Saturday, December 31, 2011
To ring in the new year I want to re-cap my all time favorite Top Ten DIY projects of the year. It has almost been one year since I started this blog so to celebrate I want to show off (one more time) my favorite projects so far.
In no order at all I will list them for you (with links of course).
Number 1: Poinsettia Pillow
here so be sure to head over and see what to do to make your own for next year (you can never be too early).
Number 2: Gift Card Wallets
Number 3: I-Pad Cover
here to get directions on how to make them.
Number 4: Lavender Laundry Soap
(which I got from another blog and is linked to on the post) but overall it was just a beautiful powdered soap I made. The jar has since fallen off my washer and shattered (...shattered...) so I'm back to liquid soap but it was a good idea while it lasted.
Number 5: Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Number 6: Updated Curtains
Number 7: Reupholstered Chair
Number 8: Blue Dresser
(maybe next spring).
Number 9: Hand-painted Shower Curtain
(if I do say so myself, lol).
Number 10: DIY Bulletin Board
So there you have it, my top ten all time favorite DIY projects of 2011. Here's hoping I have some good ones for next year as well. If I have Pinterest to inspire me it should be a good year.
What about your craft projects dreams any great ambitious ideas or just a bunch of little things you hope to achieve? I would love to know what you plan for 2012.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
I got all the presents wrapped just in time for Christmas. I went super simple this year. Each year I like to wrap the presents with a different theme. Most years it has been gold and red (I like gold and red for Christmas), but this year I wanted some of the very popular baker's twine.
I just love that twine. I actually caused a bit of a stir in the house because I asked Jeff if I could buy it and when he heard with shipping it would cost around $20.00 he said no. But I decided it would make more sense to buy the twine than the same amount for wrapping paper, ribbon, and bows so I bought it anyway. When I told him he was only slightly upset and said I had to give him kisses to repay him. (Of course that was not a problem at all, I love to give my honey kisses.)
I already had the brown paper from a huge roll I bought two years ago for painting (it is a good way to cover the ground). So I was all set for my wrapping.
Each family member has a different first initial so the labels were super easy. I used my handy printer, some resume paper and my wonderful puncher.
My mother-in-law only saw the tops of the packages when we arrived in town yesterday and was a little skeptical about using brown paper to wrap the presents. Then later, after dinner, she saw all the presents out under the tree and she goes "The presents really look nice!" It was so funny because she truly sounded surprised that they could look so good with just brown paper and baker's twine. I think it is the magic of the twine.
I love to use different themes for Christmas wrapping. What about you? Do you just use whatever you got on sale form the year before or do you do something special each year?
Monday, December 19, 2011
I'm so excited for Christmas. I love the whole thing. The lights, the tree, the food, and of course we can not forget the presents. This year it took us a while but we got our tree and I got the house all decorated.
I was out of the country last year for Christmas doing research for my Master's thesis so this will be the first time we celebrate Christmas in the new house. I made Jeff get a huge tree
I like to decorate the tree in red and gold. This year we got the star for the top. I love to put a star on the top of the tree because it seems fitting for Christmas. We are not big on the religious aspect of Christmas (I was raised a Buddhist) but I do think that when we celebrate what is for me a celebration of light in the darkest time of the year, a star is fitting.
Besides the glass and what Target calls "shatterproof" balls (meaning they were not glass) we have a few very special ornaments.
I got these large angels at a yard sale in the middle of the summer. I got four of them and they always make me so happy when I see them.
I have a little thing for angels in crescent moons (it is a long story).
I got this star at a craft fair. I love how it shines in the Christmas lights.
So that is my house for the holidays. I will leave you with one last picture.
What do you do for the holidays?
Saturday, December 17, 2011
I have a board on Pinterest that is titled My Dream Kitchen and it has all the dreams I hold for a perfect kitchen.
Out of all 54 pins most of them show beautiful white cabinets and marble counters. I have a deep obsession with white cabinets and marble counter tops. Although I'm not always faithful to the marble. Sometimes I think about wood counters or even stainless steal. But out of everything the white stays.
My kitchen right now had 1980s leftover cabinets in light pine. I'm not happy with them.
This is what I want (or one image anyway).
Just to further complicated the counter top issue. I have a bunch of pins for wood counters. I have a lot of wood in my house (the molding and stairs to name a few) so I thought wood counters would (ha) tie in the rest of the house.
What is on your list for a dream kitchen?
Friday, December 16, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
As you know I hosted Thanksgiving this year. Included in my decorations I made this little project to get people thinking about what they were thankful for.
I asked my guests to write on the origami paper what they were thankful for and then to roll it up and put it in the bowl. At the end of the evening we all took turns opening the rolled notes to read what we were all thankful for. It was a nice way to end the evening.
This project took so little time. I bought the paper already cut small, cut a few strips of ribbon to tie the rolls and provided the pens and bowl. The rest was up to the guests.
We usually just go around the table and list things we are thankful for, but this way people could list more than one thing if they wanted. My father-in-law had many reasons to be thankful this year and helped me fill up the bowl.
Overall, this was a successful little project and something you may want to try next year.
How do you give thanks on Thanksgiving?
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I hosted thanksgiving for the first time this year. It was really fun. I got to invite one of my best friends and her husband and they hung out with my family. Overall, it was a a very successful holiday.
One thing I love about throwing a party is that I get to decorate the house. So, for Thanksgiving I used fresh produce as the inspiration for the centerpieces and then made a little crafty project for the "Thanks" part of Thanksgiving.
I made these candle holders out of rutabagas and large apples. Because it was thanksgiving I made them a couple of days in advance and they held up really well in my spare refrigerator in the basement. Even the apples did not brown noticably. If you want to be extra sure they don't brown you can always cover the exposed flesh of the apples with a little lemon juice.
The first thing you must do is gather your supplies. In my case it was apples, rutabagas, votive candles, a large knife, a small pumpkin carving knife (left over from Halloween), and a melon baller.
I used the size of the votive candle as the template for the initial cut with the pumpkin knife.
I then carved out the hole with the melon baller.
After carving out the whole apple so that the candle fits inside I just stuck the candle in it and put it away for the day of. Really it was quite simple.
What I love is how beautiful it came out in the end.
So what did you do for thanksgiving centerpieces, or do you let the food do the talking?
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