15 Creative Christmas Container Decorating

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I will not start decorating my porch for Christmas. For me, Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time for that. Right now, I still have living flowers. And I want fall decorations out for a little while. But I thought I would round up some great ideas for Christmas porch decorating now, to be ready. Of course, I let a week go by since I started this and Thanksgiving weekend is next weekend. Some of these ideas shown are inside but there is no reason each can’t be used inside or outside.

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On Sutton Place

I love the fresh trees in the olive baskets. Hobby Lobby is selling olive baskets and the fresh trees can usually be found at Lowe’s or Home Depot.

 

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Remodelando la Casa

Cristina even shows how to make these planters, but I think any wooden crates would work too. I like all her little add-ons too. Simple and rustic.

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Postcards from the ridge

I wish my parents had saved our old Radio Flyer. And I have drooled over sleds for year. I need to just make one already.

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Two Twenty One

I too have a pot that is not movable (although with a dolly I probably could), so I did this last year. I even did it again for just winter and for Valentine’s day.

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To Work With my Hands

Great use of an old crate too. Don’t have an old crate, these crates can be gotten at Michael’s for under $10 with a coupon.

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Home Stories AtoZ

Another way to use a wooden crate, but also love the boots as planters.

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Hospitality Designs

An old watering can never looked so good. Don’t have an old one, make one look old and rusty. Cinnamon doesn’t just work in the kitchen, you can use it with glue or paint to make metal look rusted.

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Finding Home Farms

I love these galvanized buckets. I am sure you could fill them with real or fake greenery and put them on steps outside too.

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Nina Hendrick

I love everything about this spot in Nina’s house so I couldn’t just share a photo of the crock filled with Christmas goodness. I think you can find birch branches at Lowes or Home Depot and use real or fake greenery again. But Nina even used the old printer’s drawer to fill with Christmas items. I seriously need to find me one of those.

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Uncommon Designs

Another use for galvanized buckets. Did you know that you can find buckets pretty cheap at Tractor Supply. They are pretty shiny, but you can learn how to age them from Bonnie.

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Rusty Hinge

Not only does Maria use an old sleigh to hold trees, she also uses a glass vase to hold a smaller tree and a birdcage to hold miniature trees. She has loveliness all over her house.

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Clean and Scentsible

Great use of an old ladder by Jenn. She also has other creative holders around her house.

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The North End Loft

I loved this rustic centerpiece so much, that I made my own with fence posts I had saved from the downed fence. (I wish I had saved more.) Right now I have it full of fall decorations.

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On Sutton Place

You can use lanterns for any time of year, and Ann shows you how in this eBay post. I have found large lanterns at a reasonable price at Home Goods. Its so fun and easy to go through your holiday decorations to fill it up.

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Jenna Sue

The three-tiered tray is also something that can be filled all year round. I have seen them decorated for the holidays like Jenna Sue did here, used as a coffee bar and many other ideas. I have seen them made with pie plates and candler holders, metal, wood, ect. An easy DIY project. I have been eye balling the one at Sam’s Club but can’t decide if it is too big.

 

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DIY Kitchen Inspiration

We got the 2×4 braces up for the wooden beam. Yea!! I stained one piece of wood. My dad removed the florescent light. I was pleasantly surprised I don’t have more than just two screw holes to patch.

I have to make myself a to do list if I am going to get this done. But first here are some of the kitchens I am keeping in my mind as I work on this space.

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My all time favorite do it their-selves kitchen renovation. I LOVE the backsplash.

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Refresh Restyle

I never thought I would like white cabinets but I am loving the crisp, clean look of them. Plus, my island has white cabinets and I really love it.

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A Burst of Beautiful

This gives me an idea of the white cabinets, with a wood top island and darker countertops.

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Via Better Homes and Gardens

Then there is the open corner shelves I want to put above the dishwasher.

What I need to do to finish this room:

  1. Fill in all the holes and gaps on the ceiling
  2. Paint ceiling
  3. Stain boards for the beam
  4. Install beam
  5. Buy (or get as present) new kitchen light and install
  6. Get the right paint (shinier) to finish painting the pantry (same paint will be used on cabinets)
  7. Remove cabinet over dishwasher
  8. Install corner shelves
  9. (I am going to use this removed cabinet to test if I can remove the laminate from them so that I can then sand and paint the cabinets already there)
  10. Build new cabinet doors/paint
  11. Faux brick the soffits (I think I might use mortar for texture, and paint this with stencils instead of the paneling) so it looks like exposed brick
  12. Paint the countertops
  13. Trim out the bottom of the island and the cabinets
  14. Remove sliding glass door and wall in the hole (I would love to put a double sided fireplace for here and the porch if I could afford)

Not sure if I want to do a backsplash since I am doing the brick above. But subway tile is a thought.

Weekend Distractions No. 15

I want to thank Pinterest for “Picked for you” 2016 printable calendars (because of one search) because, you know, it isn’t November or anything. I want to be able to turn off the Picked for you. I. DOn’t. Like. It.

My sweet little poochie geni.jpghas discovered she loves water. The other day while outside with my dad, his sprinklers came on. My mom said she ran back and forth through them. Ok cool. Glad she likes water.

Then yesterday happened. November came in with a bang. I went from wearing shorts and a t-shirt to bed with the fan on and having hot flashes earlier this week, to wearing flannel bottoms and a long sleeve shirt to bed last night and was still cold at first. It rained. On and off all day. But at one point in the afternoon when it was raining really good, my sweetie went outside. And came in half covered in mud where she was running back and forth at her favorite dirt spot by the back fence. My dad says I don’t need gravel. I said what about when I am not home every time it rains or snows and she runs through the wet dirt. Sheesh. Men.

