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DIY Christmas Crafts

Posted by Andie on November 30, 2012

It's December first tomorrow, which means if you haven't already, it's time to deck the halls! I'm happy to report that I officially finished up all of my Christmas decorating last night, and gosh, it feels so good to be done.  I love it once it's all up, but getting it up is quite the process.  Have you pulled out your decor yet? 

 

Along with getting my home festive looking, I've caught the holiday crafting bug.  It's not like I need one more Christmas decoration to take up space in my house, but here's a roundup of some of my favorite things floating around on pinterest that I'm dying to make......

 

 

 

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What are you crafting this holiday season?

 

 

 

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Stripes!

Posted by Andie on November 28, 2012

 

 

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Stripes have always been a staple in the fashion world, but over the past couple years they've become even more of a necessity when it comes to men, women & children's clothing and accessories.  Go walk around the mall, or look at the latest runway collections. Stripes are everywhere, and they are here to stay.  

 

Just like color blocking, stripes have definitely managed to make their way into the home design world.  I'm really loving all of the striped furniture I've been seeing lately, and I also can't get enough of the idea of painting big, bold stripes on your wall.  Looks like this might be my next painting project.....

 

 

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Pumpkin Dessert Recipe

Posted by Andie on November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday.  I love that it's a day set aside to cherish family and friends, count your many blessings, and to recognize and focus on all that is good and right in the world.  Something we should all probably make a habit of doing more often. 

 

The fact that there is always a plethora of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, rolls, green bean casserole, jello salad, and candied yams to feast on doesn't hurt either!  There is only one Thanksgiving menu item that I completely and utterly detest.

 

Pumpkin pie.  

 

I enjoy pumpkin desserts, but I think pumpkin pie is taking it a step too far.  Sooooo much pumpkin.  And don't even get me started on my issues with the texture.  

 

If pumpkin pie isn't your thing either, I'm about to top your 'grateful' list this year.  My friend Hannah introduced me to this pumpkin crumble cake recipe a few weeks ago, and I think it's safe to say it's changed my life.  It's festive, it's delicious, and it has just the right amount of pumpkin.  A perfect alternative to pumpkin pie!  So, if you're brave enough to ignore tradition, try this pumpkin crumble cake tomorrow, and it will change your life too.  

 

Pumpkin Crumble Cake

Hannah Stoehr

 

1st layer- mix and pour into greased 9x13 pan:

1 package yellow cake mix, with 1 cup set aside

1/2 cup melted margarine

1 egg

 

 

2nd layer- mix and spread over other

1 29oz. can pumpkin (use all or only 2/3 of the can if you do not like pumpkin texture)

2/3 cup milk

3 eggs

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 cup sugar

1 pinch nutmeg

 

 

3rd layer- mix, cut in margarine and sprinkle on top

1 cup cake mix

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup nuts

1/2 tsp. baking powder

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup margarine

 

 

 

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.  Serve with whipped cream.  You can eat it warm (let it cool for 2 hours so it sets first), or cold the next day.  Enjoy!!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

 

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Get Ready for Black Friday!

Posted by Andie on November 19, 2012

 

 

I believe there are two types of people in this world:

 

1. Those who shop Black Friday, and

2. Those who don't.

 

Where do you stand?

 

If you're a Black Friday shopper, get excited!  We've got some incredible deals and awesome doorbusters this year that will make getting out of bed at the crack of dawn totally worth it.  Be sure to check out our Black Friday Ads to get ready for this weekend!

 

Happy shopping!

 

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DIY: How to Make a Sunburst Mirror

Posted by Andie on November 15, 2012

* I know many of you aren't fans of the retro sunburst mirror (given comments from this blog post), but for those of you who like the look, here's a fun easy tutorial to make your own!......

 

Do you ever see products at farmers markets or boutiques priced so outrageously high and think, "Seriously?  I could totally make that myself!  And for a fraction of the price!"  Listen.  I'm not the craftiest gal out there, but that's never stopped me from trying to re-create a craft!  Sometimes I over-estimate my abilities, but I'm always up for a good challenge!

 

 

 

 

Several weeks ago, I happened upon this sunburst mirror at a local festval/craft fair.  It was selling for $39.00.  I thought about it all weekend.  I could do that!  Easy peasy!  For a heck of a lot less than 40 bucks too!  So I got right to work.  Here's how I did it:  

 

 

 

 

1.  I scrounged around in my garage, and found a garden trellis.  The wood spokes on the mirror at the craft fair were thin (I think they actually might have been paint stir sticks), but I wanted mine a bit thicker.  I broke up the trellis and got a pile of wood to start working with.  

 

 

 

 

2.  Next, I started measuring.  The spokes on the mirror at the fair were all the same length and fairly short, but I decided I wanted to have a couple different, longer sizes.  My husband helped me out and and cut 16 pieces of wood- 8 of them 10" and 8 of them 12".  

 

 

 


3. Once they were all cut, I sanded them down and cleaned off the sawdust with a wet rag.

 

 

 

4. Next I brought out the gold spray paint!  The spokes on the mirror at the fair were left natural, but I wanted mine to look a little more glamorous and glitzy.  

