Rustic Christmas Plaid

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Rustic Chic Christmas Plaid Style – not quite sure that means but that is what I am calling my Christmas decorations this year.  No, I am not starting all over for my Christmas theme but since we are in a new house I am choosing to add a few more pieces.  Luckily I tend to go with the classics and can add the trendy pieces to them.  When we were first married 1997 I registered for personalized stockings from Pottery Barn in red and green velvet.  Way back then I had my life planned out and ordered extra so that when we had a dog and two kids they would all coordinate.  Luckily I have two kids and a dog and we all have matching stockings.  I will admit my 5-year-old does not have her name on hers yet.  Maybe this will be the year that I do it.

plaid christmas deer
I made napkin ring holders, decorated candle sticks, made a plaid table runner and chair covers. The table runner is 12 inches by the length of my table.  I fringed the edges. I also made a tree centerpiece that I will give directions to in another post.  
deer plaid christmas chair cover

Materials for Rustic Christmas Deer Plaques and Plaid Chair Covers:

  • Napkin Rings
  • Jute Cording
  • DecoArt Paint in Gold, Brown, Smitten Chalky Finish Paint
  • Sand paper
  • Sculpey Primo Polymer Clay in Brown and Green
  • Mystical Forest Mold from Plaid.
  • Plaid material
  • Jute bags
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine and thread

To make the Rustic Christmas Clay embellishments:

  1. Condition the clay and press the clay into the mold.  Remove the branches and deer from the mold VERY CAREFULLY and bake according to manufacturer’s directions.  Repeat this step for the number of sets you need.    Allow the polymer clay pieces to cool.  The sanding of edges gives it a more rustic feel.
    wood disk napkin ring
  2. Paint small disk gold and allow to dry.  Lightly sand off disk
  3. Paint larger disk brown and sand off glue disks
  4. Hot Glue pieces together. 
    rustic polymer clay
  5. Adhere polymer clay pieces to the top. rustic Christmas napkin rings
  6. Prop pieces up while glue cools.

Napkin ring base:

The napkin rings were from the thrift store, a set of 8 metal rings for a dollar.  The metal rings were coated with the Chalky Finish Paint in Smitten with a dash of Heritage blended together.  The chalk paint holds better on the metal than traditional acrylic paint. Apply a lite coat of Creme Wax to seal the colors.   Wrap jute string around the rings and Adhere the plaques with the hot glue gun. You can be as messy as you want since a Rustic Christmas theme lends itself to the distressed look.

Tip – A high temp glue gun with a nozzle works well when adhering mixed materials and small parts.  (low temp will not work they pop off)

To make the Rustic Plaid Chair covers:

  1. The jute bags I found just happened to be the exact size of my chair backs.  I cut the drawstring portion off the jute bags and added a strip of the plaid fabric.  I used red thread to sew it on the jute.
  2. Jute tassels were added and hand stitched on. Plaid Christmas deer chair cover
  3. Hot glue the deer plaques on the center of the hair cover.This is the rustic Christmas tree centerpiece I made.  I will do a separate post on it since there is a fun technique involved in making the base.  I use a Faux Bois technique that turned out pretty cool.
    rustic Christmas tree
  4. I added the plaque to candlesticks that were painted gold.
  5. IMG_0772

I hope you enjoyed my Rustic Christmas Table setting.  Stay tuned for a tutorial on the Faux Bois technique and on my twig centerpiece.  I went a little crazy with the theme this year.   Make sure you visit the other bloggers in the Mad for Plaid Blog Hop!Mad for Plaid_zpsqvw06f0z

quick and easy gift box

quick and easy gift boxMake a quick and easy gift box using scrapbook paper.  You can use solid paper or pattern paper specific to an event.  Try to pick up thicker paper.  It just hold the shape better.  For this round of Craft Lighting I wanted to do a project that was not only quick and easy but relatively inexpensive.  The pine cones were from a nature walk and free.  The jute cording I buy on the spool and it will last me for a year or two.  Yes, I use a lot of jute cording for crafts.  I usually pick up the jumbo spool that has a billion and one yards on it.  And it never fails the cashier will ask me what my plans are for such a large spool.  Guess they don’t sell tons of them.  I used a new product by Adtech on embellishments for this quick and easy gift box.  It is scented glue for the glue gun.  I used Christmas Tree and it really smells like a tree.

