How to keep my salads fresh for the week?

Hi ya’ll!!! So as I stated in my Goals for 2015 post, this year it’s all about bettering myself for my family. One of my goals (my #1 actually lol) is to get into better shape by losing at least 20 pounds and toning up my body. One way I have found to make lunch easier for me is to prepare them for the week on Sunday night, that way I won’t have an excuse to grab something else that is unhealthy and quick. I really LOVE salads…..but have one problem, the lettuce NEVER stays fresh in the bag that I bought it in or a Ziploc baggie!!!! UGH, so freaking frustrating right! It may be because we have a super duper old refrigerator lol but I’m all about using something until it is completely broken!!

As usual, to find an answer  to my wilting lettuce problem I took to Pinterest and as always found exactly the right solution! So today I am sharing with ya’ll how I pack my lunches in Mason Jars! Yes….mason jars lol! I don’t know why I didn’t think of it myself because it is quite brilliant; and since we do a lot of canning and such in my house I just had to smack myself on the head when I saw the awesome post by Jenny Sugar over at PopSugar.com!

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All you need are:

Mason Jars and lids (I use the ______ size. They make a nice small sized salad, that way I can have a little bit of soup or something else with it. You can use a bigger sized jar for a larger salad too.)

Salad ingredients I use these for 7 salads:

Bag of preped lettuce mix

Mushrooms (one small box, do not use canned)

Tomatoes (two small ones, with seeds out and chopped)

Onion (small one chopped into small pieces)

Bell Pepper (one large one chopped in small pieces)

Sliced turkey breast (optional, I like a little meat in mine and had plenty of left over turkey to use from the holidays lol)

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Now the key to packing your is to put your juicy items on the bottom where they will not mess up the lettuce. Here is how I layered mine: tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, turkey and lettuce. If you want to make yours to take to work and don’t want to bring and extra container for dressing then add the dressing to the very bottom then the rest. (I haven’t tried it like that since I always eat mine at home.)

When I eat mine I add just two tablespoons (maybe not even that much, just enough to lightly coat the lettuce) of my favorite dressing (usually ranch), some crushed red pepper for some kick (sometimes I will add salsa instead of dressing for even more kick lol), and sometimes bacon bits.

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I plan to try some different combo salads next week, so if you have a favorite recipe please share it in a comment below. As always if you LOVE this post please share with your friends! Until next time….

Peace, Love & Pixie Dust!

Megan

What to do with all those scrap fabric pieces????

So as you saw in a previous post, I made two pretty awesome (YES I am biased…..I LOVE everything I make lol) dream catchers for my master bedroom. On those I used some neat twine/rope pictured below that I made myself!!! And guess what…….I used scrap fabric to do it!! As a crafter….and I know many of ya’ll can relate to this…..I have MANY sacks of just fabric pieces that I just could not bear to just throw away. They have piled up and piled up over the years, and now I found just the project to use them up.

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These cute pieces of scrap fabric twine are just perfect for anything!! I first used it on my Dream Catchers and I am now working on a picture display for the bedroom and jewelry using the twine!! Once you get the hang of creating the twine you can whip of several strands in a few hours! (be careful as I got to doing it so much that my hands started to cramp lol)

I LOVE the way the denim scrap twine rope turned out. It is also super strong! I think a bunch of these together would make a fun necklace!

I LOVE the way the denim scrap twine rope turned out. It is also super strong! I think a bunch of these together would make a fun necklace!

 

Here is the tutorial that I used to create these ingenious pieces of scrap fabric rope! There are picture instructions and a video!! If you try it yourself let me know what you use your twine for! Until next time….

Peace, Love & Pixie Dust

Megan

DIY Dreamcatcher

So I am slowly revamping my house one little DIY project at a time and today I am sharing with ya’ll the three super stinkin’ cute Dream Catchers I made for the master bedroom!! These were really fun to make and did not take much time or money to make. (I had all the supplies already at home, but if you have to buy them it is still a low cost DIY project.)

