Picket Snowman Christmas Countdown

Good morning! It’s almost Thanksgiving!! Can you believe it! Do you start decorating already or do you wait until after Thanksgiving? I have started, mostly because of this blog, but I love it! I especially like the twinkling lights.So festive!

I have a Christmas craft for you today. I should have pictures of the living room and dining room for you next week. There are just a few finishing touches and it’s all ready for the holiday!

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For this project, I started out with a old painted clay pot. I sanded it down a little and then spray painted it white.

picket snowman countdown clay pot

After the paint had dried, I mixed up the Plaster of Paris. The package I had contained 4 lbs. of plaster. I used all of it. Of course, this is because one package drained out the hole in the bottom, even though I tried plugging it. After putting another piece of cardboard in the bottom and letting that plaster dry, I added the rest. I used a couple of disposable containers to mix the plaster in. I poured in the required amount of water, added the plaster and then mixed until  smooth. Then I poured each one into the pot.

picket snowman countdown plaster of paris

Once the plaster had set for a bit, about 1/2 hour, I put an old picket into the pot. You could use pallet wood or buy a piece from the store too. I then put some scrap pieces of wood around it to keep it upright until it completely hardened, about 24 hours.

picket snowman countdown propping up the picket

Now comes the fun of decorating my snowman. I found an old pair of socks and used a red one to make the hat. I cut off the toe and then slid it over the top of the picket and tied it with a plaid ribbon. I also found a piece of red fleece to tie as a scarf. I hot glued some buttons for the eyes and the mouth.

picket countdown snowman hat

Steve cut a small triangle for scrap wood to use as the nose. I painted it bright orange and then attached it with hot glue.

picket snowman countdown orange nose

I found these numbers awhile ago at a thrift store with no idea what I was going to use them for. This was a perfect craft for them! You could also use scrapbook numbers or house numbers or even print some off the computer to use.

picket countdown snowman numbers

I hammered in small nails, below the scarf, that didn’t have much of a head on them, so I could easily slip each number on each day.

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I added a little batting to the pot to look like snow and he is done! He adds a little cuteness to the front porch!

picket snowman countdown on the porch

Maybe I will add some stick arms too! With mittens!

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This is a great way for your kids to count down the days to Christmas and a reminder for you every time you come to the door!! Of course, we don’t get real snow here, so maybe this makes him more likable. 🙂  See you next week with Christmas decor!

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2017 ORNAMENT EXCHANGE-FROM URCHIN TO JELLY-FISH

  1. Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!

My partner this year is Terri Steffes. She has been married for 40 years!  She has one daughter and two dogs (she would love to have a cat).  I was excited to find out that she is a retired school principal who started out as a preschool teacher, just like me! She loves to read, write, decorate, travel, cook and entertain. We have a lot in common! She actually has 2 blogs, ChristmasTreeLane.blogspot.com and terristeffes.com. I can barely keep up with one! She also likes coastal decor for her Christmas tree like I do, so this was an easy one for me!

You can find all the participants and links to their blogs below. Also, if you would like to join the link-up, there is a button at the bottom to join in the fun!

2017 Ornament Exchange and Blog Hop

Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts

Erlene ⋅ My Pinterventures Kim · Made In A Day Amanda · Domestically Creative

Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons Michelle · Our Crafty Mom

