Monday, December 31, 2018

Top Posts from 2018

We're back again to list the top posts
from the blog for 2018!

This is one of my favorites...
to see what posts were your favorites for the year
at Building Our Hive
and to check out the top 10 from other blogs out in blog-land.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Funtastic Friday #209

Getting ready to welcome in the new year!

Light Up New Year Sign and Countdown Banner Game

Chas has a cute New Year's sign that lights up!
 And a fun countdown game she made into a banner.
Great ideas of things to do as you count down each hour until midnight!

Check out the 411 on how to make this New Year Tinsel Banner and cupcake toppers.
While you're out shopping the after Christmas sales,
 pick up some tinsel on the cheap!
We'll be making one for 2019!

Now on to this week's Funtastic link party!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

25 Christmas Ideas I Want to Remember for Next Year

Christmas may be over,
but there's no time like the present to
 file away some DIY plans for next year
Here are some fantastic ideas
from our last few link parties.
From ornaments, to stockings,
home décor to wrapping...
these are on my list of things to remember.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Funtastic Friday #208

Christmas is almost here!
Counting down the days....

Just trying to figure out menus.
Brandy's peppermint ice-cream is a front runner for our Christmas Eve dinner.
What do you have planned?

Now on to the party!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Funtastic Friday #207

The days are counting down to Christmas!
Are your days filled with school concerts, events and parties?
Our church just hosted a community nativity display event.

Make these Christmas jars this holiday season! A gorgeous nativity scene in the form of jars that you can add holiday candles to! Plus they are oh so easy to make with Ball mason jars! #jingleballtheway #ball #masonjars #christmasNativities from all around the world.
Made from different materials, styles, sizes and colors.
Angie has a sweet idea for a nativity display made out of frosted mason jars, vinyl and a tealight is tucked inside. Love this idea!

 I've finally gotten all the out of town packages mailed out!
 Now just need to work on Christmas cards and wrapping!
Check out our printable tags {here} and {here}

Let's get to this week's party....

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Funtastic Friday #206

I'm a wood crafter.
And am always on the look out for cute wood crafted items.

Full display of DIY Christmas Village using scrap wood on mantleAnika's Christmas village stood out to me last week.
And it's just made from scraps of wood!
Love the icicles too--
With the sharp angles and bright colors, 
it made me think it could be a village from the Grinch movie.

Wouldn't it be a fun project for our annual girl's craft party!?
And I have a lot of wood scraps ;)

Here are some other kid friendly ornament crafts,
that your youngsters and tweens will be sure to love...

Now, let's get to the party
 to see what other Christmas crafts, DIYs and recipes you have this week!

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Funtastic Friday #205

It's the most wonderful time of the year!
Hoping to get the tree up this weekend.
The weather's been nice,
but on a cold day
I love a cup of hot chocolate!

My daughter and I will stop off at Duncan Donuts or Corner Bakery for a cup.
And hot coco stations are my jam!
Just love them. 
Kippi has got some fun ideas with friends...
all the 411 for putting together a hot coco bar.

If you're more of a Wassail person
check out our recipe
Mmm, warm spiced cider! 
Feeling like a warm cup of either right about now,
snuggling under a fleece blanket
with a good book or a Hallmark movie.

But first,
let's check out this week's Funtatic Friday!
Looking for all your fabulous Christmas ideas!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Funtastic Friday #204

Hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Are you a Black Friday shopper?
Do you start when the stores open Thanksgiving day or wait until Friday?
I must say, I'm not a Thanksgiving day shopper.
Just can't do it.
So I still go out early Friday morning--not really the same though.
My girls are older now, so some of them go with me.
A new tradition, 
shopping and out for breakfast! 

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, we usually start to put up some Christmas decorations.
I love Claire's Gingerbread Garland.
So simple, just made from cardboard boxes.
The kids would love to help put these together. 

Pulling out the Christmas Banner

Maybe the Joy Board board too.

