Friday, January 5, 2018

Winter Decor 2018

Happy New Year!! I sure hope you had a wonderful Christmas & New Year holiday. We sure did! Most of our parties were done by the 18th so we just relaxed and spent time together as a family. I took down all my Christmas décor the day after Christmas. It's so much more work taking it down than it is putting it up. I put it all away and did some major cleaning. My home felt really bare, but it was kind of nice. I kept my January décor very neutral. I added a few new things that can be used all year long.
This wood chalk board is a DIY. I got the beautiful frame at Hobby Lobby. it had a board covered with canvas fabric I guess you could pin stuff on it or something?? I don't know. I decided to make it a chalk board instead.  I pulled off the board backing painted the back side with Chalk Paint from Lowes. Prepped it with chalk and re applied it to the wood frame....whoot, whoot! New big chalkboard. Now I just need to work on my chalk board lettering skills.

 Isn't the frame gorgeous!!!! Its the perfect wood color!


 The next big thing I got also from Hobby Lobby is this lovely arched window. It had a backing of tin for magnets and pictures, but I wanted just the window frame so I ripped..... I mean carefully took off the tin backing and done! I've got myself a gorgeous arched window!!


Wood Chalk board-DIY frame from Hobby Lobby
Stick glitter trees-Rod Works
White glitter trees-World Market
Basket and throw-World Market
Wood tray-Hobby Lobby
Faux Candles-Costco
Framed Snowflake-DIY
Wood Snowflake Garland-DIY from snowflakes from Joann's craft store
Mercury glass candle sticks-Michaels craft store
Green Trees-Michaels
Arch window-Hobby Lobby
Wood stool-Joann's craft store
Wood Shelf-Hobby Lobby
White Chalk Board-DIY
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Hot Cocoa Bar

Hello! It's almost Christmas!!
Can you even believe it! Seriously this month flew by so fast. I hope you've about wrapped up your Christmas gift shopping, otherwise good luck out there shopping, its going to be madness!
I've been seeing all these cute Hot Cocoa Bars out here and I just had to have one myself!
After I found these cute jars at hobby Lobby I knew just what to do with them! Aren't they Purdy!
I adore the wood lids!! y kids keep sneaking the marshmallows out of the jars. Luckily I have another container full of tiny candy canes so they will leave these along till we have our hot cocoa night! 

Source List
Jars-Hobby Lobby
White Tray-TJMaxx
Greenery & Trees-Michaels
Cake plate, spoons, napkins, snowflake plates-World Market
Merry and Bright Sign-made by me
Have the Best Holiday Season!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas Front Porch 2017

Happy Thursday! I'm so excited to be participating in The Christmas Festival Blog Tour this week. Hosted by the amazing Kendra at Kendra has spent a lot of time putting this blog tour together. Thank you so much Kendra! 
All bloggers are listed at the bottom of this post so you won't miss any of the amazing spaces and recipes.

If you are joining me from Erin Elizabeth Joan Designs  Front Porch, Welcome! I am so glad you are here today!

It gets really cold where I live and winters are hard on everything. I'm glad a have a bit of a covered porch so I can leave my Christmas décor out during the season.
I went with a rustic feel this year. I love greenery and natural elements in my décor. My garland is Faux{from Joann's Craft store} but the large pine cones{from Hobby Lobby} and birch logs are real.

Ignore the huge pillar in this next picture, It has to be there to help hold up my house or something! hahahaha!
This is my whole front porch. I've been wanting some white rocking chairs for a while and my sweet hubby got me some as an early Birthday gift, Isn't he sweet. They are from Wal-Mart but you can get them at The Home Depot or online. It's a little cold to be sitting out on them this month but they are fun to decorate.

Red pillows are from one of my favorite stores Tai Pan Trading. Seat Cushions are from my other favorite store World Market. Small tree is from Michaels craft store and basket is from Hobby Lobby.

