The Inspiration Monday Party | Featuring Everything Snowmen

Brrrrrr…
Did you hear?
There’s a snow storm headed toward the Inspiration Monday Party!
Get your boots on, and find those mittens.
It’s time to
P-A-R-T-Y!
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Can’t have a snow storm with out a few snowmen…
There were so many cute snowmen at the party last week,
we couldn’t resist featuring them this week.
DIY Snowman Ideas
Melted Snowman by Lindsay from My Creative Ways
Snowman Milk Bottles by Kelly from Live Laugh Rowe
Snowman Cupcakes by Jenn from Clean and Scentsible
Snowman Hot Cocoa Gift by Tracey from We made That
Hoopy Holidays Snowman by Nici from Posed Perfection
Wood Snowman by April from Wilker Do’s
Baby Sock Snowman Ornament by Molly from Just a Little Creativity
Holy snowballs!
We have, not one, but 2 hostess picks this week…
Nugget Snowmen by Linda from Stamping with Linda
Nugget Snowman_Snow Day Stamp Set-2
DIY Cupcake Snowman by Julieanne from Beyond Frosting

DIY Snowman Cupcake

 

{this week at twelveOeight}

diy christmas

christmas decor
sweater wreath

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twelveOeight Christmas Home Tour | Vintage + Farmhouse

Jennifer Rizzo's holiday housewalk link party. Link up your home for a chance to be in next years house walk.

Hello there & welcome to our Christmas home tour!
If this is your first time here I’m Tanya from twelveOeight, and I am so glad
you are here!!
I couldn’t be more excited to participate in our huge 24 home Christmas Party 
Tour Of Homes.  If you are here from another fabulous home from our party
please make sure and click through so you don’t miss a tour.
The last tour was Molly from The Poor Sophisticate, I LOVE Molly’s style and 
what she has done with a renovated barn.  Brilliant.
 
So are you ready to relax and have some coffee?  The twinkling 
lights are on, and Dean Martin can be heard throughout the house.
Come on in!!
 I’ll show you what I’ve been up to…

 Our entry way with a few Christmas touches in soft white, silver and
of course some rustic farmhouse with our Merry + Bright wooden sign.  
Yep, those are canning jar rings!
 
A little nook in our kitchen has a lot of light coming in and was 
the perfect place for more Christmas merrymaking
The main floor in our home has a great room concept, so I have tried to 
define each area yet make it all flow together.  Here is our dining area
all ready for some Christmas entertaining. 
I used two pieces of burlap printed with a typography design to create runners that
are durable (I have a 3, 4, and 7 year old eating here daily, so durable is my mantra)
with some fresh cedar clippings, glittered pine cones and a collection of 
Mason jars full of glittery snow and mini trees.
I used a small glass bowl to elevate one of the smaller Mason jars in 
the group.  The vintage baking pan fits perfect into the iron casserole
carrier I found while thrifting.
 Behind the sofa, our Upcycled Sofa Table is covered with more cedar clippings
and some of my favorite things, and of course more glittered pine cones.
I’m loving the mix of rustic and glam right now, and wood.
Lots of wood!
We have found that we don’t really use our gas fireplace very much the 
past few years, so we tried putting the tree in front of it this year 
and like it for a change of pace.  
You have to get creative with the space you have!
 With a lot of glowing candles, white lights, and soft natural colors
my favorite things and vintage finds are right at home this winter.
  Thank you SO much for visiting today!!
I would love for you to join us each week for the 
Inspiration Monday Link Party, the party goes 
live each Sunday 11am PST

 The next stop on our fabulous group of tours is 

tomorrow Amy from The Blissful Bee!!

The Christmas Party Tour of Homes that is taking place all this week- 24 bloggers are sharing their Christmas homes over 4 days…

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Here is a sneak peak at what is in store…

Tuesday, December 3rd

Christmas Party Tour of Homes Tuesday December 3rd

Christmas Party Tour Wednesday

Thursday, December 5th Christmas Party Tour of Homes Thursday December 5th option 2

Friday, December 6th

Christmas Party Tour of Homes Friday December 6th

5) Patricia from Little Cottage on the Pond 6) Emily from Two Purple Couches

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DIY Felt Christmas Trees

Happy December friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend to my 
fellow US friends, and a wonderful weekend for everyone outside the US too.
I spent the weekend with family and friends, eating good food and enjoying some
(ok a lot) of shopping and decorating too.  If you decorate for the Holidays when do 
you usually put up your tree? Ours went up about a week ago, and remaining items
over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Here is another project I put together for the top of
our long bookcase that runs the length of our living room.  I just cannot get enough
Christmas stuff, I love it!

