Christmas Tree from a Sweatshirt

Christmas Trees from a Sweatshirt


The stores are full of Christmas decorations and I’ve seen trees made from everything imaginable! There are burlap trees, felt, wooden, yarn, sequined, painted, feathered etc……

Here are some interesting yarn ones…

Christmas Trees

Have you ever seen one from a sweatshirt?

Well, the other night, I needed some trees for a cabin themed table setting. I didn’t have nubby yarn so thought I’d  make some felt trees. My supply of green felt wasn’t enough so I went looking for something usable for this project.  In my closet, I have certain clothes that I have for “painting”.  My eyes fell on my green sweatshirt with paint stains on the outside. When I turned the sweatshirt inside out, I found that it had a wonderful texture and decided I would try to make a tree from it.

Christmas Tree from a Sweatshirt


Christmas Tree from a Sweatshirt

First, I made a cone from tag-board. I merely taped it together.

Christmas Tree from a Sweatshirt

Next, I cut a strip of the fabric and glued it on the base so that the white cone wouldn’t show through the fringed layer.

Christmas Tree from a Sweatshirt

Then I cut the strips about two inches in width for these small trees. Cutting half way up, I fringed the strips.

Christmas Trees from a Sweatshirt

Start wrapping each layer and gluing in place.

Christmas Trees from a Sweatshirt

Continue to the top!

Christmas Trees from a Sweatshirt

When you reach the top, take a small strip and glue together gathering the top and holding in place with a paper clip until dry.

Christmas Trees from a Sweatshirt

Finally, once it is dry, you can decorate it with snow (paint), add red balls, green glitter or whatever you choose.  Paint is easily added to the sweatshirt fabric either before or after you wrap the pieces or add some fake snow.


 Christmas Trees from a Sweatshirt!

There you go! Bet you never thought of using a sweatshirt this way before!  By the way, I still have my paint sweatshirt as I just used part of the sleeves. Now it is a “short- sleeved paint sweatshirt” unless I decide to make more trees!

Cost: $0.00

You might be on the lookout for green sweatshirts at a thrift store!




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Thanksgiving Place Setting for Kids

If you have kids at your Thanksgiving celebration, this Thanksgiving Place Setting for Kids idea might be just right for you!

Thanksgiving Place Setting for Kids

At Thanksgiving, I set a “child-friendly” special table for the grandchildren. This Thanksgiving Place Setting for Kids is perfect to keep them occupied both before and after dinner.

First, I cover the table with paper and secure it underneath with tape. I’ve used butcher paper and newsprint. Hint: Go to a local small newspaper and ask for the ends of the rolls. There is plenty of paper left and usually it is only a couple of dollars. It makes great drawing paper and it will last you for years!

Kids don’t need a huge dinner plate so I use a salad plate at each place.  Draw around the perimeter of the plate with a marker. Add the details, but do not add color!

Thanksgiving Place Setting for Kids

When finished, it will look like this…..

Thanksgiving Place Setting for Kids

Place a glass with crayons at each place and let them color and fill the center with things for which they are thankful. This goes perfectly with the Turkey Tootsie Pop Holder and the Turkey favor made from a toilet paper roll! Check out those posts, too! Together, these become a perfect Thanksgiving Place Setting for kids

Thanksgiving Placesetting for kids


Thanksgiving Placesetting for Kids

Thanksgiving Placesetting for Kids

 Have fun and Happy Thanksgiving!



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Christmas Idea House 2013 – Part 2

Christmas Idea House Part 2


Welcome to the second post highlighting ideas from the Christmas Idea House 2013. I never tire of seeing creative decorating ideas that inspire me. It certainly gets my creative juices going. I think that is why Pinterest has become so popular. Lots of great ideas are right at your fingertips! In the Idea House there are certainly lots of ideas  too! Have fun checking them out….

In the dining room ……..

Christmas Idea House 2013 Part 2 I am a big fan of  red and white. While it makes a stunning impact at Christmas time, it works for Valentines, 4th of July and other occasions, too! A red and white striped table runner gives great texture along with extra color.

Notice the white ginger pot which is not necessarily Christmas related, but lights up the table with an LED light placed inside. It, too, is usable at other times of the year. I love that it is so versatile.

