How to Make Some DIY Christmas, Winter Trees

It is another week and as promised I am going to be sharing diy’s up until Christmas week. This one can be used all Winter long like last weeks post, you can see that here. These are so fun to make and are super easy. You just need a few supplies.

Floral foam, peat pots but you could use small clay pots also. A faux evergreen branch, white paint, mica flakes (optional) or glitter and whatever you would like to decorate the exterior of your pot.

First paint your pots. I like to show some of the underneath of the pot so it looks sort of distressed. While your paint is still wet sprinkle the mica flakes or glitter on them and wait for them to dry.

After they are dry add in your floral foam to the pot. I use a tiny bit of hot glue to secure them in the pots.

Then I decided to stamp the word joy on the outside of the pots. On another I tore some music sheet paper and stamped it on that and glued it on the outside.

Now just cut your branch into pieces that look like little trees. Add them into the floral foam. I used some pieces of stuffing and put it on the inside around the top of the container to resemble snow.

You can really use your imagination to decorate the pots. I am tying some with ticking fabric which looks adorable too.

I hope you try this easy diy and share them with me if you do. I love seeing how you make them your own.

God Bless and have a beautiful day!

Recipe for Christmas Orange Cookies

It’s that time of year, when all the baking begins. This is one of our favorite cookies to make. One bite into these and it feels and tastes like Christmas. A slight citrus taste and oh so moist.

After mixing everything together I put the dough in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. It seems to make them fluffier.

I added some dried cranberries to this batch and they tasted so good.

The citrus smell of the glaze makes the whole house smell amazing!

Sometimes I add some orange candy on top to help dress them up and let people know what flavor they are.

Christmas Orange Cookies

These cookies have an orange flavor that makes you think of the holidays with the first bite.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 36 cookies

Equipment

  • Mixer
  • Oven

Ingredients
  

  • 1 C margerine softened
  • 2 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 4 1/2 C flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 C sour milk put one teaspoon vinegar in milk
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 orange use juice and grated rind

Frosting

  • 2 1/4 C confectioners sugar
  • 1 orange use juice and grated rind

Instructions
 

  • Cream margarine and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in eggs and salt
  • Add flour and baking powder alternately with sour milk. Mixing well after each addition.
  • Add soda dissolved in juice of one orange, stir in the rind.
  • Drop by spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 12 minutes.
  • Remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting

  • Combine confectioners sugar with juice and rind of an orange.
  • Mix well and frost the cookies.

Notes

I make sure all of my ingredients are at room temperature before mixing.

I hope you like this recipe, let me know if you make them. I always love to hear feedback good or bad.

How to Make a Cozy Roving Yarn Winter Tree

You know I love working with the roving yarn. You can see my soft Roving Yarn Pumpkin here.

These trees I am making I am planning to keep up all through January. I have already been thinking about my Winter Mantel.

Here are the supplies you will need. A styrofoam cone, a small dowel, a log slice and the yarn of your choice. I used the roving yarn. Tools you will need is a drill, drill bit to fit the size of your dowel, glue gun.

Cut your dowel to your desired size and insert it into the cone. I used a bit of hot glue to keep it secure. And then drill a hole in the log slice about the size of your dowel end.

Insert your tree into the hole and use some hot glue to secure it.

Now just start wrapping and gluing your yarn to the tree. My yarn was thick so it took no time at all to wrap it. At the top you will have to work with your yarn to secure it. I used a small wood snowflake to help one of mine.

This one I added a Christmas tag to. Have fun with them you could hot glue anything to them.

I hope you enjoyed this diy another one coming next week.

God Bless!

Christmas Decorating in the Kitchen, Finishing the Hutch

To continue with our series of Christmas Decorate with Us. Today Tammy from Patina and Paint, Terrie from Decorate and more with Tip and I are showing how we decorated our hutches in our kitchens for Christmas.

My hutch I went simple with as I use it daily this time of year for baking. So I am constantly using the flour and sugar. But I still like to add a little Christmas.

I added some of my favorite striped ribbon to the canister lids. And I added greenery to the top and basket and some twinkle lights.

See those cute houses on the left? I will have a diy post up tomorrow on how I made them. So easy, inexpensive and cute!

Here is the ribbon I used.

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Now you get to go and visit my sweet friends.

Have a beautiful day and God Bless!

How to Make Winter Buildings from Dollar Store houses

As promised I am going to be sharing a fun diy craft each week until Christmas. Here is last weeks craft. These were so fun to make!

I bought these dollar store buildings with the intent to make them go with my decorating style.

From the pumpkins in the back you can tell I bought these early. As I was thinking about how and what I wanted to do to them. I came up with my white and wood theme that I love so I know I wanted to put wood shutters on them. I found this at the dollar store too.

I spray painted the houses, it did take three coats. And i took the small pallet apart.

Then I stained the wood pieces with my raw umber paint watered down. And I added Snow tex to the buildings in areas I thought snow would naturally fall. And then I added mica flakes, I love mica flakes they add so much to a snow scene. I’ll put the brand I ordered down below for you it lasts forever.

Doesn’t it add just the right touch? After that I cut my wood pieces in half and just hot glued them on where I wanted them.

They go really well with my other glitter metal house from Goodwill I bought years ago.

Are you going to try and make some? If you do share on my Facebook page I would love to see them. As promised here are some of the items I used to make these houses pretty.

As a disclosure I am an amazon influencer and do make a slight amount if you purchase from my links which helps me and my family. Thank you form the bottom of my heart.

God Bless and have a beautiful day!

The Most Delicious and Moist Pumpkin Bars

Hey there, Am I the only one that gets in the mood for pumpkin this time of year? I want to make all the pumpkin things and these bars are so delicious. I can’t wait for you to try them!

All you need are a few ingredients a sheet cake pan and your good to go! First you mix your bar ingredients together.

And then when they are baked and cooled you add your frosting to the top. You can use the homemade recipe or buy the tub of cream cheese frosting. Either works fine.

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bars

These are moist and so flavorful!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 24 Bars

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Mixer

Ingredients
  

  • 2 c All purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t ginger
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t cloves
  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin
  • 4 lg eggs room temperature
  • 1 c vegetaable oil

Frosting

  • 8 ouces Cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 c powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. greas and line your 15"x10" sheet pan with parchment paper.
    Put all dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk together
    Add all of the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
    Pour batter into your pan
    Cook for approximately 25 minutes or until the center is cooked. Poke a toothpick in the center if it comes out clean it is done.
    Cool completely

Frosting

  • Cream your butter and cream cheese until creamy.
    Add the vanilla extract and the powdered sugar
    Mix just until creamy.
    Frost your cooled bars.

Notes

You can use a tub of the cream cheese frosting.

Christmas decorating in the kitchen starting with the countertops

Today I am joining Terrie and Tammy as we decorate our countertops in our kitchens.

I don’t put much on my counters it is more of what I hang above them on the diy peg rail I did.

Just simple things like swapping out the towels I have hanging on them for Christmas ones. And then just adding a few Christmas decorations that hang.

You can click on the pictures below to go to my friends blogs to see what they have done.

Decorate and More with Tip

Tammy with Patina and Paint

Have a beautiful day and God Bless!

Adding in Christmas to the Bathroom

I know some of you will think we are crazy! Adding Christmas decor to the bathroom. But Terrie and Tammy and me are a little crazy in the decorating department. But it’s fun and we hope to help inspire you a little this holiday season.

That being said I didn’t do a lot of decorating in there but a little did wander its way in.

I added some of my diy trees to the vanity top and a cute little glittered deer.

To my shlf I made I added some little bottle brush trees in front of my vintage print. Did I tell you I got that print for .25 at a flea market, I was so excited.

Now you get to check out my friends bathroom Christmas decorating below:

God Bless and have a beautiful day!

How I am Decorating my Christmas Bedroom

Hi there, Today Terrie and Tammy and me are showing how we are decorating our bedrooms for Christmas. We are sharing our Christmas inspiration with you early in hopes to provide you with some ideas to help you get started. My bedroom is very small. Fun fact, Our bedroom is the original house that was built on the dirt basement back in 1889. Hard to believe a family lived in that small of a space, and here I think it’s small for a bedroom. Our farmhouse is decorated in vintage, thrifted and diy’s. And the bedroom is no different except one small item.

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This 4′ rose gold tinsel tree

I added vintage frames on my new ledge I made along with some garland and fairy lights. I also added two beautiful rose gold glittered poinsettias. I guess you could call our room the farmhouse glam bedroom. Here are some that are very similiar.

I added a small Merry Christmas pillow for Hobby Lobby to my existing velvet silver pillow. I did add some rose gold sequins to it. I just used some liquid stich. It is easy to coordinate items in your decor just by using your imagination and adding something to an item. Now you should go visit my friends above and see how they decorated their bedrooms.

Next up will be a video on our Facebook page on decorating the entry way/mudroom. And on Thursday decorating our bathrooms for Christmas!

God Bless!

Diy Spindle Trees, Craft with Us Thursday

By now you know I love a good diy and I love Christmas trees. And I love new ways to make them so as I was staring at my pail of spindles I had gotten at a local thrift store this Summer. I came up with this idea, I am probably late to the game with this but they are new to me. I started with a round craft wood piece I had and then cut a larger block piece. You want it bigger than the round piece as this will be the base of the tree.

I painted both of these pieces white and then sanded them to give them a distressed look.

Then I drilled a hole in the center of the top of the spindle that would fit the pole of the dollar store tree.

I screwed the bottom pieces to the bottom of the spindle. And then I attached the dollar store tree with a little bit of hot glue down into the hole at the top of the tree.

Here I added a little bit of scrap fabric to the top.

I really like how it turned out I am going to be making a set of these. I will be making a white spindle with the green tree from the dollar store too. So many ways you could decorate these up.

Here is a post from some dollar store crafts I made last year.

Tag me if you make one I would love to see your version.

Have a beautiful day and God Bless!