DIY Personalized Snow Globes

In case you haven’t noticed, Christmas crafting is in full swing over here! Today I’m sharing a fun twist on the oh-so-popular mason jar snow globe. We’re going to personalize it with our Christmas card from Tiny Prints!

Because who hasn’t always wanted to live in a snow globe? I’m pretty sure several Lifetime Christmas movies feed off that idea.

This snow globe is full of possibilities- family heirloom, kids craft, teacher or grandparent gift, new family tradition, the list goes on & on. So get as creative as you want with it.

To make your own you’ll need a half-gallon sized mason jar, hot glue, spray glue, faux snow, glitter (optional), mini bottle brush trees &/or other Christmas figurines, washi tape, & your family Christmas card.

Step 1- Spray a light layer of glue inside the mason jar, coating all sides as evenly as possible.

Skip to step 3 if not using glitter!

Step 2- Shake in a little glitter, not too much! Screw the lid on & shake it all around quickly.

You can totally ditch the glitter if you want, it’s up to you. I thought it made things look more magical & snow-globey. But it can also get messy!

Step 3- Bend your card in half so it will slide easily into the mason jar…

& slide the card snugly inside.

Doesn’t it look magical already??! It’s got that Christmas glow.

Step 4- Wrap the lid with some festive washi tape to make it look a little less industrial.

Step 5- Using hot glue, glue down a bottle brush tree &/or any other figurines you choose to the lid base.

Step 6- add more hot glue all around figurines & sprinkle on faux snow. You’ll want a heavy layer so that some will be stuck to the bottom & some will float around when you shake it.

Step 7- Screw the lid onto the mason jar & you have an awesome personalized snow globe! How fun is that!

I am so in love with the look of this, especially with the gold glitter! It’s like we’re trapped in a holiday-daze with swirls of glitter & snow. Too bad it doesn’t snow here in real life! The snow globe will just have to do for now.

Enjoy making & gifting your own personalized snow globes this season!

Blessings Y’all,…

DIY Washi Tape Lamp

I’ve got to be honest with y’all, in the beginning I just wasn’t catching on to the whole wash tape fad. Then one morning, all of a sudden, I felt I  had to go out & start a wash tape collection. That’s exactly what I did too. True story. Since then, I love it! You can add it to literally anything for extra pizzaz & it’s not sticky enough to ruin anything. Versatility is definitely a plus.

My biggest project using washi tape so far is this classy striped lamp. I’m hoping to show some more glimpses of my studio soon. It’s going to be a work in progress as far as things like paint & curtains go, but it’s coming together. It’s all black & white & gold. No surprise there!

Anyhow, I bought the lamp base at Target for a steal! It was originally $55 & marked down to $16. It just needed a shade.

So I bought a plain white lamp shade at Home Depot & pulled out some black washi tape.

I started rolling the tape around the very middle.

Then I used small strips to space out stripes somewhat evenly. Be warned, there’s most likely going to be an “ugly side” where the seams of the tape meet up & bubble a little.

Then finish it all the way around…I totally did this project in bed one night, hence the fluffy white blanket backdrop. But that just goes to show just how easy it is.

The finished product! Don’t you love the pitcher from the Oh Joy Target collection too? I’d passed it up for weeks before finally getting it, so happy I finally did! They’ll be the best of friends.

Here it is turned on in it’s natural environment. Check out last week’s post for the free Taylor Swift printables seen above & a quick clipboard DIY!

Blessings Y’all,…

Halloween Breakfast Ideas

It’s FRIYAY! Good Morning my Friends! Hope you all have fun weekend plans! I’ll be finishing up all my crafts for my show next weekend. Hoping & praying for a drop in the temperature. This October heat is terribly too much! If you were here you’d agree.

Moving on…Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, so you’ll have plenty of time to sleep in then make a festive breakfast & hang around to eat it. Right? Right. Therefore you need inspiration! Boy, have I found it all. Thanks to my bff/timesucker/obsession: Pinterest.

Here’s 31 delicious ideas for breakfast on October 31 or any day in October for that matter. Better not make these after the 31st though or they’ll find you. Then they’ll want some of your breakfast too. Who in their right mind would share breakfast food? The most important meal of the day. You need all that breakfastness for yourself so you can gather all the candy possible then gobble it up in 2.785609 seconds.

So, here’s some grand ideas folks.

These are being made in the Mealey household this month people! Expect an instagram post soon. ?? You can find the instructions at It’s Always Autumn.

Crypt keeper crescents from Our Best Bites.

Candy Corn Waffles from Random Thoughts of a Supermom.

I wouldn’t mind one of these monster eye cinnamon rolls from Sweet Treats More.

Pumpkin drop doughnuts from Lara Ferroni.

Mini pumpkin cinnamon rolls from Two Peas & Their Pod.

