Monday, December 31, 2012

1ST YR. BLOG ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY!


Grab your coffee and come on in!   To celebrate my 1st Year Blogging Anniversary, I will be having my very first "GIVEAWAY"!  All you need to do for a chance to win is to "join this site" (just click on "join this site" located about the middle of this page) and leave a comment (along with your email address at the bottom of this post) on how, what event and what kind of drink you would use this item for.   I am thinking: summer and fall get togethers.  Please email me if you have any difficulties signing in. The winner will be drawn on February 1, 2013 by random drawing.  Good Luck!

I will be having "Giveaways" every few months.   Next time, I plan to giveaway some of the
 "Ooh-La-La"  Natural, Vegetable Glycerin Spa Soaps that I make, so check back often and Good Luck!


New, Better Homes & Garden 1 gal. Drink Dispenser with chalkboard label area. 


Do you have all your Christmas decorations down yet?   I finally have all the Christmas trimmings and decorations down - except the tree which hubby has to bag and find a new place for. Phew!   Now, I just have to clean.-UUUGH!!..:( :(   I really wish I had a Fairy Godmother to make everything spic-n-span and all I had to do was decorate.  As my Fairy Godmother hasn't come around yet...(if you see her, please send her my way), I guess it looks like I will have to make the effort.   But, don't you like how everything looks afterwards, so, clean, fresh and pretty at least for a week or two maybe?  Reminder: next year use gift cards for Housekeeper!  What a nice way to start the new year.

I am celebrating my one year "Bloganniversary" on January 4, 3013.  It's been a long road, but an enjoyable one for this newbie.  I can't believe it's been a whole year already.  I have had such fun blogging and finding new, amazing blogs I never knew where out there. Still have soooo much to learn.   I want to thank all my friends and followers for your support and for stopping by to visit.

To start the new year, I've given my blog (FTD) Favorite Things Decor a new color and will be working on some other new additions.  I need some new, refreshing colors occasionally don't you?  Well, the natural colors (browns, tans, creams, etc.) are always a favorite of mine along with the blue's and aqua's.  (I think I used to be a mermaid) :) :)    I  also will be adding a list of all the new decorating blog's I am following which are awesome!


(GIVEAWAY)  Sitting on some antique books.

Sitting on a black iron pedestal (not inluded)


I took this picture that was in one of my catalogs.  Doesn't it look great sitting on top of the clay pottery?
Original retail price $59.99  (Pic does not do it justice)


Well,  I better leave well enough alone, blogger is not cooperating very well with me today.  I will post some more soon. Hurry and "join me" and don't forget to leave your comment and email address!  Good Luck!
Til Then,
Blessings, Carol


Friday, December 21, 2012

Last Minute Christmas Decorations

Merry Christmas Everyone!  Hope all of you have all your shopping done - I still have a couple more things I need to get this weekend....are you as tired as I am?  I am resting today (well, almost) and try to catch up a bit on my blogging.  Wanted to share some last minute Christmas photo's for this year with you.










Picture of tree before it was decorated and lights were out on the bottom which hubby fixed. Will post an updated pic later.

First grandchild - Zachary



Glittery icy mantel

Empty wine bottle rolled in Elmers glue (diluted) and Epsom salts).  Filled with tiny white lights. Can you tell I am craving  S N O W!! (Yes, I do eat it) :) :)










Merry & Blessed Christmas from our Home to Yours.

Till Then,
Many Blessings!   (I may have a few more photos to post tomorrow that I forgot to show you)
                             Check back soon.

-Carol



Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas 2012 Williamsburg Apple Tree

Hi! Here I am again.  Come on in!  I will be posting 2012 Christmas Decor this coming week.  The first thing I did this year was to make a "Apple Tree".  I found the inspiration and directions from Susan's blog at "Between Naps On The Porch", who does a wonderful job.  I wish I could take pictures like she does.  Well, here goes.

I first asked by husband if he could make me the wooden cone shaped base.  He didn't answer me right away (he was thinking), but he loves a challenge.  It did take him quite a while to finish the base as he used a pine log and had to shape it and then place the nails in.  That was the hardest part - Whew -not me....him!  

This was after three rows of large apples.  I think next year, we will cut about 4" off the top, it was a little bit higher than what we planned, but thought it worked out well.  Just push the apples onto the nails and stagger each row.

View from top.

