Sunday, January 6, 2019

Christmas Home Decorations



Hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas holiday. My husband was off for 3 weeks and we spent the entire time at our home in Vero Beach. We had so much fun and really enjoyed our time there. we went o the Vero Beach Disney Resort on Christmas day and could not believe the amount of people in the pool and the beach. Where else but in Florida are people in bathing suits and swimming. While the rest of the country is all bundled up with pretty sweaters and infront of a fire. I will be honest though I am kind of jealous that I haven't really experienced that before. Maybe one day, but for now I'll enjoy the Florida weather.

Here are some pics from December 25th.









And now for some of the decorations around the house.















I did not take pics of the rest of the trees nor the rest of the decorations. Completely forgot. But I do have a video of my home tour on youtube.

You should be able to click on the link below if not go to youtube and type in my name: ana llanes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQGqn7CTVdI

Hope you all are having a wonderful 2019 so far.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and please leave a comment telling me what you think of my home decorations, and if you get a chance stop by my youtube channel.




Monday, December 31, 2018

Scrapbooking Layouts



Hello everyone,

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. Although I was super duper busy with friends at the vacation home, I still made time to craft. I was super excited to stay in my happy place awake crafting until the crack of dawn. One night I stayed up until 3am and at 3:30am I made breakfast for my husband and I and another night I stayed up until 5am and at 7am I was up ready to go. I am like the OWLS. I can sleep 2 hours in the afternoon and then be up until the following day. I craft best at night.

OK, so I will stop rambling and show you all the layouts I have put together. Only 2 have pictures of my nieces baby. Well not a baby anymore, she is now 3.


This top layouts is missing another ghost on the top left hand corner of the layout. But I did not have my laptop to be able to cut it. 









I hope you all like the layouts. Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog. I am hoping I blog more in 2019. those are my plans, but you all know plans seem to change from one minute to another.

Hope everyone has a Happy new Year. May 2019 be amazing and bring you all good health, lots of laughter and especially lots and lots of LOVE.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

New Hutch


Hello everyone.

 I wanted to share my new hutch. If you know me, you know that I love love love milk glass. I started collecting years ago and have loved it since. I would put them in my scrap room with my buttons, beads, ribbons and anything else that looked pretty in them.
When we purchased the new home I continued collecting, I could not pass up on the great deals at the thrift stores in the area. So when my husband realized that I was running out of space, he said you are going to need a hutch.
That was all he had to say for me to start looking for one. I first looked in the furniture store we purchased our dining room, but nothing. At least nothing that caught my eye. So I went onto the next best thing (actually the best thing) offer up, craigslist and facebook market place. I wanted one that I could paint the color of the legs and chairs of my dining room set.
 I saw this hutch and thought it had potential and best part was that it was only $50.00 dollars. I contacted the seller, but no answer for 2 days. Finally they got back to me and the following day I went to see it. I knew right then and there that I would be buying it. So I asked a friend to come with me since my husband was in the other home working. He would not be up until the weekend and I could not wait because the deal was so good that someone would snatch it from me. So that night I went and when I got there the owner was not home. They were out to dinner. But I did not give up. I waited until they got home. I will tell you the house was pretty scary looking. They were renovating it and it looked really bad. But I over looked all the dirt and smell. I immediately said yes and another friend came in her van to pick it up and drop it off at my house.
That night I sprayed it with lysol all over.


Scary looking, but I knew it would look great after painting it.

What do you think? Would you have purchased it?




So on Friday afternoon when my husband got to the house, he was surprised with this hutch. He did like it and immediately said, lets clean it up. I sprayed it with awesome from the Dollar tree all over and hosed it down. Most of the yellow varnish did come off. I did not think Awesome was that powerful. I was like, great. Less sanding to give it. We let it dry really well and on Saturday morning we went to the Home Depot and purchased the paint. I purchased a pale cream color almost the same as the color of the dining legs and chairs. We got to the house and began to lightly sand it down. The more we sanded it down the less I wanted to paint it but I did not want to say anything after buying the paint and I really wanted the smell it had of old furniture to go away. I knew the paint would take it away. So I kept quiet. But then my husband says I think we should leave it the color it has. I was like but what about the paint? He said you will find something else to paint with it. You never let paint go to waste. You are always inventing something. I was like YES. He said why don't we put some Old English oil on it. I had some in a dark color and the regular one. When I put the oil on it, it looked so pretty I could not agree more with my husband.

Here it is in the house after 1 coat of Old English.


I pulled out my dished that were gifted to me by my dear friend Carol. Thank you Carol for the beautiful dishes. Although I love the dishes and being able to display them, I knew I would also want to display my milk glass. Especially all the new pieces I had purchased.

So here it is with the milk glass.




And now here it is decorated for Christmas.




I really love the way it looks with the milk glass and now with the Christmas decorations.

 The gentleman that sold it to me said it was his moms. She had it before he was even born and he was about 75 years old. I think I got a great deal and am so happy with the outcome.


Sorry for the long post, but I had to tell the story of my new/old Hutch.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Christmas in Vero Beach



Hello everyone. Well todays post is about my home in Vero Beach, Florida decorated for Christmas.
We started with the Christmas village. It took us 3 days to put it all together and are excite to have it up and done.

I took plenty of pictures to post so here they are. I will warn you, there are a lot of pictures. Wanted to post the process of putting together our village.


 This top picture shows when I was bringing out the houses. 



Here I am taking each one out and if you notice on the tables you will see many of them out. 


Here my husband has already built the platforms for the houses. And many of the homes are in place.


In this picture I am on the table putting the lights in each house. By this time  my back was in so much pain but I wanted to finish so badly I just kept on going. 


More houses being connected. 


Here I am again making sure each house is lit up. 




These top 2 pics show the village lit up at night time. Still had no trees nor accessories. 


Look at ll the wiring underneath the table. Lots of work for my husband. 


The wiring from another angle. 


These are most of the accessories that i had to find places for.  


The mess in my living room. By then I had already put some of the bins and boxes away. 




Here I am again, fluffing up the trees and placing them around the houses. 




 Close ups of the cotton in place. 





Here I am putting the accessories on place. 



Almost 100% done. AS you can see the skirt is in place. Covering all the wires. 







I know lots of pictures, but I wanted to show you all the process of how my husband and I have put the village together.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I will soon be back with a few other things and the rest of the Christmas decorations.