Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My favorite ornament circa 1987.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Silvery Scene!!

I just hung the NOEL sign and captured a pretty scene!

The NOEL sign was unpainted raw wood and I silver spray painted it.

I'm spraying everything silver that's not nailed down! Watch out dogs, you're next!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Hot Chocolate Bar!

At our annual holiday party I did a hot chocolate bar. I made a huge batch of hot chocolate and put it in th crock pot. Ingredients were: 20 cups of water, 21 envelopes of instant milk chocolate hot cocoa, and one pint of half and half.

Wisk briskly together!

I had small bowls with chocolate shavings, marshmallows and chocolate chunks. I also put out the whipped cream and cinnamon.

Homemade chocolate dipped spoons were on hand!

There were also adult beverage add ins like Baileys and schnapps.

So many guests at the party enjoyed mixing up their own hot chocolate concoctions!

Rosemary and Hydrangeas

My mom has huge rosemary and hydrangea bushes in her yard. The flowers are now their fall/winter red and green. I can't believe they are still blooming this late in the year!
Reddish one:

Reddish-greenish-brownish one:

I love their colors! I also love the look of rosemary sprigs in bubble vases!

But by far, my favorite is how the rosemary looks in my mercury glass vase:

It's so festive to me! It looks like little evergreen trees.. When you don't have native evergreen, rosemary is a perfect substitute. And the smell is amazing!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Fancy Frames

Every year I get together with my best friends for a holiday party and gift exchange. Well in the past there are usually different themes to the gifts. This year we are doing the home made, recycled, or green gifts. We do the whole steal the gift from someone else if you want to, it creates some fun and hilarious drama.
I home made my gift and it was super easy.
  • Buttons, different shapes and sizes.
  • Photo Frames- (mine are from Dollar Tree and held a 3x3 photo)
  • Spray Paint- only if you want to change the color of your frames
  • Glue- I used white craft glue.
  • Ribbon for hanging- a large grosgrain ribbon and a small ribbon for the scarf.
  • Scissors
  • Fancy paper or fabric.
  • Tiny twigs for snowman arms.
I forgot to snap a before picture of the front of the frame before I sprayed it silver, it was a washed out brown color. I got one of the back so you can see the color before. It looks good in sparkley silver. Remember! Silver spray paint is my favorite December thing!
After they were spray painted silver:

I then glued some brown grosgrain ribbon on the back to make a hanger.

Then cut out some fancy paper and insert it in the frame and started messing around with my button collection.

I started arranging the buttons to make a snowman and a tree. It was so easy!! The tree had a "star" that was a small rhinestone that I found in my buttons.

 I added twig arms, from my yard, and a scarf to my snowman.

Everything was glued down to the paper with craft glue. This project took in total about 35 minutes. (Probably less for someone else, but I had to keep getting up to yell at the dogs.) Plus they were really inexpensive! I had the majority of the supplies on hand already! Shhhhhh!! Don't tell whoever gets my gift this year!! If you are the recepient of this gift this year I paid One Million Dollars for these!

*UPDATE*- My gift got stolen and stirred up some gift exchange drama!! It was a fun night had by all!

Silver Santa

I've had this cute ceramic Santa for years and it always kinda gets lost in the background of all the Christmas deco. This year I decided to give him a shine a sprayed him silver!
Santa before: such a cute face!

Silver Santa after:

Now he stands out and makes a statement and it's so simple!! Silver spray paint is my December favorite thing!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mantle Times are Here!

Over the weekend I primped and picked at my fireplace mantle. I love the added glow the lights give off to the living room, it makes it feel so warm! Every year the decor gets tweaked slightly and I think I'm finally done with it for this December 2010! I did the same blueish, greenish, greyish, and silver color scheme as last year's mantle.

Here is the before every day mantle: cluttered with stuff collecting dust all year-

I first removed all the clutter and added the greenery (which had the key still tied in it from last year's Christmas-ized mantle, whoopsie!)

I then added my mercury glass tree, felt snow flakes in browns, blues, and greens. Also a key plaque that I made from an old canvas:

I added air plants this year in tall vases. They are a greenish grey color that I love! I love that I can add stuff I had laying around the house too!

Our sage green snowflake stockings were hung with care, and by care I mean cream colored ribbon.

I added cut out kraft paper initials to each stocking to represent who they belonged to. This way Santa will know which one to put coal in... Riann's.

Here is the boring before, again:

And the festive after:

In the words of Riann: "Holiday [and mantle] Times are here!!"

The Lettered Cottage

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Flour Sack It!

I've been eyeing these flour/feed sack pillows for some time now from Wisteria. I want to use them as chair cushions for my new dining room chairs. (I got them for my birthday!! Thanks Mom!!)

The lumbar, smaller size, pillow is exactly what I want, but I cannot bring myself to pay for the insanity. They originally cost $149.00 EACH!! They are now on sale at $74.50 each. Still ridiculous!

So I'm on a mission to make these things for a fraction of that... Stay tuned...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I've been in love with succulent plants for forever. They are so cute and mini plus easy to maintain. This summer I planted all my outdoor pots with succulents and before they get put up for the winter I wanted to revisit how good they once looked!

Aloe, chick and hens, and jade plants are among the plants I used.

The picture below is the arrangement on the front porch.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake!

Hope you had a great day Mom!

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Mom!

Hope you have a great day!!! I love you!!

Grama and Mom- Summer 2009 in Penticton

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Rangerween!!

Check out this cool Texas Rangers pumpkin my friend Heather carved!!!

Happy Halloween everyone!! Have fun and be safe!!
Go Rangers!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Gift Tag!

Gift wrapping and tag making are fun for me and I made these tags a while back for a bottle.

I used my Congrats stamp and added 3 buttons to the tag. Also I wrapped a fabric grosgrain ribbon around the bottle.

The glue wasnt dry yet when I took these pictures.... Make sure to use fabric glue to close the ends.

This was so simple and easy to do with materials I had around the house. I think it totally dressed up this "presentation" of the bottle and made it unique! Perfect for holiday, birthday, and congrats gift!

Thursday, October 28, 2010


I'm so far behind on my blog postings. There are so many projects and DIY's that I need to add.

Stay tuned for:
  • my bathrooms before and afters- painting stripes, staining cabinets, removing textured ceilings!
  • Nora's halloween homemade skirt- Alison created the fabric then created a cute skirt!
  • my bedroom before and afters- new bedding, drapes, and a de-clutter!
  • Plus there is another baby shower in my near future! So excited to be throwing it!
Sorry people... I dont know how people work full time and blog full time!! Ill try to keep up!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Pillow Talk!

On a trip to Home Goods today I found this gorg round graphic pillow. I was immediately in love.

The aqua was awesome and the bold pattern was what I've been looking for! Two left on the clearance shelf. They are big too, about a 2 foot diameter.

Ohhh don't be jealous!!

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Mums the word!

Mums, a Texas Time honored tradition. I have no idea why, but every year for homecoming high school girls wear mums and the boys wear garters. I had the opportunity to assemble one of these mums Thursday night. It's pretty simple because you buy the pieces at Micheal's and just glue it all together.

I cut ribbons various lengths (the girls like them long). Then just hot glued everything to the back.

We tied cow bells and beads to it and I curled up some ribbon too. People around town charge $55-$80 for these things!! I think mine turned out ok.

Cristina seemed to like it alright except she wasn't too happy with her date, Jared, who was supposed to buy/make it. Oh the high school drama!

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