Welcome to Day 3 of the Cozy at Christmas Holiday Tour 2017. Thanks to Katie at Let’s Add Sprinkles for hosting. I am so honored to be included this year! Once you’ve finished here, I hope that you’ll take a few more minutes and visit the rest of my friends on the tour!
Setting my Christmas dining rooming table had me scratching my head on what to use for place card holders. I couldn’t find anything to match, so I decided to make my own. Being the friend that I am, I decided to show you how to make a Christmas place card holder too!
Trust me, this one is so easy that I’m almost embarrassed to share it with you – almost! Not only were they easy to make, I made 8 for under $10.00!
Christmas in the family room is pretty traditional here at the castle. Well, there may be a bit of whimsy here and there just for a little fun! The elves have been busy flinging tinsel, wrapping presents and decorating. So come on in for a peek.
My favorite thing in the family room is the Christmas tree. I love to light a fire at night and sit by the tree reading a book.
My hand is feeling better, so I decided to try and make Beep’s bow keeper! Beep’s mom already has a ton of bows and headbands all lined up and waiting for Beep to arrive.
I’ve never been a girl mom, so imagine my shock when I realized that each outfit comes with a matching bow. And boy, do we have a lot of them! Thank goodness for Pinterest, where I found a ton of tutorials on how to make and organize bows and headbands. Today, I’m going to share with you my version on how to make bow storage.
As a child, growing up in Oklahoma, I knew that Memorial Day meant that school was out and it was sweet summer time! By the same token, 4th of July meant that summer was half way over. Sadly, Labor Day meant that summer was over and it was time to put my shoes back on and head to school. If you can’t tell, Summer is my favorite season of all!
Today, Memorial Day not only signals the beginning of Summer, but is a reminder of all of the brave men and women who have died serving in our nations armed forces. So what better reason to celebrate?
I have been so busy painting that Easter in the kitchen is going to be low key this year. At least the decor part anyway!
I shared my white painted hutch, chalkboard and partially finished small cabinet with you last week. While I am so thankful that these projects are finished, I am still running behind on just about everything else. I decided to give myself a break. What gets done, gets done. If it doesn’t, oh well!
Welcome to my Christmas home tour part 2! If you missed part 1, you can see it here. Part one of the home tour was the downstairs common areas, Part 2 is all about the upstairs guest rooms and bathrooms.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, my Christmas decorating is a lot like I decorate my home. A lot of tradition with a little bit of whimsy.
I wasn’t going to decorate the upstairs this year at all, until I found out that my sisters were coming for a visit after Thanksgiving. I tried to give each room a few small touches that would have a lot of my tradition with a tiny bit of whimsy. It seemed like the easiest thing to do was to decorate the rooms with my sister’s personalities in mind.
I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and decided to share my Christmas home tour!
I resisted sharing my home with you this year, mainly because my knee surgery has slowed me WAY down. So much so that I didn’t even put everything out this year. I know that the Hubs is laughing as he reads this. I cut back, but I’m sure he doesn’t think so!
I love decorating with containers. Especially at Christmas time. Decorating can get expensive, so why not use things that you already have when you can?
Along with containers being everywhere in your house, if you are anything like me you have a ton of Christmas bulbs, greenery, trees, faux snow, figurines and plants in your Christmas bins that never – or rarely get used. This year I decided to try and use more of what I already have and less of buying new stuff!
The Queen’s Christmas is always one of my favorite celebrations. This year was certainly no different! Every year eight of us get together and celebrate the Christmas season.
Normally, we would get together, eat, play few games and open gifts from each other. We always have a wonderful time, but over the years it seemed like we needed a change. So this year, instead of eat, play and gift, we decided to change things up a bit!
I am in love with plaid this year. Have you seen all of the beautiful plaid ribbons, papers, and decorations? If I hadn’t bought my ribbon on sale after Christmas last year, this would definitely be a plaid Christmas here at the castle.
Due to my knee surgery, I’m a lot slower in getting my Christmas decorating done. I’ve gotten a few Christmas vignettes and other stuff done, but not one room is completely finished. I think I need a few elves decorate here at the castle!
I’m getting really close to getting all of my decorating done though. So, today, I thought that I would give you a few peeks at the Christmas decor that I do have done.
