06th Dec2013

DIY Inspired Christmas Decorations 2013

by Dinah Wulf

Yay! We finally reached the politically correct time of decorating our home for Christmas… Thanksgiving weekend.  I was lucky enough to have my Dad, step mother, and brother in town from the east coast.  It was a really special time for me. This was also the first year in a very long time that I had family in town to help decorate (my parents are on the East coast and my husband’s parents live in the Midwest). So, I just wanted to share the Christmas decorations we put up together this year.

Starting with the outside, I hung these wreaths with the bathroom Command Brand hooks. They work really well!

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Since we remodeled our balcony, of course I had to spruce it up with some garland and a wreath.

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I kept our entryway simple with a hanging pinecone decoration I made last year, and the door anchored by two decorated mini trees.

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When you walk into our front room, there is a mini tree decorated with the vintage handkerchief ornaments I made and the vintage style ornaments I made a few weeks ago. I used some extra vintage handkerchiefs as a tree skirt.

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On the coat closet I hung the green holiday JOY wreath I made.

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On top of our bar is the collection of Santas I started and stopped shortly after (I don’t know what happened!).

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Pass the front room and into the family room we put up our tree.  Here is my husband and brother putting it up.

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We let it settle overnight and decorated it the next morning.  My daughter has the bottom covered ;)

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In past years BHBD (before husband and before daughter), I would decorate my tree with two-three types of ribbon, flowers, and color coordinating ornaments.  But now, the tree is more meaningful with collections of ornaments accumulated over the years since we were kids.  It’s much better I must say!

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Lastly, here is our mantel.  I placed my winter forest in apothecary jars on top.

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That’s it so far!  I’m bound to add more before Christmas!

05th Dec2013

Two Dozen Easy Elf on a Shelf Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

So I realized that when I wrote the post Elf on a Shelf Ideas last week, I was making this whole thing WAY harder than it had to be.  I guess because of Pinterest, and other fabulous and creative Bloggers, AND it was my daughter’s first year doing it, I felt pressure to find unique and different elf on a shelf ideas that no one has ever seen before.  Fah-get about it! SOOOO, here are a few more EASY elf on a shelf ideas I came up with.  I decided to make two dozen (this includes the seven elf on a shelf ideas I posted last week) more. Here we go!

I started in the kitchen.  There were so many simple things you can do in there, from placing the elf in your refrigerator to hiding him or her in a pantry.  Make sure it’s a place at eye level or close to it if you have a really little one like I do.

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Next I looked at our Christmas decorations since we just put them up.  I hid her in between the Santa collection and among candy jars. I even put her in our small tree and hiding in the “o” in our JOY wreath I made.

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Then I walked around the rest of the house. All of which were very simple and easy and didn’t require much thought. I love the one with the elf hiding in a plant with a straw hat on her head… again…SUPER  easy but still cute and creative.

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So, my advice for those of you that love this tradition or hate this tradition and do it for the kids, don’t let it stress you out.  Keep it simple, and make it fun for your whole family including YOU!

Update! Check out these new Elf on the Shelf Ideas I did!

04th Dec2013

Holiday Shopping with Home Depot

by Dinah Wulf

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I am honored to be sponsored by Home Depot for this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

My family and I shop at Home Depot often.  By “often” I mean the other day I asked my three year old daughter what she would like for lunch and she replied, “A hot dog from Home Depot.” We went this past weekend and had a shopping list in mind. In particular, we were looking for these items for my brother. If you don’t know my brother, I can best describe him as a cross between Martha Stewart and MacGyver.  He can construct, bake, sew, cook, you name it.  He’s a creative genius and Home Depot is the perfect place to find him a gift or three.

Our Shopping List:

Home Depot was extremely busy two days after Thanksgiving but we DID get some special help from Richard and Ray.

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Richard personally took us around the store and guided us in the right direction and quickly among the hustle and bustle. Many of the gifts on our list could be found in the gift center.

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This is my daughter who was VERY happy riding in the car shopping cart collecting all our items.

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My husband and I looked over the five items on our shopping list and decided on three of them. Here is another photo of my daughter once again overjoyed to find the right gift items for her Tito (uncle).

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We decided on the Ryobi One Plus Cordless Brad Nailer, the Husky Rolling Tool Tote, and the Husky Mechanics Tool Set . My brother is most deserving of all these things and I can’t wait to give it to him.