Materials for quick and easy gift box:

  • scrapbook paper
  • gift box tool
  • scissors
  • Adtech tape runner
  • Adtech glue gun and scented glue sticks (Christmas scent)
  • jute cording
  • pine cones


Instructions for quick and easy gift box:

  1. Follow the instruction to make the gift box template. ( Mine was sent to me by Martha Stewart.)martha stewart gift box maker
  2. Make sure you score the edges really well.  It will make folding box template
  3. Fold the edges. gift box made from paper
  4. Tape the edges with a tape runnertape runner to make gift box
  5. Cut the jute cording to size. Tie around box. Use the hot glue gun to adhere the pinecones to the edges of the jute.
  6. Place gift inside and pat yourself on the backThe gift box template was a little difficult to figure out at first. My first box took me 15 minutes.  Once I got the hang of it I knocked out a dozen in about an hour.  So it really is a quick craft.  The nice thing about the tool is you can make gift boxes in a bunch of sizes.  I chose this size so it would hold a set of lip moisturizers in a tube.  I made a slightly larger version for small hand lotion.  You however can place what ever you would like in your quick and easy gift box.

Make sure you check out all the other crafts for Christmas in this round of Craft Lightning for Christmas.

Fall burlap centerpiece

easy burlap centerpiece

A fall burlap centerpiece that you can make quickly, with ease and not break the budget.  This DIY project is made with pine cones from the yard, recycled cans, burlap and scraps from your stash. Burlap is one of my go to materials for fall. I think burlap feels like the perfect material to use for autumnal decorating and it is neutral in color so it goes with almost anything.  Plus it adds a nice texture and a warm feeling.  I like to pair it with jute cording and cream colored embellishments.


Supplies for Fall burlap centerpiece:

  • Burlap
  • Tin cans – cleaned and dried
  • Cotton lace
  • Jute cording
  • Acrylic paint and paint brush
  • Pine cones
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Covered work surface
  • Scissors


burlap centerpiece materials


 Instructions for Fall burlap centerpiece:

  1. Wash and dry tin cans.  Select 2-3 different size cans.  Apply orange paint to the exterior of the can.  You can leave it thin and wispy or apply another coat.  Allow paint to dry.

how to cut burlap

2.  To cut burlap start on the finished edge.  Measure the amount needed by holding it up to the can and deciding the amount of coverage desired.  Snip a cut mark into the burlap.  Follow along a thread of the burlap and this will help to keep your lines straight.

how to fringe burlap

3.  Once you have cut along the edge of the burlap, then you can remove a few strands of the burlap to create a fringed edge.

3.  Use the hot glue gun to adhere the burlap to a can. Then use the burlap ribbon to wrap around the other two cans. Adhere the burlap ribbon with hot glue.

4.  Cut the cotton lace to size and adhere with the hot glue.

5.  Cut jute cording with enough extra to allow for a knot.  Wrap around the can and tie in a knot. You can trim the excess.

6.  Trim a couple of the pine cone leaves off with scissors or remove with your fingers.  This will help the pinecone to adhere to a flat surface better.

7.  Apply a small dollop of hot glue onto the knot and place the pinecone onto the dollop.  Hold in place for a few seconds.  BE CAREFUL not to touch the hot glue.  It hurts!

