Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Décor that Reflects You

It’s after Thanksgiving, so you know what that means… it’s time to decorate for Christmas!  I was able to get most of my decorating accomplished with this long weekend and with my hubby’s help, so I thought I’d share a little bit of it so far.

In lieu of a traditional garland, I made a few glittered word banners with some chipboard letters and some Martha Stewart antique silver glitter.  After making a few banners and some ornaments, there’s pretty much not a room in my house that doesn’t have some glitter sprinkled about.  The stuff gets everywhere!  But I have to admit, it’s beautiful.  And sparkly.  And perfect.

I made this ornament by printing some Silent Night sheet music and tearing the edges to give it a worn look.  I then Mod Podged (*giggle* who knew Mod Podge was a verb?!) it to a piece of burlap and frayed the edges.  It hangs from a jute cord. 
I found that while I was decorating, I still liked my old ornaments and “theme”, but I felt as if the tree didn’t exactly reflect me or my aesthetic at this point in my life.  It felt a little too mass-produced Hobby Lobby and not quite home.made.  (Note – there is nothing wrong with the Hob Lob.  In fact, I practically live there!)
What I ended up doing was parking on the floor and getting out the glitter and glue and fabric and creating things for this Christmas.  Do you find yourself doing the same?

I found myself playing with clay again and making more clay tags.  I hung my Thankful Tree tags on my Christmas tree since their sentiment reflects much of what is important during this holiday as well – and this one is one of my latest creations.  I pressed a piece of lace into the edge and added a crystal for sparkle. 

This one fell victim to the glittering…but I love it too.

And finally is this pretty snow angel – a free graphic from The Graphics Fairy herself – cut out and Mod Podged (there I go again) to some sheet music scrapbook paper.  Oh, and glittered. 
Of course.
So how about you?  What are you doing this Christmas season to make your decorating mark?

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

In everything, give thanks

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Craigslist Dresser Redo!

After the last dresser transformation, we're a little addicted to the whole giving-new-life-to-old-things... um, thing.  Mr. home.made. found a beauty of a dresser on Craigslist, and together, we turned it into this:

He took care of the priming, painting, and artwork... and I distressed, glazed, and waxed.  

I love all of the special things this piece has: the ornate wood details, the curved body, the scalloped feet... 

Equally as special is the inspiration behind the words gracing the drawer fronts:

Now may the God of hope make you full of joy and peace through faith, so that all hope may be yours in the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15:13

Wanna know what else is neat?

Mr. home.made and I have decided to venture out with a little furniture restoration business!  This dresser is our first piece to restore together *weep*... and hopefully we'll have much more to show you along the journey!  I'll be posting details on this piece soon - or if you're interested and you're in the Austin/San Antonio area, email me for more info!

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Friday, November 18, 2011

{Friday Faves} Silhouette Cameo

I am seriously in love with this little booger:

Silhouette Cameo

Unfortunately, it's not exactly in the boo-jwah (Layla's word for budget ;)) so I am resigned to enter every Silhouette Cameo giveaway known to man until I finally am lucky enough to win one!  

In case you're in the same budget boat as me, here's a list of the awesome blog sites currently hosting giveaways - go sign up! (Yes... I know it lessens my odds of winning, but Pay it Forward, right?!)

Good luck!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Burlap Pumpkin Tutorial at Or so she says!!

I am honored to be sharing my burlap pumpkin tutorial over at Or so she says today!  Head on over to check it out and be sure to leave some comment love!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Giving Thanks Wreath

I finally changed out my Halloween wreath this weekend – only two weeks later!  It’s a simple, natural wreath, one that reflects the simplicity that is Thanksgiving before the chaos that is Christmas.  The calm before the storm, perhaps?

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Rather than purchase another wreath form, I disassembled the Halloween wreath (making a huge mess of glitter, straw, and ribbon in the process…) and then re-wrapped the form with strips of ivory burlap.  I then took some leftover ruffled muslin strips (from my tablecloth project) and hot glued it around the perimeter.

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Don’t know if you recognize the little glitter accents… those are the acorn caps from my Glittered Acorns!  The acorns have long since dried out, so they were falling out of their caps.  I wanted to get a little more use out of them, so I embellished the wreath with them, a glittered homage to nailhead trim.

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The “give thanks” pennant banner was fashioned from hand-cut burlap triangles hot glued to jute string.  I wrote the letters freehand with a paint pen (cause a Silhouette is unfortunately not in the budget… or boo-jwah as Layla calls it).

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It’s a pretty little wreath – one whose color matches a certain entryway that was painted today… no reveal just yet.
Hope you had a terrific Sunday!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thankful Tree

With Thanksgiving approaching, many of us are reflecting on all of the things for which we are ever so thankful... I put together a Thankful tree as a reminder of how very blessed we are.

I ventured away from the usual paper tag and made mine out of clay, securing them with jute string to my found branches.

I used some simple rubber alphabet stamps to spell out my words and once the tags were cool, wiped them with some aqua craft paint to enhance the letters.  I love the not-so-perfect look about these.  I love that you can tell they're handmade.

I've never made clay tags before, so I did a little internet search and found this clay tag tutorial at B&B's Nest.  It's a simple project that doesn't require a lot of time for such a charming end product.   

My neighbor's oak tree provided yet again for one of my projects - the bottom of my vase is filled with fallen acorns and oak leaves.

Faith... Hope... Love... Family... Joy... for these things I am so thankful.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

{Friday Faves} Colored Trim!

When we bought our home, we had some renovations done to make the house a little more "us", and while I liked some of the existing paint colors at the time, I have since changed my mind and decided I want to lighten things up around here.  Here's the deal though: the lady that lived here before us really liked paint (no joke: there were nearly twenty cans in the garage!) and that extended to most of the trim in the house, which she painted a green shade (sage perhaps?).  After tackling our office and having to repaint the ceiling, walls, and trim, I'm not too enthused about painting all of the trim in the house white.  However, I am sort of intrigued with light walls and colored trim.

Here are some of my inspiring pins:

What do you think?  Should I keep the colored trim and just lighten up the walls?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

{Friday Faves} Board and Batten

I am here today to confess my longstanding affair with a certain wall treatment... namely, Board and Batten.  I love that it adds a dimensional element to your wall that paint alone can not accomplish.  I also love that it's something you can do that completely changes a room without breaking the bank!

Here's some of my inspiration pins for the B&B I hope to have in my entry one day soon!

This is exactly the look I'm going for with the B&B and hooks!

Love the B&B as a ledge for wall art and photos...

The answer to a perfect beachy bathroom.

Love how the B&B envelopes the entire entryway.

And two rows of hooks AND a picture ledge?  Genius.

What about you?  Any B&B plans in your future?


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