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Creating a Vignette

I’m lovin’ it here in California today…foggy and cold!!! The sun tried very hard to peak through that fog around 2pm today….

It’s feeling a little bit like Christmas.  I was out and about running errands.  I could hear the Christmas music in the stores…nice.

Have you ever had a grand plan of what your week was going to look like and then Monday rolls around and you realize that it’s NOT going to go according to plan?  Yup, that’s me.

Remember when I told  you on the last post that my Christmas decorations are in the attic and the only person who can “hoist” himself up in there is my hubby?  Well, he isn’t going to be able to hoist himself up this week… THAT plan, will be happening on Sunday!

So, in the mean time, I have to switch gears here.  BUT, I’m still going to be planning and thinking and sharing about Christmas decorations.

For many of us bloggers, decorating comes kinda natural to us.  BUT for some of our readers, that might not be the case.  So, if you are a reader, I encourage you to spend some time (not ALL of your time – like many of US can do) on Pinterest and do a search for “Christmas Decorations”.

I want to challenge you to pick one spot in your home (your mantel, some shelves, a bakers rack)… and create a vignette.  Be sure to take a picture before you take it all down for next year, so you remember how you did it.  Then next year, create another vignette somewhere else in your home.  You’ll get the hang of it and you will love it and be pretty darn proud of yourself.

Here is a way to start (and yes, it can be this simple):
1.  Choose something TALL and place it in the middle of the area you are decorating(maybe an apothecary jar filled with ornaments or pine cones).
2.  Choose two SHORTER items for each side…maybe a stack of books with an ornament placed on it or a candle, maybe a frame with a Christmas picture (from a Christmas card) – OR you could use a MEDIUM and a SHORT item for each side.  Get the picture?
3.  Now, can you set a wreath around the base of the tall item? Can you place greenery around the base of all 3 items?

Here are some examples:

Let’s go through these real quick:

1)  The wreath in the middle is the TALL item, 2 shorter candles (same size on each size).
2)  Chalk board in the middle is the TALL item, candle holders on each side.
3)  Two candles in the middle (TALL item), 2 ornaments (pairs) on each side.
4)  This one is a bit different, but same idea. Wreath in the middle is the TALL item with 2 wreaths on each side.

Notice the “layering” in all of these pictures.

1)  The wreath is hanging on the iron piece.  Notice the greenery that is covering the mantle creating another “layer’.
2)  The “layering” here in this picture is the snowflake stocking hangers in front of the chalkboard.  Then added onto that is the greenery.
3)  The beads are the “layering” piece in this picture.
4)  Lots of layering going on in this vignette!  All of the white ceramic bowls, greenery and stockings.

You got it? Easy peasy.  Now, go create that vignette.
Let me know how it goes!




Link Party #11 “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Welcome to “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able” #11 Link Party!

If you would like to see the highlights from #10 “I turned the daunting into the do-able” Link Party CLICK HERE

There are just a few simple rules:
1. Please no Etsy shops or businesses selling their products.
2.  Please do not link up more than 2 projects.
3.  Please visit at least 2 other linked projects and say “hello”…after all this is a party! 🙂
4.  Please grab a button (on the side bar).  You can either post in your original post or your side bar.  I REALLY appreciate it!

Don’t forget…there are 2 other parties that are going on!

Christmas Craft Tutorial Link Party #4 CLICK HERE
Christmas Gifts and Ornaments $10 or Less Blog Hop#3 CLICK HERE

If you have a party that I have not linked up to (and you have linked to mine), please leave me a comment! I want to be sure that I link one of my projects up to your party!



Link Party Highlights #10 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

I’m so excited to share with you some of the amazing projects that were linked up last week!  I find myself wishing that there were more hours in the day because I want to make so many of the projects that are linked up to the parties!  So, let’s get going on the highlights and maybe you will have time to make one of the projects before the day is over!!

After seeing this project, I’m definitely thinking about making a Welcome Window like the Artsy VaVa constructed.

