Cupid's Arrows

We finally crafted our own Cupid's Arrows!  I took inspiration from all of the great examples on my previous post.  Ours is a combination of the feather arrows and the traditional red and pink Valentine's colors.  I know one thing-feathers are messy! 

These would also be great décor for couples showers, baby showers, engagement parties, etc.

 

Here are the supplies you'll need: 

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All of these can be purchased at Hobby Lobby.  I also bought two glass vases on sale there to hold our arrows.

 Start by hot gluing your feathers and/or heart to the top of your skewer on each side.

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The felt hearts had sticky backing which made it super easy.  Just stick two back to back on the end of your skewer. 

I just love these red burlap hearts!

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Then tie on a ribbon or twine..

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I had two pairs of helping hands for this craft too!

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My six year old actually came up with the idea to layer the felt hearts!  I thought they turned out better than the feathers.  She is my crafty girl.

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Cupids Arrows

 

I have them on our mantle for now but they don't show up well.  They would probably pop on an entry table or coffee table where you can see them up close.

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My little cardinal goes well with the red accents!

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A pretty easy little Valentine craft to brighten up your home for winter!  I hope you'll try making your own Cupid's Arrows.

 

XOXO,

Jo

 

 


Valentine's Day Decor

We've been iced in for two days so I've been spending a lot of time on Pinterest!  I don't usually decorate my home for Valentine's Day but I came across the cutest idea for making Cupid's Arrows as décor!  I love arrows in everyday décor and these Valentine Arrows add just enough whimsy without being too commercial. 

Here are a few of my favorite posts on how to make the arrows...

I love the simplicity of these wooden skewer arrows with white feathers from I Heart Naptime!

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Here is another vase of feathered arrows but with traditional Valentine's Day colors from The Vintage Modern Wife

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How sweet are these twig and felt arrows from Carolyns Homework?!

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I love this whole mantle display from Remodelando la Casa.  Notice the vases filled with arrows, and that heart!

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And this rustic neutral display from Small Town Cozy!  Ah be still my heart!

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Ok friends, I'm off to the craft store!  Check back to see my own Cupid's Arrows!

 

XOXO,

Jo


Happy New Year

It's 2017!  I hope everyone's holidays were everything you wanted them to be.  They always go by so fast!  After taking down our Christmas decorations the house always seems so bare.  I kind of like it though, a fresh slate just like the new year. 

I transitioned some of our décor to winter.  When I think of winter I think of white, gray, all neutrals.  Also, I think of a little sparkle.  Mercury glass, candles and maybe a twinkle light or two. 

Winter Mantle Decor

Winter Mantle Decor

I am really into cotton and antlers this year!

Winter Mantle Decor

I used the same cotton stems and antler stems that were on our dining room tree.  

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This pewter antler bowl is one of my favorites.  The silver adds some shimmer against all of the neutrals.

Rustic Winter Centerpiece

Here it is again as a last minute New Year's Eve centerpiece.  Dressed up with mercury glass candle holders and silver colored beads.

Winter Centerpiece

Winter Centerpiece

 

A quick change of the table runner and you have a neutral dining table.  I used the same strand of lights from Christmas just removed the red pinecones. 

Rustic Winter Centerpiece

And of course antlers...

Rustic Winter Centerpiece

 

Pinecones also make excellent winter décor.  They are everywhere and inexpensive.  Just place a few in a clear vase and you have an easy centerpiece.

Also candles, candles, and more candles.  They add cozy warmth on a dreary winter day.

 

With a few changes and rearranging you can use some of your Christmas décor to decorate for winter!  Stay warm, everyone! 


White Christmas Sangria

I love sangria!  White or red.  It's the perfect cocktail for a crowd.  It involves WINE, fruit and other goodies and looks beautiful!  What's not to love?

This is a recipe for a White Christmas Sangria.  It is stunning and tastes great too.  I love the addition of the rosemary. 

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White Christmas Sangria

1 Granny smith apple

1 Braeburn apple

1 cup of fresh cranberries

1 large sprig of rosemary

1 bottle of Pinot Grigio

1/2 cup white grape juice

1/4 sugar

1 can club soda

In a large pitcher combine all of your ingredients.  Mix well and refrigerate at least an hour. 

 

Cheers!

