Easter table, golden eggs and polka dots

While going through all my things that were packed away in the basement, I found my collection of green depression glass and that was the starting point for this table.  I knew I wanted it to be fun and festive. What’s more fun than polka dots? I added metallic gold faux eggs  for a festive touch. Here’s how I created the tablescape.

Easter table with golden eggs

The eggs and urn were spray painted with the blogger’s BFF, spray paint. The china, with a golden ring around the edge and the golden chargers are all part of a set I got at Sam’s Club a long time ago.

Easter table

I used metallic paint and a foam pouncer brush to make the dots on an old tablecloth. It was a  quick and easy little project. The trick  is having just the right amount of paint on the brush, but it’s pretty forgiving and you can go back over it if there’s not enough paint.

golden eggs

Coffee cups, lined up down the center of the table, hold the golden eggs in a little nest of green moss. I think the flowers look fake but they’re real grocery store flowers. Lately I can’t resist grocery store bouquets.

polka dot Easter table

The depression glass adds a bit of green color. The turquoise napkins are from TJmaxx and the patterned bowls are from Big Lots.

polka dot tablecloth

I think the polka dots are so cute! An unexpected touch of whimsy!

natural dye Easter egg

Mottled green eggs in a napkin nest are nestled in the bowls.

green egg

I rolled up the napkins diagonally and tucked them in the bowls. Then fluffed them up a little bit to create the nests.


Have a very Happy Easter.


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jadite collection and Lemon yellow

Cleaning out the basement seems to be something I do every year at about this time and each year I get rid of more and more stuff but still have so much. I came across my collection of Fire King Jadite and decided to get it out and use it occasionally……why have it if it’s just stashed away in a box is my new motto.

jadite vase

The pretty soft green color brightens up the kitchen and looks good on the baker’s rack.

jar of lemons

I found this cute little peep and paired it with yellows flowers in a Jadite vase and a jar of  lemons.

jadite collection

The pyrex bowls on the top shelf draw out the colors in the painting.

jadite with lemon square

This pretty tablecloth is from Target…..

lemon square on jadite

and the lemon squares are from Betty Crocker. Yep, a mix and pretty darn good too!

It’s looking so much like Spring! The sunshine has renewed my energy and I’m getting lots of little projects done….yeah!

What have you been up to lately?

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Pops of bright color to welcome Spring

This post should be titled, purple bunnies, gold and silver eggs, painted glass jars and DIY Easter grass…….so many colorful things going on!   Painting glass jars has been done all over blogland and I’m slow to hopping on this trend but I decided to try painting mason jars with Valspar’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid. It’s a bright color and not to everyone’s liking but in small doses it looks pretty…..that’s just my opinion.  A bouquet of flowers from the grocery store looks perfect in the painted jar helps, brightens up the kitchen and my mood. I had a serious case of the winter doldrums!

painted mason jar

I really like this cheery look in my kitchen. The tablecloth is from Target and the “move mountains” tag was with a Miss Mustard seed tee shirt that I won.

radiant orchid painted mason jar

I used primer on the jars before I painted them. You can see brush strokes but that adds to the charm!

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Next I painted a glass vase that had a design on it. Here it is after primer. It even looks pretty with just the primer.

painted vase radiant orchid

Painting it helped  make the design more noticeable. I added pussy willow stems and put it in the dining room and there it is! Amazing what a little color can do!

radiant orchid painted vase

It’s a nice punch of color in the corner of the room. I think Valspar may have chosen this color because it complements the grays and greige colors that are so popular now. Could be….

Easter bunny centerpiece

The verdict is out on these painted bunnies. Since they were in need of freshening up they got painted too.

Easter bunny radiant orchid gold eggs

This will be the centerpiece at Easter. Orchid bunnies and gold and silver eggs! It’ll be whimsical for sure.

gold and silver Easter eggs

The faux eggs were spray painted with metallic gold and silver. There’s also gold and silver wrapping paper in the Easter grass. No need to buy Easter grass. Just put it through your paper shredder.  You could use any colorful paper. Leftover wrapping paper, magazines or any shredded paper.

