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Some of the best Christmas memories have been made during lean times when there hasn’t been much of a budget to celebrate.
Years ago my daughter and I would load up in our old station wagon, stop at our favorite gas station for their big cups
of hot cocoa, and spend the evening driving through neighborhoods looking at lights.

Another year a co-worker who owned a theater and gave us tickets to see the original Miracle on 34th Street right before
Christmas.  We felt like queens sitting in the huge velvet seats of the old theater, a treat we would not normally have been
able to swing.  

I asked my eight year old what he would like to do this year, and he told me that he wanted to go caroling. I have to admit
his answer surprised me a bit, and little does he know, Mom is planning a night of caroling.
I apologize in advance for our lack of vocal training should it be your house we decide to carol in front of, it’s a new tradition
for us, and I am sure with many years of practice we will improve. [Read more…]

Cozy Flannel Pumpkins | Perfect for Thanksgiving

how to make flannel pumpkins


Flannel, apple cider, pumpkin pie.

We still have some Fall to celebrate before it’s time to deck the halls right?

Well, just about every year I try to find a new way to decorate those lovely faux pumpkins from
the dollar store.  This time I wanted to try upcycling a cozy red flannel shirt that my Hubs just
wore for our Halloween party.  He wasn’t going to wear it again, and while it was a thrifty Goodwill
score, I wanted to find a way to use it again.


flannel crafts


So, this is what I came up with. [Read more…]

Dollar Store Rustic Glam Plate Chargers | Amy from The Blissful Bee

Hello Twelve O Eight readers! It’s Amy here from The Blissful Bee and I’m happy to be back again with another little fun makeover. A few weeks ago I put together my rustic Christmas tablescape,
but wanted to keep it budget friendly.


I wanted to incorporate blue in my arrangement but didn’t have any blue decor on hand. After visiting the $1 store, I found a ton of these gold plastic chargers. As much as I loved them in all their gold glory, I knew I still wanted a light blue color instead. At $1 per charger, I bought 4 to complete my tablescape. I brought them home with me and gave them a nice coat of blue paint. While they were still wet, I sprinkled some fine gold glitter on top and let them dry. Once the plates were dry, enough of the glitter had stuck onto the paint. I love the subtle touch of glam! What do you think??

ChargerPlateMakeover1   ChargerPlateMakeover2   ChargerPlateMakeover3  

 To see more from my rustic Christmas tables cape, click [here] and [here] for my $1 store chalkboard plate makeover. You can also follow me along [here] if you like what you see!!

OH MY GOODNESS! These are amazing Amy!! I love this idea so much, thank you
for giving us such a pretty and thrifty idea for our tables.  You rocked these!!


Rustic-Glam DIY Christmas

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Blueprint Social for Martha Stewart Crafts
by Plaid. All opinions are 100% mine.
Do you ever like to mix something simple with something gorgeous
Kind of like wearing a beautiful piece of jewelry with your favorite jeans.
Pearls and cowboy boots.
Burlap and a little bling.
Martha Stewart Crafts gave me just the inspiration 
to mix rustic with sparkle, here is what I came up with.
I used two Dollar Tree glass vases attached with E-6000 to two glass candle holders,
also from Dollar Tree to create the Snowflake Hurricane Lights.  Using the matte
decoupage finish first as a base to which I smoothed the cut-outs over, then as a 
sealer once they were dry.  I love that the matte finish gave the glass a lovely frosted
finish once it was dry.
Don’t you love it when a project really goes like you were hoping?
Next I used the Martha Stewart Crafts gilding sheets and adhesive to apply a super glimmery 
silver finish to two votives.  I have not used this before and it was really easy (my fave.)
Below is what the glass vases with candle holders attached looked like before I 
applied the matte finish (which by the way is dishwasher safe!)

I used a dark graphite spray paint to first paint the stand below that is actually
an old cake pan attached to a tall inverted flower pot.  After it was dry, I used
a bit of sandpaper to remove some of the paint.  I applied a coat of the gilding
adhesive first, then once is was dry to a tacky stage, applied the silver leaf
sheets by pressing and smoothing them over the surface all around the stand.
It as so easy and fun! Martha Stewart Crafts line can be found at Michaels 
or in Plaid’s online store too.  
I am just loving silver and white mixed with natural materials like burlap and wood right now.

