Hot Chocolate Bar


a warm winter gift. I've seen several versions of the Hot Chocolate Bar and decided that it would make a great hostess gift. I included 2 white cups and spoons. A white canister with a scoop for the hot chocolate, a clear lidded jar for the marshmallows. I assembled everything on a wooden square charger, from WalMart. Instead of ...

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Merry Christmas


Hark! the herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!" Joyful, all ye nations rise; Join the triumph of the skies; With angelic host proclaim "Christ is born in Bethlehem!" Hark! the herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!" Christ, by highest heaven adored; Christ the ...

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Christmas at a Discount – Kitchen Dine-In


This is the Eat-In kitchen dining area.  Spruced up with more poinsettias. (What can I say, I love their velvety beauty.) Here's a closer look, Three poinsettias $4.50 (they were half-off at Walmart) Small wreaths tied with raffia on the back of my white chairs $4.00 total. (Dollar Tree) Branch over the window $5.00 (bought at the ...

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Paper Crafts


Wrapping It Up Here's what you need: Card Stock Scissors Hole Punch Ribbon Wrapping paper (I used newspaper and brown craft paper) Tape Ornaments (optional) I decided to use newspaper and brown craft paper, for my gift wrap. I printed off monograms from the internet (I'll provide the link at the end). I used angel ...

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Planter Makeover


Did you wonder, where that white container on my door came from.. I took this metal hanging planter from this: To this: Thanks to Krylon Dual Paint + Primer . I used a sanding block to distress it a little, I just can't handle perfect (at least not in this case). Love the white on the dark front door! While I had the paint out I ...

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Starlight Peppermints

peppermint bowl

We had our book club meeting this week and you would think that I found out that Santa Claus is real.  Mrs. P (she's in my book club and she lets me put stuff on her door) pointed out that Sue was serving us cookies on a real peppermint plate.  Stop the presses!  Forget book discussion, how on earth did she do this? Here's what I did based on ...

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Christmas Tablescape


I've been working on my Christmas tablescape.  You've probable seen several of my post about a couple of the items that I've used on the table.  Like the Christmas Floral Craft or the Gift Tag, well here's the completed table. Are you like me?  Everytime I get a new Pottery Barn catalog, I just drool all over every page! (Via Pottery Barn) ...

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Poinsettia Front Door


I bought two poinsettias from Walmart last week.  Then I came up with the idea of using them at the front door, so I went back for two more.  I was pleasantly surprised to find them for 50% off, I got four.  Now I have a total of six :) Right Side of entrance. Left Side I'm glad all my plants have filled in.  The green looks so good with the ...

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O’ Christmas Tree


Lights shining so bright. Twinkling just right, Makes me feel like a kid again. Red and Green are mostly my theme, but that's not all. There's also little photo frames and other Christmas goodies. For the last few years, when our family gets together for Thanksgiving, we have a gift exchange. We all bring ornaments, draw ...

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Goody Goody Gumdrops


I've just been playing around.  With gumdrops, candles and jars.  Christmas music playing, fire in the fireplace, dirty clothes begging to be washed.  You get the picture. I bought 2 bags of gumdrops, 97¢ each from Walmart. Used some of my thrifty glass containers. Three small candles from Dollar Tree ($3). Things that I already ...

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Christmas Tree at Lake Martin


The tree is unusual, it has very skinny branches.  When I first saw it, I had no doubt that it was perfect!  I thought it looked so natural. It had to grow on Mr. Refresh, he likes it now. The condo at Lake Martin is decorated in browns, golds, oranges mostly nature inspired.  So last year when Sam's had their Christmas ornaments on sale, I ...

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