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:

Daily Deals by Fabulous Crafters – Groopdealz, Very Jane and Pick Your Plum

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love crafty people and I love me some deals! So I wanted to share a couple of my favorite daily deal websites. Basically you subscribe to these and then the daily deals pop up in your inbox. One of my favorite things is that you find awesome things and you can stock up for occasions such as birthdays or holidays. I’ve gotten everything from handmade signs to pillow covers and even jewelry.

Groopdealz – here are just a few of the fun things up for grabs right now for amazing deals.

 

 

 

Pick Your Plum features a daily deal Monday – Friday at 7am. Today’s deal is these tin sign boards.  

 

Very Jane is probably one that I have purchased from the most. They have several deals running daily.

 

 

I love homemade items. I feel like there is so much love behind these items so it makes me feel good to share them with friends and family. Do you have a go to place for gifts? Do tell 😉

Fall Tulle Wreath

I love making wreaths. It’s one of many ways for me to be creative. My favorite wreath as of late is this fluffy beautiful Fall one made of tulle. It took about 7 yards total and I used 4 different colors. Three were matte but then I added in a shiny gold as well. I found the wreath accessories at JoAnn’s. Well, I decided to share this wreath on Facebook and guess what? A friend wanted  it ASAP. So I sold it. Then I went out and bought more materials to make another. Maybe I’ll get to keep this one? 😉

I also made a few other tulle wreaths which I don’t have photos of {I know, my bad}. I made one last year for a craft faire. It was red and white and mimicked a candy cane. I also made one for my son’s ‘girlfriend’ {it’s OK, we are good friends with the parents and they are on board with the whole arranged marriage thing, ha ha}. I went all girly since I don’t get to do that all that often around here. It was full of pinks and purples with a couple of big flowers. It couldn’t have been more girly, seriously. Fluffy tulle plus pinks and purples?

Alright — I’m off to create another wreath now. Have a fabulous day!!

Oh, be sure to head on over to Southern Hospitality Blog. She is having a linky party for outside Fall decor. I didn’t want to be left out so of course I joined 😉

Hurrah for Teachers

I am not a teacher nor do I feel worthy of being one. I believe that it is one of the most challenging and underpaid careers out there {my own belief — please don’t yell at me if you feel different ;)}. I have friends and a sister that are teachers. I know that they work very hard and sometimes don’t get the respect that they deserve. I also know that I can barely manage my two kids and they manage upwards of 30. So again — they are rock-stars to me!! So aside from the fact that I think teachers rock, it also happens to be the kick off to a new school year. In honor of that and awesome teachers, I wanted to share some fun gifts to start your child’s teacher off on a happy note.rock-stars

Funky Polka Dot Giraffe created this super fun Teachers Survival Bucket. I actually created my own version of this which you will see below.

Below is my version, I left a few things off of the list and switched up a few things {I added a Starbucks gift card but didn’t add the reusable cup} but I think it came out super cute.

The list of what is included — Funky Polka Dot Giraffe has a printable which is much cuter but I had to delete some things so I recreated my own and I don’t have many fonts on my Mac yet. Click here for her free downloadable print. I did add a few school days stickers after I took these photos which dressed them up a bit.

My basket – using baskets I already had {from the Target dollar bins at Christmas time}.

Happy Clippings offered up this idea by repurposing an old can, wrapping colored pencils around it, securing with a  rubber band and pretty ribbon and then using it as a vase by adding some pretty flowers.

 

The Diary of Dave’s Wife did a cute little gift using a soda and a printable that says, “Soda-lighted you are my teacher.” She has the printable on her site. So cute and simple!!

Oh Whipperberry, how I <3 you!! This idea using a rain boot is adorable!!

Catered Crop was showcasing some stamps but I thought this jar of  licorice with the attached, “You’re the sweetest” was a perfect teacher treat.

Everyday Scrapbook added a bunch of pencils to a reusable iced coffee cup {or tea .. or water.. or vodka, wait – did I say that?}. I love these cups and they make for a great gift alone but stocked full of pencils? Awesome!! Maybe stick a Starbucks gift card in the inside too?

Brandy’s Crafts is right up my alley with her ‘One Smart Cookie’ teacher gift. Cause I like to bake cookies and stuff 😉

I hope you enjoyed these fun and creative ideas <3 Remember, be thankful for your teachers — they work so hard!!

 

 

Lego Birthday Party

My little one turned 7 last week — wow, that went SUPER FAST!! For his birthday party we decided on a Lego theme. It was so much fun and pretty easy actually. I love that they kids got to interact and also be creative. It was fun for them and a fun party theme for this mama too.

Here is the run down on what I did …

First off, I utilized the primary color scheme since there are so many options. I also love that Lego is an ever popular toy among boys and girls. It is one of those things that kids of all ages can get into building and creating. I was able to use a few things I already had at home for centerpieces and displays.

