Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Etceteras: holiday card holder


One of my favorite things about the holidays is receiving cards. It’s so fun to go to the mailbox and see all those envelopes that are filled with good wishes and happy sentiments. 


There are so many ways to display all the pretty cards. I’ve hung them from ribbon, taped them to walls and propped them on shelves. This year, in a less-is-more effort, I decided to make a little card holder basket for all of the cards.


I started with a silver bread basket and embellished it with natural and faux materials. Since I want to reuse this bread basket, I first used masking tape along the top edge to protect the rim. 


I used my glue gun and added moss, seed pods, twigs and silver berries. A vintage crochet doily lines the basket.


Simple candles add a warm and festive touch.


A handful of candy canes for a little splash of holiday color and sweetness.


 
The photos and happy greetings really make this the most wonderful time of the year.


Photos like this warm my heart!


May your days be merry and bright…


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party 29

Welcome to The Inspiration Board link party. Tuesday has become my favorite blog day because I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to. Friday is the hardest blog day because it’s so difficult to pick features from so many fantastic projects.

Thank you to those who have linked up in the past and are back for more inspiration. There are many link parties available and I’m so appreciative that I’m on your party list. If you are new, thank you for joining in the fun. I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some in the spotlight on Friday and on the Homework Facebook page and Twitter.


A few rules:
  • Link up your own projects – something you created.
  • Link to a specific post, not your blog home page (No Etsy shops or giveaways).
  • Grab a “homework” button and include it somewhere on the post you’re linking, on your home page or a page of link parties. Or, if you prefer, add a text link.
  • Follow homework. You’ll find the “Follow via Google Friend Connect” gadget on the right sidebar.
  • Please visit the other links that intrigue you and make someone smile with a comment or two.

I’m ready to be inspired and can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on.

Don’t forget to add my button somewhere on your blog. Spreading the word helps bring more visitors to your linked project.


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Monday, December 19, 2011

Celebrations: tart tin place cards


I have a set of vintage tart tins that I haven’t used in years. When you don’t have time to bake, the next best thing is to use your tart tins for place cards.


Here they are in the original box. My mom passed them down to me. She still makes pies and cakes and other goodies but I don’t remember her ever making little tartlets. But based on the condition of the box, it looks like they were well used. 


The little tart tins come in a variety of shapes. Just looking at them makes me want to make some berry tarts. 


In the meantime, these little tins will be used for my holiday place cards. 


I used craft glue to hold down the moss. That way, when I’m done, a good soaking will clean up the tins. I added a few decorative floral berries, a sprig of evergreen and simple black and white place card.


Sweet little tart tin place cards – but not nearly as sweet as homemade berry tarts. 


This project is linked at the parties listed here and 

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Friday, December 16, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~28~

Thank you to everyone who linked up a project on the Inspiration Board this week. There were so many beautiful, sparkly, glittery, festive, merry and fun projects. Here are a few in the spotlight this week.
 
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This coffee filter wreath by A Woman’s Haven is gorgeous. No skimping on coffee filters here…it’s super fluffy and the silver glitter letters say it all.
 
 
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This sweater remake by Inspiration Realisation looks straight off the catwalk. A true labor of love cutting all the leather circles and stitching them on.
  

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Beautiful Hanukkah projects. 

Top – Let there be light calendar by Yesterday on Tuesday. Sweet hang tags embellished with numbers for each night the menorah is lit. The back of each tag has a message with a way to “give light back to others”. A lovely and giving project. 

Bottom – A beautiful Hanukkah card by the Answer is Chocolate. Handmade cards are so nice to receive and this one is so pretty with all the glittery detail. 

 
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I’ve seen a few placemat-to-pillow projects but I just love this one by Just Another Hang Up. The red cross stitched snowflakes are the perfect touch and this pillow can be used all winter long.
  

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A Pumpkin and a Princess made these cute Christmas trees by wrapping the cone in glittery fabric and adding a ric rac base. So smart and so much easier than using glue and glitter.
  

