Saturday, November 29, 2014

a Christmas Rental home

So i have been going a bit christmas decorating crazy lately..hehehe. I think I am just so excited that this time next year we should be in our forever home. So I am gearing up for that. Whatever I make now, can go in that house. And I makes me so happy to just think that its coming closer. Building permit in hand folks, we should start in the spring.! Hip Hip Hooray!!!
 these pix show more of a orange color to the ribbons on the tree. In person they are actually gold. I am still working on my indoor picture taking skills. Perhaps next year I will attempt making my own tree skirt. Or maybe if I get bored this year;-)

my great grandmothers old danish plate. It reads 'hjemme er bedst". ~ to be home is best.
My grandma says that she always remembers that her mom had it on her wall in Denmark as far back as she can recall. I now use it for a tree ornament. :-) It belonged to the Grandmother that my girls got their red hair from.


 Its been so fun decorating with natural elements...I have done this the past few years, and I dont think I could ever go back to not using real pine in my home. I do have a few faux pieces too. And I love those too. But there is just something nostalgic about the "real".
 Love me some pomegranates!

 My santa baby collection. I took these pixs of my babies on their first christmas'. They are one of my most treasured holiday decorations:-)

My sweet hubs surprise antique compass that he brought home for me one day...

 "S" cup that ONLY Santa can use on Christmas Eve...
 For the baby pictures I have their names and the year they were taken. Its fun to see how much they have grown. And makes me want my babies little again!
 Above, my 3 tier stand that I found this past summer. I have been looking ALL over for this particular one for YEARS now and I came across it online by chance one day. I about died! I sooooooo love it.
 The JOY banner was from last year. I made it, with one of Shanty 2 Chics free downloads. Love their style.
I added some of my crystal metal ornaments onto the chandelier...its pretty I think.
(please dont mind the odd light bulbs!lol, this is a rental folks;-) And this lamp is NOT centered over the dining table, which drives me CRAZY because it looks so odd. I wanted to add some greenery to it, but it just made me mad that it is off to the side of the table. And that would add more oddness to it. Oh well....lol.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Boxwood christmas wreath


I'm going a bit wreath crazy;)....here's my simple christmas wreath. I used Boxwood, burlap and crimson silk ribbon. Done. This one was also made the same way as my advent wreath. I love it:)
And a tiny wreath too...
I love this one too. It has lots of elements from my home decor this season.

Happy holidays!
-cat

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Our new christmas tree.

I can't Explain how excited I am about this! You all know that I have had three small trees for probably about seven or eight years. This is because of our apartment was too small for a big tree. But not anymore even though that we are in a temporary apartment while her house is being built I wanted to make sure that I got a big nice tree:) it's honestly been a dream of mine! Lol. I was driving my has been absolutely crazy, looking for the perfect tree that was in our budget. All I did all day long was look at trees online.. there are like 5 million different kinds! Pre-lit, non lit,down swept, quick set, hinge trees,flocked trees, white trees, LED lights,slim, pecil, twinkle lights, multicolored lights, swivel tree, fir real technology, I can go on and on and on! Ugh! And that's not even mentioning the different TYPES of trees. 
Well, my husband , my wonderful husband  , on one of those evenings where I had finally narrowed it down to two choices, completely surprised me and brought one of my choice trees home! It was the day before Halloween. We put it up in the garage to behold it's beauty.. and then put it back down in the box. Ever since then it was haunting me. I have wanted to put it up so badly and I finally gave in two weeks before Thanksgiving! Have never done that! Lol. While others are black Friday shopping I always put my tree up on that day and do all of my shopping online:) well not this year.:-) 
This tree is a BlueSpruce. It has LED white lights and has several twinkle settings. It's the perfect mix between a slim and a pencil tree and I love it:) and the best part of it ALL is that my sweetheart picked it out and brought it for me. 


I made several of the decorations this year. And bought some awesome new ribbon that was on sale. I used some of my ornaments from my old trees as well. 

My button garland from last year I used and I was able to find more of it online this year:) sorry for the bad quality pic, my computers acting up so all I get to use is my wonderful cell phone:) 

Stay tuned for my tutorials on how to make the homemade ornaments you see.
~cat

Saturday, November 22, 2014

DIY dried Orange slices

I really like the way how natural Christmas decorations give a certain type of nostalgia to a space. It reminds me of Victorian Christmas' or Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. So I wanted to try and add some natural Orange slice ornaments to my tree. And maybe say I absolutely love how they turned out! And it was ever so easy. 

Start with navel oranges. I bought about five and got about 20 ornaments out of them. 
Preheat oven to 225°F.
First slice the oranges as thin as you can with a really good slicing knife. Watch your fingers! (some people like to use a fork to hold your orange in place. )
 
Next blocked your orange slices on the kitchen towel or paper towel to release the excess moisture. 

Place the orange slices on a baking rack and place in the oven  on the middle rack. 

