My version – Chalkboard Joy

Another new addition this year, inspired by a photo I came across on Pinterest. You can see it in my original idea post here. This is my inspiration;

Here is my version, made from an old frame from Goodwill, some spray paint, Chalkboard paint, and a few accessories from the Dollar Store. Best of all I think this cost under $10 total to make!

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No-sew Ruffle Tree Skirt

This might just be my favorite craft that I have made this season! I feel in love with these ruffled tree skirts when I saw them on Pinterest a couple months back, and I new that it was going to be on my list of things to make for this season. Well, I finally decided on the fabric I would use after long debate with myself over it, and I got started on it this weekend. And I must say…. I’m in Love. I followed the directions from My Crazy Life (Here), and it probably took a total of about 5 hours to make from start to finish.

My supplies: 4 yards of fabric, 1 painter’s canvas drop cloth (4’x5′), hot glue gun and lots of extra glue sticks, scissors.

I followed the steps Lauren posted to make my canvas a circle and get it set to be the base for my skirt, then went about cutting my fabric into 3″ strips. I wasn’t sure that I would need all 4 yards of fabric, but I needed every last bit of it because I wanted a really ruffled look to my skirt, so go ahead and cut it all up and save yourself from having to go back and forth cutting more strips. Then I started gluing them on. I put down a line of glue about 3″-4″ long then would pinch ruffle my fabric strip as I stuck it to the glue.

This was two strips in. Just keep gluing and gluing round and round.

5 rounds in and I called it a night, then finished it up this morning.

I’m SO very happy with how this came out! I was a little worried about if the hot glue would hold up well, but I’ve been moving it around and nothing has seemed to start to come loose. Here’s a few more finished photos…

I just love this fabric! I might sneak back and get some more to make up a coordinating throw pillow or two.

And I couldn’t not have a picture of it actually under my tree, so I had to put it up early. ūüėČ

Cereal Box 3D Stars

One of my many pins for Christmas decorations this holiday was this one from Grey Luster Girl for a how to on making 3D cardboard stars. I have always loved seeing all these stars added to wreaths and other holiday decorations, and thought this was a great idea on how to make your very own custom ones at home. The best part, it was so simple and quick!

Here’s my How To on making cardboard 3D stars:

Supplies:

Cardboard (I used an empty cereal box)

Scissors

Star template (here is a link to one that I printed in different sizes)

Ruler or straight edge

Hot glue gun & extra glue sticks

Paint (I used gold spray paint that I had already)

Directions:

Print out your star template and trace it onto the cereal box. Trace two stars for every one complete star that you want (front and back). Cut out your stars from the cardboard. Next you are going to need a ruler or straight edge, and either a scoring tool or you can use (carefully) one blade of your scissors to score five straight lines from each point of your star. Do this to every star you have cut out.

Once you have all your lines scorn on the stars you need to bend them as shown in the photos above, Then they are ready to be hot glued. I made up two of each of the smaller sizes, so I made sure to double check which star sides “fit” best together before I started gluing them together. Sometime you need to turn them a couple of times to find which way the points match up best once they have been folded. Then just hot glue all the edges. I found that it was really hard (for me) to get the glue to be completely smooth around all the edges, so as you will see in my photos there are some bumps and lumps on the edges, but in the finished product I like the character that it gives the stars.

Now your stars are ready for decorating! I had some gold spray paint from a past project that I used to spray paint my stars, but you could use most any kind of paint or glue and glitter, what ever your heart desires! Have fun with it and make them personal!

Here’s My finished project! I’ll be making more to add into my Christmas decorations I’m sure!

Easy as pie

Back on the topic of Christmas cards received…

I came across this great (and super simple) way to display them.¬†With all the time that is spent in the kitchen during the holidays cooking, baking, and preparing it’s a perfect place to have them displayed. Plus, we all know that no matter how hard you try when you have a get together, everyone Always ends up in the kitchen.

How simple is this: Pick your favorite ribbon, or choose a couple of your favorites that compliment each other, tie them around your cabinet doors and use clothes pins to clip the card on. It looks wonderful and all you need to be able to do is cut a piece of ribbon and tie! This is going on my To-Do list, but I think I’ll add a little twist to the clothes pins… you’ll have to stop back to see what I do.

Click the photo to go to the original blog posting of this idea by Greener Grass.

What to do, what to do…

Every year, for the holidays your mailbox gets filled with all sorts of lovely well wishes from friends and family in special Christmas cards. We all love to look at all the photos, read all the warm messages, and put them up on display for all to see and enjoy throughout the season. But what to do with them when all the decorations are taken down? I have always just kept them in box and saved them, but never really did anything with them… Until this year. I came across this wonderful and so cute idea on a couple of different sites : Coffee Table books of the cards from each year.


                                

Click each photo and it will take you to the original posting for each.

I can’t wait to start making these, and I think I will pull out that old box of cards and put one together of all the cards that I have from years gone by. I love the ties ribbon on the first book covering the exposed metal rings and making it a little more festive! Great reason to make a quick trip to the craft store for some cute holiday ribbons!

More ideas to come!

Simple is Beautiful.

I have always been a thrift store junky. Finding amazing deals that I can turn into wonderful items for pennies on the dollar of what you would pay at a “regular” store always puts a big smile on my face. And I love the added bonus when someone comments on them and asks where you bought it, replying “Oh, I made that!”

Knowing that I have some time before I can actually start decorating for this Christmas holiday season, I was looking around (code for hours on Pinterest) I found this photo that is now on my list of holiday decorations to re-create.

I love how it is so simple, but so very beautiful at the same time. So on my shopping lists as I stroll through all my local thrift shops and GoodWill stores are: A large frame (artwork doesn’t matter as I will use chalkboard paint on the center), a small collection of candle stick holders, and maybe a few old books or cool plate too.

I have the perfect spot in mind for this, I can’t wait to find all the pieces so I can put it all together soon! One of the best parts of this is that it can be changed from season to season very easily and still keep the main pieces on display.

 

 

Guest Room Inspiration

Are you having family stay with you this holiday? If you’re anything like me and you see this inspiration room photo, you’ll be calling up family to come stay with you so that you can decorate your guest room like this!

How cute is that room?! I love how the colors are crisp and bright and it’s not the traditional way you would expect to decorate for Christmas. It would be so simple to do, White bed sheets (we all have these), some red throw pillows with a black “belt” added on, red duvet, and green throw blanket. So simple, and perfect!

So, who’s coming over to stay for Christmas?

One ornament that is definitely on my list

I’ve seen a lot of different Christmas ornaments that I really want to make, but this is the one that no matter what I WILL get done. I’m actually going to combine two ideas that I’ve seen into one. It’s a “First House/Apartment” ornament. I’m going use the key impression on the salt dough with the date that we moved into our house and then add on the tag with the address of the house. I’ve found a few different recipes for the salt dough to try out and see which works best. Can’t wait to make this up!

You can find the original how-to guide and photo for these ornaments here and here.

Day Two…

Only 113 pins later… I think I might need sub-catagories for my Christmas 2012 Pinterest board. All the foods to try, the decorations that are oh so beautiful, the gifts that I want to make… How am I ever going to narrow the list down so I can get it all done? I guess the first thing would be to stop adding to it. So, the rest of this week I’ll let myself have the time to search around and keep adding with out any real plan behind the item, but after this week I’m going to put the clause on myself that if I add it – I have to have a plan/timeline of when it will be done and/or who it will be for.

Have I mentioned yet that this is the FIRST holiday season that I will NOT be working in retail? I am SO very excited to be able to ENJOY the season and not feel so rushed through it.

Back to all 113 of my Christmas pins… Which one is my favorite so far you might ask? Well… I would have to say it is a ruffled tree skirt. It’s how to directions are linked here. Done over Decor did a beautiful job with it, Thank you for the inspiration!

I can’t wait to make my own for under my Tree this year. So simple and easy with such a beautiful result.