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A Winter Wonderland

Snow. It's a rare thing where I live in Texas. It shuts everything down when it happens even if it's just a dusting. Because it's rare, I love it. I want to stand outside and let it fall softly around me. (these photos are from 2011) To capture that wonder, I went with a Winter Wonderland theme. I started with my mantel, using my chalkboard art to set the tone. The lanterns came from Target's dollar spot. The silver reindeer sleigh, a gift from my niece and twin sister. Then I put up my tree...well, I tried to... It's going in a different spot this year and the old tree was too wide. What's a girl to do? Gift the old of course, and go buy a skinny one! The one I got was pre-lit. Oh my word, it was too easy! What took me so long? Lol.  Sparkling snowflakes, Snowball ornaments, Vintage Mercury glass look ones, Furry boots and glittery mittens, White sleigh, And furry reindeer all create my wi

Chalkboard Look Christmas Canvas

I got this old canvas artwork with a really ugly picture on it. It was orange and black with red least, I think that's what they were. And it was big. Sorry, I never thought to take a before picture. But hey, it was free. I knew I could repurpose the canvas into something better. I saw this on Pinterest. Love the sayings! But I wanted it to look like a chalkboard so I painted the whole thing black (after priming it to cover up the old artwork).  Then I printed out my various sayings in different sizes and fonts Laid it out, then one at a time, I rubbed chalk on the back and then traced out the words. Voila! Easy transfer!  I used a chalk pen to outline the words on the first line then filled them in but decided it was too streaky so I painted over it with white paint, then traced the next one, outlined with the chalk pen, painted, and so on until I was all done. You want to start at the top and work down so you're not smearing th

A Unique Wreath From A Canton Find

Hello friends! Have you wondered where I've been? No? LOL, well in case you have, I've been busy, busy, busy in my little corner of the world. Crafting and decorating and planning Thanksgiving. :o) I'm so excited about Thanksgiving this year - we will all be together with some extra guests! The feast is planned and I'm cleaning, fluffing, and getting ready for our turkey day! One of my projects is a unique wreath for the farm. Back in the Spring, I found an old theater seat (sans fabric) in Canton. I bought it thinking I could cut it apart and use the springs for various projects. (Closeup of the springs - I forgot to take a picture before I spray painted it. ) But then I got to looking at it and really liked the rectangular shape of it. I thought it just might make a really cool wreath. You know what? I was right! But first, it needed a mini makeover. I sprayed it with Looking Glass spray paint And after it dried, brought it inside to

Christmas Finds in Canton

I could live in a Christmas house. By that, I mean I love red and green together. They are seriously my two favorite colors. So, this year, I'm decorating with...wait for it...silver and white! Yup, I'm breaking with my usual and going with white and sparkly with mercury glass look. I'll throw in some apple green and red of course! With that in mind, I was on the lookout in Canton for things that would fit in my new theme. I found these pip berry garlands and my twin sister bought the snowmen for me as a birthday present. :o) I also got these tin letters: Love the rustic-ness of them and can't wait to put them out. For touches of red - a Fiesta ware pitcher which reminds me of Mom - she had a set of turquoise Fiesta ware: and a frame came home with me. The frame was only $2 and I don't have to paint it! I'll either hang it around a Christmas plate or maybe I'll do something a little different. I'm excited about the two Christmas pr

Fall Flowers Around the House

I can't believe it's November already. That means the holidays are fast approaching - as in full-steam ahead, don't blink, just around the corner quick. Therefore, I know I need to get the house ready for Thanksgiving followed soon by Christmas! To me, nothing brings a touch of home to a house like flowers. Since the farm is only a weekend place, I use silk florals but I would love to use fresh flowers. How pretty is this arrangement in a mason jar? source And with time at a premium this time of year, what better way to get those pretty flowers than to have them delivered? BloomNation has some beautiful selections - if you haven't heard of BloomNation before, they are an online marketplace that supports local florists through their  flower delivery  service. What a great way to bring in the beauty of fresh florals! For now though, I have to use what works best for me: thus on the fireplace, a thrifted picnic basket holds a bouquet of mixed silk flowers and drie