I found myself with a surplus of felt, especially white felt recently and have wanted to

make some mini trees out of fabric for a while now.  I used some sweet JoAnn’s app 
coupons to buy two Styrofoam cones, and the stands they are on are galvanized tins
you can find anywhere.  I think these are from IKEA.
Here is what you need to make a couple of loopy white felt trees:

Two Styrofoam cones (12″ & 14″ tall)
20-25 sheets of felt in color of your choice
Hot glue
Stands for trees if desired

I covered each tree with felt first, by wrapping and hot gluing a couple pieces
of felt around each cone.  They don’t have to be perfect, it’s mostly just to
cover up the color and texture of the cone.

Next fold remaining pieces of felt lengthwise and cut strips from the fold to the outer
edge leaving about 1/2″ uncut.  

Begin at the bottom and work your way up to the top of each tree, wrapping the loopy
pieces around and tacking them down with a bit of hot glue as you go.

What kinds of projects do you have going right now? If you are totally caught up and 
done with your shopping, I want to be like you when I grow up.  Until then I seem to
pick away at it until oh, about December 24th!

{more Christmas ideas from twelveOeight here}

 
 
 
 
Make Your Own Peppermint Body Scrub click HERE 

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Upcycled Picture Frames-Creating Art For Free | Amy with The Blissful Bee

Sometimes you have a bunch of old frames lying around the house and you just don’t know what to do with them all! I know I find myself running into this problem, and the other day I decided to do something about it.

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I dug through my old frames and picked the simplest one I could find. First, take out the glass, then cut your scrap fabric to size and tape it (or glue it) to your cardboard backing.

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The next step was to spray paint the shell. I used some satin spray paint I had left over from another 
 project.
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After the spray paint dried, I glued the shell onto the fabric backing. 
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And tada! You’re all done:) Now you’ve created some decorative art for free!! 
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Amy I love this idea! I have a huge box of old picture frames that could have a new lease on 
life now.  Thank you as always, for sharing your creative ideas with us-

Etched Glass Typography Vase | Krista from The Happy Housie

Hi everyone!! It is Krista from The Happy Housie back again and I am so excited to be here today sharing this super easy DIY Etched Glass Typography Vase with you – just in time for your holiday table.

DIY Etched Glass Typography Vase
For this project you will need:
  • a vase or large candle holder
  • glass etching cream and brush (I used Martha Stewart brand)
  • alphabet stencils (or you could use scrap booking letter stickers to do the reverse etched pattern)
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I started by cleaning my vase thoroughly according the package directions on the etching cream. 
I then placed my adhesive letter stencils randomly around the vase, in varying directions.
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I made sure all the edges were pressed down nicely and then applied my etching cream. The package instructions say to leave it for fifteen minutes and then rinse off, but I would experiment a little first. When I only left the cream on for 15 minutes it didn’t seem to etch as completely as I wanted,
but perhaps I hadn’t applied enough of the etching cream.
After experimenting, I applied about this much and left it for a couple of hours 
while we went over to a friends for dinner.
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When I returned I rinsed all the etching cream off thoroughly and washed the vase 
again inside and out with warm water.
Done!
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You can see that the pattern is really subtle. I also like that it can be used all year around 
because the typography is not specific to one holiday.
DIY Etched Glass Typography Vase with candle by thehappyhousie for twelveoeight
Here I have it dressed up for Christmas, but you could add a different coloured candle 
and perhaps some corn around the base and it would look great for your Thanksgiving table
as well.
DIY Etched Glass Typography Vase by thehappyhousie for twelveoeight
I have a few other Projects I would love to share with you and would be thrilled if you had the chance to hop over and visit me at The Happy Housie to see what I have been up to lately…
such as how I made these Decoupaged Succulent Mug Planters (a great DIY gift idea!):
DIY Gift Idea Gold Decoupaged Mug Planters by thehappyhousie #MSholiday
Or take a look at our Late Fall Mantel….
Late Fall Mantel with vintage paddle and mason jars at thehappyhousie
And I finally even shared how we created our Faux Mantel  
out of an old ugly china hutch from a second hand store….
DIY Faux Mantel Cabinet made from old hutch before and after
Thank you Tanya for having me here today…it is always so much fun 
to connect with the readers of Twelve O Eight! Thanks for reading.
And remember my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. 
Enjoy the journey.
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us Krista!!

