Christmas Card Display

Here’s What You’ll Need:
1 wire clothes hanger
1 package of red beads
Clothespins (I bought 2 packages of 50 to be on the safe side, but I didn’t use them all)
Ribbon
Green spray paint

Directions:
-Spray paint the clothes pins. Make sure to get all the sides. I clipped them around the edge of a cardboard box. It took several coats to really get them green and it took over a day for them to dry.
-Undo the top of the wire hanger. I clipped off the hook part with wire cutters, but now I wish I had left it so I could hang it easier.
-Bend the hanger to form a circle.
-String the clothespins onto the hanger, alternating each one with the beads.
-Reconnect the top of the hanger to close the circle. Since I cut off the hook part it was really hard to get it to stay together. I ended up super glueing it and wrapping duct tape around it.
-Add ribbon or a big bow to the top to cover up the glue/tape.

-The cards just clip right in to the clothespins!

Christmas Ornament Wreath

It took me forever not just to write this blog, but to make the wreath too. The wreath was super easy to make, but I didn’t have ribbon to make the bow like I thought I did so the whole project got put on hold for weeks until I finally remembered to get ribbon!

Start out with a simple wire hanger. Undo the top of the hanger and bend it to form a circle. I actually found this to be kind of difficult so just keep working with it until you get it!

I used kinda medium/small sized ornaments and it takes a whole lot of them! I actually needed more, but decided I was too lazy to go back to the dollar store!

Take the hooks off the ornaments, if they have any, and just string them onto the hanger. Yes, it really is that simple. If the little tops don’t want to stay on just hot glue them on.

Once you get all the balls on, twist the hanger top and hook back together. I used the hanger hook to hang the wreath from my door wreath hanger!

For the bow on the top I just used simple green ribbon. I probably should have done more with the bow, but by this point this project had taken me almost a month to complete so I was just ready to be done! For those of you who don’t know how to make big bubble bows there’s some really good tutorial videos on YouTube! I unfortunately had to learn when I was a kid. My grandparents owned a farm supply and western wear store that had a gift wrapping department. Yep, you guessed it, my 8 year old self was the official bow maker! Haha

So there you have it, a really simple way to make an ornament wreath. If you’re planning on doing this at home make it a little more fancy than mine! That was my original plan! Ohh and don’t forget it takes A LOT of ornaments! Have fun!

Candy Cane Window Decor

Who loves Christmas??? I LOVE CHRISTMAS!! Now as much as I love all things Christmas & Christmas decor, I am a firm believer in waiting until after Thanksgiving to put up a tree or any decorations! I have made several Christmas things in the past month or so, but my decorations didn’t go up until Yesterday! So I saw these candy cane window things in Good Housekeeping and decided to make my own!Now I know the lighting in this picture is really terrible, but this is actually the best I could get it! Anyway though, it’s really cute hanging from any window, this is on my little kitchen window.


Directions:
-I bought plastic candy canes from the dollar store for this. They came in a package of 6 & I only used 6 of them. I’m sure real candy canes would be just fine also.
-Our city gives us trash bags on a large roll and then ribbons are hanging to the empty plastic center of the roll. I think an empty paper towel roll would work too.
-I’m not sure why my pictures are turning out all discolored, but anyway, all I did was cut the strips of ribbon long enough to double over and be the length that I needed hanging from my window.
-Next I hot glued the ribbon together at the end & let it dry really well.
-After I was sure it was dry and strong I put it on the plastic roll and hot glued the other side so that the ribbon was tight against the roll.
-After I got each ribbon secured to the roll I hot glued it together all the way down so that it looked like one solid piece of ribbon. Be sure to leave a hole at the very bottom for the candy cane to slip through though!
-When I was all finished I just set it on top of the curtain rod already on my window, pulled the ribbons down, & stuck the candy canes on! Super easy & cute!

Initial Door Hanger

This is another one of those personalized things that I love and it’s so cute!

I bought the wooden letter unfinished off Ebay from the seller Woodcraft Patterns They have tons of unfinished wood items and letters in different fonts! My R is 16 inches.

