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Light Fixture Turned Snowglobe

December 18, 2013

Light Fixture Turned Snowglobe

Did you know you can repurpose those old light fixtures into some fun looking snowglobes this holiday season?! It’s so easy, you can be done in a matter of minutes! 

Light Fixture Turned Snowglobe

You can find any sort of light fixture at a thrift store – preferably globe shape! Simply, turn your light fixture on it’s bottom and unscrew. Remove the glass. Put a small amount of tape over the hole where the wiring goes through. I placed a good amount of my faux snow on the bottom and added a fun graphic tree and a little fawn. 

Light Fixture Turned Snowglobe

While the glass was removed, I took a gold leaf pen and created some fun mid century snowflake designs to the outside. It’s not too obvious, so it doesn’t distract from the scene. It’s such a simple and easy way to add a fun little touch to your holiday decor! Besides, who doesn’t like to repurpose something every now and then! 

Light Fixture Turned Snowglobe

What do you think of making your own snowglobe?

XOXO, Lidy

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Simple Triangular Black and White Trees

December 17, 2013

Simple Triangular Black and White Trees

A few months ago, I came across these fun paper mache triangular cones! I thought it would be great to transform them into something I could use year round! For now, I will call them my simple triangular black and white trees! 

Simple Triangular Black and White Trees

What you will need:

Paper mache triangular cones (in any size – I grabbed one of each)

Flat black spray paint

Flat white spray paint

Simple Triangular Black and White Trees

Simply spray paint each cone the desired color. You will need a few layers until the cone is completely covered! You can choose to leave them simple and modern or create some other fun elements to make it more your own! I have a lot of pops of gold this year, so I didn’t think it was necessary to do much else with them. 

Simple Triangular Black and White Trees

I enjoy the clean look these give the space! They go with any color of decor and can dress up the space or calm it down, depending on it’s surrounding. I have a lot going on in our house, so they are a nice balance with all the other elements! 

Simple Triangular Black and White Trees

What kind of projects are you working on this season?

XOXO, Lidy

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Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

December 16, 2013

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

I am beyond excited! I’ve teamed up with seven other fabulous creative ladies for our first Quarterly Collab! This month, we are each sharing a DIY wreath! As we approach the holidays, I think about family traditions. For the past few years, we have paid tribute to my husband’s Scandinavian roots by incorporating Swedish inspired decor in our home. Not just for the holidays, but year round! 

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

My husband and I have been long time fans of Scandinavian design. Whether it’s the clean lines on furniture or the white, fresh and simple interiors. I was really inspired to come up with a Christmas wreath this year that reflected our love for his Swedish roots! 

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

What you will need:

Metal ring

Thin floral wire

Greenery of your choice

Red berries

White birds (with clips)

Wood house and mountains (my husband cut these with a table saw for me, but you can find these shapes at a craft store)

White paint

Paint brush

White leather strips (I substituted this for the ribbon)

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

What to do:

Wreath: Take your wire ring and start to attach your greenery where you would like. I used thin floral wire to attach the greenery to my ring. This also allows for mobility if things need to move around later. When the greenery is all attached, start adding your berries where you would like to add that pop of color. Clip your birds to the wreath, which are optional. Attach your leather strips to the bottom by making a large loop and pulling the strips through. 

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

Wooden village: You can easily buy pre-cut houses at the craft store. You can also find pre-cut triangles that you can use as mountains as well. If you own a table saw, you can easily cut these out on your own. Paint the tips of your mountains white. Let them dry completely. Hot glue your village to a piece of thin floral wire. I used a small section of material to cover the wire on the backs of the wood cut outs. This also helps stabilize the wire to the wood. Attach the wire to the wreath so it hangs in the center. If the village starts to swing forward or back, you can twist the wire until it becomes more stiff and adjust the village to where it will sit straight. 

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

This wreath has many elements, but it still looks so simple and clean. I love it! It really has a modern flare with the hanging white leather strips and cut out wooden village. Yet, it’s still very traditional in shape and color! If you are looking for a scandinavian touch to add to your home this holiday season, this wreath is perfect! 

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

Be sure to check out more from Quarterly Collab to find out what we are all about and to browse some other creative wreath ideas! Happy crafting friends!

