Category: decor

Festive flowers DIY

festive flowers DIYWell, it hit this weekend – the festive spirit. I caught it and I’m rolling with it. It was spurred on by a phone call to the radio station to be assigned a ‘Santa’s Anonymous’ child. In the past I’ve just picked up an extra toy and donated it but this year I actually got paired with a real, live kiddo. She’s 10 years old and asked for a jewelry making kit – so up my alley. Well, I had a ridiculous amount of fun choosing a kit for her, then adding other craft items and stocking-stuffer type goodies. Seriously….So. Much. Fun. After that I was headed to a very good friend’s house to watch the Lighted Truck Parade from the warmth and comfort of her cozy third floor condo. I knew I wanted to take her a little hostess gift, something pretty but not too fussy or expensive. I saw ‘canning jar flower arrangements’ at the grocery store for $15 and knew I could knock them off for much less.
festive flowers DIYI picked up a small bunch of white alstromeria and another of white carnations (poor carnations get such a bad wrap but they last for almost ever). Then I pulled out my Felcos and wandered to the vacant lot next door for evergreen branches and red twigs. If you don’t have a vacant lot, you may want to disguise your snips or scissors as you casually wander the neighborhood or local park for suitable greenery! Canning jars came out of storage and a few minutes later I had 3 little floral arrangements. Oh how I love when a plan comes together! These were quick, cheap and easy. I started with the largest branches then added some trimmed cedar boughs and twigs. Lastly the flowers got tucked in and the jars filled with water.
festive flowers DIYI like that they’re Christmas-y with a rustic feel and that the boughs and flowers will last for weeks. Three flower arrangements for $8, yay! So, if you’re having any trouble getting into holiday mode, I strongly recommend getting a kid and some flowers. Totally worked for me!

Heart on a map – DIY art

heart on a map DIYThere are a lot of little projects around my place that I call homemade ‘art’. My aim is to have only original, meaningful art in my tiny home. So, I have a pretty loose interpretation of ‘art’ and try to get creative with it. Seriously, my gallery wall includes a framed CT scan of my brain! Today I want to share a loved-up map I made. Super simple but it’s quite a conversation starter – since I live in Canada, visitors are curious why I have a map of California displayed! It’s actually where I was born and to make it more personal, I added a heart to my hometown Long Beach. Popped it in a frame and voila!
heart on a map DIYTo make your own, search google for maps of your desired location. I had the best luck when I searched for ‘isolated’ maps. They don’t have all the surrounding land and are often in brighter colors. Check out maps and atlases at your local library or thrift store too. I used a craft punch and a paint chip for my heart but you absolutely could cut one out of any colored paper freehand then use a dab of glue stick to attach it. I used a pre-cut mat from the dollar store and a white frame to finish mine off, since I’m still in my ‘white phase’ of decorating. Choose what you like.
heart on a map DIYI think a series of these could look great. Maybe a map for the birthplace of each family member, your favourite vacation spots or all the places you’ve lived? Happy ‘art’ making!

Advent candles – a 5 minute, $5 project

advent candlesThe holiday season can get pretty crazy and pass by in a blur of wrapping paper, tinsel and lights. I like little traditions that make me slow down and enjoy special moments. One of my favourites is lighting an advent candle each Sunday of December. Simple. Nice. Easy.
To get started this year, I picked up 4 candles in glass containers and a pack of number stickers at the dollar store. You see where this is going, right? I put a sticker on each candle holder numbering from 1 to 4 and arranged them on a tray. Advent candles, done! And yes, here’s a peek at my decorating colors pink and turquoise – not at all traditional but it works for this girl!
advent candlesI’m looking forward to lighting the first candle this weekend and officially kicking off the holidays. Maybe I’ll even get my lights up!? What about you, any little traditions in the works?
advent candleNew year cheater alert: I also put a ‘0’ sticker on the back of candle #3 so I can shuffle the set around to display 2014 when the calendar changes. Always thinking!