Saturday, December 10, 2011

Twist on a Traditional Wreath

This is a project (that I put off last year)...
and FINALLY got it done for this Christmas!

An awesome wreath - using YARN.

First up, you'll need to get some "craft balls" from 
Hobby Lobby or another craft store.

A bag will cost you about $4.
You'll need different SIZES.
So, make sure to get big, medium and small.

Buy different colors of yarn.
(I went with a blue/silver theme.)

You'll also need a wreath ring...
and some floral ties.

The first part is the MOST time consuming.
Wrap the yarn around your craft balls.

(This will take you a couple hours - just an FYI.)

Take one floral tie, and put it through the ball of yarn.

TWIST the ties onto your wreath ring.

Also throw in some fun Christmas ornaments too!

Secure them all in place!

Add a fun ornament (to put in the middle of the wreath.)
I chose a snowflake.

And... tada!!!
A homemade, Christmas wreath - for about $30.

Best part?
No one else will have one like it!

You can switch out the center ornament each year...
and even add more balls of yarn too.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Pepsi Potroast

I know what you're thinking...
"PEPSI potroast?"

But, TRUST me... (when you try this)... you won't think I'm crazy!

Start with a nice slab of chuck roast.
Place in the bottom of your crock pot.

Next, you'll need:

1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
1 packet of Onion soup/dip mix
1 can of Pepsi

Then, put:

 1/2 the can of mushroom soup
1/2 packet of dried onion soup
 1/2 can of Pepsi on top!

Add your favorite veggies!

I used onions, carrots, green beans, celery and baby potatoes.

Top that off with the REST of your 
can of mushroom soup...
the rest of the dried onion mixture...
and the rest of the can of Pepsi.

Cook on LOW heat for 3-5 hours.

When it's done, you'll have this SWEET, tasty piece of meat...
and the GRAVY is TO DIE FOR!!!

I highly recommend serving this with mashed potatoes.
(The gravy will have your family going back for a second, third, fourth helping!)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ruby Red Reindeer

My FAVORITE time of the year... is here!!!

And, we're celebrating with one of my FAVORITE holiday drinks:
Ruby Red Reindeer

You'll need:
1 bottle of champagne (Moscato Spumante is great!)
1 cup cranberry juice
1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice
2 tablespoons of grenadine
Lime juice
Fresh cranberries
Handful of ice

First up - 
Put the ice in a pitcher, and add cranberry juice...

... then the RUBY RED grapefruit juice...

... grenadine...

... juice of 1 lime.

Stir together!

Add a few cubes of ice to a glass...
then POUR champagne.

Top off with your cranberry/grapefruit mixture from the pitcher.

Add fresh cranberries for garnish!

Delicious, pretty - and festive!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

"The Pennington Point"

I stumbled across an ADORABLE design blog called

A super shabby chic home - that gets primped for each season.

I mean - check out this livingroom!
(This is the FALL theme.)

The owner used a stencil to cover the back wall with fun sayings.
(Looks like wall paper... right?)

She also painted the piano a BEAUTIFUL baby blue.

I just love the white couches, white lamps, and the white LOCKERS 
to use as storage!

This foot rest is a MILK CRATE that she plopped a pillow on top of.

Just a different look for SUMMER.

Notice the artwork on the back wall.
Same FRAME... just a different surface.

Same COUCH... just a slipcover. 



SUMMER centerpiece

FALL centerpiece

This is another "sitting area" in the house.
Such a great idea to use a shabby chic frame, 
and fill it with old clocks!

Check out her deck too!



Love, love, love the pillows!!!

Such a fun, colorful house!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Country Wedding

I know I've said this before, but I absolutely LOVE the

(So many creative ideas!)

I also love Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.

So, I was thrilled when GWS released some photos from 
 Blake and Miranda's wedding.

Love, love, love the inside!!!
So romantic.
Lots and lots of candles and twinkling lights.

Check out the funky reception area.

From cutting an old row boat in half for the dessert display...

... to filling Ball jars with fishing gear!
(And, check out the napkin holder.)

Super cute and girly photo shoot.

Miranda's bouquet is awesome.
A wonderful array of broaches and handkerchiefs. 

Blake's boutonniere is so creative too!

Some great ideas for a perfect, country wedding.