Friday, December 13, 2013

Advent in a Colander

Though we've had kids now for almost 5 years, I feel like we are still settling in to our routines. One routine I've never done with my kids and I was sad about, was the advent wreath. We did it as a child and I loved lighting it each week at dinner. But I wasn't' sure what kind to get. I didn't want to spend a fortune, (do I ever!?!?) and wanted it to reflect my style, but also have the tiniest kitchen table known to man, no dining room, and kids always touching, moving, coloring, spilling... 

This year I decided to use the $7 antique colander I found at a garage sale this summer. I bought some $4 spanish moss at Wallies, some green foam to hold the candles under the moss, and a pack of advent candles 60% off at JoAnns. I'm suprised JoAnns and Michaels already have their Christmas sutff at 60-70% off!!

I think the final result turned out just perfect for me :)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Old Crib Turned Christmas Card Holder

Old Crib turned Holiday Card Holder

I usually tape all the Christmas cards to the back of our door. It's fine, but I was inspired this year!

Remember the old crib that I SO wish I could actually use on a baby? Well, since I legally can't, and I don't have a baby anymore (I was googling twin mattresses today, it's time for my now 3 year old to get out of her toddler bed... ok, well past time... wah.) I had the springs sitting by my trash can in the garage waiting for a day where I thought the trash man was in a good mood (and had forgotten about that day we left a bag of very heavy tiling trash on a 100 degree day that may or may not have pretty much melted the bag and when he picked it up it ripped, spreading tile all over the street... I won't tell you that.)

Anyway, I saw this post recently:

and thought OH MY UPCYCLED WONDERFULNESS!!! Not everyone's style for sure, but SO mine. Not only am I keeping this out of the landfill, but I happen to think it's cuteness at it's best!

Holiday Card Holder from Old Crib

I recently started using They have this setting that is called 'darkened edges.' I think I'm in love with it. So be prepared for darkened pics every time :)

I hung up some cards on it from last year and wove some ribbon through the edges. Not sure what else will be added to it, but I know lots of cards!! I think when all is said and done it will hang in our laundry room/guest bathroom/backpack command station holding school papers and field trip permission slips. Probably above my Pallet Backpack Holder Shelf thingy.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Lemony Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Oh, how I love these. My Oma (the namesake for my blog) bought me a subscription to Taste of Home magazine one year. I found this recipe in the March 2011 blog and it is definitely one of my favorites!! I've turned it into a Christmas cookie around here, since it is gingerbread and all.

The HIGH today is 14. Right now it is -7, and -18 with the windchill. Let's just say we will be staying inside making cookies with Christmas music today. I put up some of our Christmas decorations last night while watching BigFoot the New Science (lol very Christmas-y I know. I DVR'd it and wanted to watch it.) When the girly-goos woke up to go find Chippy the Elf they thought he brought all the decorations, it was so cute. You would've thought it was Christmas morning with how excited they were. It reminded me of the first day my 1st graders would come to school and I'd have the holiday books out.

Anyway, I'm going to spend today continuing to decorate, listen to Christmas music, and making cookies. I guess I"ll have to venture out to swim lessons at 5... but that's it! Oh, and I guess I have to give the chickens fresh water every so often, since theirs freezes up. It's nice to get a blast of fresh cold air, then run back inside!

If you want to make a plate of these goodies yourself, here's the recipe:

Lemony Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
3 cups flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup marshmallow creme
1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
3/4 tsp lemon extract

1. in a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. beat in molasses and egg. combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

2. shape into 1 inch balls (make them smaller than you think you should!!! like the size of a big marble, because when you're all done you put two together with icing, so if you make them too big you'll have giant massive things!) roll in sugar to flatten to 1/2 inch thickness. (the original recipe says to use a cup dipped in sugar. I used my palm.) bake at 350 for 8-10 mins. cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire cooling racks.

3. for filling: beat butter and marshmallow creme until light and fluffy. gradually beat in confectioners sugar and extract.

4. spread filling on the bottoms of half the cookies, top with remaining cookies.

Lemony Gingerbread goodness! I promise if you like gingerbread and lemon and soft cookies and rich yummy-ness you won't be disappointed!

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Rustic Jewelry Organizer

This is my latest nap time creation. I gave the cutest Raggedy Ann Jewelry box that my sister gave me when we were girls. I'll have to take a picture... once I un-bury it from the tangle of necklaces that are covering it.

That tangle was the inspiration for my nap time creation yesterday: my painted and distressed rustic nail necklace holder jewelry organizer thing! Quite the name, I know :) PS this project was free as it was all leftovers I found in the garage.

Can't wait to hang it in our new master bathroom... that is still not done :) We took like a month off because we have to sand out the thin-set concrete between the tiles and neither of us want to! :)
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Antique Secretary Desk

To chalkpaint or not to chalkpaint... that is the question.

So I bought this antique secretary desk on Craigslist about a month ago...

I really wanted a mommy station. Somewhere near the kitchen to permanently keep my receipts, my laptop, and my necessary mommy organization stuff. Oh, and a cup of tea. Our house is like 1700 square finished feet. It's not tiny, but it's not big, so I like to have all our furniture be functional, help keep us clean and organized, and be cute, too.

There was this space by the stairs I used to have an old sewing machine table:

Cute and perfectly fit to the little spot. The problem was that it was completely useless. The sewing machine didn't work. You can't fit your legs under the table part to use it for the computer. And that drawer wouldn't even hold anything because it wasn't a drawer, it was a door to open to pop out the non-working sewing machine. Waste of space. My husband liked it, but I've always wanted a hutch there. Much better use of space. Wandering around on Craigslist one day I stumbled across the perfect secretary desk the fit the spot! It's an incredibly narrow spot so pretty much nothing would ever fit there. Until I found...

My beautiful new secretary desk. It fit's the spot like a glove, and has tons of storage, with a fold out desk. My laptop just happens to fit perfectly inside of it even when it's closed. 

I can sit on my $5 distressed white garage sale chair  and type away while still being around my family, not escaping up to the craft/play/sewing room upstairs. 

The real question is.... chalkpaint or no? I saw this secretary desk while craigslist shopping...

It's cuter painted, right? I should do a nice gray blue? I do love the dark wood, too...

I'm leaning towards gray blue distressed with dark oil rubbed bronze hardware... do you agree or disagree?

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