This is the week that most of you will begin decorating for the Christmas holiday, if you haven’t already started. Last year I shared my Christmas tree with you and I was surprised that I received a lot of inquiries on how I put ribbon on my Christmas tree. I guess inquiring minds want to know.
There are a billion different ways to decorate your tree and I am certainly no expert. I just do what I like. Believe it or not, I actually went to a class to learn the secrets of putting ribbon on the Christmas tree. You, my friends, don’t have to take a class as I am more than willing to share what I learned with you!
My new front porch wreath is probably one of my most favorite wreaths I’ve ever had!
In fact, it’s more of a decoration than it is a wreath. For the past few years, I have been using the same wreath. To say that it was a little sad and tired was an understatement, but I couldn’t find anything I loved to replace it. It was definitely time for a change!
I just want to say right up front, that I love my new FALL pillows even if they may look a little like a Halloween pillows.
I like to change out my throw pillows every so often. Don’t you? Pillows on the sofa are like jewelry on a beautiful black dress. They help usher in seasons, holidays and celebrations at my house.
I finally did it! I figured out how to decorate my Easter table using blue tones. I’ve tried and tried to get it to work, but it just wouldn’t come together like I envisioned. Until this year.
What made this year so different? My killer awesome, blue and white bunny plates! Thank you Home Goods! At $2.99 each, these plates were a steal!
I also found these white placemats at Home Goods ( no, sadly they do not pay me to say how awesome they are, I just love them!) Only problem? They just didn’t show up. No pop.
I had these green ones from last year and loved them. So it occurred to me that I could just spray paint the white ones blue.
This is how they turned out. I LOVE them! I used the square polk -a-dot placemats and napkins from last year. White dinner plates, blue glasses and silverware finish off this place setting. I could not be happier!!
I recently bought a large wooden dough bowl and I couldn’t resist using it as a centerpiece.
Complete with bunny, hydrangeas and ribbon. I did use a little color!
I did purchase two other super cute items – these tiny jar lanterns. A little bit of rustic glamour! These were $2.99 – less 40% off at Michaels.
I use these sweet little salt and pepper shakers every year. They are so tiny – they are perfect for my easter table.
My easter table is a little more simple this year, I ‘m kinda of lovin’ that. I am really excited that for the most part my easter table is all of the blue and white tones that I use in my dining room. Finally!
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I’ve been sharing my Christmas home tour with you. I’ve already shared my kitchen with you and if you missed it you can see it here. Today it’s Christmas in the Living Room!
My tree is very traditional with lots of reds and greens. It is NOT a pretty, perfect tree by any means. Every year I have let my boys choose an ornament that reflects what they have been doing that year. We have Nightmare before Christmas, Christmas Vacation, Ninja Turtles, Batman, Spiderman, puppies, and lot’s of Queenly ornaments just to name a few. I don’t even have a regular skirt under my tree. It is a big piece of mongolian lambs wool material, but I love the white furriness of it!
Have you seen these? We have bought these glasses off and on for years at Lowe’s. They cost $1.99 and are awesome cool! You put them on and look at the Christmas lights….
And this is what you see! The lights turn into reindeer, snowmen, stars, candy canes and gingerbread men depending upon the glasses you are wearing. When the boy were small they LOVED them. I saw them for the first time in years and couldn’t resist buying a few!
I told you I love and collect snow globes – here’s the proof! This is just a few in my Christmas collection. Every year I put them out on the coffee table. This year I used a new mirror to pair with them. Although every year is different. Sometimes I add beads, greenery, glass balls… being able to look at them and play the ones that have the music boxes just makes this Queen happy!
Here’s our mantel. Again, not the perfect pretty ones you see in magazines, but it makes me want to curl up in this chair, light a fire, grab a beverage and read a good book!
The garland on the banister is lit and heavy with glittery ornaments and ribbon.The bell you see here was my Queen Granny’s. She hung it in the arch of her dining room doorway. Every year my Grandpa would hold me up and let me pull the string – just once – on the bottom so that we could all hear it play jingle bells.
My stairs are so tall it is almost impossible to get it all in one shot! Here’s a close up of the garland.
I love these girly snowgirls. My one nod to girly since I live in manland! I want to go shopping with them!
And last, but not least, is the powder room. A small, colorful white tree just screams fun!
Again I like to add a little whimsy… This owl from Pier One fits the bill!
And this tiny sign should be the motto here at the castle! It can get pretty crazy.
I hope that you are enjoying Christmas in you home as much as I am in mine.
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Ok…Somehow I posted my DIY Christmas Friday #6 before #5. How does that happen? It couldn’t be that I’m losing my mind??? Anyway, just pretend that #6 was #5 and we will be good to go! I shared my Christmas Dining room with you and I promised you I’d show you how to make these Christmas chargers. Since it is DIY Christmas Friday #5 it is the perfect time to show you how to make a Christmas charger!
A quick visit to the local Dollar Tree to purchase these gold chargers.
Then a quick couple of coats of flat black spray paint. Yes, the irony is not lost on me here. Normally, I would be spray painting chargers gold – I am
addicted in love with Krylon’s Gold Metallic spray paint!
Although they are a bit shiny here, when dry they will be flat and have the appearance of a chalkboard.
Next I printed off my design about one and one half to two inches tall. Instead of trying to figure out the “curve” I needed I just printed it out normally , then cut the letters apart and placed them as I went. I had white transfer paper from Michael’s that I used to transfer the design to the charger as you see here.
tip: start at the top placing your lettering. Once done tracing the lettering, find the center. Lay a ruler vertically from the center of the top lettering down to the bottom of the charger. Lightly mark. This should be the center of your lettering on the lower edge. To trace your lettering on the bottom of charger, start in the middle and work your way out.
Once you have transferred the outline of your lettering, color in the letters with white paint pens. I also found these at Michael’s for about $3.00 each.
I wanted a little more detail on my charger, so I colored the very top of the raised dots that are on the edge. Again coloring with my paint pen.
There you have it. I painted Merry Christmas on all eight of my chargers, but really it would be fun to put a different sentiment on every charger too!
I think I spent a total of $1.50 on each charger as I already had the transfer paper and left over spay paint. Not too bad for a custom look on your table!
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Time to share my Christmas home tour with you! I have already shared my dining room with you, if you missed it be sure to check it out here. I am gonna start with Christmas in the Kitchen because we all know that no matter how big – or small – your house is, that is where everyone ends up at gatherings. At least at my house anyway!
I keep the table pretty simple in the kitchen. This is where we eat daily and I’m lazy! If the decorating can’t look good AND be cleaned up fairly fast it’s just not gonna happen! Like they say “ain’t nobody got time for that!”. I like the red and white dishes with my everyday black and turquoise decor.
I added these ornaments, that I picked up from Walmart last year, to the chandy over the table. I absolutely LOVE this. I wish this were a better picture, it just doesn’t do it justice! Even the Queen’s commented on it. It’s a lot of bang for your buck!
My hutch is an explosion of all my Christmas dishes and art. I like to mix it up a bit. I would love to add fresh greenery to the top, but the Hubs is allergic to most evergreens. Since I love him and want to keep him around, I rely on garlands and pops of color to decorate.
I ‘m not one to buy a lot of new stuff to decorate with every year. I like using what I have in a new way if I can. This santa is about thirty years old!
I am also lucky enough that I have wonderful friends who give me gifts, like the Santa pitcher, sugar and creamer. Woo hoo! Although I have to admit that every time I look at them I hear Sting singing “I’ll be watching you…” makes me giggle.
Again, in the main kitchen area I keep it pretty simple because I really do use it everyday. I want pretty and function!
Several years ago a good friend gave me a vintage elf. I love it. It reminds me of my Granny’s house. She had a red one and a green one. If my sister and I were really good we were allowed to play with them. I made “snow globes” out of these jars and added the elves for a bit of whimsy in the kitchen.
I love and collect snow globes. I have loved them since I received one when I was a little girl!
The center island hosts my a red glass bowl and a christmas tray . Easy to remove when it’s time to make Christmas cookies. Okay, when my family reads that I will get several eye rolls, but I really DO bake occasionally!
I hope you enjoyed the Christmas in the Kitchen tour. I’ll be sharing the rest of the house with you soon!
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It all started when I was going to make a wooden” Kitchen” sign for my sister’s new house. With the Holidays approaching I also thought I would make her a Christmas sign too. But, why make two when I could just make the sign reversible? No storage for the unused sign and easy to switch out!
I started by going to my local hardware store and purchasing a 1 X 8 X 8. Eight feet was a little too long for me, so I had the Hubs cut the boards down to 6 ft. Now if you don’t have a Hubs to cut down the boards for you, then often your local hardware store will be happy to do so for you at no cost or for a nominal cost. I gave the boards a good sanding and base coated with paint.
