Monday, September 27, 2010

She Thinks Like I Do...A Post and Tutorial By My Daughters

First, let me tell you just a little about Beth.

She is my oldest daughter and is very handy and creative.  She also loves doing things with her little sister.

Well, today was one of those days when she started feeling creative and decided to do crafts with Faith.

Funny thing was that she wanted to do Christmas crafts with her because finally our weather was cooling off a little and that put her in the Christmas mood.

Before I give this over to her to show you what she made and how she made it, I just want to tell you a cool comment she made today before she started crafting...

She was going to be making something for me to use for Christmas decor and as she was thinking about what materials she was going to use, she said, "okay mom, now I have to think like you...white, burlap, wood..."

She's such a great girl.

Now let me turn this over to Beth...

Hey everyone, my mom asked me to give ya'll a quick tutorial on a couple of things that I made today.  The first thing that I made was an Advent Calendar.

First, I took some scrap material and cut it out into Christmas trees.

Then, I numbered 1-25 with black craft paint.

I hot glued two pieces of material to the back of the calendar fabric to be used as a candy/treat holder.  Each day in December, we can come and get a treat from here!

I hot glued all 25 numbers onto the front of the calendar.

And here is the finished product..
The front..

 And the back..

The next project took a little bit longer.  This will be used to hold the Christmas cards we receive this year.

  I started with a piece of ply wood and drew a Christmas tree on the front. 

I used the hand saw to cut out the shape I wanted and after about an hour sawing, I finally finished and got this..

I covered the tree in batting so that splinters wouldn't come through the fabric.

I used two of my mom's favorite things: White and Burlap. 

 I took some of the material that my mom has saved and covered the tree in it.

The tree after the fabric..

I added string to the tree and secured it in the back using staples.  I put nails at each of the places where the string overlapped to make sure that the string was tight.

Lastly, I added the buttons.

And here is the finished product.

Thanks, mom, for letting me share! :) 

Now here's my little sister's craft that she made today for mom.

Ok This is Faith.
I Know ya'll are wondering what this says.
it says Burlap.
it's Batting & I cut it in letters. 
it was Soo,Soo fun it Took Long Because I Watched Tv So if you ever Do what I did Don't watch Tv.

 Partying over at All Thingz Related


Friday, September 24, 2010

Christmas in September For Me From The Okie Chic

I don't know about you, but I love gifts.  Gifts are one of my biggest love languages.

Now, it doesn't have to be a big gift.  No big money has to be spent at all.  Give me a pack of my favorite gum and I am happy.

On to my most recent gift...

Last week I got a message from a new blogger that said I was her first follower.  She wanted to thank me for following her.  She was certainly welcome and a verbal thank you was wonderful and so thoughtful, but no that wasn't enough.  She also wanted to send me one of her beautiful pillows.  Just for following this very talented lady, I was going to get a gift...a gift of a pillow.

Can you believe it?  My love language was being spoken by someone I had never even met.

On Wednesday, my gift came through the mail.  Since my kids know how excited I get with presents, they all gathered around to watch me open my box.  Yes, I was like a kid..  I was so excited to see what was inside.

I opened up my box and take a look at what was on the inside...

Isn't she a beauty?

I was beyond excited to get this wonderful and thoughtful gift. 

I love this pillow and I think this pillow loves me.

So, I have to say a big THANK YOU to  Kim at Okie Chic!!

Please go over and check out her new blog.  She is a neat lady with great talents and I know she would love to meet you all.

I have to also show you what I ordered off of EBAY to make my life easier the next time I pick 60lbs of apples to make apple butter and apple chips out of.

I am in love again with a kitchen gadget...

This apple peeler corer slicer from Pampered Chef is my new best friend and will probably forever be.

This baby saved me sooo much time with those apples.

Thanks Pampered Chef for making this for me and for my 60lbs of apples that were taking me FOREVER to get ready to turn into delicious apple butter.

Guess what...the apple gadget came in the same day as the burlap pillow.  Yes, I was in a little bit of heaven getting two packages in one day.  Woo Hoo!!!

If you are in Nashville tomorrow at the flea market, look for me.

Have a great weekend everyone and be blessed!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Even Guest Rooms Need a Little Spiffing Up...

The smallest room in our house and the most unused room in our house is our guest room.

This room also has a pull down attic in it which leads to some sort of air conditioning something.  Not very pretty, but obviously necessary.

When we first moved into the house over ten years ago, I found a small scale bedroom suit at an antique auction that fit perfectly.

I recently bought a very simple white comforter at TJ Maxx for the bed and am happily using it until something else a little fluffier and maybe rufflier can be afforded.

Yesterday after Faith and I finished school, a few things started happening...

First, I walked by the guest room and took a peek in...
My heart started racing...
I started feeling a little clammy...
I got to feeling a little antsy...
And, yep, you got it...I had to start tweaking in the guest room.

Nothing real big, mind you.  This girl is on a budget, but I knew I had a few things I could play around with.

So here is what I did...

