Handmade Ornaments {All that glitter…IS gold!}

So, letting the girls dictate how Christmas is decorated this year (I’m trying) they requested more glitter. More sparkle.

More sparkle you say?

Then you shall get more sparkle!

So we decided to take some clear ornaments, you can find these anywhere right now. I’ll stress that again, anywhere.

And, some Martha Stewart glitter, it came in a package of three but I bought the same kit last year so I’m overflowing with Gold glitter. Hate me, I know. The herpes of the craft world is having a serious outbreak at my house.

I also have an abundance of Mod Podge and glue because you just never know when you’ll need it.

And, clearly this tutorial started out as a Ball Jar tutorial. Apparently I didn’t take pictures of the ornaments. And you call this a tutorial Rachelle? Geesh.. But, well.. It’s late. Pretend those are ornaments.

I’m really good at this.


Then you basically take your pick. I taped off one so I could spray paint it with some muted gold, which I’m a big fan of. It isn’t yellowy at all. I also get really messy when it comes to spray paint. That can is embarrassing.

I taped one off and shhmeared some Mod Podge on it and dipped it in glitter.

Again, pretend that’s an ornament. Mason Jar, ornament..Same thing.


Bet you’ll never guess what my next tutorial is going to be…bwahahaha.

Moving on.

I used the glue to make little dots and sprinkled the glitter on it. My favorite! But super hard to photograph.

Chevron was used too, but he’s a jerk and wouldn’t photograph either.. You can see a bit of him up there though.

Are you laughing? I am. This tutorial is all over the place.

Blogger shmogger..I won’t quit my day job anytime soon. ;)

Then, one I got really wild and put it in the spray paint cap to spray it and it turned out with a really cool ombre’ effect.

So easy. The possibilities are endless with these clear ornaments, you know.

Put some snow in them, maybe a mini tree and it’s like a winter wonderland!

Have the kids write out their Christmas wishes and tuck them inside for keepsakes every year.

Shells and sand from your vacations.

Sprinkles. Enough said.

Pinterest has a million to choose from if you’re in need of some more inspiration.

Inspo, as my husband calls it–he says it’ll go viral soon.

So, there you have it.. Some of my favorite sparkly ornaments as of late. :)

I’ve also done these little diddies in Christmases past.

I hope you’re inspired to go make some ornaments this year. Because all that glitters IS gold!

I’ll be sharing this post with The Nester’s Craft Party & Beth’s Tutorials and Tips Party!

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Entryway Orginization

Remember way back when we spruced up our entryway? And, it looked pretty and had lovely baskets and hooks and pillows and you just want to hug it? Yeah that one. Well… let’s talk about that for a minute.

Anyone who lives in a cold area knows that once cold weather hits closets..entryways.. they basically fill to the brim with big ol’ coats and too much, well junk. It drives me insane when it just so happens that the backpacks go on the hooks first, then one million coats to follow. Which, causes an avalanche the following day and a mom cussing the whole system, walking out the door.

Quietly ;)

Rinse and repeat.

So I needed a new approach to the backpacks. We live in a smaller house, no coat closets so what you see is what you get. Which I guess can be a good thing, if I actually had room to hoard hide things, I probably would have my own Monica Closet.

I found a few inches behind the door that just so happen to fit the backpacks perfectly! I know it’s sad to get so excited over spaces to fit backpacks but, c’mon after months of backpack hassle I think I found the golden ticket.

Wait it gets better.

We had some hooks left over from the previous owner {free!} and spray paint we used for another project {free!}

Do you get where I’m going here? Free. A scoop of happiness in making mornings easier for fa-ree. And, so it was.

I know the corkboard is quite the mess right now but it makes me smile. Schedules, pictures, happy creative kids. Plus this one makes me laugh every time.

Mary had a little jam

How about you? Any small living tips you’d like to share to keep you sane in the brain?

If you want to see how we got from start to finish.. Check em out!

Joining Thrifty and her wild foyer, entryway, mudroom party. :) I can never resist a party.

Thrifty Decor Chick

Spooky spider wreath

Since I got lucky and had some new goodies to try out thanks to Home Seasons I thought I’d put them to good use and actually craft something. *Gasp* I know. My glue gun and I have been separated for far too long.

This particular project is super easy, you just need a wreath form (Mine was a leftover from a 4th of July project I never finished)

Spider webs (Fake ones.. Please..har har har)

White fabric (Unless you have a white wreath)

Plastic spiders..different sizes if you want to be fancy.

Glue gun

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

This is when Jared said I should just stop and make it a mummy with googly eyes. Possibilities people! They’re all around you!

Boom. Mama and her babies. Creepy..Gross. And, as being as terrified as I am of spiders I’m a little surprised I pulled this off and am allowing it to grace our front door.

It helps that some are sparkly.

There you have it. Cute wreath in under 5 minutes. Get your spook on people! It’s time!

Sharing this over at I heart Naptime

Back to School Mantel

I shared this post over at Tatertots and Jello last week and I thought it’d be fun to share here as well. :) Enjoy!