Supplies I used:

2 Embroidery Hoops (1 Large and 1 small) and 2 Wire Hanger (I stretched it out into a circle)

Denim Strips (I cut from some jeans legs I had…..I have a tone because I am working on cut off shorts for the summer)

Lace, ribbon, crochet and yarn trims (I have a lot of these from a trip on the longest yard sale a few years ago, if you have never done that before it is worth the trip you can find sooooo much neat stuff at a low cost!)

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Chains (I used from broken necklaces)

Beads

Fabric Twine (check out my next post on DIY fabric twine!!)

Crochet Dollie

 

The tutorial from TanishQ was super easy and made the fun web pattern in the middle of my dream catchers. I then decorated each differently but all with that “shabby chic” and “rustic” feel.

 

 

This dream catcher was made from an old wire hanger. I just pulled on it in different places to make it form a circle. Then I wrapped and hot glued it with denim scraps. I used white yarn as the string in middle with yarn, old lace curtains and denim as the hanging pieces. Then tied buttons to the yarn in the middle. I really LOVE the way this one turned out and it's my favorite out of all three!!

This dream catcher was made from an old wire hanger. I just pulled on it in different places to make it form a circle. Then I wrapped and hot glued it with denim scraps. I used white yarn as the string in middle with yarn, old lace curtains and denim as the hanging pieces. Then tied buttons to the yarn in the middle. I really LOVE the way this one turned out and it’s my favorite out of all three!!

 

This one was made out of the small embroidery hoop. It has the handmade fabric rope around it and hanging. It features chains from broken necklaces, yarn, and ribbon. Not to mention buttons in various colors in the middle and hanging beads.

This one was made out of the small embroidery hoop. It has the handmade fabric rope around it and hanging. It features chains from broken necklaces, yarn, and ribbon. Not to mention buttons in various colors in the middle and hanging beads.

 

This dream catcher was made out of the large embroidery hoop. I hot glued yarn trim around it. Hanging from it is a long beaded necklace, lace,yarn and ribbon. After doing the sting in the middle of hoop i tied a crochet Dollie to it.

This dream catcher was made out of the large embroidery hoop. I hot glued yarn trim around it. Hanging from it is a long beaded necklace, lace,yarn and ribbon. After doing the sting in the middle of hoop i tied a crochet Dollie to it.

These three dream catchers will be placed above my husband and I’s bed after I get done creating our unique headboard. That post will be later this month, so make sure to follow the blog so you won’t miss it! If you LOVE these dream catchers please share with your friends and comment if you like! Until next time…..

Peace, Love & Pixie Dust

Megan

 

Journals for the New Year

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So as I stated in my Goals post for 2015, I want to work on being a less stressed out mom. So to work on this goal I decided to start keeping a journal, to write down how I feel about each day, all the problems but at the same time all the many small blessings. The idea is that each morning read what I previously wrote to work on keeping those problems from happening and reminding myself that the small stuff is ok to let go and not lose my cool lol.

Now I know you can get some great cute journals from just about any store….heck you could even do it on the computer! However I wanted something more my style, so I decided to take a swing at book making and create my own little journal and note books for ideas/inspirations. Now these are by no means perfect looking which I think makes them adorable. My oldest Olivia was just tickled that I could make my own note books so of course I had to make one for her too!!

This is my journal!! It's bigger than the other books. I just sewed the multiple papers to one thing of paper from a shopping bag, then I hot glued at the spine another sheet from a bag then modge podged the front and back together. I did that to hide the multiple strands of string on the outside. Then I doodled on the front to give it a funky look!

This is my journal!! It’s bigger than the other books. I just sewed the multiple papers to one thing of paper from a shopping bag, then I hot glued at the spine another sheet from a bag then modge podged the front and back together. I did that to hide the multiple strands of string on the outside. Then I doodled on the front to give it a funky look!

The biggest one is my first journal and its made from a simple brown shopping bag and computer paper. I did another small one out of a paper bag and the others are covered with some scrap booking paper that I had with computer paper on the inside. I was so inspired by making these that I am working on making a book out of an old book cover!

