Saturday, December 6, 2014

Candy Cane Christmas Treats

One of my most favorite things about Christmas is candy cane flavoured EVERYTHING. I love when Tim Horton's brings back their candy cane hot chocolate. Nothing compares. Nothing.

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Because I heart candy cane so much, I rounded up all the goodies I've been pinning in the last little while to share with y'all. Can't wait to tackle some of these yummy ideas.


 Candy Can Muddy Buddies 

(I made those muddy buddies for everyone last year and people loved them. I may have also made myself two batches that I didn't share. True story.)

Peppermint Popcorn Bark

Peppermint Krispie Snow Ball Treats

Candy Cane Marshmallow Dip

Peppermint Pretzel Candy


Candy Cane Desert Squares

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

Candy Cane Chocolate Swirl Fudge

Candy Cane Trifle

Frozen Peppermint Pie


Either it's been a rough week or I've got booze on the brain....But these look so yummy! Maybe not all in one sitting but, hey, I don't judge.

Candy Cane Shot

Candy Cane Cocktail

Peppermint Martini


Candy Cane Steamers 

Candy Cane Crunch Milkshake 

Anyone else have a favorite candy cane treat that they want to share? Send me a link and I'd love to check it out.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Pillow Up-Cycle with Fabric Paint

I have a super easy and fast up-cycle today to share with y'all.  This project took less than fifteen minutes from start to finish.  My kind of project.  I actually made this last year and forgot all about it until I pulled out the Christmas decorations.

I'd been wanting to try painting on fabric, and pillows in particular, for awhile now.  It's largely due to my champagne taste on my beer budget.  Every time I see a pillow I like, it costs something insane like $85. Umm, no.  The problem here is that I'm not artistic.  I can't even draw a straight line.  So when I saw this little pillow at the grocery store for $9, I knew it was a no-brainer. It was a bit bland as it was but not for long.

How hard could it be to paint between the lines?  Harder than I thought actually, but I finished it anyway.

I picked up some fabric medium which may have been unnecessary since it's not going to get a lot of use and I'm not planning on washing it.  I used the aqua glitter paint I already had in my craft supplies.

I didn't mix it as directed but just added a squirt of the fabric medium rather than the two parts paint to one part medium that was called for.  It just diluted the aqua way too much.  Interestingly, the glitter that goes in aqua paint is actually green.  Who knew?  Well, I know that now since the pillow turned out way more green because of the glitter than aqua.

But it's still kind of fun, no?

I'm probably not keeping this one since it's too green for my taste but I'm still kind of jazzed about the cute factor nonetheless.

And, of course, the minute I tell a child not to touch while I'm taking pictures, I get this.

I can't believe how young Aiden is in this picture. I mean I did make this last winter and all but he looks like such a baby.  Since I couldn't get him to leave the pillow alone, I put him to work as a prop.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

DIY Christmas Garland

I actually made this garland last Christmas but the season ended before I could get around to posting. It looked so gorgeous on the front porch last year but since I'm switching things up to a red and white porch this year, I've hung this little beauty on the stairway instead.

The whole thing started when I saw some silver mesh ribbon at 60% off at Michael's last year and I kind of couldn't resist. I've been fiddling with the idea of a garland for the front door up to that point but hadn't been getting very far. I brought the ribbon home and got to work.

For this project I used some gold and silver Christmas balls, along with some glittery branches I had on hand. I already had the garland hiding away in the basement from Christmas' pasts as well. You also need a wire cutter, florist wire, and scissors.

Also a cup and half of patience and something good to watch on television.

I might have been delusional because that happens to me on occasion.  But I seriously thought this project would take no time at all.  Ummm....wrong.  Which is why you don't see the word "easy" in the title of this post.  I like easy. Because of my lack of experience, this was not easy. Once I figured out what I was doing and how to work with the ribbon it became a little less painful but it did take the better part of an afternoon to pull together. Good thing the boys were at daycare and I had the day off.

It took me awhile to figure out how to wind the mesh and where to tie it off to make it look decent. When I got that under control, things got a lot easier.

Once the mesh was wrapped and secured I tackled the ornaments, attaching them with florist wire in little sections.

With the gold and silver ornaments attached, I added in some glittery gold branches here and there.

Can I just mention that the glitter that was everywhere for weeks and weeks afterwords? Very festive.

After putting the garland together, I began the fun process of attaching it around the door. That was another joy filled activity on a freezing cold December afternoon. I had to keep taking breaks because my fingers were so darn cold. But after all the work, I stepped back to admire my handiwork.

In the interest of keeping it real, I almost abandoned this project a couple of times from sheer frustration (and frostbite). Glad I hung in there because I really love how this turned out.

Don't forget to stop by my Pinterest Holiday Board for some more great DIY ideas. And check back in for the full Christmas tour in December. ;)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Red and White Christmas Wreath

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm not a huge fan of red. Having said that, I decided to do something completely different this year and do a red and white Christmas porch. Just feeling the need to shake things up and all.

The first project I tackled this season was this easy wreath that I made out of white and red ribbon that I bought at the Dollar Store a few weeks ago. I already had the foam wreath form and snowflake ornaments on hand.

I started by giving the wreath form a light spray of white primer because when I started wrapping the ribbon, the green showed through. Once it was dry, I just started wrapping the ribbon around the wreath, using a little hot glue here and there to keep it in place.

All wrapped and ready for some decorating.

I decided to keep it simple by adding a bow to the bottom of the wreath.  I'd like to say this was easy but for some reason bows are my nemesis. I struggled, not only to make a bow that didn't look drunker than Cooter Brown at the state fair, but also to attach it to the wreath. Ugh.

In the end, I wound up using a combination of hot glue, floral wire, a staple, and some florist pins. Not even kidding. It didn't help at all that the boys were in high spirits and were either tearing the place apart or falling down everywhere. One of them even refused to get dressed that day...Not worth fighting about.

"Hey, let's party with the throw pillows, Mom loves that."

I used one of the little snowflake ornaments to cover up the mess I made with the bow, attaching it with some hot glue.

All done and ready to go outside.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Antique Car in a Jar

After the sudden passing of his father last year, my friend's partner, Chris, was cleaning out his family home when he came across his old matchbox cars.  How cool are these vintage cars? Some of them are over 50 years old!

I was really touched when Chris brought them over to give to the boys but also concerned about lead paint. So I knew that I'd be using them in the boys rooms in the future and as part of some kind of decoration.  But then I got to thinking about how I could up-cycle a couple of these as a Christmas gift for Chris and when I came across this car in a jar idea at It All Started With Paint I knew I wanted to make something like this for him.

How stinkin' cute is that?

So I gathered up the cars, some bottle brush trees and fake snow from Michael's, and some twine from the craft room.

I had to cut the tree to fit on the car with some wire cutters and then hot glued it to the roof of the car before tying it with the twine.  

When that was all dry I just hot glued the car to the bottom of the jar.  The most difficult part was finding a jar that was clear and had no detail that would make the car appear blurry. In the end, I wound up using a corn relish jar that I had saved.

Then I spray painted the lid white, added Chris' initial on the top and glued some twine and bobbly things to the lid. 

He was so touched when he opened this up on Christmas day and it's something they can put up on the mantel year after year.  So much cuteness and sentiment in one little jar. : )

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