Border Punch Gift Wrapping Embellishments

by Dinah Wulf

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I just got the AdvantEdge Punch System from Fiskars and I wanted to test it out. Because I’m such a craft Geek, I didn’t bother reading the directions. I know. I know. Hence, I made a couple mistakes. BUT the good news is that you will learn from them! Ha! Anyway, I decided to turn my test pieces into some pretty border punch gift wrapping embellishments.

The punch system has a variety of small and large interchangeable border punches. They both are easy to work and punch out beautifully.  I tested a small size first. 

For the small standard sized cartridges, you have to pull out the wings before you insert it into the machine.

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It snaps right in to the adapter and the adapter fits snuggly into the cartridge. The large punches do not need an adapter.

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As you can see, the wings slide into the machine when moved to the left.

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A 12X12 piece of scrapbook paper fits and aligns easily. Push down the magnetic clamp to help hold the paper in.

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As you punch, the wings help guide you to ensure that your border is continuous and perfect.

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Here are a few of the punches I tested.

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Aren’t the borders beautiful?  They aren’t just for scrapbooking.  For me, I plan on using them for gift wrapping embellishments like this as well as party décor embellishments for favor bags, decorations, and such.

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I’m really excited to start another project!  If there is anything you think I should try, please leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!

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Here are some other gift wrapping crafts I’ve done. Check out this round up of eco-friendly gift wrapping!

Thank you to Fiskars for sponsoring this post!

Valentine Baked Goods Gift Ideas and Giveaway

by Dinah Wulf

This post, Valentine Baked Goods Gift Ideas is sponsored by Rich Products for the Bakery Because. Give the Gift of Deliciousness. campaign.

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As you may or may not know, I am not confident in my cooking or baking skills. Sure, I make dinner for my little family every night, and I’ve even pulled off a few successful Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner parties before. But know you know that this is why I don’t post any of my own recipes!

I do, however love eating and giving baked goods gifts. I thoroughly enjoy visiting the bakery in my local grocery store and all the tasty and tempting cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. There is always a great variety and I’m never disappointed. For this Valentine’s Day, I thought it be fun to buy some sweet treats from my bakery and get creative with the packaging to give away as gifts to my friends, Mia’s teachers, and a couple neighbors. Here is what I came up with.

Oh and don’t forget to stick around for the GIVEAWAY below!

I made this Recycled Juice Carton Treat Box myself.  You can view the full step by step tutorial {HERE}. You can also use a milk carton as well.  I simply cut, measured, and glued on paper party straws to embellish it.  I filled it heart shaped sugar cookies I got from the bakery.

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Washi tape is a simple way to embellish a gift. I used it on my recycled carton treat box as well as added it to heart shaped tin as well.

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If you don’t want to make your own treat box for your bakery goodies, the dollar bins and several retailers have great options.  I bought these two for one dollar each! I am going to add a pretty “Happy Valentine’s Day” tag and ribbon to the handles.

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As you can see there are several fun, inexpensive, creative ways to gift some sweetness on not just Valentine’s Day but any holiday or special occasion! Visit your local grocer’s bakery to find easy and delicious treats that you can personalize and give as gifts on Valentine’s Day and every day. Now for the giveaway…

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{GIVEAWAY}

When: Now until February 4th (My birthday! Woo hoo!)

What: Three winners for $25 Gift Card each for your own baked goodies.

Who: Three winners with the best stories will be chosen to receive a $25 Gift Card. You must live in the US and be over 18 years old to participate.

How: Just simply leave a comment answering: Name a person in your life who makes every day better and WHY.

I will pick the three best stories on my birthday! If you decide to make a gift of your own to give, I encourage you to take pictures and upload photos to Pinterest using the hashtag #BakeryBecause so that we can all see them! Thank you in advance for entering! GOOD LUCK!!

Thank you to Rich Products for sponsoring this article and giveaway!

 

Craft Storage and Organization Ideas with All Access™

by Dinah Wulf

Every year when I take down my Christmas decorations I feel the need to clean, purge, and organize everything in my house! It never fails.  This year, thanks to Home Depot and Rubbermaid® All Access™ I have been able to do that. So, today I wanted to share with you my Craft Storage and Organization Ideas with All Access™.

