Monday, December 5, 2011

Celebrations: natural vs. gold wreath

This year I wanted a new front door wreath and was torn between a natural look with red berries or a gold wreath. I love the vibrant pop of red berries against the white door but have also been very attached to my gold spray paint lately.

I decided to make the wreath and make a decision somewhere along the way.

Starting with a foam wreath form, I hot glued a variety of materials from my craft supplies; eucalyptus pods, faux floral berries and potpourri leaves and pods.

Once the wreath was done, I hung it up to make my final decision. I was really tempted to leave it natural since it was a lot of work gluing on the pods and berries – not to mention a few burned fingers – and I was worried I may not like the gold look.

In a leap of faith, I went with the gold spray paint. I covered the ribbon in a plastic baggie and gave the wreath a light coat of paint.

You can still see hints of red under the berries and the different pods took on different shades of the metallic paint. 

Since I was on a roll, once the gold paint was dry, I added a little canned snow to the wreath.

Here are the wreaths side-by-side. From this view, I like the natural red berry wreath better.

But when you see the wreath up close (and in person), you can see the various shades of metallic gold, hint of red and light dusting of snow.

I'm happy I took the leap and went with the gold wreath.

This project is linked at the parties listed here and 

UndertheTableandDreaming     The Crafty Nest

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Inkling: black, white & gold gift wrap

I’m happy to be participating in the Make it Merry holiday celebration. Organized by Diane at Home Sweet Homemade – Make it Merry is 14 days of holiday creativity by 14 different bloggers. Check the bottom of this post for the complete schedule where you’ll find an assortment of holiday inspiration. 

My creative contribution to the Make it Merry celebration is holiday gift wrap. 

This year, I decided to go with a black and white theme and then give it some holiday glitz with a splash of gold. 

For all the gift wrap used on these packages, I didn’t buy anything new. I had a few ideas but basically pulled out a variety of craft supplies, papers and embellishments in black, white and gold. 

This gift is wrapped in plain white printer paper. I cut strips of black heavy paper to use as ribbon. The gold sticks are the bottoms of some curly ting floral that I cut off. Simple, stark and modern packaging.

This small gift is wrapped in freezer paper with the glossy side out. I again cut a wide piece of black heavy paper to use as ribbon. The leaves and twigs are leftover from Thanksgiving projects and I spray painted them gold.

This package is also wrapped in freezer paper. I wrapped gold organza ribbon around the box and glued on black sequins for a festive feminine look.

This gift is wrapped in white corrugated paper that I had used on a few projects last year. I used black & white baker’s twine and covered each knot in a small gold star. The gold stars are large sequins that I spray painted gold. 

Black crepe paper streamers leftover from Halloween projects act as ribbon for this package. I made a flower out of the same crepe paper and added gold leaves and the tops of the curly ting floral. 

It’s fun to be creative with your gift wrap and it’s a great way to use up craft supplies. I hope you enjoyed my gift wrap ideas and find inspiration from the rest of the Make it Merry celebration.

{Click on the links below within the image to view the series}

nifty thrifty things
the blue velvet chair
project possessed
meridian road
modern country style
Truly Lovely
home sweet homemade
Jill Ruth & Co.
Rustique Art
hello lovely inc.
Decor to Adore
Inspire Me Heather
Ladybird Ln
Image Map

This project is linked at the parties listed here and 


Friday, December 2, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~26~

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas... I am loving all the holiday ideas and of course always appreciate the general themed projects. 

Thank you to everyone who linked up a project on the Inspiration Board this week. If you didn’t have a project to link up but came by for a visit, I hope you were inspired. 

Here are a few in the spotlight this week. 

Such a fun advent calendar by Alderberry Hill. Little matchboxes, pretty paper and button drawer pulls make this advent calendar extra special. I wonder what’s inside the drawers? 

Perfectly bite-sized mini pumpkin pies by Pampers, Play Dates and Parties. The pastry leaf topping adds the extra special touch. 

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without glitter and frosty snow. These holiday projects are so festive and sparkly. 

1. Glittered Christmas Light Bulbs by Snowflakes and Dragonflies
2. Frosty Snow Globes by It’s Overflowing
3. Frosted Winter Wreath by I Can’t Stop Crafting
A great upcycle by Pondered Primed Perfected. A cabinet door turned into a tray. Beautiful stencil work adds the finishing touch. 

The sweetest, fluffiest, pinkiest tutu by Design, Dining and Diapers. Created for her daughter’s 6-month portrait, I’m sure the tutu and photos will be a treasured keepsake.

A gorgeous mantel by Organize & Decorate Everything. The green trees and and pops of glitter against the white are so clean looking. Beautifully done. 

Library Card File Drawers
I wish I could find an old library card file at the neighborhood thrift store! What a great find and great upcycle by The Painted Hive.

A really lovely idea for a homemade gift by Style Baggage. Room service anyone? Can you imagine receiving this? A casserole dish, menu with dinner options and door hang tag. Fill it out and return and within 48 hours you receive your requested meal. 

A unique and beautifully crafted Christmas card holder by The Rooster and the Hen. Cut cinnamon sticks create the border for this frame. Wow!

Not only does this sound delicious but this photo makes me want to drive over to Brown Paper Packages for breakfast. Pumpkin scones with whipped butter frosting {I’ll take cream and sugar in my coffee please}. 

This week on
The Inspiration Pinboard
{ Good Scents }
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1. Mint – 3 Boys and a Dog
2. Peppermint – It’s Overflowing
3. Orange – Katherine’s Corner
4. Lavender – Unfortunately Oh
5. Cinnamon – Suzy’s Sitcom

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


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.


Please join me here tomorrow for my contribution to the Make it Merry series.
14 days - 14 bloggers - 14 diy ideas
{click on the links within the image}

nifty thrifty things
the blue velvet chair
project possessed
meridian road
modern country style
Truly Lovely
home sweet homemade
Jill Ruth & Co.
Rustique Art
hello lovely inc.
Decor to Adore
Inspire Me Heather
Ladybird Ln
Image Map

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Little Crafts: healthy advent calendar

I’m a little tardy with my advent calendar this year but this project is very simple to make and requires hardly any preparation.

It’s always fun to add little notes into your kids’ lunch bag and this incorporates the little note and the advent calendar.

Type up your advent numbers and notes. Since it’s an advent calendar, the notes are coupons good for a fun item or treat.

Wrap up an apple or other favorite fruit in parchment paper and tie it all together with twine and your advent calendar number and coupon.

Hopefully, they’ll eat the apple and save the coupon.

Let the countdown begin. Happy December 1st!

This project is linked at the parties listed here and 

Tip Junkie handmade projectsChildmadeTickled Pink at 504 MainUndertheTableandDreaming
The Crafty Nest