December 2015 | Vintage, Paint and more...

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Best of 2015

Hello Friends.  Are you recuperating from your holiday celebrations yet or are you like me and still lounging around, watching movies and drinking coffee?  I love this week between Christmas and New Year's because I can do just that. No deadlines, no stress just lots of time with family. I always like to go through my posts from the past year at this time and see just what everyone liked and maybe didn't like so much.  So here are the Best of 2015 posts that you - the readers - loved. 

most popular diy and craft posts from 2015

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Share It One More Time Link Party #13

Hi friends,
It's Saturday December 26th.  The day after Christmas and many are out perusing all those glorious post Christmas sales.  I try to avoid crowds as much as possible and especially on today.  Instead I am just going to sit back, relax with a cup of coffee, a fire in the fireplace and check out some of your awesome links this week while I catch up on my favorite episodes of NCIS.  I can't think of a better way to spend the day. 
There are no features today but we will be back in full swing on Jan. 2 with double the features. So be sure to come back next week and check them all out.  
Until then link up below and enjoy visiting each other and getting inspired for the new year.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas today.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas at Our House

Hello Friends, 
Today I am finishing up the last minute touches and little things that have to be done before the big day.  Yes, only two days until Christmas and the culmination of many days of work to make this holiday the best ever. Let me take you on a little journey of what our family has done this year.
We've glued and painted and crafted to our hearts content.

diy ornament wreath, diy christmas trees with burlap, ribbon andpaper

Decking our halls with beautiful color and decor inside and

Christmas in the living room, diy paper wreath, stenciled pillows


Christmas on the porch with thrifted and decorated ladder, wagon

We've decorated our tree with our grands while laughing and reminiscing over memories that special ornaments give each of us.

Decorated Christmas tree done with burlap , diy ornaments and dollar store picks

We've wrapped all those gifts in beautiful papers and embellished each one in a way to make the receiver feel special.

diy wrapped gifts with naturals embellishments in burlap lined vintage wire basket

We've hung our stockings by the chimney with great care.

Christmas mantel with diy O Holy Sign, diy trees, drop cloth stockings

In hopes that St. Nick would find them and fill them to the brim.

vintage Old World Santa, vintage wire basket

We've baked our cookies and made memories with those we love.

baking cookies with the grand children

All of these things we have done to celebrate this season of wonder.  But let us not forget the true meaning of this day that brings us true joy.

nativity on a cake plate with diy snow of epsom salt and glitter and bottle brush trees

Wishing you and your family a wondrous and blessed Christmas.

               Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Share It One More Time Link Party and Features #12

Hi everyone and welcome to the Saturday 

   Share It One More Time Link Party.

Here we are only 6 days till Christmas and I can tell you I am getting excited - my kiddos will be here!  Today the grands are coming over for our annual baking day.  This is always such fun - something I look forward to - lots of laughing, Christmas music, lots of fun and of course, lots and lots of cookies. (But we do eat our fair share.) So let's get on with the order of the day.
This week I joined the lovely ladies that host Share It One More Time with you each week in a 

each of us opened our homes up and shared them with you.  Hope you enjoyed each and every one of them - they are gorgeous.

Not only did we share our homes but, we are also offering two give aways.  So hop on over and enter to win one of these lovely gifts.

Next week we will be having the party however there will be no features.  We will be posting this weeks and next weeks features on January 2. 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and that you enjoy wonderful, warm moments and memories with your families at this time of year.

Now I'll turn it over to our host Janet of Shabbyfufu as she brings you the party.

Happy Saturday! It's time for another Share it One More Time Link Party!

It's been crazy busy for most of us with the holidays approaching quickly, and for me I'm finished with the holiday decorating but lots of other things going on! This week I had shared the post with the photo above about how to change the look of a room in about 15 minutes by utilizing various accessories that you might already have. Literally that change took NO time and you can read more with photos HERE...

You might also want to check out my decadent entertaining recipes that I think you'll enjoy trying. They are easy to do!


Hi friends! It's Janet here from Shabbyfufu and this week I am your humble hostess!

Now let's get started with the party and this week's features:

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Santa's Cookie Tray from FrugElegance

Kitchen Christmas Decor from Worthington Court


DIY Advent Calendar from Hawthorne & Main

Christmas Scrabble Tile Coasters from Simply {Darr}ling


Christmas Home Tour by Suburble

K~Cup Holiday Gnomes by Carolyn's Homework


Vintage Inspired Christmas Tree by Flamingo Toes

How To Make An Ornament Wreath by Burlap Wreath


Merry & Toile Tablescape by Sondra Lynn at Home

Christmas Family Room by With a Dash of Color


Rustic Christmas Mantel by Atta Girl Says

Christmas Hanging Baskets by Clean & Scentsible

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Tour of Family Room - Busy Girls Home Tour

Hi everyone,
My what a busy week it has been here.  It seems it is speeding by so quickly as we wind down the long stretch to the final days of preparation for the big finale.  "Sissy"  made it home and our oldest grand son is coming later.  I do love this time of year.

