Friday, 28 December 2012

Material Covered Canvas

I recently decided I needed some wall art for my room.

For this project I just used

4 8x10 canvases
Left over material
Spray adhesive
Black ribbon
Wooden letters which I painted black
Glue gun

I cut the material to match the size of the canvas. Then using the spray adhesive I glued the material to the canvas.

Next I hot glued the ribbon and the letters onto the canvas and that's it. This project was so easy and only took about 40 minutes from start to finish.

What do you think?

Monday, 24 December 2012

PJ the Elf

Seeing as there are so many of you new since I last posted our PJ the Elf tradition, I thought I would post about him again.

Our family has always received PJs for Christmas. Since I was a little girl. But I had never heard of PJ the Elf until my sisters introduced me to the idea when my children were little.

Now I go all out for Christmas Eve and PJ the Elf. He has special wrapping paper. A special knock and even his own special poem. I thought I would share the poem with you just in case you need one to attach to your PJs. This was written by my sisters a few years back:

You have been good so Santa has said,
Now put on your pj's and go straight to bed.
Your jammies will keep you so nice and cozy,
from the tip of your toes to your cute little nosey.
So hop into bed, dream of reindeer in flight
For Jolly ole' Santa is coming tonight!

Nothing gets a child to bed quicker than the thought that Santa is on his way.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree

Lately I've done so much furniture make overs that I rarely post simple crafts anymore. But I did this over the past few days and wanted to share it with you. It's really very simple to do. They are Christmas trees made from Popsicle sticks.

Here is what I did:

First I took a poster board and wrapped it into a cone shape. I glued the flap so that it stayed a come shape.

Next I cut it to the height I wanted.

I then attached four Popsicle sticks to the bottom all even so that it would stand on its own.

Next I hot glued Popsicle sticks and Popsicle wood chips (all can be found in the craft store) to the cardboard. I started at the borrow and layered them all the way around until I reached the top. This is the longest part of this craft.

Once the poster board was covered completely, I hot glued a snowflake Christmas tree ornament inside the top hole of the poster board / Christmas tree.

Finally I decided to stain mine. You could leave it Popsicle stick color but I felt I wanted it to look a little more rustic.

I've made two and they sit on the mantle with the snowman I made earlier this year too.

If you have any questions let me know. I'd be happy to answer them for you.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Ranch Cheese Ball

There are just some things that for me are a must while entertaining and one of those things is a Ranch Cheese Ball. Every time I make this bad boy it's hard to take it anywhere without my husband having a sneak taste or begging me to leave him some. And it's just one of those things that always goes first so I thought I had better share the love on this one.


8oz cream cheese
1 stick of butter at room temp
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1/2 packet dry ranch dressing seasoning


Cream the butter and cheese together. Add the Ranch dressing packet and finally the cheese. Shape into a ball and serve with your favorite crackers.

You can use the whole Ranch packet but even with unsalted butter, to me, it's just to salty. But season it to taste. You can't go wrong. Enjoy!

Monday, 3 December 2012

Armoire make over

Most of you will remember that we moved to the USA from England only a year ago. And how when we came we only brought 3 suitcases for my husband, myself and our three children. Which meant we had a whole bunch of stuff to buy. We bought the essentials when we got here but have, over the passed year, been still collecting more items. I've recently been working on our bedroom. I've recovered lamp shades, a dressing table seat and an ottoman all for our bedroom. Well this weekend my husband and I refinished an armoire. Our bedroom is black and blue in color. I didn't want it to be to feminine but still wanted to pretty. Anyhow.....

About 2 months ago I bought this old armoire. I actually went to pick up a sander I bought from someone. She asked why I wanted it and I expressed my interest in refashioning furniture. Then she proceeded to tell me about an old armoire she needed to sell. It was given to her mother in law years earlier but was now just taking up space. So I looked at it but was certain she wanted far to much for it! When she told me I could have it for $50 I jumped right in it. It was just stained wood with gold handles. Nothing special. The drawers were broken and had to be fixed but over all the structure was fine.

Well here is the finished project. It went really quick because I pulled my husband out to help me. Lucky, I know.

What do you think?