Thursday, December 27, 2012

Simply Link Party


Thanks so much for stopping by for this week's edition of my Simply Link Party!  It's been a crazy week around my house and I've had a lot of fun spending some extra time with my family the last few days.

But I can't wait to see all you've created!
It's time to PARTY! Please link up your latest creations.
  • You can link up pretty much anything as long as you "created" it (Food, craft, home decor item, a beautiful garden, a photograph, etc. I am really flexible!)
  • Please keep it family friendly.
  • Please no links to shops or giveaways.
  • I reserve the right to delete any links that aren't appropriate.
  • By linking up you are giving me permission to feature or show off your project (I will link back to you of course.)
  • Also, I would love it if you linked back to my site and mentioned on your blog, facebook or twitter about my link party! Help me spread the word please!
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Monday, December 24, 2012

Jute Wrapped Tree


This is one of those fun little projects that was inspired by a relatively similar project over here but I had a hankering for a Jute Christmas Tree and I had an extra yard stick laying around, so I thought I could put the two together and make a really cute Jute Wrapped Christmas Tree (using a yard stick as the base).  This was simple to do and I love how it turned out.

Jute Wrapped Christmas Tree (using a 69 cent yard stick as the base of this!) super easy and super cute!  #christmas #christmastree #holiday #jute #winter #christmascraft | from Simply Designing

You Will Need:
Jute Wrapped Christmas Tree (using a 69 cent yard stick as the base of this!) super easy and super cute!  #christmas #christmastree #holiday #jute #winter #christmascraft | from Simply Designing

First you will cut your yardstick into three sections.  I cut (2) 12" lengths and (1) 8" length.  Using wood glue and clamps I glued the wood lengths together into a triangle.  (I only have 2 clamps so I had to get a little creative and used a couple of chip clips on the third corner hahaha!  Just keeping it real people :)

Jute Wrapped Christmas Tree (using a 69 cent yard stick as the base of this!) super easy and super cute!  #christmas #christmastree #holiday #jute #winter #christmascraft | from Simply Designing

After the glue had dried, wrap your jute generously around your triangle.  You can use a little hot glue occasionally to secure the jute in place if desired especially at the beginning and end.

Jute Wrapped Christmas Tree (using a 69 cent yard stick as the base of this!) super easy and super cute!  #christmas #christmastree #holiday #jute #winter #christmascraft | from Simply Designing

Use wood glue to secure the scrap block of wood as a base to the bottom of the jute wrapped tree.

Jute Wrapped Christmas Tree (using a 69 cent yard stick as the base of this!) super easy and super cute!  #christmas #christmastree #holiday #jute #winter #christmascraft | from Simply Designing

Embellish with a bow made out of red burlap if desired!

Enjoy!
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Simply Link Party


Thanks so much for stopping by for this week's edition of my Simply Link Party!  I can't wait to see all you've created!
It's time to PARTY! Please link up your latest creations.
  • You can link up pretty much anything as long as you "created" it (Food, craft, home decor item, a beautiful garden, a photograph, etc. I am really flexible!)
  • Please keep it family friendly.
  • Please no links to shops or giveaways.
  • I reserve the right to delete any links that aren't appropriate.
  • By linking up you are giving me permission to feature or show off your project (I will link back to you of course.)
  • Also, I would love it if you linked back to my site and mentioned on your blog, facebook or twitter about my link party! Help me spread the word please!
And please visit 2-3 other links and leave them a nice, meaningful comment! Thanks!






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Yarn Wrapped Christmas Tree {Pottery Barn Kids Knock-Off}


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Yesterday I showed off a Pottery Barn Inspired Shabby Christmas Tree craft, and today I am going to show you a really cute and simple Pottery Barn Kids Inspired Yarn Wrapped Christmas Tree craft!  This is perfect for a little last-minute holiday crafting, would work all winter long, and is so simple, you can even enlist your kids in this project!  Plus I love how the yarn gives this tree a warm, cozy feeling to it!

Pottery Bark Kids Inspired Yarn Wrapped Christmas Tree #christmas #christmastree #yarn #holidaydecor

All you will need is a Styrofoam cone, yarn in your choice of color and a low temp hot glue gun!