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XOXO, Lidy

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Modern Wooden Christmas Trees

December 13, 2013

Modern Wooden Christmas Tree

In the perfect world, I would love to replace our tree this year with something super modern and fun. But I’m kind of a sucker for tradition and so that will not be happening anytime soon! Especially when you have little ones! But that didn’t stop me from modernizing a Christmas tree this year…

Modern Wooden Christmas Tree

What you will need:

Wooden trees (found at any craft store)

Black Sharpie

Modern Wooden Christmas Tree

What to do:

It’s so simple! All you need to do is take that sharpie and start creating some fun patterns! I chose triangles in three different patters: solids, polka dots and stripes! Continue drawing the patterns in a random design until the tops of the trees are covered and then you’re done! So easy…

Modern Wooden Christmas Tree

I had a lot of fun with this project, it took no time at all and I was able to play a little. They are simple, yet fun – the perfect pop I was looking for! 

Modern Wooden Christmas Tree

I may not be able to have a large scale modern tree, but these are a simple solution if you are looking for something a little different this holiday season! What do you think?

XOXO, Lidy

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Metallic Geo Holiday Wreath

December 12, 2013

Metallic Geo Holiday Wreath

Looking for a fun alternative this holiday season to add to your home decor? How about a metallic geo holiday wreath! Metallic holiday decor is a great way to follow the latest trend and have a little fun this Christmas! 

Metallic Geo Holiday Wreath

Metallic Geo Holiday Wreath

I’ve long been inspired by the Dwell Studio’s Wired Wreath, so I decided to create my own version based on these geometric shapes!  

Metallic Geo Holiday Wreath

What you will need:

Pipe Cleaners in gold and black

Black Ribbon

Metallic Geo Holiday Wreath

Start by making diamond shapes from your gold pipe cleaners. You will need 10 pipe cleaners per diamond. You can simply follow the same instructions from this DIY, but by twisting each pipe cleaner together. Once you have a good amount of geometric shapes, start creating a wreath by twisting each shape together using extra pipe cleaners. It’s kind of like a puzzle, finding which ones fit together nicely in order to create the shape you are looking for. It’s not going to be a perfect circle, but that’s what makes it so fun! When your wreath is all complete, create the bow by connecting two triangles from your black pipe cleaner and a third to connect together. Attach it  to your wreath and you’re done! 

Metallic Geo Holiday Wreath

Metallic Geo Holiday Wreath

It’s a nice touch for the holidays, adding just enough sparkle to your wall! It’s also perfect for New Years – and if you’re brave, all year long! You could also tame it down a bit by making the wreath black and the bow gold. A little more subtle if you aren’t the flashy type! 

Stay tuned, on Monday I have one more fabulous wreath idea for you that I know you’re going to love! Happy crafting friends! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Polka Dot Paper Runner

December 11, 2013

Polka Dot Paper Runner

Christmas is approaching and I can’t wait to be with my family and friends to celebrate the reason for the season! In our home, it’s a lot of gathering around the kitchen table, catching up and a lot of eating!! Here is a simple addition you can add to your table top decor while you are busy entertaining and enjoying your holidays!

Polka Dot Paper Runner

What you will need:

Kraft paper

White paint

Foam pouncer brush

Scissors

Polka Dot Paper Runner

Polka Dot Paper Runner

What to do:

Start by measuring the length and width you would like your table runner to be. Take your scissors and cut out according to your measurements. Lay out on a flat surface. Carefully dab your foam pouncer brush in your paint so the entire bottom surface is covered as evenly as possible. Dab onto your paper runner. Continue until your runner is covered. Let dry completely and then enjoy! 

Polka Dot Paper Runner

This is such a cheap and accessible way to revamp your dining table or any table this season! You can use any paint color you would like and you can even play with the design a little. Keep in mind, it is paper, so you want to be sure not to set anything damp or wet directly onto your runner. 

Polka Dot Paper Runner

What do you think about this simple solution for your table top decor?