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DIY Striped Dropcloth Table Runner | with Krista from The Happy Housie

Hi everyone!! 
It is Krista from The Happy Housie back again and I am so excited to be here today 
sharing this super easy (and thrifty!) DIY Dropcloth Table runner with you!
Halloween House Tour Dining Room with hand sketched sharpie pumpkins at thehappyhousie
For this project you will need:
  • a dropcloth (or similar fabric)
  • scissors
  • painters tape (I used Frog brand)
  • spray paint in your colour of choice – I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Flat Black
I started out with a plain ol’ dropcloth that I picked up at my local hardware store.
 I think I paid about $15 for a 4 foot by 12 foot piece.
 That translates to around $4 a yard, give or take.

I cut one long strip 18″ wide and 84″ long (because my table is 72″ long 
and I wanted an overhang on each end). I let the edges fray naturally because 
I don’t plan to wash this, but you could definitely sew the edges or use some 
no-sew hemming tape to secure them first. 
I used Frog Tape to tape out my lines, spacing them evenly by using a spacer piece 
that I moved as I taped my way down the length of the runner.
Then I sprayed away with my flat black spray paint and let it dry about an hour… Done!!
dropcloth painted table runner by thehappyhousie
The perfect addition to our Halloween table, though I think it will transition nicely 
into regular ol’ Fall come November.
Dropcloth Table Runner by thehappyhousie
I have a few other Halloween and Fall Projects I would love to share with you- 
hop over and visit me at The Happy Housie to see what I have been up to lately… 
like how I made these hand sketched oil sharpie pumpkins:


Black and White Hand Sketched Sharpie Pumpkins at thehappyhousie collage
Thanksgiving table outside with fall centerpiece at thehappyhousie
Halloween House Tour open door at thehappyhousie 
And if you want to know what the next Fall or Halloween project might be… 
check out my board A Fall Chill and All Hallow’s Eve on 
Thanks Tanya for having me here today! 
It is always so much fun to connect with you readers of twelveOeight!
Thanks for reading!
 And remember my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey.

DIY Gold Crackle Pumpkins

Hello readers of twelveOeight! It is Krista from the happy housie back again and excited to be here sharing a fun project for fall… super easy and adorable gold crackle pumpkins. 
DIY Gold Crackle Pumpkins by thehappyhousie 
To make these you will need: – faux pumpkins (I used ceramic ones from the dollar store but you could likely use the foam ones as well) – gold paint (I used spray paint but I am certain you could use gold multi-surface craft paint instead) – crackle medium – white/cream craft paint (or any other colour you like – I used Summer Linen by Martha Stewart) – craft paint brushes  
Here are the little ceramic pumpkins pre-crackle-goldifying…

I gave them a quick couple coats of this and let dry…


Here they are in all their gold splendor. You could even leave them just like this… but I really wanted to give a crackly finish a go…

I applied a coat of this crackle medium and let it dry….

Then I used some of my Martha Stewart Summer Linen multi-surface craft paint over top of the crackle… it immediately let the gold show through beautifully.

Once they were all dry I gave them a quick coat of a glossy spray sealer to provide a little extra shine.
So easy!!
gold crackle painted pumpkins for fall by thehappyhousie
  Gold crackle painted pumpkins in fall vignette at thehappyhousie 
Oh, and that little blue cloche you see above was another recent project… I made it out of a hurricane lantern that I picked up at the dollar store! Check out how over at The Happy Housie. I would love to have you drop by and visit me there! And if you want to know what the next fall project might be… check out my board A Fall Chill on Pinterest – or follow along with me there!
Thanks Tanya for having me here today! It is always so much fun to connect with you readers of Twelve O Eight!
Thanks for reading! And remember my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey.

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Dollar Store Fall Decor: Pumpkins with Holders

We are crazy for pumpkins around here.
Like, super duper hooked on pumpkins.
It may be a little more “me” than “we” but that’s not important.

So while the boys were out playing a bit of golf yesterday,
I kicked it into high gear and unearthed all of my favorite fall decor
and ran around the house hanging garlands, hot-gluing and losing
my ever-loving mind for the afternoon.

It’s supposed to be in the 90’s for the next week or so.
So when the golfer’s returned, let’s just say they weren’t exactly
ready to walk into the pumpkin patch I had created indoors.

They will survive.
“You know it’s going to be really hot next week” they said.
“Are you decorating for Christmas after this?” I heard someone say.
“That’s a great idea!” I responded.
Don’t toy with a woman who loves to fluff her nest, or her brood
of seasonally-challenged kids who never really know what season it is.

So if the kids are running through the sprinkler for a few last times,
and eating the last of the Popsicles in the freezer it’s ok.

Keep hanging your garlands.

You know I love me some Dollar Tree crafting right?
And…..I just so happened across these little glass candle holders.
Plus the first wave of Fall decor at Dollar Tree seems to have hit.
Can I just say YAY!!!!