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If you would like to take a stab at making your own little books here are some great places to learn how to!!! (it’s where I got my instructions for the project!):

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Turn an old book into a new journal

 

If you have any other tips for be less stressed, please share in a comment below…..trust me I need all the help I can get lol!!! As always if you LOVE this post please share with your friends! Until next time….

Peace, Love & Pixie Dust

Megan

New Jewelry Designs and More From TimberJune

Great news ya’ll…..I have been working on a ton of new items for the TimberJune Shop!! That includes new jewelry designs and some crochet pieces (my youngest has actually gotten big enough for me to do this lol)!!

I am most excited to share with ya’ll the new metal stamped jewelry pieces which are on the site now! I LOVE personalized jewelry, they make wonderful gifts for loved ones and can show off your personal style to a T! My favorite are the stamped Bible verse necklaces. They are perfect to wear with your favorite verse there to remind you of the good Lord above and that he is here to help you through the tough times. I can also do names, special dates like a wedding anniversary, quotes, etc. The possibilities are endless! Here are a few below!

Here is a sampling of the stamped jewelry currently on the site. These are all Bible Verses, but can be easily done with anything on piece. More personalized items will be available by the end of month!

Here is a sampling of the stamped jewelry currently on the site. These are all Bible Verses, but can be easily done with anything on piece. More personalized items will be available by the end of month!

Next I have for ya’ll are crocheted boot skirts!! I saw these a few months ago on Pinterest and just fell in LOVE!! They are just so darn cute and I LOVE the hippie feel they have as that is soooo my style! These are the one’s I made as a “prototype” to test out the idea! I used a simple granny square pattern for it! This would look awesome in some fun colors (the gray and white are the only balls of yarn I had at the house when I decided to do these!!) While making these I made several notes to adjust the pattern so that they fit and look better. Be on the look out for these beauties on the site in fun colors soon! And not to mention some other crochet accessories that I am working on!

These are the prototype ya'll!!! I have changed a lot for the real deal, including the type of yarn! (I really don't like how loose the acrylic yarn is on these) These will be on site by the end of January!

These are the prototype ya’ll!!! I have changed a lot for the real deal, including the type of yarn! (I really don’t like how loose the acrylic yarn is on these) These will be on site by the end of January!

So that concludes the new items from my TimberJune business. I hope ya’ll are as excited as me about them!! Until next time…..

Peace, Love & Pixie Dust

Megan

 

My GOALS Not Resolutions for 2015

It’s that time of the year again, time to sit down and think about what you have done the past year and create your “New Year’s Resolutions List”. You Facebook Timeline will be FULL the next few days with everyone’s and you will be like…….might as well join the party and do it too. (at least this is me every year hahaha!) Then you stick to it for a week, maybe three…..and oops there you go, slipped up so might as well give it up and try again next year! ugh! The same vicious cycle. This year I was not going to bother at ALL until……..

As I was going through the January/Febuary issue of Health magazine I saw this great little excerpt below:

Why You Should Ditch Resolutions by Adam Rosante

” Take that word, tie it up in a burlap sack and throw it into the river. Resolutions are like birthday wishes–you make them and hope they magically come true. Instead of a resolution, you need what I call ‘why’ power. This is your driving force, and it should be linked to a massive emotion. It’s different for everyone and can be as simple as ‘I want to drop jaws at my reunion.’ What’s important is that it’s going to motivate you to work because willpower isn’t always strong enough to help you make a change. Once you’ve tapped into your ‘why’ power, then figure out how to get there. Set a specific goal (like losing 25 pounds), work backward to develop a series of actionable steps and then power through each task. When you spark fades, remind yourself of your ‘why’ to help keep kicking butt!”

When I got done reading that it was like a lightbulb went off…..I knew I could make my resolutions….no my goals happen this year! All I needed was a good “WHY” for each goal to keep me motivated. So what are my Goals for the New Year????

