Easter Devotionals for Kids

This post is a recommendation and I’m in no way compensated. I just wanted to share some Christian tools to use with your family for Easter.

If you’re looking for an “Easter Devotional for Kids” to use with your family, Creative Communications has several booklets for kids. They are very inexpensive and some have digital downloads available. I served as a Children’s Pastor for many years and used many of these booklets for families in our church. They have both a Catholic and Protestant version of each booklet. Kids enjoy them as they are colorful and include many activities along with teaching the important truths of Easter!

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There are digital versions available for download of several of the booklets. Here’s just one sample…

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If you are looking for Lent or Easter Devotionals for your family, you may want to check these out. They have several preschool booklets along with devotionals for ages 6-12. Remember, this season is about Jesus who paid the penalty for our sin.

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Blessings,

Phyllis

 

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Butter Pecan Angel Pie

You may notice that when I post a recipe, it has to be easy and fairly quick! With today’s busy life-style, I like to entertain, but making it difficult means I do it less often. Having people over for cards or an easy dinner and serving a lovely dessert is all that is needed for a fun evening. This Butter Pecan Angel Pie fits the requirements for an easy and elegant dessert! It is one that you can have ready in the freezer for company or family!

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Butter Pecan Angel Pie Ingredients…….

Meringue:

2 egg whites

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped

 

Filling:

Butter Pecan Ice Cream,  Butter Brickle, or Coffee flavored 

Hot Fudge Topping

Caramel Topping

Whip Cream

Extra pecans!

 

Directions:

Beat together egg whites, vanilla, salt and cream of tartar. Beat until stiff peaks form!! Don’t underbeat this! Gradually, beat in a little sugar at a time until very stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Fold in chopped nuts. Spread in well buttered 9 inch pie pan, building up sides to form a shell.

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Bake @ 275 for 1 hour. After baking, turn off heat and leave in closed oven for one more hour. Remove from oven.

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Cool and fill with softened Butter Pecan Ice cream. Cover with tin foil and place in freezer until ready to serve.

Cut pie and spoon over hot fudge sauce along with a little caramel sauce. Top with whip cream and a sprinkle of pecans.

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Enjoy!

Phyllis 

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Valentine Decorations with Pringles Lids

Valentine Decorations with Pringles Lids is a reuse and recycle craft! It is very inexpensive and fun to make as well.

I like the Pringles Lids because they are clear. All the other plastic lids on cans I have found are translucent; not clear. This clear lid makes a great project for Valentines (as well as other holidays) as a window decoration or for hanging from a chandelier.

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When making as a window decoration, you only need to decorate one side. ( This is easier for young children.) I’ve decorated both sides and repeated the same design matching each of the stickers on the back side, but you only need to do this if you are going to hang them from a chandelier.

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By using sparkle foam self-stick stickers or any Valentine sticker, the application is easy. A few glitzy, rhinestone stickers add a little sparkle! I happened to get a red rhinestone ribbon 70% off after Christmas so I used that for the edging. Just cutting a row of two wide and applying it to the edge with a glue gun, finishes it off nicely. If you don’t have this, glue the edge with a tacky glue and roll in pink, white or red sparkle glitter to finish it off or a 1/4 ” seasonal ribbon works, too.  Younger children will find it easier to roll the edge in glitter.

 

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Punch a hole in the lid and add fish line or ribbon for hanging. Now, hang your “Valentine Decoration” creations in the window or from a chandelier.  

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Enjoy! 

Phyllis

 

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Snowball Cake

Having a party with a winter theme? This Snowball Cake is showy and delicious! Everyone will wonder how you did it! The recipe I used is found on allrecipes.com. I included two variations and the links to the recipes. I’ll, also, explain how I’ve varied the recipe a bit.

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I like both the chocolate and angelfood versions. The chocolate version has a hidden cream cheese surprise, while the angelfood version is lemon-pineapple flavored.These two versions of the Snowball Cake will not only impress your guests with the presentation, but with the taste! They look hard, but I promise they’re easy to do!

The angelfood version is much lighter, but both have a “wow-factor”!

 

I’ll show you both versions…..

Click on the link for the complete recipe of each version!

Snowball Cake Chocolate Surprise Version…..

For this Snowball Cake, I followed the recipe except for two exceptions. First, I didn’t bake it in the bowl that I mixed it in. I poured it into another bowl which I sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. It came out so much easier! Second, I used a different frosting.

The directions are very easy. You mix the chocolate cake mix according to the package directions. Next, add the cream cheese mixture right in the middle of the batter and bake.

For the frosting, I used a pint of whip cream and 1 package of instant vanilla pudding or instant chocolate pudding instead of the whipped topping and coconut. I whipped the cream and pudding together until it formed peaks and then iced the cake. The frosting is a creamy color and not white, but I liked the flavor better. Also, I left out the coconut as several guests preferred it without that addition. It still made a great looking cake and was impressive to serve.

