Showing posts from October, 2016

Making Do ~ DIY Chevron Ribbon Vase

Crafts | October 31, 2016
I grew up "making do." I had an abundance of what seemed to be everything and yet now I know it was a very, very frugal lifestyle and we did so much "making do." I thought about this all morning in the shower, folding clothes, watering plants and then I realized that the life I feel the most comfortable living is a life spent with simple abundance. My parents made do by "recycling" most everything and that was before recycling had a name. Since Momma was a grow your own and preserve it sort of gal, we always had jars of all shapes and sizes sitting on tall shelves in the basement. Well naturally that gene of  hoarding,  saving jars has been passed on to me and I have a entire shelf of  pickle jars, jam jars, olive jars that are all neatly organized on a top shelf in my pantry...and I soak the labels off them too. You do know the longer you live the more you become like your Mother...sorry dea

DIY Clothespin Christmas Angel Ornaments

Crafts | October 26, 2016
As the Holidays draw near I am reminded of the many traditions associated with the celebrations of the season. I know each one of you have many that you hold dear to your hearts. One of my favorite traditions began years ago when I was just a young girl at home. My Mother would always give me a keepsake Christmas angel ornament to hang on our Christmas Tree. It was such a special gift to me because I knew how much time and thought had gone into choosing it. The years rolled on and I had children of mine own. Each year I would go to the Hallmark store and choose the perfect ornament for the children. Quite frequently I would give my girls Christmas Angels, just as my mother had given me. For my son I would choose a more whimsical ornament that reminded me of him. I still remember the year he took Spanish, I found the most precious little ceramic boy with a colorful Sombrero. I  have all of those ornaments to this day and I decorate a special

Making Delicious Homemade Vegetable Broth

MainCourse | October 19, 2016
You know I am still working on discovering and implementing ways to living a life that is plain and simple . It just so happened that while  I was at market the other day I overheard two ladies discussing the benefits  and uses of vegetable broth. Well, their conversation got me to thinking about how I should be making my own vegetable broth instead of buying it. I'm pretty sure living with intent and simplicity can begin with vegetable broth too! Vegetable broth can be a little pricey, tasteless and watery,  while homemade is always tastier, richer and of course more economical. I use vegetable broth in so many of my recipes, it adds a robust flavor to stews, gumbos, chowders roasts, rice, quinoa and stir-fry. I have a favorite dutch oven that I use to saute my vegetables in and then I simmer the stock for a few hours to enhance the flavors for a full-bodied and rich vegetable broth. These dutch ovens really do work well, as they don't boil away the moisture. Those heavy pots

How To Make Easy Christmas Wreath Ornaments

Crafts | October 16, 2016
Well by now you know me and wreaths. I think we can truly say  that I really do not need a season or a reason to make them! So, when I spied these adorable mini grapevine wreaths I knew that we were a match made in heaven...smiles. So here we go friends an easy Christmas wreath ornament tutorial. First off I would like to welcome you to day 16 of the second year of 31 days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments Blog hop. I am so thrilled to be part of this extraordinary group of bloggers who are inspiring us with Christmas ornaments all through the month of October. Time from start to finish for Christmas Wreath Ornament's ~under 1 hour. The mess ~minimal The Cost ~under $2.00 per ornament The Supplies ~ 1. Mini Grapevine wreaths (package of 6) 2. Mini embellished wood slice (package of 4) 3. Mini Gold bows (package of 8) 4. Thin Gold metallic cord 5. Scissors 6. Glue Gun 7. Glue Sticks 8. Gold faux stick with beads The Tutorial ~ Step 1. Snip 11 gold beads off of the gold faux stick. Ste

Haunting Halloween Wreath

Crafts | October 10, 2016
Welcome to a Haunting Halloween Wreath making sort of day. I am sharing a few easy steps with you on how to make your own purple and black Halloween wreath.   It is part whimsy and part haunting, a happy mix of Halloween fun. Spooky enough to frighten and yet silly enough to spread Halloween cheer. It's a perfect time of the year to perfect your wreath making skills. I made this wreath on our back patio in less than two hours. It is a combination of leftovers from a previous Halloween wreath and some discounted Halloween item from Michaels. Perfect time to stock up on those seasonal items, as all of the craft stores are moving out their Fall inventory for Christmas. These are the items you will need for your Haunting Halloween Wreath: 1. 18 inch grapevine wreath. (I spray painted mine gray-optional) 2. 3 Black roses 3. 10 Purples mums 4. 3 Black pumpkins 5. 5 Black skulls 6. 3 Purple pumpkins 7. 1 sequin mask 8. 1 BOO 9. 1 Witches shoe 10. Deco Mesh Ribbon 11. Grosgrain Ribbon 12.

At Home With Jemma Fall Home Tour

Fall | October 04, 2016
Welcome, today is day two of the Fall In Love With Texas Blog Tour. I am so very, very pleased to have you join us today. We just love having you stop by and visit us in our French/Texas Country Home. My husband and I designed this home from the ground up. We are still enjoying the "newness" of our home which is less than 10 months old. Whew...It was a big project, which began with a lot of time, patience and love-it sort of became a project that really bound us together. Time marches on so very fast, I still cannot believe that last year at this time we were still in our apartment for the  Autumn Retreat Tour . I remember counting down the days until our new home would be completed and you were all giving me kind encouragement! It is not just our home that brings us comfort, it is our interaction with nature. We moved from our home in the suburbs which was very nice. But our 2 acres has given us a chance to reflect and cherish those sunrises, sunsets and the blue sky even m