At the store yesterday, Sydney couldn’t get enough of all the snow globes and little christmas town accessories. So, today we decided to combine the two elements and create our own waterless snow globes!
For my version of waterless snow globes I added a personal touch with our own photos!
This is also a special way you can give and display your family holiday photo.
Here’s what I used:
old jars, cleaned
mini street lamps
1. Wash and dry all your lids.
2. Gather your festive accents, I chose items that would go along with our photos.
3. Spray your jar lids, I used gold. Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area.
4. Print photos, and feel free to embellish and decorate them!
5. Assemble all the pieces using double sided tape and glue*.
6. For a more finished look, spray the backside of your jar. This will hide any visible tape or glue on the backside of your photo.
*Tip: I glue cotton balls into my lids to give some height and dimension. The fake snow is loose in the jars, and will sit nicely on top of the cotton. Be sure to keep all glue, cotton, and accents away from the edges of the lid to avoid any issues with closing the jars.
I originally made this garland last season, but I like it so much I’m making it again this year! So I thought I would share it with all of you. I found packages of white, silver, and gold doilies at a thrift shop for a dollar. You can also find them at your local craft store. Just thread the doilies onto some string or twine, and hang! Easy as pie. One little tip to threading the doilies: wrap the end of yarn/string with tape. Now you have a rigid end to weave through the small holes in the paper doilies. This is a versatile garland that can go up now, and stay up ’til Easter!
I have been enjoying a long weekend away in New York with my sister and mom. So thankful for my superman husband who has been busy working and taking care of Sydney! I am one lucky gal! Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve been up to:
I helped my sister with a super quick mini facelift in her room. She bought the lamp at a local store, and we picked up the super cool mechanical drawing for free on the curb!
Christmas ideas are already popping up everywhere. I swear it happens earlier every year, I won’t be surprised if we start seeing Christmas decorations in June next year! Anyways, since I am a blogger now, I do need to start thinking about the holidays sooner than later. So, as I get started on some fun ideas for our house this year, I wanted to share some great advent calendars I came across this week. Enjoy!
I love this simple blackboard, paper bag, and clothes pin idea from Lovely Things. It’s simply beautiful!
After a very chilly night of tricks and treats, and a little too much candy, Sydney and I are feeling a under the weather today. As a result, we have decided to spend the entire afternoon relaxing indoors and getting healthy again. So, today I thought I would share some of my favorite rainy day craft ideas for kids. Enjoy!
1. Making Slime is always a fun time!
2. With $1 Birdhouses just break out some craft supplies and get creative!
3. Glow Jars are a reader favorite
4. Play pirates and Make your own telescope!
5. Stick People are a fun craft, and they promote imaginative play and story telling
6. With some oil and whole wheat flour, have an indoor beach day with Moon Sand fun.
7. And the classic homemade Playdoh is always a kid favorite!
8. Have some unmatched socks laying around? It’s Sock-topus time! 9. Make Pasta Necklaces with some dry pasta, food coloring, and rubbing alcohol.
10. Chances are you have all the ingredients for some homemade Puffy Paint art.
And, I will most likely be spending some quality time on Pinterest during nap time today, so be sure to follow me here!
Trick or Treat! I hope everyone has a fantastic Halloween! Sydney has finally settled on being a cat tonight and is soooo excited to hit the streets on her quest for candy. If you’re looking for any last minute decor or costume ideas, be sure to check out my Halloween Round Up. Have a wonderful day!
Good morning, and happy Monday! After spending most of October focusing on Halloween projects and ideas, I have decided to take a break from the Holidays and focus on my usual diy, interior design, and kids craft posts. So today I bring you some clever and creative ideas for tackling those hallways that you just don’t know what to do with. There are some great ideas out there, and here are just a few.
To make a bold statement in our own hallway, I opted for a neutral paint color that really packed a punch. Charcoal walls create drama, and contrast nicely against the white woodwork. A collage of family photos adds a personal touch.
I found this amazing hallway on Savvy Home Blog. If you have the room, why not go for a hallway library. I love this look, and you could even put cabinet doors or bins on the bottom shelves for some extra storage space. Image via Coburn Architecture.
Sometimes more is more. And this hallway is the perfect example. If you have a long hallway and want to fill up those walls and create visual interest, tell a story with floor to ceiling, wall to wall collages. Image via Elle Decor.
Today I am going to unleash my inner nerd and share some fantastic finds, all inspired by one of my all time favorite movies… Labyrinth. I actually dressed up as Jareth for Halloween a few years ago, and was reminissing this morning, thinking I must do it again sometime! Then I came across this ADORABLE plush goblin on etsy. Love.
Happy Thursday everyone! October has proven to be quite the competitive month. I started off with a costume giveaway, then was honored to be a finalist in the Fiber One Snackcessory Challenge, there is still time to vote by the way, and now I am excited to be a finalist in the HomeGoods Devilish Decor Photo Challenge! And you should enter too! You have until the 28th to snap a pic of your festive Halloween decorations and enter for a chance to win a $500 gift card! Click here for more info!
After making several halloween costumes this month, I have a bunch of leftover felt scraps. The thrifty girl in me would hate to just toss it all, so I decided to put it to good use and make some felt coasters! This is a super simple craft, even the little kiddos can help out. Plus you can sit and do it while watching a movie.
All you need are scraps of felt, cut into strips (try and get the strips to all be the same width). Then a little fabric glue or hot glue, and some time.
Start by lining the inside of a felt strip with a bead of glue, then just roll. Keep doing this until you get your desired size, alternating colors.
You can make larger ones to use for hot pots and pans, and why not even place mats?
