Friday, November 30, 2012

DIY Ornaments {My Studio 5 Debut}

Welcome to anyone visiting from Studio 5! We had a great time on the 5 Ways 1 Day Ornament segment today! Here the clip if you missed it.

It was great to be on to share ideas for DIY Ornaments with some of my favorite bloggers! I loved seeing all the different creations from a simple glass ornament.

Sometimes it is the simple things that can make the biggest impact. My ornament project takes a simple green sprig and transforms it in to something interesting and beautiful. 

As you saw in the video, it is so simple to make it literally takes about a minute, but here are the instructions just in case.
All you need is a clear glass ornament, a sprig of greenery, a chopstick, and a red ribbon.
Slowly remove the metal ornament top to reveal the opening to the glass bulb. Carefully insert the greenery with the needles pointing in to the bulb. This will seem unnatural, but it is so the bare end of the sprig will be hidden. Use your chopstick to push all the needles through and in to place. Replace the metal ornament top and tie a bow around it with the red ribbon.
These DIY ornaments are not only great for the tree, but are also fun to hang in frames, line up on rolls of washi tape, or use as filler for a lantern or bowl.
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Downtown Tape Giveaway

I am super excited to share today's giveaway! Washi tape is all the rage right now and is such an easy way to dress up anything and everything. From gift wrap to decor to electronics washi tape is a fun was to give it a pop of color.

Downtown Tape sent me a few rolls to try out and they are so much fun! I love combining the patterns and colors with my Christmas decor!

They are the perfect little holders for an ornament display!

The best part is they are just $1.99 a roll so snatch up all your favorites and mix and match to your hearts content!
Now what kind of friend would I be if I didn't share my fun new find? 

Downtown Tape is giving TWO lucky winners 10 rolls of tape and 25 tags!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Disney Ad Shirts

If you have been following me for a while you know that I have a thing for making Disney shirts for my kiddos. There is just something about going to Disneyland knowing that no other kids will have the same shirts. I saw these fun vintage looking ads and knew they had to be part of our Disneyland ensemble.


They are actually quite simple to make. Follow the tutorial here to create a stencil of the image in the silhouette software. Since you are creating a stencil and not using heat transfer do not flip it horizontally. Just cut the image as is once it is traced to your liking.

I wanted to save some money and decided to try using contact paper for the stencil rather than the stencil vinyl. It totally worked! Just be careful because the contact paper is very thin, even thinner than regular vinyl so cut accordingly.

Once you have the stencil cut, transfer to your shirt using transfer tape to keep everything aligned correctly. Place a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to prevent bleeding. Then, with a foam brush blot over the stencil with black fabric ink. 

 Once the ink dries, remove the stencil and bask in your success.

Iron the design to set the ink and now it's ready to wear!

You're kids are one of a kind, why shouldn't their shirts be?

These have been washed several times and are holding up wonderfully!

Wednesdays through January

If you liked this project you may also be a fan of our DIY Disney Tattoos for Kids, Mickey Shirts, or Disney Countdown.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

DIY Christmas Decorations & Wal-Mart Card GIVEAWAY

I always enjoy having DIY Christmas decorations in my holiday decor. It adds a personal touch and I love displaying things I have created. This year I saw the cutest 3D polka dot presents at Tai Pan Trading and instantly fell in love until I saw the price tag at $40. Granted they are a good 3 feet high, but $40 for foam core?! I knew then and there what my DIY Christmas decorations would be.

Our Version $10 <------------------------> Tai Pan Trading's Version $40


  • 2 sheets foam core (Do not buy at the dollar store! It has a paper finish and will bubble.)
  • X-ACTO Z series blade (This baby was awesome! It cut like a charm.)
  • Pencil
  • X-ACTO Self Healing Cutting Mat
  • Painter's tape
  • Red Satin Craft Paint
  • Foam Brush
  • Foam Pouncer (for polka dots)
  • Clear Glitter Finish (Martha Stewart's is indoor/outdoor if you want to put them on the porch)
DIY Christmas Decorations


1. Lay the foam core on the cutting mat and using your pencil hand sketch the shapes from the template below. Cut along the pencil lines with the Xacto Z-series.

2. Using your pencil, draw the ribbon tails as illustrated below on both sides of the present.

3. Tape around the ribbon tails and paint the ribbon area red. 

4. While that is drying, paint red dots with the foam pouncer. Once the paint is dry turn the present over and paint the ribbon area and dots on the opposite side. Let that dry and repeat painting the ribbon area and dots with a second coat on each side. 

5. Once all the paint is dry paint the whole thing with the glitter finish. I did two coats. If you squint with all your might you may see the shimmer on the ribbon loop. It is sparkly in person I promise.

6. Once dry, slide the two pieces together and stand up. The best part is when you are one with it take it apart and it stores flat! Gotta love big impact but space smart DIY Christmas Decorations!

I also love that this can double as birthday decor, especially since my son's birthday is in December. With a 3 foot present on the porch, people are bound to know it is the birthday party house.

OOOh, and guess what?! 

X-ACTO is giving away TWO $25 Wal-Mart Gift Cards so you can try out their new blade and pick up supplies you need for your own DIY Christmas decorations!

