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Modern Triangle Wall Christmas Tree

November 29, 2016

Do you have a small space that won’t allow for a full Christmas tree?  Or maybe you just want to add a little more Holiday cheer to another room in your house. This simple, but beautiful Modern Triangle Wall Christmas Tree might be a fun project for you. It’s make a big statement without taking up any floor space in your home.

With the right tools, a few supplies from the hardware store, foraged winter greens, some bright red berries and about an hour of your time, you’ll have a pretty new addition to your holiday decor. This easy-to make triangle frame can be disassembled and stored away neatly for future Christmases.

Modern Triangle Wall Tree

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Start by measuring the wood to 2 lengths of 40 inches and one at 27 inches. Cut the three pieces with a saw.

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With a 1/4″ bit, drill holes on each end of the wood centered and 1/2 inch from the end.

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Line up the corners of the triangle and fasten them together with the bolt, washer and nut.

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Now it’s time to gather some greenery and berries.  Using my new PowerGear2 Fiskars Pruners and Fiskars Lopper (25″) I cut healthy green branches from my Cedar tree. These pruners are the best. They are easy to hold and cut through thick woody branches like butter.

DIY Modern Triangle Wall Christmas Tree

Once you think you have enough greenery, trim off the woody ends and lay out the branches on the triangle frame to determine if you have enough.  This tree only took about 3 large branches from my tree.

DIY Modern Triangle Wall Christmas Tree

Starting in one of the bottom corners, begin wiring on the branches, layering a generous amount on top of each other. Lay all the branches in the same direction.  Lay the 2 sides of the triangle with the branches pointing up.

DIY Modern Triangle Wall Christmas Tree

This bright pop of red really makes this tree.  I got these berries from my local florist, they are called . Using the Fiskars Softgrip Micro-Tip Pruning Snip to trim off all the leaves so that I was just left with bunches of berries.  These sharp little snips are perfect for detail work like this.

DIY Modern Triangle Wall Christmas Tree

As you can see, I really just added the berries kind of randomly.  I didn’t want it to look too uniform, I wanted it to look a little more organic.  So, every 5-6 inches, I wired in the berries along with the greenery, making sure to tuck the stems in behind the greenery.

DIY Modern Triangle Wall Christmas Tree

To make things a little easier, work with shorter pieces (about 1 yard) of wire at a time and join the piece together by simply twisting the ends together.

DIY Modern Triangle Wall Christmas Tree

And that’s it!  So easy right?  These greens and berries should last at least 2-3 weeks, kind of like any other fresh wreath or garland. The cooler it is, the longer it will last. They will dry out some, but it will still be a pretty.

Because this is so light weight, you only need a small picture hanger or even just a 3M Command Strip if you don’t want to make a hole in the wall.

When Christmas is over, simply cut the wire and remove all the greenery and berries. Unfasten the bolts and store the three sides of the triangle away till next year. I love a project that can be used over and over.

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Hey, and if you like today’s post, be sure to also check out this gorgeous Summer Floral Arrangement and this Scandinavian Wooden Bead Icicle Garland I created in collaboration with Fiskars.

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Scandinavian Wooden Bead Icicle Garland

November 17, 2016

_beaded garland 16I know Thanksgiving is just one week away, but I think it’s ok to start planning your Christmas decorations. And the mantel is a great place to start.

There really is nothing prettier then simple, and uncluttered, as far as I’m concerned. I’m trying to be all about the “less is more”. If you’ve read my blog for a while now, I can’t get enough of everything Scandinavian, no one does clean, minimal design better. Inspired by all the pretty blond wood tones that Scandinavian design uses, I created this simple Wooden Bead Icicle Garland.

