Happy New Year!!

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To all my friends, family and followers!

Thank you so very much for joining me on this journey! This year has been filled with lots of love, laughter and a ton of amazing DIYs. I started this blog in April of 2016 and it has been one heck of a journey so far! This blog has surpassed my expectations in more ways than I can count and I am so very grateful to each and every one of you!!

Here is to an amazing 2017!! I hope this New Year brings with it joy, laughter and love!

I have taken a short break from the blog over the Christmas holidays to spend some much needed time with my family, but I am excited and overjoyed to share all my DIYs with you all in the New Year!! πŸ˜€

Thanks again to each and every one of you for your love and support!!!

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DIY Snow globes

header.pngHey everyone! I know we are getting down to the wire β€” Christmas is almost here! I just wanted to share this great project with you all!

Take a look at my DIY snow globes.

It all started when I saw this in Canadian Tire.Β 15682170_10154884725509851_1019788201_oFor those that aren’t from Canada, Canadian Tire is like a pricier version of Walmart. I feel in love with these but couldn’t justify paying $30 for one and I wanted to DIY my own anyway.

I was with my mom and she saw just how much I wanted one of these clonches, so the next day she bought me an early birthday present!Β 15682107_10154884722289851_1805085654_oThe perfect truck to make my own snow globe! πŸ™‚

I found a round globe like dish. My mom actually had this kicking around the store, and a terra cotta pot plate.Β 15696446_10154884725649851_594277433_oThe terra cotta plate clearly needed to be cleaned. It had also been kicking around the store.

I spray painted the terra cotta plate green, just to get rid of that potted plant look.

After it dried I need to arrange my truck. I wanted the truck to be elevated a bit and I could figure out how to do that when I looked over and saw my son playing with mega blocks β€” perfect!Β 15681837_10154884724374851_60877385_oDon’t worry… he is getting new ones for Christmas. I am not a total monster lol

I also added some artificial white trees from the dollar store.Β 15658959_10154884724204851_1639955516_o15631176_10154884724214851_2075349967_o15682276_10154884725719851_2018168977_o

Now to add the snow! My mother has this stuff that she sells in the store. It is so much fun!Β 15682201_10154884724754851_1787265722_o

You would have to replace it every year, though. It is a powder that you stir into water.

At first it kind of has a liquid corn starch consistency, but the more you stir is starts to look just like real snow.

I filled the bottom of globe and then attached then put the terra cotta plate on the top.15682134_10154884724674851_1775161305_o15682350_10154884725499851_933758072_oAnd then when you flip it back up this is what you get!Β 15681640_10154884724179851_1733753997_oPretty cool, eh?Β 15682613_10154884722649851_1571175182_oYou will notice I removed the light post. It didn’t fit that well so I opted to leave it out, but I love my new snow globe! I put it in the middle of some greens to give it that extra pzazz. What do you think?

I had so much fun that I wanted to make more! Here are some fun tree ones I did…

I wanted to do a mason jar one. I also saw this at Canadian Tire and wanted to replicate it. 15658161_10154884788649851_380341412_o.jpgSo I grabbed an old mason jar and some burlap. 15681864_10154884724844851_1760431482_o-1I covered the pink lid in burlap. Don’t ask me why the lid was spray painted pink. I have no idea.

There is no rhyme or reason to how I covered the lid. I just cut the burlap into strips and started gluing it around. One thing to be mindful of is to not mess with the grooves on the inside of the lid or you won’t be able to get your lid back on your jar.

I had some left over white trees, so I used this glitter ball stuff that I had from the dollar store.Β 15682558_10154884724614851_1577938455_oI picked the balls off and then glued them into the white trees to look like Christmas ornaments.Β 15631417_10154884722299851_1342138515_oI also attached a stick to the bottom with hot glue because just like the truck, I wanted the trees to be raised up… and sit at different heights.Β 15657792_10154884725599851_1276078665_oI used hot glue in the bottom of the lid of a mason jar to make a bit of a holder for the sticks.

Ta-da!15657928_10154884724444851_280123955_oI then filled the jar with the “Real Snow” and put it all together.

What do you think of this one? Which one is your favorite?

Don’t decide yet, I have one more!

My mom had this cool looking glass dish and I knew it would be perfect for a “snow globe” village.Β 15631166_10154884724799851_67044670_oSo I picked up some village pieces from the dollar store.15696452_10154884723734851_331699705_oI put itΒ all together in the dish with the “real snow”.Β 15681661_10154884724459851_2078966696_o_DSC5194.JPGI had so much fun making all these and this would even be fun to do with little kids!

Share your thoughts on these snow globes and feel free to share this project with your friends!

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Thorndale Christmas Home Tour

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Good afternoon, everyone! As many of you know, a couple of weeks ago, my mother and I participated in the Thorndale Christmas Home Tour. This is our second year being a part of this wonderful event. This event is put on to raise money for the public school in Thorndale, which is a small community that is close to our store. We are so honored to be a part of this fabulous event and we had just as much fun this year as we did the last. I didn’t have the blog last year, so this time, I took the opportunity to get a ton of pictures so that I could share them with you all!