The party is going live early this week!
Now it's time to show us your best Christmas ideas.
I can't wait to see what you link up!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Fabulous Finds- Christmas Wrap

Hey all!
Just scored some cute Christmas wrap and décor
and wanted to share these fun items. 

Bringing in more black and white with touches of red this year.

First up from the Target dollar spot.
Fun gift bags for just $1!
I love that black and white bag with reindeer names.
(might have to make something similar into a framed board)
There is coordinating tissue with the reindeer names, plus white and green in the pack. ($3)
And the red berries are glittered on the floral bag--just check out those cute mitten tags that come with it!
I think I'll use the clips to attach tags on presents. 
And for $3--this ceramic white house. 
I wanted one last year but they sold out before I could get one. 
I might go back and get the other style that goes with it.
Has as opening in the back to insert a candle--so excited for this find!

I've been looking for a white and black stripe ribbon to go with the garland on the staircase this year.
Thought the Magnolia section would have it but no wrap or ribbon there this year.
However, stumbled upon their new Sugar Plum paper line of products in the Christmas section
Just the ribbon I needed ( a little pricey but I haven't had any luck finding it anywhere else)
Sweet heart with gold dots ornament was $3. They also have initials in this style.
This was the last one, looking for more hearts to tie on presents. 

 Next up, Michaels.
I just couldn't believe that they had wool felt ball garlands, 6 feet for half off, making it $10.
That's a good deal!
I got a couple and while I was still in the store, went back for a few more of just red only,
but within those few minutes, someone had wiped out all the red and white!!
It also comes in multicolored balls. 
Can't go wrong with buffalo check ribbon--using this for packages and a door wreath. (half off)
And in their $ spot--white and brown craft paper wrap. Perfect!

Last stop, Hobby Lobby.
All their Christmas has been 50% off for weeks.
Picked up a new wreath.
Love the ribbon but might switch it out to buffalo check 
Stay tuned ;) 
HB always has all my crafting supplies
and gottal love it when ribbon is half off.

Hope you get some steals with your Christmas shopping!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Funtastic Friday #203

Counting down to Thanksgiving week!
I'm so excited that I'll be with my kids and extended family this year. 

pilgrim crafts for preschoolersKelli has some fun pilgrim crafts and activities to keep all the kids busy on Thursday. 

We'll be baking rolls, pies, sides and turkey!
Apple Pie for sure.
And maybe Pecan.

You can find all of our Thanksgiving ideas {here}

What are your plans for Thanksgiving?
Any fun traditions? 
We'll be baking, hiking, lots of eating and Black Friday shopping!
I hope it's a weekend for you filled with family and friends. 

Now on to this week's party!

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Funtastic Friday #202

Hey all!
It's been a busy week prepping some boards and crafts for
a holiday boutique this weekend.
Next week I hope to pay some attention to our home.
Cleaning up and decorating.

Angela's added touches to a basic wicker ottoman was just the inspiration
I needed to work on finishing a furniture project for our family room.
And her neutral colors are just the thing for our Autumn/Thanksgiving décor. 

It reminded me of our chalk painted pumpkins
which would fit in perfectly. 
Are you ready for Thanksgiving? 
I'll be looking at this week's party for more holiday ideas!
Now let's go to the party!

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Funtastic Friday #201

Hope your Halloween was a scream!
Now shifting gears for Thanksgiving.

5 things you can do now to make your Thanksgiving meal a success! Includes free printables!Jessa has some Thanksgiving prep ideas
 plus printables to help you plan your menu and get organized. 
Love her turkey silhouette cards.

We've got our gratitude printable too. 
8x10 for you in 4 different colors!
I love to have this up all month 
for us to think of at least one thing to be grateful for each day.

Now on to this week's party!...

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Monster Munch Snack Mix

It's almost Halloween...
and today, we've got a hauntingly good
snack mix for all your little monsters!
Here's what you'll need:

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Funtstic Friday #200

We made it--Funtstic Friday #200!

We're on the countdown until Halloween.
Getting into costumes, dances, parties, concerts....

and Halloween treats. 
Donna shares these fun easy skeleton cookies

and try out our simple  bat cookies.
Cake mix cookies with added wings and spooky eyes.

