05 December 2016

DIY Wooden Christmas Ornament

I wanted to let you all know we have a winner for the Holland House cooking wines.
The winner was chosen by random.org and the winner has been notified by email.
Thank you to all who participated!
I have always enjoyed creating and even though I do encounter "dry spells," I am always super inspired during the Holidays and this year is no exception. 
This is our first true Christmas settled in our new home.
Last year at this time we were in a Hotel counting down the days, minutes and hours for the magic moment when we could move into our  country home.
I may have gone a little crazy with Christmas crafts and decorating this year, but goodness I have thoroughly enjoyed every second.


Today I am sharing a short little tutorial on this  DIY Wooden Christmas ornament.
The inspiration to create my own Christmas ornaments all began when I collaborated with a fantastic group of creative bloggers for 31 Handmade Christmas Ornaments.
My contribution to this festive and crafty group were these rustic Christmas Wreath ornaments.


The joy didn't top there, the next ornament up is this primitive and yet dressy 
set of Clothespin Angels.


So here we are today with another simple and yet cute little wooden Christmas ornament that you could make with a group of many or a few.
This craft could easily be completed in a Sunday school class, girl scout troop, with children of all ages or a gathering of gals for a Christmas luncheon.

Supplies Needed For The DIY Wooden Christmas Ornament


1. White Acrylic paint
2. Green Acrylic paint
3. Bulky red yarn
4 .Wooden Christmas ornament
5. Stick on acrylic embellishments
6. Paint Brush

Directions For Making DIY Wooden Christmas Ornament


The beauty of this ornament is in the simplicity and minimal cost involved.

I purchased all of the materials including the wooden ornament at Michaels Craft Store.

1. Remove twine from the wooden ornament.
2. Lay ornament on a flat surface and tape off the lower 1/4 portion of the ornament.
3. Paint the lower 1/4 portion with green acrylic paint.
4. Add red stick on embellishments.
5. Cut red yarn to desired length and use as ornament hanger.
6. Using white acrylic paint dry brush white snowflakes on upper 3/4 of wooden ornament.
7. Let dry for 30 minutes and wooden ornament is ready to hang.


I am so excited to be able to share with each of you on how to make two of these ornaments, plus one other Christmas ornament live on Hometalk on December 12th.
It's going to a nifty experience for us all!

I also wanted to mention that this week there will be a little happy party going on with these lovely blogs.

Details are below!


    Let's Add SprinklesHyacinths for the Soul/ Southern DayDreams/ White Spray Paint/     Garden Up Green/ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson/ Ellie and Elizabeth  


Brookhollow LaneAt Home With Jemma/ My Heart Lives Here/ The B Farm/ Botanic Bleu/ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen/ Art and Sand/ Ash Tree Cottage


Sweet Nothings/ At Rivercrest Cottage/ Opulent Cottage/ Decor to Adore/ Fern Creek CottageThe Dedicated House/ Bluesky Kitchen

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02 December 2016

Christmas With Stencils~Rustic Planters

Good Morning!
I have been enjoying stenciling these past couple of months.
I shared a stenciled jar candle holder back in September and today myself along with 5 other bloggers are sharing a themed Christmas with stencils project that we all hope you will enjoy and find inspiring.

Our friend Carole from Garden Up Green organized this Christmas with stencils blog hop.
You will find  links to everyone of these creative artists and bloggers at the end of this post.

This post is twofold as it is also the debut of my hand-cut Cedar Christmas Tree from our property.
I set out about 2 days ago to find the perfect Christmas Tree and here it is.
I shared the details on Instagram and just when I was about to bring the little Cedar inside an IG friend advised against it, because of bagworms. 
Truth be told Cedars are very prickly and I suspect that I have a couple of chigger bites too.
Oh well,  one might think it looks a little like a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, but to me it is beautiful and jut perfect for our front porch!


For this project I decided to use some rustic planters that my husband made for me a few years ago.
I freshened them up with some gray chalk paint.
Then between the two of us (the hubby) and myself we designed, cut, sanded and painted two signs for me to stencil.

The Project Using Salvaged Pieces Of Lumber & Cedar Planter

1. Cut your salvaged pieces of lumber into the size of board you'd like to stencil.
2. Sand rough edges of board
3. Paint the board
4. Let board dry before stenciling.

Stenciling The Project

1. Secure the stencil to the board with painters tape
2. Gather all of your paints together, I used acrylic paint.
3. Use paper plates to put your paint on
4. Keep scissors and various paint brushes handy
5. Remove stencil after painting
6. Attach to planter

The hubby and I enjoyed this project and the weather was positively wonderful so most of it was completed outdoors.


Now, this stencil design would not have been possible without Debbiedoos stencils.
Her stencil line includes various seasons and themes as well as being a quality stencil that is forgiving.
These stencils are sturdy, but yet flexible and they stay in place!
She is a one man show so to speak and her products are all made in the U.S.A.!


This sign started out like this.


Then to this...