8. Add plants of your choice to the tin cans.  Fake succulents were used in the burlap centerpiece.


If you would like more Fall decorating ideas try these links:

Recycled jar harvest terrariums

harvest terrariums fall tererrium

Simple Fall Tablescapesmake a fall vase DIY

Monogram door hangerCountry Chic Monogram Wreath Monogram Door Hanger. Twine or sisal wrapped around a wreath, letter or frame is a great idea for your next DIY craft. Holiday door decoration inspiration.

If you would like some stunning vignettes check out this link at 100 Directions

20 Things To Make Now For Christmas

If you’re anything like me, you love Christmas!  Who doesn’t love peppermint hot chocolate, cozy sweaters, and presents under the tree?  I know what you’re thinking, “really, it’s only mid-September, we have months to worry about Christmas”.  Well…you’re right but only about the September part.  We all know that time flies and you certainly don’t want to be scrambling during the busiest time of year.  Put simply, it’s never too early to start preparing for the best holiday ever!  From homemade gifts to DIY decorations, this list of 20 things to make now for Christmas is sure to get you in the festive spirit!


20 Things to Make Now For Christmas

20 Things to Make Now For Christmas


This list of 20 Things To Make Now For Christmas has everything from homemade gifts, Christmas decor, and even a mistletoe mojito for those who need a little cup of cheer while preparing for the Holidays!


Find more Holiday inspired crafts visit my Cool Christmas Crafts Pinterest board.



gummy worm brownie dirt cups with realistic earthworms

gummy worm dirtGummy worm brownie dirt cups with realistic earthworms are on my menu this Halloween season.  Most kids would love to creep out adults with these realistic gummy earthworms. Not me!  I like to gross out my kids and these gummy worms look so realistic.  I ordered the realistic gummy earthworms from Oriental Trading and they sent the product samples in exchange for my honest review. And let’s be honest…THEY ARE AWESOME!!!  They smelled and tasted like root beer.  My kids loved the flavor.   My version is different from the normal recipe you will see online.  I am probably in the minority but I despise chocolate Oreos.  The only thing they are good for is scraping the center filling from.  My kids would completely disagree.  They love them and when we were picking food to serve for their class party we agreed to a new version that I would create.  This is my version of the traditional dirt cups.

Ingredients for gummy worm brownie dirt cups with realistic earthworms:

  • realistic gummy earthworms
  • chocolate brownie mix and ingredients listed on box
  • chocolate pudding and ingredients listed on box
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • clear plastic cups

Instructions for gummy worm brownie dirt cups with realistic gummy worms:

  1. Make brownies and pudding according to directions.
  2. Let the brownies cool and then crumble. Add to bottom of cup.gummy worm brownies in a cup
  3. Spoon in pudding on top of brownies.gummy worm pudding
  4. Repeat step 2 and 3 until cup is full.gummy worm sprinkles
  5. Add chocolate sprinkles to a jar.gummy worm sprinkles blended
  6. Chop the sprinkles with a submersion blender. gummy worms earthworms
  7. Remove the gummy worms from their packaging.gummy worms dusted with chocolate
  8. Drop half of the gummy worms into the jar and shake to coat. I cut the worms in half and inserted them into the top of the cups. Make sure you have at least one worm going down the side. gummy worm dessert
  9. Add the left over chocolate sprinkles and some brownie crumbs to the top of the cups.

If you would like to pin this recipe use the image below.  You can also follow my FUN FOOD board on Pinterest.

Gummy Earthworm brownie dirt cups made from easy to find ingredients and taste great

My kids like this time of year.  These are the things I have made in years past. Check them out your tummy will thank you.

Candy Corn Cookies

Spider Cupcakes

You can also follow my FUN FOOD board on Pinterest.