Kicking off the end of summer-hello school I decided to fancy up our mantel a bit.

First it started off with the white frame I used in our Summer “Pure Michigan” Mantel. I wanted to use it for a chalkboard but didn’t want to deal with making the chalkboard. So, I picked up a 1.49 piece of black poster board over at Target and the sharpie paint pen and went to work.


A little Dr. Suess can fix anyone’s mood.

A few boxes of pencils and rulers (which we’ll gift to the school when we’re done with the mantel, who needs 15 rulers unless you’re a teacher? Wait, don’t answer that. Crafters do get crazy sometimes. ;) ha ha!)

I wanted a red apple but wally world was fresh out. Of course, the only time you need a fake apple they’re out of the color you want. I snatched up the last green one though. Is there a fake apple shortage I haven’t heard about?

Some books, blocks, scrabble tiles and a few framed flash cards one from a new set we bought for chloe and one that I took off our Playroom wall and we were all set! I’m loving the feel it gives to the room. It’s a little cheesy, yeah. But, it gets everyone in the mood for school. Plus it’s an excuse to play around with a new mantel theme. I can always do spring, summer, fall, halloween etc. But there’s only a short period of time I can do school themed and have the kids still like it and not moan and groan to not remind them of what’s to come! :)

Saturday Haps’

Happy Saturday Friends. :)

I thought I’d pop in and say hello and share a few fun links. Just because…

I had fun popping over to a little blog this week to share a fun Back-to-School Mantel.. You might have heard of her before… ;)

Tatertots and Jello..

oh ya!

I love Jen, she’s seriously sweet as sugar and I was so excited to be able to go steal her blog for a bit. Fun stuff, for sure.

Our “in house” haha, Vinyl superstar is over at Groupon this week. With 50% off discounts! How cool is that?

One item that’s on sale was made famous on another fun blog recently.

Love that sign!

Another EXCITING thing that happened this week. One that I’m still gaga over! We had our family photos taken by the uber talented Casey Kendrick and I’m seriously.. IN LOVE. She must have sensed my very impatientness because she put a sneak peek on Facebook an hour after our shoot. I can’t wait to get the prints.

My all time (so far..haha) favorite. All centered around Life of course. Couldn’t be a better message.

Anyway, Casey is a super star. You should probably check out her fan page.. Because even if you’re not in Michigan– she’s got plenty of pretty pictures to get inspiration and drool over. :)

Oh and, Michigan’s heat wave finally left! PTL people, hallelujah. It was cool enough for hoodies yesterday. And football was on, did fall just happen? I think it did.

If you’re interested in more everyday pics, you can check the family out on instagram. Fotfblog.. Check it yo.

Summer Mantel

Since it’s over 100 degrees these days I figured it was time to break out a little taste of summer for the mantel. It kind of screams Pure Michigan to me. Now, we just need Tim Allen to say that during these pictures and we’d be all set, no?



I used a print I found on Pinterest, you can get any state for FREE from this fantastic woman. How awesome is that!?



The big piece of art was a knock off of something similar I had seen on an episode of Restaurant Impossible. I think they used yellow though, it was about a year ago but I kept it in the memory bank for safe keeping. :) Word to the wise though, with small star fish like these, they come with a yellow/orange tinge. Not the look I was going for, so I put them in some bleach water which made them fragile as hell. I originally wanted to use pencil starfish but couldn’t find any small ones around town and didn’t want to order any. Next time, I definitely would order them. Not too sure how these will hold up in storage.

A few glass jars and some books and I was all set. Definitely digging the blue and mustard together.

It ties along nicely to the other changes in the living room as of late. :)


Linking up with some lovely ladies.. :)

Beth Tutorials & Tips not to miss

How to make a super cute sign.. two ways!

So, way back when I blogged regularly (I know..I know, we’ll get to that.) I said I’d write about how I made this sign.

Into this sign.

It’s seriously the most simple process ever if you can eyeball lettering..or easier if you can trace.. OR if you’re super lucky and have a Shillouette it’s the easiest project ever. (How many times can I say easy in one post?!) But I don’t and I didn’t have any paper for my printer to trace so, eyeballing it it is. But, first things first.

You saw it on our Christmas mantel, and I adored the rustic vibe it had going on and the faux aluminum letters. But, as much as I loved it we have a small house so things need to have a home or say goodbye. (For the most part) a sign this size fits into that category.

Luckily I applied the letters with hot glue which peels off with little to no effort. And was left with a perfectly good wood planked sign. A blank canvas if you will.

Now, I eyeballed my fonts straight from dafont.com and just went for it with a pencil. If you’re more of a tracer you could write it out on the computer, print it and trace it on your sign and it’d probably be a lot less shaky like mine and more precise. I like to skip steps personally and I’m okay with a little imperfection. It’s supposed to look worn right? Sure, I’ll keep telling myself that. Ha! Or, you could go a step further and use a fancy silhouette and smack some vinyl on it and it’d be gorgeous. It really just depends on your comfort zone with imperfections and straight lines. :)

As Jami would say, Pray about it. 