Wha-la!  It took 4 rows of apples.  Three rows of large and one row of small at the top. Then a pretty pineapple is centered on top.  Fill in between apples with some small greenery from your yard.  I used boxwood around the base of the pineapple and the bottom was covered by just placing pine branches and other greenery around the base.  I have had this up for about one week and the aroma is wonderful when you pass by (apples, pineapple and pine).  I will have to replace some of the greenery poked in between the apples as they are wilting a little due to the heat being on.  I just love it though.  It took three bags of apples.  Next year, will only take about 2 bags of apples as we will shorten it.  I believe this base was about 15" tall and then you have to add the pineapple on top. 

 If you would like a step by step tutorial, please go to "Between Naps On The Porch'' where Susan does a great job.  Thanks Susan!

Till then,
Many Blessings,
Carol




Christmas

Hello there!  It's a cloudy day here in Texas, so what a better time than to blog??  Hope everyone is well and making headway on their "lists" for Christmas.  I still haven't make any cookies yet, :( but plan to do so one day next week, hopefully (with the grand kids).  I try to get all my shopping finished (try), so I can dedicate at least one day for baking.  I did make our traditional 
Japanese Fruit Cake" which was originally made by my husband's mother years ago.  I have made one every year for appx. 44 yrs.  I will post the recipe soon- it's yummy!

This was last year's Christmas Decor for our entryway....did I mention that I love snow?  We don't get very much here, so I have to improvise. :)  There is a battery operated candle inside the church and when all it lit up, it looks so glittery and peaceful.

A Saviour Is Born Who Is Christ The Lord!

Sleep in Heavenly Peace!


 My wish for you this Christmas is:    Gods' Peace, Joy, Comfort, Hope and Love for you and all your loved ones.  He is our Saviour and our Hope!  May God Bless Us All!

I know your hearts are heavy as mine is for all the families and everyone involved in the horrible incident in Connecticut.  May God send all of you His comfort and peace.  We are all praying for you and our Nation.  God Bless America.  One day every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!

Till Then,
Many Blessings!

Carol

P.S.  I will be uploading this year's Christmas photo's soon.  Maybe today??  Check back soon.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Quote

Hello there.  Favorite Christmas quote of mine.......

This always reminds me to settle down, relax and remember that Christmas is so much more......

Til then,  Many blessings,
Carol


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas 2011 Decor



Hi Everyone!  Thanks for stopping by.  How do you like the new Christmas colors?   If you are like me, I have to be in the "mood" to decorate.  Sadly, I have been a little under the weather lately, so I have a lot of catching up to do.  Put some Christmas music on and wha-la......I was cured! :)  Here are some pics of Christmas 2011 decorations.  I will be posting this year's soon.  Stop by again soon!  


My daughter, Darla and our baby yorkie, "Munchie" at Christmas.  I "wish" I knew then that I should have opened the door - duh?  I actually had not started "blogging" then - am I forgiven?

Click on the pic to enlarge.

Pinecone centerpiece for the Dining Room table.



Mantle - Wrote "N O E L" with black marker on white candles.


MERRY CHRISTMAS SANTA!

Grandchildren are my favorite Christmas present!  From the top to the left : Zachary, Teale, Saylor & Lake.



Manger given to us by my Mother and Father 44 years ago for our first Christmas together!  Amazingly, it still looks new.  Hubby was looking on the bottom of the figurines while I was putting it up and they say, "Made in Italy".  Wow, we did not know that.  That star you see on the top was made by my Dad before he went to be with the Lord.  They didn't have very much money that year, so he said he would make one - my Mom laughing all the time.  (My Dad loved Christmas and all the Holidays and made sure everyone was happy).  He never knew how precious that small aluminum foil star would be to me and my family every year, because he made it and it touched his hands.  What a very, very special lasting gift to us. (Jesus is everywhere, you just have to look for Him).  I wrap a string of white lights all around it and it looks amazing at night!  After all, Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

Let It Snow - P L E A S E!! We are from Texas!

Simple Christmas Mantle



Hot Chocolate Anyone?

Happy Holidays Everyone!
Till Then,
Carol

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Christmas Kitchen Valance Tutorital- No Sew!


Hi Everyone!  Hope you are having a wonderful day.  Wanted to show you an easy, easy, no sew, valance that I did for my kitchen window for Christmas last year .  (Did I say I'm a semi-homemade decorator)??  Luv, easy things to make.

 I started with a new kitchen towel (red & white stripe) and placed about it horizontally over the rod (top of towel about 2" over the rod and secure with straight pins on the back).  I initially used scotch tape to hold it on the back, but please don't do that!  Learned the hard way;  when the heat came on, I had pieces falling into my sink. (Help, the sky is falling- what to do??)

