Month: October 2013

Twig antlers – or twantlers

twig antlers DIYIn case you haven’t noticed taxidermy, real and faux, are big trends in decorating. Ceramic busts abound and antlers are being used to hang hats and holiday decor. I almost purchased a white cardboard moose rack for my place but just couldn’t hand over the $68 asking price. So, I made something instead – twig antlers, or twantlers as I call them. Gather these supplies and make some too:

  • 2 twigs of similar length and fullness
  • a wooden plaque (mine was $1.50 at Michaels)
  • paint in your color choice
  • drill with bit
  • glue
  • eye or sawtooth picture holder (or similar for hanging)

twig antler DIYChoosing twigs was actually the hardest part so start with that. Go for a walk in the woods, visit a quiet park or reach over to your neighbor’s yard, whatever it takes to get two kinda matching twigs with several forked branches. Clip off any stray bits, trim the ends with a diagonal cut and set aside.
Nail or glue your hanger to the back of your wooden plaque…do this now because your twigs will get damaged if you try to do it later…trust me on this one.
Select a drill bit that is similar in diameter to the base of your twigs. Load it into the drill and make two holes about 1-3 inches apart depending on the size of plaque you’ve chosen. Drill at a slight inward and downward angle, not straight up.
Paint the plaque and let dry.
Put a dab of glue in each drilled hole and insert the twigs. Hold to set then allow to dry completely.
twig antler DIYtwig antler DIYtwig antler DIYHang your twantlers with pride, knowing no animals or bank accounts were harmed in the making! Decorate if you wish, just keep it light on the twigs. Enjoy!

PS: how are you doing with your simple monthly goals? We’re halfway through October and I hope you’re accomplishing what you set out to. 

Being thankful

ThankfulHappy thanksgiving. It’s time to count our blessings and for most of us, there are a lot. Health, family and friends are at the top of the list. I’m also grateful to have a decent job, a safe (albeit tiny) home and cupboards full of groceries. Please, take a moment to appreciate the abundance that surrounds you. Then come a little further with me.
ThankfulI encourage you to take deeper look. Turn your attention, thoughts and gratitude inward. What traits lay within you that you’re glad you have? Think of the characteristics that make you who you are and determine how you cope, succeed and move forward in creating your life. You don’t have to write them down, or even say them out loud, just take a moment to think of a few. Finish the sentence “I’m glad I’m….”

  • Independent
  • Creative
  • Strong
  • Smart

Isn’t it possible that who you are leads you to a richer, fuller life? Acknowledge that the goodness within you contributes to the good around you. Be thankful and celebrate you!

Cinnamon honey butter

cinnamon honey butterHappy Friday and happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians. Although I’m actually American of Scottish descent but we’ll leave that story for another time. This long weekend has me thinking about upcoming holidays, treats and gifts. I love making and giving consumable gifts, ‘cos really, who needs more stuff? And isn’t it always nice to try something new? Here’s a super simple recipe for a delicious spread:

Cinnamon Honey Butter
1/2 cup butter (at room temperature)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup icing sugar (or less)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Cinnamon honey butterPlace all ingredients in a bowl and whip it. Whip it good (sorry, I couldn’t resist)! Spoon into containers – this filled 2 tiny canning jars with a bit left over. So good on toasted English muffins and pancakes…you might want to consider making a double batch! Like butter, this spreads much easier if it’s at room temperature but should be refrigerated for longer storage.
Cinnamon honey butterLabel it and you’ve got yourself a lovely little hostess gift…maybe add a couple of fresh croissants or muffins? How’s that for a quick and easy sweet treat?