Beverly · Across the Blvd. Christene · Key to Inspiration Pili ⋅ My Sweet Things

Nicki · Sweet Parrish Place Megan · C’mon Get Crafty

Hilary · Raising Fairies and Knights Emily · Two Purple Couches

Tina · One Crafty Mess Marie · The Inspiration Vault Debra · Shoppe No. 5

Trisha · Rosewood and Grace Jeanie · Create and Babble Katrin ⋅ Kreativ K

Terri · Christmas Tree Lane Maureen · Red Cottage Chronicles

Toni ⋅ Small Home Soul Ula ⋅ Lulu & Celeste Sue ⋅ A Purdy Little House

Pamela · Home On The Corner Lorelai Life with Lorelai Cindy ⋅ DIY Beautify

Debbie ⋅ Tweak and Style Stephanie ⋅ Swoodson Says Chelc ⋅ Inside the Fox Den

Susan ⋅ Super Mom – No Cape! Molly ⋅ Just a Little Creativity

Roseann ⋅ This Autoimmune Life Angela ⋅ Simply Beautiful by Angela

Vicki and Jenn ⋅ 2 Bees in a Pod Joanne ⋅ Our Unschooling Journey

Tylynn ⋅ Bitterroot DIY Sam ⋅ Raggedy Bits Mary ⋅ The Boondocks Blog

Cyn ⋅ Creative Cynchronicity Dione ⋅ Clever Chameleon Quilting

Erica ⋅ Erica Ever After Chelsea ⋅ Love Paper Crafts Evija ⋅ From Evija with Love

Samantha ⋅ Little Bits of Home Hope ⋅ Hopes Crafty Niche Anne ⋅ Orange Bettie

Pam · P.S. I Love You Crafts


When I found out that Terri liked coastal decorations like I do, I was very excited! I had an idea for some ornaments I wanted to make and now I could make them for someone else too! I love creating special gifts for others. I already had the sea urchins and I found the embellishments at Michaels. They were on clearance, so I was able to create these very reasonably. I did find sea urchin for sale on Amazon and Etsy and online at Jo-Ann’s. There were even some pink ones, which would look very cool too.

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Since my sea urchins came from the California coast, I made sure they were clean before starting. 🙂

ornament exchange 2017 sea urchin

I took a small piece of white ribbon, folded it and hot glued it into the small hole on top of the urchin.

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I put the ribbon on before the glitter, so that I would have something to hold onto while gluing and glittering. I brushed regular Elmer’s glue all over the urchin and sprinkled on the glitter. I used in iridescent glitter, but you could use other colors too. I made sure to rub it all over the shell. I had a hard time showing you how glittery they are, but they look so nice.

ornament exchange 2017 sparkly glitter urchin

I love the purple one!

ornament exchange 2017 urchin sparkles glitter

Here are the embellishments I found. I didn’t end up using everything, mainly just the different ribbons. I did add some small beads to some of them with some beads I already had on hand.

ornament exchange 2017 embellishments

I cut each type of ribbon into small lengths and then hot-glued them, in the middle, on top of each other, one at a time. Now I had 6 ends hanging down. I made two sets for each urchin.

ornament exchange 2017 turquoise and white ribbon

Once the pieces were glued together, I hot-glued them into the bottom of the urchin, pushing them way up inside using a pencil so I didn’t burn my fingers.

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Ready to hang on the tree!

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You can see some of the turquoise beads I used on this one.

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I also glued some individual beads onto the white ribbon.

ornament exchange 2017 sparkly sea urchin jellyfish

I love how the tails turned sea urchins into jelly-fish!

ornament exchange 2017 sea urchin jelly fish

I’m so glad I had the opportunity to make these for my new blogger friend, Terri! Thanks to Erlene, from My Pinterventures, for hosting another year of Ornament Exchange! Remember to check out all the other ornaments below! Have fun creating!


FIND ALL 47 HANDMADE ORNAMENT TUTORIALS BELOW AND SHARE YOURS TOO! Use Hashtag #2017OrnamentExchange so we can see your creations on social media.

Pumpkin and Magnolia Leaves Tablescape

Good morning! Did you get to enjoy a holiday weekend? I did get to have 3 days off, which was so nice. And, I started my Christmas decorating!! I am starting in my ‘formal’ living room/dining room. Since it is somewhat separate from the other rooms in the house, it’s easiest to start there and then gradually decorate the rest. Plus I wanted to do it a little different than the rest of the house. The ideas are swirling in my head! I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. But for now, I have the last fall post for this year. Earlier in the fall, I had used green, white and black, here, and now I recreated it more for Thanksgiving.