Now let's get to this week's hauntingly
good party....

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Funtastic Friday #199

The weather has finally turned
and it feels like Fall!

Lisa has these so cute  no sew pumpkins.
Love how she used old pants and shirts for the fabric. 
Upcycling and some great plaids. 
I'm thinking a buffalo check pumpkin with that jute stem...

How about velvet?

We've got the 411 on how to make these mini velvet pumpkins
Use them for place cards, to decorate as minis or make them large!

We appreciate your patience with us and getting the link party back up and running!

Checking out Halloween ideas at this week's party.
Let's go....

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Friday, October 12, 2018

How to make a Bench Cushion

One of our last summer projects 
was to sew up this bench cushion 
for my daughter's bench seat under her bedroom window.
She chose a navy striped ticking- love the look!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Funtastic Friday #198

Fall is trying to break through in Texas.
I think we'll get one day in the 70's this week!
We'll take what we can get, but so looking forward to cool temps!
When it's 90, it's hard to think Fall,
but we're starting to pull out a few of our Fall decorations
and looking for new ways to bring in autumn. 

Kippi has the cutest buffalo check pumpkin applique pillow tutorial.
And I love the black and white check. 
Something different for Fall.

And check out our easy buffalo check table runner.
It's so fun!

I've just got to get a box of mums to place in the center.
How are you bringing in the look of Fall into your home? 

Let's see what ideas we find at this week's party....

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Funtastic Friday #197

Working on the finishing touches to our family room after the big remodel.
We just got a cabinet to go under the wall mounted TV.
It's too distressed for me, so I'm going to try a little sanding to even things out
or may have to just repaint it. 
I've got to find some knobs too.
I'll keep you posted.

Kelly has this great ledge shelf tutorial.
I'm thinking this would be awesome in a guest room with some of our favorite books.

Another favorite display piece...wood boxes.
Raw, painted or stained, I love to use these for flowers
or holiday décor. 
What new home decorating piece have you acquired lately?

Let's see what inspiration we get from this week's link party....

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Funtstic Friday #196

It's football season, school is in full swing
and homecoming is next week. 
Looking forward to some fall leaves, cooler temps, 
and the pumpkin spice smells of the season. 
Starting to pull out some pumpkin recipes. 
stack of soft pumpkin sugar cookies, made from scratch
And Mel's pumpkin spice sugar cookies are a must try!

This weekend I'm helping a daughter move into her apartment for the first semester of college.
She worked at a cookie shop this summer.
Cutest little baker, 
made the most amazing chocolate chip cookies (my favorites)!

Try our  pizza cookie- a family tradition.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Funstastic Friday #195

Hope your weekend is terrific!
Just picked up a cabinet for my family room.
The finish is a little too distressed for me,
so I'm thinking of sanding it a little to see if that helps.
Might have to paint it.
For sure I'm putting on new knobs. 
I'll keep you posted.

The printable build plans for my popular Modern Farmhouse Bench are now available. Includes 5 beautiful wood top options to turn it into a pretty Farmhouse coffee table instead. The Chevron Top Design is my favorite! Get the DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table Plans today. #AbbottsAtHome #Bench #CoffeeTable #DIYFurniture #FurniturePlans
Stephanie has all the plans for this coffee table which could also be a bench.
Love the chunky legs.
This would be fun in a family room or as a mudroom bench.

Our wood crate storage bins with wheels not only works in a pantry,
but would be fun to hold blankets, pillows or magazines in a family room.
Check out the easy 411 on how to make these.

Now on to this week' party!

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Funtastic Friday #194

Hope you've got some fun plans for the 3 day weekend!

Seven Layer DipMarilyn has the recipe for a classic Seven Layer Taco Dip.
Yumo! This will be great to serve on Labor Day!
And a crowd favorite for football season. 
You can even make our mini-single serve cups of dip.


You can find some of our game day favorites {here}
Plus the printable tutorial to make your own game day pennants! 

Now on to this week's party....

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