Friday, September 16, 2011

Moss Wreath Tutorial

I am proud to say that I made my first "halloween-ish" craft! I love wreaths and how welcoming and warm they make a front door feel.  I saw this picture in a Ready Made magazine a while back and wanted to re-create it.

I was able to find some spanish moss at the Dollar Tree and had an extra foam wreath and lace on hand.  So I am proud to say that this project only cost $1.00, and I have moss left over! These are your supplies:

-spanish moss
-hot glue gun
-lace (cut into a strip)
-foam wreath

This is a VERY messy project and should definitely be done on a towel or blanket or even outside.  Take your moss and cut it into clumps.  Put some hot glue on your foam wreath and stick the clumps of moss onto the glue.  Continue all the way around and on the outside and inside as well.  Easy peasy! 
Once that is all finished, take your lace and pin it into the back of the wreath and wrap it around the moss as far apart as you want.  When you're done you can add a nice little bow which I made out of a scrap piece of muslin.  Here is how mine turned out.

It's a bit eerie and pretty all at the same time.  What holiday craft projects do you have going?  I'll be posting more very soon! Have a great day!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Let's Find A Cure!

Some of us may know about or know someone who has type 1 diabetes. JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is a foundation committed to finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. First off I wanted to let everyone know this is not a paid advertisement. This is something that is very close to my heart because it affects someone very dear and close to me! My 4 year old niece, Arianna. 

She was diagnosed in April 2010. She is a spunky little girl who had to grow up so quickly because of this horrific disease. She was having to have her blood sugar checked numerous times a day by being pricked in the finger, then depending on the number of that having to have even more shots of insulin daily. I can't imagine having to deal with that on a regular basis, let alone a child.

Some great news is that she was recently given an "Artificial Pancreas" which is a pump that gives her insulin through a tube depending on what she eats. Her parents program the box and the pump (artificial pancreas) does all of the work!

Here she is showing off her new pump! :)  

Now to the point of this post! JDRF is hosting a Walk to Cure Diabetes on October 1st.  My family is trying to help raise money for this amazing cause. Even if you can't donate, please visit the site and share some love!  Every little thing counts.  Love you all! I couldn't ask for better readers!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fall is Coming!

My favorite season is fall! Even though I live in the desert and it is relatively short here. I think that the decor for autumn and halloween are probably my favorite part of it all. These are some of the amazing ideas that I may be trying for some new decor this year.

 All of these photos can be found on my Pinterest Halloween board.  I would love to see what everyone else has found! It is always fun to change it up a bit year to year.  Looking at all of these pictures has made me want to o get my stuff out and start decorating!  I must resist the is only the beginning of September!  What is your favorite season and/or holiday?  What do you get excited for?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Colorful Stenciled Plates

Good morning all!  I hope you enjoyed my guest blogger Stephanie from Spray Paint and Spit Up.  She seriously is one of the greatest people that I have ever had the privilege of knowing!  Thank you Stephanie for sharing your super creative idea!

I love colorful dishes. With my obsession with Vintage Pyrex, that is really starting to happen in my kitchen. A while ago, I had purchased these beauties at Anthropologie.
I love them! I love that they are all different colors and they add such character to any kitchen.  Some of the plates that I have are just clear glass. no character at all.  I decided to bust out my Martha Stewart Paints and put matching stencils o the bottoms of them. (Since they are dishwasher safe and all!) 
Here are a couple of the colors that I used, Mint and Jonquil, along with Habanero and Sea Lavender.  I used this stencil, from the Arabesque set.
And this is what I got.
I think it adds just the right pop of color to a plain old dish and super easy to do! Hope you all have a fabulous day!