1. Get Fit!

I know, I know….that is everyone’s #1 lol, but let’s face it…..who couldn’t stand to lose some pounds. For me I could stand to lose around 25-30 pounds. But I don’t want to just lose the weight, I want to be healthier and toner (not a “skinny fat” girl…..I have been that girl before lol). So what is my “Why” to get fit…..that’s simple to be able to fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes…..especially my favorite pair of jeans that I bought right before I got pregnant with my youngest, I only got to wear them a handful of times before my belly became to big lol.

To get fit I am following the “Lean” portion of the P90x program….I am actually on day 3, whoo-hoo! I am using myfitnesspal.com to track my food and exercise to keep myself accountable. I created a calendar just for my fitness journey with P90x (a 13 week program) with each day already filled out which exercise to do. (I don’t get to scratch that day off until I get the workout done.) I created the picture below and taped it right about my desk as a reminder of this goal. Not to mention I am in a FANTASTIC group called No Excuse Moms on Facebook where all the ladies encourage you through your journey, share tips and keep you on track. And because my “Why” power is my favorite pair of jeans I have hung them up for me to see EVERYDAY in my dining room!!!! So there is no reason at ALL, why I should not reach this goal. For every 10 pounds I lose I will get a treat for myself…..NOT FOOD lol but something like go getting my hair done or buying a cute tote bag on the internet!

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No I’m not afraid to share my starting weight, 155 lbs! This is my first weight goal, if I am satisfied with how toned my body is then I will be fine….if not I will create a new one.

 

2. Getting Organized!

This is an easy task for some…..but for me not so much!But this Goal, not resolution, is attainable and I believe once the habit is established for organization that I will keep it for the rest of my life. (not to mention teach my daughters at the same time!) I have already started on this one….I have a binder with two calendars in it….one for my fitness/life/everyday things and one specifically for this Blog and Business. These calendars are just printouts that I found online for each month. I have already purged my house of unnecessary things right before Christmas so now I am working on putting everything in the perfect place. My “Why” for getting organized is simple……I am TIRED of not being able to find something that I have put up and TIRED of not know what each day will be like. I need to plan my hours for work, kids, cleaning, etc. if I am going to be able to get everything done! If you have any tips to do this or links please leave them in a comment…trust me I could use all the help I can get lol.

3. Being Less Stressed!

This is another hard one…..I am one of those moms (aren’t we all with what we have to deal with all the time lol) that kinda flies off the handle sometimes, and not at the BIG stuff either it’s usually something simple. I HATE this about myself lol, so it’s time to change. My “why” to get me to this goal is really straight forward……to LIVE a longer LIFE, to be here longer with my kids and then grand kids. We all know that stress KILLS!! So I have decided to keep a journal, writing down the things that have bugged me during the day and then writing down the blessings of the day/the funny things that happened. Each morning I plan to read the previous day’s as a reminder that all the little things that bug you don’t matter and if you can’t change it then it’s not worth stressing over right!  I think reaching this one will be tough, as I believe it’s become a “habit” to flip out over the small stuff….but they say it only takes 21 days to make/break a habit! Leave your tips in a comment on how you chill out.

So there are my GOALS for 2015! I will update throughout the year on how I am progressing. Please share some of your goals in a comment below! Until next time…..

Peace, Love & Pixie Dust

Megan

Little Girl’s Dress Up Dresser: The Finished Product

Time to reveal the finished Little Girl’s Dress Up Dresser to ya’ll!!! I worked super hard on this DIY project and LOVE how it turned out. There we several ups and downs to it and had to change my plan a few times, but in the end my oldest Olivia adored it and that’s all that matters right!

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I think it would look even better with old crystal knobs or something…..definitely redoing them when I redo the whole room this summer.