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In the Idea House, the napkin is wrapped with roping and a felt ornament.

My version of a red and white table-setting using what I already have is this……

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The little red stockings were some old decorations that I used as napkin rings/holders. Tall, clear tea light holders used in the center are from the dollar store. Just think outside he box for a tablecloth as this one is a bedspread! For the  centerpiece, I had  a large red vase and filled it with water and a floating candle. On the bottom is a submersible LED light hidden with glass accent gems to disperse the light. At night, it casts a colorful glow!


Notice the drama added to the chandelier! Long ornaments and garlands give it that special Christmas look!


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This Idea House is an old house with radiators! I love how they used a drip pan filled with dried items and lined up various sizes of trees on top of the radiator. You don’t even notice the old radiator as your eyes are drawn to the trees.!


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Another view of the dining room with the  trees in the background …..


Christmas Idea House 2013 Part 2



Inside the buffet are lit branches in white glass vases.  If you don’t have white vases, paint clear ones from a thrift shop!

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Now, this is for the wood pallet enthusiasts! When the garage workshop warms up in the spring, I’ll be using this idea!

Christmas Idea House 2013 Part 2


More tablescapes were set up in another room!


Christmas Idea House part 2


Black and Gold!

Christmas Idea House Part 2


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Christmas Idea House   Part 2

 A similar version using my china……



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I used gold angel accents with a wire angel as an accent to the left of the placesetting and angel ornament used as a napkin ring. Christmas Idea House 2013  Part 2

Were you inspired to set a wonderful table? For me, it is one of the fun things I enjoy about entertaining.

Hope you saw some ideas for your holiday festivities. More to come in Part 3!



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Turkey Tootsie Pop Holder – Video Tutorial

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This is from the archives……..

 This little Turkey Tootsie Pop Holder makes a fun addition to your Thanksgiving table! Use it as a candy favor for the young ones or a napkin holder for the adults. You probably have the felt and eyes already in your craft supplies so the cost is very inexpensive for this darling turkey! It doesn’t take very long to make. If using as a Thanksgiving craft, cut out the pieces and let the kids put them together!

Turkey Tootsie Pop Holder – Video Tutorial


Felt colors (thin felt) : brown, light brown, red, black, white, gold and other colors for feathers

Brown felt – Cut 2   – 3″ x 3  3/4″ rectangles  for body

Cut 7- 2″ x 2  1/2″ felt rectangles for feathers – various colors

Cut 1 – 2″ x 1″ felt rectangle for the head  – light brown

Cut 1- 1″ x 1  1/2″ felt rectangle for wattle – red ( or a red pipe cleaner)

Cut 1 – 1  1/2″ x 1  1/4″ black felt rectangle for hat

Small narrow band from white felt for hat band

Small square of gold felt for buckle on hat

Small gold triangle for beak

2 small  googly eyes or small white circles from felt

embroidery thread or any dark thread (or machine stitched, too)

Watch the video….


Cut two from brown felt for the body

Stitch around the body making sure the narrowest part is large enough for the Tootsie roll pop (Be sure it is a minimum of  1 and 3/4″ wide at the narrowest part of your stitching.)

Turkey Tootsie Pop Holder

Glue feathers to the back.

Add remaining details. Each one has an individual personality!


Turkey Tootsie Pop Holder






Turkey Tootsie Pop Holder

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Monkey Bread Round-Up (Savory)

Monkey Bread Round-Up (Savory)


My first post of Monkey Bread Round-Up was all sweet variations. This one is all savory. When you want a bread to go with a meal, these are excellent choices. Remember that Monkey Bread is also called, Bubble Bread, Hungarian Coffee Cake, Pinch-me-Cake, Bubble Loaf, and Golden Crown.


#1  Mexican Bubble Bread

Mexican Bubble Bread - perfect combo with chili


Go to: NestofPosies

#2  Cheesy Bacon Variety

cheesy bacon bread-recipe

Go to: CreationsbyKara

#3  Garlic Monkey Bread

Go to EatCakeforDinner


#4.  Chicken Cheese    (This one is a meal!)

Go to erecipecards

#5. Cheesy Onion Monkey Bread

Cheesy Onion Monkey Bread

Go to Midnight Baker

6.  Herbed Parmesan

Herbed Monkey Bread - Paula's savory monkey bread starts with store-bought biscuits for an easy pull-apart bread covered in Parmesan cheese.

