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Thanksgiving Decor

Front porch décor for Thanksgiving

Front porch décor for Thanksgiving

I love decorating my front porch for the seasons and the holidays!  It is a blank canvas with the potted ficus tree and rustic chair that are always present throughout the year.  The pumpkin is left over from Halloween and the chair begged for another wreath.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this wreath:

  • wire wreath form
  • assorted patterned paper in beiges, creams and browns
  • Cricut machine
  • Cricut Preserves cartridge
  • hot glue gun

Cut out many grapevine leaves using the Cricut machine.  Adhering in rows and two at a time, attach the leaves to the form using a glue gun.  Pinch the leaves at the base before you attaching to the form.  Stagger the leaves as you work around the wreath.

Thanksgiving wreath detail

Thanksgiving wreath detail

The beauty of this project is that I used scraps of paper that I have collected over the years.  I don’t use much browns and beiges in my projects and this was a great way to put them to good use.  I love using what I have on hand and it came together beautifully.

Happy Thanksgiving!

*Tina

Halloween Decor II

Front porch decor

Front porch decor

Our 100 year old house lends itself to a more vintage, timeless décor that is reflective of the season.  I went to one of my favorite stores, Trader Joe’s, to select my pumpkins.  I love the heirloom varieties and they have the biggest selection for $5.99 a pumpkin.  They are fantastic and unique and the price is unbelievable.  I also wanted to create a wreath to hang on the chair.  More details on Friday as to how I created it.  So, for very little money, I created a seasonal vignette with timeless appeal.  What is not to love?

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.
~Author Unknown

*Tina

Halloween Decor

Perfect for fall!

Perfect for fall!

I am a firm believer in buying what you love and using it.  These pumpkins and cats were collected over time, but work perfectly together.  The textures and materials are reminiscent of fall and have a timeless quality.  They will be on display throughout autumn and come early November, I will add some fabulous chickens and turkeys to the mix for the Thanksgiving display.  With a little planning, you can have a spectacular display that will last for years and be unique to you.

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.  -Jim Bishop

*Tina

Crafty Today: Marbled Paper Coasters

Coasters with marbled paper

Coasters with marbled paper

Last week I posted my first experience with marbling paper and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I know I will be making more paper in the future so why not start using it.  I have had these glass coasters for several years and they were designed for photos.  I inserted paper instead and I am thrilled with the results.  Aren’t they marvelous?

More marbled paper projects in the future so stay tuned.  Happy crafting!

*Tina

Crafty Decorating: Ornament-Filled Cloche Part II

Ornament-filled cloche for Valentine's Day

Ornament-filled cloche for Valentine’s Day

I loved the Christmas version so much that I decided to do it for other holidays as well.  I went to the 99 cent store a week before Christmas to stock up on colors for several more holidays.  Here is the Valentine’s Day version.  Isn’t it fabulous?

Happy decorating!

*Tina

Hydrangea Beauty

Dried hydrangea on display in our downstairs bathroom

Dried hydrangea on display in our downstairs bathroom

Last month, I had beautiful hydrangeas on display for my husband’s 50th birthday party courtesy of my mother’s garden.  After about a week, they had all dried even though there was water in the container.  This is common for this species.  I took the best specimens and arranged them in several vases.  Can you believe it?  Doesn’t it look beautiful?  Much better than silk flowers and it makes me happy that I am able to prolong its beauty.

*Tina

Christmas Village

Department 56 Christmas Village

Department 56 Christmas Village

A few weeks ago on a Sunday, my father called and asked if we wanted the Christmas Village as an early Christmas gift.  Most definitely!  My parents thought this village would be perfect in our home and they were right.  It is lovely and a nice adornment for our mantle.  Don’t worry.  My parents have another village to display in their home.