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I had difficulty deciding how to wrap such large items, so I wrapped the Brad Nailer and the Tool Set in wrapping paper and they both happen to fit PERFECTLY inside the Rolling Tool Tote. I then thought that I should make my own bow for the top in a few easy steps.

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Here are the full step by step instructions on how to make a large bow out of ribbon. It turned out quite nice!

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I wrapped some ribbon around the rolling tool tote and placed my homemade ribbon on top.

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I absolutely CANNOT wait to give this to my brother!! Santa may come a little early this year because I’m so excited!

Thank you to Home Depot for sponsoring this post! I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this holiday gift giving project. As part of the project, I am receiving compensation in the form of cash and gift cards, for the purpose of promoting the holiday gift giving project and The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

28th Nov2013

Happy Thanksgiving 2013

by Dinah Wulf

Happy Thanksgiving 2013

27th Nov2013

Recycled Christmas Card Bottle Cap Magnets

by Dinah Wulf

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I love Christmas family cards because it showcases my friends and their families as they grow over the years.  The whole family is dressed up and looking their best.  The only problem is that the cards sit in a drawer, get tucked away in a box, or even get tossed in the trash.  Looking at these photos, I wanted to recycle them into something that I can look at daily, so I made these Recycled Christmas Card Bottle Cap Magnets and literally turn trash to treasure.

This project takes some time; days in fact. It takes a while because I, of course, took the cheap route! I chose to use decoupage medium because it was already in my craft closet.  For quicker results, you can use resin.

Here are the materials you need:

  • Bottle Caps
  • Decoupage medium like Mod Podge
  • Old pictures
  • A half inch circle craft punch
  • Magnets
  • Strong adhesive, like E 6000
  • Time

First, fill each bottle cap ¾ of the way with decoupage medium. Gently lift and tap the cap on your counter to even and smooth out the glue.  This also helps eliminate small air bubbles.  Set them aside (I waited 24 hours).  Meanwhile, use the craft punch to punch out pictures that you would like to use.  You don’t have to use pictures for this.  I have also tried patterned scrapbook paper and small stickers.  You can even use magazine photos as well.

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Once the glue has hardened (it doesn’t have to be COMPLETELY hardened), put another small dab of glue on top and insert your photo.  Add another layer of glue.  Again, gently tap the bottle cap to a hard surface to even and smooth out the glue.

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Allow the second layer to dry.  This time, I waited 48 hours.  This photo shows the 24 hour mark.  Next, attach the magnets to the back of the bottle cap using a strong adhesive.  The glue will dry completely clear over time (approximately 48-72 hours).

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Consider packaging these cute magnets in a small treat bag with a personalized label and give as homemade gifts!

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26th Nov2013

Ribbon Christmas Tree Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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Hi everyone! I am very excited to share a craft with you all and so appreciative to Dinah for letting me share it here. I’m all about simple crafts because I’ve been known to start a project & leave it half finished (we won’t talk about how many I have going right now!). This Ribbon Christmas Tree was the perfect craft to do while watching TV and one I could set down, make dinner and come back to it without missing a beat. I also like that I didn’t need to buy a bunch of supplies that I will never use again!

Supply list:

  • Green Styrofoam Cone from the Floral section (I chose the 6″ one but you can choose any size)
  • Push Pins
  • Ribbon, I cut each of my ribbons into 3.5″ sections (I needed about 1 1/2 rolls of each of these colors for this project)
  • A star for the top of the tree

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I started out by cutting all my ribbon into 3 1/2″ sections. Using a straight pin, I pinned the first loop of polka dot ribbon onto the bottom of the Styrofoam tree. Following the tree all the way around, I lined up each ribbon, side by side to complete my first row.

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Once I had the first row done, it was easy to start the next row & pin those as well. I started the red ribbon loops so that each one laid right on top of where two polka dot ribbons came together. This way, it would help to make sure none of the green Styrofoam was peeking through. I also made sure that each of the stick pins was covered as much as possible.

After finishing all of my rows, I took three strips of the green ribbon and pinned them around the top to finish off the tree. With my hot glue gun (how wonderful is that thing? Man, I love it!) I glued the yellow star to the green ribbon strips on the front of my tree. I really wanted a smaller star when I was shopping for my supplies but this was the only one I could find and I’m actually really happy with the size now that it’s all finished.