 

As I said before in the Sneak Peek post I like to REALLY distress items that I paint, some people don’t like that and some do and that’s ok. I painted first with base coat of white then with gold paint (only in the places that it would show!), I had to do 3-4 coats of the gold paint to get a good color. Then I distressed with Vaseline, here is a good tutorial on how to do that. It’s the ONLY method I use when distress painting because it is SO easy and turns out great every time! Once I had all the Vaseline on I painted with a hot pink color, it took roughly 3-4 coats all over to get a good color. (PLEASE let dry completely between coats, it will stay wet/not stick where the Vaseline is but the other areas need to be all dry before you do the next coat!!) Once you have all coats and desired color/look take a towel/cloth (I have one specifically for this) and wipe the areas where the Vaseline is. (as you will see the paint will come completely off, so use the Vaseline wisely if you do not want a severely distressed item). Then I took some sandpaper and sanded everything down a little. Then I repeated this process, adding Vaseline to the places where I wanted the gold to show (the same places as before) and then adding some where the hot pink is where I wanted it to show and then painted it a light pink. (it was called “Candy Pink” and my daughter specifically picked that one out) I did 3-4 coats of the light color, letting dry in between and then wiped off and sanded.

See where the sides need about one more coat of gold paint.....will do that soon! (but right now it's fine as you can't see with clothes in lol)

See where the sides need about one more coat of gold paint…..will do that soon! (but right now it’s fine as you can’t see with clothes in lol)

I wanted to add a coat of clear sealant to the paint but ended up not doing it (I can go back later if I see that it needs it). After all that I finished up the inside, the sides I just painted with a few coats of the gold paint that I used on the outside. (it actually could use another coat, which I will do at another time since I ran out of it lol) Then I went to fixing the glitter bottom! As you saw from the Sneak Peek post the glitter spay paint didn’t give the desired finish that I wanted. So I bought some Glossy Modge Podge and some regular glitter and glitterfied it lol (that’s not a real word I believe…but it should be!) To do that I added a coat of glue to the bottom of dresser and then coated completely with glitter. I let that dry out and then raked off the excess (wasn’t much) back into my glitter bowl. Then I added another coat of glue and more glitter to fill in holes. Once that dried I raked off the excess again, was satisfied with the look so I added a final coat of glue to ensure the glitter stayed in place.

I had a lot of trouble deciding what to do to the back. I tried two times making a back out of cardboard to glue there, but each looked awful!! So I decided to glitterfiy it too! It took a LOT of Modge Podge for some reason (I actually had to go back to town and buy more!! I tried to make “homemade” Modge Podge….but that was an EPIC FAIL), I think because the back was made out of some other kind of stuff??? But I used the same process as the bottom for it.

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I LOVE the way the light catches the glitter on the bottom and back!

Next I put the draw back in and knobs back on it (I plan to either pain these a different color or get new knobs later) and inserted the rod (that I got from an old broken clothes rack!!). I originally wanted to have the draw at the bottom, like all the one’s I had seen on Pinterest that were my inspiration but I had nothing to put on top of it to cover drawer…..so I put it on top and my daughter uses her stool to get into it. For the mirror I took an old one she had already apart, made a simple frame from cardboard, hot glued it into frame, wrapped from in craft paper and painted it gold. I then made two holes and inserted ribbon for it to hang.

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YES, there is ugly wallpaper in her room too! And if you look closely you will see stickers on it behind dresser…the BIG redesigning project of Olivia’s room has been planned for the summer….Yahhh!

And there you have my daughter’s finished Dress Up Dresser!!! She LOVES it and actually likes the draw at the top (it keeps her sister out of her stuff lol!) As always if you LOVE this too please share with your friends below or leave a comment.

Until next time…..Peace, Love & Pixie Dust

Megan

Sneak Peek: DIY Little Girl’s Dress Up Dresser

So today is a first ya’ll…….I am sharing my first Sneak Peek of a project I am working on!!! Normally I like to wait until the end and share the finished and beautiful project….but I just couldn’t help myself!!! As any mom of a 4 year old girl knows, they LOVE to play dress up and be princesses, fairies and rock stars! Mine, Olivia, is no different lol. We have a TON of dress up items for her but they have been stuffed into her toy box with the rest of her toys. That makes it quite difficult for her to get dolled up and play pretend, and usually requires me to drop whatever I am doing around the house to dig in that huge toy box and find an item she needs! (I know I am not the only mom that has had to do that right lol???)

