Monday, December 30, 2013

Crab Meat Party Pizza

Need a quick, easy appetizer for tomorrow night? I happen to
have one for you. It's one of my old stand-bys.

I did not get a picture of it before
the guys dove into it the other night!
Men love it!

Here's how you make it:
  • Spread one large brick of cream cheese on a plate.
  • Spread one bottle of chili sauce over the cream cheese.
  • Crumble one can crab meat or some fresh lump crab meat
  • over that. Drain well first.
  • Sprinkle fresh chopped parsley on top.
  • Chill well before serving.
  • Serve with your favorite cracker.
Happy, Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

My French Christmas Tree

Are you still enjoying your Christmas tree or have you taken it
down? This year mine was French inspired. I went to Paris in
September (for 8 hours) and I have not gotten over my love of
the Eiffel Tower, the fleur-de-lis, and anything that suggests
Paris! I'm going back in September 2014!

  It's real--nice shape hubby picked out!
See my tree topper?
My Eiffel Tower from Goodwill
was just perfect!
Lots of Frenchy ornaments--these I made...

Joyeux Noel!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas in Cross Stitch

I did a lot of cross stitch many years ago when my children were little. I
thought it was out of style but  currently there are many patterns on
Pinterest. So I thought I'd show you the Twelve Days of Christmas cross
stitch hangings I made probably close to 40 years ago. I don't put them
out every year but decided to this year with the family home for the
holidays. The fun is about to begin! Our son and daughter-in-law are here
and our daughter and son-in-law will arrive tomorrow.

five golden rings

eleven pipers piping

I used 3M Command adhesive hooks
on the inside of the door.
Just use them upside down!

Do you need some last minute gift tags?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wreath in a Frame

There have been many Christmas wreaths created by frames the past
few years on Pinterest. I will have a few examples for you after I show
you how I combined a wreath and a frame to create something that could
be displayed throughout the year. I also used one of my favorite materials
to work with--book pages!!

   I started with a light brown wood frame
and gave it a distressed look with white
paint and sand paper.
The wreath was styrofoam and I began
by covering it with some jute I had on hand.
I created I pinwheel sort of flower with
six petals and used a vintage button for the
It is attached to the frame with black lace.
I was thinking of putting chicken wire behind that.
What do you think?
Here are some nice alternatives to the traditional wreath.
If you don't have an old frame, Goodwill does!
Have a merry, merry day!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

10 Christmas Doors Decorations (other than wreaths)

Holiday wreaths are wonderful and I love to make them, but
sometimes it is fun to have an alternative door arrangement.
And don't forget that your interior doors like to be dressed
for the occasion too!

Here are some ideas--this first one I created myself.

I drilled holes in the tops of the pinecones and
used eye screws to attach the ribbons.  I even dabbed a tiny
bit of clear glue on the ends as I put them in
to assure that they were secure. 
I dipped them in clear polyurethane to
preserve them and give them some shine. 
I tied pretty ribbon on each and gathered
them all at the top.
Seven to eight various size pinecone hanging
at different heights seemed to make a pleasing-
to-the-eye bunch
The burlap bow is separate and attached
where everything comes together.
On some, I hung three ornaments
down the front--this one graces the silver glitter snowman!
Don't forget to add a loop on the back for
easy hanging.
Monogram @ Mommy's Playbook
Christmas door bucket @ Daisymaebelle
Ice skate @ Etsy
 Vintage sled @ Dear Lillie
 Snowman @ Really Roached
source unknown
Twig candy canes @ eBay
Old rake
source unknown

I hope your holiday preparations are coming
along nicely. Don't stress--it's important
for you to enjoy the season also.
You have to work in some fun too! 


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Craft Show Goods

Please Note: Asian Stamps for Sale--Click on tab to view

Here are a few pictures I took of some of the items sold
at the craft boutique which was held November14-16.

My book page pumpkins were popular again this year
and I sold all three of them. Vintage book snowman
also went to a good home.

14 x 14 pillows using The Graphics Fairy images

16 x 16 pillow set using place mats
16 x 16 pillow set using a table runner

 Christmas ornament cut and glittered

 French cone ornaments
Pattern from Etsy

Poinsettia urn

 Starfish wreath

Lighted wreath with ice skate
Repurposed blue jar with French script ribbon
and embellishments
Now--Please go take a look at those Asian stamps for sale!
Thank you for visiting today.

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