  • Lego candy came from Snooks Candy Store in Folsom.
  • Lego candy molds came from the Lego Store and Amazon. I used the melting chips from Michaels for the cupcake toppers. They were so easy to make and added a special touch to the cupcakes.
  • The Happy Birthday printable was a free find at eighteen25, they have so many fun and fabulous printables!
  • The Happy Birthday banner came from Target.
  • Goodie bags were also from Target and I found the matching paper to make them look like Legos at Michaels. I used a circle punch and raised adhesive dots to make them stick out. I filled the goodie bags with various primary colored goodies like salt  water taffy, a packet of Lemonhead drink mix, a deck of cards and a silly straw. Most of these items came from the dollar store so I didn’t spend a fortune.
  • The amazing Lego cookies were made by my creative sister Carly. She is not in blog land though 😉
  • I used the July 4th Funfetti cake mix and plain ol’ primary colored cupcake wrappers.
  • I also made Lego shaped ice cubes using Grape Koolaid and then we dropped the ice cubes in a glass of Sierra Mist. It was a fun added dose of sugar 😉 Isn’t that what kids parties are all about? Actually .. come to think of it, I like sugar at my own birthday parties! That and cheese and most often, wine.
  • I also did a “guess the amount of Legos in the jar” game. Usually I do this with Jelly Beans but I went for the Lego theme and then the prize was a $5 gift card to our local fro yo shop, Rockin’ Frog. My friend Kelly helped her lil’ girl guess 160 and there were 162. Wow! Talk about close!!

I also had the kids play a few games and gave out gold coins to the winners {I rewarded everyone at the end with a gold coin for their efforts}. The categories I used were:

  • Build the tallest Lego
  • Build the most creative Lego
  • Build a shape using Legos
I love themed parties and I will say, this was one of the most fun and creative parties I have thrown. Well, that and the carnival theme but that was a few years back. I <3 parties!! Besides, aren’t they little for only so long?
Do you host parties at home or take them to venues outside of your house? I’d love to hear about your party planning ideas!

The kids had a blast and their creativity was so much fun to watch!

A Little Slice of American Pie

Yep — I’m a mantel changer but I have never done a 4th of July inspired mantel. I decided this was the year. After finding several fun printables on Pinterest, I felt inspired. This is what I came up with using several items I had on hand as well as a couple of new buys.

Here is what I used and the sources if applicable:

  • Seasonal Wreath – Jo-Ann Fabric – I wanted this one for awhile and I think I finally got it on sale for $14.99 from $39.99
  • America Banner – my own creation using burlap, red paint, stencils and twine to connect the squares.
  • #4 –  Steinmart  – $14.99 {I can reuse it as we are a family of ‘4’}
  • Jar with beans – I picked up 3 bags of beans for around $6, the star is something old from Michaels
  • Red wooden star – Something old, I’ve had this for many years.
  • Red, white and blue tart warmer – Another oldie
  • Photo frame — another oldie that I held on too. I love the picture of our family of 4 from July 4th, 2010.
  • Framed printable – The Scrap Shoppe offers this free printable. I used a white frame with blue matting that I actually had on hand.
  • Red candle – Target

There you have it — My 1st ever 4th of July mantel which I am also calling, A Little Slice of American Pie.

I linked up to a summer mantel link party over at The Lettered Cottage — check it out and be prepared to be inspired 🙂



Creative Valentines {non foodie creations}

Love is in the air. Can you feel it?? It is that sweet time of year when kids are picking out Valentines cards or creating something special and unique — probably with the help of mamas {hand raised over here}. It seems that there are more and more kids with food allergies. Some schools have very strict rules about what you can and can not bring to share as far as foodie treats to holiday parties. Some schools even enforce a ‘no treat’ rule. This being said, I wanted to share some fabulously creative ideas for non-edible Valentines. I am about to submerge myself into handmade Valentines with my boys. I found this super cute idea over at Whipperberry and I just HAVE TO DO IT! It’s such a sweet way to share the love on Valentines Day. I used a couple of 40% off coupons at Michaels to buy the heart molds and then I searched {and searched and searched} on-line for a rolling alphabet stamp. There are more listed today then there was when I bought mine and they are in South Korea so ship time wouldn’t work if you wanted it for this Valentines Day which is *gasp* a week from today!! I love how it is something non edible and the saying is so sweet!

Here are some more sweet and creative ideas. There are so many printables out there to help you create a lovely and custom package as well. Just do a search for “free Valentines printables”.

This idea for this little bookmark is super easy and it can be used time and time again. Plus it’s great for little readers. They will love having something special for their favorite books.

These sweet pencils are handy and have a fun message on them. She custom ordered her’s but you can find Valentines pencils at Target 20 for $2.00. I actually picked some up for my kiddos class this morning.

I do love owls so this sweet card really stood out to me. They show a pencil or a lolli but obviously, for non food Valentines I’d use a pencil.

Kids love bouncy balls {and they keep them busy for awhile too}. This cute idea says, “Valentine, you make my heart bounce”.

You’d have to move fast to get this one done in time {we are at nearly 30 kids per class so I couldn’t get this done in time!} but the friendship bracelet is a fun way to say, “thanks for being my friend”.

