DIY Burlap Bow + Thrifted Christmas Decorations

DIY Burlap Bow-fcbkI been thrifting, I been thrifting!  *Beyoncé voice*  I found so many perfect decorations for my “rustic + gold Christmas” in my quest for an Alternative Christmas Tree (i.e. not spending money/resources on a live or manufactured tree & getting über creative with my take on it – let me be a rebel haha).  Check out this easy way to put together bows using fabric or a wide width ribbon.  I used burlap fabric cut at about 6″-8″ wide here.

You’ll need:

– 4 yards of ribbon or fabric

– pipe cleaners

Burlap Bow 1

To create the body of the bow, use 2 yards of the fabric or ribbon. Fold it back and forth, leaving about 2″ of fabric more on each side as you go. Pinch in the center and secure. I used shiny pipe cleaners to secure this. Obviously the best way, right?

peep this visual.  Make it look like this snake.

peep this visual. Fold it to look like this snake in profile.

Burlap Bow 2

cut a 20″ long strip of your fabric to make the tail ends of the bow. Cinch in the center by tying a few inches of pipe cleaner around it.

next tutorial.  Fold your tail in half (along blue dotted lines), cut along the angled line (in the red area) on both ends, and voila!  Fancy tail.

next tutorial. Fold your tail in half (along blue dotted lines), cut along the angled line (in the red area) on both ends, and voila! Fancy tail.

Burlap Bow 3

secure the tail to the body of the bow with a pipe cleaner

it is done.   You can leave the pipe cleaner exposed like this one

it is done. You can leave the pipe cleaner exposed like this one…

Burlap Bow 5

… or you can cover the center with a small piece of burlap around the center. I secured mine with needle and thread (the hot glue gun didn’t work well for me). You can even go as easy as using a safety pin. Get crafty!  I frayed the edges to go along with my “rustic” look

Thrifted Christmas Decorations & The Alternative Tree

All of the supplies I used to decorate for Christmas were purchased at thrift and antique stores, Home Depot, JoAnn’s and Dollar Tree.

When you go thrifting and thrifting and thrifting and find all of the great things you need to decorate for Christmas!

When you go thrifting and thrifting and thrifting and find all of the great things you need to decorate for Christmas!  Cards, and tree skirts, and garlands, OH MY!  Everything pictured here was found at thrift and antique stores.

Thrifted Christmas Decorations

The lights are more sustainable than traditional string lights – Martha Stewart Living LED lights last longer and use less energy

 

 

I created my own garland by bunching up hand-painted burlap and using garland with wire from the Dollar Tree

I created my own garland by bunching up hand-painted burlap and using garland with wire from the Dollar Tree

Christmas Cards!! =)

Christmas Cards!! =)

The Alternative Christmas Tree 2014 - This one is made from an old 2x4 and a piece that served as support for a table leaf, both found at Uncommon Goods in Dallas.

The Alternative Christmas Tree 2014 – This one is made from an old 2×4 and a piece that served as support for a table leaf, both found at Uncommon Goods in Dallas.  Trees and sleigh thrifted, battery operated candles from the Dollar Tree.  Angels hanging from ceiling are repurposed napkin rings.  For “gift wrapping” I purchased bags that can be used after the gift is out, and reused gift bags that I’d received at different events I’ve attended. This is a great alternative to wrapping paper if you are only gifting a few items.

Christmas 7

thrifted spiral metal ornaments and angel napkin ring – turned ornament. Flowers from a JoAnn’s sale on Christmas things (40% or 50% off woot woot)

Just look at those

Just look at those beautiful LED lights =)  Makes my heart happy and the atmosphere cleaner!

Another Uncommon Goods piece.

Another Uncommon Goods piece.  They have a lot of architectural pieces that are beautifully in-tact that can be used to create new things.

Christmas Christmas 6

Show stopper, Tree topper. Burlap bow and a thrifty little angel.

There was also some Beyoncé 7/11 birthday behavior on my IG featuring the Alternative Christmas Tree.  But that's neither here nor there (it's a must see hahaha - follow me! @oldworldnewgirl)

There was also some Beyoncé 7/11 birthday behavior on my IG featuring the Alternative Christmas Tree. But that’s neither here nor there (it’s a must see hahaha – follow me! @oldworldnewgirl)

Did y’all get crafty or keep it traditional with your Christmas decorations?  Leave a link showing me yours, I’d love to see them!