Go to FoodNetwork

#7. Savory Monkey Bread

Savory Monkey Bread

Go to GoodnessGracious

#8  Pepperoni Monkey Bread

This is made with pizza dough! You can buy ready-made pizza dough at your grocery store or favorite pizza place or make your own!

Go to Thecoupongoddess

#9  Cheese and Onion …..

This is somewhat similar to the other cheese and onion only this one uses browned onions. When Vadalia onions are in season, this would be especially good!

Cheese and onion monkey bread

Go to HeatherChristo

#10.  Queso-Stuffed …..

Family favorite monkey bread is made into a delicious savory version with three kinds of cheese, crispy bacon, and chiles wrapped inside refrigerated biscuits. Bake until golden, then have fun pulling apart all the layers of warm filled bread balls. Go to BetterRecipes

#11. Taco Monkey Bread

No one will be able to resist this clever, savory take on monkey bread! Blogger Brooke McLay from Cheeky Kitchen creates Viva la Taco Monkey Bread pairing spicy taco meat and sharp Cheddar cheese tossed with Pillsbury® Grands!® Flaky Layers refrigerated biscuits to make this easy, delicious recipe.

Go to Pillsbury

#12  Garlic Parmesan Monkey Bread

Go to thevirtuouswife

Now you have some varieties to serve at dinner! I’m sure you can think of other things to add to these recipes. Make it your own and have fun!



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Christmas Idea House 2013 – Part 1

2013 Christmas Idea House Part 1 The 2013 Christmas Idea House was filled with fun, unique items. I love that I always find some surprises of re-purposing old things in new ways. Once again, I was not disappointed!

The outside of the Idea House was so festive and colorful. The arrangements all featured bright reds! You could not miss the flower boxes and outside pots filled with greens highlighted with the red!

2013 Christmas Idea House


Christmas Idea House part 1



The porch was set-up as a Cocoa Bar!

Christmas Idea House 2013 Notice the cute snowmen made from log segments. These would be easy to do if you had access to the wood. The Christmas trees under the large pot are wooden tree ornaments.


Here’s a closer look at the wooden snowmen……


Christmas Idea house 2013

Sweets to add to your cocoa were displayed on this cute toboggan.


Christmas Idea House 2013



The porch windows were accented with Christmas dishtowels fastened with chalkboard clips.


Christmas Idea 2013


  The front ledge was decorated with luminaries lit with an LED candle in between bouquets of greenery.


Christmas idea House 2013


Now this is unique! Talk about re-purposing!

Christmas Idea House 2013

Anyone have access to a semi? Well, these truck tire rims stacked together sure make an interesting conversation piece. Adding a glass top makes a one-of-a-kind side table! The inside was filled with artificial greens and large pine cones.

Christmas Idea House   A display of Christmas trees! Christmas Trees

Wooden trees with thick nubby yarn give a great textured look.

Next, this is a simple idea, too!  

Christmas Idea House  

Which idea was your favorite?

More coming in Part 2!

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Monkey Bread Round-Up (Sweet)

Monkey Bread Round-Up (Sweet)

I love Monkey Bread so I decided to put some of my favorite variations all in one place. I hope you enjoy Monkey Bread, too!

I’ve wondered where the name “Monkey Bread” came from and who started it. Well, after a bit of research, the name probably was given  because you pick it apart and eat a bit at a time just like monkeys do. I don’t find that very flattering, but guess it fits. Nancy Reagan said that the name was given because you “monkey around” with it so much when you make it! Another theory is that the bread looks like the Monkey Puzzle Tree, a relative of the Norfolk Pine Tree.

Monkey bread has other names, too such as:  Hungarian coffee cake, pinch-me-cake, bubble loaf, and golden crown.

The bread has some fancy roots as Nancy Reagan served it at the White House and it was always served at Christmas time at their ranch.

Enough of the background so let’s get going on the wonderful sweet variations of this bread.

