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Valentines Day… Bah Humbug!

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Love Black

I’m really not sure how it happened. I don’t know what got into me. It must have had something to do with all of those Valentine’s Day pins that flooded my Pinterest page the moment the clock struck midnight on New Years Eve. You know how it is … “On to the next holiday! Full steam ahead!!” All of that red and white cheeriness slowly crept into my cold, dead heart and made me do it, or we could argue, I was just hoping to make a few bucks.

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Swirly Words – Christmas

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Be Merry:Merry & Bright

The invitation had been hanging on my fridge for at least a month. It was for a surprise birthday party for my friend Tara. It was a, let’s say, significant birthday. Yeah, we’ll just leave it at that. The day before the party I was over at my parents house and saw that they had a gift card of some kind all ready to go as a gift for Tara, (they had that same invite hanging on their fridge) and that’s when it hit me. “Crap, I can’t go to this party empty-handed.” Although, honestly, it’s happened before in the past.

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A Busy Weekend In December… Or Was It Still November?

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Church Centerpiece 3

Thanksgiving weekend and the holiday season were breathing down my neck. How did this happen? How come the first Christmas event on my schedule happened to be on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend? I realize Thanksgiving and Christmas have been running together more and more but we hadn’t even gotten all of the turkey leftovers eaten before the first Christmas program was underway.

The program I’m talking about is the annual Children’s Christmas Program at my church, it was scheduled for Dec. 1. DECEMBER 1! That is crazy! No, I didn’t have any kids in the program, nor was I directing it in any way, shape or form (thank goodness, that would have been a disaster). My part was quite small but ended up being the beginning of a very long and busy day.

Church Centerpiece 2

For the past several years, my friends Angie, Tami and I have been in charge of the centerpiece for the cookie table at the reception following the Children’s Christmas Program. If you’ve ever lived in a small town you know how important these punch and cookie receptions are. I mean, social event of the season! Actually, now that I think about it, there are quite a few “social events of the season” since every single holiday event is followed by a punch and cookie reception.

The three of us have been pooling together our various Christmas decorations to come up with a different centerpiece every year. We try to come up with a color scheme or theme that hopefully goes with the program. The bad news, we are starting to run out of ideas. This year we kind of talked about an outdoor, woodsy, snow day kind of theme. In my mind I’m picturing a Martha Stewart magazine spread with divided soda crates filled with mugs of hot chocolate served out of antique thermos’ to guests who are roasting marshmallows over a roaring fire while others are either skating on the frozen pond or sledding down the hill. Well, we had a couple of sleds, some old skates and thermos’, so we went with that.

Church Centerpiece 4

I had gotten up fairly early (for me at least) on Saturday morning and started loading my car with assorted junk that would eventually be turned into said centerpiece. By the time I got to the church Ang and Tami were already busily covering the tables with paper, what can I say, I’m always the last to arrive.

Church Centerpiece 5

We got things thrown together pretty quickly while constantly saying, “This is the last year we do this.” We say that every year so I guess we’ll see.

Church Centerpiece 7

Martha Stewart we are not but not bad for cobbling together yet another idea.

My next project would be taking place in the sanctuary so I was forced to settle in with Ang and Tami. They were waiting for their kids who were in the middle of rehearsal. Needless to say, I picked up on those songs pretty quickly which means they were stuck in my head for the rest of the day. Auuuggh!

I had been asked to design some banners to hang in the sanctuary for the Advent season. Of course the first meeting concerning the Advent season took place back in September but my project ended up coming together in one week, and of course that would be the week of Thanksgiving.

Advent Banner 1

This meant bothering Pastor Andrea with emails for final approval while she was on vacation and tracking down my banner guy and forcing him to undertake a big job… THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING! Thank goodness he agreed because the job turned out great and got tons of compliments.

Advent Banner 2

I ended up designing two 14 foot long banners to hang in the front of the sanctuary and four 4 foot banners to hang above the pews. Of course each banner had slightly different wording to correspond with that week of Advent, got to make it as difficult as possible for my printer Matt.

Advent Banner 3

I had to call on my Design Assistant to come help me out with the hanging. He made the dowels we needed for the top and bottom of each banner. We learned one thing, next time we make a 14 foot banner it needs to have two dowels in the middle section instead of just one in the center. The edges of the banner from the middle on up tended to curl in a bit.

My Design Assistant mentioned they were heading to the next town over for lunch. Turns out lunch was at the auction of a local family. Well, I heard the word “auction” and I was in. Oh my gosh, so much stuff.

Auction 1

I decided I should really start collecting oil cans… I mean who knew?

Auction 2

And I should really buy some of these seed bags and turn them into pillows… of course that would mean I would have to learn how to use my sewing machine.

Auction 3

And holy crap, I can think of a million things I could store inside these chippy, old metal containers.

Auction 4

And if I were in need of a coffee table, I could possibly convince my Design Assistant to turn this into one.

Auction 5

And then I could make him throw some casters on this little number and turn it into a side table or yet another storage piece in my studio.

Auction 7

And this would have looked totally cool with some live greenery, a rope and some red berries as a sort of holiday wreath on my front door.

And speaking of pulleys…

Auction 6

my brother-in-law Steve would have been in heaven. Every time we go junking he is looking for old pulleys.

But alas, I purchased nothing! How sad is that? It was already closing in on 2 p.m. and they were just starting to auction off and amazing metal sign collection. I had other plans for the afternoon and couldn’t afford to wait around for them to get to the stuff I had picked out.