Sewing stool update

Sewing stool makeover collage

The sewing stool update is part of the Fab Furniture Flipping Contest.  I purchased the piece last year and could not decide what I wanted to do with it.  When I heard the theme for this months contest “Geometric” I knew exactly what I wanted to incorporate.  I have been working on “half squares”  in non quilting speak they are called triangles.  They were going to be the geometric aspect.  I requested a quart of black glaze and white milk paint.  I was so pleased with how smooth the white milk paint went on that I decide to save the glaze for another project.  If you want to learn how to make the half squares that is a different post that I have to write up.  I have not perfected them YET!  so stay tuned for tips.sewing stool before

Sewing stool update Supplies:

Sewing stool update Instructions:

  1. Remove the padded lid from the stool and save the screws.
    sewing stool step 3
  2. Remove the fabric and padding from the lid. sewing stool step 4

  3. Lightly sand the wood base. Use a damp cloth to remove debris.
  4. Paint the base white and reapply as needed to coat the piece. sewing stool step 5
  5. Cut batting to fit top of sewing stool.
  6. Cover top with fabric and staple into place with a staple gunsewing stool step 10
  7. Cut Olyfun to cover the inside of the sewing stool lid.
    sewing stool step 98.  Reassemble the sewing stool and enjoy.
    sewing stool step 7

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #FFFC

The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest challenges DIY bloggers to create a great piece of furniture following certain guidelines.
This month’s contest is sponsored by General Finishes who donated a blogger’s choice product to finish the piece.   The winner gets a full case of General Finishes product in quarts or pints!
Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #FFFC
35 bloggers entered this month’s contest – stop by the FFFC website to see other fabulous projects. If you are interested in participating in a future contest contact

Visit our co-hosts’ projects:

Lynn’s project at Fern Avenue is a sofa table made out of reclaimed wood and an old cabinet she had stored in her garage.

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #fabflippers

Carrie at Thirty Eighth Street turned an outdated china cabinet into a modern upbeat display cabinet.

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #fabflippers

These ladies are a great example of creative minds at work.

Desk Flip {Love My DIY Home} #FFFC

Evey of Evey’s Creations (Co-Creator)
Stacy of Anastasia Vintage (Co-Creator)
Charlotte of Ciburbanity
Lynn of Fern Avenue
Thanks for visiting – let me know what you think of my flip!

KitchenAid Giveaway


A fellow blogger is celebrating her blog in Grand Style and with one of my favorite kitchen appliances.

KITCHENAID MIXER!  I had to put it in all caps that is how much I love mine.  I have a cobalt blue KitchenAid mixer from the 90’s and it still looks and works great.  You can enter below for a chance to win one and you even get to pick the color.   A KitchenAid mixer is a great addition to any kitchen and it makes baking so much easier.  I have most of the extra attachments and make my own pasta and peanut butter.  I also have a spare bowl so I can get several batches of cookies going during the holidays.  It really is a great work horse.  I hope the winner loves their KitchenAid mixer as much as I love mine.  Congratulations and many Thanks to Cupcake Diaries for including me in her celebration.  365 Days of Crafts will be 5 in a few months.  What do you think we should give away as a celebration of the anniversary?

  • 9/21/2015 at 12am MST to 9/28/2015 at 12am MST 
  • The winner will choose the color of KitchenAid 5qt Artisan stand mixer valued at $300.
  • The winner will be emailed on 9/28/2015 and have 24 hours to claim their prize. 
  • Open to US residents only.


Cupcake Diaries 5th Blogiversary Bloggers


Cupcake Diaries | Maybe I Will | Domestic Superhero | Cooking on the Front Burner | 365 Days of Crafts | FrugElegance | Hot Eats and Cool Reads | A Girl and a Glue Gun |
The Princess and Her Cowboys | B&D Design | A Mummy Too | Food, Folks and Fun | My Daylights | A Vision to Remember | Persnickety Plates

  • 9/21 at 12am MST to 9/28 at 12am MST 
  • The winner will choose the color of KitchenAid 5qt Artisan stand mixer valued at $300.
  • The winner will be emailed on 9/28 and have 24 hours to claim their prize. 
  • Open to US residents only.

