Thursday, December 8, 2016

Mad About Plaid Christmas Mantel & Decor

Before we get to the mantel, I have to confess I've had a problem with pillows and plaid this Christmas. I ordered some Tartan Plaid fabric from a seller on Ebay because other online sources were out of stock, so plaid is pretty popular this year. I quickly made some pillow covers after the fabric arrived. I couldn't  pass up the Plaid stocking pillow I found online. The back of the pillow is plaid too!

I found another cute Christmas pillow and Kitty seems to approve.

Back to the Mantel... It took me 3 weeks to decorate the house this year. Since this is our first Christmas here, I wanted everything to look special and I had to order extra supplies several times in those 3 weeks.
Here's the view from the front door.

We opted for a live tree this year, but I really would love a beautiful artificial tree from Balsam Hill. That would allow for decorating a few weeks earlier.

Much of what I decorated with this year was from years past. My main purchases were lots of plaid ribbon, the plaid stockings, some battery powered mini lights and of course some pillows.

There's still so much to do! Still lots of presents to buy, wrap and ship. Mr. DIY always does some baking and of course he makes homemade ravioli for Christmas. 
Yum! I can't wait.

Thanks for stopping by today!
I hope you are enjoying this Christmas season.


Stocking pillow:
Flannel fabric pillow cover: Ebay
pillow with Christmas tree on a car:
Ribbon: HomeGoods and
Christmas stockings and mini lights:
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Friday, December 2, 2016

A Super Simple Mason Jar Candle For Christmas.

Welcome to December friends!

Today I have another Super Simple Mason Jar Candle idea for you. I say another, because this one is a variation of one I made back for Fall 2012. 
These are the supplies (plus a glue gun and sticks) I gathered from around the house to make it. Since I'm doing plaid for Christmas this year, I used some flannel plaid ribbon.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

How To Make A Lighted Grapevine Orb

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!
I don't know about you, but once Thanksgiving is over, I feel like I'm already behind on all things Christmas...decorating, crafts and gift buying.

Yesterday, I gathered all my supplies to make a lighted grapevine orb and didn't come out of my office until it was finished. It's a really simple project that takes about 45 minutes to make, maybe less if you're a great crafter. I can't take credit for such a creative idea, though. I saw this over at All Things Heart and Home.

My supplies:

A 10" grapevine orb
1 String of mini lights (50 lights)
8" terra cotta pot
Reindeer Moss
Craft Paint
Spanish Moss (I used green)
Hot glue gun/glue stick
A paper bowl or 6" terra cotta saucer
Felt pads with adhesive
Ribbon (I ended up not using it)

You can buy an orb with lights already inside. If not, place the lights inside the orb and set aside.

Next, paint your pot. I used a matte white acrylic, with a little cream added in. I may sand it a little to let more of the terra cotta show through later on.

Since the cord on my lights was short, I had to use an extension cord inside the pot. Robin over at All Things Heart and Home made the hole in the bottom of the pot larger. You can see how she did it HERE
I added some felt pads to the bottom so that the pot would sit flat with the cord coming out.

I hot glued the moss to the top of the pot.

I used a large paper bowl, cut a hole in it large enough to put the end of cord through and set the bowl at near the top of the pot. The pot is tapered and keeps the bowl from falling further down into the pot. I may change this out to a terra cotta saucer.
I needed either the saucer or a bowl to keep the moss from falling onto the cord at the bottom.
Put the end of the cord through the bowl and through the bottom of the pot.
Holding the grapevine orb with one hand, cover the top op the paper bowl with moss, then set the orb on top of it.
The orb just sits on top.

You can add a festive bow, some mini pinecones to make it more Christmasy. 
I set mine out in the screened porch on the Cat House/End Table that Mr. DIY made for our cat Buddy.

There you have it! 
Hope you have as much fun making a Lighted Grapevine Orb as I did.


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