Wednesday, January 30, 2013

10 Valentine Wreaths

Wreaths are such a fun way to decorate.. for any time of year!
For Valentine's Day, here's a collection of 10 beautiful wreaths to inspire.

I love this burlap wreath from Little Birdie Secrets.  Such great texture!

A faux bois Valentine wreath?  I'm in!  I love how Amy from Positively Splendid used wrapping paper to create this festive wreath.

This wreath is pretty amazing.  And on the cheap!  Check it out at Brown Sugar Toast.

valentine wreath

This one is gorgeous, from Craftaholics Anonymous.  The added doily and fabric flowers are the perfect touch!

valentine wreath

Simple and glam.  Find this gem at Love, Pomegranate House.

I just LOVE pink and gray together.  So this wreath, from My Blessed Life, is right up my alley!

valentine wreath

CUTE!  Pom poms are so soft and cozy for winter, I love this Valentine wreath from Design Improvised!!

Another love of mine is tulle.  This wreath by All Things Thrifty is so sweet and girly.  I'd love to make one for my daughter's room!

Kara from Mine for the Making made an awesome argyle wreath last year and I'm still loving it!  My hubby is all about argyle, so he would even appreciate this project.

And lastly, this gorgeous paper wreath is a great addition to any Valentine's Day decor!  Find it at Craft In Style.

Hope you are all having a wonderful week!

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Quick Valentine's Day Garland

How was everyone's weekend?
Accomplish any Valentine's projects?  My daughter is getting excited for Valentine's day and since she loves decorating her room for each holiday, I whipped up some quick heart garland just for her bedroom.

Here's what you need:
red/white bakers twine (although you could also use yarn, embroidery thread or even regular twine or string)
large embroidery needle
heart paper punch 
pink/red/white mini pom poms
small hole puncher
red cardstock

First off, punch your cardstock with your heart paper punch. 

Then punch holes in the top corners of your hearts with your hole punch.

Thread your twine onto a large embroidery needle.  

Start with your pompoms.  First make a knot in your twine where you want your pompom to be.  Then poke through the center of your pompom with your needle and thread it onto your twine until you've reached your knot.

Next, slide on the paper heart.

Alternate between the poms and the hearts until you're happy with it.  I also changed the colors of the pom poms throughout.  Just remember to knot the twine wherever you want your pom pom to sit.

See.  Quick and easy!

My daughter was so pleased with her Valentine's garland.

But it's so simple, you could add it to anything around the house!

And it goes great with her existing felt Valentine wall decor.

Have fun!!
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Friday, January 25, 2013

FPF: Truck Party Printables

So.. remember my boys' construction truck party I posted on Monday?

Well.  I have a big ol' treat for you all!  Printables!!!
Yep!  Free printables!
Just 'cuz I love you all so much.  

The whole set of party printables: invitation, labels, tags and circles.  And no, it does not have my sons' names on them or the number three (just to clarify), they're designed just for you to fill in and enjoy!

Here you go my friends...

Drink Labels

Food Labels

Party Circles

Favor Tags


Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

10 Valentine Pillows

Valentine's Day is in just a few weeks and maybe you've already adorned your home with all things love.
But if you're hoping to add a little festivity to your living space, why not make a cute Valentine pillow!
I've been meaning to whip some up for awhile, but I still have yet to do so.  Maybe these 10 will help inspire me!

I love the soft, ruffly heart pillow made from The Diary of Dave's Wife.  Perfect for cuddling with!

Want a quick pillow?  Why not try this fun one from Uncommon Designs.  It's no sew!

No Sew Chevron Valentine Pillow

The heart bunting is so adorable on this one from Diary of a Quilter.  So sweet!

Valentine Throw Pillow by Amy Smart

And this little girl silhouette pillow just makes my heart go pitter-pat.  Find it at Dear Lillie.

This cross-stitch look pillow is so creative and unique!  Check it out at Craftberry Bush.

Subway art is pretty hot right now, why not try it out on a pillow like Carrie from Dittle Dattle.  Awesome!

Subway art pillow

This burlap pillow is just adorable by Your Home Based Mom.  I love the ribbon stitching.

Another unique one from Craft Passion.  The texture is fantastic!

Sew Valentine Pillow

Fleece pillows are so versatile and comfy, which is great when you have little ones.  I love these from Fleece Fun.  My daughter would love some in her room!

I've seen a version of this at Halloween with bats, but I love the hearts!!  So perfect!  Find it at Wow That's Fancy!.

Hope I've inspired you, too!  Have a great day!

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Construction Truck Party

If you haven't noticed yet from my previous post, my twin boys turned 3 this weekend.  And like any 3 year old boy, they love trucks!  
So what other theme to celebrate their birthday with than a truck party.  The big, noisy, fun trucks.. Construction Trucks!

I think my boys had a blast and I thought I might share the pics with you all.

Because the theme was 'construction trucks', I tried to utilize as many surfaces and elements of one.

So using tires and a plywood sheet for a table, a sheet of checker plate metal for a backdrop and chevron to mimic the look of tire tracks.

The orange drink served was mini bottles of Sunny D wrapped with my custom made stickers.

And the boys were pretty adamant about having 'truck pops'.

Black aniseed candies filled the bed of the dump truck.

We had pistachio pudding topped with oreo crumbs to have the look of dirt.

'Rock' candy.  Of course.

Chocolate donut tires.

Sugar cookies.  Decorated like tires...

and the other topped with custom toppers from my talented sister from Candy and Cake.

I made pylons out of ice cream cones (that I cut down in size) coated in orange candy melts.

Chocolate dipped pretzels, or 'pretzel logs'.

The garland was made of green utility twine and orange fabric strips to look like 'lumber flags'.

The chevron candy cups were filled with gravel rock candies.

And the awesome cake was made by my sister (once again) from Candy and Cake.  Told you she's talented!!  

I requested chevron on the bottom and the top was surrounded by the construction trucks.  I loved how it turned out!

And here are the birthday boys.  Who, of course, didn't want to take the time for a picture together.. so this was the best I got!  

The kids each went home with an orange lunch box favor box.

Which were filled with a water bottle, truck stickers, toy truck and truck crayon.

The kids activity table was used for coloring truck pages and doing some painting on wood truck shapes.

And each little guest got their own hard hat to wear.

Which came in handy when playing 'Topple the Tower'.

My husband created a 'wrecking ball' with newspaper (and a weight inside) wrapped in a ball and covered it in black duct tape hanging from a cable.  Luckily for us, our basement is still unfinished, so he was able to hang it from an open beam in the ceiling.

The kids swung the wrecking ball into the tower of building blocks (wrapped boxes).

The game was a real hit.  The kids didn't want to stop playing!

Another big hit were the roads taped to the floor.  I used black duct tape and yellow electrical tape for the lines in the road and it ran the length of our livingroom and kitchen.  

The boys loved driving their trucks around the road.

We used large oil drip pans to hold snacks and punch.

Interested in the printables?  
It just so happens, I designed some just for you!
Here's the link to get your own.

Thanks for stopping by!!
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