DIY xo Wreath [Valentine's Day Decor]

Hey guys! Are you getting ready for Valentine’s Day at all? If so, today is the day for YOU. My blog friends and I have been working on some pretty awesome Valentine’s Day projects to share! They are so “sweet” your heart is going to burst! (a little V-Day lingo for you.)

Here’s my DIY XO Wreath with pom poms

valentine's day wreathLast year I went very traditional with my sweet red and white Valentine’s Day Wreath. This year, I wanted something different. No red or pinks… just GOLD. ahhh…. gold, well and white. It’s probably pretty evident how much I’m loving the gold and white combo lately. Last week I shared how I personalized my Gold Heart “Couples Art”. Today, I’ve got more gold and white. I’ve been wanting to do a project with pom poms for a few months now. I had something in mind during the holidays but got caught up in other things and never got around to it. So for Valentine’s Day it was a no brainer. Time to bust out the pom poms :)

This is a quick project that you can do in an hour or less.

For this DIY XO Wreath you’ll need: cardboard (or any sturdy material), stencil, scissors or exacto knife, paint, hot glue gun, pom poms.

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First, I created a quick stencil with my Silhouette Cameo. If you feel comfortable you can also free hand your letters. You can also just print a large “x” and “o” from a Word document and use that as a stencil. Trace your stencil onto the cardboard, then cut out your letters.

Next, if your material is not already white, paint your letters white.xo wreath tutorialThe next step is to begin hot gluing the pom poms to the cardboard letters. My strategy was to get them as close together as possible and to cover up all the visible cardboard. Continue to hot glue pom poms until the entire letter is covered.xo valentines day hanging

Then I grabbed some gold ribbon and cut a piece about 24 inches long. I adhered the letters to the ribbon with hot glue. I also hot glued a bow to the top. That’s all! xo valentine's day wreath

This would look so cute hanging on a door inside or outside your home. It’s the perfect wreath for my oversized chalkboard.

That’s not all! There are 13 other fabulous Valentine’s Day projects to check out:

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Merry Christmas 2013

Dear sweet readers,

Merry Christmas! It’s been such a wonderful year for my family. And I hope you all have much to celebrate this holiday season as well. Since I plan to unplug and just enjoy my family, I wanted to pop in and wish you a very merry Christmas.Christmas CardHere’s our Christmas card that I never got printed. E-cards are the way of the future I’m telling myself.

Also, we just got our family pictures back and I thought you might enjoy catching a little glimpse of my family. Some of my favorite blog posts from others are the personal ones, where they share what’s on their heart or just little glimpses into their life. I don’t do that much here but I wanted to do that today.

We haven’t had any professional photos taken since well before my daughter was born. So my Christmas present to us this year was a family photo shoot and the images captured are priceless.

Here’s a fewfamily photo ideas

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I’m so unbelievably grateful to Tarah Sweeney Photography for capturing these moments. This little love of ours is growing so fast and having these photos to look back on mean so much.

Friends, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year! I hope the Lord showers you with blessings beyond anything you can imagine.

And, I will see you back here after the new year, deal?

 

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Burlap Gift Bags DIY Holiday Gift Bags

Can we talk about gift wrap today?

I’m bad. I haven’t wrapped a single present. That means it’s bare beneath my tree. There are two reasons for it. One is I have a toddler and two, I don’t love wrapping gifts. I prefer gift bags. It’s true. And since I prefer gift bags, I’m showing you how I made these cute little burlap gift bags.
painted burlap gift bagsThey are perfect for pretty much anything and you can personalize them so easily!

You’ll need a few supplies: burlap, sewing machine, thread, scissors, paint, stencils.

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Sewing these bags up is really simple. Just take two pieces of burlap the same size. You can vary the size of the bag to fit any gift you’d like. I made smaller bag to fill with candy.
burlap gift bagsPin two pieces of burlap together on three sides, and sew.

burlap painted gift bags Turn bags right side out, and you’ll have perfect little bags!
Stenciled Gift BagsTo personalize, create or use a store bought stencil to paint onto the burlap. I did a monogram and Christmas trees. Make sure you put a piece of cardboard on the inside of the bag before you start painting because it will bleed through.gift bag

I used regular acrylic craft paint from the craft store. Let the paint dry before filling the bag with goodies.IMG_3494The last thing to do is fill your bags with goodies and tie them up with cute ribbon! You can even embellish it with twine and some tree trimmings for a little rustic touch.

Now you have the perfect little burlap gift bag for some fun holiday gifting!
25 Days of Christmas Series at thatswhatchesaid_I’m so happy to be participating in That’s What Che Said’s 25 Days of Christmas Series! Cheryl has been sharing tons of awesome holiday inspiration. You won’t want to miss a single day! Check it all out at her blog, That’s What Che Said.

 

 

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Using Ornaments To Decorate Your Home For the Holidays

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Competing post titles are:

Easiest way ever to decorate your home for Christmas.

