Inspiration Monday Party | Features & a GIVEAWAY!!

It’s an end of the month #InspirationMonday party
…you know what that means!
We have a guest hostess AND a giveaway!
We’re so happy you are joining us today.
This week, your links are seen simultaneously on all SIX blogs at the same time, 
all you need to do is link up to ONE of our sites.

And if you’re linking up via our guest hostess, Mayen Designs, WELCOME!

And of course a big HELLO to all of our regular party friends, too-

We just love you to pieces!

We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media.

To search for features, use #InspirationMonday. 
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Spring Burlap Wreath #DIY #Silhouette #printandcut

I absolutely love this beautiful Burlap Spring Wreath Laura from The Turquoise Home shared!!
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Dots & Burlap Happy Easter Banner

Are you seeing signs of spring where you live? I found our little cherry blossom buds blooming on their branches,
and tiny daffodils reaching for the sun, getting a bit taller each day.  Do you get a little flurry of excitement when
you see those first blooms and longer days? I sure do, they are so welcome.  Restoration for a winter-weary
soul, renewal, and new life.  The whole process, and the art that is created because of it, just makes me happy!
I know we still have a few days before St. Patrick’s Day, but Easter is just a hop (hee hee) skip and a jump away, and
that means some awesome Easter DIY home decorating and crafting are on the horizon.  A bedroom makeover,
some new spring fashion, and a painted dresser or two.  I think I can do it!
Ok, ready to get your polka dot on & make a pretty Easter Banner?
Let’s fire up the glue guns…

Pretty Scrapbook Paper Art | with Amy from The Blissful Bee

Hello Twelve O Eight readers! It’s Amy from The Blissful Bee and I am happy to be back again with another lovely DIY for you guys.


This one is SUPER simple and I completed the entire project in just about 10 minutes from start to finish. All you need is a burlap canvas, some decorative ribbon and a few pages from a scrapbook quote notepad. I found my scrapbook notebook from Target in the craft isle:)





First, pick out 4 of your favorite quotes from the notepad. I chose 2 that were decorative and 2 that actually had a quote written out.

I also made sure the colors coordinated as well. I went with a coral and mint green theme for this particular canvas.

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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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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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The Front Porch for Fall…it has just begun

I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite ways to decorate for Fall without 
busting my decorating budget for the season.  Natural elements, burlap, squash, flowering
cabbage and kale, and a pumpkin {or twelve} are a few of my favorite ways to primp my 
porch.  These are the secret files of a sneaky Fall decorator.

Every year I spend weeks hanging leafy garlands around the doorways, along with dried twig wreaths, 
and use a couple window panes to create a pretty vignette or two.  I like to feel like
I am at the pumpkin patch when I walk up my driveway and enter our home.  I will layer
in the corn stalks, more pumpkins, and a few more fun crafts as I go, but this gives me
a great base to take me all the way through Thanksgiving.  And, the best part…anything 
I use that came from a local farm or grocery, can be used as compost outside later.

If I start out with some simple, pretty pumpkins, no one seems to notice if I slip in a couple
more pumpkins or a gorgeous basket of gourds every so often.  
And perhaps some lights.
And more flowers.
But just every day or so.
Yes, I am that lady in your neighborhood.  And I bet if you are reading this, you are too.
The one who is always outside tweaking her porch,or hunched over a dessert in the driveway
trying to get just the right shot.
We can be seen pushing a huge cart at the thrift store, buying piles of burlap with a coupon at
JoAnn’s, and racing outside to get just the right “shot” of something chevron.

And possibly even a new, well, new to me rustic bench that would look perfect with a fall 
blanket draped over it.  
I did see a couple more mason jars in the garage….they would look really pretty with some 
tea lights on a cool Fall evening. 

Yeah, that was my truck slowing down earlier today around the corner when a neighbor put out 
a “free” table full of stuff. 
But I just grabbed one thing.
I was on my way home from the store with some stuff for my porch.  
Just a couple more things of course.
{More Fall Crafts and Decorating Ideas}

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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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Burlap Pillows for Fall

Burlap is amazing. Like completely flexible, and pretty, and rustic, and life-altering all in one.

I love to decorate and create with burlap all year, but my favorite, absolute favorite time of
year is Fall.  And burlap just is so Fall-ish, Autumn-ey, cozy, and perfect for these fun
little pillows I am tucking here and there around my house.

Another Y’all pillow.
You didn’t think I could let my Summer Y’all pillow be it right?
Nope, we got a seasonal Y’all thing going,
And I know, it’s still August.
But I have to do a little planning right?
And there’s nothing wrong with letting the pretty garlands, wreaths,
and fall decor spill out into the house, and onto the porch a little at
a time.
Over the next couple weeks.
Until the whole place looks like a person addicted to Fall decor lives there.
These were super duper easy.
Crow Pillow:
Here’s what I did.  I made two basic burlap pillow covers and recovered two pillows I already had.
Next I found the template for a crow/raven on google images and printed it out.  There are a ka-gillion
of them it won’t take you long to find one you like.  I cut it out and used a chisel tip Sharpie to trace 
around the edges of the template.  I realized how well I liked the look of the ink I used the Sharpie to
fill in the crow and loved the way it turned out (instead of using paint.) 
After that I made a few burlap roses and leaves to go in the opposite corner and attached them with hot glue.  Burlap roses are so easy.  Simply cut a piece of burlap about and inch wide and about 18-24 inches long.  Knot one end and begin to roll the burlap and tack it into place around the knot to create a round flower.  And glue the end in place once you are done.  Easy!
Happy Fall Y’all Pillow:
I used the square pillow covered in burlap and traced the letters out with a lower case alphabet stencil
using my chisel tip Sharpie.  I tried filling one of the letters in (instead of using paint again) and loved the
way the marker soaked part way thru but not all the way thru the burlap.  So pretty.
Next I used a leaf stencil and some Folk Art by Plaid craft paint in a dark orange to pounce on the color
to create the leaf pattern.  And that’s it!
There they are, two new Fall projects that took very little time and expense to make.
So where do you stand on the Summer/Fall decorating time line? 
I would love to hear your traditions and what you love about Fall too!!
Click here for the directions on how to make these DIY Sisal & Twine Pumpkins:

