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New Year's DIY Clock Face Plates

Do you serve a traditional New Year's dish to bring prosperity and good luck?  Here in the South, one traditional dish is black eyed peas. To make them a little more fun and appealing, I made glitzy New Year's clock face plates on which to serve them.




Supplies used:

Clear glass plates
Clock face graphic
Mod Podge or white glue

Before we get started, I must give credit for the amazing clock face graphic to The Graphics Fairy.  Karen has a seemingly endless variety of graphics available free for your personal use and the one I used, along with two additional options, are found HERE.  You'll also find many shared project ideas for the free graphics she graciously provides.  Please check out her site - you will be impressed!


To create the clock face plate, I measured the diameter of the inside center of the clear plate.  These are salad plates, but dinner plates can easily be used by printing a larger clock face to fit the center area.  

This is the graphic I selected:



After printing …

Happy Holidays!

Christmas in Our Home - Part Two

Continuing Christmas in our home .... I'll try not to clutter the Spirit of the Holiday with too much narration.  :)












This festive Christmas countdown (above) is a free printable from Sarah at Life{Sweet}Life.  It's available in a green and/or red background.  Just frame it behind glass and use a dry erase marker to change the number of days each morning.  Click HERE to get your own free printable. 

The adorable free printable above is available from Lucy at Craftberry Bush.  I made a quick mat from striped design paper - just used scissors. Click HERE to download the free printable.  And, thanks to Lisa at Texas Decor for sharing!







Above are Christmas morning treats for the pups.  To make them, we use empty paper towel rolls, cut to small lengths.  Stuff them with pup treats (Pup-peroni work great) wrapped in white tissue paper, and wrap the stuffed rolls with brown Kraft paper.  (I wrap the brown paper around the roll twice, to avoid having to use tape.)  Twist the ends closed.  …

Christmas in Our Home .. Part One

Had so much fun decorating our home this Christmas! 

Rustic Guest Room Tree



This is a 5 foot prelit tree with red, gold and handmade wooden ornaments.

The wooden ornaments started out as paint stir sticks and each have a holiday saying or message on them.  This is a really neat idea from Janet at Today's Fabulous Finds.  Janet is so gracious and she even provides the free template download!  

My version was to paint the stir sticks a greyish green, attach the printed sayings with Mod Podge, and cover with a layer of gold glitter paint.  Janet used wire for her hangers but I improvised with jute string.  I really like the rustic look!

The tree stand is a plant container - we removed the original plastic tree stand and placed the metal tree "trunk" in the plant container, weighted and secured by bricks.  Tucked raffia in the top of the container to conceal  the bricks.

Sentimental Master Bedroom Tree


This tree is also a 5 foot prelit.  The tree "skirt" is actually a la…

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Can you believe Thanksgiving is just a little over a week away?  To jolt myself into that realization, I took some time to play with tablescape options for Thanksgiving Day.  




It's a lot of fun to mix patterns, textures and color combinations using placemats, napkins, napkin rings and dishes.  And, it's all about personal preference - there's no right or wrong way to do it (in my opinion) - just find a combination that appeals to you.



For this tablescape, I set the table with four place settings, but will add more for our Thanksgiving meal.



I started with a square woven goldtone placemat as my foundation.  They were purchased at Kohl's.  Topping the placemat was a dark Fall charger with embossed leaves, for a definite touch of Thanksgiving.  For more on these chargers, see my previous post HERE.

Next I added a white stoneware dinner plate.  This basic white dinnerware set is so versatile and has been a great buy - it can be paired with most any color combination for any oc…

Scented Cinnamon Ornaments

It's really not your imagination - this is another post relating to cinnamon ornaments!  The good news is that this one has awesome results!




If you missed my last two attempts at making cinnamon ornaments, you can read all about it HERE.  (As an update to my previous post, after wiping the cinnamon salt dough ornaments with a damp sponge, in hopes of eliminating the chalky appearance, they did dry a tiny bit darker, but still not to my liking.)

So I changed gears and turned to a cinnamon applesauce recipe that I tweaked a bit.

Scented Cinnamon Ornament Dough

1 cup applesauce
1-1/4 cup ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
Plastic drinking straw

Preheat oven to 200 degrees (Fahrenheit).  

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or spray cookie sheets with cooking spray.

Combine all ingredients ... except the straw!  :)

I used my stand mixer with a paddle attachment, but it's not necessary - you can mix easily by hand in a bowl with a large spoon.


The dough s…