Cheap holiday decorating ideas.

Seriously.

Not sure if you caught on during my holiday home tour but I used ornaments just about everywhere.

Christmas End TableYou can snag a tube of 10-12 “shatter free” ornaments from the Dollar Tree for (you guessed it) $1. I love mixing those ornaments with a little bit fancier ones from Target and even glass ones I’ve had for years. My Target ones are still super affordable, around $5 for a dozen of “shatter free” bulbs. Target just has a bit more variety so you can really have a good mix.

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If you have any vessels around – then you are already half way to having Christmas cheer all around you. Glass jar, bowls, trays, anything you can think of that holds “stuff” can be easily filled with ornaments bulbs for a quick pop of Christmas! Like this glass hurricane that I got at TJ Maxx for less than $5.

Ornaments And this Ikea lantern in my dining room.

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I even put a some in my glass lamp.

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And remember last week when I shared my dining room, check out this quick centerpiece.

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Even in a Ball jar. I could go on for days…

Holiday decorating doesn’t have to be super expensive or time consuming! Using ornaments to decorate your home will get your home holiday ready without in no time without breaking the bank!

Ps. I’m over at Lines Across today sharing a SUPER cute stamped log slice ornament. Come say hi!

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Holiday Pillow Ideas: Gold Sequins JOY Pillow

I have more holiday fun for you today.

In the form of something shimmery.

If you’re looking for holiday pillow ideas then today’s your day.

And because it’s no secret that I love shimmery things especially in Christmas decor, I made a pillow with gold sequins.

Sequins holiday pillowI love a festive holiday pillow, don’t you? You first got a glimpse of this pillow last week during my holiday home tour.

Joy Sequins Pillow

Here’s a quick step by step on how I made this festive “JOY” pillow. It’s nothing fancy folks so if you have questions let me know.

Festive “JOY” Sequins Pillow

Supplies: cloth napkins (approximately 20×20), 20×20 pillow form, sewing machine, thread, 3/4 yard of gold sequins, hot glue gun, hot glue, safety pins.

Joy Sequins napkin pillow Instead of cutting fabric, I went the easy route and just used two cloth napkins that I had gotten from Target. I think it was about $5 for four which was a steal.

joy pillow tutorial The first thing you probably want to do is iron your napkins. I skipped this step and it turned out okay once the pillow form was stuffed inside, but it still could have used a good ironing. Don’t be like me and go the lazy route ;)

Then, placing the wrong sides together, pin three sides of the napkins together and sew edges with a 1/2 inch seam. This will leave one side completely open for stuffing your pillow.

So here’s the deal: I used safety pins to discretely close the edge. Since this is a holiday pillow and only gets used about a month out of the year I wanted one edge open so I could easily remove the pillow form. If this doesn’t appeal to you, you can do the envelope pillow cover method instead and still have a removable cover, you just will have to grab and cut fabric instead of using cloth napkins.

diy joy pillow tutorialOnce your pillow cover is securely closed, start laying out your sequins getting the wording you’d like. Sequins can be a bit obnoxious so take your time :)

gold joy sequins pillow After laying out the lettering to my liking, I starting to run hot glue under the lettering. I didn’t glue the entire thing, just dots of glue every half inch or so, all the way through the lettering.

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I love the finished look. You can’t even tell it’s a cheater pillow cover ;)

For more holiday pillow ideas check out my Christmas pillow from last year.

For more holiday decor ideas check out my holiday gallery here.

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Christmas Party Tour

Oh hey! You’re here for the Christmas party right?

Great! Come on in :)
Christmas Party Decor IdeasEarlier this week I shared my holiday home decor, we’ll call that part 1. So today, I’m sharing part 2. This is more of what you would see if you stopped by my home for a party, my dining area and I even have a fun hot cocoa bar set up for us. Want to come in?

Great! This post is full of photos so I won’t bore you with my ramblings, we’ll just dive in.
Christmas Shelves The first thing you’ll notice is that my rustic shelves have been giving some Christmas cheer.Ornaments In Jars

OrnamentsBelow the shelves we have a little cart that houses some kitchen essentials but I love decorating this area for the seasons.Kitchen Holiday Decor

As you can see, one of my favorite quick and easy ways to decorate for the holidays is by using ornaments…everywhere!buffet Christmas decorIt’s really fun to incorporate Christmas decorations into your every day kitchen decor.

place settingAnd since you are here for a Christmas party, I’ve set my table just for you.

Christmas TableI love those faux grain sack dish towels from Ikea. I used them as napkins here. They are so inexpensive and really pretty.

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centerpieceI told you how I love decorating with ornaments.

hot chocolateNow that we’re done dining, come over and check out the hot cocoa bar I’ve set up for us!

fun hot cocoa bar One of my favorite things about the cooler months is warm drinks! Hot cocoa to be exact.

Hot CocoaI set up this little hot cocoa bar very easily, by just laying out some kraft paper and using a sharpie marker to write on it. I think it’s really fun.

hot chocolate barIt takes minimal effort but the overall look is really cute.