G*Rated featured this idea for giving play-dough as a gift. If you have younger kiddos, Play-dough is always a hit. You can buy the little ones, stick them in a bag with this cute printable or click here for directions on how to make your own.

I plan to do something similar to this for my kids teachers. I picked up some red mugs today and I want to do their teachers 1st name initial. Click here for that fun Anthropology inspired idea.

There you have it ~ some sweet and fabulous ways to share the love on Valentines Day. If you are looking for foodie options, Design Finch shared 50 ideas for creating Valentines.

Are you a store bought or handmade Valentine giver? I’d love to hear your ideas.

Valentine’s Day Mantel

Ah yes, another holiday is another reason for my to switch up my mantel. As I may have mentioned, I am not typically drawn to pink. Sometimes I adore pink like on babies or my sweet friend Kelly who adores pink and wears it so well but mostly I like earthy colors. Except that one blue. You know, the one that seems to be everywhere as of late. A bit of a light turquoise/robins egg/grayish blue. It’s somewhere in that color pallet and I <3 that color. My obsession with blue is not what this post is about though so let me move on …

Home Stories of A to Z is doing a fun lil’ Valentine’s linky party. I love linky parties! My color pallets was cream, red and black. I saw this fun art piece at Homegoods and just had to have it. The best part? My friends come over and act like they are taking an eye test. It’s quite comical watching them cover an eye and read the letters. They think they are pretty funny 😉

I also added a fun chalkboard {thanks to a thrift store frame that I turned into a chalkboard for under $2}

And one of my favorite parts? The pennants I added using some jute, burlap ribbon and then I cut out some black hearts to tie it all together.

So there you have it ~ My Valentine’s mantel.

Christmas Crafting and Gift Giving Ideas

Tis the season ~ and my how fast it is going! Insert sigh. I get so sad at how fast this time of year is. How about you? Are you all about the season or ready to see the craziness end? I never seem to do all that I want to do. Thanks to Pinterest I am reminded of the million and one ideas that I’d LIKE to do. It’s OK, I seem to do plenty and it is all so much fun! The kids are officially on Winter Break as of 12:35pm yesterday. After two days of parties and some very cute renditions of Christmas songs and The Night Before Christmas, I am ready for things to slow down. No schedules and time with my kids to be Merry & Bright. Of course on the list is some holiday crafting! Some of the below we will do and others are on the future holiday to do list. Enjoy!

Whole Living Magazine shared this idea for herbal firestarters. A warm, cozy fire that smells good? Sign me up!

Oh Martha — she just has some of the best ideas! You can find so many ideas on her site but I will share some of my faves with you.

Pipecleaner candy canes. Too cute {and easy!}

Seed packet ornaments. My in-laws would get a kick out of this idea! What a fun way to decorate for an avid gardener.

 A great way to use old buttons.

I have wanted to do this idea for a couple of years. I even bought the cookie cutters but that is as far as I have gotten 😉

Homemade lip gloss? Yes really. This cute idea came from Cheeky Kitchen.

I heart wood blocks and all of the things you can do with them. I really love this idea for wooden photo holders over at Under the Table and Dreaming.

I also found these fab no sew wine bags on Under the Table and Dreaming. I have the felt but I have not made them … yet!

Every year we make plates of treats for the neighbors. As part of our gift, we also prepare a bag of reindeer food for the little ones in the house. The boys help me assemble these bags. The Idea Room had a little blog post and a printable for this sweet idea today.

Once again Pinterest strikes ~ this time I saw these glizty cardboard stars on a site called Make Something. They are so fun! Apparantly they were used in a store front window display but hmmmm, they sure would add to my decor. Perhaps strung loosely across the ceiling? They are fun and simple.

Do you have any holiday crafting or easy gift ideas? I’d love to hear them. Happy Holidays. May they be full of all things happy for you and yours.

Getting Crafty with Advent Calendars

I see so many ideas of crafts I’d like to do. Especially now that Pinterest has become a part of my world. I do {heart} Pinterest!! I recently hosted a little Holiday Open House to showcase some of my crafts. It was first attempt at hosting such a thing and I think it went well. I sold some, had requests for other things and learned a lot! I had some other fabulous vendors here as well. Curious? Here are the Etsy links:

Buffalo Hill Designs {hey, that’s me!! My shop doesn’t have a lot at the moment due to holiday events and keeping my home stocked to sell.}

K Andez It’s a Bow Thing {who happens to be my cousin as well — craftiness runs in the family :)}

Love Your Body Essentials

Lumen Candles

The Local Honey Market

Now aside from all the fun I had at my Open House, I wanted to share one of my creations with you. Maybe it will inspire you to get crafty or at least do an Advent Calendar with your kids. Or maybe you will contact me and say, “Hey, I’d love to buy one of those nifty advent boards you made.” Which by the way, I have not listed them on Etsy but they are $35 {shameless plug over here!!} Regardless, I wanted to share them because I think they came out so cute! Instead of goodies, I put little notes in each day that gave something to do. These are special things to do as a family. Won’t you remember the moments instead of candy? I found this idea on Pinterest, click here to see the original.