesettingp Spring Tablesetting with Birds

Whatever collections you have, incorporate them into your tablescapes or tablesettings to make it interesting.

One fact about the color green, almost any shade works with another. Look at creation with all the shades of green!

 

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Thanks for stopping by! Hope I have inspired you with my Spring Tablesetting with birds!

Now, if Spring would only hurry up and get here!

 

Phyllis

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