November 30, 2011

Shabby Apple Giveaway {You've Made Santa's Nice List!}

So Christmas has come a little early here at Delightfully Noted thanks to the lovely on-line boutique, Shabby Apple! I’ve spent one too many hours browsing this site’s lovely collection of vintage jewelry and women’s dresses. Here are a few of my favorite items I’d love to find underneath my Christmas tree…. {hint, hint Mr Hubby!}


Okay, who am I kidding? Why wait till Christmas? This women’s black dress would be so fab & chic for all your holiday soirees!

 
I promise Santa as far as anyone knows I’ve been good this year {disregard that fit I threw Thanksgiving morning! } and good girls deserve vintage rings like this one!


Did you know Shabby Apple also has a little girl’s dress line as well? So cute! Check 'em out!

Sooooo…..now on to the exciting part! Shabby Apple has so generously offered you, one of my delightful peeps, a chance at winning this gorgeous gold feather necklace!! OH. I'M SO JEALOUS.

 {Win this Gold Feather Necklace!}

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November 29, 2011

Embroidery Hoop Wall Art Tutorial {Welcom Bonnie & Trish from Uncommon}

Howdy friends! Today you can find me over in Bonnie & Trish's corner of the world sharing my chunky bracelet tutorial  {an oldie but goodie especially if you are looking for a holiday gift idea!}for their Tuesday Trade-Off over at their blog Uncommon. In the mean time though, check out their awesome wall art below. It's perfect for people like me who couldn't sew or do embroidery work if my life depended on it {so I suggest never getting held hostage in a Hobby Lobby with me!}

Hi Delightfully Noted readers!  We are Bonnie and Trish from  Uncommon. On our blog we post about sewing, handmade decor, entertaining, and all things crafty.  Right now we are hosting a Home for the Holidays party and would love to have you join us! We are thrilled to be swapping with Jennifer today and are eager to share our Embroidery Hoop Wall Art with you!  
   
Looking for an inexpensive way to add a pop of color to your walls? Embroidery Hoop art is all the rage right now, so we thought we'd give it a try. We used Amy Butler's French Wallpaper fabric in orange and had it monogrammed in a rich chocolate brown (Thanks, Lara!). It is so beautful and is the perfect combination of vibrant color mixed with classic style. It was also a lot of fun to make and a great one evening project. Here are the details:

Supplies Needed:
  • 12" wooden embroidery hoop
  • 14" square of fabric, monogrammed
  • 14" square of cotton canvas
  • spray paint in your color of choice
  • iron
  • hot glue gun

Step 1.
Spray paint your embroidery hoop. I taped off the metal hardware and sprayed a couple of coats until it was completely covered.
Step 2.
Iron both pieces of fabric and put the main fabric on top of the canvas so you can see the monogram. Then, slip it on the embroidery hoop. Make sure it is exactly how you want it to show, because in the next step it becomes permanent. It should be wrinkle-free and very tight.

Step 3.
Turn over the hoop and begin to hot glue the fabric to the exposed wooden hoop on the underside. Clip any excess fabric. You can also cover this with ribbon and glue if you like for a more finished appearance.

Enjoy!

Thanks so much for having us today, Jennifer! 

Happy Holidays!

Bonnie and Trish from Uncommon








November 28, 2011

I'm Baacckkk & Oh By The Way I Made A Holiday Centerpiece from Old Wall Art

Hello, hello! I hope you all had a wonderful turkey day. I’m back from vacay {sniff, sniff} but I want to thank all the lovely ladies who held down the fort while I was gone. If you missed any of their wonderfulness they had to share make sure to check out all of the previous week’s post! 
My husband and I had a fantastic time cruising down to Central America and I’ll be sharing some of our adventures with y’all soon {mainly just so I can relive it and deny that it’s back to reality…ugh…pour me a glass of wine…you know what just give me the whole bottle…..} but in the mean time have you noticed it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas? I pulled all of our decorations out this past weekend and as usual I am already looking around the house talking to myself thinking “Hmm…this wall really could use a holiday calendar.” or “Gee, sure wish I had some Christmas pillows for that bench.” or “My golly, Miss Molly, that table needs a festive centerpiece!” Okay, so I didn’t really yell at Miss Molly for the fact that my table was looking rather bare but I did think to myself that I wanted a festive centerpiece so I started brainstorming and this is what I came up with.......
 

