DIY – Fabric Feathers

Fabric Feathers D.I.Y Do you have a lot of extra fabric hanging around from previous projects? If not, you should just come over to my house and take some of mine! I even took a trip to the fabric store anyway to see what they had on discount and sure enough, I came home with a few more scraps to add to the rest. But they were so cute! Here is a great way to use all that spare fabric laying around the craft room!  Grab a friend or two, because this is a great craft to do with someone! It’s fun and so easy!  (1) First you will need an assortment of fabric, whatever you choose! You will also be needing a hot glue gun (you can also use Avery permanent glue stick) and floral wire. You will be using regular sewing scissors to cut strips of fabric, as well as fine tipped fabric scissors for all the details. These supplies are easy to find at any craft/fabric store.  (2) Once you have all you need the instructions are quite simple. Cut out a piece of fabric big enough for your feather to be cut from. (3) Lay out your fabric so you have a bottom and top piece (size of fabric depends on how big or small you would like your feathers to be). Lay the bottom piece down and hot glue the floral wire in the center of the fabric, making sure to  leave some room at the top so your wire isn’t going to be poking out at the top. (4) Place the top piece of...

Crafty Friends

The other day I had a friend over so we could catch up, do a little crafting and eat some yummy baking! It all sounded so wonderful, but it didn’t exactly go as planned! I underestimated how much time we would need for our craft and I couldn’t find a lot of my crafting tools…ANYWHERE!!! It’s been that long! My baking didn’t turn out so perfect either…trial run I suppose!! All in all, the company was wonderful and it was a good excuse to have a girl date on a cool and windy day! The girls and I use to have craft night once a month, but everyone (including myself) got busy busy!! I think it’s time I start putting some extra time aside for some good girl time again. I forgot how much fun it can be! Crafty Friend: Kelly  Craft of choice: Banner Materials: Burlap, yarn and hot glue guns Treat: Pumpkin Scones and Coffee Listening to: Foster the People This project was SO easy! We decided to do a very neutral banner. This way we could create something that could be used throughout the year and not just for one particular holiday. It saves you time, money and work! It also leaves you more time to do other fun projects! Like making a second banner if you so choose! The plan is to create removable letters (or other fancy components…such as flowers, ruffles etc.) and spell out different things for different holidays. I am still not done figuring it out, so if and when I ever do I will update you on that!  For now, the banner...

Coming Soon!

I don’t know about you, but I have been counting down the days until Christmas! I’ve decided that starting November 26th, I will share with you some of our families traditions, favorite recipes and fun projects you can do for the holidays! So stay tuned, you don’t want to miss this!  If there is anything in particular you would like to see, let me know! I would be happy to try it out! ...

I Heart Crafts

I’ve been pinning Thanksgiving crafts for a couple months now, I just love to create my own decor for the holidays! Not only is it cheaper, but it’s a lot more fun! I have a mild obsession with burlap this year. It’s simple, clean and great for all sorts of things.  I have been collecting some ideas for Thanksgiving (and Christmas, of course). I love the vintage feel of burlap and it’s neutral qualities. Of course, I was so excited I had to share it with some friends! So, this week I’m gonna craft it up with some of my fellow crafty gals and put some of these ideas to the test! I will be sure to show you what we come up with…depending on how easy (or difficult) the projects are, we may make a few things!  Here are some of the ideas I am dying to try! DIY Thanksgiving Turkey!  Ruffled Table Runner Of course, a festive wreath A lovely Banner Can’t wait for Christmas! Burlap tree skirt! Fun advent Calendar When it comes to burlap, the sky is the limit!...

Holiday Card Time

Holiday Card Time It was last year I finally decided to get my act together and do some festive cards! They turned out super cute and my family and friends loved them! This year we are hoping to do it all over again. We ordered them through Shutterfly last year, which we loved. I might go through them this year, although I am secretly hoping to design my own and make it even more personal! Depends on time I suppose! I do a little bit of photography on the side and this is the time of year I start getting a lot of calls! People are hoping for a session to get those Christmas cards ordered on time! I don’t blame them, it took me four years to finally get organized! Here are a few cards I designed this year, it was a lot of fun putting these together! We shall see if anyone would like to use my templates or not. Either way, there are always TONS of companies you can order your Christmas prints from!  I used my sweet nephew as my poster child and my husband and I in the above images! So what do you think? Are you going to do the whole Holiday card thing this year?! Perhaps you already do! ...

