The Best of 2011

First Up: The winner of the Chic Headband Giveaway are:
Chic 1

chic 2
email me and we’ll get you your prize!

I don’t know about you but the week after Christmas – I  go into deep cleaning mode.
I want every.single.thing. organized and spotless!
Out with all the clutter and start the new year fresh.

I am going to be taking this week off to organize and rethink my life, my home and my blog!
You know – make some goals and all that jazz!
But just in case you miss me terribly (hee hee!)
I have complied a list of my 10 favorite tutorials from this year for you!

Thank you so much for being apart of my year!
You guys are the best readers and I am super excited for what 2012 has in store for all of us!
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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Planked Family Sign

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Rope Bowl Tutorial

My daughter’s room

How to make thing one and thing two costumes
Thing One and Thing Two

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Lighted Skeleton Garland

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Planked Rustic Christmas Tree

Lacey Rosette Headband

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Ruffled Knit Skirt

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Unique Flower Pots

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Family Activity Advent Calendar

I also wanted to give a BIG HUGE shout out and Thank you to my Sponsors!
You guys are the best!!

The Ribbon Retreat + Fabric 22 Free Patterns - Download Now

 Dresses from Shabby Apple



Linked to Tatertots & Jello


Merry Christmas!!

(Don’t you love this?)

My husband told me that the next few years are going to be the best Christmas’ EVER!
I agree!

and hope our kids do too!


Hanging JOY Art! {Tutorial}

Last week I was over at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff spreading some Christmas Cheer and I shared a fun little shabby hanging Joy art sign that I created – In case you missed it – here it is again!

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I created this super easy tutorial so you can make one too!!
First, I went out to my spare wood pile and found a piece of smooth wood and cut it into squares/rectangles. Mine are about three inches by four inches (3”x4”).

Then I used Warm White by Plaid and painted them!

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I used some vinyl and cut out JOY with my vinyl cutter and applied it to my blocks. But you could just as easily stencil them on too!

Then I used some Distress Ink and distressed them all up!

Next, I sanded them down just a bit to shabby them up!

I flipped them all over and using twine and my staple gun – stapled the twine to the back of each one. I started at the bottom of the “Y” and stapled, then stapled at the top of the “Y” – then moved on to the “O” and “J” -

At the top of the “J” I made a loop and stapled it twice. I used a hammer and hammered each staple to make sure it was good and secure!

Then I used some red and white polka dot ribbon I had and tied it around the top -

And then I was done!!

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I love the way it turned out and think it is so fun! The distressed look was just the look I was going for! I hung mine on my Christmas tree but it looks super cute on a door knob or just your door!

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Do you just love it too!!?? Since these are so simple and easy to make – you could even make them for your neighbor gifts!

Check out some of the other Christmas crafts I’ve been working on.
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Noel Wall Art * Planked Christmas Tree * Advent Calendar


I am linked to some of these great parties!!


Ornament Wreath

Remember a couple years ago when THIS wreath was THE wreath of the year?


And every.single.person. (and their cute dogs) made one?

Seriously – it just exploded into blog land like the plague – but why not – it is super cute and super easy to make!

So easy – I made one this year!!

I used a bunch of ornaments I had from previous years that I wasn’t using this year – and strung them onto my wire hanger.
You can find a full tutorial here.
Eddie Ross used ornaments that were all the same size.
I took a gamble and used some that were all different sizes – and love the way it tuned out!

Since mine were all different sizes – I had a few {bare} places – so I simply hot glued some extra ornaments in to fill it in a little bit more.

Then hung it up with a big green bow!

I love it and am well pleased with the way it turned out!
So if you have no idea what I am talking about or haven’t jumped on the band wagon yet -

(Is that enough peer pressure for you!! haha!)

I mean – you still have FIVE days before Christmas!!


Soft Molasses Cookies {Recipe}

Last week I headed over to Jenn’s house for a wonderful Cookie Exchange Party!
I decided to make my Soft Molasses Cookies! They are a family favorite!
My dad even caught wind that I was making them and “stopped” by!

They are the prefect neighbor treat because they make 13+ DOZEN!
Yes! About 160 cookies!!
I hope you guys love them as much as my family does!!

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1 1/2 C. Shortening
1 1/2 C. Margarine
4 C. Sugar
4 Eggs
1/2 C. Molasses

MIX and then Add in:

2t. Cinnamon
2t. Ginger
2 t. Ground Cloves
4t . Baking Soda
8 C. Flour


Roll into quarter size balls and roll around in cinnamon and sugar.

Bake at 375 for 8 minutes.


l LB Package of Powdered Sugar
2 TB. Vanilla
1/3 C. Water

Smooth over hot cookies!!



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