How about some fruit bowls to counteract all those donuts? Frugal Coupon Living’s got you covered.

Monster blood & guts from Lauren’s Latest.

Halloween hot chocolate from Your Home Based Mom is basically a Halloween necessity.

Spider pancakes from Mama Papa Bubba.

Pumpkin oranges from Milk and Cuddles. So adorable they almost make me want to eat an orange!

Mummy doughnuts from Plain Chicken.

This pumpkin French toast from Cooking Classy looks like it’ll melt in your mouth!

Jackolantern orange rolls from Pillsbury.

These broomsticks from the Etsy blog are made from shredded phyllo dough & get doused with butter & cinnamon/sugar. A scrumptious breakfast for sure. Although it looks a bit time consuming, it may just be worth it for the presentation.

Another one from Cooking Classy, these pumpkin pie pop tarts looks like dessert disguised as breakfast.

Candy corn fruit cups topped off with whipped cream from Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife.

Halloween pancakes from Girl Versus Dough. Get in my belly.

Halloween Greek yogurt fruit dip & spooky fruit snacks from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons.

These goblin potion smoothies from Clean & Scentsible is another healthy option.

So these mummy hotdogs over at Damn Delicious are a true American classic. How easy would it be to replace the hotdogs with sausage links for a mummy breakfast treat?

Milk and Cuddles came up with these super scary bagels of doom too!

A dark fruit spider complete with beady eyes from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons.

Broomstick party skewers from Giggles Galore.

How about this Frankenstein smoothie from Mama Papa Bubba to kick off your day of ghoul?

Jackolantern waffles from Random Thoughts of a Supermom.

I want to eat all the spider eggs from Family Fresh Meals.

These baked eyeball eggs from So How’s It Taste will be sure to wake you up!

Because this post was begging for one more donut, this marshmallow powdered version from Pizzazzerie is the simplest & sugariest of breakfast delights.

Spiced ghost pancakes from Taste & Tell Blog. I just love those little whipped cream ghosts on top. Makes me want to squish them.

This spooktacular breakfast from Gourmet Mom on the Go is genius! I’ve always wanted to set up a cereal buffet.

Remember to Pin it for later!!

Now go off & have a fabulous weekend at a pumpkin patch or something else revolving around pumpkins.

All the pumpkin things,

Cathryne

PS- Linking up at some of my fave places, check ’em out!…

Summer Lovin’

Sadly, my summer’s almost to an end & of course, I haven’t accomplished nearly what I’d expected. I have a million project ideas I planned on working on over the summer. But life gets in the way of my creating very often & quite plainly, I’m very happy that it does. I don’t desire to miss any of those moments.

I leave for Dallas, for my last semester ever (x fingers crossed x), exactly one week from today. While I am thrilled to be finishing up & going back to the city & friends I so dearly enjoy, my incredibly handsome boyfriend, or more appropriately, ‘manfriend,’ will not be joining me this year. I’m leaving him behind to embark on a new journey, an exciting one at that. On the bright side, I will have an abundance of extra time to get things in order & craft my little heart away.

Anyways…that’s enough talking. I was supposed to share some of those projects I’ve been dying to dive into but have not yet found the time to pursue. If I didn’t need sleep, this is what I would do instead for the next week before I head back to school.

#1- Coffee Lotion Bars by Crunchy Betty

I’ve been doing a coffee scrub a few times a week & am so lovin’ it! (Promise to share that recipe here soon too!) So I feel like the more the merrier in the anti-cellulite department. I’m sure every other female over age 15 on the earth can relate. Cannot wait to try these! Anyone else have some cellulite be gone magic?  Please share!

#2- Blooming Monogram by Urbanic Paper

Her blog is totes adorbes by the way. I might or might not have been waiting all week for the perfect opportunity to throw that in. I can already see these floral letters hanging on my dorm room wall. Although I am completely against fake flowers, there is clearly no other option here.

#3- Colored Chalkboard Blocks by A Beautiful Mess

Again, perfect for my girly dorm room. I fear I may never have the opportunity to express my femininity in my bedroom decor ever again so I may as well live it up now!

#4- Homemade Laundry Soap by Notions from Nonny

My mom’s made herself some diy laundry detergent twice now from a recipe that she found on Pinterest. It really does last forever & she uses about a cup per load! The detergent stretches for 8+ people for several months. I have been so impressed by it. She makes hers a liquid but I think this recipe may suit me better for travel etc. Plus I like that you can see the pink & blue colors in the detergent.

#5- Camera Strap & Lense by Mom 4 Real

I was really hoping to get one of these done before we went on our Disneyworld vacay but it just didn’t seem to be in the cards for me. I was upset but moved on.  My sewing machine is still out of commission. Hoping to bring it to the vacuum/sewing machine man next week before I go. Hopefully he can breathe some life back into it! Anyhow, anyone who owns a nice camera needs this, especially you bloggers. So whip one up!

