Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Easy Christmas Vignette for Your Holiday Home Decor

I want to share with you all an easy Christmas vignette for your holiday home decor. 

Here is the before. 

For the holidays, I knew that I  wanted to use this in my art niche in my hallway. 

I have been using this bowl and three containers throughout my home for the year with different filler items. 

Here is the process video if you would like to see how this came together. 

I had this garland in my stash for a while and never used it. 

I decided to cut all of the pieces off of the rope and use them in one of the jars. 

I also saved the rope and used it to tie around each jar as well. 

Here are the supplies that I bought at Michael's on Black Friday. 

The red and gold berry garland is for filling the bowl around the jars and the red and gold balls are for the mason jar. 

I decided to cut this floral piece apart. 

I thought that I was going to use it in the milk jar, but it was too tall. 

I used some of the pieces in the milk jar and used the rest of the pieces around the bowl. 

Here is the completed vignette. 

I filled the two jars with the items off of the garland and the balls. 

I unraveled the red and gold berry garland and placed it around the jars. 

I filled in with greenery. 

I used the rope leftover from the garland and tied it around both jars. 

I love how pretty and festive this turned out!!!

These are pieces that you probably already have on hand. 

Take a look around your home and be inspired to create a easy, festive vignette. 

Thank you for looking. I hope that you will subscribe for future posts. 

Hugs, Shelly

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

DIY - Making Your Own Wood Pedestal for Your Home Decor

In this post I just want to share with you how to make your own inexpensive wood pedestal for your home decor. 

I love using these in my home decor to add texture and height and to display candles, bowls, jars, etc. 

Here are some examples from Pinterest.

Country Christmas centerpiece - red - white - green - woodsy to formal. Great for wedding or holiday event.

Holiday layer cake served on a gorgeous wood pedestal.

Here is a picture of the two labels from the items that I bought for this project. 

There are different sizes and thicknesses that you can purchase for both the plank and birch pillar. 

I used a coupon on both items and it made this project cost around $16 compared to what you might pay for one already assembled. 

You will find these at Michael's on the unfinished wood aisle.

You will need some type of glue to glue both pieces together. 

We used Gorilla wood glue but you could use Fabri-Tac or a glue gun. 

Here are the two pieces before we glue them together. 

You just place a good amount of glue on the pillar. 

We went ahead and spread it out so that it wouldn't ooze over the sides. 

Then place your pillar on top.

 Make sure you center it and put something heavy on top of the pillar to hold it in place and let dry for a while.  

We let it dry for around four hours. 

Here it is dry and ready to decorate. 

I love having versatile pieces like this to use in my home decor. 

Here is a video sharing with you how we made this and how I decorated it for the holidays. 

Here are more pictures of it decorated on my table for Christmas. 

I used a candle ring and three faux candles for the top. 

The wreath form at the bottom is a wreath form wrapped with red tinsel yarn. 

I had also purchased a wood pedestal from World Market back in the fall and I decorated it for Christmas as well and have it sitting on my kitchen bar. 

You just can't go wrong with a wood pedestal for your home decor and by making one yourself, you don't have to spend a lot either. This is a nice piece that is going to last you a long time and can be moved around and used for various vignettes. 
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Hugs, Shelly
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Wood Block Christmas Trees (Process Video Included)

I wanted to create some new Christmas home decor so I chose these fun wood block Christmas trees. 
You can see my inspiration piece here on Pinterest. 
You can also see the process video here:
2x4x8 Stud
Compound Miter Saw or Hand Saw
Gorilla Wood Glue
2 in 1 White Primer/Spray Paint
Scrapbook Paper
Acrylic Paint
Fabri-Tac Glue
Embellishments (Star, Jute, Chipboard)
First we designed a template on notebook paper. 
We kept our sizes even (no half sizes). 
This made it easier later on when I was cutting my scrapbook paper to fit. 

Here is the 2x4x8 stud that we bought from Home Depot. 

My husband just cut the board into pieces to match the template we designed above. 

Here is the completed cut tree next to the template we created. 

For the base piece, we used some leftover fence post that we had in our stash as well. The bigger block provides a stronger base for the trees. 

Before we glued each piece using Gorilla wood glue, we sanded each piece to remove the rough edges. Then we glued the blocks together and then we spray painted them with some white 2 in 1 primer/paint. 

I then brought the trees into my craft room and got to work decorating them. 

I picked out some scrapbook paper from October Afternoon called Holiday Style. 

Since the paper was cream based, I used some acrylic paint to cover the edges of the blocks to blend better with the paper. 

I cut my paper to fit the front and sides of the blocks and then used Fabri-Tac glue to glue it down. 

I then used the paint to distress the edges. 

I also used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in vintage photo to go over the edges of the blocks for some more distressing. 

I also used these paper stars on the project as well. 

I painted them and covered them in the scrapbook paper too. 

Here is the completed project. 

Here are some close-up's. 

I wrapped the star with some jute and added a couple of chipboard pieces and a green enamel dot. 

I added a chipboard snowflake and banner. 

Here is another chipboard piece.

This turned out so cute and it was a fun project to make. 

We ended up making three trees with the one board that we bought and some scrap wood that we had left around our garage. 

I hope you enjoyed this project and how to video. 

We enjoyed making them for our holiday home decor. 

Thanks for looking! See you on the next post. 

Hugs, Shelly

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Recipe Share - Ground Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodles

In today's post I want to share a recipe for a quick and easy Ground Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodles. 

My daughter requested this recipe for dinner this week and after we ate it, I wondered why I don't make it more often.

It is super easy and delicious and doesn't take long to come together. 

1 pound ground beef
1/2 to 1 onion, diced
1 can (10.5 oz) Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt or Powder
1 Teaspoon Ground Mustard
4 Tablespoons Milk
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Egg Noodles

Cook your egg noddles according to the package directions. 

In are large skillet, brown the ground beef and onion. Season with the salt and pepper. Once browned, add in the cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, garlic powder, ground mustard, milk, and mushrooms.Simmer on low heat for 5 to 10 minutes. 

Serve over the egg noodles. 

My daughter doesn't like mushrooms, so I saute them in a separate pan and put them over my serving of stroganoff. 

We served our stroganoff with steamed broccoli. 

You can see how quickly this recipe came together by watching my YouTube video below. 

I hope that you enjoy this recipe share and will give it a try. 
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