Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday Favorites // 12.20.13

Five more days until Christmas... Wow. Really. I better get a move on!

Here are a few things that caught my eye this week--

this snowflake table runner
via art bar as seen on you are my fave
gotta keep the boys busy on monday and tuesday... this may be just the craft!

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Make // Pleather Bows & Other Gift Wrap

PLEATHER... Great for decorating your presents AND your friends!

who knew??!!

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Make // Alcohol Ink Ornaments

This tutorial first appeared as part of Under the Table & Dreaming's 4th Annual Handmade Ornament Series

I discovered Alcohol Ink over the summer while I was coming up with ideas for restyling these recyclable glass bottles. The look was so iridescent and eye-catching that I knew that it would be the perfect treatment for simple glass ornaments. 

Flash forward six months and it was finally time to try my hand at decorating glass ornaments. I played around a bit and came up with four different, yet simple techniques. While they look a little labor intensive, they are surprisingly easy to make and not too messy (as long as you keep the ink off your clothes!).

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday Favorites // 12.13.13

Ooh, Friday the 13th! I love it. And it's the hub's birthday... I love it even more! Thirteen is a lucky number in this household.

Here are some of the things that grabbed my interest this week--

this White Ornamental Kale with Green Polka Dots
found at Trader Joes-- 3 stalks for $4.99!

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Guest Posting at Under the Table & Dreaming!

This week I'm guest posting over at Under the Table & Dreaming. I'm sharing a tutorial for some very bright, shiny, colorful, translucent and eye-catching ornaments. Is that enough adjectives? :)

In total, there are 30 creative ornament tutorials being shared throughout the week. Click on the button below and Go check it out!

Handmade Ornament Ideas

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Our Lives // Christmas Decorations and Mini-Makeover

Okay, seriously? Where did last week go? Did Thanksgiving just come and go, just like that? Lets just say it was a busy, yet productive, week for us.

I started off the week by hosting a breakfast meeting for my fellow school board members. I'm not a baker, but I've been wanting to make these yummy cinnamon rolls. They came out pretty good, but somehow I forgot to serve the fruit and juices that I had chilled in the refrigerator. Oops. I've been extra spacey these days so I blame it on either my allergies or my allergy medication. I'm not ready to go with the "getting old" excuse quite yet. :)

So, besides pretending to be a baker, I also put up the Christmas decorations and hung some much needed art on our blank walls.

We've been in this house for four years so I really don't have a good excuse for blank walls. I'm just pickier with each passing year, I guess... Probably as a result of my past rash decorating decisions. I've "donated" a bunch of decorative items that we bought on whim for our old house. My hubs is of the "If there's space... Fill it!" school of thought. As a newlywed, I was less particular and too busy with work to focus on particulars, so I just went with it. Also, that was way before blogs, Pinterest and other influencers... I really had no sense of my own style way back then! Flash forward ten years and NOW I care and am picky to the point of paralysis. I'm not sure what's better-- Buy and regret? Or not buy and suffer from decorating paralysis?

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