Starting at the top of the Styrofoam cone, wrap the yarn around the cone, overlapping yarn, and hot gluing in place as needed to keep the yarn in place.

You can create these in any color and are a really fun touch to most Holiday Decor!

Again, this Christmas Tree is one that is similar to one featured in a recent Pottery Barn Kids Catalog as background decor, but isn't for sale online as far as I can tell.  I also made these similar yarn-wrapped cones here.

If you like this idea, would you please take a moment to Pin It?  Thanks!

Happy Holidays!
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Shabby Fabric Christmas Tree {Pottery Barn Knock-Off}


On many occasions I have lauded the style of +Pottery Barn.  It just calls to me.  Not all the time, but sometimes, I can literally hear it calling my name from the pages of the pretty catalog when it appears every month.  (ha...maybe that's just the holiday craziness talking...)  Anyway...

Today's knock-off Christmas or Winter Decor piece is inspired from the most recent pages of the PB holiday catalog.  Interestingly enough, they don't sell these (at least not that I could tell), but they were part of the background decor.  But I loved these Simple Shabby Fabric Christmas Trees, loved their style and knew I wanted to make one for my own home this year!

Shabby Christmas Tree Decor (Pottery Barn Knock-Off) - so cute and so simple to make!  Perfect to have out all #winter long or just for #Christmas!  #knockoff #knockoffdecor #pbknockoff #christmas #christmastrees #holidaydecor #christmascraft | Simply Designing

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Fabric Trees

You Will Need:
Directions:
  1. Use a small square scrap of fabric to cover the top of the cone using your hot glue gun
  2. Cut remaining fabric into strips about 4" wide
  3. Use your fingers to crease the top edge down about 3/4"-1" on the fabric strips
  4. Starting above the cone, wrap your fabric around the cone using hot glue to adhere the bottom of your fabric to the cone.  Yes, this will mean the top of your fabric will bow out a little, this is ok and helps to create Pottery Barn's not-so-perfect look :)
  5. Continue wrapping fabric around come until entire cone is covered
  6. Secure the end of the fabric on the bottom of the cone
  7. If desired, use E6000 glue to adhere a painted candlestick to the bottom of the cone.  (PB's tree's do not have the candlestick, but I wanted to pair mine with a couple of other Christmas Trees and it just looked best this way for my purposes.)
Original PB Fabric Christmas Trees (picture scanned from their catalog)

Shabby Christmas Tree Decor (Pottery Barn Knock-Off) - so cute and so simple to make!  Perfect to have out all #winter long or just for #Christmas!  #knockoff #knockoffdecor #pbknockoff #christmas #christmastrees #holidaydecor #christmascraft | Simply Designing
Knock-Off PB Shabby Christmas Trees

Not too bad, huh?  And super simple!  This literally took minutes to make and I am loving them!

If you love it, would you take a moment to Pin It?  Thanks!

Enjoy!
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Choosing the Right Shower Head

Did you see my article about 8 Fabulous Shower Updates?  If so, you need to check that out here.  This post goes hand in hand with that article and gives Tips and Ideas for Choosing the Right Shower Head for you! 

Come visit me at SheKnows to see all my shower head tips!

Shower head

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Simply Link Party


Sorry the Link Party is late in getting up today ladies (and gents)!  I had a really fun church event last night, Christmas Dinner for about 50+ women that I helped with plus I've had a sick son.  Like flu sick :(  And when there is throw-up involved, my brain stopped functioning properly and I forget things like, our LINK PARTY!!

So thanks so much for stopping by for this week's edition of my Simply Link Party!  I can't wait to see all you've created!
It's time to PARTY! Please link up your latest creations.
  • You can link up pretty much anything as long as you "created" it (Food, craft, home decor item, a beautiful garden, a photograph, etc. I am really flexible!)
  • Please keep it family friendly.
  • Please no links to shops or giveaways.
  • I reserve the right to delete any links that aren't appropriate.
  • By linking up you are giving me permission to feature or show off your project (I will link back to you of course.)
  • Also, I would love it if you linked back to my site and mentioned on your blog, facebook or twitter about my link party! Help me spread the word please!
And please visit 2-3 other links and leave them a nice, meaningful comment! Thanks!






