Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sweets for Christmas

I am not a big baker but everyone needs a little sweets during the holidays.
The recipe is on the back of the Nestle bag, nothing complicated. The mix is extremely stiff.
They had to bake in the oven, so I had to make do with some other sweets.
While I waited I threw together a little Christmas decor. It is just a simple arrangement, which I prefer.
And there done. I was going to cut them up and put them on a pretty dish, but they were gone by the time I went and got my camera.
I hope your holidays are off to a great start. What sweets do you enjoy making for the holidays?

Friday, November 29, 2013

Make tiny hooks for tiny ornaments

I have a little tree that I wanted to put some tiny ornaments on but the regular size hooks I had on hand were too large, so....my husband made me some small ones out of some scrap wire he had left over. All you need is a pair of needle nose pliers and a pair of wire cutters.
Any stiff wire would work. Take one end and bend the wire over and into a loop with the needle nose pliers.
Then cut the opposite end of the wire with your wire cutters at the approximate length that you want your hook to be.
After you have your length cut, then take the needle nose pliers and bend the other end into a larger loop to go onto the branch of the tree.
That's it. Now let's hang those little ornaments.
Pretty little ornaments on a pretty little tree. If you have a green tree then you could use green wire. 
Have you started decorating for Christmas yet?

Remember to come back for the, "Tis The Season," tour.
Below is the list of  bloggers who will be participating and the dates that they will be sharing their holiday inspirations with you. I hope you come by and enjoy the tour!

At Home With Jemma on Monday the 9th
The Cafe Sucre Farine on Monday the 9th
Poppy View on Tuesday the 10th.
Red Rose Alley on Wednesday the 11th
Home and Lifestyle Design (that's me) also on Wednesday the 11th
Comfy House on Thursday the 12th
Cozy Little House on Thursday the 12th
The Refeathered Roost on Friday the 13th
The Dedicated House on Saturday the 14th
Across The Way  on Saturday the 14th

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas Vignette

I'am in the mood for Christmas. It is very cold here in Texas, and it makes me want to stay inside and decorate for the holidays. 

 I have had this large mercury glass vase forever and it looks great with white decorations.

 I am debating about putting ornaments on the tree, but I am liking it just the way it is.

 I love looking at reflections in the mirror. A mirror image.


 I wonder if we will have a white Christmas this year, pretty unlikely in Texas but you never know.

 So what do you think, should I put some ornaments on the tree?

Linking to: Savvy Southern Style
Linking to: Ivy and Elephants

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Beginning to Decorate the Bedroom for Christmas

Do you decorate your bedroom for Christmas?

I have just started doing some decorating and thought I would show you one of my side tables in our bedroom with some holiday cheer upon it. I like reading Christmas novels during the holidays, do you?
  I knew I would find multiple uses for my sugar mold and these ornaments fit nicely inside.

I am decorating the bedroom in gold this year. Out in the other spaces I will be decorating with silver mostly. Oh, see the ballerina in the reflection, I will have to show you her sometime.

I adore angels. The other day I was remembering when I was a child I liked to dust, not so much anymore, but the reason I enjoyed dusting was all the curves that my hands would follow, it felt like a journey of some sort.

This angel has lots of curves and movement. I hope somewhere there is an angel watching over me.

In the reflection of the mirror you can see the details of her wings.

What Christmas novels are your favorites? Do you read them over and over again? Do you prefer the classics?  I just bought these three yesterday and have yet to start them. One is "Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham, which was made into a movie, which I have seen but I am still looking forward to reading the book. "This Year It Will Be Different" is by Maeve Binchy which contains 15 short stories, and the third one is "The Christmas Shoes" by Donna VanLiere, and she is a new author for me. I am on Goodreads and would love to have you follow along with me if you like, just go here.

I was very excited when Jemma from At Home With Jemma invited me to participate in a blog tour for the holidays. The "Tis The Season Blog Tour," is coming up soon so mark your calendars and come and see holiday homes, decor, recipes and so much holiday inspiration.
Here is a list of some amazing blogs that will be sharing their homes, holiday decorations, great recipes, and a great deal of inspiration. I hope you will mark your calendars and join us.