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Thanks so so much for coming by today! I hope you had a great time at the Christmas party. The fun doesn’t stop there though, there are a few more houses to check out tonight!

This is part of the Christmas Party Tour of Homes that is taking place all this week- 24 bloggers are sharing their Christmas homes over 4 days…

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Here is a peek at of all the tours…

Tuesday, December 3rd

Christmas Party Tour of Homes Tuesday December 3rd

1) Krista from The Happy Housie 2) Laura from The Turquoise Home

3) Amy from Commona My House 4) Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog

5) April from House by Hoff 6) Shayna from The Wood Grain Cottage

Wednesday, December 4th

Christmas Party Tour Wednesday

1) Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof 2) Jen from Migonis Home

3) Rachel from Maison de Pax 4) Jamie from So Much Better With Age

5) Molly from The Poor Sophisticate 6)Tanya from Twelve O Eight

Thursday, December 5th

Christmas Party Tour of Homes Thursday December 5th option 2

1) Amy from The Blissful Bee 2) Heather from The Southern State of Mind

3) Candace of Vintage News Junkie 4) Lauren from The Thinking Closet

5) Amber from Averie Lane 6) Sarah from Life on Virginia Street

Friday, December 6th

Christmas Party Tour of Homes Friday December 6th

1) Chelsea from Making Home Base 2) Aniko from Place of My Taste

3) Christy from Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer 4) Corey from Tiny Sidekick

5) Patricia from Little Cottage on the Pond 6) Emily from Two Purple Couches

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And don’t forget to click over and see part 1 of my holiday home!

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My Holiday Home Decor: A Home Tour

Do you hear what I hear? Sleigh bells, jingle bells, Christmas carols…

it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

holiday home tourOur little  home base is has gotten a dusting of Christmas magic. I love putting holiday touches on our home and today I’m so excited to be sharing all of the details with you as a part of the Home For The Holidays Tour of Homes!

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30 bloggers have opened up their homes to share their holiday home decor throughout this whole week. I’m stop number 10! You can check out the full roster of bloggers at the end of this post. You’ll also want to enter to win a $200 gift card to One Kings Lane and a Santa bag full of other goodies!

If it’s alright with you I’ll go light on the words and heavy on the photos today. Thanks so much for stopping in!

Welcome to my home!
Peace Sign: Outdoor Holiday DecorWhen you first arrive you’ll see my little front porch with my DIY Peace Sign and basket full of poinsettias.

front doorI’ll greet you and point out my glitter deer head wreath holder. I’m so proud of it :)

vignetteIn my family room you’ll notice my winter white, silver, and gold vignette

wreathand the cozy faux fur wreath

present wallAnd I may point out how I cleverly covered photo frames with wrapping paper.

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deer

bells and snow

hanging trimmingsYou’ll also notice the fresh Christmas smell coming from the tree trimming bundles I hung from my rustic chalkboard.

mason jar with ornamentsLittle vignettes will greet you all over the place.

Lamp Christmas TourYou’ll also find ornaments in every vessel.

Christmas End Table

mistletoeAnd it’s not Christmas without mistletoe, that’s what I always say.

joy pillowAnd it’s not Christmas without gold sequins pillows, right?

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TreeAnd the tree… it’s really not Christmas in my house without a real Christmas tree.
wood slice ornamentThis year, there are many new ornament additions including this one.

chalkboardAnd my chalkboard with my favorite Christmas song. I hung our stocking beneath it since we don’t have a traditional mantel.

stockings were hung

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Happiest of holidays to you and your family!

See more of my holiday projects here

Be sure to check out all of the holiday home tours. Such inspirational bloggers!

Monday

Worthing Court

French Country Cottage
Atta Girl Says
Town and Country Living
Decor Adventures
Lilacs and Longhorns

Tuesday
Marty’s Musings
Mom 4 Real
All Things Beautiful
Making Home Base
The Happier Homemaker
The Lily Pad Cottage

Wednesday
The Everyday Home
Craftberry Bush
Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll
AKA Design
Hymns and Verses
Our Southern Home

Thursday
Stone Gable
Adventures in Decorating
Newly Woodwards
Setting for Four
Back Porch Musings
All Things Heart and Home

Friday
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Cottage at the Crossroads
Top This Top That
Domestically Speaking
Mommy is Coocoo
Shabby Art Boutique

Enter to win a $200 gift card to One Kings Lane and more goodies by using the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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I’m sharing my holiday home tour at Savvy Southern Style, Jennifer Rizzo

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Faux Fur Winter Wreath

Welcome to day two of 25 Days of Christmas! To see day one, click here. And to follow along on the interactive advent calendar, click here.25-Days-BannerI can’t believe that December is here and we are already two days into our advent calendar. This is my most favorite time of the year! And, I’m so excited to be a part of this wonderful count down to Christmas.

