Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holiday Platter Upcycle

Finding a place for everything has always been a challenge for me. The biggest issue: accessories. Usually sunglasses, gloves and keys. A catch-all tray was the perfect solution but instead of buying one, I decided to make my own catch-all tray using a holiday platter that my sister-in-law gave me. (Don't worry, she told me to make something out of it.) Here's what you need:

Holiday platter (mine was ceramic)
Krylon Metallic Silver spray paint
Valspar Clear Coat Gloss

I didn't use any primer. I just spray painted the platter with 3 thin coats of Krylon Metallic Silver spray paint. Once the silver paint dried, I applied a layer of clear coat to protect the surface.

I let it dry overnight and then my catch-all was ready to use!

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Break

One more day until Christmas!

I just want to let you know that I'm taking a vacation from blogging for a few days to enjoy Christmas with my family. I hope that you have a wonderful holiday and be sure to check back...I've got some great projects in the works that I can't wait to show you!

I'm linking up at some of these great parties and Savvy Southern Style, Debbiedoos, Between Naps on the Porch and Shabby Creek Cottage.

Liebster Blog Award

Fun Home Things has been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by Kathy from Back to Family.

What a fantastic Christmas gift! Thank you so much Kathy for the nomination!

The Liebster Blog Award is an award given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers, most of whom have less than 200 followers (or have been blogging for less than 6 months). It is to show newer bloggers that they are appreciated, and to help spread the word about new blogs. It was created to promote appreciation and recognition among the blog world. Liebster translates to “dearest” (or favorite/best) in German. It is also known as the Love Blog Award.

What an awesome honor!

The Rules:
1. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator set for you.
3. Create 11 questions for the people you nominate.
4. Choose 11 new blogs you love and link them in your post.
5. Please leave me a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster post so I can learn more about you!

So here are 11 random things about me:

1. Dance is my first love, I've been dancing since I was 3.
2. I'm a lefty.
3. My husband and I lived in the same dorm in college and were friends, but didn't go on our first date until 10 years later.
Granny and Grandma
4. I learned to play drums in 7th grade.
5. I have 4 (amazing) brothers and no sisters.
6. I lived in Montana for 3 years and made the greatest friends while I was there.
7. I feel closest to God when I'm at the ocean.
8. I grew up in a city but I love living in the country. I don't think I'll ever live in a city again.
9. My daughter looks nothing like me but acts exactly like me.
10. I am afraid of the dark.
11. Both of my grandmothers are still living and I adore them.

Here are the questions my nominator set for me to answer:

How long have you been blogging and how did you get started?
I started blogging in July because I needed a creative outlet and I wanted something to do while Sophie was at preschool. My first post was a back to school wreath.

List your favorite blogs and what it is that you love about them.
There are so many! Every blog listed on my link party page is a favorite. A few of my other favorites include:
Posed Perfection--Nici is so talented and she takes beautiful pictures of all of her projects.
Back to Family--And not just because Kathy nominated me either. She is my go-to blog for all things homesteading and preserving.
Savvy Southern Style--Kim has amazing style and I love checking out all of her decorations.
Adventures of a DIY Mom--Rachel makes some awesome recipes and she was the first person who invited me to a link party. I had no idea what they were before I joined hers!
Chickadee Jess--I love Jess's tutorials and she is such a genuinely nice person.

What is your favorite family tradition?
My brothers and I take Sophie to Huber's Orchard every October to pick out pumpkins. We've been doing it since Sophie was 2 years-old and I look forward to it every year.

Who is the person who inspires you the most and why?
My Granny. Her mother died when she was 9 years-old from tuberculosis. Her dad remarried and her stepmother was mentally ill. She grew up in a loveless home. Despite this, my Granny is the most kind and loving person I have ever met. Her resilience and determination to change her family legacy inspires me daily.

Describe your dream home.
Old. I love Southern plantation homes, Victorian homes, and Craftsman homes. I grew up in a historic neighborhood in Louisville and fell in love with old homes as a kid. I love the craftsmanship, the details, the big windows, and the spirit that these houses have.


What is your most heartwarming memory from childhood?
Christmas Eve at my Grandma's house. She loves Christmas and her house always feels magical this time of year. It is always happy, warm and a lot of fun.

What is your favorite leisure activity?
Crafting and dancing are my two favorite leisure activities.

Who is your favorite Walton character and why?
Grandma Esther. She comes across gruff sometimes, but it's obvious how much she loves her family.

How did you meet your spouse if you have one? If not, who is your favorite couple?
We met at Murray State University over 10 years ago. We lived in the same dorm and were friends all through college but never dated. A few years ago, we reconnected on Facebook and the rest is history!

What is your favorite animal and why?
Cats. They are loving but full of sass. I love watching them.

What legacy do you wish to be remembered by?
I want to be remembered for my generosity and kindness. I also want to be remembered for inspiring people to try new things.

