Valentines Day Fun

Well hello February. I’ve found several awesome ideas for Valentines. Maybe it’s because this is the last year of elementary school for my youngest but I am feeling super nostalgic. I really want to soak up this last bit of parties. This is a holiday that I try and make extra special. I don’t typically do the store bought cards but instead I find something fun via the web (hello Pinterest). There are so many fabulous ideas – some food related, some not. I also found some fun decor. Read on for my favorite 5 treats to share and decorations that inspire.

Creations by Kara is offering up laughs with this fun Valentine.

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Catch my Party created these ‘smart’ Valentines.

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My Name is Snickerdoodle came up with this Kool idea.

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It’s Always Autumn used Starbursts in her Valentines. This one is on my ‘make’ list for sure.

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These sweet heart magnets over at The Connections We Share are a sweet, non foodie treat.

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Now moving on to my 5 fave decor ideas.

I am loving this little tree of hearts over at Simply + Kierste.

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If you follow me then you know that I am a HUGE fan of printables. I love this one at The Cake Blog.

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DIY Beautify created this sweet heart pallet board.

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Lux and Lace shared this neutral burlap LOVE pennant.

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This heart shaped wreath over at Bower Power Blog is unique. I love how they used grey yarn instead of pink, red or white which are so traditional in Valentines decor.

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I hope you enjoyed some of my favorite Valentines finds. If you’d like to see all of the LOVEly things I’ve pinned for this super sweet holiday, click here and you can visit my Valentines Pinterest Board. I hope your February is sweet.

Spring Fever

Yes, Punxsutawney Phil apparently saw his shadow so we now have 6 more weeks of winter. My allergies tell me different. Ah-choo! The temps in California have been anything but winter like. I live in Northern California where the temps have been in the low 70’s. We had our windows open today. People are skiing in nearby Tahoe in short sleeves, kids are swimming in their backyards here in my little town. I was in Southern California over the weekend and the weather was in the 80’s. It’s February people. And we are in an awful drought. But — people have Spring Fever. I am guilty of going and getting a pedicure and wearing capris & flip flops.

I also did a little freshening up around the house. I said goodbye to my red pillows and accessories from Christmas and then Valentine’s. I made a trip to HomeGoods and picked up a few specks of green to add to what I already had. I am feeling the whole less is more lately. I have lots of Spring decor but I am not quite feeling the pops of pink that comes with Easter so we are staying with the green. A few throw pillows, an occasional green candle {which it’s really hard to find one that doesn’t smell like melon or grass, neither of which I like}. I bought some cute green throw rugs for the kitchen and shopped my house for some other pops of green.

Here are some fun finds in my current color obsession {If you’ve followed me for long, you know my obsession changes often.}

This little green table is just adorable. She found it for $6! Wow! Score eh? {all sources are under the photos – click to be redirected}.

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For a beautiful and natural centerpiece, how about apples and hydrangeas in a clear vase. Perfection.

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This bathroom. Sigh. I have a thing for guest bathrooms or I should probably say, redecorating them. This shower curtain is a Pottery Barn beauty but she found it at Goodwill for 50 cents. What? Shut the front door. That is crazy {and lucky}.

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Pillows are my go to for a quick room refresh. Someday I might show you my closet full of throw pillows. I may or may not need an intervention. Anyway, I love these cuties. Especially the one with a bit of burlap.

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This green stove is just swoon worthy. It would certainly make a bold statement in a kitchen.

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This is the wreath that I have on my front door. It was a bit pricey for me but I really loved the simplicity of it. I love that it is not seasonal so it feels perfect for so many months out of the year. I did have a coupon as well which helped. Plus with my Red Card I saved another 5%.

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So there you have a few fun items that I am loving right now. Do you have Spring fever or are you ready for more cold days?

My Latest Color Obsession

It started with this fabulous bedroom decor over at Life in Grace. And then it pretty much just snowballed from there. Turquoise and coral. Oh how I love thee. The blue ranges from a true turquoise to a minty greenish blue. The coral ranges from pinky to orange. I love it all. So I’d like a scoop of pretty blue with a scoop of coral on top please. Do you get my point? If I have not convinced you yet, let me try with photos.

