Every January I hit the Christmas sales and I always end up with several boxes of clear craft ornaments. Over the years my collection of crafting ornaments has grown and grown, yet I never did anything with them. Recently when I was cleaning out our attic space and I came across all my boxed ornaments I thought ok this is the year… I have got to do something with these.
I’ve been playing around with lots of ways to decorate these ornaments, I came up with several ideas, but I must say these frosted glitter ornaments are so far my favorite! Plus they’re so easy to make. I know I throw around the word easy a lot, that’s because I’m not a fan of complicated crafts! Cheap glue, basic salt, and a little glitter is all you need to make these gorgeous ornaments. They’re so pretty I’d say they’re gift worthy!
Plain table salt
White or clear glue
Glitter (I used iridescent and fine silver glitter)
Clear glass or plastic ball ornaments
Grab the bottom of the ornament and starting at the top of the ornament paint on an even layer of glue on half of the ornament.
Flip the ornament and gently holding on to the hook paint glue on the bottom half of the ornament.
Immediately sprinkle on the salt until you reach your desired frosted look.
Then quickly sprinkle on the glitter and let dry. I carefully put hooks on to let the ornaments dry while they’re hanging on our Christmas tree. I did however place a few on the table and they dried without any smudges. The salt stays on amazing well once dried, glitter’s always a pain but it’s just so pretty.
I did make a batch of these frosted ornaments without glitter, just the salt frost. I had them hanging on the tree to dry when I looked over and saw my 19 year old daughter licking them. That’s my Haley Bears… good thing the glue is non-toxic. Overall I much prefer these ornaments with glitter added. Not only do they sparkle more in the light like actual frost, it keeps my daughter from licking them!
Let’s hope you still have some Thanksgiving leftovers hanging around because I MUST share this amazing Thanksgiving leftover stuffed mushroom recipe with you! I really wish I would have shared this delicious recipe with you sooner, but I just created it last night. Part of my Thanksgiving joy is having lots of leftovers, not just to eat but to play around with in the kitchen.
As I took my first bite of these stuffed mushrooms last night I knew I had a winner. Brian very willingly went to the store to get more mushrooms… it was that good. So today while making my second batch I thought I would share this delicious recipe with you.
It’s pretty easy to figure out what to do with leftover turkey, but what about the rest of the sides that you tire of quickly? Leftover dressing dries out, and the leftover cranberries and gravy probably get shoved to the back of the refrigerator where you find them weeks later. Being an extreme stuffed mushroom lover I decided to go to work and find a creative way to use leftover dressing or stuffing, cranberries, and gravy. Not only is this recipe delicious it couldn’t be easier!
The ingredients are simple and there is no pre-cooking! My cornbread dressing dries out quickly so I added a few tablespoons of milk to make the mixture pliable, and then blended it in a mini-food processor. I also pureed the cranberries and added a little water to those and the gravy to thin them out. If you don’t have a food processor no worries just mix it by hand. This should be a fun stress-free recipe.
Proper cleaning of mushrooms is essential for any good stuffed mushroom recipe. You see, mushrooms are extremely porous and soak up water like a sponge, so I don’t rinse them in a colander. After removing the stem I use a damp rag or paper towel to clean the top and sides. I prefer a rag because the texture helps remove dirt. From there I scoop out the gills with a spoon or strawberry huller to make room for lots of delicious filling.
Once my mushrooms are stuffed I top them with a dollap of gravy and then they’re off to the oven. By the way I used Tyler Florence’s Carmelized Onion and Cornbread Stuffing recipe (cooked separately with a lot more liquid) along with Ina Garten’s Homemade Gravy. It’s a heavenly stuffed mushroom combination, but I believe any recipe would make a delicious combination.
Remove mushroom stems and with a wet paper towel or rag clean the tops and sides of the mushrooms. With a spoon or strawberry huller scoop out the mushroom gills.
Place mushrooms in a greased baking dish and drizzle with olive oil.
In a bowl or small food processor blend together dressing and milk. If your dressing is really wet you can skip this step. If your dressing is really dry add more milk until its sticks together.
Add parmesan cheese and mix together by hand or food processer.
Scoop heaping spoonfulls of dressing mixture onto the mushrooms.
Thin the gravy with a little water and spoon a little on top of each mushroom.
Bake for 20 minutes or until mushrooms are browned and the dressing mixture is hot.
While the mushrooms are baking, thin the cranberries with water.
Remove from oven, drizzle with cranberry sauce, and serve immediately.
Can we all agree stuffed mushrooms of any kind are just devine? Every year I play with leftovers, but this recipe is hands down my favorite, and it makes a fresh side to serve along with leftover turkey too. Up next I’ll be making a turkey and dressing quiche and a turkey bolognese. If you have your own fun ways to use Thanksgiving leftovers please do share!
Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, but it’s time to put the fork down and get our Christmas game on. Soon I’ll have the 2020 Christmas home tour on the blog, but for now I’m still having fun making festive decorations. Today I’m sharing how to make this Christmas ornament garland, I love how it turned out, but best of all it was crazy easy to make!
Christmas ornament balls in various sizes
Yep… that’s all you need, easy right?
I picked up the majority of my ornaments from The Dollar Tree, you just can’t beat 12 ornaments for a dollar! Some of my larger ornaments and textured ones came from my ornament graveyard. I have boxes and boxes of old ornaments that I like to save for crafts.
Measure out the length of wire needed for your space, be sure to measure out a little more than you need so you have extra wire for tying the ends off. Then simply string the ornaments along the wire using various sizes or colors.
I wanted to let the garland drape off the mantel, so I did need to adjust a few ornaments to the back or the front to lay smoothly. But what if you want to hang your garland? No problem! Simply twist off some wire loops in the back and you’re good to hang.
Push the ornaments along the wire to ensure there are no gaps and then simply tie each end off. That’s pretty much it, it’s such an easy Christmas decoration to make that really makes the room pop.
I’m partial to red but there are so many fun color combinations you could come up with! I use a combination of plastic and glass balls, and I prefer the plastic ones because I don’t worry about breaking them. Plastic is definitely less stress, you can throw it around a bit more.
Gorgeous, budget friendly, and easy to make! That’s my kind of Christmas craft right there. I can’t wait to share some more festive ideas and the home tour with you soon! Until then stay safe, and I hope you find some great online sales.
I am thrilled to be home and back to working on my blog. As some of you may know we were evacuated from our home for weeks because of the Cameron Peak fire. Then we were evacuated from the place we were staying because of the East Troublesome fire. Things have definitely been stressful! The wildfire did come onto our property and burn some of our trees but our home is fine and so is our new back deck!
Brian finished the back deck in July but after a few weeks many of the boards shrunk despite us acclimating the wood. We suddenly had dangerous wide gaps between the boards, so he had to unscrew each board and move it over, buy more wood and also let that acclimate. Then my patio furniture was on backorder for 10 weeks. Once the patio furniture arrived and we put the finishing touches on the deck for the second time, then we were suddenly evacuated because of the fire. Looking at the fire satellite map we knew the fire was on our property and we had accepted the fact that the new deck was cursed and might had been damaged or completely burned. But I’m happy to say the deck was just fine… the deck curse is broken!
Ok let’s see some crazy before photos back when this area was a hideous looking sunroom.
I dismantled the interior and filled in nail holes while Brian removed the structure piece by piece. We kept the back metal wall of the sunroom as a retaining wall and covered it with deck boards. Brian did all the wood work while I painted the back of the house and the exterior metal stairs and stained the deck.
We love the final result and yes it was worth all the blood, sweat, and tears. We have a front deck that we love with an incredible mountain view, however it gets very sunny and it’s not very private. The back deck has a completely different feel from the front deck. It’s isolated, cozy with trees and rocks, and is always shaded. So now we have the best of both worlds. Below you can see where the fire burned next to our house.
Does anyone else love tree faces as much as me? They’re so cute and look like tree people!
We went with Polywood Adirondack chairs again because of the durability. We had them at our Texas home and they were very durable in the harsh summer sun and I felt confident they would survive Colorado winters. I was also concerned with chipmunks and squirrels chewing things up so again I felt confident going with Polywood products. Polywood is made in the USA and made from recycled plastics so it’s an overall win for me. Plus they have a ton of colors and styles to choose from.
We did have a big rock roll down during the fire that broke the bottom of a chair you can see above but Polywood has a great warranty and replacement parts available. Luckily nothing else was damaged.
Briefly we had some real potted plants on the deck and they were eaten instantly. So I went with faux evergreen trees and shrubs. They look very realistic from a distance and sort of real up close but hey… they’re animal and winter proof. Plus no watering!
We’re no strangers to outdoor string lights, I’ve bought so many over the years from various places but these LED string lights are hands down the best we’ve ever bought.
This is just phase 1 of our deck, you can see above how the boards just stop. That’s where we plan to continue the deck into what I call mega-deck! Mega-deck will extend off towards the area where the fire burned. So I’m actually relieved we hadn’t started any deck work over there yet. Mega-deck will extend around the trees, have a dining area, a bar counter, another lounge area and if I get my way with Brian some swings and a slide that goes from one level to the other. It will be epic.
I love to change up my decor seasonally inside and out so I went with washable removable pillow covers to compliment the buffalo plaid pillows. So once Christmas comes I’ll change the orange covers out to red. Yes, we will be enjoying this patio in the winter, that’s what heaters and blankets are for!
