My New Office Lamp and Corkboard

As you might have guessed, I am all about being organized and I love how a cork board can help you stay that way {just make sure you purge and reorganize every now and again or you will look like a hoarder – just sayin!} Anyway, awhile ago I found this lampshade at Target that I was just in love with. It was $25 though and that was just too much for one lampshade. So I watched and waited. It went on clearance to $17 and some change. I still waited. Then I went back and it was not marked down but seemed like it should have been so I scanned the barcode just in case. My intuition paid off cause it was on clearance for $7.48 Woo hoo! Done. Mine. I bought it immediately. Then of course I had to find a base. Well bases are also not so cheap so I ended up with a $15 base plus ugly shade at Ross. The shade is burlap which I love but it has some funky burgundy swirls. I’ll probably attempt to recover it at some point. The base was a dark cherry brown. Not quite my thing so I got crafty with some spray paint. I painted it a cream which matched the lampshade. I wanted to make it look a little rustic so I took the sander to it and roughed it up a bit. Now I love it! I ended up paying about $30 for the whole project which included the lampshade, base and spray paint. The original shade was $24.95 all by itself pre-clearance.

Here is the finished product — not quite the way it’s typically set up but I wanted you to get the full view of the color scheme.

office diy

Of course I needed to tie the colors of the shade to something else in the space so I went on a mission to recover another old cork board. I couldn’t find a fabric that I loved at any of my local fabric stores so I made a trip to Triad Plus in Roseville. I’d wanted to go for some time so this was the perfect excuse opportunity. I headed there with my lampshade in hand so I could pull from the colors in the shade. I really loved the orange in the lamp but I just couldn’t find a good match. I ended up pulling from the shade of grey-blue.

I used a spray adhesive and voila, done! I was going to add tacks to serve as a nailhead edge but I opted to keep it simple. I could go back and add that at another time if I felt like it. Note: the spray adhesive worked awesome on this fabric but I also tried using it on burlap and it would not hold which was so weird.

To finish it off, I added a burlap pennant made by me. These are just 6×6 squares of burlap which I then stencil my choice of word on. Finish it up by tying the squares together with twine. It’s a cheap and adorable way to dress up a space. I chose the word Create because that is what this space is supposed to be used  for. I end up crafting and creating in the kitchen most often though cause it’s the hub of the house. I like to be where the action is!!

Love is in the Air. My Valentine’s Decor

A new season or holiday = a new mantel!! I love changing this up with the seasons and it’s fun to make it different every year. So this year I have added some new to the old.

Valentins Mantel

  • Burlap garland – made by me. I just used the burlap ribbon with red pinstripes found at JoAnn’s, cut it down and wrapped in half over twine and then I cut some hearts and added them for that pop.
  • Burlap covered letter M – also my creation. The letter is from JoAnn’s Superstore and so is the red burlap.
  • Vase and hydrangeas – The flowers are from Michaels and the vase is Cost Plus.
  • Candle holders and candles – I’ve had them so long that I can’t remember where they came from but I love them!
  • Framed art – Of course I had to add some words so I found this printable on-line and added to an already on hand frame. I spent a 1/2 hour searching and I can not find the original source! I printed this a couple of weeks back.
  • Candle – on clearance at Target.
  • Of course I had to add a couple of close ups of my true loves.

A few other fun Valentine’s spots in my house:

Front door wreath {outside} – I created this using a large straw wreath form and lots of burlap and fabric for the flowers and base.

outside wreath

Front door wreath {inside} – A small straw wreath form wrapped in yarn and covered with pretty rosettes made of felt, burlap and pretty fabrics.

inside wreath

 

Do you change things up for the holidays? I’d love to see your creative side!

Kids Christmas Party

Wow — December slow it down! Between going back to work and just the normal holiday hustle and bustle, my blog is getting neglected. I’m missing it!! So hello friends — I hope everyone is enjoy the season and slowing down to make some amazing memories. We have watched a lot of holiday movies this week. I love the snuggle time.

