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A Country Christmas

4 Dec

I have to preface this post with an apology to my mother. For years she decorated with a Country Christmas theme, and for years I made fun her. Mercilessly. So what have I done this year? Country Christmas. I’m sorry, Mama. Though in my defense, there isn’t a single angel with rafia hair in my house. ;)

It all started with this pin from Country Outfitter, and I knew I had to wrap boots in lights. Then things went from there.

The rest was pretty simple. I hung my beloved tin star, covered some lights in quilt batting, and then used some Christmas papers to decorate foam trees and paper mache letters. I added some faux mercury glass for a little shine, and it was done!

I have to be honest, kitten aside, I don’t know how long this will last. I mean, I wear those boots a lot, and I’m gonna want them before the holidays are over.

Fall Tablescape – Glitter Pumpkins!

14 Oct

I kept things simple for my fall/Halloween decorations this year, mostly because I have a million other things going on. Seriously, all of my counters are covered in craft projects in progress. Not one of them is seasonal. How simple did I keep it? Here’s my table:

And that’s all I did. I totally phoned it in this year. The only thing I even crafted was the pumpkins. And those are just Dollar Tree foam pumpkins that I painted off-white and glittered the stems.

But I wasn’t always such a holiday hack! Here are some projects from Halloweens and falls past (click on any of the thumbnails for full posts):

Decorating with Kohl’s

21 Aug

By now my love of Kohl’s is well documented, but did you know that in addition to great clothes, they’ve got beautiful things for your house? After living in my current apartment for seven months, I decided I should stop living like a college student and actually hang some things on the walls. So off to Kohl’s I went!

I found this canvas print that I liked, but since I’m not capable of leaving well enough alone, I decided to vamp it up a bit.

This is as close to a “before” as I have. I used aqua acrylic paint to go over the ocean part, and I mixed sand with white acrylic paint for the sand part. Then I added a bunch of fake greenery stuff.

I kind of hated it. Plus, look at how ridiculous it looked in the giant white space above my couch.

So that was coming down. If I had left it alone in the first place I could have hung it somewhere else. Now I have no idea what I’ll do with it, but that’s another issue. Back to Kohl’s I went!

Now this? This I love.

The shadow boxes on the top row are straight from Kohl’s, no altering or messing around by me. The shadow boxes on the bottom I’ve had for ages (no clue where they originally came from) and I just dry-brushed some white on the maple wood. I added the big shells, which are from Kohl’s.

Funny story about those big shells – they’re actually bathroom hooks. I was able to take apart the end ones really easily, but that white one in the middle gave me fits. If you’re in the market for a bathroom hook, I strongly recommend the Sonoma brand from Kohl’s, they’re virtually indestructible.

This is how the hook looked originally:

I tried just about everything to get that stupid metal hook off the plaster shell. In the end I used a hacksaw. Look ma, no fingers missing!

But the frustration was so worth it, because I absolutely love the way my wall turned out.

So the lesson here is that some things are better left alone, unless you can use a hacksaw.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Kohl’s. All opinions and hacksaw operation are my own doing.

Kids Activity Bag

8 Jul

Note: I made this bag for my nephew for a flight we were planning to take this weekend. Our trip got cancelled (long story) so you can ignore those parts.

When I was on a plane a few weeks ago I saw a toddler with a bag like this and thought it was a great idea. His looked like it cost about $25 in a fancy baby store, but I knew I could make one for much cheaper. Plus, it was the perfect thing to keep my nephew occupied on our trip to Florida!

The hardest part of this little project was finding small toys. I swear, it’s like they don’t want kids to choke anymore. Takes all the adventure out of childhood. At any rate, I was able to find a few things in my craft stash, a few things from a vending machine, and two cute little sets of erasers from the Target Dollar Spot. I love the Dollar Spot.

Fill a zip top bag halfway with rice, and make sure to spill some of it all over the counter.

Then add the toys and zip the bag shut, leaving in all the air. Shake it up to mix the toys in with the rice.

Now you have a fun (and quiet) way to keep your toddler occupied! They can mush the bag around and see what treasures they uncover. Make sure you don’t use toys with sharp edges that could puncture the bag, and definitely keep an eye on them while they’re playing to make sure the bag doesn’t burst.

Teddy Loves Whales

29 Jun

It’s no secret that I love whales. They’re tied with Teddy for my favorite animals, and when Teddy wakes me up in the middle of the night they easily edge him out. A whale has never woken me up at 4am to go pee.

It makes sense that my favorite nonprofit is also focused on whales, The Whaleman Foundation. The founder is a good friend of mine. In fact, he’s the one who inspired me to go to work for a nonprofit, which led to my work in social media. In a funny turn of events, I now live rather close to him. He’s also lucky enough to be on the receiving end of 500 emails a week from me about social media. I’m a delightful friend.

All of this is a very roundabout way of bringing you to my point, which is that Teddy loves whales too. See, here he is snuggling a whale!

So naturally I did what any lunatic would do and made him his very own Whaleman shirt.

Hayden Panettiere is the current Whaleman spokesperson, but Teddy would like to point out that he is also cute, small, and blonde. (I know, he’s more of a strawberry blonde in that picture.) Plus, he’s kind of a big deal online.

Because this post hasn’t exhibited enough of my insanity, I also taped Teddy listening to whale songs. You may remember that I did this with Jack a few years ago, and Jack loves whale songs. Teddy…. not so much. He paid attention for a bit, but then he was very busy licking his foot. Teddy has priorities.