Introducing The Holiday Collective

Introducing The Holiday Collective

Happy Novemeber friends! And what a treat I have for you. I am so thrilled to introduce to you The Holiday Collective: a pop-up blog made up of 24 passionate and insanely talented women who are just as crazy about the holidays as I am. Throughout the next couple months, each of us will be contributing to this very exciting blog – lots of holiday inspiration and easy-to-do DIYs!  I am blessed and ever so lucky to be part of this amazing group. These are some of the best bloggers out there you guys, so you really are in for a treat! Be sure to follow The Holiday Collective on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with what is going on and when! To celebrate the launch of such an epic event, I put up my Christmas tree last night. Maybe it’s a bit too early for you and that’s ok. For now, you can treat yourselves to this list of AMAZING blogs to check out – all of which are participating:  Damask Love | Idle Hands Awake | This Heart of Mine Delineate Your Dwelling | This Little Street | Brepurposed   The Merrythought | Dream Green DIY | Lovely Indeed   Hey There, Home | The Sweetest Occasion | Fall For DIY  Design Improvised | A Bubbly Life | The Proper Blog  Shrimp Salad Circus | Alice & Lois | Lulu the Baker  Pars Caeli | A Girl Named PJ | Lines Across Tell Love and Party | Make and Tell | Squirrelly Minds This is truly the most wonderful time of year – would you agree?!  XOXO, Lidy  ...
It’s the Weekend – Let’s Celebrate!

It’s the Weekend – Let’s Celebrate!

Golly, I’m sure thankful it’s the weekend!! My brain is overwhelmed by the long list of to-dos and constant interruptions that prevent that list from getting done due to my very busy 5, 4 and almost 3 year old. Guys, being a mom is HARD!!!! Since I was unable to produce any content for you all this week, I found some for you. Be sure to check them out: I love to bring nature and natural green elements indoors for a fresh and modern feel. This simple DIY Found Moss Terrarium is a perfect addition to any room in your house – all year round!  I love cats, especially when they wear costumes. Check out this adorable and hilarious Penguin-Cat, plus a fun Halloween photo-contest!  Tis the season for sweaters and turtlenecks are making a comeback! Not sold? No worries, ease into it with this Cashmere Convertible Turtleneck Sweater. Genius, right?!  My sweet (british) friend texted me a picture of this INCREDIBLE picture of Sticky Toffee Pudding – and I can’t get it out of my head!!  Looking for some last minute Halloween DIYs? I’ve got an easy-to-make DIY Halloween Wreath Diorama! It’s pretty much the only Halloween project I was able to complete this month.  Joel and I are pretty excited about the new Star Wars movie due to hit theaters in December – are you a fan?! We just watched the new trailer and it looks amazing!!   Happy Friday!  XO, Lidy          ...
DIY Halloween Wreath Diorama

DIY Halloween Wreath Diorama

It’s that time of year. Halloween! It’s not the most popular holiday in our home, I’ll admit. But sometimes it’s fun to be a little festive and create a few bold statement pieces that require less spooky decor and acts as more of a focal point in the home. In this case, it’s a rather fun DIY Halloween Wreath Diorama!  Materials Martha Stewart Silhouettes  Martha Stewart Window and Mirror Clings Wire Wreath Frame with Ties (in black) Leather Moss Hot Glue Gun Scissors *Martha Stewart Crafts Halloween products are available in store at Michaels. Instructions 1. Begin by separating the ties on your wire wreath. You are going to rely on these to bring depth to your design.  2. Take your cave silhouette and trace the curve of the bottom of your wreath to the paper.  3. Cut your paper cave accordingly. Simply hot glue the cave to the bottom/back of your wire wreath. 4. Take your various bats and begin to hot glue them to the ties of the wreath. I chose to use paper silhouettes and clings for the flat and shiny surfaces. It really helps the wreath feel more dimensional. Disperse big and small ones on the front and back ties to help create an almost 3D effect.  5. Cut a circle out of your leather to create your moon. Leather is great for that textural element – you can pinch and scratch the leather to help add more character if necessary. Hot glue to a tie that is towards the back of the wreath.  6. Once all your elements are hot glued to the wreath, you can add moss for more texture...
DIY Faux Cacti Terrariums

DIY Faux Cacti Terrariums

I’m ready for summer and the weather here has been so perfect lately! Yesterday, we went for two walks with the family. In the morning we went to the park to play and later on in the afternoon we walked to the grocery story for some hot dogs and buns so we could have a bon fire! It was so nice not having to use our car for a day – which is rare these days I feel.   In honor of all the summery festivities lately, I shared these super bright and happy faux Cacti and terrariums over on The Land of Nod‘s Blog, Honest to Nod. This DIY is kid-friendly, but adds a playful  element to any room in the home. Be sure to head over there today for all the simple instructions!  XOXO,...
DIY Driftwood Flower Vase

DIY Driftwood Flower Vase

It’s been so warm here lately, I’ve been finding it hard to find motivation to get things done! My husband, of all people, encouraged me to get off the couch and do a little DIY to get me out of this funk…so, I took his advice! He was right, it was the perfect fix for my laziness!!  I wanted to do something fun and unique with some driftwood we collected a few months ago while we were up in northern California. I also had some fun miniature glass vials that I bought from a craft store ages ago. They were so cute and petite, I just had to get them. But they were so small, I just didn’t know what I could use them for. I finally put them to use!  What you will need: Driftwood  Glass vials Hot glue gun First, figure out the best way to lay your piece of driftwood down so it’s as straight and even as possible. Play around with how you would like to display your vials and see what looks the best to you. Once you decide, take your hot glue gun and carefully glue one vial to the driftwood at a time. Hold in place for a few seconds to ensure they are secure. Repeat with remaining vials. Once you are done, display some small flowers or succulents and enjoy!  I am happy with the finished result, it ended up turning out really cute! I think the vials all lined up creat a nice effect, especially since they are quite small. I only chose a few vials to hold the succulents,...
DIY Folk Art

