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DIY Adorable Christmas Tree Skirt

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I just came across the most adorable Christmas tree skirt ever – and it’s a DIY!!

The two lovely ladies form Do It Yourself Divas have posted a step-by-step tutorial for how to make this sweet burlap and lace tree skirt!

 

 

Wouldn’t that be gorgeous to have under your tree?! So romantic and pretty! ❤

Plus, they just said that they are willing to sell them if you don’t have the time to make it! Check out the details on their site..

Homemade Chalkboard Paint

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When we moved into our new duplex, the first thing I loved about it was the HUGE kitchen! Then I noticed the all open cupboards, which was exciting yet terrifying. I don’t have pretty matching glassware for all my cooking and baking supplies, so what was I going to do? Of course, the crafty girl in me had a plan! Smile 

I saved all the mason and glass jars we had to fill with our bulk dry cooking and baking goods.  I could envision creating an eclectic cohesion of these assorted jars by painting the tops black and adding a chalkboard design to the side to label! I could see it already..

In the mean time, this is what my jars looked like: (warning – not pretty!)

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So I took all the lids off (grouped in order so I could put them back on easily) and spread them out on newspaper. After wiping with a damp cloth, they were ready.

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To make the homemade chalkboard paint (which I decided to do on the lids too), you simply mix 1 cup flat latex paint with 2 TBSP of non-sanded grout (which you can find at home depot). Simply mix it all together until mostly smooth. This stuff does slowly get thicker over time, so I would recommend only doing smaller amounts at a time, then making more as you need to for further coats.

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I used a small sponge brush and did a thin coat on the top and sides of the lids. The key is multiple thin layers. Allow the paint to completely dry, then lightly sand with fine grit sandpaper (I used 320) before adding another coat.

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I found my lids to be good after 3 coats. I had some paint left over, so I added a couple vases and did a practice rectangle on a wine jug.

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Lightly sand the finished products and give each piece a quick rub with some white chalk to prime to chalkboard. Wipe with a damp cloth and you are ready to draw!

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Here’s their exposed hideout – doesn’t that look better together already?!

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Just imagine how good they’ll look once they have the sides done up pretty as well.

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For now we just labeled them with chalk on the top, but eventually we’ll label on the side with chalk paints, which won’t wipe off as easily.

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The first couple lids I painted were too thick of layers, which is obvious when trying to write on them. See the difference between my spout seeds (“Sprout Me”) and the wheat berries? Much smoother surface. I have extra lids that I painted so I can switch those out.

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While I was at it, I also painted the lids to my spice rack. Again, these will be much easier to write small and look prettier with the chalk paint pens that we are ordering.

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I tell ya – once you start with the chalkboard paint, it gets addicting! You’ll want to cover everything you own in a chalkboard! Open-mouthed smile  I’ll post a picture when I finish the sides for the overall effect, simply ran out of time today!

Feel free to ask any questions or to share what fun things you chalkboard up!

Insane Halloween Ideas

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Halloween is less than a week away and I finally figured out what I’m going to be! I don’t want to ruin the surprise (don’t worry – I’ll share pictures after) but it does fit under homemade and it will be AWESOME! 🙂

That said, I had been perusing Halloween blog posts to find the perfect costume and came across a couple Halloween related ideas that were too amazing to not share!


  • First up is the amazing pumpkin sculptings done by Ray at Villa Fane Studios. He is an unbelievable artist – the faces look like actual people and the detail is incredible! Go to his studio and check out the rest of his work!

  

 

  • Next up is a creepy party food that will have guests squirming in their seats – but the brave will be in for a yummy surprise! These are actually easy to make, simply follow directions here and viola! Awesomely creepy finger food!

 

  • You can’t have creepy party food without a skull! A cream cheese dip and colored soy sauce makes this a perfect centerpiece for your party! Yikes..

 

  • Lastly, for those of you with smaller children looking for not-so-creepy Halloween decorations to make, this banner is adorable and a great way to get in the spirit without being scary! It’s quite simple to make and you can change the colors up to fit any theme!

Bridal Shower Crafts

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About a month ago I was the matron of honor in a close friend’s wedding, which meant I also got the throw her bridal shower – which I had NEVER done before! In fact, I’d barely even gone to any bridal showers! So what’s a girl to do?

Pinterest to the rescue! Smile I searched through tons of bridal shower boards and suggestions until I found a mix of fun ideas that were a good fit for the bride-to-be. *Note: I had the bride’s camera for the shower, so don’t have the actual pictures yet – just my inspiration photos

First up: Decorations! I picked a blue/teal/yellow theme

Love these Poms! I picked up a multi-color tissue paper pack from Target, then followed the tutorial from MarthaStewart. Very simple and super cute!

Source: google.com via Kaisa on Pinterest

 

 

These heart streamers are so whimsical! I bought a music book full of love songs, and cut them out with a scalloped scissors, adding an occasional yellow heart as well to stick with the theme. They definitely helped set the mood for the party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beverage table was dressed up with these cute LOVE letters, in blue, white, teal, & gold. Simple enough to take wooden letters from any craft store and wrap with yarn until you’re happy with the design!

Source: cookslookingforward.blogspot.com via Kaisa on Pinterest

Next: Games!

I didn’t want to do all traditional (boring) bridal shower games, so I was pumped when I came across this fun take on a he said/she said game, called Staches & Tiaras! I made one mustache and one tiara for everybody, then read off the answers to a silly questionnaire I made up. They had to guess if it was the groom’s answer (put up the mustache) or the bride’s (wear the tiara). It was a big hit and people wanted to take home the props!

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Lastly: Take home favors!

I love to bake, so I made an assortment of cookies (snickerdoodle, chocolate dipped spritz, peanut butter) and packaged them up with adorable labels I made using glitter scrapbooking paper, with a thank you note attached. They ended up quite similar to these:

Source: bridesophisticate.blogspot.com via Kaisa on Pinterest

 

 

I have a ton more ideas bouncing around in my head after putting together this bridal shower, so feel free to ask if you feel as lost as I did in the beginning – I’d be glad to help! Smile

Question for readers: Have you ever hosted a shower/party before? Where did you get your ideas?