A video of me eating and talking at you, and a round-up.

Well, can you believe it’s the end of September?? That went by fast!! But, I’m enjoying the cooler weather, the kids in school, and the cozy drinks!! No, who am I kidding…I’m dreading winter. Let’s be honest, shall we? Winter kind of stinks. But, fall? Fall is gorgeous!

Before I get to the who’s who and what what that happened here on NellieBellie this month I wanted to update you a bit on my family…

september recipes

 ”Apple” Cupcakes
“Candy Corn” Kid’s fruit cup
Skillet Eggs w/ Chorizo and Goat Cheese

And of course, my favorite…

cauliflower salad

Cauliflower “Potato” Salad

This salad is my favorite because it’s healthy and oh gosh is it tasty!! You can almost trick yourself into thinking it’s the real deal potato salad!!! No wait…better! It’s better. Trust me.

september crafts

No-Sew Trick or Treat BagTutorial: Fabric Leaves
Tipsy Pumpkin Topiary
easy Mummy Costume
Recycled Magazine Wreath

And this was my favorite…

Anthro-inspired firework pencils...so cute and easy!

Anthro-inspired Pencils

I told my kids that these pencils make homework fun. Nope, they didn’t believe me. But, if you have to do homework…have pretty pencils? (sounds like a t-shirt!) You could buy Anthro’s version…expensive!! Or just make your own? Be a hero…make happy pencils!

september diysBeer-tasting Party
Family Message Center
Fall Home Tour
DIY Vintage Roll-up Map

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Guest blogger: Dream A Little Bigger
with: Rhinestone Team Tee

And the most popular post on NellieBellie this month was…

dumm dah dumm dah dumm (a drumroll, for those that don’t know :))

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The Fall Home Tour!! You all are a nosy lot and loved peeking at my house decked out for fall! Good thing I didn’t show you my bedroom…you freaks!

September was alot of fun! Thanks for sticking with me as I made plenty of changes here in our family. I hope you are following NellieBellie at any one of the social media listed below!!

Craft tutorial: how to make a mini Wisconsin.

DIY winterscene by NellieBellie. Bring a bit of Wisconsin into your home!

Christmas is coming and here in Wisconsin it is a rare, rare thing indeed to not have a White Christmas. But, I am sadly aware that many of you are in warmth, with beaches and palm trees. First of all, no sympathy. Not happening. Suntan lotion, cabana boys, and girly drinks sound pretty heavenly! But…at Christmas time there is something magical about Wisconsin and snow. They just go together. Like chocolate and NellieBellie. Or wine and NellieBellie. Or sleep and NellieBellie. You get the idea.

So, I wanted to show you how to bring a bit of the wonder of Wisconsin to you. I wish I could pack these up and ship to all of you all over the country. But, there are logistics involved. Mostly financial. And golly gee…I don’t think Levi would like me stealing all of his cars. So, you will have to make your own. But, it’s really very simple!!

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Add some sort of filler to the container you choose. I used a pool noodle for this one, plastic bags for the other. Use your filler to create a mountain of sorts. Cover that mountain with white felt. Hot glue the felt to the edges of your container. Trim.

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Use some sort of white fabric paint. I love anything glitter and so I chose this glitter fabric paint I already had from another project. And snow. Epsom salt, table salt, white glitter, snow flakes…there are a lot of options to get fake snow. Use what you like.
Cover your felt in white paint. Glob it in some places. While it’s wet, apply your snow. I used snow flakes AND glitter. Glitter can’t hurt, can it? Nope. Not ever.

DIY winterscene by NellieBellie. Bring a bit of Wisconsin into your home!

The fun part…decorate! Craft stores have all sorts of miniatures. I still had these little trees left over from making snowglobe ornaments. So, I used those. One of the scenes has Levi’s matchbox car with a tree on the back. Another has little poofs of cotton in a snowman. Whatever strikes your fancy.

I threw on some ribbon to “finish” this project. And off they will go as gifts. So sweet!!

P.S. If you make one of these… throw on a little sign that says Wisconsin Smile. It would make my heart happy!

And, I wanted to leave you with a picture of my backyard as I write this.  I was thinking of taking a picture of my FRONT yard with the pond covered in ice and snow, and the gorgeous birch trees surrounding it. But, I didn’t want hate mail. So, I took a picture of the lesser of my views. (I’m being a brat, I know) Yep, right about now I am a lucky girl. I know. But, come  next week if you tell me that you are warm and at the beach…I’ll pack up my glitter and find you!

NellieBellie's Wisconsin backyard