I’m so glad that cold and dark weather is almost gone and it helps to lighten up with some bright color inside…….a little Radiant Orchid, some fresh flowers, purple bunnies, pretty shredded paper and gold and silver eggs! Yes it’s Spring…..finally!

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Treating sinus issues with essential oils

Hand sanitizer is my BFF. I scrub my hands often, take zinc everyday and I still developed a sinus thing with pressure across my face, under my eyes and


yes fear

of antibiotics.

Antibiotics and I don’t get along well. I had C diff two times from taking antibiotics. If you don’t know what c diff is, take it from me, it is the nastiest nasty of nasties!  You don’t want to have to deal with it EVER!.

Before it turned into a full blown infection, I turned to a natural solution for my sinus problems, essential oils..  Here’s the story of how I controlled my sinus problem using essential oils and other natural remedies.

neti pot

My sinuses were clogged……again and I had lots of pressure across my face. I got out my  Neti pot and added the saline/baking powder packet and 1/4 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide to warm water. If you’ve never used a Neti pot before, it’s a little strange. It’s used to rinse out your sinuses.

nasal rinse neti pot

I popped some zinc in my mouth and took a long detox bath by adding a cup of baking soda and 2 cups of Epsom salts to the water. Be careful getting out of the tub after a detox bath , you may feel light headed or weak.

Next I started oiling every 4 hours.

my sinus story, essential oils

Thieves, lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus, purification, pan away and melaleuca, also known as tea tree oil, are the oils I used. All oils are from Young Living. Eucalyptus and pan away not pictured here.

I rubbed my feet with thieves oil. I suggest looking for a vita flex  map of a foot to help determine where the oils might best be applied.  U Tube has some helpful videos on this subject.      

I rubbed tea tree and purification on my temples, across the sinus area on my forehead and under my nose. I rubbed pan away behind my ears.

  pan away

I rubbed the back of my neck and throat with lemon, eucalyptus and peppermint.


Young living diffuser

I diffused different blends of of these oils throughout the day.

I ate chicken soup, (it was Campbell’s)  inhaled steam with a few drops of eucalyptus oil added and used the Neti pot 3 times the first day.

Later in the day I noticed the sinus pressure was only on one side. This was the same day! I was truly amazed!

On day 2 I had no sinus pressure just a runny nose. I continued the oiling routine for 3 days and by the 4th day was feeling completely better! 

It’s crazy  how well and how quickly the oils worked. I am a convert for sure.  I recently joined up with Young Living and am really enjoying learning all about oils. Are you using essential oils?

Disclaimer; I am not a Doctor or a homeopathic practitioner. This is based on my own personal experience. Please read all precautions about an oil before you use it.  Test an oil on a small spot on your foot before you use it.  Be careful applying oils around your eyes.   Please do research before using oils on children. All oils are not created equal, make sure to use the purest forms.

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A favorite pie, Fudgey Chocolate Pie

A chocolate pie, what could be better except a chocolate cake! Here’s a recipe I love, it’s a fudge pie, a chocolatey fudgey pie.

Yum. Yum. Yum.

I made this recipe recently and some home-made whipped cream and it was heavenly on a cold winter day!

chocolate pie

Fudgey chocolate pie

Cook time 40 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Chocolate and fudge pie for the chocolate lover.


  • 9" baked pie crust
  • 1 1/2 stick butter, (12 ounces)
  • 3oz unsweetened chocolate, (3 squares)
  • 3 large room temperature eggs
  • 1 large room temperature egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


In heavy saucepan over low heat, melt butter and chocolate. Cook slowly, stirring until melted, set aside for later.
Beat 3 eggs and 1 yolk to combine.
Mix sugar and flour together and beat with eggs.
Stir in vanilla and melted chocolate/butter mixture.
Pour into baked crust.
Bake at 325 for about 40 minutes or until set.