#1  Carmel Apple Monkey Bread


Caramel Apple Monkey Bread from #caramel #appleGo to: momontimeout

#2 Lemon Monkey Bread

Lemon Monkey Bread

Go to Pillsbury

#3. Strawberry – Blueberry Monkey Bread

Berry Stuffed Monkey Bread Strawberry Blueberry Stuffed Monkey Bread #SundaySupper


Go to: Daily Dish Recipes

#4.  Chocolate Cinnamon Monkey Bread

Go to:   WhatsCookingLove

#5. Orange Monkey Bread

Go to:  SixSistersStuff

#6.  German Chocolate Monkey Bread

German Chocolate Monkey Bread

Go to: HeatherCristo

#7.  Peach Monkey Bread

Peach Monkey Buns

Go to: A Sweet Baker

#8. Monkey Bread with Butterscotch Pudding

Quick and Easy Monkey Bread Recipe

Go to: Allrecipes

#9. Chocolate-Kissed

Chocolate-Kissed Monkey Bread

Go to: Recipes

#10.  Berry and Cream Cheese

These are made with pizza dough. A nice powdered sugar or cream cheese frosting compliments these…

Go to: Spoonful

#11. Strawberry Cream Cheese

This recipe uses Bisquick, but you can substitute refrigerated rolls, too!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Monkey Bread

Go to: Betty Crocker

#12. Raspberry Cream Cheese Monkey Bread

On this one, you can substitute any flavor…..

monkey bread recipe

Go to: Madamedeals

#13  Pumpkin Monkey Bread    (I had to add one more!)

Simple Pumpkin Monkey Bread Recipe

Go to Mad in Crafts

Now make up your own with these basic recipes. One is for frozen bread dough and the other is for refrigerated biscuits.

Monkey Bread using frozen dinner rolls:

2 dozen dinner roll dough balls

1 -3 0z pkg.  of instant or regular vanilla pudding

1/2 c. melted butter

2 Tbsp. milk

1 cup brown sugar

Nuts – optional

Spread frozen dough balls in bottom of greased pan. (bundt or angel food pan) Sprinkle dry pudding mix over the rolls. Melt butter and add brown sugar and milk. Mix well and pour over rolls. Cover and let rise at room temperature overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Butter top after done. Invert immediately onto a plate.

Monkey Bread  – using refrigerated biscuits

4 tubes of buttermilk biscuits

1/4 to 1/2 cup of nuts (optional)

1 cup sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

Melt the following together until smooth:

3/4 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar


Cut biscuits into quarters. Mix sugar and cinnamon and dip each biscuit piece in sugar mixture until well coated. Sprinkle nuts into bottom of a well-greased Bundt or Angel food pan. Place coated biscuits over nuts. Pour the butter/brown sugar mixture over biscuits. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Carefully invert onto a plate.

Monkey Bread Round-Up

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Thanksgiving Devotional for Families

Five Grains of Corn

This true Thanksgiving story makes a great Thanksgiving Devotional for Families.

Thanksgiving Devotional for Families


In early New England at Thanksgiving time it was customary to place five grains of corn at every plate. It was a  reminder of those stern days in the first winter when the food of the Pilgrims was so depleted that only five grains of corn were rationed to each individual at a time. They wanted their children to remember the sacrifices,the sufferings, the hardships which made possible the settlement of a free people in a free land. They did not want their descendants to forget those days when only seven healthy colonists remained to nurse the sick, and nearly half their number lay in the “windswept grave yard on the hill.” The use of five grains of corn placed by each plate was a fitting reminder of a heroic past.

Place 5 grains of corn at each place-setting. Read the story above and have each person share five things they are thankful for this Thanksgiving. Perhaps there have been hardships this past year for your family, but remember God’s blessings through both the good and bad times.

After each person shares 5 blessings around the table, read the Thanksgiving Proclamation by George Washington

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

George Washington

(For small kids, simplify the words and explain what they mean)


Kids at school are reminded to be thankful for what we have, but who do we thank? The Bible says to thank the Lord God Almighty!

Great Bible verses to read:   (There are so many, but here’s a few…)

Have these each on a slip of paper at each place.  Go around the table and each person reads their verse.

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name
Psalm 69:30

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 95:2

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalm 9:1

 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
Psalm 7:17

I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.

Colossians 3:15

 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

1 Corinthians 15:57

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
Psalm 100

Hope this gives you some ideas for your Thanksgiving Devotional time at your family table.

 Happy Thanksgiving!



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