Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Deck the Halls

Decorating for Christmas was so fun this year!  It always makes the house feel homier, I love it!

And of course with Christmas comes the Christmas crafts!  I think I have over a 100 different Christmas ideas pinned, but I only tackled about 3 this year!  The first one was this super easy tree skirt.  I'm sure you've seen it in on Pinterest a million times, but I just love it with the burlap.  Adds a little country feel.

Another super easy project I did was these glitter styrofoam trees.  I mean it really doesn't get any easier than gluing glitter to a cone!  I think they turned out great, and you can never have too much sparkle!

Really the biggest project I did this year was the stockings.  I had a really hard time finding ones I liked in the store, and it was impossible to find any that matched our old set...so I started from scratch.  My original idea was to make them out of burlap, but all the fraying gave me more than a few headaches so I went with a really thick muslin instead.  I am in love with how they turned out.  I still need to stick the letters on, so hopefully before Christmas I'll get the motivation to finish them!

I found this advent calendar train on the Silhouette online store.  It was a lot of folding and gluing, but it turned out pretty cute and my son just loves trains right now so it was the perfect little addition.

I added a couple new signs to the decor and that's pretty much it.  I went really simple this year.

Now I can just sit back and relax.  All the shopping is done and the presents are wrapped.  Christmas here we come!

Merry Christmas to all!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Last Day of Fall

As promised, my next pinterest project.  Just in time for the last day of fall!

This one was really easy.  The original pinterest idea was to spray paint Starbucks coffee bottles, but since I'm not much into coffee, let alone cold coffee, I shopped around for some cool vases.  I found these at Hobby Lobby during their week of 50% off glass.  Score!

Instead of using the spray paint approach, I decided to paint the insides using acrylic paint instead.  All you have to do is squirt some paint into the vase and swirl it around.  It takes some time and patience, but in the end it gives it a glossier, glassier look.

After I fill in all the holes I let them dry upside down over night.  I still don't think they were 100% dry, but it was good enough for me!

Next I just cut out some letters on vinyl.  Sounds like the easy part of the project, but I only had green and blue vinyl.  So I thought I had come up with a brilliant solution to always having to buy different color vinyl (that stuff ain't cheap!).  Spray paint!  Why not right?  Well...it didn't work out quite like I was imagining it.  The spray paint did cover it well, but a little too well...it was incredibly hard to peel they letters off the backing once the paint had dried.  I did the best I could to clean up the rough edges, because I was determined this method was going to work.  Next time I'll probably just fork over the $8 and buy a roll!

In the end I was pleased with the final result.  I found some wheat stalks at Joann's and cut them down to size.  It definitely makes the mantle look very fall festivey, doesn't it?

That's the extent of my fall decorations this year.  Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Falling for fall

So fall kind of snuck up on me this year.  Most people may define the beginning of fall by the sudden appearance of the pumpkin lattes at Starbucks.  Not this girl, I'm a coca cola fan myself.  My definition of fall is when the pumpkin spice cream cheese hits the shelves, which is so different!  I can't help myself!  I crave that savory orange creamy fall goodness on a bagel as the summer comes to an end.  It's so bad in fact, that I must always have at least 2 containers in the shopping cart every trip to the grocery store.  This year that magical day was September 17, yes I made a note.  It was a little later than I was expecting, but that was the same day I busted out all of the fall decorations and the day I decided to create this blog.

My favorite project this year was a Pinterest inspired burlap mantle banner.  Say that 3 times fast.  I had some extra burlap laying around the house, so this was a cheap addition to the fall decor effort.

This was a really simple project.  I created a triangle pattern out of paper and then used it to cut out the 7 burlap pieces.  I really love the rustic look of burlap, but the only downside to working with it is the ridiculous amount of fraying involved.  To prevent this I modpodged the back of each triangle.  It made each piece a little more sturdy too, so that was a bonus.

Then I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out stencils for the letters.  I really can't imagine my life without that my Silhouette anymore!  I used acrylic paint for the letters and glued them to some rope to hang from the mantle.  Easy peasy!  I love the banner so much I decided to make our Christmas stockings out of burlap.  I need to get on that already.  I can't believe Thanksgiving is next week!

That was one of my big Fall projects this year.  Here's a look at the final decorations.  I had a lot more in my mind, but I think I was easily sidetracked this year by all the Christmas decorations out.  I successfully ignored them since July, but it's hard not to be excited for my baby's first Christmas!

Well that's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by!  I am having so much fun already with this blog.

And next time....another Pinterest project.

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