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DIY Christmas Snow Globes

I was going to wait until closer to Christmas time to do this blog, but I couldn’t help myself.  I love this simple craft idea so much!  I don’t consider myself super artistic or crafty, but you really don’t have to be to put these jars together.  They are so much fun to do with your kids and I think they are cute enough to give as handmade Christmas gifts.

santa clause figurine
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JARS: I use jars I already have in my kitchen pantry once empty and cleaned out and it’s free.  You could also buy an assortment of ball or mason jars for your project.  Just be sure to have lids that fit tight.

Filler: I’ve purchased the little Christmas trees and resin Santa Clause and snowmen from Wal Mart and Michaels.  I think just a plain tree is pretty, especially if you do several of them in different sizes and place them together to make a beautiful Christmas display.  Just use your imagination, the sky is the limit.

Glitter, hot glue and glycerin: hot glue the little trees or people onto the inside bottom of the jar’s lid and make sure it drys completely.  Fill the jar up with water and stir in a few drops of glycerin to slow the glitter down as it falls.  Add a generous amount of glitter.

Hot glue the inside of the lid and screw it onto the jar as tight as you can get it then wait for it to dry completely before turning it over.  I also glued a little piece of red and white striped ribbon around the lid to give it a more finished look but that part is up to you!

It’s as simple as that!!!  Here’s a list of everything you will need:

Jars of various sizes

Filler for inside the jars: trees, santa, animals, snowmen, etc…

Glitter

Hot glue

Hot glue gun

Glycerin

Ribbon (optional)

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All the items you need to make these fun and simple holiday crafts can be found at walmart.com or michaels.com

 

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Easy Fall Decorating Ideas

     

The autumn weather makes me feel rejuvenated and it makes me want to make my home as cozy and inviting as possible. Burlap is one of my favorite fall fabrics, it blends with any decor and is so versatile in what you can do with it. I found a couple tutorials on line on how to do a cute burlap wreath. I’m not very crafty and I have to say it took me a while to put it together, I’m sure much longer than it should have. There are some great tutorials out there and I know it would most likely be easy for most of you crafty folks! The fun part was finding a cute little flower and some fall foliage to hot glue for interest and to match my color scheme. I loved how it turned out and it looked great on my front door.

One of the first places I like to start in my home is to do a quick and simple fall update in the foyer. The foyer is the easiest place for me to start, I really only have a simple foyer table that takes just a few minutes to fix up. I like to bring down my fall decor from storage and just go through it all each year. There are usually items I’m tired of and can put aside to donate. I then put items together by color, trying to just use about three fall tones so that it’s not too cluttered and all the items will compliment one another. I actually do this throughout my home because I like the consistency and easy flow from room to room. In the case of my foyer table, I used decor that worked with the picture and lamps already in place — see easy!! Just some simple fall candle centerpieces worked in with the iron candle holders and metal accessories were all the table needed. I used a green table runner that I can leave in place when I do the Christmas decor, so now I’m already ahead of schedule! Matching fall pieces in with non holiday decor that is already in my home is important so that it doesn’t look as if Fall showed up and threw up everywhere…seriously! I think using subtle tones with strategic placement goes a really long way in decorating.

My dining room was next… I have some super cute plates I picked up years ago at Pottery Barn on clearance that have the perfect fall color palette. A coordinating autumn garland simply placed on the shelf in front of the dishes, pumpkins and a couple chunky weave baskets to bring in additional texture and that’s it! Of course, I love candles and I also found a couple small dried flower arrangements on clearance at Michaels a few years ago so I added them in as well.  Sometimes it takes a while to get it just right but if you stick to just a few coordinating colors and assimilate your seasonal decor in with your homes existing accessories, you can’t go wrong. For me it’s all about the flow.

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Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pie

The nights are starting to get just a touch cooler around here with fall upon us. It’s not quite cool enough to dig out my cozy sweaters and wrap a scarf around my neck but I am dusting off some of those seasonal recipes I love to make this time of year. Chicken pot pie is one of those dinners that seems to be a hit with everyone’s palette in my family. I love making it, but I do cheat a bit to save on time. For me, using a rotisserie chicken from my local grocery store is the way to go!!! That thing is seasoned perfectly, cooked and ready to be shredded up. My other time saver is using Pillsbury brand prepared dough. Don’t try those generic brands, you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to roll that gummy stuff out…just stick with tried and true Pillsbury, it’s the best and easiest to work with. Lastly, I just pour those cute little frozen peas right into the hot mixture, there’s no need to warm them up first, the rest of the warm ingredients do the job for you. This recipe is so creamy and delicious, it’s the quintessential comfort food. Serve with some mashed potatoes and a fresh side salad, your family will love it and you!

Chicken Pot Pie

Pastry for double crust pie (I use pillsbury prepared crust..shhhhh)
1/2 C onion chopped
1/2 C carrot chopped
1/4 C butter
1/3 C all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp pepper
2 C chicken broth
3/4 C milk
1 10 oz package frozen peas
3 C shredded rotisserie chicken
garnish with parsley

Prepare pastry in dish and set aside

In a saucepan saute onions and carrots in butter until tender. Stir in flour, salt, sage, thyme and pepper. Add the chicken broth and milk all at once. Cook and stir continually until thick and bubbly. Stir in the frozen peas and chicken and heat until bubbly. Pour chicken mixture into a pie pan that has been prepared with the crust. Add the second layer of crust over the top and seal the edges, discard any extra crust. Using a sharp knife, make four slits in the top. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.

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Three easy steps to create a beautiful gallery wall

1. Choose an odd number of pictures that have a similar theme. I chose to make it an all black and white gallery. You could use color pictures but frame them in white or use vintage pictures and small antique plaques, etc. There are limitless options, just decide a theme to make them work together in the collage.

2. Arrange them on the floor first to figure out the best configuration and record the measurements you used to space the frames. I used a tape measure and an old drapery rod to mimic the molding of the wall going up the stairwell. Try several different patterns and take pictures. Choose your favorite.

3. Using your measurements, hang your pictures! You may want to use painters tape or trace your frames on craft paper first to create a template on the wall to mimic your layout – just to make sure you have the right height and configuration. Enjoy your beautiful creation!

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To Stage or Not to Stage…That is the Question

I say STAGE! We recently sold our home and I decided to stage the rooms myself and take the pictures for the listing. Let me just start off by telling you that I’m not a professional, I’m just a girl that will walk into any room in any home or building and start re arranging and organizing it in my mind. It’s a burden I must bear…however, it did come in handy when preparing our home for the market. Cleaning, de cluttering and optimal furniture placement really does go a long way.  We had an offer within the first week of our home being listed by the first people to look at it.  Here’s what I know:

Home Staging is a budget friendly way to effectively market your home. The right furniture placement will maximize the size and scope of each room in your home and enhance your home’s best features. Most importantly, the right staging will allow perspective buyers to see themselves in the home.

Use what you have!  Enhance your home by reorganizing, and oftentimes repurposing furniture and accessories you already have. By simply rearranging existing furniture and creating welcoming vignettes, your home will be transformed into a beautiful showroom.

Benefits to Home Staging
Every room in your home will have definition and purpose.
Staging a home will make the rooms appear larger.
A well staged home provides a wonderful first impression for prospective buyers.
Studies show that staging will expedite the sale of your home.
Home staging is an inexpensive way to get big returns on the sale of your home.