Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

DIY: Coffee Filter Wreath


Yes. I did. Everyone else in the world has one, so I should make one, too! I found a bunch of coffee filters at the thrift store for 25¢, so I had those just sitting in my craft supplies for years. The wreath I made from fabric circles based off of Domestifluf’s tutorial did NOT travel well over the last 3 years, so I stripped the foam wreath of the gnarly fabric and attached between 75-100 coffee filters. With pins.

Mine turned out really fluffy, but more directional than other coffee filter wreaths I’ve seen. I like that.

I didn’t feel the need to take any process photos because this tutorial has been made a million and a half times, so here are a few coffee filter projects (and the like) below:

What have you been up to lately? Have you found any holiday DIYs that have found inspiring you?

Humbug Halloween


I love the holidays, but I don’t want to do a thing for them. I’ve got my BOO sign out front and some random gourds; and that’s all I want to do.

I’m having a hard time mustering the motivation to do anything festive or productive today. I had planned to make us all Adventure Time characters for Halloween, but I think only Penelope will be dressed up at this point. And it’s just because I just so happen to have a black cape so she can go as Marcelene. Maybe we’ll pull this off, but I highly doubt it at this point. Maybe I’ll get really ambitious and hang up my skeleton painting.

So who else is doing the bare minimum while gawking at brilliant, easy and ambitious Halloween projects on the interwebs? Just me?

Penelope’s Simple Birthday


Penelope turned four yesterday. The girl is growing like a weed and it makes me feel SO OLD!!

I had elaborate plans for a sweet library party for Penelope, but that did NOT happen. I swear I might have mono or something, because it’s like pulling teeth trying to get out of bed before 10am (and no I’m not prego). I’m going to blame it on my stationary lifestyle for now.

I think I will still do a big friend party for her, but sometime in May or June. It’s not like Penelope really cares when the birthday party is, right? Have any of you done something like that before?

I still wanted to make a big to do for her birthday, so we had a special dinner with presents and cake. The easiest and most delicious cake that I could think of to make was Texas Sheet Cake. It’s my late grandmother’s recipe. It’s divine.

Do you ever find that your most creative ideas come out of your laziness? I really didn’t want to make a buttercream frosting for a sweet message on the cake, so I made the message out of mini marshmallows. I thought it turned out rather cute. I could see this being even more clever on an all-white cake.

It’s not like Penelope really cares about this type stuff at four years old, but that’s just fine.

It’s still so surreal that she’s four. She’s a rad kid. I can’t believe that she’s ours. I love you, sweet Penelope!

Easter: DIY Grass and Surprises


Easter is just around the corner. I can’t believe it’s already here. Have you seen all of the fun things you can do to celebrate? I’ll be including a list of a few of my favorites, below.

One thing that I don’t much care for about Easter is the fake plastic grass. YUCK. If you know me personally, you’ll know that I have texture issues, and the texture of plastic grass drives me a little batty. The crinkle paper filler isn’t my favorite, either, but I can’t seem to find it in the colors I like or want. Also, I hardly ever have the right color on hand for anything.

I do, however, have a lot of tissue paper always on hand. Instead of plastic Easter grass, I will be cutting up mounds of tissue paper. Buy your favorite print or color and cut small strips using a  paper cutter or simple scissors. Since it’s grass, there’s no need to worry about straight lines.

Creating a large collection of Easter grass takes very little time. Promise.

Last night I got together with a few friends and we made surprise Easter balls. I made one for Penelope and one for Felix. Felix is a bit too young for it, but I’m sure he might get a bit jealous seeing Penelope unwrapping her surprises all by herself. What are your plans on celebrating Easter with your kiddos? Below are some fantastic DIY projects for kiddos grown ups alike.

2010 Easter Basket2011 Easter BoxPrintable Bunny PuppetsSurprise BallsBunny BagsBunny Puppet

Thrifty & Chic: Christmas Details

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It’s been some time since I’ve done a Thrifty & Chic feature, no? As you know, I’m not a big Christmas (or any holiday) decorator. Next year will be so different, I tell myself. I’m going to go all out.

Like I’ve mentioned before, It’s so hard to invest in Christmas decorations when you don’t know where you’ll be in the next year or you have little room for storage. Despite that, I found this adorable Martha Stewart table cloth at the thrift store a couple years ago for something like $2. I like that it’s not your typical red & green decor and it seems to go with the other two Christmas decorations we own, too.

Also, I just had to mention that I planted the above succulent arrangement a few months ago & never got around to posting about it. I had the base on hand for some time & got all of the succulents from Ikea. I LOVE IKEA. My mom would be so proud that this thing has survived not only four months, but four months & a move. Chris boxed up all of our plants a week before our actual move and a few of our plants haven’t quite recovered.

How are the holidays done around your house? Have you scored any vintage/thrifted Christmas details for your home? Share links in the comments! I’d love to see!

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