Instead I went home and spent an hour raking the leaves in my front yard… in short sleeves no less. Did I mention what a beautiful fall day it was? Of course exactly a week later everything was covered in three inches of snow.

Soon it was time to move on to the final event of the day. The Annual Holiday Tour of Homes. Every year the Heritage Committee in my town convinces three or four households to open up their homes to the public over the Thanksgiving weekend. My parents, sister and I have all hosted home tours in the past and this year I was really looking forward to seeing the home of my friend Tammy.

Tammy is a fellow junker. She has an entire crew of ladies that hit the Annual Junk Jaunt every fall with a trailer in tow to haul home all of their treasures… oh my chippy, beating heart. I had heard tales of the gorgeous kitchen remodel her husband and her had recently completed in the farmhouse on his family’s homeplace. It was not a disappointment…

Tour 2

I mean really…

Tour 3

and by the way, Tammy gave me complete permission to post these pictures of her beautiful house, in case any of you were wondering.

Tour 4

You can’t see it so well in this picture, but this cupboard was filled with plates, cups and other items in every color of the rainbow.

Tour 5

And when you headed down to the basement, which I remember they had to lift up the house for several months in order to build it, she had this awesome windmill tail on the wall along with some holiday greenery.

Tour 6

The basement was filled with brightly colored junk on display…

Tour 7

Tour 9

Tour 8

Love the owl sooo much!

Tour 10

She had a cool little coffee and hot chocolate bar set up. And I’m mad I didn’t get pictures of the doors down in the basement. They were white and styled like old barn doors that slide open on a metal track, you know, the kind you’ve pinned on Pinterest a hundred times?

Tour 1

Tammy just has a style of decorating that I really love.

Tour 11

Fun and colorful, yet also so grown up and stylish.

Tour 13

Tour 12

And her front porch…

Tour 14

I will definitely be on the lookout for old soda coolers in the future… imitation is the sincerest form of flattery right?

Tour 15

And finally, she had this awesome branch suspended from the porch ceiling with a little snowy owl perched atop it. Brightly colored snowflakes hung all around. Totally awesome. I would have taken a few hundred more photos but my stinkin phone died on me. Bummer.

The tour was a wonderful way to end a busy day.

And for the final event of the weekend… the Children’s Program took place on Sunday night. I was of course running late, partly because I stopped to take this shot…

Church front

couldn’t resist, the lighting was just too cool. I scurried in and found a seat towards the back just in time for the kids to take the stage.

Church program

I mean, how sweet are little kid Christmas programs? They all did an awesome job and since I knew most of the songs I practically started humming along. After eating our fill of holiday treats at the social, Ang, Tami and I had to take on dismantling our centerpiece only to store it in a Sunday School room so we could do it all over again the next weekend for the Preschool program. The good news… I inherited the cedar branches which I used in my own Christmas decorating at home. Thanks Bergen!

Holiday Home

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Kitchen Table 5

Whooooooosh! Whoooooosh! (That’s supposed to sound like me blowing air) it’s dusty in here. My poor, neglected little blog gathered just a bit of dust over the holidays, sorry about that but this holiday season truly got away from me. So much so that it’s Dec. 29 and I’m still working on Christmas gifts for my family and am just now posting pictures of my holiday decorations. I realize it’s a bit after the fact, but hey, I usually live with them through New Year’s so to me it’s technically still Christmas and this all makes total sense.

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Gobble, gobble place cards

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Brian

Hey there, here I am, still alive. I bet you all thought I died of a turkey overdose didn’t ya? Nope, didn’t happen, not sure that’s physically possible but I might have come close. Speaking of turkey, I thought I would share a little Thanksgiving project that I got in just under the wire.

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Hello Kriso: Poor Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

havest tote

Poor Thanksgiving, it’s smooshed between the two biggest holidays of the year and doesn’t get the respect it deserves. People tend to go straight from the Halloween candy to the Christmas lights totally ignoring the fact that there’s a perfectly good holiday in-between. I read somewhere the other day that an elf dies every time a tree is lit before Thanksgiving. If that is the case I think the North Pole is running low on elves.

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‘Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Give Thanks

‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and all through the house not a creature was stirring (actually there probably will be some stirring I’m a bit of a restless sleeper) not even a mouse (I would hope not, there had better not be a mouse in my house!) I was about to get snuggled all warm in my bed when I realized “Crap! I forgot to write my Thanksgiving post!” as I put my hands to my head.

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Southern Fried Parties: Things Are Looking Grimm

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

3 Grimm sign

Previously on Southern Fried parties… a group of innocent and unsuspecting family members headed down south to offer up their party prep services to a very ambitious and somewhat demanding amateur party planner. Pumpkins were painted, cottages constructed and the party planners equally ambitious husband toiled away into the wee small hours of the night building one spooky Enchanted Forest.

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My Haunted House

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Nevermore

I guess we’re sticking with the Halloween theme this week, come into my haunted house, if you dare, wahahaha. I don’t know when it happened but it has started to take me almost as long to decorate my house for Halloween as it does for Christmas. Actually, I blame it all on Pinterest, it’s so full of inspiration I just can’t keep myself from crafting. Because of the extra projects my Halloween decorating seemed to span several weeks this year.

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Hello Kriso: 13 Nights of Halloween

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

13 days mantle

It’s already been established that the Newman’s love Halloween, so we thought we would share some of our love of fright with all of you! Ever since my girls were little we have done a countdown to Halloween, it lasts for 13 days and ends with Jack the Pumpkin King stopping by for a visit on All Hallows Eve.

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