‘Tis the Season to be Crafty

Since Hurricane/Superstorm (whatever you want to call it) Sandy, our posts have been very limited. As everyone knows, my car was damaged during the storm, so we have been running around dealing with that. Now that my car is back in action and things are calming down (just in time for the holidays), we’re ready to get back to blogging! Two major things here:

  1. I love Pinterest (follow me)!
  2. Everything I make, eat, do lately is from Pinterest.

Thus, we get some awesome crafts like the DIY yarn wrapped wreath. You saw it a few months ago when I created my fall-themed DIY yarn wreath. It was so easy and I think it came out looking pretty great. Many of our readers loved it too, so of course I had to make one for Christmas! Here is another quick run down on the steps.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own DIY yarn wreath:

  1. Your choice of yarn colors (you could do this for any season, but we’re doing fall right now)!
  2. Foam wreath
  3. Flower accents (the original tutorial ‘DIY’d’ the flowers, but I just snagged these pre-made ones at Michael’s)
  4. Scissors
  5. Hot glue gun

Supplies for DIY yarn wrapped wreath

You start by simply wrapping yarn around the foam wreath. Start with one color and continue your pattern all the way around, keeping each color about 2 – 3 inches apart. You could use any amount of colors, but I opted for three.

DIY yarn wreath from Fresh Nest Blog

To transition from one color to another, I just tied the one color onto the next to make a little knot and proceeded to wrap.

Once you’ve made it all the way around the wreath, tuck the last strand of yarn somewhere or glue it down for reinforcement. Then, just use a bit of hot glue to add your flower accents and you’re all set!

Same exact instructions for the fall-themed version, however, this time I used Christmas colors and Christmas accents. I opted for a nice little pine/frosted berry arrangement, plus some little gold poinsettias.

DIY Christmas wreath

Aside from crafting, we’ve been decorating for the holidays as well. Andrew took care of the outside lights and I am usually the Executive Director of all things tree-related (I take after my Mother, the original “Tree Nazi”). There was just one thing missing…a tree topper! We’ve used various ornaments in the past to top the tree, but this time we wanted an actual star. Until we get a larger tree down the road, we can’t really do a large, lit topper. Thus, we opted for this $1!! topper from target. I think it’s just what the tree doctor ordered 🙂

Christmas tree

Help: I’ve FALLen and I Can’t Get Up

If it wasn’t feeling like fall last week or the week before here in Jersey…it definitely is now! Overnight lows this past week have been in the 40s and the daily highs haven’t even reached 65! Summer is definitely gone.

Although I hate to see the summer go, fall is truly my favorite season. There is something really refreshing about the crispness in the air and “back to school” time has always been exciting (even tough we aren’t in school, nor do we have children). Another thing I love about fall is Halloween – my favorite holiday. As we may have mentioned last year, we host an annual Halloween party and each year, we add a little somethin’ somethin’ to our decoration collection. This year we have a few ‘tricks’ up our sleeves:

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I could probably talk forever about all my favorite fall things, but one of the absolute greatest parts about this season has got to be the food! We’ve been making some great fall recipes (a lot in the crock pot), drinking some great fall beers and creating some fancy fall cocktails. Most of my inspiration for our recipes comes straight from Pinterest.
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Anyway, I’d like to share with you, some of the great recipe’s I’ve found and tried out so far this fall season. Enjoy and let us know if you try any! You can also head over to our Facebook page and answer our question…”What’s your favorite thing about fall?”

Crock Pot 3 Bean Turkey Chilli
Courtesy of SkinnyTaste

Crock Pot Chilli

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken
Also Courtesy of SkinnyTaste

Our trusty Crock Pot, cooking up the Santa Fe Chicken…

Crock Pot

Love this thing!

Spaghetti Squash Cheesy Veggie “Pasta” Bake
Courtesy of Fit Sugar

Here’s our spaghetti squash during prep…

Spaghetti Squash

We also made a Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail, courtesy of Creative Culinary. That was delicious, but they went pretty quick so we missed a photo op!

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page for our day-to-day updates! And enjoy fall. 🙂

DIY Valentine’s Decor

I’m not one for Valentine’s Day and neither is Andrew. We usually just get each other some candy and socks, maybe fun Pez dispenser. I am, however, into DIY and some Valentine’s decor can be fun. Since we just go these fun chalkboard markers for our DIY menu board, I feel compelled to write on every glass surface. We’re spending our Sunday cooking (delicious slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches) and pulling out some pictures and other decor we just haven’t gotten around to hanging. I found this lovely little print by Andrew’s bro that we framed about a year ago; it instantly became my next victim.

DIY Valentine's Day decor

Just whipped up this little Valentine’s Day decoration thanks to these handy chalk markers. Don’t mind the red water in our flower vase. I wanted to see if we could get the flowers to change color and I figured red would be appropriate for such a “holiday.”

Just a quickie post to share this DIY “holi-decor” (like what I did there?) idea! I’ll be sure to pin this too. Follow me on Pinterest!