DIY Christmas Card Display

The Christmas cards are flowing in at a rapid pace, and we’re running out of room to display them on our shelf. I needed to fix this problem immediately!

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I had some unused garden stakes and some leftover chicken wire from the garden and I knew I could make something with these materials.

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I cut two pieces of a garden stake to approximately 35″, and then two more to approximately 22″.

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I laid out the wood to form the frame and ensure that the chicken wire piece was wide enough for the wood.

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I had a pack of four metal mending plates with screws and attached them to each corner after I put the frame together.

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Next, I rolled out a piece of chicken wire and cut it to fit the frame, then used a staple gun to attach it to the frame.

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Under twenty minutes, I had a nice Holiday Card Display that I hung on our wall in the kitchen. I did not have any of those cute small craft clothes pins, so I used small binder clips to attach our Christmas cards to the chicken wire.

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Now the cool part is, that when the holidays are over I can use this frame with chicken wire as a memo holder in the office or kitchen! A great multi-use craft idea!

It Happened Last Night

Yesterday afternoon the dogs caught me. Caught me wrapping up their Christmas toys! Dogs don’t miss anything! A simple crinkle noise from a package, sends them running to investigate. I sat on the rug in the living room wrapping up each new squeaky toy, rope pull, and stuffies, while they hoovered over my back the entire time. I was caught, but I continued to wrap!

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But I made a mistake. When wrapping up a larger stuffie, I pushed down on it while wrapping and it “oinked”! “OMG” I thought and I turned around to look at Nikita and Bella and they were close to drooling! Their eyes were glazed over and the moved in to sniff the wrapping paper. I can’t believe that stuffie gave me away and squeaked on me! (darn stuffie)

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I did not think much about the toys after I placed them in their Christmas stockings and a few under the tree. The dogs sniffed their stocking a few times then followed me into the kitchen where I continued on with my holiday baking, and was glad to know that I got everything all wrapped.

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Then last night after dinner, Nikita went back into the living room and never left. She just sat there, in front of the tree and her pink Christmas stocking and looked at it. I watched her as she scooted closer and closer to her stocking. Then she laid down right in front of the tree and stayed there the entire night. We thought it was the cutest thing we have ever seen, a dog who was getting excited about Christmas presents. I went over to check on her and she looked up at me with those sad puppy eyes as if to say “can I have that thing that oinked?” What a sweet dog. I tried to explain to her that Christmas is not here yet, but all she did was look at me with that sad look on her face. All she wanted was that thing that oinked.

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It was time for bed, and Nikita was still laying under the tree, where she had been laying for hours. I had to do something. I picked up their toys under the tree and removed the stockings hanging on our stocking holder and carried them into another room. Nikita followed. I gave Nikita a hug, kissed her on her nose, and told her it would be ok. She went into the kitchen and laid down.

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I was just amazed on how persistent she was on keeping an eye on her presents under the tree, after one of them gave themself away by oinking. (darn piggie)

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The Christmas Sock Bins Are Overflowing

One of the cool things about the holidays, are the things that you can find at dirt cheap prices, if you know what to look for. Let’s talk about socks, for instance. You can find a boat load of holiday socks in almost every store you visit, and luckily for me, I have a KMart within walking distance from me.

The holiday sock bins are overflowing with socks that will probably make their way into hundreds of Christmas stockings this year, and this is the time to pick up a bunch of them because they are about a buck! Not only finding socks in your Christmas stocking is fun, but you can also use them to make “Sock Bunnies”!

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I picked up a few pair that I found in the huge sock bin and I mostly look for socks with cool stripes on them, or something that stands out about them, like the colors. You can usually find me standing in front of a sock bin talking to myself while digging through the piles saying “Ooooh yeah, I like that one” or “I wonder if they have another one just like this“. No matter what, it is sock porn plain and simple.

