Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Delights 2013

Here is a little Christmas cheer that is going on around our house. 

Christmas Tree via foobella.blogspot.com

Gingerbread house via foobella.blogspot.com

Jason decorated Gingerbread house. I approved. =)

Christmas Tree via foobella.blogspot.com

Christmas  via foobella.blogspot.com

I spy a little village peeking in the mirror.

Dickens Christmas Village via foobella.blogspot.com

This year's Dickens Christmas Village setup. 
Jason made a starry night sky background that I am in love with. 

Dickens Christmas Village via foobella.blogspot.com

Dickens Christmas Village via foobella.blogspot.com


Vintage Christmas Santa via foobella.blogspot.com

I love our tree, but I felt like something was missing. Something from my childhood.

Vintage Christmas Santa via foobella.blogspot.com

Then it hit me. Tinsel! I love tinsel. 

Christmas Tree via foobella.blogspot.com


Tinsel. Everywhere. 
I know I'm probably in the minority these days on the tinsel, but then I also love the big old fashioned colored lights on my tree, too. 

Christmas Tree via foobella.blogspot.com

Christmas hanky via foobella.blogspot.com

A sweet little Christmas handkerchief my sister included in her homemade Christmas card. 

Gingerbread house and Poinsettias via foobella.blogspot.com

I love poinsettias, and Jason found some at Lowe's last week for 0.62 cent a piece. 

Poinsettias via foobella.blogspot.com

Christmas presents via foobella.blogspot.com


pumpkin pie via foobella.blogspot.com

There is nothing better than the smell of pumpkin pie. 

Christmas baking via foobella.blogspot.com

I don't even mind the cleanup. As long as Jason is doing the baking. =)

Christmas tree via foobella.blogspot.com

Christmas tree via foobella.blogspot.com



I hope everyone has a wonderful and peaceful Christmas this year. 

For those going through hard times, be it health, family, money; I pray for better times for you and yours. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Dickens Village Christmas 2013 And New Holiday Blog Banner

Here is a snapshot Jason took of our Dickens Village setup this year. 

Dickens Village setup Christmas 2013 via foobella.blogspot.com

So cute. 

For those following me in a reader, here is a peek at my new Christmas blog banner that I whipped up in photoshop. I love making banners for all occasions. It satisfies my basic creative urges. 

bella + blackstone Christmas blog banner via foobella.blogspot.com

This weekend I will post about our hallway flooring project. =)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Brushed Nickel Knobs On My Newly Painted Laminate Cabinets

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I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. Ours was full of great food and wonderful family and friends. 

Today I wanted to show you my painted laminate cabinets with their finishing touches, the brushed nickel knobs. And, wow, what a difference this makes. 
(Read more info on the painting process here.)

painted laminate cabinets with brushed nickel knobs via foobella.blogspot.com

painted laminate cabinets with brushed nickel knobs via foobella.blogspot.com

I thought the cabinets looked great before, but this just brings everything up a level and really makes the kitchen look complete. Unfortunately, I could not put knobs on the two doors on either side of the stove because they need to open completely to allow the small drawers inside to be pulled out. 
It really bothers me, but it is what it is. 

painted laminate cabinets with brushed nickel knobs via foobella.blogspot.com

painted laminate cabinets with brushed nickel knobs via foobella.blogspot.com

 

Kitchen before and after. 

bathroom laminate cabinets painted via foobella.blogspot.com

We also painted both bathrooms with the same color as the kitchen (Eiffel Tower by Olympic) and installed the same brushed nickel knobs.

peel and stick flooring redo via foobella.blogspot.com

And here is our next project. The hall floor. If you've followed me long enough you might remember a little incident with my water heater going kaput and water everywhere. 

hallway redo via foobella.blogspot.com

Of course, I learned after the fact, from my brother-in-law, that I really didn't need to pull up the carpet, and that it would have dried out just fine, but I'm glad I did anyway. This will be a nice little update to the condo. 
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