Don’t you love it?
It’s not easy finding these old windows in California.
They are expensive even WITHOUT the glass!

Kaysi from Crafts Keep Me Sane made this adorable Christmas Tree Pillow.

I love the fabrics that she chose,
so different and yet they all go together so nicely.
No matchy, matchy goin’ on here!

Ingrid from More Style Than Cash came up with these fabulous Christmas Cookie Tins.

Can you believe these are made out of cans?
Like the cans you open with a can opener?
Head over to her blog.  She has a great tutorial on how to make these.

Rachael from House of Noise…I Mean Boys made this amazing Snowflake Wreath.
She made this wreath for less than $5!
She has a really simple and easy to follow tutorial.
Don’t you love her aqua front door???

I’m soooo lovin’ this Holiday Frame that Tami from Curb Alert shared with us.

Oh goodness I ♥ this Holiday Frame!
I have so many frames and I’m fessing up…
I’m going to copy this!

Last, but DEFINITELY NOT LEAST are these Oreo Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies that The Crafty Blog Stalker made.
Oreo Cookies and Peanut Butter?
Died and gone to heaven.

I hope that you have enjoyed these highlights and they have INSPIRED YOU!

If you were featured, please grab a button.

Thank you everyone for linking up your projects!

Ready for “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able” Link Party #11?
Click HERE


Oh, Christmas Tree

I woke up this morning with a million different posts swimming in my head… then thought of a million crafts I’d like to do…then thought of a million chores I needed to do!!! ha! I decided the crafts will need to wait a few hours, the chores are almost done, and here I am ready to write a post.  I don’t know about you, but when I think of a million things I need to do, I end up doing nothing!  But today, is going to be different.  I’m going to be disciplined (besides drinking my water and NO flour and NO sugar)… 1 day at a time.  Hello, my name is Mandy and I’m a sugar addict! ugh!

Six years ago we finally broke down and bought a fake Christmas Tree.  It was a tough decision to make, but after seeing all the trees that are cut down and then the ones that aren’t chosen (which makes me sad…I do that with pumpkins too) we decided to head over to Costco and get one of their gorgeous trees that look very real (minus the smell).  We ended up getting the 9.5 ft. tree and the lights are already on it! YAHOO!

Now, my hubby only asks for 1 thing (well there are a few more, but you know what I mean) and that is, that our garage not become a storage house for MY STUFF… “but it’s a 4 car garage!”, I say.  “Nope, boat and my tools and projects that we are working on.”  Shoot.  SO, all of my Christmas stuff goes up into the attic.  Now, we do not have one of those nice, easy, ladders that comes down by the pull of a little ropey-knobby thing.  Oh no, we have to get the ladder from the garage (I swear he has 10) put it under the “hole” that goes into the attic, remove the cut out part of the ceiling…and HE (not me) has to HOIST himself up and into the attic.  Yup, that’s how it’s done.

Every year on January 2nd…there I am shoving a 4-part, 9.5 ft. Christmas tree up into the attic (on the ladder, mind you) to my hubby (who has gracefully hoisted himself into the attic) and is waiting patiently for it to reach him so he can pull it into the attic. Let me add at this point, each section has to go UPSIDE DOWN into the hole.  It is the only way that the sections will fit because that’s the way the branches are folded and tied with a bungee cord.  This routine is also done with the 12 Christmas boxes (he told me I was only allowed 6 boxes…yes, he knows me well) !

To make matters worse with this doggone tree, 3 years ago some of the lights stopped working (in the middle of the tree) so I have been wrapping lights around the area that isn’t lit….it doesn’t match where the other lights have been wrapped by the manufacturer…which drives me crazy.  Yes, a little OCD with the tree.

Last November, my daughter and I rescued a kitten from a tree and brought him home.  Here he is in the 9.5 tree that he felt “at home” in.

I swear, he took his naps in the tree!

Have you ever tried to keep a kitten out of a Christmas tree?  It doesn’t work!