XOXO, Lidy

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Scandinavian Christmas Village

December 10, 2013

Scandinavian Christmas Village

This year, I decided I wanted to get rid of our old Christmas village and replace it with something a little more modern and sleek. Our old village was very traditional and very Charles Dickens-like. It was cute and festive, but wasn’t really our style anymore. 

Scandinavian Christmas Village

I knew I wanted something very minimalistic – something clean, with simple lines! I also really wanted some mountains incorporated somehow, they are always so whimsical! Of course, a little Scandinavian village would be perfect! 

Scandinavian Christmas Village

What you will need:

Pine board 

Pencil

Table saw (use a miter jig to cut angles)

Spray paint in black and white

Painters tape

Scandinavian Christmas Village

What to do:

Draw out your desired village on the pine board (we glued and clamped two together so it would be thicker). I wanted simple, but fun angles. Cut out each piece with the table saw, using the miter jig to cut the angles of the village. Choose which pieces you want to be painted and spray according to whatever color you prefer. I painted one white, black and left a couple natural to add variation. A few coats will be needed. Tape the tips of your mountains and paint the tops. Once they are dry, remove tape. Set up your new village, show it off and enjoy! 

Scandinavian Christmas Village

I love how it turned out! It’s true, sometimes less is more. In this case, we made a good choice! With all the other elements going on in our home, it really tones things down. Our Scandinavian Christmas village is exactly what I was looking for. It sure looks great next to our God Jul light up sign too! What do you think of minimal Christmas decor?

XOXO, Lidy

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Christmas Wood Light Up Sign

December 9, 2013

Christmas Wood Light Up Sign

My favorite part of the season is when we get to enjoy the coziness and warmth it brings! As soon as the sun sets, I have the Christmas tree lights and mantel lights all aglow! I instantly feel like I need to make some hot cocoa, turn on my favorite holiday tunes and enjoy this happy time of year! 

Christmas Wood Light Up Sign

Christmas Wood Light Up Sign

My husband made a great Christmas wood light up sign to sit on our dining room hutch! It’s sentimental to him, since it signifies his Swedish roots. “God Jul” means Merry Christmas in Swedish and now it lights up  nice and bright for all to see! 

Christmas Wood Light Up Sign

What you will need:

Plywood

Drill

Printed out font of “God Jul”  (or another merry message)

Christmas Wood Light Up Sign

Christmas Wood Light Up Sign

What to do:

Simply cut your plywood in the size you would like, depending on where you plan on hanging or sitting it. Temporarily tape your printed font on the wood and drill holes freely along each letter of the word. The more holes, the more the sign will light up! Remove the printed font. Simply set your sign in front of twinkly lights and your sign will come alive! You could also push your lights through the holes and tape it securely behind, but we kind of like it a subtle glow! Now enjoy!! 

Christmas Wood Light Up Sign

Our hutch really pops now and I feel happy to have a part of my husband’s heritage as part of our decor! It’s feeling very festive in our home now, how about you?!

XOXO, Lidy

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Handmade Wood Ornaments

December 5, 2013

Handmade Wood Ornaments

Every Christmas season, it’s become a bit of a tradition in our home to make handmade ornaments! This year was no exception and we decided to make some cute woodland animals inspired by our Canadian roots: beavers, bears, owls and foxes! 

Handmade Wood Ornaments

We used four different types of wood, so each individual ornament has a different natural shade of brown. We sanded them and rubbed oil based sealer on the finished product. We simply drilled holes at the top and used leather scrap as ties! It’s so simple and beautiful – perfect little gifts for our closest family and friends! 

Handmade Wood Ornaments

For us, ornaments like this will never lose appeal! They go with practically any color scheme and look great hanging on their own. We gave our oldest son the bear, our daughter the fox and our youngest son the beaver. My husband and I will share the owl! Unfortunately, there was suppose to be a deer to add to the group, but our scroll saw broke before we could finish them. Sad, I know. We are waiting for some parts to replace and then we will have to finish them up! 

Handmade Wood Ornaments

I think it’s great to add a handmade element to your Christmas decor each year. Especially when it’s something you can keep for years to come and give to your kids so they can pass it down when they are parents one day too. 

Handmade Wood Ornaments

What do you think of these cute little wood ornaments?!

