What a wonderful Christmas I had with family and friends. I cherish every moment we had together. I even was able to get 3 out my 4 children to church with my husband and I Christmas morning... which at their ages 22,21,19,17 is tricky at best sometimes! ;-) My oldest daughter would have been there too...but she spent Christmas Eve with her fiance and his mother. They drove up to our house Christmas Day in the morning to celebrate with us!
As my children get older, and create lives with a significant other, I realize now, how hard it will be to wiggle out room without putting stress on them to be here. That is why I made a promise to my husband that I will never make them feel bad for having to be at their in-laws, etc... and I will be thankful for the time we do have! This was my first Christmas dealing with that... and see that there will be many more in the future.
Whatcha Working on Wednesday...
I am working on my family's Valentines!
I am starting early this year because these are going to take some time! But I will get them done! I am making one for each of my children and for my husband!
52 Reasons I Love You!
I found some beautiful Valentines Day Scrap booking papers at Hobby Lobby yesterday... and I am going decorate each card and then place on each card my reason that I love them, or that they make me smile. I also found the binders at HL... I just have to make sure that I carefully put the holes in the same place on each card so that they lie properly.
Well, that's what I am up to! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
Okay, so this is using the same premise of the epsom salts and votives, but how cute is this to place them on your staircase? Just tuck a few sprigs of greenery and some "unbreakable" ornaments and, what a beautiful scene! For the mice, just cut out of black construction paper.
You can also use glass glitter to decorate your mason jars.
All you need is
Design of your choice (find them on google or magazine)
Glass hurricane lamp/Mason Jar
Bottle with fine-tip applicator
Clear glass glitter
Photocopy design of your choice, enlarging to fit into a glass hurricane or mason jar. Roll up the template and slide it inside the glass, with the design facing outward. Secure at the top with tape. Using glue in bottle with a fine-tip applicator, outline one section of the design, then fill it in.
Working over a bowl, sprinkle with clear glass glitter. Let glue dry; shake off excess glitter. Glue and glitter the next section of the design. Continue all the way around. Remove template; let dry overnight. Place hurricane lamp/mason jar on a cake stand, and place candle inside.
Here is a super cute EASY centerpiece idea for you.
Find a nice ole primitive box, center a few mason jars with votives inside and the fill with greens, berries, some ornaments, pinecones... what ever you have on hand. You now have an instant, adorable centerpiece.
Don't have the old box... but want a similar look? gather some greens and cranberries. Place inside jar and fill with water to the top. Place floating candle on top, and light. So beautiful!
This is such an easy meal idea and just delicious! Plus, it is super good for you! My family loves this meal when I make it. I usually serve it with some rolls and a nice green salad!
No-Stick Cooking Spray
2 pounds sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup orange juice 2 teaspoons dried oregano, divided 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1-1/2 pounds pork tenderloin
Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Place potatoes in baking pan. Combine orange juice and 1 teaspoon oregano in small bowl; pour over potatoes. Combine oil, garlic, remaining 1 teaspoon oregano, salt and pepper in small bowl. Coat pork with seasoned oil mixture; place on top of potatoes. Cover pan tightly with aluminum foil; bake 35 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 425°F. Remove foil; bake uncovered 10 to 15 minutes more or until pork is slightly pink in center (160°F) and potatoes are tender. Let pork stand 5 minutes before slicing.
Today we are going to make these adorable Paperback Christmas Trees!
I think they look sweet with my snowbaby collection... and I love the look of the black and white pages. You can even add glitter to them or spray paint them if you like. These ones I left as is...
Items you will need:
optional: glitter, spray paint, etc
1. Okay, first find an old paperback book.
2. Remove the cover, so that it looks like this.
3. Count out 30 pages, and carefully cut them away from the binding with the exacto knife. Please be careful here... I found it easiest to almost saw into them to remove them.
4. Now keeping the binding edge facing the left side, take the right had top of your page and fold over so that it reaches the middle seam. Flatten the folded edge so it is crisp and sharp. It should make a small triangle.
5. Now take the edge of your triangle and fold again against the seam. Sort of like making a paper airplane. :-)
Again, crisp out your folded edges.
Now... you have a choice you can fold up your "over hang" or cut it off even with the bottom of the page. I decided I like the look of cutting if off, which I do at the very end after all the folding has been done.
6. Continue in the same manner until all of the 30 pages are folded. Now, if you decided to wait and cut off the overhang... take your cutting board, and exacto knife. Lay the pages on the board and cut off the overhang.
7. Next, count out 30 more pages, and cut them away from the book. This time hold the pages with the binding on the right side. And begin folding in the same way you did before.
8. Complete the folding and cutting off the overhang.
9. Now you have two halves to your tree.
10. Now, open up one your tree halves some what so that you have a flat edge to glue. Put hot glue on one half and carefully lay the other half on top, lining up the sides as you go.
11. Now stand your tree up, and admire!
12. Now decide if you like just as is, or if you would like to decorate it.
My name is Laura and I am a mother of 4 children; ages 22, 20, 18 & 16. I have been married to my best friend for 24 years.
I love all things old and primitive, and enjoy decorating my home... especially at Christmas where I single handedly put up 43 Christmas Trees, approximately 200 Santas, 7 nativities, and much more all around our house. Every window on the outside of our cute stone cape style house has a Christmas Tree with white twinkle lights.
I love to find odds and ends at GW, and other thrift stores and prim them up and find a special place for them in my home.