Friday, December 20, 2013

Reindeer Christmas Cards

I hope by now everyone's received their cards so I'll share my DIY reindeer holiday cards. The past couple of years I've made our Christmas cards and for some reason I have to make them as difficult as possible. There's something about meticulously cutting the tiniest of tiny paper objects that makes me happy.


I had cardstock on hand that I planned on using for the actual card but while at Michaels I found the awesome pack of prescored Mambi Cards so I couldn't pass that up. Unfortunately, I couldn't find square envelopes so I made do with the rectangle kraft envelopes below. I'm all about trying to make things perfect but they never work that way and end up just as lovely. One day I'll learn.

And here is where I obsessively scoured images of deer to find the perfect silhouette. When found, I basically traced and cut out about 30-something deer silhouettes because I had nothing better to do and love torture. I do have a Cricut but I couldn't find an image that would properly display Rudolph's rhinestone nose.  The rhinestone was a must!

Glued the deer down and made him fabulous with a rhinestone atop his schnoz.  

I used my Enjoy the Season stamp on the inside of the card and wrote in a greeting. So other than the two days of cutting little baby antlers, this project was pretty easy.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bellingrath Gardens

Three years ago on the 16th Jared proposed at Bellingrath Gardens in front of the sparkly deer. Every year, because I'm a sap, we go back to the gardens on or around that day and eat at San Miguel after like we did in 2010. Last year, I pitched a small fit because Jared forgot cash for hot chocolate and of course they only accept cash. With that in mind we brought lots of cash, bundled up, and had a really good time.


Hot Chocolate!!!

We are THAT couple - sitting in the restaurant parking lot taking pictures
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Monday, December 16, 2013

DIY Glitter Ornaments

While my peacock ornaments were drying I threw some glitter around and made some more ornaments with the frosted glass balls. I'm a glitter hoarder so, again, I had all the materials for these and they are super easy to make.

mod podge
paint brush
washi tape
foam block

For all of my ornaments I set up a little drying station with the green foam blocks and skewers. While some were drying, I'd work on others.

I started by mixing a ton of glitter with mod podge. I wanted the glitter to be thick so I put a lot of glitter - fine and bigger glitter pieces. Then I taped washi around the ornament and painted a thick layer of glitter on one side of the tape. After a minute I removed the tape so it wouldn't be glued to the ornament and then put it on a skewer to dry. I touched up any bare spots after the mod podge had dried. Easy and shiny. Two of my favorite things.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

DIY Peacock Ornaments

Christmas is fast approaching and I've been busy making new decorations for our new home. I found a ton of unfinished ornaments - glass balls, paper mache ornaments, etc. My favorites are the painted peacock ornaments. I actually saw some peacock Christmas ornaments in a gift shop but couldn't make myself spend $15 for one glass ball when I could make 10 for FREE. I already had all the materials on hand: frosted glass ornaments, acrylic paint, puff paint, mod podge, glitter, and rhinestones (I always have glitter and rhinestones!).


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Monday, November 18, 2013

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath

You may have seen this wreath from Two Junk Chicks on Pinterest. I did and thought it would be perfect for our front door. BUT I wasn't prepared for this project at all.  I bought way too many soft cuddly yarns and wanted to use them all and now my fingers hate me.

Wreath Form
Styrofoam Balls
Vase Fillers/Ornaments, etc
Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Make a ton of yarn balls by wrapping the yarn and twine around the styro balls. This took me several hours which was ok but what I wasn't expecting was the hand cramps from holding these small styrofoam balls. I kid you not, I woke up twice last night with my hands throbbing. And I may have even woke Jared up with my whining...

Tie ribbon to the wreath first (you'll hang the it from the ribbon so make sure it's sturdy). Glue yarn balls to the wreath form and fill in gaps with sparkly vase fillers or ornaments. The End.

I think there are some places that could use some more yarn balls but that will have to wait until I can move all my fingers again. 

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

DIY Twine Wrapped Fall Vase

I have a jute twine obsession. Maybe it's the rustic, natural texture that I'm drawn to. Whatever it is, I've been creating some jute twine fabulousness like it's my job.  I bought some simple vases from Walmart and some jute twine/hemp cord and started wrapping.

We have a couple in the house: one in the vanity area with pretty faux flowers and one in the entryway where the walls are still bare. Don't judge.

How long after you move is it weird to still have nothing on the walls? I think we're beyond that point.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

DIY Dreamcatcher


Embroidery Hoop
Burlap Ribbon
Jute Twine  {8 strands at least 30 inches each and extra twine for beading and feathers}
Large-Hole Beads and Charms
Lace Ribbon or Trim
Super Glue

I used an embroidery hoop only because that's what I had on hand {and I'm lazy and will rig anything up as long as the end result looks how I envisioned}. Wrap the hoop with the burlap ribbon and secure the end with superglue.

The next series of steps are basically just tying knots. Tie the jute twine around the hoops about 1.5 inches apart and start tying the different strands together until you reach the center. When I reached the center of the circle, I tied all of the twine together, put some glue on the knot and cut the remaining twine.

For all of the beaded twine and feathers, I added the embellishments BEFORE tying to the hoop. But you can pretty much add anything you want. I braided some strands, tied knots between beads, threaded beads through the lace ribbon, etc. I glued the twine to the end of the feathers and wrapped it - a little scared to tie the twine around the feathers and break them.

I'm obsessed with everything boho right now. Love it!!
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