Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Countdown to Christmas Crafting Party

The countdown has begun. 100 days till Christmas is next Thursday, Sept 15th...will you be ready?

Well, this past summer weekend, I decided to get a head start by throwing a small Christmas Crafting Party!

Use star cookie cutters to make some festive bites. Emma learning how to needle felt.
As most of you know, I am a big needle felter. So, I thought it would be fun to teach my nieces how to craft their own reindeer ornaments and at the same time, treat them to some holiday-inspired munchies.

Cut away part of the watermelon rind to make trees, use paper snowflakes as doilies and arrange your cheese sticks in a snowflake shape

I chose a color theme of red, white and green for the food and decor. I placed a simple piece of white burlap on the table and added a strip of green felt down the middle. The kids helped me cut out paper snowflakes to add to the decor.
I purchased snowflake stickers and affixed to toothpicks. Olivia loved dipping the strawberries in cream and then sanding sugar.

I had so much fun coming up with this simple menu:
 • Star shaped sun-dried tomato wraps with provolone and salami topped with pickle
Cheese stick “candy canes” wrapped with prosciutto
Red and green peppers with ranch dressing
Taco chips with guacamole and red salsa
Mozzarella with red pepper and parsley
Watermelon Trees
Strawberries and cream with red and green sanding sugar for dipping
Mini red velvet cupcakes topped with snowflake toothpicks

The kids got a kick out of the instant handles on the watermelon trees and Rudolf the Reindeer showed up for the party!

The kids loved making their own ornaments and everyone FELT like it was the holidays.

Some of the Deer-inspired holiday cards at Paperless Post.
I hope my ideas have inspired you to throw your own early Christmas party.

I didn't get a chance to send out invites, but you can get your guests in the spirit by sending them a festive holiday invite online. Paperless Post has some adorable deer-inspired cards that would fit perfectly into the theme, aren't they just the dearest?! Check out their new line of Christmas cards here.


Check out my needle felted animals in my Etsy shop
My needle felted fawn can be purchased in my Etsy shop

Friday, August 5, 2016

Stonehouse Garden Revamp

When we purchased our stone house last year we just didn’t have time to get the front garden in shape. We did redo the path and front steps to the door, but the rest of the yard had to wait. This year we finally decided to do something about it. We hired a friend, told her the plants we wanted and she went to it. Now that we have the basics, we’ll take over, plant more and grow with it.

There was a tiny manmade pond we thought of removing, but I convinced my husband, with the installation of a very affordable fountain, we can bring this water feature back to life. We’re so glad we kept it!

Once the weed barrier, soil, plants and mulch were in place, I added some stepping stones to create paths through the garden.

With the addition of a hammock, the sound of water and some patio lights, our garden has become a true sanctuary.

Here are the BEFORE photos:

AFTER photos: A work in progress

We even have a few "tenants"


Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Little Table That Could

I AM A DUMPSTER DIVER. It's one of my favorite things to do. I'm actually furnishing most of the small cottage with stuff I find...don't worry, I clean it really well before it's displayed or used.

Found this cute table literally in a huge dumpster outside my apartment. My doormen (and my husband) think I'm crazy, 'cause I'm always dragging stuff in through the lobby.

I lightly sanded the table, then dipped a rag into the paint and rubbed it into the wood. Never used a brush.

Once the paint was dry, I lightly sanded the edges of the table and legs to expose some of the raw wood.

I decided not to paint the drawer and leave the original crystal knob on it. Not bad for a "trash find" and a little elbow grease.