I was not about to put my precious glass ornaments on the tree. I could just see them crashing onto our hardwood floor.  Long story short, we put a few non-breakable ornaments on the tree.  No one was disappointed because Tux was awfully cute in that tree…we were happy with him being the ornament.

Yesterday I looked at my hubby and said, “The thought of getting that huge tree down from the attic, setting it up, rewrapping lights…” I must have looked pretty forlorn (how’s that for a fancy word?), because he said, “Just go to Costco and buy a smaller tree.”  YES!!! Madison and I jumped in the car and raced over to Costco before 1) he changed his mind and 2) before Costco sold out!

Here is the 7.5 foot tree in our living room in all it’s glory.

It was so easy to set up yesterday…so much more manageable than the larger tree…and Tux did walk by it, sniffed a branch and walked away…I guess that means I have to decorate it.

Join me this week as I begin decorating the tree!

We will also have highlights from the 3 parties that are going on…
Highlights for Link Party#10 will be posted on
Monday evening by 8pm central time and party #11 will begin.
If you would like to link up to party #10, please click HERE.

Highlights for link party #4 (final party) will be posted on
Thursday by 8pm central time.
If you would like to link up a project to the final party, please click HERE.

Bonnie (from A Wee Meenit) and I will be posting highlights
from Blog Hop #3 and Blog Hop #4 will begin.
If you would like to link up a project to Blog Hop #3, please click HERE.



Christmas Craft Tutorial Highlights #3

Happy Black Friday to all of you!  Am I a Black Friday Fan??? NO!  Nothing sounds worse to me than being out there with a ton of people! If I did that I would want stuff for FREE.  Ha!

My daughter’s love Black Friday.  They stay out all night long…the one night there is no curfew :-).  But I still worry.  Don’t us mother’s ever get a break from worrying?  Apparently NOT.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I’m still full!!!

The Christmas Craft Tutorial this week (#3) had some really great ideas!  I have not made one Christmas project…BUT, I’m feeling inspired by some of these!  It amazes me how easy and inexpensive they are.

The most viewed project was Bethany’s Embroidery Hoop Snowman from Pitterandglink.

She made this for her mother’s birthday.  The cutest.  Lovin’ that  GREEN DOOR!!

The 2nd most viewed project is Bonnie’s Chenille Snowmen from A Wee Meenit.

Every time I look at these little guys I smile :-).
Each one has their own personality…even the one without the hat!

And the 3rd most viewed is Lisa’s Snowflake Ornament from Lisa’s Craft Blog.  Her snow flake is so cute and SO easy and cheap to make!

Lisa has an easy to follow tutorial.
I’d like to also add that she has a 26 Day Christmas Craft Marathon
going on that started on November 26th.

Then, I have to share a few of my favorites!

Susan from Homeroad shared this adorable Vintage Angel Ornament.

Love the way she cut the arms out giving it a kinda  3D effect.

Jenny from Mom In the Sky made this yummy Gumdrop Wreath.

This brings back childhood memories for me.  I love anything made out of gumdrops!

Thanks so much ladies for sharing your projects!  They were ALL wonderful.

Click HERE to link to Week #4 (and the last one) Christmas Craft Tutorial Party!


Christmas Craft Tutorial #4

This is the last week for the Christmas Craft Tutorial Link Up Party.

I can’t wait to see what you have been working on…. I need to be inspired! I haven’t made any Christmas crafts yet….

Here we go…



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T’was the Night of Thanksgiving

T’was the night of Thanksgiving,
But I just couldn’t sleep.
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned,
The dark meat and white.
But I fought the temptation,
With all of my might.
Tossing and turning,
with anticipation.
The thought of a snack
became infatuation.
So I raced to the kitchen,
Flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge,
Full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey,
And buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots,
Beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling,
So plump and so round.
‘til all of a sudden,
I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling,
Floating into the sky,
With a mouthful of pudding,
And a handful of pie.
But I managed to yell
As I soared past the trees
Happy eating to all,
Pass the cranberries, please!!
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
May your pies take the prize
And May your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off of your thighs!
Source: Lauren

Wishing  all of you a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!