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Thursday, December 13, 2012

3 Exterior Holiday Decorating Ideas



Decorating your home, inside and out is always a big tradition in our family!  Today Chris Long from the Home Decorators.com Home Depot site is here to give a few last minute, simple ideas for sprucing up your exterior holiday decor!

Three Classy Holiday Front Yard Decorating Tips

The Christmas tree has long been the symbol of holiday warmth for the home, but an evergreen is only one element of December decorating these days. In fact, the most effort often goes into the front yard of the home with sparkling lights, inflatable ornaments, and more.  Fortunately, it doesn't take a lot of time or money to bring the spirit of the holidays from inside the home to the outdoors. Following are three inexpensive ways to decorate any entryway in less than an hour:

  • Holiday Greenery: Whether natural or artificial, greenery adds a simple, understated holiday vibe to the outside of any home. Ideal for sprucing up porch railings or columns, artificial garland is available at any local store with a Christmas section. Live greenery can come freshly trimmed from the Christmas tree, or you can seek out your local Christmas tree dealer for natural garland.
  • For those looking to make the outdoors really shine, wrap the garland with a string of white lights before hanging it. Wreaths are always an option, too, but for those budget-minded decorators, trim a couple of branches from the bottom of the tree, wrap the branches with twine or wire to keep them together, and adding a vibrant bow. It doesn't have to be complex or expensive to craft a festive outdoor presentation that pops day or night.
  • Outdoor Decorations: It's no secret that families often have more decorations prepped for hanging than there are tree branches ready to support their cheer during the holidays. But those box-bound ornaments shouldn't be relegated to the closet this season. Use them to spruce up the front porch with the help of twine and a nail. You can hang larger decorations in strategic locations, whether from the railings or from ball topiaries or plants that stand tall on each side of the front door. Large ornaments are inexpensive, and when hung from the low hanging oak branches, give a larger-than-life Christmas vibe that is perfect for any residential yard.
  • Festive Bows: There are few things more tasteful than a holiday bow. And these aren't intended just for the gifts that crowd the base of the tree. A bow of the right size and material can bring a touch of class to the front porch or the front door, whether used by itself or to augment the holiday greenery that lines the entryway columns or the fresh front-door wreath. Premade bows are available at any holiday shop for a few dollars and are easy to add to any outdoor structure or other decoration. Do-it-yourselfers can purchase ribbon and create a unique holiday accent themselves. Using different material options and lengths of ribbon, you can customize your holiday statement to fit whatever your needs.

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the holiday season, particularly when it comes to home decorating. With the proliferation of yard decorations, tying together any entryway with holiday cheer is easy, but finding a classic accent that will invite guests out of the cold and into the warmth requires a delicate, tasteful touch, but not a lot of time or money.

I've included some of my favorite 'Pins' for front door and front yard decorations. Seek out some inspiration and then be creative, use your resources, and remember that less is more, particularly during the holidays.

Source: samjune.com via Mindy on Pinterest




Chris Long is a Home Depot store associate in the Chicago area, where he has been helping customers since 2000. Chris is also a contributor to Home Depot's Home Decorators.com website. His home d├ęcor interests range from wall shelves to home furniture.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Amazing Artists Babba Box


Oh  man is it ever a busy time of year.  Baking, partying, cleaning, delivering, shopping and...repeat.  This year is particularly busy for us and while in the past, I have been really good about planning and creating fun ways for my kids to craft and get involved during the holidays, this year I feel like I am barely squeaking by...there is a severe lack in the arts and crafts department at our house at the moment.  Which is why I was super excited to have the opportunity to try out a BabbaBox!


If you have never heard about BabbaBox before, these things are amazing!  Once a month you receive a box in the mail, full of themed goodies: 3 projects, a book, a digital download and a little something for the parent.  We were so excited to receive ours and my kiddos couldn't wait to delve into it!


BabbaBox is recommended for age 3-6 but my 2.5 year old insisted on helping with all of the activities!  He needed a little more help, but he loved being involved!  My 6 year old daughter however could not get enough!  She is very crafty and loves art and is really very talented at it too - she has great vision.  So she was totally enthralled with this BabbaBox; this was completely up her alley.

 

Our box had an artist theme and came with a book about Vincent Van Gogh.  We all read the book together and saw some of his amazing works of art in the book!  I loved that I could teach my daughter a little art history.  (I love art history!)  And then we had related projects to work on together!