At Home With Jemma on Monday the 9th
The Cafe Sucre Farine  on Monday the 9th
Poppy View on Tuesday the 10th.
Red Rose Alley on Wednesday the 11th
Home and Lifestyle Design (that's me) also on Wednesday the 11th
Comfy House on Thursday the 12th
Cozy Little House on Thursday the 12th
The Refeathered Roost on Friday the 13th
The Dedicated House on Saturday the 14th
Across The Way  on Saturday the 14th

Happy Holidays!!

Linking to: French Country Cottage
Linking to: Common Ground
Linking to: Redoux Interiors
Linking to: My Romantic Home 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tis The Season Blog Tour

Tis The Season Blog Tour

Jemma from At Home With Jemma invited me to participate in Tis The Season Blog Tour this year and I have happily accepted that invitation. I know I love getting inspired by all the holiday decorations during this time of year.  I hope you will all mark your calendars so you remember to come back and enjoy all of the holiday inspiration that will be given to you through these bloggers. The tour is from December 9th - 14th.
Here is a list of all the talented bloggers who will be participating and the dates that their holiday inspirations will be shared with you. I hope you come by and enjoy the tour!

At Home With Jemma on Monday the 9th
The Cafe Sucre Farine on Monday the 9th
Poppy View on Tuesday the 10th.
Red Rose Alley on Wednesday the 11th
Home and Lifestyle Design (that's me) also on Wednesday the 11th
Comfy House on Thursday the 12th
Cozy Little House on Thursday the 12th
The Refeathered Roost on Friday the 13th
The Dedicated House on Saturday the 14th
Across The Way  on Saturday the 14th

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Baguette Wooden Bowl and That's Fresh Friday Link Up Party

Do you all remember my finds from my trip to First Monday Trade Days in Canton Texas? Well one of the items I found was a baguette wood bowl, which I fallen in love with. So I decided to play with it a bit today - not anything holiday - rather more summer like. What do you think?

Seashells and Candles
 Corks and Candles

 Glass Beads and Candles

And a little close up shot.
Now let's Party!

We're back again with another week of That's Fresh Friday presented to you by myself and the amazing ladies of Southern Girl Blog Community!
That's Fresh Friday is a weekly link up where you can come and share all of your wonderful projects and creations and make some new friends along the way.
If you haven’t heard of Southern Girl Blog Community, it’s a community of Southern Bloggers from all over the Southern area that come together to connect, share and inspire each other through blogging and building connections.
Please make sure to stop by and say hello. We'll love to have you!
Now let's check out this week's features: Pumpkin surprises
tff features week 1& 2
Pumpkin Bread Pudding w/ Caramel Sauce by Everyday Miracles and Mayhem:: DIY Velvet Decor Pumpkins by Up To Date Interiors:: Pumpkin Pie Truffles by Back For Seconds
Thanks to everyone that linked up the last two weeks! All features will be pinned to our That's Fresh Friday Pinterest board and shared on Prototype Mama and Southern Girl Blog Community's pages!
Now on to the party, let's meet our host and co-host for this week!
host and cohost collage
Host (top 1st two)
Co-Host (From left to right)
(All Co-host are members of Southern Girl Blog Community)

Now for some quick rules:

:: Link up anything with the exceptions of reviews, giveaways and blog hops
:: Follow ALL Host and Co-Host via one of the methods listed above
:: Visit at least 1 link before yours and mingle with some of the other bloggers! I promise you won’t be disappointed!
:: Display our Link Up Button somewhere on your site (Sidebar or in post)
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::Link up as many projects/post as you like (link directly to your post URL)
:: Share, Share, Share! Post about it on Facebook, Twitter, G+ or Instagram! The more the merrier, post and let your readers and friends know where the Freshest Link Up for Friday is! #thatsfreshfridaylinkup

Now who's ready to party?