On the tour were 5 homes and one local business that were decorated by local business that donate their time and resources. My mother and I were chosen because of the small boutique that we have in Thamesford, Gracie’s Place. This year, we filled the home with a healthy mix of decor items from the store and DIYs. I will be rolling out tutorials for the DIYs so that you can do them, too!

Let’s get into the good stuff β€” the pics! A big thank you to Donna Davis Kasubeck for taking the photographs.

This is the home we were chosen to decorate.Β _DSC5075.JPGCan I just say… I never wanted to leave this gorgeous home. Total house goals.

Let’s start with the front porch and we will work our way in πŸ™‚_dsc5039_DSC5041.JPGThis box is my absolute favorite! I had them constructed by a local carpenter, who also happens to be a friend and I cut the “Merry Christmas” out of vinyl with my Cricut cutting machine. We simply tossed in some greens and some birch logs. Perfectly rustic!Β _DSC5045a1.JPGA rustic grapevine deer from the store. Love this guy!

My mom had these fun snowmen heads that we put in the urns.Β _dsc5052aHere are the urns.Β _dsc5055aOh, those giant candy canes, you ask? Those are dollar store plastic candy canes spruced up with a bit of burlap and ribbon. Easy peasy, and totally makes them look less dollar store.Β 15631305_10154872320344851_1050456073_o_DSC5060a.JPG_DSC5068.JPGI fell in love with the porch!Β _DSC5073aa.JPGRather than go with a tradition wreath, we hung up this little guy._DSC5079aa.JPGWindow boxes designed by my mother.Β _DSC5086.JPG_DSC5092.JPG_DSC5120.JPG_DSC5129.JPG

Alright, let’s head inside!Β _DSC5200.JPG_DSC5211.JPG_dsc5222a_DSC5240a.JPGI made a bunch of these little snowglobe jars and will be doing up a tutorial real soon! These are so fun to make and easy, too!

Here are some others

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The homeowner had a gorgeous coffee table, but it was huge… no, not huge β€”enormous!_dsc5294_dsc5296I want one, though. Love it!

I know I have said a lot of things were my favorite, but the tree actually was my ABSOLUTE favorite!_DSC5297a.JPGP1010966.JPGOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA_DSC5267a.JPG_DSC5270a.JPGOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA rustic sign that I made._dsc5275a

I am going to end the post here, but I have more pics to come!

Stay tuned!

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DIY Felt Trees

header.pngHey folks! Another project to share with you tonight from the Thorndale Christmas Home Tour. I made these fun little felt trees and let me tell you… these are so easy to make and great if you enjoy using a drill. I don’t know why but I find using a drill so satisfying.

Let’s dive right in and get to the project!

First thing you need is some felt. Fun little tip, where I am, felt is actually cheaper at Michael’s than the dollar store. Dollar store is 62 cents each, where as Michael’s is 59 cents each. That is surprising!Β 15540121_10154862782574851_1925084753_o.jpgI picked up some colors that I thought would look nice together. I didn’t end up using the light green, though. I just thought that it was too light so I went back and got a darker color.

I also used some sticks and some birch logs which I cut into small slices. I don’t have a picture from this step, but I used a chop saw.Β 15537081_10154862782279851_1550965168_o

To make the trees I cut a little stencil on some white paper.Β 15516003_10154862782959851_105938392_oPretty easy. Just draw a Christmas tree and then cut it out.

Next, I cut out my tree shape on my felt.Β 15536795_10154862781964851_121028150_o

For each tree that I was planning on making, I needed 5 felt cut outs.Β 15515967_10154862782204851_1582422877_o15556379_10154862781849851_1431856104_o15503009_10154862782189851_1556336098_o

Now, I had to attach them to the sticks. This part seems a little tricky, but it is actually quite easy. All you have to do is glue the felt trees on the stick one at a time. I used hot glue and it works great! How you glue them is you fold them in half and then glue them on the fold to the stick.Β 15556370_10154862782824851_424053792_o

You glue the trees all around the stick until it is covered.

To attach the stick into the log slices, I used my drill and a spade (some call a paddle bit) bit. The size I used was 3/8. If you make these the size you use will be dependent on the thickness of your stick.Β 15556312_10154862782484851_445344207_o15515786_10154862782629851_1990654681_oI stacked three log slices together for some and for some of the other trees I only stacked two. No matter how many you stack, just make sure you don’t drill all the way through the bottom log slice. You don’t want the stick to go all the way through. To secure the stick to the log slices, I put a bunch of hot glue on it before sliding it into the logs.15536758_10154862782684851_1616289795_o

Then, hopefully, when you are done…. you will have something like this!Β 15536619_10154862781809851_919153595_o

Ohhhh…..

One thing I almost forgot! For a bit of extra Christmas fun, I scented the log slices. All I did was add a couple of drops of scented oil to the log slice.Β 15556243_10154862782124851_886923693_o15502843_10154862782429851_2017189347_oThey smell soooo good πŸ™‚

What do you guys think?15540454_10154862782054851_130906906_o-1Let me know! Comment below and share this article with your family and friends and let’s spread some Christmas DIYs!

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Just a quick little funny.

Want a little laugh for your Monday evening?

My sister came over tonight and enlisted my help to make a Christmas gift for her father in law. This gift has a little bit of a back story, though. Her father in law is a bit of stickler when it comes to his tools and apparently my brother in law borrowed an 8mm wrench that was never returned. What makes this so funny is that his father has a sign hanging up above the tool box that reads: “Mark 8mm wrench”.

My sister giggles every time she sees it. So this year for Christmas she thought that it would be nice to make him this….Β 15555626_10154854134964851_1617962449_o.jpgTool Rules sign, complete with an 8mm wrench.

I would love to be there when her father in law opens this gift!

What funny gifts do you have planned or have given in the past!? Share your stories with me πŸ™‚

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Christmas Mantle Makeover

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My grandmother loves all things Christmas! She has a real gift for hanging on to all sorts of Christmas decor. She has an over flowing amount of Christmas nick knacks. It kind of leaves her at a loss of where to put everything.

My grandma also has a gorgeous fireplace in her great room. My mother and I decided that we should jazz it up this Christmas β€” get rid of all the nick knacks and dress up her mantle in true Christmas glory. We didn’t throw out her nick knacks, though. We just moved them around. I could never throw out all my grandma’s treasures. My grandma saves almost everything, but I do love this about her.

This is what the mantle looked like before.Β 15491543_10154850606404851_711392835_o.jpgMind you, she hadn’t really set it up the way she wanted, yet. But see how it is all just a mish mash of Christmas decor.

Notice the singing moose at the bottom of the fireplace? My grandma is the queen of singing plush Christmas things. Not because she wants to be, but because my uncles insist on getting her a new one every Christmas. My mom put her foot down this year and said, “No more singing Christmas things!” There may have been a couple of threats thrown in, too, but we won’t mention those.

Close up of the mantle.Β 15502990_10154850606354851_281917417_oThose candle holder goblets on either side of the mantle are the centerpieces from my sister’s wedding β€” 6 years ago. I think it is time that they come down.

Here is the mantle all cleaned off.Β 15536749_10154850606369851_1685734659_oNot a bad mantle, right?

My mom and I went to our store and pulled all the best Christmas stuff we could spare and this is what we came up with.Β 15536938_10154850604864851_1993245448_oWe wanted to stick with browns and golds because of the large ornate gold frame, but we also a love a touch of the wood rustic. 15536963_10154850608994851_726148403_o15491933_10154850608954851_1509089774_oThis wood crate is my absolute favorite! Love it.

Let us know what you think of our Christmas mantle! I love decorating for Christmas, don’t you?

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Wood Shim Box

header.pngHey, everyone!! I have missed you all! I took a couple weeks away from the blog to prepare for the Thorndale Christmas Home Tour. My mother and I decorate one of the homes of the tour and this is our second year doing it. We have so much fun, but it is A LOT of work… like A LOT! We pretty much empty the store and decorate someone else’s home. I had a professional photographer come in and take pictures, so those will be coming soon! I can’t wait to show you all, but for now, I have a quick and easy DIY to share.

Seriously guys, this DIY is soooo easy!

I made this decorative box with an old cardboard box and some wood shims.Β 15409816_10154837048589851_224594509_o.jpgI have had these wood shims kickin around for quite a while and I have wanted to use them for a DIY forever!

All I did was grab my trusty hot glue gun and I started gluing on the wood shims to the box.Β 15369881_10154837047189851_535275728_oThis couldn’t be any easier!

You will notice there is some overhang on the box, that is ok! I will show you the tool I used to cut it off in a bit, but first, notice how I placed the shims?15387504_10154837053164851_1508231069_oI alternated the thick ends. I did this because I wanted the box to have a cool look. Almost like the wood is protruding in spots.

This is the tool that I used to cut off the overhang.Β 15397698_10154837046329851_1846323398_oWhat is it? I have no idea LOL … if you know, please tell me. I found them in the tool box. It is basically like an Exacto knife/scissors. Love it, though!

Time for the big reveal!15368879_10154837053134851_1534890924_oNotice my daughter’s ornament? She made that in school β€” it is one of my favs!

One would never know that this is a cardboard box!Β 15409546_10154837051164851_44696007_oYou will notice that I also stained the wood. I wanted the box to look a little darker. I used Early American from Minwax.

Let me know what you think about this project and share with all your friends! We all love the quick and easy DIYs!Β 15419341_10154837048989851_1959558112_oDo you like the tassel blanket? I will be posting a tutorial for this very soon!! πŸ™‚

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