I’m sharing my winter wreath today! It’s the perfect addition to Christmas decor that will transition nicely into winter. So here goes.

DIY Faux Fur Winter Wreath

Fur Wreath

Supplies needed:

Straw wreath (got mine at a yard sale for .50! yay)

Glue gun and glue sticks

Faux fur (about 1/4  yard)

Ribbon
quick winter wreathSo the directions here are really simple. Lay out your faux fur in strips about 8 inches wide.fur winter wreath

 Lay your wreath on top of the strip of fur with the fur facing down. Fold the fur around the wreath and glue to the wreath back side of the wreath. You’ll need to snip the fur every inch or so to make sure the fur lays flat on the wreath. Once you’ve glued the first piece onto the wreath cut another strip about eight inches wide to complete the next section. Be sure to get the seams lined up as best as you can. They don’t have to be perfect because once you fluff up the fur you won’t see the seam.

winter wreathOnce you completed all the sections (I did mine in three sections) fluff up the fur. That will hide the seams and give a nice fullness to the wreath. Lastly tie a ribbon to the top. I’m going with a silver and gold color scheme this year so I decided on a gold ribbon. Keep in mind that you can always change out the ribbon when you transition your wreath from Christmas/holiday to winter wreath.
winter fur wreathAll that’s left is to hang and admire your winter wreath! Mine is above my sweet little vignette that you’ll see more of tomorrow!

Don’t forget that is this a 25 day affair with some wonderfully talented ladies!  You’ll have to check the advent calendar tomorrow to see day three!
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Check out the other posts below:



 Happy Holiday Decorating!

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Happy Black Friday BIG Crafty Giveaway

Welcome Friends! We had such a wonderful yet quiet Thanksgiving. Yummy food that we’ll be eating for days! I hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend. I don’t know about you, but the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, is pretty much the kick off of holiday season! So in honor of kick off I’ve teamed up with some awesome bloggers to bring you a Crafty Christmas black friday giveaway!

 One of you will win a $350 gift card OF YOUR CHOICE to either Michaels or Hobby Lobby! We want to make your holiday shopping easier! Or save it for yourself – you deserve it!

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Be sure to stop by and visit these amazing bloggers!

Create.Craft.Love.
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Giveaway runs from today until next Friday, December 6. Simply enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below!

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And if you are taking the rest of this weekend to get your holiday decor ready, I’ve rounded up 5 of my favorite Christmas Home Decor Ideas for you to check out!

5 Christmas Decor Ideas

Peace Sign/Christmas Vignette/Paint Chip Trees/Washi Tape Gift Tags/Christmas Date Pillow

Good luck and happy decorating!

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16 Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas

Are you running around getting everything ready for tomorrow’s feast? I still have to get some last minute things for our dinner. Since we are taking a break from this week’s party. We decided to share with you guys some awesome last minute Thanksgiving ideas that you can whip up in time for Turkey Day!

16 Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas via createcraftlove.com #thanksgiving #features

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As always, please pin from the original source!

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Thanksgiving Tree from Day 2 Day Super Mom

Mason Jar Turkey with Thankfulness Stuffing - ChattingOverChocolate.com

Mason Jar Turkey from Chatting Over Chocolate

Thanksgiving-Turkey-Cookies

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies from The Joys of Boys

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Falling Leaves Cupcakes from Pint Sized Baker

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Falling Leaves Greeting Card from Atop Serenity Hill

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Thanksgiving Slat Sign from The Happy Scraps

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Mini Cornucopia from One Little Project

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Thanksgiving Rolo Pilgrim Hats from Frugal Coupon Living

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Turkey Toes Thanksgiving Printable from Growing Up Gabel


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Thankful String Art from Tiny Sidekick

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Kids Turkey Craft from Oh My! Creative

Thanksgiving Dinner Conversation Cards

Thanksgiving Dinner Conversation Cards from Second Chance to Dream

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Rustic Turkey Centerpiece from Made in a Day

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Winter White Pumpkins from Passion Shake

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Fall Sugar Cookies from Kleinworth and Co.

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Easy Fall Napkins from That’s What Che Said

Aren’t those fabulous? Super easy and fun ideas to spruce up tomorrow’s festivities!

Remember, no party tomorrow! Enjoy your Thanksgiving! We’ll see you back on December 5th for the next link party!

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Peace Sign: An Outdoor Holiday Decor Tutorial

Hey guys! I don’t know if it’s because Turkey Day is late this year or if I’m just so excited to have Matt home this year for Christmas, but I have been dying to just deck out the whole house for Christmas. This weekend I pulled down all of my fall stuff off the porch and started putting up my Christmas porch decor. I was pretty certain my neighbors would think I was totally nuts as it’s not even Thanksgiving yet but the next day I noticed my neighbor also started to replace her fall decor with Christmas. Phew. She doesn’t think I’m crazy and she’s totally with me on being ready for the most wonderful time of the year ;) One of the big focal points of my porch this year is this giant peace sign. I was inspired by this one I saw in the Pottery Barn catalog. I thought I’d save a few dollars (or a hundred) and just make my own. And of course, I’m sharing it with you today!