Let these babies cook in the oven from 2 to 3 hours. Well every 30 minutes turn the oranges around so they don't stick. Watch out they don't burn some of the slices or thinner than others and usually the ones on the outer edges get darker quicker to remove those first. Let them dry out in the oven until they are no longer juicy. 
Here is how mine look like after they came out of the oven:
Let them cool for a bit and then let your imagination take over what they're going to be used for:) 
I used mine for both my advent wreath and for Christmas tree decorations. 
I poked a hole in it with a large toothpick to make a threading whole (is that a word?) lol... For my jute to string. 
The End

~ Cat

Advent wreath {striped ribbon and oranges}

One of my favorite scandinavian christmas traditions we have is the lighting of the advent wreath. We light a candle 4 Sundays before Christmas. My kids love it. What we do is turn off all the lights in the house and just have this aglow with our Christmas tree as we sing carols and eat a homemade christmas treat. This year I invited my mom over to craft with me as we made this wreath. It was a blast!
I found some greenery to cover the wreath with. I don't know the type of tree it came from...sorry. But it was nice and soft to work with. Cut it into small pieces and than tied it onto the wreath with green floral wire. 
 {Sorry for the bad pix, my camera ran out of juice when I was about to take pix, so iphone quality it is!}
I added the candles {bought at Ikea for $1.99 a piece.} by carefully hammering a nail into the bottom of it. Than with some hot glue for extra support placed it onto the wreath. Lastly came the decorations. I dried some fresh oranges {how to post to follow}. And hot glued them on as well. Black and white Striped ribbon for more cuteness and than finished it by dusting a  small amount of gold glitter on the wreath itself. 
I can't wait to light the first candle. I almost have all my Christmas decor up now so stay tuned for more:)

~Cat

Happy Thanksgiving!



Just wanted to wish everyone a safe and happy thanksgiving. I have so much to be grateful for this year. My family, my good health, my faith and so much more. Also last but not least, our building permit that we have in hand now. Here's to another great year!:-) 

~Cat

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Homemade boxwood wreath.

Funny story, so I have wanted a boxwood wreath for years now. I know I know I say that with a lot of thing;) lol. I would always see them and see the price tag that was added to it... no thanks, I can totally make one of those myself for so much cheaper. Growing up in Denmark my mother used to make wreaths out of boxwood all the time. It Has kind of a sentimental value to me. It reminds me of my wonderful mama and the wonderful years that we lived in Denmark. Anyhow onto the funny story. I've been looking for one of these bushes that I could plunder FOREVER! But I had no luck in finding a bush. :-( So I have decided to plant lots and lots in my new home.) By the way update , on our house: our building application is currently being processed. Smile!:)
Ok so, we own a rental property. We are about to put it on the market to sell after owning it for our entire marriage. I went there together day with my husband to help clean up and get the house already to go and to my surprise there in the front yard was a beautiful boxwood Bush. how have I not notice this bush before?! It was hidden in between a couple of other big bushes and I guess it never really had a chance to breathe. Oh my , I went crazy! Yes I trimmed the darling thing. It will look wonderful next year, with lots of room to grow;) I would love to see how it turns out but unfortunately since were putting the house on the market I probably won't ever get to use the boxwood again ,so I will have to patiently wait until I can plant my garden sometime in the next 2 years. 

This is how I DIY'd my very own boxwood wreath.
Started out with choosing the size of wreath I wanted to use . I bought a few with my 40% off coupon at hobby lobby. I used a  dark grapevine wreath to make sure that it would blend into the rest of the branches.

Then I used some green wire to wrap around the wreath. 

I was than able to take tiny pieces of boxwood and tuck them into the wreath. I had to do a couple of layers to make sure that it all turned out even. 

Absolutely love how it turned out! . I finished it off By adding a cute black-and-white striped ribbon and hung  it up onto my lovely mirror.. 
Here is a picture of the finished product.
With a little Halloween Decor.


The boo queen from a few years ago, and a cute little spell book made with the one and only Lindsay at countrygirlhome .blogspot.com.

here is my little Halloween autumn vignette for this year. I wanted to show a tiny bit of my Halloween Decor. Picture is without the lights.
What lights you ask ? I have some lovely Halloween lights that flicker. I simply taped them to the back of my "entrĂ©e table" so you cannot see the actual light bulbs or wires. Love the ambience it gives. I used some of the leftover boxwood to place in a little white vase with some of the same black-and-white striped ribbon for a bow. I am quite pleased with my Halloween fall decorations this year. Have to keep it simple and not get everything out since a lot of our things are still in storage. 
I'm already making plans for what to decorate with for the house when it's finally done. People might think I'm crazy but this is such a joy for me.:) what I have in mind is lots and lots of boxwood wreaths at christmas! I think these are evergreens, but u get the idea. Our diningroom will have this kind  of windows.. 5 of them:)
Here's my inspiration photo: 


... and I am just tickled that our building permit is FINALLY being processed! 

Happy Halloween everyone!
~ Cat
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