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Mason JarsSource – The Shabby Chic Wedding on Etsy

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 FramesSource Etsy, The Speckeld Egg

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Now I should go. I am getting all caught up on Pinterest and Etsy finding these amazing things to share with you. Before I know it, I will be repainting my house and shopping for accessories in this lovely color scheme. Do you have a favorite color? Does your decor change or stay the same? I could change mine often if it wasn’t for the lack of moolah. Not that I don’t do a bit here or there on a budget. Reshopping my own home is a great way to decorate too.

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?

Felt Flower Autumn Wreath

I saw this wreath at Living Locurto some time ago and I just had to try it myself. The original tutorial was over at Little Things Bring Smiles It was a lot of tracing and cutting and then more cutting but it was the perfect activity for me while watching TV {cause I need to be busy while watching TV}. Yes, the hand cramps from cutting eventually go away 😉

I used 30 squares of felt {5 for $1.00 at Michaels on sale}, 1 18 inch grapevine wreath {buy one, get one half off at JoAnn’s – $4.99 regular price each}, I had the Autumn Sticker as well as the stick and sign to stick it on. Each felt square allowed for 3 circles using a CD as a template. There was leftover felt which of course I will save for some other project down the line.

I might actually add a big bow just to dress it up a bit.

I am actually working on one using a grapevine wreath spray painted white and then adding light grey rosettes for winter. I will probably add a big red bow and call it good. It’s half way done so I am sure I will be sharing that with you soon!

What do you hang on your door for Fall decor? I like to add something to the inside and outside of my front door.

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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!!

Halloween Decorating

What a spooky, crazy and fabulous holiday Halloween is. I just finished up the inside of my house and what fun I had. I love doing the mantel change up for every season and of course I always do the niches and buffet table in my dining room. This year I was inspired by Tatortots and Jello and her fabulous kitchen cabinet display. I had to do a little something to mine as well. It’s not quite as amazing as her’s but I do love it!! I already picked up some red and white dishes to do it up again for Christmas.

Here is my decorated cabinet. I picked up the black and white striped/polka dots goodies at where else? HomeGoods. I also bought the adorable scalloped cake plate there. The bowls I already had and the coffee mugs came from Anthropolgie awhile ago. I adore them. Oh, the owls? Target bargain bin and Marshalls. My shopping spots are pretty much consistent if you couldn’t tell 😉

My mantel which I love. Please note the little pumpkin guy and his sparkly sign. I don’t remember where I got him but he’s one of my favorite Halloween decorations ever. The sign came from the gift shop at High Hill Ranch at Apple Hill.

I made this Halloween chalkboard last year. I used an old frame and a friend wrote on it for me. I loved her writing so much that I left it alone from last year. Thankfully she used a chalkboard pen so it lasted. I found the black garland at Michaels, the candleholders hold cute little pumpkins and I made the Trick or Treat bunting with scrapbook paper and stickers.Oh, also I added a Candy Corn candle from Yankee to make the room smell like Halloween.

Then I got a little crafty and painted some pumpkins with chalkboard paint – warning, the paint peels off easy so be gentle. I used some scraps of b&w fabric and a spooky spider place setting. This is the first thing people see when they walk through my front door.

I also got crafty and made this easy and cute rag bunting. I cut a piece of twine that was a little longer then the mirror in my dining room and cut strips of fabric that I had on hand. I think it really adds a pop of color to my giant black mirror. What do you think?

 

Of course behind the dining room table is the buffet table. I found this adorable Boo set at Hallmark. I scooped up the second to the last one and then my friend got the last one the next day. Isn’t it fun? The tiny skeletons in the jar came from the Dollar Store. A whole strand of them was only a $1. I picked up several. I found the shiny pumpkin at Marshalls and the shiny candle holder was on clearance at HomeGoods. I just set a real pumpkin on top.

We also have a Halloween Countdown sign. I picked it up last year at JoAnn’s but I’m pretty sure I saw them again this year. The kids have fun counting down the days.

I already had this wreath up for Fall but I set a little Boo sign inside of it to ‘spook’ it up a bit.

 

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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.

 

 

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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 😉