Along with all the fun…

Amongst all the fun of decorating, wrapping, and baking that goes with the season, there is that other job on your to-do list that always must be done… Clean the house before friends and family arrive! While cleaning up today, I ran out of my favorite cheat in between deep cleans for carpet and upholstery, Febreeze. Having a large dog the house can sometime get a little “doggie” smelling and it needs a little touch up that Febreeze does a great job with. So, in my efforts to not have to pay $5 for a bottle of spray, I remembered that I had pinned a recipe for homemade Febreeze!

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It was really easy to make, all you need is the following;
1/4 cup liquid fabric softener
2 tablespoons baking soda
Hot water
Empty spray bottle (I used my empty Febreeze bottle but any will work)
Funnel (to make life a little easier)

First dissolve the baking soda in a cup of hot water. Use the funnel to pour water baking soda mixture into your spray bottle. Next pour into your spray bottle the fabric softener. Fill the remaining space of your spray bottle with water. Put the top on, and shake it a little bit, then off you go to freshen up your home!

You can play with the scents of fabric softener that you use, and add a little more or less depending on how strong you want your spray. Enjoy!

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Joyeux Noel Pillow – Check!

Another craft completed off my To-Do list! At first I was planning to make two pillows for this project, but I ended up making up just one with the left over canvas that I had from my Ruffled Tree Skirt. Seemed like a great idea to use up a scrap of fabric that I didn’t know what else to use it for, and I’m very happy with the finished result.

Here’s what I used for supplies: Scrap piece of canvas fabric (approximately 1′ by 4′), Joyeux Noel word template (Here), Sharpie markers, Sewing machine, Pillow stuffing.

I started by printing out my template for “Joyeux Noel” and positioning the words at different levels, then taping them to the window so that I could trace them onto my fabric. Then I taped my fabric on top of the template positioned where I wanted the words to be on the front of my pillow fabric.

(I’m sure my neighbors thought I was crazy at this point!) Then I used my Sharpie Pen to trace the outlines of all the letters. With the sun shining through it was really easy to see all the outlines, even the thin swirls were easy to trace.

  

After I finished tracing all the letters, I took the fabric off the window and laid it on top of scrap paper to catch any marker bleed through and went to coloring in all the letters and making all the lines darker.

This was after “one coat” of filling in with the Sharpie that I had. I think the Sharpie was a little old, so if you have a newer Sharpie marker you may not need to do extra “coats”. I ended up with 3 coats of marker total.

This was after three “coats” of Sharpie marker. Now onto sewing and then stuffing. Just sew around your edges (wrong sides of fabric together), leaving an opening to turn your fabric. Turn pillow right side out, fill with pillow batting, and then sew the opening shut. (Sorry, I forget to take photos of these steps.)

Then place in your favorite spot and stand back and enjoy! This little project actually didn’t cost me a thing because I had everything already!

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. 😉

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!

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.