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I bought this great big fat pumpkin when I went to the pumpkin patch with my class and it has been waiting to be the star of the table! I love it!

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I was able to cut a few small branches of magnolia leaves from my neighbors tree (shhh) to use on the table too. I added in a few pussy-willow branches and some golden acorns.

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The candlelight glowing on the white hydrangeas and leaves look so pretty.

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Adding in lots of textures gives the table a cozy and homey feel. Rattan place-mats and burlap pumpkins combined with the leaves and flowers add just the right touch.

fall tablescape 2017 orange and turquoise with burlap pumpkins

I added just a little bit of orange and turquoise too.

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I hope you all get to gather around the table with special people in your lives this Thanksgiving. All the decor and food mean nothing if we can’t share it with the people we love!

I’m so glad you stopped in today. Thank you so much for following along! The next time I am here, it will be with Christmas ideas! I can’t wait to share it with you all!

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That’s Christmas to Me

WARNING! THIS BLOG POST WILL MOST LIKELY MAKE YOUR WANT TO LISTEN TO CHRISTMAS MUSIC! IT IS ALSO A REPOST FROM 2 YEARS AGO. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

This is an interpretive picture to lyric reading from one of my favorite Christmas songs, “That’s Christmas to Me” by Pentatonix.  I will be adding a picture for every line or two of the song.  Not only will you reading the beautiful lyrics to this song, but you will also be seeing the decor around my apartment.  Enjoy!

That’s Christmas to Me by Pentatonix

The fireplace is burning bright, shining all on me

Fireplace

Fireplace

I see the presents underneath the good old Christmas tree

Presents

And I wait all night ’til Santa comes to wake me from my dreams

Loveseat comfort
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I see the children play outside, like angels in the snow

No Snow

While mom and daddy share a kiss under the mistletoe

Christmas Woodsy Star

And we’ll cherish all these simple things wherever we may be

Christmas Wreath
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I’ve got this Christmas song in my heart

That's Christmas to Me
I’ve got the candles glowing in the dark

Candles

I’m hanging all the stockings by the Christmas tree

Stockings
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

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Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I listen for the thud of reindeer walking on the roof
As I fall asleep to lullabies, the morning’s coming soon

Reindeer blanket

The only gift I’ll ever need is the joy of family

This Home is Built

Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I’ve got this Christmas song in my heart

Eiffel Tower Ornament
I’ve got the candles glowing in the dark

Poinsettias and Candles

I’m hanging all the stockings by the Christmas tree

Stocking

Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

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Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

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Oh, the joy that fills our hearts and makes us see

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Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I’ve got this Christmas song in my heart

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I’ve got the candles glowing in the dark

And then for years to come we’ll always know one thing

Eiffel Tower Ornament

That’s the love that Christmas can bring

Pink and White Tree

Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

Christmas Tree

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Christmas Gift Ideas for All Ages

We’re in November! Have you started Christmas shopping yet? There are only ? many more days of shopping! I’m not sure how many days, but I know I already have a few people shopped for. My family draws names for Christmas and this year we used a new online service called Drawnames.com. It’s been great! No more drawing out of a hat and getting your own name! You can even set it up to block certain people from getting another family member, like spouses getting spouses. Plus your lists go right on the site with links included. We will definitely be using this again.

After seeing what people are asking for and what seems to be popular, I decided to make a family gift guide.

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Little Girls

We have a couple of little girls, ages 3 and 5, in our family. So fun to shop for!  Here are some of the items on their wish list.

Fingerlings

My niece received this for her birthday. She wasn’t too sure about it, but all of us adult girls loved it! It’s so cute!

Baby monkeys love to grab on to things…. especially fingers!

Finger monkey responds to sound, motion & touch and will let you know when they like what you are doing!

Put them to sleep or make a loud noise and watch them get excited! hang them upside-down by the tail and watch them monkey-around

Swing them around for even more fun. Blow them kisses and they will kiss you back! collect them all!

