Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My Favorites of 2011

Well it's that time to reflect on memories and milestones of 2011!

This year has been quite the roller coaster in my family's lives. Most of you don't know that I was pretty close of shutting my blog down just a few months ago. Blogging didn't seem so 'important' to me compared to what was going on in my personal life. I am so thankful that you stuck with me when I gave myself little blogging breaks when life was too hard...Today, things are really good! My family's health is the best it's ever been! And for that big and terrible bump in the road this year...I am thankful. Our lives will  never be the same and for the better.

And I am so glad I didn't push this little blog aside! Blogging has been such a blessing to give me that outlet to create and escape when life is happy and sometimes not. 

So lets look back on some of my favorites here at At Home With K in 2011.

January




In January, I also hosted the Be Mine Bonanza. It was a great time to feature Valentine related projects by 7 different bloggers. Stay tuned for the next Be Mine Bonanza next month!


February



Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays was born. A fun linky party I look forward to each week for creative and thrifty ideas for $10 or less!









March




April




May




June




July


August



September



October



November


December



You can check out these and many more projects in my past posts!

Thank you so much for visiting me, following along, commenting, linking up to Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays and allowing me to feature your wonderful projects!

Here's to a happy and healthy 2012! 



Linking up HERE



Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #44

WELCOME TO TERRIFIC UNDER TEN TUESDAY!

Where we show off our creative and thrifty selves for $10 or less!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas weekend! I know we are all busy with the preparations, gift giving and gatherings that comes with the Holiday season...so I thank you so much for taking the time to visit today and even linking up!

Here are a few projects I would like to feature from last week's party:

Ice Cream Social in a Box from Michelle Paige


Pallet Cabinet from Shabby Love



DIY Artwork from Thrifty Decor Mom




Teal Dresser Makeover from Becoming Martha


If you were featured today, please grab a button! Thanks!






Now it's time to link up to this week's Terrific Under Ten!

Here are the rules:
1. Your project must be made or bought for $10 or less. Crafts, Makeovers, Thrift Finds, Recipes, Kids Projects...
2. Please do not link up Online Shops or Giveaways.
3. You can link up multiple projects.
4. Link to the specific post and not to the main page of your blog.
5. Add the Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays button to your post, side bar, or linky party list.  I will not feature your project unless the linky button or a direct link to the party is on your blog.
6. Visit at least one other project and leave a comment. We all love comments!
Then I'll feature some favorites on the next Terrific Under Ten Tuesday.
*By linking up, you give me the permission to use your photo(s) from your post.



Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas-Last Minute Gifts

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS!
I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful Holiday weekend with your loved ones!

I thought I would leave you a couple last minute gift ideas just in case you are still scrambling for ideas for those late Christmas get togethers.

We will be spending time in my hometown with my family. For the last few years, we decided the adults in my family each choose a name for a gift so that we don't have the stress and burden of getting each person a gift. It has worked great! This year is a little different, each gal gets a girl gift and each guy gets a guy gift. Gifts need to be $10 or less. Then somehow we will do a gift exchange.

Since some of my family might read my little blog here, I didn't post what I made to ruin the surprise.

So now it's safe to post, I thought I'd share my gift. It was easy and fun to make. 

I decided to make photo coasters for the gal recipient of my gift along with some Shaklee Hand Soap. I couldn't forget the gift of health! 

The photo coasters included my sons, my nieces and nephew and my cousin's son. On the 4th coaster I added some scrapbook paper and a sticker.

I got these cute tiles for super cheap at Home Depot. I cut the photos down a little smaller than the size of the tile. I applied modge podge directly to the tile and then I placed the photo on top. I then put a heavy book on top of the tile and photo while the modge podge dried. After it was dry, I applied 2 coats of modge podge over the photo...I allowed dry time between each coat. To have super durability, I gave each coaster 3 coats of Clear Spray Sealer. When all dried I added felt pads on all 4 corners on the bottom of each coaster.



The set probably cost around $2 to make. :) Tie with a ribbon and it's ready to gift! I wanted to keep them for myself. Good thing I have extra tile.



And one last gift I wanted to share was Christmas Potpourri in a bag. I got the idea from HERE. I made these for my co-workers. Super easy to whip together with items from your kitchen. Add a tag and a bow and your all set!


Merry Christmas!
Don't forget to come back for Terrific Under Ten Tuesday!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #43

WELCOME TO TERRIFIC UNDER TEN TUESDAY!

Where we share our creative thrifty selves for $10 or less!

So many awesome links from last week's party! You bloggers are making my job harder each week and I love it! :) Keep it coming!

Here are a few links featured from last week:
The most viewed link was $0 Bedroom Makeover from Down to Earth Style
A lovely bedroom made over with vintage items from the garage!


