Posts Tagged With: HOLIDAY

Easy Peasy whimsical Holiday “flowers”


yarn Pom Pom flowers

I really enjoy decorating for the holidays. I do not however enjoy the price of holiday decor. This means that i use a lot of hand-me-down decorations or handmade items.  I was noticing , this year, as I was putting out me decorations that they are starting to not suite MY style. That’s when I decided to make these whimsical Lorax inspired “flowers”. They are so easy and quick and I kind of want to put them everywhere.

Here is what you need:

*yarn (red)

*sparkly pipe cleaners (green)


Here is what you will do: tutorial

1. There is not a picture of this, but cut one piece of yarn about 8 inches long for tying your pom pom. Then hold one end of your longer yarn with your thumb and begin wrapping it around your pointer and middle fingers until you have a nice “forkful of  spaghetti”

2. This is your “forkful of spaghetti”

3.Take the 8″ piece of yarn you cut and stick it through your two fingers and back around the other side and tie a loop in the middle of your “spaghetti”

4.Place one of your pipe cleaners about an inch into your middle string. Pull tight and tie a knot.

5.Fold down the end of your pipe cleaner and wrap it around itself tightly.

6. Cut your loops so that it forms a shaggy ball.

7. Trim your shaggy ball . The closer you get to the middle, the neater the ball will look. It is ok to leave it shaggy if you prefer that look. *hint- to trim all of the loose ends -fluff the ball in your palm a few times while trimming.

8. Voila! you have a fun little yarn pom pom flower! Now make more and stick them in vases all around your house!

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viney wreaths oh my!

my favorite so far. a circle of honeysuckle and grape vines

My husband and I bought our house 2 years ago and it included about an acre of slightly unruly woods in the back part of the yard. At first I was overwhelmed by all the vines and thorns and weeds.. etc… After opening my eyes I have noticed that not everything was out of control, or at least not everything that was out of control is a bad thing. Take for example all of the lovely wild grape and honeysuckle vines. I have been collecting them over the past couple of evenings and have turned my gatherings into lovely wreaths of all unruliness and sizes. It is pretty easy, but does take a little patience and some room to move around. The only direction there is , is to wind the vines in a circle around each other. play. have fun.

And now, I CAN NOT WAIT to begin decorating them! Stay tuned , I will be posting photos.

Let the fun begin!!!!


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Cabbage Bowl

cabbage bowl for the super bowl

I saw this idea in a magazine while waiting in line at the grocery store. I instantly fell in love with the idea. My mom made it for our super bowl party .It was a  Big Hit!

Just cut out the inside of a clean head of cabbage to make a bowl and fill with dip!

We are going to do it with purple cabbage too.

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leftover halloween candy cookies (no eggs needed!)

After all of the fuss over food during the holidays, I have been trying to be a good girl and cut back on -at least- sweets.I am going to be completely honest with you…. this is NOT an easy thing for me to do. I have been doing very well, except for about a week ago, my husband (who also has a sweet tooth , but will continue to deny it) jokingly , told me that I forgot to make chocolate chip cookies after dinner one night. I was not able to stop thinking about homemade chocolate chip cookies after that. BUT! I refused to buy what I needed to make them… and then the craving finally won!

So… the other night I went into the kitchen to see what I could come up with for cookies. I had only a small amount of chocolate chips,( but quite a bit of leftover chocolate Halloween candy), flour, sugar (brown & white), butter, salt, raisins, and oatmeal. But wait! NO EGGS!  I decided to look up cookie recipes that don’t call for eggs. I merged a few together, changed some things around, and came up with this!

  • 1/2 stick butter (softened)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups old fashioned oat meal
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 1/2 mixed crushed candy bars ( i used snickers, milky way, 3 musketeers , and m&m’s –do not crush the m&m’s)


  1. Beat butter or margarine, sugars and vanilla together until they are light and fluffy.
  2. Add flour and salt
  3. mix well.
  4. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water and add to mixture
  5. Stir in rolled oats, raisins and chocolate chips.
  6. Drop by teaspoonful onto un-greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10-12 minutes. (make sure you allow enough room between cookies, they will spread)
  7. Don’t over cook
  8. ENJOY!!
** If you are using candy with caramel, they will stick to the cookie sheet. Be sure to remove them before they completey cool, or you will have a difficult time
*** cookie baking secret- always preheat your cookie sheets to make sure your bottoms don’t burn
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It has been snowing…

…for a few days now – here in the mountains of North Carolina and other than the cold wind that has come along with it, I am enjoying the soft powdery ground cover. It goes along nicely with my holiday preparations ( I mean,really.. what better way to put you in the spirit?)  But the wind and cold is keeping me inside and I am finding that  the best way to pass  the time  is with holiday crafts! And although I SHOULD  be finishing up my cards,   I decided to make a new garland for my tree. I had some leftover fabrics  via  my handmade wedding crafts. Luckily, my colors consisted of red, white & turquiose (what do you know? PERFECT for the holidays! yay!) I cut the fabric into strips , tied it into buches and then tied the bunches to a thin  ribbon and …. VOILA! A VERY PRETTY (easy) DIY FABRIC GARLAND!


what you will need:

  1. ribbon
  2. fabric- cut into strips (i use variations of aprox. 1 – 2 1/2″)
what to do:
  1. make groups of fabric strips  (3-4 strips per group works well)
  2. tie ribbon around each group using different variations of spacing
  3. reinforce each group by tying one strip from each group around knot in ribbon

** Make smaller sections of garland with loops on either end for easy decorating. **


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