I made this sled at a party my sister in law Cat @ Catherinas Creative Corner put on . Its from Natalie @crafts2you. Natalie makes a ton of different crafts, she puts them in a kit and you put it together, pain or stain it, its fun and easy! After staining my sled I added some greenery, eucalyptus, red berries and a home made bell garland{idea from Magnolia Home} and My favorite striped ribbon from World Market.

I just love the glow of Christmas lights at night!
 If you'll notice that I had to move my tree and cute gift from the chairs because my cats would shove them off so they could sleep on them, naughty kitties.

I liked keeping things simple and rustic this year. 
The natural Jute rug is from and the small cream rug is from Wal-Mart. I love to layer different colors and textures to give dimension and interest to a space..

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and see my front Porch.
Have a wonderful day friends!

Next stop on the Christmas Festival Blog Tour takes you to Christine at Little Brags

Other Bloggers on the Christmas Festival Blog Hop

Mantels on Monday

White Arrows Home    Repurpose and Upcycle  Timeless Creations 
Lemons to Lovely   Pennies from Heaven Home   One Happy Housewife

Vignettes on Tuesday

Recipes on Wednesday

Life Love Larson   Cali Girl In A Southern World   Crisp Collective
Love In My Oven   Countryside Cravings    Curly Crafty Mom

Front Porches on Thursday

Tablescapes on Friday

Monday, December 11, 2017

Merry & Bright Blog Hop {Kitchen & Dining}

Welcome to our MERRY and BRIGHT Blog Hop Kitchen and Dining room!

I'm so sad that this is our last week of the blog hop. I have really enjoyed looking through all the Christmas inspiration from the other amazingly talented hosts. They are all so special in their own way and have such kind hearts. I've really grown to love each of them.

Welcome to my dining room. This is where we spend a lot of time together as a family.
My kitchen is in the same room as my dining room and my Living room is attached to it as well. I love having all of it open, one big space. Except when one or the other is a mess! hahaha!

I used the same theme in my whole house this year, lots of greenery, creams and pops reds. Below is the shelf in my dining area. I love decorating shelves and hanging décor from them too. I adore the glow of candles all over my home at Christmas time they create such a cozy feel. Real pomegranates are one of my favorite Christmas décor items. I made this sign in October, its one of my favorite things I added this year. its a good size 16x20 and fits perfectly on my shelf between the greenery and brass candle tapers.

I am so excited about my tablescape this year! I love doing tablescapes!! I have so much fun creating a special table setting with things I love from around my home. Pretty white plates are a staple for me, I love white dishes, they go with everything!

 I think this is my favorite table setting I've done so far. I love all the warm woods and reds together. and all the little cranberries sprinkled all over!! I also love my new silverware from World Market.
My faux candles help with the cozy ambiance I was hoping to create. I also used real small votive candles, I use these all over they are the cutest little accents. The main centerpiece is a simple bowl full of fresh goodies, pomegranates, apples and pines cones with rustic greenery.

Isn't this a fun view of my tablescape? It was a little tricky getting it just right since I couldn't see thru my camera lens!

Source List:
Table Runner, striped napkins, snowflake plates, silverware, cake plate, candles votive and wood chairs- all from world Market
White beaded plates -JCPenny
Goblets & large white bowl-Tai Pan Trading
Wood Chargers-DIY/Michaels tutorial here
Mercury Glass ornaments-Antique Farmhouse
Berry Garland-Michaels Craft store
Wood Tray-Hobby Lobby
Glass Jars-Target
Ginger bread Kit-World Market

I can't keep my dining table all decked out like the pictures above all the time, unfortunately.  I leave this cute table runner and a tray full of natural goodies and a few jars of my ginger bread houses. its easy to remove so we can use the table for our nightly dinners.

 This is the view of my kitchen from the family room.

My kitchen is not huge so I tried to keep things simple.  I hung a wreath in the window I made from a garland from Michaels. I love my glass Jars. I got the idea for this again from Kristen @ellaclaireinspired you can find her tutorial for these jars here on her blog. I love the jars with the ginger bread houses in them, more greenery and Pomegranates.  

Our MERRY and BRIGHT BLOG HOP Continues with these gals inspiring kitchen and dining rooms!