I did manage to free my creative spirit with a few endeavors during these hot months. Maybe tomorrow I will share those photos! Did you finish all your ideal projects this summer? Share what you’ve been able to complete or haven’t even started yet!

Enjoy the last few days of summer!…

8 St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

Get in the spirit of the green holiday with these yummy deserts!

From healthy colorful fruits to minty chocolate decadence, one of these is bound to spark your leprechaun’s fancy. Go on, take a gander!

Leprechaun Pie with a fun treat on the bottom from Oopsey Daisy.

Green Velvet Cake Balls from Bakerella, my all-time favorite baking blog!

Rainbow Pudding Cups from Makezine.

Minty Chocolate Lava Cakes from She Saved.

These too cute Lucky Charm Cupcakes are found on Examiner.

How about a Rainbow Fruit Tray complete with a cloud & pot of gold from Crazy House Reviews.

Fudgy Mint Chocolate Brookies with mint oreos from Averie Cooks has you chocolate lovers covered.

This Irish Style Dirt Cake from Tablespoon is sure to please the little ones.

Which one will you make?

There’s too many choices I know! They all look so good.

Stay lucky y’all!

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Thanksgiving Farmhouse Table

Hey guys!

Turkey Day is almost here! I’m totally up to my eyeballs in things to do to get ready, but at least the table is officially done!

We actually built & stained the table & bench ourselves, (using these tutorials- table -bench) as well as painted & reupholstered the chairs. It was our first ever project like this & we know it needs some work, so please don’t judge too hard!

Anyway, here’s the final product all fancied up for her Thanksgiving dinner debut!

You can see how I made the plates with Dollar Tree plates in this post here.

I used a long piece of burlap ribbon as my table runner for texture.

My centerpiece is a hurricane from Michael’s sitting on a log slice from my stash & surrounded with some gorgeous foliage from Hobby Lobby.

My family isn’t really used to eating Thanksgiving dinner on real plates, if you know what I mean. So I didn’t want to fancy things up too much. I dressed it down & added some color & warmth with the napkins.

I bought a couple yards of plaid flannel in fall colors at Joann’s & cut them into napkin-like pieces. Then I pulled at the threads to create a frayed edge. They’ll be a breeze to throw into the washer later.

I used a collection of glasses from the antique store & thrift store.

Most everything, décor-wise, is from Hobby Lobby or Target, my 2 fave places!

Those little acorn shakers came from Target, of course.

The centerpiece has to be my favorite part of the table though.

I simply cannot wait to have everyone over to sit around this table in a few days!

What are your Thanksgiving plans?!

Blessings Y’all,

Cathryne…

Red Cup Ornaments

You guys! I am obsessed with these ornaments!!!! I don’t like coffee, but even I can appreciate the adorableness of the controversial red cup in felt ornament form.

I participated in an ornament exchange & drew a coffee lover. I had wanted to make something homemade, so this my solution & I am so happy with the turnout.

I was inspired for my project by this original version at One Artsy Mama.

These are perfect for all your coffee loving’ friends or teachers. They’d be even more perfect paired with a gift card where they can grab their fave caffeinated drink!

To make your own you need felt in red, green, light brown & white, scissors, burlap ribbon & hot glue.

First you’ll need to cut out the shapes- 1 green heart, 1 brown rectangle, 1 larger red rectangle & a white rectangle with notches cut out on both sides of the top half. For the cup I made the top slightly larger wider than the bottom using the faintest diagonal cut. For the lid I cut a long rectangle, a little wider than the mouth of the cup, then cut tiny squares out of the top half on both sides. Cut your ribbon to about 3″ or so for hanging. You will need 2 of the red cup & 2 of the white lid for the backside.

Glue the heart onto the band then the band onto the middle of the cup. Everything can be trimmed so it’s better to cut it too big at first.

Next, glue the white lid onto the mouth of the cup.

Flip the cup over & attached the ribbon for hanging.

Now take your second cup & lid & glue them to the backside on top of the ribbon.

Looks much more finished this way!

Don’t you love them!

I think I’ll use them to adorn some gifts as well. They are too cute!

You could make any sort of ornament you can dream up using the same supplies/methods. Maybe I’ll be sharing some more felt ornament ideas in the next few weeks!

Blessings Y’all!…

20 No Heat Hairstyles

I’ve been on the long hair journey a good majority of my life. That means, you’ve gotta keep the split ends away. The only way to avoid them is to avoid the heat. Which is somedays, totally unavoidable. I get it. However, on those days which it is avoidable, you don’t have to look homeless. I promise.

