Can you believe that Christmas is just a little over two weeks away! For the first time in a long time, I’m very nearly done with my Christmas shopping already. So I can relax and enjoy the holiday season with my family and friends. Now I have time to plan fun Christmas activities for the holidays. One of the things that we have done in the past is make something crafty at the big family Christmas party. This year the party is happening after Christmas Day, but I still want to have some festive fun. This origami ornament is the perfect craft that the whole family can do. And it won’t cost me anything really, bonus!
Inspired by simplicity, frugality, and my love of coloring books, these ornaments are a fantastic way to bring people together at Christmas. Everyone in the family from grandma to young nieces and nephews can make these adorable little ornaments.
I’m so bummed! It’s December, and there is no snow here in Minnesota. I know! It’s quite a shock to us as well. Although it is nice that the roads have been lovely, and I haven’t had to shovel. But it does not feel like Christmas without snow covered landscapes and frosted window panes. With the possibility of not getting a white Christmas, it’s even more important to make the inside my home festive and bright. I filled my faux tree with ornaments, but the rest of my home needs a bit more Christmas cheer. Inspired by the frost that should be on my windows, I created a frosted Christmas shadow box.
It reminds me of making “baby feet” with my hands on the car window. Glitter and glue makes the frosted effect: so melting isn’t a problem. Adding a string of lights inside the shadow box, gives off a warm holiday glow. You can make it completely your own with any word or simple clip art. The background can be whatever you want too.
Happy October everyone! I am thoroughly enjoying sipping some hot tea while looking at the beautiful fall leaves outside my window. It may seem early in October, but I’m starting to get ready for Halloween. I really want to get a head start this year; so I can enjoy time with my family. Costumes may be the most time consuming of my Halloween preparations. I’m not into scary or creepy stuff, but I do love my tea as much as any Victorian. So I decided to embrace my inner Mad Hatter and create an adorable mini top hat as part of my costume this year.
One of the many things that I love about this mini top hat is that it doesn’t take much fabric or trim to make. It turned out so well. So I just had to share it with you. Because who doesn’t need a mini top hat this Halloween? 😀
Did you know that August 4th was National Chocolate Chip Cookie day? I’ve been researching fun and weird holidays lately, and I used this opportunity to bake some delicious chocolate chip cookies. While no one actually needs a holiday to make cookies, especially when you make these cookies, it is fun to know that there is such a holiday. After baking up some cookies, I wanted to display my yummy treats for all to enjoy, but I just wasn’t in the mood to throw them on a regular plate. So I made a cookie tray that is just too adorable, and you can easily make one too.
Isn’t it just too cute? A giant cookie to hold other cookies for all to enjoy. I even made a template with three options so you can choose which adorable face you want on your cookie try.
Only in Minnesota do you get weather that is a frozen tundra or a hot sauna in one year. This week we are experiencing ninety degree and above temperatures. That is much too hot for my family; so we will be in the air conditioning or at the beach. This is the land of 10,000 lakes and refreshing fun in the sun is never very far away, thankfully. But that does mean packing up all the summer essentials, but I didn’t have a beach bag…yet.
Most using things I already had around my house, I was able to make a great beach bag quickly, easily, and cheaply. I made a large bag so it will carry everything I need for a day at the beach. I even added pockets to keep everything neat and organized.
Hello everyone! Are you ready for the 4th of July? I am nearly ready: just a couple of things left to finish up. I’m looking forward to the parades, fireworks, food, and patriotic fun with my family. Have you been enjoying the red, white, and blue soda floats from last week? I have soda and ice cream stocked in my fridge for the fourth. But as I was looking around my home, I discovered it needed a bit of American flair. I really enjoy twinkle lights and have them throughout my home. I decided to make mini shades for them and they turned out adorably!
I love them and I am planning to make more to go with my everyday decor. They are really easy and cheap to make for any decor or celebration.
St. Patrick’s Day is just one short week away, and people will be happily engaged in all sort of Irish themed fun whether they are actually Irish or not. New York boasts of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade, Chicago famously dyes the Chicago River a vibrant green, and Seattle has an entire Irish Week Festival right downtown. All across the US, there will great St. Patrick’s Day festivities to enjoy with family and friends.
Although my heritage is more Scottish than Irish, I still really enjoy the holiday. It’s fun to see people in green and some of my red headed friends joke about being constantly asked if they are Irish (but they aren’t). They do look awesome in green though. 🙂
I wanted to show my love for Ireland, but since it’s still early spring, coats are still required and cover up cute green fashion. So I thought of making a hair accessory. In true American fashion, I decided to blend different cultures to create something different and adorable: a Kanzashi Shamrock Hair Clip.
Kanzashi are Japanese hair ornaments made up of fabric folded flowers. I’ve been in awe of the beauty and variety of hair ornaments and flowers. After searching the internet and books, I found one of the more simple ways to create a petal and knew it would create an adorable shamrock.
Isn’t it so cute?! I just loved how it turned out. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to create a bunch of petals while watching TV. Would you like to make one too?
Luckily, this week’s DIY is this adorable Shamrock Hair Clip!
I can’t believe it’s already the end of February. It feels like it was just Valentine’s Day although right now it feels like spring with wonderfully warm unseasonable temps here in Minnesota. I long to put away my winter boots and heavy coats and bring out cuter jackets, but it’s really not an option yet since you never know what the weather is going to do here.
With Valentine’s Day, New York Fashion Week, and the Oscars all happening in the month of February, I’ve been feeling like I need to work on my personal style. But I don’t want to shell out major money for a new wardrobe, I’d rather use what I have on hand and make something unique and very me.
I enjoy vintage looks, and I’m an avid reader. (I’ve been known to stay up till 3am to finish the book I started that evening. That’s why I don’t start a book on a weekday.) I also have a collection of vintage books that I just like the look of, and although they look great sitting on my coffee table I’m starting to get a surplus of vintage but not interesting books. The book purses that I’ve seen online are adorable, but I carry around too much to fit into one of those. I realized that everything doesn’t have to fit into one, but it can make a charming makeup bag.
It turned out so well I wanted to share it with you so that you can make one for yourself. Because smart is the new sexy. 😉
I hope the team you were cheering for during the big game won and if not hopefully you had lots of great snacks to drown your sorrows. Thankfully Valentine’s Day is just around the corner which means chocolate, roses, hearts, and love themed everything. Although love is in the air and everywhere, my Valentine’s Day decor is sadly lacking. But Valentine’s Day gifts take priority over decor in my budget. So if I want to show my home some love, any project I choose has to be inexpensive and I thrive on that challenge. Going through my stash of crafting supplies, I found some spray paint from another project and a bit of inexpensive lace. That inspired me to create a Valentine’s Day DIY: a Love and Lace canvas.
It’s really easy and quick to make and doesn’t take a lot of supplies. You can make our own in just one evening.
I can’t believe it is nearly Christmas! I still have a few things to whip up for family and friends before then and just maybe you do too. With the deadline fast approaching, you and I both need something quick and easy to make for our loved ones who love to cook. A wood burned spoon is perfect for a last minute DIY gift. All you need is a wood burning tool and a wooden spoon, and you can make it in under 15 minutes!
You can make a completely custom spoon as detailed or as simple as you want. No special skills required. (This project was actually the first time I’ve tried wood burning and I was really pleased with the result.)