XOXO, Lidy

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Modern Christmas Balloon Decor

December 3, 2013

Modern Christmas Balloon Decor

I wanted to do something really fun that you could use as decor this holiday season or that party you’re thinking of hosting! This could even carry through to the New Year, it’s just too fun! How about some modern Christmas balloons? 

Modern Christmas Balloon Decor

What you will need:

Balloons in black and white

Paint in black and white

Paint brushes

Tinsel garland (any color)

Streamers in black and white

Tape

Wire

Modern Christmas Balloon Decor

Modern Christmas Balloon Decor

First, inflate four balloons (or more if you would like). Paint each balloon with a fun holiday word! I chose “Joy”, “Peace”, “Hope” and “Cheer”! Let them dry completely. Fringe your streamers by cutting slits down the outer side of each. Once the balloons are dry, tie your tinsel or streamer to the bottom of each balloon and simply hang on the wall! I used some lightweight wire by taping it to the back of the balloon and creating a loop on the top of the wire so I could create different lengths. Be careful not to pop your balloons! 

Modern Christmas Balloon Decor

I love how playful this DIY is! Every time I walk into our front door, I feel like there’s always a party going on! It’s modern, simple and spectacular! Don’t you think this would be great for a Christmas or New Years party!?

Modern Christmas Balloon Decor

XOXO, Lidy

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Hanging Enchanted Mushroom Forest

November 29, 2013

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So, Thanksgiving is officially behind us and I think it’s safe to say we can now jump head first into Christmas! My house is already pretty much primped and prepped. I’m just working on some of the finer details in each room, like this fun hanging enchanted mushroom forest! It ties in nicely with my moss wreath too!

Hanging Enchanted Mushroom Forest

What you will need:

Faux mushrooms (various sizes)

Confetti (I used some fun shimmery-snowy-like confetti)

Moss

Mod Podge 

Paint Brush

Pretty dish/container (I used an antique silver bowl) 

Hot glue gun

Yarn so you can make this

Hanging Enchanted Mushroom Forest

Hanging Enchanted Mushroom Forest

1. First start by putting a nice layer of mod podge on the tops of your mushrooms. Dip the tops into the bag of confetti (or sprinkle on top) 2. Let them dry completely 3. Place hot glue to the bottom of each mushroom stem and place firmly onto dish until it is dry 4. Repeat with the other mushrooms. Finally, finish it off by placing moss onto the bottom of the dish and little bits of confetti to give it that enchanted look! Once you have created the yarn holder, place the container carefully into the center and slowly lift from the top. Make sure it’s perfectly balanced and stable before hanging. Adjust where needed. Then and enjoy! 

Hanging Enchanted Mushroom Forest

When I was done, I placed mine in our breakfast nook . I love how it adds a small amount of sparkle to that space and creates that Christmas flow from one room to the other without being too in-your-face! It’s like a winter wonder land for mushrooms! It’s so playful and whimsical, perfect for the season! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Woodland Moss Wreath

November 28, 2013

Woodland Moss Wreath

I was looking for some more greenery to add to our holiday decor. My tree just wasn’t enough for me! I needed something pretty and natural to add to my dining room wall! Alas, a woodland moss wreath! 

Woodland Moss Wreath

What you will need:

Straw wreath

Reindeer moss

Red berries

Woodland animal (I used a handmade wooden fox)

Hot glue gun

Woodland Moss Wreath

1. Gather your supplies and start to break your moss into nice sized portions 2. Carefully hot glue the moss onto your straw wreath 3. Cover the top completely and work your way to the inside and outside of wreath (add more in thin spots where needed) 4. Place your berries where you would like 5. Add moss to cover the ugly bits 6. Add your woodland animal!

Woodland Moss Wreath

I think the wreath looks great paired with my paper garland, the dining room has a very Scandinavian feel to it now! There are all sorts of great ideas out there and I’ve been busy pinning them to my wreath board for a while now! I love the idea of this wreath being simple, with a little touch of color and amusement! 

Woodland Moss Wreath

I love wreaths during the holidays! I think they are such a great way to decorate and I truly believe you can never have too many! So stay tuned, I might have some more ideas up my sleeve! 

XOXO, Lidy

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