Don't you just love all the articles in magazines and on blogs for gift ideas? I always gravitate towards Real Simple's "50 Gifts Under $50." When I think about it, I haven't actually bought many presents based on these lists. I just like the new shopping sites they introduce you to or remind you about. This year I'm perusing
Top Left: Scratch off map for just $24
Top Right: Ping Pong anywhere! May need this just for me and the hubs.
Bottom: Presidential blocks. I want writers! Get it? Writers Blocks? haha (sorry nerding out a bit)
They also have literary iPhone covers! Ack! I need one!
Left: Autobahn tape and car kit. This may be calling my nephews name...
Middle: Five pound gummy bear. Really. It's five pounds. I love gummy bears, but that's just too much.
Right: Cardboard rocket ship...random but I like it.
Okay those are mostly silliness. A good girly one is
After seeing numerous deco mesh wreaths on Pinterest, I decided to whip one up.
Cute, how I thought this would be easy.
When I got to the good ol' Hobby Lobby, they were out of poly deco mesh in any color but HOT pink. I found mesh garland. Then I got a wreath form and some pipe cleaners to twist around my mesh garland.
I attached the pipe cleaners to a 20" wreath (the only size left at my neighborhood HobLob) form every couple inches.
First problem: 20" makes an enormous deco mesh wreath.
The wreath form wasn't going to work. My friend Magan made one using a wire hanger. Phew, that was easy to fix.
Once I switched my wreath form, I went back and put my pipe cleaners on again.
Second Problem: pipe cleaner slides all over the place
I had no real solution for this without waiting to order one of THESE. The wires on that guy are attached and won't slide all over like the pipe cleaners.
Finally, I started to add the mesh garland. I attached the end of the mesh garland to one pipe cleaner, measured off about a foot of garland and attached it to a pipe cleaner 2" (before they started sliding...) away from the last one. I continued that around the my wreath and used 18 ft of mesh garland.
Third Problem: Mesh garland does not equal poly deco mesh. Looks fairly similar...shoulda thought about the texture. It doesn't fluff the same. The little bubbles or puffs between each tie down do not stay bubbled or puffed up very well.
I wrapped silver ribbon around the wreath, added a few sprigs of sparkly stuff, and put a letter in the middle. Here is the final product:
It is still festive and cute.
The mesh isn't as poofy as I'd like it to be. If I had picked up the right materials to begin with...things may have gone a little smoother..... : /
Almost unbelievable, right? I made this waaaay back in July. It's just now making it on the blog.
Our friends Wynter and Jeric, previously seen HERE, were married this fall. For a shower gift, I whipped up this fun ornament I saw on Pinterest.
Easy breezy. I had the clear ornaments leftover from a craft fail last Christmas.
The invite conveniently included a ribbon that was the color of the bridesmaids' dresses. I just curled lines of the invite around a pencil and stuck them in the ornament. It turned out really sweet. When you turn it different ways you see a strip with the date or their names. :)
Are you ready for full-on cheesy? The kids at school call me "Mrs. B." So if I have kids they will be "little bs." Get it? I know-corny. I still think it's too darn cute. Over at Chic and Cheap Nursery today, they are featuring a cute little bee baby shower. <3 <3
Here are some other cute baby bee inspirations...maybe a first birthday party..or sneak it into the nursery decor?
My spider is a black pom-pom made of regular old yarn. I wrapped my yarn around five pipe cleaners. Four were turned into legs (half on each side). The last one has each end put through buttons for eyes.
I can't remember where I saw him. Maybe I picked him up from The Crafting Chicks last year? I tried to look back at their blog but didn't see it. Both sets of ladies: Eighteen25 and The Crafting Chicks, are my go to craft blogs. The sisters at Eighteen25 hold "Spooktacular September" each year and The Crafting Chicks hold "Trick or Tweet." You should seriously go check them out. :)
Well Kendi survived a blog super-fan attack. A few weekends ago we popped into her new store bloom. It was adorable...of course. My mom and husband kept asking, "How do you know she'll be there?" She was and my mom went right up to her and told her: "Can you take a picture with my daughter?"
She is obviously the adorable, well-dressed one on the right.
I wanted pretty much everything, but I am a teacher folks. I walked out with a cute dress in a tribal print and a beautiful, flowy navy top. If you live anywhere around Dallas, you have to go. McKinney has lots of shops, Third Monday Trade Days, and delicious restaurants. You can find the link to Kendi's website and blog HERE.
I keep seeing mummies all over pinterest and blogs. People are wrapping everything in gauze, tp, and white crepe paper. For a "spooky" light in the bathroom during our Halloween party, I put three little mummy lanterns together. Best part: they were free!
I grabbed three different shape jars (I save them all : / ).
Then I soaked some gauze (from our first aid bin) with modge podge using a sponge brush.
After that I simply wrapped them up my jars. I dug in my craft bin for some googly eyes, stuck those between the folds, and TA DA:
Hopefully they won't scare people too bad! That could make for a stinky bathroom. ;)