DIY Peace Sign

Outdoor Holiday Decor: Peace Sign

Supplies:

6 ft pine board (1x4x6 I think)

Wood Stain

Vinyl and Transfer Paper

Paint

Sand Paper
Holiday-Peace-Sign-DIYFirst step was to sand and stain the board. My absolute favorite stain of all time is Minwax special walnut. I pretty much use it for everything so here it is, making an appearance again :) Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 4.28.23 PMWhile your stain is drying you can work on getting your vinyl cut for the peace sign. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the letters. I resized the cutting area to fit the board so 6ft long and made the letters the appropriate size from there. I used vinyl because I have an excess of it. I know it’s expensive, and using 6 ft of it can be costly. You can use contact paper for a less expensive alternative.

Holiday Sign DIY After the stain had dried, and the vinyl was cut, I laid the letters onto the board getting the placement just so. Outdoor Holiday Peace Sign Then, I used a piece of transfer paper to transfer the letters onto the board.Outdoor Peace Sign Once all the letters had been transferred, I painted over the whole thing with creamy white paint.Peace Sign Pottery Barn Knock Off After two coats of paint, I peeled the letters off. Don’t you love the crispness? Pottery Barn Knock Off Peace SignI was going for a distressed look like the one of the PB catalog so I started sanding off the paint on the edges and in other little patches.Holiday Peace SignOnce it’s all done you can put a layer of protective wax over it. Since it will be outside I want it protected.

Peace Sign

I love the stained wood with the distressed white. Such a rustic combination. I’m still working on my porch but I do love the way it’s coming together with the bright white and pops of red and the rustic feel of the peace sign and the burlap basket.

It really is the most wonderful time of the year.

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How to Keep Greenery Fresh This Holiday Season

Happy Monday! I’m thrilled to have a short week and while I’m preparing for a nice and simple Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, I am also preparing my home for the holidays!

One thing I absolutely love is fresh greenery! We always go with a real tree – it’s tradition and we absolutely love it. But real Christmas trees aren’t the only way to bring greenery into your home for the holiday season. I recently picked up some beautiful douglas fir wreaths and I intend to keep them fresh until Christmas! Since I’ve come up with some great tips on how to keep greenery fresh for my own wreaths, I thought I would share them with you! So here’s how to keep your greenery fresh this holiday season!
How to Keep Holiday Greenery Fresh

While it is best to make greenery yourself, if you do purchase fresh wreaths or garland you can still keep it looking, well, fresh. Typical greenery will last about 4 weeks with these quick and easy tips.

Soak greenery overnight in water so it can absorb as much water as possible before use. It’s all about water retention! You can soak your greenery in a tub or sink, preferably overnight to allow your greenery to absorb and retain as much moisture as possible.

Mist greenery daily. Again with the moisture, keeping your holiday greenery moist will ensure is longevity. Be sure to mist while greenery is not in direct sunlight. That will burn the greenery.

Don’t use garlands above your mantel if you plan to use the fireplace. While it looks absolutely lovely, it will dry out the greenery more quickly.
Check for freshness every few days. Remove or replace any pieces that seem dry or are brown.

Display greenery out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources.

Spray greenery with an anti-transpirant. You can find it at most nurseries. It will keep moisture in allowing greenery to look fresh longer.

If you haven’t been brave enough to try out fresh greenery yet, I encourage you to try it. It’s looks and smells wonderful! I promise, with these tips  you’ll easily be able to keep greenery fresh this holiday season!

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Gold Glitter Christmas Sign

This post is sponsored by Plaid. As always all opinions are 100% mine.

Gold Glitter Christmas SignI’m continuing my holiday decorating today with some gold and some sparkle with some help from Mod Podge!

My crush on gold has spilled over into my holiday decor and I’m super excited! I’m thinking gold, silver, with the traditional Christmas red this year. I’ve been working on little projects here and there and I can’t wait to get it all together. Today, I want to share this Gold Glitter Christmas Sign and how I made it!

Gold Glitter Christmas Sign

Supplies:

Mod Podge Sparkle

Paint Brush

Gold Spray Paint

Dollar Store Tray

Letter Cutouts
Mod Podge Chirstmas Sign

Instructions:

First, spray paint your dollar store tray gold. Once it’s dry you are ready to adhere your letter cut outs. For the letters you can use stickers, or simple letters cut from card stock like I did. To adhere the letters to the tray, brush a light layer of Mod Podge to the tray and gently press your letters into the medium. Brush another layer of Mod Podge over top of the letters to secure them. Follow those steps with all remaining letters. Allow it to dry about 15 minutes, then brush a layer of Mod Podge over the whole tray. This will give the whole tray a nice glittery shimmer. For more sparkle, you can brush on another layer after another 15 minutes of dry time.