Once I wrote it all down with a pencil and decided that it was good enough for my liking I used a sharpie paint pen and went to town. Little by little. What’s nice about the paint pen is that anyone who can color can do this. Then that’s it.

In photos you can totally see the color strokes and uneven-ness so I should probably go over it with some real paint just to even it up. Or I might not. So far it hasn’t drove me crazy. ;) Maybe when the whole room gets done. But either way, It’s a fun sign that was cheap to make the first time around for Christmas and free the second time around.

Now, I’ve been the BIGGEST fan of these signs for the longest time. I’ve seen them floating around Pinterest for ever along with seeing them on a few blogs and such. Nester was the one I believe who found the original artist. Woohoo! However, unfortunately I can’t afford one of her’s right now, so I’m not trying to say “hey, why buy her gorgeous signs when you can make them at home.” I’m not. At..All! Because it’s no where NEAR as good as this artists but, until I can afford hers I’ll rock my little knock off version for the time being. I think she has some amazing talent and her work is definitely worth the cost of such a beautiful painting. Just giving credit where credit is due. If you can afford to buy “legit” haha, then I’d highly recommend it I’m such a supporter of buying handmade and when I can save my pennies to buy the lake painting, consider it mine! But if you’re like me and would love to rock some handmade art and want to try it yourself, I thought I’d share how I made mine. Got it? Everyone agree? Yes. The wide world of blogging is tricky like that. I want to be inspired but not take. That was a lot of rambling and I hope it came out with grace.. HA HA.

Valentines Day Mantel

My most favorite favorite mantel was last years Valentines Day Mantel. I just love it. I threw the aqua in on a whim and it just worked.

I’d totally do it again this year but I used the frames for our cheap bathroom art. ;) So.. Since I didn’t want to make the trip to Walmart today I thought I’d try something different.

Remember the sign that I made for Christmas? Well the fantastic thing about hot gluing letters to it meant that I could pop them off with no damage. Shhcore.

I actually painted this a while ago and then hung it up in our bedroom because I have a few things up my sleeve to show you in there but, I needed something lovey-dovey for February. There’s nothing wrong with stealing from one room to help another out. Nothing wrong with that, t’all.


So.. Ball jars, books and flowers. It’s not great.. Not my favorite. I might change it up a little bit some more but for now, it’s not an empty (faux) mantel above a giant box tv.

And, the best part?

When the rest of the room looks like this..

and this..

The mantel still looks like this..


Did you notice we painted? Again.

*Sigh* It’s a sickness, fresh paint just makes me happy.

Best of 2011

It’s time to wrap up 2011 and take a look at the highlights of the year.. 

One project that we got done this year that I’m super excited about is the…

It was slow and steady that’s for sure but I’m so happy that it’s done and is a nice comfortable room for the girls to play in. Tons of details here, and here.
We did a little magic to the hallway, and even though it’s 6 or 7 feet of space that usually gets unnoticed I love the new closet doors we built.

Definitely better than they were. Plus the white is so fresh and pretty compared to the black.  

I did a quick face lift to the bathroom with some fabric art.

Put a Bird on it. 

Worked on the kitchen a little bit by adding a Chalkboard wall, Kitchen shelves, beadboard backsplash, and some bun feet.

Had some fun in the mantel department

Some favorites..
‘Twas quite the year. I hope you have fun browsing the links and going through the memories with me. :)

And, of course it wouldn’t be possible to run this place alone, and thanks to my ah-mazing sponsors this year.

Thank you ladies from the bottom of my heart.. Thank you!

And, of course there would be NO blog without the love and support from you lovely ladies. Every reader..subscriber..every one of you. You mean more to me than you’ll ever know. Through your encouragement as I fluff my home, mother my children and learn how to make this thing called marriage work. You’re my cheerleaders and there isn’t anything quite like real friends is there? Even if you friends are thousands of miles away. I’m honored to call you friends.

Group hug.

This year was pretty tough for some of us, so I’m praying for us all to have one hell of a 2012. Can I get an Amen?

Love. Just love.

Jen is having a best of 2011 party! Check it!
Lovin’ it over at TidyMom’s!
I’ll be joining Rhoda for her 2011 party!
And, Petals to Picots The best of 2011 party!
Don’t forget My BFF’s partay! 
The lovely Ange is having a best of party too
So much fun going around blog land. 

Christmas tree o’ Christmas tree

Well, I got my cozy red and gray theme goin’ on.



 Basket o’ Christmas books :)

It’s so warm and fun and not the usual gold and white I’ve rocked in the past.

 2010 White, Gold, Sheet music garland and chalkboard ornaments

How about 100 pictures just because? :) Enjoy!

I’ll be back with the mantel and a tour of the whole house tomorrow! :) It’s official.. 
12 days of Christmas ya’ll. Can’t wait! 
ho ho ho

Want to see the rest of the house decked out for the holidays?

Linking up with The Inspired Room’s Christmas tour, ThriftyDecorChick’s Christmas tree party & Nester’s tour of homes!
I am sharing my holiday home decor and cleaning tips for the chance to win prizes from The SITS Girls and Great Cleaners.