Summer Decor Changes

This has been an amazingly beautiful summer. Living on the side of a beautiful mountain range in the  North Salt Lake (Bountiful) area is a wonderful place to be. I love having the change of the seasons. I think that is what is most appealing to me about living here. Continue reading

A Romantic Christmas

Welcome everyone to the Creative Christmas linky party!  How fun is this to get to inside of everyone’s home at Christmas time. I love going for a drive and looking at the home’s that are already for Christmas. I love seeing their Christmas tree shinning through the front windows, and often wonder what it must look like inside. Continue reading

Shopping Your Home for Valentine Decor

Hello again, junk’n fanatics, home decor connoisseurs and those that just love to make their home as beautiful and inviting as can be! :))

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First of all I just want to remind you of “Grow Your Blog” still going on at 2 Bags Full.com, stop by and get all the links to great new blogs and bloggers around the world. REMEMBER that there is still time to leave a comment on my blog and this enters you in the drawing for the beautiful parrot I am giving away to some one very lucky!  The winner will be announced on February 15, 2015. In celebration of the Grow your Blog party! Make sure that you stop back to see if your the winner! 

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Isn’t he beautiful! He will be flying to your home soon!

On to the business at hand. I want to share some of the very easy peasy Valentine decor ideas that I use in my home. All of the items that I am sharing I already have had on hand. I’ve used many of them for Christmas decor, or just everyday decor. All I did was shop my house for them.

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I have been hording a huge bag of dried roses. Then I thought why not make some wreaths out of them. These were the simplest thing to make. I took old wire coat hangers, and strung the rose heads on them, I twisted the two ends of the wire together and added lace. I could have as easily made a heart but I liked the look of the circle. The one above is has a bit like potpourri.

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Here is a larger one done in pink roses.

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A white one hangs on my reindeer.

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If I had more wire hangers and roses I think that I would have made them all day. Some of the roses were very fragile so be careful if you decide to make one they are pretty fragile.

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As I was shopping my home for Valentine decor I came upon my old paperback book (I was gifted this from Santa when I was a young girl)  “LOVE STORY” I add some twine on it and now its an art piece!

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I’ve had this old wooden heart for years. After my grandmother passed I was given some old scrape books of hers and in one of them I found this card that was given to her by my parents for Valentines Day in 1950, it even had writing on it by my Mom. I took it apart and glued it on the front of the heart with hodgepodge. Now its preserved for ever.

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My rusty bucket hold a piece of burlap with a few wooden hearts that my son Dane made for me when he was in Shop. I have used these hearts forever and this year I painted them and added some pretties.

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Here one hangs from a basket.

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I added some lovely sheet music.

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Tucking in a wooden heart into a display makes any display become a  Valentine vignette.

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Here I just shopped my jewelry box to decorate one of my manikin’s.

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I scattered a few great rusty hearts around.

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I made these piggies when I was 18! They hang next to a tissue paper heart garland.

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Last but not least I put out some scrabble tile words that describe Valentines Day. This one sits on my work bench, reminding me of my passion for decor, and family!

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Have fun with Valentine decor it really doesn’t take much to add this lovely holiday into your home. 

((Warm Hugs))

Jo

 

Pom Poms!

Welcome! I have never been one to follow the in crowd but when I see something over and over again that is really cute I just have to try it. That’s what I have been doing with Pom Poms, those cute little fuzzy balls made of yarn. They are everywhere so I just had to make some for myself. I have made many pom poms in the past but they have been for snow hats or slippers, and to tell you the truth I had a ball making them (pun intended). Anything for the home decor cause, right!

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I decided to make a wreath and two garlands. White was my choice of color.  Got to have things match, right!

I used a large foam wreath base, two steins of yarn, and hot glue.

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I used a piece of cardboard to wrap the yarn around, you can also use your fingers if you choose. I wanted them pretty fluffy so I wrapped them full.

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The I carefully pulled the yarn off of the cardboard and wrapped a piece of yarn around the middle several times and knotted it three times.

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After that I cut through both ends of the yarn and fluffed it up and I had a pom-pom.

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I glued three rows of pom poms on the wreath form, one around the outer side, one row in front and one row in the inside of the form base.

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There you go I had myself a darling fluffy pom-pom wreath in less than an hour. I put a cute cardboard heart in the middle. How perfect is this for these winter months, it really fits right!

