not sure how I came up with the idea, but I was brainstorming Christmas gift ideas and decided I was going to get my niece miss K a real necklace..a real piece of jewelry. She’s 6 years old now and I remember how special I thought it was at that age to get something of real value.
I’ve ordered her a pendant necklace from The Vintage Pearl…it has her initial on it and its sterling silver. I cant wait to get it in the mail!
Then like I always do when I simply buy something for someone, I think…”wow, how much more would I appreciate giving a gift to someone if I’d sacrificed my time and my efforts and talents or LACK of talent, to make that gift?”
And then it came to me. I’m going to make her a jewelry box. Out of an old book. A beautiful vintage jewelry box that I make myself, where she can keep said necklace.
old book. I’ll be enlisting ben’s help to hollow out the inside of the book with a box cutter of sorts, leaving about an inch of book pages around the edges to form the wall of the box.
pretty pink fabric for the cushiony bottom of the box. I’m going to sew some cotton balls and good smelly stuff inside of the fabric.
razzle dazzle. i’ll be decorating the outside of the book with these beauties. every little girl loves rhinestones!
paint and glue. i’ll be painting the outside edges of the pages all the way around the book, in order to keep them stuck together. (a little emerald green and gold shall do the trick!) I’m also gluing the bottom pages to the back of the book so everything stays in place.
This weekend is my last weekend to get my crud together for christmas. It never fails…every year…something drastic happens to us financially around the holidays and we’re stuck waiting until the last second to get things done. Anyone else out there pining away for the day when they arent scared to fill up their gas tank for fear of draining their bank account? Such is our life right now. Ben’s still looking for a full time job and helping me out, and thats where life is right now…it just is. Christmas isnt about gift-giving though, remember? I did write a blog post about that. Guess I should down some spoonfuls of my own medicine.
I’ll let you all know how the jewelry box turns out. I cant wait to put it all together! Tomorrow we are back to our regularly scheduled programming, with Thursday’s LLP post! stay tuned!
when there is a website like hgtv.com out there, how is anyone…anywhere…EVER…supposed to get anything done? I could browse the site for hours and hours on end…
Today I want to share some pictures of some easier-than-you-think DIY christmas decorations and neato ideas that wont break your bank account and dont look like your grandmas craft attic either.
First, some gift ideas!
This is one of my faves. This is something I love to do, but I’ve usually done it with an old box. I’d like to try this with an tin cup or jar id otherwise throw away. Take magazine clippings, old cd cover jackets, scraps from posters, notes, anything to bring together a cohesive but eclectic look.
I love this idea! take a ball from a pool table and make it into a wine stopper! someone, anyone, get me one of these~!
Now for some easy and cheap decorating ideas!
This ones so simple, cranberries or what have you, with a matching candle in a bamboo or wood bowl? We all have this stuff lying around, or most of it!
Ok this one I fibbed a bit about…its not easy…and it might take some $$…but I really want to make it a project of mine for this coming year in preparation for NEXT Christmas. Its a super creative way for kiddos to countdown to Christmas. Read what the girl who shared it said, “Each envelope has a ‘coupon’ inside that is redeemable for something special (i.e., a family game night, a cup of hot chocolate, a piece of Christmas candy, Mom reading a book, etc.),” she says. It’s not only a fun family activity, but a creative piece of holiday decor, too.
SO EASY and super cute. I have tons of cookie cutters and im looking at some christmas ribbon on my table currently not being used. String em up!
Incredibly simple and very classy I think. Throw some epson salt into some mason jars as faux winter snow, or whatever jars you have, and pop a votive down in there. Done. Beautiful.
This is something that as I get a bit older and have more friends with kids and families, I’ll want to do. As it is right now we dont get a ton of Christmas cards in the mail (people, I’d love one from you to see who all my followers are! email me and I’ll get you my address!), but as the years go on and I DO get a ton in the mail, I think you’ve got to have a creative way to display them and this hits the nail right on the head. Plus its easy and cheap! Take thick ribbon, nail it in a overlapped star pattern, use some painted clothespins for hanging, VOILA!
This ones super cute. Right now, (dont laugh), my tree skirt is black..yea..super festive..and it is made up of my old moby wrap from when josiah was a baby, and a scrap piece of black fabric. I mean SCRAP…This girl took a cute apron and wrapped it around her tree! I’m gonna score a huge christmas apron and do this same thing.
Hows about an easy centerpiece idea that is wintery and beautiful? Yep, love this. Throw some branches in a tall vase and before you can say “holler if you hate crafting”, youve got a gorg christmas centerpiece.
Well ladies, one of lifes little pleasures TRULY IS HGTV.COM. So go browse and find some homemade handmade goodness that suits your style. Happy Thursday!
so its no secret i love sugar.
i could have cinnamon toast crunch for breakfast, a fruit salad for lunch, and cake for dinner. literally, this is my world and im a prisoner in it. i love me some sweets!
cakes, pies, brownies, cookies, doughnuts, candy, fruits, sugar of all kinds….
over thanksgiving we always head up to tennessee to spend the holiday with bens family. the women cook for hours and hours day of, but we have to split our time between two sides of the family and eat two thanksgiving dinners, so its hard for me to contribute to the cooking sometimes. this year, i was determined to make a contribution. something in me is screaming to be cooking and cleaning and home all the time…what the deuce…
am i becoming suzie homeaker? did i just make my husband leave for 4 hours and deep clean my house like i was gonna host the president for dinner tonight? YES. do i sometimes cook dinner for my family “just because”, and secretly desire to roll around on the floor all day with my kiddos? (that nice vacuumed, swept and mopped floor?) YES.
