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A Winter Hot Cocoa Bar with a French Flair

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Ok first things first, I am going to apologize ahead of time for the not so great photos! We have not had much sun here and this portion of the dining room is much darker so the pictures don’t do this little bar justice : ). Now on to the fun stuff! Nothing screams winter more than a “Hot Cocoa Bar!” I was super inspired by the ever so talented Jessica with “Pen N’ Paper Flowers”and her always charming Hot Cocoa Bar. I didn’t really have the space in our last place so was super excited when we moved and now have a larger dining room with a perfect little nook. We originally were going to just have it up for our neighborhood Christmas Craft Party, but my son was loving it so much, we decided to leave it up all winter long! I was easily persuaded after seeing the smile on his face every time he made his own cup!  Thanks to our new Mr. Coffee, coffee maker and hot water dispenser, we can have “hot cocoa” in a flash. When winter is over, I will turn this little nook into my “coffee station” with a little section for my little guy to still make his favorite treat.

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My girlfriend had told me about this maker and am so happy we went with this one! I make my coffee every day and my son heats up his hot water in about a minute and makes his cocoa and oatmeal. We both absolutely love this!

I wanted a fun and easy to use station with a bit of pretty for me. I painted an old cabinet I had white, gave it a light distressing and found it was the perfect size to fit on this wall in the dining room and a perfect fit to hold all of the “hot cocoa” necessities. A treat bar is always more fitting when you have a charming chalkboard sign and have to say I am super happy how this one turned out! We are in South Florida so most of the signs don’t really apply with notes on colder weather so decided to create my own with a bit of a “French” flair. Much more fitting for our home. I wanted to bring in more gold accents this winter so tried to make everything look more cohesive with a bit of spray paint. I have a few favorite metallic paints that are my go to, and this time used the “Brilliant Gold” metallic by Valspar. Love, love this paint and use it often in many of my projects. This one is more of a soft, warmer shade of gold versus a bright shiny metallic. To me it has a more vintage appeal which was more fitting for our space.

The coffee maker looks more prominent (as it should, coffee reigns high in this home…wink) placed on a round piece of lighting salvage as the base, a gold charger and a paper doily. I added the same gold paint and light white wash to my favorite tiered stand from Hobby Lobby. Always a pretty and useful accent piece to use around the house. And added the same gold paint to the tops of the jar and shakers.

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I am so crushing on my new glass canisters I found at Tuesday Morning! I love the old school style of the weaved glass and the fun chalkboard canisters with the knobbed lids. The weaved glass set were very inexpensive and the larger chalkboard set I found on the clearance isle! Win, win for our hot cocoa bar! I also sprayed both sets of lids with the same gold paint to tie them all in together and did a quick outline around the chalkboard label using a gold Sharpie. I found both of the silver topped pumps at Target. So much more charming to look at it and so much easier for little hands to pump the syrup without making a mess. We both had tons of fun collecting all of the treats for the hot cocoa bar! You don’t have to go overboard on the spending. We found so many of the syrups, sauces and sweets at our local Ross for about half the price as you would full retail.

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The kids got a big kick out of having their own mugs, not much more in price than buying decent hot beverage cups and it’s a cute gift for them to take home after the party. Each are simple white mugs from the Dollar Tree that I wrapped in string and added a small round chalkboard tag with each child’s name. This whole look came together by adding a similar accent color “Brilliant Gold”, chalkboard tags and labels-found at Michaels on each piece and a bit of Christmas greenery. Most of the pieces I already had around the house, so outside of the canisters, dispensers, mugs and all the treats we really didn’t spend that much to put this together.

