A Versatile Lantern For The Seasons

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Hope everyone had a great and blessed Thanksgiving!

I suppose most of us are now in full swing Christmas-mode.
Sure wish the season lasted a little longer... love Christmas!

Have ya'll ever been to Ollie's?
My daughter introduced me to it back in the fall... 
as if I needed another place to bargain shop!  :)

Pretty cool place, and the prices really were cheaper for the items I priced,
especially books!

I've been in search for a lantern for awhile, and couldn't turn this one down.
Can't recall the price, but it was relatively inexpensive.

Thought it would be a perfect piece to change according to the seasons,
starting with Fall.

I had all the embellishments on hand...

The lantern rested on a bench on the front porch,
shedding just a wee bit of light.

When the fall decorations came down,
the lantern received a new look... one to welcome Jolly Ole Saint Nick!

Everything to decorate it, came from my stash, except the ribbon.

The lantern found a new temporary home atop the TV Armoire.

The framed flag was from my late father-in-law's funeral.
It doesn't get moved, no matter the season or decor.
We consider it a great honor to have, and display it proudly!

How is your Christmas decorating coming along?
The inside of my home has been finished for about a week.
Saturday, I got out in the almost 80 degree weather... can you believe that,
...and did a little on the outside.

But it's not even December 1st yet,
so I'm sure they'll be lots of tweaking between now and the 25th!  :)

Wednesday, I'll be back to share the rest of the living room!
Hope you'll pop back in to check it out!


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Creating Invitations with PicMonkey & Cinnamon Sugared Pecans

Friday, November 20, 2015

So maybe I did just fall off the turnip truck yesterday...
but I had no idea just how easy it was to create invitations on PicMonkey.
Honestly... did ya'll?

I have some serious love for PicMonkey!
I use it to edit my blog pictures and banners.
I could spend hours... yes, literally hours, and often do, playing around with this program.
What are some of your favorite editing programs?

I'm hosting a Christmas Bridal Shower this weekend, and needed to create invitations.

I found the cute paper at Office Depot, and set out to customize the message to coordinate
with the pine cones and needles printed in gold.

Using the {Design} 8x10 option, I created the invitation, saved it to my pictures,
downloaded it to Microsoft Word, and printed them off.

Through the process, I did learn one really neat, useful technique,
...how to add clip art from my computer, under {Overlays}. 

Paired the invitations with darker gold envelopes,
and off they went to the post office.

I've also been working on appetizers for the shower.

I found this one for Cinnamon Sugared Pecans online, at Cooking Classy.

Cinnamon Sugared Pecans

1 lb pecan halves
1 large egg white
1 tbsp water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, vigorously whisk egg white with water and vanilla until frothy.  In a separate small bowl, whisk together sugar, cinnamon, and salt.  Add pecans to egg white mixture and toss until evenly coated.  Pour half of the sugar mixture over pecans and toss several times.   Then add remaining sugar mixture and toss until evenly coated.  Pour coated pecans over a parchment lined baking sheet and spread into an even layer.  Bake in preheated oven 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Allow to cool then store in an airtight container.

(Adapted from allrecipes.com)

They are delectable!  ...and simple to make!
These candied pecans will be a staple appetizer on my list!

I'll be taking a short blogging break next week.
Like everyone else, it will be a busy week, with Thanksgiving alone.
But we have Christmas Open House Monday and Tuesday,
and then Black Friday and Saturday at work... going to be a little crazy!
I will be visiting and trying to get caught up blog reading though!

I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!  :)


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Christmas Monogram "Wreath" Project

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

It appears that Santa and his little elves have taken up shop around my home,
particularly on my kitchen counters.

I've been decorating every chance I get, 
and turning out fun Christmas projects!

I've shared two so far,

Knowing that I'd been in search of a wood circle monogram,
my daughter picked up one at Michaels, when they were on sale.

I really didn't have a plan in mind for the mono... 
the project just kept evolving as I went along.

I started by spraypainting it gold.

The gold blended in with the wood, and looked a little bland.
So I decided to add stripes... black.

Not your typical Christmas color,
 but the "wreath" would coordinate with the lamp and black shade on the foyer table,
 where it would be hung.

A coat of satin black...

Another spontaneous step, added a little sparkle to the gold stripes!

Found a pretty sprig of faux berries and leaves at Lowe's.
Disassembled it, and glued it in place on the mono.

Have ya'll seen the Christmas selections at Lowe's this year... pretty cute!

The no-plan-in-mind Christmas Monogram "Wreath" Project came together well,
if I do say so myself!   :)

The mono wreath fills in the empty space above the Christmas vignette on the table.

See your name on Santa's list???

I adore this Santa.
He strongly resembles my step-father-in-law.

