Monday, November 30, 2015

Distressed Wire Christmas Card Display

 It's that time again. . . when Christmas cards start showing up in the mail.
It makes it fun to check the mail, don't you think?

This year as the cards come in, I have a place where I can display them.
It's cute and it doesn't take up much room.

I'm using a secondhand find.
I was tickled when I scored this photo display at a yard sale for $6.
I cleaned it up and distressed it with my hand sander.

I added a few Christmas flowers in the corner.

I used last years' cards for today's pictures.

I can't wait to fill it up with this year's cards!

After the holidays, I'll remove the cards and flowers and use it to display photos.
Cute, cute, cute.

Who says you can't find good stuff at yard sales?

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Judge not, and you shall not be judged.
Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. 
Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Luke 6:37

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Vintage Children's Book Page Letters

I have quite a collection of vintage books.
Some of my favorites are vintage children's books.
I just love the graphics in them.

A friend of mine, who also loves vintage things, has a baby boy due in December.
I thought I'd make her a vintage themed gift. . .

so I used some children's book pages to cover paper mache letters.

The letters are about 8" tall and are about 1" thick.

I covered the fronts, backs, and along the sides.

As I decided which graphic to use, I set each letter on the page to make sure the pictures 
would align with the shape of the letter.

Then I attached them by painting Mod Podge onto the letter and setting the page onto the glue.
I rubbed all along the surface- especially the edges- to make sure the paper adhered.
I let them dry for about 30 minutes.
Then I rubbed a small piece of sandpaper along all the edges to get rid of the excess paper.

I just love those old book pages!

Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.

Do not fear or be discouraged.
Deut. 1:21

This post is linked to Too Much Time, Lil' Luna, and Funky Junk.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
Count your blessings and take lots of pictures!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Be thankful in all circumstances
1 Thes. 5:18

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Flea Market Decor

I just picked up some reading material for the holiday weekend. It's one of my favorite magazines.
You'll have to check this issue out.
It will make you itch to go secondhand shopping!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

But love your enemies, do good, and lend,
hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great
Luke 6:35

 This post is linked to Ivy and Elephants and Tatertots and Jello.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Recipe of the Week #197- Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
1 2/3 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup canola oil
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9"x 13" pan.
Mix sugar, eggs, oil, and pumpkin until fluffy.
Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add to wet ingredients and stir. Pour into pan. Bake 30 minutes. Cool before frosting

1 pkg cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1-2 tsp vanilla

Combine cream cheese and butter until smooth. Slowly add sugar until you reach the desired consistency. Add vanilla. Spread over bars.

These are so incredibly delicious. The pumpkin isn't overpowering and the cinnamon adds a nice touch. They're the perfect treat for this time of year!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
Luke 6:31

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Centerpieces With Upcycled Finds

Today's centerpieces are brought to you by secondhand shopping.

For the first one, I put coffee beans, popcorn kernels, and pinto beans into the bottom of three jars.
Then I placed a tealight candle in them.
I put them on a silver tray with a few artificial leaves.
Easy, but cute, huh?

Each jar has a little trim around the mouth-some twine and tulle.

These decorative branches came from my backyard.
I set the branches in the vase, then dropped artificial leaves to cover up the bottom.

I think this could be used for a thankful tree. 
All it would take it to have family members write on tags and then attach the tags
 to the branches with clothespins.

Tip: I found that the branches wanted to lean all over the place, so I tied them together
 with a piece of twine before placing them into the jar.

For this arrangement, I placed a pumpkin and some leaves in the top of a trophy.

I can't decide if it's cute or corny. :)

You don't have to spend lots of money to have cute centerpieces. 

For all these projects, I used
a large vase,
3 small jars,
a trophy, and a silver tray.
All were purchased secondhand.

I also used artificial leaves and a small decorative pumpkin
both of which were purchased at a dollar store.

Easy. . . and cheap!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Give to everyone who asks of you.
Luke 6:30

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Revisiting Fall Projects

I find it so hard to believe that November is half over.
Sheesh, where does the time go?
Before we officially say goodbye to fall and welcome winter,
I'd like to look back at a few fall-ish projects. . .

For this project, I turned a vintage rake head into a wreath.
Isn't it fun?

It's always good to take time to be thankful.
You can go here to see how to make this simple gratitude journal.

This fall wreath has flowers attached to clips that can be changed out with the seasons.
This wreath hangs on our front door and has different flowers for the different seasons.

Last year some friends and I incorporated vintage finds like scales

This is another fall wreath I've made with rosettes on clips
 so they can be changed out with the seasons.
This hangs on a door in our hallway.

I hope you enjoy the pretty fall weather before it gets cold.
Have a lovely and cool weekend. :)

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
 but a good word makes it glad.
Proverbs 12:25