As ya’ll can kinda guess from some of my posts I get on Pinterest A LOT!!! It’s one of my favorite things to do, especially as I am laying down with the girls at night watching a movie (most likely Rapunzel, Tinkerbell, or the Minions lol) that I have seen a hundred times! Well a few weeks ago I stumbled upon this beauty below from Kid Space Stuff blog!!! It’s a Dress Up Dresser made from an old dresser…..is it not the most adorable thing ever!!! Not too mention PERFECT to keep all of her items in one place! (Which would make my life sooooo much easier!!) So when I saw it late one night I pinned it for a future project. I have also pinned several more since this first beauty, so be sure to follow my DIY board here to see them all and many more for projects!

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Most of my pins are of things that I “want to do” but usually never happen due to life. But as I was purging/cleaning/throwing away items/cleaning/what ever you want to call it lol my whole house I saw the old dresser below that was given to my husband and I years ago. It was missing a draw and a few of the other draws on it didn’t work either when we got it. We kept it because when it was given to us we were just moving into our house, had a 3 month old Olivia, and were in need of items bad. But as I looked at it holding just junk in the draws in our bedroom my mind remembered the pin from the other night!!! Lightbulb!!! lol

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The “Before” dresser! I know it’s awful right!!! There are two more draws with it, but not pictured. Please excuse the terrible carpet and absolutely horrible wallpaper in my bedroom….one DIY project at a time ya’ll lol!

So far I have taken all the draws out, kept the one working draw intact to use in her dresser at the top, painted it white (just one coat as there will be lots of other coats of paint for the look I am going for), painted and distressed the one draw, and added some glitter to bottom of dresser! I still have a LONG way to go to get this beauty done….especially since I have decided to give it to her for Christmas!!!! (I know I’m crazy lol)

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Painted here with one coat of white paint and glitter spray paint on the bottom. Didn’t have enough of the spray paint for the glitter look I was going for (mainly because of my EPIC FAIL with the rod which you will see below lol) but hope to fix both with regular glitter and modge podge!

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The one item that I have almost completely painted lol. The beautifully distressed draw! I LOVE distressed furniture, like REALLY distressed! Still have to touch this up some and get knobs painted.

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I wanted the bottom to be completely FULL of glitter with NO white showing at all….but ran out of the glitter spray paint, which to me didn’t come in a big enough bottle for $7 lol

I have had some speed bumps in my idea so far too that I wanted to share!!! Here is my EPIC FAIL of the first rod attempt (where her clothes will hang from). I wanted to glitterfy it but I don’t know if I did it wrong (most likely lol) or the spray paint just didn’t want to adhere well to the rod…..in any case I am using another rod just in plain white if I cannot fix it. (sooooo glad I had an extra!)

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The other side does not look as bad! But still I cannot have something looking like this on a project, especially for my little girl! Attempting to fix it tomorrow…..if it works I may share that with ya’ll this weekend!

I hope ya’ll have enjoyed the first sneak peek on the blog………I can’t wait to show the finished project! (hope to be done with by the weekend, I have to work on it while she is at school or asleep!)

Until my next post, Peace, Love & Pixie Dust

Megan

DIY Christmas Mantel Decor: A Handmade Christmas

I hope ya’ll LOVED my rustic Christmas tree in the last post as much as I did!!! Today I want to share with ya’ll my mantel decor! This was a last minute idea to decorate the mantel while I was making the decorations for the tree. I have NEVER really been the type of person to go all out for the holidays and decorate…..normally I just put up a tree and call it a day lol.