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I did a post back in March of 2013, Anatomy Of A Sock Bunny that you might want to check out for a great tutorial on how to make a sock bunny, so I won’t bore you with all the details again. Just one click, and you will be on your way to making your own sock bunnies, which are easier than you think. One of the funnest parts of making sock bunnies are adding the embellishments, like some cool eyes, a nose, a jingle bell necklace, and of course, a frilly tulle tutu!

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The Christmas sock bins were overflowing, and I made my selections of some fancy pairs, and got to work creating some Christmas Sock Bunnies.

When making a sock bunny, you will always have a leftover piece of sock. Ever since I started making them, I never threw away that extra sock that I had, because I thought that I might need it one day for something. And, while making my Christmas sock bunnies, I found a use for that extra sock! I made some sock toys for Nikita and Bella!  The dogs watched me the entire time I was sewing up the sock bunny, hoping that they would get it. They would come over and sit next to me and try to “snatch” it off my lap, and that is how I got the thought to make them each a sock toy.

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Oh boy, I was right! They loved their sock tube (is what I called it) and ran all over the house with them. When Bella gets a new toy, she prances all around the house with it as if to say “look at me, I got a new toy“, while Nikita takes her new toy back to her pet bed and guards it from Bella. After all of the prancing, Bella ended up napping with it on the couch.

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We don’t have any pampered dogs in our house, just happy ones!

Merry Christmas

The best part of blogging, is meeting new friends. I have met so many wonderful people all across the world and love sharing our lives with each other. There is nothing better than this! Pure joy from the ground up.

I love reading all the blog posts from fellow bloggers & their pets. I gain insights into some things that I might not know. It’s educational. It’s enlightening.It’s a ton of fun! I look forward every morning to see what they have posted overnight, and I can’t wait to read them! Some of the photographs that I see are hilarious and I just sit here laughing my head off. Pure entertainment!

The holidays are a time to stop & say thanks to those around you. It is also a time for giving, not receiving. The gift of your good deeds. The time for getting together. And, the time of year when we all decorate our pets for the holidays! Yes, I said decorate our pets! I am sure all of you have already adorned your pets in antlers, jingle bells, wreaths, & lights, just to get a funny photograph. I am guilty of this too. Nikita does not like anything on her head, and Bella just goes along with whatever Mommy does to her. She is good that way.

I had to take a Christmas photo of the dogs, just because it is the thing to do this time of year. I took many many photographs, just to get a good one. They kept trying to run out of the room, and I brought them back in. Bribed them with treats just to sit still, or look in the direction of the camera. It was a photo shoot that could have taken two minutes to accomplish, and turned into twenty due to un-cooperating pooches. I know they don’t like dressing up, but they put up with it for me. Thank you my furry friends for making Mommy happy and getting through yet another holiday photo shoot. Here is our best Christmas photo!

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Bella actually liked these candy cane light around her neck because she likes heat and the rope lights were nice and warm. The funny part was when she tried walking away and realized that she was plugged in!

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all of my fellow bloggers! We love you all and we look forward to another year of happiness with all of you!

The Making of A Christmas Sign

Viewing the numerous Christmas signs all over the place, on Pinterest boards, and in antique shops, I decided to try making one for myself. It all started because I found a little piece of scrap wood I had leftover, and I don’t throw any of these little pieces away, just in case I might need them. I had to trim the piece of wood with my jigsaw a little to make it perfectly shaped, then I sanded it really good.

Here’s what you need to make your own Christmas Sign:

  • Piece of 1/2″ plywood
  • Jigsaw & Sander
  • Create your own stencil & choose your fonts
  • Newspaper
  • White high gloss paint
  • Black high gloss paint
  • Red paint
  • Of course, paint brushes!
  • Polycrylic
  • Small string of colored Christmas Lights

Let’s get started!  You have the list of materials that I used in creating my Christmas Sign, so let’s begin the process. After the piece of wood is cut to the size you want (mine was 18″ x 9″), you need to sand down the top of your sign really well. Vacuum off all the dust particles afterwards.

