Best Holiday Pins

Have I mentioned before that I love Pinterest?  What did we ever do without that amazing site?  I have seen so many wonderful Christmas and Holiday pins – crafts, cooking, décor – you name it!  I wanted to share some of my favorites.

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So does my elf….

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Holiday Home Tour

We all love a good home tour, don’t we?!  I thought I’d share my home, all decorated for the season.  I love decorating for Christmastime.  I’d love to do more.  But I think that there is a fine line between tasteful and Clark Griswold.  Don’t you agree?

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Holiday Book Case Styling

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My holiday décor mostly consists of red and white with greenery thrown in.  It’s simple and to the point.  I like it that way.  Besides, red is my favorite color.  You can’t go wrong with RED!

When it came time to decorate our new home, I realized how much space I have to work with.  I mean, having never decorated this house before it was almost like a blank canvas!  I had no thoughts of “I put that there last year.” or “this is where the tree always goes.”  You know what I mean?

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Wine Crate with Winter Foliage

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Have you ever seen those fantastic wine crates?  The ones with the embossed wine label on the side?  The ones that liquor stores just throw away?

Say WHAT?!  Yes, they just throw them away.

Here’s a secret…..

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Wine Crate with Winter Foliage

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Have you ever seen those fantastic wine crates?  The ones with the embossed wine label on the side?  The ones that liquor stores just throw away?

Say WHAT?!  Yes, they just throw them away.

Here’s a secret…..

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It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Now it’s time to decorate!  Christmas will be here before you know it!

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The Thankful Tree

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This is a really fantastic craft to get your whole family into the spirit of Thanksgiving!  It’s easy and teaches children gratitude.  We all have so many things to be thankful for, now we can really display those thoughts in a crafty and fabulously Fall way!

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I started by cutting out a leaf from cardboard.  Then I traced it onto some fall foliage colored scrapbook paper. 

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I cut out all the leaves and punched holes in the bottom where the stem would naturally be.

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I let the little ones get to work writing what they are thankful for.  I put string through the punched hole and hung them on some branches I found in the yard.   In the spirit of the season, and this craft, I will tell you all that I am thankful for family, friends, creativity and ALL of our blessings!

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Beet Soup and Ballet Shoes

I know, I know.  A very unlikely combination.  But trust me, in my case, they have gone hand in hand.

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First, the beet soup.  It is a favorite of mine.  My fathers side of the family is Polish.  And this is a classic Polish dish.  Many know it as beet borscht.  Except I don’t serve mine with sour cream.  It’s mashed potatoes and bacon all the way.  Here’s the recipe:

Beet Soup

1 bunch sweet beets, greens cut and discarded

4 C. beef broth

1 1/2 lbs. Yukon gold or Russet potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed

3 strips bacon, cooked until crispy and crumbled

red wine vinegar

salt and pepper

Wearing kitchen gloves and an apron, peel the beets and cut into long, thin, julienne style strips.  (Trust me, you want the gloves and apron.  Beet juice will ruin clothing and stain skin for days.)

Put cut beets and beef broth together in a large pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes or until the beets are fork tender.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Peel and cut potatoes.  Boil them until tender and mash adding salt and pepper to taste.

In a pan, cook bacon until crispy. Crumble the bacon and mix into the mashed potatoes.

Now, serve up the soup.  Add red wine vinegar to each bowl to taste.  Everyone won’t like the same amount of tartness. Then add a scoop of the bacon mashed potatoes and enjoy!

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** Now if you weren’t smart enough to wear an apron or use gloves, you now know that beet juice stains.  So this is where the ballet shoes come in!

I have had 2 pairs of pointe shoes in a closet for months.  I found them on clearance.  I wanted to dye them and decorate my daughter’s room with them.  I just haven’t gotten around to it. 

Until I made beet soup.

And saw the gorgeous color of the soup. 

And ruined a white shirt.

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I knew right then and there that I could use the left over soup to stain the ballet shoes.

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They came out the most gorgeous deep pink color.  And they are totally non-toxic.  Vegetable dye at its best!  It’s not smelly or hazardous.  It’s fantastic!

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I sewed on the ribbon (it really brought back some memories) and hung them over the side of my daughter’s headboard.  Voila!

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Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

How do you decorate for Thanksgiving?  Sometimes I feel like it is that in between holiday that gets lost.  All of the stores have Christmas decorations out now and Halloween has just passed.  It’s almost easier to jump from one right to the next.  But Thanksgiving is so important.  It’s a time to reflect on all that we are thankful for. 

Here are some inspiring ideas to spruce up your home for Thanksgiving.

I like this simple mantle from Urban Romance.

Or these I found on Shelterness.

And some amazing table settings and dining room décor!

found via Google search

found via Google search

found via Google search

found via Google search

This is Beautiful....BUT,where do the platters of turkey, dressing, and MASHED POTATOES go...I guess it's buffet style..haha

There are some very fantastic and easy decorations out there.  Candles always warm up a space.  And I am in love with home made bunting.

found on homedecoratingideas.com

 

from My Fabuless Life.

Thankful Bunting, Thanksgiving Bunting, Bunting Banner, Thanksgiving Garland, Pennant

available on Etsy

I am feeling inspired, how about you!  Follow me on Instagram to see how my fall decorating comes out!

Day 12: The Playroom

When we moved in, Prince Charming and I agreed that we needed to gain some storage in the playroom.  It was just a long room with attic storage at the end.  We needed shelving.  And cabinetry.  Places to hide toys.  You know, junk storage. 

This is the room we started with:

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This is what was behind door number 1:

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So I had the great idea to recess the book cases into the eaves in the attic.  We weren’t going to be using them for storage.  And this also meant that we wouldn’t lose any usable square footage in the playroom!

So I sent my fabulous carpenter this sketch:

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And he could actually read it!  So he came over and did this:

 

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(Yerif Marin with YGM Xtrim Carpentry)

So I got busy choosing colors:

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And then he built these:

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Pretty awesome, huh?!  Now my children have a room to be kids.  They can relax and read or create or just play.  No TV yet.  They don’t need it.

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And our toys and books have a nice neat place to reside.  (More to come on organizing toys!)

Wall color is Sherwin Williams North Star