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As with  ALL my projects, I first go to Pinterest and find some inspiration! I never copy something from Pinterest, just get ideas and put my own creative spin on things. To see some of my pins for the holidays follow my board here! From what I saw I knew I wanted to have a Nativity scene in the middle of the mantel. I also wanted to keep with the “rustic” look like my decor in living room and with the tree. The Nativity scene was fairly simple to make. I got the inspiration for it here (I didn’t go with the glitter look on mine as I was out of Modge Podge!!!) All you do is print out the silhouettes for the scene and trace to cardboard. Cut the shapes out next and paint/decorate as you wish. I just painted white. I then cut another piece of cardboard to run down my mantel piece for the scene to sit on. I hot glued the silhouettes to that long piece of cardboard and placed on mantel. I also drew a simple star on cardboard, painted with yellow paint and added gold glitter while the paint was still wet. (It was placed on an existing nail above the mirror on mantel) I would normally do the glitter with Modge Podge to ensure the glitter didn’t fall off everywhere, but as I said I was out.

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Next I made the garland to hang with the stockings and to surround the mirror. I made this garland out of old denim legs from jeans I had cut into shorts. I just cut into strips and then followed the exact same tutorial that I used for the burlap garland on my Christmas tree. The garland is placed with tacks around mirror and hangs on existing nails with the stockings.

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Then I started to add some decorative pieces like cut logs, (came from a HUGE limb that fell in my back yard this past summer! The hubs had already cut them into pieces to use for various things, so I just snagged a few lol) a vase which I stuffed with more branches from the backyard, some deer antlers that I snagged from the husband’s garage, (he said I could use as long as I didn’t paint!), a wooden staircase, a wooden box, and various other items that I had already on the mantel.

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I made a simple sign out of some cardboard that I painted chevron and the scripture, “For unto us a child is born.” I added the glitter to the words while the paint was wet…..after I did this I realized that you couldn’t read the words well, but once it was done it was done… no going back! (the sign ended up being a little too long so I cut some off and place on the other side of mirror.)

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Next I made some bottles to say Noel. This was SUPER EASY!!! I just took some bottles that I had saved for a project (they just happened to be Crown Royal and Jim Beam bottles lol) and painted them with white paint…..it took about 3 coats. Then I wrote a letter on each one in blue and tied some scrap denim pieces to the necks in bows. I placed on the wooden staircase they I had already on mantle place bottom.

The last item I made/painted for the decorations was some pine cones……was gonna do these for the tree but decided not to. I FIRST baked them in the oven on 250 degrees for about 45 minutes to get all the bugs out. Then I just painted them in green and blue. Easy Peasy ya’ll!

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Lastly I added the kids stockings and a few other nick nack items to fill in gaps! I LOVE the way it turned out (especially since this was the first time I had ever attempted to decorate it for the holidays!!) Tell me what ya’ll LOVE about it in a comment and as always if you like it please share with friends!

Until next time….

Peace, Love & Pixie Dust

Megan

A Rustic Christmas Tree: DIY Country Handmade Ornaments

So I haven’t posted in a while ya’ll and I’m sorry……but I have a VERY good reason!!! I decided (at last minute on Thanksgiving Day lol) that I wanted to do my tree different this year and make all the ornaments for it!!! I so wish I would have thought of this about 2 months ago, because I have been a hot gluing mad mama the past few weeks lol (at the same time I decided to hand make items for my mantel as well…..that post is next so stay tuned!)

*Please excuse the pictures…..I have not figured out how to correctly use my camera to get a good quality picture of the tree, I am still experimenting with the settings so hope to have it soon so I can take pictures of the girls with it! If you have any tips for me please, please, please leave them in a comment, I am using a Nikon Coolpix S6100. I am by no means anywhere near a professional photographer, so I have NO idea at all and just experimenting as I go lol!*

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Today I am sharing with ya’ll my competed rustic tree!!! (I absolutely LOVE it….but I am a little bias since I made it lol) As always my tree is not a real one; I have never really felt like dealing with a real tree……maybe in a few years when the kids get older I will attempt that! This year I really wanted to have that country rustic look for my tree (as that is what my living room is decorated in). So like I said at LAST MINUTE I went on a mission to making my lovely creations for the tree. Of course I first went to Pinterest to find inspiration for it and learn how to decorate a tree (like the beautiful stores!).

