Christmas Holiday Smoothie

It’s a Beautiful Day for a Christmas Holiday Smoothie

I love smoothies.  I have them practically everyday and love to experiment with different recipes.  Although this is not an official “Christmas recipe” it can certainly be enjoyed all year.

May I introduce you to:   “My” Christmas Holiday Smoothie: 1 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup whole cranberries

1 large banana

1-1/2 cups orange juice

3-4  tablespoons of honey (or your desired sweetness)

Blend,  puree’.   Makes approx. 5 full cups.   I prefer not using ice in my smoothies.

Since the weather was so nice,  a little balmy with a light breeze I just had to enjoy my smoothie outdoors in my happy place.  I wanted to make it relaxing and cozy.

I first brought out the faux fur pillows then gathered a few magazines.

But the hopeless romantic whispered in my ear and… oh dear……

…create a cozy bedroom outdoors ………..

..the lamp you see…  a vintage beauty….to surround yourself with what you love is the key… 

Oh Yes, I stayed here all day without guilt nestled under the tree…….

What a Beautiful Day………….. for a Christmas Smoothie…don’t you agree?

Evening was calling……time to come indoors.  What a shame to end a day without worries or care

just when you feel as if you’re floating on air………..

Enjoy your day…….Make a Smoothie…..a Christmas Holiday Smoothie….

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Champagne Holiday Cart

What’s a celebration without champagne!  A few weeks back I started refreshing my bar cart from the Moon and Stars shown here to something more festive.  After all it is Holiday Season so why not start out by celebrating.

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DIY Poinsettias and Tea for Two

My holiday decorating started earlier than planned. Could not resist after seeing so many beautiful holiday decorating ideas.

I decided to start out by accenting a holiday pillow (of course) with ribbons.  Last year I did bows on pillows shown here.  The idea of ribbon Poinsettias is from a YouTube channel “Dezine Fun”.    Wire ribbon is recommended.  I used ribbon that is 2-1/2″ wide, cutting 5 strips at 8″ long. 

I tacked them on a holiday pillow.  But consider other possibilities to use in holiday decorating and gift wrapping.  Simple, cute, easy, fun. It was time for Tea.  The weather was so nice we decided to have tea outdoors on the patio.

‘Tis the Season….Tea for Two

The tea-pot warmer kept the tea steeping hot for hours. My favorite brand is Pure Leaf.  The white smaller tea-pot for hot water only in case we wanted to have another flavored tea.  Honey spoons, lemon and orange slices, finger snacks and peppermint sticks was all we needed for this little impromptu tea setting.

Love using hand towels when dining outdoors. The potpourri baby deer gave a scent of pine cones.

 

 

Cute pillow… right?

What I love most about our little Tea for Two on the patio… you would think the peace and quiet, good weather…etc, etc. but no, it’s the Lemon Honey Spoons  🙂  (too funny)  The package indicates for hot tea but I also use them in a cold refreshing glass of water,  juice, ice tea and cocktails when I want the taste of lemon and the sweetness of honey.

  

 View their site for the large variety offered. And check out the holiday gifts:   http://www.melvillecandy.com/Honey-Spoons_c_8.html

I was lucky to find lemon honey and clover honey spoons at TJ Maxx for $3.99 per bag of 5.

Combined with other spoons and stirrers they make cute and fun budget friendly gifts for those who like to flavor their hot beverages.

 

……….’Tis the Season for goods things…..

Hope yours starts off with a fun DIY.  Thanks for stopping by

Bar Cart Styling…..November Blues

I took a break from the Fall pumpkins.  Love the Fall décor, its beautiful without a doubt but I caught the November blues. Guess I caught it from some stranger.  But miraculously it all went away when I saw this wall plaque.  It was a perfect Fall day when it arrived and immediately I hung it outdoors. 

It just made me smile…

After hanging it I thought of the song, “Fly me to the Moon”.  Please take a moment and listen to this young lady Angelina Jordan…My mouth dropped to my knees and tears fell…I was mesmerized……..a voice of an angel in my opinion.

After composing myself…… I finished refreshing my bar cart in sort of a “moon and stars” theme while singing along

 

 

Have a wonderful star-filled Sunday!!!!!! Thanks for stopping by

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Favorite Buys for 2017- “Versatile” Decor Items

After reading a post published by Shelly of  ConfettiStyle.com “The 5 Most Versatile Decorative Accessories you can own”  It was so informative and could not agree more!