so anyways, my suzie homeaker desires kicked in and made me a bit sad i wasnt having a thanksgiving at my own house and being dubbed “hostess with the mostess”…so i thought, meh, why not make a baller cheesecake to throw in the thanksgiving food mix…its not really thanksgiving food, but hey maybe somebody will eat it and i wont be too embarrassed now that i have something to bring to the table.
enter real simple magazine, november. (the recap going up THIS FRIDAY ladies so stay tuned for full details…). gingersnap cherry cheesecake recipe? yes please. minus the cherries plus some strawberries. yes please.
check out the recipe here ladies, and ive copied and pasted it below. for the crust half and halfed gingersnap cookies with gingerbread graham crackers (makes a nicer consistency in the crust). and i also bought fresh strawberries, chopped them up and added a bit of sugar to them before i let them chill in the fridge for a while.
the result? i happened to find the last piece buried in the fridge the day after thanksgiving. it was devoured people, literally devoured. certain family members had multiple pieces. said it was the best cheesecake theyd ever had. better than their mommas…and their mommas mommas…
make it. eat it. love it. its a great holiday staple peeps! bens family has already made me promise to make it and bring it every year now!
p.s. i felt very good about this cheesecake because it was the first one that id ever made, and it didnt split down the middle or break or cook funny…it was delicious and beautiful, so ben made sure to take a pic of me with the very first yummy piece. enjoy!
- Heat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, combine the ground gingersnaps and butter. Using a straight-sided dry measuring cup, press the mixture into the bottom and 2 inches up the side of a 9-inch springform pan.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and 1 cup of the sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Beat in ½ cup of the sour cream and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla.
- Pour the mixture into the crust and bake until just set, 40 to 45 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 ½ cups of sour cream, ¼ cup of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Spread over the hot cheesecake and bake until set, 3 to 5 minutes more. Let cool in the pan, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Run a knife around the edge of the cheesecake before unmolding.
- Spread the preserves over the cheesecake before serving.
I’m finally taking steps to get that black bookcase into tip-top organized and decorated shape. My recent fascination is colored glass. I love yellow, blue, green, teal, and purples. The only ones ive been able to find thus far are green in color. I picked these up today from goodwill for under $5! I’m also going to add in some white to this shelf, because it is black and needs a bit of brightening up. I found a cute book-end today that I need to paint, so you’ll see that one later.
(p.s. i love bookends! please, if anyone finds a good cheap and cute bookend or knows a good resource to find them, let me know or snag it for me! I seriously have such a hard time finding them..)
I did a bit of browsing and here are some images of some colored glass that im diggin’:
And I stumbled across this article on how to make your OWN aqua blue glass jars with glass paint! who even knew glass paint existed, i didnt. I’m so stoked to try this! You can get a can of this paint from cheap joes art stuff for under $5. Omgoodness this is going to change my life! Stay tuned.
another encouraging organizational note from Caroline Parker:
“I have two wooden spoons on hangers right inside my lower tupperware cabinets for Sadie to play with. She has learned to hang them back up when she is done:) functional AND its a toy:)
This inspired me to create a space just for Jos. He’s constantly wanting to get into the kitchen cabinets…no amount of “no” deters him from trying. So I made a special cabinet just for him. Tupperware, plastic mixing bowls, the bottle/baby utensil holder for the dishwasher, some rubber kitchen utensils, and whatever else I can find that is jos friendly will now reside here!
p.s. sorry for the obnoxiously large font on the watermark above. i seriously need to proofread things before exporting out of photoshop. maybe if i had more time in my life…
I also put a command hook to hang utensils from….aaaand I should have studied the small holes on the ends of said utensils because they are definitely too small for the the hook. So, I’m going to get a different hook:)
This morning Ben videoed Josiah seeing his cabinet for the first time. He did it on his phone so I’m not sure how to upload it here, but it’ll be on my facebook soon so check that out. (http://www.facebook.com/rebekahmhood) There was an “ohhhhhhhh” and a immediate swinging open of the cabinet door. Everything was out in a matter of seconds. Success!
Stay tuned for more organizational tips from Caroline and projects coming to completion!
Thank you Caroline Newberry Parker.
Not only did she ship me her label maker to use for my many home organization projects, but she sent me FOUR emails about how to organize each of my problem areas in my home. That’s a friend right there.
Remember my pantry? my confessions post? these were the images.
Complete disaster huh. No structure at all. Well if you can believe it, since that post a few months back my pantry became UNRULY. About 100x worse than what you see above. Like I said, imagine if you dare.
This last Saturday I broke down. “I cannot handle this anymore ben.” The sight of my pantry gave me more anxiety than a Duggar kid in bloomingdales.
After hours of work, and tons of label making snafu’s, here is the finished product.
Bins. And Labels. Plastic never made me so happy before.
Pay no mind to my disgustingly dirty floors here.
The last thing to do in here is put command hooks on the wall, 2 on each side of the pantry walls, and hang my mops/brooms that you see hanging out in this picture. Yea, they need a home. So after a Target run tonight, the pantry transformation will be complete!
As I stated earlier, the lovely Mrs Caroline Parker sent me super helpful emails, and here is what she had to say about pantry organization: (THANK YOU CAROLINE!)
“This is how I have my pantry set up: (cell phone pics were included!). I dont have any fancy baskets or organizational stuff. I worked with what I had or could find really cheap. I literally keep what makes sense together. “
Seems pretty obvious, right? But ladies, this tip changed my life!
Most of the plastic bins I used came from target and they were $1.69 full price. Then I already had a basket to use for chips and crackers, and I took this big stainless steel holiday plate that had a wide and raised rim around the edge to put all my sugar and flour for baking on. I bought one bin that locked closed for kiddo food and snacks so I could easily take it with me when I traveled.
As I go through each area she gave me tips on, I’ll share them with you here and add pictures to show you the before and after. Cant wait to get these projects finished with!