In our box we also got a landscape art activity where the kids pushed buttons, feathers and pipe cleaner into a piece of dry floral foam.  We also got a great set of pastels with a mini canvas board to draw on so my daughter harnessed her inner Impressionist!  And it was really fun teaching my daughter how to use pastels!  In addition we also got a t-shirt "screen-printing" activity loosely based on Andy Warhol's pop art ideas.  This was all super fun stuff!!

disclaimer - he is not sticking his tongue out at her, simply has it out...but the pout is 100% real :)

Both kids loved the foam activity.  They created an owl together and actually worked really well together!

All of the supplies that we needed to complete each project were included in the box.  All I needed was a pair of scissors to open up a little packaging.


In the midst of a very busy month, this gave me the ability to sit down and work on craft and art projects with my children without the extra time to pick projects and purchase supplies.  It was pretty incredible!


My daughter really loved the pastel activity!  She has so much dun drawings and smudging and perfecting her beautiful work of art!

The kids had a blast, I had a lot of fun, I enjoyed spending this quality time with them and they learned a few things too!  Win - win - win!

If you want to learn more about BabbaBox, visit their website here!


And here are a few more details plus a DEAL:

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BabbaBox makes this possible by helping you to save time, money, & mindspace.
Just think! Fantastic monthly activities with ALL the materials for kids ages 3-6. Included in the box are 3 projects + 1 bestselling book + digital download + parent surprise gift!

The best part? Babbabox makes a GREAT unique gift during the holiday season.
Act now! Get 50% off your first month when you sign up for a monthly membership using the code, SWAY100. Offer expires December 31, 2012.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BabbaBox. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

DIY Snowman Bowling #HolidayHangout Video

I'm super excited today to be a part of a G+ Parenting community's Holiday Hangout!  At 11:30am EST I will be showing off, in a live video, how to make a DIY Snowman Bowling Set!  This is super easy, super fun and only cost about $4 to make!

Snowman Bowling - super simple craft to make for or with the kiddos!  This would make a great stocking stuffer too.  So simple to make provides hours of indoor entertainment during these cold winter months!  #snowman #kidcraft #kidactivity #bowling | Simply Designing

And I am really excited to be able to share this with you with my good blogging friend, Jenna from SAS  Interiors!  If you haven't checked out her blog, it is a must-follow!



If you didn't catch it live, you can watch it here afterwards or on Google Plus!

This would be the perfect indoor activity for the kids to create and then play with during these long, cold winter months!

Enjoy!

(this post was inspired by this one here)
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Get your Guest Room Ready for Guests


Do you have out of town guests coming into town for the holidays?  I recently posted a great article on SheKnows showing 8 Ways to Make Your Guest Room Feel Like a Hotel or at least a bit more cozy!  If you have guests coming into town you've got to check this out:

Make your guest room feel like a hotel room

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Simply Link Party


Thanks so much for stopping by for this week's edition of my Simply Link Party!  I can't wait to see all you've created!
It's time to PARTY! Please link up your latest creations.
  • You can link up pretty much anything as long as you "created" it (Food, craft, home decor item, a beautiful garden, a photograph, etc. I am really flexible!)
  • Please keep it family friendly.
  • Please no links to shops or giveaways.
  • I reserve the right to delete any links that aren't appropriate.
  • By linking up you are giving me permission to feature or show off your project (I will link back to you of course.)
  • Also, I would love it if you linked back to my site and mentioned on your blog, facebook or twitter about my link party! Help me spread the word please!
And please visit 2-3 other links and leave them a nice, meaningful comment! Thanks!





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DIY Snowman Candy Jar #HolidayHangout


You can catch this LIVE G+ Hangout video at 2pm EST of me showing off how to make a really cute, simple and inexpensive DIY Snowman Candy Jar here!  Or, if you can't make it at 2pm, feel free to watch this anytime!

Snowman Candy Jar - so simple to make and a really cute addition to your #winter decor!  #snowman #snowmancrafts #christmas #candyjars

Enjoy my first ever Google+ Hangout...and don't laugh too hard when I inevitably make a fool out of myself :)


PS - If you need to purchase vinyl, check out Expressions Vinyl!  They have the best prices I've seen!
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