Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Raspberry Cordial

My sister-in-law and I are going to have an Anne of Green Gables Day. We will sit down for hours on end watching all of the movies, which will take all day, but the best part? We're going to make Raspberry Cordial! I am so excited. I've never had Raspberry Cordial much less attempted to make it. It's interesting how you really can find anything on the internet. Apparently we aren't the only women obsessed with this series or cohesive recipe making. I was slightly disappointed to find recipes without alcohol and some recipes included lemon? This recipe below from Elise's Kitchen sounded pretty good. I just can't believe you have to wait 3 months!

Elise's Kitchen: Raspberry Cordial

So excited to try this and can't wait to post about our Anne of Green Gables Day!


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

DIY Burlap Wreath

Being a country girl I'm in love with burlap. I know that goes without saying. So my favorite thing to make with burlap right now? Wreaths! There are so many cute and fun variations to this project, but these two caught my eye as being the most simple, the quickest and the cheapest I've seen so far. Here below is their rendition. I love the flowers!! I myself would add a bow of some kind as well or some bling. But that's just me. Enjoy!

Crafty Katie

  1. Cut the burlap (used approximately 1/2 yard) into 3 inch strips. (Jan, the measurements are for YOU!)
  2. Take a coat hanger and make a circle shape.
  3. Weave the burlap strips along the coat hanger wire. I hot glued every so once and awhile to try and keep the ruffles even.
  4. Connect wire at the top. (A little hot glue helped out in this step, too.)
  5. Add fabric flowers.
  6. Add ribbon embellishment if desired.
  • Burlap (1/2 yard) – $2.00
  • Coat hanger – free!
  • Hot glue
  • 3 Fabric fat quarters for flowers – 99 cents (on sale)



DIY Burlap Wreath


I know this is not the first time you have seen a burlap wreath. In fact it is probably the 100th time it has been done. But, I do want to show you this simple wreath because it was very easy and inexpensive. 

2 1/2 to 3 yards of burlap $6
1 large green wire floral wreath (I bought mine at Michaels) $2.99
rotary cutter or scissors
self healing cutting mat (only if you use a rotary cutter)

Step 1: Cut the burlap into strips. My strips were 1"X6"

Step 2: Tie each strip onto the green wire wreath in a single knot

Step 3: Continue to tie burlap strips onto the wreath while drinking wine and watching 30 Rock

Step 4: Spray the finished wreath with starch or hairspray so all of the loose ends don't fall off

Step 5: Hang and Enjoy

The entire project took about 1 hour and 15 minutes to cut and tie

GiddyUp Glamour

One of my favorite online stores is GiddyUp Glamour. They have some of THE cutest jewelry and accessories for the country girl, not to mention clothes, shoes, handbags and now kids clothes!
My favorite piece right now is this beautiful necklace:Long Flower Power Multi Color Crystal Necklace
The colors are so fun and would make the perfect gift for Mother's Day. I know my mother would love it! 
Head on over to their site to check out the many wonderful items they have.

My Favorite Things...

Just loving and I mean LOVING this adorable dress from DejaVu!

It's no wonder with a name like the Effortless Dress. So flowy, so light, so cute. It's just...so.
This adorable high/low skirt dress is white with a top ruffle, invisible side zipper, cut-out back, & bold pink stripes.100% Rayon. 36" Low/ 55"High. Head on over to their site to get one for yourself!
DejaVu: Effortless Dress

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Holiday Cheer

Well it's finally my time of year! Life has been exceedingly busy lately, not to mention the extreme sadness that comes with having a miscarriage. But the Lord has been keeping me in His peace and has healed mine and my husband's hearts.  
"he (she) that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty...there shall no evil befall me...God will deliver me and set me on high...when I call, He will answer, He will be with me in trouble, He will honor me with long life and salvation" 
I have been so encouraged and surrounded by praying family and friends.THANK YOU!

And now onto the Holiday Cheer! This is such a BEAUTIFUL time of year...the weather changes, there's electricity in the air, people smile more, and I attribute that mostly to the gift giving. Other than birthdays, which never involve all the people you love in one month, when is there a time that you think about others more? You see something in a store and think of someone. You're looking online thinking of your best friend and what would make them smile. It's wonderful! Life, for a whole month (or two depending on when you start!), is centered around others almost entirely.

For example, I've been eyeing this SunValley Spa Pack from Melaleuca with a few people in mind:

If you're interested in this wonderful gift let me know!  
Hope ya'll are getting into the Christmas Spirit!