How are your decorations coming along?
I'm wrapping mine up today!
...except for the outside.
We're in a season divided house, Christmas inside, Fall out.
But that's a worry for another day!  :)


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& Joanita @ Creative Crochet Workshop
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Ms. Camela Christmas - 60's Inspired Decorated Dress Form

Monday, November 16, 2015

Meet Ms. Camela Christmas...

Her beautiful counterparts have been popping up all over
 Pinterest and Blogland in the last week.
 I just {heart} them all!

I set out to create my own version, by first borrowing my daughter's dress form.
Everything else needed, we also had on hand,
...love projects that do not require any new purchases!
How about you?

Envisioning a cute little pencil skirt,
 instead of a fuller one like I've seen on many,
I thought garlands would work well.

I've not used these in years, but am so glad I held onto them!
Down from the attic they were retrieved...

The fur stole was a Christmas gift from Mr. Ramblings
 to my daughter, Ashley, several years ago. 
 She's a classic fashionista. When we ran across it at an antique mall
in Tryon, NC, Old Mill Market Square,
 he couldn't resist buying it for her. She keeps it on the form year around.
{Old Mill Market Square is one of our favs.}

It was the inspiration behind the 60's vibe direction of the project.

Ironically, the monogram of the original owner is almost identical to mine.

After gathering necklaces, vintage rhinestone jewelry,
and ribbon from our stash, the project was underway.

For the "skirt,"
I had one strand of garland that was significantly less full.
It served as the "base" piece, wrapped tightly around the form,
which laid perfectly just under the bottom of the jacket.
I simply wrapped the garlands (more loosely than the first),
 around the form, and every 4" or so,
twisted a branch to one from the row above it to secure it.

I used two strands of the thicker garland, afraid that more
would've been too heavy and caused them to sag, or come loose.


Are you the least bit curious how I came about choosing her name?

As I mentioned, the vintage stole set the tone for a 1960's tailored creation.
When pondering a name,
 I wanted one to emulate an iconic fashion forward lady of the 60's.

I considered Merry Monroe, after Marilyn Monroe,
or Jingle O, for Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

Mr. Ramblings suggested Camelot Christmas for Jackie O.,
and so it was... Camela Christmas she became.

Thanks for stopping in for a visit!
I hope you'll join me Wednesday, for another fun and simple Christmas project!
~Rhonda  :)


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Honey, I Shrunk The {Christmas} Tree

Friday, November 13, 2015

Last year,
 I couldn't seem to rally the troops around here to help with the Christmas tree.
I was a decorating-party-of-one!

Usually an independent soul, I found myself at a disadvantage.
Our artificial tree was in storage, there was no way to get it out by myself.
Which also trickled over to no help bringing home a live one.

 {Excuse the picture quality, had just gotten my new camera.}

So what to do?

I went to the local Christmas tree lot and purchased the cutest, fattest,
little tree I could fine... it was precious!

I pulled out all the stops and decorated it with wild abandon,
just as I would have, had it been 10 feet tall and majestic!
I wasn't going to skimp because of it's size!

The petite tree worked well,
and an added bonus, after Christmas clean-up was quick and easy.

However, I did buy an artificial Christmas tree last week on sale.
I'm pretty certain the one in storage was ruined during our rainy summer... leaky roof.
Went down to the Big Lots right by myself, and lugged that booger home!

It's up and I'll be sharing it soon!

In the meantime,
I'll be starting a new job today... just a seasonal position a local boutique,
but I'm looking forward to it!

Please forgive me for being a little slow visiting around blogland.
Got to get use to this new schedule!  :)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Frozen Christmas Tree

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"Do you wanna build a snowman?"

It's a bit warm for that today in Coastal Carolina...
But how about building a Christmas tree
celebrating Disney's biggest movie of all times, Frozen?

No matter your age,
this tree, featuring Frozen's beloved Olaf, is sure to make one smile.

My sister-in-law, Leighann, was the mastermind behind this creation.
Every year she picks a theme, and decorates her office at work accordingly.
Frozen was last year's showcase.
She's already busy planning for this year, which I can't reveal just yet,
but stay tuned...

I shared her Candyland Christmas Tree a couple of years ago,
and it still gets a lot of hits on my blog around about now.
You can check it out {HERE}.

This tree is loaded with detail,
which Leighann has a great eye for!

Olaf was constructed from a costume found at Walmart after Halloween on clearance.
Leighann suggested cropping him out of the photo.
By the time she took a picture of the scene, he'd been handled quite a bit by his fans,
and was a little askew... but I couldn't pass the opportunity to share him.
Bless his heart... he still looks pretty cute, to me!

I'm looking forward to sharing Leighann's 2015 Themed Tree soon!

On another note,
I want to sincerely thank each of you who have served our country in the military!
You are very much appreciated!
Happy Veteran's Day!


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