DIY Folk Art

Last week, we went to the beach A LOT! It has been so hot here lately, we just decided to skip town! We first headed out to Ventura, CA for a couple days. We came home to a broken air conditioner (thankfully nothing serious), so our house was 93 degrees. It was SO hot!!!! We stayed one more day and went straight back to the beach for another couple days, this time Santa Barbara, CA! We had such a great time!  Our kids loved the beach: the ocean, the sand, their beach toys and floaties! We all enjoyed the amazing weather and a whole lot of swimming! If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a lot of our beach pictures while we were on our holiday! The kids were so fun to watch! It didn’t matter where we went, they always drew a lot of attention and made a lot of new friends!   While we were at the beach, my husband and the kids walked around collecting sea glass, shells and drift wood. Little did I know he had a little project in the back of his mind! When we got home, he simply asked where my hot glue gun was (which is odd, right?) and he called our oldest two over. They sat down for a bit crafting together and making a piece of folk art with the treasures they found on the beach earlier that week! Yes, it was adorable!  What you will need: Sea glass Shells Drift wood Hot glue gun Simply hot glue your sea glass and shells to one side...
Give Thanks Banner

Give Thanks Banner

I decided to whip up a festive banner for our home this Thanksgiving. It’s nothing fancy, but I think it’s cute! I had some fun selection of craft paper left over from my paper pumpkin project.  There were all sorts of lovely colors and patterns to choose from! Simply sketch out the letters for “Give Thanks”. Take some scissors and carefully cut out each letter. Grab some fun twine (mine had some fun streaks of glitter throughout) and tape each letter to the twine. It’s that simple! I added some fun handmade feathers, which I will share the DIY for later this week. I love these kinds of crafts, I can put the kids down for a nap and get it done in a matter of minutes. Then I can catch up on chores around the house afterward!  You can make your letters as big or as little as you would like. It would be so cute as a banner for your Thanksgiving pie – or even a large scale banner for your front porch or window! This project can be a lot of fun!  What kind of fun crafts are you whipping up for your home this season?  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...
Vintage Inspired Halloween Banner

Vintage Inspired Halloween Banner

This week has been super busy, but I managed to make a little craft in just 10 minutes! I had some left over vintage inspired halloween paper from my last project. Not to mention, some fun gold poms poms I bought the other day from the craft store!  I love the little touch of fun this banner adds to my home decor. It’s not too over the top spooky, but just enough to have some fun with this little holiday!  What you need: Scrap book paper (any design or color combo) Pom Poms (any color or size) Twine Thin string (or thread) Sewing needle Scissors Tape What to do: Cut your scrap paper into rectangles. Once they are all cut out, tape the twine to the back of the paper. For the pom pom banner – pull thread through the needle. String the thread through the little pom poms, one at a time. Do this until all the pom poms have been threaded onto the string. Hang both the banners together or separate for a fun look! It’s two banners in one and they both take no time at all!!!  Hope you are having a great week so far! How are you decorating this year?  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram...
DIY Party Favor

DIY Party Favor

The party is still a couple months away, but I am making sure to plan ahead. I am having a lot of fun with the little details. I made a trip to Target and found TONS of really cute things in the dollar section that happen to fit my camping theme. Love finding great deals and finds! I came across a little notebook and some paper leaf cutouts. I decided to pair it with my little twig pencils as cute favors for the kids. I love how the notebook cover has a faux wood pattern. It will be fun to color in, I know my kids will love it!  I grabbed some twine and tied my little paper leaf cutout with a little stamp that says “hello”. Just to make it a bit more fun. I was going to get some labels printed out to put on the notebooks, but I don’t want to take away from the pattern too much. Plus it’s a lot of fun making it a little set  to give to the kids. It all kind of goes together!  I still plan on making some goodies as well to send off as favors! I have a delicious recipe that I can’t wait to share, which will definitely be going home with all the kids!  What do you think of these fun little favors? Do you think the kids will like them?! XOXO, Lidy  Feel free to leave a comment, follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook,...
DIY Modern Glass Globe

DIY Modern Glass Globe

I came across some fun glass globes for super cheap. Cheap is always the magic word. I decided to do something a bit more modern in my usually vintage-inspired home. It adds a touch of freshness to our home interior, just enough to compliment our thrifty pieces around the house.  I love little accents of green. Especially if it’s coming from it’s natural form, like our DIY terrariums or other plants in the home. This time however, I was mesmerized by some gorgeous reindeer moss I came across the other day. It was the perfect color of green and seemed so clean and fresh. So, I grabbed the globes, moss and some twine to complete a very simple DIY that would surely look great!  I tied my twine through the loop at the top of my glass globe, took a few pieces of fresh moss and placed it inside my globe. I hung up my new modern piece of decor and am enjoying it quite a bit! Sometimes, keeping things simple really can do a lot for your home. I didn’t want to have to make it complicated or too fancy, the moss is so unique all on it’s own. Although, a glass globe terrarium might be fun in the future!  It’s a simple DIY, but what do you think? Is this modern glass globe something you would have hanging in your home? XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment, follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook,...
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