Old Treasures

Digging out old treasures I think it’s important when you’re making crafts, to think about whether or not they are actually useful to you. I have made my fair share of things I know I would never use. I guess I did it to prove to myself I could be a crafty person? I don’t know! Then there are crafts I made that I know I would love for years to come…or as long as they would last.  Yesterday, I pulled out an old wreath that I made last year during this time. I made it using scrap booking paper, old buttons and a twiggy wreath.  My husband packed it away nicely and it looks wonderful back on our door! Wreaths are my favorite during this season, it instantly makes things feel more festive! I may try to create a new wreath for the back door or one in our home, but I am still quite content with the one I have now! ...

Friendship Soup

Friendship Soup I recently discovered this FANTASTIC idea, thanks to such wonderful and creative friends of ours! This is an easy project you can do yourself and perfect for this month’s thankfulness theme. Friendship soup is such an inexpensive, creative and thoughtful gift to give a good friend or family member! I know I appreciated it when I recieved it, it’s such a fabulous idea!  Here is what you will need: – a mason jar – 1/2 cup of dry split peas – 1/3 cup of beef bouillon granules – 1/4 cup pearl barley – 1/2 cup dry lentils – 1/4 cup dried minced onions – 2 tsp italian sea salt –  1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice Put the ingredients into the mason jar in order (carefully so you can see the nice layers). You can make the jar nice and pretty too, but that’s up to you! You should also type the below section out on nice card stock and include it with the jar. It’s important your gift comes with instructions!  Additional ingredients needed: – 1 pound ground beef – 3 quarts water – 1 can (28oz) diced tomatoes, undrained Here’s what you do: – Invite some friends over for dinner – Brown the ground beef (add whatever spices you would like or can handle!) – Put everything in a large pot and bring to boil – Reduce heat and simmer 1 hour – Enjoy with some fresh bread and good conversation! Hope you give this a try during the holiday! I may have to make a few to give out! ...

Old to New

Old to New A little while ago I posted a fabulous 60s TV stand we found for a bargain. I am so thankful for my wonderful and handy man. Which, kind of goes with the theme this month: thankfulness. My husband does so much around the house and projects for me…so I am going to dedicate this post to him today!  This project is pretty simple and easy to do. It requires some effort, but the end product is wonderful.  My husband did such an amazing job painting the shell white and restoring the wood. It looks amazing in our family room…just one of those pieces you won’t be able to find anywhere else! ...

Halloween Party

Halloween Party: Part I Although today is officially Halloween, we decided to have our party last night and have a little fun! Today we will be having many trick or treaters  at our door, so this way we can concentrate solely on that.  My husband and I worked all day to prepare for the festivities! I woke up early to start baking my pumpkin pies, prepping my appetizers and decorating. My husband cleaned outside so we could have our party under our pergola and finally enjoy the cooler weather. I couldn’t have asked for a better night! Everything went smoothly and we enjoyed our mini photo booth and danced the night away (well, the girls did while the boys chilled outside). Today I will just show you pictures of the food and decor! Tomorrow I shall share with you some of the fun photo booth pictures!  We all came up with some fun, creepy names for our food. Everyone brought an appetizer or dessert, which was great! There was double the food and we needed it, it was all gone before the night was through!  Here are a few pictures of the food, decor and fun!  On the Menu Hot Cider Hazelnut Coffee Pumpkin Pie Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Bruschetta (very popular, can you tell?)  Cheese bread with peppers and olives, originally chips and salsa – Katelyn Stuffed cheese and apple pastries – Tara  Rice crispy Treats – Keri The Decor inspired by black, white and silver  from my previous  Beetle Juice post Inside serving table Fun spare door, added shelves and candles for fun Door #2  Outside patio Table decor Sharing the night...
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