Thursday, December 31, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #82

Happy New Year's Eve (and if you are here after Thursday, Happy 2016)!! 
How can this actually be the VERY last day of 2015 already?! 
 Did this year fly for anyone else?! So crazy!! 
Regardless, I hope you are ready to end this year with a PARTY!!!! 
Show us what you've been working on! 


You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

Monday, December 28, 2015

My Word of the Year

Over the last few years, I have noticed some of my blogging friends pick a word. It's kind of like a resolution but not quite as precise as losing weight, or pay off debt, but something that you want to strive to do better or an action that you want to try to do more in the new year. 

I haven't participated in the past but this year I felt like I needed to pick a word, not sure why but I did. 

With 2016 just around the corner, I mean really- how is it really here on Friday?, I thought I would share my word with you today just in case you also want to choose a word of the year for yourself.

For my word of the year, I chose the word:





I went the word "present" to pertain to both my personal life and my blog life.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! 
I hope you have a fantastic day with your family and friends. 
Enjoy the magic of the season! 




allison

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #81

Merry Christmas everyone! 
I know you are probably spending time with family and friends the next few days but we are still here partying!


You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

Monday, December 21, 2015

DIY Mudroom

I have another house update for you today, yay!! 
You know how I was complaining that if the sun would just come out long enough, I would take pictures of the mudroom we completed back in November to share with you? Well, the sun finally came out! 

So here is our new mudroom addition.

 Every since we toured the house when we were looking to buy one, we knew that we would build a mudroom area in this location. 

Here is the house the day we closed on it. As you can see it was like an olive green color on the walls. This was the original kitchen of the house before the previous owner added the huge kitchen addition. The original kitchen cabinets and counters are still on the left side of the room flanking the entrance into the "now" kitchen and then the right side of the room was one giant blank wall which was where the appliances used to sit in the old kitchen.

Friday, December 18, 2015

{Feature Friday} #56

Happy Friday everyone! 
Are you ready for Christmas?! 
Gift wrapped, mailed if need be, dinner plans getting finalized?! 
If not, I hope you can start wrapping that all up soon! 


Today, I have some great ideas that I saw while browsing last week's Handmade Hangout Party.  




Thursday, December 17, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #80

It is time to party! (I got up on time this week!)
Yahoo! Show us what you've got this week!


You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 
 

My Holiday Home Tour

Hello everyone! Can you believe Christmas is getting so close?! 
I have been wanting to take photos of all my decorations, along with lots of other things around the house, to share with you all for weeks now but the sun has seriously not come out in very long time around here and if it does, it is gone by the time I am all set up and ready for pictures. UGH! So I finally just sucked it up and took pictures even though I knew they would turn out horribly. 

SO... here is how I decorated our new house for Christmas. I struggled figuring out what to use and where to put things in our new house but I think it all turned out pretty good.

I will start in the living room.

I tucked our tree in the corner of the living room before entering the dining room.
This is the first year in quite some time that it has been front and center in our living space instead of in our old formal living area so the girls are enjoying the tree and looking at the ornaments and presents. 
I pretty much decorated it the same as I did last year. Things have been too crazy for me to think of another way to decorate it and I admit, I love all my ornaments too much to just change it up and not make them center stage. 

Even though you can't see it, I did buy a new tree skirt. It is red and white chevron in the center outlined with the bright green. 

Moving to the opposite side of the living room, I hung our stockings on a shelf I had Travis build just for this purpose, seriously! lol I was decorating and thought I have no place for our stockings since we don't have a fireplace in this house and the shutters I used to use are now in the guest room, so I asked if he had any old wood and he had a large piece in the garage and whipped this up with some birch branches we had lying around as well.

Monday, December 14, 2015

DIY Holiday Plates

I have a fun and super simple project for you today. 
This isn't a new idea but I finally got around to trying it myself with a group of friends that came over for a little craft day/cookie exchange.

Did you know you can use sharpie paint pens to create your own plates with any design you would like?! It's true and it is so fun and easy! 


Here is how to create some for yourself.
 Supplies:
 -Ceramic Plate
-Oil Based Paint Pens, these are Sharpies
-Pencil
-Oven

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Kichenaid Mixer GIVEAWAY!

Are you ready for something great?! 
How about a GIVEAWAY?! 
It has been far too long since I gave anything away and I teamed up with some other blogging friends to do just that! 

 We love the holiday season and we love our readers so much that we wanted to have a fun Holiday Kitchenaid Giveaway! 


This stainless steel 4.5 quart kitchen tool is what every kitchen needs and is perfect for all of your baking needs.
One lucky winner has the chance to put this beauty right on their counter top, all you need to do is enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter below. 

The giveaway is open to all US residents who are 18 years or older. The giveaway will close on Saturday, December 19th and the winner will be announced on Sunday, December 20th. 

Thank you so much for reading our blogs! We appreciate you. 

 Giveaway sponsored by: 
Children's Culinary Institute 




GOOD LUCK!!
 
allison

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #79

AHHHHH! Sorry to get the party up late!! Story of my life as of late! 


It is time to party!
Yahoo! Show us what you've got this week!


You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 
 

Friday, December 4, 2015

{Feature Friday} #55

I've been MIA this week but I hope that you had a fantastic Thanksgiving. 
 I have some great news!! The construction on our house is FINALLY complete!! OH MY... THANK YOU!! 
This was suppose to be a 3 to 4 week project and here we are 2 1/2 mths and it is finally complete. There are still things to do on our end but so happy people won't be coming in and out of our house anymore and I can share the reveals with all of you! :) 

But enough about that, are you ready to see some great ideas that were linked up to the party last week? Sure you are! So here you go! 



Thursday, December 3, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #78

It is time to party!
Yahoo! Show us what you've got this week!


You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 
 
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