Miller Fall Party ~AKA~ Beards and Boots!

I am finally getting around to posting some photos from our annual fall party.  Thanks to my sweet friend Stacy from http://www.stacyreeves.com for bringing her camera and snapping some photos while I was a busy hostess! This year’s party had multiple purposes 1: House warming party 2: Birthday bash for my dad and I 3: Miller annual fall party. All were a huge success! The fall party was renamed “Beards and Boots” due to the high popularity of facial hair for the men and the reoccurring fashion statement of boots (cowboy, fuzzy, biker) for the girls. I hope the name sticks! Well, enough talk….take a look at our party that could not be complete without barbeque,  hay bales, burlap, a bonfire, and smores!

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Christmas!!!!

Last night I finally got a chance to finish decorating my 3rd Christmas tree.  I love how it turned out! I did not do tutorials on any of the ornaments, because at this point I was just in desperate need of finishing!  I have one final crafty touch that I may add later.  I will make sure to share! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Wreath #2

Another DIY project! I loved this wreath just as much or maybe more than the previous! It took me a total of about 10 minutes to make, and it only cost 2$. I don’t see how you can beat that! If you would like to see my version of th coffee filter wreath, read below.

You will need:

-Two 100 count packages of unbleached coffee flters (I got mine at Wal Mart for about 1$ per package)

-Something round to attach the coffee filters to. I used a heavy duty  paper plate and cut out the middle.  I have seen others use a styrofoam wreath or a wire coat hanger, but I chose paper plate because I already had it and it was free!

Step 1: Cut out the middle of your paper plate

Step 2: Take about 5 coffee filters (Leave them stacked) and fold them twice to look like this

Step 3: Staple the bottom of the folded coffee filters to the paperplate. I stapled them pretty closely together to get a very full effect (approx 1/4 in apart)

*When stapling to the plate, I alternated which way the folds faced.

Step 4:After you have stapled the coffee filters around the plate, spread them out to make it look nice and full.

Step 5: Hang and Enjoy! I think I will add a dark brown ribbon and bow to make it really pop!

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Christmas Wreath

I have been doing my research on budget friendly diy Christmas decor, and this was one of my favorite finds.  I couldn’t seem to find the blog again, so I can’t give credit where it is due.  I wish I could say that this was my idea, but it wasn’t.  I am so happy with how it turned out though!  I spent $10 on the wreath at Wal-Mart, and I think a total of about $5 on yarn.  I already had the letterpress letter M that I bought on Ebay for about $10 (but I will be returning it to its normal location after the holidays).

Here is how I did it:

Step 1: I considered buying styrofoam balls to wrap the yarn around, but after thinking about it I decided that was SILLY!  To save money, I grabbed anything I could find and wadded it into a ball and began to wrap the yarn around it.  I used plastic grocery bags, but you could use anything like newspaper, paper towels, old wrapping paper, etc.

I just kept making different sizes until I felt like I had enough, I know you may want more or less.

Step 2: I wrapped each type of yarn around the bottom of the wreath until it covered the majority of the green.

Step 3:  I hung the balls of yarn at different lengths and attached a letterpress M on top of them. I love it!!!!!

 

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Changing seasons and decorations

Today I am saying goodbye to my beloved fall decorations and moving in the Christmas decor.  I have been inspired to create budget friendly decorations this year, and I am REALLY enjoying it! It is amazing how much more pleased I am with my decorations knowing that I made them and made them cheap!  This year, I am going with the vintage Christmas look with neutral and natural colors.  If you have seen my house, you will quickly notice that I’m loving neutrals right now. So, below are a few photos of my fall table decorations.  I used antique mason jars from another room in the house, boxes I had in the guest room, candles/candlesticks from the master bedroom, and sticks that Justin tried to make me pick up in our yard that I decided would be a perfect “sticky” arrangement. The only things I bought were the pumpkins and scented arrangement in the middle.

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Mirror, mirror

I am kicking myself right now! I found the perfect and most unique mirror at Homegoods this summer, and I stupidly passed it up. Why? I don’t know!!!! So for now, I am stuck with the mirror I have.  I wanted to spruce up the gold mirror in the guest room, so I added a few layers of spray paint.  It seems a little bright to me, I think I will add a glaze later. If I do, I’ll make sure to post the changes.

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Cake pops!!!!

To start, I want to tell you about a blog that has changed my life!!! I was searching on Etsy for craft ideas, and I stumbled upon the little miss momma blog .  When I found the blog, I couldn’t believe it!!! I found someone who loves crafts, decorating, and shopping as much as I do! What is even better, is not only did I find her blog, but she has so many links to other similar blogs.  I have found a whole world of blogs that cater directly to my passions.  I found a blog about organizing….you know I’m in heaven!!!

How does this relate to cake pops? Well, the life changing site is where I found the cake pop recipe. Ashley has great tutorials that are clear and easy to follow. She even uses pictures which is super helpful. Head over to her site to make them for yourself, the recipe is under the “tutorials” link at the top of the page.  You will notice a few differences between hers and mine. I did make a minor change in the recipe to suffice my love for peanut butter. Instead of white chocolate coating, I used peanut butter chips.  You will also notice that my cake pops are not totally covered by the peanut butter.  I did this for two reasons #1 It is alot easier to just dip them instead of trying to cover them totally #2 I thought the color of the chocolate cake would look good with the peanut butter and I wanted it to show. The last change I made, is that I covered the foam in foil.  To make a pretty display, I positioned the foil covered foam blocks into a galvanized metal tray.  I chose this tray because I love anything galvanized and it blended with the foil!!! I’m sure you will all have your own personal touch to add to your recipe and display!

I had more pictures, but the computer is acting wonkers!

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