Besos, babes!  Happy Holidays!

until next time Addie

 

 

 

(better than) Granny’s Chicken Dressing

Better than Granny's Dressing

Better than your Granny’s dressing?!  Ok, well maybe just the next best thing.  Holiday dinners with my family are built around what most consider to be just a side dish – dressing.  Chicken dressing is the glue that brings the ham together with the mac-n-cheese, the strong bond that makes the greens and turkey have true meaning.  This dressing recipe can stand up to Granny’s for sure, and it is easy enough to not scare anyone away from attempting to successfully recreate it.   I’ll hush now, let’s get cookin’!

Ingredients

dressing 1

  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can cream of mushroom
  • 3 sticks/ribs of celery, chopped
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup bell pepper, chopped (optional)
  • ground sage
  • garlic powder (opt)
  • salt & pepper
  • Aunt Jemaima’s self-rising corn meal mix (or however you choose to prepare unsweetened cornbread)
  • 1 egg for the final mixture
  • eggs per cornbread instructions
  • milk per cornbread instructions
  • vegetable oil per cornbread instructions

Directions

dressing 5

Prepare Cornbread by following the directions on the package, prepare 2 large or 3 medium pans of cornbread.  (pans pictured above made 2 large pans of dressing)

Let cornbread cool. (!!!)

dressing 6

With your hands or with a food processor, crumble cornbread completely, thoroughly, and smoothly into a large roasting pan or aluminum pan.

My granny would freeze and save leftover cornbread starting early in the month – eating cornbread was nearly a daily thing back then.  

Preheat oven to 350 °

dressing 7

Begin by mixing in 1/2 can of cream of mushroom and 1/2 can of cream of chicken and all of the chopped vegetables into the crumbled cornbread, and mix well.

Next, pour 1/2 – 3/4 of your chicken broth.  Fold and stir until the consistency is even all over.  Once this is folded in completely to the mixture, if the consistency isn’t smooth or slightly chunky, continue to add the creams in.  If necessary, add more broth.  You want to mixture to be smooth – no huge chunks, but definitely not runny with liquids.

Once the mixture has reached a smooth but thick consistency add in sage, garlic powder, salt, pepper.  For safe measure, add in 1/8 tsp of sage and garlic powered, and a pinch of salt and pepper.  For the risk takers (like me), just sprinkle it on and season to taste.

Your mixture should never become green from adding too much sage, and it should never be over salted.  Too much seasoning is indeed, a bad thing. 

Test taste your mixture.

Lastly, stir one egg and add it thoroughly throughout the entire mixture.  This helps to hold it all together.

Smooth the top of the mixture to an even level.  Cover (with lid or foil) and place in preheated oven for 2-3 hours, until golden brown on the top and lightly browned on the edges.  While the dressing is cooking, DO NOT EVER STIR THE MIXTURE.  Taste and check the texture of the dressing if necessary, but do not stir.

dressing 9

After removing from the oven, let the dressing cool.  It is still very hot and continues to cook from its internal heat at this point.

There ya have it!  This recipe was complied from lessons on the art of cooking dressing by my sister, my Aunts, cousins and my friend Jasmine.  It takes a village.  We hope you enjoy!

dressing 10

What is one dish that is just absolutely necessary at your family holiday gatherings?  Let me know in the comments below!

until next time Addie

Holiday Shindig Style

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Green-ish Gift Guide

Green-ish Gift Guide

‘Tis the season for giving back to our communities and our earth.

How can you be eco-friendly & sustainable this gift-giving season?  How can you make your Christmas shopping go further than pleasing the people you are purchasing gifts for?  How can you make a difference in the lives of others by being a conscious shopper?  Do more than “buy green.”  Shop local to support your immediate economy, shop fair-trade to support companies that make a difference in the lives of their employees (instead of exploiting them), and shop sustainable to save this floating ball we live on.   After all, ’tis is the season of giving!

Shop Local

Shopping local stimulates your immediate economy.  Support small business owners and local business owners – take the time to peruse the shops on the town square that you always pass by.  Thrift stores are also a perfect way to help bring money to your local economy.  Check out Style by Dionne Dean‘s “Thrift Gift List” to learn how to find gifts for your loved ones at thrift stores.

dionne dean thrift gift list

Shop Small

Small businesses are all over and easy to find with the internet.  Websites like Etsy, StoreEnvy and BigCartel are hosts to small businesses all over the world.  Instagram has led me to discover some awesome small brands (which I think deserve a shot at the big leagues)

Some of my favorite shops include:

Etch Studio

Etch Studio – laser cut jewelry, customizable (IG: @etch_studio)

the beanie bar

The Beanie Bar – hand made beanies, customizable (IG: @thebeaniebar)

Mecca Fox

Mecca Fox – unique jewelry brand – earrings, necklaces, etc; customizable (IG: @gypctea)