My tree is pre-lite with colored lights, but since I was doing the rustic look I added white lights to it and don’t even bother plugging up the colored ones (even though my husband and kids LOVE the colored ones lol) The first thing I had to make first was the SIMPLE burlap garland. I followed a tutorial here, she used burlap ribbon, but I just happened to have a few burlap sacks that I just cut into strips like the ribbon. Then I followed the tutorial to a T lol…..I promise it is super easy! Then I placed it on the tree….I didn’t have enough to go completely around my tree so I just place it in certain places to make it look like it was circling around!

Then I  made the topper for the tree…….all that took was some sticks from my yard, a hot glue gun, paint and a few sequins! I glued the sticks together by eyeballing it, but to make it easier you could print out/draw a star on some paper and just follow the shape as you are gluing. Then I painted it white and added the sequins! Easy Peasy ya’ll!

My next project for the tree was the oranges……….another easy ornament, not to mention make your house smell FANTASTIC while doing it!!!! For this project you need oranges and a dehydrator/oven….that’s it. I popped mine in the dehydrator for about 6 hours or so then made a hole in them, added string and hung up on the tree. I tried to place them in front of lights so when it is lite up the light shines through the oranges similar to stain glass.

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Next I made snowflake ornaments out of clothes pins!!! I followed a tutorial here but instead of staining them I painted each different under colors with white on top then distressed them. Then I decorated some with glitter glue, buttons, sequins, etc. They are hung by denim strips I cut from some pants legs from my denim stash! (I have TONS of denim pieces that I am constantly thinking of new ways to reuse!!)

Rolling on with the next project I made ornaments out of mason jar lid rings! (I LOVE mason jars and all there pieces, as you will see soon with my next few posts lol) I used the inside of lids (the circle part) to trace circles out of cardboard….I ended up having to trim them slightly smaller, but not by much. Then I painted them white and added different designs to each, some with glitter, gold leaf paint, etc. Then I hot glues them into the rings and decorated around the lid on some with buttons, sequins, pearl beads etc. Each one is different adding depth and variety to my ornaments.

Lastly I made some ornaments from old book pages and thread spools! These are by far my FAVORITE of all of them lol and really simple to make……remember the fans you made as a kid with your mom or in school?? Yep that is all you do! Make fans out of the pages, doing several for some and less for others to make them different sizes. Then I added vintage buttons in the middle of them and string for them to hand with. I took some old thread spools that I had and just hot glued book pages to the middle and added buttons. They hand with wire through the middle with beads on top and bottom!

While adding these different ornaments to the tree as I made them, I also added random pieces of old stuff that I had in the empty spaces of tree. I have a license plate, some kind of cheese grater thing (I think that is what it is lol really not sure!!) some tea cups, a distressed T letter that I made a few years ago and some simple distressed painted wood frames. Around the bottom of the tree I used old suitcases that I had instead of the basic fabric tree skirt. I left one open that had a mirror in it and added lights in it along with another license plate! (When the tree is lite up at night with only the tree lights on the effect is so magical!)

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I hope ya’ll LOVE the tree as much as I do!!! Don’t worry I am working on separate posts for each ornament I made so you can see a step by step look as how to make them yourself! (I was just too excited to get this shared with ya’ll to do it in this one, plus it would have been super duper long lol!) As always if you LOVE this post please share it and leave a comment about what you like about it!!!

If you would like to see my pins for inspiration for the tree and my mantel (not to mention a ton of other holiday projects on my to do list lol follow my Holiday board here!

*Please excuse the pictures…..I have not figured out how to correctly use my camera to get a good quality picture of the tree, I am still experimenting with the settings so hope to have it soon so I can take pictures of the girls with it! If you have any tips for me please, please, please leave them in a comment, I am using a Nikon Coolpix S6100. I am by no means anywhere near a professional photographer, so I have NO idea at all and just experimenting as I go lol!*

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Would LOVE some tips on how to get pictures to look like this, but at the same time where is is not all blurry. I LOVE the way the lights show up in this one but when I try to take a closeup of ornaments like this, they just blur out too bad!