I went to Home Depot and bought several of the extra small sized Rubbermaid® All Access™ bins.

These bins in particular are fantastic because not only is there a lid on the top, but there is a door you can open in the front for easy access to the contents inside.

On a side note, I have to mention this (because it’s a huge pet peeve), but the sticker easily comes off the lid. See?  I hate it when you have to spend extra time trying to get the sticker off of the plastic! OK moving on…

I started in my craft room.  I was able to combine three containers of craft paint into one All Access™ bin.

I also fit three containers of glue and adhesive into one bin. I know… I have a lot!

Finally, I was able to fit three containers of craft punches in one bin as well.

Then, in my craft room, I have a separate area in the closet for my daughter’s craft supplies.  Here is what it looked like before.

Here it is organized with my new storage bins! I love that you can stack them and still open them. Plus, I can now see through them which was a problem before.

So now I am just addicted and realized they are sturdy enough for toys and the handling of a small child! So I went to Home Depot and purchased more bins. My daughter’s room used to have these storage bins.  They are colorful and pretty, but my daughter never plays with the things inside.  I think it’s because she can’t see them.

So, I replaced some of them with the Rubbermaid® All Access™ bins. The extra small ones fit perfectly in her shelving unit and now she can see all her toys and have easy access to them from the top and front!

Phew! It feels great to start the New Year organized!

Open up the possibilities of easy access with Rubbermaid® All Access™ Organizers. The All Access™ line features a clear drop-down door so you can easily see and retrieve the items you want, even when they are stacked! Visit your local Home Depot to see why organization just got easier!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Rubbermaid® . The opinions and text are all mine.

#TurnItGreen With REPREVE Recycled

by Dinah Wulf

Thank you to REPREVE for sponsoring todays post, #TurnItGreen With REPREVE Recycled! All opinions are 100% my own!


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As you may (or may not!) know I am a promoter of all things repurposed, recycled, upcycled, reused, you name it! My entire blog and other blog are full of creative ways to reuse. This is why I wanted to be a part of the #TurnItGreen With REPREVE Recycled campaign.  REPREVE is a recycled fiber that helps turn plastic bottles you recycle into cool stuff you can wear and use every day. Now there’s no excuse not to recycle! Last time I checked, the number of plastic bottles recycled just this year to make REPREVE was over 600 Million!

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The U.S. plastic bottle recycling rate is less than 30 percent—so less than one-third of all plastic bottles get recycled. Most people don’t think about what happens to plastic bottles after you recycle them. So REPREVE is on a mission to get the word out:

  1. Just recycle more.
  2. And buy REPREVE products.

A lot of brands you love use REPREVE to make their products greener:

Volcom graphic t-shirts are made with REPREVE, using 2 or more recycled plastic bottles.

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One Patgonia fleece jacket with REPREVE has 40 recycled plastic bottles, so you can be a real “active-ist.”

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Life Khaki by Haggar uses REPREVE to put 7 recycled plastic bottles in every pair of pants; so wear what you believe.

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Other brands made with REPREVE: The North Face, Polartec, Patagonia, Beija-Flor, Lauren Conrad’s XO(eco) by Blue Avocado, Swiftwick socks, and more.

So I hope you check them out! Stay tuned because I will be sharing a video of how my little Mia and I take part in a sustainable lifestyle!

Three Holiday Party Tips with The Bouqs

by Dinah Wulf

Thank you to The Bouqs for sponsoring this holiday party tips post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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When hosting a dinner party, there are several tips that I personally like to keep in mind.  Today, I wanted to share some Holiday Party Tips with Bouqs. Why Bouqs? Here are three reasons:

  1. The Bouqs cut only what they sell. Other providers source from a supply chain that sees 1 in 3 stems wasted. Across hundreds of thousands of bouquets a year, that’s a lot of wasted land, resources, labor and fuel. They cut only when you order and avoid the waste.
  2. The Bouqs also save energy through their direct-from-the-farm supply chain. The standard supply chain must keep stems cold for up to 2 weeks, meaning hundreds of hours of refrigeration and the associated energy use. They use cold storage for only 4 days from the Volcano, and not at all from California, resulting in a lot of energy savings.
  3. Finally, The Bouqs farms provide living wages, childcare, healthcare and adult education. And their growing business supports farm communities, so you can feel good about shopping The Bouqs Company’s flowers.

