South Dakota Blizzard of 2022 “Elliot”

Hello, friends! I have decided to write a blog post all about our big South Dakota blizzard of 2022 to help put it into perspective for those of you unfamiliar with our area. Although the blizzard shut the entire state down for days, there was also some amazing beauty that came from it. They have nicknamed this storm “Elliott”.

I have gathered several pictures from throughout the western and central areas of the state. Snowfall totals ranged anywhere from 6-36 inches along the plains into the central part of the state.

No words needed!
This picture was taken at a local truck stop during the storm.
This was one of the many cars buried during the blizzard. It took several days for everyone to get dug out.
South Dakota beauty!
Best little helper around!
This was outside my parents downstairs door.
Winds blew up to 60 mph and the windchill got down to -40 to -60 below. Frigid and dangerous for all!
The toll it took on the livestock was absolutely heartbreaking. Many herds were driven miles away from their homes due to the wind and drifting snow. After the storm finally ended, days later, local farmers and ranchers helped one another locate their livestock.
My hometown’s water tower!
Bridge underpass.
And of course we can’t leave out a picture of our newest member of the family, Oakes!
South Dakota State Capital…beautiful!

Holiday Pretzel Turtles

You will need:

*Bag of holiday pretzels

*Rolos

*Whole pecans

These holiday treats are so easy to make and only take THREE INGREDIENTS! That’s my type of recipe!

Step 1: Line your baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and then lay your pretzels down.

Step 2: Place a rolo on top of each pretzel. Bake at 250 degrees for 3 min or until softened.

Step 3: Place a pecan on top of the rolo and gently push down.

I hope your loved ones will enjoy these as much as we do! Happy Holidays!

Blush Christmas Tree Reveal

I am so excited to finally show you all my blush Christmas tree! This tree may just be my favorite one to date! I am loving how it came together! Below are pictures for some of the items I used on my tree. Almost everything is from Hobby Lobby!

This video will show you how I always start with decorating my tree as well as talking about my favorite go to artificial flocked tree! Click HERE to watch the video!

Once I have my mesh on the tree it’s time to start added the garlands, ornaments, picks and signs!

The ornament below we made live on Facebook and you can see that video HERE! Didn’t it turn out so cute!?

Gorgeous tree topper and picks from Hobby Lobby!

Well, what do you think? Blush is definitely a popular color right now and I’m so glad I decided to go with this color scheme! So stinkin’ cute!

DIY Fall Sign

You will need:

*Surface of choice- click here for the link for the one I used from Chalk Couture

*Waverly “pink sky” chalk paint

*painter’s tape

*ribbon, raffia, or any embellishments you want to use

*Glue gun-click here for my affiliate link for one like the one I use

For this project I simply gathered a few ribbons that matched the color pallet I am using for Fall this year along with some raffia. Use whatever you have laying around and I can guarantee it will turn out just as cute!

The first thing I did was use painter’s tape to tape off my frame. I then used my “pink sky” waverly chalk paint and painted the inside of the frame. I did two coats.

Next, I layered my mustard colored ribbon on top of some burlap to create the “F”. Both of these ribbons came from Hobby Lobby.

For the “A”, I used this cute button ribbon trim that is also from Hobby Lobby.

For the first “L” I did the same thing that I did for the “F” layering a navy ribbon on top of the burlap. For the second “L” I used raffia. I love the look of this!

As if this isn’t already cute just the way it is…but you know me! Bow time!

I used this cute pick that I found at Hobby Lobby along with a cute lace bow that I tied up and added it to the top of the frame. To finish it off I added a little navy button. What do you think?

2022 Hobby Lobby Finds

For those of you who don’t have a Hobby Lobby close or are unable to get out and about I like to share what Hobby Lobby has available for Fall goodies each year! It’s always fun to see the new colors/patterns each season.

It’s always fun to see the different vignettes they have styled around the store.

Seriously the cutest Fall garlands!

A huge variety of picks and florals to use for crafting/decorating.

Lots of ribbons and bows to choose from!

Lots of cute Fall D├ęcor!

Huge selection of tiered tray decorations and signs!

Pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins!

Cute Fall cut-outs and crafting supplies!

Cuteness overload, right? What colors will you be using to decorate your home for Fall this year?

Thankful Wood Bead Hanging Sign

You will need:

*unfinished round wood bead hanger-mine is from Hobby Lobby

*Waverly “moss” paint-

*DIY Antique Wax-any wax will work

*burlap-mine is from Hobby Lobby

*thankful tag-comes in a pack of three from Hobby Lobby

*Apple Barrel “antique white” paint

*Fall colored raffia-Hobby Lobby

The first thing I did was paint the round part with my “moss” colored paint.

I then took a wipe and dipped it in my DIY wax and lightly rubbed that over the part I had just painted.

Next, I took a piece of rust colored burlap and cut the wired edges off to give it the frayed look on the edges. I then glued that down followed by the thankful tag on top of that.

I decided I didn’t want to leave the wood beads the natural colored but also didn’t want them to be too bold so I settled on “antique white” for them. I just put a small dab on a wipe and wiped around the beads to give them just a little bit of color.

And of course to finish this cuteness off I had a simply raffia bow using some Fall colored raffia I found at Hobby Lobby.

I then lightly went over the rest of the sign with this same wipe to give it a little more color and dimension.