DIY Felt Bow Ornaments

This year we opted for a non-traditional white Christmas tree for our formal living room. It’s something I’ve always wanted to explore, but never had the courage to do until we moved into our new home. Because I’ve stuck to a very minimal, clean and simple color palette this year (you can read more about that here), it’s made decorating very easy! I decided that I didn’t want things to get too boring, so I decided to add these cute and quirky DIY Felt Bow Ornaments to the tree! Materials Felt in any color combo you choose Glue Dots Scissors Twine  Directions Begin by cutting two rectangles – one large for your bow and one small for the center. Cut a slight “C” shape on the ends of the larger rectangle. Take a piece of twine and tie the center of the larger rectangle so it bunches, you will see the bow shape take form. Take your smaller rectangle and wrap around the tied twine and secure with a glue dot. Press firmly until it sticks. Take twine and pull through the center, tie a knot and hang to enjoy!!  These are so quick and easy to make. I made a few and I feel like they add a little more character to the tree! What do you think about adding sweet bows to your Christmas tree?  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,or Instagram...

Three Ways to Decorate For Christmas

Today I’m over at The Land of Nod‘s blog, Honest to Nod, sharing Three Ways to Decorate for Christmas! I love having options and I know sometimes it can be very overwhelming when there are just so many ideas out there. I’ve picked my top three styles for the holidays to make deciding a bit easier for you!  I hope this little guide helps you narrow down on some decisions! Can you believe Christmas is only 3 weeks away??! It’s never too late to start decorating, there’s still time!  Which design would you choose for your home based on your personal style?  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by...
Pegboard Christmas Tree

Pegboard Christmas Tree

There are so many amazing ideas out there these days for alternative Christmas trees, but if you are looking for something a little less traditional, this Pegboard Christmas Tree just might be for you!  My husband simply cut the shape out of a piece of inexpensive pegboard. It was a 10 minute project really! I love how it looks standing alone, but you could easily spray paint it any color you wish or hang any kind of ornaments through the holes. I love a more modern look by just leaving it as is, but options are always a good thing!  I love having options for a tree. I’m still loving our Copper Geometric Christmas Tree in our dining room, it takes up no room at all and adds a lot of interest to the space. I know that our Pegboard tree will especially be great for the kids! They can have all kinds of fun decorating it any way they can and even be a fun little activity to do day to day during the holidays. Even so, I know I’m enjoying it just as it is right now! I love the minimal look this year, our decor isn’t too busy and I like that it’s still looks like our house everyday with just those touches of Christmas magic!   What do you think about non-traditional Christmas trees? XOXO, Lidy  Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram...
Modern Christmas Village Using Paint Chips

Modern Christmas Village Using Paint Chips

Last week I popped into Sherwin-Williams to grab some paint samples for our master bedroom makeover (coming soon!) and I might have grabbed just a few extra paint chips for a fun little Christmas project!!  Materials Paint Chips (or any colored paper will do) Hot glue gun or tape Directions If you are using colored paper, simply cut house shapes ahead of time. Otherwise, fold at different lengths to create your little village. Hot glue (or tape) a few together to create solid pieces. Arrange and display! It’s SO easy and totally cute, right?! Last year, we created a Scandinavian Christmas Village, which we are using again this year in our dining room. But I thought it would be kind of fun to create another modern village for our living space this year to change things up by adding just a bit of black, white, grey and light pink. And I love it!  Add some fun little wood trees to give it a a bit of texture and depth – hope you enjoy!!  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...
Wednesday’s (Christmas) Wishlist

Wednesday’s (Christmas) Wishlist

It’s been a little while since I did a Wednesday’s Wishlist and since the holidays are quickly approaching, I decided to make it a Christmas edition!  |Home| Did you happen to see the new Krink Fiberglass Side-Shell Chair from Modernica?! So fun and perfect for the holidays (or everyday for that matter)! I would love 4 please!  |Him| With all the little projects my hubby has going on, I know he would love this Sawstop! If you haven’t heard of it, you should probably watch this awesome video! Amazing, right?!  |Her| As a blogger, my camera is probably the one thing I use every single day. Sadly, my Canon is getting old and starting to act a little crazy. Oh, how wonderful it would be to get this Canon 70D DSLR – I could even start creating fun videos for the blog! Sigh.  |Kids| Shhh. Don’t say anything, but we might have already bought this cute little Kitchen and Workbench for the kids for Christmas! It promotes happy playing and sharing – or at least that’s what we are trying to accomplish! Plus, how cute are they??? What kind of gifts are you putting on your wishlist this Christmas? XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...
DIY Imperfect Plus Table Runner