Not only does Bouqs source only from eco-friendly, sustainable farms that respect the environment and their workers, the process of ordering and delivery experiences are great too.  I have never received flower delivery quite like this.  The flowers were packed in a way that they cannot get damaged.   

Holiday Party Tip #1

Make serving convenient.  I created a mini self-serve salad bar as the first course.  Not everyone likes all the toppings, dressings, and vegetables you like. Let your guest make their own combinations. You can also do this with dessert bars as well. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. I just used a small long and narrow tray.

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Holiday Party Tip #2

Fresh flowers are THE BEST centerpiece, in my opinion when you host parties. I have had two parties so far and my bouquet is still lasting and pretty! You can use them not only on the dinner table, but everywhere in your home. I chose the yellow-green, Hydrangea Antique with Green Solidago for my centerpiece.

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Holiday Party Tip #3

Think simple when it comes to small details to make your party stand out, intimate, yet won’t kill you! I simply placed colorful festive scrapbook paper under the plates as a charger.

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I also used small photo frames as name cards.  Just print the name on your computer and add a glittery backing.

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Love what you see about The Bouqs and want to brighten your or a loved ones holiday table? Create an account to receive a 20% off promo code, then order your favorite Bouq for your holiday table or to give to a loved one. Also, The Bouqs wants you to spread the love! Refer friends to Bouqs and they get $10 off their order and you receive a free Bouqs for every two friends that make a purchase.

Enter The Bouqs Giveaway! Win 12 Months of Bouqs!

Register to The Bouqs to receive their 20% off discount code and browse the site to see all of the great Bouqs you can give as a gift to a gracious host or to use to decorate their table for a party.

To Enter:

Answer below in the comments: WHO would you gift a Bouqs to, WHY, AND which Bouqs would you choose? Leave a link or the name of the Bouq. Make it a great comment because that’s how the winner is chosen!

The contest ends on Monday, December 23rd at 10am PST. The winner will be announce the winner at 3pm PST Monday, December 23rd.

Good Luck!!

Thank you to Bouqs for sponsoring this post!

Preparing Your Home for Holiday Entertaining

by Dinah Wulf

I LOVE entertaining, especially for the holidays. Every year my best girlfriends and our families get together for an annual Christmas party. In fact, I plan weeks in advance for every detail to make my home warm and inviting for them every Christmas. There are always a few things I keep in mind while preparing my home for holiday entertaining.

Deck the Halls

Oh boy!  One of the reasons I love entertaining is because it’s a great excuse for decorating… I literally DECK the halls, the staircase, the mantel… EVERY room! Showing off my crafty touches excites me (I’m such a Geek).  I of course have to start with the front door. The hanging pinecone wreath was one of my favorite tutorials last Christmas.

This year I’m adding a small tree in addition to the big tree filled with homemade vintage inspired ornaments like these.

Last year I made this Holiday Joy Wreath that I put up to decorate the coat closet door.

Do You Hear What I Hear?

I think soft music playing in the background is a must to help get your guests in a festive mood while you are entertaining and holiday music is my fave!  This past Friday at 3pm, a local radio station started playing non-stop Christmas music. Oh how I counted down the minutes! They will play it all day every day until Christmas. Guess which station all the radios in my house are tuned to?

Sweet Holiday Treat™

Every season Glade® comes out with fantastic seasonal scents.  This year, they have a special scent, Sweet Holiday Treat™. Talk about Indulging in the irresistible scent of rich cocoa, toasted nuts and creamy caramel! I love scented candles like this burning throughout the season.  I like to light them in the evening during my parties to not only make my home smell great, but to create a comfy ambiance through the candle light.