 

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Add cream cheese mixture to the center of the batter. No mixing, just place it on top of the cake batter. Don’t worry, it works!

 

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 We used this version as our Jesus birthday cake at Christmas. My granddaughters decorated it with cherries and cut green leaves from some fruit flavored gummy snacks. The girls wanted  baby Jesus in the middle so they made a bed of hay (corn flakes) and added a baby (two mini marshmallows with eyes from a toothpick dipped in blue food coloring and a mouth from the red food coloring). The halo was a Cheerio!

 

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The second version uses angelfood cake and is much lighter in calories. 

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I , also, changed it just a bit. 

 

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 This is the store-bought cake and how I lined the bowl with parchment paper.

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 For the mixture, I substituted Sugar Free Lemon Jello, 1  3/4 cups boiling water and 1 cup of pineapple juice drained from the can of pineapple plus 1 tsp. of lemon juice. After cooling a bit, I added the drained pineapple. When starting to thicken, add the whipped topping. I eliminated their amounts for sugar, water, lemon juice and unflavored gelatin.

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 Add cake and pineapple-lemon mixture in four layers. I did 1/4 cake and 1/4 mixture. It is very important to let this set in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before removing from the bowl. When set, invert onto a serving plate, peel the parchment paper off, frost with whipped topping, and decorate. Return cake to the refrigerator to keep cool. Again, we decorated it without the coconut. Either way, it looks fantastic! 

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So delicious! 

 

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 The cake slices easily for serving! Light, lemon-pineapple, and luscious! 

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This cake would be great in the summer, too. Just don’t mention the “snowball” name! 

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 Won’t your guests be impressed? While the presentation will draw Ooh’s and Aah’s, they will love the taste, too!

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

As the temperature goes way down, a great soup seems so appealing for a cold evening.  I had a bunch of broccoli left over, so I quickly make this Broccoli Cheese Soup the other night. What I like about this soup is that it is low on calories, easy to make, takes very few ingredients, and freezes well! You can add chicken or ham, if you wish.

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Ingredients:

 32 oz. chicken broth

Broccoli (sorry, but I just add what I want, I don’t measure perhaps 1 cup to 1 & 1/2 cup chopped)

1 can Rotel ( 10 oz. ) diced tomatoes –  (mild or however hot you prefer) or just add regular diced tomatoes for a very mild version

10 oz. Velveeta  2% Milk ( for the skinny version) or regular Velveeta

Add onion salt and garlic salt to taste.

Add cooked chicken or ham (optional)

 

Directions: 

Cook broccoli in chicken broth until just tender. 

Add Velveeta in chunks so it melts faster.

Add Rotell or other diced tomatoes

Add spices to taste…

Add chicken or ham, if desired.

Heat and serve. 

Serves 4-6

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I just made a big batch and froze this soup in individual portions for taking to work for lunch. You’re going to like this easy recipe for Broccoli Cheese Soup!

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

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CD Spinners

These Recycled CD Spinners appeal to both boys and girls. That’s unusual for most crafts. So, when there’s an idea for something that works for both, I am sure to use it when my grandchildren are around. Not only is it a craft, but it’s fun to have contests on whose spinner lasts the longest! It, also, fits in for any season as it can be decorated in any way! It’s a great way to reuse and recycle a CD and bottle-top into something fun! The only extra material needed is a marble.

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Materials:

1 CD

1 marble

1 recycled cap from a bottle

Hot glue gun

Permanent Markers – Watercolor markers do not work!

Stickers, etc. optional

Materials:

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Directions:

First, decorate the CD with permanent markers or stickers, etc.

Next, glue marble into the CD hole on the bottom side. Use a glue gun.

Finally, glue cap on the center of the CD decorated side. (I used a milk bottle cap, but any cap will work.)

Let dry and SPIN!

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Notice how the 1/2 red and 1/2 blue circle turns purple while spinning. The black is invisible! This CD Spinner is a great color wheel project, too.

You probably already have these materials  on hand. Try it! Kids love this craft! 

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

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DIY Gift Bags

 

DIY Gift Bags are fun to make, easy to use and delightful to receive! They make gift-giving even more special when it’s in one of these cute DIY Gift Bags! Kids can make them, too. It is a wonderful classroom or individual project. 

( OK, this is another DIY Gift Bag idea. I got going by doing a snowman and then Olaf and then couldn’t stop with the ideas. So now you also have a reindeer, penguin, puppy and Santa! )

 

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Materials are inexpensive and easily found. The bags are under $2.00 for 50 in the grocery department of Walmart next to the regular lunch bags. Other materials include fun foam or construction paper, felt, and glue (if using foam, be sure you use a special glue).  I used a combination of fun-foam and construction paper on these samples, but if you’re doing it in a classroom, all construction paper works fine and keeps the cost down.