Pie is done when filling is set and a knife inserted comes out clean.





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How to repair crumbled and cracked powdered makeup

Why is there a nylon stocking on my expensive powdered makeup? It looks ridiculous I know, but it did solve the problem for the short term, until I decided it was just to wacky to have a nylon on your makeup! The nylon was wrapped around the compact, over the powder and tied in the back. Dumb.

I can’t be the only one dealing with crumbled and cracked up makeup. There HAS to be a better way to remedy this problem.

make up compact

Here’s what I was dealing with.

Ever happen to you?

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Its an easy fix. Just put a little alcohol on the powder and tamp it down with a paper towel. About a capful should do it.

You could use vodka too if you are so inclined.

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Cover it with a paper towel and tamp it down with a lid or something….I used a bottle of hand soap which happened to be the perfect size.

repairing compact makeup

Let it set overnight or until it dries and just as easy as that………


good as new!

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Just look at it now….. amazing what a little cosmetic surgery can do!

cosmetic surgery…………….

Are you cracking up now? cracking up, get it……  Sorry

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  This method could be used to repair any type of powdered make up, even eye shadow. I’m so glad I found a way to repair this compact…..this stuff is expensive! Smile


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Make a moss ball with plastic bags

When I was putting together my Valentine’s mantel, I  wanted to add something green and thought moss balls would be the answer. Not having any Styrofoam balls at home and not wanting to go out in the middle of yet another snow storm, I had to put on my thinking cap to come up with a substitute.  What did I have at home that I could shape into a sphere? I thought of aluminum foil, newspaper, plastic wrap, plastic……………bags! Grocery store bags.

DIY plastic bag moss ball

I love the way this plastic bag moss ball looks, it’s a touch of green while waiting for Spring to arrive.

plastic grocery bags

This is only about one quarter of the plastic bags I have at home.  We do take them back to the store for recycling though. But boy do they ever accumulate!  Did you know these facts about plastic bags?  Makes you think twice about using so many of them!

Every year the United States uses 30 billion plastic bags. Each bag you reuse has the potential to eliminate an average of 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime. The average family accumulates 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store. We throw away almost 100 billion plastic bags every year, and only 1 percent to 3 percent are ever recycled. Plastic bags are not biodegradable. They clog waterways and end up in landfills where they take 1,000 years or more to break down into smaller pieces that pollute the soil and water. Plastic bags also pose a serious danger to birds and marine mammals that mistake them for food. Thousands die each year after swallowing or choking on discarded plastic bags. Producing plastic bags requires millions of gallons of petroleum that could be used for transportation or heating.

Well, that’s not good. I think I’ll make a real effort to remember to use the cloth bags from now on.

plastic bags

Here’s how I made the plastic bag spheres. Put a bunch of bags inside a bag and shape into a ball. Keep adding bags and smashing it into a round shape. Tape it together and that’s it.

plastic bags for moss balls

The spheres may not be perfectly round but that’s ok. You can shape it more as you go along. You’ll need a small brush, some glue and moss. Plain  white school glue is what I used and it worked fine. I think hot glue would melt the plastic so I didn’t even try using it.bagged moss

I had this moss from the Dollar store in my stash and used about 2 bags per ball.

craft moss

Each bag had 4 different kinds of moss.

Warning, MESS ALERT, this is a very messy project so be prepared. At this point I stopped taking pictures because my hands were full of glue and moss. Just brush on some glue, add a little moss, press it on and repeat. I took a little break and allowed the glue to dry when I was about half finished with each sphere.

moss balls on mantel

They look good on the mantel atop pretty white ironstone vases.

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This was a quick project and a good way to reuse those plastic bags. I felt pretty good using up some of those bags.

Here’s another previous plastic bag project, you might remember the burlap pumpkins.burlap pumpkins

 5 minutes to craft a burlap pumpkin.  I made them in several versions. Plastic bags can be used in lots of different ways and I’ll be trying to think up new ways to use them for Spring and Easter crafts.