Additionally, Glade® has a product for every moment. Every Glade® product brings true-to-life fragrance into your home, while the wide variety of devices assures there’s one for all your life’s needs. Some additional scents are:

  • Glade® Apple Cinnamon CheerTM
  • Glade® Sparkling SpruceTM
  • Glade® Pure Vanilla Joy
  • Glade® Frosted Berry Kiss

Sweepstakes Alert!

Real Simple is running a Glade® sweepstakes from November 14th to December 16th {here}. One hundred winners will receive a $10 Target GiftCard to purchase a Glade® Winter Collection product, plus a copy of Real Simple Celebrations!

Christmas is right around the corner!  I hope these tips help with your next holiday party!

Get festive this holiday season with the Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection available exclusively at Target. Inspired by the best feelings of the season, the Glade® Sweet Holiday Treat™ scent lets you indulge in the irresistible scent of rich cocoa, toasted nuts, and creamy caramel. The 2013 Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection was inspired by the nostalgic, spontaneous, snowy, moments that build up to the holidays. Creating memories with loved ones defines the season and the holiday lineup from Glade® is just as memorable. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glade®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Quick and Easy Holiday Gift Bag Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

This post, Quick and Easy Holiday Gift Bag Party Favors, is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts and DCWV for the PaperCrafted Christmas Campaign. All opinions are 100% my own.

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I am so excited for this year’s annual Christmas party at my house this year.  It’s not an extravagant party, by any means.  Rather, it’s quite intimate for my closest and dearest friends and their kids. As part of the Paper Crafted Christmas campaign with Jo-Ann Fabrics and DCWV, I couldn’t resist making these Quick and Easy Holiday Gift Bag Party Favors.

I bought these mini-recycled gift bags at Jo-Ann’s.  I found them in the dollar bins for two for $1.00. What a deal!

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I thought the paper in the DCWV Christmas Basics and Winter Basics stacks were perfect for these cute little bags.

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Using iPiccy.com, I made these tags that say “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year love The Wulf Pack”… get it? My last name is Wulf? Ha!  Anyway, I picked some fun colors and fonts and printed and cut these tags using a paper cutter.

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I also cut out pieces of the DCWV cardstock to create a border and attached the tag with double-sided tape.

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I used a small hole punch and attached them to each bag with ribbon.  I filled each bag with lollipops, chocolate, and candy! That’s it!  Super easy! I can’t wait to give them away.  I may give a couple to some of Mia’s friends from school and her teachers and teacher gifts.

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Thank you so much to Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts and DCWV for sponsoring this post!

Gift Card Pairing Ideas for the Holidays

by Dinah Wulf

Gift Card Pairing Ideas is sponsored by Ralph’s.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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I’ve often heard people say “gift cards are so impersonal”.  On the contrary, gift cards allow the recipient to buy what their hearts desire without the hassles and hurts of playing the return and exchange game. I’ve put together a fun list of creative gift card pairing ideas to make the “impersonal” a thoughtful and stand out holiday gift. Oh! And of course I had to throw in my own upcycled DIY tutorial!

My husband and I went to Ralph’s and were inspired by so many ideas.  We searched the aisles to look for creative gift card pairing ideas… and I must say we were EASILY inspired! We came up with several ideas to fit many different types of people like, co-workers, picky family members, and fellow Moms. More on this later… I want to share with you what I ended up buying my in-laws along with a gift card from Ralph’s.

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My in-laws are coffee drinkers like me, so we bought two recycled eco-friendly Aladdin coffee travel mugs, a bag of their favorite Starbucks coffee, and some Private Selection Carmel Sea Salt hot cocoa.

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I decided to make my own gift box out of a recycled food box. I cut it to size leaving the top open.

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To cover it, I used:

  • Recycled burlap coffee bean sack
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Paper (optional)

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The burlap I used was a little see-through, so I covered the box with paper to hide the writing.  I had this burlap coffee sack left over from when I made my recycled coffee bean sack pillows. I used a glue gun to secure the burlap in place.