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Mermaid Tutu Tutorial

no sew mermaid tutu tutorial tallA no sew Mermaid Tutu Tutorial for your little mermaiden.  Make a mermaid costume for Halloween or cosplay.  My daughters 5th birthday party was mermaid themed and while they are little I like to go all out for birthday parties.  If you are going all out you might as well have a cool mermaid dress to wear too. Am I right?  Don’t  answer that.  LOL

mermaid tutu

Materials for Mermaid Tutu Tutorial:

  • 9 inch pre-made crochet head band material
  • scissors
  • Aqua and Glitter Teal Tulle I used 5 rolls
  • one starfish for rosette
  • one tank top to match the tutu
  • paper towel roll to use as a form
  • Clam shell bra from the Dollar Tree
  • Needle and thread in coordinating color

Tulle for tutu

Instructions for Mermaid Tutu Tutorial:IMG_7329

  1. Measure your tulle into strips of fabric twice the length of your desired skirt. I cut the tulle into strips  that are 36 inches long.  Wrap the tulle around a yardstick and cut if you are using 36 inches.  Fold the strip in half.  Use the center point of the tulle and push through a gap in the crocheted material.IMG_7330
  2. Put two fingers in and create a loop on one end and two loose tails on the other.tulle tutu
  3. Then fold the tail ends around the waistband and pull them through the sew tutu instructions
  4. As you pull the strips through the loop, tighten them and slide them down the waistband to make room for other strips. Keeping the tulle knots tight will stabilize the skirt.DIY tutu skirt
  5. Add more and more strips around the waistband to fill out the skirt. Push them close together for a more full skirt, or leave them more spaced apart for a skirt that is a bit more flat. Stop adding the tulle strips when you reach the end of your waistband.
  6. To create a small row at the top of the tulle repeat steps 1-5 using a smaller strip approximately 12 inches long.
  7. I added a waistband with a rosette to the tutu dress and hand stitched it in place.  The headband tutorial is the same as the rosette. Starfish Headband Tutorial
  8. Gigi wore a tank top under the tutu and the clam shell bra went over it.  The pearls and head band finished off the costume.

Some more images of the DIY mermaid tutu.

gigi the wild child mermaid party

The apple does not fall far from the tree.  Totally a pose I would strike.
mermaiden gigi untouched

Images from the phone were not the greatest but you can see the full length of the tutu dress. 
no sew mermaid tutu tutorial
Check out other costume inspiration.

DIY Pineapple – Sugar Bee Crafts

Pinata Shoes – Morena’s Corner

Easy Mime – Ginger Snap Crafts

Skein of Yarn – Dukes and Duchesses

Caps For Sale – Blue I Style

No Sew Mermaid Tutu – 365 Days of Crafts

Disney Frozen – Foster2Forever

Plants v. Zombies – Twin Dragonfly Designs

Inside Out Bing Bong – Desert Chica

Princess Anna Apron – Ruffles and Rainboots

Modern Mother Earth – BumbleBree Blog

Easy DIY Cow T-Shirts – Wait Til Your Father Gets Home

Panda Costume for Teens – Three Mint Balloons

10 Minute Charlie Brown with Football Treat Bag – Just JP

Vintage Circus Strong Man – Life Anchored

chose hope bag a DIY bag

chose hope bag

Chose Hope bag is a great way to show your support.  It makes the perfect girls night in craft project.   Inspire all around you when using this pretty and functional tote bag.  Having lost a close cousin to Breast Cancer at 40 I feel the need to help spread the word.