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Disclosure: Xacto provided product to use, but the project and thoughts are all mine.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Make a Mickey Shirt

This Mickey shirt literally took me a few minutes and was so easy! I used Silhouette heat transfer and used my craft cutter to make a Mickey using a free image I found online. Then just iron it on and you are good to go!

Make a Mickey Shirt

 I got the t-shirts at the dollar store and here's the comical part they only had size 3T in this color, but it fit both my four year old and my two year old. We lovingly refer to them as stick and brick.

I did find that the gray heat transfer was a bit more temper mental than the black and white. I had to go over it with the iron several times especially on the edges to get it to adhere properly.

Sorry for the less than optimal phone pic.

I love the simplicity and had multiple tourists at Disneyland ask where we got them. It was one of our most popular shirts from the trip (we made 13 shirts), second only to the Tangled shirts that will be debuting next month.

For more fun Disney projects, be sure to visit others in our Disney DIY series including Disney countdown with activity ideas, DIY Disney tattoos, Mike Wazowski shirt and more.

Wednesdays through January

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Black Friday with Rod Works

Are you familiar with Rod Works? If you live in Utah, Nevada, Arizona or Folsom, California you probably are, but if you're not you ought to be. They are easily one of my favorite home decor stores. I love wandering through their store and I found out you can shop Rod Works online too!! I already spent a little too much time surfing through the site making a wish list.

So, I'm sure you know Black Friday is coming up and Rod Works will be having some killer deals switching out through the whole weekend! Check these out!

For In-store visitors...

Friday, November 23 and Saturday the 24th receive 25% off one regular priced item. Also, on the 24th customer receipts will be printed with a bounceback coupon for 35% off!

For online shoppers here are a few of my favorite deals on November 23rd...

There will also be free shipping on Cyber Monday!

I have a good feeling I'll be making an appearance at one of the stores this weekend! 

Disclosure: I received a Rod Works gift card for sharing this post, but the love of the store is all mine.

Monday, November 19, 2012

50 Nature Inspired Holiday Decor Ideas

There is something magical and beautiful about bringing the outside in. I love adding natural elements to decor and the holidays are no exception. I went on a quest to the most awe inspiring nature inspired winter decor and came up with quite a collection! Enjoy!

Greenery filled stockings from Room Service

Stockings on Branch from Holidash

created at: 12/08/2011

Mantel Cranberries

Logs in fireplace from

Use a Simple Color Scheme

Decorative Mantle

All is Calm All is Bright Mantle from Camilla at Home

Pinecone Garland from Midwest Living

Fireplace Log Box from Blue Roof Cabin

Pinecone Banister Garland from Martha Stewart

Bay Leaf & Pomegranate Garland from Martha Stewart

Bay Leaf and Pomegranate Garland

Advent Wreath from Chic Deco

Advent Candle Bowl from Little Scandinavian

Greens and Ornaments from Fijn Handmade

Advent Candles from Fijn Handmade

Moss wrapped candles from Garden Flow

Another Cranberry jar candle from Botanical Paperworks


Cinnamon Stick Candle from Craftaholics Anonymous

candle craft

Boxwood Cake Pedestal from

Crystal Christmas Topiary

Hanging Pine Cones from Room Service

Woodsy Table from
Woodsy Table

Leaf Wrapped Candles from Parisian Party

chunky pillar candles tied with olive leaves and white ribbon to decorate an alter or mantlepiece.

Branches in bucket from French Larkspur

Pinecone Tree

Branch Decor from

Skip the Traditional Christmas Tree

Green & Red Sprigs from Nordin Farm

Accent a Central Table

White Candle Display from Ticking and Toile

Natural Outdoor Display by Garden Flow

Rustic Crate from Kaleidoscope of Colors

Botanical Centerpiece from

Freshen with Botanicals

Candle Centerpiece from Far Above Rubies

Pinecone table setting from Create H

Simple and Elegant Tablescape from 100 Layer Cake via A Girl and a Glue Gun

Olive Branches and White Lights from Parisian Party

a string of white party lights intertwined with olive branches for a simple, DIY French centerpiece idea

Cranberry Garland from


Nature filled cloche from HGTV

Snowflake Table Runner Designed by Layla Palmer

Outdoor Tablescape from Sweet Something Designs

Jingle Bell Chair Hangers from Sweet Something Designs

Pinecone Ribbon Hangers from Woman's Day

Chair Decor from Martha Stewart via The Cinderella Project

Pinecone Tree from Inspiration for Home

Tree in Basket from Rare and Beautiful Treasures

Pinecone Centerpiece from B&B Fashion House

Cedar Wreath Chandelier from Martha Stewart


Nature filled ornament from The Thrifty Crafter

homemade glass ornament pinecone filler christmas craft easy inexpensive

Dried Fruit Ornaments from The Letter Four

Holiday cards

Beautiful Wreath from Tiny White Daisies


SaĆ­dos da Concha

Pinecone Wreath from Just a Girl

pine cone wreath

For more fabulous holiday decorating ideas, visit my Christmas Pinterest board.