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  I love the look of natural beauty on Christmas trees and these dried orange ornaments by Our Everyday Art are magical. I bet the pine, cinnamon and orange scent is amazing.
  

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What a unique idea! A wine cork keychain by Artful Panoply. Upcycle wine corks with washers, eye screws and beads for a super stocking stuffer.
  

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A beautiful winter night village made out of old wood by Artdrops. The village houses have so much character and the varying shades of night sky really set the scene for the winter night.
  

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I really want a piece of this crisp coconut and chocolate pie…right.now. The deep rich chocolate and slightly browned coconut look heavenly. Head over to Feeding My Temple for the recipe.
  

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  Oh my…how cute is this little vintage truck and bottle brush tree? Salvaged Whimsy showcases these little goodies and calls them the “Cutest Christmas Idea” and I agree.
  
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Features 28 snowflakes
  1. Toilet Paper Roll Snowflake – Ivaalex
2. Paper Snowflake Garland – Nifty Thrifty Things
3. Snowflake Candles – Alyssa Beth
4. Wall Hanging Snowflake – Ornament Place


 
If you were in the spotlight, please feel free to grab a button.

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Thank you again to everyone who linked a project and to everyone who came to visit. I loved looking at all the projects and visiting your sites.
Please come back next week for another link party.
Link parties are held every Tuesday.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Celebrations: black velvet napkin rings


I had a lot of black velvet leftover from my big plan to sell black Halloween pumpkins in my Etsy Shop {not one sold}…


That’s okay – you can use black velvet for a lot of projects. 


First up – black velvet napkin rings. Nothing new about this project. You simply use paper towel tubes and cut them into several short tubes. Wrap your tube with fabric and glue to the inside. 


I tied little ornaments onto the napkin ring with Pearl Cotton embroidery floss. 


I love the crisp white linen against the lush black velvet. 


And it wouldn’t be Christmas without a splash of red poinsettias.

 

 
This project is linked at the parties listed here and 

Tickled Pink at 504 Main


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Dirt: flower bulb gifts


Don’t you just love it when you see an idea and have all the supplies needed to complete the project? On one of my recent Inspiration Board link parties, The Feral Turtle linked up “The Gift of Green”. Such a sweet simple idea – flower bulbs in upcycled containers.


I had grape hyacinth bulbs leftover from last year and plenty of jars to choose from.


 To make these pretty gifts, wash your jar and add some clean gravel.


Insert your bulb into the gravel and add water up to the gravel line. This little bulb was neglected {left out on the patio table for months} and damaged but it’s sprouting two new bulbs. I’m amazed at how hardy these guys are. 


Wrap your jars in pretty paper, ribbon or fabric. I used a crochet doily for this jar and added a simple matching grosgrain ribbon.


It doesn’t get any easier than this. Parchment paper and baker’s twine add a simple touch to this plain jar.


A strip of an old tea towel wrapped with a piece of ribbon trim gives this old jar a clean homespun look.


Now the bulbs aren’t neglected anymore and will hopefully sprout beautiful grape hyacinths.


Add a pretty tag and these are all ready for gift giving.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party 28

Welcome to The Inspiration Board link party. If you celebrate Christmas, we’re about halfway through our advent calendars. Hopefully, you are all enjoying the holiday prep.

Thank you to those who have linked up in the past and are back for more inspiration. There are many link parties available and I’m so appreciative that I’m on your party list. If you are new, thank you for joining in the fun. I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some in the spotlight on Friday and on the Homework Facebook page and Twitter.


A few rules:
  • Link up your own projects – something you created.
  • Link to a specific post, not your blog home page (No Etsy shops or giveaways).
  • Grab a “homework” button and include it somewhere on the post you’re linking, on your home page or a page of link parties. Or, if you prefer, add a text link.
  • Follow homework. You’ll find the “Follow via Google Friend Connect” gadget on the right sidebar.
  • Please visit the other links that intrigue you and make someone smile with a comment or two.

I’m ready to be inspired and can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on.

Don’t forget to add my button somewhere on your blog. Spreading the word helps bring more visitors to your linked project.


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