This year I tried to buy smart by curving my décor impulse shopping. My motto use to be “something comes in, something goes out” but even that has changed.  Which caused me to define what decorative items I can get the most out of.  Versatility is the key when using the same base items for seasonal and holiday décor with minimal cost to change-up the look.  A tall task for someone who loves to change and refresh décor items.  Why am I limiting my items?  Well for two reasons, downsizing and the limited storage space downsizing will present.

Here are my favorite investment items purchased this year 2017 that really cost me pennies. (Happy, happy, joy, joy) The cost compared to the versatility is priceless.  BTW: I love silver accents……

The Silver platter:  A Goodwill great find in April 2017 for $2.99!!  It had a few scratches on the flat plate but other than that it was in perfect condition. 17″ x 24″ .  I have used this platter/tray time and time again.   First appeared on “Seashell Wind Chime”   I love the fluted edge, and drop plate bed.

Now it’s used to hold our Fall Table centerpiece 

Braemore Jamil Pillows:  Really???  Pillows on the list.  Yes indeed.  These velvet Leopard Print pillows coordinates with “any décor”. In June, I purchased 1 yard of fabric for $39.99 and made two pillows.  They have been in every room of the house any time I want a quick refresh.  First appeared in “Braemore Jamil Leopard Print…ohhh La La”   Two more are in the makings.

Hurricane Vase:   I’ve had one for a few years.  First appeared in “Fall Centerpiece“.   The filler ideas are endless; from decorative orbs to candy, soaps, beans, shells, fruit..etc, etc, etc.

Decided to purchase another one this year.   She’s a little smaller with a silver base. 8″ x 12″.  Cost: $12.99. – HomeGoods.  Was on my desk , now she’s sitting outside enjoying the sun: 

Candle Holders:  What can I say:  I’m a collector/hoarder/ of candlesticks second to pillows.  Most are for specific vignettes that I don’t change.  But these beauties have been up, down, outside, inside and all around the house wherever and whenever I need a quick change.  First appeared in “Sweet Sensations”.   Goodwill – $7.00 for a set of two. 12″ and 10″ Tall.The second pair is mirror candleholders…The absolute best for table settings…I can peek at myself while eating to make sure my table etiquette is up to par. 🙂   Also great for small space decorating. Guest room bedside tables. Entry tables if there is no wall mirror. Bookshelves…oh the possibilities.   Burlington – $14.99 for the small 12″ and $16.99 for the larger 15″

Tier Server:  Formal, informal.  Elegance to Casual.  For any room of the house, I guarantee you can use a tier server tray.  This is the second tier server ever purchased. My first is copper shown here which sits (and will never be removed) on the bar counter, which I love.  But this baby is in my favorite metal Silver.  Overstock – $93.00 – 28″ tall.  I gladly paid. Well worth it for the quality.  And to think it coordinates with the fluted edge silver tray.  Oh I’ve got good-n-plenty plans for her!

Silver Bowl: Right now it is all dressed for Fall but oh the possibilities for Seasons and Holidays to come. Goodwill – $6.99  15″ diameter.

A Crystal Vase: I did not buy this vase this year, I’ve had it for years. A beautiful fresh flower vase is a must on the list.  I’d say three. a bud vase, a small and large. Ya never know when a surprise fresh-cut of gorgeous flowers may come your way.  Priceless 🙂

Yeah, I’m a silver gal. These pieces are so versatile and overall cost pennies.  Storage is not an issue because they will always be out.  Downsizing is no joke. My tinier house dreams will soon become a reality. And I want to be ready and waiting with key décor pieces.  I have never been this disciplined in my life!!!!!! (Proud Momma)  I’m anxious to see how I will continue to use these same pieces for holidays and seasons to come.  It will be interesting. Hope you stop back by and peek at the changes.

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your week-end!

Halloween Fun

While listening to two of my oldie but goodie favorites:

Nina Simon singing  “I put a spell on you” and Eartha Kitt singing “I want to be evil” ….I had to chuckle and it made me think of Halloween.  It’s time for a little Halloween fun just for the heck of it.

Gathering supplies: I used E6000 to glue glass cups to candle holders.  Added rhinestones clips for eyes:

Oh how I love Eartha Kitt!

Gave kitty cat a fur tail and a diamond collar then perched her on a pedestal……

 

A bewitching candy dish and potion goblets……drink up?!?!

Trick….

or Treat………

Have some fun this Halloween just for the heck of it!

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