DIY Christmas Whimsical Pallet Tree & Wreath


Hooray… it’s not even Dec 1 and my house is decorated and CLEAN! It’s a big deal for me.. Shhh.. no one breathe or dirty a dish!…. It’s so great to wake up to those Christmas tree lights and have some morning coffee, isn’t it?!
Here are two “whimsical” projects we completed this past weekend that I am super excited about!
I say “we” because my talented husband cut up the last of that pallet wood I had. plus some scraps into a Christmas tree!

First, he made those cuts for me and I spray painted aqua and red colors. After those were dry he used screws to nail the wood pieces all together. I stencils two white love birds and that was it. Bright, simple and cheery….love it!

My wreath took all of 10 minutes!


I bought a wood wreath form from Micheal’s which already had holes in it. Then I bought a feather boa for 50% off at Hobby Lobby (with the holiday decor) for $5.00. I just twisted the boa around the entire wreath and tied the two ends. I already had red ornaments and used those traditional wire hangers to hang them on the wreath since it had holes in it. They worked perfect! No glue needed! I finished with a cute “Noel” ornament from Michael’s at $1.50. That was the only store I hit up for black Friday! Ha 🙂

My entry way is so festive now!!

I threw in one of my handmade pedestal frames and sprayed these two deer (from Michael’s). They were silver from a few years back.


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have started off the holiday season right! There’s so much to do, but it’s a blast (mostly)…. 🙂
xoxo

Lina
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Vintage Mod Podge Ornaments & My Christmas Tree

So… I worked 2 days straight on decorations and getting the house ready for Christmas! It’s looking really festive and I can’t wait to show you all the projects I’ve completed! Yay! I love the holidays 🙂

My tree is done and take a peek at these little ornaments I redid using vintage maps and music paper printables from The Graphics Fairy. Such a great way to give new life to old or mismatched ornaments!

It’s messy yet simple! Just apply Mod Podge and strips of paper to the ornaments.

After they dried. I tied with ribbon and burlap to hang. I love the result!

Remember my accordian paper love bird garland from my brother’s wedding? Click here for instructions.


I saved and used them on my tree!

I also made made mini bunting with fabric triangles, string and hot glue for another garland.

I’m really diggin the cream, beige, and burlap combo on this tree! I already had the cream poinsettias from past years…. so it all worked out.


Well I am completely exhausted! Off to get some rest for tomorrow…Hoping to get in a family activity that does not include decorating 🙂

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Spiced Banana Bread Recipe

spiced banana bread recipe
So I had a bunch of over ripe bananas this morning and thought I would bake us a tasty treat for tomorrow morning! I’ve been in a banana bread rut though. I usually make the stand by classic recipe or chocolate chip banana muffins. These are both great, but I searched for different recipes online and came across this one from allrecipes.com! Seriously…it rocks! I looove spiced cake or muffins so this is right up my alley.

Ingredients
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 very ripe bananas
2 eggs 1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup melted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 8×3 inch loaf pans. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside.
Mash the bananas, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and cloves together in a large bowl with a fork until well combined. Stir in the melted butter and vanilla extract, then fold in the flour mixture until a batter forms and no dry lumps remain. Pour into the prepared loaf pans.
Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan, and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

The only thing I did different was add some walnuts..cause that’s how we like banana bread 🙂

 

Happy Thanksgiving…Have a most wonderful holiday tomorrow!
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DIY Photo Coasters (thrifty upcycle)



Would you buy these not so stylish coasters at Gooodwill? I did..for $1.99.

And then I transformed them into a cute priceless photo gift with Mod Podge!!

For this you need:

Photos

Mod Podge

Clear Acrylic Spray

Coasters

Paint brush or sponge



Start by tracing your coaster on the photo and cutting it out. Then paint a coat of Mod Podge on the coaster and place your photo on top. Don’t forget to smooth out any bubbles. (I use a credit card or something similar.) When that is dry, paint a few coats of Mod Podge on top (drying inbetween coats.) Lastly spray the clear coat on top and let dry.

These make excellent grandparent gifts. My mom went crazy for these when I accidently had them out when she was over. She didn’t realize I had made them for her for Christmas. She has western decor so these will be cute!



I also made one to match the french label table I painted 🙂

This was my fav photo shoot of my kids thus far from 2009 when we lived in Las Vegas. Besides my Christmas card that year I had not done any projects with these sweet pics. I wanted to give a photo credit “shout out” to my friend Jessie Emeric of

The Emerics are incredible wedding and lifestyle photographers in Las Vegas. This shoot was done at Bonnie Springs Ranch in Las Vegas, NV…a fun western town! Thanks Jessie for these beautiful memories 🙂

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DIY Toddler Leg Warmers from $1.75 Woman’s Clearance Knee Socks

 

A few months ago I bought these woman’s knee socks at Target for $1.75 with the intention of making my 3 year old some leg warmers. I loved those fancy Baby Leg type brands (which by the way can retail for $9-$11 each!) on her when she was tiny, but she no longer fits in those…sad face 🙁

After I bought these, I watched this YouTube sewing video (Don’t you love those?).
 

The basic idea is to make a cuff from the foot of the sock and sew it to the bottom of the leg warmer..
Here’s how I made mine. I didn’t make the cuff narrow like the youtube video since my daughter is not a baby.
 

First, make these 3 cuts on your sock as shown. Next fold your middle piece in half into a cuff. Put the cuff around the sock (frayed ends together.) Also nothing is turned inside out. (I find that confusing with sewing sometimes!). Then just sew along your frayed edge (stretching a little as you sew). When you are finished just fold it down. That’s it. Even little ole me with limited sewing skills figured this out!! Hooray.
 

Here’s how they turn out! I will never pass up some cheap woman’s knee socks again!! How cute would these and matching bows be for birthday & Christmas gifts? 
 

Here’s how they look on my tiny dancer! These are perfect for dance class. I also like these better than tights for potty training reasons 🙂 
 

She wore these last week to her class 🙂

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Thanksgiving Pallet Art

Over the weekend I put away Halloween decorations..and hooray I finally made a sign from pallet wood that goes great with my Thanksgiving stuff! This has been on my DIY wish list for-ever! I love all the fun pallet projects out there in blogland 🙂
My hubby was so helpful and took apart a pallet and then put it back together with screws and nails like this.

I painted the front Cliff Rock by Behr. Then I stenciled my letters with cream paint. Super easy!

My other little Thanksgiving project was printing a little frame art on burlap. I cut a piece of burlap the same size as a sheet of card stock and used spray adhesive to secure it to the paper. I let it dry and then ran it through the printer with the definition of gratitude. ;

I glued it to the top of a framed piece of scrap paper. It turned out cute and festive 🙂
Click here to see how I made my fabric wreath…

This was how it looked for Halloween…

This is my entryway now! I love my recently acquired turkey & cornucopia from my Grammy…She’s the best decorator 🙂


I adore this pallet sign so much I think I can find a place for it after the holidays…it’s neutral enough I think?

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Thanksgiving Turkey Applique with Free Template

So sometimes it pays off to hoard random craft supplies. This foam turkey kit fell out of my son’s closet when I was trying to hurry and shove toys in it last minute, when we had company over the weekend.

The shapes inspired me to make a festive outfit for my little one for Thanksgiving…I know I’m obsessed with cute toddler holiday clothes…Especially fun applique stuff!

The other thing I’m obsessed with is dollar day Thursdays at Goodwill. It has turned into my weekly thing and I’ve scored some great stuff…like this cute brown polka dot dress..1$!! Yay!

I ironed on Wonder Under under my fabric pieces and then cut out my shapes. You remove the paper backing and iron them on how you want them on the shirt. Arrange them how you want first, then iron.

I embellished a little further with some button eyes and a pink bow.
Oh I also hand stitched around the edges…you more advanced sewers would probbaly prefer the machine 🙂

A turkey in fall colors would be super cute on a onesie or top for a boy.

Click here for the template of the shapes I used….my gift to you!

My sweet 3 year old told me “Oh mom I just looove turkeys! They are such a neat animal.” Didn’t have the heart to brake it to her we’ll be feasting on one soon! lol But so glad she likes her dress.

Make sure to come back and let me know if you end up making one for your little ones.

Happy Turkey day! Gobble! Gobble!

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3 Vintage Music Paper Wedding Projects



Today I want to highlight a few more fun projects made for my brother’s recent wedding. They are all from the same vintage music paper printable from The Graphics Fairy. I seriously love GF and use it a bunch!



I wanted to incorporate the bride & groom’s initials and found some plain big paper mache ones at Joanne’s. After cutting the music paper into strips, I used Mod Podge to attach them and finished with a layer of Mod Podge on top. The ampersand is from Hobby Lobby.

Here’s how they were styled at the wedding! Perfect for the fall rustic vintage theme 🙂

Next up… some love birds vintage music paper garland.



I found this template with instructions on how to make an accordian paper dove from Woman’s Day. They used it as a holiday project but it turned out super cute for a wedding! By the way I printed out the music paper on cardstock for this project.

Here they are used along with some fabric bunting I had made. So sweet 🙂

I used more of these great religious dollar store candles by replacing the label with strips of the music paper by using Mod Podge.



Here’s one of them on a table!

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