Holiday Countdown Planner {Week Four}

How are your Christmas preparations coming along? According to many of you on Satori’s Facebook Page, shopping is well underway and you’ve even started some baking and a few craft projects. I love hearing about your projects and how the holiday countdown planner is working for you!


Holiday Countdown Series 2013- weekly plans and free printables to keep you on track.

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If you’re late to the party, be sure to read about this year’s Holiday Countdown and also catch up on week two or week three. Don’t worry, there’s still time to catch up (it’s only November)!

Let’s find out what this week’s tasks are, shall we?

To get your free Printable Planner for Week Four, simply click on the image below and the pdf will automatically download (or you can right click and save).

Holiday Countdown Planner Printable Week Four


Once you’ve printed out the planner, read the post Holiday Countdown Series Recap {Week Four} and you’ll know what your homework is for the week.

You may have noticed I’m in Christmas craft mode around here. This week, I kicked off the One Item Project Challenge and shared my DIY Snowflake Glass Canisters using glass paint. This weekend I’m working on the next DIY project for this series (check back Wednesday for the reveal), as well as my hot cocoa station for our holiday get-togethers.


DIY Snowflake Glass Canisters- Glass Paint Tutorial
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Painted Glass Canisters {One Item Project Challenge}

I’m thrilled to be kicking off the One Item Project Challenge today. If you recall, I started this series last year as motivation to become a little craftier during the Christmas season, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with blogger friends once again. This time I have the very talented Kristin, Tara and Tiffany joining in on the fun!
One Item Project Challenge 2013


For the One Item Project Challenge, each blogger was given a specific craft supply to work with per week and had to create or decorate something with it. To kick off this 3-week series, we started with glass paint.

After using Martha Stewart fabric paint for my printed tea towel project last year and being happy with the results, I decided to try the glass paint to dress up some basic canisters.


Snowflake Painted Glass Canisters DIY using glass paint

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What you’ll need for this project is glass canisters (mine are from Ikea), glass paint, silkscreens or stencils, pouncer sponge and a plastic lid (or something to put paint onto).


Painted Glass Canisters DIY supplies


To begin with, make sure your jar is clean and dry. Press your silkscreen or stencil onto the jar making sure the edges of the pattern adhere (you don’t want any bleeding).


Painted Glass Canisters- Screen Print Stencil


Squeeze a small amount of glass paint onto the plastic lid, load onto the pouncer sponge and dab a bit off. Begin applying to the silkscreen from the center working outward in a straight up and down motion. Be sure to cover the entire design going over a couple of times.


Painted Glass Canister- White Gloss Glass Paint
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Make Ahead Freezer Meals {Everyday Made Easy}

It’s that time of the year again when busy just gets busier! As mentioned in the Holiday Countdown, I like to clean and stock my kitchen now before the line ups at the grocery and big box stores get unbearable (one can only flip through so many magazines at the checkout, right?). What I didn’t mention is that it’s also a good time to prepare large batches of meals, say on a Sunday afternoon, to freeze and pull out on those days when supper is the last thing you want to deal with after a long day. Healthy make ahead meals will also become your best kept secret when friends and family swing by or a snow storm rolls in and all you want to do is stay in your jammies.

Today I have Sheila from Sheila Zeller Interiors stopping by to share one of her favorite make ahead freezer meals, Christmas Borscht. Sounds yummy to me!

I also have four other bloggers stopping by to share their favorite make ahead meals you can pop in the freezer for later (you’ll see them below)…
Sheila Zeller of sZinteriorsBorscht is one of our favorites, but I find the secret to enjoyment is making it ahead! I’ll be honest, the prep time for this recipe is a little more than your average pot of soup, however, once made it freezes up like charm. And trust me, you’ll be so glad you did!

Christmas Borscht Veggies

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Christmas Borscht


4 cups beets – precooked and sliced
1 or 2 medium potatoes – precooked and chopped
1 or 2 large carrots, sliced or finely diced
1 or 2 celery stalks, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups cabbage, shredded
1 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar
1-1/2 (+) Tbsp dried dill weed
Salt and Ground Pepper, to taste
2 small cans V8 Juice, or 3 cups tomato juice
1-1/2 (+) Cups Creamo (half & half)
2 (+) Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 (+) clove garlic – sliced and sautéed
8 Cups water


1. Precook beets, slice and set aside
2. Precook potatoes, chop and set aside
3. Shred cabbage, toss with lemon juice or vinegar and set aside
4. Chop rest of the vegetables
5. Sautée each vegetable separately in olive oil until brown
6. Place sautéed vegetables in stock pot, add water and V8 Juice or Tomato Juice
7. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, add creamo and simmer for 20 minutes or until all vegetables are tender
8. Add salt, pepper and dill weed, to taste
9. Serve hot; add a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt if you choose!


Bowl of Christmas Borscht
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Holiday Countdown Planner {Week Three}

The weeks leading up to Christmas seem to be flying by, don’t they? That’s why I created the Holiday Countdown Planner in the first place. For the most part I’m on track this year, although heavy snow over the past two weekends means our outdoor lights are still in their storage totes downstairs. Here’s hoping tomorrow or Sunday are a little better!

This weekend I plan on attending two Christmas sales, Vintage With Flair and the Millarville Christmas Market. I’m hoping to find some vintage items to add to my holiday decorating scheme.


Holiday Countdown Series 2013- weekly plans and free printables to keep you on track.

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Now on to this week…

If you’re just joining us, be sure to check out week one and week two of the series to catch up and print out your Holiday Countdown Planners. There’s still time!

To get your free Printable Planner for Week Three, simply click on the image below and the pdf will automatically download (or you can right click and save).
Holiday Countdown Planner Printable Week Three


Once you’ve printed out the planner, read the post Holiday Countdown Series Recap {Week Three} and you’ll know what your homework is for the week.
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Office Makeover {One Room Challenge Finale}

The One Room Challenge may be over, but I’ll still be carrying on with my office makeover. When I joined this series on October 2, I set out to cure my case of ‘Decoritus Interruptus’ and I’m happy to report that I’m on the road to recovery! Each week I’ve made progress in one way or another, and thanks to the brains behind this series (aka Linda of Calling it Home), I’m that much closer to putting a check mark beside “organize and decorate my office.”

On week one of the challenge, I started out with an office that lacked personality and definitely needed some attention in the organizing department. Because most of my time and attention is usually spent on client projects, I didn’t have time to transform the space from head to toe, but I’m thrilled with how everything is looking in a short period of time. Let’s take a look, shall we?


Office Makeover- DIY Art Canvas, RANARP work lamp,  Printer's Keyhole Desk

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Last week I started an art project using an old canvas I found kicking around in our storage room. It now hangs on the wall beside my desk, and I love the subtle color it brings to the space. My husband titled it “Foggy Lake” and, although it may not be a true work of art, I’m happy with how it turned out considering the little time (and basically no money) I spent on it.

If you have some leftover paint and an old canvas, I encourage you to try this project. Be sure to prime over what’s there first to make sure you get good coverage.


Art project using an old canvas and leftover paint


Art Canvas Makeover Project


I started with a natural linen paint color at the bottom of the canvas and worked my way up with a light blue-green, dark grey, light turquoise, and finally, white. To blend the colors, I simply dipped my brush in water, patted it on a paper towel and worked them together slightly overlapping. It’s really hard to mess it up, but make sure you don’t overwork the colors (you don’t want them to look muddy).
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