Picture Perfect Pantry

I’ve always wanted a pretty pantry. You know the kind that doesn’t look like you really store food in there. 😂

One filled with baskets that all match and containers filled with cereal, cookies and pasta.

A pantry that’s just dreamy!

A pantry that’s

“Picture Perfect “

😍😍 😍

Well, I must have been dreaming when I had the idea to stencil this pantry. I don’t know what I was thinking 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️😂  I’m kidding y’all. (Not really 😉 ) I’m totally in love with way it turned out, but it was a lot more work to get it there than I originally planned.

Now, if I had decided to stencil this one little wall before we had these awesome weathered wood shelves installed, we’d probably be having an  entirely different conversation. 😃

Once the shelves  were installed it made it much harder to work in a tiny space. I did I have the stencils cut to fit between most of the shelves but there still were a lot of tight spaces they were difficult to work in.

A few tricks I learned while doing this:

1-  have more than one stencil to work with. This will make it much faster no matter what size wall or floor you’re working.

2-  be sure to blot the paint off of your stencil  after each use.

3-  Use spray  adhesive to keep the stencil in place. This will prevent paint from going behind the stencil.

4- For applying the paint,  A small paint roller worked  better than  a brush.

5- Stencil before installing shelves ( I had to throw that one in there! 😏)

I considered  wallpaper but, I knew I wanted this design.

It was more a lot expensive to order it in a wallpaper so I decided just to go for it!

I’m so glad that I did!

Every time I looked around the corner to see this Picture Perfect Pantry it makes it all worth while!

Doesn’t that just make you smile? 😃😃😃

I just wonder if the new owners are enjoying the fruits of my labor? 😂

I have a step by step tutorial on my saved stories on Instagram if you want to see more.

Here’s a link to the baskets. They’re from BHG Live Better @walmart

 

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Better-Homes-and-Gardens-2pk-Small-Chicken-Wire-Basket-Set/374715872

 

Have a great week sweet friends!

With much love,

Leanna 😘



Reinventing your Christmas Tree Ornaments

Well, I think everyone in Dalton had the same thought I did this morning. Kroger then Chick-fil-A, nothing like waiting until the last  minute . 😉 Now, I’m  all ready for Thanksgiving! I’m looking forward to spending time with family, and eating! 😂

We’re putting up our Christmas Tree 🎄 on Friday. I’m planning to post several new tips for you all next week. Today I’m moving up a post from last year. In this video I’ll show you how to reinvent Christmas Tree ornaments you already have.

Grouping ornaments together is a great way to make more of an impact in a large Tree.

 

Reinventing Christmas Tree Ornaments

Christmas Tree Ornaments Inexpensive ribbon is a good way to add color to your Tree.

Christmas Tree OrnamentsCostco usually has great ribbon this time of year! They normally have 50 yard rolls for under $10.  This ribbon is great to use to tie your Ornaments together.

That’s all for now. I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving 🦃

Christmas Bow Tutorial

Hey Y’all! Who’s ready to get started decorating for Christmas?🙋🏻 Me! Well, I will be on Friday. I have a lot to do this week on an installation for a client before I can start working on our house. That’s ok though because I love ❤️ my job and can’t wait to see the project I’m working on completed.

I know that a lot of you will be putting up your Christmas decorations this week so I wanted to share a few tips with you.  I’m planning to post several tips on my blog and on Instagram and Facebook over the next few weeks.

I made this  tutorial video last year  on How to tie a Christmas bow.  I wanted to move it up this year for those of you that may have missed it before.  This is a simple process once you know the basics.

1- Loop ✨

2- Pinch ✨

3- Twist ✨

4- Repeat ✨

Christmas Bow

It’s really that simple!  Once you learn how to tie your own bows, you’ll be able to create a beautiful Tree.

Christmas Bow

I hope you like to tip of the day! Now you’re ready to be Loopin’, Pinchin’  and

🎶 Twistin’  the night away!🎶  (Sorry I couldn’t help myself!)😂😂😂

Blueberry Tarts

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A few days ago I posted a Blueberry Tart photograph on Facebook and Instagram. They were just so pretty I couldn’t resist! I had several people to comment on my post so I decided to post the recipe on my blog for those of you who follow me on Pinterest.

This recipe is so easy and incredibly yummy! It is great for party or an every day treat! They do not last long at my house, my family loves them! So without further ado……..

Blueberry Tart Recipe!

Tarts✨ sugar cookie dough formed into a mini tart pan, bake according to sugar cookie dough recipe directions, allow them to cool before removing from the tart pan.

Filling✨ One cup granulated white sugar.✨ One block softened cream cheese ✨ 1 teaspoon vanilla✨ a dash of salt

✨ blend until creamy

✨fill the tarts with the cream cheese mixture

✨ top with Blueberries, BlackBerries or Strawberries! Yummy😍

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A few tips-

* I usually use this Nestle Toll House Break and bake sugar cookie dough. It’s the perfect size for the mini tart pan. I have made my own but this usually turns out just as well, and it’s a lot less work! 😉 (oh yeah, that’s what I’m talking about!)

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* Spray the tart pan with cooking spray.

* You can use a mini tart shaper. If you use the tart shaper you will need to dip it into powdered sugar in between forming each tart. I did not use one on these, I just formed the dough with my fingers.

* When removing the tarts from the tart pan allow them to cool first. After they’re  cool remove them by twisting and lifting them out of the tart pan.

* Wash any berries you are using and allow them to dry completely.

* These are best served on the same day you make them. If you are going to make them ahead of time I would make them separately and put them together a few hours before serving. They tend to get a little soft in the refrigerator.

That’s it! My favorite is Blueberry! What’s yours? 🙂

How to dry Hydrangeas

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Today I am going to show you a quick and easy way to dry Hydrangeas. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers! I mean, what’s not to love?

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It’s like there are all these tiny little flowers making up this one gigantic fluffy Bloom!
The bushes get huge and they are so beautiful, so full of blooms and color, and you never know what color they’re going to be. Depending upon the soil, the flowers can change color. It’s a great surprise finding out what color your hydrangeas will be! The flowers are so beautiful on the bush and they also make gorgeous cut flower arrangements.

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I also love dried hydrangeas, they can be enjoyed all year!  Drying hydrangeas is super easy!

I enjoy my hydrangeas on the bush through about the middle to end of August. (This might be a little different for you according to the area that you live in.) When the blooms have a few tiny dried flowers here and there it’s time to cut them.

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Cut the hydrangeas off the bush and give yourself a 10 to 18 inch stem.

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I take off all of the leaves except for maybe the top one or two.

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Fill the vase with water and place the hydrangeas in the vase.One thing to remember is not to overfill the vase if you if you want your flowers to stay big and fluffy.

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If you put too many flowers in each container the stems will not stay straight and the blooms will not look as pretty. Keep a check on the water. You don’t want to let your Hydrangeas run out of water before they’re dried. After they’re dry remove any water that’s left in the vase.

All that’s left to do now is wait. Enjoy your flowers while they’re fresh and before you know it you’ll have dried Hydrangeas!

How to dry Hydrangeas www.thewhole9yards.tvIt’s that simple! 🙂