I need to pave the corner of the space like thisf963db5fa1094e5b6fc5e23ed9a46ea9

But the pavers would go all the way to the fence and the gravel would be bigger. Have to make sure that there are no plants for her to have a place to dig. (So far, she doesn’t dig in the gravel, only bare spots.) There is a spot where my back neighbors are different and there is a small spot of older fence. I have this metal display thing from my brother’s old skate shop that I need to attach to the posts and plant a vine (trumpet). I think I could DIY the concrete pavers and make them bigger, varying sizes.

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Thank you Kristi. Now I just need to figure out how to remove the laminate from the cabinets so I can paint them too. I’ll just have to remove the one cabinet, where I want to put shelves, and experiment on it. I also know what to get now to finish off the doors on the pantry so I don’t have the gaps on those either (before I ever finish painting them). I also think I messed up and bought a flat paint and I had wanted glossier. LOL. Leave it to me to ask for satin and it isn’t smooth.

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Copycat Copycat Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake

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Ingredients

CRUST:

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (I used the Ninja and ground up whole crackers)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup melted butter
FILLING:
4 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 large eggs
TOPPING:
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons sugar
Prepare

Preheat oven to 475°F. Place a large pan filled with 1/2 inch water in oven. I had to use my large, flat bottom skillet, make sure the springform pan will fit inside the water bath pan.

Make crust: Mix graham cracker crumbs and cinnamon; add butter. Press crust onto bottom and 2/3 of the way up a 9-inch springform pan lined with parchment (I didn’t have any so didn’t do this, the bottom had to be scraped up, I don’t recommend not using it). Wrap 2 pieces of heavy duty foil around bottom of pan so water can’t get in the edges. Freeze until filling is prepared.

Make filling: Use your stand mixer to mix cream cheese, sugar, sour cream and vanilla. Blend until smooth and creamy. At least 3 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Whisk eggs in a bowl and add to cream cheese mixture. Blend just until eggs are incorporated.

Remove crust from freezer and pour in filling. Carefully place cheesecake into preheated water bath. Bake for 12 minutes; turn oven to 350°F and bake until top of cheesecake turns golden, about 50 minutes. Do not use a tooth pick or any other object to test doneness. Once golden on top, turn off oven and leave oven door open to let cheesecake set completely (no more than 10 minutes). Mine had had a little indention in the middle that popped up while sitting in the turned off oven. Remove cake to a wire rack to cool.

Make topping: Combine sour cream and sugar and spread over cake. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Remove springform, cut and serve cold. Enjoy.

Adapted from myrecipes.com

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Weekend Distractions No. 14

Oh, this view:

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I would love to have this sunroom, overlooking water. Swoon. And there is an outdoor deck above the sunroom.

This room I could live in:

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I don’t care for all the decor, but I love the ceilings. The doors. The walls. I could seriously retire in this house. With that view from above outside these windows.

This desk:

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The table Lauren found to make these desks was perfect. And the color she painted them is lovely too. This desk in that room, with that view.

And faux brick in the kitchen:

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Lauren has a truly impressive, DIY home. The faux beam coming into the kitchen is impressive too. But I have said before how much I like the faux beam and how I wanted to use it on the part above my cabinets, making it look like exposed brick beams in there. I found this today and it is a good example of the faux brick in the kitchen. Thank you again Lauren for your inspiration. Not to mention I also love the concrete counters.

Making my mouth water:

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I think my picky boy would even eat this. Yum!

Now I have to go scrape some more stripper off of a footboard. I might make it to the headboard this week.

 

 

 

 

A Leafy Landscape

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My dad has ridden in this event for 5 years now, I think. It raises money for a cancer house. Great cause. Last year he rode less because it was the first time since his heart attack, but he is slowly getting back up there. And the landscape is beautiful, autumn at its finest around here.

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A Pair

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A terrible picture. But this is my son and his friend last year for Halloween. I hate buying costumes that are only worn once. I thought at least he would wear these clothes again. Nope. Never. LOL.

The city where I live outside of Albuquerque, was founded because of Intel. Since I have lived here, we have seen divisions close and people get laid off. New jobs created (but not as may as were lost). A whole bunch of people from Ireland brought over and their housing paid for. A new Intel built near Phoenix. And this Intel is closing. They decided to more utilize the Phoenix building. So the people here that didn’t want to retire, or have to find a new job, had to get “rehired” by Phoenix or Oregon. Brendan’s friend here had to move to Oregon. Sadly, they never said goodbye. And we still haven’t seen Intel close completely yet. It will greatly impact our community, so hopefully there are plans for replacements.

Rainbow Sherbet Time

merrik-ice-creamThis was by far the most colorful scrapbook page I have ever done. And he has a spoon. LOL. My nephew only eats rainbow sherbet when we go to Baskin Robbins but he will at least try different flavors.

Colorful was for #theidearoom and Spoon was for #fatmumslim

 

Soccer Mom I’m Not

I’m sitting here at soccer practice. Watching the younger girls that are practicing right in front of where I am parked. The smallest girl is the goalie. She is not afraid of the ball at all. She rocks her position. Pounces on that ball. 

The team my son joined this year is a competitive team that is part of the league he was playing in before. And a much cheaper team to join. But I am a little disappointed. They play favorites. They don’t really give fair chances on playing and teaching them the new positions that were added with this age bracket. And if that wasn’t the topper, the coach’s son sat out half of the season with a boot on. (I don’t think he really wants to play anyway.) By the time we get to u14, it’s only a season or 2 away from high school tryouts. I think they need more guidance. I am a little frustrated that players that are playing up by years get more playing time just because they were part of the team last year. 

Today’s thoughts. But then again. He doesn’t practice any extra either. So maybe it’s all him. I can’t get it through his head that hard work pays off.