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Friday, December 12, 2014

DIY Christmas Round Up

Last year was our first Christmas as a married couple. It was also the first year for both my husband and I to be living on our own. Naturally, we entered the Christmas season without any decorations. In order to add some holiday cheer to our home without breaking our budget, we decided to have a DIY Christmas. 

I loved all our homemade ornaments paired with some special ornaments our parents sent to us! This year, pulling out all our decorations brought back sweet memories of our first Christmas together. I rounded up each of our projects for memory's sake and to share a little inspiration. Click on each label or photo to view the original post. 













Apple Cranberry Holiday Punch

What are your favorite Christmas traditions? Do you decorate a themed tree or fill yours with homemade ornaments?

Monday, October 13, 2014

How To: Ombre Fabric Wreath

Fall is full of everything amazing, the colors, smells, flavors. Fall decor is definitely one of my favorite styles. I decided to go the simple route for my Autumn wreath.


You will need:

12" Styrofoam wreath
Long strips of burlap or other plain neutral fabric
1/2 yard each of 5 different shades of cotton or muslin fabric. (I picked up an ivory shade at the store and chose 4 progressively darker shades.)
Approx. 200 push pins
1 1/2" think ribbon (I used ribbon  off Bed Bath & Beyond gifts)
fabric shears
measuring tape 

1. Wrap your wreath with strips of burlap and pin into place. 




2. Cut your cotton or muslin fabric into 4x4" squares. These do not have to be perfect. I used all my fabric, so 4 1/2 yards total. 



3. Begin with your darkest shade. Fold a square in half, then in half again. 



4. With folded point down, pin the diamond you've created to the wreath. It works best to press the pin straight down into the styrofoam, not at an angle. 


5. Repeat this in 2 sections across from each other until you've used all of your darkest shade squares. Don't forget to fill in the sides of the wreath as well. The back of the wreath does not need to be filled in. 


6. Next, use your next darkest  shade on both sides of each darkest shade section. There will be 4 sections total of each shade from here on out. Once each square is pinned down, turn and arrange it as designed to create a full look. Pin your squares fairly close together, but not on top of one another. The fabric will fluff out to cover holes. This doesn't need to be perfect, the goal is simply to cover the entire wreath with even volume all the way around. 


7. Continue to fill in the wreath using lighter and lighter shades on both sides of each sections until the lightest shades meet each other and the wreath is full. Leave about an inch empty at the top of the wreath. Keep several squares of the shade in that section to the side. 



8. Tie your ribbon around the blank section to create a bow. 


9. Using your remaining squares, fill in the space around the ribbon. 



Use wreath hook to put your wreath up and enjoy your new fall decor!



I am loving neutrals and plum shades for fall! 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What A Woman Wants Expo with Crafty Andrea

Last weekend, my friend Andrea and I had the opportunity to participate in the What 
A Woman Wants Expo. It was such a fun experience! I loved having friends stop by, thank you to those who came. :) For my far away friends and readers, I will be listing some pieces from the show on Etsy soon!


At the show, my crafty friend Andrea sold her handmade jewelry and hair pieces. I loved how our booth came together with our two different types of creations. Andrea totally nailed it! Her jewelry is so adorable. Today, I am showing my favorite piece she's created. I love wearing this necklace!






DETAILS: High Low Blouse (similar, similar) Necklace

You can find Andrea's jewelry at her Etsy shop CraftyAndrea. Her  pieces are so well made-love 'em! Check out her shop!