Since Andrew is a farmer then of course our R had to be John Deere colors. I think I’m getting used to all the John Deere stuff now though. We have dishes, glasses, serving bowls, coasters, cookie jar, and tons of toy tractors. Anyway though, I just painted the R green and trimmed it with yellow. I agreed to the green and yellow reluctantly, but I really wanted to paint it green with yellow polka dots, but Andrew just wouldn’t go for that. Too girly of course. He thinks everything is too girly!  Then I just took a green ribbon and tied it around the top to hang it from the door.

Probably the easiest thing I’ve made yet! I love seeing it hanging from the door when I come home!

Newspaper Halloween Wreath

Yes, this is yet again another wreath, but I’m almost all caught up with them! This wreath was really hard and time consuming, but I’m pretty sure that anyone with a little more patience and creativity (and less wild dogs) than I have could do a much better job!

I used newspaper and A LOT of newspaper! I used an entire Arkansas Democrat Gazette Sunday paper, which for anyone who knows is a rather large paper, and I still could have used more to make the wreath more full, but by this point I was exhausted!

I used a large peanut butter jar lid to trace circles on the newspaper and cut them out. The circles really need to have ruffled edges so I just drew them around the circle and cut them out like it was all one thing.

For the wreath frame I used plumbing foam from Lowe’s. It’s only $1. Just wrap it around to make a circle and tape it together.

I found a picture of a bat on the internet, printed it out, and traced it onto black construction paper. The black construction paper is better than just printing out a bat on printer paper because it’s thicker. I used bats in several different sizes. When I got the bats cut out I folded their wings in to make them look like they were flying.

So after I got ALL of those circles cut out you take a pencil and stick it in the center to make the circle fold up and look like a flower. Then you hot glue it to the wreath frame. It takes a lot of time and a lot of work to glue all the little circles and make it look full and pretty. As I said earlier, I gave up.

Once all the newspaper is glued on just hot glue that bats on wherever you would like.

Burlap Halloween Wreath

I do have an obsession with wreaths, and I’m not sorry for this! I waited to post a lot of these things mainly because I forgot to, but it’s also a good thing because I learned some things while making them that didn’t work that I can now discuss! So this burlap wreath was really pretty easy but I did one thing wrong that would have saved its life!

So for the frame of this wreath I used plumbing foam I got from Lowe’s. I connected the ends to make a circle and taped them together. This worked really well, but the burlap is really heavy and the longer it hung on my door the more it started to sag. By the time Halloween was over this wreath didn’t even look close to a circle anymore. So maybe use a sturdier wreath frame.

At first I bought 1 yard of burlap, but that was definitely not enough. I used almost all of 2 yards. You can get burlap in a lot of colors at pretty much any fabric store. I usually get everything from Hobby Lobby. Cut the burlap into about 1″ wide strips that are long enough to tie around the frame and still have long strips hanging out. Tie the burlap strips all the way around the frame. I put all my knots on the front in the same line, but now I know NOT to do that. Put all your knots on the front, but alternate where they are at. (It makes it look more messy and full when they aren’t all in a row)

The pumpkins and “boo” are just unfinished wooden decorations I bought from Hobby Lobby. They’re in the craft section and come in little plastic bags. I just painted them orange with acrylic paint that I already had. After they dried I hot glued them to the wreath.

And there you have it!

Wood Pallet Shelves

I keep seeing all these fabulous things you can do with wooden pallets on Pinterest and since the decor in our house is very rustic (more like hunting cabin) wood pallets match fabulously with our living room! I mean we have a giant turkey over the tv after all! So I went to the farm and got some of the bajillion pallets that are laying around up there and brought them home.

But since I wanted to put one on each side of the turkey on the wall I didn’t have enough room to use the entire pallet like they did, I needed them to be shorter so i had to improvise. I cut the pallets in half and it was actually quite a bit harder with a saw than I expected. Next time I will definitely have Andrew do it for me! But anyway here is my finished product! I love them!

Deco Mesh Christmas Wreath

Have you guys seen those awesome Christmas wreaths made out of deco mesh? Aren’t they the cutest things ever! I love them so yesterday my friend Jordan and I went to the Hobby Lobby to get all the supplies we needed and tried to make them today. Tried is the key word. They turned out pretty good, but not near as awesome as the picture we were going off of that we found on Pinterest. If you don’t know what Pinterest is you really need to click on the link at love every piece of it! Anywho, I didn’t take pictures while making it, but it was pretty simple and my next one will be much better!

