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Pine Cone Swag

My neighbor has two pine trees in her yard.  Lucky me.  I gathered about 30 that looked nice and carried them home.  She loves me and doesn’t mind if I take some of her pine cones.  It’s just like me to forget to take a before picture, but you all know what pine cones look like, right?  They’re brown.

Pine cones in the Yard.

Pine cones in the Yard.

In my studio, I dug out my paints and a brush.  I put newspaper down to save the desk top and painted them all pretty like.  I saw this idea, originally, on Pinterest and they were spray painted shiny red and green.  Since that’s not really my style, I chose white with a hint of yellow ochre in it.

Titanium White and Yellow Ochre

Titanium White and Yellow Ochre

They dried overnight.  Finding some white braid trim in my sewing stash, I measured the amount that I wanted to make the swag drape twice.

Painted and ready to string.

Painted and ready to string.

Using my hot glue gun, I attached them to the braid.  Watch out for those burned fingers.  😛  I spaced the cones about four inches apart along the braid.  When I got to the end, I had four pine cones left over.  With three of them, I made a group hanging for the center of the swag.  I kept one to just place on the mantel by itself.

Completed Pine Cone Swag.

Completed Pine Cone Swag.

I like how it looks.  Since I don’t do a lot of decorating for each different holiday, I made this to enjoy for Fall through Winter.

My newly decorated fireplace.

My newly decorated fireplace.

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Starbucks

As I have stated before, I am a fan of Starbucks’ Frappuccinos. If you use a gift card to purchase your drinks, you can receive bonuses. You need to go online and register your Starbucks Gift Card.  After you register it, they keep track of the number of transactions you make.  When you have made 30 transactions within 12 months from signing up, you will be eligible for a GOLD card!

During our seven week road trip this summer I purchased quite a few coffees which put me at the 30 transaction, or stars,  mark this year!  So I am now the proud owner of a GOLD card! Today started a new holiday promotion for those who have Gold Cards.  Purchase seven drinks from Dec. 17th – 25th and be rewarded with a $5.00 Starbucks e-gift card.  This is in addition to the one free drink rewarded after each 12 stars acquired.

Combine that with my earnings on Swagbucks and I keep my card charged up!  Don’t know about Swagbucks?  It’s a website that awards points as you search the internet.  You can save up points (swagbucks) and use them to make purchases.

Search & Win

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Iced Blended

Coffee Iced Blended

Are you a coffee lover? I do not consider myself a coffee lover, because I don’t drink hot coffee. I do enjoy the flavor of coffee cold like in ice cream and iced coffee drinks. My coffee drink of choice is a Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino. Since they carry a hefty price tag, I rarely have them. So, I have developed my own home recipes for blended coffees. If I have my coffee in the morning, I make it using Starbucks Via instant coffee. If I have it in the afternoon, I make it using Folger’s decaf instant coffee. Here is the basic recipe that I came up with:

  • 1 cup nonfat milk or whatever milk you prefer
  • 1 kitchen teaspoon of instant coffee (not a measuring teaspoon, but the spoon you eat cereal with.)
  • 1 teaspoon Nesquik (optional)
  • 1 kitchen teaspoon of sugar or whatever sweetener you prefer. I mix it up using turbinado, white sugar, or even molasses occasionally.
  • 12 ice cubes if you have an automatic ice cube maker, or 6 cubes if you have trays in your freezer. The photo shows the size of my ice cubes.

Place all ingredients into your blender and mix until you no longer hear little ticks of ice grinding. My blender is a Bosch. It is amazing. The ice blended is thoroughly mixed in about 20-30 seconds with a Bosch.

You might also try adding other flavors like mint or caramel.  My daughter uses Hershey’s in the brown bottle.  I can’t use it because I cannot have corn and it is sweetened with corn syrup.  Find a mix you like and you’ll be enjoying iced coffees from home anytime you like!

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Friends and Frapps

Recently, we went to Georgia to visit friends ‘G’ and ‘D’.  While the men did whatever men do, we women went out for coffee and also did some shopping.  Not much buying, but lots of idea shopping.  We all enjoy finding bargains or, more correctly, finding those great decorating ideas that we can build on, adding our own touch.

My friend’s daughter, ‘B’ is an interior designer.  ‘B’ helped her parents with the interior decorating of their home.  I must say it is AMAZING!  ‘B’ and her mother ‘D’ are always changing things up.  They even swap furniture between their two homes.

‘D’ had her home already decked out for Christmas.  There wasn’t a room without some touch of cheer and light.  I especially liked her idea for displaying the Christmas cards that she receives from family and friends.  Here, you can see how nicely it looks in her kitchen.

xmasCardBlog

She put command hooks on the inside of the cabinet doors, placing the top one upside down and the bottom one right side up.  Then tied some festive 1″ ribbon to the top hook draping across the top and over the front of the door, down under and behind at the bottom, tying it to the bottom hook.  She covered wooden clothes pins with pretty red ribbons and glued a snowflake to each one.  She uses the clothespin to attach her cards to the ribbon using the clothespins.  Cute idea!

ornaments

Another display that I enjoyed was above her table in the dinette area of the kitchen.  The ornaments she purchased in store at Hobby Lobby and were clear plastic with splashes of gold on them.  She tied gold, metallic ribbons to each one and then attached them to her chandelier.  You can see their festive tree in the background of the photo.

Do you have a special way that you display your Christmas cards?  Please, use the comment box to tell me about your holiday ideas, I would love to hear about them.

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