Department 56 Christmas Village detail

Department 56 Christmas Village detail

We had the village on display during my husband’s birthday party and the best comment was about the hotel disco party on the top floor.  How appropriate!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Photo Banner

Photo banner

Photo banner

To keep with the elegant and sophisticated look for the 5oth birthday party, I created a banner showcasing my husband through the years.  You will need the following supplies to create this project:

  • photos
  • matte presentation paper
  • foil tape
  • thin chipboard
  • ribbon
  • adhesive
  • hole punch

I collected photos of my husband from two years old to the present.  Scanned, cropped and edited those photos in Memory Manager 4.0.  Printed them on matte presentation paper.  Cut them out and adhered cropped photos to chipboard (cereal box cardboard is a great option).  Trimmed the photos again.  Applied foil tape to the edges.  Punched holes in the upper corners of each photo and strung the ribbon.  Hung it.  Voila!

Photo banner detail

Photo banner detail

I paired the photo banner with a Happy Birthday banner on loan from my mother.  All the guests enjoyed looking at the banner and it added to the festive atmosphere.

You can find Memory Manager 4.0 and the foil tape here.  The birthday banner was purchased at Tancredi & Morgen.

Happy crafting!

*Tina

Effortless Entertaining: 50th Birthday Party

50th Birthday Party

Entertaining in style

We celebrated my husband’s 50th birthday on Saturday with a magnificent party.  We started with a wine and cheese spread followed by a light dinner and finished with birthday cake.  Here is how I did it:

  1. Dishes and Glasses: I used a combination of pressed glass dishes, china, small cheese plates, and a collection of wine glasses.  Nothing matched per se, but it worked well together.  The pressed glass bowls and plates are from my mother’s collection, the china is mine from my great grandmother (who loved to entertain), the small cheese plates are from my collection as well as the wine glasses.
  2. Flowers: The camellias are from my garden and the hydrangeas are from my mother’s garden.
  3. Cheese: We are fortunate to have several shops in the area that carry delectable cheese.  The four cheeses on the green marble slab are from The Cheese Store of Pasadena.  The cheese on the small cutting board is from our local farmers market.
  4. Crackers and Dark Chocolate: Both of these food items came from Trader Joe’s.  We had dark chocolate covered almonds, dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds, dark chocolate covered cherries and dark chocolate almonds sprinkled with sea salt and turbinado sugar.
  5. Food: The carrots came from the local farmers market and I paired it with my hummus.  The recipe will be posted tomorrow.  A selection of cured meats was purchased from Trader Joe’s.  The olives came from The Cheese Store and the raspberries were filled with chocolate.  The raspberry recipe will be posted next week.  For dinner, we ate meatballs made by a dear friend, kale salad and fresh sourdough bread.  We topped off the evening with a delicious chocolate strawberry shortcake birthday cake made by a colleague.
  6. Wine: We had a selection of red and white wine plus Prosecco and port.
  7. Miscellany: Since we have a wine and cheese party twice a year, I have collected various serving pieces and other items to make it easy to pull it all together.  The marble slab and cutting board are designated cheese boards for the party.  The cheese knives came from Pottery Barn years ago as well as the small cheese plates.  The cheese markers are a recent addition and I purchased those in Los Olivos at The General Store.  I pick up napkins from Tuesday Morning or wine shops and have collected wine coasters to add to the collection.  Every wine glass has a wine charm and they were purchased from Brighton and The Key of A.

My rule is that I want it to look elegant and sophisticated, but be relaxed and fun at the same time.  I purchased most of the food, but had certain dishes made from scratch to make it special.  The party lasted for six hours and everyone had a grand time!

*Tina

Crafty Decorating: Ornament-Filled Cloche

Ornament-filled cloche

Ornament-filled cloche

This cloche has been in my possession for several years and I couldn’t figure out what to do with it until this year.  Last year, I saw this idea in Martha Stewart Living and decided it was time to create my own version of a glittered Christmas.  You need the following supplies to create this project:

  • cloche or anything similar
  • lots of ornaments

I nestled the glass dome in some packaging paper in a box and started filling it with ornaments.  My ornaments were all from the 99 cent Store except for one package from Target.  The Target ornaments were glass and the 99 cent Store ornaments were all plastic.  Can you tell the difference?  I can’t.  Fill to the top and put on the base.  Flip.  Finished.  So simple, yet so effective and festive.

Happy holiday decorating!

*Tina

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