By the way, where do people come from this time of year? It seems every road, parking lot and store is packed full of people. Then come January the world feels a lot quieter. It’s crazy! Six weeks of crazy I tell ya!

I love the kids parties at school. When the new school year rolls around and the sign ups come out I am all over it. This year I was able to sign up to run the Christmas party for my youngest and Valentine’s for my oldest. Christmas is around the corner so I have created a Pinterest Board to help compile fabulous crafty ideas. Some are arts and crafts and others are cute food ideas. Some of you might be planning holiday parties as well so I wanted to share some of my fun finds with you! I should mention that the other person helping me run this pretty much said she didn’t have ideas and would love to hear mine. Um ok!! ;) I can handle that! Here are a few fab crafty ideas that I am hoping to do this season — either in the classroom or out. Also, my son is in second grade so I am gearing it towards that age group.

 

  1. I love this Christmas cheese platter. It’s filled with tomatoes and cheese with pretzels as the stem. Of course you could serve more pretzels on the side.
  2. Of course snack time wouldn’t be complete without these sweet sandwiches.
  3. This idea for Grinch Floats using green {guessing lime} sherbet and sprite is so fun!! I can’t find the original source though — if you know of it, please do share. I’d like to give the credit where it belongs.
  4. These reindeer munchies are giving me the munchies!!
  5. Kids love cupcakes and these wreath cupcakes also have candy. Yum!
  6. I love this chocolate donut reindeer. They are simple yet so cute!

 

I love crafts. I think it is super sweet to make them nostalgic so little projects that involves handprints melt my heart. Kids grow so fast .

  1. These cute reindeer handprints are on the top of my to do list..
  2. If you have some scraps of fabric {I do!}, just add cinnamon sticks and you have these cute lil’ trees. Plus they will smell yummy!
  3. Another great craft using up old fabric or even some ribbon are these snowman clothespins. You could add a magnet to the back to make it easy to display {and hold stuff like letters from Santa or Christmas Lists!}
  4. I love these beautiful swirled paint ornaments. I happened to pick up some glass bulbs at a great price at Michaels last week. Just in case it’s a project we decide to do.
  5. For something pretty easy and with very little supplies needed, how about a pom pom pinecone? All of a sudden you’ve created a mini tree
  6. Reindeer Food is a must in our house. I adore these sweet little tags to go along with them. Hint: These also make fun gifts for the neighborhood kiddies!

If you are on Pinterest, pop on over and check out my Kids Christmas Party board. I have a whole bunch of other goodies on there that I didn’t share in this post.

Do you have any must do crafts for the season? How about must eat treats? I’d love to hear about them :)

 

Feeling Crafty – Homemade Advent Board

A couple of weeks ago, I held a holiday open house. Including myself, there were five vendors. Last year I also hosted this event. I wasn’t sure that I was going to do it again and then decided to give it a go. It was definitely worth it. The energy was amazing and a good time was had by all {or so it seemed!}. I crafted several things — wreaths, chalkboards, pennants, magnets, clothespin Christmas card holders and advent boards. Things literally flew out of baskets and off of shelves. It was crazy and in all the madness. I didn’t snap photos of my stuff! Eeek! Anyway, I was able to craft a couple of more Advent boards. One of which was for myself and I am sharing it with all of you.

Supplies needed:

  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Coin Envelopes {found them at Staples}
  • Embellishments {stickers, etc}
  • Stamps
  • Ink
  • MDF Board {Home Depot)
  • Ribbon
  • Modge Podge
  • Hot glue gun

Cut board down to 24.25 x 21.5 {I forget the exact dimensions of the wood but it cost about $7 and I was able to get two Advent boards out of it with some to spare}.

Paint your board — I have done some in red and others in white. The one I am showing you was lightly painted white, sanded down a bit and then I rubbed a dark stain over the top. It made it an ashy color.

Count out 25 of the envelopes, cut off the tops. They should be 4 inches long.

Pick out your scrap paper and cut the pieces to the size of the envelopes.