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I stuffed the inside with some extra burlap scraps and placed my items gift card inside.  It turned out quite sturdy and cute!

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Here are some other gift card pairing ideas we came up with while inspired by walking up and down the aisles of Ralph’s:

  1. Dessert theme:  ice cream cones, sprinkles, chocolate and caramel sauce, and cherries
  2. Baby theme: any baby products along with your gift card
  3. Nail theme: nail clippers, nail file, nail polish, cotton balls
  4. Spa theme: face mask, wash glove, loofa, sponge, lotion
  5. Mixed drink theme: any of the Bonny shakers, corckscrew, jigger, or cocktail strainers, and a bottle of liquor
  6. Wine theme: bottle of wine, wine charms, wine bag, and corkscrew

The list goes on and on but those are our favorites.  We wanted to give a big THANK YOU to Ralph’s for sponsoring this post and inspiring us!

Christmas Tree Centerpiece #FabulouslyFestive

by Dinah Wulf

Christmas Tree Centerpiece in sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabrics and Craft Stores for the Celebrate the Seasons Campaign.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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I’m having three parties in the next few weeks and I wanted to make a pretty centerpiece for our eight foot dining table.  I went to Jo-Ann’s and found some great things.  For this Christmas Tree Centerpiece I bought these items at Jo-Ann’s:

  • Three mini Holiday Inspiration trees
  • Three strands of Holiday Inspiration silver garland
  • Three wooden craft star ornaments
  • Silver and Gold Glitter
  • Gold craft paint
  • A paintbrush
  • Glue

I absolutely fell in love with threes trees when I saw them.  I love the burlap wrapped around the base.

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I knew I wanted to make the centerpiece silver and gold so I bought these pretty strands of ribbon and bead garland.

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I wrapped it around each tree and they fit perfectly.

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My daughter picked out these three wooden stars.  She wanted to help me glitter them.

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We painted the edges gold and them glittered the back gold.

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I used a paintbrush to paint the edge of the front with glue and glittered it gold as well.

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We glittered the center silver.

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My daughter helped and placed the stars on top.  I put the trees on silver and gold serving platters and scattered silver and gold ornaments around each tray.  I didn’t have a table runner so I folded a table cloth that I had handy.

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This project was fun to do with my daughter.  It’s simple and easy yet fabulously festive!!  Thank you to Jo-Ann’s for sponsoring this post!

Kids Christmas Table Setting #PaperCraftedChristmas

by Dinah Wulf

This post, Kids Christmas Table Setting, is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts and DCWV for the PaperCrafted Christmas Campaign. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Every year, my four best friends and I get together for a Christmas party. We have great memories each year of the kids making ornaments and decorating cookies.  This year, I wanted to make a special table for the kids.  With the help of Die Cuts With a View (DCWV), I was able to make a colorful and whimsical Kids Christmas Table Setting out of mostly paper!

Using sturdy decorative cardstock is perfect for a kids table setting because it’s thick enough to avoid rips, unbreakable, and easily disposable. DCWV has so many fun and festive winter and holiday supplies.

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Here is a shopping list of supplies you may need for this table setting:

  • DCWV The Holiday Cheer Stack
  • DCWV Christmas & Winter Embellishments pack
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Paper Cutter
  • Circle Edge Punch
  • Ruler

I started off by simply covering recycled Mason jars with coordinating paper. 

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For the napkin rings I picked two different colors and patterns and topped it off with a charm from the DCWV Christmas & Winter embellishment pack.

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I also covered some red and green favor bags filled with candy for each guest.

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For the placemats, I layered one 12X12 sheet of DCWV underneath a paper doily I made using a circle edge punch at 11” in diameter.  Here is a tutorial for how to make a paper doily.  I also made a paper doily for the center of the table.

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I purchased the adorable gingerbread boy and girl plates and napkins from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores. 

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There you have it! I hope you enjoyed my version of a Paper Crafted Christmas! Here is a 50% coupon good until December 31st, 2013 for your next purchase at Jo-Ann’s!  Enjoy!

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.

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.  

