And just how sweet are these tiny houses? Wouldn't they make darling place settings? Sorry, I could not find an original source for these sweet houses, but I just love the idea!
Hello! I'm sorry to have disappeared a bit on you. Last Friday, I had planned a giveaway for the blog, but then the tragedy in CT happened, and I didn't feel right about posting something as trivial as that. In fact, I haven't felt like posting or being on the internet much at all since then. My heart is broken for the families of all of those involved.
I'm trying to just concentrate on Christmas, and all that needs to be done before then. So today, I thought we would talk a bit about place settings. Have you already set your holiday table? I have seen some really lovely and inspiring settings around the net this season. I am quite smitten with the bow napkin fold above, as well as the lovely colors! I have really had a fondness of green and ivory this year. The link above will not only take you to the source of the photo, but a great tutorial for making the bow fold yourself.
This photo is not pictured as a place setting, but I think it would make a one! Sweet little ornaments nestled into a vintage tart tin. Lovely.
And just how lovely are these ornaments hanging from ribbon on the back of each chair?
I also love this simple and sweet idea. Just drill a hole in a wood slice, place a small branch inside a glue a star to the top. Each of your guest not only knows where to sit, but can also take home a little memento. (This photo came was from marthastewart.com as is noted on the photo itself, but I could not find it on the website, sorry!)
What do you do for place settings? Please share your ideas, or links to photos in the comments. We would love to see.
I will be back with a tutorial on Thursday, and we will try again for a giveaway on Friday.
A quick note about the shop: I will take any last minute orders that need to be expedited throughout the day on jWednesday, but after that will not be shipping again until after the first of the year. My girls are both home, and as you might remember, last year was a really, really tough year for us, so I want to snuggle in and enjoy my family as much as possible.
I will be happy to email gift certificates and tutorials at any time though!
Hello! I am switching the schedule up a bit this week, and tomorrow I will have a lovely ornament tutorial for you. Today, I'm sharing a lovely bunch of free, printable tags offered by various artists around the net. I No need to buy tags when there are so many sweet, printable ones out there!
So many cute tags, right? Be sure to visit each link to find the actual download of the tags, and I'm sure it would be lovely to let the artists know how much you like their tags. :)
If you know of other cute, and free tags please post your link in the comments, we would love to see!
Check back tomorrow for a sweet tutorial, and on Thursday for a sweet, holiday giveaway.
Hello! I hope you had a lovely weekend. We had a fabulous weekend celebrating my Mom and daughter's birthdays. Mom's birthday is the 8th, and my baby girl will be 21 on Wednesday! Hard to believe I have a daughter turning 21. Time goes by so fast, it really does. To celebrate, I threw them a jewelry making party in my studio and will be sharing some of that soon. It's always such fun to get all of the ladies in my family together to craft and spend time together.
Today's tutorial is actually my take on someone else's darling tutorial. But first, I have to tell you, I had an awful time taking photos of these little "snow globes". I retook photos several times and edited and edited, but just couldn't get them to look that great, but at least you will get the general idea of how I made mine.
These daring ornaments were our inspiration. And I don't know how she was able to take such fabulous photos of these plastic snow globes, but they're lovely. (To see the full tutorial and the rest of her ornaments, click here. ) You'll never believe that these sweet little snow globes are made using disposable plastic wine glasses!
My daughter and I made our little snow globes during our craft sessions when she was home for Thanksgiving. She actually made 3 of them while I worked on one and made these ornaments.
The tutorial thoroughly shows you how to create these, but you simply cut off the stem of the wine glass using a dremel. Create your little scenes using whatever vintage elements you would like on a paper base, glue them in place, and add mica flakes through the top openings.
In the original tutorial she used beads to seal and hang the snow globes, and I had some beads that would have worked perfect for that, but I recently got rid of them thinking, "I'm never going to use these...". Isn't that how it goes? So instead, we used small vintage glass ornaments, and just pulled out the little loop. To create the globe above, my daughter used some plastic deer that I had completely covered in silver glass glitter. Love that look!
The snow globes are quite easy to make and would be a fun activity to do with your children of any age. :)
A couple of things...
If you're part of the vintage stocking swap, you should be getting ready to mail your stockings.
And if you're waiting on an order, rest assured that I have been working around the clock trying to get all of the orders shipped out. I'm getting close to being caught up, thankfully.
I would love to see if you make any snow globes from the plastic wine glasses!
Happy creating! Cerri
Hello! Do you do an Advent calendar in your home? I have done various ones over the years as my girls were growing up, but most years we simply decorated a smaller tree, and there would be a in expensive gift to unwrap each day counting down until Christmas. -We would rotate days for each member of our family. I have always loved the idea and excitement of the Advent calendar, and searched for a few ideas on pinterest. I found tons, but these ideas were a few of my favorites.
Click above for the diy of this sweet idea. Wouldn't this also be cute on a vintage door? :)
I have loved this tag Advent calendar for a couple of years now, it's just so beautiful. You can purchase the tutorial to create this by clicking the link above.
