Update your Mantel

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I recently took down my Christmas Decor and my house looks so bare and not cozy :( .. gloom, despair… So, I decided this year I am going to do something about it!  Yay!  Here are my inspiring mantel ideas in hopes that soon I will add love, color, texture, varying heights, and lots of fun back to our mantel!

Top 5 things to give our mantel back it’s love:

1.  GARLAND~  Garland does not have to be used only for the Holidays, so I am going to make a “year round” garland or even for other Holidays besides Christmas… Valentine’s Day, Easter, etc.

2.  PATTERN~  Different Patterns add so much texture, depth and life to your mantel, I can’t wait to see what I can come up with using lots of different patterns :)

3.  COLOR~  We have a white mantel, so color is key for us!  I love bright pops of reds, oranges, yellows and blues!  Oh, of course Pink and Purple too… you can never have enough color!

4.  MIRROR(S)~  Mirrors add depth and space to your mantel or any space in your home.  I especially love putting sculptures, patterned vases, cups, plates in front of the mirror so it will reflect the beautiful patterns and shape of the objects you choose.

5.  SOMETHING FUN~  Don’t forget to add a little spice to your mantel… We only live once!  No boring mantels here! :)

Have fun decorating your “After Christmas Mantel” :)  Please send pictures of your mantel ideas, I’d love to see! :)

 

Re-Purposed

Re-purposing is the best!  It is Eco-Friendly, great on your wallet, creative, unique, one-of-a-kind and definitely lots of fun!  You can customize used items for things you need around your home.  Plus, re-purposed items make for great conversation pieces and you can feel proud that you helped the environment and got crafty with something new, useful and unique in your home.

I love the painted crates which you can use for just about anything, especially storage.  The re-purposed tin cans are so cute and if you find you only have plain silver cans, try painting them or gluing your favorite patterned paper to the outside and yours will be extra unique!  Have fun finding new ways to use your old “junk” or someone else’s junk :)

DIY Glitter Headband for New Years Eve Party

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Celebrate New Years Eve in style with a creative, fun, playful hand-crafted sparkling headband!  You can start by cutting out simple shapes, such as a star or heart with cardboard (use a cookie cutter as a stencil if you like), cover in glue and sprinkle on the glitter… you can seal the glitter with a spray adhesive if you have some, then attach to your glitter-ized shape with hot glue to any headband you have lying around your house… and voila!  a quick, easy craft and party accessory :)

Another method like the one created in the first picture would be to cut out an oval shape and hot glue sparkly silk flowers to it, and then hot glue that onto a headband… so easy, fun and unique!  You can find sparkling silk flowers at your local craft store.

Waldorf Dolls

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Pictured Waldorf Dolls available for purchase @ Pingvini and Berty & Masha

Oh, how I love the timeless beauty of a Waldorf Doll :)  Do you have an expecting mother or sweet little one in your life??  If so, a Waldorf doll would be the perfect gift idea!  They are classic, simple, “cuddly”, beautiful and delightful dolls that will add class, charm and a cozy warmth to any child’s room or nursery.  I just love them and recently bought 2 for my girls :)  I especially love Pingvini and Berty & Masha because they use eco-friendly materials to create their beautiful dolls.  More specifically, Pingvini uses 100% Organic materials, some of which include organic wool and organic alpaca yarn (alpaca yarn is extremely soft)!

Handmade Ornaments

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My idea of a simple craft and fun last minute Holiday gift or activity for adults or kids are painted ornaments.  You can use a salt dough recipe or a cornstarch recipe (as featured in the first picture), or you can use wooden shapes, or even polymer clay.  I love the salt dough or cornstarch based ornaments because I always have those ingredients around my house.

Whichever recipe you choose, have fun painting it with simple geometric shapes and patterns to create a folk style ornament (my personal favorite!) that is simple and easy for just about anyone.  Add a fun ribbon to finish your piece, and voila!  You have the perfect last minute holiday gift or craft!  Enjoy! :)

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas

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With the holiday season in full bloom, I thought I’d share some of my favorite eco-friendly gift wrap finds :)  I love the idea of reusing something for something else that is just going to be thrown away anyway… why waste so much when you can create something even more beautiful and help the planet! If you are on a tight budget, I love the Trader Joe’s bag wrapping idea and you could even use some old handkerchiefs or old tee-shirts cut up to make the fabric wrap.  You could also forgo wrapping all together and use a basket like the special gift in the second picture.  You can find used fabric, baskets and so much more at your local thrift store and Goodwill.  Happy wrapping!! :)

Catherine Holm

Images via Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/littleteacupsho/catherine-holm/

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So, it’s safe to say I am in love with Catherine Holm and as you can see from the pictures, it’s probably obvious why… they are so bright, colorful, simple, clean, beautiful, fun, playful, quirky and everything that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!   You can find Catherine Holm on Etsy and Ebay or if you’re lucky, you may find them at a local thrift store.  Happy hunting!