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Over the weekend we made a quick trip to Craft Warehouse and scored these!  $5 for the both!!  With all of the redecorating we’ve been doing in our family room, I realized that we have no where to put an actual Christmas tree… so I decided I needed to make some.  I’m going to paint and glitterfy these for our fireplace mantel.

So Pretty in Paint: Glittery Christmas Trees

First I started by painting the cones a solid color.  I bought a Behr paint sample ($2.50) in the most Christmas green I could find and slapped on two coats.

After letting that dry over night, I used Mod Podge to add glitter.  The glitter was a score, only $2 bucks at Joanns, and I used LOT’S of glitter.  I wanted to see these Christmas trees across the street!

I followed the same process for the red tree, except that I had a can of red spray paint that I used instead.   They might not smell like a real Christmas tree and I certainly will not be able to put presents underneath, but they’ll do 🙂 I’m not quite done with them.  I need to make a trip to the Dollar Store and see what kind of tree stand I can come up with.  Here is the red one:

I promise to update the post once I have the tree stands and have them placed on the mantel.

Glittery Christmas Trees


Recently I had some girlfriends over to watch Magic Mike.  I decided that along with Channing Tatum, we needed chocolate.  So I set out to find some yummy popcorn recipes.  Nest of Posies had this delicious looking one I thought I’d try.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Popcorn maker
  • Popcorn
  • Oil
  • Golden Grahams cereal (1/2 box)
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Marshmallows

We were gifted this cool old movie theater style popcorn maker.  It takes 1/4 cup of kernels at a time and 1 tsp of oil.

Once I had about 4-5 cups popped popcorn, I poured it into two of the biggest bowls and pots I could find and added in the marshmallows and Golden Grahams.

After that was all mixed, I poured it on to two cookie sheets in a single layer.  Then melted the chocolate chips and drizzled that on the mixture.  Leave this somewhere to cool.  The chocolate should cool and harden, then you’ll be able to enjoy it.

I started the s’mores popcorn about 2 hours before my girlfriends arrived.  It was perfect timing to let the chocolate completely cool and it was omgosh so delicious!  I had to send the leftovers to work with my husband to get them out of the house!  His co-workers have already asked for the recipe 🙂  Yummy goodness!!

Fall Inspiration Mantel

Adding a little fall color to our mantel.  This was easy and free.  Using 4 existing picture frames, two stamps, colored paper and the printer I whipped this up and I just love how it added a little color and warmth the fireplace mantel.

I love decorating my house to match the season.  This was just a quick (and cheap) update to bring in some warm fall colors.  I had this awful vase with bamboo sticks that I had been looking for an excuse to get rid of and I found it!

This was a quick and simple update that cost less than $6 bucks!  All of the floral was 70% off at Joann’s .  I already had the floral foam, the bucket, the burlap and lace.  So it was uber cheap but I love it!

This table revamp is my favorite refurb project so far! Very slowly my husband and I have been redoing our Family Room.  After redoing the TV table and the two shelving units one side of the room we were ready to tackle the other side.  We have had two black Ikea coffee tables that we kept switching out because they just did not feel quite right.  Between hardwood floors and two Siberian Huskies, our house gets very dusty! So I made the executive decision to veto my husbands opinion and change the coffee table from black to white and we came up with a game plan.

Of the two coffee tables, we liked the one with the two drawers but hated the glass top because it was just so dusty and dirty looking all of the time.  We decided to replace the glass top with a foam and fabric ottoman top and paint the base white.  So we set out on a new refurb journey!

Starting out on the Free section of Craigslist, I found a free piece of foam.  It was perfect!  The foam was from a baby crib and it still had the plastic on it when I picked it up.  The foam is about 4-5 inches thick so it gave some serious cushion and height to the coffee table.  My husband got a piece of thin wood so that we could staple the fabric to something and cut the foam to the size of the board (with a little help from the dogs 🙂


Once the foam was cut, we bought some batting from Joanns and decided on a fabric we liked.  Then using a staple gun, we stapled the batting and then the fabric down tight.


Fits like a glove 🙂  Moving on… we started painting.  Changing from black to white required 3-4 coats of paint and then another 3 coats of sealer.


During the painting process, I accidentally knocked the table off the stands and broke the bottom layer so badly that we thought we were going to have to scrap the whole project.  Thanks to my quick thinking, I realized we could get really short table legs from Lowes, and that saved the project!



A few coats of paint and sealer later… we had a beautiful new ottoman table!!



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