Saturday, November 27, 2010

It's been a long time....

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:)

Ooooo sparkles:)

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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Again, thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers and for your patience as we have been adjusting at home with our new little blessings! 

Happy decorating!

~Ashley






 
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17 comments:

rustandruffles said...

Gorgeous baby...belated congratulations!! Love the centerpiece!
xojanis

Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

BEAUTIFUL baby, BEAUTIFUL centerpiece.
Great job :) on both counts...

Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

BEAUTIFUL baby, BEAUTIFUL centerpiece.
Great job :) on both counts...

Lolly said...

I love it and of course, I love sweet baby Tenley. As much as I have seen her, I don't think I have seen her eyes yet.

I think you should feature your Mom's tree and her ornament box. I love it!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

OOh! I'm loving the fake snow. I'm digging out decorations today and I found some that I bought after Christmas last year!

southerninspirationsblog said...

I love the combo of twigs and jute! Great job and welcome back!!! Nothing like a baby to slow you down a bit - what joy you must be having!

Jennifer

Danielle said...

This is gorgeous! Love it!

Natalie Brooke said...

Welcome back! Love the centerpiece, it's so natural looking! Beautiful baby! :)

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Janine said...

Your little one is just too darling for words! How you find time to craft inbetween settling into a new routine is admirable :) I always think that mommy's need to take a few moment where they can to do the things that feed them personally. I love your beautiful centre piece. Thanks for the lovely ideas.

Chrissie said...

What a beautiful little baby!!Great Christmas centerpiece too~

Beth @ Sand To Pearl said...

Such a pretty baby!

~ Regan said...

Great job on the candles!

So glad the little one is happy and doing well. She's an angel, you must be so happy!

Sofia's Ideas said...

What a great photo of your baby! It's just amazing!

Welcome back, and I love the centerpiece! Great job! :)

Pamela said...

Beautiful! So creative.

Life in Rehab said...

More pics of your delectable little snugglette, please! She's heavenly!

And I'm going to have to try some of that paint. What a cool effect!

MeenyMoe said...

Your new baby is adorable! Congratulations! My grandson is to be born next Saturday (we hope!). Missed seeing you around but totally understand you've had other fish to fry! LOL The candle holders are wonderful! I can so do this! - Karen

Mariel said...

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