Here are questions for those whom I nominate to answer:

1. When and why did you start blogging?
2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
3. What is your favorite holiday?
4. Do you work outside of the home or are you a stay at home mom?
5. If you could meet a famous person, alive or dead, who would it be?
6. How old were you when you went on your first date?
7. What is your favorite book?
8. What is your favorite song and why?
9. Do you have a blogging schedule or do you blog when you feel like it?
10. Are you a city girl or a country girl?
11. What do you love most about your family?

And here are the 11 blogs that I nominate:

Posed Perfection

The Usual Mayhem

Feel LOVED Everyday

Rain on a Tin Roof

Love Bug Living

Chickadee Jess

Prairie Girl to Southern Belle

Creative Food

Dietetic Sinners

Artsy Chicks Rule

My Life's a Treasure

Note to nominees: Please leave me a comment with your Liebster post, so I can read up on you! Also, please leave a link back to this post on your blog.

I'm linking up at some of these great parties and Savvy Southern Style, Debbiedoos, Between Naps on the Porch and Shabby Creek Cottage.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Guest Post at Ginger Snap Crafts

Today I'll be guest posting at Ginger Snap Crafts, sharing my top 5 favorite projects of 2012! Ginger has an awesome blog so be sure to visit if you haven't already.

I'm linking up at some of these great parties and Savvy Southern Style, Debbiedoos, Between Naps on the Porch and Shabby Creek Cottage.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Top Ten Posts of 2012

I have to say, 2012 has been such an amazing year for Fun Home Things and for me personally. In February, Ryan and I were married and I was able to quit my job and stay at home with my daughter. Talk about a blessing! We are so happy and have really enjoyed our first year of marriage.

In July, I started blogging, just as a creative outlet. I also wanted something to do since Sophie was about to start preschool. Five months and nearly 60,000 pageviews later, Fun Home Things has taken off and now I get to blog full time. How cool is that?

Anyway, here are my top ten posts! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Thanks for making 2012 so special for me and I look forward to bringing you even more inspiration and DIY ideas in 2013.

1. Lavender Mint Foot Scrub

Lavender Mint Foot Scrub was the first scrub I created and I haven't changed a thing about it. It smells great, feels great, and very fun to give as a gift.

2. Canning Lid Pumpkin

Never in a million years would I have imagined that a Canning Lid Pumpkin would be so popular but wow, was it ever.  It's just a simple, cute, inexpensive project that anyone can do and I'm so glad that so many people were inspired to make one too.

3. How To Turn Dollar Store Toys into Holiday Decorations

It's amazing what a little spray paint and glitter can do. I took a few of my daughter's tiny Dollar Store toys and turned them into ornaments. I also added a few to my Christmas tablescape.

4. Strawberry Jam

This was my first year canning and my first batch ever and it turned out perfectly. I am officially addicted to canning now:) If you are interested in canning, give it a shot. A recipe like this is a great place to start.

5. Back To School Wreath

I wanted a fun, colorful back-to-school wreath to kick off my daughter's first year in school and this is what I came up with.  I'm looking forward to it hanging on our door for years to come.

6. Apple Pie

Ahhh, apple pie, our fall tradition. This is my favorite pie to make (and eat) and I'm so glad that I got to share it with you this year!

7. How to Antique a Picture Frame

This was the first time I had antiqued a picture frame and it was so easy that I had to share how to do it. I'm glad that my tutorial was so helpful to so many of you. It really is easy, isn't it?

8. DIY Laundry Detergent FAIL

I'm not perfect and everything I make doesn't turn out perfectly. One of the things I set out to do when I started blogging was to be truthful about what I make, even if it doesn't turn out pretty.  And I'm so glad I did. I received so many e-mails after posting this thanking me for being honest and real. I really appreciated that!

9. Santa Suit Gift Wrap

Santa Suit Gift Wrap is such a simple project but it adds a lot of fun to our Christmas morning. I started the tradition of wrapping Sophie's Santa gifts like this last year and she loved it. Definitely something we will be doing for years to come.

10. How to Remove Permanent Marker From Skin

Removing permanent marker from skin was my first Tip of the Week post. I discovered this little trick by accident and it has been a lifesaver. P.S. I use Mary Kay eye makeup remover.

I hope you've enjoyed my top 10 posts! I'm very excited about what's to come in 2013 and I appreciate you for joining me. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I'm linking up at some of these great parties and Savvy Southern Style, Debbiedoos, Between Naps on the Porch and Shabby Creek Cottage.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Homemade Gift Ideas--Cookie Mix in a Jar

Cookie Mix in a Jar is just that classic homemade gift that always goes over well, especially with teachers, neighbors and co-workers. This year, I made a batch for Sophie's preschool teacher and used peanut butter and chocolate chips but I've used everything from butterscotch to peppermint chips and they're all wonderful.