That’s all there is to it. When it dries you’ll have a beautiful sparkly gold glitter Christmas Sign! Christmas Decor Sign I love the “Fa La La La La La La,” it’s so festive don’t you think?
Gold Christmas Sign

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Paper Christmas Lights Garland Door Hanging

So remember last week when I opened that Christmas can of worms? Yeah, today, I’m just going to keep on going with this holiday crafting if that’s alright with you! I’m pretty sure my neighbors officially think I’m crazy as I was packing up the faux pumpkins and hanging up my paper holiday lights door hanging all at once. Hopefully it gets them in the holiday spirit ;)

PAPER HOLIDAY LIGHTS GARLAND: DOOR HANGING
Paper Holiday Lights Door Hanging

A few weeks ago I stumbled on this door hanging. I loved the look of the vintage lights on the white frame and was determined to try something similar. I did a quick search for vintage/vintage like lights and didn’t find anything in my price range. Plus, I would have needed battery operated ones for use on the door hanging, which I didn’t find. I decided to go with the next best thing. PAPER of course. After consulting the Silhouette web store, I found the perfect graphic and concluded that I could make a quick strand of Christmas lights garland to use for my door hanging.

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I bought this strand of lights at the Silhouette online store. Screen Shot 2013-11-10 at 9.40.05 PM

I ungrouped the image in order to remove the string portion of the graphic. Then, I was left with just the bulb portion of the lights.

I had the bulbs cut from construction paper (super cheap colorful paper) using blue, green, yellow, and red.
Light GarlandAfter cutting, I decided to take a sharpie and draw on some lines to give the look of the “screw top” part of the bulb. I feel like this part is totally optional. I tried it on a few and ended up liking the look so I continued with the remaining paper bulbs.Holiday Light GarlandNext, I hotglued the paper lights to some string making sure they were spaced about evenly. That’s not an exact science at all – just eyeball it.

Christmas Light Garland Wreath To add the Christmas lights garland to the frame I just wrapped my garland around the frame taping it with scotch tape to keep the ends secure.Christmas Light Paper Garland copy I obviously varied from my inspiration. The framed chalkboard I used, I already had on hand. It’s shape wasn’t nearly as fun so it needed a little something so I added the “Merry & Bright” to take it to next level. Lastly, to hang the whole thing. This is kind of funny, Originally I didn’t have anything to hang it. I could have used a plain white piece of fabric but with a white door, and a white frame I wanted a pop of color. So I went through my scrap bucket (save your scraps people!) and ended up sewing a few scraps together to make the fabric tie.

And um, did you see my deer wreath hanger? I know! I’m dying over him and totally considering spraying him gold.
Paper Light Garland

So that’s the paper Christmas Lights Garland Door Hanging in full detail.

But there’s more… when I found out about my sweet friend Lauren, from the Thinking Closet‘s, Silhouette Challenge, I begged asked her nicely  to let me join in. She’s a genius, I love my Silhouette so naturally I had to be in. You can check out the other participants of the Silhouette Challenge by clicking any of the link below. Enjoy!

DIY Ironing Board Hanger by The Turquoise Home
Silhouette Challenge: Time Zone Bathroom Art by Nearly Handmade
Santa’s Christmas Countdown by Tried & True
Nautical Anchor Pillow Tutorial by The Thinking Closet
Christmas Card Ornament with Free Cut File by unOriginalMom
Thanksgiving and Christmas Dual Sign by Architecture of a Mom
Itching to Etch by Get Silvered
Snowman Tag ~ Silhouette Challenge by Whats Next Ma
Thanksgiving Sign by Chicken Scratch NY
DIY Horse Silhouette Pillow by Rain on a Tin Roof
Sketching on Fabric by The Sensory Emporium
Paper Leaf Garland by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
DIY Blessing Board – Silhouette Challenge by One Tough Mother
Christmas Pillow by Create & Babble
Glass Painting with Reverse Stencils by Givemeapaintbrush
Chalkboard Thankful Tree by Cutesy Crafts
Bottoms Up! MYO Wine Tag by From Wine to Whine
‘Happy Holly-days’ Tags for the Swap by An Elegant Touch…
Thank You for Dinner (Card) by Everyday Paper
Advent Star Christmas Countdown by My Favorite Finds
Geometric Fabric Bowls by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
Paper Carnival by Home At Eight
Silhouette Cameo Tutorial: Dual Sided Business Cards by Black and White Obsession
In Case of Emergency Baby Bag Tags by Tossed Salad Life
Christmas On My Mind by Creative Turn
Jingle all the Way! by My Paper Craze
We Are Thankful by 4 You With Love
Seattle Skyline Silhouette by Sowdering About in Seattle
DIY Stenciled Mugs by Coley’s Corner

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Decoupaged Runner with Martha Stewart Crafts

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Blue Print Social for Martha Stewart Crafts by Plaid.  Of course, all opinions are 100% my own.

