Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Easy red poinsettia wreath

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Good morning!

I was looking around on pinterest for Christmas mantel ideas and I kept seeing that everyone would put wreath's above their fireplace. Most of them had it attached to a mirror. I already had a mirror and thought I would add a wreath. I decided immediately that I wanted a bold red wreath... what better to do then a poinsettia one?

I started with a basic wreath form. Mine is 18 inches. I used the twig one with the dried leaves (watch out it crumbles everywhere and can make a mess :) ). I also bought 3 bunches of poinsettia flowers, which were 50% off. On each flower bunch was about 10 flowers. I also grabbed my hot glue gun but actually didn't even end up using it.

Start by cutting off all of the flowers.

Then just start poking them right into the wreath. The twigs in my wreath were pretty tight and my poinsettias stayed in place so I didn't use the hot glue gun. I figured that would be fine since this was going to be an inside wreath.

That's it!

I used a command clip to attach it to my mirror.

I love the pop of red!

I'm not quite finished with my mantel yet. I am working on homemade stocking holders (post to come soon!) to add. :) Have I mentioned I LOVE Christmas crafts?

Like the green burlap trees? Here is my post from earlier in the week with the tutorial - DIY Christmas tree craft.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

DIY Cupcake Onsies

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A couple of coworkers recently had a baby and several of us wanted to get something to congratulate them on their babies. One of my girlfriends saw the cutest idea to turn onsies into cupcakes here. We went to Target and bought their Circo brand onsies, which were on Target Cartwheel for an additional 20% off savings! We ended up with 12 onsies and 12 pairs of socks for the gift.

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DIY Lantern Light

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I love the beach! So I decorated one of my spare bedrooms in a beach theme and I had the hardest time finding the right light for the bedside. Granted today the beach theme is very popular and there are very cute light options out there now that I would have purchased had the options been available. Since things weren't available, I decided that I wanted to make my own light after finding the Morkt Lantern at IKEA that perfectly matched the color scheme in the room.

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DIY Master Bath Toilet Room Makeover

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Check out this quick and easy way I made over the toilet room in my master bath on our new blog!!

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How To Get Wax Out of Furniture

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So the other night, Hubby was playing with our cat, Tobias, when the worst happened. They knocked over a burning candle all over my new couch! There was wax all over it, needless to say, I was extremely upset and never thought the wax would come out. I started to search ways to get wax out of furniture and found several different ideas. I figured what could it hurt to try some of these. The very first how-to I used worked! All you will need is a paper bag and an iron!

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DIY Felt Christmas Stockings

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Hi Everyone!

I made these stockings a couple of years ago for my hubby, myself and our cats, now that we have a new puppy I want him to have a stocking as well! I went ahead and took step by step photos this time so that anyone else can make their own stockings too. I loved the elf stocking shape and could not find stockings in the store that I liked so I decided 'Why not try to make my own?'

1 yard Felt
1/2 yard fabric for lining
Christmas themed Ribbon
Jingle Bell
Thread to match your ribbon
Felt Shapes
The first thing I did was draw a stocking pattern. Lucky for me I held onto the one I made several years ago, just in case I got a puppy one day ;) 
I pinned the pattern to my felt and had the felt folded over so that when I cut it, both front and back pieces to the stocking would be cut out at the same time. I only cut one stocking shape of batting for the front side of the stocking and then two more pieces of the fabric I used as the liner.
Then I laid out my ribbons and pinned each one down to the front side of the felt for the stocking. When I sewed the ribbons on I matched the threads I used to each ribbon.
My next addition is the top portion of the stocking, let's call it a bib (I can't for the life of me think of what it should be called!) A few years ago I found the cutest Christmas ribbon that had shapes and beads attached to them, I had no luck finding these this year so I went with an accent ribbon instead of the same colored ribbon as I had used. I folded over the bottom of the bib and pinned the red ribbon onto it. I sewed right across with red thread with no concern for the edges as the will get sewn over in the end. 
Then it came to figuring out what design I would put on the bib. As you can see from my original stockings above I didn't repeat anything. With that in mind I thought of many different thing I could do to  stick with the original theme, because I don't want it to be too obvious that I made this stocking years later. I decided to go with snowflakes again, but in a different pattern. The snowflake felt pieces I had actually were sticky on the back so I stuck them onto the stocking and then sewed through the middle of them in order to make sure they would ensure the test of time.
When it came time for me to sew the bib onto the stocking I had to think further ahead in the project. Lay out all of the pieces to the front of your stocking as if the stocking were completed. So put down your lining, followed by the batting and then the front of your stocking. Go ahead and pin this all together this will help later on. Now to attach the bib you must do the right side of the bib to the wrong side of the stocking. Sew only across the top with a 1/4" hem. I went ahead and did a zig-zag stitch over the edges to keep from fraying. 
Flip over the bib portion and it should now look like the completed front of your stocking.
The same thing will now have to be done to the back of the stocking with the felt and the lining. Before sewing the stocking the together we must stitch the top of the stocking where the opening will be. Work backwards if it's confusing. I laid out the stocking how it was supposed to look once sewn and then flipped the fabric over to sew with a 1/4" hem. Then I pinned the two layers together. 
The next step is to sew the two pinned sections together. Be careful not to get pricked, sew 1/4" around the entire thing. I kept my stitch within the grey lining because it was a little smaller than the felt that had gotten stretched out while I worked with it. Pin in a couple of places and sew! I also zig-zagged all the way around.
For the hook that the stocking hangs from I just took some of the left over fabric and a strip of batting, folded over to cover the seam and then sewed it onto the inside of the stocking. 
Now flip your stocking right side out and attach the jingle bell at the bottom. Voila! You can't even tell I didn't make them all at the same time!