Now it gets messy, you will use the Modge Podge to adhere the scrapbook paper to the envelopes {open side facing up}. Let them dry and spend that time getting the gunk off of your hands ;)

Add embellishments. This can be whatever you want — I used ribbons and various numbers stickers and stamps. Make it your own and use whatever makes you happy ;)

Last but definitely not least is adding the things you want to do this season in your decorated pockets. This is a list of things I have used. You could change them to anything of course. I know many of us have our own traditions so be sure to make this special keepsake unique to your family :) I just printed mine out in a word document, cut them in strips and added them to the pockets.

  1. Shop for a new toy to donate to a charitable organization.
  2. Make holiday cards and take them to a nursing/retirement home.
  3. Donate gently used toys, books, and clothes to a shelter.
  4. Give out secret gifts to neighbors and friends.
  5. Perform a random act of kindness for a stranger.
  6. Check out books from the library on how children around the world celebrate winter holidays.
  7. Bake and decorate sugar cookies.
  8. Host a holiday party complete with a hot cocoa bar.
  9. Have a family holiday movie night.
  10. Drive around and look at Christmas lights.
  11. Attend a holiday-themed play or event.
  12. Create a winter themed craft
  13. Make an ornament.
  14. Bake cookies and deliver to a firehouse.
  15. Build a snowman.
  16. Go sledding.
  17. Pick out and decorate the ‘perfect tree’
  18. Wrap presents.
  19. Make homemade gift tags.
  20. Have a candlelit dinner with your best china.
  21. Read T’was the Night Before Christmas.
  22. Pick out a new Christmas CD and have a dance party.
  23. Go ice skating.
  24. Make an Eggnog milkshake.
  25. Work on a Christmas puzzle as a family.
  26. Make paper snowflakes.
  27. Donate a food box to a local homeless shelter.
  28. Write letters to Santa.

You could hang your board on a wall or do like I do and stick it on your mantel or in a niche.

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season — I know I am!!

 

This week I am linking up to:

Christmas Wreaths

Yep, I’m a sucker for wreaths. I love trying to copy cat them and come up with my own creations as well. I thought I’d share some fun finds with all of you!!

 

1. Berry Wreath

2. Wish Wreath

3. Shimmer Wreath

4. Book & Coffee Filter Wreath

5. Star Wreath

6. Upcycled Felt Wreath

7. Santa’s Keys

8. Felted Sweater Wreath

 

Do you have a special wreath that you display during the holiday season?

Pumpkin Cuties

Ah Halloween Parties — well kids Halloween parties that is!! The kids are having parties at school tomorrow and I signed up to bring the Pumpkin Cuties. These were easy and so cute! Equipment needed: Cuties and Sharpies. Boom. Done!

Do your kids get to have Halloween Parties at school? It seems that so many schools are not allowing kids to dress up and they are also scrapping the parties. This makes me sad! Kids love Halloween and taking away something that has brought so much joy for so many years is a bummer. What do you think? Should the schools still have Halloween Parties?

I’m linking up to these parties:

Decorating Pumpkins with Ribbon

I had seen this cute craft using ribbon and pumpkins across blogland and then a friend had a craft party with a few friends and showed me what she had done. They were so cute and I was sold. I used a couple of pumpkins that I already had, bought ribbon on sale at Michaels and I also found the cute stick on ‘bling’ or jewels {which come in a million different colors and patterns} there. Even though they were adorable, I felt they needed just a little something extra for that “pop”. So I looked a little more and I saw some pumpkins decorated on Autocrat, where she added a fun fringe to the top so I headed back to Michaels and used a lovely 40% off coupon and picked up some of the fringy/fuzzy black yarn. This is what I ended up with. Oh, let me just say that decorating pumpkins was so therapeutic! It was a relaxing craft for sure! I could have decorated an entire pumpkin family :)

What crafts have you done this Fall? What is on your ‘to do list’?