Soooo, I had this wall art that we had used in our first apartment and well, it isn’t really my style anymore and it has just been kind of hanging out down in the basement. I was planning on evicting it soon or at least start charging it rent but thankfully I had another idea for it.
I found some mirror sheets at Jo-annes. Honestly, I never knew mirrored sheets of paper existed but my friends I am here to tell you that they do! And thank goodness I found them because my original idea was to cover the whole top of the art with small pieces of mosaic glass but let’s face it that is calling for far more concentration than my brain will permit these days. So I adhered the mirror sheets to the top of the glass frame with some hot glue and then I added three glass candle holders with candles, some pine cones, & ornament garland all courtesy of the Dollar Store.
Yay! No more nekked table. {PS. Don't mind that blob of outlets hanging around on the floor!}

So, have you finished all your holiday decorating yet?
     



Linking here:






www.skiptomylou.com
http://dittledattle.blogspot.com/
http://www.craftyconfessions.com/
Creative Creations Tuesday
http://www.tipjunkie.com/
http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/
http://somedaycrafts.blogspot.com/
http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/
http://www.somewhatsimple.com/
http://thefrugalgirls.com/
http://thirtyhandmadedays.com/

November 22, 2011

Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Sea Salt Caramel {Welcome Meg of henning love}


Hey Delightfully Noted readers, I'm Meg and I write the blog, henning love. Jennifer is one of the sweetest bloggers, but I don't need to tell you that. I am happy to be here for Jennifer today while she is away. Her creativity always amazes me and I hope she can fulfill her dreams she has about notecards.
 I have a delicious treat for you today, as the title said chocolate whoopie pies with caramel filling. I have been seeing whoopie pies pop up and have never had one. It isn't filled with your classic marshmallow style filling but it is equally delicious. With the sea salt added in the recipe, it gives a sweet/salty sensation in your mouth. 

So, first, gather together your ingredients. For the whoopie pie, you need 1 box of devil's food cake mix with pudding, 1/2 cup butter, melted, 1/2 cup water, 3 eggs, and 1 teaspoon sea salt.




For the caramel filling, you need 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened, 3 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/3 cup caramel sauce, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla.
In your mixing bowl, put the cake mix then add the melted butter, eggs, water and sea salt.









Beat all the ingredients together until smooth then set the whoopie mixture aside for 30 minutes. Setting this mixture aside allows the mixture to raise and increase the overall volume of the pies.

After the batter has had a chance to rise, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. On a parchment lined baking sheet, drop spoonfuls of whoopie mixture two-inches apart. Sprinkle the tops of the whoopie pie with some sea salt.




Then pop the pies into the oven for 5 to 7 min or until a toothpick inserted into one of the pies comes out clean. Let the whoopie pie cool on a wire rack.


To make the caramel filling, cream the 1 cup of butter first.


 Reduce the speed gradually and add the powdered sugar beating until the sugar and butter are mix together well.


Then add the caramel sauce, the sea salt and the vanilla. Beat the filling very well.




Put the filling into a frosting bag


and pipe the filling onto one of the whoopie pies and then top the filling with another whoopie pie, making a sandwich.













Then eat and enjoy!

Thank you, Jennifer, for letting me guest post for you today and share a yummy recipe with everyone!

November 21, 2011

7 Fun Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas {Welcome Regina of Live Delightfully}

Hi everyone, I'm Regina. Jennifer and I have been bloggy friends for a few months now and I'm so honored that she asked me to be a guest blogger while she travels around. Just a little background on me: I'm a preacher's wife, I'm a foster mom to the most adorable baby boy ever, I work from home for an online high school, I've been blogging for a few years now and creating things all my life. Crafting is definitely my outlet and is what keeps me sane. I believe in laughter, magic, true love, God, the power of prayer, rainbows and kittens, buying handmade, wishing on shooting stars and helping others. I'm also a Christmas fanatic!!
 
I know it's tradition for most people to wait until after Thanksgiving to put their Christmas tree and decor up but that's not the tradition in my house. Little known fact: the character Buddy the Elf was actually based on me. ;) I've already got my Christmas tree up. It's partially decorated because I've been a little busy with BB (aka Baby Boy, our new foster baby we just got a couple weeks ago), but it will be fully decorated by this weekend.
 
I've got part of my Christmas shopping done, and I'm excited to finish the rest of my shopping and start wrapping the presents. Honestly, I LOVE wrapping presents. It's one of my favorite things! (If you need your gifts wrapped, let me know! haha) Now to be honest, in years passed with Christmas present wrapping I've been boring. I've used mainstream wrapping paper and mainstream bows. Last year, I started spicing things up using raffia instead of bows. But this year, something incredible happened. In case you've been living under some rock, this awesome thing called Pinterest came on the tri-dubs. And thanks to Pinterest, I've got some awesome ideas in store for the wrapping of the Christmas gifts this year. I know it's only wrapping, and it just gets shredded off the present BUT, if you think about it, it would make your Christmas tree look awesome with beautifully wrapped presents underneath. That's the theory I'm going with when I have to explain to my husband why I need buttons, twines and doilies for Christmas presents...
 
And because it's never too early to start collecting things for gift-wrapping, here's a collection of lovely packaging ideas to inspire you to branch out this Christmas and wrap each present with a little extra holiday cheer:
 
{image via papermash}
 
Now how simple is this? Take some washi tape, cut it into a banners and tape it onto twine. Simple. Lovely.
 
{image via Apartment Therapy}
 
I do have a bit of a problem with using paint samples in crafts. Only because I don't want to have to pay for them later because the paint companies caught on to all of our crafts. But maybe, I'll give in just this once. This would be great on some kids presents.
 
{image via Everything Etsy}
 
Another simple one! I actually have some twine and a hole punch! Done and done! But you could also do this with ribbon, add a gift tag or monogram letter. So easy, so fun and such a wonderful way to personalize your packages.
 
{image via Goodhousekeeing}
 
Another great idea for wrapping kids presents! Or maybe someone you know with a sweet tooth? Or, if you're like me, you love buying candy canes during Christmas time but then you don't want to eat them all so you're left with all these candy canes and nothing to do with them... problem solved. (Oh and don't worry, the longest I held on to candy canes to put on the Christmas tree is 5 years. They were still in their wrappers, I'm sure they were still good...)
 
{image via beauty spot}
 
Great for doilies, also great for snowflakes. You can even recruit your kiddos to help you make snowflakes. :)
 
{image via Martha Stewart}

I love this idea. Instead of doing those boring gift tag stickers, it would be cute to make monogram letters with their names written on them.
 
{image via Peppermint Plum}
 
This is a WONDERFUL idea! I'm looking forward to doing this for my kids class at church and for my nieces and nephews. Filling them with red and green M&Ms... it'll be great!


Lots of awesome ideas huh?!? I'm definitely inspired and looking forward to start wrapping presents soon!

HAPPY WRAPPING!

Thanks again to Jennifer for letting me take over her blog for a bit!
Safe travels sweet friend!

And if you're interested in following me around on the tri-dubs, here's my info:

Blog : www.livedelightfully.blogspot.com (ps, I'm having a giveaway this week so stop by and enter)

November 18, 2011

Favorite DIY Projects {Welcome Sherri Lynn from The Life of a Wife}

One of my favorite things about the blogging world is all of the amazing DIY projects that are out there!  I find way more that I want to do than what I actually have time for, but that's what Pinterest is for, right? :)  Here's a round-up of some of my favorite DIYs that I've seen in the last few weeks.  What are some of your go-to blogs for DIY inspiration? You can follow me on Pinterest to keep track of all of my latest DIY finds!

Anthropologie-inspired chandelier from You Are My Fave


Lace tile coasters from Vintage Pretty


Painted leaves from A Subtle Revelry

Book bookends from coffee, light and sweet


Fabric poms from Once Wed



Painted gold & wood platter from a daily something


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