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DIY Sisal And Twine Pumpkins

It can be hard to imagine Fall is around the corner when the sun is shining, our BBQ is working 
overtime, and iced tea is the beverage of choice.  
But as the August heat hits, this is one of my favorite times to get a head start on planning and 
creating for my favorite time of year.  I like to find new ways to create out of natural elements
for Fall, and a new way to “make” a pumpkin is a perfect way to kick off my Fall crafting…

Here is what I used to make these super-easy and super-cute Sisal & Twine Pumpkins:

1-2 rolls of sisal rope and jute twine
Mod Podge
Plastic Wrap, tape, containers to wrap rope around as a mold
Scissors, paper plates, paper towels
Twigs or small branches
Burlap and fabric scraps for stem


You can use containers like an empty 2 liter soda bottle, or any round/oval tube as a base.
Use 8-12 foot lengths of rope for each pumpkin.
Cover your bottle with plastic wrap, a grocery sack, or a small garbage liner, use tape to secure.
Pour a few tablespoons of Mod Podge onto your paper plate, dip your rope into the Mod Podge
to coat, but not soak the rope.  Wrap each length of rope around a prepared base, tucking each
end in and not overlapping the rope as you wrap it around.  It should look like a coil.
Allow the rope to dry, I set mine out in the sun and they were completely dry in about an hour.
Carefully remove the rope from the base, do not unwind as you want the rope to retain it’s coil
shape.  Connect the ends which creates your pumpkin base, insert branch in the center, and
use jute twine around the center to secure.
Tie scraps of burlap and fabric around the stem to finish your pumpkin!

Aren’t those fun?
Pretty easy too!
Do you like to make a few things early, or wait until the leaves are falling to decorate for Fall
each year? I have done both, and either way, Fall is still my favorite season, I can almost
smell the baked apples now 🙂

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Skip To My Lou

Alderberry Hill 
The Scoop @ The Farmhouse Porch 
Mod Vintage Life

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

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

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


Rustic Backyard Wedding
The weather was beautiful, not a cloud in the sky
and thankfully, everything came together just as I

had hoped.

And when little things didn’t go as I had planned,
I kept repeating the mantra for the day:
“A wedding is a party, not a performance”
And it helped, a lot.

My daughter wanted to get married in our backyard
this summer, so months ago we set out planning a

late June wedding.  And prayed for good weather.

Here is how we pulled it off on a shoestring…

The burlap wedding arch was probably my favorite
feature of the wedding backdrops (besides the bride and groom!)
I measured from the ground to the limbs is would hang
from and gave myself extra burlap to puddle at the ground.
I ended up using 7 yards of natural burlap.
The tissue paper balls were a Dollar Tree project that I
found the tutorial for here.
I filled Mason jars about 1/4 full of clean seashells,
and bought big bundles of fresh flowers from the grocery
store to fill each mason jar.  Then wrapped jute twine
around the top to give each jar a rustic, romantic look.
8th grade dance dresses
I used scrapbook paper and jute twine to make bunting to
hang along the fences…



A little chalkboard with the initials of the Bride and Groom greeted
our guests as they arrived…


I found this chicken wire wrapped galvanized bucket at the thrift store
and it made the perfect holder for cards…

Our hydrangeas began blooming just before the big day arrived.
We filled metal buckets around our yard with fresh hydrangeas and greenery
from the plants…
The Dollar Tree had these basic white favor boxes, which we filled with dinner mints
wrapped in aqua tulle…I saw the phrase “mint to be” which I thought was
so cute, and printed it on favor tags…
The bride wanted Tiffany blue punch at the wedding, and I found about 100
different variations of it.  I made my own and it was a hit.
Tiffany Blue Punch
 Large glass drink dispenser (I think ours holds about 1 1/2 to 2 gallons)
Add three cups of sugar
2 packages of unsweetened Lemonade Koolaid
2 packages of unsweetened Blue Raspberry Koolaid
Add about eight cups of ice, and fill with water
stir well and enjoy!
After the bride and groom exchanged vows, and spent the afternoon with
family and friends they escaped for their honeymoon.
I held back the tears as I sent my little girl off as a “Mrs” in her
Ford covered with Oreo cookies, “just married” on the windows.
With the guys she loves at the wheel.
We gained a son this weekend, watched as memories were made,
and the kids ran barefoot in the grass laughing and playing tag.
While hosting a wedding in your backyard or home is a lot of work,
I wouldn’t change a thing.  It was casual, fun, and a lot less stressful
than it could have been had we have not chosen a relaxed theme
and venue.
Plus I have a lot of burlap left over.  I may be up late a night munching
on dinner mints and crafting with that burlap for a long time.
The benefits of playing wedding planner and Mom 🙂


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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

Ginger Snap Crafts 
Southern Lovely 
Lil’ Luna  
Vintage Gwen
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   


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: And these awesome parties: