Easter Egg-tastic

Happy Easter!

Every Easter, I always look forward to spending time with family, celebrating the special reason for this season, and dying Easter eggs.

I love traditional dyed Easter eggs, but it’s also fun to see all the creative ways that people dye their own eggs. I searched around Pinterest for creative Easter egg ideas and below are a few of my favorites.

These eggs remind me of robin’s eggs. So pretty. Teal is one of my favorite colors.
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These eggs were dyed using blueberries.

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The design on these pastel eggs was made using rubber bands. Very clever!

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These speckled eggs look like they will hatch baby birds! You could easily make the speckles using a Sharpie.

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These are my favorite! Every designer needs some Pantone eggs!

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Here are our traditional Easter eggs. This year, they seemed to turn out extra bright. Maybe next year, we’ll mix it up and try one of the techniques above.

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Have a wonderful holiday!

And we’re back!

It’s been a crazy few weeks, but after taking a few days to recoup and enjoy a nice quiet Valentine’s Day, I’m back to writing and will have some new posts for you soon.

BJ and I had a great Valentine’s Day this year. We started our celebration a few days early and enjoyed dinner, music, wine and a fun evening out with our friends at a local winery.

On Valentine’s Day, BJ sent me this beautiful arrangement of red roses. I love them! They still look so pretty and smell amazing! Flowers always seem to brighten the day especially when they are from someone special.

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On Valentine’s Day night, BJ and I made a delicious dinner at home and opened a bottle of Biltmore Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon that we brought back from our first anniversary trip. It was a great date night at home.

This weekend, we started back into to our home decorating and DIY projects. I will post the details soon, but for now, I will leave you with this picture of Zoey on a sleepy Sunday evening.

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Christmas Candy: Meet Mason Jar

Mason jars have many practical uses. Outside of canning, they are popping up in wedding and home decor. I love them because they’re an easy and inexpensive way to display just about anything. This year, I incorporated a few jars into our holiday decor.

My parents recently gave us canned peaches and canned salsa in mason jars. After we finished eating the contents of the jars, I cleaned and saved them to use a candy jars.

I chose to use wrapped candy, but you can use other candies such as gumdrops or ribbon candy. To keep the unwrapped candy fresh, just add lids.

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The mason jars I have are all different sizes and shapes. The different sizes and shapes worked out well for my display because I have different quantities and sizes of candy.

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I hope everyone is all ready for Christmas. One more day! I’m hoping for a white Christmas. How about you?

Pinterest Inspired Christmas Gift Project # 1: Christmas Word Mugs

Following my post on Christmas gift ideas and decorations, BJ and I started working on a few of the DIY gift ideas I mentioned.

First up: Christmas mugs! I found this pin on Pinterest and thought, why not?

DIY decorative or favorite sayings mugs

This project was really quick and simple and you only need a few supplies.

Here’s what you will need to complete your Christmas word mugs.

1. Two white ceramic mugs. I found two mugs like this one at Target.

And small confession, I was a little overly excited to start my project that I forgot to take a picture of the mugs before I wrote on them…

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2. Permanent markers. Also found at Target.

I chose red and green markers to go along with the Christmas word theme but you could use whatever colors you like. Before I started writing, I wiped down the outside of the mugs with rubbing alcohol so the ink would stick to the mug better. This is optional, but a good idea.

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3. An oven and cookie sheet.

After I finished decorating the mugs with fun Christmas words, I baked them on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. IMG_2650 IMG_2651

Once they were finished baking, I carefully removed the mugs from the oven and let them cool.

Here are the finished products!

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Are you making gifts for Christmas this year? If so, what kind of gifts are you making?

Spreading Christmas Cheer

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” – Buddy the Elf
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I love the movie Elf and I always enjoy watching it around the start of December to get into the holiday mood. We kicked off this December with a marathon of Christmas decorating and each night this week we’ve been adding a few more decorations. It seems like I keep pulling more and more decorations out of storage!

Here is a peek at what we’ve been up to over the past week.

Friday night, I started by decorating our mantle. I changed our previous flower arrangements to red orchids, mistletoe and willows. We also hung the stocking we bought during an after-Christmas sale at Crate and Barrel a few years ago. And of course, the mantle isn’t complete without Zoey’s “meow” stocking, also from Crate and Barrel.
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Our hallway even got a little Christmas love with the addition of a wreath I made years ago and a cluster of oversized jingle bells.

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I love this time of year and it’s so nice to look around and see little touches of Christmas throughout our home. Our kitchen island is even looking festive this year with the placemats and table runner I found on sale (plus coupons) at Target.
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Remember our Christmas wrapping paper frames from last year? They’re back!
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I also started on the table arrangements for the dining room table. I still have some work to do on the main centerpiece, but here is a peek at the wintry vases I put together with some faux snow, Christmas vase filler and a few pinecones from our Fall vases filler. Pictures of the completed table look to come.


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Last but not least, here are our Christmas trees. The tree below is located in our foyer by the staircase.

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And here is our big beautiful tree in all its glory. It is so nice to sit on the couch and look over at our glowing tree. When the fireplace is going and the tree is all lit up, it’s so cozy and feels like Christmas.

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Now if only the weather would cooperate and send us some snow. Then it will really feel like Christmas!

DIY Thursday: Christmas Gifts and Decorations

This year there was Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday that turned into Cyber Tuesday, Cyber Wednesday and I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted. Enough with the shopping events already. If you’re planning to make any of your gifts this year, it’s time to get busy. In the spirit of making gifts and decorations, I’m calling today “DIY Thursday.”

BJ and I will be making a few gifts this year and earlier this month, I started gathering some inspiration from Pinterest. Here are a few of my favorite ideas for holiday gifts.

