Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Natural and Rustic Wreath and a peek at our Cowboy Christmas Tree

Bringing the rustic and natural colours from our living room at the front of the house, out onto our front porch/entry, has been my goal this week. These are the colours I used on our tree in the living room visible from the front porch window (to the left of the door and not seen in this photo.) The tree is almost finished, but I'm having trouble finding the burlap ribbon that some of you suggested in the comments here. In case I don't find it, I made garland ribbon out of drop cloth fabric, 4 " wide simple cut with no hems, and seamed together to make one continuous piece.

I sewed a bow out of the drop cloth fabric for the wreath on our front door. I wanted to go for a more simple look, and yet have the bow large enough to make a statement. Do ya think it's too big or droopy? I've gotten used to the wired sheer ribbons that take shape so easily and this is a big change from that. I may add one or two of the rusty stars from the tree, still thinking on that one.

I still have more front of the house decorating to do, including changing out the ribbon in the three sap bucket holders on the porch light and garage lights to drop cloth. I may just tear strips for those bows 'cause the pair on the garage lights may not hold up in the rain and snow. I will walk the woods and add some natural elements too. 

It's tough to get a good photo of the nubbiness and flecks of colour of the drop cloth. I've got a lousy camera and we have had fog even into the afternoons for the past five days and not a peek of sun all week. Dark and dreary.

Before, snowmen and snowflakes. This is how I did our door last year, but I was looking for a change this year. 


Below is a peek at our Cowboy Christmas tree in the living room this year. Much less red and with the torn drop cloth ribbon. Rusty stars and large bells, some smaller copper coloured bells and raffia, along with a few cowboy ornaments. And white lights. I love white lights. I also sewed a drop cloth tree skirt, simple but sweet, and a new table runner for the front hall cabinet. And the best part, it was very reasonable to make the changes as my friend gave me several metres of fabric and I had all the decorations except one package of the smallest sleigh bells and 10 more rusty stars at $1.29 each.
Not perfect, but perfectly us.

I'll be linking to Shabby Chic Cottage's Transformation Thursday party. Thank's Gina, for hosting yet another great party!

Also linking up to Fireflies and Jellybeans Show off Your Stuff party. Thanks Fawnda and Jeannine.



I'm loving all these parties! Melissa at The Inspired Room's Holiday Linky Friday Party is one I'm joining for sure.



And of course, Funky Junk Interior's Saturday Nite Special party. Thanks Donna!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Confetti Squares Recipe

This is a favourite recipe of our family that I make for almost all holidays and get togethers. They are always in demand and usually the first dessert item to go. They look great on platters with Christmas cookies and squares, and are super easy to make for a cookie/square exchange (as long as peanut-free is not a concern.)
I'm linking to The Recipe Party at The Shabby Chic Cottage.


Confetti Squares


1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup smooth peanutbutter
1 package butterscotch chips
3 cups coloured miniature marshmallows

Place butter, peanutbutter and butterscotch chips in a pan on medium-low heat. Stir CONSTANTLY until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and let cool 20 minutes. After cooling, stir in miniature marshmallows. Pour into a butter greased 8 inch square pan, plastic, or glass container. Chill in fridge until firm (a few hours.) Cut into squares (not too big as they are quite sweet) and serve. They freeze quite well.
I always make a double batch by doubling all ingredients and chilling in a 9x13 glass baking dish.

The photo is not mine, I found it on the internet. photographer unknown, as I keep forgetting to take photos when I make them and they are eaten so quickly. 


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Lest We Forget



To the brave men and women who gave so much, and for those who continue to serve our nation.
Thank you.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Looking for more Cowboy/Farm ornament ideas

I'm doing a bit of Christmas decorating pre-planning and hoping that I can get some ideas to add to our cowboy/farm inspired Christmas tree. These photos are from last Christmas (I didn't blog then.) If you are looking for an update to this tree, see here.

Cowboys, farms and most things western and rustic are very special to my family and myself, even though we live in a suburb. My husband grew up on a farm, his parents and relatives still farm, and our oldest is very active in our local 4H dairy and beef clubs. This past Christmas I was inspired by mysweetsavannah's Cowboy Christmas tree she did for her son's room. I quickly pulled together some ornaments for the tree in our living room. The boys and our guests loved it, but it feels a little bare to me. (The rifle is a toy our youngest brought back from Disney World. The worry about the airports and customs is a whole other story.)
I thought to use the lariats wrapped around the tree, but my boys actually practice with them so I left them in the old tool box at the base of the tree. This year I plan to add more ranch/farm decorations, as my boys spend hours planning for their 'one day' farm. They also have tons of collectible cows, horses and small tractors and I may just try to convince them to let me use the animals and tractors on the tree this year. Any more ideas? I would love to get some suggestions. Something to use as filler or in place of traditional bows? I'll look for unique decorations when we go to the 87th annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto this week. I have two of these cowboy on his horse. 


I made the mini lariats/lasso at the last minute and should probably make some more this year.

I pulled this tee pee out of the toy box. I used white lights, my favourite.

I Loooove stars, especially barn stars.


An outgrown leather kids belt and some rusty ornaments.


 I thought of using an inexpensive saddle blanket as a tree skirt, but I do sew if you have any other ideas. I would love to hear them! Thanks to Donna for hosting!
Funky Junk Interior's Saturday Nite Special


Pillow Love~Drop Cloth, Ticking and a little ruffle

I'm loving the crinkled and laid back look of these pillows I sewed for our living room.
I made two from the leftover fabric from the drop cloth drapes I recently made for our family room windows and patio door in the kitchen.
I added a box-type pleat for a bit of detail.
The smaller ruffled pillow, below, is a blue ticking like stripe pair I made (blurry photo!, it is so hard to get good lighting in our livingroom.) Here I added a gathered ruffle. I love making my own pillows and reusing the pillow inserts.
 
I will be linking this post to Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special #5 Anything Goes party.

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