Hatchables

My niece’s have these by the dozens! They love them! And they come in all different sizes.

Hatchimals Glittering Garden is the newest hatch batch straight out of Hatchtopia! Who’s inside? It’s a surprise! Each sparkling egg contains one of two interactive Hatchimals with twinkling wings and soft, shimmering fur. Love and care for yours inside the egg and its eyes will light up as it makes cute sounds, telling you how it’s feeling! Once you’ve played with the egg enough, you’ll see rainbow eyes – that means it’s time to hatch! Hatchimals can’t hatch on their own. Your touch encourages them to peck their way out of the egg! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Now you get to raise your glittering Hatchimal through 3 stages, from baby to toddler, to kid. Your Hatchimal sings “Hatchy Birthday” each time it enters a new stage! Teach yours to walk, dance, play games and more! It will even repeat what you say in its own voice! Hatchimals Glittering Garden — Who Will You Hatch?

Melissa and Doug

All of Melissa and Doug’s toys are great quality and great to play with! I like to buy this for my preschool class too.

  • Sturdy wooden food set featuring items from the five food groups for healthy pretend play
  • Includes watermelon, corn, milk, cheese, cereal, fish, eggs, and more
  • Stores neatly in four wooden crates
  • Fun and educational whether as a stand-alone or as part of a play kitchen
  • Ages 3 years and up

Peppa Pig

Peppa is big in the preschool, grade school age kids! They love Peppa!

“Peppa Pig” follows the adventures of the titular, anthropomorphic animal along with her family and friends. Each of her friends is a different kind of animal — with a last name matching the type of animal each is. Although they are humanlike in many ways, the characters still display characteristics of their species — such as the Rabbit family being fixated with carrots.

Women

Since we draw names for our family, we have all age groups to buy for. Here are some of the wishes for this year.

Make-up organizer

What woman wouldn’t want this for all her make-up?

  • Use high-grade materials and exquisite gift box,Acrylic is clear as glass, looks exquisite. Unlike ordinary cheap plastic,Cq acrylic® Only production and sales exclusive high end product and is undoubtedly a long term investment to keep your expensive makeup safe.
  • MULTI FUNCTH ORGANIZER:size 9.5″ X 7.5″ X 6.1″-Inch ,Our storage box can be used to organize both jewelry and cosmetics together. This allows you to be more organized at home or while traveling. With four drawers and 16 slots , you have more room than ever to keep all your favorite things close at hand.
  • EASY TO CLEAN: Unlike other cosmetics or jewelry boxes that retain stains or colorization from your makeup, rings, or earrings, organizes all your makeup and cosmetics into a dazzling personalized beauty counter, our acrylic boxes are easy to clean and won’t discolor over time.
  • SATISFACTION GUARANTEE: our team make the best service, the best use of acrylic, if quality and Transport damage problems can choose a replacement or refund, no problem, which is why it come with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee.

Or this one? Nice and compact!

  • 360 DEGREE ROTATION: Perfectly organizes and stores your cosmetics and accessories; easy access to all of your makeup products
  • EXTRALARGE CAPACITY: Accommodates at least 30 makeup brushes, 20 skincare products and other accessories including lipsticks, nail polish, eyeliner and more
  • GREAT CARRYING CAPACITY: Steady baserotates smoothly and silently and ensures cosmetics stay in place;thick, durable trays are strong enough to bear heavy products  

Anthropologie Gifts

I bet these smell amazing and the mercury glass is perfect for the holidays!

 

I love this glassware set! The gold is so cool and perfect for your holiday party!

Men’s Gifts

Like the ladies, we have several age groups of men to buy for.

Beanie Hat with Bluetooth

This beanie will keep you warn and plus play your favorite music!

