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Happy New Year 2012 – Our First Holiday Card!

We made our first holiday card this year, and I was like a giddy little school girl stamping, stuffing and addressing envelopes.  It was probably fun for me because we just sent them…after the holiday craziness.  Our sweet pup, Toula, got to come home with us at Christmas and we had to hold off on the card pic until she could be in it – of course!

I wanted to electronically wish you a Happy New Year (better late than never) and thank you for being a loyal reader.  Blessings and yummy meals to you and your family in 2012!

New Years Card 2012 Front

New Years Card 2012 Front

New Years Card 2012 Back

New Years Card 2012 Back

First Bayou Christmas

First Christmas in the bayou of Louisiana – in our first ‘very own’ house – and I had a blast decorating.  My mom came to visit; we busted out some old decorations and scavenged Hobby Lobby and Target for some new.

Before my mom came I also did a couple DIY holiday projects.  A new wreath for our front door that we can keep throughout the year and interchange details by season/occasion.  I found it on a blog and have been envious of it since my Thanksgiving wreath project (had saved on my Pinterest “To Do List” board ever since).  Read more about the wreath project I emulated here on a precious blog called Shanty2Chic.  The snowflake and silver spray painted pine cones were a few touches I added for the Christmas season.

While wrapping gifts in my craft room I got a little side tracked and came up with a cute little way to display some of our Christmas cards.

I cut a tree out of leftover fabric samples I had from previous projects and hot glued the tree to a square of burlap.

Then glued the tree to a long rectangular piece of canvas I had leftover from who knows what…

Then tied three pine cones together at the bottom of the canvas (opposite end of the tree).

Then I displayed some of our Christmas cards using two attracting magnets per picture and hung it on the back door.  It’s a little hard to photograph because it’s so long, but here is the final product.

And now for a few pics of Christmas flare throughout our bayou abode this holiday season (purchased, not made).

Fireplace with stockings.

Fireplace with stockings.

Pine cones at back door.

Pine cones at back door.

Back door wreath from Hobby Lobby.

Back door wreath from Hobby Lobby.

Pine cones in the tree.

Pine cones in the tree.

Kitchen nook table.

Kitchen nook breakfast table.

Place setting.

Place setting.

Silver spray painted pine cones with ornaments and snowflakes.

Silver spray painted pine cones with ornaments and snowflakes.

Even my birds dressed up for the occasion.

Even my birds dressed up for the occasion.

Cooking tree in kitchen.

Cooking tree in kitchen.

Dining room table.

Dining room table.

Silver pine cones again as centerpiece on dining room table.

Silver pine cones again as centerpiece on dining room table.

Zach(o-meter)'s stocking.  Think Santa will fill it?

Zach(o-meter)'s stocking. Think Santa will fill it?

White ornament mini tree. (next to a vintage saddle that I <3 dearly)

White ornament mini tree. (next to a vintage saddle that I <3 dearly)

Fancy ornaments displayed on coffee table tray.  Too cool for the tree.

Fancy ornaments displayed on coffee table tray. Too cool for the tree.

Christmas tree candle in a little festive holiday potpourri.

Christmas tree candle in a little festive holiday potpourri.

I love the way Christmas decorations add a special cheer to your house this time of year, don’t you?

Merry Christmas to all y’all.  (Still have my Texas twang even in the bayou…) Remember to take a moment during the hustle bustle of the holidays to enjoy special family time and give thanks for the blessings He has given us all in 2011. God is good, isn’t He?  Much love from our home to yours…

Fall is knockin’ at your door… (DIY a festive wreath!)

The leaves are starting to turn that unmistakable fall orange, the sun is going to bed a bit earlier each day and that holiday feeling is in the air.  Something about fall just adds a little pep to my step.  Maybe it’s anticipation of fun family time, hot chocolate, Santa and cuddly flannel PJ pants just around the corner.

This is our first fall as homeowners and we cannot be more excited about cute trick-or-treaters, but our neighbors have definitely left us in the dust when it comes to fall decorations.  We can’t be the fall scrooges on the block so I set out to find the perfect fall wreath to add a welcoming warmth to our front door.

I searched and searched (granted, I could have been a little late – Christmas décor was already for sale), but I couldn’t find any fall wreaths that really stood out to me.  That’s not true – I found some I liked, but they were over $100.  For a wreath?!  Get real.

So I decided to make my own and you can too.  It’s easy!  Head yourself on down to Hobby Lobby (craft paradise) because their fall goodies are 40% off right now.

DIY Fall Wreath

My DIY Fall Wreath

What you’ll need (all found at Hobby Lobby):
hot glue gun
natural grapevine wreath
1 white/cream “earthy looking” floral bush
1 bunch of fall leaves/pumpkins
wire cutters or heavy duty scissors

Hot Glue Gun

Hot Glue Gun

grapevine wreath - $3 and so worth it!

grapevine wreath - $3 and worth every penny!

loved this fun little fall bunch (especially 40% off...)

loved this fun little fall bunch (especially 40% off...)

  1. Cut apart individual flower stems of white/cream flower bunch using wire cutters and stuff ends into grapevine wreath where you want them.  I didn’t even have to glue these, but you could if you want to keep them in a certain place.
  2. My “bunch of fall leaves/pumpkins” came with a brown stem that I didn’t mind so I just placed it where I thought it should go on the wreath (bottom left), then stuffed the stem in between vines on the wreath to hold it in place.  Then wrapped the rest of the stem around the wreath to disguise it a bit.  I added a few globs of hot glue to the pumpkin and leaves to be sure they stayed right where I wanted them.
  3. Our door already has a nail in perfect placement for a wreath (previous owners must have been festive folks as well) so I just hung the grapevine wreath onto the nail.
  4. Whala!  Done.
cut "earthy" stems from bunch and stick the into grapevine wreath

cut "earthy" white stems from bunch and stick ends into grapevine wreath

hot glue festive items to wreath and...Hello Fall, come on in!

hot glue festive items to wreath and...Hello, Fall - Come on in!

Now we’re ready for some trick-or-treaters and our house looks just as festive as our neighbors (well, not quite…some of these folks go ALL OUT).

fall is here.

fall is here.

on the door and ready for....ding dong...TRICK OR TREAT!

on the door and ready for....ding dong...TRICK OR TREAT!

Happy fall to you all.  Hope you are enjoying this season as much as we are.  Have a great Halloween weekend.  Trick or treaters better hurry…this candy is goooood!

Eat your heart out!

Eat your heart out!