Here is how I put together these Shabby Pumpkins & Pumpkin Stands:
First I used a little E6000 to attach the candle holders to the bottom of
two terracotta dishes I picked up at Jo Ann’s recently.  For the tall stand
I simply connected two candle holders at their tops and glued them together
to create a tall stand.

Next I used some Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Spray Paint in Heirloom White,
covering them with two coats once they were dry.  After that I used a dab of black
acrylic paint and a foam brush to accent the edges of each stand so they look a little shabby.

I picked up this gorgeous chartreuse moss and created a little nest for my pumpkins
on the top of each stand.

Next I used two foam pumpkins from Dollar Tree, and tore 1/2 yard of natural
unbleached muslin into 2″ strips to cover each pumpkin.  I cut each strip in half
and glued the ends in a circular pattern on the bottom of each pumpkin.  Next I
pulled each strip up and glued it firmly at the base of the pumpkin stem.  Once I was
done covering the pumpkin, I used about 18″ of jute twine, tying it around the leftover
fabric and wrapping it about 2″ up to create a “stem.”  After trimming the excess fabric
down created a cute stem for each pumpkin.  Last I trimmed three leaves out of some
burlap scraps I had on hand, and glued them into place.

Voila! Some sweet & pretty pumpkins with stands you can use all thru Fall and
Thanksgiving too.

Happy crafting & creating friends, and as always thank you so much for reading.
I {heart} y’all so much!

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If You Like It…Put A Cloche On It

Sometimes I get a song stuck in my head.  And it usually has absolutely nothing to do with anything except I find it humorous or entertaining.  When I was working on this DIY Cloche, I kept humming the Beyonce “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” song.  I have probably heard this song twice and I think it’s kind of cute.  I thought it was funny to “put a cloche on it” instead so I substituted those words and amused myself for quite a while. 
I love the different cloche designs you can find: glass, chicken wire, wrought iron, and my personal favorite, Debbie’s at {re}fresh{re}style.  If you have not followed Debbie yet, she is super creative and I love her style.  So, I decided to try one of these for my bay window behind my kitchen sink.
Cloche with lemons…
Here is what I used:
  • One plastic mesh trash can {Dollar Tree} woot woot!
  • One round wooden ball (with a flat side) about 1 1/4 inches around {craft supply store}
  • E-6000 glue
  • Antique white spray paint
  • Fine sandpaper
  • I began by gluing the wooden ball to the top of the mesh basket with glue, I allowed it to sit overnight and set
  • Next I applied two coats of antique white spray paint allowing it to dry well between coats
  • Once the paint was completely dry I used a fine grit sandpaper around the edges of the mesh and here and there to give it a distressed look.  Yep, spray paint and sand paper are amazing, and you could probably make anything look vintage by doing this. 
I put a few of my favorite little treasures under my new
{and thrifty thanks to Debbie!} cloche and I am really enjoying it. 
We spend so much time either in our homes,
or wanting to get home and relax after a long day.
Pretty things that make us feel good don’t need to break our budget,
nor do they need to be hard to make. 
Sometimes a few simple changes are all it takes to freshen up
our space, and sometimes our day at the same time.
As always, thank you so much for reading, I appreciate you so very much!
xoxo, Tanya
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How To Make Sparkle Snow With 2 Ingredients

Glitter is gorgeous all year, but in the winter when it’s cold (or colder) outside there is nothing better than sparkly pretty things to warm your home. I have seen a few variations of this over the years but I have found a formula that works very well.  
And it sticks like cement to what you apply it to, and looks sooo pretty! 

Here is what I used to make Sparkle Snow:
  • Glitter in  your color of choice, I used a glitter that was clear and looked like crushed glass. I bought it in a container labeled “diamond dust” at a local thrift store, but I have seen similar glitter at most craft stores
  • Mod-Podge in the matte formula
  • A paper plate and foam craft brush
  • Container of your choice.  This would work great on a dollar store vase, or a jar like I used.  I kept one of those huge pickle jars knowing it would come in handy.  See a little hoarding is sometimes good for you!
I poured a mixture of half glitter and half Mod-Podge onto a paper plate and mixed with my foam brush.  I applied a thick coat to the outside only of my jar and set it in a safe place to dry and set overnight.  It will look kind of uneven and a bit chunky in places, just smooth it out the best you can with your brush.  You want a few areas where it is more dense so it looks more like real snow that has landed on your gorgeous jar. Don’t worry if it looks like you smeared some white paste on your jar and you are tempted to wash it off.  Wait until it fully dries and it should look like the picture below.  Easy right?
 Oooh you are going to love the results friend!  I have been staring at my glitter collection and looking around for my next sparkle project.
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xoxo, Tanya

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My Fall Entry Vignette And Three AMAZING Crock Pot Recipes From Readers!

