Happy New Year!

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Happy 2018! Can you believe it! Are you excited for the new year? Do you have big plans? The new year always gets me in the organize and throw out mood. I have been going through my Christmas stuff and throwing lots away and donating the rest. Since this was the first year I got to decorate this house, I wasn’t sure what I was going to use or what would work. Well, now I have a better idea and I am really trying to purge.

Did you go after Christmas shopping? I picked up a few items, like wrapping paper, ribbon and tags. I have a tote like this one and keep all my Christmas wrapping supplies in one place. I even keep tape, scissors and a pen in there. Whenever I buy wrapping supplies this is where I store it. It’s so nice to be able to pull out the box and have everything in one place.

I have also been going through my closet. I pull out the pieces I am not sure about and then try them on or plan to wear them one day. If I just don’t like it or it doesn’t fit, away it goes! It sure feels good to have more room in my closet. The hardest part for me is the shoes. Oh, I love my shoes!  I redid how I stored my scarves and gloves in my hall closet a few years ago and I still use this method. Here’s the post.

Do you love printables? Do you need a new calendar for 2018? The Cottage Market has so many cute ones! There are ones for Harry Potter, princesses, unicorns, floral and anything else in-between! I just printed off one for myself!

Did you party for New Years Eve? Better Homes and Gardens has all sorts of ideas for all kinds of parties! We just stayed home and had our traditional pizza dinner. 🙂

Do you make resolutions in the new year or set goals? Do you have ideas of projects you want to do around the house or the yard? My list is too long to post here, but I want to work on my laundry room and I would like my side yard to look like this. I can dream can’t I?

Thank you so much for following along with me each week! I really appreciate all my readers and love to read you comments! I hope you have a blessed 2018!

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

 

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Meowy Christmas!

IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!  WHO’S EXCITED!!!!!!!!!

Not me…definitely not me…

Before we actually get to Christmas I wanted to show off some pictures of my Christmas kitties!  These first two I took myself.  And it will be quite obvious haha.

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I love their “backdrop”. I added so many pink Christmas items that I had and they looked so cute with it.  Amelia (the calico) looks absolutely thrilled since I had to change the lighting like 5 times before I got that picture.  I think she was losing patience.  And Target (the tuxedo) was trying to get to the treats that I had in my hand.  She usually does things for treats (main word usually), so obviously she wanted them as I was shaking the bag to get her attention.

And I also took them to work to get pictures done as well.  If you don’t know, I work at a pet hotel in the local area where we can take our pets to work.  How cool is that?  We also get a small discount on all of our picture events which means I most definitely paid for their Christmas pictures.

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They both look scared out of their mind!  I don’t take them to work that often, so that’s number 1.  Number 2, they normally just stay in their room no in the lobby where the pictures were taken.  And number 3, they just don’t like their pictures taken.  But I Love Them!  The pictures…my love for the cats is questionable sometimes.

I’m kidding I love my cats.

So that’s it!  I hope you enjoyed looking at my cats and laughing at their dismay in their photos.  I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and we will see you next week!

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Star Wire Ornament

Hello everyone!  Here is a post from last year. Hope you enjoy!

This is a super simple project that my mom and I put together with the short amount of free time that we have had.  Hope that you enjoy!

First of all, gather your supplies. You will need 2 gauges of wire, 20-24 gauge and a thicker one, around 18 gauge. You also need your cookie cutter and wire cutters.

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Start by making a loop at the end of the thicker wire. I used a pencil and wrapped around it. Secure the end by wrapping it back around the wire.

Star Wire Loop Ornament Christmas 2016

Now you can wrap the wire around the cookie cutter. I ended up wrapping twice, just to make it stronger, but once will probably be enough. You want to be able to push it into the corners and around edges.

Star Wire Wrap Christmas Ornament 2016

Once it is wrapped, secure it by wrapping around the part where the loop is. Then you can remove it from the cookie cutter. Cut off any excess with the wire cutters.

Star Wire Outline Christmas Ornament 2016

Now for the fun part! Start wrapping wire around the star shape. This is where you use the thinner wire. I just kept wrapping around all different ways until I felt like it was finished.

Star Wire Wrapping Christmas Ornament 2016

This will look so pretty on the tree! You could pick different colored wire too, like copper or gold.  I tied a sheer white ribbon around the top. I did try with with a heart shape too, but it didn’t have enough edges to keep the wire in place. Too bad, because it would have looked really cute :(.

Star Wire Finished Christmas Ornament 2016

 

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Aren’t these cute?  They are so simple and are a quick and easy project.  Hope that you all have a wonderful week before Christmas!

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My First Ornament Wreath

Hello everyone!  Before we begin, I want to apologize for this post being short and not having as many pictures as I wanted.  I literally started this project with the intention of taking more pictures to add.  But I got so excited to get started that I forgot to take picture.  Sorry.

So I have wanted to make an ornament wreath for quite some time now.  And I finally felt like I had enough ornaments to make the wreath.  Mom and I had been collecting them for a while from yard sales and thrift stores.  So now that the time was right, I finally bought my wreath.

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The first thing I did was wrap the whole thing in ribbon.    I used one spool and then realized I greatly underestimated how much ribbon I needed.  So off to the store I went to buy two more…

I then pulled out the ornaments and started gluing!

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Yeah…I had a lot.  Enough to fill the entire box.  But I had a variety of pink ornaments along with some silver and gold.  I started hot gluing the ornaments down and filled in where needed.

And here’s the finished product!

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I know it’s not exactly circular anymore, but I really like it!  And for it being my very first one I am very proud of myself.  I wish I took more pictures while I was doing it, but I was so excited to finish that I forgot…  And what’s even worse is that I still have enough ornaments that I can make a whole second wreath!

And even though I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures, I did still have time to take this one!

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