Egg-cellent Decor!

Easter is a holiday that is easy to love! Not only does it feel a little more relaxed than the other, but it is filled with all the cutesy stuff we loved as children such as furry bunnies, pastel dresses, jelly beans, and most importantly egg decorating! This year, I wanted to use easter eggs as a way to add some festive decor to my home! It will truly be one of the easiest diy projects you will ever do!

W H A T   Y OU   N E E D !!

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  • A form of wooden eggs (can be purchased at any craft store) I had to use eggs already coated with chalkboard paint as that was all that was left but it wasn’t a problem at all!
  • Paint brushes of all sizes
  • As many pastel paints as you can find (I added some gold to the mix because, it’s me….obviously)

G E T   C R E A T I V E !! 

Now all you really have to do is get creative! Go all out with some polka dots (favorite), add some gold flecks, or brush as many colors onto one egg as possible! There is no wrong way to do this. As long as your colors are all blend well together, then they shouldn’t clash and there is no need to make them all matchy- matchy!

I had to paint over my eggs first since I didn’t want them to have a black base coat. After that, it’s time to just pick out a design you want for each egg and you’re all set!  Place them in a centerpiece bowl or incorporate into your vase fillers!

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A Lucky Treat!

Here we go, another St. Patty’s Day Post. But are you really surprised, we all know I’m obsessed with anything holiday related! I found a photo on pinterest for inspiration and fell completely in love! These tasty little treats look so official I had to make them! It doesn’t hurt that it’s super simple as well!

I used my usual sugar cookie recipe as always! Once you’ve finished baking your cookies, let them cool completely!  Next step is to melt your choice of chocolate. I went with dark chocolate because it is my favorite and I love the bitter-sweet combo! Dip the left corner into the chocolate and place on wax paper. Now it’s time to embellish! Before the chocolate hardens, grab your sprinkle of choice and cover as desired! Place in freezer until chocolate hardens back up and you are all done!!

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Shamrock Wreath!

Hey guys! St. Patty’s Day is right around the corner and this Irish Girl has a DIY that is super adorable! I love this day because it literally is just an excuse to gather with friends and celebrate my heritage! For this DIY, I didn’t want to do anything too over the top since you all know my favorite kind of decor is anything neutral. So I didn’t want to make anything super green, with tons of tulle or glitter…

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  • 1 package of Lima Beans (I used baby lima beans)
  • 1 Package Split Peas
  • Card Stock
  • Foam Wreath
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Burlap

 

The first thing you will need to do is just start gluing your lima beans all over the foam wreath. You want to make sure you keep them lined up in some sort of order. I did mine on a slight diagonal, it isn’t perfect but still looks neat and clean which I LOVE!

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Next you will need to trace a shamrock onto your card stock, cut it out, and then glue your split peas directly onto it! Be careful as the peas are small and you don’t want to burn your precious little fingers! Make sure to clean up any of the hot clue webs left behind!

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Now just glue that in the desired place on the wreath. I angled mine in a lower corner! Then tie a burlap knot on top for hanging and you’re all set! A simple but chic way to decorate for St. Patty’s Day!

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You can place over your fireplace or do as I did and frame it out above your bed!

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DIY Valentine’s!

There’s something about Valentine’s Day that I’m simply drawn to. I can definitely say that now that I’m a little older I’ve started appreciating this holiday as not just a day to celebrate my guy and I, but to celebrate all the lovely relationships in my life! This year, I wanted to share some love with friends by making them some decorated mugs!

This DIY Valentine idea is SOOOO simple and easy that anyone can do it! It’s perfect for a coffee lover (like myself) or tea drinker! Here is what you’ll need!

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All white mug // Oil based paint pens // Heart shaped sticker // oven

Since I had 4 roommates, I went to pier 1 and picked out some basic white mugs and made sure they clean before I started!

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Take your heart shaped sticker (or whichever shape you’ve chosen) and place it to the desired area! This will act as your outline if you aren’t exactly great at free handing like myself!

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Take you’re oil based paint pens and begin placing your dots around the heart. Make sure to place a heavy amount closest to the sticker and then fade out as you move away! I chose 2 colors but you can use 3. I wouldn’t do more than that as it make look to busy to the eye!

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Once you’ve completed your designs, place your mugs in an oven preheated to 350 degrees and bake for about 30 minutes. Turn oven off and let mugs cool complete before taking them out! This way your friends will be able to wash them with ease!

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And just like that, you have a fun, inexpensive gift for your girlfriends! Add some packets of tea or coffee and some candies to turn it into the perfect valentine!

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Sweets By The Dozen!

To be honest, I will be a happy camper if I never see anything related to sugar for a very long time! My sister decided she wanted to host a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party which required each guest to make 8 DOZEN cookies!! She’s lucky I love her and that I was able to find time to do it all haha!

I decided to make a classic sugar cookie in the shape of snowflakes mainly because sugar cookies are my favorite and my obsession with snowflakes is real! Now I do admit, I made this more stressful on myself than necessary, but I had a vision and couldn’t break away from it!

I used just your basic sugar cookie recipe!

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1 Cup Granulated Sugar

1 Cup Softened Butter

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 Tsp Almond Extract

1 Egg

3 Cups Flour

2 Tbsp Baking Soda

Then I chose to use the royal icing to make a very clean and wintery look for my cookie and this is what took most of my time.  It is very detailed and I probably should’ve chose a time where I didn’t have to decorate 8 dozen cookies…. But they turned out just how I wanted them!

2 1/4 Cups Confection Sugar (Sifted)

2 Tbsp Lite Corn Syrup

2 Tbsp Milk (May need to add more but be careful not to add too much)

The first few times you might want to outline your cookie until you find the right technique/amount you need so that the icing doesn’t pour over. Use a toothpick to guide your icing to each corner and let it settle.

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Then it’s time to dress up your cookies!  I went with pearls and silver glitter sprinkles from Williams-Sonoma to create a glamourous look! I absolutely love the way they all turned out!  They sparkled and just really stood out!

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Turkey Day Tablescape!

And just like that, my favorite holiday has come and gone! I hope you all had and AMAZING Thanksgiving and Black Friday! My family, as usual, got really into the decorations this year and I thought I would share with you all the really fun place cards I created from scratch! I saw the gold wishbone place card holders on pinterest, and decided I need to make some of my own!

What you’ll need is wax paper, air-dry clay, gold spray paint, and cookie sheet (optional)!

IMG_3899What you’ll need to do first, is roll your clay into a ball. Then split it in half and roll each half into a snake.

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Take the tops of each half and wrap them together. Form it into a rectangular shape. Then take the ends of each half and squish them together with you thumbs to make them flat and round!

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Place your wishbones on a sheet of wax paper to dry overnight.  Make sure to make a slit at the top of the wishbone with a knife for the place card to sit in!

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Now take some metallic gold spray paint and go to town! Cover top, bottom, and sides!

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And you’re all done!  I fell in love with how they all turned out! They really brought the whole tablescape together with a super holiday feel!

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like…. Thanksgiving!

I had the day off today and since I was feeling a little better, I wanted to get creative and make some festive cookies!  I guess you could call it a little practice session for the family Christmas Cookie Competition!  I actually used the little pie cut outs I will be using for our Thanksgiving Pies.  The shapes include different kinds of leaves, apples, and acorns!  I used my moms sugar cookie recipe, but you all can use your favorite and it will work just the same.  I only baked them for about 2 minutes since they are so small and I also prefer my cookies on the softer side!

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