So yesterday I talked about Thanksgiving and showed you my simple fall centerpiece. Well today I’m looking forward to Christmas. I know, you are thinking I’m crazy. But listen folks, there are only SIX weeks left until Christmas. That means we’ll be hearing Christmas music and finalizing our holiday menus really soon! So bear with me today as I get a jump start on some holiday decorating with Martha Stewart Crafts! I used some fun doilies and decoupage to make the cutest runner for a holiday centerpiece.

Decoupaged Runner for A Holiday Centerpiece
For this project you’ll need:

A wood board (scrap is fine) sanded and stained

Martha Stewart Doilies

Martha Stewart Decoupage Matte FinishDecoupaged Runner for A Holiday Centerpiece

After you’ve sanded and stained your board, and allowed it time to dry. You can pick out the doilies you want to use and prepare them. There were several to choose from in the pack, you’ll have to poke out the little bits that are still attached. Don’t worry, this went quickly.

Then you can space them out on your board. I liked like the look of some of the doilies folded over the edge of the board so I did that with the larger ones.  Once I figured out exactly how I wanted them placed, the board was ready for decoupage. To adhere the doilies to the board, I painted a bit of the medium onto the back of the doily, then placed it on the board. Once it had dried (about an hour), I painted over the doily again with the decoupage medium. I repeated that step another two times (waiting one hour for dry time) to make sure the doily was properly adhered to the board.

Decoupaged Runner for A Holiday CenterpieceI love the nice matte finish. You wouldn’t even know that I used three coats of decoupage.

I love that you can use the decoupage on an array of surfaces, not just wood! You can also use it on ceramic or glass, and it is dishwasher safe. Win!

Decoupaged Runner for A Holiday Centerpiece This project turned out even better then I expected. I love how the gold pops of the dark walnut stain. It’s the perfect way to give your table a little sprucing up for the holidays!

You can find these doilies, decoupage, and the whole line of Martha Stewart Crafts (which includes craft paint, glass paint, decoupage and more) at Michaels or online at Plaid’s Online Store.

For more inspiration you can check out Plaid Martha Stewart Crafts on Facebook, Pinterest, or sign up for their newsletter here.

Happy Holiday Crafting!

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Simple Fall Centerpiece With A Chalkboard Table Runner

I love this time of year. Although I’ve been working on fall projects for a month now, November is really the time to enjoy it. I love preparing for and celebrating Thanksgiving. It’s such a fun time to be together with family and just reflect on all that the Lord has blessed us with. In preparation for Thanksgiving I’ve dressed up my table with a Simple Fall Centerpiece. It’s fun to enjoy it for the whole month and not just the few days surrounding Thanksgiving. You get more bang for your buck this way :)

Simple Fall Centerpiece With A Chalkboard Table RunnerWhen I say this is a simple fall centerpiece, I mean it’s really simple.

Simple Fall Centerpiece With A Chalkboard Table RunnerI love using vessels in my decorating. Jars and containers are easily transformable. Here they hold pinecones and branches for a natural fall. You could put anything in them from flowers to dry beans for fall. Then, you can do something new for Christmas. It’s a great way to decorate on a budget!

Simple Fall Centerpiece With A Chalkboard Table Runner Most everything used I already had including the chalkboard table runner! I love this chalkboard table runner because it became that way by accident. I built this framed chalkboard to hang in my family room. I brought it in from my garage to add hardware for hanging and I just really loved the way it looked on the table so I quickly switched gears. It’s funny how stuff like that happens when your on a project marathon and having a zillion things going on at one time!

I still intend on using it as a hanging chalkboard in my living room after Thanksgiving, but for now it’s on loan to my fall centerpiece.

Simple Fall Centerpiece With A Chalkboard Table Runner

Sometimes in the busyness of life, it’s easy to forget all that we have to be grateful for. I love that I can glance over at my table and quickly be reminded of Thanksgiving and the meaning of the day.

Be sure to swing by on Monday for the chalkboard tutorial! I’ll even show you where it’s hanging when it’s not acting as a table runner!

Also, I’d love to connect with you! You can keep up with me on Facebook. Or if you love behind the scenes and sneak peeks follow along on Instagram.

And if you are new to my blog you can hop over and learn more about me and my blog.

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Coffee Filter Topiary Tutorial

Coffee Filter Topiary Tutorial Yesterday, I shared my fall vignette. Don’t you love the little gold pumpkins? Me too. My favorite part though; the DIY topiaries. They anchor the whole vignette while giving it some height.

Today, I’m going to share how to make a Coffee Filter Topiary.

Fall Coffee Filter TopiariesI started out with these styrofoam balls.DIY Coffee Filter TopiaryAnd began hot gluing and pinning coffee filters all around. The best strategy for this seemed to sticking your finger or pencil in the middle of the coffee filter then folding the filters in half and then half again, then hot glue to the styrofoam ball, gluing around in a circle then gluing the filters to the top and bottom.