I am thankful today for muddy little boots, little hands wrapped around a cup of hot chocolate, and time.  Time spent with people I love.  Time to create, house-tweak, and enjoy everything wonderful about November.  I don’t have a tutorial for you today, but I have a picture of my entry way vignette that I recently put together.  And some AMAZING Crock Pot recipes from three readers that you have to try!

My fall table vignette was inspired by a silver plate charger I picked up at yes, the Dollar Tree.  I grabbed a vase, round candle holder, and a combined them with a few fall decorations from Jo Ann’s.  I used jute twine to wrap the large leaf around the tall vase and filled it with branches.  The little chalkboard is from Jo Ann’s, just a small wooden sign (less than $1!) painted with chalkboard paint.  I put it all together, and this vignette can evolve and change as we get closer to Christmas.  I see it full of pine cones, a few glittery things, and maybe some cinnamon sticks and dried fruit. 

What are you cooking this week? Are you ready for a few new recipes that will rock your Crock Pot?

I have three new delicious recipes from twelveOeight readers to share with you today!
Tammy, author of  Our Neck Of The Woods is not only super creative (click on the link and give her some hello’s she is making me want to move out of the burbs and into the country now!) Tammy has some fab photos too.  I am hoping to be able to be her taste-tester when she is cooking someday.  Soup, cookies, I am not picky when they look this good! Thank you Tammy for sharing your Sweet Potato Chili, my family will devour this 🙂
Sweet Potato Chili

Adapted from Carol Hee Barnett @ VegNews
Serves 4-6

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder, or more to taste
1-1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
One 14.5-ounce can crushed tomatoes
One 15.5-ounce can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1-1/2 cups water

1) Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic, cover, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chili powder and cook for 30 seconds. Add the sweet potatoes and stir to coat with the spices.
2) Transfer the mixture to a 4 to 6-quart slow cooker. Add the tomatoes, beans and water, season with salt, cover, and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.


My wonderful girlfried Donna has shared her Paleo recipe (this woman can cook, y’all are going to want to check this out) for slow cooker chicken.  AND she knows how to MAKE a Butterfinger that tastes better than a Butterfinger, I know, I have had one and I would not lead you astray.  No photo for this one, but this is a must-try!!

Scrumptious Slow Cooker Chicken
adapted from source

2.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 parsnips
3 carrots
4 celery stalks
1 red onion
10-12 whole garlic cloves
¼ cup coconut oil (I’m sure you could sub olive oil)
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon rubbed sage
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Cut the parsnips, carrots, celery, and onion into large chunks making sure that the carrots and parsnips are cut roughly the same size for even cooking. Place the chicken in the crockpot and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. On top of the chicken layer the onions and whole garlic cloves followed by the parsnips, carrots, and celery. In a glass measuring cup mix together the chicken broth, coconut oil, thyme and sage (it helps to melt the coconut oil first in the microwave). Pour this mixture evenly over the chicken and veggies and cook on high for 5 hours or low for 7.

Our third must-try recipe is from Kaitlyn at Wifessionals, not only is Kaitlyn a wonderful writer, but she and her husband, and their darling dog fur baby are like THE cutest family ever.  I want a dog now, and for Kaitlyn to bring the dog over here to exhaust the children=long naps.  Maybe I will get a dog now…These gals are must-follows SO CREATIVE!
Here is Kaitlyn’s recipe: Cheesy Pumpkin Sausage Pasta (Crockpot)



Cheesy Pumpkin Sausage Pasta (serves 4)
  • 16oz hot turkey sausage
  • 1 cup frozen chopped onion
  • 13.25oz can sliced mushrooms
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15oz can of pure pumpkin
  • 8oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 box rotini pasta
  1. In a large skillet, brown the turkey sausage. Add in the onion and mushrooms. Going down the list, add in all of the rest of the ingredients (minus the pasta) and stir until smooth.
  2. Spray your crock pot with cooking spray. Pour the sauce into the crock pot and cover. Cook on low 3 1/2 – 4 hours.
  3. Pour in your box of uncooked pasta and stir to coat. Re-cover and cook for 1 additional hour.
So are you totally ready for dinner now or what? Thank you as always for reading, I appreciate you so 🙂 Have a wonderful, blessed day
xoxo, Tanya 

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