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DIY Friends Gift

diy friends gift bannerThis year, I set out to make a friends gift for some of my favorite girls (who are all mommies). We do not really exchange gifts at Christmas, but after seeing this “One A Day” Prayer Book, I knew I wanted one for myself and thought it would be great to give to them too. Basically, each day has a character quality and a verse. I want to use it to pray over my kids, but you could use them to pray for anyone including yourself.

I printed the document onto card stock. Then I used our office paper cutter to cut into squares. Measuring and cutting was probably the most tedious part of creating the prayer book, so it was helpful that the cutter had a ruler along the edge.

friends gift 3Next, I added Washi Tape for a little color and decor to each page. This part was really fun! I did it over a few nights while watching TV. I punched a hole in the corner of each card. Using a 3-hole punch allowed me to get the hole in the same location on each card. I slipped an o-ring in the corner to hold the book together. friends gift 2Each book had 36 pages. So I used my 9 Washi Tape patterns, repeating each tape 4 times. I changed up the location of the strip on each page. Each of the books had a different order to keep it fun. friends gift 1In addition to the Prayer Book, I added a Worship CD with some of my favorites. I have heard a lot about how friends and their kids have loved Isaac’s Greatest Hits from his birthday party, so I thought I would throw in another mix too. I printed labels, and embellished them a little with colored sharpies. CDI wrapped them in a cellophane party bag and tied with string. For both the Prayer Book and Mix CD I ended up spending a total of $0. I had all the supplies floating around and the music was already on my playlist. I have to say, it was probably my favorite gift to give this season. And, I think my mommy-girlfriends liked it too.

 

DIY Gold-dipped Vases on the Cheap

Each year I host a celebration during National Nanny Recognition Week. The goal of the event is to celebrate our local nannies. I love for them to leave with something, but since anything extra comes out of pocket I try to come up with an inexpensive but thoughtful gift. This year, after seeing this on Pinterest, I thought a simple vase and rose would be nice. vase6 I picked up some frappuchinos (on sale with coupon) and emptied them into a pitcher.  I cleaned, peeled and scraped the labels and glue off. It was pretty easy after they soaked in the sink for an hour. vase1 I bought this Liquid Leaf from Micheal’s along with a foam brush. I thought it would be easier to just throw it away afterwards rather than use a good paintbrush. vase2 I had planned on actually dipping the glass into the  paint in a bowl, but I would have had to use (and waste) the whole jar of the Liquid Leaf. So, first I tried just painting it on to give the “dipped” look. It worked well and was super fast to paint and dry. vase4 I did put 2 coats on to make sure that it completely covered. One thin coat would leave the glass looking like this (below). Which is fine if that is the look that you are going for. vase3 Here sit all the vases after painting. I did the “dipping” at different heights. I thought that it would look nice on the table. They were each unique. vase5I am super happy with how they turned out!
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DIY Gold-dipped VasesI cannot wait to try the Leaf Liquid with some other projects. I have some Christmas present ideas up my sleeve! Stay tuned.

Cheap Bouquet Inspired Fall Mantel

So, confession. My mantel has looked like this since spring. Not bad you say? Look a little closer…mantel1 Those are baskets, Easter Baskets! Yes, they are part of the decor I bring out before the holiday, and if you looked inside the yellow one you’d see a plastic easter egg that never made it back to the basement storage. I justified that they match the living room and baskets can be part of decor all year round, but when I look at them I see spring/Easter decor. Ehhh. mantel2 Doug did a random grocery run and returned with these! Kroger flowers. Actually this is only part of them – the best of the wild bouquet. I am super appreciative of the thought, but sometimes those cheap bouquets have a lot of filler with the pretties. Do you know what I am saying? So I pulled out all of my favorites an put them in my tall favorite vase. Gorgeous. Happy. Smiling in our kitchen to greet me each time I pass through.mantel3 mantel4 I had a plan for the other un-matching basic flowers that had been thrown in with these original beauties. The mantel! Yes, it was time, and why not spread the flowers a bit further. Truth is I pinned this picture the day or so before.

9ade170fe3a9983a3cbfdd5181c261f8The mismatched vases with different flowers were adorable (source)! When I saw my cheap bouquet I thought, “I can make those flowers go a lot farther!” I went searching through my stash to see what I had to use. Most of my vases are too large for this look, but then I came upon the vintage punch glasses that accompanied my broken punch bowl. They were actually in my goodwill pile, but found their “Christmas Destiny” (name that 90′s TV comedy).
mantel7mantel 5mantel6I was excited to bring these cups back to life and utilize flowers that were just filling space instead of drawing attention to themselves. One great thing about this set up is that as the flowers die, I can discard and move the cups around. The gerbera daisy on the end won’t make it much longer.

Ahh, the first signs of fall in our home!
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