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Easy Confetti

16 Apr

Good morning friends!  How was your weekend?  Our weekend was pretty crazy.  Jonathan was super sick, and we had a lot of big moving decisions to make.  Moving halfway across the country is crazy!  If any of you have any good moving tips I would love to hear them!

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Today I wanted to share with you a really fun and easy party trick.  The other night Jonathan and I threw a fiesta, and to spice up the table I sprinkled confetti everywhere.  It was SO fun!   All I did to make the confetti was pull out our 3-hole punch and dump all of the leftover paper holes onto the table.  There were a lot of fun colors already in the hole punch, but to add a pop of bright colors I also took some scraps of pink/yellow/purple paper and hole punched those too.  Voila!  Easy Confetti!

DIY Polk-a-dot Cards

21 Jan

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Hello!  Happy Monday friends!  How was your weekend?  We had a great weekend!  As I said before, Jonathan’s parents were in town, and we had such a great time with them.  I don’t have school today so I am spending the last day of my weekend catching up on all my art projects so that I am ready for the week.  Doesn’t it feel good when you are completely caught up?!

Today I have a fun DIY project for you!  The project is fun hand-painted stationary cards.  For this DIY you will only need 4 materials, and you probably have all of them lying around your house!  I am thinking of starting a DIY column where each project only needs 4 materials or less.  What do you think!?  It is just so nice to be able to save money on art projects, and it is especially nice when you have all the materials at home already!  I thought it would be fun to do this DIY project because there is always so many thank you cards to write after the new year.  Now you can make them yourself!  Here are all the directions for this project.  Enjoy!

polkadot cards directions

1. The materials you will need are a pencil with an eraser on it, a felt-tip pen, paint and white card stock.  I used gold paint because I am obsessed with the color (as you can see in this post), but you can use any color!

2. Now, write your desired message on the card stock with your pen.  Then pour a small glob of paint onto a paint palette (or paper plate) and then dip your pencil eraser into the paint.  I found that if you just lightly dip the eraser into the paint it works best.  Also, dip the eraser in the thickest part of the paint glob for the best results.

3. Next, dot the end of the painted covered eraser onto the paper.  Re-apply paint after every dot.  It is also best if you gently dot the paper.

4.  I decided to also dot extra pieces of card stock, leaving a space in the middle to include a message later.  I did this because it is always nice to have stationary on hand, and you can write in the appropriate message depending on the occasion later.

5.  Let the paint dry, and then you are done!  Viola!

DIY Preview

9 Jan

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Hi friends!  I am working on a fun DIY post for you!  It isn’t quite ready yet, but I thought I would post a preview picture so that you have something to look forward to!  I am excited about this upcoming post, and I think you will like it to!

Right now I am trying to get back into the swing of things with school, but once I get settled in, I have some fun projects to share with you.  I have had the opportunity to work with some wonderful clients to create a few products I am really excited about!  So, stay tuned, and I will show you soon!  Until then, I hope you enjoy this wonderful Wednesday!

Gift Wrapping with Kraft Paper Two Ways

14 Dec

Happy Friday!  I am so happy it is almost the weekend!  It has been a busy week so I am excited to do a little relaxing and go on a date with my fabulous husband!

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Today I have a basic DIY for you!  I thought I would share with you my favorite gift wrapping tricks.  First and foremost, my favorite way to wrap gifts is with brown kraft paper.  It is a must craft item I keep in my house at all times.  I love it because you can make all your gifts look different depending on how you want to accent the kraft paper.  Below I have showed you two ways I love to wrap my gifts with kraft paper.  There are millions of other great ways to wrap presents, but these are just a couple of fun examples!

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Vintage Tags:  All you will need for this is kraft paper, a fun type of twine and vintage tags.  For mine, I used red and white striped twine, and I wrapped it around the gift three times.  Then, I tied a bow with the tag attached to the twine.

Painted Letter:  For this gift you will need kraft paper, paint, a paint brush and a stencil of the letter of your choice.  I securely placed the letter stencil on the top of the wrapped gift, and then painted the inside of the stencil red.  I also accented the red letter with a little bit of gold paint.  Voila!

What is your favorite gift wrapping tips?

DIY Christmas Tree Garland

7 Dec

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Hello friends!  I have another fun DIY for you today!  Remember the post awhile back where I showed you how to make a fun pom pom garland for a party?  Well, here is another fun use for the pom pom garland – Christmas tree garland!  Use the instructions here to create the garland and then just stream it up around your tree.  I used bright red poms with white thread for my Christmas tree garland.  I was so happy with how it turned out I decided not to even hang ornaments!  Here are a few more pictures of how our tree turned out.  Enjoy!

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Happy Friday friends!

