Hey strangers! It's been almost three months to be exact! I can't believe it's been so long since my last post but we have had some distractions around here:)
Tenley Nicole born November 2, 2010
I want to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. We are doing great and starting to establish some routine. Now on to the crafting:)
We started decorating the house for Christmas this week and that really got me motivated to do some DIY! I love Christmas decor so what better way to get the creative juices flowing!
I started with this Christmas centerpiece. It has all of my favorites ~ snow, Antique White spray paint and silver! I should also mention that it cost me practically nothing!
I started with these twigs that I found laying around. I snapped them to about 4 inches long (give or take with each piece) and spray painted them with Rust-Oleum Antique White spray paint. I just layed the pieces out on newspaper and sprayed one side. It was super quick and easy.
Next I used two of these small sized (jelly jar size) mason jars and one larger size to act as the votives. I had the small ones (bought a case of 12 at Wal-mart last year) but I had to purchase the larger one at Hobby Lobby. It was 50% off so the jar was about a dollar! They also have the larger size at Wal-mart.
I always have jute in the house but if you don't have any you can buy this 4ply at Hobby Lobby. With a coupon it's a couple of bucks and it goes a long way!
I started wrapping the tops of all three jars with the jute, hot gluing as I went. This was a cute addition and it also got rid of the rings around the lid!
One down....so cute!
Remember the sticks?
I just attached them (paint side out) all the way around the large mason jar. A little dab of hot glue holds them great!
Next, I wrapped a few strands of 1 ply jute around the jar, knotting and cutting off the excess as I went.
Now for some sparkle! I purchased these wooden snowflake ornaments at Hobby Lobby. They are usually 4 for a dollar but they were also 50% off so they were 8 for a dollar. I stocked up!
I sprayed three snowflakes with a new favorite Rust-Oleum Textured Metallic spray paint in Silver. It's soooo pretty! I just want to walk around my house and spray everything:)
I hot glued one to each of the smaller "votives".
I bought this package of 12 tealight candles for about $3 after a 40% off coupon.
Another Christmas favorite ~ bag of snowflakes...also purchased at Hobby Lobby.
So there it is! My first post baby DIY. It was sooooo cheap and easy! I hope you all like it:)
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I wanted to share another project I just did with my Silhouette!
I made a Christmas banner!
This is how I made it!
I used my very favorite new tool to make this project...
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This is the space leading from my living room into my kitchen. I decided it needed just a little something.
I started with cardstock from Hobby Lobby in black and in cream. I got these packs half off which makes them so even cuter!
I started by cutting my black cardstock in 6" strips for my letters. I attached the paper to my cutting mat for my Silhouette.
Here is the screen view of my computer when I was ready to cut my first letters. I can't stress enough that this is my VERY FAVORITE feature of this baby. You can use any font that you have on your computer and also download free fonts from online sites. That gives you endless font choices without the charge and hassle of a cartridge!! Love it!
I loaded my cutting mat into my machine and it did the rest of the work.
Then I peeled my letters off.
Then I cut my cream cardstock in 6x6 squares.
And used good old Elmer's to attach the letters to the squares!
I then used some extra cardstock I had to cut a scrolly(pretty sure that is the professional term) stencil.
Then I used my very favorite acrylic paint color Seamist to stencil the scrolly on to the cards. I decided to put each scrolly in a different place on each card. I used a stencil brush and dabbed the paint up and down rather than brushing it on.
While the paint was still wet I added a little iridescent glitter just for fun! I also used an ink pad to distress the edges a bit.
Now I had all my letters ready to go!
I used a hole punch to put a 2 holes at the top of each card.
Then I used a long piece of twine to hold all my letters up. Ribbon works too but I love the look of the twine!
I hung it up and Oooooh I love it! It makes me happy :-)