Jo

 

Recipe from Jerry James Stone via Pinterest

 


Festive Touches in the Kitchen

As promised, here are a few photos of my kitchen with some Christmas décor!  I didn't do a whole lot of decorating in the kitchen.  It seems to have so much going on anyway.  Cooking, homework, artwork, etc.  I do wish I had put up a wreath on my hood.  Maybe next year!

You may remember the cardinals on our tree in the dining room.  I just love placing them all over the house at the holidays!  They give a vibrant pop of red and cheer.

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This three tier stand is so fun to change for the seasons.  I filled it with bottle brush trees and large red bells this year.  And of course our cardinal friends.

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One of my favorite parts of our kitchen is our butler's pantry.  I'm so glad I chose to go with it instead of a food pantry.  It is a great place to make coffee or cocktails.

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Can you tell I love bottle brush trees? 

I kept our breakfast nook super simple with just our Advent wreath.  Really you don't need anything else because it is a star on its own. 

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We really enjoy lighting the candles in the weeks leading up to Christmas!

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I hope you've enjoyed the little tour of our kitchen!  Do you decorate your kitchen space for holidays?

 

 

 


O Christmas Tree

The tree is up!  Don't you just love a real tree with colored lights?  Reminds me of my childhood.  Ours would probably be considered "vintage" these days.  No specific style, just full of ornaments from Christmases past.  A few from my childhood, handmade ones by the girls and some new mixed in. 

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The big question- white or colored lights?  I learned a from a friend to add a couple of strands of white lights to the colored and it takes it to another level! 

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A few of my favorites...

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This is our first year placing it in front of the fireplace.  I like it!

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Do you prefer a real or artificial tree?  Does yours have a theme? 

 

Happy trimming!

Jo

 

 


Perfect Imperfections

Wow, blogging sure has changed since 2009!  Truth is, my home has been decorated for Christmas for weeks.  I see all of these beautiful Holiday Home Tour blog posts and I am totally intimidated.  I have no experience in photography.  Do not have Photoshop.  Just an iPhone.  I've been taking photos over and over trying to get the right angle, right lighting, etc. obsessing over the details.  Do I hire someone to come take professional pics?  Do I invest in a complicated camera I have no idea how to use?  Photoshop? 

Then, it hit me this morning as my girls were setting up our dining room table for our "Breakfast Ball".  They were decked out in princess dresses using old valentine cards as place cards.  A meal of an apple, Hershey kisses and potato chips on paper plates---this is real and it is just as perfect!  Maybe there is someone out there who will appreciate the "Perfect Imperfections" like I do!  The accidental garbage can in the background.  The bulldog on the front porch. 

So while I'm still figuring all this out, I hope you enjoy a few imperfect photos of our home decorated for the holidays.

 

Front porch with bulldog

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The lovely Breakfast Ball

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More details in the dining room..  This pallet box is so easy to change for the seasons!

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Family room...Our stockings are hung...

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Kitchen coming soon!

 

 


B is for Baby Shower

Here are the photos from the baby shower! The baby shower was hosted at a local cafe, which decor happens to be yellow and orange. I really lucked out with all the decorations. The vases came from Micheal's for about $1 a piece. Notice the one with the honeycomb pattern! The birds, butterflies, and bees were on sale, too. The tissue paper balls hanging from the ceiling were found at Marshall's for $2. I also incorporated Lena's paper goods as confetti and tags. The guest book is actually a photo album, which we put the photos from the shower. This was given to the momma to be as a gift. I hope this gives you some ideas for your next shower!

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B is for Baby Shower-Invitations

Lena from Zeina Lena Design did these wonderful invitations for the "B" themed baby shower. FYI-Lena also did Jo's invites for her baby shower. The invitations really set the tone for the shower. The papaya and poppy colors were used throughout for the decorations. She also did these wonderful circles to use for cupcake toppers. I ended up using them for confetti. Lena designed the thank you cards and the return address labels to coordinate with the invitations as well. The envelopes are from Paper Source.

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Baby Shower Inspiration-B is for Baby!

So, the baby shower went off without a hitch this weekend! Until I can post the photos, here is my inspiration for the shower. I needed a gender neutral shower as the mom-to-be wants the sex of the baby to be a surprise! I really fell in love with this "B is for Baby" themed shower at Lolliblog. All the details that went into this shower are really incredible! B is for birds, bottles, bees, bananas, and the list goes on. Here are some photos that really got me inspired!

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Nicole