Usually, I see lots of Cookie Mix in a Jar recipes out there around the holidays, but this year I haven't seen as many. So I wanted to share with you my favorite recipe, just in case you needed one:)


1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/4 c. chocolate chips
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar

Quart jar


Mix flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl. Pour into the bottom of the jar.

Measure chocolate chips and pour over the flour mixture in the jar.

Mix brown sugar and granulated sugar together and add to the jar.

Attach the following recipe:

Preheat oven to 375° F. Beat 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 c.) softened butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in large mixing bowl until blended. Add cookie mix and mix well, breaking up any chunks. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

I made the tag by printing the recipe on holiday paper and attaching it to card stock. I covered the lid with red paper, added ribbon and that was it! This mix is good for 2-3 months when stored at room temperature.

I'm linking up at some of these great parties and Savvy Southern Style, Debbiedoos, Between Naps on the Porch and Shabby Creek Cottage.

Monday, December 17, 2012

15 Homemade Gift Ideas

Freaking out about those last minute neighbor/teacher/co-worker gifts yet? Well you can relax because I've found 15 super cute homemade gift ideas that you are going to love (and that you can actually make).You can find the link to the post below each picture. You can also check out my Homemade Gift Ideas page for some more great, easy gifts.


Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix by Adventures of a DIY Mom

Crocheted Washcloths by Joyful Homemaking

Cookie Decorating Neighbor Gift by C.R.A.F.T.

Scrabble Tile Ornament by Perfectly Imperfect

Cute and Easy Neighbor Gift Idea by Lil Luna

DIY Mason Jar Soy Candles by Ugly Duckling Transformations

Homemade Cranberry Jam by Will Cook For Smiles

Burlap Bird Ornaments by Posed Perfection

Homemade Fudge by Adorned From Above

DIY Peppermint Milk Bath by Smart! School {House}

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Quickbread Neighbor Gift by The Vintage Chateau

Etched Glass Pan by The Real Thing with the Coake Family

Christmas Kisses Jars by The Scrap Shoppe

10 Minute Grape Jelly by Echoes of Laughter

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I'm linking up at some of these great parties and Savvy Southern Style, Debbiedoos, Between Naps on the Porch and Shabby Creek Cottage.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Tip of the Week--Scarf Table Runner

Can't find a decorative table runner that you like? Try using a  scarf. Scarves come in tons of different fabrics, patterns and weights and most are very easy to clean. Just a note--I don't recommend a scarf if you plan on setting hot dishes on it.

Got a scarf you're going to try? Tell me about it!

I'm linking up at some of these great parties and Savvy Southern Style, Debbiedoos, Between Naps on the Porch and Shabby Creek Cottage.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Guest Post at Nap-Time Creations

Nap-Time Creations

I am so excited to be guest posting today over at Nap-Time Creations as part of Delightful December! Today I'll be sharing How to Turn Dollar Store Toys into Holiday Decorations .  If you haven't checked out Emily's blog, hop on over there and take a look. It's awesome.

And if you are visiting from Nap-Time Creations, welcome! I'm so glad to have you here. Be sure to leave a comment--I would love to know who you are. And if you're a blogger, leave a link to your blog in the comments so that I can follow you!

I'm linking up at some of these great parties and Savvy Southern Style, Debbiedoos, Between Naps on the Porch and Shabby Creek Cottage.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

20 Fun Christmas Projects

Check out my tutorials for Santa Suit Gift Wrap and Peppermint Foot Scrub!

Christmas is two weeks away, can you believe it? That means there is still time for a fun Christmas Project!

It was so hard to narrow it down to just 20 of my favorite Christmas projects...there are so many great ones out there right now. But I LOVE these projects and I just know you will love them as much as I do. I've included the link to each post below the picture so be sure to stop by and leave them a nice comment!

Looking for some Homemade Gift Ideas? Check these out.


Cookie Mix in a Bag and Apron Set by Simply Creating Home

Burlap Stockings by On My Side of the World

Shatterproof Ornament Wreath by This Pug Life

Snowmen Cake Pops by Pint Sized Baker

Wood Christmas Decorations by Zu Haus at Home

Sweater Presents by Two Twenty One

Rustic Mantel by Too Much Time on My Hands

Winter Wreath by Craptastic

Rustic Glam Christmas Mantel by Architecture of a Mom

Garland Trees by Decorating Cents

Christmas Card Gallery Wall by I Should Be Mopping the Floor

Scrap Wood Christmas Tree by Marty's Musings

Snowflake and Mercury Glass Christmas by Just Us Four

Glass Christmas Trees by Alderberry Hill

Natural Outdoor Christmas Decorations by Daisy Mae Belle

5 Minute Christmas Decorations by Homemaker-Mom

Bare Branch Christmas Tree by Lemon Tree Dwelling

DIY Snowman Wreath by Sweet Little Blue Bird

Starbucks Cup Angels by Our Life in a Click

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