For Christmas this year we re-did a vintage kitchen set for our daughter. This past summer we found a vintage little girls metal kitchen set in an old barn. It had a refrigerator, stove, sink, and cabinet in this set. We thought it would make an awesome Christmas present for her as she is always playing with our kitchen cabinets.
Is anyone else stressing out because of the holiday madness?
- Driving around town looking for Christmas lights.
- Family game night with board games.
- Ice skating and sledding.
- The Yule Log on Christmas Eve.
- Baking Christmas cookies.
- Baking banana bread.
- Hot chocolate with marshmallows after coming in from the cold.
- Rudolph and Frosty movies on TV.
- Calling old friends.
- Calling new friends.
- Eggnog …. The real stuff!
- Holiday smelling candles burning.
- ’twas the Night Before Christmas book with kids in their pjs.
Chocolate bark… How easy!
I decide to make peppermint chocolate bark this year to give as an additional little something to co workers, teachers, etc. it looked pretty easy on the different Pinterest boards and recipe sites I searched.
Melt chocolate and add ingredients: could it really be that simple?
Yes it was! I bought Hershey milk chocolate melts and microwaved them in a bowl at 30 second intervals until smooth and creamy. Meanwhile, I opened some peppermint candies we had and put them in a Ziploc bag and crushed them with a rolling pin.
I prepared a baking sheet with waxed paper. I spread the chocolate out in a thin layer on the waxed paper. I then pressed the crushed peppermint candies into the chocolate and let it set up over night in the fridge.
The next morning I broke it into pieces and packaged!
So pretty and delicious! Great holiday gift. What do you think?
I took advantage of the warm-ish weather we had and started decorating outside the house for Christmas! I absolutely love christmas! How everything is decorated, people are usually more friendly, and did I mention the decorations??
All I did to start was to walk out in the woods and cut own all sorts of tree branches: pine, evergreen, spruce, etc. then I put them into all the containers we have outside. Top it off with some red ribbon and poof! Decorations!
I’m sure if you don’t have these kinds of trees in your yard, you could probably ask the places where they are selling christmas trees and wreaths for their clippings. They would probably be real cheap too!
Give it a try yourself and let me know how you make out!
Now, what can I do with them?
I wanted to make a pin board for my daughter’s room. First, I cleaned and spray painted the frame and took out any remaining glass fragments. Then I cut a piece of foam core to fit on the inside of the frame. I found some fabric and wrapped it around the board, then added some ribbon in a criss-cross pattern with a hot glue gun. Then I put the frame back together and added some vintage glass door knobs. Maybe for ribbons and bows?
The whole project cost less than $10.00. Let me know what you think… I would love to hear the feedback!
I think I found my go-to gift this year. Sharpie mugs!
I found a bunch of different pins on Pinterest.com on these sharpie mugs and how you can make them yourself. So I decided to give it a try. I bought a couple of regular Sharpie markers and a few white Dollar Store mugs.
You can write anything on these mugs: quotes, monograms, lyrics, drawings, etc. If you can write, you can create a mug. Then bake them at a 325* oven for 30 minutes. Put the mug in before you preheat the oven and leave the mug in the oven until it cools after. I guess this sets the marker. I hand washed mine after I made it and the marker stayed on. I have not tried the dishwasher yet. But I think a note in the mug that says “hand wash only” would be good.
What a great gift for co-workers, teachers, neighbors, bus drivers, etc.
Wrap with some candy in cellophane with a cute bow and poof! A really special holiday gift!
I don’t know about you but we have an elf that comes to visit us for the holiday season. Our elf, Lowry usually shows up the day after Thanksgiving (or close to it) and we take care of him until Christmas for Santa. Ours is an elf-magic.com elf. (More to come in a later post) and he is awesome! He has been coming to our house for the past twelve years and he gets into some trouble, does a little magic, sometimes a dance and maybe even a moral lesson or two.
This year I got smart. I made a calendar to organize all of our elfs’ mishaps and shenanigans!
I hope this helps you too. I just ask that if you use or post it elsewhere that you link it back to everafterinthewoods.com. Thank you very much!
What people throw away absolutely astonishes me. Not that I am a garbage picker or anything but when you are driving down the street and you see something out the curb with a FREE sign attached, you have to think about stopping.
So over the summer, we found these chairs on the side of the road and the lines and design were amazing! I could picture what they would look like redone in my head-gorgeous! These chairs were a little wobbly and had a velveteen (that’s what it’s called when it’s not real velvet, right?) with plastic covers. Yup, that is correct, plastic covers. The last time I saw plastic covering on furniture I was a little girl in my old Italian Aunts house. It brought back wonderful memories. So what would any frugal mommy and crafter do? Throw them in the back of the car for a little TLC, DIY upcycling! Love it!
My husband applied a little wood glue to make them sturdy and off to the craft store I went! I bought 2 cans of black matte finish spray paint, 2 yards of this awesome graphic fabric and some upholstery tacks. All for around $20. Awesome!
I spray painted the chairs and recovered the seats of the chair and what do you think was hiding under the dust and plastic of the FREE chairs on the side of the road? These beautiful chairs. I think they came out amazing!
See what you can do with items that you find, whether for free or at garage sales. Just look for clean lines and good bones. And then give it a try. Afterall, “one mans trash is another mans treasure”!
So what do you do with all the seashells that the kids collected over the summer?
I’ll tell you what I did this year. Display them in a mason jar with a cute tag on where the shells were from! So simple and easy to do yet looks so shabby chic. Here are the simple steps I followed to create this souvenir:
- Clean your shells from the beach. I left mine in a pail of water with a capful of bleach for 2 days outside. This cleaned out the shells and got rid of the stinky smell.
- Next I laid them out on a flat surface to dry for a few days.
- I found a mason jar in the house and filled the jar with the shells.
- Then I covered the top with a piece of leftover fabric and wrapped some string around the lip of the jar.
- Finally I created a little tag where the shells were from with the year, and I attached to the jar.
I can not wait for next year and the years to come to add to our souvenir collection. How cute will these be all lined up over time? Memories to be cherished for years to come.