Hey, we are getting a little warmer here! Temperatures in the 40’s, WOW it’s a heat wave! Come on Spring!

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Non-traditional Valentine’s mantel 2014

I really needed to add a little cheer inside because I’m feeling a bit stir crazy!  Wanting to do something different besides the usual reds and pinks, the Valentine’s mantel is dressed up in pretty shades of blue and green. I added in some white pottery and puffy hearts, along with DIY moss balls and pretty ribbon for a fresh, light look to chase away those winter blues.

neutral valentines mantel

We’ve used our gas fireplace more this year than previous winters! It’s been so cold and this thing throws off plenty of heat.

fabric hearts

To make the puffy hearts, I cut out heart shapes and sewed them together but left a little opening to stuff in some batting, then I finished sewing them.  I left the edges raw and like their imperfect look. It was a quick and easy project for a cold day.

valentines mantel 2014 puffy hearts

Puffy hearts are hanging from ribbon on each end of the mantel.

braided ribbon on mantel

Braided strands of ribbon are strung across the mantel.

moss ball DIY

These pretty little birds help remind me that Spring is on it’s way. It can’t get here soon enough for me!

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The moss balls are a DIY project that I’ll share soon. They aren’t made out of foam balls…..that’s all I’m saying!

moss balls on mantel

More puffy hearts are hung from ribbon on the mirror.

family room stone fireplace

So there it is; puffy hearts, pretty ribbon, moss balls and little birds. Now come on Spring!

white tulips

The pretty white tulips are from the grocery store. There’s nothing like fresh flowers to brighten things up!

Happy Valentine’s day!


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Apple Galette, french apple tart

If you love pie then you will love galette too. Sometimes called a French tart or a free form pie, a galette is nothing more than a pie without the pressure of making a pretty crust. There’s still a crust but it’s not so fussy, especially if you use store bought frozen puff pastry, which I love! It’s flaky and delicious! Even though it’s not a fancy pie, it is delicious like a pie!

apple galette recipe

Isn’t it so pretty? It’s easy too!

The complete recipe is at the bottom of the post. After preparing the apples, you work with the puff pastry. There will be 2 sheets in a box. Unroll one thawed sheet onto a lightly floured baking sheet. My favorite brand is Pepperidge Farms.

puff pastry

You’ll need to create a square, so cut the second sheet into thirds.

puff pastry apple galette

Use a little water as glue to add one third to one side of the first sheet and add another across the bottom. Where the red lines are is where I added the strips. One strip will be left over. With the left over strip, I roll up a couple of the prepared apples and bake along with the galette. Try to eat that piece while no one’s looking.

french apple tart apple galette

Heap the apples onto the center of the puff pastry square and fold over the edges. This is the part I like, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Smile It’s free form.

apple galette

After baking, you can drizzle the top with a little icing made simply from confectioners sugar and water.

Wasn’t that easy? Isn’t it beautiful? Is it delicious? YES!

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Enjoy cold or warm with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream.

I love this simple recipe!

Apple Galette, French apple tart

Meal type Dessert
Misc Serve Cold, Serve Hot
East French apple tart or apple galette. An easy way to make an apple pie! Apple pie without the pressure.


  • 1 egg (for egg wash)
  • honey or sugar/sweetener
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon flour or almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 box 17.3 ounce frozen puff pastry sheets (2 sheets in box, thawed)
  • 4 medium apples
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice


Peel and core apples, slice thinly
Add cinnamon, allspice, flour, lemon juice to apples. Add sugar or sweetener to desired sweetness.
puff pastry apple galette
Flatten 1 sheet of puff pastry on large cookie sheet or pizza pan. Cut 2nd piece into thirds. Add 1/3 to one side and 1/3 to the bottom to form a large square.
A little water will glue the sheets together. 1/3 piece will be left over to create your own little apple pie.
Heap apples onto the center of pastry.
Fold over edges of pastry to form a rough circular shape.
Brush pastry with beaten egg. Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes or until apples are soft.