So here’s what you’ll need:
Deco Mesh: I used 1 long roll of mesh for my wreath and quite frankly didn’t have enough so go with 2 rolls! Any color you would like.
Metal/Wire Wreath Frame: I got the large one from Hobby Lobby $4.99
Decorations: Ribbon, ornaments, feathers, etc. I used ribbon and ornaments, but Jordan used two different colors of mesh, ornaments, and candy canes.
Zip Ties or Trash Bag Ties: We used trash bag ties because we had tons of them, but zip ties would probably work just the same.

How it works:
Scrunch up the end of the mesh up and tie it to the write wreath frame. Pull out some fabric to make a bubble and tie that section down to the frame. Keep making bubbles and tying them down all the way around the frame. To make it look full you’ll need to go around the entire frame at least twice. When you have the mesh how you want it then take your ribbon and go around the mesh or stick it down however you want. Then stick all your decorations in it. It’s pretty easy, but you really have to work at it to get everything stuck into it; I gave up with mine and just hung the ornaments from the center. I wish I had taken pictures as I was going along now. My mom wants me to make her one so I will next time!

Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

I have to admit that the first time I made this casserole is was…well…just lacking something. It just wasn’t very flavorful. This is kind of a “healthy” meal and we all know that healthy isn’t always delicious. So what’s a girl to do to make dinner better? Add some more unhealthy, of course! I’m lucky enough to have been blessed with skinny genes (thanks Dad!) so if you’re a much better eater than I am, you can find the original recipe here

You Will Need:

-1 package of frozen broccoli (Obviously it doesn’t have to be the frozen kind, but that’s easy and that’s what I had)

-1lb boneless skinless chicken breast (Yes, I also used the frozen kind)

-5 cups shredded cheddar cheese (You’ll need 3 of the bags)

-2 tubs of Ritz round crackers

-1 stick & 1/3 cup of melted butter (That’s like 1 stick and 3/4 of another stick)

-1/4 cup cornstarch dissolved in 1/5 cup of cold water

-1/3 cup chicken broth

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1/4 teaspoon pepper

-2 cups whole milk

-Seasonings of your choice for chicken

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees

-Season chicken breasts however you like. (I use salt, pepper, and Cavenders)

-Cut chicken into small pieces and cook in a skillet greased with butter

-Cook broccoli according to package directions (This usually consists of cooking it in boiling water)

-Grease a 9×13 baking pan and layer the broccoli and chicken in the bottom.

-In a saucepan over medium heat combine 1/3 cup melted butter, chicken broth, cornstarch dissolved in water, salt, pepper, and milk

-Stir well and continue stirring until sauce has thickened

-Reduce heat to low and stir in 2.5 cups of cheddar cheese.

-Stir until melted

-Pour over chicken and broccoli in baking dish

-Top with 2.5 cups of cheddar cheese

-In a bowl melt 1 stick of butter

-Crush the 2 tubes of Ritz round crackers into the melted butter (Don’t crush too small!)

-Mix the butter and crushed crackers until well coated and mixed

-Pour cracker/butter mix over the top of the casserole

-Bake for 30 minutes

**Note: Andrew asked me if next time I could put the crackers in the filling too. I haven’t tried this yet, but that might be some nice added texture if you want to try it! Let me know how it turns out!

Hershey Kiss Pies

Not too long ago I used a pie crust for something, I can’t remember what now, but anyway, they come in packages of 2 so i’ve had this extra pie crust lost in my fridge just trying to find it’s place alone in this world. He found it today! These little pies are so cute and ridiculously easy to make! 1 pie crust makes about 12-14 little pies.

You Will Need:

-1 pie crust (or 2 or however many you want to make)

-14 Hershey’s kisses (or more)

-Handfull of sugar

-1 Egg

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees

-Roll the pie crust out onto the counter.

-Place 1 unwrapped Hershey kiss on the outer edge and cut a large circle around it. Use that circle to cut out the entire pie crust full of circles


-Fold up 2 opposite sides around the kiss

-Then fold up the other 2 sides and mold the dough together so it sticks.

-In a small bowl mix together 1 egg white and a little bit of water

-Brush the egg white mix on the tops of the little pies

-Sprinkle pies with sugar

-Bake for about 28 minutes or until golden

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