1. Scrabble Coasters

If you were out Black Friday shopping this year, you probably saw the Scrabble Classic game for $7 at Target. Once you have the Scrabble tiles, all you need for this gift is some cork for the back, super glue and then a clear enamel spray. Sounds easy enough.

Domestic for Dummies: Fall Pinterest Project: DIY Coasters

2. Hand written/drawn designs on coffee mugs

Thinking of getting someone a coffee or tea sampler? You can design your own mugs to go along with the gift set. All you need is a Sharpie, a white ceramic mug(s) and an oven.

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3. Flower Canvas

If you’re feeling crafty and have some extra scrapbook paper and a canvas laying around (or a craft store nearby), you can make your family or friends this flower made of scrapbook paper.

Beautiful canvas made with scrapbook papers.

4. Homemade Cocoa Mix

Last year, I made several family members and friends cocoa mixes. Just follow the ingredients listed here and viola: homemade cocoa! Yum.

Fun for Christmas gifts.

Last year, I also made a few DIY decorations like these poinsettia ornaments out of cardboard.

And decorations using frames and wrapping paper.

Are you making any gifts or decorations this year? Where do you find your inspiration for DIY Christmas gifts?

A Colorful Thanksgiving Feast

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you are able to spend time with family and friends today. And if you are away from home this holiday, we wish you a wonderful day and hope that you can make it home soon.

As we prepare to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast, here’s a glimpse at our Thanksgiving table before the meal. It is simple, yet colorful. I love bright colors for a Thanksgiving table. Why not bring all the beautiful colors found in our favorite foods to celebrate the meal as welI as our friends and family. I chose green for green beans/green bean casserole, yellow for corn and mac and cheese, and orange for sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.

Our bright and colorful Fiestaware pops against our Vera Bradley Yellow Bird placemats and napkins.


Our Crate and Barrel vases and Target vase filler are also incorporated into our table decor. You might remember them from a previous post.

Our centerpiece is comprised three sunflowers that I picked up at Michaels a few weeks ago and some pussy willows that I used in a previous centerpiece. For the vase filler I used coffee beans because they are a rich neutral color and give off a nice aroma that does not take away from a meal. Sometimes scented potpourri or candles can be too overpowering. I usually go with unscented candles on a dining room table unless they are for looks and not to burn.

Here are a few more photos of our table all dressed up. Our white Ikea lanterns are also on our table this year. We used the lanterns as table centerpieces for our wedding and they keep finding new life in our home. Lanterns makes great reusable centerpieces.

How are you spending your Thanksgiving this year? Any plans to dress up your table?

Have a great holiday and make sure you enjoy all of your favorite foods! My favorite Thanksgiving comfort food is definitely homemade mashed potatoes. Yum! I’m hungry just thinking about them!

Holiday Planning

I originally thought I would save this post for closer to Christmas, but if some of you are like me, your inherent need to make lists and plan starts to overwhelm you this time of year. I admit, it’s still too early to put up Christmas decorations, crank the ”NSYNC Christmas album or even drink peppermint mochas but for those that have already done all the things I just listed, I don’t judge. There is no shame in a peppermint mocha-loving, ‘NSYNC fan. I should know. 🙂

To kick off our holiday planning this year, I started by making personalized Christmas gift tags.

These tags are really easy to make and need just a few supplies.

To make these Christmas tags, you will need:

  • Sticker paper, a ink jet printer and scissors. I bought our sticker paper at Staples. It is the cheapest I could find.

  • Craft paper that you can find at Michaels, Jo Ann Fabrics or A.C. Moore. You can use two-sided or one-sided craft paper. I chose both to see how they would look.

  • Ribbon to hang the tags. I found this ribbon at Michaels.

  • A circle punch, which you can find at Michaels. This is the super size which is 2.5 inches. It works really well for cutting big circles.

To make the tags, I started by designing a template in Adobe InDesign for the smaller personalized circles. You can also use other programs such as Pages or Microsoft Word. Before I printed my template, I lightly outlined the circles so I could see where to cut them. Then I printed the circles on to the sticker paper using an ink jet printer.

After you print the small circles on to the sticker paper, use the paper punch to cut out a larger circle from the craft paper.

Next, neatly cut out your circles from the sticker paper. Remove the sticker backing and place the small circle sticker in the middle of your large craft paper circle.

Use a hole punch to create the hole for the ribbon. I used one punch of a three-hole punch.

Then, cut a piece of ribbon and loop it through the hole and tie it together at the end.

And there you have it! A fun gift tag for your Christmas gifts.

These tags are also great for wine bottles. If you are bringing wine to Thanksgiving dinner, you can make a few of these tags. They would even be fun with sayings like “Happy Harvest” or  “Give Thanks.” Last year I made napkin rings with fun Thanksgiving sayings on them that you could use for the wine tags.

You could also give some wine for Christmas with these tags and perhaps use a ribbon or two to wrap the bottle.

The Christmas craft paper I chose is two-sided so it’s even fun when you turn the tag around.

Another project I started early this year was our Christmas cards. I bought a Groupon for Zazzle.com and designed our cards on their Web site. I don’t want to give too much away before the holidays, but the cards already here and I can’t wait to send them!

Have you started your Christmas gift planning and projects already? What fun projects do you have in store this year?

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Happy Halloween everyone! BJ and I had a fun time handing out candy tonight. We hope you have (or had) a safe night enjoying costumes parties or trick-or-treating! Don’t eat too much candy!

Zoey is spending her evening anxiously awaiting the Great Pumpkin to rise out of the pumpkin patch and bring toys to all the little kiddies and little kitties of the world!

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Have a great night!