That's it for today, I'll be back tomorrow with our take on a super sweet tutorial. I'm back to the shipping room. Hi ho hi ho...
If you've made your Advent calendar already, will you add your link in the comments? I would love to see!
Hello! I hope your week is going well! This year, I really want to spend time creating some gifts for the people I love. Other than a couple of things for my Mom, I haven't really made any gifts in a long time. I want to change that. I haven't started yet, but all of these are things that are on my "to do" list.
I love the way the natural beeswax candles look in the simple jars above, don't you? So pretty. Apparently, burning beeswax in your home is a good thing as well. I adore candles, always have, but I have pretty bad allergies and as I get older they get worse, so I actually have a hard time burning anything with a scent. I am hoping these will do the trick. If you want to make some beeswax candles too, you can find out how here, with a lovely tutorial (and more pretty pictures of the candles).
I love, love this idea. These beautiful framed doilies are actually for sale as an instant collection, but I was thinking this would make a fairly easy and lovely gift to make as well. Though, I have a lot of doilies I don't think I have any quite as beautiful as these.
I also think beautiful pieces of lace would also be great framed in the embroidery hoop frames. Wouldn't it be wonderful to gift someone a collection of hoops that have framed pieces of family wedding dresses?
Anyway, I'm definitely looking for more doilies, and Mom, if you're reading..hint. hint. ;)
These little truck pin cushions are definitely on the list for my girls. So cute, right? I just love this idea. My youngest daughter is a country girl at heart, you rarely catch her out of her cowgirl boots, and having an old truck to haul her vintage camper is definitely one of her dreams. So I think this would be right up her alley. When I pinned this though, my oldest daughter proclaimed that she wanted one too. :) I'm on the hunt for some old trucks.
And last for today, I think this idea is adorable. But for Christmas/winter holidays I think it would be darling to make a kit like this with hot cocoa. Think cute mugs, cocoa mix, marshmallows, sprinkles, candy canes, etc...It would be a great gift for a "family" gift, a neighbor gift,teacher gift, a college student care package, or even just for your nieces and nephews.
I can't wait to get started making and putting together handmade gifts!
What about you? Do you make gifts? What's on your list this year?
PS, Starting tomorrow I will begin showing you what's "in store" for the our holidays in the shop. I think you'll find something for everyone.
Hello! I hope your week has started off lovely! I am in Nashville for a few days helping my daughter set up her first apartment. Yep, she is moving into an apartment, and will stay in Nashville now until she graduates college. She will still come home for a couple of weeks here and there, but her long extended stays over the summer and such are done. And yes, this breaks my heart even though I thought I was thoroughly prepared since this is her 3rd year in college, but I wasn't. Not at all. I wasn't prepared for the empty bedroom. Anyway before I start blubbering, I am excited for her as well, and we have several diy projects going on to make her apartment cute. However, none of them are quite ready to show you yet. So today, I hope you'll enjoy some cute tutorials I have found around the web in place of my own tutorial.
The adorable bows above we will actually be turning into push pins for her inspiration board and possibly a little bow garland. We were both pretty smitten with the felt bow idea. :)
The file cabinet project above is on my to do list for my own studio as soon as I get home. I found a great file cabinet like that at an estate sale, and it's waiting for it's make over. I won't do mine as brightly colored as that, but such a cute idea. (I searched all over the blog this was linked to, and couldn't find this tutorial, but I know it's there somewhere)
How sweet are these embellished lanterns? Super easy project, too.
That's it for me today, I need to get back to helping my daughter get unpacked and organized. To visit more of my tutorials, just click here, and of course most of today's inspiration came from pinterest.
Hello!I hope you're all having a lovely week. Sorry my Tuesday tutorial is a little late today, but we had a horrible storm and were w/out power for a good percentage of the day. So, today's tutorial is based on all of the gorgeous lace covered candles I have been seeing out there on the internet.
So, of course I had to give it a go and make some myself.
To make my candles, I simply gathered some clear glass candles. (Heather mentioned she found them at the Family Dollar for like $1.50 a piece, and sure enough that's where I found them as well!) I also gathered some vintage lace, little bits of vintage millinery, a vintage silk scarf, The Ultimate glue, and a foam brush. That's really all you need.
I poured out some of my Ultimate glue onto a dish and using my foam brush applied glue all over my candle. Then, I just started adding lace. I layered some, and some I just left with the one layer of lace.
I tore my vintage silk scarf into strips and tied a pretty bow onto my candle once I was happy with the lace layers. Then I finished it off by gluing on a bit of vintage millinery. REALLY easy, and REALLY addictive.
They're quite lovely when they're burning and you can see the flame through the lace, and I just love them placed around my studio and home. I also think they would make wonderful and inexpensive gifts!
I hope you'll make some lace covered candles too, or perhaps you already have? Leave me a link in the comments if you have, I would love to see yours. What projects have you been inspired to create from pinterest?
Cerri xoxo (PS, you can see a few more lace covered candles that inspired me in my ruffles and lace pinboard.)