 

 

 

5. After the spokes got a couple good coats of paint it was time to put it all together!  I went to a local glass store and bought an 8" round mirror for $15.  I laid the mirror face down and started measuring out where to glue the spokes on the back with a framing square.  

 

 

 

 

6. This is where it gets a little tricky.  I got some gorilla glue, and glued down the first four 12" spokes, making four right angles, and four equal quadrants. (I made sure 2" of all of the spokes were glued to the mirror)   Next, I glued four more 10" spokes (one in each quadrant), cutting each quadrant in half.  Then I glued the remaining eight 8" spokes, cutting each quadrant into four equal parts.  (Confused now?  Basically, just figure out how you want to space out 16 spokes equally.  They should go every other 12", 10", 12", 10")

 

 

 

7. Once all of the spokes were glued on, I piled on some heavy books to add pressure so that the glue would dry evenly.

 

 

 

 

8. Once the glue was dry, I covered the front of the mirror with masking tape and sprayed another coat of gold spray paint on for good measure.   

 

 

 

 

And voila!  Here's the finished product!  

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

P.S. If you're in the West Jordan, UT are tonight, I'm speaking at a Home and Garden club!  Admission is free, so stop by if you can!

 

 

“Quality on Any Budget: How to Select the Best Home Furnishings”

Thursday, November 15th

7:00 pm

Conservation Garden Park Education Center

8275 South 1300 West

West Jordan, Utah

 

 

 

 

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Minimalism Interior Design

Posted by Andie on November 8, 2012

Minimalism is a design trend that's getting a lot of attention this season.  Influenced by ancient Japanese design and Zen philosophy, the concept of minimalism is to strip everything down to its essential components and get rid of unnecessary embellishments.  Whites, creams, tans and neutrals are most commonly incorporated to achieve this quiet, simple elegance.     

 

My first instinct is to put a million pictures on the wall and to use as many bright and vivid colors as possible, and so while I find this trend extremely refreshing, I also think it's a bit intimidating.  The process of getting to that place where you have just enough to make a design look complete without going overboard can be challenging even for the most well trained eye.  

 

Like everything though, practice makes perfect!  Just remember, the idea is to use the simplest and fewest elements to create a maximum effect.  Less is more.  Here are some beautiful examples.....

 

 

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Raise Your Voice!

Posted by Andie on November 6, 2012

 

I'm so grateful today that I live in a country where I have the opportunity to choose and express my opinions and ideas, and for the fact that my vote (and your vote too) actually matters!

 

Don't take that blessing for granted today.

 

Whatever your political leanings, get to the polls and exercise your right and privilege to be heard.  God Bless America!!

 

 

 

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Jurassic Park in My Living Room

Posted by Andie on November 2, 2012

Remember how brass animals are really hot right now when it comes to home decor?  Well, let's be honest.  If you're not positive this trend is really going to stand the test of time, or you don't know that you love the idea of a brass elephant gracing your coffee table, you probably aren't going to rush out and spend loads of money on little brass critters.  Nor should you for that matter!

 

While I thought the idea of a couple brass animals in my home was quirky and fun, I wasn't ready or willing to invest a lot of money.  So after some perusing online, I decided it would be easy enough to make my own "brass" animals, and so can you!  Here's what you do....

 

1. Find An Animal

You might have an old toy lying around your house that you could use for this, but my baby isn't at the toy stage yet, so I took a trip to the local thrift store.  One kid's junk is my treasure! The selection of plastic animals was pretty scarce, but I found two little dinosaurs that I thought would do the trick.  At .50 cents a piece, I knew I wouldn't be kicking myself if they ended up in the trash.  Don't worry if they aren't pretty, just make sure you like the shape of the animal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Sanitize!

Okay, I'm by no means a germaphobe, but the thought of all of the slobber, snot, and who knows what else that was surely on my little dinos was kind of grossing me out.  I tossed them in a sink with hot soapy water and let them soak for a while.  I don't know that this step is really important, but it gave me peace of mind, so take it for what it's worth.   

 

 

 

 

3. Get Your Spray Paint On!

Now it's time to glamorize the heck out of your plastic animal!  I'm a firm believer that a little gold spray paint can make anything look pretty!  Give your plastic animal a couple good coats, and let it dry completely.  (I told my husband after doing this project that I wanted to spray paint our whole house gold!)

 

 

 

 

 

4. Bling Out Your Home

I wasn't sure how this little experiment was going to turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised with the results!  I have to laugh because who actually displays a stegosaurus on their bookshelf??  They are fun, random, and pretty weird though, and that sort of thing is right up my alley.  Once my husband got over the initial shock of dinosaurs on our coffee table, he's come to think they are pretty cool too.  And for fifty cents, I'd say not bad.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. If you have small children, and spray paint one of their toys gold, please make sure they know they can't play with them anymore!  I don't want to be responsible for any children ingesting spray paint!

 

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