I printed off the design that I wanted using my computer and printer, then transferred my design to the board by using this projector and a white pencil. Don’t have a projector? No worries. Using your printer, print out your design and use transfer paper. No printer? You can easily use a stencil or vinyl lettering!
Here’s a tip: These white chalk pencils! I love them and use them all of the time. They show up better than a regular pencil and they are erasable. Which I seem to need – a lot!
Once you have the design transferred to your board, it is time to paint! Don’t worry about it being perfect… you won’t notice all the little imperfections once it is up on the wall!
As you can see, I couldn’t make a sign for one sister without making one for the other! This one says “Say Grace” on one side and “O Holy Night” on the other. I added tiny embellishments to my signs, snow to the Christmas side on the black sign and holly leaves and berries to the Christmas side of the kitchen sign.
After I finished all of the painting, I gave it a little distressing with a fine grit sandpaper. I like a little worn look.
And if you know me at all, you know I am gonna add some bling. A little glitter paint goes a long way!
The signs are two sided so how to hang them? First drill two holes, evenly spaced, into the top of the sign. I drilled mine 12 inches in from each end.
Then using these screw eye hooks…
I screwed them into the holes I drilled.
It was just that easy! If you can color in a coloring book you can paint these signs! I like these signs so much I started one for myself… hopefully I will finish it someday.
I hope that you love my Christmas kitchen sign as much as I do. Maybe even enough to try one for yourself or maybe as a gift!
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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! As soon as the turkey was polished off, the elves here at the castle got their Christmas decorating on. (There may have been a little shopping going on too…) I have so much to show you that I am going to break it down into several posts for fear of putting you in Christmas decorating overload. What can I say? I love Christmas! I’m starting with Christmas in the dining room.
I normally do lots of glam red, white and silver in the dining room, but not this year. I didn’t intend to change it up. It just happened. It all started with two new things. The first was this Santa art. You can’t tell but it lights up. I bought it last year and never found a good home for it until now.
The Santa art and the old truck led me down a more natural path. Less bling. I KNOW! I can’t believe I even said that, but it’s true. More nature with a little bit of bling. We all know that there is still some bling…
However, I did add some trim – the raw edges were a little too rustic for me.
I loved where this theme was going to much that I ordered new napkins and a plaid scarf to go with all the things I already had. As you can see the napkins came in, the scarf did not. Womp waa…. dang! As soon as it does, if it does, I’ll add and share.
The only things I used from last year are my Christmas plates, silverware and stemware.
So there you have it. Christmas in the dining room. I’m loving the simplicity of it. And I didn’t spend a whole lot of money changing things up. At this time of year ain’t nobody got a ton of extra change!
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Happy Black Friday to you! It’s DIY Christmas Friday #4, where I share a project with you that is super easy. I used to say it was so easy a monkey can do it, but apparently monkey lovers everywhere were offended! Crack. Me. UP! Today’s project is a Pottery Barn hack on their Jingle pillow.
I made my pillow out of drop cloth material, but the beauty of this project is that you can buy any pillow cover pre-made instead of making one.
Using your computer, find a font that you like and print it off the size that best fits your pillow. Once I printed it off, I flipped it over, then using tracing paper and an iron on transfer pencil I traced the outline of the word jingle. It needs to read backwards when you trace it so that you will be able to flip it over and be able to read it when you iron it onto the pillow cover.
Now for the fun part – PAINT! You can do this one of two ways. With a paint pen made for fabric painting or by mixing Acrylic craft paints with a textile medium and painting your design with a paint brush. The textile medium makes the paint stay on the fabric and the paint doesn’t make the fabric stiff. I mean, who wants a pillow that has stiff, hard stuff on it?
TIP: Be sure to put wax paper behind your material when you paint. If you bought a pre-made pillow cover put it on the inside of the pillow, between the front and back sides.
Once you are done painting, cover your design with a clean white cloth and heat set with an iron.
Sew on a few jingle bells and you have a killer awesome Christmas pillow that is just as cute as the Pottery Barn one!
Not too shabby! And really, if you can color in a coloring book you can do this!!
Don’t want a jingle pillow? Pick something you do like and using the same technique make that! Go ahead. Think outside of the box! Your welcome.
Until next time….