That being said, here’s 20 hairstyles which require no heat and look fairly put together when finished. Some of these I do often, the rest of them I can’t wait to try!

Yet Another Beauty Site

All Your Beauty

A Little Slice of

Design Every Day

Yet Another Beauty Site

How Do It

Hair Romance

The Beauty Department

Join the Mood

Beauty Darling

Chic Factor Gazette 

Jada Beauty

Ruby Room 

Freckled-Fox

Spa Beauty Style

Treasures & Travel

How To Hair Girl

Gina Michelle

A Beautiful Mess

Pinterest (Source Unknown)

Join the Mood

Now give it a go. You know you want to!

Which one’s your fave?…

22 Thanksgiving Pies!

If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen all the pies I’ve been pinning lately. Well, in preparation for Thanksgiving, a lot of research must be done on the pie. Am I right y’all? He’s a prime character of the feast, after all.

These are my favorites of all the ones I’ve picked through. Hoping they’ll help you find that piespiration too.

Nutella & Salted Caramel Pie from Table for Two

Chocolate Pecan Pie from Yammie’s Noshery

Cinnamon Streusel Sweet Potato Pie from Pillsbury

Salty Honey Pie from South brooklyn Post

Rhubarb Pie from Martha Stewart

Maple Pumpkin Pie from Real Simple

Dad’s Sweet Potato Pie from Joy the Baker

Pumpkin Pie from Williams Sonoma

Butterscotch Pretzel Pie from Seeded at the Table

Chocolate Fudge Pie from OMG Chocolate Desserts

Salted Caramel Apple Pie from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Caramel Apple Streusel Pie from Handle the Heat

Peanut Butter Chess Pie from Crazy for Crust

Raspberry Pie from Better Homes & Gardens

Pecan Cheesecake Pie from Inside BruCrew Life

Buttermilk Pie from Add a Pinch

The Best Cherry Pie from The Artful Parent

Maple Bourbon Brown butter Peach Pie from Host the Toast

Pecan Pie from Gimme Some Oven

Caramel Apple Crumb Pie from Averie Cooks

Sugar Cream Pie  from All Recipes

Eggnog Pie from Your Cup of Cake

Yum! I’m drooling over here. Which one are you going to make first?!

Head on over to my Pie Pinterest board for even more pie recipes!

Blessings Y’all,

Cathryne…

PEEPS Marshmallow Easter Garland!

Did any of y’all catch my Facebook live disasters last night? Well, first try I had some major craft fails followed by technical difficulties. Once those problems subsided, I tried to come back on. Only to realize after 5 minutes of crafting or so that I was on my personal channel…Oops!

Don’t worry, I’ll attach the videos for your personal amusement at the bottom of the post. Haha! But for now, I’ll supply you with the details & a tutorial for stringing your own PEEPS Garland! I learned a lot from my Pinterest fail the first time around & now I’ve got the “experience” to share my tips!

It found the perfect home on my baking hutch in the kitchen! The bright colors bring a solid spring vibe to the breakfast area. A pair of tacks seem to be holding it up well. I’m already imagining marshmallow PEEPS garland for all the holiday y’all! Since you can find PEEPS for pretty much each season now, it won’t be hard.

To Make Your Own-

1- Gather up supplies: PEEPS in assorted colors, bunny marshmallows (or other springy colored marshmallows), dental floss, long needle, cooking spray (like PAM).

2- Pull out dental floss twice as long as you want the finished garland to be.

3- Thread the needle through the dental floss, folding floss in half with needle in the middle. Tie the two ends of the floss together. *Using an extra long needle works the best. Be sure your needle is longer than your PEEP.

4- Lay a towel down over the workspace. Keep project over towel to manage the mess. Spray dental floss & needle with cooking spray.

5- Start threading the PEEPS on! Pick a pattern or don’t, it’s up to you! I used the smaller marshmallows in between the PEEPS; you can use all PEEPS if you prefer. I’m not sure if you can tell, but they’re actually mini, bunny marshmallows. I found them in the seasonal Easter section at Target. *Be sure to string needle through the top of the head of each PEEP. If you pierce the needle through the body, you risk the chance of your PEEPS turning over.

6- You will need to spray more cooking spray over the floss & the needle as you go along. Otherwise, you will have a big, sticky mess!

7- Leave plenty of floss at each end for tying a loop to hang the garland by. The more PEEPS you add on, the heavier the garland will get. Keep this in mind when considering where you’ll hang it too. It will be hard to tie loops onto the end because of all the cooking spray, but have patience & use a rag to wipe it off!

I decorated the rest of my baking hutch with some yellow Easter grass & pink, plastic eggs. Super simple!

The leftover marshmallows look perfect in a couple of glass canisters! Add them to hot chocolate or homemade rice crispy bars for a real treat!

Don’t forget to pin it for later! —>…