Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Nell Hill's christmas inspiration

I didn't get to Nell Hill's this year to see her ideas, but here are some inspiration from previous year.

Winter Blizzard

On December 10, 2009 we were hit with our first snowfall and it was a BLIZZARD!

Here are some photos to show how much snow we got.

Kevin was unable to get to work for 2 days.

Trimming the tree

Tjaden, Zach & Anna trimming the tree.
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Making Fresh Evergreen Wreaths

My sweet husband trimming the tree branches from our windbreak of trees.

I bought him a brand new chainsaw to help make the job go a little easier.

We filled a pickup box full of cedar and blue spruce pine.

Kristie gathering her greens.

Sorry this photo is turned sideways, but it shows the copper, gold and burgundy colors in this wreath I gave to our pastor and his wife to welcome in the Christmas Season.

I made this wreath with a red bow, added pinecones, and red twigs from our dogwood bush. I gave this to Kristle who has been hosting our weekly Plan N Share.

The drop swag on the right features a fun red and olive green ribbon and pinecones. My parents have this now hanging on their front door welcoming friends & family.

Kristie and I holding our completed wreaths.

These are the products I used to create these masterpieces. Simply lay a sprig of green on the wire base, wrap around the stem with paddle wire, securing it to the base. Next add another sprig of green slightly overlapping the first one. Wire with paddle wire and continue all the way around your wreath.
When finished, wire in pinecones, ornaments and finish off with a bow.

Very easy and the greens were FREE!

Monday, October 19, 2009

What can you do with colored popcorn?

What can you do with colored popcorn? Put it in a curvy glass jar that's what!

If you can't find colored popcorn, twist off the kernels from indian corn. I like to sprinkle cinnamon oil on it them to give my home a pleasant scent. Insert a candle and enjoy the ambiance.

Another so simple project you can do!
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Dough Bowl

Here is my treasured old dough bowl which reminds my husband of a pig trough!

Anyhoo, here I have it displayed with an abundance of God's fall creations...gourds, pumpkins & fall leaves.

So simple to throw together, just pluck and plunk.
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Front Door Fall Beauty

This is a beautiful front doorway all decked out for Fall.

It is from an old Southern Living At HOME catalog and I think it is stunning!
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Big & Juicy Apples

Do you have an abundance of apples?

Well why not display them in a pretty container that has been nestled with burlap or muslin fabric. Insert a fall colored pillar candle in a warm and inviting scent like caramel apple. Tie a coordinating ribbon around pillar top that is out of the way of the flame!

Make small 3 inch tufts of ribbon and poke in randomly for added color and texture.

This might make you want to eat healthy! After all these are so gorgeous and tempting, aren't they?!

Fall Blessings,

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

God's bountiful beauty

Here is a photo I thought you might enjoy. It's taken from our old home that I truly do miss. It was a big old Arts & Crafts Style Home.

In the bay window in front of the kitchen sink I displayed my old goose surrounded by bittersweet vines, twigs, mini pumpkins, gourds and tiny rice lights.

So simple & easy but so beautiful at the same time. Just proves that you don't need a lot of stuff to make a beautiful display!

God provided me with everything but the lights & the goose both of which I have had for years!

Do you have something similar you'd like to share?

Do you likey?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Rise & Shine Women's Retreat with Proverbs 31 ministries speaker, Renee Swope

Renee Swope with Proverbs 31 Ministries will be in IOWA!!!

Saturday, October 31
Time: 9am to 3pm
Where: Orchard Hill Church, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Designed to:
you to "rise" up to who God created you to be.
Refresh you on your walk of faith.
Renew your strength to "shine" His light.

This event is open to women of all ages, in all stages and from all places!

Click for more information: Rise & Shine Retreat

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fall inspiration at my boutique

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1st Day of School Standing by Our Barn

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1st Day of School 2009

Zach, age 16
Anna, age 5
Tjaden, age 9

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Front entryway in our home

Here are some pictures of our redesigned entry way we just completed.

I had been collecting vintage swim baskets for years and used 6 of them here on these two shelves. I lined them with burlap feed sacks to hide all my extra junk so my guests think I am organized...hee...hee!

My husband, Kevin and my oldest son, Zach did all the woodworking out of old barn lumber we had stored away. Nothing is better than FREE right?!

The top two shelves are 13 1/2 " deep and 42" wide and are supported by wooden cleats.

Below these two shelves is a picture ledge that is 4" deep. Currently it's holding black and white photography, a milk glass hobnail vase with boxwood, a bronze number 8 that I picked up at Lowe's on clearance for 25 cents. Also shown is 2 oyster shell votive glass with battery operated tea light candles for nighttime ambiance and nothing says welcome that a "burning candle" they see from the outside. A 5" architectural barn star is peeking out from behind one of the photos.

Below the picture ledge we used a 12" board. On this board we screwed in 4 coat hooks from Lowe's that are in an old rubbed bronze finish. An old wooden wheel is hanging from one hook.

I picked up this rectangular pillow from Goodwill for $1.75 that I plan on recovering in a vintage feed sack or burlap with some numbers stenciled on it.

The pillow is setting on a bench that is 22" deep. They used two boards to create this depth which is perfect for displaying seasonal items in the corner while yet plenty of room for guests to have a seat to take their shoes off.

Below the bench are two metal baskets with handles, which are perfect for all those shoes that accumulate and keeps the entryway floor nice & neat. No need to fumble over all those shoes trying to get to the front door!

I am leaving them unlined so when they have snow or rain on their shoes they can drip off onto the linoleum "wooden" floor.

Hope you enjoyed our new redesigned entry way. It is great to have everything nice & neat and well displayed.

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