We Received A Blogger Recognition Award Plus We Are Doing A Giveaway!

Blogger Recognition Award

This is a sponsored post and I was compensated. The views and opinions expressed on this post are purely my own.
 Compensation for this post was provided by Parrot Uncle.

Guess what? We were nominated for another award by a wonderful blogger! This award is the Blogger Recognition Award and we received it from Katrin over at KreativK. We nominated her for the Liebster Award a few months back and now she is returning the favor. This award is for Encouragement, Accomplishments and well, Recognition. It acknowledges a bloggers capabilities in a motivating way. Thanks so much Katrin!

Katrin has such great ideas on her blog! She redecorated her little (big) girls room and has started some awesome Christmas decorations. She has lots of great DIY’s too. Go check out her blog!

Because we are so excited about this award, we are having a giveaway! You can read more about it at the end of the post.

Here are the rules if you accept the award:

~ Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

~ Attach the award to the post

~ Write a post to show off your award

~ Give a brief story of how your blog started

~ Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers

~ Select 15 other bloggers you want to give the award to. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.

~ Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them.​


How Our Blog Started:

I had been reading blogs for a couple of years and really enjoyed reading and seeing what other people were doing in their homes. I enjoyed doing crafts and decorating too. Lauren had moved out of the house and Haley was graduating from high school, so I was looking for something I could do to keep busy. I had mentioned it to Lauren, but wasn’t sure what I would blog about. She encouraged me to blog about our home, decorating, crafts, and family. I encouraged her to join me, so she could help me navigate all the unknown of blogging. It took us awhile to figure out how to even start, and we are learning more each day. I have really enjoyed having a place to show my work and my ideas and I am really glad Lauren is along for the ride!

My Advice for New Bloggers:

Try to do a little research first. Find out what you want to blog about. Read up on different areas of blogging. Then, just get started! I had researched quite a bit before starting, but there is no better way to learn, than to just jump in! The first year, or more, is a huge learning curve, but just stick with it.

We also do lots of link parties. Really try to get your blog out there and use social media too. There are so many great bloggers out there where you can find great advice and suggestions.

Okay! Here is my list of nominees:

  1. Laura-   TheTurquoiseHome
  2. Kim-      SandandSisal
  3. Erlene-  MyPinterventures
  4. Jill-        JillontheHill
  5. Linda-    ItAllStartedWithPaint
  6. Laura-    HeavenlyHomemakers
  7. Krista-    TheHappyHousie
  8. Kristi-     MakingItInTheMountains
  9. Jennifer- MyFlagstaffHome
  10. Kristy-     StarfishCottageBlog

These are all wonderful bloggers! Please check out their blogs. I follow each one of them, although they might not know it.;) They have great ideas, designs and stories.I have been inspired by each and every one!

Now onto the giveaway! ParrotUncle is giving away this beautiful Mediterranean Style Curved Pole Green and White Tiffany Table Lamp. Their selection is just beautiful!

Mediterranean Style Curved Pole Green White Tiffany Table Lamp

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Thank you again Katrin for nominating us! I love how the blogging community supports each other and encourages each other as we work each day.

Please leave us a comment below to enter. Just click on the Rafflecopter Giveaway link. Also we would love to have you follow us! There are follow buttons at the top and bottom of the post.

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Thank you all for joining us today!!

Sunshine and Blessings

Paper Pinecone Christmas Ornament-Ornament Exchange

Hi everyone! I have something special to share with you today! I know it’s a little early to be sharing Christmas ideas, but Erlene at My Pinterventures is hosting a 2015 Ornament Exchange. She has partnered 80+ bloggers to exchange ornaments and we want to share our creations or special finds with you! So, if you’re looking for some holiday ornament craft tutorials or ornament inspiration, you’ve come to the right place!

