After making a festive Halloween bunting earlier this year, I instantly started brainstorming a similar project for Christmas. Inspiration struck when I came across a package of four chipboard journal pages for a mere 25 cents at Michael’s! The holes meant for binder rings were perfect for stringing together a banner!
I used a stencil as a guide to trace the phrase I wanted on my chipboard pieces in pencil, then filled them in with gold acrylic paint using a small paintbrush. This allowed me to tweak the shape of the letters a bit. I glued a strip of red and gold polka dotted ribbon at the bottom of each chipboard piece, wrapping the ends around the back so no frayed edges were visible.
To further embellish this little display, I used thin pieces of wire to attach little Christmas trinkets (a mini wreath, a glitter bow, and a jingle bell) in between each letter. I love the extra holiday oomph these add!
You can see how I used my bird clothesline to display my Christmas cards last year here.
Perhaps it’s a little cliche, but when the Christmas season rolls around, I simply can’t get enough of the color gold. Whether it’s in my home decor, my wardrobe, or a part of my crafty projects, this metallic hue has been abundant! Here are some snapshots from my life lately.
I spray painted two plastic elk toys I bought at a garage sale gold, and set them in a bottle brush tree forest as part of my winter decor.
I took advantage of some Cyber Monday promotions from a few Etsy sellers and indie businesses and picked up some pretty new baubles. Necklaces are from Nestled (left) and ShopHollyDolly (right), chevron cuff from Moorea Seal.
Collecting supplies for a very special project.
My favorite nail color of the moment, OPI’s Glitzerland. I nabbed this color for under $4 on eBay!
A paper mache star ornament that is currently sitting on my living room bookshelf – thrifted for 49 cents!
A sneak peek at my latest Christmas decor project. More photos and details to come soon!
One of my daughter’s buddies turned one recently, and I wanted to make a little something for her birthday gift. Her mama loves owls, so I thought it was the perfect occasion to finally use this felt owl tutorial from Bugs & Fishes that I’ve had bookmarked for the longest time. I love her felt creations!
A printable template is provided as a part of her tutorial. I decided to enlarged the scale of the owl by 150% so it was easier to cuddle. I put a balled up piece of cellophane inside in addition to Polyfil, so that it crinkles when squeezed. I like this little guy a lot – I may need to make another one to keep!
If you’re just tuning in, for the past few weeks I have been participating in the Take One, Pass It On challenge, hosted by Sarah of Sarah’s Real Life. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of TOPIO, it means taking something from the previous day’s outfit, and remixing it into your next outfit, and so on. Here is a recap of all of my remixes from this challenge! You can click on any of the images below to see the original post.
Remixed the hat and glitter boots.
Remixed the polka dot top.
Remixed the faux leather pants.
Remixed the plaid shirt.
Remixed the skinny jeans.
Remixed the colorful necklace.
Remixed the purple sweater.
Remixed the cognac belt and boots.
Remixed the faux fur trim cardigan and cognac boots (again).
Remixed the red pants.
To come full circle, I remixed the cream sweater from my first outfit into my final outfit.
I really liked this challenge because it didn’t take nearly as much planning as my previous 30 for 30 remixes did, but still helped me get creative with my outfits. I would love to try this challenge again sometime, perhaps in the spring! Thank you to all who were following along with my remix. It has been great seeing the creativity of the other participants too!
It is day eleven of my Take One, Pass It On remix, and things have come full circle. In addition to remixing the red pants from my previous outfit, I am also wearing the same sweater I wore on day one.
After ambitiously stating in my last post that I was going to extend my remix through the end of the month, I realized that I don’t want to have to worry about outfit planning or photos during Thanksgiving week. So…this will be my last outfit for this round of the Take One, Pass It On challenge. I still surpassed my original goal though! Be sure to check back in a day or two for my recap and reflections on this remix. Thanks to Sarah from Sarah’s Real Life for the inspiration to join in on this challenge!
Sweater – TJ Maxx
Leopard Button Up – J. Crew (secondhand via eBay)
Pants – thrifted, altered by me
Boots – Enzo Angiolini via Nordstrom
Nails – OPI, You Rock-Apulco Red