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Rustic-Glam DIY Christmas

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Blueprint Social for Martha Stewart Crafts
by Plaid. All opinions are 100% mine.
Do you ever like to mix something simple with something gorgeous
Kind of like wearing a beautiful piece of jewelry with your favorite jeans.
Pearls and cowboy boots.
Burlap and a little bling.
Martha Stewart Crafts gave me just the inspiration 
to mix rustic with sparkle, here is what I came up with.
I used two Dollar Tree glass vases attached with E-6000 to two glass candle holders,
also from Dollar Tree to create the Snowflake Hurricane Lights.  Using the matte
decoupage finish first as a base to which I smoothed the cut-outs over, then as a 
sealer once they were dry.  I love that the matte finish gave the glass a lovely frosted
finish once it was dry.
Don’t you love it when a project really goes like you were hoping?
Next I used the Martha Stewart Crafts gilding sheets and adhesive to apply a super glimmery 
silver finish to two votives.  I have not used this before and it was really easy (my fave.)
Below is what the glass vases with candle holders attached looked like before I 
applied the matte finish (which by the way is dishwasher safe!)

I used a dark graphite spray paint to first paint the stand below that is actually
an old cake pan attached to a tall inverted flower pot.  After it was dry, I used
a bit of sandpaper to remove some of the paint.  I applied a coat of the gilding
adhesive first, then once is was dry to a tacky stage, applied the silver leaf
sheets by pressing and smoothing them over the surface all around the stand.
It as so easy and fun! Martha Stewart Crafts line can be found at Michaels 
or in Plaid’s online store too.  
I am just loving silver and white mixed with natural materials like burlap and wood right now.

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for tons of great holiday and gift-giving inspiration}
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Dollar Store Fall Decor: Pumpkins with Holders

We are crazy for pumpkins around here.
Like, super duper hooked on pumpkins.
It may be a little more “me” than “we” but that’s not important.

So while the boys were out playing a bit of golf yesterday,
I kicked it into high gear and unearthed all of my favorite fall decor
and ran around the house hanging garlands, hot-gluing and losing
my ever-loving mind for the afternoon.

It’s supposed to be in the 90’s for the next week or so.
So when the golfer’s returned, let’s just say they weren’t exactly
ready to walk into the pumpkin patch I had created indoors.

They will survive.
“You know it’s going to be really hot next week” they said.
“Are you decorating for Christmas after this?” I heard someone say.
“That’s a great idea!” I responded.
Don’t toy with a woman who loves to fluff her nest, or her brood
of seasonally-challenged kids who never really know what season it is.

So if the kids are running through the sprinkler for a few last times,
and eating the last of the Popsicles in the freezer it’s ok.

Keep hanging your garlands.

You know I love me some Dollar Tree crafting right?
And…..I just so happened across these little glass candle holders.
Plus the first wave of Fall decor at Dollar Tree seems to have hit.
Can I just say YAY!!!!

Here is how I put together these Shabby Pumpkins & Pumpkin Stands:
First I used a little E6000 to attach the candle holders to the bottom of
two terracotta dishes I picked up at Jo Ann’s recently.  For the tall stand
I simply connected two candle holders at their tops and glued them together
to create a tall stand.

Next I used some Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Spray Paint in Heirloom White,
covering them with two coats once they were dry.  After that I used a dab of black
acrylic paint and a foam brush to accent the edges of each stand so they look a little shabby.

I picked up this gorgeous chartreuse moss and created a little nest for my pumpkins
on the top of each stand.

Next I used two foam pumpkins from Dollar Tree, and tore 1/2 yard of natural
unbleached muslin into 2″ strips to cover each pumpkin.  I cut each strip in half
and glued the ends in a circular pattern on the bottom of each pumpkin.  Next I
pulled each strip up and glued it firmly at the base of the pumpkin stem.  Once I was
done covering the pumpkin, I used about 18″ of jute twine, tying it around the leftover
fabric and wrapping it about 2″ up to create a “stem.”  After trimming the excess fabric
down created a cute stem for each pumpkin.  Last I trimmed three leaves out of some
burlap scraps I had on hand, and glued them into place.

Voila! Some sweet & pretty pumpkins with stands you can use all thru Fall and
Thanksgiving too.

Happy crafting & creating friends, and as always thank you so much for reading.
I {heart} y’all so much!

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DIY Succulent Container Garden

I like to think that I have a green thumb.
I can grow a mean petunia, and I am
just positive had I have lived in another
era I would have been part of a garden
club for ladies.

At least until the ladies realized that I am
not a master gardener.
And…
I do not have a single houseplant.
So they would have made me the treasurer
because they are sweet and wouldn’t have
wanted to invite me not to return
simply because my thumb is more pink
than green.

You see I have seen these gorgeous
succulents everywhere.  And I love them.
I want some of my very own, but not
a clue on how to grow them.
So, with a little petunia-growing confidence
I jumped in my truck and headed for
The Home Depot.

A girl can find all of the lumber, paint,
chicken wire, power drills and dirt that
her heart desires there.  And just when
she thinks her cart cannot hold the
ingredients for another DIY home
improvement idea, alas, she spies the
cacti and succulents.

