Wednesday, November 13, 2013

DIY Sparkly Cone Trees



I made the sparky tree cones and they are adorable. I started with this as my inspiration, but my diy side once again said, No do not buy those over priced things, you can make them. And, make them I did. 

Here is the ones from Home Goods around $25 for the tall one and not much cheaper for the smaller ones,  and you really need 3 to have a nice full look.


Heres what I came up with for around $12 using a 50% Michaels coupon.


I used a sequin fabric which was very thin and gave me just the sparkle I was wanting. 



Here are the supplies you will need to make your own sparkly decor trees.

Fabric- I got 2 yards but only used maybe a yard
Paper mache cones from Michaels, mine vary in height but you can do what ever you like.
Mod Podge
A foam brush
Primer or paint the color of your fabric- I know mine says automobile primer, this is what I get when I send my 14 year old to the paint cabinet to grab for me. It works though, so hey on we move.


Give your cones a coat, this is to mask the brown from coming thru on my thin fabric. It really depends on what color or type of fabric you use, mine was thin and you could see thru it. I didn't want the brown to show, show I painted.


Now lay your fabric design side down and slowly roll the cone to get a pattern. 


Cover the cone with mod podge and slowly roll fabric back around the cone.

These were easy to make. I think my colors for Christmas this year will be silver and red, so these will work great. 

Stayed tuned for more Christmas crafts, soon I will showing you what I do with the giant Magnolia tree in my yard.

Keep on Sparkling!!

Dana







Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sparkly DIY Tree decor coming soon




I was in my local Home Goods Store recently and I fell in love with a version of these sparkly cone tree thingys. Sorry not sure of the official name but, thats what I am calling them. They were too pricey for my blood and only to used at Christmas, I think not. 

Coming Soon...... I made my own set of three, for wayyyyyyy less than a year at a top rate college.

They seem to be in most of the stores that I run thru for inspiration, so I will show you how to make your own. 

See you soon.

Dana

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Happy Birthday to the Queen!



No, I am not celebrating the Queen of England's birthday cause I have now idea when it is, Today I am celebrating mine(The Queen of my Castle). I turn 46 years old today. If I knew getting old was this fun, I would have done this a long time ago. So, this weekend I am off to a winery with my girlfriends, I will blog about it later and to have dinner in the kitchen, yes in the kitchen of my fav Italian restaurant. Oh I also have to work today and pick up kids and cook dinner and do all that other normal Mom stuff, But I will do it with a little extra sparkle and pep in my step.

   

                                                                            Happy Birthday to me!!!

       

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Rainbow loom bandwagon



I think I am a crafty person, I mean when I walk in a craft store I feel right at home and confident that I can handle most any craft. But that was until I got my 8 year old the Rainbow Loom kit. You know that they are all the rage right now. I think they may last as long as beanie babies or silly bands but while they are hot, we are jumping on the wagon and making some.

I bought the kit a Michaels and you can't use your coupon for these so out the door it's going to run you around $16. The kit comes with the loom, a mixture of rainbow color little rubber bands and a hook thingy, oh and instructions(if you can call them that).



I tried several times over several days to make a simple bracelet without success. Finally, I turn to trusty You Tube and found 2 girls who explain it in perfect English and within 1 minute I had a cute one on my arm.

I thought if I am having trouble maybe others are too so follow the link and make a bunch for friends, family. This video is clear, slow and very helpful. Link at bottom of page. Here are the ones I turned out in just a few short minutes, actually 3 mins because my daughter timed me, I don't know why.



I made this one to match a dress I am wearing Saturday night to my birthday dinner.



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                                                      Hope you enjoy designing all the colors of the rainbow.
                                                               
                                                                          Dana




Thursday, October 31, 2013

Jewelry holder



I have seen the inspiration for this jewelry holder all over blog land, and I loved it. So I decided to make my own. Sorry I didn't a picture of a piece of wood that can really be cut into any shape you would like. I wanted my just kinda square, it fit the space I needed it for. 


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So basically, cover the board with fabric and staple in place from the back. Also if your board has any rough places make sure to sand those down first.

I added a ribbon to the top of mine to kinda break up the fabric look.




I gathered the jewelry that I want to hang here before buying hardware. I went to Lowe's and got cheap knobs and drawer pulls, and gave each corner nail head trim. Mark your holes carefully and start with a small drill bit to not rip and tear the fabric while putting the hardware on. 

Hang your jewelry and enjoy!!

Have a great day!

Dana



Monday, October 28, 2013

Random Monday-featuring pallet sign



Here is my random Monday post. It is a pallet sign I threw together for our back porch. In the summer I put flowers in the little buckets and in the Winter I drape lights over the pallet for some extra light.

