Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Easy DIY Snowflake Garland - Tutorial

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!

The temperature dropped drastically in SoFla just in time for Thanksgiving and it was won-der-ful. I love when mother nature cooperates ;) . Hitting the low 50's is sooo exciting for the sunshine state!

Well, we had turkey for three days two days and a half.... so last night I baked a meaty and delicious homemade lasagna, yum! But I am not a food blogger so don't be getting any ideas. I am just saying.

Ok. So, remember my Thanksgiving table centerpiece featured below?... Well, it has officially been taken apart and now is getting ready for Christmas!. I love that I can just move things around the house, change out a few things and get different looks!

Speaking of Christmas and low temperatures, I want to share with you this wonderful tutorial on how to make a snowflake garland.

When my ehow editor asked me if I could make a non-traditional (no white, no silver) snowflake garland, but a gold one instead, I thought it could be easy as pie. 

Ok, I have to change the subject for a minute here. If you ask me, there is NOTHING easy about making pie - or at least pie crust - I had such a hard time rolling that dough last wednesday. I blamed it on the unsalted butter. 

Back to the garland:

I browsed plenty of tutorials and probably 90% of the articles featured a garland made with white copy paper or coffee filters. I even found snowflake garlands made out of paper doilies. 

You would think that making it with gold paper would be as easy. Well, it could be, if you find the right paper. In my case, it had to be gold, pretty and thin, very thin in order to be able to make all the folds and cut through thick layers.

Well, my old friend Michaels - the arts and crafts store that is - had a beautiful gold, glittery and very thin wrapping paper and this happened...

Gorgeous uh?

This garland was actually mailed out to the ehow headquarters and it was used on a Christmas photoshoot. My editor flipped out when she received it. *blush*

It was simply beautiful.

Check out my easy tutorial on ehow: How to Make a Hipster Snowflake Garland and let me know if you are making one. It will look so gorgeous on a fireplace mantle!! Send me pictures and tips too!

UPDATE: on December 3rd - 2014 this article was featured on ehow's homepage! 


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Easy Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece - Free Printable

Hi there again!

Well, this is really awkward... If you scroll down just a bit, you will see last year's Thanksgiving post...*blush*.

The truth is, I had THE. BEST. year at Posh Paper Parties. I kept very busy!

I also styled a beautiful vintage chic themed wedding last month and that was a lot of hard work throughout the year. Our family life started to get hectic with a 4 year old practicing soccer twice a week {wow! time sure flies} so, the time to blog was really scarce.

I just started to slow down a bit...which cracks me up because I never slow down myself.  I am just bracing for impact: the holiday rush just started and I am SO NOT READY!.

I also got a new ' job ' back in August - it is really weird to call it a job because is so pleasant, it does not feel like a job at all. I am now a freelance writer for ehow.com, contributor for their DIY section. It really is a pleasure to work with them! You can find my contributions here.

You have probably been scrolling and reading my babbling about how life is so busy, and I know that yours is too. So, to the point.

One of my latest contributions at ehow an easy, DIY Thanksgiving table setting and centerpiece.

It was a breeze to put together and it did not cost me a penny. I went shopping inside my own home, garage, yard and of course I re-used decor from the past fall.

This is what I found:

- Fall garland
- Old window planter box
- Pillar candles
- Plastic gourds
- Moss

The window box was a frightening brick red color and, although it could have matched the fall colors, it needed some love. So, I stained it with Minwax Stain in Red Mahogany (affiliate link). Why Red Mahogany? because it was the only can of stain I could find in my garage, probably leftover from a past project.

I also created these pretty napkin ties, that you can download for free here. All you have to do is print them, punch them out and thread a ribbon.

To get this look, I printed them on kraft paper (affiliate link) and punched them out with a 2" scalloped punch (affiliate link). Wood clothespins serve as place cards :) . To read a step by step process on this project, read my article: Inspirations for Setting the Perfect Thanksgiving Table on ehow.

Thank You so much for stopping by and I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 14, 2014

What a Joy, Another Boy! Baby Shower

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to help my girlfriend style her baby shower.

As she gets ready to welcome her second baby boy, she admitted she did not have the need to have another shower since obviously she will be using all of the gear she saved from her first boy. However what a great idea she had to still throw a party and celebrate the joy of another boy. In lieu of gifts, she asked for donations for a local diaper bank, where she is an active member.

Second time around: What a Joy, Another Boy! 

If you have been following my blog for a while, two years ago I posted her first baby shower: Mod Baby Shower for a Boy. That was one successful event! Make sure to check out the beautiful flower arrangements she made, and the baby bottle 'drinks' sign that I crafted. They have been pinned and liked by many on Pinterest.

This time, she decided to go with a bold combination of navy blue and bright yellow. The flower arrangements were simple bunches of yellow chrysanthemums. Nothing else. They looked gorgeous!

We wanted to embellish the white favor boxes, so I suggested we painted a yellow stripe on them. She thought I was nuts trying to do this on 60 boxes, 48 hours before the shower. But anyone that knows me, knows that I won't give up. I will make it happen.

So, we sat down and painted 120 stripes. She placed painter's tape (affiliate link) while I brushed my favorite acrylic gloss paint (affiliate link) in Chamomille. We were done in two hours. Not bad, uh?

I know you love those favor tags! You have pinned them over and over again :) . You can find them in my Etsy Shop. 

If you are interested in the boxes, cupcake wrappers and other partyware, you can contact Forminhas Florida. They have an amazing assortment! 

Old willow branches were spray painted, placed on a vase and displayed as a " Wishes for Baby Tree" . How cute are those tags hanging? I keep a stash of mini wooden clothespins (affiliate link). They always come in handy for many of my crafts. 

To read more about the background piece and the beautiful "Wishes for Baby Tree" that I created, check out my Ehow contribution article: Baby Shower DIY: Create a Focal Wall on a Budget.

Thanks for reading!

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