Burlap Christmas Wreath

My inspiration for using such vibrant and bold colors for this burlap  wreath came from my visit to the Red Door.  I feel as though my  visit there helped me to step out of my comfort zone. The Red Door will always be such a magical shop for me to visit. So, now that I have the courage to decorate with more color and using the supplies which I purchased from the Red Door.  I have   my glue gun heated, straw wreath and scissors in hand!                                       Step 1: Cut 6" x 10" strips of burlap to cover straw wreath.  Tightly  wrap the wreath with the burlap and secure with hot glue. Step 2:   After wreath is completely covered with burlap use floral wire  and hot glue to secure decorative floral and other  embellishments.                                               Step 3: Any time I create I always let my craft sit a day or two.  I live  with it a bit and then add or take away depending on how it  looks and feels to me.                                    


Christmas Decorating Secrets

When it comes to decorating for Christmas, or really most of the  time I find that I shop my home and make the most of what I  already  have.  Incorporating floral and decorative vessels add simple  and beautiful touches to our homes. Do you have a little bucket or pot?  Save it, either spray paint it or glitz it up with some glitter.  I added some silver, gold and purple twigs and glamour to my decorative vessel and gave our mantle  some pop. Tip-Save decorative floral for next year-never throw them away! I love pine cones, I collect them on my walks and save them.  These huge pine cones I have had for many years.  They used to hang on a  wreath, but I wanted to give them a new look and incorporate  paperwhites into my Holiday decor.  So this year I nestled my paper  whites and pinecones together for a seasonal arrangement. Tip-Don't be shy about reworking old wreaths and  arrangements-mix different objects together for interesting  vignettes. Plan ahead, look in magazines, Pinter


Fresh Noble Fir Wreath DIY

I was just simply in the mood for FRESH!   Most of the house is decorated, but this day, I was in the mood for the smell, feel, and look of fresh!! These are two of the fresh boughs from the Noble Fir Christmas Tree. I gathered up natural burlap, straw wreath, florist wire, various picks and boughs of the Noble Fir that I had cut with my nippers. (Tip: Straw wreaths are great, they are light, easy to work with, picks insert easily, decorative items attach with little effort.  I used a straw wreath for both of my DIY wreath projects this season.) Cut and trim the boughs from the pine tree of your choice-place them on the straw wreath and attach with florist wire- Lay and secure one layer of boughs and continue layering until you reach the density that you like. Once you have the boughs on and secured, insert decorative florist picks, and burlap bow. Fresh is now part of the season! ~Jemma~


A Touch of Whimsical for Christmas

During the Summer we went to Canton Flea Market and I found  just what I had been looking for a Dr. Pepper soda crate. I was looking for a new vignette for our family room mantle and this soda  crate is  going to be used to help me step out of my comfort zone. For years I have always created a vignette using my collection of  snowmen on our family  room mantel,  however this year I  am  looking  for whimsical.   I also became a fan of burlap this year too, (I was slow jumping on  the  burlap bandwagon) so I added some burlap to the mantle.  It  softens  the vignette, adds interest and texture.   Love, love, bottle brushes-I have had these for several years and I  gave  them a touch of whimsical with a little pink spray paint.  I have about 20 vintage Christmas ornaments from the 50's that hung I our Christmas tree as a child and I really wanted to use them in this vignette, but they were too large.  So I found these smaller  Christmas  Ornaments from Hobby Lobby and I think they ar


Death by Chocolate Pudding Dessert

It is the happiest time of the year, but it can also be a bit messy-this is such a no-nonsense easy dessert that you can make it the night before.  Your guests will be amazed on your talents, as well as the taste of this little confection! Always wear your apron!  We know about life! These are the ingredients that you will need.  I use a 13 x 9 inch foil throw-away  pan to keep clean up even simpler.  Baked and cooled crust. First layer of cream cheese mixture. Ingredients For Crust: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees 13 x 9 inch pan 1 cup sifted flour 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup chopped pecans ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 ounce softened cream cheese 1 cup sifted powdered sugar Largest container of Cool Whip- 2 small packages of chocolate fudge instant pudding mix 3 cups whole milk 2 tsp. vanilla extract Directions: Cut butter up in cubes, place in baking pan to melt in preheated oven. Meanwhile chop 1/2 cup pecans. When butter has melted remove pan from oven and add sifted flour and chopped pecans to pan.


Glitter Me Pretty-New Years Eve Party

Should we bring in 2013  with Glitter and Style! I have always  LOVED glitter and glam!  From lips to lights- Goodbye 2012 Gold  and Glam Silver and Stunning Every Girl needs some accessories!                                                                         source                                                                             Source                                                                                Source Source Source A Pretty Pink Toast to the end of 2012 and to a new and brighter 2013!               Sugar Dreams Cocktail  first recorded from 1862                  Goodbye 2012- It is a new chapter in our lives! Be yourself, let your light shine,   with the dawn of each day a new beginning has begun. Wishing you a blessed and happy New Year.                                  Please enjoy the traditional Auld Lang Syne xoxoxo Jemma