You could also use hot glue if you like, or fusible tape and iron on.  The fusible tape would probably be better for the horizontal towel.  Then, maybe just hot glue, pin or staple the side napkins.  I may try this next time, I really think it will do much better.  Don't do what I did....it's a lot easier if you take your rod down and do this on your counter top - duh?  I did mine standing up on the counter top - not too balanced might I add :) :) -that's nothing new :(

OK, that worked great!  Then, I took two of my red cloth (and one white ) silky holiday napkins and placed 3 at each side of the window.  (White/Red/White).

Hold the napkin by one of the points and shake down (it falls right into the shape you want).

Hold the napkin by the point and fold over the rod about 1"  and staple,pin or hot glue from the back. Whatever works for you best.

Next, do the same with the 2nd & 3rd towel  (place second towel a little over the top of 1st one and so forth, so they look layered (see picture below).  Then, do the same on the right side of the window.

Sorry, this is the picture after the "sky was falling".  I now remember I had three napkins on each side, which covered up more of the rod.   I had a white/red/white napkin on each side.

Simple and I had so many compliments!  Of course, my kitchen horizontal towel was almost the same length of my rod (your napkins will cover the rest of the rod.  If your rod is larger, you may have to use 2 - 3 towels placed horizontally on your rod and more napkins hanging on the sides.  Just overlap them a bit.

Just think of the possibilities with different colored towels/napkins to match your decor and all for about $6.00 approximately -Wohoo!.  


Well, my chicken is calling me to the oven, I better go.,

Have a great day and many blessings,

Please leave a comment below if you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer you!  Check back often, I will try to post a new Christmas pic each day.  I know, it's not Thanksgiving yet, but a girl has to be prepared! :)

-Carol

Friday, November 9, 2012

Baking Soda Uses


Hi, come on in......glad you stopped by!  Just wanted to share this with you.  A relative of ours who is an "all natural" kind of person, keeps this by her sink.  I wasn't sure at first what it was, but found out later that she keeps baking soda in a pretty little dish by her stainless steel sink in the kitchen.  After dishes are done, you just sprinkle a scoop around each sink and especially the sink with the garbage disposal, rub all around the sink and rise.  It really cleans and shines your sink and eliminates all those "yukky" odors coming from the disposal and no scratches to your sinks. 


 Also comes in handy for those little kitchen fires that pop up once in a while :(  (just sprinkle a couple scoops onto the flame and out it goes).  The only thing, please tell the family and guests that this is NOT Coffee Creamer (I don't think it would hurt you but may not taste very well!:(    You can also make a cute little label and stick on the front or use a washable black magic marker).  I will do this.
You also can use baking soda on a sponge to clean your glass stove tops....I have done this and it works great.  I also use it to wipe off my granite counters, stainless steel appliances.  And did I say inexpensive??  Yes!
Any kind of pretty containers would do, use your imagination, i.e.,  pretty Mason jars,  crystal dessert dishes, or anything else you can think of.
Let me know what you come up with.  I would love to hear from you.




Have a wonderful day and God Bless!

Til Then,

Carol



Saturday, October 27, 2012

Re-decorated Bath




Was very excited today to receive photos of my sister's newly decorated bathroom. Her hubby did most of the hard work and she was the awesome "decorator".  Great Job to both of you!  I just love the colors, they are very serene and comforting.




Love the candlestick accent!

Humming birds - my favorite!

Added new cabinet above toilet for more storage. I love the detail on the shower curtain and the trim at the bottom and top!

This print is a beautiful touch to pull in all the colors!

Oh!  I see one of my Fleur-de-lis soaps.

Great job you two!!  Wow, what a little work can do....did I say that? ....I meant a LOT of work! :)  Thanks for sharing.


Til Then,  Blessings!
Carol


It's a Tea Party!

Hi! Come on in!   We're having a Birthday Tea Party for some of my dearest friends.  We all had a great time visiting, sipping tea, cranberry scones, tea cookies and chicken salad.  We will definitely have to do this more often.  Don't you love tea parties?

Blue Willow Tea Set





Blue Willow dinnerware, lace tablecloth and cloth napkins always seem to make people settle down, relax and stay a while.











Miniature Blue Willow Tea Set hubby bought for me at a Flea Market.



Homemade Muscadine Jelly (to the left) -Yum!


Hope everyone has a wonderful day.  Our prayers are with all the folks on the East coast in the next few days with coming of "Sandy" Storm....hope everyone stays safe!

Til Then,  Blessings,
Carol