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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

HWH Featured {November 2010}

Can you believe it’s DECEMBER already?  Where did this year go??  For us, 2010 has been quite a year with having a baby (March); starting his blog (June); moving into the new house (July); and quitting my job (August).  Whew!  I think I need a nap! 

Today I’m showing some love to these blogs who featured Honey We’re Home last month:)  Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!  If you’ve featured HWH recently, please let me know so I can highlight your blog too! 

Whimsy Lane- November 2, 2010 {Rainbow Bookshelf}

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Decor Dreams- November 5, 2010 {Home}

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Southern Hospitality- November 5, 2010 {Home Tour}

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Swanky Chic Fete- November 6, 2010 {Monogrammed Frame}

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C.R.A.F.T. - November 7, 2010 {Fabric Lined Tray}

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Simcoe Street- November 8, 2010 {James’ Nursery}

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Remodeleze- November 8, 2010 {Blog}

Live Creating Yourself- November 9, 2010 {Closet}

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Name 5 Things- November 10, 2010 {Closet}

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Swanky Chic Fete- November 11, 2010 {Thanksgiving Table}

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Chic Coastal Living- November 12, 2010 {Closet}

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 Singing With Birds  {Pinecone Placecards}

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Simcoe Street- November 13, 2010 {Blog Award}

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A City Girl in the County- November 15, 2010 {Closet}

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Designer Bags & Dirty Diapers- November 15, 2010 {Closet}

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Modern Jane- November 15, 2010 {Mudroom Bench}

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Texas Life- November 17, 2010 {Fabric Lined Bookcase}

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Katie Beth Interiors- November 17, 2010 {Pinecone Placecards}

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Michaela Noelle- November 18, 2010 {Guest Post- Grace}

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Studio 13- November 20, 2010 {Blog Award}

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According to Nina- November 23, 2010 {Blog}

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Just Bella- November 24, 2010 {Holiday Gift Guide For Him & Closet}

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Blue Cricket Design- November 28, 2010 {Inspiration Board}

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Be Different Act Normal- November 29, 2010 – {Christmas Tray}

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Under the Table and Dreaming- November 30, 2010 {Inspiration Board}

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Isabella & Max Rooms - Facebook Page {Closet}

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Thrifty Decor Chick – Facebook Page {Blog }

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Here’s to December friends-

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Vignette

While the Christmas tree is coming along slowly but surely, I at least got the color pallet figured out.  Instead of a red, white, and blue American flag holiday home, we now have turquoise, silver, white, and red.  Nice huh?  Here’s a little preview of those colors in a playful, festive vignette I put together in our bar area. 

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First I filled the glass vases (from Target and Home Goods) with faux snow and ornaments.  Then I wrapped “presents” and made a few bows. 

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Snowflake ornaments from Hobby Lobby hang from above.

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Would you believe I did all of this and snapped some of the photos during James’ afternoon nap?!  It’s true!  Halfway through with wrapping paper and ribbon everywhere I started thinking, “He’s gonna wake up any minutes and be all over this!”  But no:)

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I love this “naughty” and “nice” gift wrap I found at Wal-Mart last year.   The other wrap is from Hobby Lobby and The Container Store.

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You say it doesn’t snow in Texas?

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Oh, I forgot to mention that Jimmy picked up a few poinsettias at Home Depot over the weekend.  See that little guy peeking out at the end? :) 

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I’m sharing this post with Rhoda, Queen of Southern Hospitality!

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and my girl Nicolette at Momnivore’s Dilemma.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

{DIY} Christmas Tray

What a nice loooong weekend!  It felt really long to me- in a good way!  We had a great Thanksgiving followed by some decorating and a little shopping for more holiday decorations.  Have you been bustling around decorating your home?  Did you at least get your tree up?  We did, but it’s still a work in progress.  I used red, blue, silver and white in the tree and, at first, it looked like an American flag.  Now, I love the flag and all, but that’s not the look I was going for!  I’ve been adding more turquoise and silver ornaments and I think it’s looking better now.  Also, James is like a moth to a flame with the tree, so there’s really no ornaments on the bottom quarter of it.  Oh, and part of the lights are out!  Might chalk it up to ‘character” this year! 

But, there are other holiday touches that are much less complex and took mere minutes to accomplish.  Yay for those!! 

You know when you do or see a project and then think, “Oh, you could so easily change that out with the seasons or for the holidays!”?  Well, that’s what I did recently with our living room tray. 

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Remember this tray?  It was originally a plain, brown tray from Target that I snazzed up by lining it with black and white chevron fabric.

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We use the tray on our living room ottoman to hold the remote, drinks, magazines and such. 

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In light of the holidays, the tray got a mini makeover.  I swapped out the fabric for some wrapping paper that has a special message for Santa;)  I think I’ll be on the lookout for some cute holiday fabric too in case I want to change it again.

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I added ribbon to the paper, then covered the paper and ribbon with a thin piece of plexiglass (thanks for the great idea Lauren- and have you seen her holiday decor?  So gorgeous!).

The plexiglass is perfect for preventing the fabric or paper from getting spills, etc.  I got mine at Hobby Lobby and had them cut it for $1.00 per cut.  On top of the plexiglass, I affixed an inexpensive green bow. 

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Here’s how the tray looks on our ottoman when James isn’t around! 

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I’m curious what holiday decorating you did over the weekend, if any.  Or were you shopping the weekend away?!  I’m realizing that it takes much longer to do the decorating with a baby:) 

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I’m sharing this post with Kate, AKA Centsational Girl!  I love her button!!

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Chocolate Covered Toffee

As if the desserts devoured on Thanksgiving weren’t enough, on Saturday I had an insatiable craving for chocolate-covered toffee.  After realizing how simple it is to make this deliciously buttery chocolately goodness, I started making it at home last year (about once or twice a year).  It’s fun to make because you get to use a candy thermometer (but you don’t have to if you don’t have one) and the scientific process of how these few ingredients meld to make this delicious treat fascinates me.  The only problem is that after I make it, I can’t stop eating it!  In fact, I’m eating it now as I draft this post!  I use a recipe I found on foodnetwork.com.  There is no redeeming nutritious value in this recipe whatsoever, but I love it!

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Oh yeah!  This is definitely my favorite part!

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And when no one’s looking, why not have a dip?

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Sometimes I’ll put the tiny bits into the mold cup and sprinkle in a touch more salt.

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After you’ve nibbled up the excess toffee, it’ll look like this

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I like to put the toffee into individual paper cups for easy (and pretty) access.  And you certainly don’t have to use a candy mold.  You can simply pour the hot toffee onto a sheet pan lined with wax paper and then pour the melted chocolate on top.  When it’s solid, just break it up into smaller pieces.

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p.s.  At the end, you’ll think you’re saucepan has been ruined forever, but don’t fret, just soak it in some hot soapy water for awhile and it’ll be good as new.

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These guys don’t stand a chance!  Yuuuuummmmy!!!!!

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Have you been indulging in sweet treats lately?

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