Sunday, December 22, 2013

Holiday Gallery Wall

I have been wanted to show you my holiday gallery wall, but have been a little behind lately. I changed it up this year. Last year it was comprised of holiday themed plates alone. This time around, I wanted an interesting and festive collection that tied in with the color scheme I chose for the dining room. As always, I spend as little as possible, and get as creative as I can. I scoured Pinterest for inspiration, and here's what I came up with.

 This plate was one of three I used. I purchased it from a thrift shop last year, and used gold porcelain paint to add the deer to the center.

I make sure I always have natural elements throughout my house, especially during the holiday season. I saw a painting similar to this, and decided to make my own version in my colors.

A classic holiday phrase that fits perfectly into any dining room setting. A simple wooden plaque from the craft store and acrylic paint brought this cheery sign to life.

Another easy project, this K was a large unfinished wooden letter from the craft store, also embellished with acrylic paint.

One of my favorites, (also keeping with the natural theme) this is simply a small canvas wrapped in burlap and painted with white acrylic paint.

This sweet little bird was too cute to pass up at half price, and he fits in perfectly!

A Christmas tree cut out of gold craft paper, mounted on a piece of burlap, and framed in an old thrift shop frame, bring all of the elements together.

These snowflakes and deer where inexpensive craft store purchases last year. A little paint helps them tie in wonderfully. 

All together now!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Tablescape

I feel like it's been so long! Well, it has been a while. I got so busy with working at the Texas Renaissance Festival, that I just got backed up on everything else.

But, I'm back now and I've got some holiday fun for you! I've been working on getting the house all dressed up in its holiday duds, and I'm going to start by showing you my easy holiday tablescape!

The best way to start is to pick a color scheme. I went with colors that I already had. My table is turquoise, and I just bought a green table cloth and curtains. My seating bench for the dining room table is upholstered in a green and turquoise patterned fabric, so my color direction was simple to choose, and my house being so packed with color, made it easy to pull from. I wanted to throw in blues, golds, and silvers, to add depth to the varying tones of green.

You can find fun things to mix in at your local thrift store, dollar store, and discount stores. So, keep an open mind when approaching projects like this, and always have fun!

The candle holders, Christmas tree, and glass jars were purchases from my local thrift store, and I picked up these cute little silver reindeer from Walgreen's for just $3.99 each!

I picked this table cloth up for around $8 at Ross, and thought it would be quite versatile throughout the year.

I just picked up these square white plates recently at Dollar Tree, and they are great for mixing and matching! The place mats, and plates were old purchases from Ross, and I just love them.

The napkins and napkin rings were wedding gifts, and work wonderfully with this setting. I simply tucked holiday sprigs from the craft store into them to dress them up. The glasses I picked up at Wal-Mart a few years ago in various colors. 

The ornaments were a new purchase from Hobby Lobby, which I got for half off!

I love having rough and natural elements throughout my house, so I threw down a stretch of burlap atop the table cloth to bring that touch into the setting.

You can see a little peek of my seating bench here.

I just had this fantasy of making this gorgeous hanging centerpiece, and tucked in some clippings from the tree into the fixture to add texture and interest.

I found these gorgeous shatter-proof glittering ornaments at Hobby Lobby for half off as well! They really just make the whole thing pop and sparkle. I'm so in love!

This little guy was a great inspiration for my color selection, so he just had to come home with me!

I hope you love my tablescape as much as I do, and are inspired to pull together something gorgeous for you own home!

Check back this week to see my new gallery wall for the dining room as well!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Spider Bite Halloween Cocktail

I know that no holiday is complete without a signature cocktail. So, in the spirit of the Halloween, I decided to whip up something special. I'm calling it a spider bite. I made it with things we already had in our liquor cabinet. It's sweet and bright, and here is the recipe. Cheers!


1 1/2oz vodka
1oz Cassis Liquor
1/2oz St. Germain (Elderflower liquor)
Juice of half a lemon
Berry flavored sparkling water
Red sugar

 Pour red sugar onto a small plate and set aside. Cut lemon in half and run the cut side of the lemon around the rim of your martini glass. Dip the edge of your glass in the sugar and set aside. Combine vodka, cassis, St. Germain, and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled, and strain into prepared glass. I added a cheap little spider ring for fun. Dress it up if you like, and enjoy!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Inside Our Haunted House

Yesterday, I gave you all a look at what we've done to decorate the yard for Halloween. Today, I'm giving you a look at the inside. Again, I either made most of it, or purchased it at the dollar store. I wish I could have done more, but I just didn't have as much time as I would have liked. Next year I'll really knock it out of the park! Anyway, here are some creepy little corners around the house!

I picked up this gauze panel and spider web at the Dollar General.

I also snagged this awesome glittery skull at the Dollar General.

I made and put together the pieces for my gallery wall. You can see the details here.

I bought these salt and pepper shakers at the Ross for a few bucks.

I found all of these fantastic body parts at Dollar Tree.

I made these labels on the computer, printed them out, but them out, then mounted them on black card stock.
I used double stick tape to attach the labels to the ribbon and simply put the lid over the ribbon to keep it in place. 

I love this guy that I picked up at Ross!

When I did my taxidermy project, I had a leftover doll that met an untimely fate.

We picked up this ceramic skull on our last trip to Guatemala.

This awesome glittery hand came from Ross, and the antlers from an antique shop.

I was thrilled when I found this beaker at Goodwill. The crow came from Ross.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Our Haunted House

  Hello friends, fiends, ghouls and goblins alike! Welcome to our haunted house! Actually, welcome to our decked out little duplex. Despite our lack of ownership, we have an abundance of enthusiasm for keeping our abode fun and inviting; especially for holidays! Most our decorations I made myself or bought from the Dollar Tree. The blood on the front door is fake blood that I picked up at the Dollar General. I honestly don't know it it's going to wash off. Here's hoping! 

So, here is a peek at some things lurking outside of our home this Halloween.

The bats are cut out of stiff felt from the craft store

The spider and webs were inexpensive snags from the Dollar General.

This wreath was a cheap purchase from the craft store that I covered in plastic bugs from Dollar Tree and spray painted black. I added the bats and webbing from the Dollar General after the fact.

These styrofoam tombstones and severed body parts were Dollar Tree purchases.

All of my awesome rats were found at the Dollar General

We shredded inexpensive white fabric from the craft store.

My hubby's pumpkin.

My pumpkin.

My broom and crow were picked up at Goodwill last year.