 I have a big stack of pallets that I work from to make all kinds of things such as this sign, wine racks and a fence for my AC unit. So grab you a pallet and make a cute sign for your porch or yard.



I used regular paint and whatever  color I had on hand.

Happy MondayYa'll!!

Dana

Friday, October 25, 2013

Memo Board Knockoff



Let me just say, "Hello" my name is Dana and I am addicted to Hobby Lobby, whew I feel better now.  I was in the Hobby Lobby the other day for so long I am sure they thought I was casing the place. I was not, but I was looking for inspiration. And here it is,  the price tag made it look very ugly though. So, before I sold a kidney to buy it, I did the rational thing. I made my version.


source hobbylobby.com







Here is my version and yes I know it is not round with the houndstooth frame but, I also know it cost $9 to make and that is what matters most to me.


Start with a basic memo board. 


Give the memo board a light coat of paint. Be sure to tape of the wood edge. TIP-If you are using a darker color and a light color use the light color as your base.

After the base coat dried I reached for my handy Frog Tape Chevron Shape, if you want to see my post about that see here.

I applied my tape onto the memo board, I didn't take a picture of this step because the paint color is yellow and the tape is yellow and it was hard to see, but I think you get it.



After your tape is down really good, it is time for the top coat. I used a grey color for mine, right now I am in some grey & yellow mood. Remove tape before the paint dries, if not it will rip your pattern off and destroy the project, just trust me I know. 



And now stand back and enjoy at your masterpiece that didn't break the bank.

Happy Friday Ya'll!!

Dana










Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Handmade Spa Party invites



My daughter has a birthday coming up very soon, I do not want to reveal her invites for this year but, here is how they looked last year. Her party was going to held at The Great Wolf Lodge, she had 3 friends join her for the night of swimming, pizza, games and all around girl fun.

I had reserved a room that has a room within the room, just for the girls. It had 4 beds and a TV where they just hung out and enjoyed themselves. We checked in on Friday night after school and the girls got bathing suits right on and hit the pool and slides. After some swimming we came back to the room for Pizza, cake and ice cream. Then the girls went to the Arcade where more fun was had.

The next morning I made a breakfast bar for them in the room with cereal, pop tarts and fruits but, once again they wanted to swim. I think a great time was had by all, I know I had fun even though it was a lot of planning, it was fun planning.

Now lets get to the good stuff, I googled Spa Mask Template and came up with my design. I also looked over Pinterest for ideas. Heres what I came up with.


I printed the info on paper and then cut out the mask shape and glued together. I attached some shiny things around the edge to give it that girly look some more. Each mask has  ribbons that attached to them that say BFF. Then each mask got the girls initial on it. They were a big hit for setting the tone for the party.

                                       Here is what the fronts and backs looked like.
                      What will this year party be?? You never can tell but it is always fun to plan.
                                                               Party on Ya'll!!
                               
                                                                           Dana

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fall Decor



I wanted to share with you, my Fall decor and the drink cart it is based on. Recently, I was down in my Dads building, you know where he keeps everything that Dads need, lawn mowers, tools, saws, old things that I have no idea what they are. But on this day, I was looking for a piece of wood, he told me to look in the back of the building and he had a piece.

As I lifted the wood though I saw this baby, a rolling cart. It was dirty and had like 10 pieces of wood on it. When I saw the cart, I forgot about the wood I need, my only thought was to get the cart out of the shed. Here it is now in our kitchen. I decided not to paint it, I learned it was my Grandmas and I loved the character of the scratches and dings.



Decorating is the fun part with everything, I think. So here's a rundown of what got the honor of being placed on my beautiful cart.


Lets start with this lamp that I found at Dollar General for $10, love it. 


Next,is my silver Dollar store tray that I gave a coat of chalkboard paint. 


The green scale I have had forever, it was bought at a yard sale years ago for cheap. The little green topiary tree was from a friends wedding as a party favor. And the ceramic pumpkin was from my Mother In Law.


On top of the scale is the cutest spider basket that came from the Dollar store.


In the basket are plastic fruits from once again, the Dollar Store and I threw my little box of Lilly cookies in just for fun. These are not to be eaten or else!!


These bowls were my Grandma's also and they mean the world to me. I use them all the time, and think of her and miss her so much.


The basket I also bought at a yard sale for a buck, when the seller told me a buck I was like, OK!!
They hold some of my cookbooks, I have a ton of them.


And that concludes the tour of my Drink Cart/Fall Cart. Hope you enjoyed!! 

Happy Fall Ya'll!!








Sunday, October 20, 2013

Anthro Knock Off Letter



These letters are all over blogland, so I knew I had to give an "M" a try. Yes, Anthro has these in stores but, the price is so high I couldn't eat for the next week if I bought one. As a true DIY'er I ran home and started my own knock off.

