Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Favorite Posts From 2011

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas!  I have totally enjoyed being with my family the past few days.  It seems like time just slows down a little bit around Christmas and we have a few days when no one has to go to work or school and we can all be home together.  I have been so blessed with a wonderful husband and two wonderful daughters.  I have also been blessed with so many wonderful friends and this year I made some new ones out there in blog land.  This has been my first year at blogging and I have really enjoyed it.  I was looking over the posts I have made in the past year and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.

 This post showcased my key collection and how I display them around the house.  Click here to see the original post.

This post was called Decorating With Burlap Sacks.  I just can not seem to get enough of them. 

This post shows my Living Room Makeover.  What a transformation if I do say so myself.

Thanks to all of you have become followers or left comments this year.  You have been a blessing to me and I look forward to spending time with you in 2012.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas at Paramount

Paramount Antique Mall is my all time favorite place to shop.  It is a fabulous antique mall located off of Highway 54 in Wichita, Kansas.  If you are ever in the area you should stop by for a visit.  You will not be disappointed.   They were kind enough to let me snap a few pictures to share with you.

 I just love how they used a real horn in the middle of this wreath.
 And an ice skate in this one.

OK, so that was more than a few photos but there are so many pretty things to see.  Feel free to visit Paramount Antique Mall's web page for special events and further information.

Thanks for stopping by!

I will be sharing at 
Common Ground Vintage Inspiration Friday 
Stuff And Nonsense Fridays Unfolded 
 Romantic Home Show and Tell Friday

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My Daughter's Christmas Trees

I have to say my daughter takes after her mother in the decorating department.  One day I walked into her bedroom and she had put up three, yes three Christmas trees.  Of course they all have a touch of pink to them.

This one is all about shoes and handbags and I just love the little santa hat on top.

This one needs no added decoration.  The pink glittered tree in this adorable pink boot is stunning all by itself.

 This white tree is the largest of the three.  It is three feet tall and she has decorated it in pink and black, two colors that I love together.

Here a couple of close ups of the ornaments.

And here is her partner in crime.  I am sure Miss Razzle Dazzle helped out a lot.

Thanks for stopping by and happy decorating.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Decorating the Banister

Every year I put greenery and bows on the banister in my home but this year I added stockings to the mix.  With the addition of mercury glass to my mantel the stockings looked yellow when I hung them this year so they ended up on the banister instead.

I have to say I miss not having stockings hanging from the mantel but I really like the way they dress up the banister.


What will I do next year?  Do I make new stocking to hang from the mantel and hang these on the banister.  Can you have to many stockings hanging up around Christmas time?  Do you think Santa will fill them all? 

Thanks for stopping by!

I will be sharing with
Michele Raven Designs Prim Your Stuff Wednesday
DIY by Design Christmas-blogger-block party
Knick of Time Interiors

Getting Into The Christmas Spirit

Nothing gets me into the Christmas spirit like a Christmas party and last week I went to one.  It was not your run of the mill Christmas party.  In fact Jen, the person who hosted it, probably didn't even think of it as a Christmas party, but I sure walked away from it in the Christmas spirit.  You see Jen is a Stampin Up consultant and she had a few of us over to make a few Christmas projects that I want to share with you.

The first thing we made was this adorable Christmas card.  Isn't it cute!?!  Don't think that snowflake was cut out of silver paper.  It is actually a Coke can.  We just took some tin snips and cut off the top and bottom of the can, flattened it out, then ran it through the Big Shot machine to cut out the snowflake.  You would think that the edges would be sharp but they are not.  The machine crimps the edges a little when you run it through so there are no sharp edges.  What a great way to recycle!

We also put together this little Santa face.  He would look cute on a Christmas card or you could just put a ribbon on him and put him on the tree.

We also did this 6x6 scrapbook page with a Christmas recipe.  Jen has a whole album full of recipe pages.  What a great gift that would make.

The recipe is for  Cranberry Pecan Pie.  Jen's mom made this wonderful pie and brought it to share with all of us.  It is REALLY good!  The recipe is pretty hard to read in the picture so here it is.

Cranberry Pecan Pie

3 eggs
1 cup corn syrup
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans

Use pastry recipe or purchased unbaked pie crust for a 9 inch pie plate.  Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of plate.  Flute edge.

In a large bowl, combine eggs, corn syrup, sugar, butter, and vanilla until blended.  Stir in cranberries and pecans.   Pour into crust.  Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350 degrees, bake 35 to 40 minutes longer or until filling is almost set.  Cool completely on a wire rack.  Cover and refrigerate overnight before slicing.  Add a dollop of Cool Whip to each serving if desired and enjoy!

I wish I would of taken a picture of the pie before we cut into it because it was just beautiful with all those red cranberries on top.  The tartness of the cranberries and the sweetness of the pie filling are just perfect together.

Thanks for stopping by!

I will be sharing with
The 36th Avenue's Party Time Christmas Cards
Not Just A House Wife's Show Me What Ya Got Party
Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Schue Love's Christmas Cheer Link Party

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Mantel 2011

I am always amazed how different my Christmas decor looks year from year.  Just by placing a few things in different places or by adding a couple things here or there can change the whole feel.  This year's Christmas mantel is an excellent example of that.  It was about this time last year that I started collecting mercury glass and this Christmas I thought I would deck out my mantel with some of the pieces I have collected.  WOW!  That dressed things up. 

You would think that adding a little silver to my White themed Christmas would not make that big of difference but when I put my stockings up this year they just didn't seem to match.

I thought about making new ones but then quickly came to my senses.  This time of year is busy enough without adding another project so I hung the stockings on my banister this year.  I will show you how the banister turned out in another post.

I hope all of you are enjoying the Christmas Season, baking lots of cookies, and taking care of all those lists.

I will be sharing at
From My Front Porch to Yours
Dittle Dattle's Amaze Me Monday
House In The Roses Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Between Naps On The Porch
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia's Mantel Party
Faded Charm Cottage White Wednesday
Southern Hospitality's Mantel Party
LaurieAnna's Christmas-Mantle-Farmhouse-Friday
Home Stories A to Z Christmas Mantel Link Party
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