I’m linking up to these parties this week:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sparkly Spider Wreath

 

Oh boy — I have crafted with so many glittery things as of late that my kids are often sparkly just cause they are near it. So in case you see them, no I am not a fancy mom who puts glitter on her kids. I am a messy crafter who doesn’t always get it cleaned up before it finds its way on to my kids faces!

My latest crafting creation was this creepy spider wreath. It was super easy and fun.

 

Materials needed:

  • 1 grapevine wreath
  • 1 can of black spray paint
  • Glitter spiders {Michael’s}
  • Boo sign {Michael’s}
  • Halloween ribbon {Michael’s}
  • Glue gun

Directions:

  • First, spray paint your wreath. You will need a few quotes but it dries quickly. 
  • Second, lay around with where you want your accessories to go.
  • Third, start gluing the spiders and the sign.
  • Fourth, add the ribbon. I just looped it through various places and knotted it – twice. 
The end. You now have a super cute, easy, cheap not too pricey and one of a kind wreath!!
I’m linking up to some super fun places this week!!

Rock n Roll Halloween Wreath

OK — so I am on this tulle wreath kick. First the Autumn one and then I made this one, well the base of it and a friend messaged me and said, “I need a Halloween wreath NOW“. {she was quite bossy so I felt like I had to oblige ;)} I explained what I was creating and she popped over to take a peak. Well I had picked up some accessories and we decided that some creepy skull heads and black roses would give it it just the right added touch. I wrapped it up today and can we say creepy love? It came out so fun and looks very rock n roll to me.

Supplies needed:

  • Wreath form {I used straw} I picked mine up at WalMart but you can also get them at JoAnn or Michaels.
  • Tulle and lots of it. I think I used about 4-5 yards on one wreath? The basic tulle is $1.49-1.99/yard and the fancy glittery stuff can run you $5.99/yard. I only added a bit of that for extra oomph and it saved me some cashola. I shop at JoAnn’s where they always seem to have a coupon. They also have an app for the iPhone that allows you to download the coupons right then and there. They use them right off of your phone. Easy enough, right?
  • Accessories or embellishments {whatever you wanna call them!} I shopped around but really didn’t have luck anywhere besides Michael’s. The skulls and roses come on long stems and run $1.99/each.

Basically it’s an easy, sit in front of the TV kinda craft {the best kind!}. The length of your fabric will depend on your wreath form. Cut lots and lots and lots or strips. Then tie them, twice and continue on. Kinda like Keep Calm and Tie On ;) Just keep on going. At the very end I give it a little trim by pulling the pieces up straight and trimming. I feel like a stylist during this part. For a minute I feel like I should have gone been a hairdresser. Then I know that is not a great idea and I keep on crafting! There is also excessive amounts of tulle scraps and glitter all over my couch. And me. And the house. It’s OK. Make a mess, have fun and clean up later.

Once you have completed phase one, move on to phase two. Cut down the embellishments just enough so that you can stick them in the straw and kinda play with where you want them. You might have to add some hot glue to make it good and permanent.

Voila — you now have an awesome Rock n Roll Halloween Wreath.

I am linking up to some awesome linky parties this week:

 

DIY Fall Wreath

Yes, I do love wreaths. You probably noticed though uh? I saw a version of this on Etsy using only burlap but it had sold. I knew I could whip up my own version. I used a wreath form that cost $1. Of course when I wanted more, the Dollar Store stopped carrying them. Boo! Anyway, a wreath form plus lots of scraps {fabric and burlap} as well as a couple of cute Fall accessories and voila, a fabulous new wreath that is perfect for the Fall season.

It’s pretty easy, cut lots of strips {size depends on how thick your wreath is}. I typically cut a sample size and then use that as my guide to cut several strips. Then tie them around the wreath, around and around and around. You get the idea. I do a double tie so that it stays tied. This is a great way to use of fabric scraps from previous projects and of course you can do this for any occasion.

I have actually made these from tulle as well and they are fun and super easy. They have become my nighttime project for when I am catching up on shows.

 

 

I’ve linked up to the below linky parties: