Friday, December 2, 2016

A SNOWFLAKE CLINIC.....a fun family craft for everyone!!!

Hello there......looking for a wonderful inexpensive Holiday Craft??  I have just the thing to gather the whole family around the table, serve a little hot cocoa and some cookies and it's a party! This is all you will need to get this party started......




Some basic white paper, scissors, glitter and some glue. The glue you will want to paint the finished snowflakes with but we did add a little water to it. I am so a magazine saver, this is an old one "Martha Stewart Kids", If you follow the numbered steps and besure to get a good fold the results areendless.

 
 




It is true no two snowflakes are a like! Once you get a "shovel" full its time to bring them to the glitter box, just a shallow box to sprinkle glitter, before that just a couple brushes of glue which we did in a different box then the glitter. 

 This is just one cut but once you follow steps 1-5 you can make your own cuts !





 Little miss smarty pants which is my oldest daughter decided to show off with her fancy flake of snowmen! But she says she has no crafting ability.......yey sure
But they truly are lovely! Hope you will be running a Snowflake clinic in your home ...its a great way to bring the family together for the winter holiday season!

                                                             Thanks for visiting today!
                                                                      Lisa

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

CUTE SHABBY COUNTRY CHRISTMAS TREES MADE FROM BROWN GROCERY BAGS

Hi and welcome!!   What do you choose at your grocer? Do they even offer either plastic or paper? Here  Publix does and the other evening when we were picking up a few last minute Thanksgiving items I quickly chose paper for crafting.  I was searching for some tiny trees online and in our local stores but really could not find any that I liked so I took out my grocer bags .......

The first step is to cut the bottom out, then cut down the side so you have one big piece of brown paper. What I did was just cut out one side of the bag and proceeded to make a big cone. You have to just play with it for a bit until a cone shape forms then I used hot glue and just glued the seam. now you will trim the bottom so the cone shape stands up. Then with the rest of the bag construct 2 more cones medium and small.
 


Now time to begin cut strips from another bag about3 or 4 inches wide then proceed to make cuts such as this taking care not to cut all the way though. .  Then starting from the bottom glue the pieces of cut paper until you reach the top probably 6 rows or so .This is what they should look like. You want to hold them upside down and fluff the paper so it pops out instead of staying flat. I used some red paper ribbon for the bow tops. I gave them a few dabs of white paint and then a sprinkle of white glitter. I had some scraps of plaid flannel so I tore some strips for the garland. Once they were complete I set them on a tray withsome tealights and the cutest lil snowman ever!
 


Not bad for a completely free craft .


 I call these trees shabby country style.








 
 
 

Hope you will give this craft a try its amazing how a plain brown bag could turn into a cute festive Christmas d├ęcor!
 
Thank you for visiting
Lisa

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A MAGNIFICENT HOLIDAY TABLE ON ANY BUDGET! MY COST 8.00 !

Welcome ! Have you been enjoying your favorite thrift finds? I know some prefer ordering from catalogues which is fine as well but perhaps once you see my table today you will be inspired to thumb through your local thrift stores because you never know what you will find. Ok so I am addicted to scanning the stores that means all stores but with in my means. This last trip was at our local goodwill store and they where hosting a 1/2 off sale which they do about 10 times a year. So take a look at what I was able to put together from thrift store and a Michaels craft Black Friday deal.








Well come on in! We just love guests,  This is how I can account for my 7.00.....as you can see my little cocoa thinks that food will be served here directly, sorry cocoa too early for that now.
 




 The greenery in the middle was a 2.00 doorbuster on Black Friday. The sign was one I crafted previously the cute little fluted tins set of 12 were .99, pinecone free, the bulbs were some vintage ones left to me from my dear mom.
 The dishes were 7.00 but since it was 1/2 it was 3.50 for the set of six, love the imprint of the pine cones and pine . They have a vintage feel to them. I just placed some strings of green and red paper raffia about for fun.

The tablecloth is made by the Ecro Co. for France according to the label and was 1.50, I think it may be my favorite find!




For some whimsy I put the glasses unside down and crowned them with a candle /tin. I had the tea lights napkins and golden ware. As you can see I have opted for a white tree this year which I will share in my Christmas Country Tour.







As you can see with a wee bit of imagination and a small pocketbook you can create a wonderful seasonal table...so tell me now have I inspired you to shop for treasures?
 
 
Have fun !
Lisa
 
Come join me where I share my crafts....
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A KITCHEN DOOR PAINTED INTO WHIMSICAL FUN!

Hi there.....its almost Thanksgiving, lots of shopping to prepare for the big day. I think I finally have all the ingredience to whip up a yummy Thanksgiving feast. We will have about 25 people so buffet style will be in order.  I was taking a hard look at a door that you immediately see when entering through the kitchen door , its actually a coat closet so I decided to add a little whimsy to go with the Farm house country look.







 I don't have a before picture but it started out as just a dark brown stained door. So I used a cream color to make the wood look added some ageing with a barn red color. Then I decided to stencil "Barn" which brought all the fun!


 I had this red aged shutter so I set it aside the door



 
Doors don't have to be ugly to look at! With a little Faux painting you can turn your ugly dated boring doors into fun!
 
Have a wonderful  and blessed Thanksgiving!
Lisa



















Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A FRESHLEY PAINTED DINING TABLE, SOME THRIFT FINDS & AWAY TO FIT EVERYONE ROUND THE HOLIDAY TABLE!

Welcome! happy to share with you today!  I have been out thrifting a bit and found this  grand galvanized pail and this wonderful oil painting of a winter scene.....







 I just can sit and really look at this painting as the artist has really captured a cold winters day.
 
I have big plans for this pail it will actually hold the Christmas tree, it is in new condition a 1.99 find.
 
I gave the dining room set a new dark bold lick of color, I used a Glidden Diamond flat enamel . The photo does not show the exact color. The color is Deep Wine  # 75RR06/129

 


 
Many just have 4 chairs so a great alternative for extra seating is a bench. A bench can hold 2 adults or 3 children comfortably . I also have a table height stool that can fit in between two chairs. So with the table leaf and bench 7 can sit comfortably. For Thanksgiving we will be doing buffet style, I will have four tables set up that can accommodate at least 28 people.
 
 









 The pilgrims were made by my very sadly missed mom, I love putting them out every thanksgiving its almost like she is there with us.


For some added comfort you could use some pillows or sew a cushion.






 
No distressing just allover bold color

 
I decided to use my table top clock that I crafted from pallets and hung it in the dining room. I love to keep things evolving around here...I often hear one of the children teasing me about the whereabouts of something seeing that I change things up very often.

 
I also moved this bakers rack to the living room and it will serve as the drink station for the holidays. I thought about Christmas decorating now but I may wait til the day after Thanksgiving , how about you decking your halls now or waiting ?
 
Thank you so much for stopping on in today!
Lisa
 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Pioneer Woman dishes and Sunday cold weather Dinner to fill them up!

Welcome friends! Happy you could stop on in today!     Today I want to share a little something to serve on family Sunday dinner. I have been spying those Pioneer Dishes for a very long time, you know how that goes, you really don't need them but you really want them. Well I was gifted them from Mr STNSA , an early Christmas gift he says. Who am I to argue with that!




Love the caramel color and the frilly edges. The dishes do come in many colors but since I love to repaint I thought this would be accommodating to any color. 












Now to make a little something to fill these pretty dishes with.....

 
 
This is simply a pork roast circled with red potatoes and sweet potatoes and cut up onion
 





 I spice allot, with Adoba, garlic,steak seasoning, worstershire, green onions from the garden and a generous splash of  extra virgin olive oil.  Just coat it with spice cover and put in a 350 oven.
 
This meal will surly get the family around the table. If you are a Sweet Potato lover this is for you! Pork should be cooked for about 20 minutes per min. or if you are using a meat thermometer cook until 160 degrees. This dish marries well  with  some applesauce, a garden salad and don't forget some dinner rolls.
 
Enjoy!
Lisa