Shabby Chic Porch - One Room Challenge - Final Reveal - Week Six

Hello everyone! Welcome to the final reveal of my One Room Challenge Space. Six weeks ago Linda from the blog Calling It Home hosted a six week challenge to make over one room, any room we wanted, and I accepted the challenge and chose my porch, which desperately needed some serious help. If you are new to my blog and you want to start at week one then go right here.

So here we are six weeks after I began this challenge and although there is always more I would like to do, today is the day that we show our finished rooms. I wanted a space that was a little shabby chic and I wanted it to be a space that was more like a room than a porch and I think I have achieved that. I am happy with my new porch. So without further ado, let me show you my new and improved porch.
Here is the opposite side with the original cafe table and chairs. I wanted light colors out here and I am loving the peaceful turquoise and white color scheme.
We painted the headboard bench that my husband built a nice clean white color. Go here to see the original headboard that had been tossed away and in need of some help.  I placed a twin size quilt on the seat which is a Simply Shabby Chic quilt by Rachel Ashwell, that I purchased at Target. I absolutely love the subdued colors of this quilt.
I actually made this pillow from an old crochet tablecloth I bought at an antique store in Plano Texas. You can see how I constructed it by going here. There was no sewing and no crocheting involved.
 I found these rosettes at a flea market and simply attached them to the center of the pillow
At the ends of the pillow I tied the material together with some yarn.
My husband made this mirror years ago. You can see some of the other mirrors he has made by going here.
The mirror has a distressed finish and I love the scalloped edge, the applique and the beading down the sides.
I love seeing what it is reflected in the mirror, any mirror.
I have had this vintage iron candle holder for years,it is actually one of a pair.
I think the wicker chair came out beautifully. I can't believe someone discarded it. When we found the chair it was red and had a pitiful worn seat. You can see the original pictures of before the redo by going here.

I made the burlap wreath a month or so ago. If you want to see how I made it then go here. It is simple and anyone can make one of their own.
This small round table was black. We painted the table white and I placed a cream colored pashmina on top of it.  Am I the only one who uses my clothing to decorate their interiors?
 The hand painted wine glasses are a present for my birthday many years ago from my son.
The wine is all gone now..... The little decorative plate you see in front of the wine glasses was a gift from the Sneak Peek that I went to at the Dallas Market, which you read part one, part two, and part three.
My husband made the cocktail table out of leftover wood from the headboard bench and we painted it turquoise blue.
On a trip to First Monday Trade Days in Canton Texas I found this dough bowl and I placed some pinecones and two candles inside. I got some other goodies in Canton and you can see them here. If you have never been to Canton I do encourage you to go.
The original cafe table and two chairs were black. We painted all three pieces turquoise blue. The turquoise blue lightens everything up on the porch and makes it actually feel lighter.
I made the burlap topiary a few months back, which you can read about here

I think I will be spending plenty of time at this table.  With the hanging ferns it is very enclosed and semi-private.
I adore my cherub concrete planters. They were a gift from my husband many years ago.
 I placed some decorative balls in both of them.
The rug was a gift from a neighbor who no longer had a need for it.Thank you neighbor!
So just a quick peek at what we started with. I think this porch has come a long way baby! Yes, I would say it is an improvement.

Have I left anything out? I don't think so. Is there still more I would like to do? You bet there is! But I am content for the moment. It has been such an enjoyable six weeks. Again, I want to thank Linda, From Calling It Home blog for hosting this One Room Challenge event and allowing me to participate. It has been a joy.  Please go to her website where you can see many other bloggers who participated in this challenge as well. There is some incredible spaces out there that you really do want to see.

To see the porch from the beginning go to:

I hope you enjoyed my One Room Challenge journey as much as I enjoyed creating this space. It is a space I will enjoy so much more now that it is more inviting and welcoming.  Thank  you all so much for coming by each week and leaving kind and encouraging words to keep me moving and motivated. You are greatly appreciated!

Tonight I will be co-hosting at Southern Girl Blog Community for That's Fresh Friday Link Up Party, so please come back and join me tonight at 6 pm and share your post with this great community of bloggers.

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