My first little project was to take an old shutter that I found on a sidewalk of a building being renovated and take all the slats out because they were falling out.  I also gave it a quick coat of Heirloom White spray paint.

I added a couple of the slats back in and got this neat little thing...

Next project was this frame that I had stored away in my attic waiting on something to be done with it...

This frame got turned into this that I love...

Do you remember my washtub?  Still LOVE it!

I decided to use a few pops of green just to fall it up a little.

I had an old velvet ladies hat that came out and made its little debut on the bedpost along with some pretty green pillow cases.  Can you see them tucked in the back?

I also layed my afghan made by my step mother on the little wooden rocker.  Not only does it add a little warmth with texture and color, but it can certainly be used if we do have a winter night's guest.

Can you see how dainty this little dresser is?  It fits perfectly in this size room.

Of course, part of the fun is seeing what you can do to your table tops. 

I played around a little with this and that and came up with this...

A little closer look...

The little green urn used to have a flower arrangement on top.  Not so pretty.

The cloche is part of a Precious Moments clock that my hubby gave me years ago that I don't really use anymore but would never get rid of.  And, the flowers were a little keepsake bouquet.

I love tucking little momentos here and there.

Can you see the little pearl earrings and the pipe ?

Those belonged to my grandmother and grandfather.

Sweet to me...

The little glasses belonged to my grandmother also.

Have to show you my metal cart again...on wheels, no less...

It sits at the foot of the bed with a couple of magazines and photos on top and a blanket and basket of guest "goodies" on bottom, just in case something is forgetton.

Now for the picture that I tried and tried to get and couldn't get the light to do right. 

(I  am such an unprofessional photographer)

This is an attempt at showing you the whole bedroom with good lighting...NOT.

Another try...

Small bedroom but filled with lots of things I love to share with people that I love...

Our family and our friends who are always welcome in our home.

Monday, September 20, 2010

A Pretty Little Table On Wheels

I have found a new (to me) Tuesday night party that I love to join in on. 

Marty, at A Stroll Thru Life, is hosting her 31st table top party.   Join me as I join her.

I bought this little table at Goodwill recently and couldn't wait to get her all set up.

Yes, she is simple, but has potential...

A little spray paint and a little love and now she looks like this...

Take a look at this little travel case above...

This is what she used to look like...

Thankfully, I read this post over at Tracy's about how to do a little makeover on these babies.

I love how this little rolling table turned out. 

The dining room is now her home...


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Simplicity In Fall Decor...Foyer

The entryway needed just a litle fall tweaking.

I didn't plan on doing much because sometimes the simpler really is the better.

This old photo is attached to an old broken mirror.

  The glass is gone so I just used my favorite part which is the rusty metal frame.

I LOVE this black and white photo of my daddy showing one of his and my papa's prize jersey's.

My dad was probably about eleven or twelve when this was taken.

I changed my little scrabble tiles from summer to fall.

I love the simple fall look that I've got going on here.

Linking up over at Domestically Speaking for a fall party.  

Also linking up over at a new to me blog, Keen Inspirations.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Easy Crock Pot Apple Butter For Your Fall and Winter Mornings

I have been eager to share a new recipe I just tried that my family is loving.

To start off, I want to show you where we went on Sunday after church.

A mile from our house is an awesome apple orchard that has been around for about forty years.

These are those times that I will cherish forever because my whole family went apple picking.

We picked 60 lbs of apples.

I know they are not as pretty as the grocery store apples, but these are straight from the trees and, in my opinion, are beautiful because of all there blemishes.

Just in case you are interested in the price of apples around here, they were $7.00 per 20 lbs.  Yep, $21.00 for all those apples.

Why so many apples?

The main reason I got so many is because my oldest daughter and I LOVE apple butter and we buy it often.

Now instead of buying it, I will be pulling it off of my shelf in my jar that I canned.

Let me tell you how I made it in case you would like to try it yourself.

The recipe I used is for crock pot apple butter.

You will need:

approximately 3 lbs apples
3 cups sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cloves
Dash of salt
3/4 cup water

Fill crock pot 3/4 full of peeled, cored sliced apples.  Add remaining ingredients and stir until evenly mixed.  Cover and cook on low overnight.  If butter has too much liquid, remove lid and cook on high until of desired consistency.

This is what it looks like after it has cooked all night.  (actually the apples were still in pieces but very soft, so I used a potato masher and mashed them up)

To can the apple butter, check canning guides you have, but I canned mine in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.

This is what I got after several crock pots full...

Can I just tell you that this stuff tastes incredible?

I know I made it, but I used someone else's recipe, so it's not bragging, right?

The first morning I made it, my family came downstairs to hot bisquits and hot apple butter straight from the crock pot. 

OH MY!!!

What's great is that I have lots more apples, so I plan on making lots more of this yummy stuff to hopefully last us quite a while.

The first day we got the apples, my daughter made an apple pie, I baked some, put some in the freezer and just plain old ate some.

I would love to know if you try this recipe and what you think about it.