Mardi Gras DIY Projects

It’s almost time for Party Gras! Fat Tuesday 2016 is quickly approaching and you need some great decor for your party! I recently highlighted a selection of our best Mardi Gras decor. While I chose some seriously gorgeous items from our store, I would like to include some DIY decorations you could make. There’s a certain charm to handmade decor that I just cannot resist. Check out some of my favorite Mardi Gras projects from Pinterest!

Fluer De Lis Door Swag

Hand Painted Mardi Gras Wine Glass

Wine Bottle Lights

Mardi Gras Swag

Bead Centerpieces

Mardi Gras Wreath

Mardi Gras Centerpiece

Mardi Gras Candles

Mardi Gras Topiaries

Sherrie Carter

DIY Projects to Celebrate Lent

Lent is an important holiday, but it can also be fun! For young kids, the message and meaning of lent are sometimes lost. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate, have fun, and teach the kids about the truth of lent, then read on! I’ve highlighted some great projects from Pinterest. I even remember some of these from childhood, and I always loved making the calendars and sacrifice lists. Be sure to check them out and share some of your favorite lent recipes in our comments section below!

Lent in a Bag

40 Days of Decluttering

Stones of Lent

Lent Prayer Station

Printable Stations of The Cross

Lent Challenge

Palm Cross

Lent Word Search

The Lenten Tree

Sherrie Carter

Meat-Free Recipes To Try During Lent

If you celebrate lent, you’re probably looking for ideas for your meat-free days. While lent is meant to be a time of sacrifice, that doesn’t mean you need to forgo your healthy and protein sources. This is especially true if you’re doing it my way, which is no meat for the full 40 days of lent. If you’re up for an adventure, learn how to cook some delicious vegetarian and pescatarian friendly recipes! Not only will this make it easier when you skip the meat, but you’ll also pick up a skill. Learning how to cook is fun, and knowing a few vegetarian friendly recipes will come in handy when hosting parties or attending pot-luck events. Check out some of these delicious recipes I found and plan to make this year. You’ll see a lot of portobello mushrooms and quinoa on this list because…. UH THEY’RE DELICIOUS. Do you have a favorite meat-free recipe? Share it with me in the comments section below. I’ll surely be grateful for the meal option!

Pescatarian Parmesan Pecan Crusted Salmon

Pescatarian Garlic Parmesan Halibut

Vegetarian Portobello Fajitas

Vegetarian Mexican 3 Bean Salad

Vegetarian Quinoa Stir Fry

Vegetarian Portobello Cheesesteaks

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

Loaded Guacamole Vegetarian Tacos

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Sherrie Carter

Unique Table Top & Mantle Decorations

Between holidays, your mantle and table may feel empty. Fortunately, there are plenty of attractive table top decorations that work well for any season. Create a beautiful mantle scene or centerpiece for the dining table with unique table toppers that reflect your style and personality. Below, I’ve chosen some table top decorations from our store that complement a variety of styles. Click each photo to learn more about that item. We’d love to see the scenes you create; share your photos in the comments section below! 

Charming Brown Plush Owl

Charming Brown Plush Owl

Rustic Bird Cage Tea Light HolderRustic Bird Cage Tea Light Holder

Woman & Child Figurine by Carol Kinderwoman and child faceless figurine

Suspension Bridge Candle Holder Suspension Bridge Candle Holder 

Artificial Fruit in Glass Jarartificial fruit in jar

Ceramic Bird Cage Tea Light HolderCeramic Bird Cage Tea Light Holder

How We’ll Feel if The Groundhog Sees His Shadow

Update February 2nd @ 10:25 a.m. (est): Good news everyone! We may not have to experience the feelings below! Looks like Phil Did NOT see his shadow!

So, we’re all probably feeling more like this right now!


Originally Posted February 2nd @ 6:00 a.m. –

We all know about Punxsutawney Phil and we understand the importance of his job. He will be the determining factor in most of our moods today. If he does not see his shadow, we can get started on our spring cleaning and decor shopping! However, if he sees it… we’re doomed to six more weeks of cold. In most of the country, it’s not a huge deal… but in Western New York, it’s everything. Six weeks of slush, wind chills, and lake effect snow is too much for me. Just like every Groundhog Day, I’m hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.

If Phil see’s his shadow, there will be five stages of the Groundhog’s verdict that many of us will experience. Please Phil, don’t let us down.


We’ll remind ourselves that Phil boasts only a 39% Accuracy Rate



We’ll be convinced that it will be dark, cold, and snowy forever.



We will all promise to be on our best behavior for some sunshine and flowers!



