Sunday, December 21, 2014

Red and White Christmas Porch

Welcome to our front porch.  It's a great place to sip tea (or wine) in the summer and perfect for decorating all year long.

As you come up the steps there's a cute little holiday sign that I picked up for a couple of dollars at our local grocery store.

To the right of the front door is a small pre-lit tree that I got at the same grocery store (Thanks, Loblaws!).

The urn was actually bronze but I spray painted it white and hot glued that cute ribbon around the top and bottom. I'm digging the red and white thing this year for sure. I added some white snow flakes from the dollar store and white and red striped ribbon to fancy it up.

We get some crazy weather here, so the gifts are bricks in boxes that I wrapped up in red and white paper.

I've spent enough time chasing porch decorations down the street...thanks very much.

I hung a white garland from Michaels around the front door and added a cluster of jingle bells at the top.

The "JOY" sign to the left of the door is a Target find. Oh, I love you. Target always seems to know exactly what I'm looking for. My wallet is not always as happy as I am.

Can we talk about this cute little wreath?

First of all, they were on sale at Michaels for like $2.99. So I had to buy five of them. I know, right??

I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them but for the door, I just added the simple white and red striped ribbon left over from the wreath I made earlier this fall.

I knew it needed something but I wasn't sure what. Then I found some red and white straws in the bin that I dragged home from the boys birthday party last summer. I started twisting and stapling and came up with this cute little star.

A bonbon sticker nicely covers the staples in the middle. Functional? Check. Cute? Double check.

Speaking of the red and white wreath....It's currently hanging between the two windows on the porch.

There's a small table under the window that holds some candles and my wine tea in the summer. I set a white galvanized tub that was also left over from the boys party (I think it held drinks?) on the table, filled it with spare greenery and another red and white wrapped gift and then topped the tub with a bow.

In front of the little table are these two rocking chairs that I found a few years ago on Kijiji (Craigslist for my Southern friends) and lugged them home for $20 a piece. They've been painted with Annie Sloan's Old White.  I didn't wax them as per the instructions. You're not supposed to wax anything that goes outdoors since the sun apparently melts the wax. They haven't held up all that well and I'll need to repaint them this spring.

I made those little pillows out of dish towels and fabric glued a tie to the back so they don't blow away in the wind. I didn't do this with the Halloween pillows I made last year and wound up chasing them down the street. Along with all the other Halloween decorations. In my pyjamas. So sexy.

And that's our red and white front porch this year. Bright and colorful and so fun to come home to. Thanks for stopping by ; )

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Candy Cane Christmas Treats

One of my most favorite things about Christmas is candy cane flavoured EVERYTHING. I love when Tim Horton's brings back their candy cane hot chocolate. Nothing compares. Nothing.

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Because I heart candy cane so much, I rounded up all the goodies I've been pinning in the last little while to share with y'all. Can't wait to tackle some of these yummy ideas.


 Candy Can Muddy Buddies 

(I made those muddy buddies for everyone last year and people loved them. I may have also made myself two batches that I didn't share. True story.)

Peppermint Popcorn Bark

Peppermint Krispie Snow Ball Treats

Candy Cane Marshmallow Dip

Peppermint Pretzel Candy


Candy Cane Desert Squares

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

Candy Cane Chocolate Swirl Fudge

Candy Cane Trifle

Frozen Peppermint Pie


Either it's been a rough week or I've got booze on the brain....But these look so yummy! Maybe not all in one sitting but, hey, I don't judge.

Candy Cane Shot

Candy Cane Cocktail

Peppermint Martini


Candy Cane Steamers 

Candy Cane Crunch Milkshake 

Anyone else have a favorite candy cane treat that they want to share? Send me a link and I'd love to check it out.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Pillow Up-Cycle with Fabric Paint

I have a super easy and fast up-cycle today to share with y'all.  This project took less than fifteen minutes from start to finish.  My kind of project.  I actually made this last year and forgot all about it until I pulled out the Christmas decorations.

I'd been wanting to try painting on fabric, and pillows in particular, for awhile now.  It's largely due to my champagne taste on my beer budget.  Every time I see a pillow I like, it costs something insane like $85. Umm, no.  The problem here is that I'm not artistic.  I can't even draw a straight line.  So when I saw this little pillow at the grocery store for $9, I knew it was a no-brainer. It was a bit bland as it was but not for long.

How hard could it be to paint between the lines?  Harder than I thought actually, but I finished it anyway.

I picked up some fabric medium which may have been unnecessary since it's not going to get a lot of use and I'm not planning on washing it.  I used the aqua glitter paint I already had in my craft supplies.

I didn't mix it as directed but just added a squirt of the fabric medium rather than the two parts paint to one part medium that was called for.  It just diluted the aqua way too much.  Interestingly, the glitter that goes in aqua paint is actually green.  Who knew?  Well, I know that now since the pillow turned out way more green because of the glitter than aqua.

But it's still kind of fun, no?

I'm probably not keeping this one since it's too green for my taste but I'm still kind of jazzed about the cute factor nonetheless.

And, of course, the minute I tell a child not to touch while I'm taking pictures, I get this.

I can't believe how young Aiden is in this picture. I mean I did make this last winter and all but he looks like such a baby.  Since I couldn't get him to leave the pillow alone, I put him to work as a prop.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

DIY Christmas Garland

I actually made this garland last Christmas but the season ended before I could get around to posting. It looked so gorgeous on the front porch last year but since I'm switching things up to a red and white porch this year, I've hung this little beauty on the stairway instead.

The whole thing started when I saw some silver mesh ribbon at 60% off at Michael's last year and I kind of couldn't resist. I've been fiddling with the idea of a garland for the front door up to that point but hadn't been getting very far. I brought the ribbon home and got to work.

For this project I used some gold and silver Christmas balls, along with some glittery branches I had on hand. I already had the garland hiding away in the basement from Christmas' pasts as well. You also need a wire cutter, florist wire, and scissors.

Also a cup and half of patience and something good to watch on television.

I might have been delusional because that happens to me on occasion.  But I seriously thought this project would take no time at all.  Ummm....wrong.  Which is why you don't see the word "easy" in the title of this post.  I like easy. Because of my lack of experience, this was not easy. Once I figured out what I was doing and how to work with the ribbon it became a little less painful but it did take the better part of an afternoon to pull together. Good thing the boys were at daycare and I had the day off.

It took me awhile to figure out how to wind the mesh and where to tie it off to make it look decent. When I got that under control, things got a lot easier.

Once the mesh was wrapped and secured I tackled the ornaments, attaching them with florist wire in little sections.

With the gold and silver ornaments attached, I added in some glittery gold branches here and there.

Can I just mention that the glitter that was everywhere for weeks and weeks afterwords? Very festive.

After putting the garland together, I began the fun process of attaching it around the door. That was another joy filled activity on a freezing cold December afternoon. I had to keep taking breaks because my fingers were so darn cold. But after all the work, I stepped back to admire my handiwork.

In the interest of keeping it real, I almost abandoned this project a couple of times from sheer frustration (and frostbite). Glad I hung in there because I really love how this turned out.

Don't forget to stop by my Pinterest Holiday Board for some more great DIY ideas. And check back in for the full Christmas tour in December. ;)