This is quick way to make an apple pie without the pressure of creating the perfect crust.

Use the sweetener of your choice for this recipe and adjust it to your taste.

One strip of puff pastry will be leftover. I just roll up a few slices of the prepared apples in this piece and bake it alongside the galette. Enjoy before you cut into your galette!

Optional, after baking drizzle with a simple glaze made from 1/2 c. confectioners sugar and 1 T. water or milk.

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Giveaway, Icon wall stickers

I know you’ll like Icon Wall Stickers as much as I do and this giveaway gives you a change to have some for your home. Icon Wall Stickers is giving away a $50. gift certificate to one lucky reader!

The wall sticker I chose for my home was the swirl rectangular frame. I put it in the hallway that leads from the kitchen to the garage.

chalkboard wall Christmas

Icon Wall Stickers come in many different colors and I chose white. It really stands out on the blackboard walls and is the perfect spot to use for seasonal decorating. At Christmas I put a silly letter to Santa inside the frame.

icon wall sticker, collage

It’s so hard to get a decent photo in this little hallway so I tried photographing it from both directions.

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Here it is decorated for valentine’s day. Even though this walls sticker is large, it was easy to apply and adheres well. There are clear direction on the web site as well as a video explaining how to apply your sticker. It’s really very easy!

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I think using a frame sticker is a great way to showcase children’s art. Using it on a blackboard wall, you could use it to frame a message to your sweetie or even your honey-do list.

There are a massive amount of wall stickers to choose from, everything from Elvis to dogs to skylines, birds, butterflies, places and trains, rock stars to rockets….you get the idea!

Here’s the giveaway. Just follow the directions on Raffelcopter.


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Icon wall Stickers, review

Recently I was contacted by Icon Wall Sticker about a review and giveaway. I was thrilled to be able to try a product that I’ve admired for a long time. You’ve probably seen the cute words on walls in nurseries and laundry rooms but there are so many more possibilities……and I mean so many more! Trying to choose the right one for my home was challenging to say the least!

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They offer Wall Stickers for bathrooms to remind the kids to wash their hands.

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There are cute growth charts for boys and girls

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and lots of great ideas for kids’ rooms.

wall sticker Coffee

This is a large wall sticker, but remember they offer many sizes.

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One of my favorites is this bedtime prayer.

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There are designs for just about every occasion and every room. You can even get a quote on a custom design. If you’re not sure how a sticker will look in your home, email them a photo and they will super-impose the design on the photo and email it back to you!

Each sticker offers the choice of 6 different sizes and 37 colors.

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On Friday come on back to enter the $50.00 giveaway for you own Icon Wall stickers! I’ll show you the wall sticker I choose and the way I use it. I love it by the way!

So take a look at the web site to see which is your favorite and remember to come back on Friday for the giveaway!

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Are you eating your vegetables? Homemade vegetable stock

In summer our garden supplies us with plenty of healthy vegetables but in winter there are no fresh tomatoes or peppers straight from the garden. So I try to get every nutrient possible out of winter vegetables. I like to make my own vegetable stock whenever I’m prepping vegetables for the week. I throw the stems of kale,  greens from broccoli or cauliflower in a pot along with whatever other vegetable I have, like carrots, onions even sweet potatoes. Any vegetable at all. It’s all good.


This pot of stock is made from kale stems and cauliflower leaves, the core of the cauliflower, some tomatoes that were a little past their prime, onions, parsley from my garden that I had frozen and a bunch of carrot peels and ends. Yes, I use the peels to make my stock.

vegetables for stock

This stock was yummy. It had a strong vegetable taste which I love.vegetable stock homemade

After it cooks, I mash it a little with a potato masher then strain it and put it in jars or freezer bags. I freeze it and use it when I’m making homemade soups. It adds so much flavor and must be packed with vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

homemade vegetable stock

The trick to freezing in jars is to allow enough head room for expansion when it freezes. Wide mouth jars work best.