Fresh Decorated Green Swag from Christina's Adventures
A great alternative to the traditional door wreath!


Fun gifts to make for the teachers and other unrecognized staff at your school.


 Personal chalkboards from Kammy's Korner
A great gift idea for Christmas or yourself!


Paper Fan Wreath from Simple Home Life
I remember fondly creating paper fans as a child. How about making some to adorn a wreath!


Wishes for Baby Tree by A Woman's Haven
What a great idea for a baby shower to show some baby love.



If you were featured today, please grab a button! Thanks!










Now it's time to link up to this week's Terrific Under Ten!

Here are the rules:
1. Your project must be made or bought for $10 or less. Crafts, Makeovers, Thrift Finds, Recipes, Kids Projects...
2. Please do not link up Online Shops or Giveaways.
3. You can link up multiple projects.
4. Link to the specific post and not to the main page of your blog.
5. Add the Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays button to your post, side bar, or linky party list. And I will not feature your project unless the linky button or a direct link to the party is on your blog.
6. Visit at least one other project and leave a comment. We all love comments!
Then I'll feature some favorites on the next Terrific Under Ten Tuesday.
*By linking up, you give me the permission to use your photo(s) from your post.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Craft Room Peak

We have one room in our house that used to be a real embarrassment! It's a partially unfinished room in our basement that I mostly used for crafts. It is also the first room that we walk into our house from the garage. So we put up this door wall to divide the room for an unofficial mudroom entrance and to block off the craft mess. :)


The half painted floor was driving me nuts as well. Whenever I came home, it felt like a big DIY project slapping me in the face every time I would come home. Not a good feeling to greet me.


 Behind the doors is my craft area. I used to do craft fairs for several years so this space was perfect to create. I no longer do craft fairs...so the room was becoming a dumping ground with thrift finds and extra decor. Very embarrassing. LOL


So a few weeks ago, I said enough was enough! We cleared the room out. Now my garage is full and my husband can't park in there now... :)

But the room looks so much better and bigger with everything removed and the door wall down. Our boys had fun playing around in the big open space!


Our boys were also our big helpers for the day. They helped us clean the walls and floor for painting and floor prep.


We cleaned everything with, what else...Basic H2! Love this stuff!


This room is going to now be a kid rec room and craft room. My son got to pick the color. Vivid Turquoise! Him and his brother are so excited for their new room!



 So here it is today!


We still have many more details to finish in the room. But this is what is keeping us busy these days. The floor is almost done, just a little to finish close to the walls.


Do you have a craft or kid room? Got any clever organizing ideas for all the supplies and toys?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Great Gifts Under $10!

Christmas is right around the corner. Are you ready yet? I must admit I have a couple last minute gifts to get and/or make.

We have had a lot of changes in our daily health and lifestyle at our house this year. It was the best decision we made for me, my hubby and our boys. We are in the best health we have ever been in! And it feels great to enjoy every day life, my family and decorating/creating when I feel good. Makes a huge difference!

So to celebrate our 'health milestones' we are sharing our love of being green, being healthy and being strong (mentally and physically) with our family and friends this Christmas.

To us that is the gift of Shaklee.

Here are 10 Great Stocking Stuffer Ideas All For Under $10!

1. 2 Cinch Snack bars (any flavor) or a Cinch Meal-In-A-Bar wrapped in see-through colorful net or cellophane paper tied with a ribbon.




3. Keep Immunity high with new Shaklee Vitamin D3! Only $7.95!

4. Keep chapped hands dry with Shaklee Herbal Blend Multi-Purpose Cream. Only $7.75!

5. Every woman needs this!! Enfuselle Eye Makeup Remover is non-greasy and REALLY Works!!  Only $8.50. Give with a small makeup bag or a make-up mirror. The Dollar store has great gift fillers.

6. Dentifrice toothpaste with a cute toothbrush. Only $6.90!

7. Soap Free Cleansing Bar with a pretty soap dish. Only $6.90!

8. Hand wash soap that also moisturizes and conditions your skin with Get Clean Hand Wash Concentrate.  I got the Get the Hand Wash Dipensers to make easy gifts for teachers and helpers! Only $8.43 each!


9. For the kids stocking, give a Fiber Advantage Chewy Apple Cinnamon Bar. Each bar is about $2.

10. For those tough kitchen jobs or the man who wants to get bugs off the chrome when he is washing his car, give Shaklee Scour Off. Only $7.25.


You can find these and many other products on my website!
Today is the last day to order to guarantee your goodies get to you by Christmas!

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New Members get a special gift from me! Email me for the details.
Happy Shopping!