Thursday, December 31, 2009

My Favorite Room Re-Do

From Doo-doo

To Re-do:

Happy New Year!
I'm linking to one of my very favorite blogs, The Lettered Cottage.
We bought our home about three years ago. It still had window units - no central air conditioning system (in Alabama- ugh!! Can you imagine!?). The house had been built in 1940 and had been lived in by the same family the entire time. The owner's husband died in the 1970s, and everything remained the same from then on. When you walked into the foyer, bi-centennial wallpaper greeted you. The walls were all plaster and were covered in layers upon layers of wallpaper. It was really interesting to remove one layer of wallpaper only to see the previous decade 's wallpaper completely reflective of that decade. I remember wondering if we would EVER finish. M and I completed most of the labor ourselves. We were adding an addition that we contracted out, but to save $$, we decided to "do" most of the existing house ourselves. The house was VERY well built, but it needed lots of TLC.
The bedroom above seemed overwhelming. M (my husband) really wanted to just take the built-ins to the side of the curb. Honestly, I kind of wanted to, too. There was SO much work to do and I wasn't sure I had it in me to approach this seemingly overwhelming task. But I decided that I would try to tackle the project and it soon became a labor of love. And it is now my favorite room in the house!
Alright...I've just decided....I'm going to commit the month of January to blogging about the process of transforming this old house. I love my house. There, I said it. I love it. That felt great. :)
So stay tuned. I can't wait to show you the Before and After of the outside of the house. Unreal.

(p.s. If it sounds like I'm "bragging" on my house...I totally am! I am so sorry! I can't help it! It was HARD WORK and I'm so proud of the finished result! So now I'm bragging and I'm proud!?
Yikes! I'll work on these "issues" in 2010 - I promise. Resloution #1: Find some humility, please.)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Year's Eve Gift Baskets

Need a quick, easy, cute, and inexpensive gift for someone by New Year's Day? How about a hostess gift for the New Year's Eve party? A gift for a neighbor? Or a gift for the friend who unexpectedly gave you a Christmas gift but you didn't have one for him/her? Well I've gotcha covered! I transformed these old baskets:
Into the above New Year''s Day gift baskets.
I made MANY of these baskets this morning with just a few ingredients and just a few steps.

I transferred store bought bags of black-eyes peas and rice to clear cellophane bags that I then tied off with half-price Christmas ribbon.
Then I added a bow to a box of Jiffy corn bread mix (49 cents - can't beat that!)
A added a little curly ribbon around a bottle of Tabasco.

And voila!

I went to the thrift store this morning and bought several 50 cent wicker and Easter baskets. I sprayed them with gold paint (I didn't worry about spraying the bottom of the baskets or even the inside of the basket because I lined it with gold tissue paper - also half off from Christmas). I added the "Happy New Year" hat in the larger baskets. I found them for 59 cents at Walgreens. You could also add some noisemakers or blowers, just for fun.

I made up this little poem that I attached to the top of each basket:

In the South, it is tradition
to get your black-eyed pea nutrition

So simmer the peas,
Boil the rice,
Bake the cornbread,
then add some spice.

From our house to yours, Happy New Year, friend.
Best Wishes to you in 2010!

(FYI - I just heard this today. We are supposed to pronounce the year "2010" "Twenty ten" not "two thousand and ten).

Have fun! And Happy New Year to you and yours!

Linking to Today's Creative Blog
A Soft Place to Land ,
and Toot Your Horn Tuesday.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Reindeer Moonpie

Hi Friends! I'm sooooo sorry that it has been so long since I've posted! I just haven't had a whole lot of time to blog, but I've got a lot of stuff to show you over the next few days.

We're making these Reindeer Moon pies for all of the kids in my daughter's kindergarten class. I thought they turned out pretty cute and they were super EZ to make!

If you are "Room Mom of the Year", you could do these as a craft during their Christmas party!

I buy my MoonPies from the Cracker Barrel. If you don't have a Cracker Barrel in your town, just drive a little further. You're bound to come across one in just a few miles. :)

You'll also need some Nilla Wafers that you will "glue" to the MoonPie with regular white icing (Betty Crocker, in the tub container).

I used these Atomic Fire Bombs from Cracker Barrel for Rudolph's nose. But you could also use a red gumball or even an M & M (although I think that the bigger nose it what makes it so cute).

Once you've assembled the face with the Nilla wafers, red nose, and M & Ms for eyes, you can serve it "as is", or you can put it on a lollipop stick. I think they're a little cuter on a stick.

For the "antlers", I used Kroger brand pretzel twist. I simply broke off the top portion so that they were no longer connected. They don't have to be perfect and the pair of antlers don't even have to match. It's kind of hard to break them off with your fingers, so if you are doing these for your own family, just bite them off! It's much easier!

I then wrapped them in cellophane and added a bow.
Helpful hint: Let the icing dry completely before attempting to wrap the MoonPie in cellophane. The nose tends to come off if the icing isn't completely dry.

Hope you're all having a great holiday season!

I'm linking up to Reinvented, Naps on the Porch