Every time I make vegetable stock it tastes different.  I used the last of my vegetable stock in homemade lentil soup and it was really tasty! The next time you’re cooking up a mess of vegetables try making your own stock for soups, it’s good to the last drop and you can sneak more vegetables in your family’s diet.


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frozen colorful ice orbs, A Pinterest project

With snow and cold all over the place what to do for a little entertainment?

While I was in western NY at my daughter’s house I decided to try a Pintertest project with my 5 year old granddaughter, icy orbs. This is a messy project with water, balloons and food coloring, so be warned. I made a drippy mess with these things! But they turned out pretty good and she was thrilled to show everyone her ice balls in the backyard.

ice globe 1

These pictures were taken with my phone so they’re not so good.

ice globe

They look so small but were actually about the size of a soccer ball. We made 5 balls but one broke and one is still in the freezer for another day.


I thought the icy orbs looked like frozen Easter eggs and if the snow would have been good for a snowman I would have built a snowman/Easter bunny beside the orbs! This snow was the most powdery snow I had ever seen, definitely not good for snowmen making.

Here’s the link to the project on Pintertest. I followed the directions and found that it helped to blow up the balloons to stretch them out first. Basically it’s just water balloons with food coloring in them. I put them in the freezer but probably should have just put them outside to freeze. I used a wash basket to move them to and from the freezer and each orb was wrapped in a plastic bag for a little extra protection in case they broke and one did break in the freezer. It took about 2 days for them to freeze completely. After frozen, cut off the balloon and that’s it.  I don’t think I’d put them on a porch or deck because of the food coloring causing stains but they do look so pretty and twinkly in the snow.mia snow

Even thought it was really cold we were bundled up and had fun in the snow that day!

Do you like being out in the snow?

Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas in the kitchen 2013

The baker’s rack that I like to decorate for every season is decorated for Christmas.. This year I used those pretty and popular blue mason jars and red ornaments along with just a few other decorations. I made the NICE wreath last year and it’s looking great above the baker’s rack. Have you been naughty or nice this year or a little of both?

nice square wreath

Here’s some homemade hot cocoa mix complete with marshmallows, candy canes and festive Christmas mugs. There’s nothing like hot chocolate on a cold winter night!

bakers rack2 christmas

santa figurine and blue mason jars

I’ve had the little red snowman since I was a child and love to put it out every year.

wooden snowman and tree

This wooden snowman and tree were given to me by a sweet friend a long time ago and I love displaying them every year too. The jar is filled with vintage cookie cutters.

chalkboard wall Christmas

Around the corner is a little hallway full of doors that leads to the garage. I never knew what to do with this space and I recently painted the whole wall with chalkboard paint. It’s now the perfect place to post appointments, grocery lists and seasonal art. I’m not a great artist but I do enjoy drawing on the wall!

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The cow’s head, from Décor Steals is fancied up for Christmas with a wreath and a necklace of bright red Christmas ornaments.

icon wall sticker, collage

The focal point of this wall is a pretty frame decal from Icon wall stickers and I’ve got a generous giveaway from them coming soon.

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Even the microwave nook gets glammed up for the holiday.

shelf in kitchen christmas

My collection of Jadite looks so festive with a little Christmas décor. The cute little signs came from the dollar bins at Target. The sweet little Santa boot was given to me by my 4th grade teacher. He was my first male teacher and I was terrified of him but he ended up being one of my favorite teachers. I was so happy when he moved to 5th grade and I had him as a teacher 2 years in a row!

Christmas decor

The branch hanging above the island was a Pinterest inspiration.


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We had a Christmas party on Saturday and the branch was a big hit! You get a big impact from something as simple as a branch! I love it!


Merry Christmas

                  and Happy New Year

to you and yours

from the Bungalow blog!



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Christmas Fireplace 2013

The fireplace is all dressed up for Christmas. I try to come up with a different look every year but sometimes I think it all looks alike!  I’m calling this mantel, rustic glitz, a little rustic and a little sparkle. But anyway, this year the centerpiece is a big twig star.  I had the twig frame left over from a long ago project and added many more twigs to it, painted it white and added Epsom salt snow and glitter.