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For the garlands I just threaded them on some of the yarn and WA LA, so cute hanging in my kitchen window.

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I also made one for my book case, it adds a little fuzzy to my sitting room. This was such a fun, fast, easy project that didn’t cost a lot. The only thing that was very expensive was the wreath form, if you don’t want to buy one use and old grapevine wreath, or even some heavy cardboard cut in the shape of a wreath or string the pom pom’s on a wire hanger. You can make these in any color, my grand-kids have put their orders in for pink, green and blue, imagine that. LOL

Have a great start to your week and if you decide to make pom poms let me know how they turned out for you, I always love comments.

((Warm Hugs))

Jo

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Thank you dear friends!

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2014 in review

Hello dear friends I hope that your Christmas was joyous and full of family and friends. I am taking down Christmas and getting ready for the new year when my yearly report from WordPress came in and I want to share it with you. These are the results of my first 9 months of blogging results. Kind of like having a baby. LOL Thank you dear readers!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 58 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Have a very warm New Year! Jo

Thanx to all my dear friends that have helped me along the way!

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Trash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s Korner
Treasure Hunt at From my Front Porch to Yours
Blog Hop at Katherine’s Korner
Blog Hop at Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Blog Hop at Over Fifty Feeling Fourty
Before & After Wednesday at The Dedicated House
Tues. Garden Party at Creative Country Mom
Inspiration Exchange at Town-n-Country-Living
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Make’s
Big Autumn Bash at Mila’s little things
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Makes
Funky Junk Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Big Christmas Party at Mila’s little things
Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom
Christmas in the Country at Creative Country Mom
Twirl and Take a Bow at Art is Beauty

. . . and all through the house

Merry Christmas to all my dear friends out there in blog land. This will be my last post until after the first of the year. It’s time to enjoy the family while school is out. I want to share a poem that I thought was cute and reminded me of when I was small, thinking that if I was out of my bed and not a sleep Santa would not come. Also I would like to show you the rest of my home that is ready for Christmas!

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A squeak on the stairs.
Could Santa be here?
Better pull my blankets,
Up to my ears.

He comes down the chimney,
That’s how he gets in.
Santa uses magic,
To make himself thin.

I better keep still,
Can’t make a peep.
He doesn’t leave toys,
Unless you’re asleep.

My door just opened
Someone’s by my bed.
It wasn’t Santa after all,
Cause Mom just kissed my head.

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/listening-for-santa#ixzz3MHYZs5rW
Family Friend Poems

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I love making Christmas stockings. The stockings hanging from the fireplace I made to match the pillows on the sofa. The single stocking I made from vintage table cloths.

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I add little touches of Christmas all through the house, yup even the bathroom.

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Here are some fun vignettes in the kitchen.

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Ice skates hang ready at the back door.

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The back door.

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Kitchen window.

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My vintage bread box is so fun to fill with Christmas decor.

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This Santa sits on my work bench sewing away. LOL He is my favorite Santa.

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Great rusty buckles, rings and old red thread make for a lovely vignette on my work bench, which is closed down for the season.

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The presents are wrapped and under the tree. Now I will spend most of my time in the kitchen baking.

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Here are some fun areas from the sitting room.

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I got this lovely wooden star this year from a Etsy shop.

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I hang star garlands around the house.

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A wooden bowl full of antique ornaments.

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If you want more inspiration get Jennifer Rizzo’s book Creatively Christmas it is amazing you will not want to put it down.

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No matter how many pretties that we put into our home and know matter how many good smells come from the kitchen the reason for Christmas is because of the Jesus Christ and his great sacrifice that he went through for us. Because of this we celebrate Christmas.

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Have a beautiful Christmas with love in your hearts. Merry Christmas!

With love, Jo

Jo

Thanx to all my dear friends!

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Trash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s Korner
Treasure Hunt at From my Front Porch to Yours
Blog Hop at Katherine’s Korner
Blog Hop at Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Blog Hop at Over Fifty Feeling Fourty
Before & After Wednesday at The Dedicated House
Tues. Garden Party at Creative Country Mom
Inspiration Exchange at Town-n-Country-Living
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Make’s
Big Autumn Bash at Mila’s little things
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Makes
Funky Junk Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Big Christmas Party at Mila’s little things
Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom
Christmas in the Country at Creative Country Mom
Twirl and Take a Bow at Art is Beauty