And her heart goes pitter-patter when
they look easy to grow.

I was sold by “water when dry” seemed
to be the growing recommendation on
many of the little succulent pots.  Not
to mention how pretty they are and
the incredible variety.
The choosing was the hardest part!

So I settled on this group of pretty plants
some Miracle Gro planting mix, and small
polished pebbles.  Once I was home I
dug out a couple of vintage kitchen
goodies I have been hanging onto for a
while.  A sifter and a jello mold.

I filled each container half full of dirt
and removing each of the plants from
it’s container, loosened up the roots a
bit and arranged them before adding
more Miracle Gro planting mix.  Next
I added a layer of they pretty polished
pebbles to the top and my succulent
container garden was done!  I have a
sunny spot that is perfect for these,
and since they are fairly hardy, I think
they will survive casa twelveOeight.

So I am now the proud owner of a
fabulous succulent container garden
all junky and gorgeous and I couldn’t
be happier about my project.  I cannot
wait to share the rest of my front
porch makeover soon!

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If you have not seen the new Prepaid
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you will want to check it out.  It is a great
way to track your spending on projects big or
small and also a wonderful gift for the DIY’er
in your life.
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Until next time,

   

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Monday
The DIY Showoff
Craft O Maniac,
Skip To My Lou
Alderberry Hill 
The Scoop @ The Farmhouse Porch 
Mod Vintage Life


Tuesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
A Diamond In The Stuff 
Home Stories A to Z 
The DIY Dreamer 
The Winthrop Chronicles 
Today’s Creative Blog 
House On The Way
Clean And Scentsible-The Inspiration Exchange

Wednesday
Ginger Snap Crafts 
Southern Lovely 
Lil’ Luna  
Vintage Gwen
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The Blissful Bee 

Thursday
Live Laugh Linky Thursday 
The Shabby Creek Cottage  
House Of Hepworths 
52 Mantels 
Beyond The Picket Fence 
The 36th Avenue 
Stone Gable

Friday 

Pottery Barn Inspired Coffee Table

I am so {squeal} excited to share this super easy painted table with you!
Oh.
My.
Goodness.
I love the end result, and including drying time, it took less than two hours.
Told ya it was easy!

I have been experimenting with homemade chalk paint recipes, and I am now
officially hooked on the stuff.  It’s amazing.

I think I may name my little concoction something like:
“Paint Fantastico”
“Trip The Light Paintastic”
“The Last Paint You Will Ever, Ever Want To Use”
“If You Paint Or Refinish Furniture This Stuff Is Legit”
or
“Gee, Your Paint Smells Terrific”
(A Nod to those who washed their hair with “Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific” in the 70’s
I miss that stuff!)
What do you think, to over the top?
I don’t think so either and I really love the last one…

Anyways, back to today’s Pottery Barn Inspired Coffee Table Redo,
Here is what I did:

We have yet another happy ending for an orangey-oak table
that was staring down a lifetime sentence being either:
1. Boring (perhaps the worst thing I could think of)
or
2. Ignored and stuck out in the garage until the lady of the house mixes up a batch
of her paint and grabs the nearest victim to experiment.

Initially my daughter was going to paint this table so she sanded the top down a few
years ago, then moved on to another project.  I don’t blame her, sanding is right up
there with eating rocks.  So, because I was using my homemade chalk paint, did I
care that the rest of the table still clung to her terrible stain? Nope.  Let’s save her
and make her fabulous shall we?

First I mixed the following together in a plastic dish, and using a foam brush I
applied two coats to the table.  Allowing each coat to dry in between.

One 2 ounce bottle of acrylic craft paint (color of your choice, I used black)
One rounded tablespoon Plaster of Paris
About 1/3 cup of cold water

Next, I wanted a super-sanded finish where I could see a lot of the warm, natural
wood tones under the black.  So I busted out the electric palm-sander, testing a small
area on one side of the table told me how much I needed to sand, or how little before
I needed to move onto the next section.

After I was done sanding the table,
I wiped the table down well with a clean cloth and applied
my latest furniture BFF, Howard Feed N’ Wax
THIS stuff is amazing! It is made out of beeswax and orange oil
so I am not worried about my kiddos coming into contact with
it afterwards.   It only took about 2 tablespoons of the Feed N’ Wax
to condition and polish the whole table.
I am loving all of the warm, gorgeous wood tones
peeking through the black paint.
I told you I was beyond excited about how easy this was!

Do you have any old pieces of furniture lurking about that need some love?
It doesn’t get an easier than this, and if I can do it, I know you can!!
Sharing this project:
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Have a wonderful day friends,

Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties