Archives for November 2012

Mesh Christmas Wreath Tutorial (Re-posted from last year)

Hello everyone! If you are like me, you’re  busy getting ready for company coming for Thanksgiving.

I’m so excited.  Everyone will be home!!!!

I noticed today that my mesh wreath Christmas tutorial from last year got more visits than the main blog page!

How does that happen?

So here it is…. on the main page :-)…

A re-run from last year.


I made such an easy wreath a few days ago…and I remembered to take pictures!

I have never made one of these mesh wreaths before.
It was soooo easy.  Anyone could do this.

1.  Lay your wreath on a flat surface and “fluff” the branches so they are sticking up and out.

I purchased a 22 inch wreath from Michael’s.  It was $2.99

2.  Scrunch up your mesh.

You can purchase the mesh at Michael’s, but our Michael’s was sold out so I went to a wholesale florist shop to purchase it.
It runs about 12.99 a role.

3.  Lay your scrunched part of the mesh in between 2 branches.

4.  Twist the 2 branches around your mesh.

5.  Repeat the scrunch and twist about every 6 inches until you come to the first loop.  Tuck the ends through the wreath
so they are hidden on the backside of the wreath.

6.  Next, cut ribbons (I used 2.5 inch wired ribbon in two different patterns) in 6-8 inch strips and randomly “twist” them
into the wreath just as you did the “scrunch” part of the mesh (you just won’t be making the loop part).

This is what it should look like.

7.  Randomly hot glue your ornaments into the wreath.   Add any type of foliage, randomly placing them into the wreath.
8.  I added two ornaments to the center.   I attached them to a ribbon and then strung the ribbon through the wreath.


What do you think?

I’m hoping to finish up my decorating tomorrow.  I have a Christmas Tree tutorial that I’d like to share with you.  You can see one in the left hand, bottom corner in the picture above.

See you tomorrow!

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Children Thankful Journals

This week, a very thoughtful friend emailed me some ideas that she thought I might like to do with the boys. One of those was a “Thankful Journal”.  I loved it and thought it was a great idea.  The boys have loved their “Mommy and me journals”, so I knew they would love this idea.

As a mother, I am always trying to teach my children to be grateful. In a world of give me, give me, give me, it is not always easy. So anything that will help serve as a reminder is always appreciated. I know for myself, having done a thankful  journal, really opened my eyes to be more appreciative of all the wonderful blessings I have in my life.

These journals were so simple to put together.  I went to Target and picked up some smaller spiral notebooks, used my digital scrapbook software and made covers for the notebook.  Next, I printed the covers on cardstock and glued them on.

The boys, as expected, loved their journals! My 4 year old was very excited to put his first entry in the journal. I asked him, “Ok, what are you thankful for today?”  He said, “I am thankful, for my brother’s fish!” That was not the answer I was expecting. I started laughing and then realized that was the perfect answer! I think these journals are going to be good for everyone (including the fish) :-).

 Thank you Carrie for the great idea and thank you Mandy for having me!

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Pesto Shrimp Pasta Toss

I found the best pasta dish from Taste of Home.   This dish is delicious, healthy, quick and easy AND my family loves it.  I’ve made it several times during the past few months and no one has complained. 🙂

Pesto Shrimp Pasta Toss

9 oz. uncooked linguine
1 pound cooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
1 medium yellow summer squash, sliced
1 cup fresh baby carrots, halved lengthwise
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup prepared pesto
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)

1.  Cook linguine according to package directions, adding shrimp during the last minute.  Meanwhile, in a greased 15 x 10 baking pan, combine asparagus, squash and carrots.  Drizzle with butter; sprinkle with lemon-pepper and salt.

2.  Bake, uncovered, at 450 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring once.

3.  Drain linguine and shrimp; transfer to a serving bowl.  Add the vegetable mixture and pesto; toss gently.  Sprinkle with cheese and walnuts if desired.

Serves 6     Prep time: About 30 minutes.


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Thursday’s With Tracie – “Fall Bucket List Ideas”

As I cruise Pinterest, I am in awe by the amazing ideas that people come up with.  I wanted to do a post showing you my favorite ideas that people had pinned for Fall.

First off, I loved making a Summer Bucket List, so why not do a bucket list for Fall???  I love the Fall bucket list that Erin, from How To Nest For Less   created.

She also has an adorable Fall Subway Art Printable , which I printed and Mod Podged on a plaque for my mantle.  Adorable blog she has!!!

I took her idea for a Fall Bucket List and did a little twist on it.   I got a tin can, wrapped it with fall paper, added a little burlap, twine, and then added my clothespins for all the things I wanted to do this Fall with the boys.

Below are some of amazing ideas that I have added to my Fall Bucket List.

Emily Rose from Simply Vintage Girl made this adorable thankful tree.

What a great thing to do, not just at this time of year but something all year long! Love it, we will definitely be doing this.

Another project that I have had pinned for awhile (that I added to my bucket list for this fall) is this Family Hand Print Tree that Liz from Naptime Decorator made.  I love the colors she chose.

Here is a fun way to display leaves that we find on our nature walk.

Source: Dream Home

These are just plain adorable! The boys would love making these!

Source: Zui Blog

This is a cute and easy craft that is made with toilet paper.

Source: Spoonful 

Also, on my Bucket List is to make an apple pie with the boys.

Source: Domestic Dilettante

Making Carmel Apples is also on the list… these are perfect!!!

Source:  Allyson Baker Design

The boys love apple cider- this recipe sounds great.

Source: The Frugal Girls

I am hoping that by adding these ideas to my bucket list we will  actually get them done!  Not just pinned on my Pinterest Board LOL!!!

Of course, I also had to add a trip to the Pumpkin Farm, nature walk/scavenger hunt (here is a cute printable for that-The Bird Feed NYC) and definitely not forgetting to go on a hayride!

The boys and I are excited about accomplishing our Fall Bucket List.   Since we are already a bit into fall, you could always add a few things that you have already done and then you can cross them off your bucket list!  Isn’t it great to get so much accomplished??? 🙂

Thank you Mandy for having me!