At night, with the twinkle lights lite and a fire going it looks so pretty.


I’ve had the garland for many years and it’s seen better days for sure. I tuck in some fresh greens to fill it out a bit.

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The burlap ribbon is new this year.

star on mantel

Antlers are layered on a short tree stump.

frosted branches

The urns hold more Epsom salt snowy branches and are wrapped in burlap scarves.

Fireplace hearth greens

More fresh greens are in a galvanized bucket on the hearth.

Fireplace hearth star

The other side of the hearth with another star, more stumps and natural elements.

tree stumps on hearth

I still have some Christmas decorating pictures of the kitchen to post soon. We’ve been busy around here getting ready to host a Christmas party on Saturday so the kitchen has been in a perpetual state of messiness! But it’s a good thing. Smile

Fireplace hearth banner

I hope you are enjoying this season and are remembering why we celebrate! Merry Christmas!

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Unique and creative ways to give money at Christmas

Every year we give money as gifts at Christmas. With some people being hard to buy for. it can get pretty frustrating , that’s why we just give money. I know, I know, lots of people think it’s an impersonal gift but it works for us.  I think teenagers appreciate getting dollars over something  they’ll have to return, like that sweater you think is perfect but is so NOT. I searched the web and found so many cute and creative ideas appropriate for Christmas gift giving.

Creative ways

I searched the web and found so many cute and creative ideas appropriate for Christmas gift giving. Here is just a sampling of what I found. I know I’ll be trying some of these cute ideas.

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From Then She Made, this is a version of a money tree in a Christmas tree shape. It looks cute in a red pot and even has a star on top. It doesn’t look too difficult either. That’s always good!


Here’s another Christmas tree on a home made card featured at Stephanie Lynn. She shares more great ideas on giving money at her site.


Over at Hog Wild About Stamping I found this cute wreath. It looks to be made from 15 ten dollar bills. Yes please, but I wouldn’t want to take it apart.


This star shaped fold looks pretty impressive. You can find the directions and a video tutorial at Hand Made Gifts Made Easy. You’ll hear plenty of oohs and aahs over this one.

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This is from I can’t keep up with a blog with instructions HERE. I think these pretty creations would look great tucked in a potted poinsettia.


From How About Orange, how about a shirt for your best guy, uncle, son, dad or grandpa? It’s sure to put a grin on his face.


Mom and dad or grammie and gramps would probably like this. I think it’s a great idea to give to any couple. Also from HomeMade Gifts made Easy.

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Money Origami shows you how to make a cute little box to hold a special treasure….or more $$$ maybe. Smile 

If you don’t think you could master the art of folding money into shapes, here are some ideas for you.


This idea is from The Seasonal Home, she used a cheap umbrella and added money. Surprise! I happen to love this idea!


From Photo Place, a mason jar with gum balls is a fun way to hide some bucks. It doesn’t have to be candy, it could be nuts, homemade granola or even pennies. Would your grandkids like getting a jar full of pennies? Probably not, but open it up and voila……big bucks inside!

One year I gave my grandkids a one dollar bill in a card with an apology saying that I ran out of money and was so sorry. My granddaughter gave me a disappointed look that said are you crazy?! My grandson said, “oh, it’s ok.’” I let them think that was my only gift to them  Later I remembered another gift Winking smile and gave them a new unused quart paint can and a paint can opener and said I had just one other thing for them and to open the can. Inside each can were 99 crumbled up $1 bills!  That was so much fun, They were fooled and very happy unfolding and counting the money.

That’s a great Christmas memory. Do you give money gifts at Christmas?