This no-fuss wintery garland is easy to make and the eucalyptus smells so good. I kind of want to keep these wooden bead icicles up all year.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Seeded Eucalyptus (available at the florist or just growing everywhere in my neighborhood)
  • Pine or Spruce sprigs (I used branches that had a few baby pine cones on them)
  • PowerGear2 Fiskars Pruners, Fiskars Lopper (25″), and Fiskars Softgrip Micro-Tip Pruning Snip
  • 1/4″ thick color piping or rope (available at the craft or fabric store)
  • 24 gauge Florist Wire
  • Wooded beads in a variety of sizes and shapes (I used about 8 dozen beads, the largest being 2 inches and the smallest 1/4 inch in diameter)
  • 3 push-pin tacks or 3 3M Command Strips Hooks
  • A large needle
  • White crochet thread

_beaded garland 23To start, you will want to measure your mantel for the length of the garland.  Using the 1/4″ rope, decide how long you want it to hang on the sides and also account for the swags along the top of the mantel. I made my garland to dip just twice._beaded garland 5Using the PowerGear2 Fiskars Pruners and Fiskars Lopper (25″) trim a lot of branches of eucalyptus. I trimmed mine from a neighbors tree and the long handles of the Lopper made it easy to my to reach taller, thicker branches of foliage._beaded garland 6I used the Pruners to trim away parts of the branches that didn’t have very many leaves.  These Pruners are one of the best tools I own. They are easy to grip and the non-stick blade cuts through thick branches with ease._beaded garland 8Starting at one end of the rope, I wired on a branch of eucalyptus with the foliage falling away from the end of the rope. Every couple inches, I added in another brand, laying them all the same direction, and wired them all tightly to the rope. I used enough foliage to be sure the rope was hidden and out of site._beaded garland 9Working with pieces of florist wire that are about a yard or two in length is the easiest.  You are less likely to get tangled in the leaves and branches.  And when you need more length, simply twist the two ends of the wire together to secure._beaded garland 10Next I trimmed about 8-10 sprigs of pine that had pine cones on it.  These were not big pieces, most were about 6 inches in length. Then, before I wired in the pine sprigs, I hung the eucalyptus garland on the mantel with just 3 tacks to secure in the middle and the 2 ends. I wanted to get an idea of how the piece hung and then attach the pine sprigs where they would be visible.

Using short, 5 inch, pieces of wire, I attached the pine sprigs to the garland._beaded garland 11Next I worked on my wooden bead icicles._beaded garland 4Start by cutting a 3 foot length piece of crochet thread. I love the Pruning Snips for jobs like this. They are super versatile and can go from cutting branches to snipping thread with ease._beaded garland 2Lay out your beads in the desired pattern.  I worked from biggest to smallest to create an icicle effect. Using the large needle, thread the smallest bead on and place it in the center of the length of thread._beaded garland 1Then re-thread the needle onto both ends of the thread and thread on a second bead._beaded garland 3Continue threading on all the beads.  I made 3 icicles for my mantel.  I simply tied them onto the tack that was securing the garland to the mantel.

Then I created to more beaded strands to hang in between the icicles. And again,  I tied them to the tacks I had placed in the top of the mantel._beaded garland 20_beaded garland 17

And now the halls are decked!

_beaded garland 13This post is sponsored by Fiskars, thank you for supporting the companies that help make this blog possible. 

Hey, and if you like today’s post, be sure to also check out this gorgeous Summer Floral Arrangement I created in collaboration with Fiskars.

 

 

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DIY Thanksgiving Decorations with Cricut

November 4, 2016

I’m sure you all know now that I am a huge fan of the Cricut. Even before I was a blogger, I used my Cricut to cut all kinds of fun things for my home and parties. Remember, I even got to design some content for the Gold machine sold at Jo-Ann Stores. It’s such a great tool to have as a DIYer and maker. And every season Cricut creates amazing new projects and designs. For Thanksgiving, there is a brand new series of projects and I wanted to try them all. So, with a big stack of cardstock and a little glue, I decorated a whole Thanksgiving table.

DIY Thanksgiving Decorations made with card stock and Cricut.

Instead of traditional oranges, reds and browns, I chose a softer more muted color palette. Each of these projects, has tiny detailed patterns and cuts that I’d never be able to achieve with scissors.

DIY Thanksgiving Decorations made with card stock and Cricut.

This series has so many pretty details. I love the intricate leaves. Here’s the direct links to each of the projects.  These are all Make-it-Now projects, so they are just one click away from cutting.

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Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? How are you planning on setting your table? Are there colors and patterns that you are drawn to? I know my table is going to have lots of fresh flowers.  I’m not a florist, but I do enjoy playing with flowers and greenery.

DIY Thanksgiving Decorations made with card stock and Cricut.

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“From the Garden” Halloween Costumes For Siblings

October 26, 2016

I can’t believe it!!!! I actually have my kid’s Halloween costumes made days before Halloween.  It’s a Christmas Halloween Miracle. And I’m actually sharing them here on the blog BEFORE Halloween.  Every year I have such good intentions to get them done way before Halloween is here and then all of a sudden life gets so busy and I totally end up making these right up till the very last minute. So, I’m patting myself on the back and taking a nice deep breath.

I love Halloween, my mom always made us crazy cool costumes, so I feel like I have to do the same for my kiddos. And I take it to an even crazier level and make my kids have costumes that go together. It gets harder and harder every year to come up with a theme that they all can agree on. Teenagers have opinions, if you didn’t know. This year I can take credit for the idea. We went with a fun “In the Garden” theme and Denali is a cute cactus, Olivia is a fabulous little Flamingo, and Dylan is a pretty good looking Garden Gnome.

DIY Garden Gnome, Cactus, and Flamingo Halloween Costumes for Siblings

For more costume ideas for siblings, check out some of the other costumes I’ve made over the years:

DIY Flamingo Halloween Costume

I had so much fun making Olivia’s flamingo costume. Felt is such a great fabric to work with. I love that you can cut it into such intricate shapes and never have to worry about edges fraying. And felt comes is sooooo many colors. So, I bought ALL the pinks and had fun making these pretty pink wings. I started with a large piece of black felt and cut the shape of the wings, then layering the different pinks, I made each layer a little smaller. I attached the wings to her arms with a little elastic on the inside of the wing.

For her mask, I cut A LOT of tiny tear drop shaped pieces of felt and hot glued them onto a plain, plastic mask that I picked up at a craft store. And then I added a simple black and white beak. I found Olivia’s dress at Old Navy and sewed on larger feather shape pieces of felt in layers. Her costume is comfortable and easy to wear. I think it’s going to be one of her favorites.

DIY Flamingo Halloween Costume

DIY Flamingo Halloween Costume

DIY Flamingo Halloween Costume

Denali’s costume idea has definitely been done before. But, she is 15 and loves to search out ideas and inspiration on Pinterest. This is a great costume for a teenager. It’s easy to make and she still looks stinkin adorable (which is super important to her). I had a lot of fun making huge oversized felt flowers for her head and wrist. We found the dress, tights and boots all on Amazon Prime, how easy is that?

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Dylan’s Garden Gnome Costume was really very easy to make, and I’m in love with the beard. I dressed him in some green pants, a denim shirt, and a pretty sweet leather vest that we thrifted. Then, I made him a huge, over-the-top beard and eyebrows with some fluffy cream colored yarn and a little felt. The hat is simply 2 triangle pieces of heavy red felt sew together. We stuffed a pillow in his shirt to give him a more round shape and cinched a belt around his middle. Dylan is planning on spending a lot of time standing awkwardly in the garden as trick-or-treaters pass by.

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DIY Garden Gnome Halloween CostumeDIY Garden Gnome, Cactus, and Flamingo Halloween Costumes for Siblings

Happy Halloween Friend!!!

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5 Home Keepsakes to Take When You Move

October 20, 2016

Leaving a home, even if you are moving to a better one, is not easy. Years of memories made within those walls can be hard to leave. When we sold our house, I definitely felt a little sad. We had 13 years of real life lived in that little house.  So many sweet memories, milestones, celebrations and hardships all lived out in those 1500 square feet.

I decided I wanted to make sure I made a few small mementos from our first home, so that I could take them with us to our new home. Today I’m sharing 5 ways to create a keepsake of a home.

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1. Frame a picture of your house, or even better have a custom, letterpress print made of your home. This gorgeous framed print with our home address, and the years we lived in it, is from Minted. I chose to do my Custom Letterpress House Art in a dark charcoal grey and had it frame in a matte brass. These are a great house warming gift as well, last year I had two friends buy their first homes, so I gave them each a print of their new homes.

Key keepsake box.

2. Personalize a little keepsake box with the key to your home. I glued our front door key to a little wood and marble box. Now when I see it on a shelf, I’m instantly taken but to our first home. It’s a subtle touch, but I nice reminder of a place we truly loved.