Personally, I like a bit of dimension that the combination gives. For kids, it is harder to cut and more expensive to use the foam.

 

First, gather all your materials…..

Fun foam or construction paper, white bags, scissors, glue, pom-poms, cotton balls, permanent marker and felt

On the following pictures, there are approximate sizes for each piece. 

 

Santa Gift Bag

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 Puppy Gift Bag

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Rudolph or Reindeer Gift Bag  

 

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Penguin Gift Bag 

The only difference for the Penguin Bag is the face piece. Cut from a piece of white  3 1/2 inches by  2  3/4 inches. The orange triangle beak is 3/4 in. by 3/4in.

On the Santa and Penguin bag, add a touch of blush on the cheeks with a q-tip. 

When you have placed the gift in the bag, secure on the sides with a small amount of tape. Now, watch for the comments on your cute DIY Gift Bags. These aren’t just for kids! 

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Enjoy!

Phyllis  

 

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DIY Olaf Gift Bag

The movie “Frozen” is a big hit with kids. I even like it (just a kid at heart)! This Olaf Gift Bag makes a cute craft for kids to do at a Frozen party! If the kids are too small to handle the small pieces, just make the bags ahead of time to hand out as treat bags. If using as a craft, simplify it by cutting the small pieces out ahead of time and let the kids put them together! Whatever you decide, I know kids will be delighted with this Olaf Gift Bag! Patterns are included below.

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Materials:

White fun foam for the face and teeth (this makes it sturdy for the pipe cleaners) If you use white construction paper, use black curly ribbon instead of the pipe cleaners.

Black, brown, and orange fun foam or construction paper – either works   The brown for the arms works better with fun foam or cardstock paper.

Black pipe cleaners

White lunch bags  -( I got mine at Walmart next to the regular brown lunch bags in the grocery section)

Glue that works with fun foam

Hint: some of the pieces are easier to cut out of construction paper. It is cheaper, too!

I used a combination of foam and construction paper.

Patterns…..

 

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Directions:

Fold down the top of the lunch bag 3 inches

 

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Cut the face from white fun foam or construction paper.

Tilt and glue on white lunch bag and trim the folded down part of the bag to fit the fun foam face.

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Cut and glue face pieces.  The black centers for the eyes are hard to cut for kids. Use a black permanent marker for the small eye circles, if you wish.

Make the eye brows with a black marker

Cut sticks out of brown fun foam for the arms

Cut pipe cleaner into thirds. Twist together and stick through the top of the foam face or glue on the back of the head. If you used construction paper, use black curling ribbon and glue on top of the head. Thin black strips of black construction paper works, too!

Because the fun foam has more weight than the construction paper, secure by sides with a paper clip or tape so that Olaf stands up straight.

 

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What a fun gift bag for under the tree or favors at a Frozen party!

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Enjoy!

Phyllis

 

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DIY Snowman Lights

Here’s an easy project for Christmas! The DIY Snowman Lights are so cute when lit at night. They make a great night-light for a kid’s room or a decoration anywhere. Because they are snowmen, you can keep them out through the winter. They don’t take long to make, either!

 

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I found this idea on Craftsforallseasons.  They used wire mesh for hats, but when I found the material at a craft store, it was very expensive! Instead, I used those cheap one-size-fits-all gloves. I ,also, just painted the faces with acrylic paints. I will use these at our grandchildren’s place-settings at the Christmas table. Afterwards, they’ll become a night-light in their room.

DIY Snowman Lights Materials:

Small clear glass “fish bowls”    (The small “fish bowls” are found at the dollar store. ) aka “rose bowls”

“One-size-fits-all”  gloves

Krylon Frosted Glass Spray Paint (use a coupon on this if you can)  Be sure to read directions and follow closely!

Acrylic Black and Orange Paint or Glass paints

Acrylic Spray Sealer – optional

 

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Directions: 

Spray clear glass bowls lightly – let dry and repeat with several coats

Apply faces with paint (glass paint may also be used, but it is more expensive)

 

 

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Next……

 

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Now, fit the hat over the top of the vase or fishbowl…..   An LED tea-light or glow stick is easily placed inside by removing the hat.  Do not use a regular candle tea-light!

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I like the white light of the LED tea-lights…..

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Wasn’t that easy? 

Enjoy!

Phyllis

 

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Nativity Ornament Craft

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Christmas crafts are not only fun to make , but also create memories! I especially like Christmas crafts that relate to the real meaning of Christmas. This Nativity Ornament Craft is one of my favorites! It is easy to make, too, with some adult supervision!! Not only is it great for a tree ornament, but it stands on its own for a nativity display!