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What’s really great about this, aside from the fact that it’s super easy to do, is that you can make it match any Holiday decor you are planning on doing. You could do an all green tree, just using ribbons with different patterns & textures on it. Or, you could make a really pretty blue and silver tree for a classier look. These trees would make a great hostess or neighbor gift, as well.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my fun craft! I can’t wait to make more trees and use them around my house this Christmas. If you stop by A Spectacled Owl, please let me know that you came over from DIY Inspired. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Google+.

25th Nov2013

Elf on a Shelf Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Now that my daughter is three and a half, I decided to start the Elf on a Shelf tradition this year.  I am so excited about it… I just think she’ll love it. Being the planner that I am, I decided try out a few ideas while she was at school the other day.  Not sure I will do these, but I took pictures to share them all with you.  Be forewarned!  I may be posting one or two more posts about Elf on a Shelf Ideas soon!  I would love to hear any ideas that you may have too, so feel free to make a comment below

Here is what I came up with in the two free hours I had…

So, the first thing I thought of was to raid her toys. I found a little oven so, I placed it on our kitchen counter top with a little pie inside.

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Then I found this little potty training toilet for her baby dolls…this one speaks for itself!

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What elf doesn’t want to have a tea party???

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For this one, I brought out one of her favorite books and set up the elf to read a bedtime story to her fairies.

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I ventured into our garage and found this checkers board. So far it’s tied… ;)

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Then I went upstairs to the craft room. Our elf OF COURSE is very crafty!

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For the last one, our elf sent her a little message on her chalkboard.

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Do you have any ideas for me?  I’m excited about the whole thing, but I need to think of about 2 dozen more! Help!

Update! Here’s 17 more EASY Elf on the Shelf Ideas I did.

Update #2! Check out these new Elf on the Shelf Ideas I did!

20th Nov2013

7 DIY Christmas Ornaments for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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Thinking of new holiday crafts to do this year, I realized that I have done a few very easy to make Christmas ornaments.  So, I thought I’d put together a round-up of seven DIY Christmas Ornaments for Kids today!

Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments for Kids

This one is a popular one that I did when I first started blogging.  All you need is a recycled toilet paper roll, glue, ribbon, and a rhinestone.  You can glitter or paint them if you want as well. It’s super easy and the kids will love it!

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Scrabble Christmas Ornaments

I don’t know about you but our household ended up with two Scrabble boards.  One had many missing pieces so I decided to reuse the tiles.  Your kids can spell out whatever their hearts desires!

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Skeleton Key Crafts

I found these skeleton keys in the dollar bin at a craft store. All I did was add a ribbon and a bead and you have an instant ornament!

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Happy Meal Toy Memory Ornaments

What do you do with all those toy figurines and Happy Meal toys your kids won’t let go? Turn them into a memory keepsake ornament!  I write the year on the bottom so I don’t forget. If you have multiple, you can give them away to friends at school as easy and inexpensive homemade gifts.

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Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments

Another great way to recycle and reuse is to turn old colorful Christmas cards into flower ornaments.  With a similar technique as the toilet paper roll ornaments, these are also really fun to make with the kids.

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Vintage Inspired Ornaments 15 Minute Craft

One of my most recent ornaments can be made with kids as well.  They’ll have fun working with paint and giving these ornaments a little shake.

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Vintage Handkerchief Ornaments

This is a great one to make and give to grandma.  Take one of her handkerchiefs and make a pretty keepsake ornament for her as a gift this year.  Add a tag with the year and a little message to Grandma.

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19th Nov2013

Vintage Inspired Ornaments 15 Minute Craft

by Dinah Wulf

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Guess what? It’s time for another Craft Lightening! Today I am sharing how to make a Vintage Inspired Ornament in fifteen minutes. I wanted to make some more ornaments to match the vintage handkerchief ornaments I made the other day.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Clear glass or plastic ornaments
  • Craft paint in the colors of your choice
  • Lace ribbon for the trim
  • Lace ribbon for the hanger
  • Gold ribbon
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Wet paper towel

I started out with four oblong glass ornaments that I got on sale for 50% off…woo hoo! Remove the top and squirt a generous amount of craft paint into the bulb.

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Place your thumb over the bulb and give it a vigorous shake.  You may need to turn your bulb and shake to coat the entire inside.

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Keep a wet paper towel handy to clean your fingers. Place the top back on. You can wait for your paint to dry.  I am too impatient, however so I didn’t! Ha!

