Sunday, March 1, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Wreath Art



Do you decorate for St. Patrick's Day or do you skip right to Easter? It depends for me. If Easter falls in March, then I just skip to Easter. But, this year, Easter is the first week of April, so I went back and forth and decided what the heck? 

I have not decorated for St. Patrick's Day in a couple of years, so it was time to make some new stuff!
I made this wreath art with materials I already had on-hand.


It's pretty self-explanatory, but here is how I made the paper shamrocks:
All you need is
  • green paper scraps (this is why I keep every little piece of scrap in a box!)
  • heart punch
  • glue
  • floral wire
(I apologize for the bad lighting in my dining room ahead of time. :-))
First, punch 6 hearts to make one shamrock. Glue three of the hearts together by the bottoms, forming a shamrock.


Next, loosely fold the other three hearts at the center.


Then, glue each folded heart on top of the shamrock by the folded edge.


Finally, glue the floral wire to the back. I chose floral wire for the stem so that I could bend the shamrocks the way I wanted them to fall on the wreath.


And that's it-super simple and cute.



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Monday, February 16, 2015

DIY Jewelry Holder


I have wanted to make a jewelry holder with drawer knobs for a while now and I FINALLY took the time to finish it. I admit, I was intimidated by using my power drill, but I feel so accomplished after using it for the first time! I love how it turned out too!


Here is how I did it-

Materials and Tools
  • 24" x 6" Wood Plaque (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • 9 drawer knobs (also purchased at Hobby Lobby)
  • Espresso acrylic paint
  • chalk paint in any color you want
  • paper towel
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Picture hangers
  • pencil and ruler
Steps
First, I measured out with a ruler where I wanted each knob placed and marked it with a pencil. Because some of my knobs were not normal, round knobs, I started  in the middle with the awkward bird knob, so I could space the knobs evenly. 

Next, I drilled each hole where I marked with a pencil. Most of my knob screws were the same size, but I started out with smaller bits first-you can always make bigger hole, but you can't make a smaller one! Also, I recommend placing a small scrap board underneath while you drill, so you do not accidentally drill a hole into your table. I used a scrap piece of mdf board.

  
I also screwed in the picture hangers on the back before I painted. You can do this after you paint too, but I think it is easier to do it before you put in all the knobs. Make sure you get them as centered as possible between the top and the bottom. I made the mistake of placing them at the very top. I had to redo them because when I hung it, the whole plaque leaned upward, instead of hanging straight.


Next, I did the painting. I painted the plaque with espresso brown first and let it dry. It took two coats for full coverage.


Then, I painted over the espresso with two coats of green chalk paint. I used chalk paint because I find it much easier to create a distressed look with chalk paint. After the last coat dried, I distressed it.

To distress it, I simply took a wet paper towel and rubbed the areas I wanted distressed. This is what it looks like close-up after it is finished.


I chose not to put a sealer on top, but you can do it if you want.

Lastly, I screwed in all the knobs and hung up my new jewelry holder.


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Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine's Lace and Flower Heart Wreath


Here is my new Valentine's wreath that I made for my "mantle" this week. It is super simple to make!



All you need is:
  • Heart-Shaped Grapevine Wreath
  • Lace
  • two stalks of small pink flowers
  • Floral wire
  • Wire Cutters (I used jewelery pliers)
I happened to get all my materials at Hobby Lobby, but most of these can be found in all craft stores, though this is the first place I was able to find a heart-shaped grapevine wreath. 

First, wrap the lace around the wreath. I left some gaps because I wanted the grapevine to still be seen a little. Secure the lace by tying it in the back.

Then, lay your flowers onto the front of the wreath and secure them with floral wire. I separated the flower stalks so there were six individual "strands" of flowers. I left a little piece of stem on the end of each one, so I could stick it into the grapevine for support. 


That's it!

I will show you the rest of my Valentine Decor soon.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hair Tie Valentine


I love making hair ties as little gifts, especially for my tween niece. They are so easy and inexpensive. Last year, I made some for her as a Valentine. I cut a piece of card stock to hold the ties and used a doily punch and stamps to decorate it.

This would be an easy and cute idea for teens and tweens who are giving valentines to their friends. 



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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Barrel of Monkeys Valentine-Free Printable!


I have to admit-I normally am not into cheesy, punny Valentines. But, I found these mini Barrel of Monkeys games at Party City and had to get a few for the kiddos in my life. It was just screaming for a cute tag, so I made one-and I'm sharing it with you!!


I taped the barrels shut with Valentine's washi tape because who wants mini monkeys spilling out everywhere?! 

Here is a sample of what the tags look like (minus the watermark, of course):



Enjoy!

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hamburgers and Mushroom Soup-Easy Comfort Food


Hamburgers and Mushroom Soup was one of my favorite meals my mom made while I was growing up. Now I make it for my family too. It's super easy and super yummy. It is not incredibly healthy, but a little indulgence every once in a while doesn't hurt! It's one of my comfort foods and perfect in Winter.

All you need to make this is ground beef and Cream of Mushroom Soup (I usually get the larger can or two small cans). Yep, that's it-all the ingredients are in the title!

All you do is make hamburger patties, cook them on the stove and then add the mushroom soup when they are cooked through. I do not pour out the hamburger grease because it thins out the mushroom soup and adds flavor. 

The mushroom soup makes enough gravy to add to mash potatoes, so I usually make those to go with the meal.


Yum!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What I Wore Wednesday 1/14/15

It's time for another week of What I Wore Wednesday with Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy!


My new dress! (a Christmas gift)
So, I picked out this dress as a long tunic because it is way too short to be worn as a dress in my opinion, so I only plan to wear this with leggings and jeans!
Dress-Forever21
cardigan- NY and Co
Boots and Belt-Target

I think the socks were too much...
Sweater: Old Navy
Boots and socks: Target

My fave this week:
Top-Charlotte Russe
Cardigan-Bass Outlet
Scarf-gifted
Boots-Target

Scarf close-up

Wintry Blues:
Dress-Iska London purchased from Zulily
Cardigan-Forever21
Shoes-Payless

And then I changed after church, but kept the cardigan
 Top: Old Navy
Shoes: Keds

That's all for this week!
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