Then finally to this!



Thank you for joining us today with our themed Christmas With Stencils project.

Our talented friends have links below.

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01 December 2016

Etsy Christmas Shop Roundup

We have had 4 fabulous weeks of Etsy shopping and today we bring all of these beautiful shops together.
Each one is included right here for your shopping convenience from your home.
Below each photo you will find a direct link to the shop and any information pertinent to sales and offers.

We also have a winner for the Darren Gygi  Art Giveaway.
Winners are chosen from random.org. Winner has been contacted by email.

Thank you to all you participated, we will have another art giveaway soon!


Thank you to each of these shops for sharing their talents and beautiful products with us.
If you would like to see these shops  and other talents in the Spring please let me know so that I can begin working on a Spring "Trunk" Show.


Use code JEMMA10 for 10% off purchases through December 5th.


Use code JEMMASFEATURE  for 20% off through December 3rd.


Celestina Rose Garden Market

Use code CHRISTMAS25 for 25% off through January 1st 2017

NanNas Things
Vintage Collectibles from Upstate New York


Use code JemmasFeature for 10% off through December 10th.


Where whimsy meets creativity


Natural, Handcrafted, Vegan Luxury Soaps

Please join us tomorrow for a Christmas with Stencils blog hop!

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30 November 2016

Holland House Cooking Wines Giveaway & Recipe

I am sort of assuming that many of us would like to cook a really delicious and easy meal that would tickle everyone's taste buds with bold and smoky flavors.
If you are saying yes, then please stick around because today I am partnering with Holland House cooking wines to share a recipe and offer a fantastic giveaway of some of their most popular cooking wines, just in time for your Holiday cooking!

Just leave a little note in the comment section and you are automatically entered.
Winner will be announced Sunday December 4th.

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The Holland House brand has teamed up with Tatyana Nesteruk host of the You Tube cooking show. Tatyana specializes in family friendly step by step tutorials which make cooking easier than ever!
As I was making this savory dish I discovered that I make a dish very similar to the Bold and Smoky Pepper Marsala Pasta only I keep it vegetarian most of the time, making this a very versatile dish.


Holland House is a brand that we can all have confidence in using.

My Mom used Holland House and I do too, it has been around for 100 years!
In a time period where so many things come and go, it sure is nice to use a trusted product that your can rely on and has stood the test of time.
Holland House wines are fantastic for everyday meals, you can add a few tablespoons to any dish and immediately enhance the flavors of everything from chili's and stews to seafood.
This past Sunday we had Chicken Marsala for Sunday dinner and I used the Holland House Marsala cooking wine, it was delicious.


Each cooking wine has it's own unique flavor and enhances dishes in different ways.
I have provided a little information which I thought might be a useful resource for your Holiday cooking.

The Flavors Of Five Holland House Cooking Wines 

Marsala cooking wine imparts a well-rounded, sweet wine flavor with hints of hazelnut that is versatile and ideal for cooking with beef, chicken and pork.

Sherry cooking wine offers a mild, sherry-wine flavor with hints of nut and caramel, perfect for use in dessert recipes to balance sweet with a hint of nutty flavor.


Red cooking wine offers a smooth, medium-bodied wine flavor that is ideal for cooking heartier dishes like beef, lamb and pork.

White cooking wine adds a slightly dry, but distinct wine flavor perfect for bringing out the bold flavors in chicken, seafood and sauces.

White and Lemon cooking wine brings a citrus twist to the traditional white wine flavor, ideal for cooking lighter dishes like seafood.


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yield: 4 Servingsprint recipe

Bold & Smoky Marsala Pasta

prep time: 45 MINScook time: 40 MINStotal time: 85 mins


  • 2 large red bell peppers
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 4 links (1lb) smoky sausage
  • 1 large shallot diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup Holland House 'Marsala' cooking wine
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 pound penne pasta
  • Small bunch fresh basil


  1. Preheat oven to 425 Degrees. Cut the red bell pepper into quarters, discarding the seeds and removing any white membrane. Arrange the peppers on a small baking dish. Drizzle generously with olive oil; season with salt and ground black pepper. Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes, until peppers are slightly charred and tender. Once peppers are done, dice the peppers into pea sized pieces. Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Keep warm. Meanwhile, prepare the sausage. Remove any casings, if needed, and slice sausage into small disks. Preheat large, cast-iron pan over medium heat. Add the sliced sausage and brown all over. Remove the sausage from the pan and into a small bowl; set aside. PREPARE THE SAUCE Into the same pan, add the diced shallot and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until tender. Add all of the spices and seasonings and tomato paste. Add Holland House 'Marsala' cooking wine. Cook the sauce for 5 minutes. Add the diced roasted red bell pepper Return the sausage to the pan and mix all ingredients together, and then bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, to allow flavor to develop. Add the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Cook until cheese is completely melted. Once sauce has cooked, add the prepared pasta and to to coat. Garnish the top with chopped bail and more Parmesan cheeses
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