There’s a WINNER!

I sure hope that everyone had a beautiful Thanksgiving Day, and didn’t shop till you dropped on Black Friday! I had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of peace, good food and great company.

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Today I want to show you the winner of the great Christmas table runner and pillow covers but before I do I want to share with you a great memorabilia to make as a gift or for yourself.

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Remember the old shadow boxes? Well I took them up several notches. Here is the box with all of the fun cubbes. Some of the cubbes I used for the seasons and some for my favorite holidays.

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Of course Christmas is one of my favorites. Here I made a little Christmas Eve presentation, the picture is of my siblings and myself on Christmas Eve in our new pjs.

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Here is an up close shot. I knew that I saved all of these odds and ends for a reason.

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Here is a winter box, it is my favorite season. My Grandmother gave me many great old vintage cards and I have used them in the box.

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Valentines’s Day is always a fun holiday to decorate for and the vintage cards are so cute.

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I just love the little Angels.

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Spring is such a great time of year with the renewal of the earth.

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I grew up on a horse farm in South Jordan, Utah so it was very appropriate for me to add these days of my life.

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This one is my sister and I getting ready for one of our many horse shows when we were very young.

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When my Dad passed last year I was given an old wooden suitcase that he kept his leather making tools in along with a lot of old straps and buckles. They are so precious to me. So I used them in the box.

I made two of these boxes to give to my sons who are close around. They have really enjoyed looking at what Mom was. It’s a great keepsake.

Now for the give a way! Remember that the more comments you made and if you brought me a FOLLOWER gave you extra chances to enter. I want to thank you for all of your support and lovely comments.

Drum Roll please . . .

The winner is Kris from Junk Chic Cottage! Congrats to you Kris. Please email me your address so I can get your gift mailed out to you. Enjoy!

Stop back often for some more fun Christmas ideas!

Life is LOVERLY when I am doing what I love!

((WARM HUGS)) Jo

Thanx to all my dear friends!

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Yummy Orange Rolls for Thanksgiving!

I hope that everyone had a great weekend. I have been browsing Pintrest this weekend and looking at many yummy, tempting recipes for a Thanksgiving feast. I was reminded of many of the great family dinners in the past and the dishes that were prepared by family members. I think my very favorite was the orange rolls that my Grandma Peters use to make. I have carried out this tradition with my family, they adore them.

I love to bake and for me baking these beautiful rolls is a joy. They have such a beautiful texture and lovely taste to them. I figure if this roll recipe came over from Denmark and used for years in my Grandmothers family it has stood the taste of time or I should say the test of time. LOL I will be making a double batch on Wednesday. I don’t have a picture to show you but I want to share this great family recipe with you before Thanksgiving.

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Here it is:

Orange Rolls

Mix together 2 packages of yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon of sugar
Set aside for five minutes.

1 cup scaled milk
1/3 cup butter melted
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs beaten
4 to 5 cups of flour

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl well. Do not knead anymore than you have to. The dough will be sticky. Let raise in the bowl until double in bulk. When the dough has risen divide in half. Roll out dough like you are making cinnamon rolls. (Use as little flour as possible in kneading and rolling out this will make it fluffier).

Orange filling:

1 cube butter
1/2 c. sugar
grated orange zest from a large orange

Mix together in a small mixing bowl.

Spread 1/2 of the orange mixture on the rolled out dough.
Roll up the dough tightly (like a jelly roll).
Cut dough off in about 1 1/2″. (Or how ever you like)
Place in greased muffin pan. (You can use cookie sheets to).
Let rise until double in bulk.

Do the same to the other half of dough. I don’t usually make all of the rolls with the orange center, some of my family likes them without.

Bake at 375 until brown. (This was my Grandma’s way of saying to keep an eye on them).
It depends on the oven so watch them.

After they are baked I brush a little butter over the top. Or you can make a lite frosting to go on top with powered sugar and the orange that is left over. Make it really thin and spread it lightly.

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I use this roll recipe for my cinnamon rolls to. I use it with many different shapes. Like crescents, Parker House . . .

Enjoy this lovely recipe,I assure you will be getting a lot of smiles when you do!

Life is LOVERLY when you are doing what you enjoy!

((WARM HUGS))

Jo

Thanx to all my dear friends!

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Three Christmas Trees

Hello dear friends I have three great DIY trees to share with you, their fun, easy, and inexpensive to make. My grandchildren even helped me to craft them.

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The first tree is made from old paper back books. I’m sure you can make them from any old book or thick magazines such as old Reader Digest magazines.

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First of all take the cover off the book, then count out 30 pages and separate from the spine. You will need two of these. Make sure the pages are still hooked to the spine. Then fold the top pages in toward the center, like above.

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Fold them down one more time. As shown.