Good Afternoon! Today I bring you a guest post with some great pointers for flea market shopping, my favorite pastime! The folks over at Urbanara offer up some great tips for finding the perfect pieces for your home. Enjoy and happy shopping!
Here are a couple recent treasures I scooped up:
Aren’t they stunning? I spotted them, and instantly fell in love!
Flea Market Shopping Guide:
(guest post courtesy of Urbanara)
Here at URBANARA, tucked away in Mitte, Berlin, we are surrounded by a great range of flea markets selling the best in vintage fashion, to beautiful homemade jewelry and beautiful antiques. Ranging from the mighty Mauerpark, to the host of Turkish markets that dot the city every Saturday and Sunday, Berlin is a flea marketers dream. Let URBANARA give you the best tips for making your Sunday morning trip to the market as fruitful and stress free as possible.
1. Early bird catches the worm: This might be quite obvious but always arrive early for the best deal and the most beautiful items. Flea markets are becoming a really popular and fashionable way to decorate your apartment so very often the first hours are the most valuable. Get down there early to catch the bargains and find the best buys of the day before someone else snatches them up!
2. Think outside the box: Find new uses for antique pieces. Furniture is probably the easiest to do this with. Use dressers as sideboards, a sofa for Continue reading →
Good Morning and Happy Friday! So far October has been full of fun Halloween ideas and DIYs. As the 31st is quickly approaching, I decided to put together a little roundup of the festive costume and decor tutorials I did this month. Enjoy!
We don’t have a fireplace, so when it comes to decorating for seasons & holidays I turn to our buffet. It’s a focal point in our home, and makes for a great mantel alternative! This year almost all our halloween decorations are black, white, and gold. And everything is either from the dollar store, around the house, or an easy diy!
Here are all the parts and pieces, and how I made them:
I created the bunting with black construction paper, chalk, and gold string. A few bats are strung on fishing line and hung from the ceiling. They appear to be flying, and my daughter loves this touch! I also used the black netting, which originally held brussle sprouts, to disguise our Jambox and make it part of the decor. And a few paper pinwheels and a crow from the dollar store make a cute arrangement to give some height to the collection. You can find tutorials on my drippy candles, gold studded pumpkins, and mummy candles by clicking the links below:
If you remember a little while back, I announced the winner to my ThredupDIY Halloween Costume Giveaway. It was a reader who had a great idea for a lumberjack costume. Well, this weekend I put the finishing touches on the costume and suited Sydney up for a little photoshoot. I absolutely adore the outcome, and I hope you do too!
The beard is essential to this costume, and it was pretty easy to make. I started out with three shades of brown felt. I used a piece of paper to create a template for the beard shape, and then cut the shape out of my darkest felt. To add some dimension and character, I cut several scallop edged strips out of the two lighter felts. Next, I used a sewing machine to attach and layer these strips to the beard. You can skip the sewing machine and use glue if you’d like. Once layered, I trimmed off all the excess felt. Then attach a piece of elastic for the band, and it’s ready to wear!
To add to the look, I cut an axe out of cardboard, and adorned it with silver spray paint and a faux bois paper. Jeans, boots, a flannel, and of course a beanie finish off the outfit.
Now it’s time I get started on Sydney’s halloween costume! After going through a few ideas, I think she’s finally made a final decision to be a cat!
And don’t forget there is still time to vote for my Fiber One Snackcessory! You can vote once daily, so please click and help send me to Fashion Week!
Then, theres these gorgeous pumpkins by Alisa Burke. I think I would have had to make these with fake pumpkins, because I’d never be able to throw them away!
Sydney and I are finishing up some Halloween decor at our house this weekend, and I hope these beautiful pictures have inspired you to do the same! If you have a pic of your festive decor or craft that you’d like to share, please email it to me! email@example.com. Have a fabulous weekend! And don’t forget to check out the Fiber One Snackcessory and vote for your favorite entry, which of course I hope is mine ; )
I was going through the craft drawer the other day, and I came across some of the paper lanterns from Sydney’s Alice in Wonderland birthday party. I immediately knew we had to make jack-o-lanterns out of the orange ones!
All you need is an orange paper lantern, some glue, and black glitter. You could also use paper, felt, or even just paint to create the faces. Personally, Sydney and I just can’t get enough glitter!
Using lots of glue, I drew on the eye and mouth shapes.
Then Sydney helped me pour on the glitter.
We put a few in Syd’s room, and they make the perfect Halloween night lights!
There are a lot of great pumpkin pie pancake recipes out there, but I opted for a quick and easy version this morning. I made my usual pancake batter, then set it aside. In a small bowl I mixed 4tbsp pumpkin puree, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp ground ginger, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon. The add the pumpkin mixture to your pancake batter, and you can add a couple more tablespoons of pancake mix if desired. Then cook as usual. I warmed our maple syrup, and added a sprinkling of cinnamon to make them extra yummy.
If you have a little more time on your hands, Martha Stewart has a great recipe.
I am so excited to be in the final 10 for the Fiber One Snackcessory Challenge. Please click here to vote for my design, the Snack Attack!! You can vote once daily. Just enter your info, click on gallery, find and click on my design to vote. I appreciate all your support! If I win and make it to Fashion Week, I will be sure to sure the experience with all of you!
You do have to enter an email, but it’s only for voting purposes. You can see the step by step on how I made my snackcessory here.
Sydney and I have spent this past week helping my mom recover from foot surgery, and when we went to get her flowers I knew I had to do something to make the arrangement feel as fall like as possible. Her house was lacking a festive touch. That’s when the pumpkins caught my eye, and I recalled a pin I had seen last week. So I broke out the carving knife, cleaned out the pumpkin, added a low vase, some water, and beautiful flowers. This is a simple way to create a stunning centerpiece!