More DIY Pumpkin Projects:

How to Upcycle a Vase with Paint

by Dinah Wulf

How to Upcycle a Vase with Paint is sponsored by Elmer’s. All opinions are 100% my own.

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I had the honor of testing out a fun craft product, Elmer’s Paint Markers.  They are great because you can use them on wood, metal, glass, ceramic, and even fabric.  When I received these markers I knew immediately what I wanted to try with some recent thrift store finds. 

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Here is a short four minute video tutorial I did on How to Upcycle a Vase with Paint.

How to Upcycle a Vase with Paint

Before and After Painted Vase

Materials:

Instructions:

I purchased these glass vases at a thrift store for $2-$3 a piece.

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Step One:

Once you remove your Elmer’s Paint Markers from the package, shake them well.  Remove the cap and press the tip down onto a piece of scrap paper for approximately 60-90 seconds to allow the paint to bleed through.

Step Two:

Fill your glass with a generous amount of paint.

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Move and shake the glass until the paint coats the entire inside of the glass.  This takes time and patience!   Allow the paint to dry overnight.

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Step Three:

Apply an adhesive stencil to your vase.  Feel free to free-hand your design instead of using a stencil.

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Fill in the stencil with the desired Elmer’s paint Markers color.

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Remove the stencil.

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Here is another clear glass vase that I painted green and added polka dots with the metallic markers.

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Here is another vase I found at a thrift store that was already green in color. I painted a flower trim with the markers.

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There you have it!  The possibilities are endless.  Try these markers on canvas, metal, and wood too!

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Thank you to Elmer’s for sponsoring this video and post!

DIY Magical Fairy Wands with Pottery Barn Kids

by Dinah Wulf

A big THANK YOU to Pottery Barn Kids for sponsoring today’s post, DIY Magical Fairy Wands with Pottery Barn Kids!

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<GASP!> was the first thing I heard when my computer screen opened up the Pottery Barn Kids Halloween Costumes page.  My daughter was so excited trying to pick her favorite one.  Naturally, being the girly girl that she is, she wanted EVERY fairy costume that she saw.  I told her that if she picked a favorite, we could make a magic wand together to go with a costume. When I asked her which one she liked best she said, “The Mermaid one! No! The butterfly fairy! No wait! THAT one!” She couldn’t decide.

Since my daughter couldn’t decide on a favorite, we marched upstairs to the craft room and raided the storage bins to get inspired to make our own DIY Halloween costume accessories. We decided on making not one, but four wands!

Here are the materials we used:

  • Materials
    • Felt
    • Ribbon (in different colors and textures)
    • Wooden Dowels
    • Embellishments: Craft flowers, butterflies, shells
    • Craft paint
  • Tools
    • Scissors
    • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
    • Needle and thread
    • Foam paint brushes

For all four wands that we made, we used these wooden dowels that I had left over.  They are sturdier than BBQ skewers. Another option is to raid your kitchen drawers and use wooden chopsticks from those nights of Chinese takeout!

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First, we picked paint colors to match a few of the fairy costumes and painted the dowels with a foam paint brush.  Acrylic craft paint works well, because it dries in seconds.

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Mia wanted to make a mermaid wand first. Here is the Pottery Barn kids Halloween costume that inspired us.

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I made a felt flower by cutting out petal shapes and sewing them together with a needle and thread.

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We picked out some ribbon in varying textures and thicknesses.  For all four wands, I cut out felt circles to glue to the back of each wand to hide the dowel and the ribbon.

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We glued it all together with hot glue and embellished the front with a shell (I stole this one from some vase filler in my bathroom!).

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Next we made a pink heart wand inspired by this pink unicorn costume.

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We cut out two felt hearts and added iridescent curling ribbon and pearl ribbon.

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We were on a roll and having so much fun we decided to make this white wand with a craft flower to go with the Swan Fairy Costume.

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And finally we made this butterfly wand to go with the Butterfly Fairy costume.

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Making these DIY Magical Fairy Wands was such a fun activity to do with Mia. Be sure to check out the rest of Pottery Barn Kids beautifully crafted costumes! Right now, you can also get 20% off plus free shipping on Pottery Barn Kids treat bags online.

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Thanks again to Pottery Barn Kids for sponsoring this post! It was such a great opportunity to share my love of crafting with my daughter!

 

Ultimate DIY Girls Spa Night

by Dinah Wulf

Where do I begin?  Being a part of the Skinny Cow Influencer Program has been amazing. First, I got to introduce you to my obsession and WoCavé sanctuary, my craft room.  Then, Skinny Cow sent me on my first Mission of three which was a girl’s craft night with my best friend. My second Mission, was a crazy thrift store shopping spree with my bestie complete with a driver and all. Finally, today I am excited to share with you THE ULTIMATE DIY Girls spa night!

Now, there are a few things you need to have a successful spa night like we did… I will share the tutorials for the kits next week!

ONE

You definitely need a WoCavé for an Ultimate DIY Girls Spa Night.  As a reminder, a WoCavé {wo-cah-vay} is short for “Woman Cave”. It can be any place that you are in your truest self, where you are both fabulous and flawed, but ALWAYS celebrated! Mine is my craft room!

TWO

Every girl I know loves to celebrate with some sweet treats.  For this spa mission, my girlfriend and I enjoyed Skinny Cow’s Pretty In Pink Truffle Bars and Chocolate Covered Low-Fat Ice Cream in a Chocolate Cone. Yowzers! I had one of each… ok, well two of each (they were SO good and we did A LOT of crafting! I worked up an appetite!)

THREE

A Crafter’s spa night isn’t complete without a DIY bath salts kit {tutorial to come}.  We made and packaged some pretty lavender bath salts to give to our friends. It was so fun!

FOUR

Next we tried out an Apprentice perfume kit.  At first we were intimidated by trying out different scents, but I ended up with an Apple/Rose/Amber combo which smelled amazing!

FIVE

Being that I am obsessed with lip balm, this kit was the most exciting for me to make {tutorial coming soon}.

SIX

After all this crafting (and eating) you DEFINITELY need to wind down with a Massage Therapist!  We each had a thirty minute massage that topped off our busy day of creative bonding in the WoCavé!

Here are some photos of what we made on our spa night Mission.  We had a great time, creating, chatting, and relaxing together.  It couldn’t have been a better night.

If you haven’t checked out my other Missions yet please do so! This was an amazing opportunity for me to be sent on these three Skinny Cow Missions. I would have to say that they were probably some of the most fun and memorable times in my Blogging career!

I am honored to be a Skinny Cow brand Influencer for the WoCavé Program.  Products and monetary compensation were provided by Skinny Cow. All opinions are 100% my own.

Tackling the Garage

by Dinah Wulf

Tackling the Garage was written by guest author Jen Small and sponsored by California Closets.

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After years of begging my husband to clean out our garage, I finally got sick and tired of hearing those famous words, “I’ll get to it, sweetie.”  I decided it was time for me to take things into my own hands.  Even after all these years living in the suburbs I still never understood why everybody parked their expensive cars in the driveway and kept their junk in the garage.  It was something I never understood.

On one hand, I knew there were some invaluable items that we just couldn’t do away with inside the garage.  On the other hand, I knew very well that by the time I was finished in there I’d be making half our mortgage on the money I would make from the garage sale I planned to throw.  So in I went…

Two days, a scrape on my knee and lots of sneezes later I finally finished and had cleared out more than half of our junk to sell at the yard sale.  And, just as I expected, it was a great success!  The key: if you haven’t used it once in the past year, you probably will not need it again. 

The next step of course was finding garage storage solutions that would work for the remaining items in our garage such as our bicycles, sports equipment, memorabilia and other spare items we had.  I heard that there are simple ways of storing items in your garage, similar to the way that people use closet design to organize their wardrobes.

At the end of the day we were able to store all of those bulky items and more in creative ways, on the walls and in overhead storage bins.  You’re not going to believe this… but even our cars have a spot in our new garage!

 

Thank you to California Closets for sponsoring this article. Monetary compensation was provided in the publication of this post.

 

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