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You will have a little edge down at the bottom. Fold and tuck under. I didn’t do this the first time but tucking them under the page it will hold them better and it will not stick out. Do this to both 30 page sections, then glue them together. If you wish to add glitter do so before you glue the two sections together. Hold the pages together add small about of glue to the book edges and dip into glitter, then glue the two sections together.

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This is how it will look after it is done.

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I bought this old tree for .50 at a thrift store to see if I could make it look like a feather tree. I removed some of the branches and wound some of them together. I left it green because I wanted it for a forest scene.

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This is how it looks after I finished. I put some antique bells on them.

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I like the way it turned out.

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The third tree my three-year old Granddaughter helped me with. I used a tree form, then covered it in ruffled fabric, secured with hot glue. You can cover it in anything. Then we used vintage buttons for the ornaments.

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Here is how it looks when we finished. I never let the kids use the hot glue!

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I use it in a cute little wooded scene on my table with a wooden Santa and a rusted can with white branches in it.

I believe that with a little imagination you can create anything LOVERLY!

((WARM HUGS)) Jo

Thanx to all my dear friends!

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Making pillow covers and a new ornament

Happy, happy day everyone I’m so glad that you have come for a visit! I’ve been making pillow covers that match my French Nordic + Shabby Chic + Prairie Style = Romantic Farmhouse.

Here is an easy way to make them.

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I used an old sheet to make the ones shown (no expense). I am making 18″ X 18″ pillows. So I measure out 19 X 42 inches. For different sizes add or subtract 2 inches.

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Sew a small hem on each end of the fabric. . .

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so it looks like this on each.

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I wanted some shabby ruffles on these so I pinned and sewed on three rows of them.

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Pin and sew the sides.

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Inside out the cover and insert your pillow form. These covers are so easy and inexpensive.

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Here are the other pillows that I made, all in a beautiful neutral tones.

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I really love the look.

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Here is a lovely new ornament that I made. I used some darling Victorian photos on them.

I also need to brag today and tell my Son Nathan how proud I am for becoming a member of the Unified Fire Department in Salt Lake City. He has worked very hard to get here.

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Have a fun time making holiday decor, this is such a great time of year to do so!

Life is so LOVERLY when you are doing what you love!

((WARM HUGS))

Jo

Thanx to all my dear friends!

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Sweet DIY Ornaments and Garland

I am so glad that you have stopped by, I have been making some really great ornaments for my tree. I also made a garland to match and they were so fun, easy and inexpensive. I can’t wait to share them with you!

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This little Angel is so fun and easy to make, I found it on Pintrest. I used old grocery bags for the wings and for the body I tea stained some white sheeting that I had and sewed it in the form of a body. I used twigs from the garden for arms, and a half of piece of gold pipe cleaner for the halo, I glued it all with a glue gun. I choose to sew around the wings to give it a little texture and design and then used a fine tip marker for the eyes. They make great gift tags as well as ornaments.

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I wanted something really different this year for my tree so I limited the colors to blues, sliver, gold and any neutral color. For the garland I used pipe cleaners, in silver and gold, one half of one. Then I twisted them all together. The garland turned out beautiful! I combined them with the old antique glass beads that I have. They use to be on my Dad’s tree when he was a child.

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Here is a peek of my unfinished tree with the garlands on them. I really love the look.

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As I was browsing through pint-rest I found these darling ornaments that are made out of cardboard, old sheet music, and glitter. I said to myself “I can make those!” So I did. I used cookie cutters for a template, then cut out one from the sheet music, and one from cardboard. I glued them together, then added a glitter out line. I made a cute banner for the ornament by cutting out the title of the music. For the hanger I used a small piece of pipe cleaner.

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I made rein deer, angel wings, trees, stars, doves, and bells. I really enjoyed making them and can’t wait for you to see them on the tree. I decorated five trees in all, and I’m still having fun and lots more to do.

For some reason it is always LOVERLY to decorate for the Christmas season!

Warm ((HUGS))

Jo

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Making Burlap Table Runners!

Hello everyone! Sorry I have been missing. Flu season! Since we are having a fun table runner and pillow cover give away I thought that I would show you how to make a burlap table runner. I have made several in different colors of burlap and I love them all.

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First of all cut your burlap in the size that you want for your table. Then pull the burlap strings one at a time until you have about a 1″ to 1 1/2″ fringe on all four sides or what ever looks good to you.

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Then run a straight stitch next to the fringe around all four sides. This will keep it from fraying.

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I sewed a ruffle on the short edges. You can embellish them any way you want. I have stenciled on them, sewn all different types of ruffles, they all turn out great and the burlap goes with just about any decor you have in your house.

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This is one that I did for Valentines day.

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The above photos are the finished product. They cost about 2 bucks to make and takes about thirty minutes. I am giving some away in gift baskets for Christmas. The runners above I used the white burlap. I wanted something a little different this year. Stay tune for more!

Life is LOVERLY when you are doing what you love!

((HUGS))

Jo

I’ve been featured by these lovely blogs.

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