"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

And the Winner of the Gingerbread Competition is….

My hubby’s Blissful B & B!


Does that shock you? LOL! He really got in touch with his feminine side. Ha! Ha! He does want everyone to know that it takes someone secure in his manhood to make a pink gingerbread house. But in his defense he thought the gum was going to be green and he made do with what he had. I personally thought it was adorable and called him the winner from the get go. But it was still a pretty close race till the end.

The Mistletoe Inn came in second. I made that one. It never comes out how I envisioned but I didn’t hate it. *smile*


A VERY close third was my 12 year olds. Frosty’s Retreat. I thought he did a great job but told him he needs to finish the sides next time and he could be a winner.


And last but certainly not least my 15 year olds was the Holly Jolly Lodge. I was REALLY impressed with his detail this year. He says he’s going to give it all he’s got next year so watch out. Smile


Regardless of the outcome we all had a blast and can’t wait to do it again next year. Thank you to all who took the time to vote. It means a lot to us and if you missed the competition you can go HERE to check out more pictures.




Monday, December 4, 2017

Annual Gingerbread House Competition 2017

Can you believe it’s already been a year? Time sure does fly. If this is your first time stopping by then let me explain what’s going on.

Our family has been doing this competition for about 10 years now.  I’ve been blogging our competitions since 2008. It’s always a fun time and something we all look forward to every year. Be sure to check out some of our past competitions. Our kids have come a long way. It’s very hard to tell who’s is who’s now.

So as always, on this post I will say nothing about the gingerbread houses except the name and then pictures of it below. I give no hints to who made which house. It’s just us 4 at home now so it might make it easier to narrow down your favorite.

You vote by commenting below or if you came via my Facebook page then you can comment on that post instead. You can either say which number or the name of the house that you prefer. And remember, we do this for fun. There are no hard feelings so vote for your favorite!

Now let’s get to it!

In no particular order….

1. Holly Jolly Lodge


2. The Blissful B & B


3. Frosty Retreat


4. The Mistletoe Inn


Thanks for stopping by!



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Trash to Treasure: Christmas Edition!

I had recently talked about how we scooped up a bunch of old fence that people had thrown out after the hurricane and showed you some things we had done with it. This time around we used some of those pieces to make some Christmas stuff. Yay!

Check it out.

My hubby made these wooden trees. They are so fun and we’ve already got compliments on them. Oh and we got all the decorations and lights that are on them at garage sales, so they cost next to nothing. Woot! Woot!


They look really pretty all lit up, but I’m saving our night time photos for another post. Smile

Next we have our snowman family. Hubby cut out the snowmen and then I painted on the faces and wrapped the “scarves” around them. I really like these. So cute. Haven’t decided where I’m going to put them yet but I’ll show you on my Homesteaders Heart Facebook page when I figure it out.


Then we have the Joy sign. It adds a nice festive touch to the front porch area. This was such a fun project to do and it didn’t take long either. Hubby cut and painted the background and I painted the details. We make a good team!


So have I inspired you to make some treasure out of trash? If so message me and show me on my HHFacebook page. Smile


Monday, October 23, 2017

Making Some Fun Fall Stuff….with links!

Hey you guys. How’s it going? How’s your fall so far? It’s still warm and muggy here in the sunshine state but apparently we are going to have a “cold” front come down on Wednesday to cool it off for all of 2 whole days. Woo! Hoo! I will take what I can get.

Anyhoo, even though the weather outside doesn’t feel like fall, I try my best not to let that discourage me from making the inside of my home feel like fall. With the scents of cinnamon and pumpkin pie candles, it’s nice in here. So I just stay inside and pretend that it’s just as nice outside. Speaking of outside……the first crafty thing I made is actually for the outside but don’t worry I won’t keep you out in this weather for long. If you follow my Homesteader’s Heart facebook page you’ve probably already seen it. It’s my Autumn plaque thingy.

Autumn sign

My hubby went around after the hurricane and gathered up a ton of broken fence and now we’re using it for our fun art projects. He put it together and stained it for me and I painted it. You gotta love free wood. Not that I’d want to go through another hurricane for free wood. No sir!

This pumpkin was quick and easy to paint and added a nice decorative touch. It’s funny because while I was painting it my kids were like, “Mom, is this for Fall or Christmas?” The reason being was that the yellow dots were once red and I had to admit that it did look a tad too Christmasy. What can I say I love Christmas, even subconsciously. Smile

Autumn sign2

Alrighty, now you all can come inside and cool off. Smile

I’ve been on a crochet kick lately. It relaxes me and apparently I’ve needed to relax because I’ve made tons of these coasters since taking this picture. It’s a quick and easy project and for me that’s key. Quick and easy. The pattern I used for the pumpkin coasters is HERE. And the maple leaf coasters is HERE.


Now for people that know me, I’m not a great seamstress. In fact I’m not in love with sewing but I do manage to whip out a few projects here and there. And once again, the key to that is quick and easy and that’s exactly what these placemats were. I think I made them in a about an hour. I just measured a placemat I already had and cut out a front and a back and then sewed them together using bias tape. The back is just a solid color that matched the front. Ta-dah! You’re done! Movin’ on.


I made this banner on the mantle a few years ago. But it was quick and easy so I’d thought I’d show you again in case you wanted to make something like it. I wrote a post about it HERE.IMG_8822

And last but not least, another fun project I did a few years ago are these fabric pumpkins. I love em’. They’re so cute! A good tutorial for that is right HERE.IMG_8833

Well I hope this gets your creative juices flowing a little. I have now shifted my focus to Christmas projects and will post about those at a later time.

Have a lovely day my friends.


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