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Next, take out your white glossy paint and paint two coats of white on your wood. Let dry in between coats. If you still think you might need a third coat, then do a third, but let it dry thoroughly.

While your board is drying, you can sit down and design your Christmas phrase on your computer and choose your fonts.  I decided to use “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” phrase, because it is cheery. The font I used for all the words was Time New Roman, and I used the font called Riddle for the word “little”. I sized the font size appropriately so it would fit on my piece of wood. Once you get everything in the size you want, print it out on a sheet of copy paper, not cardstock.  Cut out each word and leave a little space around each word. Place the cutout words onto your board to ensure that they fit.

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Next, take a piece of newspaper and lay it under your cutout word and trace really hard around the edges of your letters. What you are doing here is letting the ink from the newspaper transfer onto your white wood. It does a pretty good job. (you could probably also use a piece of carbon paper too if you had some on hand)

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Make sure your cutout words are always straight on your piece of wood when transferring them, or you will be sad to find out that they are crooked. I used a ruler to line up my cutout words when I did my board.

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Once you transfer all of your words onto your piece of wood, you are now ready to paint the letters black. Use a very small flat paint brush and carefully paint each letter, starting from the middle of your board and work your way out to the sides. This ensures that you will not accidentally slide your arm into any wet paint!  Work your way around your board until all your words are painted black, except for the word “little”, as you want to paint that red.

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Let your words dry thoroughly. Now, you might notice that you have some ink that accidentally transferred onto the white board from the newspaper, and that is not a problem. Just use your small paint brush and touch up those areas.

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When I was making my Christmas sign, I noticed that after I had all of the words painted on the sign, it looked good, but I felt that it was missing something. I decided to paint a small black border around the sign and that really did the trick in completing the look of the sign. It’s perfect now!

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Once all of your lettering has dried, you are ready to apply a layer of Polycrylic to seal the top of your board. Apply the polycrylic very slowly because you do not want any air bubbles. If you get any, just brush them away, or pop them with a pin as you go. I added actually two coats of Polycrylic to my sign just to seal it well. Let each layer of this step dry overnight before you add a second layer.

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The last thing that I did was add a little string of 18 LED Multi-Colored Christmas Lights around the frame. These little lights were found at Walmart.

So, there you have it, a beautiful Christmas sign to brighten your holidays!

Signs of Christmas

Signs. We see them every day. Signs tell us which way to turn. Some tell us that we need to stop. Some even tell us that we cannot enter without shirt & shoes. Then there are different signs that tell us when a holiday is creeping near, the signs of Christmas.

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We all know what day it is on our calendar, but seeing the little signs of Christmas always brings joy to your heart.

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The delivery trucks have been running non-stop up and down our street, and Nikita and Bella never miss the opportunity to bark at them, especially when they stop right in front of our house! (one word of caution for holiday deliveries – – If you can, have a neighbor pick up your packages that might sit for hours on your front porch when you are not home! We heard on the news that people are driving around & snatching up packages!)

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Nikita and Bella have been on their best behavior because they know that Santa is watching them! They want to make sure they don’t get on the naughty list!

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Nikita gets all excited when we ask her what she wants Santa to bring her for Christmas!

Signs are all around us, but the signs of Christmas always brings joy to my heart. What signs of Christmas do you see?

Happiness Is Found In The Little Things

I started the journey of Christmas wrapping the other day. I take my time. I make presents look pretty, beautiful, to a point where some don’t want to open them to ruin the beauty, but they do in the end. (I used to wrap my one brother-n-laws presents to his wife because he knew of my wrapping talent and he wanted the gifts to look awesome – she never knew)

Anyhow, I came to the end of a roll of wrapping paper, and Nikita noticed. I think she was lurking behind the couch to watch for it, and would not put it past her. She walked over to me as if to ask “may I have that?” and of course I gave it to her because I know of her love for cardboard tubes. She drools over them, no really, she does. She has also been known to sit for a long time in front of the counter in the kitchen, just looking at the paper towel roll that’s almost empty. “Not yet” I tell her, and she walks away, but looks over her back just to make sure.