Happy Crafting!
<3 Elisabeth

Easy ornament magnets

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Hi! :)

Ready for another simple Christmas craft?

These cute little ornament magnets took me all but 5 minutes and about $5.00! I found these green, red and white miniature ornaments at Wal Mart for $3.50. I already had button magnets which I actually found at the thrift store for around $1.00. They have these at Hobby Lobby or Wal Mart too for a few dollars. I also used my glue gun.

All you do is put a dab of hot glue on one side of the magnet then attach the ornament and hold for a couple seconds. That's it! :)

I just love how these turned out! 

Think about all those ornaments out there and the different magnets you could have!

My set came with different sizes, and some with or without glitter, which I think adds to the charm.

I just wish the front doors of my refrigerator were magnetic but they still look good from the side, too. :)

This would also but a great way to hang and display Christmas cards as they start coming in.

I hope you have a great night! It is freezing (literally!) here in Texas so we are bundled up and about to make  some soup. 

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

DIY Christmas tree craft

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Hi! :)

I love Christmas crafts and I have a great one to share with you today.

I was walking around Hobby Lobby looking for inspiration and found these cute little Christmas trees. I loved the idea of burlap. When I flipped it over to check the price I was shocked to see $29.99. I mean they were cute... but not that cute. There is no way they were worth that much. So I turned the cart around and went shopping for the supplies myself.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

DIY Christmas decoration

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Good morning,
I went to an antique store yesterday and saw these cute vintage books wrapped in burlap attached with ornaments and the words "ho ho ho" stamped on the pages. I already had all the materials at home to make one myself. :-)
All I did was wrap three old books in burlap, then I wrapped it in red tulle just to give it more color. Then I attached the ornaments by stringing them onto the edge of the tulle.  Then I tied the ends of the tulle together to form a bow. Finally I used some stamps and black ink to stamp the pages.
Can't wait to put it in my office for Christmas.  I think this would be cute on a mantel or dresser too!
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

DIY Fall wreath with burlap and hydrangeas

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Hi! :)

I wish I had more pictures of my craft today but it is so simple you don't need step by step pictures on this one. :)

All I used was a twig wreath, orange burlap ribbon, 4 fake hydrangea flowers, twine and burlap ribbon.

I cut the stems off of the hydrangeas so the wreath would lay flush with the door. I hot glued them so they would stay in place. I then wrapped orange burlap ribbon around the other half of the wreath and secured it with hot glue as well. Then I cut 4 triangle shapes out of the burlap ribbon and folded it over a piece of twine. I used a sharpie to write the letters. Then I tied the twine to a twig on each side of the wreath so it would stay in place. That's it! It took all of 10 minutes to make this wreath.

It would be cute to change the wording in the middle of the wreath to maybe say "thankful" or "thanksgiving" there are lots of different ways to change this up. I love hydrangeas but you could really use any flower or add more. :)

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

DIY desk from nightstands

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Good morning,

I just finished one of my favorite projects and I couldn't wait to share!

My husband and I went looking at a local thrift store for some night stands. I saw several desk examples on Pinterest where you just add a wood top and turn them into a desk. While at the thrift store we found 2 old beat up night stands (they didn't have a top or a backs) AND just happened upon a vintage-y office chair that was in great shape. All 3 pieces cost about $25.

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