    Today I have a special treat for you.

Christmas tour of a simple family room

 I am joining my fellow hosts of 
 Share It One More Time
in the

image for tour

We have put together a little blog hop of our homes and an amazing giveaway just for you.  So be sure to follow to the end to see the other Busy Girls Tours and to enter our great give aways.
Last week I shared our front porch all decked out for Christmas in the "Home For Christmas Blog Hop".

our Christmas porch decorated with recycled, thrifted items

I love how it came together with recycled items from thrift stores and garage sales just by adding natural greens, lights and a few ornaments.

collage of Christmas decorated thrift items

Then on Monday I shared our living and dining rooms with you in the "Holiday Homes Blog Hop".

simple decor of red and gold in a neutral living room

I kept it simple in here by using what I already had and just embellishing it with "faux" greens and berries, colorful wrapping papers, and Christmas ornaments.  I used red, gold and black to pop off our normally neutral decor for a very vintage and yet sophisticated result.

red and gold decorated thrift items for a living room

Today I am sharing our family room with you in our "Busy Girls Christmas Home Tour". 
Family room decorated with DiY decor

Like most of you, the family room is where we spend most of our time.  It's a cozy room we love to relax in and spend time together. And since we have an open concept; it along with the kitchen is the hub of our household where most of the activity occurs. I chose to put our most favorite Christmas things in here.
Christmas mantel done with diy projects - drop cloth stockings

It has a wonderful fireplace that my chair sits right next to where I crochet and read when I can. And it's wonderfully warm here when the temps dip here in the South.
DIY drop cloth stockings, and small Christmas trees used on a Christmas mantel

I kept the decor in here quite simple also. Merely using what I already had and adding to it with the "faux" greenery, ornaments and colorful wrapping paper.  I love doing this because it can be changed up each year while costing very little.  
DIY Christmas sign done with wrapping paper and thrifted frame

 I made the sign above the fireplace using an old picture frame and just added some Christmas music wrapping paper with the words "O Holy Night". These were cut out of glittery gold wrapping paper I had left over from last year.  Then I added a gold Christmas ornament star.  I outlined all of it with a black Sharpie to accent it.

DIY Christmas sign and decorated Christ,as mantel

I placed a "faux" pine garland on the mantel and strung some lights through it.  Then added some glittery gold feathers, gold pine cones and spaced some glittery red birds throughout. 
diy drop cloth stockings, diy little trees

I added a few of our little white Christmas trees I made a few years back.  I love these little trees and how they can be used in so many ways year round.  They have definitely been work horses in our decor.  Our stockings are hung on either side of the firebox.  I made them from drop cloth fabric and added gold glittery initials I made.

wrapped packages in a vintage wire basket

I placed a vintage wire basket on the hearth and filled it with "faux" wrapped packages that I embellished with ribbons and Christmas ornaments.  I love the pops of color these give to this area.

nativity in a diy scene done with bottle brush trees

On our ottoman coffee table I have a wood tray that holds the nativity.  This nativity is 40+ years old.  I bought it when my boys were little. It's molded plastic and unbreakable and the boys (and every one of my grand children) have loved playing with it over the years.  I placed it on a cake plate with "faux" snow (Epsom salt and glitter) and some cute little dollar store bottle brush trees.  
"faux" Christmas swag with burlap ribbon

The other side has a Christmas swag I made from pine boughs, gold glittery twigs and red berries from the dollar store and a gold filament burlap bow I made.  I also added a candle in a glass star dish.  Very simple arrangement but very pretty.

nutcracker collection

Papa has a nutcracker collection that he and all our grands simply adore.  It has to come out (all 30+ pieces) every Christmas and be displayed.  They each have their favorites and it is practically a ritual to unwrap them and place them in just the right place.  It all began when my oldest grand son fell in love with the one and only nutcracker I had 23 years ago. Each year Papa adds one to the collection and so it has grown.  I have them displayed on a pair of ladder shelves. This year our "Mimi" made him a clay one in her art class.  You can see it below in the pic with the box of pine cones and ornaments.

nutcracker collection displayed with vintage and diy items for Christmas

All of them do not fit on the shelves so I placed the larger ones on the ledge dividing the kitchen from this room.  I spaced them out along a "faux" pine garland strung with lights.  Then added a few red and gold ornaments.   

candy stripe vintage jello mold wreath

Above this I hung our blackboard with the candy stripe vintage jello mold wreath I
 made this year.  It really pops against the black of the blackboard.
So that is it for the tour of our family room.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did sharing it with you.  
Be sure to visit the other ladies tours - I know you will be inspired by their beautiful homes. 

Before you leave for their tours don't forget to enter the give away here today.

Our first give away is a wonderful 3 Milk Bottle Tote compliments of Tammy from Farmhouse Decor Shop. You can see it  at           

The second giveaway is compliments of Barb from The Everyday Home Blog Collection and can be seen at

Be sure to visit both shops as both have wonderful items I am sure you will love.

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