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After Nikita got her wrapping paper tube, she runs to her bed, a safe place, to guard her new toy from Bella. She watches closely where Bella is.

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She then grabs it and runs into the living room to have some fun. She definitely knows how to keep her toys balanced!

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Here she is practicing to be a baton twirler!

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Who said you can’t snuggle with your toys. Can you see Bella’s head in the photo? She is waiting for Nikita to drop her cardboard.

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Bella Boo always wants to be the life of the party, time to strike a pose!

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Hey, get the camera back on ME!

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After some time rough housing with her new toy, happiness finds time to nap. It is the little things in life that matter the most…even a cardboard tube can bring out happiness. (but, I am sure that Nikita walked back over to the counter to check on the status of the paper towel roll!)

Wordless Wednesday

It’s Wednesday, and you know what happens here on this day of the week – – the garbage man cometh and the dogs are always waiting for him!

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Nikita and Bella love to sit at the front door and watch the neighborhood, and it appears that they miss nothing. Just like the little spider that was crawling down the front door that they noticed.

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I love our dogs!

Recycled Rudolph

I am always on the lookout for neat & cute craft ideas and I ran across this awesome cardboard reindeer on Pinterest that was posted on Good Housekeeping, so I just had to try making one for myself!

Here is the pin from Pinterest on what theirs looks like:

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Here is mine:

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Printout the Reindeer Template on legal-size paper. Find a nice piece of cardboard and trace the pattern onto the cardboard. Trace two pieces of the head. I used a sharp knife to cut out the pieces. One note if you are going to try making one for yourself, is to NOT cut the little slices on the deer antlers any larger than what is shown on the pattern, or your antlers will fall off when you try to slide them into place. Keep true to your cuts so your pieces fit together tightly.

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Place the two pieces of the head together and add a dab of glue to where the nose is. Then spread the head pieces apart a little (after your glue has dried) and attach the rest of the pieces to the reindeer.

Now all that is left is to decorate Rudolph! You can make him a pom pom nose like I did to mine, or just paint it red. Add some eyes, a collar with a jingle bell on it, or even slip a small wreath around his neck! Be creative and deck your halls with this awesome reindeer!

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How would you decorate your Recycled Rudolph?

Wordless Wednesday

Saying goodbye is never easy, and saying goodbye to our garden is right up there with sadness. We had a great year with the garden with absolutely no deer incidences, no battling any critters, (except a handful of those tomato worms, ew) and I finally had to pull out the plants a few weeks ago to get the garden ready for Winter.

We had a second batch of Romaine Lettuce coming up really nicely, but then we got a few nights of frost hit us, but I had covered up the lettuce to protect them. It worked, and the plants were saved, but then the temperatures dropped dramatically, and although I know that lettuce likes cooler temps, these temps were just too cold for these little plants to survive. I did not have the heart to pull them out of the garden, then it happened…it snowed! The snow covered them all up with only a little piece of Romaine leaf popping up out of the snow.

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It is as if the Romaine was waving goodbye to us, as it took its last look around outside. See you next year little Romaine, we miss you already.

Industrial Decor: Love it or Leave it

I have a new found love. It’s all the new rage, Industrial Decor! I see it everywhere! Every store is now selling Industrial Decor pieces from candle holders, shelves, book cases, towel racks, tables, chairs, and the list goes on and on. Have you fallen in love with this new rage of Industrial Decor?

If you know me well enough, you know that I like to make things, and I want to try my hand at making some industrial items. I know what I want to start designing, but I want to hear your thoughts first on what you think I should try making. Listed below is a little survey I would like you to take that will give me an idea on what YOU would buy if you saw it in a store. Check all the boxes that apply, multiple choices welcomed!

If you are not sure exactly what “Industrial Decor” is, check out my Industrial Pinterest Board!