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Next I cut a piece of lace ribbon.  I hot glued the ribbon on with a thin strip at the back of the ornament.

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I also wanted a little gold sparkle, so I added a gold glitter ribbon on top of the lace. I also added a thicker lace ribbon as the hanger on top.  They turned out quite nice!

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Thank you to Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts for allowing me to participate in another fun Craft Lightening!  If you want to see some of my other 15 minute crafts you might like:

18th Nov2013

Easy Winter Forest in Apothecary Jars

by Dinah Wulf

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Sometimes the simplest things make the prettiest decorations. I found these cute little sparkly green trees the other day and decided to make this easy winter forest in apothecary jars for my fireplace mantel.

Apothecary jars are such a great investment for someone like me who loves to decorate and throw parties. I wait until they go on sale, or I have a coupon and buy them.  I have them in many different shapes and sizes.  I use them every day, but change the contents depending on the holiday or season. If you don’t have apothecary jars, glass vases work well too.

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For this project, I filled them with some cotton snow.  I bought a bag for about $3.00 and used barely any of it!

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I found these adorable sparkly green trees at Walmart near the Christmas section where they sell the miniature villages.  The large one was $2.00, the medium ones were $1.50 each, and the small ones were only $.75 apiece.  This was a steal because as I shopped around at other places the large trees were around $7.00.  I found small ones at a craft store for missions, but they weren’t as cute as these. BUT if you want them, you have to hurry because I bought the last two small ones at my Walmart!

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Here are a few photos.  It’s so simple, very festive. I’d show you more of my mantel but it’s still a work in progress!  So, stay tuned!

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14th Nov2013

Stenciled Monogrammed Placemats Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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I love my Thanksgiving placemats.  They are simple, black and white, with a script style.  It has words like, “gratitude”, “share”, “Blessings”, and “thanks”… perfect for a Thanksgiving dinner party.  BUT you know me, and I had to spruce them up a little.  I thought a little shimmer of gold would be a nice touch.  I did a similar post in the past on burlap placemats I made.  It’s quite the popular post! With that said, here is my stenciled monogrammed placemats tutorial.

Materials:           

  • Fabric placemats
  • Stencil of choice
  • Spouncer stencil brush
  • Small paper plate
  • Craft paint good for fabric
  • Two clean towels

Here are my lovely placemats. Pretty but needed a little oomph.

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I chose a “W” for our last name, Wulf.  I love collecting “W’s” and they are all over my house.

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First, place a small amount of paint onto your paper plate.  Dip the spouncer brush in the paint and allow the paint to saturate the end of the brush.  Stamp the excess paint onto the plate BEFORE you apply it to the placemat.  Once your brush is saturated (without any clumps of paint), apply the paint in an up and down stamping motion.  This will avoid bleeding.

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You can immediately remove the stencil.  I rinsed the stencil from paint in between each placemat and dried it with two dish towels.  I had quite the system going on! I was actually able to finish this project very quickly (about a half hour).

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Allow your placemats to dry completely.

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That’s it!  These would make great personalized gifts.  I was thinking of making sets of 4 for my friends.  You can also stencil on cloth napkins and give them as a set. Make a set of two for your favorite couple and give it as a hostess gift as well!

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06th Nov2013

Vintage Handkerchief Ornaments

by Dinah Wulf

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One of my most favorite things about helping with the decorations a Vintage Inspired Baby Shower was going antique shopping with my Mother-In-Law and collecting vintage handkerchiefs.  I bought so many of them because I kept finding so many beautiful colors and patterns and even shapes. Now that the baby shower is over, I have all these beautiful handkerchiefs with nothing to do with them. After some thought, I decided to make some Vintage Handkerchief Ornaments.  Now I would be able to preserve and display them in a unique way.

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Aren’t they pretty? This post isn’t really a tutorial per se, because it’s obvious how to make them, HOWEVER I did run across some helpful tips when putting them together in these glass ornaments I got at the craft store.

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Being the Geek that I am, I was trying to figure out how to fold each handkerchief so that they would fit through a small hole, and look pretty while inside. After several trials and errors, I came upon Tip #1.

Tip #1: Don’t fold the handkerchief, it looks best when you start with a corner and stuff it in there haphazardly!

Because I tried several times at folding and stuffing I noticed that several (almost all) of these glass bulbs had sharp edges around the opening.

Tip #2: To prevent from cutting your fingers AND ripping the handkerchiefs, use a pen or chopstick to stuff the handkerchief inside the bulb.  You can also use the stick to maneuver and shape the handkerchief as you like.

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There were several times when I had to take the handkerchief out and start over.

Tip #3: Use a pair of tweezers to pull your handkerchief out if needed.  Be careful not to rip the handkerchief on those nasty sharp edges!

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After I stuffed all my bulbs, I used the ribbon from these baby shower decorations I made to re-use as a hanger for each ornament.  I used different colors, thicknesses, and materials.

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I thought they turned out quite nice and I can’t wait to put them on my tree!

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05th Nov2013

Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece #turkeytablescapes

by Dinah Wulf

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This Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece tutorial is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores.  All opinions are 100% my own.

I’m pretty much a regular at Jo-Ann’s…at several locations!  This year for fall, they had a great line of Autumn Inspirations that really sparked some ideas.  In particular, I love the hints of dark navy blue.  Blue isn’t a color that I would normally associate with Thanksgiving time; however I just realized how beautiful it looks with other fall colors.

I decided to make a fall pumpkin centerpiece for my #TurkeyTableScape this year!  You can get all of the supplies at Jo-Ann’s. 

Here is shopping list of what you’ll need:

  • Craft pumpkin
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Floral foam block
  • Burlap scraps
  • Assortment of Autumn Inspirations decorative picks

I started off with this craft pumpkin.  I wanted a small one for my table this year because my husband and I are having a small intimate Thanksgiving for four this year.  Our families are both out of state so it’ll just be us!

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First, I cut off the top.  This particular pumpkin is all Styrofoam.  If you buy a regular craft pumpkin, they are typically hollow. 

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If your pumpkin is hollow, you can use a floral foam block to place inside the pumpkin after you cut it.

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Next, I simply arranged my assortment of decorative picks inside the pumpkin.  I love the mix of blue feathers.  These particular decorative picks are great, because they look very realistic.

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Lastly, for a more finished look, I added some burlap around the bottom of the arrangement.  I always check the remnants section at Jo-Ann’s for fabric like this.

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Here are a few AFTER photos! Notice the burlap  feather napkin rings I made too!

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Be sure to check out Jo-Ann’s craft catalog for more DIY inspiration.  

31st Oct2013

Halloween 2013 Round Up

by Dinah Wulf

BOO hoo! I can’t believe it’s Halloween already! The good news is that it’s time to decorate for Thanksgiving and start crafts for Christmas (that is, if you haven’t already started)!  I just wanted to say farewell to one of my favorite holidays and do a round-up of crafts I did this year that, well, I guess you can bookmark for next year!  Here is my Halloween 2013 Round Up!

Halloween 2013 Round Up

How to Make a Glittered Candy Corn Mason Jar Vase- a fun craft using glitter, glue, and a Mason jar for the perfect gift or hostess gift.

How to Decoupage a Fabric Pumpkin – upcycle a pumpkin with your favorite material to match anyone’s style.

Spooky Halloween Apothecary Display- A creepy display using Martha Stewart’s Halloween crafts.

How to Make a Metallic Spider Pumpkin- Upcycle a pumpkin with silver paint and spider tansfers.

How to Make an Eerie Halloween Wreath- A spooky wreath glammed up with feathers and rhinestones.

Glam Up Halloween Skulls with Glitter and Rhinestones- Turn ordinary Halloween decorations into one of a kind sparkling pieces.

Easy 15 Minute “BOO” Halloween Pumpkin Craft- A Halloween decoration you can make in 15 minutes or less.

How to Make Spider Lace Doilies- How to make paper doilies using a spider circle edge punch.

How to Make Fairy Wands for Any Type of Fairy Costume- A fun activity you can do with your kids with items found around the house or your craft room.

Phew!  Looking back, did I over-do it?? I must say that I am really happy with how the Halloween decorations inside my house turned out. My favorite tutorial I think I would have to say is the Eerie Halloween Wreath.

In case you missed last years, here is my Halloween 2012 Round Up as well!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE! BE SAFE TONIGHT!

23rd Oct2013

Repurposed Earring Burlap and Feather Napkin Rings

by Dinah Wulf

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Since I got a little taste of my glittery and “bling-ed” out Halloween, I thought I’d definitely want to bring a little glitz and glam to my dinner table this year for Thanksgiving.  I guess you could call it rustic chic!  Plus, I love burlap crafts. I found some sparkly earrings in my closet and thought I would make Repurposed Earring Burlap and Feather Napkin Rings.

You only need 3 things:

  • Earrings of choice, one per napkin ring
  • Burlap strips
  • Scissors

Here are the earrings I found. I think it’s been close to a decade since I’ve worn them… yikes! Dangly rhinestone earrings MUST have been in!

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I went to Joann Fabrics and Crafts and found these fun blue feathers in the floral section.

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I gave them a little bend and they were the perfect size for napkin rings.

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First I folded my cloth napkins and wrapped a strip of burlap around it.  I didn’t secure it in any way.

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The feather wraps nicely around the burlap and keeps it in place.  This will also make it easy for your guests to take off when they are ready to use them. Next, I simply pierced the earring through the burlap and out the backing on the earring to keep it on.  This way, you won’t ruin your earrings and you can still wear them…that s if they are still in style!

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I thought they turned out cute!  They are definitely the inspiration for my whole Thanksgiving table scape… now for the centerpieces!

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18th Oct2013

5 Tasty Holiday Cocktail Recipes

by Dinah Wulf

With the holidays just right around the corner, I thought I’d put together 5 Tasty Holiday Cocktail Recipes.  These are all original recipes written and concocted by David Edessa.  For all of David’s fun cocktail party recipes check out his Cocktail Corner!

5 Tasty Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Apple Cranberry Cider

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts (8 cups) Apple juice
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • ½ cup Pure Maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger
  • 3 Cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

Pour juice into a tall pot with a lid and turn on heat to high. Prepare spices and add to pot. When pot reaches a boil, turn to the lowest setting. Let simmer about 15 minutes. Strain the cider through a fine sieve onto a second pot. Return cider to heat source or pour into a crock pot to keep warm. Ladle into mugs and enjoy.

Coquito (Puerto Rico’s Christmas spiked eggnog)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Coconut Cream
  • 1 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Dark Rhum
  • 1 cup Spiced Rhum
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 4 Egg Yolks, well beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish

Instructions:

Boil the water and the cinnamon sticks, then allow to cool to room temperature (don’t forget to remove cinnamon sticks). In a blender or food processor combine the coconut cream, evaporated & condensed milk, salt, egg yolks and vanilla, and blend at high speed for 30 seconds, or until the mixture is smooth. Add the dark rhum, spiced rhum, orange liqueur, and cinnamon water; blend for a few seconds longer until ingredients have blended completely. You need to add the water because it will get thicker later in the refrigerator. This is also the best time to taste and add more rhum (rum) if you wish to have a stronger batch. Pour the coqui into a glass container, preferable bottles (easier to pour into glasses at time of service). Refrigerate the coqui for 4-6 hours, or until it is thoroughly chilled. Remove from refrigerator about 15-20 minutes (if too thick) before serving, then shake bottle well. To serve, pour the Coquito into a chilled parfait or punch glasses and sprinkle the top lightly with nutmeg. A pinch martini or short juice glasses will do.

Pumpkin Maple Toddy

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Crown Royal Maple Finish Whiskey
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp. Organic Honey
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin Butter (recipe below)
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 strip Lemon Peel
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Hot Water

Instructions:

Pour the honey, boiling water, and whiskey into a mug. Put in a slice of lemon peel. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes so the flavors can mingle. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

White Pumpkin Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ oz. Vanilla Rhum
  • ¾ oz. White Crème de Cacao liqueur
  • 1½ oz. Pumpkin Butter
  • ½ oz. 2% Whole Organic Milk

Instructions:

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine rhum, pumpkin butter, liqueur and milk. Shake well and pour all contents including the ice in a tall mug.

Salted Butter Pecan Martini

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka ( your favorite brand will due in a Vanilla Vodka)
  • ¾ oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
  • ¾ oz. Frangelico Liqueur
  • ½ oz. Baileys Caramel
  • 1 oz. Heavy Cream
  • Torani Salted Caramel syrup

Glass Prep Instructions:

Place martini glass in freezer for 15 minutes to half an hour. Pour the caramel syrup into a shallow plate and in another plate crushed candied pecans. Then, dip the rim of a chilled martini glass into the plate with the caramel syrup and then dip the chilled glass into the plate with the crushed candied pecans. When done place prepped glass on parchment paper for easy release and place in freezer until ready to use.