  • V3.0+EDR Bluetooth version,available for most of devices with Bluetooth function.
  • Protects you from cold winter and will also allow you to listen to music and talk while doing variety of other activities.
  • Set-in MIC, available for cell phone to transmit the speaking phone to your audio devices directly so that the user can hand free.
  • Knitted material,fashion and keep warm with answer the phone in winter. You will look great and keep warm while litsening to your favorite music.Keep the sound track to your life playing all the time.
  • You will look great and keep warm while listening to your favorite music.Keep the sound track to your life playing all the time.

Good Day, Bad Day Glasses

These glasses are great after a long day or a great day! Funny! Add a bottle of something special and your have the perfect gift!

MADE IN AMERICA from durable, quality glass featuring a heavy base
~ Holds 11 oz of your favorite whiskey, scotch or bourbon
~ Engraving is on one side of the glass
~ Etching is permanent and DISHWASHER SAFE! (because there are better things to do than the dishes)
~ It’s the perfect, funny yet unique gift for Dad, Grandpa, a boss, co-worker, friend, relative or anyone else that like to enjoy a drink to unwind.

Parents

We have to give something special to our parents! They have been our biggest champions!

Greatest Parents on Earth Plaque

  • Measures approximately 8.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Features inspirational sentiment
  • Neutral colors to match any décor style
  • Easel backed for easy tabletop display and packaged in box for easy gifting
  • Proudly made in the USA

Personalized Bamboo Cutting Board

I love this Family Tree cutting board! What a great addition to any house or kitchen!

  • Personalization is Free: Please provide your personalized details in the Yellow Custom Now Tab
  • Bamboo Cutting board will read Our Family Like Branches on a tree we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one last name wedding anniversary date
  • Safe cutting board prevents knife skipping Laser engraved Personalized cheese fruit cutting board for wedding or anniversary gift
  • Made to last a lifetime Material: size 11″ w x 18″ h x 1/2″ inches VARIATIONS: -Our boards are made from natural bamboo. Due to natural origin of the wood there will be color variations that might be different from what is shown in our listings.

Pets

Did I miss anyone? Oh yes! Our favorite pets!

Cozy Windproof and Waterproof  Reversible Plaid Jacket

Keep your pet warm this winter. I know they would look adorable in these plaid jackets!

  • To better fit your dog,please do measure the size of your dog and compare to the size chart or consult with us before placing order
  • Material:Filler: Polyester fiber. Material: Polyester+TC (terylene/cotton), Water Resistant Outer layer/ Soft and Warm Inner Layer
  • Design Creative: Exquisite stitching,Easy Velcro Closure, Easily put on and take off.Comfortable belly part, Warm fleece lining,
  • Features: durable, fashion, vintage, water repellent, fine in detail, lightweight, wind-proof

Dog Toy Gift Basket Bundle

I know my dogs always like new toys to play with. Here is a whole basket full for them to choose from.

  • Made of cotton fibers that are non-toxic and can clean your dog’s teeth when chewing
  • Durable long lasting and bite resistant for hours of strong play and tug-a-war
  • Colorful bright colors get’s your dog interested and promotes interactive play
  • Bundle of 9 includes knot ropes, figure-8 toy, throwing stick, fetch toys, frisbee, and chewing ropes

 

12 Piece Pounce Toy Gift Set

Don’t forget the kitties! They get their choice too!

  • Fun Toys for Cats – Both kittens and cats will love these toys, some of which make noise and will roll across the floor
  • Easy-to-Wrap Gift Box – This box of kitten toys is packaged perfectly to be wrapped for gift-giving
  • 12 Different Toys – Your cats won’t become bored with this set, as there are 12 different toys included in the box
  • Rolling Balls – Kittens will love chasing the set’s sparkle balls and plastic jingle balls across the floor
  • Catnip Toys – A few of the toys in the gift box, including a Cat Is Good icon soft toy, contains catnip, which your cats and kittens will love.

Wow! That’s a lot to look over! I hope you found a couple of gift ideas here! Happy shopping!

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