Supplies:

Total of 17 whole wooden popsicle sticks.

2 flat wooden clothespins

small wooden ball (1/8″ diameter) or Sculpey to make your own ball

small piece of cloth

thin gold string or thread

Raffia

wooden star

moss or hay(cut up raffia)

Glue gun

Directions:

Cut 4  popsicle sticks in half at a slant.

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You need 2 Flat Wooden Clothespins for each Nativity. (2  1/2 inch size)

Cut as shown…

 

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Start by laying one stick across the bottom and gluing two half sticks at each end. Be sure the angles are as shown.

 

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Glue two sticks at the top, crossing in the middle…

 

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Repeat 4 times.  (more if you want your stable deeper)

On the back, glue one stick in the middle as shown….

 

 

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Lay two other sticks along side to measure proper height. Mark with a pencil and cut with heavy scissors or small saw.

 

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Glue in place on the back…..

 

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For the baby Jesus, use a small square of material (I cut-up an old t-shirt ).

Since I couldn’t find any small wooden beads, I made them using Sculpey. I baked several sizes to get the right one. The bead was approximately 1/8-1/4 inch in diameter. I made these ahead of time as they were so tiny that it was hard for kids to manage. I cut a piece of gold thread and glued it on for the halo. Now, fold the material corner to corner and then the bottom corner up (like folding a baby in a blanket). Glue together and glue the head sticking out. The kids just had to glue baby Jesus on the nativity scene with a little “hay” underneath.

 

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 Glue Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in the manger.

Add a raffia bow and wooden star.

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My grandchildren wanted to add faces to their nativity ornament craft! They made the details before gluing them on. Cute! I love that they added their special touches. Besides, kids don’t like faceless people!

 

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Now this is the reason for the season!

 

Phyllis

 

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Merry Cherry Bars

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

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

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1 cup margarine

1 tsp almond extract

1 egg

2 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

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

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

 

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

 

Directions:

Mix sugar, margarine, almond extract, and egg.

Stir in flour and salt

Add chopped Candied Cherries to the batter

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

 

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Press dough into ungreased pan.

 

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

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Press chopped M&M’s into the dough.

 

Bake at 300 degrees for 27-30 minutes.

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

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

When frosting is set, remove bars.

Using a spatula, lift bars from pan.

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

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

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

 

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

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

 

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Christmas Tree Lollipop Holder

 

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

Materials for the Christmas Tree Lollipop Holder:

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

Gold and green thread

Gold glitter paint writer

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

Brown felt (for trunk)

 

Directions:

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

Cut the sides to look like branches.

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

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

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

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

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Add a foam glitter star on top!

 

 

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

 

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Snowman Gift Bag

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

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

The materials are inexpensive and easy to find.

Materials:

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

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

2 black buttons

1  or 1  1/4 inch wide ribbon any color

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

Permanent Marker or black crayon

 

Directions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glue buttons on for eyes or draw black circles.

Add black dots with a permanent marker for the mouth.

Cut an orange triangle for a nose and add last.

Your bag is done!

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

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

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

 

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Preschool Pumpkin Craft

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

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Materials:

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

Orange and Black  Construction Paper

Glue, scissors

Brown Crayon

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Have fun!

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#4 Fall Idea House

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

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

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

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

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

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A peek into the second bedroom…..

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Fall Arrangement in a Vintage Caddy

Fall Arrangement in a Vintage Caddy….

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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Happy Fall Decorating!

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15 Garden Tablesettings

Garden Tablesettings

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!

 

15 Garden Tablesettings

 

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15 Garden Tablesettings

 

15 Garden Tablesettings

 

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

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  Garden Centerpiece 3

  Garden Centerpiece 5

The luncheon was lovely to say the least.

Did these Garden Tablesettings inspire you?

Hope you enjoyed viewing them!

Phyllis

 

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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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Front Porch Tour grandparentsplus.com

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

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

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

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

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

Phyllis

 

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Flower Arranging Using Hosta Leaves

 

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

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

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

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

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

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This little arrangement uses Dark Victory leaves….

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 These are Guacamole  leaves….

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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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 2014 Part 4   grandparentsplus.com

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

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

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

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

 

Thanks for stopping in and Happy Decorating!

Phyllis

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Spring Idea House 2014 – Part 3

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

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

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

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The shelving is made from re-purposed gym benches.

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

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Here’s a better look at the inside….

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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Next, is the spare bedroom……

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Spring Idea House 2014 – Part 2

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Their version…..

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My version…..

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

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Next on to the kitchen…..

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

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Open shelving in the kitchen shows off the color scheme.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Happy decorating and thanks for stopping by!

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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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