DIY: Pom Garland

9 Nov
Today I have a really fun DIY for you!  You can make your own pom pom garland in three steps.  And there are only three materials!  Two of the materials you will most likely already have and if so, this project should only cost you about 3 to 4 dollars.  I think this is a great project for decorations when you are throwing a party but it is also fun just for everyday decorations.  I also have plans to make another one for the holidays (when it is time to trim the tree!) so stay tuned for that one as well.  

Materials:
– Sewing needle
– Thread
– 80 to 100 pom poms (I got mine at Michaels)
 
 
Directions:
1. Gather your materials.
2. Next, thread the needle. Then take one pom and thread the needle into the middle of the pom and pull it through onto the thread.  
3. Thread about 80 to 100 poms onto the thread.  I spaced them apart by about 1 0r 2 inches.
 

Pumpkin Carving

23 Oct

Hi friends!  First, I want to say thank you for your kind response to my Christmas Project!  You all were so sweet and we had such a great response!  So thank you!  Also, let me know if you have any questions about custom designs or ordering.  All the designs can be customized to your preferred wording and colors.  Can’t wait to see the designs you choose.  Anyone have a favorite?

Ok, on to other things.  Today I want to show you the pumpkin Jonathan and I carved.

We chose Harry Potter because, well, we both LOVE Harry Potter and it seemed so festive!

After we carved our HP pumpkin we watched the final Harry Potter movie and roasted pumpkin seeds.  It was magical.

One other thing I wanted to highlight, was that we used the silhouette effect where the candle light shows through the negative space instead of through the letters.  I had never done this technique before but I really liked it.  The Ruche blog has some great printable stencils for carving pumpkins that I think would be really cute for carving your pumpkins this way that you can find here.

Happy pumpkin carving friends!

DIY: Magazine Wrapping Paper

16 Oct

I have a fun and very easy DIY project for you.  I am introducing a new column to my blog where we will be transforming household items into new fun things.  The first item we will transform are magazine pages.  I seem to accumulate tons of magazines around my house and here is a fun way to use all those magazines.  Today we are making wrapping paper out of magazine pages.  This project only requires four materials and you will probably have it all lying around your house!

Materials: Magazine (my favorite is Anthropologie), tape, twine and gift tag

Instructions: 1. Gather your materials. 2. Choose the magazine pages you like and arrange them in a large square/rectangle shape (the size will depend on the object you would like to wrap).  Then tape them all together on the front and back.  You don’t need to tape the entire edge of each piece, just parts of them.  3.  Wrap your gift with the paper and then wrap twine around the gift with a tag.  I used a cute vintage tag for mine.  And you are done!  It is that easy!  I hope you enjoy.

DIY: Gold Heart Painting

2 Oct

Today I have another fun (and easy) DIY project for you.  This painting doesn’t cost very much money in supplies and everyone can make it!  I was getting sick of some of the art we had in our house so I used a canvas I had already painted on and made a new painting over top.  Here are the rest of the materials you will need as well as the directions.   Enjoy!

This project was a little time consuming because it took awhile to glue all the book pages to the canvas and I also needed to let my paint dry a few different times but, overall, I am really happy with the way it turned out.  Originally, I was going to include a bright pink stripe somewhere on the heart but decided not to after I saw the finished product with just the gold heart.  Sometimes simple is better, right?!  What do you think, should I include the pink too?

I hope you enjoyed this DIY project!  Have a wonderful day!

How to package cookies

13 Sep
I have a fun post for you today.  Something I am always trying to do is think of creative ways to show the people I love how much I care about them.  Since Jonathan has been in Portland for the last month, I wanted to do something special for him so I decided to bake him cookies.  But, I wanted to spice it up a little and here is the project I came up with.  Inside the box I wrapped the cookies in sets of two so that they can stay fresh and they can also be easily transported to work or school.  This is a fun way to get creative and show someone you care.  Here are the instructions.Materials: parchment paper, washi tape, scissors, tissue and/or crepe paper, glue and twine (wire and wire cutter if you follow paper flower tutorial instructions but I just used twine)
 
Instructions:
1. Cut parchment paper into squares.
2. Fold two opposite sides of the paper over the cookie.  Then fold the other two sides in.
3. Place a piece of washi tape over the top corner to secure the paper.  And, because it looks cute!
4. Line a box with tissue paper and place the individual cookie packages in two rows in the box.
5. Make paper flowers using ohhappyday‘s fabulous tutorial found here.
6. Wrap box with tissue paper.  I didn’t wrap the whole box,  but instead, I just did a thick piece down the middle.
7. Wrap twine around the package a few time and then secure paper flowers to the package with the twine, finishing with a bow.
 
And, you are done!  Voila!
 
I hope you enjoy this project!  It is pretty fun and easy to make.  Also, I am thinking about starting a new column with other ideas on creative ways to show people you care.  Thoughts?