Once the ball is covered in nice fluffy coffee filters, stick a wooden dowel in the center of your ball. My dowels were about 18 inches each.

Tutorial Coffee Filter TopiaryFor the burlap pot, I covered a plain terra cotta pot with burlap then stuffed another styrofoam ball inside the pot sticking the other end of the dowel into the styrofoam ball and hot glued it into place.
coffee filter topiary So simple right? I just love the way it turned out. They look great in my fall vignette. For a fall look, I wrapped some raffia around the topiary and added a little faux autumn sprig. The best part about the coffee filter topiary is that you can carry it over to Christmas or use it all year round. Love!

The Lettered Cottage

 

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Last Minute 4th of July Decor: 20 Minute Patriotic Placemats

I LOVE 4th of July. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a social studies major or American history lover, but I take so much pride in the day! I love the meaning behind the holiday. I love the summer nights, fireworks, yummy bbq food! I love it all and it’s just quintessential summer for me. I have been so caught up in the summer sunshine that I have gotten a bit behind on my 4th of July Decor. Even though, the 4th is just days away it’s not too late to whip something up. You all know I love a quick and easy project so I grabbed a drop cloth and made a few Patriotic Placemats. In less than 20 minutes you can make some too!

patriotic placemats

I didn’t have time for a big project, so I just wanted to create a few placemats for my kitchen table to bring a little red, white, and blue into our home. They are no sew, (That’s right, you don’t even have to bust out the sewing machine!) so the most time consuming part is cutting your fabric!
patriotic

Ready for the tutorial? Here’s what you’ll need: an existing placemat for measurements, a drop cloth or canvas material, acrylic paint, paint brushes, stencil.

Step 1: Measure your existing placemat. Mine measured about 17 in x 13 in. Then cut your placemats the same size. No need for seam allowance as this is a no sew project!

Step 2: Pull out some of the threads and allow it to fray. This will give it a more shabby look.

Step 3: Iron placemats.

Step 4: Grab your stencil (I created mine on my Silhouette Cameo), paints, and paint brushes and get ready to paint.

Step 5: Paint graphics onto your placemats.

I painted “1776″ at the bottom of each placemat with stars at the top left. So fun!

patriotic placemats 20 min

I love how the turned out! The perfect patriotic touch for my 4th of July Decor!

20 min patriotic placemats

Won’t these be great to whip up for a 4th of July barbecue? They would be super cute outdoors as well!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July holiday.

I’m linking up to these great parties, and Savvy Southern Style.

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Handmade Mother’s Day: Painted Burlap Canvas

I am so excited to share with you, my Painted Burlap Canvas

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersdayThere are seven days until Mother’s Day! I am honored to be a part of  the Handmade Mother’s Day Series coordinated by my friend, Kelly from Live. Laugh. Rowe. Ten blogs are bringing you fantastic gifts to make for mom!

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

There are so many wonderful projects. You will want to be sure to head over to the save the date page and catch up on all great projects.

Before we jump in, you have to check out the lovely birth stone necklace Kristen, from Capturing Joy, created.

I wanted to create something for my amazing mom that had a personal touch but would also go with her decor. I decided to do a painted canvas with burlap and to personalize it with special dates. The date she became a mom and the date she became a grandmother (or Mimi as we call her).

To create your own Painted Burlap Canvas you will need: a canvas (I scored my at the thrift shop for a few cents), craft paint, burlap scrap, stencil, paint brush, and thumb tacks.

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

I started by painting my canvas aqua. My mom loves the color and it goes with her decor. We are both aqua-holics :)

Next I cut a piece of burlap approximately 8 in by 10 in (not exact).

Stretch the burlap to keep it taut and pin it in place with thumb tacks.

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

I created my stencil using my beloved Silhouette Cameo.

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

I used painter’s tape to keep the stencil in place.

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

Using minimal amounts of paint, lightly brush on the stencil with paint. I used an off white color. I pulled the stencil off before it dried because I didn’t want my stencil to stick to the burlap.

Handmade Mothers Day Painted Burlap Canvas #handmademothersday

I absolutely love the way it turned out. It’s personal and pretty and I know my mom is going to love it!

Tomorrow, be sure to catch up with the fabulously talented Crystal from A Pumpkin and A Princess to see what lovely handmade creation she is sharing!

Linked up to some of these parties and Lolly Jane, Coastal Charm, Savvy Southern Style, The Shabby Creek Cottage, My Repurposed Life

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Washi Tape Crafts: Covered Heart Boxes

Hi friends! All recovered from Super Bowl Sunday? I have to admit I didn’t watch the whole game (or very intently anyway). We are a baseball family. Come Spring time it will be all baseball all the time I’m sure! And about Spring, I’m happy to report that the ground hog didn’t see his shadow so yay for an early Spring! Until then we still have some fun things to look forward to. One of them being Valentine’s Day! I’ve been sharing lots of Valentine’s Day projects with you this these last few weeks. I just can’t get enough of all the “heart day” inspired projects!

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