Sweet and Salty Goodness

In between craft projects, the baking continues at the Howards.  It is such a special feeling this time of year. I love it when everyone is home, it’s so cozy and homey. The air smells sweet with baking and everyone is curled up under blankets watching Christmas movies on our huge sectional sofa. I like to keep this treat on hand for when company pops over and to bring to parties as a hostess gift. With only four ingredients it is so easy to make and tastes heavenly! With a hard chocolate top and a toffee middle no one can believe the base is saltine crackers. Continue reading

Festive Painted Canvas

The Holiday Home Tour starts tomorrow night, yikes! I am going to be staging and adding the finishing touches today. I needed a large piece to go above the bed in the master bedroom so I designed this festive painted canvas. At 39”w x 31”h it is sure to add punch to the space. With a roughed up wood look in the backround and the bright red paint, the white words really jump off the canvas. Continue reading

Christmas Joy Painted Sign

With such a limited budget for the Holiday Home Tour, I have to be resourceful and come up with inexpensive Christmas decor. The Coaster Ornaments and the Crafty Christmas Ornaments were so fun and festive looking, I wanted to create more pieces to carry the feeling to other areas of the house.

I had this scrap piece of wood and thought that it would be perfect for a sign that simply says “Joy”. I turned the “O” in joy into an ornament by filling it in and dabbing coloured dots on it. I painted a top and a hook on the ornament to finish the look.

We used to live in an old renovated school house in the country and I used the old library wooden shelves to make vintage looking signs. This turned into a business and were sold in many stores. I would use some tricks to create a weathered look such as painting the wood first with a darker colour, here I used red. I paint a coat of Modge Podge and then a coat of white paint over that. When the Modge Podge dries, it pulls the paint apart creating cracks and lines. I then rub black paint into the craked areas, wiping most of it off to leave it mainly white. To finish off that rustic look, I use sandpaper to roughen up the edges to look worn.


I trace out the letters, and lightly brush the paint on leaving some white areas to show through.


I finish off by painting the sides, in this case I used the red. If your sign is made for outdoor use, you will have to use a protective sealant.

This sign will look great on a mantle or sideboard and is right in line with our theme of a Traditional Family Christmas for the Holiday Home Tour.