Key keepsake box. House Portrait by Minted

3. Bring along a favorite plant from your yard. We spent a lot of time in our yard, so I potted a little succulent from one of the flower beds. I also added our house numbers to the side of the pot, for a fun little detail. I used an old school label make and just stuck the adhesive numbers to pot.

DIY keepsake from your home to take with you when you move. DIY keepsakes of your home to take with you when you move.

4. Have family pictures taken in your home. Forget the park or a studio this year, and have a photographer come to your home and take candid pictures of your family in your own space.

DIY Keepsakes from your home to take with you when you move.

5. A Custom Map Art piece of your old neighborhood can be a fun memento to take to your new home. Minted has options in gold foil, letterpress and all your favorite colors.

This post was sponsored by Minted. Thank you for supporting the companies that help make this blog possible. 

 

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DIY Splatter Painted Pinch Pots

October 11, 2016

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Lately I’ve been so busy  with house projects and assignments that keep me glued to my computer. I really have had no time to just be creative and make something with my hands. Messy making is just plain good for my soul. A brand that I use everyday in my home, method, encourages folks to FEAR NO MESS. So, we dove right in and got elbow deep into playing with clay.

I’ve been itching to take a ceramics class for a couple of years now. In college a took a very basic intro class, and ever since I’ve always wanted to find a way to explore that art a little further. So, while I don’t have access to a kiln or wheel yet, playing with a little air-dry clay is a nice alternative.  This last week my two youngest kiddos and I sat at the kitchen table for a couple of hours just played with clay. They made a whole variety of little figurines and tiny set of tea cups. I was less ambitious and decided to make a few little pinch pot bowls or dishes for holding jewelry or the change from your pocket.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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Starting with a tennis ball sized amount of clay. Pinch the clay from the center out, shaping the sides of the bowl as you go. (Be sure to keep any clay that you are not working with sealed in plastic bag so that it doesn’t dry out.)

To smooth out cracks and imperfections, wet your finger tips in a little water and rub on the clay. I wanted my pieces to feel organic and handmade, so I purposefully kept them from being perfectly round and smooth.

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Allow your pieces to dry at least 3-4 days. I live in the desert, so mine dried in about 3 days, but I could see a thicker piece of clay in a more humid climate needing a few more days.

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There really is something very therapeutic about getting your hands just caked in clay. And when you done playing, clean up is a breeze. I’m a huge fan of method products. method believes that clean should smell like cucumbers, not chemicals, that’s why their non-toxic soaps come in 70+ great-smelling scents. The Lemon Mint Gel Hand Wash is one of my all time favorite scents. method products are so much more then just a great scent, they are biodegradable, made from recycled materials and are 100% recyclable! These are all things my High School Biology/Ecology teacher husband loves.

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When the clay is completely dry, you can paint your pieces. I decided to stick with a bold black and white combo. I painted each piece with two coats of paint, allowing them to dry completely between each coat. And then I took the mess and step further and spatters painted them by flinging paint onto them with a loaded paint brush.

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When the pieces are completely dry, they are ready to be used. I have a couple beside my bed for jewelry and a place to lay my watch at night.

(These dishes are not intended for food, they are only for decorative purposes.)

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Wild + Free Birthday Party

October 6, 2016

Wild and Free 5th Birthday Party

This last weekend we celebrated Olivia’s 5th birthday.  How is my baby 5? She’s a wild women and definitely has a free spirit, so I chose a sweet, boho camping themed party for her and called it Wild & Free. I’ll take any excuse to set up a teepee and play with flowers.

Wild & Free Boho Camping Birthday Party Dessert Table

I put my Cricut machine to work for this party. I cut 3D paper flowers, gold feathers for the paper cups and “Wild & Free” lettering for the little banner hanging on the teepee and also for the sign above the dessert table.

3D Paper Flowers

 

I was lucky to have my super talented mom in town the week before the party. She makes AMAZING cakes. She made the most adorable birch bark log cake with handmade sugar paste flowers for Olivia. I actually would have loved to have had this for my wedding cake. It turned out so cute.

Birch bark birthday cake with sugar past flowers. Wild & Free 5th Birthday Party

I think I’ve decided fresh flowers are so much better then balloons when it comes to decorating for a little girl’s party.  I played with some really fun colors and textures to create some wild and free arrangements. (House of Flowers, my local florist sourced all the gorgeous blooms and foliage for me.)