Go to Hobby Lobby or Michaels and get you one of those cardboard letters. I think they are like $3, then put Mod Podge all over it, then cover the letter in foil, after it dries cover your tops f the foil in more Mod Podge. It is easy and quick and really no one will ever know, that you didn't sell the farm to buy one of these cute letters.



After foil is applied

Mod Podge over foil


After Mod Podge is dry, paint. I used black and rubbed it off for more of a metal look.

What letter will you be picking up for this project? 

Have a blessed Sunday Ya'll!!

Dana


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Old Frame, New Frame



For sometime now, I have had this dated, gold frame laying around my craft room.  I decided it was time to do something with it. I know you have seen those scatter frames at Hobby Lobby and places like that, they are beyond my budget in every way. I think this one came from a yard sale ages ago, when gold frames where in style in my house.


Pretty bad, right? I went to my ever expanding spray paint collection and fixed this baby right up. I love spray paint, if I could be BFF's with spray paint, I would be a happy woman. If you have your own, way past its prime frame, at your house. Just spray paint it!!



After a spray paint job I roughed it up to give it age. Wait it was old when is started but dated old, I wanted the new old look. Yea!! Then I took some twine and stapled to the back of the frame to hang my pics on. 

Sorry for the horrible pictures, I am asking for a new camera for Christmas or my birthday, I really don't care when I get it.



Then I feel in love with chicken wire, I mean I have always loved it, but hadn't worked with it in a while.  I made this frame and put  chicken wire on it, just once again stapled to the back.

Oh,  the clothes pins were from the dollar store, just paint them or put a design on and you have a one of a kind holder.

So head out to some yard sales, checkout the cheap or reduced section at stores for your frame.

Have a great day ya'll!!

Dana


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

How to make a Pumpkin Burlap Door Hanger



I know that you have seen these all over Pinterest and craft fairs, but I knew I could make my own, so here goes. It was pretty simple to make.

Burlap Door Hangar Supplies-

You will need burlap about a yard or two depending on what design you plan on making. I made a pumpkin and it didn't take up much.

Paint, I just used what I had on hand. I used brown & orange

Paper for pattern

Glue gun & sticks

Plastic trash bags for stuffing

Small string for hanging





First off,you need to come up with a design, you can look on Pinterest and they have plenty of samples.Once you decide on the design you need to free hand this to paper. I have had this massive roll  of paper and really not sure where it came from, but I love it for projects like this. 


Once you have cut the pattern out you will need to trace it onto the burlap using chalk because he rubs off easy. NOTE-YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE TWO SIDES-ONE FOR FRONT AND ONE FOR BACK.


Now it is time to paint the burlap. I used a small roller and it went on really nice. You can paint the back side of you pumpkin if you want to. 


Then I painted the stem brown.


I laid my pieces together when they were dry and started hot gluing around the edge. BE SURE to leave an opening where the bags will be stuffed in. After stuffed you may close the small hole. 
I stenciled on mine and this really was a total after thought but, I like it.

Attach small string to the back for hanging and enjoy.

Happy Fall Ya'll!!


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Making Banner Pennants



You know banners are all the rage right now. My daughters birthday is coming in January so, I thought I would make banners for her party. It is going to be on a horse farm and the mood very casual. These would be perfect. Note: Once I make something and I love it, I become obsessed, I mean like staying up all night, looking at pictures of them and dreaming of ways I can have more of my new lovelies in my life. I mean everything looks cute when you put a banner on it. This is just the type person I am, I'm just saying.

So for my very first try of banners I bought a kit that already had them laid out on the fabric. Since this time, I have found my own pattern online and used it to make hundreds,just Google DIY Pennant.


This is what I started with. The fabric was really already done, all I had to do was cut it out. Easy!! Sorry not sure what the name of this is, I threw the package away. But any craft store carries this or something similar.


I cut the banners out and matched designs to a flow that felt good to me. You can make them double sided if you want, I think it all depends on where this is going to hang.


Sorry, I know I skipped the picture about the letters and string but, really just reverse cut letters out of fabric and stick on. The twine was attached by cutting small slits in the fabric at the top of the banner. I made it pretty long and kinda like how the extra hangs over.


This banner was made to hang in my daughters room. Take a look at this post to see the banners in action.


Then I proceded to walk around my yard finding other places to put the banners. Even this old Impala looks cute.


The gate at the top of our driveway rocks this banner also. I made another one of these that stays there during certain holidays.



Here is a paper banner that hangs in my booth. This was taken before the string was attached but, you get the picture.

So thats it, easy, easy and I know that you can sew them and attach fancy ribbons and all that and trust me I have but, for a fun barn birthday party I think these are just what my Cowgirl needed.

Now go make some banners of your own Ya'll!!