by laura janning

Showing posts with label Holiday Crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holiday Crafts. Show all posts

Santa We are Ready...Outdoor Lights

December 22, 2014

Suffice to say, I think Santa will find our house this year, out here in the country, in the middle of nowhere, thanks to the bright LED glow that surrounds the house and along the driveway.





It seems like the arches that we typically do, were presenting some issues to the Fed Ex man, my kids the dogs and the wind. PVC pipes loaded with lights can get a bit wonky with a gust. Here's the lights from last year.

Christmas Breakfast Room and Mantel

December 17, 2014

It was hard not to mistake the drywall dust for snow flurries last time I showed you a glimpse of the breakfast room and mantel during my holiday tour here. It was because this was going on. And even though I covered the doorways with plastic, a million dust particles managed to find a way to escape and cause a mess. 


Now that the dust has settled, literally, I wanted to share our favorite area in the house, particularly at Christmas time. 

The Easiest Holiday Cookie Ever!

December 7, 2014

Have a got a treat for you today...well more like 34 of them, and a secret on how to create the easiest holiday cookie ever.



What's not a secret is that I don't like to spend a whole lot of time cooking and baking, especially during the holidays.  So I turn to my 'pretend I was in the kitchen all day baking' cookies. I know, funny but boy are they good.

Christmas Home Tour 2014

December 4, 2014

Surprise! It's me....and my donkey Oreo. 
We are stop 22 on Jennifer Rizzo's  2014 Holiday House walk.



I know you came here looking for a home tour, but instead you are greeted by the most festive looking donkey you will ever see! Oreo and I are both so happy that you are here for the tour.  If you are stopping by from the DIY Showoff, I think you can agree that Roeshel is the sweetest DIY'er  ever, and it's always a treat to visit her beautiful home!




If you are new to Top This Top That, I am Laura. A city girl turned country gal. I live on a dirt road in a small town (population 501) in North East Georgia on a farm that my husband and I built 12 years ago. Along with the donkeys, dogs, chickens and cats that we picked up along the way, we also have twin 1st graders and a 3rd grader. Needless to say, life around here is very active, fun and full of life.
So come on in and enjoy the tour!

Holiday Table Ideas...... And A Giveaway

December 3, 2014

You know me and fancy don't do well together. As hard as I try, I always feel like the awkward school girl stumbling in my too high of a heel at a party...when I really should have been wearing my flip flops or my converse sneakers all along.

And although I love the look of a fancy smancy table setting, I always want the look of my table to lean on the side of pretty with a casual approach. So I set this holiday table with a lunch in mind with a few of my girl pals sitting around it.

100 DIY Holiday Projects....and 4 of My Favorite

December 1, 2014

December...... The month that my kids have waited for 11 months and 5 days to get here. The month that my vacuum never seems to take a break from sucking up all the fallen tree needles and....the month that we celebrate his birth. I decided to kick off the month with a gift for you. Well, how about 100 gifts. 


Today it's all about getting your holiday mojo on and sharing 100 holiday projects, treats and holiday decor from 25 festive bloggers. Yours truly included. 

Here's four of my favorite holiday ideas that I wanted to share with you.

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

November 20, 2014

Little did I know ....

How pretty my table runner made out of brown craft paper here would look on this years thanksgiving table.


Or how the 'fancy' gold chargers that I bought 15 years ago when I hosted my in laws for the the first thanksgiving dinner....only to find out they were really were more like chinette paper plate people, could look pretty darn good with my everyday white dishes with mismatched plates on top.

The little red scarf....Holiday Mantel

November 12, 2014

Between you and me, I think my cow is rockin it in my red and black scarf........Don't you?


Sitting there all sassy like, surrounded by cedar, evergreen sprigs and pine cones.....
Every cows dream.

Christmas Decor Sneak Peek

November 10, 2014

Even though Turkey day hasn't yet arrived , the Christmas decorations are getting ready to take their positions merrily around the house and property. My Mailman probably thinks I am nuts, with a display of some Potted Baby Spruce trees that I got from Balsam Hill on one step, and a pumpkin on the other. I like to think that this is the 'not yet thanksgiving but close enough to Christmas ' look.


And despite the daily "how many days till Christmas mom" question from the kids, I have begun pulling out the boxes and getting my plan together inside the house as well. I will gladly take the questions.... sometimes upwards of 4 a day....from each child, all to have my holiday decor in place and be able to sit back, smile and enjoy the season.

Jazz Up the Thanksgiving Table....with Craft Paper and a Stencil

November 7, 2014

For the most part I have only used stencils....on a wall. My not always creative mind never took me beyond that.  But when a large roll of brown paper left over from this project, was looking for a purpose, I decided to use a stencil on the paper and create runners for my thanksgiving table.






Why We Are Thankful....

November 5, 2014

I am putting aside my paint brush, the stories from the farm, jokes about my donkey and the project list today, in order to bring you something much more gratifying and from my heart. 

I am very thankful and blessed ..... that my children have grateful hearts. A core belief that my husband and I walk through our life with daily. We remain conscious of the gifts and feeling of thankfulness in our lives.



Fall Door Ideas....and a rhyme

October 30, 2014



I am sure most of you have heard the rhyme, particularly  if you trick or treated in a time where an xray was not needed to scan your candy before you ate it.
Trick or Treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat.

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

April 30, 2014

Wow... I can hardly believe that in 2 1/2 weeks my kids will be out of school for the summer.....already.





But, before I start planning our summer activities and my backup sanity plan...just in case, I need to think about those sweet teachers that have supported, cared and loved my children all year. And, while I am finalizing this years appreciation gift, I have put together a few ideas that I have done in the past, that the teachers have loved.

These canvas totes are always such a big hit. You can find how simple they are to do here.


Seeds of knowledge with a flower pot filled with garden gadgets



 'Thanks for being sweet' with chocolate bar and gift card


'highlight' of my year card with pen



You can find this collection of ideas here.

What ideas do you have and..... am I the only one anticipating the need to use a sanity plan?



grateful for~
wonderful teachers



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The Easiest Burlap Wreath ....goes blue!

April 10, 2014

Do you realize that it's been 2 years since I first posted about this wreath and it still remains a favorite of every burlap wreath lover in America...... and beyond. 
But just wait until today......I am introducing the fraternal twin of the original burlap wreath.
Speaking of which, did you know I was a twin ...but sadly, she doesn't love burlap like me.





Spring Mantel Ideas

March 17, 2014

I honestely don't know what the Leprechauns would say if I put the flowers and bunnies up on the mantel before St.Patrick's day, so I will pause, have a pint of green beer and some corned beef hash and wait till ....... 
Until then, here's a few of the ways that I have styled my mantel in the past that say Hello Spring from the mantel top.

Spring Mantel using Cherry Blossoms here

And my Spring mantel using forsythia here


I think when I am done dancing the Irish jig I will start on this years Spring mantel. 

Happy St.Patricks day! To all you Irish readers I say "An la brea" and to the non-Irish readers.....Have a nice day!


PS- click here for some of my favorite Spring projects that you can do while drinking your green beer.




Grateful~
For a lazy Sunday with the family





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Simply Spring Ideas and Inspiration Tour

March 10, 2014

Who's ready for Spring, raise your hand????
To kick off this lovely season, and my favorite time of the year, I am happy to welcome you to the Simply Spring Ideas and Inspiration Tour. You may have remembered me joining up with this group of bloggers before, and I am sure that their Spring tidbits and inspiring ideas will be nothing short of amazing.


Here's the schedule for today.


I am sharing my favorite Spring decor projects on Tuesday so head back here tomorrow after a stop with today's group.

Have an amazing week!


Grateful for~
The start of a beautiful new season....Spring






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St. Patricks Day Wreath

March 3, 2014

It's not everyday that white carnations tipped in a kelly green color speak to me....but they did.





Not that I am even Irish, although I would love to go to Ireland one day and I love Colin Farrell's accent, but something inside the Dollar Tree on that particular day, told me that I should make something that would make even my non-irish eyes smile...so I did.

Supplies Needed for Carnation Wreath
1 clapboard wreath form
5 bunches of faux carnations ( I got mine from the Dollar Store )
Hot glue gun
White paint
Craft scissors

Step 1
Spray your wreath form white, this way it blends with the flowers a bit more.

Step 2
Snip the stem of the flowers off with the scissors. This is so when you glue the flowers on the wreath , they will lay flat.


Step 3
Begin gluing down the flower tips around your wreath form. Place the flowers as close to each other side by side. 


Step 4
If you have any holes, fill those with your extra flower tips, if not, your done.

Step 5
Hang your wreath listening to Irish Eyes Are Smiling sung by this absolutely beautiful voice here.


And I leave you with this......
May you always walk in sunshine. May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door...with your beautiful carnation wreath of course.

Grateful for~
Wonderful family time over the weekend






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Heart Burlap Wreath Ideas and ......A Snow Storm

January 30, 2014

I knew the storm was coming, days before it got here.....to bad Atlanta didn't.
My kids were about to get their wish.....a snowman and a snowball fight. 
Milk...check
Bread....check
Firewood...check
Burlap.... Specifically with red polka dots......no check


So it seems as the city came to a gridlock yesterday, any chance of me running back to get some extra burlap (in either color) wasn't going to happen. Rather then waste a break between the kids thawing out their little toys and fingers from snow ball fights, I made two..... Two perfectly mismatched burlap heart wreaths.


Truth be told, I actually thought they may look good paired up on my front doors, mismatched and all. But after looking at the pictures, I realized that anyone who came to my door, would know that there was a gridlock of burlap going on, in red polka dots or in solid red....and say something. 


So to avoid that conversation about running out of burlap in the middle of a snow storm and the embarrassment of having two perfectly mismatched wreaths on my front doors, I will find a home for the red polka dots and......


the solid red one.
In the meantime, if you do come to my door.....I am not here. I am at the store buying some more burlap.



Have you had any project gridlocks lately?
For the tutorial on how to make the wreaths, click here and here.

And if burlap's not your thing and boxwood is, check out my heart boxwood wreath here.



Grateful~
That all the stranded school children in Atlanta made it home safely to their families





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Easy Boxwood Heart Wreath

January 28, 2014

I must admit, I am in love..... with my husband, children, family, friends, life, donkeys, dogs, teachers, you and a boxwood wreath!




Typically Valentines Day is not some blown out hyped-up holiday in our house. We try to celebrate and teach our children that love, affection and happy hearts should happen everyday.
But in the spirit of creating something special that I could admire and look at all month, I created this heart boxwood wreath. 



You may remember, I made this wreath last month ( which still hangs in my bedroom) and every since then, couldn't help venturing out to the backyard and picking up a handful of boxwood clippings for another one. 




Other supplies you will need:
Wire heart shaped wreath form  (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
Floral Wire
Ribbon






At the risk of sounding redundant, you can follow my full tutorial for making a boxwood wreath here.



I found that keeping the boxwood wreaths in a colder environment and misting it with water every so often, helps it from not drying out so quickly. If anyone knows the secret to preserving boxwood please let me know.


I hope you will enjoy a surplus of love, affection and happy heart today and everyday!

If you like burlap, you may like one of my heart burlap wreaths here.




Grateful for~

A little mom time out on Saturday with this blogger





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