Peach and Pink Fall FloralsWild and Free Boho Teepee

Buffalo Check and Pink Flowers

I’m a huge fan of renting kid-sized tables and chairs for parties. Number 1 – they are stinkin adorable and number 2 – kids are more likely to actually sit down and eat in one spot (I’m always trying to reduce the mess situation).

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This might be the cutest pinata I’ve ever made. And I’ve made a lot (between my 3 kids, I’ve thrown almost 30 themed birthday parties). I took a square box and cut down the sides to triangles and then taped them together. Then I fringed the whole thing and added simple gold triangles and a few paper flowers.

Teepee PinataWild and Free Birthday Party Olivia is 5

I kept the food pretty simple. On the dessert table we had cake, arrow sugar cookies, fruit skewers with arrowheads and the sweetest little macarons from De Coeur Bakeshop (they are Olivia’s all time favorite treat). And then I also made 3 different savory hand pies and a big veggies and dip tray. I made Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese, Creamy Chicken Taco, and Ham and Cheese (for the picky eaters) hand pies.

Painted Macarons

As part of their take-home treat, I set up a trail mix station. Guests could fill little baggies with all their favorite ingredients.

We also played “pass the parcel” and every decorated their own arrows and birch branch walking stick with feathers, yarn, and paint pens.

It was a really fun party. Often, by the time the party arrives, I’m just too tired to enjoy it. But, everyone was very relaxed and 5 year old really can entertain themselves quite well. So, I got to sit back and enjoy the festivities.

Trail mix station.

 

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Gifts Wrapped in Gifts

October 4, 2016

Before we know it, the gift giving season will be here. This year I’m on the hunt for gifts and gifts that I can wrap those gifts in.  Instead of wrapping paper, this year I want to wrap gifts in something that the recipient can actually use.

 

Gifts Wrapped in GiftsI’ve got 3 creative gift ideas, where the wrapping is part of the gift. Be sure to head over to Ehow today to see the the full how-tos.

For the home decorator – a throw pillow, a blanket and a design book.

Gift for the home decorator.

For the cook – hot pads, utensils and dish towels.

Gift for the cook.

And for the fashionista – a purse, a scarf and and bracelet.

Gift for the fashionista.

So, have you started thinking about Christmas gifts yet? I have, these are 3 gifts ready for 3 ladies in my life.

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Fall Napkin Folding with Fresh Flowers

September 21, 2016

Napkin Folding for Fall

Now that Fall is here, all the outdoor dining and BBQs have to be brought inside. And I’m ok with that. I love setting a pretty table. Fancy folded cloth napkins instantly make a place setting feel special for your guests, especially when you add pretty fresh flowers.

I’m having fun playing with this pretty blush and camel combo. I want to try a new palette for Fall, browns and oranges seem overdone, I’m ready to try something new.

Now head over and check out the full how-to tutorial over on eHow today!

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DIY Reversible Bandana Bag with Leather Straps

September 12, 2016

As a mom of three or maybe just being a women, I feel like I’ve just got so much stuff to get from point A to point B. A girl really can’t have too many bags, so I decided I needed a big, but still stylish tote for those days that require carrying more then just a purse. This DIY Reversible Bandana Bag with Leather Straps instantly makes whatever I’m wearing look so much more trendy. I’m loving bandanas these days, I’ve been wearing them tied around my neck and on the straps of my purse.

This is really a great beginner sewing project. Actually, everything I sew is super simple, straight-lines-only, sewing. I’ve got detailed step-by-step instructions to walk you through every step of this project. Be sure to check out the full how-to over on eHow!

DIY Reversible Bandana Bag with Leather Straps

I’m starting to think about the holidays already, and this might be a cute gift I could make for some of the ladies in my life. And with bandanas coming is every color under the rainbow, I could add a pop of color to the inside of some of the bags.

DIY Reversible Bandana Bag

So, are you loving the bandana trend? Does it feel too cowboy/country or maybe like you are a part of a gang? Well, usually I don’t feel very trendy, but I’m embracing this one whole heartedly. I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of this here.

Be sure to check out the full tutorial HERE!