Materials for chose hope bag:

  • White canvas tote, 13-1/2”x13-1/2”
  • Avery T-shirt Transfers for Light Colored Fabrics
  • Blumenthal Lansing LeBoutin Jewelry Buttons, two
  • Prima Marketing Ivory Flower Centers: Dynasty, Monarch
  • Flat-backed rhinestones, 9mm, four
  • Offray Satin Ribbons: Brown, 5/8” wide, 13-1/2” length, 3/8” wide, 13-1/2” lengths, two; Light Pink, 7/8” wide, 13-1/2” lengths, two; Coral, 1/2” wide, 20” length

Tools chose hope bag:

  • The Crafter’s Workshop Fancy Frames Stencil (TCW214)
  • Computer, photo-editing software, printer
  • DecoArt Americana Lamp Black Acrylic Paint
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies chose hope bag:

  • scissors, iron and pressing surface, towel, stencil brush, newspaper (to cover work surface), cardboard scrap, sewing needle and thread

Directions for chose hope bag:

    1. Use computer and photo-editing software to type “Choose” and “hope” in Sans Serif and script fonts. Make sure letters are flipped horizontally and sized appropriately before printing. (Note: Designer used Microsoft Paint to type letters and inserted as image into Word document.)
    2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to print images on t-shirt transfer paper using inkjet printer. Cut out words with scissors leaving 1/4” border around all sides. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse words onto canvas tote using iron and photo as guide. Peel away backing when cool.
    3. Insert cardboard scrap in canvas tote. On covered work surface, position Fancy Frames stencil on tote using photo as guide. Use stencil brush to stencil frame Lamp Black. Let dry. Remove stencil. Reposition on tote on other side of phrase and repeat stenciling. Let dry before removing stencil.
    4. Adhere ribbon lengths on tote as shown using fabric glue. For ribbon rose, twist and wrap Coral ribbon into tight spiral; use fabric glue to adhere layers together. Adhere rhinestone on center of rose.
    5. Adhere ribbon rose on tote as shown. For buttons, cut off shank using scissors. Adhere buttons on either side of stenciled area as shown. Adhere three rhinestones on pink ribbon length along bottom of tote. Adhere flower centers below ribbon rose. Let dry.

Diy appliquéd hoodie

appliquéd hoodie applique hoodie

Make an appliquéd hoodie.  Appliqué fabric scraps to a pre-made sweatshirt or hoodie jacket using a simple leaf die-cut shape. Give your favorite hoodie a make over and use up your fabric stash too.  If you do not have a die cut machine you can hand cut the leaf shape.

applique hoodie stem

Materials for appliquéd hoodie:

  • Black zip-up cotton jacket aka a hoodie.
  • Fabric scraps of choice, in coordinating patterns
  • Prima Marketing Inc. Dynasty Ivory Flower Center or decorative button

    Tools for appliquéd hoodie:

  • Sizzix BigShot Die Cutting Machine and Bigz Leaves Die
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Tiny alphabet stamps and black pigment ink
  • Jacquard Lumiere Dimensional Fabric Paints: Sparkle Silver, Copper, Turquoise, Emerald
  • Adhesives: Fairfield Processing Stick fusible webbing, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies for appliquéd hoodie:

  • iron and pressing surface, scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface), paintbrush

Directions for appliquéd hoodie:

1.  Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse fabric scraps to fusible webbing using iron. Fuse 1”x11” green fabric scrap to webbing for stem.   Or use a green ribbon and apply adhesive to adhere to hoodie.

2.  With pattern side up, die cut 13 medium-sized leaves using Leaves die and die-cutting machine. Use scissors to trim 1/2”-wide stem from 11”-long green fabric strip.
3.  Position leaves and stem as shown on jacket. Fuse into place using iron.
4.  Use sewing machine and thread to sew around leaves and stem 1/4” from edges.  I like to use a contrasting thread. You can use a coordinating color or contrasting color.
5.  Ink alphabet stamps with pigment ink; stamp “believe” or sentiment of choice randomly on two leaves. Heat set ink using iron on medium setting.
6.  On covered work surface, use dimensional paints to dot leaves and stem using end of paintbrush handle. Let dry.
7.  Adhere flower center to top leaf using fabric glue. Let dry.  If you use a button then sew into place.