Easy DIY tree skirt

After having numerous tree skirts I didn’t ever LOVE enough to use year after year, last year I decided to just semi-make my own. I had made place mats last year out of material I absolutely fell in love with, but when I washed them, they fell apart. I was upset, but decided I could re-use them on this project. Day after Christmas last year, I was up and out EARLY, on the search for a plain red tree skirt. Yeah, I’m lazy and bought a red one for half off instead of having to make it. I found one I liked and came home to tear apart my place mats. I proceeded to cut out my dots, once that was done I arranged them on the tree skirt until I liked what I was looking at then pinned them down in place. I then, hand sewed with embroidery thread, each polka dot. I am in LOVE with the way it turned out and will be using this for many years to come. This wasn’t a project I did all in one day. It is one  that I have worked on and off for 11 months. It’s very simple to do, although time consuming.

Here is the finished product and a close-up 🙂 The material I used can be purchased here. They have LOTS of amazing choices!  Continue reading

Happy Halloween!! DIY Trick or Treat bags!

Happy Halloween!!! I’ve been MIA for a while, but am back! Sorry this is a little late, seeing as today is Halloween, but better late than never 🙂 These are 2 plain orange, canvas type bags I bought at Michael’s back in 2009 when I was still pregnant with my 2nd little guy. I did my older son’s with some iron on letters and added candy corn. This year, I got the chance to finish my little guy’s bag up. I used the same black iron-on letters and painted ghosts on his. I just free handed the candy corn and ghosts with some fabric paint. Very easy and pretty quick little project to do. If you have older children, let them join in on the fun! Below is our (well their) Trick or Treat bags

So from us to you, Happy Halloween! Enjoy all the candy, most of ours will be sent overseas to sweeten up and add a smile to the faces of the guys who protect us 🙂

DIY Christmas Card Holder

My pinterest addiction is a little crazy.. OK OK.. I’m obsessed! I admit it. After pinning numerous Christmas card holders, I remembered, ” Hey, I have some supplies I could use here at home, without having to buy a thing!”  So I grabbed this unpainted circle ( I believe it’s an 8″ one, but any size, any shape, even canvas will do!) paint, ribbon, and brushes. This is the end result..

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How to make your own wreath

Ever see the pretty wreaths at craft stores but then the price tag makes you change your mind? I have, so I started making my own. It’s a lot cheaper, and you can choose what you put on it. The wreath for this tutorial cost about a total of $15-$20.

What you will need:

  • Wreath, Grapevine ($4.99 at Michael’s)
  • Flowers ( I used six for this one)
  • Ivy vine ( I cut off pieces to add to the wreath)
  • Floral wire
  • Bowdabra ( This thing is seriously amazing and handy. The one I have was around $10)
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Wire cutters

Fall Flower Arrangement Tutorial

Have you ever went in Michael’s or Hobby Lobby and saw all the beautiful flower arrangements, only to notice the outrageous prices they charge for them? I have and thought to myself I can do something just as beautiful for way less than what they charge. I’ve made several arrangements and wreaths over the last 2 years. They are very simple and very easy to do. Continue reading