Thursday, November 19, 2015

Book Stack Christmas Tree

A tree for  book lovers.
So simple! 
Just cover a few books with 
brown craft/wrapping paper.
This one is a single stack of books. 
Pick out a few books, small medium and large
and  simply cover them. Use brown
craft paper or even paper grocery bags.
The red "things" fell from a tree where I
 had parked my car, so naturally I picked them
 up. I wish I had gathered more. I'll keep a 
look-out for more. 
I already had a few books covered and
labeled with "Halloween spell" titles.
I just turned them page-side out
and covered a few more.

I've seen larger ones using a circle of books
on the bottom, adding more books teepee
style. You can even string mini white lights
 around your creation.

This is so easy and uses what you have.
I like the natural look of it. I can have
this out during November and all
through Christmas and into January.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Storing Bread & Cutting Boards

I found a great way to store my many wood 
bread and cutting boards.
I used a Longaberger magazine basket and
just placed it on the floor at the end of the
kitchen island and loaded it up.
 You could use any magazine storage holder,
wood, wicker, wire to do the same thing.
Just repurpose an old one.,

It's a 2 minute project.


Make the DIY horseshoe bread board HERE

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Monday, October 12, 2015

The Changing Of The Mugs

Fall means it's time to change the mugs from
my blue collection to the autumn color mugs.
 I do this late September. 
 I love mugs and many have been 
found in thrift stores. 
I definitely enjoy my morning coffee more
in a mug that gets me in the seasonal mood.
Who wouldn't want fall leaves on a mug?
Has anyone tried the pumpkin spice flavor
English muffins? They are great toasted,
buttered, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.
A  nice treat for the pumpkin obsession that
seems to come over us each fall. 


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Motivation From The Dollar Tree

Sometimes motivation comes from unlikely
 places. This time it came from the
 Dollar Tree!
We were having lunch with friends when they 
suggested we stop at a dollar store which 
was in the same plaza and see what
goodies we could find.
Here's our favorite; Autumn leaf goblets.
They will be my official everyday glasses
every year for fall.
I couldn't wait to get them home, washed and
play with them. They motivated me to get
my breakfast table "autumnized". 
I got out some of my fall accessories. My leaf
applicated table runner is a perfect match
with the goblets. Looks like they were just
 made for each other.
 I also used my leaf salad plates,
Added brown leaf plate chargers, 2 gold
thrifted (25¢) quilted placemats, a basket I
saved from a gift-basket set, also added my
vintage Brown Betty tea pot, vintage walnut
 and squirrel salt & pepper set, an antique
scale, oil lamp, plant in a Longaberger fall 
basket and my thrifted orange pottery bowl. 
Not that I won't change or tweak it again. 
This was my quick-pull-something-together
 RIGHT NOW for Instant gratification!
 I used what I had and 6 new fall glasses.
Now I think I need to get 6 more.
I've been using them every day!

 We're enjoying our evening wine spritzer
 or fall sangria even more.
I had more fun than a kid with a new toy.

Enjoying fall.... Cheers!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The View From My Backyard

My favorite time of day is sunset!
 We get spectacular sunsets most evenings 
this time of year.
I make it a ritual to go outside each evening
with my glass of wine and my iphone. 
It's a different show each night. We live on
a small lake in a community west of
Ft. Lauderdale, so we're lucky to 
have our yard face west over the lake.
 Of course we are also in the rainy season. 
Each afternoon it usually rains for about an
hour. That's what keeps everything lush and
 green and it's also the secret to the amazing 
colors of the evening sunset.
My iphone pics do not do this show justice.
 Each evening is a different show. 
 A good place to sit at the end of the day.
 I have hundreds of pics. Love them all.
 I feel so blessed to have this right in my backyard.
They are truly breathtaking and the
gift at the end of the day. 


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Time To Bring Out The Pinecones!

If you do nothing this fall but add pinecones
you're good to go with fall decor. 
 On the patio.
With lights on top of a cabinet.
Piled in baskets ready to use.
 Glued to jute rope for a garland.
Just change the ribbon scraps with the holidays.
 One here and one there.
 In a wooden bowl.
 As a centerpiece surrounding a pillar candle.
 Jumbo pinecones.
In a window box. 
 I hope you've been collecting them whenever
 you see them just lying on the ground. I
obsessively collect them. Can't pass them up!
 I even had my 8 year old granddaughter in
Colorado gathering them on our recent visit. 
She wants to make a wreath.
Another pinecone convert. 
 No plants, no problem.
 Using just one.
 Fill every empty basket.
 All in a  row.
A bushel basket filled with pinecones
at the front entry for a fall welcome.
Endless possibilities for these free
gifts from nature. Love...


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