DIY Imperfect Plus Table Runner

Earlier this morning I announced some changes that are coming soon, but I also wanted to carry on with the week and show you some fun projects I’ve been working on! This DIY Imperfect Plus Table Runner was inspired by Schoolhouse Electric‘s super sweet sheet set! Because they are so darling and so easy to make!  Materials Shelf liner  Sharpie Scissors Directions Measure your table length to see how long you would like your runner to be. Cut your liner accordingly. Take your sharpie and make quick and easy plus sign designs in any pattern you see fit! Remember, it’s called imperfect plus for a reason! Let dry and place on your table!  By using the shelf liner as your runner, it sticks nicely to any surface without moving around! Not to mention, it adds great texture and pattern to your holiday table! It’s trendy, bold and can be used all year round if you wanted to. Don’t you love these kinds of projects that take no time at all?! XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...
How To Make a Simple Tree Skirt in 20 Minutes

How To Make a Simple Tree Skirt in 20 Minutes

Around this time of year, I am always short on time! I really needed a new tree skirt for our white tree, but I don’t want to face the Christmas rush that’s already flooding the stores! I decided to make my own, but seeing as I don’t have a whole lot of spare time, I opted for simple materials in order to make my own! And yes, it only took me 20 minutes!  Materials Thick piece of white felt 4 rectangles of black felt with sticky back Scissors Sharpie Directions Measure the circumference of your tree, depending on how big you want your skirt to be. Cut a circle out of your white felt according to your measurements. Cut a slit to the center of your white felt and cut our a small circle so the circle is directly in the center. This will be your tree skirt. Iron if needed. Trace out any shape you would like on the backs of your black felt (I chose a swiss cross design – surprise surprise!). Cut out your shapes. Peel the backs off the black felt and press firmly on your white felt. Continue until you have the desired pattern on your tree skirt! Place your skirt under your tree and enjoy!  This only took me 20 minutes, if it takes a little longer, no worries! It’s fun making something that’s festive and so easy!  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram  ...
Yarn Wrapped Candles for Christmas

Yarn Wrapped Candles for Christmas

Recently I came across a bag full of lovely yarn at a thrift store for cheap! I loved how delicate this particular yarn was and decided to use it to wrap candles for our new Candlestick!  Materials Yarn Candles Hot glue gun Directions Simply start wrapping the bottom of your candlesticks with the yarn of your choosing. Hot glue the ends to ensure they don’t unravel. Then display! It’s that easy!  The candles pop a lot more and I love how festive and warm they feel! You can have all sorts of fun picking colors, but don’t you just love this green with the metallic yarn?! Disclaimer: Please use common sense, don’t leave a burning candle unattended. As it burns and becomes shorter, remove yarn if necessary. Or, use strictly for decorative purposes. XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram...
Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Tree Ornaments

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Tree Ornaments

Christmas is almost nearing and I’m getting super excited! Every year, I try to make at least one handmade ornament to add that personal touch to our tree. This year, I wanted to try something a little more bold and modern. I stuck with very clean and simple colors: black, white and pops of metallics (mostly gold and silver).  These Scandinavian inspired Christmas tree ornaments take 5 minutes to make – they are so easy!  Materials Black leather Scissors Hot glue gun Ornament hooks Directions Gather what you need. Begin by cutting triangles with your scissors until you have the amount of trees you are looking for. I did quite a few so I could evenly disperse them on our tree. Hot glue three triangles together to create a tree. Hold the triangles firmly together while the hot glue is cooling so there is good contact! Otherwise, the hot glue will peel off quite easily. Take your scissors and make a slight cut in the top triangle for your hook to go through, then hang to enjoy!  I love the graphic element it adds to our tree! It feels very minimal and I love it – it’s quite refreshing to be honest! These would make great little gifts for family and friends. I also have a few other plans for these little guys, so stay tuned!  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...
Working With Dote Magazine

Working With Dote Magazine

One of the many things I love about blogging are all the amazing opportunities that come from it. But especially when those opportunities are local! A few months ago, after we had just moved from California back to Canada, an old friend emailed me about a new lifestyle magazine here in Calgary: “I was reading my first Dote Magazine www.dotemagazine.com and thought of you: you need to be a contributor or columnist. It is very you. Check it out and maybe apply!” And I did a crazy thing. Something I would normally talk myself out of for fear of rejection…or sheer laziness. I contacted them. To my surprise, I heard back and even had coffee with the publisher and editor. They were truly lovely! We discussed my possible role and their vision for the overall magazine, as well as my contribution.  So, fast forward to today. I am now a lucky columnist for Dote Magazine. My column will be focused on fixing a design problem that plagues many different types of homes and introduce simple solutions. Mainly, I’ll be doing a lot of fun makeovers and styling a lot of fabulous spaces. Two words. Dream. Job.  Via Yesterday I got to hang out with a couple Dote ladies, Kate (the publisher) and Blair (their resident photographer)! We worked on my first project, which will be coming out in their 2nd issue! I am SO excited! But unlike the blogging world, you shoot WAY in advance for it to be in print months later. It’s a different world, but it’s a lot of fun to watch and learn this new process. The issue will be coming March 2015 ,...
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