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))


Christmas in the dining room

Christmas has arrived in the dining room at last. I used fresh greens with silver, gold and brown accents, a sort of woodsy sparkle theme. Here’s the sideboard with the horse art that came from Home Goods, a thrifted horse head figure and a Christmas ornament tree. This room was painted recently in Sherwin Williams Anew gray. It’s a taupey gray and I never thought I’d love a gray room but I do! Christmas sideboard 1

I like using fresh greens to decorate at Christmas but the clean up is a mess! My husband loves that part…….if you knew him, you’d know what I mean. He has the shop vac sitting in the little bedroom all ready to go. christmas horse figurine

The chippy horses head is wearing a collar of gold stars.

Christmas tree made from ornaments

Here’s my ornament tree made by threading ornaments on a knitting needle. I tucked in some white feather boa to hide the needle. It’s sitting on a silver platter with sparkly pinecones.

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Snowflakes and silver on the painted bombe chest on the other side of the room with pinecones and tree bark under the cloche.

dining room silver

I love the look of tarnished silver but one day I just might decide to polish it for a different look.

Christmas hutch at Bungalow

The hutch is full of white ironstone and more greens and pinecones.

Christmas greens in white tureen

Here’s the sweet little deer that I’ve had since childhood. I put it out every year.

Christmas dining room at Bungalow

The tablecloth is the only new thing in this room. I got it at Target. I used old wedding ring china and thrifted silver trees on the table. The napkins are folded into a Christmas tree shape.

Christmas dining room2 at Bungalow

Stars and icicles dangle from the chandelier.

tablescape Christmas

See the almonds on each end of the table? OH  MY they are delicious! Honey cinnamon almonds from Target. I have them hidden now so someone……ahem…doesn’t gobble them up!

napkin Christmas tree shape

These are vintage napkins that I’ve had for years. The snowflake tags will be used as place cards.

So that’s the dining room, next will be the kitchen and family room. I still didn’t do anything on the front porch because it been so cold, in the 20s this week. I better get out there when the sun shines today or it won’t get done.

There’s so much Christmas in blogland, too much maybe…. what will happen when it’s over? A collective sigh on relief I think.  Smile

Linked up at Open house party at No Minimalist Here

It doesn’t have to be perfect at Nesting Place

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))


Decorating for Christmas, the Christmas tree is up

The house is all dressed up for Christmas this year and I’m anxious to share our Christmas home. Let’s start with the tree and the living room. I recently painted this room a soft gray, Sherwin Williams Agreeable gray. It looks good with the teal and aqua accents in here. Christmas living room1 , Bungalow blog

The rug is from RugsUSA, the ottoman and lamps are from Home Goods and the mirrors are from Lowe’s. You can see just a peek of the Christmas tree on the right.

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Here’s the tree decorated in blue, silver and gold and everything is so glittery and sparkly. The only new things are the ribbon and wrapping paper and poinsettias, I had everything else.

Christmas living room , Bungalow blog

A wooden tray on the ottoman holds greenery from the yard and an oversized Christmas ornament.

Christmas tree at Bungalow blog

The polka dot wrapping paper is from Target. I think it’s so cute and the colors coordinate well with the tree. Do you do that too? For a tree skirt I used a throw from the couch.

Christmas tree2 at Bungalow blog

Lots more sparkle and glitter on the top of the tree. There is glitter all over the house and I know I’ll be vacuuming it up for months!Christmas tree3 at Bungalow blog

Here’s looking into the living room from the dining room. You can see a glimpse of the crèche on the table below the initials. It’s so easy to lose track of the real meaning of Christmas but we need to keep focused on the reason for the season.

Since my fabric order was delayed I didn’t have time to sew the curtain panels so they’re pinned on the rod! Ha ha, don’t tell! I’ll sew and line them after New Years.

Christmas desk at Bungalow


Christmas tree4 at Bungalow blog

Merry Christmas!

We recently moved my husband’s mother to a nursing home and I wanted the house to be especially festive for her this year. I know she’ll enjoy the decorations. At age 97, she won’t be with us forever.

I’ll be sharing the dining room, kitchen and the mantel in the family room soon.


Linked to Nesting place holiday house tour.

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))