As for the fire you can see how it wrapped around our driveway, into our side yard, and in a small area went up on the hill behind our deck. Firefighters had hoses and sprinklers around our house to prevent the fire from spreading. We are extremely grateful for everything they did to save our home.
We did lose a few trees, and I’m worried about the trees that seem to be alive now but have charred trunks and branches. Only time will tell I guess. Hopefully this summer everything comes out nice and green again.
There’s nothing I love more than fall. The weather is cool, the trees turn golden, pumpkins everywhere, and Christmas is just around the corner. This is my happy time and probably it’s yours too. I mentioned in my last Halloween wreath blog post that I normally don’t decorate a lot for Halloween. I can’t do scary but really I’m just hyper focused on Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is the year I’ve decided to change all that! Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but since we’re in the middle of a pandemic I think we all could use a little more fun. So I’m excited to share my first ever Halloween spooktacular tablescape!
I’ve always been a big fan of black and white decor, especially when it comes to setting the table. I’m a firm believer that we all need a set of basic white dishes and basic black dishes. Nothing anchors a table like black or white, and the combinations you can create year round are endless.
I’m a Le Creuset fan all the way, but I can’t help but be totally obsessed with these Staub pumpkins. They’re the perfect size for soups, side dishes, and individual desserts. I have the black pumpkins and the orange ones… I’m already feeling like I NEED the white ones too! They’re adorable, oven proof, and double as home decor, you can’t go wrong with these!
The ghost centerpiece was a cute, last minute craft project I made. We’re having a not so scary Halloween this year and these friendly ghosts fit the bill. I love them especially paired with my super easy white washed pumpkins.
If you follow me on Instagram I gave you a sneak peak of our back deck. I’m so happy with the way everything turned out, and I can’t wait to do a full reveal on the blog so stay tuned and again happy fall! It’s been a rough year so soak up all this fall goodness and Halloween fun.
October is here and that means it’s time to decorate! I love to decorate for every season, but some years Halloween gets left out. Not by choice, I’m not against it or anything, it’s just that I’m usually already too focused on planning my Thanksgiving and Christmas decor and then it’s too late. Since 2020 hasn’t exactly been an ideal year I decided if there’s ever a year I need to decorate the house for Halloween it’s this one. I think we all could use some extra fun and playful joy right now!
I love to make wreaths, that is as long as they aren’t too complicated or time consuming. Even though this is a Halloween wreath have no fear! You can put this oh so easy spooky-chic wreath together in just 20 minutes or less.
When it comes to Halloween decorations I can’t do scary. I’m a big baby and just can’t do it! Luckily this wreath is the perfect balance of a little bit spooky and a whole lot of chic. I’m definitely not a spider fan at all, in fact I have one trapped under a bowl in the living room right now for my dear hubby to take care of. However, when you cover them in glitter or somehow make them cute suddenly I can deal. I need something spooky right?
I’ve always loved making feather wreaths, especially around Halloween. They’re just so festive and fun! I’ve used purple feathers before, even lime green and all have turned out great. So use this blog post as inspiration for your own unique wreath if that’s your jam. Below I’ve listed where my items were purchased, some I had on hand from last year, but I’m sure you’ll be able to find similar Halloween embellishments pretty easily.
18 inch straw or foam wreath ($4.99 from Hobby Lobby)
3 (6ft.) foot black feather boas ($3.99 each from Hobby Lobby)
A Halloween sign (Halloween clearance last year)
Black faux flowers ($2.99 from Hobby Lobby)
Glittery pumpkins (.99 from Wal-Mart)
Glittery spiders ($3 from The Dollar Tree last year)
If you’re using a new straw wreath you’ll want to keep the plastic on to avoid a big mess. Start by hot gluing the end of the feather boa on the back of the wreath. Then wrap the boa all the way around the wreath and secure that end with hot glue. Continue this with the next two feather boas, adjusting to avoid any bare spots. I only glue the ends down so you won’t need much hot glue here.
TIP: Feather boas shed like CRAZY! You’ll definitely need to vacuum afterwards, but be sure to save the larger feathers that fall off. They’re perfect for filling in any gaps or bare spots on the wreath should you need them.
Once the wreath is completely wrapped begin hot gluing the largest items first such as the flowers and Halloween sign. Followed by the pumpkins and spiders. The feathers can be a little floppy sometimes, so you might need to add several spots of hot glue until your items are secure.
How easy was that? Once you gather your supplies you’ll have this spooky wreath done is 20 minutes, or possibly less!
Spooky? No, we’re spooky-chic darling. A little bit creepy and a whole lot of glam! Now go grab that bag of candy you’ve been hiding and start having some Halloween fun! I’ve got a few more “not too scary” Halloween projects to share with you soon, my spooky friends, so check back soon!