Christmas Gifts and Ornaments for $10 Or Less Blog Hop #3

Ready for “Christmas Gifts and Ornaments for $10 Or Less Blog Hop #3???

Bonnie from A Wee Meenit and I are and we can’t wait to see what you link up and share with us!

If you would like to see the highlights from #2 Blog Hop, click HERE.

If you are looking for “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-Able” Link Party #9
Click HERE.

If you are looking for “Christmas Craft Tutorial” Link Party #3
Click HERE.



Christmas Gifts and Ornaments for $10 Or Less Highlights #2

I can’t believe it’s time already for the 3rd “Christmas Gifts and Ornaments for $10 Or Less Blog Hop” !  Time is flying by and  Christmas is just around the corner.  Yikes!

We had some great link ups this week. I chose two of my favorites and Bonnie from A Wee Meenit chose 2 of her favorites also.

Christy from Love Everyday made these adorable Christmas ornaments from card board, yarn, hot glue and a few embellishments that she had on hand.

I just love these! Especially the “M”.
I need to make some for my kids.

Thanks so much Christy for sharing the tutorial on how to make these easy and inexpensive ornaments!

The 2nd link up that I chose was the Mod Podge Bow Holder that Lina from Fancy Frugal Life made for her daughter’s friend’s birthday.

Being a mother of girls , I would have LOVED this as a gift for my daughters.
We had hair bows everywhere!  The initial at the top is the icing on the cake!

Thank you Lina for sharing this wonderful project with all of us!

Bonnie is up next and ready to share her favorites with you!

So for last weeks Christmas Gifts and Ornaments for $10 or less #2 party I chose 2 more great features!

I loved the leg warmers that Lina from Fancy Frugal Life  made out of adult socks!

You know I am on a sewing kick right now,
so I can’t wait to try these out for my daughter, they look so fun and easy to do!
Next up, I chose the Lavender Body Salts & Mason Jar from Eva @ Delightful Creations.

I think it would be a perfect hostess, teacher or babysitter gift, or just a nice stocking stuffer!

Boy, looks like Lina from Fancy Frugal Life was our *star* link up lady this week! Bonnie and I both chose something that she shared at the party!  Good going Lina!!!

Are you ready for #3 Christmas Gifts and Ornaments  for $10 or Less Blog Hop?
If so, click HERE.

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Christmas Gifts and Ornaments for $10 or Less Blog Hop #2

Are you all ready for a Christmas Blog Hop?  Blog Hop you say?  You want to know the difference between a linky party and a blog hop? (If you don’t know what it is, don’t feel bad, I just learned the difference a few weeks ago).

A Link Party:  when you join a linky party and you share your project, it gets posted only on the blog that you shared/linked it to.

A Blog Hop:  when you join a blog hop, and you share your project, it automatically gets posted on all of the blogs that have joined the blog hop.

I’m teaming up with Bonnie from A Wee Meenit to bring you The Christmas Gift and Ornaments Under $10 or Less Blog Hop!   Bonnie is a very talented lady and I’m so excited to be part of this party with her!

Bonnie from A Wee Meenit

So, when you link up your gift or ornament (has to be $10 or less) it will show up on Project Queen and A Wee Meenit.  Not bad huh?

This party will run from November 10-December 10.  A new party will begin every Wednesday and will end the following Monday.  Bonnie and I will choose our favorite project for that week.  The 2 projects that are chosen will be highlighted on both of or blogs.

Here are the rules:
1.  No Etsy shops or business giveaways.
2.  Please only link up handmade ORNAMENTS or a handmade GIFT you would give someone for Christmas that would cost $10 or less.
3.  Please visit two others who have linked up.
4.  Please, please cut and paste the button for this party somewhere IN YOUR POST.

Here we go!…