My new Ebook-List of 100 Ideas for Staging a Real Hot Cocoa/Hot Drinks Station

Hot Cocoa and Hot Drink Stations are fun and wonderful for family and friends that come over to visit. We have had a Drink Station for years on a vintage Hoosier that is in our kitchen. We live in a Farmhouse on a Farm and have people over often. Because the serving area for food is so crowded during our family events we actually had to create a Drink Station out of necessity. Way before the concept of a Hot Cocoa Station or Coffee Bar became popular.dscn3628

I recently was contacted from a magazine to do a Seasonal Winter scene and I decided to create a Hot Cocoa Station in miniature. It is very similar to the one on my real back porch! I realized I have been doing this at our Farmhouse for years. There were so many pictures of our real home when our kids were younger I decided to compile the pictures and the ideas and make an Ebook out of them. There are literally over 100 ideas, different themes, different decor ideas and  serving ideas.

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Whether you want to create a little coffee/hot cocoa area on the counter or a larger display for a special event, I am sharing tons of ideas for placing items, decorating on the table, around the table, on the side of the table. Using Seasonal decorating themes to create a wonderful and fun area to have kid friendly drinks and a place to laugh and visit while guests are visiting!

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Many of our friends prefer Hot Tea instead of Hot Cocoa, so we have a variety of Teas to choose from.

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Even though some of these pictures are of miniatures, they actually are very similar to how I decorate and design a Hot Cocoa Station at home or for special events.

These are some of the pictures that will be in the Winter Issue of the Dolls’ House magazine, a British publication.

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Take a look here. The Ebook shows you how to make a Real Hot Cocoa Station in your home.  I’m sure you will love the pictures, ideas and guidelines for easily making one in your home. Tons of pictures and ideas, instantly downloaded!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/255299471/sewing-pattern-pdf-pattern-felt-babydoll?ref=shop_home_feat_1

And a Free Printable for you to save to your computer. Print out on Card stock and then frame for a Vintage sign to use while decorating your Hot Cocoa Station!

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Blessings,

Debbie

Polymer clay DIY Little Aqua Pumpkins

I wanted to share with you all how to make simple polymer pumpkins-prefereably Aqua!

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We live on 3 acres and when our kids were younger we grew Organic produce, and always planted pumpkins. They are easy to grow and always look amazing when they are ready to be picked. So I decided to make some little pumpkins for my Etsy and Shopify shop to sell for the Fall months.

img_9285 One of my favorites is a Pumpkin called a Cinderella pumpkin. Similar to the ones below in this wheelbarrow I found on Google. The ones we grew were magical looking!

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The grooves in the pumpkins are much deeper than basic pumpkins. It ended up being the loveliest shade of aqua with a tinge of beige, or greige coloring to it. Not a bright aqua, but very muted. The shape of the pumpkin was in my thinking breath taking! hahaha, if you love pumpkins like I do, you will love this pumpkin!img_9294

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Basic Supply List

White polymer clay, various chalks (you can buy a box of colored chalks in the artist section of a craft store for under $5.00), toothpicks, soft paint brushes -medium sized and small sized. Something to bake the clay on, an old cookie sheet, or pie pan will work fine.

To begin, take a small amount of white clay and roll it around in your hand to soften it up. It should be smaller than 1″ around. I start with a small size of clay, maybe the size of a marble. With the toothpick, make a small hole at the top. This is the top of the pumpkin.

Next using the toothpick or needle, make indentations from the top towards the bottom of the pumpkin.. Do this in 5 or 6 places to replicate the ridges on the sides of a pumpkin. I placed a toothpick inside the hole of the pumpkin so that it could be shaded without having to touch the pumpkin and accidentally indenting it with my fingers (this happens alot haha!)

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Next I take the colors of chalk I want to use, in this case aqua, light blue, etc. I scrape some chalk off with a sharp tool. I used a razor blade. I didn’t have any little ones around so this was a safe tool for me to use. Please use something else though if you have children around.

With the larger paint brush (keep it dry) I dabbed the brush into the aqua loose chalk and began to brush the sides, top and bottom of the pumpkin. I used a toothpick to move the pumpkin around. I then used some other shades of chalk until I got the color I wanted. A little green, a little light blue, darker aqua around the center top of the pumpkin where the stem is going to be.

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Next I pulled off more white chalk, and rolled it in between my fingers till it was the width of the toothpick. I cut it about 3/4″ long and rolled the top down to be a stem. I used the small brush and brushed it brown and gold to replicate a dried pumpkin stem. Then using another toothpick, I pressed down on the pumpkin while pulling out the toothpick that was in the pumpkin.

PicMonkey ImageUsing the toothpick I lifted up the stem and maneuvered it into the hole that the toothpick left. Just take your time doing this. I dropped the stem a couple of times, so keep doing it till the stem is in the pumpkin. Press down on the sides near the stem to lock it into place. Dab a little more chalk around the stem area if needed. Once you are happy bake according to the manufacturers instructions. I bake them at 250 degrees for about 12-15 minutes….and I touch them to make sure they are not still soft.

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Let them cool and then use them for display with little vignettes. I love creating small seasonal vignettes on a shelf in the dining room so I can enjoy it and see it. You don’t have to have a dollhouse just to decorate with miniatures.  And the pumpkins can be made any size actually!

Joining in with Kim @ http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/2016/09/wow-us-wednesdays-292.html#more

If you visit craft stores you will see that there is a growing popularity in Halloween and Fall villages using miniatures not just Christmas villages.

I love that. Blessings,

Debbie

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Woodland Bear, Doll Bedding and Free Rustic Woodland Printable

I have had this idea about camping, the woodland style look and rustic style bedding, bears, wild animals….

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While growing up my parents often took us camping in Yosemite National park.https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

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Camping was fun because my parents made it fun. They were excited so we were excited. I planned for weeks which toys I would take. My Barbie dolls and baby dolls were at the top of the list, which meant they needed sleeping bags!  Often times that meant a pretty piece of fabric folded in half and my dolls were slipped inside the fold.

Hours of fun were to be had when the toys went camping with me! We built a campground for them, or at least I did. Yosemite had stuffed toy bears that were always fun to scare my Barbie dolls with! And there were real  bears too….I always hoped we would see one and we usually did. Below is just a fun picture I found of a bear at a picnic table. Hahaha…I never saw this, but I did see bears get into our ice chests where the food was. That was before they came up with bear lockers to keep them out of our food!

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I put rocks in a ring and made a campfire for them, used little sticks for firewood. It was a great deal of fun for a little girl.

This bed set that I just designed is a fun little pattern made with pretty flannel plaid fabric  and a little fun fur. Easy pattern, pretty fabric and the end result is a fun little set for an American Girl doll or 18″ size baby doll.

http://www.hobbylobby.com/Fabric-Sewing/

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Now here in my Etsy shop @https://www.etsy.com/listing/463660278/woodland-bear-and-doll-bedding-18?ref=shop_home_active_1

People usually have strong feelings about camping one way or another.Whether you love or hate camping….but enjoy the woodland/rustic/cabin look, How about a free Printable? I offered this last winter before the Christmas season. I created and designed it. I printed several out, cut them into squares and used them to make a rustic looking garland/banner with clothespins and twine! It’s a little Christmasy but still has that woodland look to it.  I’m creating another one for this Christmas season coming up, but it won’t be out till October.NEUTRAL CHRISTMAS SAYINGS AND SQUARES

Have a great week!

Blessings,

Debbie Booth