Tainted Rose 2

Tainted Rose – afforadable, fashion-forward jewelry. Pieces sell quickly, so get them while they’re hot! (IG: @shoptaintedrose_)

Tainted Rose 1

Tainted Rose – afforadable, fashion-forward jewelry. Pieces sell quickly, so get them while they’re hot! (IG: @shoptaintedrose_)

Shop Fair Trade

Fair Trade businesses give workers just compensation for the work they do.  As Americans, we do not see what happens in other countries while all of the things we so quickly purchase are being created.  Often times, our beloved “things” are created at the expense of hard labor for unfair wages – leaving the people who work hard in the factories hungry and in dire conditions.   Fair trade market places work to get rid of situations like that.  Instead, the workers who make the ‘things” we covet so much are treated humanely – they are taught valuable life skills and are paid fair wages that will help them and their families to live better lives.

Mercy House 1

Mercy House Kenya – unique jewelry, shirts, and accessories. (IG: @mercyhousekenya)

Mercy House 2

With Mercy House Kenya founder, Kristen Welch. (IG: @mercyhousekenya)

Shop Sustainable

Sustainable brands exist!  Everything that you could purchase regularly can be purchased beautifully and sustainably.  Here are some sustainable clothes I’ve purchased this holiday season!  I discovered both through Instagram (IG for the win!)

Monkee Genes Supa-Skinny

Monkee Genes – sustainably sourced cotton and commendable working conditions in factories. Everyone and the earth wins with these. (IG: @monkeegenes)

cream lace braletter - lawithlove

LA with Love – upcycled and handmade intimates. (IG: @lawithlove)

At the end of it all, remember I am not urging you to drop all that you do and support only these four manners of purchasing.  I think that is where a lot of sustainability enthusiasts lose people, and I don’t want to lose y’all!  I want you to incorporate this into your shopping experience, little by little.  I will support all of the four areas above, but I still shop at places like Target or Forever 21.  They are all conscious choices that I make.  I just know that it feels right and it helps make our world a better place when I also make it a point to shop local, small, fair trade and sustainable.  I hope you make the world a better place with me this holiday season (and all of the time).  Season’s Greetings to you all! =)

Alternative Christmas Tree coming soon!

Home for the Holidays

Home forthe Holidays

“I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams”

I don’t think I’ll get to go home for Christmas this year, but I’ll be having an extended hometown stay over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Going home is cathartic for me.  Small town living, family on every corner, food everywhere.   Read More →

DIY Faux Fringe Booties

 

diy fringe booties pntrst

I have this problem where I don’t like to throw my clothes away… I keep them because “maybe I’ll wear it another day?!”  Is that really a problem, though?  Naaah!  I also like to style my clothes in several different ways to achieve many looks from them.  Sometimes I even tweak pieces to get a new style from them.  That is exactly how these fringe booties came about.  I found these wedge heels for $10 while thrifting, and I wear them all too often once it gets cold outside.  The new look they have after the fringe spices things up a bit! Read More →

Insanely Easy 7UP Cake

Insanely Easy 7 up cake fcbk

A soda and a cake… this is every kid’s dream come true, right?  With the few amount of ingredients it takes to make this cake, it’s like a #ThrowbackThursday showing how Grannies were making “insanely easy” cakes before anyone ever thought about putting them on a blog. Read More →

4 Reasons to Choose a Bed & Breakfast | The Coppersmith Inn Recap

The Coppersmith Inn

I have always wanted to stay at a Bed & Breakfast because they fully embody old world charm to me.  It came as no surprise that my stay at The Coppersmith Inn was one of wonder and merriment, but I was still so excited!  After winning tickets to the #BlogElevated Conference (yaye twitter contests!) in Galveston, TX, I contacted Ellen, the innkeeper, and she was gracious in providing me a room for the time that I was there.  Arriving in Galveston alone was beautiful.  When I turned down M Street and finally saw The Coppersmith Inn in person, I was like “yaaaasss, historic architecture in all of its glory!  Let me take a picture!”  I obviously proceeded to gather beautiful portraits stage some photos for y’all.  This beauty is over 120 years old and still looks splendid.  The in-depth history can reviewed at the coppersmithinn.com.

the coppersmith inn 2

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Philosophy of Travel

fcbk phil of trvl

The Old World New Philosophy of Travel is rather simple –

Go all the places!  See all the things!

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Philosophy of Old World New

philosophy of old world new

old world new \ˈōld • ˈwər(-ə)ld • ˈnü \

: A respect for that which was, while embracing that which is. Read More →