Our “Hot Cocoa Bar” has been a huge hit with our friends and family and will definitely be creating one each Winter! I’m hoping this has inspired you to create a bar, big or small for you and your guests to enjoy throughout the Winter season.

tammy

 

 

Soft Fresh Spring

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Spring finally made its way into my home. The pressure of everyone coming over for Easter put a fire under me to finish up all the little details. I figured I would share bits and pieces of the house in stages and today I wanted to share the entry table. As always, I like to keep things simple and light. This year I brought in more earthy elements with bits of twigs and moss. Continue reading

Merry Christmas

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Just wanted to share a few pictures of my home for the holidays. Life kinda got in the way this year and I didn’t get to decorate as much as I wanted, but am happy with how everything turned out. I stayed pretty simple, but elegant. Here is a picture of my bedroom with some simple evergreen and a few of those little flower ornaments I was talking to you all about earlier.

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A simple tree that I added to a weathered urn. Added a bit of torn linen and one of those fabric scrip ornaments that I chased all over town for. I added a few of my vintage rhinestone brooches to the tree for a bit of sparkle.

3a I carried the same style over to the livingroom. Some evergreen, a few rhinestone here and there and a few of my paper mache trees I made last year.

4a I am in love with these spools of ribbon I found at Marshalls this year. I couldn’t help myself this year. I normally only buy handmade ornaments and pretties or make them myself, but there were really some pretty pieces this year.

6a I had to put up those little flowers everywhere I could.

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Here is the table that I have been working on. Still a work in progress, but have been having fun experimenting with the chalk paint® by Annie Sloan. I will go into more details later on the colors I used. I know I am going to be quite hooked and can’t wait until after the holidays when I have more time to play with the this.

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This grey piece came from the Maxwell House hotel in Nashville, TN. from way back when. It is the top portion to the writing desk that’s in my bedroom. I found it off of craigslist from an older couple just a bit north of here. It was a medium colored wood, but just had to add a grey wash to it.  10a I found these charming little burlap and linen stockings that I am going to add some vintage rhinestones to.

13a I am just so excited for Christmas this year. Me and my kids drove over to the other coast over the weekend to surprise my mom. That truly was one of the best Christmas presents for all of us. I’ve been trying to slow down a bit this year so I can enjoy all the little things the holidays has to bring. Hoping you are able to do the same. Well hoping you enjoyed a little peek into my home. I look forward to sharing more with you soon.

I am wishing you all a Christmas filled with love and laughter. Hoping you are able to spend the day with the ones you love, if not, take the time to yourself and enjoy.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

tammy

 

 

 

Free Christmas Printable Gift Tags

Free Christmas Printables

I think I love wrapping gifts more than I like buying them, really! It’s all in the details and I love giving pretty packages to my friends and family that love handmade gifts and wrapping! For those of you who still need some gift tags for the holidays. Use this link for a full pdf file. Happy gift wrapping!

Free Christmas Printables

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Counting my Blessings…

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As Thanksgiving is almost here, I can’t help but be reminded to be thankful for all the blessings in my life. My children mostly, who fill my heart with so much love. Our new adopted dog, Bob and cat, Sam. My business that continues to slowly flourish and fill me with a deep sense of pride and happiness. My faith, strength and trust and for the charming little cottage that we call home.

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For the continued support, encouragement, friendships and inspiration from all of the wonderful people who inspire me and follow along with me every day. For this, I send you big giant hug and a thank you from the bottom of my heart.

For these things I am grateful.

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I’ve been pretty sick over the past couple of weeks and haven’t felt up to decorating much, so kept things very simple. I added wheat bundles all over the house along with my little pumpkins and lots of candles. Sometimes though, simple is so much more.

I’d love to hear how you all decorate for Fall and Thanksgiving.

5a19755383c1e865ec0ef96892d9ff84 I created a couple of my button messages to add a little sparkle.

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Here is a charming free printable from the Graphics Fairy. If you haven’t ever visited her site, it is an absolute must. She has so many wonderful free printables.

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Well thanks so much for stopping by!

Wishing you all continued blessings. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families and if for some reason you aren’t able to spend Thanksgiving with the ones you love, take the time to yourself, to remind yourself how important and special you are! Count the blessings that you have and be good to yourself.

 Blessings…

tammy