2015 Ornament Exchange

Today is Day 10. If you want to go back and start at the beginning and see all the great ideas, click here.  I was so excited to receive an email from Erlene about who my ornament exchange partner would be. I was even more excited to learn it would be Erlene herself!  She wrote to me that this year her tree will be a deep rich red, gold, and white.  There isn’t a theme, just a variety of ornaments in those colors and she likes unusual ornaments. Well, I love the white and gold idea, so I went with that. Lauren picked out the idea for the ornament and then I went shopping for the supplies. Here are the papers I chose: a gold glitter, golden stripes, clear vellum with gold hexagons, and I had white sparkly on hand.
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I also bought the egg shaped styrofoam ball. I had the circle punch already and of course, my glue gun. I started out by punching out the circles from each of the papers. I needed quite a bit, more than I thought I would. I kept running out!
christmas ornament paper pinecone supplies
I started at the narrow end of the egg. I glued on each circle, overlapping them as I went around. Then I added the next layer, overlapping the first layer too.
christmas ornament paper pinecone beginning
Here it is about half way done. I love how it is turning out!
christmas ornament paper pinecone sparkles
After all the circles were attached, I added gold twine to the top for hanging. I think this looks so pretty! It will look even better when the lights from the tree make it sparkle and shine!
Christmas Ornament Exchange
Christmas PInecone Ornament
I tried it out on white branches too.
Christmas Ornament exchange Pinecone
Christmas Pinecone Ornament on White
 Today, I’m excited to be kicking off day 10 of the Ornament Exchange, along with these other great ladies. Just click on their link to go see what they have made!
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I’m so glad I was able to make this for Erlene! Thank you, Erlene, for the opportunity to join in with all these talented bloggers. I have really enjoyed being a part of this exchange.
This will be just the beginning of the Christmas posts you will be seeing! I’m so excited to share some of my decorating, crafts and tablescapes ideas with you!
Sunshine and Blessings

DIY Headboard to Faux Fireplace Reveal

I’ve always loved the look of a fireplace. Unfortunately, I have never lived in any house, even growing up, that had one! I am so deprived :)! So after scouring Pinterest and all the blogs I follow, I decided I should try and make my own sometime. This past summer, Lauren and were at Goodwill and came across this headboard for only $3.99! Sold! There were two, and I probably should have bought both of them, but I was so excited to just find one! Then it sat for quite awhile. It always takes me time to think about how this is going to work and exactly how I want it to look.

Faux Fireplace Headboard

We took off one of the pieces that was under the shelf. I found some more pieces of wood at another Goodwill that had scallop across one side and decided that would work too. Yes, they are bright turquoise, but everything will get a few coats of paint.

Faux Fireplace Makeover Before Paint

I added a little extra to the bottom too. I had these ornaments from last year that I never did anything with, so I glued them up near the top to add some interest to the piece.

Faux Fireplace Medallion

After patching all the holes, I gave it a couple coats of paint.

Faux Fireplace Patched up

We added a thin piece of plywood to the back which I painted black. We also added a board along each edge in the back so it would sit flush on the wall since we have 6 inch baseboards. So here it is!

Faux Fireplace Full View

I am so pleased with how this turned out!

Faux Fireplace Reveal

It was different to decorate a mantle, but I am looking forward to all the different ways to style it.

Faux Fireplace Top view

Here are the Christmas ornaments I never used last year. I’m so glad I could find a good use for them! I made the acorn garland by hot gluing acorns from my yard onto a piece of twine.

Faux Fireplace with Acorns

My mom and dad found this box in a dumpster. Um, yes please! It’s perfect here for now.

Faux Fireplace Wood Box

It won’t be long until this is all decorated for Christmas. I am also wanting some kind of heater for inside so my doggies and I can cuddle up in front of it when it gets cold. It will be the perfect spot!

Faux Fireplace Fall Decor

I hope you enjoyed the reveal! I’m so glad it is done and ready to go! Now on to the next projects!

Sunshine and Blessings

Corner News-November 6, 2015

Good morning! This post is really late.  First of all, I totally forgot it was my turn to post. Lauren reminded me Thursday evening, but I had a meeting that night and didn’t get it done. Then I worked Friday and when I got home, my computer started acting up. So now I am on Haley’s laptop trying to get this done! So beyond all that…here is Corner News!

Of course, our puppy again! This picture was just too precious not to post!

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I also thought I would share a couple of our Halloween costumes. Several people wanted to see the Mary Poppins costume, so here it is. It was dark already, but hopefully you get the idea.

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Here are the 3 of us, plus Rozy!

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Check back on Monday for the Fauxplace reveal and something new! Hope you all have a great weekend!

Fall Cookie Decorating Tablescape

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Where the cookies are baking and everyone’s telling you decorate!  It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Props to everyone who just sang this tune.

Now, I’m not someone who jumps from Halloween to Christmas, but one thing that I love about fall is decorating cookies.  And because my roommate Danielle loves to bake, and happened to bake a batch of cookies, I just had to decorate my table to decorate cookies!


So, here it is!

fall tablescape

We had a pretty fall tablecloth that had leaves all over it, so I went with a very neutral theme.  I had white plates and mugs and kept a knife on each plate so each person could decorate their own cookie.

neutral plates

I added chocolate and strawberry frosting to the decorating items and whipped cream, because you know cookies are the best with whipped cream!  I also found some candy that was on sale after Halloween.  They can be used for extras decor for the cookies.


fall tablescape

So here is my table, I just need more items to decorate the cookies with!  But, I love how it is simple and cute.  Are any of you going to decorate cookies?