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.

Weekend Wow's

December 20, 2014

Well, at this point you are either running around like a wild women.... or man, finishing up any last minute shopping, baking or decorating.....or sitting back and happy that it's all done and ready. Don't be a hater. I promised myself that this would be the most stress free December ever, and it was.

Speaking of last minute, I pulled together some ideas to get you through the next week...if you didn't happen to make that same promise.

Quick and easy treat. I had a get together recently and someone brought these yummy bite size treats.


School got out yesterday for the holidays, so yesterday for the class parties I put together goodie bags using dollar store bags, candy that I froze after Halloween and these super cute tags from here.

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. 

My One and Only Holiday Craft....Boxwood Star Wreaths

December 11, 2014

Yup..... This is it. The only thing that I have managed to muster up. Don't get me wrong, I had big plans and lots of ideas and before I knew it... it's two weeks before Christmas. Can someone tell me where the other part of the month went, cause I want it back.


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.

Weekend Wow's

November 8, 2014

This week I was part of something more special then any DIY project parade. I joined some pretty special bloggers and shared what thanks at home means to us. If you missed any of it, including mine, it will be worth reading each of the incredible stories and messages. You can find the link here.



Oh my...... driftwood. This amazing creation from Craftberry Bush.


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.

Weekend Wow's

October 17, 2014

Happy Friday sweet friends! Fallish temps are present in North East Georgia. How about where you live? This week I tried to do everything I could to avoid the news. Don't know about you, but the whole Ebola situation completely freaks me out. A virus that we know little about, limited to no vaccinations available, misdirection and innocent people getting infected....and some succumbing to this virus. What are your thoughts?

These amazing projects brought some well needed distraction from it all.

I love Ann's PB inspired fall wreath pillow.




Fall Burlap Wreath...Giveaway

October 15, 2014

I know, I know, I just can't help myself. It happens every time.
I get around a couple rolls of burlap, start weaving in and out, fluffing as I go and the next thing you know.....bam
This happens.



Weekly Wow's

October 3, 2014

Hello October!! 
These next few months always seem to be so fast and furious, don't they? Fall and all it's natural beauty helps to level set my mind and also serves as a reminder to slow it down.
What helps you slow down? 
We are enjoying some amazing family time this week with the kids on fall break but found a few other things that made me smile.

Loving this apple wreath from The Wood Grain Cottage



Woo's At The Door....3 Step Fall Wreath

October 1, 2014

There's no telling who you will find greeting you at the door around Duke Manor , it could be one of 5 barn cats, 5 fish, 3 dogs, 3 kids, 1 pony, 1 donkey, 2 crickets, 1 chicken or..... an owl.



Fall Tour....Indoors

September 26, 2014


Just as the autumn leaves will soon be flying around every where outside, there's a little bit of fallacious going on once you come inside these doors.




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