We will blame Phil, even though he’s only a messenger.



Eventually, we’ll deal with it and just make hot chocolate


Sherrie Carter

Decorative Stands & Wall Hooks

Small accents actually have a big influence on the look and feel of a room. Simple features like wall plates, switch covers, hooks, stands, and accent tables can complement or detract from the aesthetics in the room. Improve organization and style with decor that no only serves a purpose, but also looks amazing in your home. It will take time to find the perfect accents for your home, but with a little inspiration and shopping you’ll get there. To get you started, I’ve highlighted some of our decorative stands and wall hooks, as that’s a great place to start. I opted for items with a rustic charm, as that is a very popular decorating style (it’s also my favorite). Check out some of the photos below to get an idea of what you’d like to see in your home. Click the photo for more info and pricing.


decorative quilt rack dark mocha brown magazine holder Bronze Branch Pedestal Plant Stands

Wall Hooks

distressed bird branch bronze key hooks rustic chick key holder wall hook

bronze keys key holder bronze home key holder

Sherrie Carter

Delicious Mardi Gras Party Recipes!

Mardi Gras is called Fat Tuesday for a good reason. It’s the Tuesday before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which means most people like to feast. During Lent, participants will sacrifice something they love and partake in often. For most people this is a favorite food, plus you have the fasting days for people who get really into it.

If you’re having a Party Gras, you MUST have a lot of food, and the RIGHT food. Turn your party into a fun fiesta and a”food funeral” with some of these delicious Mardi Gras recipes I found! Someone, please… PLEASE make me the King Cake Cheesecake.

King Cake Cheese Ball

Cajun Potato Salad

Pineapple Black Bean Salsa

Mardi Gras Chex Mix

Mardi Gras Jello Shots

Masquerade Sugar Cookies

Mardi Gras Cupcakes

King Cake Cheesecake

Sherrie Carter

Football Party Decor to Delight Your Guests

Get ready for your football party with fun decorations and exciting party favors. From the banners and team trees, to football hats and team-colored napkins, your guests will love the festive style you create. Increase excitement and delight guests with silly, festive items. Check out some of our best football decorations from our shop. Click the photos to learn more!

Snacks & Snack Trays

football party snack tray football party serving snack tray


d fence hat football party favor football cowbell party favor


gametime centerpiece decoration football centerpiece decorations

Wall Signs & Hanging Decorations

football wall decorations scoreboard wall decorfootball paper lanterns

touchdown decorating kit football partychocolate brown football bannergame day football chandelier

Sherrie Carter

Home Appliance & Decor Lies Infomercial GIFS Tell

If you’re like me, you love the ridiculous, absurd demonstrations you often see on infomercials. While they sometimes offer useful products, most of the time they’re selling something you don’t really need. They do this with their extremely exaggerated clips of things gone horribly wrong. We’re all aware of the obvious lies in these commercials, but let’s look at a few and laugh at the gross exaggerations. Before you find yourself purchasing new appliances, gadgets, or home improvement items, think about the reason you want it. Is it something you’ve been thinking about for a while? Great. If an infomercial can solve a problem for you, wonderful. However, if it draws attention to an issue you weren’t previously having, you may not actually need it. It’s probably just their hilarious advertising doing it’s job. I must say, they MUST have a lot of fun making these clips. Check them out below!

Cutting Sandwiches is Hard


It’s Impossible to Move Furniture


The Microwave Breaks Your Plates


Normal People Touch Steaming Hot Water


Filling a Bucket While Carrying Too Much is Reasonable


Kids Will Deliberately Throw Food and Drinks on Your Carpet


No Adult Knows How to Cook a Burger that Fits a Bun


Most People Don’t Own Tables or Put Things Down


Your Dog Wants to Wear a Snuggie


This Thing Won’t Rip Tiny Hairs out of Your Head


Sitting Up to Watch TV is Too Hard


Sherrie Carter

Valentines Day DIY Crafts for Kids

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples. Kids LOVE making giving and receiving tokens of admiration to friends, teachers, parents, siblings, and grandparents. Basically, they’re excited to show just about everyone how much they care. That’s the beautiful thing about kids; they have so much love to give. Try getting the little ones pumped up for Valentine’s Day with some of these extraordinary fun and adorable DIY crafts. Want to share photos of your creations? Post them to our Facebook Page and we’ll highlight the best ones!

Rainbow Heart Suncatchers

Glitter Rock Valentines

Fun DIY Valentine’s Boxes

Olaf Valentines

Valentine Luminaries

Valentine Wreath

Cardboard Heart Stamps

Folded Heart Mouse

Sherrie Carter